Pastor's Desk

Pastor's Letter October 14, 2018

By CJ Harkness
I was overwhelmed at the love and affirmation that was shared with my family and I this week and wanted to convey my heartfelt gratitude to all of you! I feel welcome and am excited to continue our journey together.
Focus our prayer to those who have been affected by the second major storm to hit our shores in recent weeks.

Sunday October 14, 2018


I trust that you all have had a blessed week in the Lord.  I was overwhelmed at the love and affirmation that was shared with my family and I this week and wanted to convey my heartfelt gratitude to all of you!  I feel welcome and am excited to continue our journey together.  I also appreciate all of the prayers that have been lifted. There is no doubt that they have undergird me in the early days of this journey.


This week I would be remised if I did not call our prayer focus to those who have been affected by the second major storm to hit our shores in recent weeks.  We praise God for minimal loss of life and continue to pray for those whose lives and livelihoods have been transformed.  It is imperative that we not ignore the plight of others and I ask that we all remain diligent in our prayer life and support of work that directly assists those in need.  I also ask that we continue to pray for those in our congregation who are sick, shut in or in need of God's direction and guidance.  PRAYER CHANGES THINGS!!


This week's message will focus on a reflection that I have that calls us to remember not to over complicate our walk with Christ.  It draws from the title of a book first published in 1986 by Robert Fulghum All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.  Through the lens of my experience I plan to share why All I Really Need to Know I Learned at Grandpa's House.  The message is not designed to dismiss the need we have to continue our growth and understanding of God's word.  It is simply a reminder that the key principles which we learn early in our Christian walk apply no matter how old we get or how long we have been in the church.  Let's seek God's wisdom on how we can all return to the basics of waling this pilgrim journey!

Abundance to you and each of your houses,


Your Pastor, CJ


Community Meal

Please hold the date October 31, 2018 for our turn to host the Community Meal at St. Paul's Lutheran Church-276 East Bagley Road, Berea, OH 44017. 440-243-1144 . As you know, our church does this each year.


Our commitment is for the opening prayer, money ($300.00), trustees will handle this, volunteers to make desserts, 8 – 10 volunteer servers, and advertisement of the event within our church family. The community meal is open to anyone who might need it for any reason. We should arrive at the church at about 5 PM for serving preparation and stay until the end to help with serving and clean-up. A sign-up sheet is on the Ushers' Table.


Voter Registration The next election date is Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

– this is from Cuyahoga Count Voter Registration website for your guidance and participation in the voting process of 2018:


Voters must be registered in Cuyahoga County in order to vote in any election. In order to vote in Cuyahoga County, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a United States Citizen;
  • You must be at least 18 years old on the day of the General Election;
  • You must be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days;
  • You must register to vote at least 30 days before an election to be eligible to vote.
  • 17-year-old residents can register and vote in a Primary Election if they will be 18 on or before the General Election. 17-year-olds can vote for candidates only.



Vote by Mail

Who can vote by mail? 
Every voter registered in the State of Ohio can vote by mail.


Why should I vote by mail? 

  1. Avoid the lines on Election Day. 
  2. Take your time researching the candidates and issues. 
  3. Vote in the comfort of your own home! 


How do I vote by mail?

  1. Submit a vote by mail ballot application (click the link above). 
  2. We will mail your ballot to you with a return envelope.
  3.  Vote your ballot and return it before Election Day. 


When is the deadline to vote by mail?


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To All PCC Members and friends:

Please join us for a Fellowship meal on Sunday, October 21st to welcome Rev. CJ Harkness and his family. You may bring a food dish to share for the meal. All are invited to attend.

Women's Prayer Share Ministry.

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We have extra PCC T-Shirts. Cost is $6 per shirt.  We have the remaining sizes:

Med…2   Large… 3  XL …4   2XL…3


Please see Sis. Cheryle Combs or Sis. Renita Jefferson if you are interested in purchasing.


Thank you.


The Women's Prayer Share Ministry is leading a new drive for the collection of Non-Food items for the PCC Food Pantry.

The reason for this request is that these personal items are not often available for us to purchase from the The Greater Cleveland Food Bank, where we purchase food to distribute from the PCC



The item we will collect is *DEODORANT, FULL-SIZE. Any brand.*

*The last day for these donations is Sunday, Oct. 14.*

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Bible Reading for Next Week's Lesson

October 15, through October 21, 2018


Mon: Psalm 105:1-11—God Honors Covenants with Abraham.

Tue:  Genesis 16:7-16—Hagar Births Abraham's Son, Ishmael.

Wed:  Galatians 3:6-9, 13-14—Gentiles Share in Abraham's Promise.

Thurs. Genesis 15:1-6—Abram Believes God.

Fri:     Genesis 17:15-22—God's Covenant Extended Through Isaac.

Sat:    Genesis 18:1-8—Abraham Hosts God's  Messengers.

Sun:    Genesis 18:9-15; 21:1-7—Child of Faith & Laughter.


Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised.


--Genesis 21:1, NIV


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