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Update and Resources
May 13, 2022
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.
Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”
~John 13:34
Mental Health Sunday Worship at 10am
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. To print a children's bulletin click here.
Prospective Member Orientation THIS Sunday
The Hospitality and Membership Committee is holding a prospective member orientation this Sunday, May 15 immediately following worship. Please join H&M and Pastor Amy in the Chapel kitchen. Light refreshments will be provided. We welcome all those with any questions about Kent UCC, as well as those interested in joining our congregation. Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!  
Racial Justice Celebration
Sunday, May 22 will be an historic and exciting day for Kent UCC, the Portage County NAACP, our Living Water Association, Racial Justice Ministries of the UCC, and the King Kennedy Center. Our Outreach and Social Justice ministries are delighted to help make this day one of community and celebration. A fundraising dinner for the King Kennedy Center gym will be held after the dedication of the NAACP office at the end of worship. Neil Dukes, a member of the Kent community and owner 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 May 22.
Aggie Peterson Celebration of Life
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. To view the obituary, click here.
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
Knitting Group Starts Next Friday!
Our church prayer shawl group will start next Friday, 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.
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. 
  
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
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.  
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, 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
  • May 15 – Mental Health Sunday; Prospective Member Orientation after worship
  • 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; New Members Received
  • June 12 – Founders’ Day
  • June 12–18 – UYF Mission Trip
  • June 19 – Father’s Day; move to chapel for summer worship
  • June 26 – UYF Mission Sunday
  • July 11-14 – Vacation Bible School
  • July 31 – Holy Humor Sunday!
This Week’s Sacred Text
John 13:31-35
When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Thanks be to God, who is still speaking!
Whoever you are, wherever you are on life's journey...
you're welcome here!