In the Spotlight
Just What Is “UPCaM?”
by The Rev. Barbara Essex
I’m glad you asked! UPCaM, United Protestant Campus Ministries, is the progressive campus ministry at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, and Cuyahoga Community College-Metro Campus. Yes, on three Cleveland college campuses, YOUR voice is represented through UPCaM programs—
Why I Love the Presbytery
by Josh Daum
I should tell you right up front that I am not a Presbyterian. My church background is somewhat varied. I have racked up many hours at maybe a dozen churches in 8 to 10 denominations, depending on how you count. I have been a congregant (as well as a disillusioned former congregant), a choir member, a guest preacher, a percussionist, a handbell player, an ad-hoc IT technician, and the drummer for a Dixieland praise band.
In Our Congregations
A Field Trip with God
By the Rev. Matthew Reeves
On a recent late Sunday afternoon, twenty-some members of the Christ Church community met at one of Geauga County’s parks, The Rookery, for a “Field Trip with God.” Before we set out to walk or, in the case of some, to run or scurry over the old Interurban Railroad line that is now a path through wetlands and hardwood forest, we listened to Jesus’ admonition to his disciples
End-of-Year Grants Available from the New Committee on Outreach
In an effort to promote and support Presbytery and congregational engagement in local and global outreach and social justice ministries, the new Committee on Outreach is able to recommend the distribution of up to $20,000 for qualified programs that already exist. These special supplemental grants are intended to help with current 2016 project expenses. Think of this as a year-end gift to a deserving program that could use a boost.
In Current Events
New Church in the Presbytery
Excitement, Celebration and Greater Community Service! That’s what happens when a 160-year-old church joins with a 60-year-old church to form a new congregation serving the Berea and Olmsted Falls communities.
Why would two strong churches join together? When First Congregational sold their building in 2009 to Baldwin Wallace University, they began by considering whether they would build or buy a new building. For the first four years, they