"My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone."
Crossroad is a UCC-related agency located in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. It is a premier treatment center for children who have been abused, neglected and unloved. Crossroad creates promising futures for children in difficult circumstances providing therapy, education and family support services.
Funds are distributed by the Mission Committee to help needy individuals or families in our community and our congregation. This is done privately, so that the needs of those persons receiving assistance are kept in confidence.
Funds are dispersed by the Mission Committee to the National UCC office for disaster relief efforts in our country and abroad. Funds are also used to assist with supplies needed such as disaster kit buckets.
Funds are sent to the Southwest Ohio Northern Kentucky Association (SONKA)
to be distributed between SONKA, the Ohio Conference, and the national UCC.
This is our tithe to the higher church.
This fund assists elementary and Jr./Sr. high school students within our congregation who have an opportunity to travel with a class or organization, as well as students who may have an opportunity to take higher education coursework outside their normal school studies.
Funds are not used for trips specifically for sport, band or other competitions. Application for funds is made through the Ministry & Outreach Committee.
Hope Homes was founded in 1966 by the United Church of Christ, Ohio Conference, and the Presbyterian Church (USA).Hope Homes is incorporated as a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to develop and provide housing, residential services, supported living services and day services for persons with developmental disabilities and other special needs.
The United Church of Christ Mental Health Network works to reduce stigma and promote the inclusion of people with mental illnesses/brain disorders and their families in the life, leadership and work of congregations.
In 1965, founder Virginia Weatherbie established Valley Interfaith using limited resources to provide food and clothing to our neighbors. Over the past five decades, with the help of hundreds of volunteers and the support of our community, we have grown from a church basement operation into today’s 501(c)(3) agency.
Jonathan has arrived at Immanuel UCC with a passion for justice and community advocacy with a deep love for congregational care. He received a Certificate of Pastoral Leadership from Lexington Theological Seminary and an M.A. in Ethics and Justice, from the United Seminary of the Twin Cities. Jonathan has been involved in the United Church of Christ ministry for over a decade as a director of music and youth group leader before moving on to pastoral and justice ministries. Jonathan has also worked in the corporate world as a Corporate Social Responsibility consultant in the hospitality and development industry.
As an Open and Affirming Pastor, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the church are an important aspect of Jonathan’s ministry. Creating safe and affirming spaces for every beloved child of God is paramount in Immanuel’s church culture, and Jonathan will be a strong advocate in continuing and building upon this mission. No matter who you are, regardless of race, language, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, addiction, mental health illness, or country of origin, you are welcome and affirmed at Immanuel United Church of Christ, St. Bernard, Ohio.
John is a native of Western KY. John brings over 25 years of working in church music and served many denominations including the UCC, Episcopal, Presbyterian, and Moravian congregations. John was introduced to the UCC after college serving St. Peter’s UCC in Pleasant Ridge and the former St. Paul’s UCC in Fort Thomas, KY. John has also been involved as a local chapter board member of the American Guild of Organists and was formally the Vice President of the Moravian Music Foundation. John is excited to be a part of the Immanuel family.
Bernie-Max was born in Cincinnati, where he grew up in both Northside and New Burlington. As a youth he attended First United Church of Christ on Hoffner St. in Northside. Upon graduation he entered the world of banking living in Cincinnati, New York City & San Francisco. Also, while living in San Francisco he became an award winning Taxicab driver & Tour guide to the entire Bay Area including Wine Country. In May 2012 while driving cross country, and stopping in Cincinnati, he reconnected with First UCC, now located in College Hill. He decided to remain in Cincinnati where he is active in many church activities including Co-Chef of Fishes & Loaves feeding program and President of the church board. After a short while back he became Administrative Assistant with Immanuel UCC and is looking forward to many years of service here.