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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.”

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.

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)


New Beginnings is a process of discovering the intersection of our church’s passions, skills, and resources. Six groups made up of church participants have met four times in May and June. These New Beginnings groups are finishing their final two meetings in late August and early September. Each group will make a decision regarding church priorities.

On Monday, September 14 New Beginnings group leaders will meet to find a consensus to present to the church council and congregation. That “Big Decision” will help us to focus our energies so that our church will remain a vital presence in our community and in our lives. It will also help guide us as we prepare to search for a settled pastor. Thanks to all of you for your energies, insights, and faithfulness in this exciting time of transition. Thanks especially to the New Beginnings leaders for their inspired and skillful guidance: Herb and Jann Hill, Monica Johnson and Stephanie Kane, Kym Dye and Barbara Johnson, Mike and Lynn McCollough, Sandy Evenson and Sue Kreikemeier, Beth Waddel and Bill Condon.

Doug Blanks Hindman

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

Information about New Beginnings

NEW BEGINNINGS—Monday, May 18, 7:00-9:00 pm

The next step in the New Beginnings process is an all-congregation meeting 7 PM Monday May 18 in our church.

Dr. Ruth Fletcher will lead the meeting. Dr. Fletcher is from Great Falls, Montana, where she works with the Disciples of Christ and New Beginnings.

In that meeting, Dr. Fletcher will explain to all of us the process that we will use to make Big Decisions about the life of our church.

The process includes participation in a series of small group discussions led by people in the church who have already volunteered. In those meetings, we will learn what is in our church assessment report.

The Group Discussion leaders, meeting dates, times, and places are listed below. Please sign up for one of the groups in church May 17, or on Monday May 18 at the 7 PM meeting in the church.

We hope to see all of you 7 PM Monday May 18 and in the small group meetings!

New Beginnings discussion leaders
day/dates time location
1 McCollough, Mike and Lynn Wednesdays 4 PM -6 PM church
208-596-2247  May 27, June 10, 17, and 24
day/dates time location
2 Johnson, Monica and Kane, Stephanie Sundays 830 AM – 1030 AM church
509-592-7163 5/24, 5/31, 6/7, 6/14
day/dates time location
3 Johnson, Barbara and Dye, Kym Sundays 12:30 PM -2:30 PM 1410 SE Fancy Free Dr.
Beth  509-332-4767   Kym 208-285-1760 May 31, June 7, June 21, June 28 August 16, August 30
day time location
4 Waddell, Beth and Condon, Bill Sundays 2PM-4PM 302 SR 27, Pullman
 Beth 509-432-6760 Bill 509-859-4795 June 7, 14, 21, 28;
day/dates time location
5 Hill, Jann and Herb Tuesdays 7 PM-9 PM 1735 SW View Pullman
509-595-7308  May 26, June 2, 9, 16
day/dates time location
6 Evenson, Sandy and Kreikemeier, Sue Thursdays 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM church
Sandy:509-332-3544 Sue 509-595-3307 May 28, June 4, 11, 18;

NEW BEGINNINGS—Monday, April 13, 7:00-8:30 pm—If you are an active participant of CCUCC and are interested in helping clarify a vision for the church, please attend on April 13!  We need your voice and insight.  We’ll meet our contact person from the New Beginnings* organization, Richard Kurrasch, who will be getting to know our church through all of you.  Please clear your calendar and come to this important time.  —Chandra will be here to provide childcare.  

*We have contracted with New Beginnings church Assessment Service, to help us to focus and make some decisions about the future direction of Community Congregational United Church of Christ.

  • Find an introductory article by CCUCC Moderator, Doug Blanks Hindman, in the March 2015 newsletter.
  • Here is a Prezi containing general information about the visioning and decision-making process we are embarking upon with one another.

New Beginnings, and their partner organization, Hope Partnership, utilizes Appreciative Inquiry in order to help us work from the strengths of our organization.

CCUCC Choir Cantata

Sunday, December 14 at 10:30

Sheila Converse and the choir, along with accompanist Kathy Spencer will begin a very “Christmas-y” Sunday at CCUCC with their rendition of “The Christmas Cantata” by Lena McLin.   Don’t miss it!

A WORD ABOUT THE COMPOSER— Lena McLin, the composer of today’s “Christmas Cantata,” was born in 1928. She was an African-American female composer and teacher. She was a childhood friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and helped to launch the careers of singer and actor Mandy Patinkin; Metropolitan Opera star Mark Rucker; jazz singers Maggie Brown and Kim English; and rhythm and blues artist Robert “R” Kelly. It is a joy to share her music during this Christmas season.

Learning Community Christmas Program

Sunday, December 14– during worship following the choir program

Children at CCUCC will be presenting their own version of the story of Jesus’ birth following the choir’s cantata during worship on December 14th. Rehearsal for the Children’s Program will be at church Saturday, December 13th at 3:30 pm. Note, the afternoon rehearsal is a change from past years. If you cannot make the rehearsal, your child can still participate in the program by picking up their costume before the rehearsal date or on the day of the program before church. All children are welcome to participate!
Fill out the form below to Contact Chandra to let her know your child would like to participate or for any questions or concerns.