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Worship Notes

 Worship Notes

Welcome! Please join us after worship for refreshments and fellowship in the Hearth Room. If you have questions about our church family or desire to join our church, please speak with Pastor Martha Nilsen or a Council Member.

Coming Up:

One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

The UCC One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS)* will be collected March 11. Please send your donations to the church if you won’t be in attendance next Sunday.

*OGHS is the special mission offering of the UCC that carries God’s message of love and hope to people in crisis. The UCC works with international partners to provide clean water, food, education and health care, small business micro-credit, advocacy and resettlement for refugees and displaced persons, and emergency relief and rehabilitation.  OGHS supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness and response.  Seven denominations – American Baptist Church, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Church of the Brethren, Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), UCC, and Church World Service work together to develop common promotional materials thereby sharing ideas, costs, and a commitment to faithful service. Each denomination receives and manages its respective OGHS offerings, and together raise over $10 million annually.

All-Church Clean-Up

The church will hold its annual Spring Clean-Up next Saturday March 10 at 9 AM. (Rain date: March 24.) Any help, any abilities: we have a place for you! Let’s get the church all pretty for Easter!

Easter Breakfast and Egg Hunt!

As you make your Easter plans, don’t forget we’ll be hosting Easter breakfast before worship at 9 AM! Easter Egg hunt on the church grounds after service!

Lenten Social Justice Bible Challenge and Soup Suppers

Pastor Terry and Sam Walker are partnering to offer a 40 Day Social Justice Bible Challenge. The challenge may be taken up completely on your own with the book. Sign up to order a book today! ($12 each if we order 10 or more, so please allow the church to order your copy.)

Approved by your Mission, Peace, and Justice and Worship and Education Committees!

Excerpts from the book:

What kind of Christian are you? Do you, like many conservative evangelicals, focus on personal salvation? Or does social justice and outreach guide you as it does many members of liberal mainline churches?

Of course, the question itself sets up a false dichotomy. Neither practice should be pursued to the exclusion of the other. To be faithful followers of Christ is to dive deeply into scripture and prayer, seeking and receiving personal salvation. And to be faithful followers of Christ requires us to love our neighbor and to strike down injustices.

The goal of The Bible Challenge is to help individuals develop a lifelong, daily spiritual discipline of reading the Bible so that their lives may be constantly transformed and renewed.

Life in Our Church

HELP WANTED: Media Communications. After several years of writing, taking photographs, and overseeing the publication of church updates in the Religion section of the Wednesday Pilot and our presence on Facebook, Janet Cunningham has decided to retire from this volunteer ministry.

This ministry is of vital importance to our church so we are looking for someone who would enjoy sharing information about our church with the public. We also need a Photograher to take pictures every 4 to 6 weeks to be submitted to Facebook or our church website currently maintained by Deb Main. We owe Janet a hearty “Thank You” for her service to our church. For more information, or better yet to volunteer, please speak with Pastor Martha. Thank you!

Food Collection Reminders – On the first Sunday of every month we will be collecting food for two hunger-relief programs as listed below along with the foods they seek:

S/M Coalition for Human Care: For Families: Non-perishable items like cereal, rice, canned vegies, pasta, peanut butter. For Children: Backpack Pals – bags of fresh fruit or applesauce cups.

Student Assistance Program For Teenagers: Capri Sun Juice Packs and Chef Boyardee Micro Cups (yellow or orange) On the third Sunday of every month we will be collecting food for:

On the 3rd (third) Sunday of every month, we will be collecting food for: North Moore Family Resource Center – bags of fresh fruit

North Moore Family Resource Center – bags of fresh fruit

Do you wish to honor the memory of someone (or yourself)? You may give or will any amount, anytime of year, to: The Endowment Fund of Congregational Church of Pinehurst. For more information call or see Tim Maroney, Bob Hoffman or Betsy Cadieu: The Endowment Committee.

UCC Franklinton Center at Bricks. This project supports a farmers market held at FCAB where local small farmers sell their produce and local residents purchase affordable fresh vegetables and fruits. FCAB is located in eastern North Carolina in an area where many people are in poor health, experience food insecurity, and have poor access to healthy foods. The Small Farm Project is part of a comprehensive approach to community economic development, environmental education, social justice, and health.

We serve Equal Exchange “Fellowship Blend” coffee at fellowship hour. We offer delicious organic chocolate bars and cocoa at a great price! They make great Valentine’s Day gifts! Check out the display to the right of the entrance to the hearth room. Contact Nancy Kinney, Sales Coordinator, for more information.  For each pound of fairly traded coffee, chocolate, tea, and foods purchased through the UCC Fair Trade Project, 15 cents per pound goes to the Justice and Witness Ministries’ Small Farmer Fund. Small Farmer Fund contributions were used to support the Small Farm Project at the

Saving Planet Earth: People of faith can have an impact on caring for God’s Earth in order to make it a healthier place for ALL. Here’s a challenge for this week! Conserve water – Don’t let faucets run. Never water your lawn at midday. Place a brick in old toilets. Take low flow short showers. Run the dishwasher only when it is full. Let grass grow longer. Plant native or drought-tolerant garden plants.

If you would like to make a financial pledge to our church for the new fiscal year—which begins June 1, each year—please fill out a pledge card found on the table in the Narthex and place it in the offering plate or mail it to the church office.

Equal Exchange Update: Our church is among many other churches and denominations that support Equal Exchange, a for-profit Fair Trade worker-owned cooperative. The members of the ever growing cooperative are given a chance to compete in the market place with the big companies. By purchasing these products, we are serving the mission to support small farmers and workers, throughout the world. They distribute mostly organic products, including coffee, tea, cocoa, nuts, and chocolate bars. We serve Equal Exchange “Fellowship Blend” coffee at fellowship hour. We offer delicious organic chocolate bars and cocoa at a great price! Check out the display to the right of the entrance to the hearth room. Contact Nancy Kinney, Sales Coordinator, for more information.

Our Church is on Facebook!  The easiest way to access it—go to our website, http://youarewelcomehereorg.ipage.com  —scroll down and on the right you will see “Life in Our Church” where Deb Main has put a “link” to Facebook.   Click on that link and it will go to our page (if you have a Facebook account).  If not, you will have to put in some information to get to our page. If you do so, please “like” it, as we need a particular number of “likes” to get our own URL and be recognized by search engines.  It is set up so you can comment, post a picture, or an event. It is your page! If you have any questions, contact Deb Main 910-257-6634

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Service Times & Directions

Sunday Worship

Sunday: 10:00 am

Children's Worship

Every other Sunday: 10:15am

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895 Linden Road
Pinehurst, NC 28374
(910) 295-2243