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Foster Faithful Witnesses of The Gospel of Jesus Christ

Shape a Strong UCC Identity

Effective Staffing that Equips and Empowers Local Churches, Clergy and Lay for Transformative Ministry and Growth


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Service of Recognition and Installation 

The Reverend Eddie Weathers o The Rev. Dr. John Myers o The Rev. Colleen Samson

“MCA to ACM”

Same Role, Different Title

At the arrival of the Southern Conference Minister, Rev. Dr. Edward Davis in 2012, the position of Associate Conference Minister had been eliminated. Dr. Davis realized the work in the Southern Conference was too great and important to be a “one man show.” In order to do effective ministry, a position had to be created with a new name to help him serve the nearly 200 churches in the Southern Conference. After much discernment and receiving the board and Conference body approval of a new staffing model, a new ministry position was formulated, “Minister for Church Affairs (MCA)”for each of the Associations of the Southern Conference. Because this was a temporary position, an installation service was never held, until now! As of February 23, 2019, all three Ministers have been installed in their perspective Associations as Associate Conference Ministers.


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Women plan to gather around theme of Strong Sisters' Stories 

October 18-20, 2019 - Southern Region Women's Retreat

Written by Betty Griffin

The Planning Team for the 2019 UCC Southern Region Women's Retreat gathered October 19-21, 2018 at Blowing Rock Conference Center in Blowing Rock, N.C. to brainstorm and plan the biennial UCC Southern Region Women's Retreat to be held October 18-20, 2019, at Blowing Rock Conference Center in the mountains of N.C.  The theme will be "Strong Sisters' Stories". The supporting scripture is Proverbs 31:25-26, and event will be hosted by women from the UCC Southern Conference.  The retreat strives to provide refreshment to the soul and relaxation to the weary as well as offering story sessions (workshops), participatory and/or reflective opportunities and unique worship gatherings.
 
Traditionally the women of the four UCC Southern Region Conferences take turns hosting the event that often attracts well over 100 women from up to ten southern states (VA, NC, TN, MS, GA, AL, SC, FL, LA, TX).  The retreat is for UCC laywomen and clergy women. All are welcome to attend and invited to participate.  Women who attended one or more of these recent retreats are encouraged to return and bring along a 'first timer'.  2017 hosted by UCC South Central Conference and held at Mo Ranch in Hunt, TX, 2015 hosted by women of UCC Southeast Conference and held at Sumatanga AL; and 2013 hosted by women of UCC Florida Conference and held at Live Oak FL.
 
Additional information will be forthcoming along with online registration, highlights, program and schedule.  Conference e-News will be the primary mode of communication.  If you know of UCC church women not currently electronically connected, please put the information into printed church newsletters or other hard copy formats.
 
Questions? Ideas? contact Betty Griffin, Coordinator, at 336-260-2866 or bbg9@bellsouth.net 

Download flyer / roster of 2019 UCCSRWR Planners 


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Joyner to be featured speaker at "Food and our Faith"

Event hosted by Melfield UCC

2144 Melfield Drive Haw River, NC 27258

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

FOOD AND OUR FAITH

FEBRUARY 23 @ 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM    Free, but please register The Rev. Richard Joyner only ever wanted to escape from the land -- the farms of Pitt County where his family toiled as sharecroppers, and endured repeated racial and economic injustice.  But as he watched his 300-member community of Contoe suffering from high mortality and high-school-dropout rates, and the same racial and economic injustices that still haunted him, Joyner turned to a solution that seemed unthinkable:  a return to the land that he had come to hate.  The results -- nothing short of miraculous.

On Saturday, February 23rd, from 9:30 till noon, we invite you and your congregations to share in Rev. Richard Joyner's story of redemption, courage, and community at Melfield UCC in Haw River (just outside of Burlington).  His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion among food, health and environmental advocates within and without the SOC, including Sarah Horton-Campbell, LaShauna Austria, and Rev Dele, among others.  And then comes the feast!  We invite you to bring your family's or your church's (or both) favorite heirloom recipes to share; however, if you aren't able to bring food, we will have plenty on hand to feed everyone, at no cost.  We do ask that you register for the event, so that we can get an accurate count for what will be needed.  Please click here to do so, and to find out more about the event. You can also contact Rev.Karen Richardson Dunn at karen@nccouncilofchurches.org for more information.


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