Strongsville United Church of Christ Church Telephone: 440-238-6697
(Congregational) Email: StrongsvilleUCC@juno.com
13740 Pearl Road www.strongsvilleucc.org
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
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.
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
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
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