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1 915 North Main Street Akron, Ohio Web Site: Senior Minister: Rev. Dr. Carl P. Wallace Director of Christian Family Life: TBA Director of Invitation, Care & Concern: Ray Dietz Minister of Music: Rev. Sharon Alberson No matter who you are, or where you are on lifes journey, you are welcome to our worship services: Traditional on Sunday Mornings at 10:30 Year Round Informal on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 Starting September 15 Church School on Sunday Mornings

2 That LCM reaffirm its electronic vote this summer (2010) to enter into covenant with the Ohio Conference to support the Multiracial Multicultural, Accessible to All (A2A) renewing church, Trinity UCC in Akron, OH for the amount of $20,000 over 18 months (subject to the availability of funds

3 We are a new faith community in Clemson, South Carolina.Our vision is to be a community of hope that proclaims Gods extravagant welcome, embodies the radical love of Jesus, honors the interconnectedness of our lives with creation, and empowers all people to grow toward wholeness. As a ministry of the Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ, our faith is over 2000 years old but our thinking is definitely not. Our pastor Rev. Susie Smith comes to us with many years of experience having served churches in Levittown, Pa, Anderson, SC and Greenville, SC.She has a passion for preaching and helping our congregation to experience the sacred that is present not only in worship but in every moment of life. We are a new faith community in Clemson, South Carolina. Our vision is to be a community of hope that proclaims Gods extravagant welcome, embodies the radical love of Jesus, honors the interconnectedness of our lives with creation, and empowers all people to grow toward wholeness. As a ministry of the Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ, our faith is over 2000 years old but our thinking is definitely not. Our pastor Rev. Susie Smith comes to us with many years of experience having served churches in Levittown, Pa, Anderson, SC and Greenville, SC. She has a passion for preaching and helping our congregation to experience the sacred that is present not only in worshipSoutheast Conference of the United Church of Christ

4 That LCM enter into covenant with the Southeast Conference to support the new Euro-American Open and Affirming (ONA) and Accessible to All (A2A) church, Peace Congregational United Church of Christ, Clemson SC in the amount of $15,000 over12 months (subject to the availability of funds.)

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6 That LCM enter into covenant with the Southeast Conference to support the new Euro-American ONA and A2A church, Kirkwood United Church of Christ, Atlanta GA in the amount of $15,000 over 12 months (subject to the availability of funds.)

7 WHO WE ARE Open Table UCCopen and affirming community of faith following the way of Jesus. We seek Gods vision through an inner spiritual journey and an outer journey of engagement in community life. Our faith leads us to welcome all persons, including those of all races, ethnicities, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, family structures, faith, abilities and economic circumstances, into the full life and ministry of this community of faith.are a congregation of the United Church of Christ, where God is still speaking. Location: 202 S. Cedar Suite E, Owasso, Oklahoma. We are located in the Cedar Center on 76th Street just west of the fire station. Worship: 5 pm on Saturday nights, followed by a light dinner Pastor: Rev Melinda Foster

8 That LCM enter into covenant with the Kansas Oklahoma Conference to support the new Euro-American ONA and A2A church, Open Table (Owasso) United Church of Christ, Owasso OK in the amount of $20,000 over 18 months (subject to the availability of funds.)

9 Nearly four years ago, Luis Gonzalez founded a Spanish-language ministry he calls the Omega Xeneration, or simply TOX. The congregation meets every Sunday at Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix. And it's a reflection of what is happening to many churches ministering largely to Hispanics. "It's sad," Gonzalez says. "The church becomes your family, and so I see my family getting smaller." Fewer attendees means less in the collection plate. There also are fewer dollars donated during fundraisers, and more families are in need of assistance. SB 1070 "affects everything," says Alfonso Escareno, the church's youth pastor. "People come in and see a smaller crowd, and the energy is different. They may think, 'Oh, there's not a lot going on.' It's a completely different atmosphere than last year." TOX Ministries isn't alone. Connie Andersen, a member of the executive team at Valley Interfaith Project, says other Hispanic churches are reporting similar activity. "Just by visiting some congregations, you can see attendance is way down," she says. "Pews are empty. This bill is having profound consequences." Spanish Congregation Loses Members Amidst New Immigration Law

10 That LCM enter into covenant with the Southwest Conference to support the new Hispanic ONA church, TOX Ministries United Church of Christ, Phoenix AZ in the amount of $20,000 over 18 months (subject to the availability of funds.)

11 \ New Vision is affiliated with The Center for Progressive Christianity. The Center for Progressive Christianity Meaning that we: 1. Have found an approach to God through the life and teachings of Jesus; 2. Recognize the faithfulness of other people who have other names for the way to God`s realm, and acknowledge that their ways are true for them, as our ways are true for us; 3. Understand the sharing of bread and wine in Jesus` name to be a representation of an ancient vision of God`s feast for all peoples; 4. Invite all people to participate in our community and worship life without insisting that they become like us in order to be acceptable (including but not limited to): - Believers and agnostics, - Conventional Christians and questioning skeptics, women and men, - Those of all sexual orientations and gender identities, - Those of all races and cultures, - Those of all classes and abilities, - Those who hope for a better world and those who have lost hope; 5. Know that the way we behave toward one another and toward other people is the fullest expression of what we believe; 6. Find more grace in the search for understanding than we do in dogmatic certainty - more value in questioning than in absolutes; 7. Form ourselves into communities dedicated to equipping one another for the work we feel called to do; striving for peace and justice among all people, protecting and restoring the integrity of all God`s creation, and bringing hope to those Jesus called the least of his sisters and brothers; and 8. Recognize that being followers of Jesus is costly, and entails selfless love, conscientious resistance to evil, and renunciation of privilege. You can learn more by visiting

12 For 2010: That LCM enter into covenant with the Ohio Conference to support the new Euro- American ONA church, New Vision United Church of Christ, Canton OH in the amount of $9,250 over 9 months (subject to the availability of funds.) For 2011: That LCM enter into covenant with the Ohio Conference to support the new Euro- American ONA church, New Vision United Church of Christ, Canton OH in the amount of $10,750 over 9 months (subject to the availability of funds.)

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14 That LCM enter into covenant with the New York Conference to support the new Hispanic ONA church, Iglesia Hispana United Church of Christ, Buffalo NY in the amount of $20,000 over 18 months (subject to the availability of funds.)

15 Hope United is an Open and Affirming congregation that seeks to be a community of faith that is open to all, offering the freedom to explore the questions of life, share the love of Christ, grow in faith, and work for peace and justice.

16 That LCM enter into covenant with the South Central Conference to support the new Euro-American ONA church, Hope United Church of Christ, Georgetown TX in the amount of $20,000 over 18 months (subject to the availability of funds.)

17 Welcome to Amistad! Amistad is an intentionally multiracial, multicultural and Open and Affirming church that believes in and serves God through Christ. As a community we affirm and honor the African origins of humanity. We also live by the prophecy set forth in Micah 6:8 to do justice and love mercy and walk humbly with God. We celebrate the Good News that came through the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of Christ. And as the pastor I would like to extend a sincere welcome and invitation you. I want to let you know we are here to walk with you on your spiritual journey. You are welcome in this community regardless of where you are on your religious path. And we are here to welcome, affirm and celebrate all that God has made you to be inclusive of your race, gender, orientation, ability, and economic status. Feel free to contact me directly at: Min. Dominique Chantell Atchison But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Amos 5:24

18 That LCM enter into covenant with the Michigan Conference to support the renewing African-American ONA and A2A church, Amistad Community United Church of Christ, Ann Arbor MI in the amount of $20,000 over 18 months (subject to the availability of funds.)

19 We are a UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST congregation. Jesus taught that God invites all people, including societys outcasts, to enjoy seats at Gods table. Our congregation seeks to demonstrate that vision by intentionally welcoming individuals and families of every age, race, marital status, sexual orientation, means, ability and spiritual tradition to join us in the love of God and service to our neighbors. We are committed to working toward social and economic justice as we embrace our community. "Changing Lives, That's Our Church's Wider Mission" is more than a slogan or phrase; it is the lifeblood of ministry and mission in the United Church of Christ. Bethany UCC contributes to Our Church's Wider Mission with Basic Support and four additional special mission offerings: One Great Hour of Sharing, Strengthen the Church, Neighbors in Need, and The Christmas Fund. This is known as our 5 for 5 commitment. In our worship we use language and imagery that reflect the wonderful diversity of the image of God in humanity and all creation; that transcend the exclusive language of the churchs past. We urge you to join us in the journey toward Gods justice and peace for all people – in this neighborhood, this city, and the world. Come, be our guest and check us out. Kids Celebrate With Pastor Colleen The spiritual journey is one with many twists and turns. The best way to navigate your journey is in the company of other believers.is a fellowship of believers who embrace a Still Speaking God; a God who extends grace and love to all, and continues to reveal new insights into our world.are invited to travel with us as we grow in knowledge and love of God and others.and be part of this exciting adventure we call Bethany United Church of Christ. Rev. Colleen Samson, Pastor Bethany United Church of Christ

20 That LCM enter into covenant with the Southern Conference to support the renewing Euro-American ONA and A2A church, Bethany United Church of Christ, Claremont NC in the amount of $20,000 over 18 months (subject to the availability of funds.)

21 The Least of These Church (Korean Progressive Church) The Purpose of Building the Korean Progressive Church There is no progressive Korean Church in the area of New York and New Jersey, even though there are about 550 Korean Immigrant Churches. Theologically, politically and culturally, Korean progressive church needs to be built for progressive Korean (progressive Christian) who seek to engage in social justice and liberation movement. Meaning of the Name We, as one of the laborers, the poor, the middle class, youth, students, and the intellectuals, believe that the least of these are the people who are suffering and marginalized, exploited and oppressed in this capitalistic society and imperialistic world, the racial or sexual minorities, and the little people who seek to live for justice and truth. We believe that the least of these can be the subjective people to build the kingdom of God. We seek to participate in building of Gods kingdom as a Christian and as a community. Therefore, we call ourselves The Least of These Church. (Matt. 25,34-40) Mission Statement The Least of These Church seeks to build a just and liberated society and world by speaking and acting prophetically through community mobilization, training, education, and public participation. We call on our congregation to express this vision in action and carry out our mission to struggles for justice and liberation throughout society and the world, to transform the unjust structures that perpetuate poverty, oppression and exploitation, and to collaborate with other congregations and organizations for participating in solidarity actions with those who share our mission. This mission is grounded in biblical, theological and historical understanding of Gods deed of liberation. JUDSON MEMORIAL CHURCH

22 That LCM enter into covenant with the New York Conference and Judson Memorial Church, New York NY with the new Korean ONA and A2A church, The Least of These United Church of Christ, New York, NY in the amount of $20,000 over 18 months (subject to the availability of funds.)

23 Funding for New and Renewing Congregations LCM Budget # P-4514 Total spring 2010 Amount of funds available for 2010$ 500, (from budget account above) Funding approved in April 2010$ 460, Additional funding for Trinity UCC$ 20, Total$ 480, Balance left for fall 2010$ 20, Additional funds available for fall Make a Difference (MAD) Fund$ 18, Reallocation of previous funding from 4 projects $ 41, Total available for fall 2010$ 79, Funding Request for Fall$ 79, Total$ -0-

24 From: Funding for New and Renewing Congregations # P-4514 Amount of funds available for 2011 $ 500, Applications funds approved$ 110, Balance left for next round for Spring 2011$ 389,250.00


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