Pastor: Rev. Francis P. Miller II

As “Pastor/Head of Staff,” Francis has the opportunity to work with the congregation in fulfilling its particular way of being a church.  He is most often seen at “at work” when leading worship — that is, calling the community to notice and honor the presence of God in our lives.  He does so by working with Colleen and Chris to shape the words, rituals, and songs that help us express our gratitude that God loves us and claims us for who we are.  During that time he enjoys extrapolating from bible stories ways we can live our lives in a manner that fulfills the greatest commandments offered by Jesus: To love God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength.  And, likewise, to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.  

Francis also greatly appreciates visiting with members of the congregation either one-on-one or in small groups or in committees.  He finds it amazing when out-of-the-blue conversations turn into something that deepens relationships.  

Connected to his work with LCPC, Francis is blessed to participate with the work of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in the Committee on the Self-Development of People.  Through small grant opportunities, SDOP partners with groups of people who are about empowering themselves in the midst of their community.  Francis is also a co-founder of the Dougbe River Presbyterian School of Liberia.  Founded in 2012, DRPSL is a pre-K through 9th grade school in a rural area of the country where there was no access to school.  The school’s motto, “Education is Light,” pretty well sums up what Francis loves about his work — accompanying people in dis-covering the hidden treasures of life and in God. 

Fancis is married to Celinda, and with her has three young adults, Adrian, Lillian, and Elliot.  Their greatest joy is heading out and seeing the world.  Somewhere in their house is a checklist of the US National Parks they’ve visited, with an eye on completing the list someday.  When not camping in the parks, hiking the trails in NE Ohio does just fine.  They love exploring the diversity of natural and urban areas to be found around the City of  Cleveland.  The family enjoys participating in and watching all manner of sports. Currently, soccer has a hold on the family, and wherever the children are participating in matches there’s a good chance Francis and Celinda will be there.  Finally, Francis enjoys seeing things through the lens of his phone camera.  Wherever he’s moving about, one of his spiritual disciplines is keeping an open eye for beauty whether big or small — sometimes thinking a little too deeply about what the image is showing.  For example: The Trinity found in a Dogwood’s berries.

For Advent/Christmas 2021, we are using one of our favorite songs from church “You Shall Go Out with Joy/The Trees of the Field” to embellish our theme for the season.  The holidays in the United States give us the opportunity for lots of feels.  We can feel harried or stressed, caught up in the spending frenzy, or the way the holidays “should be.”  Or, we can observe our lives and see those things that give us joy: be it the trees of the field, the hug of a friend, the kindness of a stranger, or a moment’s silence that allows us to breathe and remember we are God’s beloved.  

 

Director of Music: Christine Hill

It could be said Chris was raised to be a music director in the church . She began playing the organ at the age of 14 at the Episcopalian church her family attended. Chris Hill now holds a doctorate degree from CIM in collaborative piano. LCPC has been most fortunate to have her overseeing the choir, bells and special music programs for 9 years. Chris appreciates the liturgy of the Presbyterian Church, open to interpretation and creativity. In worship, at LCPC you are just as likely to find Chris playing music from Classical to Calypso. All of it offering praise and worship to our God.

 

 

 

Faith Formation Coordinator: Colleen Bloom

Colleen is happy to be serving at LCPC for many years in various capacities. Colleen is the  Director of Faith Formation, leading children and youth ministry as well as special events. Inspired to help others discover more of God’s love and the way of Jesus, she has a passion to get the youth away from the  church building.  Convinced spiritual  formation happens with many unique encounters;  things like service projects, hikes, exploring the history of Cleveland bridges in the flats and even a tour of community murals. Each a tool to experience faith in a new way. 

As part of worship you may find art installations designed to visually share an expression of God’s story.  Beyond Sunday morning classes and youth fellowship she plays a role in community ministry working to grow church mission responding to the call to be the hands, feet of Christ in the world.

A year ago Colleen stepped into the role of LCPC Office Admin, she now splits her time  doing both. Managing the church office is an extension of ministry offering administration and communication support to church missions, committees as well as the congregation.  

Beyond life at LCPC Colleen’s creative side shines with work as a costume designer for local theaters.  Designing mainly for Heights Youth Theatre she has also done exciting work with Fine Arts Association,  Dobama Theatre and several area schools.  

Colleen lives in South Euclid with her husband Rich who works as an Executive Chef (yes, he cooks yummy dinners at home!)  They have  two adult children, Austin and Joe and savors the time they find together over long weekends or hiking vacations. In her spare time Colleen is likely to be on an outing with her Jack Russel Terrier, Rocky, or maybe inventing ways to prevent him from escaping from the house, again.  

Each year at LCPC the congregation grants the Sunday before Christmas as a time for  youth and children to share. This may seem like an “off ” Sunday but really it is full of  deep theological expression as we use the day to retell the Story of God with Us in new  and modern ways. The year 2020 had us all locked down and finding the hope inside the  places we quietly dwell. This year, revived, anticipating God is doing something new, we  showcase Christmas is a time for joy!

 

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