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Thursday, April 11, 2024

From the Association General Minister

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2024 Spring Vitality Festival • Sign up Today!

The registration process has been updated and looks different! Click the button below to sign up. It will take you to a page with all the details. From there:

  1. Click Register
  2. Choose the number of tickets you need by clicking the + icon - this should be the same as the number of people you're registering. Don't forget to include yourself!
  3. Click Continue
  4. Enter your contact information, and then the information of everyone else if you are signing up for multiple people
  5. Click Complete Order

Since this is a free event, you will NOT be asked to enter any credit card information!

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SPIRE Center Spring 2024

Learning Opportunities

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Faith in Action Grants • Apply Today!

Faith in Action Grants
Apply today
Deadline May 1 2024
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Local Church Jobs & Announcements

Looking for a job? Here are the opportunities and other announcements in our churches!


Director of Music & the Arts, Community Church of Chesterland

Organist & Director of Music & the Arts, Plymouth Church UCC, Shaker Heights

Office & Communications Administrator, Plymouth Church, Shaker Heights

Director of Christian Education (PT), St. John's UCC, Dover

Children and Youth Ministry Director (PT), Trinity UCC, Wadsworth

Clinical Chaplain, Cleveland Clinic (various sites)

Sexton, Plymouth Church, Shaker Heights

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Living Water Association Pulpit Supply List

Need someone to fill in on a Sunday? Check out the pulpit supply list! Recommended compensation: $200 for one service (minimum $150); $250 for two services; mileage at $0.67 or current IRS rate.

Pulpit Supply List

At Middleburg Heights Community UCC


Middleburg Heights Community UCC (7165 Big Creek Parkway) invites you to come bid on all kinds of art, including one-of-a-kind paintings by local artists, certified prints of international artists, handmade goods, and jewelry. This fundraiser supports the mission of MHCUCC. Viewing on Sundays and Tues-Thurs 10-3 from now through the auction's Finale & Reception on April 21 at 11:45 AM.

Items can be previewed online along with Finale details: Website Facebook

At The Bath Church

A most fascinating and unique program is planned for Sunday, April 14 at 4:00 in the Sanctuary of The Bath Church UCC (3980 West Bath Road, Akron; 330-666-3520).  Dan Shiller, a world percussionist from Austintown, Ohio will present a program woven around Anansi (a spider) who is the most popular character in West African folklore and is associated with wisdom, knowledge, and trickery.  Dan will be performing on the gyil, a pentatonic instrument from Ghana, and the steel pan from Trinidad; both of which contain imagery from spiders.  Free-will offering; handicap accessible.

Enjoy an afternoon with some of northeast Ohio’s top brass musicians at 4:00 Sunday, April 21 in the Sanctuary of The Bath Church UCC (3980 West Bath Road, Akron; 330-666-3520).  Variety will be the theme!  From Baroque to Modern.  Classical to Jazz.  Religious and secular.  Ensembles as small as duets, large as a “choir” of eight, and just about everything in-between.  You will be treated to the delights of antiphonal Gabrielli, the Baroque version of “Dueling Banjos” with two brass quartets, a grand Gustav Mahler finale with the full brass choir accompanied by organ ~ and more!  Free-will offering; handicap accessible.

At The Federated Church in Chagrin Falls

Making Our Actions Count: An Introduction to Strategic Nonviolent Organizing

With facilitator, Joe Worthy

Saturday, April 13, 2024 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Family Life Center

16349 Chillicothe Rd Chagrin Falls Ohio, 44023

Join a multi-generational workshop equipping individuals & groups with leadership skills for nonviolent community organizing. In this day-long training, learners will get an introduction to strategic nonviolent action and how to increase the success of their climate justice advocacy and movement facilitated by Joe Worthy.

● Registration $25 for lunch & day-long training

● Student rate $10

● Student scholarships available, email a statement to telling why this training matters to you.

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At Pilgrim Congregational in Cleveland

Streaming/Online Worship

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Learn more and sign up for the Regional Youth Event

Registration is OPEN for all of our camp sessions!

We are offering a half week Pathfinders event for those who want to “try everything” and only commit to a half of week. If your camper is ready for the full week, we will be offering our weeklong sessions of Camp Out (LGBTQIA Focus), Music Mindfulness Art Dance Drama, and Sportscamp

Join us for Grands and Family Camp! We are offering 3 sessions this summer! Another new opportunity is “All Ages Family camp”.  If you have grandchildren that have aged out of Grands and Family or younger children/grandchildren, we now have a session that everyone can come to. We hope to see many of our families return. 

Adults 21 and over can join us for our new adult camp, Seek and Sip.

Learn More and Register for Camp Sessions

AmeriCorps Opportunity

... in the WIDER CHURCH

UCC Earth Summit


The UCC's second annual Earth Summit will feature celebrated author and activist Bill McKibben delivering the Jim Antal Keynote Lecture with the title, "Energy from Heaven or Energy from Hell?" Additionally, the following panel of award-winning activists will speak about the multi-national struggle against the pollution of Formosa Plastics, one of the world's largest plastics producers. Both Sharon Lavigne and Diane Wilson have won the Goldman Prize which is often referred to as the “green” Nobel Prize. They will be joined on the panel by Nancy Bui from the International Monitor Formosa Alliance and Justice for Formosa Victims. The two-and-a-half-hour summit will also feature the announcement of the Dollie Burwell Prophetic Action Award winner, a celebration of the UCC's newest Creation Justice Churches, and a video showcasing the environmental ministries of our host congregation, The Church of Christ at Dartmouth College. Even if you cannot make the event on April 20th at 1 pm, still sign-up, and a recording will be sent to you. Register now!

For Children and Youth

UCC Climate Hope Art Contest

To give our children and youth a voice this election season, while also reminding adults of their responsibility for the next generation, the UCC is conducting a Vote for Climate Hope Art Contest. From now until April 16th, art submissions will be accepted. Participating churches should register now to receive important information and updates.

Pray with Puerto Rico, April 14, 2024

Global Ministries

Lectionary Selection: Luke 24:36b-48 Prayers for Puerto Rico God of Borinquen and the whole world, we praise your name because it reveals peace as our hope in Puerto Rico! We are thankful for your Spirit because it has given our lives ... Read more

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Continuing Education Opportunities

Click on the logos below for information and registration details for upcoming continuing education and lifelong learning opportunities provided by our partner schools and centers of learning!

UCC Webinars


Webinar Information and Registration

Association Staff

Rev. Nayiri Karjian

Association General Minister

Machelle Miller

Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Rev. Mike Bone

SPIRE Center Support

Rev. Michael Howard

Minister of Faith in Action

Kellie Ramirez

Information Management and Media:

Search and Call Secretary

Committee on Ministry Registrar

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