Clackam as U nited Church of Christ A Just Peace Congregation November 2014 Newsletter hardy folks bundled up and showed up to take care of the church grounds and inside of the building. Jean Herrera, Jim & Sandy Paulson, Mike Savin and Charlie Hinkle – YOU ARE AMAZING! * At the Art and Spirit Circle Retreat In Rhododendron, I witnessed a mothat was more than a “Wow!” moment. It was zen. Ten lively, active, verbal women worked in deep silence on their art. They were so into it. Awesome! Pastor’s Note It truly is the season of thanks giving, and we have much to be thankful for at Clackamas UCC. I am major involved in the daily business of running a church and caring for parishioners, but sometimes I get caught in a “Wow!” moment, and it honestly stops me in my tracks. There have been lots of “Wow!” moments recently at our church, and in the spirit of thanksgiving, I just have to share them: • Being struck by how wonderful the church looks under a coat of a new color. It’s lighter, brighter & cleaner. But the real “wow” comes from knowing that the transformation was the result of hard work by a handful of folks who painted fast & furiously before the rains hit. A heartfelt thank you must be extended to Dave Frick Wright – who led the process along and did most of the painting and repair work. I know that Rhonda Frick Wright, Jim Paulson and Bill Magorian helped, and I’m sure there were others I was unaware of. Bless you all. The Sandy River during the Art and Spirit Circle Retreat * The night before the All Church work day it poured, and it was still raining at 7:00 am on work day. I think that most folks figured it was not a good out door work day – so they stayed snug at home. No one blamed them, but the “Wow!” moment came when I heard that five * Last – but far from least on the “Wow!” meter - was an event that happened on Sunday, October 26th. Our Clackamas UCC choir performed a concert at Avamere Rehab Facility in honor of former choir member, Angie Paul’s, 90th B’day. All of the choir members participated under the direction of Jean Herrera. We sang for a dining room full of appreciative listeners – many who had heard us sing a spirituals concert there last year. Folks had varying degrees of impairments, but all seemed to enjoy the music. Nothing brings tears to my eyes more than seeing others tearing up over a beautiful tune or familiar melody. Wow! I don’t believe that there was a more meaningful and touching moment this fall. I am grateful for our choirs devotion to music and to all those for whom we sing. Blessings to each and every one of you this Thanksgiving season. I experience true gratitude for every day that we are in ministry together. Wow! Peace, Rev. Denise _____________________________________________ Thanks to Rev. Gene Ross who covered the pulpit on Oct. 5 & 12. He spoke on border issues & the response of the United Church of Christ. If you want to help, donations can be sent to the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ. 917 E Sheridan, Phoenix, AZ 85006. On the memo line put “Immigrant Welcoming Fund.” Thanks! Clackamas A Just Peace Congregation Clergy: Rev. Denise Andersen (503) 653-3945 [email protected] Cell Phone: 503-351-3615 (for emergencies) Choir Director & Organist: Jean Herrera (503) 654-2449 CHURCH COUNCIL OFFICERS Moderator: Jean Herrera (503) 654-2449 Vice Moderator: Peggy Soliday (503) 305-8824 Clerk: Lori Prouty (503) 522-1034 Treasurer: Jeff Pratt (503) 658-2098 Financial Secretary: Patti Hanson (503) 659-4991 Christian Education Chair: Steve Andersen (5030 653-3945 Youth/Young Adults: Rev. Denise Andersen (503) 653-3945 Trustee Chair: Jim Paulson (503) 631-2765 Deacon’s Chair: Cathy Cooper (503) 653-1298 Justice and Witness: Bill Magorian (503) 653-2917 Staff Relations Chair: Jean Herrera (503) 654-2449 Newsletter Submissions: The Clackamas United Church of Christ Newsletter is open to submissions from members and committees. We welcome information, poetry, photos and art for consideration in this monthly publication. Also – we love to receive member “News” so we can give the appropriate “pat on the back.” Submissions to be considered can be emailed to Denise Andersen at [email protected] The next Newsletter deadline is November 16th for the December Newsletter. Web Sites to Check out: Clackamas UCC at http://www.c-ucc.org/ UCC National Offices - www.ucc.org Community of Welcoming Congregations welcomingcongregations.org Progressive Christianity http://www.tcpc.org Joys & Concerns Keep the following folks in your prayers! Denise Andersen’s sister – Lisa – recovering from hip replacement surgery – second scheduled for December. Art Buck – in assisted living and on hospice. Amy Brinkley – For Continued Healing, and we share her joy that she has completed treatment and is cancer free! Elsie Burtard – in Adult Foster Care. (Sandy Paulson’s mother.) Glenn and Jean Camper – for healing and comfort. Cathy Cooper’s Parents – who were both hospitalized in October. They are home recuperating. Patti Hanson’s Grandchildren: Prayers for Cam who is suffering from depression & Emily who has medical issues. June Kalb – in an Adult Foster Home with Alzheimer’s. If visiting, do not bring sweets due to health issues. And no visitors after 5:00 pm, please. Angie Paul – At Avamere Rehab in Gladstone. The Clackamas UCC Choir presented a concert at Avamere in celebration of Angie’s 90th B’day. Betty Pribil – at Princeton Village Assisted Living. Dwight Richardson – Suffering from a back injury. The Rev. Patricia Ross – Pat’s mother passed away in October. Please keep her family in your prayers. Millie Sandwick –Millie fractured her back & is recovering. She thanks everyone for prayers & support. Peggy Soliday’s step grandchild – Claira – recovering from successful skull surgery. Eldon Steiner – Severe back/leg pain issues. Janice Straub – Who will have back surgery this month. Brian Wilcox – recovering from melanoma surgery. He reports that he is doing well in treatment. Lewis-Wolfram Family – keep them in your prayers. Phyllis Yambos – Prayer for healing. Love to Sing? The CUCC choir welcomes singers. We meet from 6:50 to 8:00 on Wednesday nights in the church sanctuary. If you can’t commit to singing regularly, folks are invited to join us for the holidays. Please see Jean Herrera for more information. Just Peace Outreach Always Collecting These Much Needed Items: USED EYE GLASSES for the Lions Club CELL PHONES for Clackamas Women’s Services. Don’t forget to SIGN UP NOW! Justice & Witness Ministries with the Central Pacific & Pacific Northwest UCC Conferences invite you to a time of inspiring worship, preaching, & training to fan the flames of justice in the Northwest. We seek hearts aglow with the fire of the Holy Spirit! We come together to pray & proclaim, to sing and rejoice, to receive an abundance of grace in our lives, our ministries and our churches. Like the disciples after Pentecost, we gather to be re-inspired to be Christ’s Church in the world. First Congregational UCC, Vancouver 1220 NE 68th, Vancouver, WA November 8, 2014 | 8:00 am - 3:30pm Register now: http://www.cvent.com/d/w4q5yz It’s that time of year when we collect winter coats and blankets for the homeless and warming centers in the greater Portland area. Check out your closets for spare coats, sweaters, sweatshirts and blankets. Also – yoga pads make a great buffer between a blanket and the ground. Bring these to church any time. The youth will sort them. We’ll deliver them where they are needed most. Thank you! Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program You can help Clackamas UCC earn donations when you Shop at Fred Meyer through their community Rewards Program. You will keep all of your reward & fuel points. Simply link your existing Rewards Card to Clackamas UCC at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards by either searching for our name, or inserting our NPO# 80815. Then every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, we will earn a donation. It's so simple! If you don’t have a rewards card, you can sign up for one at the Fred Meyer Customer Service Desk. Fundraising Update . . . . . . . . . . Because we did so well with our rummage sale in September, we did not have an Octoberfest Lunch last month. Instead, we will celebrate the season with a harvest potluck on Sunday, November 2nd. Help Needed for our Next All Church Fundraiser: Holiday Bazaar, Quilt Raffle and Bake Sale Saturday, November 22nd We need hand crafted items, 2nd best donations, and baked goods. Together we create this wonderful event. Jean Herrera is coordinating the luncheon. Joyce Steiner & Jan Straub are handling the craft donations. King’s Cupboard needs our constant support. Their shelves need filling! Thanks for being so good at keeping our food barrel full!! We need to amp up our efforts for November & December. Also – King’s Cupboard is in need of volunteers for the food bank before and during distribution days. Please let Patti Hanson know if you can donate just a couple of hours a month. It would be a great help. The holidays keep the food bank very busy. GRANT RECEIVED FOR OUR HUNGER RELIEF EFFORTS Rev. Denise Andersen applied for a grant from the CPC of the UCC Wider Church Ministries on behalf of Clackamas UCC for support for our hunger relief efforts. The proposal was accepted and we will receive $200 for food storage and collection needs at church. This year’s quilt for raffle (pictured above on the bed) is beautiful and perfect for any Oregonian home. The raffle tickets are just $1 and 6 for $5. Buy many!!! NOTE: Denominational UCC “All Read” Book is November Calendar Sundays at Clackamas UCC Bible Study 9:20-10:10 in the Fellowship Hall Worship - 10:30 in the Sanctuary Hotdogs and Hamburgers: Unlocking Life’s Potential by Inspiring Literacy at any Age by Rob Shindler. Copies are available at the church. Church Discussion on Literacy will take place Sunday, Jan. 18. During Worship - Youth Are Dismissed for Activities Wednesdays at Clackamas UCC Women’s Circle – Wednesdays from 10:00 – 1:00ish Choir – Wednesdays from 6:50 – 8:00 Saturday, November 22nd – All Church Bazaar, Bake Sale & Luncheon. Please see Joyce, Janice or Jean to sign up to help. Needed: Crafts, Baked Goods, 2nd Best Items, Cooks, Servers, and Day of Event Helpers. DIa de los Muertos Service Sunday, November 2nd at 10:30 Celebrate All Saints Day by bringing items in memory of your loved ones for our altar. Potluck After Worship Tuesday, November 4 – Election Day. Your vote is your voice – don't give it up! Saturday, Nov. 8 – UCC Event in Vancouver, WA Stoking the Fires of Justice: A Revival for Social Change Rev. Denise Andersen will co-lead a workshop on Just Peace Churches and Non-violence with national UCC leaders. See this newsletter for details. Clackamas UCC will cover the $25 registration fee for members attending. Sunday, November 9th - The Calling and Caring Committee will meet after worship in the Narthex. Movie Club This Afternoon. Tuesday, November 11th – Christian Ed Meeting at 6:30 at Flying Pie Pizza. JESUS SEMINAR ON THE ROAD The Other Bible/ Early Christianity Beyond the Canon NOVEMBER 14 & 15, 2014 At Southminster Presbyterian Church 12250 SW Denney Rd. Beaverton, OR 97008 For more information and to register, contact: http://www.westarinstitute.org/events/beaverton Sunday, November 16 – Council will meet after worship. This is the last Council meeting of 2014. Monday, November 17th – Art & Spirit Circle 7:00 pm at the church. Dessert Provided. $5/Supplies Thursday, November 20th – Book Club will meet at 7:00pm at Andersen’s for general book discussion. Book club will not meet in December. Sunday, November 23rd Thanksgiving Service. Soup Lunch after worship All proceeds support the hungry in our community. Tuesday, November 25th – Community Thanksgiving Service at St. John’s Episcopal Church. 7pm. Thursday, Nov. 27th –THANKSGIVING DAY! Sunday, November 30th – ADVENT I - HOPE! Theme: Oh Little Town of Bethlehem Revs. Diane Dulin and Denise Andersen will lead a worship service focused on peace efforts in Palestine. Diane will share about her recent visits to Palestine and lead a discussion after worship. Diane Dulin, Steve and Denise Andersen are on the Wider Church Ministries Board for the Central Pacific Conference of the UCC. Don’t miss this meaningful and informative start of the Advent season. Advance Notice from EMO Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon invites you to attend the 25th Anniversary Celebration luncheon of the HIV Day Center . This is the only drop in center in the greater Porland Area for our most vulnerable, low income, HIV positive individuals. December 3 – 12:30 to 1:30 at Concordia University Second Floor Hagen Center 2811 NE Holman, Portland The luncheon is free – but there will be an offering. A Prayer Vigil precedes the event at Ainsworth UCC – 11:30 am - 2941 NE Ainsworth, Portland Please RSVP by Nov. 26 to: [email protected] Beware of Fake IRS Callers by Lisa Lake - Consumer Ed. Specialist, FTC Meet New Members: Bill & Lanie Magorian After meeting at a church function in 1983, Bill and Lanie were married the following year. They live in Milwaukie with their son, Bryce. Lanie’s father was a pastor for the Church of Christ and Bill and Lanie spent many years in that denomination. Recently they decided a change was needed and sought a church that was more aligned with peace and justice issues. That is what initially brought them to Clackamas UCC, and they have now both become members. Lanie works as a tech assistant/secretary for Alder Creek Middle School, and Bill is retired from the Safeway Distribution Center. They are a much welcome addition to CUCC. Bill is now the chair of our Justice and Witness Committee. Say hello next time you see them! The Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration (TIGTA) warns that crooks posing as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials are contacting people claiming they owe taxes. The caller demands a prepaid debit card, wire transfer or a credit card number for payment. If the person doesn’t comply, the caller threatens to arrest or deport the target, or take away their driver’s license or business. Thousands of victims have lost money to these tax scam artists. Scams have recently been reported in the Clackamas County area. But there are ways to recognize them and foil their attempts to steal your money. These scammers often: call you. But when the IRS contacts people about unpaid taxes, they do it by postal mail, not by phone. use common names and fake IRS badge numbers know the last four digits of your Social Security number demand payment via a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. The IRS doesn’t ask for either of these payment methods, nor will they ask for credit card numbers. rig caller ID information to appear as if the IRS really is calling send fake emails that look like legitimate IRS correspondence make a second call claiming to be the police or department of motor vehicles, rigging the caller ID information To protect yourself from imposters who call, claiming to be from the IRS: Check out NewFolkRadio.com, an online Folk and Bluegrass Radio Station John Hart is the husband of CUCC member Joanna Hart, and also the founder of NewFolkRadio.com, a 24/7 folk and bluegrass online streaming radio station from Portland. John is an avid folk, roots, and bluegrass music enthusiast, and writes about current CD releases for NewFolkRadio. "In today's marketplace, it's frustrating to listen to folk, roots and bluegrass music that I want to hear without paying a subscription fee, so I started NewFolkRadio, and it will always be free," he said. don’t provide any account or other personal information. Hang up the phone. never wire money to a person or company you don’t know. Once you wire money, you can’t get it back. if you owe - or think you owe - federal taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions. You also can visit the IRS website at irs.gov. report the incident to TIGTA at 800-366-4484. forward emails from the IRS to [email protected] Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those emails. File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint. Include “IRS Telephone Scam" In your complaint. October Young at Hearts Octoberfest Lunch at Gustav’s (Photos left, above and below) and Charlie Steiner They were married at the Elk’s Club in Milwaukie on October 12th. Charlie is the son of Joyce and Eldon Steiner and the nephew of Jan Straub. Joyce said that it was the most fun wedding she’d ever been to – even if it was her own son’s. Do you think she’s partial? Young at Hearts is a group of active Clackamas UCC folks who are aged 55 and above. They get together every other month for lunch at an area restaurant. Anyone is welcome to join them – and they look the other way if you aren’t 55 yet. ☺ The more the merrier. And – friends are always welcome. Just be sure to RSVP for restaurant reservations. Next month, we’ll gather at Pronto Pizzaria & Kitchen at 11:45 on Wednesday, December 10th for a holiday lunch. Mark it on your calendars now & plan to join us! Congratulations to the happy couple! l These photos are from the Art & Spirit Circle Retreat to Rhododendron last month. The theme of this year’s event was “Dreams.” Ten women gathered at the Soliday cottage for good food, creative art and wonderful conversations. Oh – and there was some competitive Mexican Train Dominos playing. Rev. Denise Andersen led the annual retreat. Art & Spirit Circle meets monthly for art sessions or field trips. They value art as an aspect of spirituality and the program is based on Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way.” We will meet next on Monday night, Nov. 17th at 7pm at the church.
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