35895 Royalton Rd.
Grafton, OH 44044
440-748-2230



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NEWS AND EVENTS



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.)
Please let us know how YOU can help!
Call 440-748-2230, or contact Barb Galvin for more information.

Sunday Choir Rehearsals
Join us at 5 p.m. each Sunday to work on some special anthems for Palm Sunday and Easter.
All are welcome!
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Free Community Meal
Tuesday, February 27 (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.

Financial Peace University
Thursdays, January 11-March 8
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. Click here to register
Contact Polly Tallos or call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Leadership Conference Open to All
Saturday, February 3, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
This is for all members, elected church officials, Elders, Diaconate, committee chairs and members...and ALL who want to help NECC grow and serve the community.
Continental breakfast and lunch provided. No registration or fee.
Come and help us plan our year of worship, service, programing, and fun activities.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Council Meeting
Sunday, February 11, 11 a.m.
(Please note this new start time for all future Council meetings.)
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Women’s Ash Wednesday Meditation Breakfast
Wednesday, February 14, at 10 a.m., at Columbia United Methodist Church (25453 Royalton Rd., Columbia Station)
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

District 2A Disciples' Ash Wednesday Worship Service
Wednesday, February 14 at Washington Avenue Christian Church (301 Washington Avenue, Elyria; 440-323-4213)
The Service will be held at 7 p.m., followed by a fellowship time. (Combined choir will assemble at 6 p.m. for a brief rehearsal.)
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Lifeline Screenings
February 15
Register to have up to five health screens performed.
Prices start at $149.
Call 1-888-653-6441 or 440-748-2230 for more information.

Two Weekly Lenten Bible Study Classes
Both classes will use the book, "Refuel: An Uncomplicated Guide to Connecting with God"
Sunday classes (8:45-9:25 a.m., to allow worshipers from either of our two Sunday morning Services to attend) wil begin on February 18.
Wednesday evening classes (6 p.m.) will begin on February 21. These will start with a light meal of soup and bread, with discussion following at 6:30 p.m.)
Please write, "REFUEL" and which day's class you'll attend, beside your name in this Sunday's Friendship Register, or contact our Church Office (440-748-2230 or neaton175@outlook.com) to sign up.

Family Game Night
Sunday, February 18, 5-9 p.m.
A main dish and beverages will be provided.
Please bring games, appetizers, side dishes, and/or desserts to share.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Annual District 2 Disciples' Chili Cook-Off
Sunday, February 25, 5 p.m.
Bring your best pot of chili to compete for a "glorious" traveling trophy!
Or, come just to eat and support Cleveland Christian Home.
Admission is free, but your cash and check votes help determine the winner AND provide funding for the work that CCH does for abused and negelected children, and provide education and childcare training for their families.
Wonderful music will be provided by the Midview High School Jazz Band. Don't miss this!!
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m.
Please begin bringing in donations NOW of individually-wrapped candies and small toys, stuffed animals, books, games, etc. for the children's prize choices. (Take advantage of post-Valentine's Day candy sales!)
Please watch for dates and times when we'll need help stuffing all those eggs with candy! (Thank you for your help!)
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

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.

    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!
    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.

    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): 2018 Dates TBA
    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.

    ONGOING OUTREACH EFFORTS AND COLLECTIONS:
  • 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.