35895 Royalton Rd.
Grafton, OH 44044

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Week of Compassion--Have a Heart!
Foam hearts are being sold throughout February ($1 each) to "cover the world" (the map in our narthex), showing where Week of Compassion helps with disaster relief and aiding displaced populations.
All proceeds will benefit Week of Compassion.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Scout Sunday
February 9
Join us in worship at 9 a.m. with the Boys and Girls Scout Troops that meet here at NECC.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Council Meeting
February 9
Following the 9 a.m. worship service.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Educational Studies
Our 10:15 a.m. intergenerational Sunday School class is continuing its Narnia series with, "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" (led by Chris Hensley).
Our Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. adults class is studying the apostles (led by Pastor David). (Who were they? What did they do? What is left of their legacies? What does this have to do with me?)
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Grandparent-and-Me Valentine Event
Saturday, February 15, 3-5 p.m.
For ages 3-12 and their grandparent or other trusted adult caregiver.
Crafts, games, photo booth, snacks, and a Valentine-themed service project.
There is no charge to attend (supplies will be provided), but a donation of goods for the NECC food pantry will be appreciated.
Space is limited to 20 children; RSVP ASAP.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Game Night
Sunday, February 16, 6 p.m.
Bring a board game or group participation exercise and a "finger food" snack to share at this all-ages, very fun event.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Week of Compassion Workshop
Saturday, February 22, 10-11:30 a.m. at
Disciples Christian Church (3663 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland Hts.)
Vy Nguyen, WOC Executive Director, will lead those attending through a participatory experience to help demonstrate the scope of Week of Compassionís global relief and development work.
RSVP by February 15.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Annual District 2A Disciples Chili Cook-Off
Sunday, February 23, 5 p.m.
Hone your chili recipes and enter a pot in this annual FUNdraiser for Cleveland Christian Home.
There is no charge to enter or eat, but your "votes" (in the form of cash or check payable to "NECC") will benefit NECC's "Laundry Love" outreach program.
Come to compete, come to eat, or just come to support the great work done by CCH!
Entertainment by Midview High School's "Swingin' Blues" Jazz Band.
New this year: A raffle for a basket of laundry supplies ($1 each or $5/6).
Call 440-748-2230 or contact Polly Tallos for more information.

Monthly Free Community Meal
February 25, 5:30 p.m. (and every 4th Tuesday of each month)
Come to dine; come to help--but join us!
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Lent Begins February 26 with Ash Wednesday

12 noon- 1p.m. in our chapel (entered via the southeast doors), the pastor will lead a service of confession and prayer, with ashes imposed.

Then, at 7 p.m., we will join with our neighbor Disciples at Christian Temple (940 W. Fifth St., Lorain) for worship and the imposition of ashes. A mass choir will offer music. Details for those who want to participate in the choir will follow this month.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Arts for Old F*rts
Wednesdays, 5 p.m.
Art therapy and socializing for those age 50+, led by Mary Jo Clark-Samko.
Pre-registration is required.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

2nd Sundays are Donut Sundays
Come and fellowship with us the second Sunday of each month.
Want to sponsor/host a month? It's just $35, and you can pick the month!
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Monthly Concert Series

Sunday, March 1, 3 p.m. - Featuring singer/songwriters Jerry Allen and Matt Doyle. A freewill offering will benefit the church's Roof Fund. A reception will follow the concert.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Laundry Love
Friday, March 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at
Speedy Clean Elyria.
This series of pre-arranged events at different locations in Lorain County provides funds and supplies for those using the laundromat that morning.
Know someone who could use this occasional assistance? Tell them about this event!
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Kids' Resale Shop
Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Reserve a table for your gently-used kids' clothes and toys for just $10 (deadline is March 6).
Call 440-748-2230 or contact Pat Ables for more information.

Election Day Bake Sale
Tuesday, March 17, 6 a.m. until sold out
While NECC serves as an election polling place, stop by the kitchen counter to see what goodies will be for sale.
Donations of baked goods will be appreciated; these can be dropped off at the church the day before, or the morning of the sale. Thank you!
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Easter Egg Hunt (Candy Needed)
Sunday, April 4, 2 p.m.
Individually-wrapped candies may be brought to the church and deposited into the marked collection box. Candy other than chocolate (which melts in the sun) is preferred although chocolates *are* acceptable and appreciated.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Annual Chance Auction
Wednesday, April 22, 7 p.m.
Join us for this annual night of prizes and food. Presale raffle tickets are $1/6; tickets are $1/4 the night of the event.
Advance donations of prizes, coupons, services, and/or new household and garage treasures are appreciated. These may be left in the church office.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Health Screenings
Friday, May 1 (by appointment)
LifeLine Screening, a provider of community-based health screenings, will be at North Eaton Christian Church on Friday, May 1.
Available will be ultrasound screenings to identify risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including carotid artery (plaque build-up, a leading cause of stroke), abdominal aortic aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), peripheral arterial disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a heart rhythm screening (an EKG to detect atrial fibrillation, or irregular heart-beat), and an osteoporosis risk assessment for men and women. Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early.
Register online for the screening here and receive a community circle discount and an appointment.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

3rd Annual Bike Rodeo & Touch-a-Truck Day
Saturday, May 16 (rain date is May 23), 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Children Kindergarten-age 12 and their families are welcome to this fun and educational Bicycle Skills Clinic for the residents ofLorain County. NECC hosts this event in partnership with local law enforcement and first responders, local businesses, and clubs.
Free bike helmet and grab bags (while supplies last), bike inspection, fingerprinting and other safety events, and drawings for a FREE bicycle.
Bikes have been provided from past rodeos to families served by Operation Open Heart and the Lorain County Kinship Family program.
(Those who are able to fix bikes will be needed prior to this event as donated bikes arrive in our garage. Reach out to us and we'll contact you when it's time to get to work! Thank you!)
Call 440-748-2230 or contact Robin Galvin for more information or to help.

Monthly Food Box Distribution
First Monday of each month, 3-5 p.m.
In partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, NECC helps provide a box of nonperishable food items as well as fresh produce and cheese, to residents 60 and older.
The program is open to anyone 60 or older who meets income requirements (which are very generous).
One-page applications are available in the church office. You need only one identification card bearing your birth date; no financial records will be requested of you.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Sessions 2020: A Retreat for Men
July 10-12 at Texas Christian University
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Tuesday Exercise Group
Every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.
Enjoy low-impact exercise in a fun group.
Call 440-748-2230 or contact Laura Kuhn for more information.

Saturday Walking Group
Every Saturday, 11 a.m.
Call 440-748-2230 or contact Laura Kuhn for more information.

Monthly Birthday Parties are Happening at NECC
We're celebrating birthdays the last Sunday of each month with a 10:45 a.m. fellowship time.
Join us for refreshments and to help others (and you?) celebrate their birthday!
(Want to sponsor/host one of these events? It's just $35, and you can pick the month!)
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Food pantry Needs
NECC's Food Pantry could use cereal, canned vegetables, peanut butter, jellies, mac-n-cheese, pastas and sauces, and canned tuna and chicken.
Thank you!
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Settled Pastor Called / Officers Elected
Rev. David T. Chafin, who has served as our Interim Pastor for the past 22 months, was presented to the Council and congregation of North Eaton Christian Church by the Pastoral Search Committee, and was affirmed by the vote of those present on Sept. 1 to be named as settled pastor of the congregation, effective Oct. 1, 2019. In the same Congregational Meeting, Sept. 1, new and returning Elders, Diaconate, and officers of the church were elected. The Church Council will elect their Chair and Vice-Chair at the next meeting.
At that same meeting, the following lay leadership was elected:
Treasurer - Mark Carpenter
Asst. Treasurer - Laura Kuhn
Financial Secretary - Carol Wilson
Clerk - Sally Botson
Elders - Kim Bowen and Diana Tyler
Trustee - Jim Galvin
Diaconate - Angie Carter, Ed Carter, Laura Kuhn, Randy Kuhn, Vicky Spitzer, and Darrell Willford.

Prayer Chain Available to All
Below are the guidelines for requesting, or being part of, the Prayer Chain:

  • The Prayer Chain can be initiated only by direct request by--or with permission from--the person being prayed for (or by permission of the subject's immediate family member).
  • Prayer Chain requests MUST be initiated through the church office; the pastor or church secretary will then start the phone and email chain.
  • Social media postings are NOT considered official requests; those desiring prayer MUST contact the pastor or the church office directly by phone call, text, email, or personal visit.
  • Those passing along information to others in the Prayer Chain are reminded to share ONLY the information permitted by the requester. Keep the messages brief and factual (no speculating or adding unauthorized information or opinions).
  • Please keep Prayer Chain information confidential. Do NOT share information through Facebook, Twitter, InstaGram, or other social media. It is the subject's and their family's privilege and right to share details, the method through which details will be shared, and the timing of such sharing. Do NOT overstep "on their behalf", even if you believe your intentions to be noble.
  • Please pray for the subject mentioned, the person's family, responders, the care team, and all involved.
    To be added to the Prayer Chain as a message recipient/prayer partner, please email Diana Tyler or the church office with that request.
    You can be added to the email and/or the telephone list as desired. Just let us know your preference!
    Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

    Need Prayer or Have "Breaking" News for the Church or Pastor?
    We ask that you do not rely on posting such items on our Facebook page/s. FB's algorithms do not always allow us to see everyone's posts, nor is there a guarantee that if they *do* appear on our wall, that we'll see them in the most timely fashion.
    The BEST way to be sure we get your important news and requests in quick order is to CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE (440-748-2230 or neaton175@outlook.com).
    The Pastor should *always* be the first contact for matters of pastoral care, including requests for our Prayer Chain (see next item below).
    Please help us be more responsive to your needs by following these guidelines.
    Thank you for your understanding.

    Knitters and Crocheters Needed
    Can you help with our Prayer Shawl ministry?
    Yarn is available in the church office.
    Call Sharon Mullins or 440-748-2230 for more information.

    NECC Benefits from Your Internet Searches and Shopping!
    Shop online at SmileAmazon.com to help NECC's roof campaign. Simply visit the site, enter your email address, select NECC as your preferred charity, and start shopping. Once you've signed up, you need only enter through the SmileAmazon.com portal and sign in, and the proceeds for NECC from your shopping will be automatically applied.
    Please use www.GoodSearch.com for your internet searches, and designate NECC as your preferred charity. We'll get 1 cent per search!
    A similar program exists at www.GoodShop.com; NECC will be given a percentage of your online shopping purchase total.
    (TIP: Download the toolbar at either website and designate NECC as your preferred charity and you won't have to re-type it with each search or shopping session!)
    Contact Sally Botson or Diana Tyler if you'd like more information.

    Camp--General Information
    The following applies to all Camp/Conference weeks occurring at Camp Christian:
    A scholarship of 50% of the Early Bird rate is available to all campers.
    Completed registration forms and payment are due in to the NECC office TWO WEEKS PRIOR to the start of your selected camp.
    Each camper must complete the medical form provided with each registration.
    Early Bird Registration (week-long camps only; received by May 1)
    Regular Registration (week-long camps only; received after May 1)
    Late/On-Site Registration (week-long camps only; received later than 10 days prior to camp start)
    Registration forms are posted on our main bulletin board, or you may print your own or register online at www.ccinoh.org/camp/applications.aspx.
    Registration includes program costs, lodging and meals while at Camp. Campers may want to bring money for fast-food meals on the way to & from Camp (optional).
    What to Bring to Camp: Bible, bedding, modest clothing (clothing that hides front and back cleavage, underwear, and mid-sections), modest swimwear and swimsuit cover, musical instrument or talent show props, offering money, and a small amount of snack money for the week (optional).
    What to Leave Home: Electronic devices (personal music devices allowed only at bedtime and must be used with earplugs), drugs, alcohol, guns, knives or other weapons, inappropriate language and attitudes, etc.
    Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

    2020 Camp/Conference/Retreat Dates (All events take place at Camp Christian--10299 Maple Dell Rd., Marysville, OH--unless otherwise indicated.)
    Disciples Fellowship Camp (Spring; all ages): Friday-Sunday (Memorial Day weekend), May 24-26
    Grandparent-and-Me Camp (Completed gr. 1-2, with a grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc.): June 7 & 8
    Adult Conference (at Northwest Christian Church, Columbus; lodging additional): June 17-21
    Junior Camp: June 16-22 (Otter; Gr. 3-5), July 3-6 (Ribbit; Gr. 2-4)
    Chi Rho Camps (gr. 6-8): June 9-15 (Emmaus), July 14-20 (Corinth) and July 21-27 (Damascus)
    CYF Conferences (gr. 9-12): June 23-29 (#1), July 7-13 (#2), and July 21-27 (#3)
    Advance Ministries Conference (post-high school-age 29): July 28-August 4 (part-time attendance rates available)
    Disciples Fellowship Camp (Fall; all ages): Friday-Sunday (Labor Day weekend), August 30-September 1

    Write to our campers at: Camp Christian, 10335 Maple Dell Rd., Marysville, OH 43040.

  • Adult Health Clinic: Free adult health clinic the second Tuesday of each month, for ages 55+. Diabetes screening, foot checks, blood and urine tests, immunizations, vision and hearing screenings, etc. Appointment needed; contact the Lorain County Health Department (440-322-6367).
  • Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. (Chapter #26, Greater Cleveland Area): The following items are needed for care packages for our troops (shipped semi-monthly)--cold drink mixes, ground coffee and tea, creamer and sugar packets, power bars, cereal bars, granola, healthy snacks, cookies, crackers, chips, cheese/cracker kits, PB&J (in small, plastic jars), sewing kits, sunscreen, insect repellent, lip balm w/sunscreen (Carmex or Blistex), body wash, shampoo, toothbrushes (no paste), deodorant, tampons, athlete's foot powder/cream, shoe pads/deodorant inserts, blister pads, hand sanitizer, non-aerosol shaving cream, good razors, calf-high socks or boot socks (black or white only), new or used games for game systems, new or used cds and DVDs, books, and magazines (no politically-charged or negative-focus publications or articles, please). We're also collecting art supplies (see the September, 2017 "Voice" for a list). To submit the name of a soldier who could use one of these care packages, please contact Sally Botson, sallysb52ATyahoo.com.
  • Cancelled Stamps: Marlene Black is spearheading the collection of cancelled stamps for veterans' programs and Habitat for Humanity. Simply cut the cancelled stamps off the envelopes you receive in the mail (please and 1/4" inch around the stamp) and deposit them into the designated box at the church.
  • Cans for Charity: Please leave bagged aluminum beverage cans in the wire bin at the Southeast corner of the parking lot.
  • Cleveland Christian Home: Sports magazines and other quality reading materials of interest to developing boys and young men; also Campbell's Labels for Education UPC codes and labels (Campbell's, Franco-American, Prego, Swanson, and V-8) and General Mills Box Tops for Education. The Home also needs help paying off a $3 MILLION debt ASAP, stemming from the purchase of its facilities from the National Benevolent Association--any and all donations are needed. Send your tax-deductible gifts to 2202 Prame Ave., Cleveland, OH 44109. In addition, the Home's annual Christmas Wish List can be found on the table each Fall in our narthex. Shop for items on that list, make an online donation www.cchome.org, sponsor a child by buying all the items on that child's personal wish list (approximately $200), ask for a list of larger items needed for families/programs, and/or volunteer to shop, wrap gifts, receive donations, or inventory donations. This program will end July, 2017.
  • Cornerstone Among Women: Pocket change may be placed in the baby bottle on display in the fellowship hall.
  • Fourth Tuesday Community Meal: Free meal, served 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sign-up sheets are in Fellowship Hall each month. Can you help provide some of the menu items, help set up, serve, or clean up? Whether you can help or not, DO come and eat with us--this monthly meal is for EVERYONE!
  • Lorain County Fair Food Booth: Annual proceeds benefit MANY outreach and education ministries, such as Church camp, Scouts camps, special speakers and programs, bible distribution, Pathways Counseling & Growth Center...and more!
  • Love, Inc. (Love, In the Name of Christ): "Clothe a Kid" back-to-school collection (late summer project) and winter coats collection (Fall).
  • NECC Food Pantry: Bags of food are provided each month to families requesting them. In addition, bags are placed in the narthex for YOU to take to anyone you know is in need. Let's care and share together! Non-perishable grocery items (and monetary gifts to purchase bulk quantities of fresh groceries) for those in need within the NECC family. June's focus is cereal, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, canned fruits, juices, paper products, and snacks for children.
  • Operation Christmas Child (aka "Shoebox Ministry"), of Samaritan's Purse: Fill a shoebox with small gifts for children ages 2-14. Suggested items include: school supplies, coloring books, toys, hygiene items, clothing, and hard candy. Also, monetary donations are needed to help mail our 100 boxes (goal), approximately $7/box. Fill boxes and gift-wrap them in a way that the lid can be opened. Deadline is the second Sunday in November.
  • Paper Recycling: Office paper, envelopes, junk mail, etc. may be deposited into the green and yellow ABITIBI container at the Southeast corner of the parking lot. (No cardboard or phone books, please.) Proceeds help fund the mission and ministry of NECC.
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry: Knitted or crocheted prayer shawls are given to shut-ins, those hospitalized, and those marking a special celebration (marriage, new baby, etc.). This is a do-it-yourself project, with yarn available from Judy Ponting's former office. Yarn donations are always appreciated. Contact Sharon Mullins or Paula Krasnevich for more information.
  • Salvation Army: August's focus is sample-sized toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.).
  • USO (United Service Organizations, for military service personnel): Pens, stationery, lip balm, mouthwash, eye drops, cough drops, dental floss, batteries, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dried fruit snacks, beef jerky, peanuts, trail mix, tea bags, drink mixes, individually-wrapped hard candy, and disposable cameras. DEADLINE IS MAY 1 SO PACKAGES ARRIVE TO TROOPS BY MEMORIAL DAY. Contact Laura Kuhn if you have questions.
  • Week of Compassion: Monetary donations and hygiene- and baby-kits (www.churchworldservice.org) for disaster relief across the United States and around the world. A special offering is highlighted each February, but donations are needed year-round. For every $1 donated to Week of Compassion, 50 cents goes to emergency response. 25 cents goes to sustainable development, eight cents goes to refugee and immigrant ministries, eight to ten cents goes to volunteer work grants, ecumenical partners, and mission statements, and six to eight cents goes to administrative costs.

  • Call 440-748-2230 for more information about any of the above collections, organizations, events, or activities.