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 Update and Resources
January 14, 2022
“Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee,
and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.”
~John 2:11
Sunday Worship Service Online
Our Sunday worship service will be posted online at 10am on our “Kent UCC Video” YouTube page HERE. Our grand MLK Jr. celebration, including hosting Rev. Dr. Velda Love, guest preacher from the national UCC offices, and dedicating the NAACP office in our church, will be rescheduled. Unfortunately, this special worship service cannot happen this weekend due to Covid. We look forward to a future time when we will celebrate MLK, welcome Dr. Love, and dedicate the new NAACP space. There will be no in person worship services through January, at which time the COVID Advisory Team and 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 January 23
Our Annual Meeting is immediately after worship (11am) on Sunday, January 23 on Zoom. 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.  
MLK Prayer Breakfast (virtual) TOMORROW
Saturday, January 15, 2022 10am
Join us online for the annual MLK Breakfast with our partner the NAACP. 
For more information, please click HERE.
$10 (students), $25 (adults), $50 or other amount PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=GG2JACWAVML3J
Supports scholarships for college-bound students
Questions? Contact portagecountynaacp@gmail.com
New Book Study
Julian of Norwich: Wisdom in a Time of Pandemic—
and Beyond
Wednesdays, January 19 – February 23 at 7pm on Zoom
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 easy-to-read, enjoyable 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 our first class session next Wednesday. To register for this class, please sign up HERE or let Pastor Amy know.  
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!
Community Outreach Meal
The January Community Meal is upon us! We’re seeking donations of food and dessert (cake). Please click HERE to sign up to donate and show off your baking skills!  Please have the prepared food dropped off at the kitchen door at church at 4pm on Sunday, January 16. We will package up the food and pass it out to our guests at the lower doors at 5pm. If you have any questions, please call or email Gayle Wall
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, 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
Alex Frank, grandson of Alan Frank
Tammy, niece of Linnea and Pat Ray
Lydia Kittle, granddaughter of Lori and Steve Babbey
Bruce Moore
Billy O’Malley, nephew of Annie O’Malley
Sunny Matthews and Justin, Kaylan, and Kenny Park
Lawrence Prichard
Rev. Pat Russell
Mary Ryba, aunt of Lynn Gregor
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
John 2:1-11
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
Thanks be to God, who is still speaking!
Whoever you are, wherever you are on life's journey...
you're welcome here!