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In-Person and Livestream Worship

Sunday, March 13, 2022, at 10 a.m.   
 

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Scripture Reading:  Luke 13:31-35
    Sermon: "In a Place of Belonging"

  Rev. Mary Meadows is preaching

Join us after the service for Coffee Hour and Fellowship Time!  
 

    

Children's Worship

for children ages 3 through Grade 5 meets Sunday mornings in Wright Hall following the Message for the Whole Family of God. Nursery is available for younger children.

Youth Group
meets this Sunday by Zoom at 11:30AM.  Youth include 6th through 12th graders.  Contact Pastor Mary if you need the Zoom link.  Next week: Confirmation.
 

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

 
Join us in the chapel or on Zoom at 9AM for the beginning of the Lenten series:
"Nurturing the Heart of Community"
Join Pastor Mary this week as we look at the echoes of our family of origin in our adult lives. 

 

Click here for the Zoom link

  
We will ground ourselves spiritually with a group practice for 30 minutes.  
At 11:45, we will host the meeting of the Anti-Racism Action Team.  
All are welcome!


Click here to join the meeting via Zoom.

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

 

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

by Linda Mercadante

 

Feel free to join in what will prove to be a lively discussion of an important topic.  Contact Nancy Wellman (419-280-6498 or meadbakes@french.toast.net) to join the conversation.

WEDNESDAY STUDY GROUP: 
 

We began in the last session of the Wednesday Morning Study Group a new series entitled, “Seeing Jesus.”  Our hope is to explore some of the many ways we look at Jesus, who he is in our life.  The first session focused on Jesus as Friend, and this is a good place to begin because above all we are to see Jesus through Love and hearing through his life, “God is Love.”
 
Our next session, March 16, 9:30 a.m, both online and in-person, we will focus on the word, “Teacher.”  It is a title Jesus accepted of himself.  He said, “You call me Teacher and Lord - and you are right, for that is what I am.” (John 13:13).  In her book, Freeing Jesus, Diana Butler Bass, writes, “He (Jesus) lived and died a teacher.” (30).

I hope you will be able to join us next Wednesday.  I always look forward to our discussions.

David

Reminders for this week:


Pub-ology: Tuesday, March 15, 6:30PM - Georgio's Grill & Bar
Taize: Thursday, March 17, 7:00PM - on YouTube

Invitation to "Care & Share"
First in a series of sessions on
Deep Listening
Saturday, March 19, 2022, 9:30 - 11 a.m.
in the chapel of Sylvania UCC

 

Co-facilitated by Rev. Joycelyn Degener & Rev. Diane Christopherson, BCC

 

Register for the first in a series of sessions focused on "Deep Listening" by emailing Joycelyn or Diane. The focus of the first session is on listening to oneself. Subsequent dates and times in the series will be determined by the group. We invite you to participate in a team of spiritual caregivers within circles of mutual learning, spiritual practice, and confidentiality.

Social Justice Group Updates:

 


The first day of Spring is very important in Afghan culture.  A group of community members has organized a party for the recently-arrived Afghan refuges on Saturday, March 19.

 

How can you help?

*Volunteer to drive families to the Glass City Pavilion
*Donate to pay for a light lunch from Tiger Bakery


Please contact those listed on the flyer for more information or to volunteer to help.

Nancy Larson will talk about the background of gerrymandering and how it has been and is currently being used by leaders from both political parties.  All are welcome to attend to find out more about the situation and to ask questions.

 

CIVIL RIGHTS TOUR, October 6 - 10, 2022 


An information table is now open in the gathering area of the church.  Please stop by to see our itinerary and speak to one of our committee members regarding any questions you may have.  If you like, you can also sign up for our email list to keep informed regarding the trip. 

Our Topical Series continues this Wednesday at 8:30PM.  In this study, we will deepen our exploration of our Lenten Theme, "Nurturing the Heart of Community." 

 
 

Bible Study continues on Thursday evenings!
All are welcome to join in at any time to discuss the formation of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and ways to interpret the different genres it contains.

 
 
 
 

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

The Personnel Board has announced the hiring of our church’s new Office Manager/Administrative Assistant. Bridget Shea will begin her work with us on April 4.

Bridget has owned and run her own business and worked for small local companies and large national corporations. She has served as an Administrative Assistant, an Office Manager, a Sales Manager, and a Volunteer Services Manager at a hospital. She even managed the IMAX Theater and its fifty employees at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. She knows data bases and has worked extensively with all the Microsoft Office Software.

Bridget will fill our reworked Office Manager/Administrative Assistant position that is currently held by Diane Christopherson. For the last nine months, Diane has covered our office as an interim. We are grateful for her service with us. We look forward to welcoming Bridget to our staff.
A note of thanks from Diane Christopherson 

I have enjoyed working with you all during this interim staff transition time in the church office. As a fairly new church member it has given me a unique opportunity to be introduced to many of you as you share your considerable gifts of dedicated time, whole-hearted energy, and skillful life experience in service to God and the congregation in its mission and ministries.

As a life-long Christian, I found my way to a local congregation of the United Church of Christ in 1991, the same year I began a Doctor of Ministry degree program in Minneapolis. Having worked and volunteered in diverse settings of the denomination since then, I am deeply appreciative of our polity, that is, the principles that ground us in our governing structures: the interwoven ways we exercise autonomy and honor our covenant relationships. I am glad for how you have integrated those principles so well in the life of Sylvania UCC as part of the DNA that is passed on from generation to generation. The congregation authorized the personnel board and delegated to them the work of searching for a new office manager/administrative assistant. And I trust that just as I have prayed for them in the search and discernment process you have too. 

Thanks be to the Spirit who faithfully leads and guides! Thanks are also due to those who served from the personnel board and staff in this search process. And no doubt we will have many opportunities in the future to thank Bridget Shea for sharing her deep and broad experience and gifts with us in, through, and beyond Sylvania UCC. 

The mid-year meeting of the congregation of Sylvania UCC will take place on Sunday June 26, 2022, following completion of the morning worship service. Please mark your calendars so you can take part in the ongoing business of our church.
 
Clicking on the link below will take you to the minutes of the annual meeting of the congregation, which was held January 30, 2022. These minutes will be reviewed and voted upon during the mid-year meeting. They are being made available now and will be re-sent with the mid-year meeting package prior to the June 26 meeting.

Would you like to know what the UCC is doing to assist people in Ukraine or how you can help?

Click here to read more about the UCC's Ukraine Emergency appeal.

Looking Ahead: Palm Sunday Brunch

 

Please join us for a light brunch following worship on Sunday, April 10th! You may sign up to attend using Sign Up Genius at:

 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c44abaa28aafe3-palm.


We are also seeking volunteers and donations of various food items that you can find at this same link. 

 

The deadline for receipt of information for weekly updates is Wednesday, noon
for release on Fridays of the same week.

 

The deadline for receipt of information for the
April newsletter is March 17, 2022.

 

email: church@sylvaniaucc.org
or call the office at 419-882-0048

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


Click here to view the calendar.

Please email church@sylvaniaucc.org and glover@bex.net to communicate updates, cancellations/deletions, and additions to be made.

Week of March 13 - March 19, 2022

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

 
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