December 2008 - January 2009

Youth from Christ (Myers) UCC in Massillon, Ohio display their Souper Bowl of Caring collection. photo furnished.
UCC youth stir it up for 'Souper Bowl of Caring'

America's youth are working to make 2009 a record year for the Souper Bowl of Caring, with a national goal of raising $11 million in cash and cans for hunger and poverty-related charities across the country.

Youth will collect one-dollar donations in large soup pots on or near Feb. 1, 2009. Each group gives their donation directly to the charity of their choice — no money is sent to Souper Bowl of Caring headquarters. Organizers simply ask that groups report their collection amount so a national total can be determined.

"The Souper Bowl of Caring empowers us to take the simple step towards ending hunger and changing the lives of our neighbors in need," said Kara Fleharty, national youth advisor to the Souper Bowl of Caring and member of Pilgrim Faith UCC in Oak Lawn, Ill.

To learn more about the event, interested groups can visit

George Otto dead at 76

The Rev. George W. Otto, executive director of the UCC's Stewardship Council from 1979 to 1992, died Sept. 24. He had led the movement toward a more holistic view of stewardship where he proclaimed that stewardship "is the care of the Gospel, of creation, of history and the church." Otto was a member of Cleveland's Archwood UCC. He died after returning from a trip to Colorado, where altitude had caused physical complications.

Pastoral Changes

Adams, Katherine M. to First UCC, Billerica, MA
Arens, M. John to Cong. UCC, New Preston, CT
Baldwin, Winston to First Parish UCC, Brunswick, ME 
Bartlett, Grace M. to First Cong. UCC, Brewer, ME
Baskette, Sue M. to St. Paul's UCC, Herndon, PA 
Biggar, Cynthia B. to Cong. UCC, Standish, ME
Bing, Eric A. to First Cong. UCC, Newton Falls, OH 
Bove, Virginia B. to Pelham UCC, Belchertown, MA
Brink, John C. to Union UCC, Dennis, MA
Dipina, Toni to Hadwen Park UCC, Worcester, MA 
Dodge, Christopher L. to First Parish UCC, Westwood, MA
Faber, Kathy A. to Cong. UCC, Enfield, CT
Fiocco, Judy to Evangelical UCC, Boonville, MO
Fung, James A. to Christian UCC, Lihue, HI
Fung, Karl to Chinese Community UCC, Berkeley, CA
Gackenheimer, Ryan to First Cong. UCC, Essex Junction, VT
Gagnon, Alfred J. to First Cong. UCC, Scarborough, ME
Hambrick-Stowe, Charles to First Cong. UCC, Ridgefield, CT
Kuhns, Nancy E. to Nittany Valley Charge, PA
Lepak, Cheryl to Salem Plankroad UCC, Plymouth, WI
Marean, Eric to East UCC, Milton, MA
Marean, Sara to East UCC, Milton, MA
Marlin-Warfield, Mariah to UCC Cong. UCC, Medina, OH
McSherley, Lonny J. to Trinity Reformed UCC, Conover, NC
Noble, Robert to Federated UCC, Castleton, VT
Norris, Sally E. to Federated UCC, East Orleans, MA
Olson, James J. to Center Cong. UCC, Meriden, CT
Schmidt, Valerie to McConnellsburg/Fort Loudon Charge, PA
Steinhard, John B. to St. John's UCC, Bluffton, OH
Strout, Winfield to interim, St. John's UCC, Genoa, OH
Thomas, Candace D. to interim, Point Place UCC, Toledo, OH
Towner-Larsen, Susan to Church House, Cleveland, OH
Underhill, Mike to Nexus UCC, Hamilton, OH 
Van Houten, Gloria to First Cong. UCC, Sarasota, FL
Voelker, Steven E. to St. John's UCC, Bucyrus, OH
Wagner, Gretchen to interim, St. John's UCC, Mansfield, OH
Ward, Fredd to Cong. UCC, Naugatuck, CT
Wendorf, Diane E. to North Parish Cong. UCC, Sanford, ME
Whiting, Pat C. to Union Cong. UCC, Nucla, CO
Whitten, Lora A. to Cong. UCC, Edgerton, WI
Wild, David A. to All Faiths UCC, Ridge Manor, FL
Yetter, Daniel to Trinity UCC, Canton, OH

Pastoral changes are provided by the UCC's Parish Life and Leadership Ministry.

Clergy Deaths

Anderman, William H., 86, 10/20/2008
Bird, Ray N., 71, 8/28/2008
Beckwith, Hubert S., 86, 10/12/2008
Benedict, Donald L., 91, 9/4/2008
Burditt, Paul H., 84, 10/18/2008
Diaz, Andres R., 75, 9/18/2008
Engel, Austin G., 80, 10/3/2008
Foster, John J., 92, 8/11/2008
Gaskill, R. David, 60, 10/15/2008
Howard, Neil R., 85, 9/16/2008
Knudson, Kalmer N., 79, 8/31/2008
Menchhofer, J. David, 86, 10/29/2008
Morris, Ronald E., 76, 9/21/2008
Nace, Robert K., 85, 8/31/2008
Nuyujukian, Soghomon D., 85, 9/14/2008
Otto, George W., 76, 9/24/2008
Snyder, Roy C., 92, 9/3/2008
Sinclair, Donald K., 92, 10/10/2008
Szigethy, Bela, 97, 8/26/2008
Walker, J. C., 92, 9/21/2008
Wheelock, Robert B., 87, 10/26/2008
White, Arthur F., 91, 9/21/2008

Clergy death information is provided by The Pension Boards.