Pastor's Desk

Pastor's Letter July 1, 2018

July 4th, 2018"America! America! God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea."
We are thankful for God's continued blessings on our nation and we remain prayerful for his grace, mercy, and peace. I wish each of you and your family a blessed 4th of July weekend.

Sunday July 1, 2018


July 4th, 2018

"America! America! God shed his grace on thee,

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea."


We are thankful for God's continued blessings on our nation and we remain prayerful for his grace, mercy, and peace. I wish each of you and your family a blessed 4th of July weekend.



We express our deepest sympathy to the Tolbert family at the loss of Sister Ruthie Tolbert, their grandmother. Pastor


Trial Sermons

The two top candidates under consideration to pastor the church will return to preach trial sermons on July 8 and July 15. You are encouraged to attend and hear them prior to the congregational vote now scheduled for Sunday, August 19, 2018 following morning worship.


Summer Vacation and Traveling Mercies

Some of you are already traveling and will possibly make other trips out of town. I want to encourage you to please remember to take whatever steps you deem appropriate for you to continue making your financial contributions to support our ministries here at the church. As you know, our Church App provides you the option to make your financial donations effortlessly while away. If you have any questions, please contact one of our trustees or deacons.


Feed-the-Kids- Ministry – Noon to 1:00, Monday through Friday Weekly, Except 4th of July

The kick off for this ministry started Monday, June 4. During the summer lunches for kids are being served at two locations:


People's Community Church 631 N. Rocky River Drive Berea, OH 44017 and St. Mary's School (New Location) 265 Baker Street Berea, OH 44017. PCC's will serve lunches during the July 4th week. Thanks for your support and prayers.


Firefighters to Instruct PCC members on the use of fire Extinguishers

On Saturday, July 14, at 10:00am the Berea Fire Department will visit here at the church to give PCC members that are interested instructions on how to use a fire extinguisher. If you are interested, please plan to attend.


Family Reading Night – Thursday Nights 6:30-7:30 in the church fellowship hall

    •  July 12th, July 26th

(Fun activities, refreshments and a free book for students in grades K,1,2, 3, 4. Kids must be accompanied by an adult family member, space limited to the first 25 students for each session. Parents may register for any or all sessions). 440-243-2988 or


People's Community Church CommUNITY Night

CommUNITY Movie Night Snacks and a Movie 631 North Rocky River Drive Friday, July 27 at 7:00 p.m. This is a FREE event. Co -sponsored by People 's Community Church and Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Berea. (Time subject to change. Visit website for final details.)



Family Fishing Event—August 4—More information to come.


Berea Uptown 7th Annual Community Pig Roast/Cookout – August 5, 2018 Noon to 3:pm

In the very near future tickets will be made available following worship in the fellowship hall. Tickets are $25 per person and proceeds benefit the Berea Youth Workers. Please note I will need you to again bring plenty of desserts as you have done in past years to make this event exceptional! Thanks for your strong support for our youth in this community.

Also, please consider being a sponsor for this event. Please contact us at 440-243-2988 for information about sponsorships.


This year's event will include a special memory of Deacon Al Albergottie and others who passed away within the past twelve (12) months in our church family. I hope you will hold this date, so we can show our strong support for keeping his memory alive.


International Council of Community Churches 2018 Annual Conference Theme:

"Reunion 2018- Gateway to Glory" Join us in St. Louis, MO, 63103!

Monday, July 16 through Thursday, July 19, 2018

Registration materials are on the ushers' table.



As you may recall, in September 2017, Pastor McCreary announced that he will preach his last sermon on September 30th of this year and officially retire at the end of October 2018.  Since that time, a Pulpit Committee was assembled, and we have been faithfully meeting and prayerfully reviewing submitted pastor applications.  In keeping with our pledge of transparency, this note will share the progress of the committee's work as well as a proposed timeline of associated events.  


We had a total of 13 applicants and have narrowed them down to 2.  We are now ready to move on to the next phase of this effort and will begin interviewing candidates in May and June 2018.  The top candidates' trial sermons will take place during the months of July and August.   As members of PCC, your participation in this process is essential.  Trial sermon dates are announced in the Pastor's Letter, please plan to attendThe membership's vote will take place shortly after the trial sermons. 


Please join us in asking for God's guidance, discernment, and wisdom as we go through this important process.  His will be done!   Thank you.


In Christ,

The PCC Pulpit Committee
Deacon Keith Jefferson, Chairperson



The Dozier Scholarship Applications are ready!

Leon Dozier Scholarship Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are available on the Ushers' Table. Completed application and associated documents including school transcripts must be received by July 20, 2018.

Sunday, August 12, 2018 PCC Church Service will be held at Coe Lake. A picnic will follow.


To all PCC women and friends, the Women's Prayer Share ministry is inviting you to a luncheon in honor of Sis. Elaine McCreary on Saturday August 25, 2018.  The luncheon will be held in the Fellowship hall from 11:30am – 2:00pm. Women's Prayer Share Ministry





Reverend Leroy & Elaine McCreary's Retirement Celebration ~ Friday, Sept 28, 2018 Church & Community Celebration 7pm – 9pm

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 Formal Dinner 6:30-9pm

Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 Final Sermon 10:30 am.


Bible Reading for Next Week's Lesson

July 2, through July 8, 2018


Mon:             Numbers 15:37-41—A Visual Reminder of the Commandments.

Tues:            Matthew 5:17-20—Jesus Fulfills the Law and Prophets.

Wed:            Luke 20:45-47—Craving attention while Cheating Widows.

Thur:           Matthew 23:5-12—Doing Is More Important Than Speaking.

Fri:              Matthew 23:13-15—Keeping People Away from the Kingdom.

Sat:             Matthew 23:16-22—Blind Guides Confuse Meaning of Oaths.

Sun:            Matthew 23:1-4, 23-26—Jesus Critical of Scribes and Pharisees.


"The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach."


--Matthew 23:2-3, NIV


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