The nine-member Cabinet is compose of the Moderator, Assistant Moderator, one representative each from the Deacons, Christian Education, Trustees and Missions ministries, and three At-Large members who represent the congregation. Charged with final approval of the annual budget for presentation to the congregation and preserving on file all official written reports, the Cabinet initiates the call of ordained staff; makes key decisions on the annual audit of church financial records; and coordinates nominations for ministries and committees. Additional responsibilities include calling all church-wide congregational meetings and facilitating establishment of church goals. The Cabinet also appoints delegates to the Western Reserve Association and the Ohio Conference, as well as members to the nominating, stewardship and pastoral relations committees.


Deacons Ministry

Serving active members and extended church family, the Deacons Ministry assists the pastor in serving communion and other special worship services. The Deacons coordinate worship related needs including usher assistance, flower preparation/delivery, music selection, layperson support, sanctuary preparation and post-service fellowship. The group also arranges for the pulpit supply minister when the pastor is absent, and is charged with hiring the interim pastor after consultation with the Trustees Ministry. Deacons also supervise the interim pastor after hire.



Christian Education Ministry

The Christian Education Ministry coordinates education related activities for all ages during Sunday morning times as well as extracurricular opportunities for the church body. The group is also charged with coordinating youth groups for those activities involving teenagers of the church body; organizing confirmation related activities for teenagers of the church body; and working with the pastor and others to pursue adult education opportunities.



Trustees Ministry

The Trustees Ministry oversees compliance to the annual church budget and maintains the church buildings and grounds. Responsible for the hiring, administration and maintenance of all non-clergy employee contracts and yearly performance reviews, the Trustees are also charged with monitoring memorial-related giving and expenditures. Other principal functions include: administration and maintenance of insurance matters; administration and oversight of church investments; and appointing a financial secretary to count, record and deposit all monies and provide for quarterly statements. Trustees work with the pastor and wedding coordinator to oversee the wedding ministry; maintain job descriptions of employees; buy, sell and lease church property; and designate from among its members a Personnel Committee.


Missions Ministry

Through education and direct action, the Missions Ministry engages the congregation in God's mission globally and locally, striving in all things for the integrity of creation, justice and peace. The group coordinates the four Special Mission Offerings - Strengthen the Church, One Great Hour of Sharing, Neighbors in Need and The Christmas Fund - sponsored by the UCC and other offerings as approved by the Cabinet. Their on-going ministry involves maintaining our Food Pantry and providing food for those in need. In addition, the ministry develops specific mission opportunities and benevolences to be supported by the congregation through the annual allocation of funds. Other primary responsibilities include acting as liasion among the congregation and all its mission partners, in particular UCC national offices, the Ohio Conference, the Western Reserve Association and other UCC-related organizations and institutions. 


Colonial Crafters 

Meeting at Old South UCC for more than 60 years, Colonial Crafters comprises a group of women who gather weekly for fellowship and to support each other in various phases of their lives. In so doing, they reach out in mission to a variety of organizations by quilting, crocheting, knitting and sewing rags into rugs.

Meeting at 10 a.m. every Tuesday, members bring a bag lunch and enjoy desserts and snacks provided by the hostess of the day. Generally, meetings conclude by 2 p.m. The group, which was formed in 1952, has approximately 25 regular attendees. Open to anyone who wishes to share their time and crafting talents, the group also welcomes two women who are members of other churches.


Projects of Colonial Crafters have included the sewing and donation of pillowcase dresses to Lotts Creek Community School in Cordia, Ky., during the summer of 2013. In conjunction with the Kiwanis Club and Key Club of Kirtland, the Crafters have also made dolls for the Kirtland Fire Department to distribute to children who have experienced family crises. The group has also made sleeping bags for homeless people.


Colonial Crafters is always open to new projects for others as the need arises.


For more information, contact Celia Kepic or Jean Haverstraw.


Women's Fellowship

Serving both the congregation of Old South UCC and the community at-large since before World War I, the Women’s Fellowship perennially provides support for many in need.


Primary among its benefactors are Project Hope, Forbes House (women’s shelter), Salvation Army, Crossroads of Indiana (counseling center for troubled youth); Back Bay Mission, Birth Right and the Lake County Community Network (LCCN), as well as members of Old South.


Membership consists of any woman of any age who is a church member. About 20 active members meet on the fourth Monday of the month for business and fellowship. They  provide lunches for church members during times of bereavement and refreshments for many church events.


­By far, the group’s most ambitious, successful event is its annual Holiday Bazaar, a major fundraiser that’s been around since at least the 1920s, it is the oldest craft bazaar in the county. 


Everything at Bazaar is hand made: all kinds of sewn, knitted, crocheted items, as well as a large selection of homemade baked goods.


The Bazaar features a hot lunch that includes homemade soups and pies, as well as hot dogs, sloppy joes, egg salad and tuna salad.


A small amount of what is earned is retained to fund next year’s Bazaar.  At least 80 percent of what is earned finds its way to one charity or another including camperships for youth in the church.




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