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Update and Resources
May 20, 2022
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me
        to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
    and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” ~Luke 4:18-19
Racial Justice Service and Dedication of the
NAACP Office
Gather in our sanctuary for our 10am worship service in person or watch our live stream by clicking here. You can also view the service later on our Kent UCC Video page. Click here to print the bulletin for an order of worship for those worshiping online. For a children's bulletin, click here. The Rev. Dr. Velda Love, Racial Justice Minister of the UCC, will be our guest preacher. The dedication of the Portage County NAACP Office will take place at the end of our worship service. Immediately following worship, we will gather in VanMeter Hall for our benefit luncheon. Please invite friends and family for this historic occasion at Kent UCC!
King Kennedy Center Benefit Luncheon
This Sunday, May 22 will be an historic and exciting day for the life of our church and community. A benefit luncheon for the King Kennedy Center will be held after the dedication of the NAACP office at the end of worship. Neil Dukes of the Pit Stop Pub will be bringing pulled pork and chicken, and members of Outreach and Social Justice will prepare mac and cheese and desserts. The congregation is invited to provide salads serving 8-12 people. Please click HERE to sign up to bring a salad; you can bring the salad to the kitchen before worship on Sunday.
Kindly note that we are asking for a minimum donation
of $10 per adult and $5 per child. Children 5 and under are free.
Cash or checks only. Checks should be made out to Kent UCC.
King Kennedy Community Center exists to uplift the residents of McElrath Park and the surrounding area. KKCC provides a variety of experiences and opportunities designed to enrich the lives of our community members. The King Kennedy Community Center was built in 1978. At the time, the neighborhood of McElrath Park, where the center is located, was ranked one of the nation’s most underprivileged rural communities. Inspired by the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a community group banded together to create the King Kennedy Community Center and form a place in the community where local residents could learn and grow.
Today, King Kennedy continues to flourish. The center offers after-school tutoring, summer education programs, food assistance for youth and seniors and a multitude of volunteer opportunities. In 2020, King Kennedy broke ground on a new gymnasium and multi-use facility that will increase programming and services to local youth and senior citizens. Proceeds from the May 22 luncheon will be directed to putting the finishing touches on the gymnasium. Thank you in advance for your generous support!
Aggie Peterson Celebration of Life TOMORROW
A celebration of life for long-time member Aggie Peterson will be held on Saturday, May 21 at Flying Horse Farms, 5260 State Route 95 in Mount Gilead, Ohio, 43338. The memorial service will begin at 2pm with Pastor Amy officiating. All are welcome.  
Youth and Mental Health Discussion
The mental health crisis among America's youth is real—and it's getting worse. This is the driving factor behind the UCC’s own Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund's new book Blessed Youth: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness with Children and Teens. There will be some copies available on Sunday in the narthex or you can order them HERE. You are invited to read the book and join us for a conversation on Saturday, June 25 from 9-10:30 a.m. in the chapel. Light refreshments will be served, and childcare will be offered. This discussion will be especially poignant for parents, grandparents, and caregivers of children and teenagers, but all are welcome. Please sign up HERE
VBS Closer Than You Think
We are just under two months away from our 2022 Vacation Bible School program at First Christian Church in Kent - Compassion in Action: Changing the World with Lovingkindness. VBS is July 11-14 from 6-8:15 p.m. We are looking for volunteers! Volunteers can lead a station, lead a group of kids, help with registration, pray for our week, and more! We're looking for helpers who are of middle school age all the way through adults. (No one is EVER "too old" to come to VBS!) If you're interested in helping, please fill out THIS Google form to help Jodi and I place you. Reach out to Pastor Kim if you have any questions. Thank you for prayerfully considering how you might help make this a successful and fun week for our children!
Summer Teachers Needed
During the summer, our Sunday school teachers take a break, and we ask volunteers to help teach a multi-age Sunday school class during worship each week. Easy-to-teach curriculum materials are provided. If you're interested in volunteering once (or more!) this summer, please sign up HERE.
Ukraine Relief
You are invited to prayerfully consider donating to Ukraine Relief by writing a check with “Ukraine Relief” in the memo line or by using Engage on-line. While the war rages on, we can make a difference by contributing to our denominational and ecumenical relief efforts.  
Knitting Group Starts TODAY!
Our church prayer shawl group will start today, May 20th at 11am in the lounge. We will chat, pray, drink coffee, and of course knit. All are welcome. For questions please contact Sandy Roeger at: 330-688-2331.
What is Text Giving?
  • Text Giving is another way you and your family can give to our church.  
  • Its super easy; just text the word GIVE to (330) 275-1772 and you'll immediately receive a text back with a link that takes you to our Engage page.
  • There, you can sign into your Engage account or continue as a guest.  The advantage of logging into your account is that our church staff can track your gift and include it in your quarterly giving summaries. 
  • You can from there choose to make a one time gift, or reccurring gift, and select the desired amount.  
  • You may also help our church by covering the processing fees; for example, if you give $5.00 then the processing fees are $.46 ; so your total gift for that transaction would be $5.46.
  • Once you submit your offering gift, you'll receive an email from the host company to serve as your receipt. 
  • Quick Tip: save the number as a contact in your phone as KENT UCC Text Giving and easily pull up the information while sitting in the pews on Sundays. 
Kent UCC Now Has E-Bucks! 
E-Bucks are new as of Easter Sunday and will allow our congregation members to demonstrate they make their contributions to the church electronically or through text giving. By placing an E-Buck (available in the pews), in the offering plate during worship, you are participating in the offering ritual.  If you have any questions, please contact our Stewardship Ministry Chair, Crystal Shanley, in person on Sundays at church or call/text: (330) 607-1753.  
Space for Grace Contemplative Prayer
Our last Space for Grace before the summer is next Tuesday, May 24. Come, pray with us in sacred silence and stillness. We will pray with scripture, in silence, and with one another as we share our concerns and joys. Join us on Tuesday at 7:30am on Zoom. Please email Pastor Amy for the Zoom link.  
Worship Volunteer Opportunities
There are many opportunities for you to serve. If you have any questions, please contact the church office.

Ushers welcome worshipers and escort them to open seats and receive our offering. You’ll be part of a team of ushers consisting of four ushers. Sign up HERE
Extend extravagant hospitality to visitors and members with a warm smile.  Sign up HERE
Liturgists participate in worship services by reading parts of the liturgy. You’ll get the readings in advance. Sign up HERE.
Flowers for Sunday Worship
By dedicating flowers for worship, you can remember and honor a loved one, celebrate a special occasion, lift up someone in our church family, or simply share your joy. Please sign up HERE to save a date and make your dedication. 
Prayer List
If you would like to ask the entire congregation for prayer for yourself, someone else or for our community and world, please submit it on our new website by clicking the “Prayer Request” tab here, or by letting our church office, a Deacon, or Pastor Amy know. We will share the prayer list in our weekly updates, as you see below. 
In Our Prayers
Rudy Capece, grandson of Debbie and Al Barber
College Students as they prepare for final exams
Walter, brother-in-law of Harold and Mary Hight and Margaret, sister of
Mary Hight.
Bev Feher, long-time friend of Barb Marken
Tammy, niece of Linnea and Pat Ray
Dezmond, Colena and Robert Hous, friends of Debbie Schinker
Carol Horner
Danielle Ingersol, Sue Otterson’s niece
Bruce Moore
Billy O’Malley, nephew of Annie O’Malley
Lawrence Prichard
Rev. Pat Russell
Pat Schubert
The Family of Megan Thompson, friend of Debbie Schinker
Terri, friend of Megan Snyder
Donna Stefanik
Looking Ahead
  • THIS Saturday, May 21 – Spring Clean Up (rescheduled)
  • May 22 – Racial Justice Celebration and Dedication of NAACP Office; Rev. Dr. Velda Love, UCC Minister for Racial Justice, preaching; luncheon to benefit King Kennedy Center after worship
  • May 29 – Frank Hairston, preaching (Pastor Amy on vacation)
  • June 5 – Pentecost Sunday; Service of Baptism
  • June 12 – Founders’ Day
  • June 12–18 – UYF Mission Trip to the US Border
  • June 19 – Father’s Day and Juneteenth; move to Chapel for summer
  • June 26 – UYF Mission Sunday
  • July 11-14 – Vacation Bible School
  • July 29 – Akron RubberDucks Baseball Game Outing
  • July 31 – Holy Humor Sunday!
This Week’s Sacred Text
Luke 4:14-30
Then Jesus, in the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding region. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has anointed me
        to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
    and recovery of sight to the blind,
        to set free those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?” He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’” And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in his hometown. But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months and there was a severe famine over all the land,  yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. There were also many with a skin disease in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff.  But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.
Thanks be to God, who is still speaking!
Whoever you are, wherever you are on life's journey...
you're welcome here!