New Activities for September!

HYGIENE ITEMS—Brighton Center is in need of some basic hygiene items such as: shampoo, soap, razors, toilet paper, toothpaste.  Food stamps do not cover these items. Please help if you are able!

ECHO/HENRY HOSEA HOUSE—We’ll be serving dinner to our neighbors in Newport on Sunday, September 28th. Volunteers are needed from 3:30-6:00 pm at 901 York Street. Signup sheet is in the Narthex. Thank you!


WASHINGTON UCCseeks Homework Club tutors—If you can spare a couple of hours a week to help a child succeed in school, Washington UCC wants to hear from you!

Washington’s Homework Club – starting Sept. 15 – is held from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the church, 2950 Sidney Ave., in Camp Washington, Cincinnati. Volunteer tutors are asked to commit to one day a week, in order to work with the same child each week. Homework Club students are in kindergarten through 6th grade. We can match you with the age you prefer!

For more information, call Rev. Pam DeFusco at 513-541-7757, ext. 6, or e-mail

CROP HUNGER WALK – Our congregation is invited to participate in the Crossing Bridges   CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, October 5, 2014, with other churches in the greater Cincinnati area. Walkers will leave from St. Johns UCC in Newport at 2 p.m. and walk to Fountain Square and back. The money raised will support the programs of Church World Service that help people around the world have food to eat AND 25% of the contributions go to fight hunger in our community. The three local organizations that will receive a portion of the donations are Hosea House, St. George Food Pantry, and Gabriel’s Place.

The focus for this year’s CROP Walk is on food sustainability, which involves training farmers on diversifying crops and incorporating livestock. Families in many parts of the world cannot go to a market and get what they need to eat; they are dependent on what they can grow. By teaching   families about different agricultural techniques, adding vegetables and fruits, raising chicken and sheep, and learning how to farm despite drought, Church World Service is helping families have enough to eat and have nutritious, balanced meals.

One in five kids in America don’t get enough to eat and around 18,000 children die every day from hunger-related causes. What can you do to help? Promote and support the CROP Hunger Walk. You can sign up to walk (and raise funds from people and companies sponsoring you) or you can donate money to the Walk. Consider giving $15.00, which is enough to fully develop a 1/2 acre plot of land (providing a family with the tools, seeds, and training to complete their dream farm). Make checks payable to CWS/CROP and give them to Melissa Cox (or get them to the church office, which will forward to Melissa). Contact Melissa at 859-291-1324 or for more   information and to sign up to walk.

You may donate online by going to Simply (1) click on “Find a CROP Hunger Walk” (you’ll need to search Ohio, not KY), then (2) click on the Crossing Bridges (Greater Cincinnati) CROP Hunger Walk, (3) click the Donate button, (4) click “I want to support a team,” and, finally (5) click the Donate Now button for the Christ Church UCC team. If that’s too confusing, you may make checks

payable to CWS/CROP and give them to Melissa Cox (or get them to the church office, which will forward to Melissa). Contact Melissa at 859-291-1324 or for more information and to sign up to walk. Thank you.

“HOOTENANY” to benefit Washington UCC’s ministry to the children of Camp WashingtonPilgrim UCC will be hosting a “hootenanny” on Saturday, September 27 to benefit the work Washington UCC does with the underprivileged children of the Camp Washington area. This event will feature 5 bands each playing a 45 minute set, and all the proceeds from the tip bucket will go directly to Washington UCC. Previous hootenannies have raised over $350 for the designated charity, and we are hoping to break that record on behalf of Washington UCC in September.

The five musical acts (check out the event list here) will be very diverse, ranging from classic rock, bluegrass & folk, electric blues, modern rock-pop, and vintage country. The “hoot” will also feature cornhole, free face painting for the kids, and other activities. We are arranging to have a barista serving gourmet coffees, and will have fresh baked cookies as well as soft drinks and other snacks available for purchase.

If you would like more information please contact Dr. James J. Email at 513- 460-1695 or at Pilgrim UCC is located at 4418 Bridgetown Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45223.


LUNCH AND LEARN SEPTEMBER 23 – On Tuesday September 23, the Lunch and Learn Committee is pleased to welcome long time Fort Thomas resident, Mr. Ken Shields, as our guest presenter. Many of you know him as the former teacher and coach at Highlands High School and later as the coach of the Northern Kentucky University Basketball team. Others in the community know him as neighbor and friend. Coach Shields will share with us his experiences as a coach and the importance he feels faith and family play in one’s life. Join us for lunch at 11:30 AM followed by his presentation at noon. Lunch reservationsare required. Call Nancy 441-7207 or Sherri 441-2565 to make a reservation for lunch or sign up in the Narthex.