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Update and Resources

January 20, 2023

“And [Jesus] said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of people.’

 Immediately they left their nets and followed him.” 

~Matthew 4:19-20

Sunday Worship at 10am

Join us in our sanctuary for worship this Sunday! Worship via the live stream by clicking here. Click here to print the bulletin for an order of worship for those worshiping online.  

Annual Congregational Meeting THIS Sunday

Our Annual Congregational Meeting is this Sunday, January 22, immediately following worship. One of the joys of a congregational church is coming together, as one body of Christ, to discern and act together. While members of the congregation can cast a vote, all are welcome at Sunday’s meeting. We will elect a new slate of officers and ministry chairpersons, renew our WISE Covenant, and vote on our FY2023 budget. If you have not yet read or received a copy of the Annual Report, please click HERE. Please spend time with it prior to our meeting. Every voice in our congregation is important! See you on Sunday.  

Anti-Racism Book Group Resumes January 23

The Anti-Racism Book Group will resume its meetings on Monday, January 23. We meet the fourth Monday of the month at 7 pm via Zoom. We’re starting off the new year by reading and working through Do the Work: An Anti-Racist Activity Book by

Bell and Schatz. We’ll review the introduction and chapter 1 at our kickoff meeting. Please don’t hesitate to join us even if you haven’t yet obtained and/or started the book. We are welcoming several new members at this meeting and would love to have others. For a Zoom link and/or more information, please contact Barb Hanniford,

Skate and Create

Please join us Sunday, February 5 for "Skate and Create." From 2:00-3:15 we will be at the free skating downtown Kent. Then from 3:30-4:30 there will be hot chocolate and decorating Valentine’s Day cookies at the church. Craft tables will be set up to create Valentine’s for family, church members, and our community dinner friends. Have a Heart bags will also be available to decorate for Have a Heart Sunday (2/12) benefitting Kent Social Services. All ages welcome. Invite your friends! Enjoy fun, fellowship, and helping others feel loved!

Kent Social Services Needs Our Help

Kent Social Services current needs are: canned soup, ramen noodles, canned beans, peanut butter, and other staples. Please place them in our grocery cart just inside our downstairs entrance. Thank you!

Make A Joyful Noise

While we invite all those who enjoy singing to join our Chancel Choir, we know that many people struggle with the extra time commitment." Make a Joyful Noise Sundays" are back! where we will invite congregants to join the choir for JUST THAT DAY! Interested singers will rehearse with the Chancel Choir at 9:00 AM and will then sing the anthem during the 10:00 AM worship service... No extra time commitment! Participants can still sit out in the congregation and will simply walk up to the chancel when it is time for the anthem. Our upcoming "Make a Joyful Noise Sunday" dates will be February 12, March 19, April 23, and May 21. Please keep these dates in mind if this interests you! The anthem selection will be easy enough for ALL to learn in a 45-minute rehearsal. Please talk to Corey Fowler, director of music, if you have any questions.

KUCC Knitting Group

The Kent UCC knitting group will meet TODAY, January 20 at 11am in the Lounge. All are welcome.

Worship Volunteer Opportunities

There are many opportunities for you to serve. If you have any questions, please contact the church office.




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

Please check the flower schedule either on line or the chart to donate flowers for Sunday worship services. There might be a special day or celebration you want remembered and this is a wonderful way to do it. You can bring flowers in yourself or by ordering from Oregon Corners Florists in Stow. They will deliver to the church. Thank you for your help in making our services special. Please sign up HERE to save a date and make your dedication. 

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.  

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

Heather and Ray, friends of Loralea Allen

Rudy Capece, grandson of Debbie and Al Barber

Bob Carlson

Jack Fender, friend of the Saltzman's

Bruce Hansford

Jeff, friend of Harold Hight

Bev Feher, long-time friend of Barb Marken

Carol Horner

Danielle Ingersol, Sue Otterson’s niece

Billy O’Malley, nephew of Annie O’Malley

Lawrence Prichard

Jason, son of Laurie Riddle and Zoe Walsh

Rev. Pat Russell

Shelley, neighbor of Laurie Riddle and Zoe Walsh

Gladys Wells

Looking Ahead

  • January 14 - MLK Breakfast, 10am VanMeter Hall
  • January 22 - Annual Congregational Meeting
  • February 5 - Skate and Create
  • February 12 - Scout Sunday and Have a Heart Sunday
  • February 12, March 19, April 23, and May 21 - Make a Joyful Noise Sundays
  • February 22 - Ash Wednesday

This Week’s Sacred Text

Matthew 4:12-23 (NRSVUE)

Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

“Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,

    on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the gentiles—

the people who sat in darkness

    have seen a great light,

and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death

    light has dawned.”

From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”


As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishers. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. 


Jesus went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people. 

Thanks be to God, who is still speaking!
Whoever you are, wherever you are on life's journey...
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1400 East Main Street
Kent, OH 44240
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