Pastor's Desk

Pastor's Letter June 24, 2018

By Leroy McCreary

Pastor's Letter

Sunday, June 24, 2018


Trial Sermons

Today we welcome and hear Rev. C.J. Harkness in a different way. His sermon today serves as one of our church's requirements for the minister seeking to become pastor to give a "Trial Sermon." Since Rev. C.J. Harkness has preached here many times, today's sermon formally informs the congregation that he is a candidate for the position of pastor and his sermon provides an opportunity for all of our members to hear him with the understanding that this is one of the important steps necessary prior to a congregational vote to select the new pastor. You are encouraged to hear him today with the stated goal of choose the next pastor.


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 form on the ushers' table 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

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.


Science Camp

We completed the 11th consecutive science camp this past Friday. Forty-seven young scientists participated, and it was an outstanding camp. I sincerely thank our four certified science teachers, Mr. Tom Kelley who managed the camp from beginning to end, eight young student volunteers who assisted throughout the week, Sierra Stennis who served as the administrative assistant for the camp and performed in an outstanding manner.


The Pizza Fest – June 22-224, 2018

I hope you will stop by the Pizza Fest that is being held at the Berea Fair Grounds for some good pizza. Our Berea Youth Group is working this event and Pizza Fest is supporting our Berea youth Workers.


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.


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.)



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.


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 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.


North End Foundation's Additional programs for 2018


  • Movie Night (Fun Day)
  • Fishing Event
  • Pig Roast
  • Family Reading Night – Dates to be announced
  • (Fun activities, refreshments and a free book for students in grades K,1,2, and 3. 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).



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 25, through July 1, 2018


Mon.             Genesis 50:15-21—Joseph Forgives His


Tues.            2 Chronicles 7:12-16—Forgiveness and Healing

                        of the Land

Wed.             2 Corinthians 2:5-11—Forgiving and

                    Consoling the Offender.

Thurs.           Colossians 3:12-17—Forgive Each Other's


Fri.               Luke 17:1-4—Keep Forgiving Each Other.

Sat.              Matthew 6:9-15—God's Forgiveness Depends on Us.

Sun.              Matthew 18:21-35—Offer Mercy and Forgiveness



"Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?"


--Matthew 18:33, NIV


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