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September 2016 Communicator

September 2016 Communicator

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:

Summer 2016 Communicator

Summer 2016 Communicator

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.”

June Communicator

June 2016 Communicator

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


Supporting Women’s Health on the Palouse

Our Pullman Planned Parenthood Building was recently destroyed by arson (a federal crime).  If you’d like to support this organization which is crucial to women’s health in our area, here is an upcoming event to consider.  Planned Parenthood will be re-opening on Monday, October 12 at their new temporary location at 745 N. Grand #108 in Pullman.

Standing in Silent Support of Planned Parenthood

As a counter to the protest being organized by Christ Church in Moscow, supporters of Planned Parenthood are invited to stand quietly on a street opposite.

Saturday, October 10, 9:00am

At the intersection of Bishop Boulevard and Highway 270 (Moscow/Pullman Highway)

Sunday Gatherings in September

Join us on Sundays as we explore change in relation to our lives.  Our time together is bolstered by a variety of wonderful music, interesting themes, and caring people.  We take the time to pause, talk with our children, connect with God, and be reminded of the wonder and mystery beneath it all.

September 6     A Changing World       Scott Lovaas

September 13   A Changing Church    Scott Lovaas

September 20   A Changing Faith           Chip Laird

September 27   A Changing Self               Chip Laird