When there’s a 5th Sunday in a month, we exit the pews and enter the community in service.
We believe worship can happen anywhere, in a sanctuary or in a shelter, by singing praises or by baking cookies, with other church members or complete strangers. We live out this idea by dedicating the fifth Sunday of the month – which happens just a few times a year – by spending the day caring for our neighbors in variety of ways. We call these days of service WorKship Sundays.
WorKship Sunday, October 2018 Report

A total of 117 members and friends including 22 children/youth and 6 members visited in their homes took part. Due to the efforts of:

  • 19 people led by Pauline Wills over 2,000 books were sorted and packed for distribution at the Cleveland Kids Book Bank;
  • 24 children and adults under the leadership of Peg Knueve enjoyed making pumpkin ornaments, bookmarks and cards with a Halloween Theme for distribution to others;
  • 11 members visited shut-ins who are no longer able to get to church for worship thanks to the leadership of Rev. Pat Jefferis;
  • 4 members put together Welcome Bags to hand out to visitors under the direction of Jeff Lingenfelter;
  • 6 members cleaned and sorted items at the Church Street Ministries Second Mile Shop under the leadership of Mars Patterson;
  • 9 members served others by cleaning pill bottles to send to Third World Countries (24 gallon bags’ worth!) and then filling 10 Disaster Cleaning Buckets for Church World Service thanks to the leadership of Sandy Uhl and Robin Rush;
  • a crew of 8 organized by Diana Stack worked outside to rake the lawn of a member or help clean the grounds of the Cleveland Christian Home;
  • another 7 members under the direction of Gary Canute and Deb Thompson worked at the home of a member and around the church doing repairs;
  • a group of 6 directed by Barbara Georgeff worked at creating lovely Christmas arrangements with materials left from the July WorKship (these, along with the more than 40 arrangements made in July, are being donated to Church Street Ministries for their holiday sale);
  • and a crew of 5 led by Tom and Lorraine Ropas cooked a wonderful lunch for everyone to enjoy along with worship and communion following our morning of service.

Thanks also go to Beth Kean and Judy Berg (planning), Judy Evridge (photography), Gary Canute and George Uhl (set up), Cheryl Seymour (Child Care), Jarred Sorauf (music), Michelle Kanaris (coordination with UNICEF events), Michelle LeMaster (UNICEF Bake Sale), Randy Over (UNICEF pumpkin contest), and Pastor Vicki for leading worship/communion. Thanks to all who made our WorKship Sunday of service such a success.

WorKship Sunday, July 2018 Report

Thanks to the efforts of the 86 people who participated in WorKship on Sunday, July 29th, 15 notebooks of materials for tutoring our refugee friends were assembled; 36 cards were created for members of the military who will be deployed over the holidays; 55 hand painted rocks were hidden as random acts of kindness; about 40 items were created for the Church Street Ministries annual holiday sale; 7 members who can no longer come to church were visited and communion was shared with them; the Second Mile Shop at Church Street Ministries was polished, swept and cleaned; the window frames at the home of a member were painted, and under the leadership of Jarred Sorauf, a half dozen members worked on organizing music and materials in the choir room so that all will be ready for the beginning of choir rehearsals in a few weeks.

A delicious lunch followed by worship and communion was enjoyed by all participants. Thanks to those who led the ten projects that were offered – it takes a lot of people to make WorKship happen. Special thanks to Jerry and Pam Wolf for applying for a grant from the Thrivent Foundation to fund our WorKship luncheon. The Thrivent Foundation gives money to organizations for their work promoting “generosity” and fostering a spirit of community. Last Sunday, we worked outside of the pews to serve others and as Rev. Mark stated in his worship remarks, “We walked our talk.”
WorKship Sunday, April 2018
WorKship Sunday, October 2017
WorKship Sunday, July 2017
Our July 30th WorKship Sunday included 136 church friends and members, as well as our African refugee friends.
WorKship Sunday, April 2017
WorKship Sunday, October 23
Here are pictures from our July 2016 WorKship Sunday.