December 30, 2018

Posted on December 30, 2018.

This Week's Announcements

Welcome Rev. Kim Copeland - We welcome Rev. Copeland, Director of Social Services for RPM Development Group in New Jersey as our guest preacher for today.  Please take a moment after worship to greet her. 

Wednesday in the Word - Please remember to join us in morning prayer on Wednesdays at 6 AM.  Prayer Call number is: (216) 273-8883 (no access code required).  If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Carla Jo Howlett (

11 a.m. Blended Worship Experience:  Sundays through February 24, 2019 - As we move into the winter months, we will be having 3 months of blended worship experiences on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. 

The BIN - Thursday, January 10 & Saturday, January 12 - 10 a.m.  - We are in need of volunteers to help unload the food truck for the BIN Ministry on Thursday, January 10between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Should you be available, please sign up at the Information Center.  If you know of any families in need, please encourage them to come to The BIN on Saturday, January 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  If you have any questions, please see Ruby Mack or Rev. Carla Jo Howlett.

Church Office Closed For The Holidays:  Now through Friday, January 4, 2019 - In the event of a pastoral emergency, such as death, hospitalization or incarceration only, please call (216) 791-5201.  Pastoral emergency voicemail messages will be returned within 24 hours.  The church office will reopen on Monday, January 7 at 8:30 a.m.

New Year’s Eve Service:  Tomorrow, December 31 - 7 p.m. - Everyone is invited to our special New Year’s Eve Worship Experience.  You don't want to miss this final time of 2018 to worship God together as a church family.

New Year’s Consecration:  Fasting & Prayer - Please join us in a 21-day fast beginning January 6, through January 26.  Also, during this time, we are offering a special 6 a.m. Fasting & Prayer call Monday through Friday.  The Prayer Call number is: (216) 273-8883 (no access code required).  If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Carla Jo Howlett (

Help The BIN Food Pantry: Donate Recycled Plastic Grocery Bags - In an effort to help save our environment (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) and save costs for our BIN Food Pantry at SEUCC, please donate clean and dry plastic grocery bags.  You may place the plastic grocery bags in the black receptacles with the printed Reduce/Reuse/Recycle logo, located in the Atrium and the Welcome Center (East building).  If you have any questions, please contact Ruby Mack or Rev. Carla Jo Howlett (

SEUCC Members:  Being Good Stewards of Sanctuary and Building - Your assistance and cooperation is needed.  Please be mindful of your surroundings and take your papers, tissues, trash, etc. with you when leaving the Sanctuary and other parts of the church.  Everyone is needed to help us keep our facility clean.  If you have any questions, please contact Scott Cowgill (

The Women's Association supports Ronald McDonald House:  Now through December 31 - Please save your pull tabs from soda cans to benefit Ronald McDonald House through Church Women United of Greater Cleveland. You may give them to any member of the group or look for a container at the Information Center in the Atrium on Sundays.  If you have any questions, please contact Thelma Visor.

Intercessory Prayer -All persons who are interested in offering prayers of intercession, on behalf of the church, your family or whatever is on your heart, are to come to the sanctuary to pray, 1 hour before all worship services.  If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Carla Jo Howlett (


 A New Jersey resident, and Cleveland native, Kim Copeland received her BA from Spelman College, her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and her Masters in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. Kim serves as Director of Social Services for RPM Development Group. RPM is the leading developer of affordable housing in the state of New Jersey. The mission of RPM is to develop high quality, safe and clean, affordable housing for low and moderate income individuals and families. Kim oversees Social Services for RPM Development’s entire portfolio.


Involvement in social justice initiatives are a part of Kim’s calling to ministry. Prior to joining RPM, Kim taught undergraduate courses in and outside of New Jersey state prisons; she directed community programs for women returning from prison to community; and she co-authored a series of academic articles on best practices in community supervision and prisoner reentry. Her honors include being a Rutgers Eagleton Fellow, a Rutgers Ralph Bunche Fellow, a recipient of the Rutgers School of Criminal Justices’ Dean’s Research Award; and a recipient of Princeton Theological Seminary’s John Alan Swink Prize for Excellence in Preaching.

Teaching yoga is also a part of Kim’s calling to ministry. Kim is a licensed and ordained minister and a certified yoga instructor. Kim has been nicknamed “Reverend Yogi” in her yoga community in New Jersey for bringing Biblical texts into the yoga classroom. Kim teaches weekly power yoga classes in heated studios in northern New Jersey. She also teaches undergraduate yoga courses at Montclair State University. Her blog is and her website is


Kim is a member of The Metro-Manhattan (NY) Chapter of The Links, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Kim's faith and her pursuit of justice, wisdom, empowerment and LOVE are the defining qualities that shape her life and influence her work.