2014 Easter Balloon ReturnsOn Easter Sunday our church family sent ballons aloft with cards attached, sending the good news of Jesus' resurrection. Three of the cards were found in Pennsylvania and the finders sent us messages by way of the internet. One card was found on May 1 near Weedville PA. The following message was sent to the church. "I found your card while looking for elk sheds. God Bless and thanks!." Melissa F. Another card, one signed by Rev. Howlett was found 5 miles west of Meadville PA. The finder sent the following message: "Thank you for your marvelous message of Jesus's resurrection! God bless you." Jan P. The third card, found in Cochranton PA, was one signed by Amber Green. In the last week of May, another card was found in Meadville, PA. This one, was mailed back to us by Noah W. and was signed by Fredniqua Walker.
Men's DayAs we gather in worship, we believe in the God-vested power that men have, individually and corporately, to change our world, nations, neighborhoods, and homes. And today (this Sunday), we honor men who exhibit integrity, intelligence, and commitment. We appreciate men who have positively affected our lives, teaching us both, to lead and to follow, to be prudent while outwardly maintaining strength and conviction, to be noble and remain humble, to be balanced yet impassioned. These are the men we treasure in our midst. We salute you today (this day). --From The African American Lectionary,2010
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WELCOME TO OUR CHURCHThank you for your interest in the South Euclid United Church of Christ. You can use this site as a hub for all things SEUCC! Stay up to date in the NEWS section with the Beacon Newsletter and the latest photostream, or find out which ministries you might like to help out with under SERVICE. Our WORSHIP and ACTIVITIES schedules have up-to-the-minute information regarding worship times and special events as well as bible study, committees, and youth events.And of course, feel free to CONTACT US with questions about membership, pastoral services, and volunteering.Every Sunday at 9:55 AM we gather for our traditional worship service. We are especially excited about The Well Worship Experience, our new contemporary praise & worship service which takes place every Sunday at 12:00 Noon. We hope to worship with you soon. Worship is the best place to grow closer to God and to begin to learn more about our church. I hope to see you soon.Christian Education and Faith Formation Ministry Eleanore Dees (2014)Robyn Nordstrom (2014)Denise Portis (2015)Leona Zimmerman (2015) Alex Edwards (2016) - COM repAl Heartley (2016) - ChairChurch in the World Ministry Viveca Williams (2014)Dave Buckle (2014)Anita Davidson (2015) - ChairKarol Harris (2015)Del Sledge (2016)Eris Dyson (2016) - COM repFellowship and Community Life MinistryPhyllis Graham (2014)Judy Sieck (2014)Djuana Battle (2015) - COM repTammy Cunningham (2015)Tonya Thomas-Harris (2016) - ChairSandy Thomas (2016) Stewardship MinistryDerryl Harris (2014) Juanita LeFloria (2014)Ruby Brooks (2015)Charles Williams (2015) Marsha Woody (2016) - ChairKim St. John Stevenson (2016) - COM repWorship and Arts MinistryTerrance Eady (2014) Noreen Roderick (2014) - COM repDean Sieck (2015) Barbara Watkins (2015)Tony Stevenson (2016)Jacqueline Clifford (2016) - ChairVice ModeratorDerryl HarrisAt Large Members of Council of Ministries Manny RoderickErin Dorsey Archival Committee: Leon BibbCharlene HigginbothamCatherinlu RussellLeona Zimmerman Church ClerkAubrei WatsonFinance/Investment Committee John Baker (2014)Pete Jerabek (2014)Karl Steckmann (2015)In Christ,Rev. Courtney Clayton JenkinsSenior Pastor and Teacher
CHURCH SCHOOLChurch School is Revving up!!! Vroom Vroom...We are excited to begin our church school year here at SEUCC Anyone interested in participating (volunteering to assist in a class, volunteering to teach a class) in church school please contact Rev. Danage. Here is the Vow of Commitment that the youth made during the service, one the Pastor asked them to keep and re-read through the upcoming months and years:“We, the children and youth of South Eucllid United Church of Christ, stand before God and the church to recommit our lives to be like Jesus. We want to walk in the light, the beautiful light of Jesus so that we can let our lights shine. Our light is the light of the Lord in us. We pledge to let our light shine daily as we do our best at home, school, church, at work and at play. We will respect others and ourselves. We will practice obedience and discipline in our relationships and our activities, in study and in play. With the Lord as our helper, we will study the Bible and use it as our guide. We thank God for our talents and gifts, for the ability to create, read, think, learn, dream dreams and have visions of greatness. Hallelujah for the goodness, joy and blessings of light. We want to be all that God created us to be. God’s free gift of grace helps us and guides us in our worship and work, and helps us to trust and obey as we serve our Lord. We can make a difference. We pledge to share the Lord with others and bring the light of Jesus to dark places. This is our pledge, from our hearts, to the God we love!”It's all about Focus!I believe the saying “that the squeaky wheel gets the oil.” I would like to amend that to say that we tend to FOCUS on what’s important to us. The spiritual growth of our children is something that should be of prime importance/concern for us as adults, and part of what we should be focusing on.Focus 5 % on what you fear and 95% on the spiritual solutionFocus 5% on the mistake and 95% on learning from itFocus 5% on who to blame and 95% on making sure to healFocus 5% on the conflict and 95% on a win-win resolutionCharles Williams (2015)Dave Buckle (2016)Tony Stevenson (2016)Sharon Clayton (2017) Ruth Garwood (2017)Bianca Butts (2018)Marsha Woody (2018) Ohio Conference RepresentativeDean SieckTreasurerNancy NigosianWestern Reserve Association Representatives Kathy BakerDean Sieck
SEUCC Beacon NewsletterThe Beacon newsletter is published monthly except for the months of July and August which are combined into one issue. If you would like e-delivery, please contact us. Call the Church office at (216) 791-5200 or use the contact form.September 2014August 2014July 2014June 2014May 2014March 2014February 2014
About our Project Manager...Min. Jeremy Stenger has been hired as the new Project Manager at SEUCC The part-time position will be responsible for coordinating and facilitating, in concert with ongoing church priorities, church-wide events in partnership with the Council of Ministries, the five ministries and staff.Min. Jeremy has extensive work and educational experience in working in church and community environments. In addition to work experience at St. Clair County Mental Health in Port Huron, Michigan, the Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, and the Pennsylvania Council of Churches, Min. Jeremy also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Masters of Divinity Degree from the Methodist Theological School of Ohio.In his application materials to SEUCC Jeremy noted he was the ideal candidate for this new position based on the wide variety of spiritual-based work positions he’s held. The search committee, comprised of Pastor Jenkins, SharonClayton, Kim St. John-Stevenson and Adrienne Brockway, agreed. We are thrilled to have Min. Jeremy as part of the SEUCC staff and hope you will join us in welcoming him.
Contemporary Worship - The WellScripture is full of imagery concerning wells. Wells were a place of sustenance, community and remembrance. In John chapter 4, the well represented a place of encounter for a broken Samaritan woman, and there we also find one of Jesus’ most memorable teachings on worship. He said "an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.”The Well Worship Experience aims to both provide and create that kind of source for worship in the city of Cleveland. To gather together and be refreshed, connect with like-hearts and like-callings and to remember what God has done and is able to do in the lives of everyday people. We believe something incredible happens when worshipers gather together with "spirit and truth" in mind. We are excited to encounter the presence of God together and dive deep into the well of worship.Join us every Sunday at 12:00 noon for this worship service that is totally different than anything you've probably experience before.Meet me at THE WELL!
TRADITIONAL WORSHIPWe invite you to join us each and every Sunday at 9:55AM for our traditional worship service. We serve communion on the 1st Sunday. Our Minister of Music, Alcee Chriss III, provides a broad range of worship music that regularly includes a Chancel Choir, soloists, a pipe organ, and a grand piano. Worship will often include visiting musicians as well. On the 2nd Sunday of each month our Gospel Choir leads us in worship. Children are always welcome in worship and are called forward early in the service for a Children's Sermon with Rev. Danage, after which the young people are invited to participate in age-appropriate Sunday School. Rev. Courtney Clayton Jenkins preaches a contemporary message that is biblically based and inclusive to all.
About our Associate Pastor of Administration...Rev. Carla Jo Howlett is an ordained minister of the gospel who understands her primary pastoral calling as one to support and resource ministers. Rev. Howlett describes herself as a pastor by calling and an administrator by gifting. Rev. Howlett currently serves as the Associate Pastor of Administration at the South Euclid United Church of Christ where her Sr. Pastor is the Rev. Courtney Clayton Jenkins. At SEUCC she is responsible for assisting the senior pastor with implementing the strategic plan of the church; as well as, managing the program staff and ministries of the church.She is the Founder and National President of the National Consortium of Black Women In Ministry, Inc.- NCBWIM, the leading professional organization for Black women in ministry in the United States; as well as, Founder and CEO of Vision Shall Be Consulting Group. Rev. Howlett has served as a staff minister at four other congregations. She served at Flossmoor Community Church in Flossmoor, IL (Associate Pastor), Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, IL (Director of Ministerial Support & Pastoral Care) along with the Sr. Pastor, the Rev. Charles Jenkins; Berean Baptist Church (Minister of Christian Education) and Ray of Hope Community Church (Executive Minister) both located in Nashville, Tennessee under the pastorate of the Rev. Martin L. Espinosa. In addition to serving in the local church, Rev. Howlett has served as Chaplain at The Midwest Palliative & Hospice Care located in Glenview, Illinois, Chaplain at Alive Hospice Inc., Nashville, Tennessee and as the Chief Liturgist at the First Response Center: AIDS Outreach Ministry, Nashville, Tennessee. Rev. Howlett publicly professed her faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized during the Lenten season of 1975, accepted her call to the ordained ministry in October 1990, was licensed to preach the gospel on July 19, 1992 and was ordained into the gospel ministry by the Second Baptist Church in Evanston, Illinois and her childhood pastor, Rev. Dr. Hycel B. Taylor on September 25, 1994. She is a native of Evanston, Illinois where she graduated with honors from Evanston Township High School. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with an emphasis in Finance & Organizational Communications from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan and in 1994 she received a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University’s Divinity School, Nashville, Tennessee.In her spare time she loves to travel and dine at all kinds of restaurants. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
About our Custodian...Terry joined our church recently, so you may remember meeting him then. Be sure to welcome him to our church staff when you see him hard at work in his new job. Terry was born and raised in Cleveland. He attended Shaker Heights High School and the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensborough, North Carolina where he studied political science. Upon returning to Cleveland he considered law school, but then decided that a better choice for him would be the program in recording arts and technology at Cuyahoga Community College. After graduation he managed a cleaning agency while continuing with his audio engineering work and studies. He is delighted that as SEUCC custodian he can serve the church. He also serves on the Audio-Visual Team of the Building Committee. He recently launched the Audio CD ministry of our church. His hobbies are music appreciation and helping musicians with his music mixing skills. Terry came to SEUCC membership as a childhood friend of our Pastor. They grew up together as members of “Jack and Jill,” a national service organization for black families who live in the suburbs. When Pastor Jenkins invited him to our Well service recently he attended one worship service and loved it, and soon decided to join. Terry brings many skills to his job as SEUCC custodian. He is very knowledgeable about cleaning, from his previous work, and he is also handy, able to make most repairs. When asked about his ability to get along with all the many different personality types that make up a church, he responded that “even grumpy people don’t bother me. I’m an optimistic person and a praying man.”Welcome, Terry!
About our Youth Minister....Rev. Avery J. Danage, M.Div.Rev. Danage has been a Pastor to youth and children and a ministry leader for the last 15 years. Currently he serves as the Youth Minister at the South Euclid United Church of Christ.Born and raised in Warren, Ohio, Rev. Danage is a graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice, a Master of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry from Ashland in Transformational Leadership. An ordained minister, Rev. Danage also serves as the Campus Minister at Kent State University where he leads one of the largest multi-racial ministries at Kent State. He also serves as the Chaplain for the Kent State University Football team. He is a faculty member at Tri-State Bible College where he serves as an Adjunct Professor.Rev. Danage and his high school sweetheart Semone have been married for 23 years. Semone, a licensed mental health professional for the Minority Behavioral Health Group is also a graduate of Kent State and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from KSU. He and Semone have four adult children Avery Jr, Ambyr, Jessica, and Arielle, all of whom have graduated or will graduate with their college degree. Ardently opposed to inequality in the body of Christ, Rev. Danage is committed to racial reconciliation within the body of Christ and passionately and purposefully articulates the message of Christ’s reconciliation for all people.
About our Minister of Music... Alcee Chriss III is currently a graduate student at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance and is completing a Master of Music in Historical Performance. Mr. Chriss has performed throughout the United States and France and is most active as a concert organist. He has won top prizes at international organ competitions, receiving First Prize and Audience Prize in the Miami International Organ Competition, 2014; he also took top prize in the Albert Schweitzer National Organ Competition 2013, held in Wethersfield Connecticut. Winner of the 2013 Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organist in Austin, TX, Mr. Chriss will perform at the American Guild of Organist National Convention in Boston, MA during the summer of 2014. He has performed in such venues as the Myerson Symphony Center, Kennedy Center, Cathedral Shrine de Guadalupe, Caruth Auditorium, and St. Paul’s Lutheran in Austin, TX among others. He began his his journey into ministry in 2004, serving as music minister in his father's church in Fort Worth, TX. Since then, Alcee has served as musician in various capacities at a number of other churches and is able to lead in almost every worship style, from traditional to contemporary. Alcee leads and assists with all facets of the music ministry, offering artistic vision to the Chancel Choir, Gospel Choir, and Praise Team and Band.
About our Gospel Choir Director...The Cleveland native grew up in the church -- her father was Associate Pastor of St. John's AME Church and her mother was part of the church's music ministry. At age 15, Ms. Bacon started her first choir -- at St. John's AME."I started taking music early and played whatever my music teacher put in front of me," Ms. Bacon said. "Today, I enjoy all kinds of music, but my favorite is gospel because that's what my mother played."Ms. Bacon went on to marry a Baptist minister and have four children, all of whom are musically inclined. Throughout her life, she has led numerous community and musical vocal groups, from smaller groups like the 16 or so voices of the SEUCC choir to larger ones like a 60 voice concert choir she led for 25 years.Though now retired, Ms. Bacon stays busy with a number of annual projects like the annual benefit concert of the William C. Bacon Concert Choir under her direction. The concert is held in conjunction with the Salvation Army, and attendees are asked to bring donations of canned goods, staples, non-perishables and monetary donations to the concert. When asked what she strives for in her leadership of the gospel choir, Ms. Bacon noted she does the best she can in making the gospel music fit the worship service. "We want to give the Lord the best we can give," she added. The musical style is traditional gospel along with some "semi-gospel anthems."South Euclid United Church of Christ salutes Gospel Choir Director Joan Bacon!
FAITH FRIDAYWHAT: FAITH FRIDAYSFor the last few weeks I have centered my children’s sermon on the idea of belonging to God in spite of the blues. Not only do we need to know we belong to God but we also need to make sure we have an outlet so that we can enjoy the beautiful weather afforded to us from summertime and fall. Trouble is easy to find throughout the year, it seems to lurk around just waiting for the opportunity to ruin someone’s day with a critical mistake or a momentary lapse in judgment. Stop!!!!! Welcome to South Euclid United Church of Christ Youth Ministry’s “Faith Fridays”!! Faith Friday is game! This new initiative is designed to aid our young people in fighting the blues. We will be having a boatload of fun and you don’t want to miss it! If you love video games, “Faith Friday” is for you! If you love chess, “Faith Friday” is for you! If you want a place to just hang out and enjoy some great fellowship, “Faith Friday” is for you!!!! Please come out and join us; you don’t want to miss it! Rev. Danage WHEN: Faith Friday occurs on the 1st Friday of the month here at SEUCC from 6 pm–9 pm WHERE: SEUCCWHO: EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
Who We AreSouth Euclid United Church of Christ, an urban church originallly christened as the Euclid Avenue Congregational Church in 1843, is a diverse, multiracial and multicultural, open and affirming congregation. All are welcomed! Members come from the entire metropolitan area. Building upon the witness of Jesus Christ, our heritage and outreach, we are newly committed to being a church in mission as a nurturing and worshipping community, in service, by evangelism, and through God's transforming love and justice. In the spirit of God's Good News, we believe the best years are yet to come!
REGISTRATION FORMSTo register for Events and Volunteer Opportunities choose any one of these methods:1) Print your form, fill it in, and turn it in on Sunday to the person registering folks for your event.1) Fill in your form on the your computer, then either print and hand in on Sunday, or save the form to your computer and e-mail it to Jeremy Stenger at email@example.com) Print your form, fill it in, then scan your filled in form and email to Jeremy Stenger at firstname.lastname@example.org) Fax your filled in form to 216-791-5305
VISION STATEMENTThe 5-fold VISION of South Euclid United Church of Christ:REACH UP to WorshipREACH IN with DiscipleshipREACH OUT in MissionREACH ACROSS for DiversityREACH BEYOND with Imagination
MISSION STATEMENTSouth Euclid United Church of Christ exists to:GROW a diverse and faithful community committed to Jesus Christ, PURSUE the joy of discipleship, andSERVE God as we engage in ministry and mission.
VALUES STATEMENTWelcome to South Euclid United Church of Christ. You’ve come to join us at a unique time in the life of our church. We are in the process of “becoming,” and we hope you might want to join us on the journey. Here is what we value in this church:Boldness: there is authentic joy in gathering to worship the triune God and power in discovering that our lives working together can serve and change our community and this world with Christ as our example. We value God’s Word and believe that its message of hope, call for justice and promise of new life is available to all.Relevance: the message of the Bible connects to the real world and helps us live our Monday through Saturday life, where beliefs aren’t rigid boxes to be checked off but springboards to imagination, meaningful action and being a disciple of Jesus Christ. We value your life experience and believe that this life of faith can intersect with your reality far beyond Sunday morning.Inclusiveness: absolutely everyone – seeker and Bible thumper, Democrat and Republican, gay and straight, young and old, rich and poor, women and men, coffee drinker and tea sipper – has a real place at the table. When we say all, we mean all! We value grace and love over judgment and condemnation. Everyone is welcome here.
CHURCH SCHOOLChurch School is Revving up!!! Vroom Vroom...We are excited to begin our church school year here at SEUCC Anyone interested in participating (volunteering to assist in a class, volunteering to teach a class) in church school please contact Rev. Danage. For all teachers there will be a teacher training and in-service coming this month. Watch out for the announcement in the bulletin.Here is the Vow of Commitment that the youth made during the service, one the Pastor asked them to keep and re-read through the upcoming months and years:“We, the children and youth of South Euclid United Church of Christ, stand before God and the church to recommit our lives to be like Jesus. We want to walk in the light, the beautiful light of Jesus so that we can let our lights shine. Our light is the light of the Lord in us. We pledge to let our light shine daily as we do our best at home, school, church, at work and at play. We will respect others and ourselves. We will practice obedience and discipline in our relationships and our activities, in study and in play. With the Lord as our helper, we will study the Bible and use it as our guide. We thank God for our talents and gifts, for the ability to create, read, think, learn, dream dreams and have visions of greatness. Hallelujah for the goodness, joy and blessings of light. We want to be all that God created us to be. God’s free gift of grace helps us and guides us in our worship and work, and helps us to trust and obey as we serve our Lord. We can make a difference. We pledge to share the Lord with others and bring the light of Jesus to dark places. This is our pledge, from our hearts, to the God we love!”It's all about Focus!I believe the saying “that the squeaky wheel gets the oil.” I would like to amend that to say that we tend to FOCUS on what’s important to us. The spiritual growth of our children is something that should be of prime importance/concern for us as adults, and part of what we should be focusing on.Focus 5 % on what you fear and 95% on the spiritual solutionFocus 5% on the mistake and 95% on learning from itFocus 5% on who to blame and 95% on making sure to healFocus 5% on the conflict and 95% on a win-win resolutionFocus 5% on what to do and 95% on enjoying the processFocus 5% on your prayers and 95% on your faith in GodFocus 5% on reading this and 95% on applying itYOU GET WHAT YOU FOCUS ON!!Let’s all resolve to focus on the needs of the children of SEUCC.
United Church of Christ Statement of Faith in the form of a doxologyWe believe in you, O God, Eternal Spirit, God of our Savior Jesus Christ and our God, and to your deeds we testify:You call the worlds into being, create persons in Your own image,and set before each one the ways of life and death.You seek in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.You judge people and nations by Your righteous Will declared through prophets and apostles.In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Savior, You have come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to Yourself.You bestow upon us your Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.You call us into Your church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be Your servants in the service of others, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil,to share in Christ's baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory.You promise to all who trust Your forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, Your presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in Your realm which has no end.Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto You.Amen.
VALUES STATEMENTWelcome to Euclid Avenue Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. You’ve come to join us at a unique time in the life of our church. We are in the process of “becoming,” and we hope you might want to join us on the journey. Here is what we value in this church:Boldness: there is authentic joy in gathering to worship the triune God and power in discovering that our lives working together can serve and change our community and this world with Christ as our example. We value God’s Word and believe that its message of hope, call for justice and promise of new life is available to all.Relevance: the message of the Bible connects to the real world and helps us live our Monday through Saturday life, where beliefs aren’t rigid boxes to be checked off but springboards to imagination, meaningful action and being a disciple of Jesus Christ. We value your life experience and believe that this life of faith can intersect with your reality far beyond Sunday morning.Inclusiveness: absolutely everyone – seeker and Bible thumper, Democrat and Republican, gay and straight, young and old, rich and poor, women and men, coffee drinker and tea sipper – has a real place at the table. When we say all, we mean all! We value grace and love over judgment and condemnation. Everyone is welcome here.
The Ministry of Music at South Euclid United Church of ChristThe Music Ministry provides wonderful opportunities for adults (and very soon children) to sing praises to God and serve God with gladness. We strive for excellence through proper vocal training and instruction and seek to invoke the presence of God through prayer, times of devotion, and reflection through consistent teaching on worship, praise, and music. We are charged with a great responsibility as we set the atmosphere for God to dwell in the midst of His people.The Chancel Choir is made up of church members and paid soloists. Rehearsals are held on Thursday nights at 8:00 PM. The Chancel Choir participates in worship each Sunday except on the 2nd Sunday of every month. A wide variety of music is shared with the listening congregation. Please contact Alcee Chriss III at the church office for more informationThe Gospel Choir is made up of church members and paid soloists. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday nights at 6:00 PM. The Gospel Choir participates in worship on the 2nd Sunday of every month. A wide array of traditional and contemporary Gospel music is shared with the listening congregation. Please contact Joan Bacon at the church office for more information.The Mass Choir is a combination of the Chancel Choir, Gospel Choir and any members of the congregation who desire to sing from time to time. The Mass choir tends to sing on special occasions. Please contact Alcee Chriss III at the church office for more information.The Praise Team is a small ensemble open to members and volunteers from the community who enjoy singing contemporary praise and worship music. Since the Praise Team only sings once a month, rehearsal times are scheduled around availability. A required rehearsal is held on Tuesday at 6:00 PM. Please contact Vikki Hubbard Barnes at the church office for more information.The Praise Band is an ensemble of staff musicians who are selected by audition and interview to provide musical accompaniment for the Well Worship Experience. Please contact Alcee Chriss III at the church office for more information.
Men's CouncilAll men ages 15 years and up who are members of SEUCC are automatically members of the Men's Council and are welcome to attend meetings held at 10:00 AM every 4th Saturday. The Men’s Council has elected new officers for 2014 (Derryl Harris, Chairman; Al Parks, Treasurer; Dean Sieck, Secretary). We are always willing to welcome all of the men of the church. As an additional fundraiser we will continue with our sale of Fair Trade coffee in the church parlor after service. The cost will be $ 8.00/per bag and we once again ask for your continued financial support. Hopefully in the coming months we will continue to grow both as a ministry and in our ability to support the church and its functions.–Derryl Harris, Chairman, Men's Council
WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION MEETINGSThe Women’s Association's meetings are held at 10:30 AM at the church building. The Women’s Association members enjoy fellowship as they make lap quilts and walker bags for the residents of nursing homes together. Then they pull out their brown bag lunches, hold a brief meeting, and eat together before leaving at approximately 1:30 PM. In addition to their service projects for the nursing homes, they have adopted an Indian child through Children Incorporated, and contribute to Church Women United and Church World Service. Talk to Jeanette Potts, or just show up on any Tuesday if you are interested in joining this enthusiastic and energetic group.
Adult ActivitiesSunday Morning Bible Study The Adult Bible Study group that meets before the traditional worship service every Sunday will be discussing the following Scripture readings and topics:June 8th "Trust God's Promises"Haggai 1:12, 2:1-9Devotions - Psalm 27:7-14June 15th"Live Pure Lives"Haggai 2:10-19Devotions - 1 Peter 1:13-21June 22nd"Hope for a New Day"Haggai 2:23, Zachariah 4:1-3Devotions - Psalm 43June 29th"A Call to Duty"1st Corinthians 1:10-17Devotions - 1st Corinthians 12:12-20
About our Senior Pastor & Teacher... Rev. Courtney Clayton Jenkins currently serves as the Pastor and Teacher of the South Euclid United Church of Christ in South Euclid OH. Just six months before Rev. Jenkins was called to serve this historical congregation, the church's original edifice on Euclid Avenue was struck by lightning and the building was completely destroyed by fire. With courage, then Euclid Avenue Congregational Church called Rev. Jenkins to become their pastor at this very difficult time. In an attempt to utilize this devastating fire as a way of allowing God to do “a new thing”, the congregation offered Rev. Jenkins the distinct honor of being the first African American, first female and the youngest pastor in the history of the church. Since the age of 27, Rev. Jenkins has been leading this congregation out of the ashes by the grace of God. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Rev Jenkins is a graduate of Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. Rev. Jenkins received her Masters of Divinity degree from Princeton with a concentration in Preaching and Congregational Ministry. In the United Church of Christ denomination, Rev. Jenkins is an ordained minister and serves in several capacities. At the age of 26, she became the Pastor of Shaker Heights Community Church, United Church of Christ. Rev. Jenkins has facilitated anti-racism training and rites of passage programs for youth, teaches life skills to low-income adults and volunteers her time teaching re-entry skills to incarcerated women. She serves on the Board of Directors for Project Love/Purple America and the Prisoner Re-entry for Northeast Pre-Release. Rev. Jenkins is Co-Founder of the Without Walls Women in Ministry retreat designed to glorify God and edify women in ministry.Rev. Courtney Clayton Jenkins is married to her seminary sweetheart Reverend Cory C. Jenkins, Senior Pastor of the historic Shiloh Baptist Church and a graduate of Morehouse College. In January 2012 Rev. Cory and Rev. Courtney were selected as one of the “Most Interesting Couples” in Cleveland. Their selection was due, in part, to the unique fact both serve two of the oldest congregations in the city at such young ages. In July 2012 Rev. Cory and Rev. Courtney were featured by Black Enterprise Magazine as a new paradigm for careers in faith. Together, Rev. Cory and Rev. Courtney travel the country facilitating workshops and seminars stressing family stabilization. They are excited about sharing a life of love and ministry together. Rev. Jenkins was the recipient of the 2012 Star Award presented by the Women of Color Foundation to the young professional woman who is making a difference in Northeastern Ohio. Most recently Rev. Jenkins was selected as the 2014 Convocation Speaker at Spelman College. She is both excited and honored to have the opportunity to speak to the faculty, staff and her Spelman Sisters on this momentous occasion. On March 18, 2014, Rev. Courtney and Rev. Cory rejoiced in the arrival of Baby Caleb. He was their “gift from God!” They are excited to begin this new chapter in their lives with God’s guidance. Rev. Courtney stays committed to God’s calling and purpose upon her life. She remains excited about God’s desire to use the next generation to impact this nation with God’s unconditional love and almighty power. Called for the purpose of the Kingdom, Rev. Courtney Clayton Jenkins will continue to ensure “thy Kingdom come, thy Will be done.”
We extend a warm invitation . . .South Euclid Uniyed Church of Christ is a church on the move! If you are looking for a church home, we are glad that you have decided to look in our direction. As a historical congregation with an emphasis on diversity, we encourage people of every culture, color, class, orientation and creed to visit us as we launch out into the deep. We are a warm, friendly and inviting church, with a serious commitment to being disciples of Jesus Christ. We invite you to join us in worship on Sunday.These FAQ should help you learn more about who we are. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to give us a call (216) 791-5200 or send us an email at email@example.com and we will be sure to answer any questions you might have. Where do you hold worship services? Where are your offices located?You'll see our new church and campus at the corner of Bluestone and South Belvoir. Our official address is 4217 Bluestone Road, South Euclid, Ohio 44121. What time are your services?We gather every Sunday at 9:55 am for a traditional worship service and hold our contemporary worship serice (called The Well) at 12:00 Noon. Both services last approximately 90 minutes. How would you describe your traditional worship service? This formal service utilizes printed liturgy (call and response), confession and pardoning of sins and a children’s sermon. After the children’s sermon, our young people are released to their classrooms for Sunday school. During this worship service music is offered from our Chancel Choir, Gospel Choir or Mass Choir.How would you describe your contemporary (The Well) worship service?This service is affectionately known around the congregation as “The Well Worship Experience.” The Well has a band and praise team, a rather simple program that utilizes technology; freedom in the Spirit is emphasized here along with life application preaching. This service is designed to be intergenerational. Young people are asked to remain in worship with their families. Is your church handicapped accessible?Yes. There are handicapped parking spots in the parking lot. We also have a wheel chair on site. For those who are challenged with hearing, please request a hearing device from one of the ushers upon arrival. Should you have additional needs, please call ahead so that we can prepare to assist you as best we can. Where should I park and how do I enter the church?We have a spacious parking lot that accommodates all of our gusts during most events held on the campus. In the off chance that overflow parking is needed, there is plenty of street parking surrounding the church.If I am interested in joining your church, how would I do that? Towards the end of each worship service we have what is called an “Invitation to Christian Discipleship.” This is the perfect time to step out into the isle and walk forward. The pastor will pray for you and a member will take your information. If you are uncomfortable walking the isle, simply call the church office and schedule a time to talk with the pastor. Every few weeks we have a New Members Orientation class. Upon completion of the class, you will be welcomed as a full member of South Euclid United Church of Christ. Will I be made to stand up or introduce myself? At each of our worship services we ask our visitors to stand. You will not be asked to speak. Usually, there will be a welcome message from a member or the pastor. If you stand, a member of the church will bring you a “welcome packet.” Please fill out the visitor’s card and drop it in the offering plate. We would like to stay in contact with you. How should I dress?Be yourself and wear what is comfortable! When you visit SEUCC you will see folks wearing their Sunday’s best, and others dressed casually. We don’t care what you wear, as long as it’s respectful—whether it’s a three-piece suit or jeans; a sun dress and church hat or polo and khakis—just be yourself.Do you have services for children and youth?During our traditional worship service we have Sunday school for children ages 2 and up. Every other Saturday we have what is called Saturday Fun, an opportunity for youth from the church and the community to experience exciting activities around the city. Saturday Fun also helps parents to have a few hours of free time to run errands. It’s a win-win for the whole family. Do you have Bible Study or Small Groups for adults?Yes. We have many opportunities for you to grow as a disciples of Chrsit. Our small groups are held at various times through the week. Please contact the church office for more information. Our Small Groups are sermon based. We delve in to the subject matter from Sunday more deeply. We explore scripture, wrestle with important questions of the faith and sharpen one another. Our Adult Sunday School is held on Sunday mornings at 8:45 am in the Music Room. We do not have Bible Study during the summer months. I don’t know much about the United Church of Christ. I come from a different background. Am I welcome at your church?As part of the United Church of Christ we believe that “no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey you are welcome here.” At SEUCC, we welcome any Christian, regardless of their denomination. There is only one Savior, and he’s greater than any denomination! We also encourage non-believers to join us in worship any Sunday as well. There is plenty of room for your questions.I am a college student. I have a church home back in my home state, but I like your church too. How can I become active?Consider becoming a “watch care” member of SEUCC “Watch care” (Associate Member) simply means that we will watch over you and do our best to care for your needs while you are away from your home church. Watch care is a great way to get involved in the life of our church, while still allowing you to be an active and involved member of your home church in another city or state. Is SEUCC a multi-generational congregation? Are young adults welcome to join?Absolutely! We honor our “seasoned saints” and thank them for their faithfulness over all these years. We also encourage young adults to join as a church with people of all ages. Here, you can share your gifts, get involved, and grow in God, no matter how “seasoned” or young you are. God has so much more for us—and you, too—and God invites us all on the fantastic voyage of faith. Consider joining our Young Adult Small group. Contact Rev. Avery Danage for more information.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SHARING AND ENRICHMENTGETTING OUT OF THE PEWSDon’t be a “pew potato.” South Euclid United Church of Christ is all about having a positive impact beyond the walls of the church. Our ministries focus on improving and empowering our community. It takes each of us to do this. Ask God to reveal to you how your spiritual gifts should be used for the betterment of the Kingdom/Kin-dom and become involved in our ministries, various activities or volunteer opportunities. Consider being a Van Driver, and Usher or Tech Assistant. Please call the church office to volunteer.AUDIO/MEDIA/CD MINISTRYThanks to the talents of Terrance Eady and Al Parks, we will soon have CDs of Pastor Jenkins’ sermons available for sale. The cost of them hasn’t been determined yet, but it will be minimal, and Terry and Al plan to have their CD Ministry up and running by Sunday, September 8th. Volunteers are needed to help with this new ministry; please contact Terrance Eady, Al Parks, or the church office. BENEVOLENCEPositioned to assist members in times of material and financial need. You may contribute to the Benevolence Fund by placing your offering in the collection plate on Sunday and noting “benevolence” on the memo line of your check or on the offering envelope. If you need assistance please speak with the Pastor. Please contact Pastor Courtney Jenkins for more information.CHANCEL CHOIRProvides a wide variety of European music. The choir is directed by our Minister of Music, Mr. Alcee Chriss. Rehearsals are held on Thursdays at 8:00 PM. This choir participates in worship each Sunday except the 2nd Sunday of the month. Please contact Carolyn Smith or Alcee Chriss for more information.CITIZEN CIRCLEIs a program co-sponsored by SEUCC and the Church of the Covenant. We continue to meet once a month with people who need help reentering the community after years, if not decades, of incarceration. We are in need of referrals and volunteers. Please contact Kathy Baker or Dean Sieck for more information.DIVERSITY BOOK CLUBA committed group of leaders of diverse ages, races, sexual orientations, backgrounds, languages and cultures. They are united in faith and Christ to ensure that diversity remains a long-standing tradition of our church. We are invigorated and inspired to do the work of deepening the capacity for a diverse church. We hope to become a church that reaches out across all diverse lines and learns to re-experience our faith with a new kind of richness. There is an assessment for reading materials. Partial scholarships are available upon request. Please contact Pastor Courtney Jenkins for more information.FAITH FRIDAYThe first Friday of each month, youth from around the city come to SEUCC from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM to “hang out.” There is food, fun and fellowship. Youth and teens play a variety of games and have devotional. A free Zumba class is offered to help our children stay physically fit. Please contact Rev. Avery Danage for more information.FIFTH MONDAY MEALAs members of InterAct, SEUCC continues to participate in their Community Meals program by serving the Fifth Monday Meal at Calvary Presbyterian Church. We welcome you to assist with cooking, serving, cleaning and a variety of other services that help the community to feel loved and supported. Please contact Cloggie Crowder for more information.GOSPEL CHOIRProvides a wide array of music in the African American tradition. The choir is directed by Ms. Joan Bacon. Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays at 6:00 PM. This choir participates in worship on the 2nd Sunday of every month. Please contact Charles Williams or Joan Bacon for more information.GREETER MINISTRYThis is a new ministry at SEUCC Greeters welcome visitors and members attending service and ensure their needs and concerns are addressed. Serving as a greeter involves more than just standing at the door and shaking hands as people enter the church. We want to make those who come through the doors of the church feel at home. Our responsibility is to help all who come to worship feel joy, sincerity, importance, peace and comfort. Most of all, we want them to feel welcomed. Please contact Min. Jeremy Stenger for more informationHOSPITALITY BOOK CLUBThis group is designed to offer the love of Christ to our guests and welcome them in such a way that they feel transformed from standers to friends. We work to ensure that every member or guest feels special and has a sense of belonging. We will seek to identify and eliminate barriers that often disengage visitors at SEUCC. With the visitor as our first priority, we strive to eliminate stress, anxiety, and confusion. We will work to create a positive and unified attitude among members and visitors. Training will be offered in various areas to assist the congregation in becoming more welcoming. The mission is to transform visitors into members. There is an assessment for reading materials. Partial scholarships are available upon request. Please contact Min. Jeremy Stenger for more information.INTERCESSORY PRAYERMembers of the Intercessory Prayer group meet weekly and rotate responsibilities in order to lift up the prayers of the congregation, encourage spiritual growth in the church, seek God’s guidance for our pastor, church leaders and staff. We pray for government officials as well as issues affecting our community and world. We pray in an atmosphere of confidentiality. This group meets on Saturday mornings at 9:30 AM. Please contact Pastor Courtney Jenkins for more information.LEADERSHIP BOOK CLUBThe Leadership Book Club studies to provide a safe space to motivate, equip, and train Lay Leaders for service within the congregation. Lay Leaders in the club will identify core challenges in church leadership. This group will receive training and assist in training others for leadership roles (e.g. leading in difficult times, integrity, balance, passing the baton, etc.). They will encourage growth in our congregation and maximize efficiency among ministries. They will provide assistance in ensuring that leaders, new and seasoned, are properly prepared to serve the congregation and cultivate mature disciples of Jesus Christ. There is an assessment for reading materials. Partial scholarships are available upon request. Please contact Pastor Courtney Jenkins for more information. MEN’S COUNCILThis ministry offers the men of SEUCC a time for fellowship and discipleship. Join them on the 4th Saturday of every month at 10:00 AM. Please contact Al Parks for more information.PRAISE TEAMProvides a variety of contemporary Christian Music. Rehearsal times vary based upon the availability of the team. The praise team leads the contemporary worship service at 12:00 noon. Please contact Vikki Hubbard Barnes for more information.SATURDAY FUNChildren of all ages are invited to the church every other Saturday for crafts, field trips, games and snacks. If you have children in your family we welcome them or if you would like to volunteer we welcome you. Please contact Rev. Avery Danage for more information.SMALL GROUP LEADERSEfforts are under way to launch Small Groups during the last 6 months of the year. We are currently seeking members of the congregation willing to host a small group once a month from July-December. The Small Group sessions can be held in a private home or at the church. Training will take place from April - June. Leaders will host 6-7 people for a bible lesson, fellowship and identifying a community project to lend support. All materials will be provided. Please contact Rev. Carla Jo Howlett for more information.SUNDAY SCHOOLSunday School is held during the 9:55 AM worship service. Age appropriate curriculum is taught to the youth. Teachers are needed to assist in classrooms. Please contact Rev. Avery Danage for more information.USHER BOARDEndeavors to welcome and empower SEUCC members and visitors alike to feel a sincere sense of comfort when entering the doors of the Lord’s House. Please contact Rev. Carla Jo Howlett for more information.VOLUNTEERSThere are times following worship on Sundays where volunteers are needed to distribute materials, register members and guests for various activities or special programs, etc. The amount of time required varies according to the project. Please contact Min. Jeremy Stenger for more information.THE WELL WORSHIPWe need several volunteers to assist with our contemporary worship service as it continues to grow. Assistance in the areas of ushering, planning, and tech ministry are all needed. Join us! Please contact Pastor Courtney Jenkins for more information.WOMEN’S ASSOCIATIONThe Women’s Association's meetings are now held at 10:00 AM on Tuesdays. The Women’s Association members enjoy making lap quilts and walker bags for the residents of nursing homes. They bring brown bag lunches, have a brief meeting and fellowship before departing at 1:30PM. Please contact Jeanette Potts for more information.WOMEN’S MINISTRYThis ministry offers the women of SEUCC a space for fellowship and discipleship. This ministry is in its infantile stages. Please contact Rev. Carla Jo Howlett for more information.YOUNG ADULT MINISTRYA new ministry at SEUCC that seeks to be relevant, relational and revolutionary. This population is growing at SEUCC and we want those in their 20s and 30s (or young at heart) to feel they too are empowered to use their gifts freely in the church. It is our hope to provide Christian Education, life applications, fun, fellowship and a space specifically destined for young adults to unlock their potential in life, church and community. Please contact Rev. Avery Danage for more information.
Saturday Fun is a ministry that operates within and beyond the walls of South Euclid United Church of Christ. It serves as a means by which youth can experience various aspects of life in a fun and loving environment. We will meet at the church for all events at 10:00am unless noted. All events are free except where noted. Please call by Wednesday to reserve a spot. * Events subject to change due to weather.To reserve your spot call Cheryl Wacasey at 216-513-8006 or the church office.‘....Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled.' Matthew 14:23 NRSV
Church and Church Office4217 Bluestone RoadSouth Euclid OH 44121Phone: (216) 791-5200
Come worship with us!9:55 AM - Traditional12:00 Noon - Contemporary