From the President, Bob McKinney

Meet Our New Interim Pastor…Our new Interim Pastor, Michael Meranda, recently retired from Messiah Lutheran Ashtabula, having served that wonderful place for 14 years. Elizabeth Eaton was his immediate predecessor; she was at Messiah 15 years before winning the election to be NE Ohio Bishop in 2006. Pr. Meranda’s wife of 45 years, Mary, manages the Ashtabula Office of Catholic Charities. They have three adult children who live in White Plains, NY, Fredericksburg, VA, and Cleveland, OH (the one with the best job is in Cleveland; he works for Play House Square!) Pr. Meranda served fascinating pastorates in Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, and Central Wisconsin. He earned his Doctorate in Theology at San Francisco Theological Seminary. He has grown to love the people and culture of Northeast Ohio and especially appreciates our Northeastern Ohio Synod. He is looking forward to this opportunity to be with the people of God at Living Lord Lutheran Church during this interim segment of our Word and Sacrament ministry!


Interim Pastor Meranda’s Office Hours…Interim Pastor Michael Meranda will be in the office on Wednesdays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.  If you need to reach him at times other than on Wednesdays, please call his home phone of 440-998-7321.


Church Information…Please remember that you can obtain church information from the monthly Lamplighter Newsletter, the Constant Contact emails you receive, on the church website (, on Facebook (, and postings on the church bulletin board.  Church Council Meeting minutes are posted on the bulletin board and sent out via Constant Contact.  We would like to see a better “open rate” when we send information to you via Constant Contact so that we know you are being informed of the activities that are occurring at the church.  If you have any other suggestions on how best to reach out to our parishioners, please see a Council member.