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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Graduations - 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 graduates! We recognize your achievements and honor your commitment to education excellence. As you may know, we highly value academics and advanced education at all levels. We have a long and distinguished history of members pursuing educational goals and achieving them. Our church family has been steadfast in its encouragement and its publicity of all who pursue educational goals. So today we continue that wonderful tradition by including in the worship service a time to specifically recognize our graduates. Also, we are glad that our parents, grandparents, and the extended family of PCC demonstrate strong and continuous support for education.




Happy Father’s Day

Today our church family will again recognize our fathers. This recognition is good and appropriate for our fathers because they continue to demonstrate fatherly characteristics and serve as fatherly models for our families. I pray that fathers will be the best they can be in our age and generation where the need for godly fathers appears to be greater and greater.


A Summer Garden

As you may recall, we have farmed a small garden on our grounds. The garden adds a wonderful color and look to our property and provides fresh produce to those desiring fresh vegetables. We plan to do it again. Are you interested in helping? Please use the sign-up sheet on the ushers’ table to indicate your interest.





This camp is designed for students in grades 1 through 5 and is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 26 promptly at 9:00am with sign in time. Pre-Registration is required! We plan to serve lunch at 11:30 each day. You are more than welcome to pack a lunch for your child if you choose to do so.


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 10 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.

The cost for the 2017 camp is as follows:


Berea residents $25 per student or $50 per family

Outside the Berea area: $35 per student or $75 per family.




The Pizza Fest – June 23- 25, 2017 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.



International Council of Community Churches 2017 Annual Conference Theme: “Living Faith in a World of Change” Join Us in Cherry Hill, New Jersey!

2017 International Council of Community Churches 67th Annual Conference

Monday, July 17 through Thursday, July 20, 2017

Registration materials are on the ushers’ table.


Pizza Fest and Pig Roast 2017 to Benefit Berea Youth Works

We have established two events that will benefit Berea Youth Works

1.           The Pizza Fest – June 23- 25, 2017

2.           Berea Uptown 6th Annual Community Pig Roast/Cookout – August 13 Noon to 3:pm

Tickets are 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 memorial dedication for Deacon Al Albergottie. The Naval Submarines will be in attendance to assist us dedication of a living tree. Also, we will invite Berea city officials and veterans to join us. We plan to locate the tree on the north side of the front stoop where we enter the fellowship hall. It will be a dwarf memorial tree so that it doesn’t get too large for the selected location. I hope you will hold this date so we can show our strong support for this memorial in memory of Deacon Albergottie.



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.



The Women’s Prayer Share Ministry is leading a 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 Greater Cleveland Food Bank.


For this drive, we are requesting donations of TOOTHBRUSHES and TOOTHPASTE—FULL SIZE.


Please place your donated items in the bin in the back of the sanctuary. Deadline is July 9

Dear Praying Partners,

As a family, we are VERY THANKFUL for a smooth and productive trip to Dallas. It was great to meet colleagues face-to-face and look for the Lord's guidance in how the Bakke Graduate University needs to move on.


Could you please also PRAY for divine guidance as Bakke Graduate University really needs to secure financial sustainability in the upcoming months?


During that time, I am also VERY THANKFUL that Samuel seemed to have managed my absence very peacefully. We are VERY THANKFUL for friends who took good care of him!


These days, when a lot of countries are desperate for water, we are also VERY THANKFUL for very abundant rains (it's raining as I am writing)!


For our family, the real countdown has started. Gary and Samuel are leaving for the US on June 25. I will be closing up here and going to France on July 2nd.


Could you please PRAY for our family, as we bring closure to many years of life and service in Africa? 


So, thankful for your partnership in PRAYER!


Grace and Peace, Martine

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.



June 19,  -  June 25, 2017


 Mon. Judges 13:1-7—God Blesses a Nazirite Judge.  

Tues.  Judges 13:8-18—Announcement of Samson’s Birth to Manoah.

Wed.  Judges 13:19-25—The Angel Accepts Manoah’s Sacrifice.

Thurs  Numbers 6:1-8, 13-17—The Vow of Separation to the Lord.

Fri. Judges 14:1-9—Samson Marries a Woman of Timnah.

 Sat.  Judges 15:1-8—Samson Conquers the Philistines.

Sun.  Judges 16:21-31—In Death, Samson Defeats the Philistines.

“You will conceive and give birth to a son. No razor may be used on his head, because the boy is to be a Nazirite, set apart to God from birth, and he will begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”



Judges 13:5, 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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