Sinterklaas, Black Pete, and Ferguson, Missouri

For most of my years of ministry, Advent has meant St. Nicholas. The first time I donned Bishop’s garb, I was a last minute replacement at a “Put Christ back in X-mas” ecumenical event for Christian educators. My first-person monologue about the life and legend of the Bishop of Myra

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Experience CPC Annual Meeting

The 2014 CPC Annual Meeting was held on September 26-28, 2014 in Pendleton OR. We had record participation this year!  Here are some ways to experience Annual Meeting again… or for the first time. A gallery of photos taken throughout the weekend can be viewed on the 2014 CPC Annual Meeting

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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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Using Systems-Thinking to Take Action on the Climate Crisis

By Diane Rheos Hosting a conversation about how people of faith can take action on the climate crisis can seem overwhelming. The goal of the CPCUCC Annual Meeting; Time to Lead, Call to Action in Climate Crisis, was to call those attending to action, provide some ideas about how to

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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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Annual Meeting – Everything You Need to Know

Find everything you need to know to prepare for and attend this year’s CPC Annual Meeting in Pendleton, OR on September 26-28. Please visit this CPC Annual Meeting Blog page and the Facebook Page. Go to one of two places on the web to download Annual Meeting documents – Google Drive and Dropbox.

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Register! Early Registration ends Sept. 12

In keeping with our commitment to be as paperless as possible, the only way to register for the 2014 CPC Annual Meeting is via our online registration system. Please remember… the registration fee goes from $94 to $110 after September 12. So register TODAY! Click HERE to register. Please note, if you will need

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EcoVillage, camping, art, open mic, scholarships set for youth attending Pendleton Annual Meeting

An EcoVillage campout awaits youth who attend this year’s Annual Meeting. The EcoVillage will be part activity center, part hangout, featuring a mission project, art created out of recycled objects, music jamming, and a workshop where youth can hammer out leadership roles for climate advocacy. Click HERE to read the full

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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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Annual Meeting – Everything you need to know

Find everything you need about this year’s CPC Annual Meeting in Pendleton, OR, September 26-28 on the CPC Annual Meeting Blog page and Facebook Page. A personal invitation to attend Annual Meeting from Walter John. See you in Pendleton!

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More Scoop about Annual Meeting…

Some handy links for Annual Meeting planning and preparation… Annual Meeting Online Registration is OPEN Workshops list is Final Dr. Larry Rasmussen, keynote speaker Annual Meeting documents – resolutions, bylaw changes, meeting schedules, clergy compensation guideline, etc. Download from Google Drive or Dropbox. Lodging options in Pendleton EcoVillage! Annual Meeting Facebook Page Recycled

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Bring some dirt with you to Pendleton!

Your Annual Meeting Worship Committee would like to create an earth-based altar for our Sunday morning worship and hopes that you will help us. When you make the trip to Pendleton, bring a sampling of earth or rocks or plants from your home town:  something that represents where your church

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