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CCUCC Retreat September 16-18

Come spend a weekend playing together, enjoying the beauty of camp N-Sid-Sen on Lake Coeur d’Alene, and getting to know new friends. There is swimming, hiking, campfire, singing and eating together, and shared crafts organized by Sandy Evenson. You are welcome to bring instruments for campfire and sing-alongs, as well as snacks and beverages for the customary after-dinner gathering at Spirit Lodge. You can even try your hand at paddle boarding with Monique Slipher. Everyone is invited and welcome!

view from cabin roof, 10-2013

The view of Lake Coeur d’Alene from a cabin window at N-Sid-Sen.


Here’s how to register:

1)Go to and select Click to Register.

— If you already have an account, fill in your user name and password.

—If you don’t have an account, click on “Create a New Account” and follow the instructions. BE SURE TO LIST ALL THE FOLKS IN YOUR FAMILY GROUP.

2) Then select: Make a new reservation

3) Then select: Pullman Retreat and follow the instructions

Please note that you will be given the option to request a cabin or lodge room. Please also know that space is limited and if you are willing to share with others a note on the housing page would be great.

Weekend Lodging (2 nights / 5 meals)

Lodges Price

Adults/Teens* 92.49

Seniors (62+) 89.04

Youth 8-12*  82.15

Children 3-7* 70.49

Cabins Price

Adults/Teens*  83.95

Seniors (62+)  80.03

Youth 8-12* 73.41

Children 3-7* 63.87

*There is a $50 per child contribution available from the CE Board for children aged 17 and down. If you would like to use this, inform Anjuli in the church office, then deduct $50 per child from your camp fee.

There is a $25 deposit required for all reservations.

The weekend starts Friday night, however 1st meal is breakfast on Saturday and last meal is lunch on Sunday.  Questions call Mark Boyd, Managing Director N-Sid-Sen 208-689-3489 or, or contact the church office at

See you at Camp!

Directions to N-Sid-Sen

A Musical Tribute to Support Local Refugees

A concert fundraiser for the Spokane Refugee Resettlement Program of World Relief where every dollar will be matched 2 for 1 by a federal grant!

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 4:00 p.m.

Community Congregational United Church of Christ, 525 NE Campus Street, Pullman.

Accomplished local musicians perform works by refugee composers Rachmaninoff, Bartok, and Chopin, as well as music from “Schindler’s List.”

Performers include string ensemble, vocalists, pianists, clarinetist, and flutist.

Reception with ethnic food bites to follow.

Ticket cost: $25.00. At Community Congregational United Church of Christ, Neill’s Flowers and Gifts in Pullman or Bookpeople of Moscow, or at the door.  Also purchase tickets online with credit cards at Additional contributions to World Relief are welcome and tax deductible.

Contact Mary Carloye for additional information:

New Lead Minister Announced!

On June 5 the congregation unanimously voted to Call the Rev. Steve Van Kuiken as Lead Minister for Pullman Community Congregational United Church of Christ.  The vote followed Steve’s sermon titled “Becoming Ourselves” as well as a meet and greet reception on Saturday night at the church. Steve, his wife Jenn Hackman, and daughter Isa will be moving to the Palouse in late August or early September.

Steve shared this after the vote.  “I’m very grateful to be part of CCUCC, the progressive church on the Palouse! I look forward to many years of working with this loving, intelligent, and spiritual community.  As we ask questions and seek truth, justice and awareness of the Sacred Reality together.”

In addition to his work for LGBTQ equality, Steve has also been involved with worker rights, economic justice, immigration, and affordable housing, and has interests in mysticism, meditation and interspirituality.  He has taught bioethics, co-founded a religion-labor organization, and has worked as a social worker at a halfway house for federal inmates. He is the father of three children, ages 29 26 and 5.

Steve enjoys outdoor activities and is an avid rower. He enjoys a good India Pale Ale, along with good conversation. He and his family look forward to exploring the Palouse and discovering all it has to offer.
The search committee wishes to express their sincere thanks to the congregation for your support, trust, faith and prayers over these many months.  Over the past six months we have reviewed many, many candidate profiles, conducted numerous phone calls, and considered skills such as worship and preaching, congregational care, administration, progressive Christian values, social justice work, and outreach to the wider community.  As a committee we met Steve and his family, shared worship and fellowship, and discussed many aspects of ministry, theology, and our church.  We feel confident that Steve is an excellent fit for this congregation.  Please join us in welcoming Steve and his family to CCUCC in August.

In Peace,

The Settled Pastor Search Committee:

Mike McCollough

MaryAnn Boehmke

Herb Hill

Mary Carloye

Sue Schell

Beth Blanks Hindman

Stephanie Kane

Listen to Steve’s Sermon, “Becoming Ourselves.”

This is My Home Now

Thursday, April 14, 7:00 p.m.

Afghani refugees, now living in Boise, tell of their journeys and show folk art quilts from refugees living and working in Idaho.  Crafts for sale and ethnic food bites at free reception.

at Community Congregational Church

525 NE Campus Street, Pullman, WA

Sponsored by Community Congregational Church,  Artisans For Hope,  Idaho Commission on the Arts,  National Endowment for the Arts,  & The Common Ministry at WSU

Amnesty International Webinar: The Global Refugee Crisis

Wednesday, January 20 at 6 pm

If you can’t make it to the Potluck Plus, you might be interested in the following.  You can participate from anywhere you have a wi-fi connection.

Dear Community Congregational members and friends,

2015 has seen the worst refugee crisis since World War II, with over 19.5 million refugees across the globe. Yet, instead of open arms for refugees desperately seeking shelter, we have seen an increase in anti-refugee rhetoric in the United States coupled with Islamophobia. This hate and fear-mongering has no place in our country—we must speak out for human rights!

Amnesty is calling for a dramatic shift in the way the international community deals with the global refugee crisis in 2016.

Register Now, join in the webinar on Wednesday, January 20th at 6:00PM (PST) and learn how you can ensure that our country is one is which human rights are upheld and refugees are welcome.

This webinar will outline the global refugee crisis and what you can do to call for changes—both at the national and local level. You can make a real and direct difference in the lives of refugees.


Tarah Demant
Senior Director, Identity and Discrimination
Amnesty International USA



January Themes: Prayer, Meditation, and Laughter

Some habits and practices are medicine for the soul.  On January 17, 24, and 31 we will be exploring these nourishing ways of being in the world in our Sunday Gatherings.  We’ll pay particular attention to what these ancient life habits can mean to us as progressive, open-minded people of faith.

Holiday Happenings

Join in and add your light to make our season a little brighter!

Sunday, December 13 at 10:30am—  Choir Christmas Cantata:  Rise Up!  A New Light A Comin’– followed by potluck Christmas Dinner and Children’s Photo Sharing.

Sunday, December 20 at 10:30 amLove, Actually–  come for singing, candlelighting, and caring.  Celebrate the love!

Monday, December 21 at 7:00pm-The Longest Night–  a quiet service with space to breathe, beautiful music, opportunity to acknowledge life’s losses and challenges, and to gather around the hope of Christmas.

Thursday, December 24 at 5:00pm Peace, Hope, and JoyCandlelight Christmas Eve Service– a time for singing Carols, remembering the story of Jesus’ birth, and sharing our light with one another and the world.

Sunday, December 27 at 10:30am-– A casual, intergenerational service with an impromptu Christmas play and lots of carols.

2015 CCUCC Retreat Info

September 11-13, 2015

The All-Church Retreat is a highlight for many of us.  Spending time with others from CCUCC (and friends) is a gift, especially when we get to do it in a place which enables such a connection with both spirit and the natural world.  We hope you’ll join us!

The following is a bit of more detailed information about the online registration process.  Deadline is Sunday, September 6.*

  1. Go to and click on register for camp.
  2. If you already have an account, fill in your user name and password
  3. If you need to create a new account, click on Create A New Account and follow the instructions. BE SURE TO LIST ALL THE FOLKS IN YOUR FAMILY GROUP.

Once you have your account:

4. Then select: Make a new reservation.

5. Then select: Pullman Church Retreat  and follow the instructions.

Please note that you will be given the option to request a cabin or lodge room. Space may be limited so if you are willing to share with others, please make a note on the housing page.

2015 prices are:

                                              CABINS                        LODGES
Seniors (62+)                   $80.03                            $89.04

Adult / Teen                     $83.95                             $92.49

Youth (8-12)                     $73.41                             $82.15

Child (3-7)                         $63.87                            $70.49

   *$5 discount if registering prior to Aug 28th.
   As always, if you can’t afford this but want to attend, talk to Chip.

 There is a $25 deposit required for all reservations.

The weekend starts Friday night, however 1st meal is breakfast on Saturday and last meal is lunch on Sunday.

Any registration questions simply contact Mark Boyd, the Managing Director of N-Sid-Sen at 208-689-3489 or

Driving Directions and a bit more info about Housing Possibilities

Questions about the retreat in general?  Talk to either Monique Slipher or Chip.

Summer Worship

During the summer months, we worship an hour earlier in order to beat the heat and get a quick start on our summer Sundays!  Worship is a bit less formal in the summer (if that is possible!) as the chancel choir takes a break, but there will still be opportunities for all ages to worship, learn, and build community.

Half Off Sale!

April 21-24, 2015

The famous HALF OFF EVERYTHING in The Thrift Shop Sale is coming.  Mark your calendar to come by and take care of Mother’s Day gifts, graduation gifts, spring sporting goods needs, summer reading material, craft projects, and lots of clothing you’ve been needing.  Every spring and fall, for one week only, The Thrift Shop invites you to take 50% off everything you buy.  Only the best of donated goods are put into the shop, and friendly volunteer sales people will welcome you and complete your purchase.  Remember, we take debit and credit cards, as well as checks and cash.  Bring a friend and have fun in The Thrift Shop.  Reward yourself with some of the lowest prices on top quality goods.  Part of the Shop’s proceeds go every year to local charities or service organizations.  Recent recipients of benevolent donations were Camp N-Sid-Sen, Alternatives to Violence, Community Action Center and the Pullman Child Welfare.  Help our community:  (1) Recycle useful items (donations accepted 24/7 in the little house on the corner), (2) fulfill our church’s social justice mission, and (3) receive valuable funds from the shop’s profits.