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 Update and Resources
January 21, 2022
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.” ~Luke 4:18
Sunday Worship Service Online
Our Sunday worship service will be posted online at 10am on our “Kent UCC Video” YouTube page HERE. There will be no in person worship services through January, at which time the Council will reevaluate. Click here for the order of worship and to print the bulletin. For a children’s bulletin, please click here.  
Annual Congregational Meeting Sunday at 11:15am
Our Annual Meeting is at 11:15am this Sunday, January 23 on Zoom.
Please click on this Zoom link to join the meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83361039669?pwd=SkIrSXdDQ1MycVRHODRSV1l5OGI5UT09
Meeting ID: 833 6103 9669
Passcode: 059139
If anyone needs assistance joining us online, please do not hesitate
to contact the church office so we can walk you through it! 
Please click HERE for Zoom instructions.
New Book Study
Julian of Norwich: Wisdom in a Time of Pandemic—
and Beyond
Wednesdays, January 19 – February 23 at 7pm on Zoom
It’s not too late to join our group! Tired of the pandemic? Turn your frustration into new insight into the spiritual life. Join this 6-week book study (or simply come when you can!) as we read the hope-filled and fascinating work, Julian of Norwich: Wisdom in a Time of Pandemic—and Beyond by Matthew Fox. This book “gives us all new understanding of what we must each do to grow in peace and joy and life not only despite this pandemic but because of it.” Julian of Norwich also lived during a raging pandemic. “Julian is a stunning thinker, a profound theologian and mystic, a fully awake woman and a remarkable guide with a mighty vision to share for 21st Century seekers.” You will leave this class with renewed hope and deeper gratitude. Please order the book to read the Introduction and Chapter 1 by next Wednesday. To register for this class, please sign up HERE or let Pastor Amy know.  
“Africa: A History Denied” Film with KIFA
Learn the untold story of Africa when Kent Interfaith Alliance (KIFA) for Racial
Reconciliation and Justice presents the film “Africa: A History Denied” including a time for discussion afterward on January 27 at 7pm. Learn of Africa’s noble history prior to European colonization, attempts to erase this history, and current efforts to reclaim the continent’s true narrative.
Please join us for this interactive, virtual event on January 27 at 7pm.
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 885 1515 5617
Passcode: 141538
Summer Camp
It's still winter, but it's time to start making summer plans! Registration just opened for summer church camps at Templed Hills Camp in Bellville, OH (our United Church of Christ camp)! There are a variety of camps for a variety of ages. Do you have a preschooler who'd like to attend camp with a grandparent or other family member? Grands + Family Camp is for them! Have a high schooler who loves sports? Check out Sports Camp! How about an elementary school kid who likes hiking, swimming, and making s'mores? Just Camp (or mini Just Camp) is ideal! Check out all the camps and dates HERE. If you have any questions, reach out to Pastor Kim. See you at camp!
Space for Grace Contemplative Prayer
Begin your Tuesday mornings with sacred silence, stillness, and others seeking the Living God. 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.  
Flowers for Sunday Worship
You are invited to contribute flowers to adorn our worship space. We are all enriched by the beauty of God’s creation as expressed through flowers! Please consider remembering and honoring a loved one, celebrating a special occasion, lifting up someone in our church family, or simply sharing your joy. Please sign up HERE to save a date and make your dedication. Thank you so much!
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
Becky and Martin Dix, daughter and son-in-law of Doris Aeschliman
Bev Feher, long-time friend of Barb Marken
Larry and Nancy Francis and family
Alex Frank, grandson of Alan Frank
Tammy, niece of Linnea and Pat Ray
Carol Horner
Lydia Kittle, granddaughter of Lori and Steve Babbey
Bruce Moore
Billy O’Malley, nephew of Annie O’Malley
Lawrence Prichard
Rev. Pat Russell
Mary Ryba, aunt of Lynn Gregor
Pat Schubert
Tallu Schuyler Quinn, friend of Pastor Amy
Ian Tomlinson, grandson of Doris Aeschliman
Terri, friend of Megan Snyder
Kimball Washburn, friend of Sophia Hayden
Need Support?
The pandemic is not over. This continues to be a heartbreaking, anxiety-producing, exhausting and divisive time. All of us could use an extra dose of patience, grace, and loving kindness. Please know that you are not alone. Pastor Amy is available for spiritual care and prayer as are our lay leaders.
  • For confidential help and spiritual care needs, devotional materials, prayer, or just to talk this week, contact Pastor Amy, a Deacon or a Stephen Minister.
  • Contact Pastor Amy: pastoramy@kentucc.org or (330) 673-9534
  • Contact a Deacon: KUCCdeacons@icloud.com
  • Contact a Stephen Minister: sueotterson@gmail.com or (234) 417-2335
  • For free and confidential counsel from a mental health professional, please call the COVID Careline, 1-800-720-9616. The careline is open daily from 8am-8pm.
  • For financial assistance from our Congregational and Community Assistance Fund, please let Pastor Amy or the Deacons know. Our CCAF offerings are received every 5th Sunday.  
This Week’s Sacred Text
Luke 4:14-21
Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 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 let the oppressed go free,
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.”
Thanks be to God, who is still speaking!
Whoever you are, wherever you are on life's journey...
you're welcome here!