The Congregational Church of Pinehurst invites you to a celebration of our ministry and the installation of the Reverend Terry Yasuko Ogawa at 4 PM on Sunday, November 11, 2018. The installation was rescheduled due to Hurricane Florence. The Rev. Dr. David Hirano, Executive Vice President of the United Church Board for World Ministries (1994-1999, retired), preaching, and The Rev. Eddie Weathers, Minister for Church Affairs of the ENCA, presiding. Please join us for a reception following the service. Clergy are requested to vest in robes and red stoles. Aloha attire optional. 895 Linden Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.
"May we give ourselves not only to recovery from hurricanes and other storms, but to recovery from the relentless storm that never stops for those living in poverty. " [Rev. Nathan King]
A note from the SOC Disaster Ministries Coordinator
Jon R. Wallace
Southern Conference UCC Disaster Ministries Coordinator
The considerable experience represented by the conference disaster leadership team is working diligently on possibilities for disaster recovery. A whole breadth of ideas is being discussed, everything fromchurch world service flood cleanup kits to the provision of disaster chaplaincy services. The United Church of Christ Southern Conference has many capabilities and is privileged to listen for the leading of the Holy Spirit to determine how best to give comfort, aid and hope in the months ahead.
Facing Shock -- in the wake of storm
Written by C. L. Stumb SOC e-News editor
Shock! OMG! [Oh my God!] "This is like a really bad dream that repeats itself," some are saying. Two years ago Hurricane Matthew cast waters across Eastern North Carolina, leaving surreal images on the minds of residents and witnesses alike. Hurricane Florence has recalled those scenes which many persons had hoped to have suppressed forever.
In a telephone conference call with the disaster response team, Jon Wallace -- SOC Disaster Ministries Coordinator -- anticipated an emotional disclosure from his voice as he prepared to give a report. "Forgive me if my voice crackles," he said. "The scenes from Lumberton in the fall of 2016 remain ever present." "Records are being broken," report weather personnel, referencing river heights and rainfall amounts in an arena where no-one aspires to see numbers increase.
UCC Disaster Coordinators watch, wait, pray as Tropical Storm Florence floods North Carolina
Written by Connie Larkman UCC News, Cleveland
In the 72 hours since Florence, now a tropical depression, made landfall in the Carolinas, it has not stopped raining somewhere. The tremendous amount of water, with more than three feet of rain expected in parts of North Carolina before this sluggish system moves on, is making it almost impossible for United Church of Christ disaster coordinators to get an accurate handle on how Churches and congregants are faring in this storm. Power outages, flash floods and washed out roads are still commonplace.
"Wilmington is surrounded by water; people can't get in or out. It's too dangerous to do damage assessments, and it's almost impossible to get information right now," said Jon Wallace, conference disaster coordinator, UCC Southern Conference. "We can get information from our representatives, specific to where they are. But until it's safe for people to move around, it's going to be a while yet before we have a real solid damage assessment. Major interstates in the southeast part of the state - like I-95 in Lumberton - have sections that are closed. State roads have completely collapsed in some spots. Right now, we need to minimize exposure to deadly situations."
September 15th - Deadline for nominations and self-nominations to serve at the Youth Leadership Table (YLT). The United Church of Christ is committed to planning and hosting a meaningful and inspirational 2020 National Youth Event (NYE) on the campus of Purdue University. Find nomination form on UCC website.
Betty Griffin, CWSC President, offers the following events.
Save the Dates.
September 22, 2018 (Saturday) - WNC Church Women
Fall Enrichment Meeting to be held at Catawba College
November 3, 2018 (Saturday) - CWSC Expanded Board
Leadership Training to be held from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Monticello UCC, 5001 NC 150 Hwy, Brown Summit, NC 27214.
April 27, 2019 (Saturday) (DATE CHANGE) - EVA Church Women - Spring Rally - place (TBD)
October 18-20, 2019 - The 2019 biennial UCC Southern Region Women's Retreat (SRWR) will be hosted by the Church Women of the Southern Conference (CWSC) at Blowing Rock Conference Center (BRCC) in Blowing Rock, NC. This retreat is open to lay and clergy women from the following UCC Conferences: Southern, Florida, South Central and Southeast. Please mark your calendars now...more information to come later this year!
Melfield United Church of Christ is proud to be a satellite center for the Apex School of Theology. We are located at 2144 Melfield Drive in Haw River, NC.
This is an alternative track to ordination and you will receive a degree of your choice which includes, but not limited to, a Bachelor of Theology or a Master of Divinity. While the courses are online, you are required to attend class at Melfield once a week on Thursday from 6 pm to 9 pm. This session is from October 2018 thru December 2018.
There will be an interest meeting at Melfield on July 14that 11 am. Bring your electronic device for registration and financial aid assistance. Additional information can be found at apexsot.edu or by emailing Dr. Reggie High at email@example.com Rev. Dr. Dannie Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Reverends William Barber II and Liz Theoharis stand as co-leaders of the revived Poor People's Campaign in Washington.
Photo: Mark Humphrey//REX/Shutterstock
Prayers, rallies and arrests mark Poor People's Campaign launch in D.C. and at U.S. state capitols
Written by Connie Larkman
Thousands of activists calling for a just world for all people rallied on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol and more than 30 statehouses around the country on Monday, March 14, during the launch of 40 days of action by the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. This campaign, which continues the 1968 initiative of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is a nationwide call to action, aimed at changing legislation that penalizes poor people. The movement calls for justice for the most vulnerable, an end to systematic racism, ecological devastation, and an economy built around war.
"Sadly, a Poor People's Campaign is as relevant and timely today as it was 50 years ago," said Sandy Sorensen, director of the UCC Washington, D.C. Office. "The UCC strongly supported these historic efforts and will continue the struggle in the days to come. It is simply morally unacceptable that so many working families live in poverty in the richest nation on earth."
Carrying signs that read "Fight Poverty, Not the Poor," "Starving a Child is Violence," and "Dismantle White Supremacy," participants in the Poor People's Campaign are demanding a restoration of the Voting Rights Act, repeal of the 2017 federal tax law, implementation of federal and state living wage laws, universal single-payer health care, and clean water for all.
The Rev. Nancy Petty, pastor of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, led the rally in Raleigh that drew several hundred people to Bicentennial Plaza just south of Jones Street.
above photo shared by Jane Smith
Portrays a presence by Community UCC, Raleigh, N.C.
Lancaster Seminary Announces Rev. Traci Blackmon Scholarship
LANCASTER, PA - Lancaster Theological Seminary is funding a new, one-time merit-based scholarship named in honor of its 2018 commencement speaker, The Reverend Traci Blackmon.
In the fall, Lancaster Theological Seminary will award a $1,000 tuition scholarship to an incoming student "who demonstrates an expansive vision for the Church as a sacred launching pad for community engagement and social change." Lancaster Seminary President Rev. Carol E. Lytch, Ph.D., in announcing the scholarship, said, "Rev. Blackmon is an exemplary pastoral leader for our time, calling us to action and proclaiming the need to create a Moral Revival in our nation. In honor of her example, we will award this one-time scholarship to an incoming student in the fall." Rev. Blackmon delivered the Seminary's commencement address on May 5. She is executive minister of Justice & Local Ministries for The United Church of Christ in Cleveland. She also serves as senior pastor of Christ the King United Church of Christ, Florissant, Missouri.
A prominent community leader, a gifted preacher, and a much-loved pastor and teacher, Rev. Blackmon rose to national prominence for her leadership in the aftermath of the 2014 killing of Michael Brown, Jr., in Ferguson, Missouri.
UCC Insurance Board offers Legal Service for Local Congregations -- Reviewing Contracts
This past weekend, the Association of Conference Attorneys held its annual meeting at 700 Prospect in Cleveland, Ohio. We were fortunate to have nine attorneys from the Conferences, Pension Boards, and National Setting join the meeting, as well as Rachel Hackenberg from MESA and Tim Harris from the Insurance Board.
Tim highlighted a service that is offered by the Insurance Board to Local Churches in the IB program that is underutilized. The Insurance Board will review contracts for Local Churches that involve building and lot maintenance (for example, snow removal) and repair (for example, roof repair or replacement). The IB can make recommendations as to the indemnification provisions in the contract and recommend appropriate levels of insurance that should be carried by the vendors/contractors, as well as make recommendations on limitations on liability. A professional set of eyes on these types of contracts can really make a difference should a loss arise out of the contract. Churches in the IB program should contact Loss Control at 800-437-8830 for information.
Community Garden Sows Seeds, Reaps Hope
For the volunteers at First Reformed United Church of Christ, the Biblical principle of sowing and reaping literally comes around each season. Their small community garden that sprouted back in the spring of 2011 produces a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables for local shelters in Davidson County…read more