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In-Person and Livestream Worship


Sunday, February 20, 2022


at 10 a.m.


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Scripture Readings: 

Genesis 45: 4-8; Luke 6:27-31
Sermon: "Peggy Lee vs. Louis Armstrong"


 Rev. Dr. David Andersen is preaching



Children's Worship meets in Wright Hall following the Message for the Whole Family of God.  Confirmation 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 20, 2022, 9 a.m.

We are now on week five of a six-week "Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures” from the Bible Project.  This week, Pastor Mary will facilitate discussion.

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.

Ash Wednesday Worship Service

March 2, 2022, 7 p.m.

in the sanctuary


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:

YWCA of NW OH resources for Black Herstory Month and Racial Justice
Documentaries about Black History from History.Com

The Science and Theology Group
Sunday, February 20, 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.

Social Justice Updates:

Grace Community Center has an ongoing need for banana boxes.  If you would be interested in picking up boxes from grocery stores and driving them to Grace, preferably once or twice a month, please speak with Sue Crescitelli or Deacon Jennifer.

There are 7 Afghan children who have recently arrived in NW OH.  A local Kumon location has put together a special program for them teaching ESL and academic skills, led by someone who speaks their language and knows about the trauma they've experienced.  The local office is seeking grants, but for now, the program costs $250/month per child, for a total of $21,000 for one year.  If you would like to donate directly to Kumon to pay tuition for these children, email Jennifer for further information.



FEB 23, 2022, 6 - 7:30pm EST


VENUE via Zoom


Featuring: Byron Crenshaw, Michelle Blocker and others featured in the film DESCENDED FROM THE PROMISED LAND: THE LEGACY OF BLACK WALL STREET


In honor of Black Histories/Futures Month, and just over one hundred years after the notorious massacre in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, aka Black Wall Street, we are honored to host a screening of the short film DESCENDED FROM THE PROMISED LAND: THE LEGACY OF BLACK WALL STREET that draws a century-long thread from 1921 to 2021, revealing the lingering economic, psychological and emotional impacts of the Tulsa Massacre through the lens of descendants. Descendants Byron Crenshaw, Jacqueline Blocker and their family members reach back to uplift the stories of their ancestors, the success they created, the promise they fulfilled, the horrors they endured and the resilience they showed. Invoking the deep entrepreneurial spirit of those who created one of the greatest Black communities this country has ever known, Byron and Jacqueline imagine a path forward to recapture the Black joy that once permeated Tulsa’s Black Wall Street.


A panel discussion with descendants Byron Crenshaw, Michelle Blocker and others featured in the film will follow the screening.


Register to receive the Zoom link


To read some history and to see before and after photos of the
Tulsa Massacre, click here.

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


As trained, experienced chaplains, Joycelyn and Diane will provide structured times of support, encouragement, growth and skill-building for members and friends of the congregation who offer care and service to others in countless ways. Among our goals are to: facilitate more in-depth ministry from a team of dedicated lay caregivers; encourage caregivers to listen to the sacred story of another's life in ways that promote healing and wellbeing; equip empathetic people with resources and tools that enhance effectiveness and skill in caregiving without imposing our own beliefs on others.

Register for the first in a series of sessions focused on "Deep Listening" by emailing Joycelyn or Diane. 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,.


Ongoing classes for adults!


Please join us on Zoom by clicking this LINK 


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

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 


Upcoming Wednesday Morning Study Group

Who is Jesus to You?


Click here for the Zoom link


We begin a new series March 2.  The theme is “Seeing Jesus,” and the purpose will be to explore the ways in which we see ourselves relating to Jesus.  How do we understand Jesus in our life - role, presence, example, companion?
We invite you to join the conversation, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, March 2nd and 16th.  We meet both In- person in the chapel and online through a Zoom link. 
We will be using Diana Butler Bass’ new book, Freeing Jesus, as a guide for our exploration into the many ways through which we see Jesus, beginning with that of Friend on March 2, and then Teacher, on March 16.
For questions regarding this new series or concerning the Wednesday Morning Study Group, please feel free to contact David W. Andersen.

Click here to read the February Cabinet Meeting Minutes

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.


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

Week of February 20 - February 26, 2022

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

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