Events & CLASSES

HAPPENING THIS WEEK AT UPUCC


Saturday, March 2

10:00 am - Mass Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers' Moral March (see newsletter info for details)

10:00 am - Meditation Group


Sunday, March 3

9:00 am - Adult Forum in Library and Zoom: Black History and Our System of Justice

10:30 am - Worship in-person and online

12:00 pm - Youth Group meets in Youth Room


Tuesday, March 5

Midnight - Deadline to submit material for This Week communication


Wednesday, March 6

7:00 pm - Choir Rehearsal in the Worship Space


Thursday, March 7

6:00 pm - Game night at High Park Bar and Grill 625 E Whitaker Rd Raleigh 27608

7:00 pm - FIA meeting via Zoom


Sunday, March 10

9:00 am - Adult Forum in Library and Zoom: Doing Good with Wood

9:15 am - Stewardship & Finance Committee in the Atrium classroom #2

10:30 am - Worship in-person and online

11:30 am - Personnel Committee in the Library

12:00 pm - Youth Group meets in Youth Room

12:00 pm - Advocacy in large Atrium conference room and Google Meet: GOTV “E-Lectionary”


HAPPENING EVERY WEEK AT UPUCC


Sunday Worship 10:30 am - In person, and online here


As always, children are welcome in worship. Families come to worship together. After the Children's Moment, children and adult leaders enjoy a brief lesson together then dismiss to build healthy friendships in outdoor play (or indoors, depending on the weather). Youth Group meets most Sundays at 12 pm.


Adult Education Forums: Most Sundays at 9am in the church library and online - all are welcome! 


Join the Forums online here


March 3rd (9:00am) Black History and Our System of Justice: Did you know the first underground railroad headed…South? Peter and Rebecca van Dorsten recently returned from a tour of the Southern US in search of black history. Peter will share some of what they learned, the places they visited, the people they met and the importance of culture in understanding current practices (like for profit cash bail, court ordered fines, fees, and restitution).


March 10th (9:00am) Doing Good with Wood: Jesus was a carpenter, so why not our UPUCC youth? Are you baffled by baffles, hammers, and drills? Soon our children and youth will not be. Come and learn about the start of our young persons’ program “Doing Good with Wood” and how this program cannot be successful (or intergenerational) without our older persons. We need your help. Come to know about SHP, H for H, and ASP. If they learn how to use a hammer, they will be able to hammer out economic justice for those in our community and beyond. The session is led by Rob Thompson, a passionate woodworker and experienced volunteer who thanks you in advance for attending.


March 17th (9:00am) Spiritual Reading: Books can enrich our lives and nourish our soul. Join us to discuss books that have had an impact on our spirituality - whether it be a traditional holy text / scripture, poetry, biographies, texts on creation care and social justice, or works of fiction.


March 24th (9:00am) Pronouns 101 Continued: We had a great discussion in February on pronouns, and why they’re important. There was a lot of valuable (and helpful) information shared, but it was simply too much for one session. Please join us on this Sunday to continue the conversation!


Saturday Meditation Group online (most) 1st Saturdays 10 am

Practiced for centuries and is well-known for its many benefits, meditation can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, increase compassion, and more! UPUCC is carrying on this ancient practice- each first Saturday of the month at 10 am, for one hour.  We enjoy this time out from busy-ness to focus and redirect our minds, and invite you to come join us.  Absolutely no experience required.  Contact Joanne Kennedy Frazer if you would like to be part of this monthly group.

 

If you've missed our virtual worship services, you can find the videos here.


“Masks Optional” 

    At the Coordinating Council’s October 20, 2022 meeting, after a lengthy discussion while reviewing the Covenant Partner Surveys, a decision was made to move to ‘masks optional.' We do so reminding all:

  • to be respectful of the diversity of choices made by individuals within the Congregation
  • encouraging any who have not yet taken full advantage of vaccinations to do so
  • and requesting that any who have been exposed to COVID please test negative before returning to church.

    Should a significant surge in cases occur in the area, we will move to ‘masks recommended.’

    We will continue to offer streaming options for any who feel too compromised to return to in-person worship.

    Many thanks to all who participated in the recent survey which allowed us to choose policies that best reflect the will of the entire Congregation.