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Update and Resources
August 12, 2022
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us"
~ Hebrews 12:1
Sunday Worship at 10am in Chapel
Gather in our chapel 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. 
Rev. Gene Fisher Called as
Sabbatical Pastor
The Rev. Gene Fisher is our part-time sabbatical pastor while Pastor Amy is on sabbatical. He will work 20 hours a week and will accept appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays after August 22 between 9am and 1pm. Rev. Fisher is a semi-retired pastor who has served several congregations, the Christian Church Foundation, and Reconciliation Ministries for the Disciples of Christ. He has also served several UCC and Disciples congregations as interim pastor. His first Sunday with us will be this Sunday. 

Rev. Fisher lives in Solon, Ohio with his wife and daughter. His complete bio and story is in our current MessengerRev. Fisher is excited to be with Kent UCC this fall! The church is also in the capable and compassionate hands of our moderator and Council, the Diaconate and Stephen Ministers, and dedicated staff while Pastor Amy is away.  
Pastor Amy’s Sabbatical Plans and Pastoral Letter
If you have not yet read Pastor Amy’s letter describing what a sabbatical is—and is not—and her own sabbatical plans, please click here. She will be unavailable via email, text, or phone while she is away. Please respect her “unplugged” sabbatical time. If you have a question or pastoral concern, please contact Leah in the church office and she will ensure the appropriate people respond.
Nursery Care
Nursery care returns! After a very long absence, nursery care has returned! But we can't open the nursery without your help. We are looking for volunteers who can help staff the nursery each week from about 9:30-11:30am.  If you have a passion for children ages birth - 3 years and wish to offer your gifts in this way, please sign up HERE or contact Diane Drewette, nursery attendant. Thank you! 
Special Requests During Pastor Amy's Sabbatical
This is a special call out for liturgists and children's snap chat leaders during Pastor Amy's sabbatical. If you would like to sign up to be a liturgist, please click here. If you would like to sign-up to do snap-chat, please click here. We need to fill up the months that Pastor Amy is away. If you have any questions, please contact Leah in the church office.
Peer Program Coming This Fall
to Kent UCC
This fall, two of our youth, Tracey Lohman and Grace Polcha, are starting an outreach to their peers called H2 (Homework Help and Mental Health). This program will run Thursday nights from 6-7:30 and be a place for local students to come and complete their homework while also participating in a WISE mental health practice. We need your help! We need two volunteers each Thursday to be present with youth and help with whatever questions they might have. You don't need to necessarily be a teacher to help; you just need to be willing to be present with youth in our church and community. The program will take place in the UYF wing of our lower level. Interested? Sign up HERE.
BBQ and Blues 
Want to spend a summer evening enjoying great food, listening to some wonderful blues music, and enjoying time with friends and family? The Social Justice Ministry is hosting Blues & BBQ Saturday, August 20 from 5-8 (food served until 7). The Back Alley Relics will play on and off the entire time. We’ll also have yard games, corn hole, and face painting activities. It will be held on the back parking lot or indoors in case of inclement weather.
 
All proceeds will go to the Nancy and Bruce Hansford NAACP Scholarship fund. This scholarship is given annually by our church, through NAACP, to deserving young men and women for future education after high school graduation.
 
The cost is $15 per person and $7.50 for children 5 and over. Kids under 5 are free. You’ll get a pulled pork or chicken sandwich from Pit Stop BBQ, side dishes, beverages, dessert, and lots of great music. The Social Justice Committee is taking reservations on Sundays at church, or you can call the church office at (330) 673-9534.
 
We need help with desserts, set up, serving, and clean up. To volunteer, please click here.
 
If you can’t attend but wish to donate to the scholarship fund, you can donate online through Engage by clicking here and select the scholarship fund. Or, you can send a check payable to the church and note that it is for the Hansford NAACP Scholarship.
 
We look forward to seeing many of you and your friends there! 
Small Group Interest Survey
The Hospitality and Membership Committee would like your input!  It is our goal to start up some small groups based on common interests starting this fall. Please click here to complete a survey to let us know what you are interested in, when you can meet, and how often you'd like to meet, etc. Please complete the survey by August 15. We will compile this information to get some small social groups up and running. If you have any questions please contact Gayle Wall. Thanks!
Akron Pride Festival
and Equity March
AUGUST 27, 2022
DOWNTOWN AKRON
MAIN STREET
This year the Social Justice and Marketing committees have teamed up to celebrate PRIDE and not only walk in the Equity March this year but we have a booth to show Kent UCC is Open and Affirming and open to all.
 
When: Sat. August 27, 2022 10AM-10PM
 
Equity March 10AM- 11AM This is fun short walk from the Spaghetti Warehouse to Lock 3 where the booths are located. All ages are welcome and encouraged. 
 
Our Kent UCC booth will be open all day if you want to stop by.
 
If you would like to sign up to either march or volunteer at the booth, please sign up here. We’ll keep you updated.
Rummage Sale News Updates. 
Third try’s the charm!
 
This year’s annual rummage sale is scheduled for September 16, 9-5 and 17,
9-Noon.  We will be setting up and then tearing down from Sunday, September 11 through Saturday the 17th with lots of times to volunteer. The rummage sale activity is a great time to meet church and community members while performing a significant community outreach service.  Volunteering is easy and the choice of days and times are up to you and your schedule. Look at the Sign-Up Genius linked HERE to see the volunteer opportunities and sign up, or come to the sign-up table in the hall outside the choir room after worship for more information, or just show up during one of the times listed. And please say "yes" when asked!!
 
We also need volunteers who would like to provide breakfast bites or ‘lunchy’ munchies or money for food, be a food provider for a day, or be a kitchen helper for a day. Please contact Ruth Saltzman (330-620-7296)
 
This year, because we haven’t had a sale since 2019 and we know you have been cleaning out those closets, garages, and basements during the Pandemic, we are going to add additional drop off days and times starting in late August listed below. (We will still collect during traditional times later.)
 
  •            Wednesday, August 24 from 5-7 PM
  •            Saturday, August 27 from 10-12 noon
  • Wednesday, August 31 from 5-7 PM
  •            Saturday, September 3 from 10-12 noon
  •            Wednesday, September7 from 5-7 PM
 
During these times, deliver donations to the church via the lower door entrance in the center of the building (the exit door for Rm.114). Volunteers will be there to direct which room your donations should be placed depending on the items. Please only drop items off on these specified days and times and put items where directed by the volunteers.  The church has limited storage space, and we are attempting to pre-sort donations to save space until the sale set-up
 
Donations will continue to be collected in our traditional times from September 11-14. A complete schedule can be found at the rummage sale sign-up table. Pick up of furniture or large items can be scheduled for the week prior to the sale through the church office (330-673-9534) or Glenn Hanniford (330-687-5612)
Kent Social Services
Needs Our Help
For the first time in a long time, their pantry was bare for a period of time this summer. The Kent community came together and restocked it, but the demand remains high. They really need cereal. Each month or more often if necessary, Outreach continues to take food donated by our congregation. Please bring your donations to the lower lobby. Your generosity is much appreciated. Wherever there is need, there the church will be.
ACME Cash Back Program
The Acme Cash Back Program began on August 5, 2022 and goes through December 24, 2022. Our church earns 5% cash back through this program to support our Women’s Fellowship! On the bottom of your register receipt it will tell if you purchased qualifying Acme brand products and how much you earned. Please save the complete register receipt and turn them into the church. Baskets will be on the Narthex windowsill and on the entry table near Fellowship Hall. The last day for turning in your slips will be January 15, 2023. Last year Kent UCC earned $89.86. As always, thank you for your support. 
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.  
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. 
Worship Volunteer Opportunities
There are many opportunities for you to serve. If you have any questions, please contact the church office.
 

Usher
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
 
Greeter
Extend extravagant hospitality to visitors and members with a warm smile.  Sign up HERE
 
Liturgist
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, or a Deacon, know while Pastor Amy is away on sabbatical. 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
The Crawford Family, neighbors of Karen and Thurl Carmany
Carol Ewers
Bruce Hansford
Jeff, friend of Harold Hight
Bev Feher, long-time friend of Barb Marken
Carol Horner
Danielle Ingersol, Sue Otterson’s niece
Bruce Moore
Billy O’Malley, nephew of Annie O’Malley
Lawrence Prichard
Jason, son of Laurie Riddle and Zoe Walsh
Rev. Pat Russell
Pat Schubert
Michael Servantes, son-in-law of Ruth Saltzman
Donna Stefanik
Looking Ahead
  • Now – November 23 Pastor Amy on vacation and sabbatical
  • August 14 - Rev. Gene Fisher's first Sunday as sabbatical pastor
  • August 20 – BBQ & Blues Fundraiser for the Hansford NAACP Scholarship
  • August 27 – Akron Pride Festival
  • September 1 – H2 (Homework Help and Mental Health) Program begins
  • September 11 – Kick-off Sunday
  • September 16-17 – Rummage Sale 
  • September 18 - Stephen Ministry information session
  • September 24 – Mental Health QPR (Suicide Prevention) Training
  • September 25 – Pastor Gene out; Rev. Michael Howard, preaching
  • October 2 – World Communion Sunday
  • October 9 – Accessibility (A2A) Sunday – Jeff Langstaff, preaching
  • October 30 – Dedication Sunday
  • November 27 – First Sunday of Advent and service of baptism; Pastor Amy returns to the pulpit
  • December 18 - Lessons and Carols Service
  • December 21 - Blue Christmas Service
  • January 22, 2023 – Annual Congregational Meeting
This Week’s Sacred Text
Hebrews 11:29-12:2
By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace.

And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. Others suffered mocking and flogging and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned to death; they were sawn in two; they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented— of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains and in caves and holes in the ground.

Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
Thanks be to God, who is still speaking!
Whoever you are, wherever you are on life's journey...
you're welcome here!