35895 Royalton Rd.
Grafton, OH 44044

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Fall Sunday School Classes
Two new classes are being featured this Fall.
In addition to the ongoing adult class led by Harry Hinkel, Stu Hicks will offer "A Survey of the New Testament", an in-depth conversation about the gospels and leters that make up the core of our Christ faith.
Pastor David will lead a "Pastor's Class" which will explore Disciples beliefs for those considering a call to Christian baptism.
Children’s and youth classes are built around the scripture used in worship each week. In addition, Junior Worship (a worship experience for very young children while their older siblings and parents/grandparents are in the sanctuary) will resume on September 9.
Interested in a CPR class? We need a minimum of 8 participants to schedule this class. Contact Paula Krasnevich, or indicate your interest when you sign the Friendship Register on Sunday morning by putting "CPR" in a circle next to your name.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Praise Team Rehearsals
Join us at 9:45 a.m. in the sanctuary each Sunday morning for rehearsal.
We sing at the 10:30 a.m. Worship Service.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

CPR Class Forming
We're getting together a CPR class (date/time TBA).
We need at least 8 people to make this happen.
At $35/person, it's a GREAT price to become certified in this life-saving technique (which includes use of an AED machine)!
Sign up by contacting the church office: 440-748-2230 or neaton175@outlook.com .

Shoring Up Our Roof Fund
As we enter our third year of the first phase of pledges for our roof (and other renovations) fund,
please make sure your pledge is up-to-date.
Also please look for the bucket outside the sanctuary, for your *additional* gifts.
Let's make this collection bucket overflow...and keep the rain overflow OUT of our hallways!
(Check out the tree in the Fellowship Hall--we've added new leaves to it, representing the additional gifts that have been coming in!)
P.S. Have you SEEN our video?
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Pasta Dinner
Saturday, September 15, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Benefit for the Care Package Initiative for Deployed Active Duty Military
at American Legion Post 421
22001 Brookpark Rd., Fairview Park, OH
Sponsored by the Blue Star Mothers of America, Ohio Buckeyes Chapter 26
Tickets are $10/adult; $8 for seniors 65 or older; $5 for children ages 2-12 (kids under 2 get in free).
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Congregational Meeting to Elect Officers
Sunday, September 16, 9:45 a.m.
All members are invited to take part in our annual election of the current year's lay leaders of NECC.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Annual Church Bike Ride
Sunday, September 16, 3:30 p.m.
Meet at the Canal Towpath Visitors Center and ride the 11-mile path to the Winking Lizard (Peninsula)
for a 5 p.m. dinner.
You may bike back OR take the train (cost is $2 for those with bikes).
The last train home leaves at 6:50 p.m.
Don't bicycle? Come just for dinner!
R.S.V.P. (or get more information) by calling or texting Ed (440-610-8546) or Angie (440-452-4907) Carter.
All are welcome!

Podiatry Clinic
Monday, September 24, 9:30 a.m.
Advanced Podiatry Center, Inc.’s Dr. Jill Hosking will host a clinic at NECC.
If you are unable to come to the event, contact the clinic for a foot check at 440-282-1312.
The clinic is located at 4751 Oberlin Avenue #3, Lorain.

Medical Blood Screening
Tuesday, September 25
NECC is one of several community sites where Lorain County adults ages 55+ may receive a low-cost blood draw through the Lorain County Health Department.
Participants will learn about cholesterol, sugar, iron, and other health indicators during this clinic.
Call 440-567-4120 for a reservation. Blood tests are $31, and prostate tests for men are $10 (no office fee!).
Cash and check are accepted.
Clients may schedule a follow-up appointment at the church on October 23 to receive results and ask questions, either in person or via a phone call.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Free Community Meal
Tuesday, September 25 (the 4th Tuesday of each month, 5:30-6:30 p.m.)
Helpers and diners all are welcome!
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

"3 Bs Brunch: Building, Budget and 'Bodies'"
Sunday, September 30 (8:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.)
This town-hall-style gathering will feature delicious breakfast casseroles and conversation about some topics near and dear to all who love NECC...AND...we're featuring two timeframes so EVERYONE has an opportunity to take part!
Our Pulpit Committee and Elders will be providing the casseroles, but if you'd like to offer one of your own delicious versions, please contact the church office (440-748-2230 or neaton175@outlook.com ) and let us know!

Youth Group Kick-off Cook-Out
Sunday, September 30, at 5 p.m.
at the home of Polly Tallos, 34365 Brokaw Rd., Columbia Station.
Youth in grades 3-12 (and their parents) may attend.
Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided; please bring a side dish or dessert to share, and your own beverage.

Ohio Regional Assembly
Saturday, October 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
at Gender Road Christian Church, 5336 Gender Rd., Canal Winchester.
An important agenda for this Statewide family reunion and business meeting will involve a resolution which includes:
- the handling of existing financial obligations of the Ohio Region;
- a change of location for Regional operations, from Columbus to the Camp Christian property;
- the abandonment of a search for a Regional Minister and the creation of a different administrative model for Regional and Camp operations;
- the creation of a Foundation for the management of Camp Christian; and,
- a name change of the Regional organization.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information, or R.S.V.P. with Pastor David to attend.

A Blessing of Animals
Sunday, October 7, 4 p.m.
Near the playground/picnic shelter on the NECC grounds.
In thanksgiving for the witness and memory of St. Francis of Assisi, and to the Glory of God,
we will celebrate our family pets and farmyard friends.
Invite your human friends, too!
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

NECC's 176th Anniversary!
Sunday, October 14
Come, celebrate with us as we look back on 176 years of faithfulness to God, service to the community (and beyond), and history within Eaton Township.
We'll celebrate with song and photos during worship (8:30 and 10:30 a.m.), and then enjoy a HOT PASTA BAR at noon, featuring various kinds of pasta and sauce, salad, and desserts.
You're welcome to come without a reservation, but placing in a circle the number of those from your family who will attend this event (the next time you're in worship), will help ensure we have plenty of food for all.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Glory Way Quartet Concert
Sunday, October 14, 2 p.m.
Freewill offering; cookies-and-punch reception following.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Monthly Book Club
This club meets the third Monday of each month, at 7 p.m. in the high school classroom.
Upcoming titles include:
October 19: "When Jesus Wept," by Bodie & Brock Thomas
November 16: "Wildflowers from Winter," by Katie Ganshert
December 21: "Divine," by Karen Kingsbury
January 18: "Carolina Reckoning," by Lisa Carter
February 15: "The Guardian," by Robbie Cheuvrant
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.
Bakers Needed!
There are several opportunities for bakers to show off their skills.
Donated items are needed for the youth to sell at our upcoming:
- Election Day Bake Sale (Tuesday, November 6)
- Christmas Bazaar (Saturday, November 10)
- Christmas Cookie Sale (Saturday, December 1)
Call 440-748-2230 or contact Polly Tallos for more information.
Annual Christmas Bazaar
November 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Commercial vendors, Trash-to-Treasure room, Kids' Gift Shop room, homemade baked goods, lunch counter, and Santa.
Vendors may obtain a table ($20 each).
We're also seeking donations for our Trash-to-Treasure and Kids' Gift-Shop rooms.
Donations may be brought to the church and left in the East entry.

Veterans' Pics Needed
Do you have pics of a veteran who is a former, present or FUTURE member of NECC?
We'd like to borrow them for a photo display for Veterans Day, November 11.
Call 440-748-2230 or contact Laura Kuhn for more information.

Consecration Sunday: "From Bread and Wine to Faith and Giving"
November 25
Worship at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; noon luncheon
God has given us gifts to share for mission of Jesus in our world.
We look forward to celebrating God's generosity together at Christ's Table on Consecration Sunday.

Food pantry Needs
NECC's Food Pantry could use some spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, and canned goods.
Thank you!
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

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--and 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.
  • Facebook 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).
  • 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 contact Diana Tyler (to receive prayer request EMAILS) or Don Nash (to be part of the PHONE links).
    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.

    Combined (Capital AND General Fund) Campaign Information
    On October 30, 2016, we kicked off a COMBINED fundraising campaign, with a three-year pledge for the roof (etc.) renovation project, and a separate one-year pledge for our usual General Fund expenses (i.e., ministry needs, building maintenance and cleaning, program supplies, salaries, etc.).
    CAPITAL CAMPAIGN: The original estimate of $750,000 for ALL of the work needed at the church (roof reconstruction, parking lot replacement, kitchen renovation, and interior painting) was not something the congregation felt could be handled at this time. Our scaled-down emphasis now includes our most-needed upgrade (the roof) as well as the kitchen (due to building code mandates due to the new roof line changing the stove venting). Roof renovation will include relocating the HVAC units, replacing the HVAC units in the fellowship hall, installing a new metal roof over the entire church which will add a small space to the north hallway to make the roof drainage better, and enclosing the memorial garden roof (with no interior changes to the memorial garden). The roof costs are estimated at $422,000 and the kitchen renovation (including cabinets and fire suppression system) will add $40,000 to the project total.
    The plan to pay for this new cost estimate of $462,000 includes $75,000 on hand from the General Fund, $40,000 in hand from the Building Fund, $14,000 in hand from the Kitchen Fund, $4,000 from 2016 Fair proceeds, $300,000 Disciples Church Extension Fund loan (based on $150,000 in Capital Campaign pledges needed; the DCEF loan can be ONLY UP TO 2x those pledges received), and $29,000 in other church-wide and individual fundraising (i.e., music video, concerts, art projects, dinners, etc.). If pledges fall short, we'd need to increase the amount needed in that "additional" fundraising category; if pledges EXCEED $150,000, we may be able to include the parking lot renovation. Additional interior work (i.e., a revitalizing of the memorial garden) might then be considered, following additional congregational input about that space's usage and furnishings.
    If you have questions, please speak with a member of your Capital Campaign Committee: Jeff Hensley (Chair), Melissa Folk, Stu Hicks, Glen Swartz, Glen Thompson, and Diana Tyler.
    Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

    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): 2018 rates TBA
    Regular Registration (week-long camps only; received after May 1): 2018 rates TBA
    Late/On-Site Registration (week-long camps only; received later than 10 days prior to camp start): 2018 rates TBA
    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.

    2018 Camp/Conference/Retreat Dates (All events take place at Camp Christian--10299 Maple Dell Rd., Marysville, OH--unless otherwise indicated. Early Bird [EB] rate deadline is May 1 unless otherwise noted.)
    Advance Ministries Spring Retreat (ages 19-29): April 6-8
    CYF Winter Retreat (grades 9-12): April 13-15
    Ohio Disciples Men's Work Day: May 19
    Disciples Fellowship Camp (Spring; all ages): Friday-Sunday (Memorial Day weekend), May 25-27
    Grandparent-and-Me Camp (Completed gr. 1-2, with a grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc.): June 1 & 2
    Adult Conference (at Northwest Christian Church, Columbus; lodging additional): June 18-22
    Junior Camp: June 17-23 (Otter; Gr. 3-5), July 4-7 (Ribbit; Gr. 2-4)
    Chi Rho Camps (gr. 6-8): June 3-9 (Emmaus), July 8-14 (Corinth) and July 22-28 (Damascus)
    CYF Conferences (gr. 9-12): June 10-16 (#1), June 24-30 (#2) and July 15-21 (#3)
    Advance Ministries Conference (post-high school-age 29): July 29-August 5 (part-time attendance rates available)
    Disciples Fellowship Camp (Fall; all ages): Friday-Sunday (Labor Day weekend), August 31-September 2

    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: Non-perishable grocery items (and monetary gifts to purchase bulk quantities of fresh groceries) for those in need within the NECC family. January's focus is boxed foods (cake mixes, frosting, potatoes, rice, stuffing, etc.).
  • 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.