Jon Moody, standing in for the pastor:

This is the first month of our church life after Dr. Green’s interim ministry.  He has told us that he left us prepared for our transition to a new settled pastor.  We are.  The search committee concluded its search and is in the final negotiations with a candidate who excited us from the very first reading of profiles.  We can’t wait to present this person to you.  However, we have to.  There are other commitments to honor before that last step.  We have asked to have July 30 reserved for our candidate to preach here and to be presented to you for a vote of the congregation.

In the meantime the Worship Committee, under the leadership of Cathy Ricks, has taken on the Sunday worship for the summer, and I am sure you have noticed that there is an “exciting lineup” set up for us.   We have taken charge of our church and own the responsibility and the joy.  New leadership will have a strong working congregation to work with and build with.

We have also established a partnership with Hiram College for this ministry.  Every time we ask ourselves what we ought to be like as a church and how we ought to relate to our community, we talk about the college and how the two Disciples of Christ institutions relate and how we might provide a ministry on the campus.  Now we will be present there in a formal way.  The college will contribute to the salary of our new pastor and he will be on campus the equivalent of one day a week.  Not only can we do this, it will make the ministry of our church more vibrant and expand our sense of self and our congregation.  And it will help the college express its historical identity in important ways.

July is going to be an exciting month.  Don’t miss it.

INTERIM REGIONAL MINISTER ANNOUNCED…The Regional Church Council of the Christian Church in Ohio is pleased to announce that it has extended a call to REV. JOHN RICHARDSON to become the Interim Regional Minister for the region.

JOHN is the retired Regional Minister of the Christian Church in North Carolina and served many years as a congregational pastor.  His gifts for ministry, extensive training and experience, and his pastoral spirit will serve the regional church well as, together, we continue negotiating the path forward.

IN THE LIFE OF THE CONGREGATION… BERNICE SMITH has a new address.  She may be reached at Brookdale, 141 N. Chestnut St. Apt. 235, Ravenna, 44266.  Her phone number is 330-296-9002.   She would welcome hearing from her church friends!…  Prayers for KEN and EVONNE FOX after the loss of KEN’S mother…Congratulations to MIKE AND BRENDA FORMBERG who are moving to a new home…We offer prayers for NANCY SCHAUER’S sister, PAT TOTH, who has been struggling with a serious blood and bone infection…We offer prayers for DANIELLE, mother of Little Village Administrator APRIL, and all the LOADER family as DANIELLE awaits a transplant…Continued prayers for the well-being of DELLA, ELIZABETH, RUDY, VESTA, BERNICE, RON, NANCY LACAN and JOAN BOYLE… ALYSSA KRALIK and ERIC HEAD were married in our sanctuary on June 24th by DR. IRVIN GREEN.  Best wishes and many blessings to the new MR. AND MRS. HEAD!..  We offer our prayers and support for the SWANDA, MAYNARD, CALAPA and SARGENT families, who mourn the passing of BRYSON SWANDA.  A memorial service will take place later this summer.

INDEPENDENCE DAY ICE CREAM SOCIAL… We’ll be holding an ice cream social on July 4 from 8:00 to about 10:00 pm on the Hiram College Campus.  When you’re picking strawberries, please pick some extra to slice and sugar and freeze in quart plastic freezer bags.  Be sure to get them to Kristen by Sunday, July 2.  The social is a fun time and a great chance to let the community know what an awesome church we are, plus all proceeds will go the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund.  Questions? Ask Kristen at 330.842.1054 or kjpool@gmail.com.

HYMN REQUESTS…Does summer have you humming? Is there a favorite hymn you would like to sing this summer during worship? Let us know by writing it down on your worship registration slip!

THINK ABOUT THANKS… Pam Auble will be reflecting and sharing inspirational messages from her book Think about Thanks- giving thought and action to the transformative power of gratitude on July 16th as our guest minister. Thanks Pam!

JOINT WORSHIP SERVICE… We will join together for worship on July 9th at 9:30 at Mantua Center Church to hear our CYF United youth & staff share stories, their work and what they learned from their mission trip to White Sulfur Springs.

4C’S NEEDS…canned pasta, baked beans, tomato and chicken noodle soup.

FEEL LIKE “SPRUCING” UP THE CHURCH?…  As we prepare our hearts and minds for a new minister coming it will be a good time to do a few “clean up “projects. Let us know if you would like to do something or have a project you would like to tackle.

LITTLE VILLAGE… Preschoolers have been learning about rocks, ants and sea life.  They even welcomed a new class pet, a beta fish that they named King Peanut Butter!  Our school age group has been enjoying field trips to the fire station, the berry farm and bowling!   All of our kids have been enjoying water play days when the weather permits.   It’s been a great summer so far!

Stop by our parking lot on July 4th! Little Village will be offering refreshments for sale during the Independence Day festivities.  Support our school by having a bite to eat and a cool drink!  Proceeds benefit our early learning center.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING…Hear the candidate preach during worship on July 30th, Question/Answer time, Discussion, Vote!

CHURCH GROUNDS…Our church grounds are looking inviting.  Thanks to everyone who is helping to weed, trim, paint, or plant!  I’m still officially meeting on Thursdays from 4:00- 6:00.  If anyone has the time and feels like working on their own, please feel free to do so.  Everyone’s efforts are helping.     – Betsy Siman

KIWANIS CHRISTMAS IN JULY… The annual Christmas In July Kiwanis program is being held the last weekend in July at Hiram College.  The families love to use the college pool, engage in board games, or play with toys or building materials, partake in face painting, etc., while the Kiwanians prepare a huge picnic for about 80 people.  The Mantua Bar & Grill will be handling the cooking of hot dogs and hamburgers, while another Kiwanis Club from Akron donates some of our paper supplies. Kiwanis also thanks for the Hiram Community Trust for helping to finance the clothes, backpacks, shoes, and a couple of fun items for each participant in the program.  If you care to help with this very supportive program, checks can be mailed to Kiwanis care of Rob Dempsey, Box 304, Hiram, Ohio, 44234.  Thank you.       – Betsy Siman

HIRAM/ MANTUA CROP HUNGER WALK…Plans are underway for our annual CROP walk.  Mark your calendars for October 1, and plan on joining us.  This year, the walk will begin and end at Hiram Christian Church.  The route around Hiram has yet to be determined, and we’d like help in planning to make this a spectacular experience.  At the same time we will raise money for Church World Service- feeding the hungry around the world.  How can you help?  Volunteer to distribute literature, hang posters, and recruit walkers.  Help to plan the walk. Set up a station along the route with snacks, educational display, hobby, etc. etc.  Donate food and/or help in the kitchen.  Walk!  Recruit walkers!  Opportunities abound.  Please call or email Nancy Schauer (330-569-7416) (dnsofhiram@gmail.com).  You can also contact your church office/minister.  Let’s make this a great day!

REMINDER…Before you schedule your events/meetings at the church,  please check the calendar in the office to be sure your date/meeting space is available.  Thank you!

COMING EVENTS:

July 2:        Jon Moody

July 4:        Annual Independence Day Strawberry Social, 8 p.m.

July 8-12:  2017 General Assembly, “One.”

July 9:       Worship will be held at 9:30 at Mantua Center Church. This will be a joint service to hear remarkable stories about the CYF United Mission trip to White Sulfur Springs

July 15:     Clothing give-away, Mantua Center  

July 16:      Pam Auble will be sharing inspiration from her book Think about Thanks

July 20:     August newsletter items due to secretary@hiramcc.org.

July 23:     Jon Moody

July 30:     Join us today for our Minister Candidate’s Sermon, Congregational Meeting & VOTE!

SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE… Summer worship schedule runs from the Sunday after Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend.  SUMMER WORSHIP IS AT 10 A.M.            

FREE CLOTHING GIVE-AWAYS… Donations accepted in yellow bins at Mantua Center & Hilltop Christian Churches, Mantua Twp & Mantua.  The next Give-Away will be July 15th.