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In-Person and Livestream Worship


Sunday, April 3, 2022, at 10 a.m.


Communion Sunday


Click here for the livestream


Scripture Reading: Luke 10:38-42
Sermon: "Rocks In A Jar..."

  Rev. Dr. Vern Swett is preaching

April 3 will be our first opportunity since the start of the pandemic to share communion by passing the plate. For those who may wish to continue to use the pre-packaged communion elements ushers will have them available.  As is our practice, communion bread is gluten-free. 


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. 
meets IN PERSON this Sunday at 11:30AM in the youth room.  Confirmation class is for youth seventh grade and older.  Contact Pastor Mary if you need to join the meeting by Zoom.  Next week:  All youth will meet IN PERSON following the Palm Sunday brunch. 

Adult Education, Sunday, April 3, 2022, 9 a.m.

Join us in the chapel or on Zoom at 9AM as we continue our Lenten series:
"Nurturing the Heart of Community"

This week, Pastor Mary will lead us in a discussion of
"Busy-ness and Boundaries"
as we continue in our journey towards emotionally healthy spirituality.

Click here for the Zoom link


The Wednesday Morning Study Group meets in the Chapel and online. We are currently exploring the various titles used in addressing Jesus in the Bible and in our own lives.  This Wednesday we will look at the title of “Savior” and how it has been used and is used in reference to Jesus.  We invite you to join us or speak with David Andersen if you have any questions about the group or the topic for Wednesday.

It's Time to Order Easter Flowers
to Beautify the Sanctuary

Click here to order online

or purchase at the table in the Gathering Area
on Sundays, April 3 and April 10

Suggested donation per plant is $15.00 Proceeds from the sale of flowers/plants go toward the Grace Community Center food boxes at Christmas. To make a donation online, click here and then select "Grace Community Center/Poinsettia" in the drop-down menu. You may designate that the flower/plant is in honor of or in memory of someone dear to you. 


As part of the Easter Vigil (Saturday, April 16, at 7:00PM) we will use a visual liturgy of the creation story. We need photos or very short video clips that reflect the images found in Genesis 1-2:4a.  Please send your digital images to Pastor Mary here.  If you'd rather submit printed photos, please send to the church or drop off in the office.  Please send by this Sunday: April 3, 2022

Questions?  Contact Pastor Mary. 

The 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 will not meet on April 7 due to the Equality Seder or April 14 due to Maundy Thursday worship service. Join us when the study resumes on April 21!

Outreach Updates:


Sylvania UCC has given $2500 to assist people in Ukraine.  If you would like to give individually, please visit this page to read more about the UCC's Ukraine Emergency appeal. You can also give through the church here by selecting "Ukraine" in the drop-down menu.

For more info about how to help the Ukrainian people, please visit our website.


The Lenten Offering this year will go to Grace Community Center to help with two of their ministries: the hygiene boxes they provide to the elderly and homebound in their area and the Educamp youth programs they sponsor during the summer. 

Each hygiene box costs approximately $10.  Grace is also always very grateful for funds donated to the youth programs to help offset the costs associated with them. 

Donations can be made on website by clicking on "Give," then "Donate," and then using the second drop down menu to select "Lenten Offering."  Checks can also be dropped off in the Sunday collection or mailed to the church office with "Lenten Offering" in the memo line.

Upcoming Events:

April 2, 8:30 AM - Church Planning Event (at church, sponsored by the Diaconate) 

April 3, 1:30 PM - Care & Share, 2nd in a Series on Deep Listening (chapel; pre-register:

April 9, 7:15 PM - Iftar All-Community Event (A break-the-fast meal with our Muslim neighbors; click here to RSVP)

April 10, 11:00 AM - Palm Sunday Brunch (Click here to RSVP, to volunteer, or to donate)

April 14, 7:00 PM - Maundy Thursday Worship

April 15, 12:00 PM - Good Friday Service (at St. Stephen's Lutheran)

April 16, 7:00 PM - Easter Vigil All-Community Event (Interactive worship service)

April 17, 8:30 and 10:00 AM - Easter Worship Services; 11:15AM - Children's Egg Hunt

April 23, 6:30 PM - Film Screening by Green Team, an All-Community Event ("Youth v Gov" in the sanctuary)

April 24, 11:00 AM - Children's Earth Day Activity (Plant seedlings for our pizza garden, decorate small stones for garden)

May 1, 3:00-5:00 PM - Children's Storytelling Day All-Community Event

Second in a series on Deep Listening
Sunday, April 3, 2022, 1:30 - 3 p.m. in the chapel
pre-register with Joycelyn Degener or Diane Christopherson


On March 19th, 11 members of the congregation met for an hour and-a-half in lively, interactive opportunities to engage topics related to deep listening. Information was shared regarding caregiving roles individuals have fulfilled in the past with members of the congregation and beyond. In rotating dyads, we shared stories that touched on several areas of our lives: how we listen to our bodies and where we notice we carry our emotions; a time we noticed and took action on an area of curiosity or desire to learn something new; what emotions, if any, were not "acceptable" or "allowed" to be expressed in our family of origin and what has helped us integrate those emotions later in our lives; a time we felt alone or isolated and what actions we took to realign our social relationships. The issue was raised about the importance of using "I" language and being conscious of boundaries when our intention is to be present with another and accompany others in challenging times. In spontaneous fashion, individuals told a 3-4 sentence story focused on a word given to them from Robert Plutchik's "emotions circle" or "wheel of emotions." Lastly, a method was shared for practicing Centering Prayer. Before participants parted, individuals were given opportunity to write on a white board topics they would like to address in future sessions on deep listening.

Join us for the second in a series on deep listening, facilitated by Rev. Joycelyn Degener and Rev. Diane Christopherson, BCC, as we practice raising our consciousness and increase our knowledge and skills in offering spiritual care, compassionate presence, and accompaniment to others.


Visit the Birmingham jail where Dr. King was incarcerated…
walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma…
on Sunday worship at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. 
These are just a few of the places we will be visiting on our Civil Rights Tour.

We are happy to report that the deadline for the Civil Rights Tour has been extended and that the tour is confirmed for October 6 - 10, 2022.  We currently have 20 firm reservations. If you have thought about the trip, you still have time to make your reservation. Consider asking family members or friends to participate who might also appreciate such an opportunity.  Please feel free to contact any member of the tour committee if you have questions or need copies of the registration form.  Thank you.

Civil Rights Tour Committee:  Barbara Eikost, Sue Crescitelli, Al Compaan, David W. Andersen

Equality Toledo and the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo’s Jewish Community Relations Council invite you to attend our Equality Seder on Thursday, April 7 from 7:00-9:00 pm at Handmade Toledo (1717 Adams Street). It is open to all and RSVPs are required.

A time to celebrate, reflect, and come together

Join Equality Toledo and the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo’s Jewish Community Relations Council for an evening celebrating our collective liberation. The Passover seder retells the story of the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. This Equality Seder will follow the customs and order of a traditional Passover seder and will focus on chronicling our collective liberation as LGBTQ+ people, as Jews, as LGBTQ+ Jews, and others. We come together to commemorate our emancipation from oppression, to celebrate the freedoms that have been achieved, and to explore freedoms not yet gained, remembering that none of us are free until all of us are free. This event is free and open to all, regardless of faith, sexual orientation and gender identity. Light vegetarian snacks and drinks will be served. RSVP required; please RSVP by Monday, April 4.

RSVP link:


Facebook event page:

The Hidden Holocaust: Holocaust by Bullets

Featuring Renowned Catholic Priest: Father Patrick Desbois

Sunday, April 3, 2022 | 4 p.m.
Franciscan Center of Lourdes University
6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania

Click here for more information.

Click here to read the March 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
May newsletter is April 15, 2022.


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 to communicate updates, cancellations/deletions, and additions to be made to the calendar. For room set-up, including heat and A/C, contact Bruce.

Week of April 3 - 9, 2022

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