Pastor's Desk

Pastor's Letter June 17, 2018

By Leroy McCreary
Happy Father's Day!

Pastor's Letter

Sunday June 17, 2018


Happy Father's Day

We thank God for our fathers and wish them a blessed and enjoyable day.


"Trial Sermon"

We gladly welcome Rev. Tyrone Edwards who will bring today's sermon. "Trial Sermon" connotes different things to different people. The purpose of today's "Trial Sermon" is for our congregation to hear Rev. Edwards' preaching style, to get acquainted with him and his immediate family by spending some time with them in an informal setting, and to ask him questions during the fellowship. Rev. Edwards is a candidate for the position of pastor. At the end of today's worship, we welcome Rev. Edwards, his family, and friends in attendance to join us for fellowship and a meal.


Trial sermons

The pulpit committee has scheduled trial sermons for candidates seeking to become pastor of People's Community Church on the following Sundays:

TODAY- Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sunday, July 15, 2018

These sermons will be delivered as part of our Sunday morning worship services and all members are  encouraged  to attend and to meet and greet the candidates following worship. There are two candidates under consideration and each candidate will bring two trial sermons. Please assist us in getting the word out to all of our PCC members. Thanks for your prayers and discernment. This announcement will be printed on our PCC webpage and our PCC church App. If you have questions, please contact the chairman of the pulpit committee, Deacon Keith Jefferson.


Caring for our Church Facilities

On Saturday, June 30, 2018, we are requesting you to assist us in our annual cleaning of our church facilities. We will begin promptly at 9:00am and conclude at noon. We are requesting you to give us one hour between the hours of 9:00 and 12 noon. Please use the attached form to indicate if you will assist us. Your input will assist us in determining how many of our Berea Youth Workers we will need to employ and pay an hourly wage to help us. The more of you that assist us will lessen our need to pay youth workers.


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.


Science Camp – BEGINS TOMORROW- June 18 – 22, 2018

This camp is designed for students in grades 1 through 5 and is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 18 promptly at 9:00am with sign in time. We plan to serve lunch at 11:30 each day. Camp concludes each day at 4:00pm, and you are required to sign your child/children out each day unless he/she has permission to walk home.


We look forward to another year of excitement for our youth as they discover just how much fun there is in learning about science. Thank you for your strong support. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office, 440-243-2988.


The Berea City Club has sponsored the Summer Science Camp for 11 consecutive years. The foundation expresses its thanks to People's Community Church and the Berea City Club for their commitment and dedication to children in grades one through five and to the community, especially to the north end of Berea.  At this time Camp Registration is closed, Camp is FULL!


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

    •  June 28th --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


The Pizza Fest – June 22- 24, 2018 will consist of a walk and run that will occur at the Berea Fair Grounds. Please hold this date and we will provide you with more information.


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 this 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 3.  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 will be announced in the Pastor's Letter, please plan to attendThe membership's vote will take place shortly after the trial sermons.  More information regarding this process will be provided at a later date.


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. More information will follow. 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

June 18, through June 24, 2018


Mon.             Psalm 49—The Folly of Riches.

Tues.            Proverbs 22:1-2, 7, 9 16—Oppressing the Poor Leads to Loss.

Wed.            James 5:1-5—Both Oppressors & the Righteous Receive Justice.

Thurs.           Luke 6:20-26—Blessed Are the Poor.

Fri.              John 3:16-21—Two Responses to the Light.

Sat.              Matthew 19:23-30—Entry into the Kingdom Of Heaven.

Sun.              Luke 16:19-31—Lazarus Cannot Help the Rich Man.


"But Abraham replied, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.'"


--Luke 16:25, NIV



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