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Update and Resources
August 5, 2022
“Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’” ~John 21:12a
Sunday Worship at 10am in Chapel
Join Pastor Amy on her last Sunday with us before she begins her sabbatical! We will share in Holy Communion and explore “sabbath” together. 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.

To read Pastor Amy’s letter about her sabbatical, please click here
Rev. Gene Fisher Called as
Sabbatical Pastor
The Rev. Gene Fisher will serve as Kent UCC’s sabbatical pastor while Pastor Amy is on sabbatical. 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 August 14. Rev. Fisher lives in Solon, Ohio with his wife and daughter. Stay tuned for his complete bio and story in our upcoming Messenger. Rev. 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.  
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!
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
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.
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 peanut butter. 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 is beginning on August 5, 2022 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.

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
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
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
The Crawford Family, neighbors of Karen and Thurl Carmany
Euan Byrne, Gayle Wall's grandson
Lee Drewette
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
  • August 7 – Pastor Amy’s last Sunday in the pulpit before her sabbatical
  • August 9 – 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
  • November 27 – First Sunday of Advent and service of baptism; Pastor Amy returns to the pulpit
  • January 22, 2023 – Annual Congregational Meeting
This Week’s Sacred Text
John 21:1-14
Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
“No,” they answered.
He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.
Thanks be to God, who is still speaking!
Whoever you are, wherever you are on life's journey...
you're welcome here!