The wait is almost over! While we have enjoyed the sermons and presentations of the last few weeks I think we are all anxious to welcome our new settled Pastor. In the Disciples of Christ tradition we are all ministers (some are preachers, some are teachers, some are workers, all bring gifts) but the role of Pastor encompasses much more. CHRIS MCCREIGHT will guide us, inspire us and work beside us as we grow into our mission of reaching out to our community, the College and the world. He will be in the office starting October 16th, no posted hours yet. Please stop in, introduce yourself, and offer a heartfelt welcome. We look forward to his first Sunday in the pulpit, October 22nd.

But, don’t put your church involvement on hold until Oct. 22nd. We still have great things planned. On October 1st, we will celebrate World Communion Sunday and come together as Northern Portage Disciples at Hiram Church. CHAD DELANEY will lead this service. Be aware we meet at 10:30am. The service will conclude with our annual Crop Walk to raise money and awareness of Hunger issues, locally and globally. This year the walk will be around Hiram Village with information stops set up in various places. Hope you can join this effort, either by walking and collecting donations or sponsoring /donating to a walker.

Under our new constitution and by-laws, our Annual Congregational meeting has moved to November. In preparation for this, we have been having a pledge drive. We ask that forms be returned by the end of September so the Finance Team can develop our budget for the next year. We are asking members to dig a little deeper as they prayerfully consider the role of the church in their lives and the community. For several years we have borrowed from ourselves (our investments) but have depleted those funds and need to support ourselves and begin to rebuild our savings, through our regular giving.

We also have a Nominating Team at work under the able leadership of KRISTEN POOL. The constitution no longer requires all Deacons and Elders to serve on the Board (though always welcome and encouraged to attend and contribute) but these are still important positions in the church and we are in need, especially of Deacons. Teams will be evolving as needs are seen and if you have an idea for a team to enhance our mission, please bring ideas to the board. The next meeting will be October 22nd, please plan accordingly, as there are a number of important items on the agenda.

The Congregational Meeting is Sunday, November 19th following worship. We will have Stone Soup (bring an item to add to a pot for either vegetarian or meat soup), bread and dessert, as we consider the coming year in the life of the congregation. I hope all can attend.

Autumn is a busy time for people and for the congregation as school starts back, we prepare for the Holiday season, think about Sunday School for our kids and prepare for winter. I hope you won’t forget to keep our church in your plans.

In Christ, Margaret Green-Masters, Moderator

IN THE LIFE OF THE CONGREGATION…We offer our prayers and sympathy to the BIXLER, MUSCARI, FAY, and VINES families.  Sister, mother and grandmother, long-time member PATRICIA FAY, passed away on August 27th.  We offer prayers for the well-being of BERNICE SMITH, SHERYL DUFFEY and PAMELA SCOTT…Congratulations to KATHY AND TONY MUSCARI, celebrating their 40th anniversary and JON AND JANE MOODY, celebrating their 50th anniversary.  Their anniversaries were at the end of August…We offer our prayers for the people lost, displaced and those rebuilding following the many natural disasters that affected the lives of so many in late August and September…

RECONCILIATION OFFERING OCTOBER 1…Each autumn we receive this special offering which provides funds to extend the Disciples of Christ anti-racism efforts.  See the enclosed information and consider using the offering envelope to make a contribution to the Reconciliation Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ.)

WELCOME XPLOR RESIDENTS…Our 2017-2018 group has arrived in Hiram and is settling in.  MARY TAYLOR comes to us from North Carolina and will be working at Hiram College.  Mary studied Religion and Math and has a unique talent, interpreting songs into American Sign Language.  MELISSA PERALEZ, a Texan, will be working at Hiram Farm. Melissa graduated from culinary school and hopes to one day open a restaurant to feed low income people. IAN POLLARD is from California and will be working at Family and Community Services.  Ian is trained as a teacher with a math concentration.  He has worked as a behavioral interventionalist for children with autism.

MEN’S BREAKFAST…Tuesday, October 17th from 6:30 – 9:30 a.m. in our Fellowship Hall.  Enjoy breakfast, coffee and fellowship.  Come when you can and stay as long as you like.

4-C’S NEEDS…canned pasta, baked beans & tuna fish.  Thank you all so much.  Also thank you for checking the “use by dates” on the food too!

BOARD MEETING…There will be a board meeting on October 22nd following worship.

THANK YOU…To all the guest musicians who blessed us by sharing your gifts with the congregation this summer!  Thank you, DAMARIS PETERS PIKE, for your inspirational message as you brought the spirited Katie Luther to life. You are a treasure.

“MOURNING AFTER” SELECTED FOR INTERNATIONAL ART SHOW…The art of our good friend, KAREN HINKLE, will be on display from October 28-January 4 as part of the “Quilts=Art=Quilts 2017” exhibit at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, New York. Karen’s quilt, “Mourning After,” depicts the devastation caused by the Buckeye Block fire in Garrettsville in 2014.  The art also appeared in a show at the Canton Art Museum and received a Juror’s Award at The Gallery at Lakeland Community College. Congratulations, KAREN!

HIRAM/ MANTUA CROP HUNGER WALK… The 12th Annual CROP Walk will take place on Sunday, October 1st following the joint worship at Hiram Christian Church.  Pledge forms are available at our churches and folks may also register on line (Hiram/Mantua CROP).  This year the walk will be between 4 and 5 miles and will take us through the Hiram Village and College area.  Also new this year, during the worship service a collection will be taken for dorm-friendly and healthy foods for Hiram College students facing food insecurity.  SARAH DOWD, a previous XPLOR participant, now Hiram College staff member, will assist in the distribution of these donations.  Now there are at least three ways to participate in the CROP Hunger Walk! 1) Sign up to walk and gather financial supporters. 2) Support one of our walkers. 3) Bring food donations for our college students.

LITTLE VILLAGE…We’ve had a great start to our school year here at the Early Learning Center.  This month we are looking forward to celebrating autumn and Halloween!   Classes will be talking about apples, pumpkins, bats, spiders and changing leaves.  Our sweet super-heroes and wonderful witches are all looking forward to trick-or-treat time!  We are also looking forward to our partnership with CARDINAL CREDIT UNION who will be giving our preschoolers lessons about money through their DreamChasers Youth Empowerment Program!

BAPTISTRY PROJECT…We had a suggestion for the creation of a fabric art or quilt piece that could both lay on top of the baptistry area as well as be hung as a banner occasionally. The abstract theme would be water. Memorial monies would be available to help with the cost of the fabric. It could be a group project or individual. We are in the thinking stage now. Let CATHY RICKS know if you are interested in being part of this creative project.

 “KATIE LUTHER” APPEARS ONCE MORE…DAMARIS PETERS PIKE present “Katie Luther” on Saturday, October 14, 7:00 pm, Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 17989 Chillicothe Road, Chagrin Falls.  Open to the public without charge.

iALERT…If the weather is bad on Sunday mornings, please remember to check for church cancellations through the iALERT system.  Find cancellations on Channel 3, at and on news radio WTAM 1100.



Oct. 1:    Reconciliation Ministry Offering, World Communion Sunday

Northern Portage Disciples combined worship at 10:30 a.m.

CROP walk, noon, Dorm Food Cupboard collection

Oct. 5:    World Teachers Day – Thank you teachers!

Oct. 8:    Guest preacher, Houston Bowers

Oct. 15:  Jon Moody preaching

Oct. 17:  Men’s Breakfast, 6:30-9:30 a.m. in our Fellowship Hall

Oct. 20:  Kiwanis of the Western Reserve Spaghetti dinner in our Fellowship Hall

Oct. 22:  Welcome Chris McCreight!  We will be celebrating the start of our new minister and the beginning of our exciting, new ministry together. Board Meeting following worship.

Oct. 25:  November newsletter item deadline, please email to

Oct. 29:  Chris McCreight preaching

Nov. 3:   Annual Reports due to office, please email to

Nov. 19: Annual Congregational Meeting