Pastoral Reflections News from the SPRC Committee

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May 2015


Pastoral Reflections Some time back I realized that I am now the closest thing to an intentional transitional minister. My job is to encourage the church to move forward into the future. It was to help the church position itself to receive the best possible next pastor (and I think a year from now the church will sense that the whole church, Bishop, DS, local church has succeeded in the appointment of Pastor Mollie). It is also to help encourage the church to address issues of building, and in clarifying the identity, mission, and vision for the church. I will make a report at the May 4th Leadership Council Meeting in regard to these items. This is the best description I can make of the Westlake UMC: We are ordinary people who (sometimes) experi-

ence the presence, power, love, and mercy of an extraordinary God, and we are empowered and (sometimes) respond in extraordinary ways in the name of Jesus the Christ. My prayer for all is that we live in such a way that the sometimes increases. In the name of the Risen Christ,

Rev. John P.S. An FYI: Part of the covenant of the UMC clergy is when we leave a church we do not participate in the life of that church for a period of one year. After that year, one will only assist at the invitation of the pastor.

News from the SPRC Committee INTRODUCING PASTOR MOLLIE BROWN With the pending retirement on June 30th of our current pastor, Reverend John Butchko, it is anticipated that Bishop John Hopkins will appoint Reverend Mollie Brown to serve as the next pastor of Westlake United Methodist Church. Rev. Mollie is a second-career pastor who responded to her call to ministry after a long and successful career in Health Care Management. As that call to ministry became clear, she stepped out of the corporate world to attend United Theological Seminary in Dayton. She subsequently began serving as pastor of Sharon Center United Methodist Church in the Canal District, where she has been for the past four years. Rev. Mollie is a gifted leader in the areas of preaching, worship, spirituality and administration. We look forward to having her, along with her husband Doug and son Greg (a student at Youngstown State), become a part of our church family and the community. We also celebrate her commissioning, taking place on Tuesday, June 16th, at 7:30 p.m. at EOCUMC annual conference in Lakeside, as she is commissioned as a provisional elder. If you are there, please stop by to congratulate her!

Sunday, May 24th Memorial Day Weekend We will celebrate Memorial Day by commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. We want to record and share all of the memories of those who lived those years and served the country in many ways. Please bring pictures and place them either in Sharon Spieth’s or Rev. John’s mailbox, or email the church office. Feel free to bring in pictures of your family from the years of national sacrifice. Also if you have a short statement (one sentence…. e.g., “I saved tin cans”) we would like to include that as well! We want to obviously honor the military service but also the many other ways in which people served. Those of you who were children, please share your stories, show us your pictures. We will seek to include as much as possible.

WESTLAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 27650 Center Ridge Road * Westlake, Ohio 44145 * (440) 871-3088 * Sunday Worship at 8:15, 10:00 and 11:28 a.m.


Hospitality May Coffee Time Sponsors : May 3

Congratulations Confirmands!

May 10

Ardy McCloy’s Retirement Reception

May 17

Al, Charlotte, David, Lynne, Samantha, and Jessica Goerlich

May 24

The Johnston & Wearsch Families in loving memory of Johnnie Johnston

May 31

In celebration ofthe Seniors and Youth

Is Your Photo in the WUMC Picture Directory? The church picture directory will be one of the primary vehicles to help our incoming Pastor Mollie Brown with the daunting work of matching names and faces for over 700 families!!! Don't be left out!! And PLEASE if your middle schooler is sitting on your lap in the directory photo, it's time to get us an update! Look for our volunteer photographer on Sundays in May OR send a digital photo to the office at [email protected]

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, May 16th 9 a.m.—3 p.m. Trustees request your help to prepare our church and grounds for spring and summer! Come for an hour or two... or the whole day. All ages and abilities welcomed. See bulletins for details. 2

Save the Dates for Retirement Celebrations! ARDY MCCLOY, DIRECTOR OF HANDBELLS Sunday, May 10th at the 10:00 service Ardy McCloy, is retiring at the end of June. To show our appreciation for her and her 25 years of service at Westlake UMC, she will be recognized during the 10:00 service on May 10th, followed by a small reception in Fellowship Hall. Please join us!

REV. JOHN BUTCKHO, OUR SENIOR PASTOR Saturday, June 13th from 12:00—-3:00 p.m. The church will gather for celebration to wish Rev. John well as he retires. There will be fun, food, laughs, and maybe a surprise or two! His last Sunday to preach is June 21st. Watch the weekly bulletin for more information about how you can be involved!

Your Very Own Island Paradise Please consider adopting one or more of the parking lot islands for care this spring and summer! Nope, there's no sandy beaches or palm trees, just low maintenance plantings. But even low maintenance islands need some loving care — regular weeding, trimming, and debris pickup. Just think your very own island at the low low cost of a few hours every couple weeks. Please contact Carole Miller at (440) 808-1897 or email [email protected] to stake a claim for YOUR special island - hurry, only 8 islands remain!

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MAY 2015

United Methodist Women GENERAL MEETING Thursday, May 14th at 10:30 a.m. All the women of our church, and their friends, are encouraged to join our congenial group. Meetings begin at 10:30 every second Thursday of the month in Fellowship Hall. At 12:00 we enjoy lunch — bring your sandwich — beverage and dessert will be provided. At 1:00 our Rev. Don Lefelar will install the new officers for the coming year and conduct the Bible study. Please join us!

Children's Choir Our year is coming to an end! On May 3rd, we will rehearse from 9:30-9:50 in the Sanctuary with the adult choir. (No regular rehearsal this day). On May 10th, we will sing a combined anthem with the adult choir at the 10:00 worship service. Please have your child dressed in their children's choir polo and khakis. And then on May 17th—look forward to an end of the year pizza party celebration! Plan to bring a snack to share! Any questions? Contact Annie Kaschube at (216) 8621232 or [email protected]

Weekday Mom’s Group GRACE BASED PARENTING WRAP-UP Tuesday, May 19th from 9:30 – 11 a.m. The moms group concludes their study of Grace Based Parenting with reflection, discussion along with time to walk the Labyrinth. Reserve your free childcare spot by calling the office (440) 8713088 or email: [email protected]

Plant Sale Pick-Up Reminder:

Pick-up your plants on Saturday, May 16th from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the church parking lot.

Easter Sunday & Holy Week Events and Thanks Many thanks go out to all who were involved in the many special worship events held during Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Attendance was great over all worship services. Thanks to the ushers, greeters, those who cared for the community yard signs and delivered mugs to our first time visitors! Letters of welcome and invitation to return were sent to all the visitors for whom we could find addresses. Many thanks to Mary Toye for volunteering her time to prepare these letters and update the church database! The church continues to receive gracious feedback about being a welcoming place to worship and experience God. All of us contribute to this atmosphere of love and acceptance.

Thanks for being a part of it! Top picture: Samantha Goerlich and WSCH Friend! Bottom Picture: Members of the 3rd and 4th grade Sunday School class visit West Side Community House with a delivery of blankets and books as part of their Lenten mission project. They also toured the center and took part in activities with participants ranging from crafts to a Pump-It-Up exercise class!

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From the Desk of Christian Ed Carol Ryan, c[email protected]

Better Than Grits When my mom was hospitalized during their RVing adventures in Georgia, she kindly pointed out to her nurse the fifth morning that she did not request the side of grits, which appeared daily. To which the nurse pleasantly replied, “Honey, you don’t order the grits. Grits just come.” In my multicolored and loud world, this memory has some to symbolize His Grace. I don’t always think to seek it in prayer. I don’t always see it laid out before me. It arrives everyday without ordering. I should stop being surprised by how our children respond to it. We all observe it whether at home or Sunday mornings. For example, I recently spoke to a member who was asked about motivating youth with service hours. But every week, a small pile of teens show up in response to His love and serve with younger children. They didn’t need a reason. His light burns bright! I listen to 5th and 6th graders talk about standing up for other kids, and looking out for each other. When you think about how hard it is to be in middle school, I am sometimes speechless at how they respond to others with His love. We took a large group of third and fourth graders to Westside Community House. They openly engaged in conversations with seniors. They playfully participated in their activities. In the end, they were asked, “From the bake sale to this field trip, what was the best part?” To which Teagan R. replied, “all of it.” All of it is even better than grits. Because it is not just His Grace that covers the ground around us like needed manna. It is this circle of His love as we receive it and as we respond to it. It is truly all of it. What a wonderful church community to help acknowledge kids for responding, for helping them see His love for them, and building a faith community that welcomes the young, sometimes bedazzled, frequently running, and a touch sweet and a touch goofy as equal participants in our congregation.

Congratulations to our Confirmands! Hope Beatty Peyton Elizabeth Hahn Liam James Hamm Abbey Jaffe Samuel Dietrich Marshall Molly Elizabeth McNamara Eliza Shin Steinman Katelin Joyce Stenger Kaela Clay Ryan


Pre-K – Entering 5th at Prince of Peace Lutheran Youth Camp (entering 6th – 8th) at WUMC Several sections of AM VBS are full. Please take time today to register for VBS! This year, VBS registration and payment is all online. If you have any questions, need a computer to sign-up, or just some help, please contact Carol Ryan. Also, contact Carol if you have time and interest in volunteering a little or a lot!

EAST OHIO SUMMER CAMPS AND WUMC UMW SCHOLARSHIPS Many thanks to the United Methodist Women’s group for supporting these amazing experiences for children and teens by offering scholarship support. If you have an interested camper who is entering 4th grade through 12th grade and wish to be considered for a scholarship, please submit your camper’s name with parent contact information and their one paragraph response to the following prompt “I say God is great when I’m outside because….”. Limited scholarships are available. Interested families should submit for consideration to Carol Ryan, ATTN: UMW via [email protected] or via Carol Ryan’s staff mailbox. For more camp info, please check out

DATES TO KNOW! — May 3rd May 24th


10:00 Confirmation Sunday (additional 11:28 date TBD) Worship Sunday for 3rd grade and up

May 31st

Youth and Graduation Sunday

June 15 – 19 Vacation Bible School

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MAY 2015

Attention Youth! Have you heard…. COLLECTION FOR APL The Confirmation Class mission's project is underway! Please donate items for the animal protection league to the boxes in the fellowship hall (youth booth) and by the office. You can bring a variety of pet related items in, including new and gently used blankets, new pet toys, dog and cat food, bowls, pet food, etc. This project was completely youth driven, so we hope you will support them as they learn how to plan and complete a missions project!

DINNER SPONSORS REQUESTED Evening youth is looking for dinner! Can you feed the youth? The time commitment is only 5-6:30, and the youth are pretty flexible on food! Can't cook but would like to help? A small donation towards food costs would be awesome! We will be meeting most Sunday evenings during May, so we would love to see you!

UMCOR Health Kits Elaine Hermetet is attending the Annual Conference in Lakeside this June. As a delegate, she is helping to collect health kits for UMCOR which can be sent out in times of emergency. These basic necessities need to be wrapped in the requested hand towel and placed in a new, one-gallon plastic zip closure bag. A box for collection will be placed in the lobby on May 4th. If you would like to create and donate a health kit, the contents needed include all of the following:  1 hand towel (15” x 25” up to 17” x 27” — no kitchen towels)  1 washcloth  1 comb (large and sturdy, not pocket-sized)  1 nail file or fingernail clippers (no emery boards or toenail clippers)  1 bath-sized bar of soap (3 oz. and up)  1 toothbrush (single brushes only in original wrapper, no child-size brushes)  6 adhesive plastic-strip sterile bandages  $1.00 to purchase to toothpaste

Completed health kits are needed by Friday, June 12th. Questions? Contact Elaine at (440) 734-4219.

SENIOR & YOUTH SUNDAY Senior Sunday and Youth Sunday will take place May 31st, where the youth will take over the service in conjunction with the 11:28 band. We are looking to recognize ALL seniors in the church. If you know of a senior who should be recognized (HS or college!) please contact Rachael ASAP!

HAIRCUT ANYONE? There is a small group of youth planning to donate hair TOGETHER on Youth Sunday. You do not have to be a youth to participate! If your hair can be cut to a length of 7 inches or longer, you are eligible! (Even previously dyed hair!) All hair donated will go to an organization that uses donated hair to make wigs for kids with cancer. Contact Rachael or Sierra Swisher to sign up!

QUESTIONS? Contact Rachael Haning, WUMC Youth Coordinator at [email protected]

Relay for Life of Westshore

Saturday, May 30th 12:00noon—11:00 p.m. at Westlake High School at 27200 Hilliard Blvd This is an organized, family-friendly community fundraising walk. Teams of people camp out around the track. Members of each team take turns walking around the track. Food, games, and activities provide entertainment and build camaraderie. Because it’s a team event, individual participants are not required to be there the entire time—but it is so much fun, you’ll find it hard to leave!

Sign up today! Visit HERE When the sun goes down at every American Cancer Society Relay for Life event, hope shines the brightest. During the Luminaria Ceremony, hundreds of Luminaria light the track to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember those who have lost their battle, and fight back against a disease that has taken too much. Order forms for the Luminaria will be in the church lobby or at the Relay website. $10 each.

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Life Events BAPTISM Colton Daniel Rothkegel, son of Sara and Daniel Rothkegel, was baptized on April 12th by Rev. John Butchko.

WITH SYMPATHY Ken Fife passed away April 22nd. Donna Merritt, stepmom of Jean Gianfagna, passed away in April. Dave Lamb, brother of Debbie DeArmon, passed away in April.


Massey Christ Cares Group says “THANKS!” Our service project to support victims of abuse who turn to local emergency rooms for treatment turned in QUITE a donation – thank you to all who supported our efforts! We collected $300 in monetary donations and 7 LARGE bags of new clothes for both men and women. Our group is thrilled and humbled at the compassion and generosity shown by our fellow church members (but not surprised!). Thanks to Stephanie in the office for overseeing the collection, placing notices in the Sunday programs; thanks to John for delivering the clothing for the Caring Closet of Clothes! ~ Sherri Cebul-Ligas on behalf of our CC group Dear Friends of Stop Hunger Now, We are delighted to announce that the meals from your respective meal packaging events have been shipped in a container totaling 228,096 meals, along with seven pallets of vital medical supplies, in the very first shipment from our Pittsburgh, PA warehouse! The meals will be received by our in-country partner Citihope in the Dominican Republic. With 42% of the population below the poverty line, food shortage is prevalent throughout the Dominican Republic. CitiHope provides food and other resources to schools, orphanages and other needy people and takes an active role in the distribution and monitoring. CitiHope supports sustainable educational and development programs that empower locals to create strong, self-sufficient communities. Citihope's country director in the Dominican Repbulic says, "We consider this not to be 'charity' but a real investment in humanity. The school and orphanage pro-


grams help our country so much by creating a future of responsible citizens that contribute to the improvement of our society. These children come from families that cannot supply even one meal a day for their children and don't understand the purpose of education. So the motivation comes from the food!...These SHN donations are a defining component that heals a nation, multidimensionally." ~Stop Hunger Now Team

Parish Nurse News Kathy Tafuri, our WUMC Volunteer Parish Nurse, offers free blood pressure screenings most Sundays after coffee hour. Kathy is also available most Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. to address your health concerns, plus offer free blood pressure screenings. You can reach her by calling the church office (440) 871-3088 x17, or email [email protected]

Got Medicare? ASK PATRICIA…. by Patricia Whited-Stineman, OSHIIP Medicare Counselor (440) 781-1383

Question: Will my Medicare Advantage plan cover me if I travel in the United States? Answer: Well, that depends. Advantage plans provide coverage for a specific service area and some plans may not cover your care while you travel in the United States. What kind of plan you have, how long you travel for, where you travel and the kind of care you need may impact how your plan covers you. 1) Traveling outside of your plan’s service area for more than six months, look at the plans visitor/travel benefit rules closely. 2) Traveling for six months or less, how your plan will cover your care depends on the kind of care you need and the type of plan you have, a PPO, Preferred Provider Organization or an HMO Health Maintenance Organization. 3) Regardless, if you need emergency or urgent care, your plan must cover it. For routine care, coverage will depend on the plan. If you intend to travel you should always check your plan benefits closely to see what costs and rules apply.

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MAY 2015

The "Did You Know?" communication piece will be a monthly feature in the messenger. It is in response to Focus Group requests for more information about the amazing things that happen at the church. If you are wondering about a ministry or initiative, chances are others are curious too! Please contact the church office and we will include your question and answer in a future "Did You Know" feature.

Did you know that the WUMC Scholarship Fund, which is one of the churches endowed Legacy funds, provides scholarship money for college to every graduating senior who applies? On Sunday, May 31st our graduating seniors will be recognized and many will receive scholarships from the church for their pursuit of higher education. The Westlake United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund was started in 1982 by the generosity of Wayne F. Asplin for the children of Westlake United Methodist and the community. It continued under the guidance and donations of Ethel Asplin Hartle. In 1996 the Fund was expanded through generous gifts from family and friends in memory of Carl A. Zellers. In addition, members and friends of the church have made contributions to the scholarship funds at Christmas and Easter. It has gone on to include a scholarship to a member of a sister inner city church. Currently there is a balance of

$34,000 in the Scholarship Fund to encourage our graduating seniors to live so that others want to follow Jesus!  Did you know a family gave a few thousand dollars in a loved one's name that provides annual assistance to the music program?  Did you know you can designate gifts over and above your regular giving to the Legacy funds for facilities, mission, library, scholarship & ministry?  Did you know you can name WUMC in your estate plans and leave a lasting gift?  Did you know that there are a variety of ways to make a lasting gift (outright gift, stock, bequest, annuity, etc.) that enables the church to live out its mission? Please consider giving a financial gift now or in the future. You may contact a member of the Legacy committee, Sharon Parks (Finance manager) or the Church office for assistance.

Income Statement— March 2015 March 2015

YTD 2015


YTD 2014

YTD Budget

Annual Budget 2015



























































































$ 7,422.59

-$ 5,101.21

$ 18,069.56

$ 10,464.76

$ 2,202.21



Subtotal Ministry Expense

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June 15-19, 2015 Pre-K through 5th grade at Prince of Peace Lutheran 28455 Center Ridge Rd, Westlake 6th—8th Grade Junior High at Westlake United Methodist 27650 Center Ridge Rd, Westlake Programming for students age 4 (by June 1) through those entering the 8th grade

4 Years old (by June 1) thru children entering 5th Grade Where: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 28455 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake When: 9:30 am-12:30 pm OR 2:00 pm-5:00 pm *some morning groups are already full* Who: Cost:

Four year olds (by June 1) through children entering the 5th grade $25 per child registered by May 5th $35 per child registered May 6-18th (Discount of $12.50 off 3rd registration)

NO Registrations Accepted AFTER MAY 18th

Jr. High Youth Students entering Grades 6-8 Where: Westlake United Methodist Church 27650 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake Enjoy FUN & EXCITING Offsite excursions! Lunch is included daily, as well as transportation, activities & service opportunities!!

When: 9:45 am - 5:15 pm Who:

Youth entering 6th through 8th grade


$125 per child registered by May 5th $135 per child registered May 6-18th NO Registrations Accepted AFTER MAY 18th

Forms are available online via our website at And this year we have PayPal! Please get registrations in early as sessions fill up quickly! Want to read more? Go to

Confirmation Sunday

Children’s Choir Pizza Party 11 a.m.

Youth Group 5—8 pm (FH)

J. Zapfe recital (FH) 4:30pm

Hennessey Wedding 1 p.m.


Youth Group 5—8 pm (FH)

WWII Remembrance Day


Church Office Closed


10am MM Handbells (Sanct) 7 pm Finance Comm. (107) 7 pm ChristCare—GL/JL (205)

Youth Group 5—8 pm (FH)


12 pm All-Staff Meeting (107)

10am MM Handbells 12:30pm Games ’N Such (FH) 12:45pm ChristCare—EP (205) 7 pm Stephen Ministry (107) 7 pm Trustees (106) 7 pm ChristCare—GL/JL (205)

7:30pm 11:28 Rehearsal


9:30am MOMs Group (106) 7:30pm 11:28 Rehearsal


7:30pm 11:28 Rehearsal



Bible Study (107) Purl Girls (205) Parish Nurse Available PACE (103) ChristCare—GM (205)

Bible Study (107) Purl Girls (205) Parish Nurse Available PACE (103) ChristCare—JMc (205) ChristCare—GM (205)

Bible Study (107) Parish Nurse Available PACE (103) ChristCare—GM (205)


9:30am Bible Study (107) 12pm Purl Girls (205) 1 pm Parish Nurse Available 1:30pm PACE (103) 2pm ChristCare—JMc (205) 5:30pm Community Meal 7pm ChristCare—GM (205)


9:30am 12pm 1 pm 1:30pm 7pm


9:30am 12pm 1 pm 1:30pm 2pm 7pm


5am-9pm Elections (105-6-7) 9:30am 5 pm Oberlin Choristers (FH) 1 pm 7:30pm 11:28 Rehearsal 1:30pm 7pm

1 pm ChristCare —EP (205) 5:45 pm Election Board Setup (105-6-7) 7 pm ChristCare —G/J.L (205) 7pm Leadership Council (107)







Mother’s Day

Youth Group 5— 8 pm (FH)

Retirement Celebration

10 10 a.m. Ardy McCloy’s

Youth Group 5—8 pm (FH)

6:30 pm SPRC (205)

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CWRU (107) UMW Gen Mtg (FH) Marijuana Anon(100) ChristCare—DL (205) Choir Rehearsal

CWRU (107) UMW Board Mtg (104) Marijuana Anon(100) ChristCare—DL (205) Choir Rehearsal

10:00am 5:30pm 7:00pm 7:30pm

28 UMW Circle (FH) Marijuana Anon(100) ChristCare—DL (205) Choir Rehearsal

5:30pm Marijuana Anon (100) 7:00pm ChristCare—DL (205) 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal


10:00am 10:30am 5:30pm 7:00pm 7:30pm


10:00am 10:00am 5:30pm 7:00pm 7:30pm






Messenger Deadline




MAY 2015 1—5 pm (F. Hall)

Merrill Private Event


6:30pm ChristCare—JK/LK


Trustee All-Church Work Day 9 am—3 pm

Pick up 9:30 am—12 pm

16 UMW Flower Sale

6:30pm ChristCare—JK/LK




MAY 2015

WESTLAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH STAFF Rev. John Butchko Alexandra Kellatis Annie Kaschube Ardith McCloy Carol Ryan Ellie Peiffer Gretty Myers Jeanne Halaby Jill Farkas Kathy Tafuri Marshall Haning Morgan Lux Patti Barnes Rachael Haning Rich Gallo Sean Conroy Sharon Parks Stephanie Fries

Senior Pastor: [email protected] Childcare Assistant Organist & Director of Children’s Choir Director of Handbells Christian Education Associate Small Group & Welcoming Ministries Stephen Ministry Coordinator Childcare Assistant Sunday Custodian Volunteer Parish Nurse Director of Music & Adult Choir Childcare Assistant Nursery Coordinator Youth Coordinator 11:28 Service Music Leader Building Manager Finance Manager Office Manager

WUMC Librarians: Nanci Danburg & Judy McDonald OTHER PASTORS CONNECTED TO THIS CONGREGATION: Rev. Nancy Hull Rev. Ron Dietrich Rev. Diana Guyette

Dr. Richard Parks Rev. Don Lefelar Dr. Richard Lehto

Rev. Bob Remington Rev. Tom Taylor

You are invited to The Ordination OF Rev. Andy Call at Hoover Auditorium at Lakeside on Tuesday evening, June 16th at 7:30 p.m. at the East Ohio Conference UMC Annual Conference More information can be found online at



Sunday Worship at 8:15 a.m. (Reflective) 10:00 a.m. (Classic) 11:28 a.m. (High Energy) 27650 Center Ridge Road Westlake, Ohio 44145 (440) 871-3088 [email protected]