Strongsville United Church of Christ Church Telephone: 440-238-6697
(Congregational) Email: StrongsvilleUCC@juno.com
13740 Pearl Road www.strongsvilleucc.com
Strongsville, Ohio 44136 Fax: 440-238-3417 (Call before faxing.)
Rev. M. Kenneth Morris, Pastor Worship at 10:00 A.M. on Sunday
MARCH 2010 NEWSLETTER
WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES MINISTERIAL MUSINGS
Judi Fenger, who is the Executive Director of the
SUNDAY – MARCH 7 – 10:00 A.M. Jewish Maltz Museum in Beachwood, wrote an
Third Sunday in Lent interesting column in a recent newsletter. She wrote:
Sermon: “Putting Christ to the Test"
Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 “A recent study from the non-partisan Pew
Research Center, Global Restrictions on Religion,
Greeter: Linda Plain shares very sobering data. A third of the world’s
Nursery: Linda Plain countries, home to 70% of the world population, have
Coffee Hour: Gina Cathcart high or very high restrictions on religion. There are
After Church – Rev. Robin Schreiber on the public tensions between religious group in 87% of all
Urban Immersion – Cleveland Style (See page 4.) countries of the world, and in 64%, hostilities include
_____________________________________________ physical violence.”
SUNDAY – MARCH 14 – 10:00 A.M. Most of us have never experienced hostility toward
Fourth Sunday in Lent us because of what we believe. We have always known
religious freedom. We have always been able to worship
Sermon: “Love that Welcomes" as we please. We have been allowed to express our
Scriptures: Luke 15:1-3; 11b-32 beliefs without fear of repercussion.
One Great Hour of Sharing Offering
Is that changing? Are we witnessing more attacks
Greeter: Barb Fraunfelder against churches and against people who exercise their
Nursery: Lora Rung beliefs? Statistics show that hate crimes have increased
Coffee Hour: Barb Franfelder every year since 1990. Hate groups in America have
_____________________________________________ increased more than 50% in ten years.
SUNDAY – MARCH 21 – 10:00 A.M. Lent is a good time to consider this question.
Fifth Sunday in Lent Jesus was put to death because he dared to express
Sermon: “Imitate the Christ" religious views that differed from the established
Scriptures: Philippians 3:4b-4:2 practices of his time. He dared to challenge the status
Greeters: Volunteers Needed
Nursery: Doug Thorn Are we at risk because of what we believe?
Coffee Hour: Vicky Masuga
Deadline for Easter lilies—order form on back page Ministering with you in Christ’s name,
_____________________________________________ Kenneth Morris
SUNDAY – MARCH 28 – 10:00 A.M.
The Sunday School will meet in Pilgrim Hall ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
at 9:45 A.M. to process with palms.
Sermon: “The Lord Needs Us" The annual One Great Hour of Sharing Offering will be
Scriptures: Luke 19:28-40 received during our worship service on Sunday,
March 14, 2010.
Greeters: Volunteers Needed
Nursery: Gina Cathcart Enclosed with this newsletter are information and an
Coffee Hour: Rachel Morgan offering envelope. Your support is greatly appreciated.
HELP US GROW! We are once again planning our Spring Plant Sale. At
this time we are planning to have the same flowers
Do you have any ideas for attracting new members to
available as last year – flats of Begonias, Impatiens,
our church? The Membership Committee of the
Marigolds and Petunias, 10” hanging baskets –
Diaconate would appreciate your input! Please let Barb
Begonias, Impatiens, Fuchsias and Boston Ferns and 4”
Fraunfelder, Cathy Hawk, Mary Mortus or Lora Rung
pots of Geraniums, and 5” pots of New Guinea
Impatiens. Delivery will be in mid-May.
More details will be in the April newsletter along with a
WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP CANDY SCHEDULE
pre-order form. Please consider purchasing your
Make candy – March 1, 3, 8, 10 – 9:30 a.m. spring flowers from our sale and help support our
Package candy – March 12 – 10:30 a.m. church. Also, pass along the idea to family and friends!
Sell candy – March 14 and 21 – after the church service The flowers are very colorful and well grown. They will
look nice in individual pots or planted in beds around
All ladies are welcome to join in on the fun! your home or trees.
The profit is spent on church expenses as decided by the
UCC CAMP FOR CHILDREN Official Board. Last year our profit was $665.50!
Information and registration forms are on the table
beneath the display in Pilgrim Hall. This year the camp If you have questions, please contact Barb Fraunfelder at
is encouraging online registration at www.ocucc.org 440-331-3673.
For those not registering online, the registration form
must be completed and signed by a parent and
Rev. Morris. Completed forms must be returned to
Dianne Maringer by Sunday, March 28, to qualify for
OUR PRAYER LIST
the lowest rate.
Long-Term Care/Shut-ins: Dorothy and Bill Betz at the
Canton Regency, Don Hawk (husband of Sue and
COORDINATOR OF PUBLICITY
brother of Dale) at The Villa Camillus, Mildred Hoffman
Are you the person we need? Someone who is willing to at Century Oak Nursing Home, Josephine King at The
be in the middle of everything? Likes to know what is Altenheim, Louetha Rieth at Sunrise Assisted Living of
going on? Well, there is an offer of an exciting position Dresher in Pennsylvania, Lorna Robinson at Manorcare
waiting for you at Strongsville UCC! on Rocky River Drive in Cleveland, Erla Mae Schultz at
Elmcroft Assisted Living in Medina
As the Coordinator of Publicity, you will be the point
person at SUCC where our boards and committees Church Family: Virginia Bedford, Charlie Garner,
could come with news of their events and you will Adele Lonsdale, Ginny McKenzie, Don Rebar (husband
arrange to advertise those events with external sources, of Connie) in Florida, Doris Soucie
e.g., local newspapers, community advertising sources.
You may need to assist in the writing of some articles. Extended Church Family: Bob Barrett, Carl Dutkig
How about it? If you are interested, please contact Barb and Irene Fecser (relatives of the Millhoanes and
Fraunfelder, 440-331-3673. Masugas), Donna Fargo (mother of Sally Herzog),
Barb Felgenhauer (aunt of Lora Rung), Karen Stockman-
Givens (cousin of Carol Woodward), Edward Miller
In Sympathy (uncle of Betty Babics) at Shurmer Assisted Living,
Marj Szabo, Trudie Taylor (sister of Karen Morgan)
Our love and prayers are extended in sympathy
to Jim Heinrich and family on the passing of his father, Please call the church office with updates for our prayer list,
Robert Heinrich, on February 8, 2010. 440-238-6697.
A memorial service will be held on
Sunday, March 14, at 2:00 p.m. in our Sanctuary,
followed by a luncheon in Pilgrim Hall.
Deepest sympathy is extended also
to the Jannsohn family on the sudden passing of
Aimée’s brother, Peter Russ, on
Wednesday, February 24.
SPRING PLANT SALE
To light the steeple for a week, the minimum donation is Strongsville UCC
$5.00. Information and donation forms are on the
bulletin board in Pilgrim Hall. Multiple donations for the ROAST PORK, KIELBASA & SAUERKRAUT DINNER
same week will be accepted. Saturday – March 6, 2010
Seatings at 5:00 P.M. and 6:30 P.M.
Week of February 7, 2010 Reservations Only: 440-238-6749
In honor of Steven Daniel Renfro and Adults: $8.00 Ages 13-18: $6.00
Parents Chris and Katie Renfro Ages 6-12: $4.00 Under 6 years: Free
Congratulations and Welcome, Steven,
Help is needed for the dinner. Please see the signup
to Our Church Family
sheet on the bulletin board in Pilgrim Hall. For safety
Love, Your Church Grannie and Mom
reasons, no children under age 6 (with or without parent)
can be helpers in any capacity during the serving hours
of 5:00 to 7:15 p.m. Children who are 6 to 10 years old
Week of February 14, 2010 must have a parent helping them. Adult help is needed.
If you will be donating bakery or helping, please sign up
In Memory of Don Bushea because we cannot assume your participation.
Betty Bushea After church on Sunday mornings, tickets may be
purchased in the Gathering Area.
Happy Birthday on February 18 to Barbara Craig
With love, Mom
Happy Birthday to My Two Wonderful Daughters—
Valerie L. Hopkins and Vicky L. Masuga, whose
birthdays are today – Love ya ALTAR FLOWERS
The Altar Flower Chart for 2010 is on the bulletin board
in Pilgrim Hall. Please write in pencil. Beside your
Week of February 21, 2010 name, please indicate how many vases you want: (1) or
(2) – or – if you are flexible – please write (1 or 2) which
Happy Birthday on February 22 to Pam Craig will allow someone else to have the flowers, should they
and on February 26 to Nadine Burnand want them the same day. Typically there are 2 vases on
With love, Mom and a friend the altar on Sunday morning, but the church can
accommodate up to 4 vases because the church owns 2
In memory of little Bandit, extra vases. For your convenience, there are Altar
whose angel wings have taken him Home Flower forms and envelopes by the chart. For the
Sunday bulletin, your wording must be given to the
church office by 9:00 a.m. on the Friday before the
Week of February 28 Sunday you provide the flowers.
Happy Birthday Today to Larry Wentz As of this writing, flowers are still available for the
With love, Mom following dates:
March 28 – 1 vase
Thank you to all who light our steeple! May 16 – 1 vase
May 30 – 1 vase
August 8 – 2 vases
September 12 – 1 vase
THANK YOU October 3 – 1 vase
October 17 – 1 vase
We thank you so very much for your cards, October 24 – 1 vase
thoughts, care and concern on the passing of Jim’s November 21 – 2 vases
father, Robert Heinrich, on February 8. Your support December 5 – 1 vase
has been wonderful. December 19 – 1 vase
Fondly, The Heinrich Family
Thank you to all who provide altar flowers!
MISSION OUTREACH CHURCH STREET MINISTRIES
The Mission Outreach Committee at its February 21 Church Street Ministries, located across the street from
meeting discussed suggested new mission projects in Marc’s in Berea, is in need of cereal for its regular
the greater Cleveland area. The word “mission” has distribution to clients. You may bring cereal in and place
become an energizing word since our church volunteers, it in the box in the hallway by Pilgrim Hall.
Judy Carte and Mary Mortus, became goodwill
ambassadors to the Dominican Republic. The
congregation’s support for the work they are doing is
remarkable. PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY UPDATE
The Women’s Fellowship and I are very pleased with the
Two suggested projects – at Bethany UCC and/or
response we’ve received on this project. There are nine
Denison Avenue UCC – were considered. Both
women who have crocheted or knitted 38 shawls and lap
churches are a part of an overall program being
throws. Thank you all for your help.
sponsored by the Cuyahoga West Program District,
WRA. The program, Urban Immersion, is to get
The following persons have received a shawl or lap
acquainted with inner city life through the work in which
throw: Marg Adams, Shirley Alli, Virginia Bedford,
some of our inner-city UCC churches are involved.
Dorothy Betz, Nancy Cochran, Charlie Garner, Don
Summer work camps with young people and adults will
Hawk, Mildred Hoffman, Josephine King, Millie Lantzer,
Adele Lonsdale, Ginny McKenzie, Alice Preston, Louetha
Reith, Lorna Robinson, and Erla Mae Schultz.
On Sunday, March 7, Rev. Robin Schreiber, pastor of
Bethany UCC, will meet with all interested youth and
If you know of anyone in our church family who needs a
adults at 11:30 a.m. to explain some things we might do
shawl or lap throw, please let me know.
to help, prior to the summer work camps. Lunch will be
provided at the meeting. All interested people are
On Tuesday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m., Denison Avenue
UCC is sponsoring an Energy Workshop, led by the San
Jose Taiko troupe (drums) – one of the oldest, most INTERFAITH PASSOVER MEAL
respected and spirited Taiko groups in North America. We have been invited to attend an Interfaith Passover
Rev. Nozomi Ikuta, pastor of Denison UCC, said of it: Seder at Fairmount Temple on the eastside of Cleveland
on Wednesday, March 24, at 7:00 p.m. If you would like
Last November I took part in a three-day workshop of to join other church friends in attending and to carpool,
nothing but San Jose Taiko. It was a powerful immersion please sign up on the bulletin board in the Gathering
not only in their spirit, but in the community that they Area by the deadline of Sunday, February 28.
fostered. It was that energy and community that inspired
me to try to create (a similar group) as an empowerment
tool for the Denison community. The spirit and energy
that we experienced and unleashed together was literally CD’S FOR THE ORGAN RESTORATION FUND
one of the peak experiences of my life.”
The sale of the Christmas Music CD’s was very
The Mission Outreach Committee is a co-sponsor of San successful and raised even more than we expected,
Jose Taiko ($100 contribution). Tickets to support the thanks to your generosity and donations! A terrific start
event are $10.00. Judy Carte, Erv and Grace Koch to our ongoing CD’s that will be made available
attended a similar presention at Redeemer UCC about a throughout the year as a fundraiser to restore our
year ago. beloved pipe organ.
The latest CD now available is our wonderful Bell Choir.
HAITIAN RELIEF This CD was recorded in Spring of 2006 by Mark
Fraunfelder. Songs include Ode to Joy by Beethoven,
The United Church of Christ is responding to the disaster Awesome God, and other Bell Choir favorites. Take
in Haiti. As of January 25, 2010, over $500,000 has home the spirit of Strongsville UCC with this beautiful
been received. Bell Choir music of our church!
Please be assured that contributions are being used to CD’s are available in the Gathering Area, or ask any
meet both immediate needs in Haiti and long-term Organ Committee member, and we’ll see that you get
recovery initiatives. You may make a donation using one one, too.
of the pew envelopes and marking it “Haitian Relief.”