Written by Gregg Brekke
|The Rev. Geoffrey A. Black|
Commemorating 20 years in Cleveland and installing its new general minister and president, the United Church of Christ kicks off a special spring weekend with a celebration dinner Friday evening, April 16, at the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cleveland.
Proceeds from the dinner benefit the UCC's Strategic Initiatives Fund. The event begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by the meal and presentations. Program highlights include live jazz with the big-band sounds of Gabriel's Horns; a celebration of the UCC's "God Is Still Speaking" campaign; and an opportunity to learn more about the impact of the Strategic Initiatives Fund.
Attendees will be able to meet the family of the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, who was elected general minister and president at the UCC's General Synod 27 last June in Grand Rapids, Mich. Black, who succeeds the Rev. John Thomas, will be installed at 2:00 p.m. the following day, April 17, at Federated UCC in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
"It is possible for us to be an inclusive church and still be a church of faith," Black told Synod-goers in June. "This is why our voice is needed: so that all people will know that they are God's people."
The Strategic Initiatives Fund fosters innovation and excellence in ministry. It provides start-up funding for new initiatives that have clear potential for advancing strategic interests of the UCC, and for which funding is unavailable or insufficient.
Multiple sponsorship levels for the April 16 celebration dinner are available. Purchase tickets and register online at www.ucc.org/dinner. For additional details, please contact Hans Holznagel by phone at 216-736-2169 or 800-846-6822; or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.