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					  Strongsville United Church of Christ                             Church Telephone: 440-238-6697
               (Congregational)                                 Email:
              13740 Pearl Road                                 
         Strongsville, Ohio 44136                               Fax: 440-238-3417 (Call before faxing.)
     Rev. M. Kenneth Morris, Pastor                                Worship at 10:00 A.M. on Sunday
                                                        APRIL 2010 NEWSLETTER

                                               WORSHIP                   OPPORTUNITIES

               MAUNDY THURSDAY – APRIL 1                                                               EASTER SUNDAY – APRIL 4

                     7:30 P.M. – Pilgrim Hall                                                  Sunrise Service – 7:00 A.M. – Sanctuary

                     “Portrait of Grace”                                             This service will portray a dialogue between the mothers
          Based on the Music of Joseph Martin                                        of Jesus and Judas. Special music will be provided by
This service will portray the disciples at The Last Supper                           Andrew Purdum, Sarah Keenen, and Susan Tressa.
through dialogues, sacred movement, and inspiring                                    Sarah Keenen will sing the beautiful Easter song, "I've
special duet music provided by Craig Hardy and Sandy                                 Just Seen Jesus.”
O’Shea. We join with the disciples in a simple meal of                                              Sermon: "Rolling the Stone Away"
lentil soup, pita bread, and hummus.                                                                    Scriptures: Luke 24:1-12
   +      Mary Magdalene and Judas Iscariot, portrayed                                              Greeter: Ruth Saylor
          by Linda and Rob Stepan, explore their very                                 _____________________________________________
          different expectations of Jesus.
   +      John, portrayed by Andrew Purdum, prepares for                               Easter Breakfast – 8:15 to 9:30 A.M. – Pilgrim Hall
          life in the spirit in a dialogue with Jesus.                                The traditional scrambled eggs and ham will be served.
   +      Jesus washes the feet of his followers and                                   Donations of baked goods are needed and appreciated!
          teaches them to be servants. Portrayed through                              _____________________________________________
          original music by Susan Tressa and sacred
          movement by Elisabeth France.                                                Traditional Easter Service – 10:00 A.M. – Sanctuary

           Greeters: Volunteers Needed                                               Special music celebrating the resurrection of our Lord
_____________________________________________                                        will be provided by the Bell Choir, Chancel Choir and
                                                                                     Brass Ensemble; and Sarah Keenen will sing
                   GOOD FRIDAY – APRIL 2                                             the beautiful Easter song "I've Just Seen Jesus".

                      7:30 P.M. – Sanctuary                                                      Sermon: "Experiencing the Mysterious"
                                                                                                      Scriptures: John 20:1-18
       Tenebrae Service of Candles and Shadows                                                      Greeter: Linda Plain
                                                                                                    Nursery: Linda Plain
The dramatic dialogue between Mary Magdalene and                                      _____________________________________________
Judas Iscariot, portrayed by Linda and Rob Stepan,
continues as they struggle to understand the crucifixion.                                          SUNDAY – APRIL 11 – 10:00 A.M.
Special music will be provided by the Chancel Choir and
special duets by Bruce and Pam Keenen, and Craig                                     Special music will be provided by Sharon Metivier and
Hardy and Sandy O’Shea. We welcome a new guest                                       guest vocalist Darrell McGuire of Berea.
vocalist, Darrell McGuire, who will sing a duet with
Sharon Metivier.                                                                                     Sermon: "Living the Easter Life"
                                                                                                        Scriptures: Acts 5:27-32
                       Greeter: Jean Sobek
                                                                                              Greeters: Ruth Saylor and Michael Fischer
                                                                                                      Nursery: Barb Fraunfelder
                                                                                                       Coffee Hour: Lora Rung
                                                                                         Organ Restoration Fundraiser Dinner after church in
                                                                                                 Pilgrim Hall – Please see page 2.

                                                                                                                   Worship Opportunities continue on page 2.

           SUNDAY – APRIL 18 – 10:00 A.M.                                      CD’S FOR THE ORGAN FUND
             Sermon: "A Life Transformed"
                                                                  New opportunities for everyone to have music CD’s of
                Scriptures: Acts 9:1-6
                                                                  our church are continuing! The 2-Disc DVD of the
          Greeters: Len and Bev Lane                              Church’s First Annual Talent Show on January 23, 2010,
             Nursery: Vicky Masuga                                is now available for a donation of $20. Watch this terrific
         Coffee Hour: Volunteer Needed                            DVD at home and enjoy the fun of the Talent Show with
_____________________________________________                     friends and family! New for Lent is also the 2009
                                                                  Maundy Thursday Lenten Music CD recorded by the
           SUNDAY – APRIL 25 – 10:00 A.M.                         Kyrie Quartet, and includes all of the vocal music from
                                                                  that candlelit evening service. Several new CD’s are
          Sermon: "Effects of the Resurrection"                   already in the recording process to be available after
               Scriptures: Acts 9:36-43                           Easter – very special vocal music that truly lets you “take
           Greeters: Volunteers Needed                            some of Strongsville UCC spirit home with you”. Also, all
             Nursery: Rachel Morgan                               previous CD’s are always available, too. Just ask at the
             Coffee Hour: Jean Sobek                              CD donation table! We hope you are enjoying this great
_____________________________________________                     music, and appreciate your support of the Organ Fund.

                  EASTER OFFERING
                                                                          ORGAN RESTORATION FUNDRAISER
Enclosed with this newsletter is an envelope for your                      Sunday – April 11 – After Worship
Easter offering. Unless you indicate otherwise, your
offering will be used for the operating expenses of our           Please save the date of Sunday, April 11, for a dinner in
church.                                                           Pilgrim Hall after church. Thanks to the generosity of the
                                                                  Heinrich family, the leftover unopened trays of Stancato’s
            MISSION OUTREACH UPDATE                               food from the memorial luncheon for Jim’s father on
On Sunday, March 7, Rev. Robin Schreiber of Bethany               March 14 were promptly frozen and donated to the
UCC in Cleveland visited our church at our invitation.            church. Because of the quantity of food available, the
She graciously gave of her time to share information on           dinner will be limited to church people only and not open
the program that her church is developing for this                to the general public.
summer. While it is in the early stages of development,
it should offer opportunities for our members of all ages         The menu will include an entree of either roast beef or
to participate in various ways. As the program evolves,           Italian marinated chicken, au gratin potatoes, mixed
more information will be included in the newsletter and           vegetables, salad, rolls and beverage. The cost is $5
bulletin.                                                         per person, and all proceeds will be donated to the
                                                                  Organ Restoration Fund.
On Tuesday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m., Denison Avenue
UCC will sponsor the San Jose Taiko Troupe, a drum                Please support the restoration of our pipe organ, and
corp plus, called Energy Workshop. As Rev. Ikuta wrote,           plan to have dinner with church friends after worship on
it is “one of the oldest, most respected and spirited Taiko       Sunday, April 11, in Pilgrim Hall. All are welcome.
groups in North America.” Strongsville UCC is a co-
sponsor, with a $100 donation. Tickets are $10.
Denison Avenue UCC is a possible mission project for
what is known as “Urban Immersion – Cleveland Style”
                                                                    THE THRIFT SHOP END-OF-WINTER BAG SALES
taking place this summer at Bethany UCC and Denison
Avenue UCC. For details, please speak with Judy Carte
or Mary Mortus.                                                         April 1 – $4 a Bag         April 8 – $3 a Bag
                                                                          Fill a Brown Bag, which we will supply,
Our love and prayers are extended in sympathy                                 with merchandise of your choice.
to Bill Ritchie and family on the death of his brother               Excluded are jewelry, cards, and seasonal items.
Harvey on March 6, 2010. The funeral was held on                       No Returns – Shop Early for Best Selection
March 10.
                                                                  THE THRIFT SHOP – Open Thursdays – 10am-4 pm *
                                                                    * Effective April 8, 2010, the Thrift Shop will be open
       DIACONATE FRENCH TOAST BRUNCH                                                from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M.
        Sunday – May 2, 2010 – after church
         Adults: $5.50      Children 6-12: $3                         To be notified of weekly sales specials by email,
               Children 5 + under: Free                           please provide The Thrift Shop with your email address.

                  STEEPLE LIGHTING                                              WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP
                                                                 Women's Fellowship will meet on Wednesday, April 7,
To light the steeple for a week, the minimum donation is
                                                                 2010, at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor. The speaker for our
$5.00. Information and donation forms are on the
                                                                 program is Teresa Roys, licensed massage therapist.
bulletin board in Pilgrim Hall. Multiple donations for the
                                                                 Please bring your own lunch. Dessert and beverage will
same week will be accepted.
                                                                 be provided. All ladies are welcome!
                 Week of March 7, 2010                           Our Spring Project will again be to fill 60 tote bags for the
                                                                 Brookside children, ages 5 to 12. Donations of any of
      Congratulations to Adam and Kristina Craig                 the items listed below or a monetary donation so we can
     on the Birth of Michael Aaron Craig on March 2              purchase items would be appreciated. We will need
                     With love, Gram                             these items by Sunday, April 25. Please place your
  In Honor of Sam Cuyler’s 21 Birthday (!) on March 5            items in the box in the Gathering Area. Monetary
                 Love, Mom and Dad                               donations should be placed in an envelope marked
                                                                 "Brookside Project" and left in the church office. Thank
                Week of March 14, 2010                           you for your support.

      Happy Birthday to Edith Graves on March 19                 soap                      small tissue packets
                 With love, Betty Craig                          shampoo                   balls
                                                                 deodorant                 crayons
 In Honor of Edith Graves on Her Birthday on March 19            pens                      decks of cards
            With love, Bill, Dorothy and Gina                    toothbrushes              books
             With love to Boomer Thorn –                         toothpaste                activity books
          Godspeed to the Rainbow Bridge and                     combs                     blowing bubbles—small bottles
                 Running Tree Again                              scrunchies for hair       small stuffed toys
                                                                 wash cloths               lip gloss
                                                                 sidewalk chalk            bracelets
                Week of March 21, 2010
                                                                 small cars or trucks      pencils
                 In Memory of Dick Craig
                  With love, Betty Craig                                            OUR PRAYER LIST
    In Honor of Ron and Mary Mortus’ 40 Wedding                  Long-Term Care/Shut-ins: Dorothy and Bill Betz at the
             Anniversary on March 21 2010                        Canton Regency, Don Hawk (husband of Sue and
 With love from Tom, Julia, Lera, Grant and Jay Sander           brother of Dale) at The Villa Camillus, Mildred Hoffman
                                                                 at Century Oak Nursing Home, Josephine King at The
         In Memory of Richard Craig’s Birthday                   Altenheim, Louetha Rieth at Sunrise Assisted Living of
       Love, Debbie and Larry Wentz and Family                   Dresher in Pennsylvania, Lorna Robinson at Manorcare
                                                                 on Rocky River Drive in Cleveland, Erla Mae Schultz at
                Week of March 28, 2010                           Elmcroft Assisted Living in Medina
        Happy Birthday on April 1 to Rob Wentz                   Church Family: Virginia Bedford, Charlie Garner, Adele
                   With love, Gram                               Lonsdale, Ginny McKenzie, Don Rebar (husband of
                                                                 Connie) in Florida, Doris Soucie
            In Remembrance of My Father                          Extended Church Family: Bob Barrett, Carl Dutkig,
         Nicholas Paul’s Birthdate on March 31                   Irene Fecser and Pat Masuga (relatives of the
                       Gary Paul                                 Millhoanes and Masugas), Donna Fargo (mother of Sally
                                                                 Herzog), Barb Felgenhauer (aunt of Lora Rung), Pat
         In Loving Memory of Richard E. Saylor
                                                                 Masuga (mother of Dan), Edward Miller (uncle of Betty
            With love from the Saylor Family
                                                                 Babics) at The Altenheim, Marj Szabo, Trudie Taylor
          In Loving Memory of Carol L. Studer                    (sister of Karen Morgan)

        Thank you to all who light our steeple!                                        THANK YOU
                                                                 Dear Church Friends,
                                                                        Your support to us for the memorial service on
                                                                 March 14 for Jim’s father was awesome. We especially
               FROM OFFICIAL BOARD                               thank Rachel Morgan, Barb Fraunfelder and all who
                                                                 helped at the luncheon, Dale and Cathy Hawk for
The profit from the Roast Pork Dinner on March 6 was
                                                                 ushering and greeting for the service, Susan Tressa for
$1,161.39. Thanks again to all who supported the dinner
                                                                 her beautiful music and work with the jazz musicians,
in any way.
                                                                 Rev. Morris for the wonderful service, and all who
                                                                 contributed to the Organ Restoration Fund in memory of
                                                                 Jim’s dad, Robert Heinrich. Thank you so very much.
                                                                                                   The Jim Heinrich Family

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