We believe worship can happen anywhere, in a sanctuary or in a shelter, by singing praises or by baking cookies, with other church members or complete strangers. We live out this idea by dedicating the fifth Sunday of the month – which happens just a few times a year – by spending the day caring for our neighbors in variety of ways. Join us!
We will work to create activities for both in person and for safe, socially-distanced community service.
Lotts Creek, a community in rural SE Kentucky, is where members and friends of MHCUCC have traveled for 18 years to lend a helping hand and, one by one, slowly work to eliminate poverty housing. Adding a bathroom, a ramp or sometimes a room addition makes a big difference for a family. We always “get more than we give” and we learn so much about ourselves and others.
Won’t you join us? This is an inter-generational trip. Children through 7th grade with parent, teens (8th grade and above), singles, couples, and families all are welcome. Cost: $135 covers food, lodging & most transportation. We will use the church van and carpool. Registration deadline is May 10, 2020.
Our Chancel Choir presents uplifting worship music for our 10:30 Sunday worship and at various special worship services. Under the gifted leadership of Jarred Sorauf, our Chancel Choir practices each Wednesday evening from 6 – 7 pm in the Choir Room (childcare provided), and Sunday mornings at 9:35 am in the Sanctuary. Even if you do not read music, you can join. You just need a love of singing, a willingness to commit your time and talents, and a desire to grow your abilities.
Our handbell choir, the Carillon Ringers, has been an active part of our music ministry for over 50 years. This group participates in worship one Sunday per month from October to May, and in Christmas Eve and Easter services. The group also performs at outreach concerts around the community. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:35 to 8:50 pm in Fellowship Hall 1. New members always welcome; a basic ability to read music and understand simple rhythm is a plus.
Open to anyone, any age, with or without a hearing disorder who is interested in “singing” in the beautiful language of American Sign. Led by Barb Gubana, our sign choir practices every Sunday morning at 9:30 am in the Library. This choir enriches our services with special selections performed several times a year for all who attend, but especially as a beautiful service to our hearing-impaired members, friends, and guests.
In early 2021, we started supporting Edna House in practical ways, like providing meals while their kitchen was under renovation. “Born of the vision of four sober women, the mission of The Edna House is to give women an opportunity to recover from alcohol and drug addiction by providing a safe, sober place to live and to learn life skills in order to maintain 12-step based sobriety throughout their lifetime.” Our congregation has enjoyed being able to safely serve others while still in the midst of the pandemic.
Since September 2015, members of Middleburg Missionaries, an ecumenical outreach of Middleburg Heights Community United Church of Christ, have been deeply involved in rehabbing a house in the Archwood neighborhood of Cleveland for the Ngemba family, refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo who escaped that country’s civil war and came to the U.S. in 2011. The project has been compelling, drawing many people, both from within and outside of the church. The first stage of major renovation of the duplex, a three-bedroom unit where the family now resides, was completed in 2016. Our team of faithful volunteer workers is now wrapping up work on the upstairs unit, a two-bedroom apartment that will likely house another refugee family.
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