Good News from CEIRS!

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) shelter-in-place requirements, the Cleveland Ecumenical Institute for Religious Studies (CEIRS) has collaborated with the Northeast Ohio School of Ministry to participate in their ONLINE spring course offering this season!

SIGNPOSTS: APPROACHING FICTION
AND POETRY RECREATIVELY

Instructor: Steven Geitgey
Dates: Tuesdays, April 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26; June 2, 9

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cost to audit Course:   $65.00   

Location: Online via Zoom video conferencing

Course Description: One of the values of reading is its ability to entertain us and to provide us with opportunities for recreation. But it can be recreative at a deeper level when our reading is open to the significance of fiction and poetry as signposts to the issues, resonances, and life-meanings we grapple with and search for as people of faith.

This course will consider short stories and poetry as important catalysts for personal reflection and formation, as well as useful resources for those accompanying others’ formation. We will be enjoying and discussing stories from noted authors including Sarah Orne Jewett, Isak Dinesen, Leo Tolstoy, Charles Chesnutt, and Mary Wilkins Freeman, with accompanying passages from mystical and spiritual writers spanning the 2000 years of Christian history.

Learn more and register online here: https://ceirs.org

Shaker Community Food Drive

Hey, Shaker! We’re creating Unity in our Community by coordinating a community-wide food drive! How can you help? Drop off a donation on Thursday, April 9th from 3-6 PM at Heights Christian Church OR Christ Episcopal Church**.

Suggested donations: Non-perishable foods & hygiene items.
See link for most requested items:
https://hungernetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Most-Needed-Items-Sheet.pdf
Cash donations & $50 gift cards for Heinen’s, Giant Eagle or Dave’s will also be accepted.

This is a collaborative effort, brought to you by Shaker Heights Churches & Neighborhood Associations.
To sign up to help go here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084ba4a62ba6fc1-unity 

Residents In Need: The first distribution event will take place at Heights Christian Church on April 15th from 10:00
AM – 2:00 PM.

Additional distribution events will take place at The Shaker Food Pantry on April 22nd, 24th, 27th & 29th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
Location address: 20120 Lomond Blvd.

Contact for more information:
Heights Christian Church
  Pastor Roger Osgood
  216-246-9179
Heights Presbyterian Church
Pastor Mark Robertson
markr@heightspres.org

Christ Episcopal Church
Dawn Lynne Dengler
sexton@cometochristchurch.org

**Entrance & Drop Off Locations:
Heights Christian Church – Use Winslow Road entrance
Christ Episcopal Church – Use South side entrance by medical building (red door, down the stairs)

Children’s StoryTime

During the StayAtHome order, we offer a StoryTime for children via Zoom each Tuesday at 3:00 pm. If you would like to join us, please email Kate Gillooly at Kate@HeightsCC.org for the link. We will catch up, read stories, and pray together.

Community Bible Study!

Join us for an exploration of the Fourth Gospel (the Gospel according to John) on Tuesday afternoons Feb. 11 – March 17 at 1:00 pm at 3-19 Coffee (Lee Road and Van Aken Blvd.). Come learn and share together! All are welcome!

Little Free Pantry is Open

The first Little Free Pantry on the east side of Cleveland is open at HCC.  Think Little Free Library but with food. The motto is “Take what you need, leave what you can.”  It is located behind the church on Winslow Road near the playground.

HCC Community Garden

We have 4′ x 12′ plots available for the 2018 growing season. Suggested contribution is $30, which covers your plot and water. Check it out on Daleford Road between Van Aken and Winslow.  Registration is available online or by calling the church office (216-561-4800).  Know someone who might be interested?  Be sure to spread the word.