Blog Archives

All posts prior to 2015, which tended to be more of a newsfeed than true blog posts.

Pulling Down Strongholds

Dear Sister CPC Congregations, The October 1 massacre at Umpqua Community College was a shock to everyone in Oregon, but perhaps especially to us here at the Medford Congregational UCC, because of our proximity and the connection several of our people have to the college and the Roseburg community. Our

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Reflections on General Synod 30 from a Member-in-Discernment

By Elizabeth Simson Durant, M.Div., Parkrose Community UCC. On Friday, June 27th, I had breakfast with one hundred other Members in Discernment in Room 3 at the Cleveland Convention Center. UCC General Minister & President Rev. Geoffrey Black and GMP nominee Rev. John Dorhauer paid us a visit. Rev. Geoffrey

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Ordination of Jennifer J. Crow – November 2nd

Please join in the celebration of the… Ordination of Jennifer J. Crow as she enters into a 
four-way covenant with Hillsboro United Church of Christ, Earth and Spirit Council, and the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ. Sunday, November 2, 2014, 3:00 pm, reception to follow. Clergy

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Ainsworth in the City

Greetings Friends of Ainsworth United Church of Christ, We want to invite you to our annual Ainsworth in the City Gala, Saturday, October 18th, 6:00-10:00 p.m. This year we will be having this dinner/dance/ auction at the German-American Club, 5626 NE Alameda St., Portland. Click HERE to view and download

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Annual Beavercreek Fall Bazaar

Don’t miss this wonderful event at Beavercreek UCC, aka “The Ten O’Clock Church” on October 11. It’s a beautiful drive out to Beavercreek (23345 S. Beavercreek Road), and take part in the event, which goes from 9 am to 4 pm. There will be over 30 vendors with a wide

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Johnson Family Memorial Scholarship Banquet

The Johnson Family Memorial Scholarship Fund (formerly known as The Sam Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund) was created more than 28 years ago in honor of the late Rev. Sam Johnson, who dedicated his life to helping youth from North and Northeast Portland have a better quality of life. This year’s

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Wright UCC in Boise featured

The Boise Bench Warmer newspaper recently published an article about Wright United Church of Christ (Boise) and their new pastor, Drew Terry. The article features how Wright UCC is transitioning with their new pastor, who replaced their former pastor of 17 years. Click HERE to read the full article by Jolene Smith, Editor,

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UCC One Read at Smyrna UCC

Members of Smyrna UCC, near Canby, OR started reading the book, Hamburgers and Hotdogs (by Rob Shindler) together and were inspired to participate in UCC One Read, the inaugural event of Reading Changes Lives, a UCC initiative to raise awareness about how illiteracy directly impacts a range of social justice issues.

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From the Conference Lawyer, David Avison

WARNING: Churches must maintain I-9s. When the church employs persons, it is required to maintain an employment file for each employee. One important item that MUST be in an employee’s file is the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9). Churches are required to have I-9 forms for all employees hired since

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Supportive Services for Veteran Families Funding Not Renewed

Biloxi, MS – September 25, 2014 – The Department of Veterans Affairs chose not to renew its generous grant in support of Back Bay Mission’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. This program, providing services for homeless and at-risk veterans on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, will end on September

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A Personal Note…

This August, I completed my sabbatical time with an extended visit with our new granddaughter in Faribault, MN (45 minutes south of the Twin Cities). Julie Rose Penn Inman was born on the 4th of July! We were also visiting with our daughter and son-in-law during that birth week, and

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Breaking the Best Kept Secret – “Like” * Comment * Share * Invite!

We’ve all said it, “The UCC is the best kept secret…  if only people knew there is a church like us!”  There’s plenty of truth to the cliché.  Today’s “spiritual but not religious” are still looking for a sense of belonging and a purpose in life.  Our inclusive, extravagant welcome and

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Geoffrey Black, General Minister and President, to retire

August 13, 2014 – Memo from UCC Board Chair, Bernard R. Wilson Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: Today I received official notification from our General Minister and President, Geoffrey Black, of his intent to retire early, specifically with the conclusion of the 30th General Synod in June 2015. Geoffrey

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People’s Climate March in Portland

Sunday, September 21, 2014 Time & Location: TBA, check http://www.ecofaithrecovery.org/ for updates Join others from EcoFaith Recovery who are engaging their congregations in the People’s Climate March in Portland What is the People’s Climate March? This is an invitation to change everything. To change everything we need everybody. A better

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NO on Measure 90 – Protect Our Vote

I add my personal endorsement to Protect Our Vote – NO on Measure 90. Please read more below about this justice issue that is important to all Oregonians. – walter john “Despite wide rejection by voters in 2008, a small group of millionaires and corporate CEOs have funded a return of the “Top

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Invitation to High Horizons Open House

The Board of Directors of High Horizons wishes to extend an invitation to all members of the Idaho Association of Churches to attend an open house of our newest facility for low income housing, Maryland Village in Nampa, ID.  This is an opportunity to see what the Idaho Association is doing in

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Back Bay Mission Seeks Executive Director

Biloxi, MS – August 26, 2014 – Back Bay Mission, a community ministry of the United Church of Christ in Biloxi, Mississippi, is seeking an Executive Director. For more than 90 years, the Mission has been a leader in service to the poor and marginalized of the Mississippi Gulf Coast,

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UCF’s social responsibility work in the financial news!

Friends, At United Church Funds, we consider our social responsibility work a keystone of our investment program, and we’re delighted to share with you a recent article in FundFire, an online publication of Financial Times, that features UCF as a key player among socially responsible faith-based investors. In the coming

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Annual Beavercreek Fall Bazaar, Oct. 11 at “The Ten O’Clock Church”

Come join us for the 15th Annual Beavercreek Fall Bazaar, Saturday, October 11th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at “The Ten O’Clock Church”.  (Beavercreek United Church of Christ – 23345 S. Beavercreek Rd.) This popular event has been happening every October since 1999 and consists of many very talented artisans

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Quilting Supplies Available

The Parkrose Community UCC Quilting Group has recently disbanded and would like to pass on our supplies to another group. The following is a list of inventory: (1) roll of polyester batting and several scraps (1) 12oz. bag of Poly-Fil (1) plastic bin of polyester thread- assorted colors needles, pins,

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