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New Members Class

NEW MEMBERS CLASS

If you are new to CCUCC or simply new to church membership, you’re invited to join Pastor Steve for a 3-week New Members Class, Sundays @ 9:15 AM (Oct 29 – Nov 12) in the Fireside Room to explore the theology of membership, what that really means, and how to become more involved in this congregation.

Upcoming Faith Development Opportunities for TEENS

UPCOMING TEEN CLASS OPPORTUNITIES—We are happy to announce two upcoming 3-week teen faith development series at CCUCC for middle + high school youth!

November 2017 Teen Series: WHAT IS CHURCH?

11/5 + 11/12 + 11/19, Sundays @ 9:15 AM

We’ll use films, dialogue, service, and collaboration to explore everything from what church means to you and the liturgy we use at CCUCC, to church as family and other ways of doing church. What does it mean to BE the church instead of go to church? We’ll also be working together to make a list of what other local faith communities you’d like to visit in the new year as part of an Interfaith Neighbors series!

December Teen Series: FAITH AND FOOD

12/3 + 12/10 + 12/17, Sundays @ 9:15 AM

We’ll use films, dialogue, cooking, and service work to explore themes of food, community, and church. We’ll bake communion bread, plan a Snack Pantry service project, be involved at the congregational holiday dinner, and discuss food security in our community.

In This Together: Adult Film + Dialogue Series

This 5-week film series by Work of the People will feature a variety of ecumenical voices, looking at areas of fracture and exploring ideas of how we can come together regardless of race, nationality, faith, sexual orientation, as one humanity for the healing of the world. The class will include short films and group dialogue.

We’ll meet Sundays at 9:15 AM in the CCUCC Conference Room.

This is a 5-Sunday series, October 15 – November 12.

Stewardship Sunday: November 12, 2017

We invite you to begin considering how you will support the life and ministries of CCUCC for the coming year.

Pledges can be made through the church office in the coming weeks. Sunday, November 12, 2017 will be Stewardship Sunday.

Children’s Learning Community

Join us every Sunday at 9:15 AM for Children’s Learning Community. We use a variety of hands-on workshops and activities to explore Bible story themes and to wonder our way into our relationship with the world and the divine.

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Legislative Advocacy Workshop

“Engaging the Political Power Brokers: A Push for Social Justice”

Join CCUCC and Faith Action Network (FAN) for a workshop to learn about the latest legislation and how you can engage and advocate for change with your representatives. Be the church. Be the change!

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Community Congregational United Church of Christ (525 NE Campus St, Pullman WA)

The workshop is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP to: https://fanwa.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=99

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 www.bookpeopleofmoscow.com. Additional contributions to World Relief are welcome and tax deductible.

Contact Mary Carloye for additional information: mcarloye@completebbs.com

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.”

The Longest Night

The winter holidays can be difficult for many of us, even in the midst of tinsel and carols and the sweet smells of the season.  On the longest night of the year, join with others for reflection, to acknowledge our concerns, and to remember the hope that is present for us all.  Beautiful seasonal music accompanies readings, prayers, and candle lighting, with participation from Simpson United Methodist, St. James Episcopal, and others.

Held at Community Congregational Church– 525 NE Campus Street in Pullman.

Monday, December 21st

6:00 pm —   Everyone is invited to come and share a meal.  Bring something to share or just come, there is always plenty and we never know who will show up.

7:00 pm– The Longest Night service begins

 

New Beginnings: Moving Forward

Thursday, November 12, 5:30–8:00pm

On Sunday, October 25 following church, a Congregational Meeting was held to vote on the New Beginnings Decision. Following the Congregational Meeting, The Deacons (using funds from the Our Many Gifts program) provided a fantastic catered lunch for church members and friends.  Thanks to Jim Harbour and Southfork for the great food!    For more information about the Big Decision, check out the November Communicator.

What’s Next, you ask?  Well, that is largely up to all of you.  How do we move forward to best address our goals?  We need the thoughts and ideas of active participants at CCUCC, so please join us on Thursday evening, November 12, 5:30 pm at the church.  We’ll provide pizza and a great venue to talk about the nuts and bolts of a plan of action moving forward.  Call or email the church office if childcare would be helpful.