35895 Royalton Rd.
Grafton, OH 44044

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Food Pantry Ministry
Donations are always welcome--distributions are made to those requesting food, and also by those who want to distribute bags to those they know who are in need. (We're also looking for people who will sponsor a food drive at their place of work.)
A suggested schedule follows:
December 17--donate food to a Midview School System family you know who is is nned
January 21--donate good to a family who has an incarcerated parent.
Please let us know how YOU can help!
Call 440-748-2230, or contact Maryann Daugherty, Janet Davis, Barb, Robin or Samantha Galvin, or Norma Richards for more information.

Youth Cookie Sale
Saturday, December 2, 12 noon-1 p.m.
Donations of home-baked cookies may be dropped off in the vestibule beginning Friday evening up through the sale start on Saturday.
Pick-your-mix batches of cookies are $8/pound. Proceeds will support our youth activities.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Advent Begins
Sunday, December 3
Join us in Worship at 8 a.m. or 9:30 a.m.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Adults Christmas Party
Sunday, December 3, 5:30 p.m. (appetizers), 6:30 p.m. potluck supper
at the home of Ed & Angie Carter (please consult your church directory for the address)
Bring a dish to share and prepare to celebrate the season!
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Governance Meetings Schedule
Sunday, December 10 - Council meeting, 12 noon (Agenda = 2018 budget and proposed change to By-Laws)
Sunday, December 17 - Congregational meeting, 8:45 a.m. (Agenda = 2018 budget and vote on Rev. David Chafin as our Intentional Interim Minister)
Sunday, January 14 - Congregational meeting, 8:45 a.m. (Agenda = To consider proposed changes to the Constitution and By-Laws)
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Monthly Sunday Evening Prayer Service
Sunday, December 10, 6 p.m.
Join us as we pray for NECC, its leadership, its programs, our community, Rev. David Chafin (our intentional interim minister), and the settled pastor who will follow him.
Call 440-748-2230 or contact Polly Tallos for more information.

Women's Christmas Brunch
Saturday, December 16, 10:30 a.m.
Bring a brunch side or sweet treat to round out our meal of assorted breakfast casseroles.
R.S.V.P. on the friendship register any Sunday.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Christian Book Club Gathering
Monday, December 18, 7 p.m.
This month's discussion book is, “The First Gift”, by Ruth Logan Herne.
Call 440-748-2230 or contact Melissa Folk for more information.

Christmas Eve Worship Schedule
Sunday, December 24
8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Advent Services
7 p.m. Christmas Eve Service
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Free Community Meal
Tuesday, December 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (held the 4th Tuesday of each month)
Come to help and/or come just to eat!
Donation needs are listed on the white board in the Fellowship Hall prior to each month's meal--thank you for signing up to provide one or more items.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Financial Peace University
Thursdays, January 4-March 1
These classes can help participants learn how to get out of debt, create a budget, make wise spending decisions, save for the future, and more!
Cost is $109/household.
Contact Polly Tallos or call 440-748-2230 for more information or to register.

All-Church Auction/Garage Sale
Sale date TBA (Thank you for your response; we are no longer accepting goods.)
The sale will be held on the Grafton property of Jeff & Chris Hensley.
All proceeds will benefit NECC's Capital Campaign for a new roof and other needed renovations.
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.

    Towels and Blankets Collection
    We're now collecting used towels and blankets for a pet rescue shelter.
    Please contact Linda Ickes if you have questions.
    Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

    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.

    2016-17 Leadership Elected
    Council President: Stu Hicks
    Council Vice-President: Jeff Hensley
    Clerk: Paula Krasnevich
    Treasurer: Mark Carpenter
    Assistant Treasurer: Carol Wilson
    Financial Secretary: Laura Kuhn
    Sunday School Superintendent: Melissa Folk
    Sunday School Secretary: Diana Butcher
    Elders: Melissa Folk, Robin Galvin, Jeff Hensley (Chair), Stu Hicks, Glenn Swartz, and Diana Tyler
    Diaconate: Don Ables, Pat Ables, Marlene Black, Carol Bokman, Tyler Bokman, Robin Bricker, Carol Butcher, Mark Carpenter, Angie Carter, Ed Carter, Bill Chapman, Chris Chapman, Holly Chapman, Dean Galvin (JD), Jim Galvin, Tammy Hammond, Chris Hensley, Jeff Hensley, Cindy Hicks, Ken Hicks, Harry Hinkel, Brian Insley, Shari Insley, Leslie Klein, John Klinect, Cody Knorr (JD), Mike Krasnevich, Paula Krasnevich, Laura Kuhn, Randy Kuhn, Theresa McDonough, Barb Mott, Mike Mott, Jerry Mullins, Dede Prunty, Theresa Sizemore, Amy Stafford, Carol Swartz, Erik Tallos (1-year term), Polly Tallos, Marie Ternes, Mel Ternes, Scott White, and Nancy Yost
    Trustees: Sally Botson, Ken Hicks, Mike Krasnevich, and Glen Thompson
    Evangelism Committee Chair: Diana Tyler
    Fair Committee Chair: Polly Tallos and Cindy Thompson (Fair Grants: Chris Hensley)
    Memorial Committee Chair: Ralph Thompson
    Outreach Committee Chair: Stephanie Tyler
    Worship Committee Chair: Miki Saito
    Eve Circle President - Pat Ables
    Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

    NECC Benefits from Your Internet Searches and Shopping!
    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 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.

    2017 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.)
    State Youth Convention (gr. 9-12): 2018 Dates TBA
    Advance Ministries Spring Retreat (ages 19-29): 2018 Dates TBA
    Ohio Disciples Men's Work Day: 2018 Dates TBA
    Disciples Fellowship Camp (Spring; all ages): Friday-Sunday (Memorial Day weekend), 2018 Dates TBA
    Grandparent-and-Me Camp (Completed gr. 1-2, with a grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc.): 2018 Dates TBA
    Adult Conference: at Northwest Christian Church, Columbus ($; lodging additional): 2018 Dates TBA
    Junior Camp: 2018 Dates TBA (Otter; Gr. 3-5), 2018 Dates TBA (Ribbit; Gr. 2-4)
    Chi Rho Camps (gr. 6-8): 2018 Dates TBA (Emmaus), 2018 Dates TBA (Corinth) and 2018 Dates TBA (Damascus)
    CYF Conferences (gr. 9-12): 2018 Dates TBA (#1), 2018 Dates TBA (#2) and 2018 Dates TBA (#3)
    Advance Ministries Conference (post-high school-age 29): 2018 Dates TBA (part-time attendance rates available)
    Disciples Fellowship Camp (Fall; all ages): Friday-Sunday (Labor Day weekend), 2018 Dates TBA

    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.
  • Pet Rescue: Towels and blankets of any condition. Contact Linda Ickes with your questions.
  • 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.