March 3, 2019

Posted on March 3, 2019.

This Week's Announcements

Wednesday at 6 a.m. Prayer - Please remember to join us for 6 a.m. Prayer this Wednesday.   Prayer Call number is: (216) 273-8883 (no access code required).  If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Niecy Thomas Williams (

Justice Ministry: Lead Safe Forum, Tuesday, March 19 - 5:30-7:30 p.m. - East Building Multipurpose Room - Did you know Cleveland's rate of lead poisoning is 3 1/2 times higher than Flint, Michigan's during the water crisis?  This issue disproportionately impacts renters, low income households and African American kids.  What causes lead poisoning? How can you protect your family?  What can you do in the fight to change these statistics? Come share some food with the Justice Ministry and find out.  For more information, contact Liz Gauntner (503-545-7430) or Juan Goodwin


Designate Your 175th Anniversary Giving Sacrificial Offering:  All SEUCC adult members are being asked to give $175 above one's regular tithe/offering and children/youth, $17.50 in thanksgiving for our congregation's 175th anniversary.  Contributions are to be received by Easter Sunday, April 21.  Please make sure to clearly identify on your envelope or other methods of giving the gifts which are meant to be for the 175th Anniversary giving.  We want to make sure we keep these gifts separate from your regular giving.  If you are giving by Text to Tithe, type 175th after the dollar amount.  If you have any questions, please contact Michael Headen (

Baptism Classes for Adults & Youth:  Tomorrow, March 4 - 6:30 p.m. - If you have never been baptized and desire to be baptized, please sign up at the Information Center and plan to attend our Baptism Class, Monday, March 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Attending the Baptism Class is required to be baptized.  Baptism candidates have the choice of being baptized by means of “sprinkling” or “immersion.”  Our next “Immerse” Baptism experience will be held Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m.  If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Carla Jo Howlett ( or Valerie Wimms (

Ash Wednesday Worship Experience:  Wednesday, March 6 - 7 p.m. - Please plan to join us at 7 p.m. in the SEUCC Sanctuary for a worship experience, as we begin the season of Lent.  During worship,the imposition of ashes will be administered.  If you have questions, contact Pastor Cory Jenkins (

UCC Denomination Racial Justice Book Discussion Webinar:  Thursday, March 7 - 12 p.m. - All are welcome to join in a book discussion featuring, “Preaching as Resistance: Voices of Hope, Justice & Solidarity” edited by Phil Snider Thursday, March 7, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. EST via live webinar discussion.  You must register and proceed to the UCC Racial Justice webpage to join the discussion.  For more information or to register, go to or contact Liz Gauntner (

The BIN:  Thursday, March 7 & Saturday, March 9 - 10 a.m.  - We need volunteers to help unload the food truck for the BIN Ministry on Thursday, March 7between 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, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  If you have any questions, please see Ruby Mack or contact Rev. Carla Jo Howlett (

Tuesday Purposeful Prayer (Intercessory Prayer):  Tuesday, March 12 - 6:30 p.m. - The Purposeful Prayer Ministry of SEUCC is launching a time of intercessory prayer.  Purposeful Prayer will begin March 12 at 6:30 p.m.  If you need special prayer, desire to pray for our church, community and world, just want to be in the midst of people praying or want to learn how to pray, COME to the SEUCC Chapel the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.  All are welcome!  "I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:1-4).  If you have questions, please see Vivia Turner or contact Rev. Carla Jo Howlett (

2019 Maundy Thursday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. - Guest Signups:  Deadline Sunday, March 31 -Last year we tried something new and different and it was a huge success.  Again, this year SEUCC will celebrate Maundy Thursday in personal homes.  In an effort to encourage intimate fellowship among our congregation, Maundy Thursday will be celebrated in the personal homes of some very gracious hosts/hostesses.  This is an opportunity to extend our personal circles of fellowship, and to meet and greet new people; something very dear to Pastor Courtney’s heart.  In each home, Maundy Thursday worship, communion, and a simple fellowship meal will be provided and will be the same for each home.  Gluten free/vegan meals will be available upon request.  If you are interested in being a GUEST in a Host Home on Maundy Thursday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m., please complete the Maundy Thursday Guest Information Sheet at the Information Center.  All Maundy Thursday Guest Information Sheets along with a $5 registration fee, must be submitted by Sunday, March 31.  Please note, registration is closed after March 31.  There will be no exceptions.  If you have any questions, please see Deacon Nana Easter or contact Rev. Carla Jo Howlett (

Wellness Matters Ministry: - Afternoon of Dance By Alvin Ailey (April 28) and Four Evenings, Four Ladies Fitness Classes (March) - In observance of Women’s History Month (March), Wellness Matters presents:  Four Evenings, Four Ladies, featuring a different class each week by a different SEUCC instructor.  Cardio Dance with ShaRan Marshall, Zumba with Nike Olabisi-Green, Yoga with Tracey Kirksey, and Ju Jitsu for Self Defense with Kristen Doud.  Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings.  Start times 6/6:30 p.m.  Please register and receive detailed information at the Media Center Desk.  Registration fee is $15 SEUCC members and $20 non-members.  If you have any questions, please contact Michael Poindexter ( or Rev. Carla Jo Howlett (

 Usher Ministry:  Volunteers Wanted- Wonderful people with an Infectious smile, a compassionate heart, a welcoming spirit, must love to go for long walks down the aisles of SEUCC on Sundays as we glorify God.  If this sounds like you, then the Usher Ministry just might be your solemate (get it "sole mate" because ushers are always walking).  Join the Usher Ministry today!  If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Senoria D. Page (

Great App for Giving:  Pay Your Tithes, Offerings, Etc. With Givelify - SEUCC has launched a new option for paying your tithes, offerings and other support to the church (including the $175 Sacrificial Offering).  You can use the Givelify App, which is a safe, secure and easy method of supporting the church. You merely download the app from your preferred App Store, set up an account and then you can very easily pay tithes and offerings at any time from any place.  It is very easy to use and should make your continued support easier than ever.  Please consider using this app as another way of supporting SEUCC.  If you have any questions about the use of this app, please contact Michael Headen (