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In-Person and Livestream Worship


Sunday, February 13, 2022


at 10 a.m.


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Scripture Reading: Luke 6:17-26

Sermon: “When Tears Flow Freely"


Rev. Dr. Vern Swett is preaching



Children's Worship meets in Wright Hall following the Message for the Whole Family of God.  Youth group will convene on Zoom at 11:30AM.  Message Pastor Mary if you need the Zoom link. 

Save the Date!  Make some pancakes at home and join us on Zoom for a fun and educational event for all ages.  Learn how to make pancake art, "bury" the alleluia, and get ready for the season of Lent.
A Growing Forward in Faith All-Community Event!

Adult Education, Sunday, February 13, 2022, 9 a.m.

We are now on week four of a six-week "Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures” from the Bible Project.  Deacon Jennifer Vasquez will facilitate discussions as we watch a video each week. The topics are:

1: What on Earth is the Hebrew Bible? (January 23, 2022)
2: How Jesus and the Apostles Read Their Bibles (January 30, 2022)
3: The Ancient Shape of the Scriptures (February 6, 2022)
4: “Seams” Between Texts in the Dead Sea Scrolls (February 13, 2022)
5: The “Seams” of the Torah and Prophets (February 20, 2022)
6: The Prophet to Come (February 27, 2022)
Join us in the chapel or on Zoom at 9AM.


Click here for the Zoom link

Please note: These classes will also be offered on Thursday evenings at 7PM.

We will present a new structure at this meeting, so if you have any interest in social justice at all, even if you haven't been part of the group before, please come and share your feedback about this vision and find ways to get involved!

Click here to join via Zoom.

Civil Rights Bus Tour: October 6-10, 2022
Information Session
Sunday, February 20
11:15 AM

Come to find out more about the trip and ask your questions!

Here are some resources to celebrate Black History Month:
African-American Legacy Project of Northwest Ohio
1619 Project
Equal Justice Initiative "A History of Racial Injustice" Calendar
Black History Month Resource Guide for Educators and Families
Heartland Conference UCC Anti-Racism Library

Did you see the recommendations of local Black-owned businesses shared on the Sylvania United Church of Christ Facebook page recently?  Check them out!

The Science and Theology Group
Sunday, February 13, 2022
7 p.m. on Zoom

continuing discussion of the book 
Hurricane Lizards & Plastic Squid:
The Fraught & Fascinating Biology of Climate Change

by Thor Hanson

New Book Discussion Series,
starting February 27, 2022, 7 p.m. on Zoom

Belief Without Borders:
Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious

by Linda Mercadante

We’ve all known people, some within our own family, who call themselves ‘spiritual but not religious’ (SBNR),  but what does that mean?  Linda Mercadante, a professor of Historical Theology at the Methodist Theological School in Columbus has studied and interviewed a large number of those who identify themselves  as  SBNR.    Her background as a reporter enabled her to write a readable qualitative study in the book Belief Without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious.  

Endorsing the book, Diana Butler Bass, an American historian of Christianity and independent scholar, wrote “For those who think that being ‘spiritual but not religious’ is intellectually vague, it is time to think again. Mercadante explores the beliefs of the religiously unaffiliated regarding God, sin, community, the afterlife, and ethics and finds people living ‘between’ the worlds of secularism and traditional faith.”  

As a growing movement within the United States 'spiritual but not religious' folks range in age from 90 to 20, and are within as well as outside the church.  The Science & Theology group chose this book to help understand this segment of our population. 

Meeting via zoom on Sunday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. we will start this book on February 27.  Feel free to join in what will prove to be a lively discussion of an important topic.  Contact Nancy Wellman (419-280-6498 or to join the conversation.

Ongoing classes for adults!


Join Pastor Mary as we engage with a five-week film series from the Work of the People, called:  A New Family: Throwing Open the Doors of the Sanctuary, a film series with Rachel Held Evans.  You can see a trailer of the series HERE 
The film series provides conversation starter for us as we explore what it means for us to welcome others.  As Rachel Held Evans was once quoted as saying:  “The folks you are shutting out of the church today will be leading it tomorrow.  The future is in the margins.” 
Please join us on Zoom by clicking this LINK 


From the Bible Project: Have you ever wondered where the Bible came from? This course explores the origins of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and how to develop the skills necessary for reading it well. We’ll explore the biblical and historical data about how the biblical text came to be, focusing on why and how these texts were formed into a unified collection. We’ll also cover some of the most important skills necessary for reading biblical narrative and poetry so that you can take your own study of the Bible to the next level.

This class is appropriate and interesting for beginners as well as longtime students of the Bible.  You do not have to register, and you do not have to come every week - each class will still be meaningful on its own.

This class will be led by Deacon Jennifer weekly through the school year.  If you have interest but the date or time does not work for you, please contact her here.


Click here to enter the Zoom classroom on Thursday at 7PM.

Please note: The first six classes will also be offered on Sunday mornings at 9AM, beginning January 23.  The same content is being offered at two different times.  When Lent begins, the Sunday morning class will move to other topics, but the Thursday study will continue through the rest of the school year.

The slides that were presented during the annual meeting can be accessed via the link below. These include information related to the Personnel Board, Nominating Committee, and the church financials. Thanks to everyone who attended the annual meeting.

Click here to see PowerPoint slides 


Refer to the online church calendar on the website
for scheduled meetings and events.  

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Please email and to communicate updates, cancellations/deletions, and additions to be made.

Week of February 13 - February 19, 2022

Regular hours: M - F, 9 a.m. - noon; 12:30 - 3 p.m.

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