Pastor's Desk

Pastor's Letter - January 14, 2018

Hospitalization - Thanks for your prayers for Sister Hudson. As you know, she had surgery last Wednesday....


Thanks for your prayers for Sister Hudson. As you know, she had surgery last Wednesday. As of this writing, she is recovering at Fairview General Health Center.



Audrey Billingsly:

We express our condolences to the Billingsly family at the passing of Audrey Billingsly, sister of Bernard Billingsly. Please remember the family in your prayers and thoughts.

Linda Short:

Linda Short has passed away as a result of a tragic accident. "Delray police say a 73-year old Ohio woman killed in train crash." ( We extend our sympathy to the family. Linda was a neighbor and lived only few houses from our church. She was a customer of the North End Foundation Berea Youth Works program, and she used our youth services on a regular basis; her grandson worked a number of summers in our youth program; and her son, Jeremy and his family were long-term members of our church. Also, she was a long-time employee of Baldwin Wallace University. We are deeply saddened by this news.


Installation of officers

As one of the volunteers who will continue to serve God in the capacity you have chosen to serve this year, we will install you into the position the church body has chosen you. Please know that your service and commitment mean so much to your church family, and we are strengthened by your love for God and your service to him. Thanks a lot!



MLK Event

As you know we support this event, and I encourage you to join us as we join those that gather at Mt. Zion Baptist Church to honor the memory of Dr. King. Please see the large posters at the rear of the church and inside the church lobby with a complete list of the upcoming MLK events.


January 15, 2018

9 a.m.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 572 Pearl St., Berea

The 28th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is sponsored by Baldwin Wallace University in conjunction with the Berea community and the Campus/Community MLK Week Committee 2018. This event is free and open to the public. 


First Quarter Business Meeting

Please hold Sunday, February 25 for our business meeting that will follow morning worship.

Black History Presentations - Month of February at 10:00am

During the month of February, the Library Committee provides presentations that address the history of African Americans. These presentations have proven to be of great interest to us and they are scheduled to be held each Sunday morning at the Education Forum. They are free and open to all. You are invited to attend these sessions.

Ash Wednesday Services – Wednesday, March 14, 7:00pm

Our service will be held here at the church at 7:00pm. This service is a wonderful opportunity for you to assess how you are doing with your spiritual life and to seek to grow even more spiritual in your private devotions, service to others for our Lord, tolerance to practice a forgiving spirit, and agape love for God's people. As you know from attending past Ash Wednesday services, we do not put ashes on the foreheads of attendees. Our reason is to encourage you to focus inwardly on your spiritual growth and not to even hint that outward symbols (the imposition of ashes) are ways to do that. This statement is not meant to question those that use ashes. Without question, many find the ashes helpful and desirable. Notwithstanding this difference, I am certain you will find this service without the use of ashes just as meaningful, if not more so. Please see a list of additional services planned for Lent below. Also, plan to join us.


Upcoming Dates for Special Worship Services:

  • Ash Wednesday – February 14 at 7:00pm here at the church
  • Maundy Thursday – Thursday, March 29 at 7:00pm here at the church
  • Good Friday – Friday, March 30 at noon Good Friday walk at OhioGuidestone and here at the church at 7:00pm
  • Easter Program – Saturday, March 31 at 7:00pm here at the church
  • Easter Sunday – April, Sunday School at 9:00, Christian Education Forum at 10J0, and worship at 10:30am


End-of-the-Year Contribution Statements:

We thank you for your 2017 tithes and offerings. Your contributions resulted in the church completing many very important projects throughout last year. Paid off the property located at 645 North Rocky River Drive, replaced gutters on the entire church, repaired leaks in the basement and other locations, installed a new dishwasher in the kitchen of the church, purchased two new computers, updated the bandwidth of the church computer, installed new mechanical doors for the mechanical room, and others.

Though Almighty God blessed the church to complete these projects, we are requesting you to continue giving your tithes and offerings.     

So, we thank God for his many blessings. These blessings consisted of your generous financial contributions and donations, your commitment of service, time, and devotion to God, and your outstanding volunteerism. Thanks so much for all you do to be a light for Almighty God here at PCC.    

  • Note: Brother Don Williams, Trustee Board Chair, will be providing you with your contribution statements. Giving them to you here following worship saves us from paying to mail them. I hope you will make every effort to be present to receive them. 

Requesting Prayers and Using Prayer Cards

Please remember when you make a prayer request to obtain a prayer card from an usher or from the rear of the pew chair. We need you to complete all sections of the prayer card. It is important that you estimate the time period you are requesting the church family to pray for your request. If your estimate of time changes, you are encouraged to update your request by completing another prayer card and giving it to an usher. Also, remember we use short and long-term prayer lists to maintain all prayer requests. The long-term prayer list in on the ushers' table. Please help us to better manage the number of prayer requests and the space requirements in the pastor's letter.

Also, you can download and use the PCC APP to submit your prayer requests. If you have questions about the PCC App, please contact a deacon or trustee for assistance.

Contact Updates: please use the space below to update your phone number, e-mail, or other contact information. Please give this information to an usher.



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