Pastor's Desk

Pastor's Letter July 8, 2018

By Leroy McCreary
Trial SermonsThe two top candidates under consideration to pastor will each preach one additional "Trial Sermon" today and next Sunday, 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.

Sunday July 8, 2018


Trial Sermons

The two top candidates under consideration to pastor will each preach one additional "Trial Sermon" today and next Sunday, 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

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. We thank Sisters Carolyn Wilson and Rubye Neely for serving 'Feed the Kids Lunches" this past week. Also, we thank you 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 Saturday, August 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This year's event will take place at the newly remodeled Coe Lake Pavilion behind the Berea Police Station. 


Attendees must pre-register for the event with the church by July 25 with their name, address, phone number and shirt size. The registration form is on the Ushers' Counter.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 


As in past years, The Fishing Foundation will provide a rod and reel, bait, box lunch and refreshments (water, snacks, and soft drinks/beverages) for every attendee.  Everyone will receive a Fishing Foundation t-shirt that we encourage everyone to wear.


We encourage attendees to bring their own rods, reels and other gear if they'd like and to catch and release their fish but it's not a requirement.


As a reminder, everyone ages sixteen and older must have a valid State of Ohio fishing license.



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.  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 on Sunday, August 19 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.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018 - PCC Church Service will be held at Coe Lake. 10:00 am. Bring your favorite "fixins" ready to serve. Service begins promptly at 10:00am!!! A picnic will follow.

T-Shirts are available to order after service on July 8th and 15th. Youth (XS -XL) and Adult (S-XL) $6. Adult (2XL – 5XL) $8  Make checks payable to People's Community Church

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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

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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.

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Bible Reading for Next Week's Lesson

July 9, through July 15, 2018


Mon:   Luke 11:5-13—Ask, for God Will Respond.

Tue:  Romans 1:7-15—I Always Remember You In Prayer.

Wed:  1 Thessalonians 5:12-18—Unceasing Prayer, Essential in Church Ministries.

Thurs. Deuteronomy 10:17-21—God's Justice for The Widow.

Fri:     Acts 6:1-6—Take Care of Widows Now.

Sat:    Psalm 33:18-22—The Lord Watches His People.

Sun:    Luke 18:1-8—Keep Insisting until Justice Comes.


"And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones?"


--Luke 18:7a, NIV



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