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Sunday, July 23, 2017


Highlights from the Annual Conference of the International Council of Community Churches – Cherry Hill, New Jersey – July 17 – 21, 2017


Attendees from PCC-Five of us attended annual conference in Cherry Hill New Jersey: Sisters Ava Batson, Christine Cameron, Elaine McCreary, Winifred West, and myself.


Theme: Living Faith in a World of Change - “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)


Bible study lecturer and major presenter - He was outstanding and was a blessing to all who attended. Here is a brief bio of him:

“Rev. Dr. Tony Campolo is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University, a former faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, and the founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education. He has written more than 35 books. He is one of the founders of the Red Letter Christian movement and blogs regularly at their website,, and can also be found on both Facebook and Twitter. Dr. Campolo and his wife Peggy live near Philadelphia and have two children and four grandchildren.

In November 2012, Tony Campolo received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Youth Worker’s Convention. The wording on the award is: “Award of Lifetime Achievement is proudly presented to Tony Campolo who has defined and courageously pioneered what is means to encourage, care and lead students, possessing the qualities that inspire us and provoke us to continue the journey into the future with boldness and confidence. As a result of Tony’s life of ministry and leadership, he has left a legacy of encouragement and hope to youth workers and students everywhere.”  When the presentation was given, a great mention of Tony’s work with Compassion International was made and Compassion asked to be able to say thank you to Tony for the lifetime of child sponsorships he has helped to make possible.”


Annual Conference Attendance: there was a 10% increase in attendance over last year. Also, there were 71 new attendees or first time attendees at this year’s conference. We are very pleased to report this news since our attendance has been on the decline for the last few years.


New search committee – A new committee has been established to search for a new Executive Director for the Council. As you may recall from my sharing with you, the Executive Director we selected and installed at last year’s annual conference resigned. So, we are now starting over again to try and fill this critical position. Please lift up in your prayers the conference efforts to fill this position.



Upcoming Annual Conferences – St. Louis, Mo 2018 and Jacksonville, Florida 2019. The room rate will remain at $120 per night at the 2018 conference.


Recognition- Sister Elaine McCreary received one of the Key Layperson awards issued by the Council at the first business meeting, and we congratulate her. I was elected to serve on the Council’s Endowment Committee.


Pastor’s reflections – we continue to share in the overall leadership of the ICCC. Our involvement is greatly appreciated and valued. Our steadfastness in service and commitment benefits the larger body of Christ, our Lord. Thanks to this year’s attendees from our church family and your strong support of our efforts within the national and international body of Christ.






Munchies and a Movie Night

FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2017

People’s Community Church Campus 631 N. Rocky River Drive Berea, Ohio  7:00p – 11:00pm


This FREE outdoor CommUNITY event is open to the public and co-sponsored by People’s Community Church, Mount Zion Baptist Church, and the North End Foundation of Berea.

This event replaces our traditional FunDay. We made this change for several reasons. One was the city now has a communitywide day. That event occurred on Saturday, June 17 at Dora Lee Payne play ground here in Berea, and was well attended by the community. The other reason is we have been aware that for the last two years our attendance and participation from the community has been on the decline. Finally, we want to assess and determine with some time if launching “A Munchies and Movie Night” might increase interest and participation from the community.

Baptismal service Next Sunday, July 30, 2017

There will be a baptismal service on the 5th Sunday, July 30th. Jada, Aiyana and Shakeema Kirk will be baptized after successfully completing the required class taught by Sister Susan Malone. I hope you will be able to join us for this blessed day.


Scholarships – Sunday, August 6

On Sunday, August 6, the Scholarship Committee will award academic scholarships to 2017 graduates during part of our morning worship. We look forward to congratulating our scholarship recipients who will be attending colleges and universities as well as possibly other institutions of higher learning in the fall.



North End Foundation of Berea will host its Berea Uptown 6th Annual Community Pig Roast/Cookout


This year’s event includes a memorial dedication in memory of Deacon Al Albergottie. Members of the Naval Submarines where Al served for many years have been invited to assist the trustees of the Foundation in dedicating a living tree. Also, an invitation has been extended to members of the Berea Civil Service, where Al was a long-term member, Berea city officials, and local veterans. Additionally, we have invited Deacon Al Albergottie’s family to join us for this event. The dedication is scheduled to start promptly at 1:00pm in front of the church. The tree has already been planted. It’s an Alberta Spruce. It stays green all year long and its name reminds us of Al!


There is no requirement to purchase a ticket for the pig roast if you wish to attend the dedication ceremony.


Tickets are $25 per person and includes pig roast, chicken, hot dogs, beverages, lots of home-made desserts, salads, baked beans, games and more. The proceeds benefit the Berea Youth Workers.

Most of you have already purchased tickets. Please obtain tickets by indicating the number you want on the clip board on the ushers’ table. Thanks for your strong support for our youth in this community.

Also, please consider being a sponsor for this event. For your convenience, we have copies of the requirements to be a sponsor of this event. Or you are welcome to the North End Foundation office at 440-243-2988 for additional details about sponsorships.


NOTE: As I mentioned last Sunday, I am not requesting you to sign up to bring desserts. I trust you to just do what you have done again and again where you have helped us with your bringing many delicious desserts. Also, I will need volunteers. Please let me know if you can assist in some capacity for this event.


NOTE: Members have purchased a few tickets for any members and friends that need help with their ticket purchase. Please contact the office or pastor.


Saturday, August 19 from 11 am – 3 pm.

The Annual Fishing Foundation, People’s Community Church FREE fishing event
LOCATION: Wallace Lake tent. 


REFRESHMENTS: Snacks & drinks available all day for registered guests.


COMPLIMENTARY ITEMS PROVIDED: Every registered guest will receive a Fishing Foundation t-shirt and the use of a rod & reel.  Youth participants may keep the rod and reel.  We ask that adults return theirs for use at other youth-related events.  Bait will be provided throughout the event.

LUNCH: Noon to 2 pm provided by a local restaurant. Registered guests will receive a food ticket at the event enabling them to take part in the meal.


ADVANCE REGISTRATION: July 16 -  August 16. 
   1) Registration form on Ushers’ Table. 
   2) Online by going to The Fishing Foundation website at 


VOLUNTEERS: Are greatly appreciated.  Assistance is needed for pre-event set-up and post-event clean up.


The event will take place during light rain. It’s cancelled during lightning and thunderstorms.


Our next quarterly business meeting is being moved to the last Sunday in September 2017. So, there will not be a congregational-business meeting in June.



Box on Ushers’ Table for Invitations

As you continue to invite people to church, please use one of the forms on the ushers’ table, include the name of your invitee, and place the form in the box. Also, please keep in mind we are extending our invitations to people who don’t attend church. Also, we will keep your invitees lifted up in prayer.





As we continue to unfold this new way of giving and staying connected with our church we thank you for responding to our request to use PUSHPAY. You are helping us to implement this new way for you and other members and friends/ to stay connected to our church even when they are out of the state or absent from worship.


Also, you are now able to use the church App, People’s Community Church (PCC) that is part of PUSHPAY. You can now access my written sermons on this APP. We are presently working to make the sermons audible on your smart phone.


Additionally, you can now submit prayer requests using the PCC App. Your prayer requests are confidential, come directly to the church office, and are not accessible from the website. So please start using this new App as an additional way to share your prayer requests.


Further, you can access an updated calendar of events and activities happening here at the church. Of course, there are other features of interest to you and others on the church’s new App. I hope you will use PUSHPAY so you can see the positive benefits of this new tool.


As you know, we have been informing you about Pushpay for the last 90 days. Our plan is to create a user-friendly way so members and friends can stay connected with the church. Toward that end, assuming you have a smart phone, I request you use it to send the church $1.00 or a little more (This is only a test and to make sure you know how Pushpay works). For your convenience, the steps to follow with your smart phone are listed below. Will you use PUSHPAY now? In addition, I have sent this message to you and others using e-mail addresses of members and friends. I am thanking you in advance for helping us implement this new way of connecting with our members. Should you have questions, please contact any trustee member.





·      Open your cell phone’s app store and search for the Pushpay app

·       Open and install the Pushpay app

·       Select People’s Community Church (verify by the address and logo)

·       Enter the amount of your gift and if it is a one time or recurring gift

·       Select the giving type (tithe, etc.)

·       Enter your Touch ID or pass code to confirm your give

·       Select the Give button

ONLINE – PCC Website

·       Go to the PCC website:

·       Select the Links tab

·       Select Give (Pushpay) under To Make a Donation/Tithe/Pledge

·       In Pushpay, use the Search box to search for People’s Community Church

·       Select People’s Community Church (verify by the address and logo)

·       Login to Pushpay with your cell phone (or email) and password

·       Enter the amount of your gift and if it is a one time or recurring gift

·       Select the giving type (tithe, etc.)

·       Confirm your gift


·     Text PCCBEREA to 77977 (message and data rates may apply)

·     You will receive a text reply that says:  Thank you for your generosity.  Click the link to give

·    Click on the link and it will take you to and the page for People’s Community Church

·       Download the Pushpay app

·       Enter your details:

o      Enter the amount of your gift and if it is a one time or recurring gift

o      Select the giving type (tithe, etc.)

o      Enter your full name, email address and cell phone number

o      Select the ‘next’ button

·      Enter your credit card or bank account information and give


Please keep in mind you can keep giving with checks, cash, and through your bank. This is just another way our people can now give. This additional way of giving will enable us to reach members and friends that don’t attend church on a regular basis during the summer months when they are traveling and are on vacation. Also, this new option will help us to remove all obstacles that may prevent inactive members from giving as well.


You Shop. Amazon gives back.

Visit and Select 'North End Foundation' as your charity of choice. Then shop Amazon as usual to donate .5% of your purchase to us!                                                                                                 



Requesting Prayers and Using Prayer Cards

Please remember when you make a prayer request, to obtain a prayer card from an usher or from the rear of the pew chair. We need you to complete all sections of the prayer card. It is important that you estimate the time period you are requesting the church family to pray for your request. If your estimate of time changes, you are encouraged to update your request by completing another prayer card and giving it to an usher. With your help we will be able to better manage the number of prayer requests at any given time and the space requirements in the pastor’s letter. Thanking you anticipatively!



If you are visiting with us today, I warmly and gladly welcome you. Thank you for choosing to worship with us. Please take a minute and fill out the visitor’s card and return it to one of our ushers or deposit it in the offering tray. We welcome you to come again to worship with us or to attend some of our program offerings to the community. We are indeed glad to have you, and if we can do anything to make your visit more spiritual or meaningful, please inform one of our members or me.



Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

Thursdays from noon - 1:00pm

Located in the Youth House at 634 Wesley Dr.



July 24  -  July 30, 2017


 Mon. Deuteronomy 7:7-11—The Elect Keep the Commandments .  

Tues.  Jeremiah 28:10-17—Hananiah Opposes the Prophetic Message.

Wed.  Amos 1:1-2, 3:12-15—An Oracle against Israel.

Thurs  Amos 5:10-15—Seek Good and Live.

Fri. Amos 5:18-24—Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters.

 Sat.  Amos 7:10-17—Called to Prophesy to My People.

Sun.  Amos 9:11-15—David’s Kingdom Restored.

Amos answered Amaziah, “I was neither a prophet nor a prophet’s son, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, ’Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’”

Amos 7:14-15, NIV







 People's Community Church  

Physical Location 631 North Rocky River Drive            Mailing Address: 628 Wesley Drive           Berea, OH  44017 440-234-0609


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