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In-Person and Livestream Worship

SUNDAY SERVICE

Sunday, May 8, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. (livestream)
 
Scripture Reading: Luke 13:31-35

Sermon: “God’s Motherly Love…”


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.
Interested in exploring church membership?  You’re invited to attend Membership Exploration Discussions to find out more, even if you are unsure about joining. We will have three discussions, each with a slightly different focus:
  • May 15 - 9:00-9:50 am
  • May 22 - 11:15-12:15 pm
  • June 5 - 11:15-12:15 pm
On June 19, an opportunity to join will occur during the 10 am worship service.

We will have time for sharing our stories, finding common ground, and asking questions.

Please contact the church office at church@sylvaniaucc.org or 419-882-0048 if you or anyone you know is contemplating joining the church and plans to attend these gatherings. You are welcome to come even if you forget to call ahead! Please note that you are welcome here and in all ministries of this community, regardless of membership status.

Upcoming Events


Sunday, May 8, Mother's Day - No Youth Group; Blanket Sunday
Tuesday, May 10, 5:30 pm - Civil Rights Tour Participant Meeting (Chapel & Zoom)
Wednesday, May 11, 9:30 am - Body Restore
Thursday, May 12, 10:30 am - Prayer Shawl Group
Thursday, May 12, 7 pm - Bible Study (Zoom)
Friday, May 13, 6 pm - Parents' Night Out
Saturday, May 14, 9 am - Food Packing Event
Sunday, May 15, Mental Health Sunday
Sunday, May 15, 9:00 am - 
Membership Exploration Discussions
Sunday, May 15, 11:15 am - Social Justice Group meeting (Chapel & Zoom)
Sunday, May 15, 11:30 am - Confirmation
Sunday, May 15, 1:30 pm - Care & Share, Deep Listening (Chapel)

Tuesday May 17, 7:00 pm - Pub-ology (Georgio's Grill & Bar)
Tuesday May 17 - RSVP Due for Dinner Out Event
Wednesday, May 18, 9:30 am - Wednesday Study Group (Chapel & Zoom)
Thursday, May 19, 7 pm - Bible Study (Zoom)
Thursday, May 19, 7 pm - Taize Service (In-person and Zoom)
Saturday May 21, 11 am - NAMI of Greater Toledo Parking Area
Sunday May 22, 9:00 am - Membership Exploration Discussions
Sunday, May 22, 11:30 am - Youth Meeting

 

Adult Education Hour


On May 8 at 9 am (in person or online.  Click here for the Zoom link), the class will follow a video series from The Work of the People, “Marching from Pain to Possibility."  Please visit this site to view the trailer

This Sunday's class features impactful remarks from Walter Brueggemann and Peter Block titled "Pain and Marching." You don't want to miss it!

As part of Mental Health Awareness month, next's weeks adult education class will be facilitated by Dr. Jeanne Brockmyer and Dr. Jeff Wahl, who will guide a discussion on mental health effect of the pandemic especially in youth. 

Youth


NO Meeting on May 8
Confirmation is 11:30 am May 15, 2022
Confirmation meets on the 1st & 3rd Sundays for Youth 7th grade and up.

The Youth Group typically meets on the 2nd & 4th Sundays for Youth 6th grade through 12th grade.

If you would like to participate and need more information, please let Pastor Mary know!   

NOMINATING TIME at SYLVANIA UCC


The Nominating Committee is inviting you to stop by the gathering area following worship to view the boards/committees' display boards and to chat with our committee members. While in the gathering area, we hope you catch the Growing Forward in Faith video on the TV screen. Please prayerfully consider volunteering and  serving on a board or committee which has meaning for you.

Church World Service 
Blanket Sunday

May 8


Outreach Board is sponsoring a Blanket Sunday on Mother's Day, May 8. Church World Service distributes these sturdy blankets around the world wherever there is need. Each blanket costs $10.  

Click here to donate online.

You can also write a check to Sylvania UCC and put "Blanket Sunday" on the memo line.
There will be a meeting of the Civil Rights Tour participants
Tuesday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m.

It will be offered both online and in person.  The purpose of the meeting will be to bring everybody up-to-date on the plans for the trip which will take place October 6 - 10.  Click here for the Zoom link.
 

Body Restore

May 11 at 9:30 am in the Chapel

Join us at our next Body Restore class! Caring for your body is not rocket science -- it's mostly common sense along with a bit of knowledge, so come learn a bit as we move all our body parts gently, thoroughly, and safely.  All are welcome.

Prayer Shawl Group

Thursday May 12, 2022 - 10:30 am - noon in the Chapel
 
Welcome all knitters and crocheters. Please come join us!
Bring your knitting needles and crochet hooks and we will share the yarn received from a recent gift. We look forward to visiting with you as we make prayer shawls, scarves, and pocket prayer shawls!
~Linda Hofmeister, June Seigneur, Carolyn Shelt

Thursday Evening
Bible Study

continues weekly through May 26


All are welcome, and no prior knowledge is required. We are learning more about analyzing Biblical poetry through repetition, parallelism, and repeated themes and motifs. Such tools really open up the Biblical text to new meaning and applications! 

 

Click here to enter the Zoom classroom

Parent's Night Out

Friday, May 13, 2022
Children's Committee invites children and parents to join in and evening of fellowship at a Parent's Night Out out on Friday, May 13, 2022Children may be dropped off at the church as early as 5:30PM, to join in food and fun with Kevin and Wendi Danzeisen and other volunteers. 

Parent's can meet (or carpool to) Shorty's True American Roadhouse at 5111 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43623, for our reservation at 6PM on the patio.  Children should be picked up at the church following the meal.  Sign up HERE for the evening event so we know how many children and adults to expect!  Email Pastor Mary if you have any questions.

Intergenerational Service Project


Come and help out as we form assembly lines to scoop out ingredients, seal bags, and pack pallets of non-perishable meals to send to people in need. Please note that the packing will take place at Christ Presbyterian Church. It is a fun and meaningful project for all ages! Please click here to sign up.

Social Justice Group


Our next meeting will be after worship on May 15 and will feature an hour-long group spiritual practice.

Please note the upcoming Action Team Meetings:

Immigrant/Refugee Support: May 17,1:00, Zoom
Voting Rights: May 22, 11:15, in person
Rainbow Team: May 31, 7:00, Zoom - Are you interested in LGBTQ+ advocacy and support? Come to this exploratory meeting to see if we can re-start this team.
Anti-Racism Team: We've had 2 great conversations to start our racial audit. The next meeting is TBD by Doodle Poll.

Click here to enter the May 15 meeting via Zoom.

Please contact David Andersen, Al Compaan, Kathy Tashima, or Deacon Jennifer for more information or to sign up to receive email updates about the action teams or social justice group.
 

Dinner Out

May 24 at 6:00 PM
Lena’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant
241 E. Adrian   Blissfield, MI
Let’s join together for fun, fellowship and delicious food.
Please RSVP by Tuesday May 17, 2022
(Signup Genius or with Kelli Michael or Barbara Stender)

NAMI Walk


Saturday May 21, 2022 - 11 pm - 1 pm
Please join Sylvania United Church of Christ in its support NAMI! Click here for the Sylvania United Church of Christ team fundraising page or if you would like to join the walk as a team member. If you have questions, contact Jean Buckwell. 419 944 3322
Camp!
For more information click on picture or contact Pastor Mary.

Summer Save the Dates

  • Multifaith Exploration (all ages): June 9, 16, 23, 30, 6-8 pm (dinner and lesson on location: Islamic Society of NWO, Hindu Temple, SylUCC, Temple Shomer Emunim)
  • Interfaith Prayer Vigil on Immigration: June 12, 5pm
  • All-Church Picnic: June 14, 6pm, Secor Metropark
  • Habitat Faith Build: Multiple dates in June/July
  • Mud Hens Game: July 26, 7:05 pm
  • Vacation Bible School: July 25-28, 9am-12pm

Mid-Year Meeting


The Mid-Year meeting of the Congregation of Sylvania United Church of Christ will be held on Sunday June 26, 2022 immediately following the conclusion of the 10 AM morning worship service. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this meeting.  Childcare will be provided 
 

Covid Committee Update


Your Covid committee shares the following information in our ongoing effort to keep our Congregation as informed and safe as possible.

As we have reported previously, we have been following the Covid Act Now “US Covid Risk Level” guidelines. This provided 5 risk levels for various metrics for us to use as guidance in our safety protocol decision making.
During April 2022 Covid Act Now decided to replace these prior guidelines with a “Covid Community Level” framework that aligns with the CDC’s Community Levels. These track 3 primary metrics and grades them on a three-color scale (Green, Yellow, Orange).
The 3 metrics are:
  • Weekly New Reported Cases
  • Weekly Covid hospital admissions
  • Percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by Covid patients
Per Covid Act Now – “these changes reflect the now decreased risk of severe illness and death from COVID due to vaccines, broad testing that is not captured in test positivity rates, and the prevalence of highly transmissible variants such as Omicron.”
Your Covid committee feels it is important to stay aligned with Covid Act Now and will continue monitoring the weekly updates provided. Should changing conditions warrant, or if any of the primary metrics reach the highest level (Orange), the committee will reconvene to discuss whether any of our existing safety protocols need to be put back into place or revised and will communicate accordingly. Because the Covid Act Now updates now tend to be posted late in the week the committee will do our best to minimize any last-minute decisions impacting worship and other meetings and events.
We are pleased to report that as of May 2, 2022, all three primary metrics are currently Green for Lucas County.
We appreciate the Congregation’s ongoing support of our committee’s work. We continue to ask that we all remain mindful and respectful of individual preference when it comes to personal and family safety.
Your Covid Committee - Pastor Vern Swett, Pastor Mary Meadows, Jeanne Brockmyer, Sue Crescitelli, Jeff Finch, Steve Long, Peggy Meisner, Kelli Michael, Jane Ransom, Jeff Wahl

Financial Update

 
Our ongoing software conversion requires additional effort until it can produce quarterly giving statements. Please be advised that the first statement you receive in 2022 will cover the period of Jan - Jun 2022. From that point forward, we will revert to quarterly statements as usual. If you happen to need a statement before early July please email or call the church office so your request can be forwarded to Christy.
Thank you for your understanding.

The deadline for receipt of information for weekly updates is Wednesday, noon, for release on Thursday or Friday of the same week. Please keep content as brief as possible.

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.  


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Please email church@sylvaniaucc.org to communicate updates, cancellations/deletions, additions to be made to the calendar, and to contact Bruce Glover for room set-up, including heat and A/C.

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