35895 Royalton Rd.
Grafton, OH 44044

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Following the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and the Governor of Ohio, worship in our sanctuary will be suspended anytime Lorain County is in the RED zone.
If Lorain County is Orange (or lower) on Ohio's Covid-19 map, in-person worship will take place in the sanctuary each Sunday at 9 a.m.
Our online gathering will take place each Sunday at 10 a.m. (or view it whenever your schedule permits), regardless of Ohio's Covid-19 map colors,
at: Facebook Live.
Then, meet us online immediately following worship--in our Zoom meeting room--for an all-church chat. (Usually around 10:45 a.m. Log-in information may be found within each week's worship video.)
Good health to all! Please continue checking on one another and on your neighbors via phone, email, etc. as we continue to BE "The Church" in these most unusual times!
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

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We Need YOUR Videos About Compassion!
As we prepare to share the work of Week of Compassion with you, we would like to hear your stories of compassion.
How has love flowed through your life? How has compassion impacted your life? Have you received unexpected compassion? Have you extended compassion to someone? Have you seen or heard compassion stories in your loved ones’ lives?
Would you be willing to send us a video (or have one of us come to you to take a video) of your compassion story? We will then share them with the congregation during worship in the weeks leading up to the Week of Compassion offering.
Please contact Pastor David or Polly Tallos by February 1 if you have a story to share.
Week of Compassion Special Offering received Feb. 21-28
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Drive-Through Chili Sale
Sunday, February 28, 5 p.m.
Due to Covid-19, instead of our usual Chili Cook-Off, you may pre-order 1 or more quart jars of chili (donation $8 each; cornbread and/or desserts an added $1 each) by contacting the church office or visiting this link.
Proceeds will benefit our local outreach ministries like Laundry Love, Christ's Cupboard (food pantry), Food Basket program, and more!
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Valentine's Grandparent-and-Me Event
Saturday, February 13, 4-5:30 p.m.
For ages 3-13 and their grandparent, favorite aunt/uncle, etc.
Games, crafts, and snacks and this 1/2-hour, drop-in event.
Please wear a mask, and practice physical distancing.
Admission is free, but we'll gladly accept donations of non-perishable food items (i.e., peanut butter, jelly, canned fruits or meats, or personal hygiene items.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Valentine's Care Package Distribution
In conjunction with our local school systems, we'll be distributing another round of boxes to families in need in our area.
We are asking for care items such as toothpaste, bars of soap, skin lotions, lip balm, personal packs of tissues, disinfectant wipes, and small containers of laundry soap, cleaning products, and shampoos.
Our hope is to fill at least 20 shopping bags (one per family) with the necessary items.
Please leave these items on the pew in the vestibule, or leave them with our secretary.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 28, 2-3:30 p.m.
This event will be patterned after our Trunk-or-Treat to allow for physical distancing, with treats being distributed from cars in the parking lot.
Start spreading the word, and plan to be with us!
(We'll need donations of candy for this event; please leave bags in the vestibule, marked "Easter Egg Hunt". Thank you!)
Call 440-748-2230 for more information or visit this link.

In-Person Worship Guidelines
We'll gather in the sanctuary each Sunday at 9 a.m. for a modified worship experience, with recorded music, ONLY if Ohio is not red on the Covid-19 map, and always within current Ohio health guidelines as issued by the Governor's office.
Please bring a mask and wear it properly throughout our time together.
Our online worship has been moved to 10 a.m. each Sunday, with a "Coffee, Tea, and Thee" fellowship time at 9:30 a.m., and again following worship, both in our Zoom room.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Consecration Season
If you weren't able to send in your financial commitment pledge for 2021, you may do so here (or by sending word to the church offfice ASAP) to help us plan for the exciting mission and ministry we will undertake in 2021.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Sports Rivalry Helps Fund Local Outreach
Our annual "(Dawg)Pound the Pastor" fundraiser purchased signs for the front yard of the parsonage for either the Pittsburgh Steelers or Cleveland Browns AND support THESE local NECC ministries:
- Laundry Love: A day of free laundry at a local laundromat for those who need a little help stretching their budgets
- Food Pantry including Christ's Cupboard: Food baskets are made up for those who need some emergency help or community members can come anytime to Christ's Cupboard to collect a bag of groceries to help make ends meet. Also, Senior Boxes are made available through Second Harvest Food Bank
- Aaron's Hope: We house a local counseling service known as Aaron's Hope providing mental health and recovery services to a wide range of clients.
- Within Arm's Reach: Local support group helping those who are struggling (meet Friday nights at 7 p.m.)
- Scout Programs: Home to Boy Scout Troop 111, Cub Pack 111, and Girl Scout Troops 293 and 294
- Angel Tree: Buying presents for prison inmates to give to their children at Christmas
- More!
Visit this link for full details and a giving link (or send your check, payable to "NECC" with "your" team's name on the memo line, to 35895 Royalton Rd., Grafton, OH 44044).
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

NECC App Available!
Download our FREE app to keep all things NECC-related in one easy place.
Call 440-748-2230 for more information.

Recovery, Support, and Mental Health Wellness Resources
Did you know that a full-service counseling center operates in a section of our building?
Visit Aaron's Hope if you need a little extra help in these difficult days.
One of the many services offered is a faith-based addiction recovery group, Within Arms Reach, that meets in our Fellowship Hall on Fridays at 7 p.m.
Call Debbie Ross (440-396-8076) for more information on that group.
Call 440-529-9419 to make an appointment with Aaron's Hope, or call the church office (440-748-2230) for more information.

Low-Impact Exercise Group
Tuesdays, at 10:30 a.m. in our Fellowship Hall (masks required).
Please phone ahead to reserve exercise equipment.
Call Barb Galvin (440) 748-3391 or the church office (440-748-2230) for more information.

Christ's Cupboard Food Pantry Needs
NECC's 24/7 Christ's Cupboard could use peanut butter, jelly, canned fruits, toiletries, cleaning products, and toilet paper.
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--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.

    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.

  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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. Typical needs include cereal, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, canned fruits, juices, paper products, and snacks for children.
  • 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.