September 2020 Newsletter

Pastor Adam's Message

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The Good News

Dear friends,
 

It has been quite a summer.

The Coronavirus has us isolated and finding different ways to be the church together. Racism has our beloved city of Portland protesting for the last 90 days. Between racism and corona, it’s been a summer of viruses.

And yet difficult times provide us with opportunities to be resilient. And we have been resilient.

I am most proud that we have weathered this storm together. Our online community has continued to grow. We are worshipping together online. And while I look forward to the day when we worship together in person, worshipping online has been an area of growth for us. We are worshipping with people from Australia, Spain, countries in Africa, states throughout our country. We have people who identify outside of the Christian box worshipping with us, too. Here’s a recent message to our Facebook page, “Yo, I’m kinda agnostic-ish, but you are doing the Christian thing RIGHT!!! Being loud and proud advocates. Keep up the good work.”

I am also most proud that we hired Amira Stanley to be our new Minister of Justice and Witness. We had multiple candidates apply, but it quickly became clear that Amira was the right person for the job. We have witnessed Amira’s passion for justice and her love for Clackamas UCC since the day she walked through the doors of our church. Amira is already hitting the ground running with anti-racism book clubs on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Monday Meditations, and discovering ways we can be even more active in our search for a more just world.

More than ever, I am proud to be here at Clackamas UCC. As I’ve spoken with you over the phone and have emailed with you, you are being the Church during the trying times. You have been making phone calls and sending letters to check in on one another. Some of you have even been a drop off and pick up location so that people in our community and beyond can get food boxes. Our Finance Committee and Church Council continue to meet to discuss how we can not only survive as a church, but how we might be able to thrive.

And I think we are thriving during these unprecedented times. We’ve added Zoom coffee hour after our worship services, along with our weekly bible studies, prayer time, and our multiple anti-racism conversations.

But we can always do more to thrive. If you have comments or suggestions, I would love to hear them. Please feel free to contact me anytime.
Grace and peace,

Pastor Adam
adam@c-ucc.org
(503) 734-6927

WELCOME OUR MINISTER OF JUSTICE & WITNESS – AMIRA STANLEY!

Hello! I'm Amira, your Minister of Justice and Witness for CUCC. When I discovered the power of using my voice for justice, it took me a little while to get over a few hang ups I had. More importantly, it took me a while to get over making other people uncomfortable with the truth about a lot of injustices. A large part of it is trying to bring awareness to others about the prejudices that they project. Another hang up was trying to do it in a way that will make people stop and listen, not ignore and turn away.

It's EXTREMELY uncomfortable to face racism, homophobia, etc. head on, especially if you're the one who is the oppressor, and have never had to address it before. Another hang up I had was wondering if what I was doing was enough. Could I do more? What if I didn't want to do anything at all for a few weeks? What would happen?Here is my best tip (drum roll please) FIND... YOUR... VOICE!

No matter how timid or loud it may be, there are always things you can do to empower yourself with new skills to use your privilege: YOUR VOICE!

  1. Start with asking yourself "why does this matter to me? Even further, make a pros and cons list of why or why not to use your voice. Once you have your list, if there are reasons based off of FEAR, I suggest going deeper within to figure out why this matters to you. Once you figure out your why, it's easier to articulate to people why these matters are important to you.
     

  2. Start with you! Educate yourself as much as you can to gain a better understanding of all sides of the matter at heart.
     

  3. Be okay with standing alone! Sometimes this work feels very lonely. We often feel better, more inspired when we have a group of folks caring and doing the hard, uncomfortable work as a unit. Unfortunately with social justice work, it's not everyone's cup of tea. Being okay with this AND maintaining these relationships is definitely difficult but it's possible.
     

  4. Self care is a must! Spending time self reflecting and nurturing yourself when needed is an important part of this work. If we aren't careful, our emotions and energy can become dark and negative which can hurt the overall outcome that we are looking for.
     

  5. Start small! Talk to your friends and family about the things that matter to you and the world. Once you feel comfortable speaking to your loved ones, it may become easier for you to take your message to the streets.

Most important of all, no matter how quiet or loud, simply FIND YOUR VOICE!

With gratitude,

Amira Stanley
Minister of Justice & Witness

tothecoremindandbody@gmail.com

Prayer Requests

Keep the following folks in your prayers!
 

Steve & Denise Andersen & Family – Upon the death of Steve's Dad, Carl Andersen, also for Denise's father, Don Nupp, recovering from pneumonia

 

Judy Boncaro – Recurrent health issues

 

Roberta Chaffee – Ongoing health issues

 

Savannah Goddard (friend of Amy Brinkley) – Waiting for a kidney transplant

 

Tiffanie Kearney (coworker of Amy Brinkley) – Preparing for breast cancer surgery

 

Sue Miller (friend of Patti Hanson) – In treatment for cancer

 

Junita Kauble – In treatment for breast cancer

 

Family & Friends of Betty Pribil – Upon her passing

 

Dwight Richardson – Ongoing health issues

 

Millie Sandwick – Ongoing health issues

 

Steven Schroedl – In treatment for autoimmune disease

 

Eldon Steiner – Chronic back/leg pain issues

 

Pray for our world as we confront the Covid-19 virus, for those at high risk through age and existing health issues, and for the families and friends who have lost loved ones. We ask to be strengthened through our faith to endure the disruption of daily lives, to pray for everyone providing front line services and for the scientists working to find treatments and a vaccine. We give thanks to communities around the world who love and support each other through this pandemic.

Please remember those who may be experiencing sadness, depression, other mental health challenges, parents who have taken on the responsibility of home-schooling children, and everyone who is experiencing economic hardship and all of the related consequences, including homelessness. Help each one of us to reach out to others while caring for ourselves. In your love - Amen.


Caring for Each Other

In this time of Covid-19, pastoral care is being done remotely. If you’d like a phone call or to set up a Zoom meeting for pastoral care with Pastor Adam, please email Adam at this link, or call (503) 734-6927.

The CUCC Calling and Caring Group are ready to help with any support you may need. If you need help in any way, please email the group’s Chairperson, Jean Hererra, at this link, or call (503) 654-2449.

We have a strong network of support for one another during this pandemic. Please do not hesitate to call.


Thank you to our new incoming Church Council and Committee Members as they begin their 2020/21 service this month. Your Council and Committee Members play a vital role in the spirit, flow and administration of CUCC. Please give them our support as they continue the important work of CUCC through this pandemic and the unknowns of this upcoming year. Click here for a list of our current Council and Committee Members.

We also acknowledge and thank those Members whose terms are up and may be departing from either the Council or Committee. Your work has been appreciated and valued!


Heads Up – Octoberfest Canned Goods Sale Coming Next Month
 

Michelle Carrier has been busy again preparing her delicious canned goods going up for an Octoberfest sale next month! For many years, Michelle has donated her home-canned pickled beets, sauerkraut and dilly green beans to our annual bazaar and they always sell out quickly. This year the goods will be sold by online payment with drive-up pickup at the church (date to be determined).

Special thank you to Jim Paulson’s son, Marcus, for donating the 10 gallons of fresh beets, and thank you to Jean Anderson Walter for helping Michelle with the canning! And a special BIG thank you to Michelle Carrier for her generous donation! Check out next month’s Newsletter for more information.
 

Prices:  Sauerkraut: Quart $8, Pint $4   |   Pickled Beets: Pint $4   |   Dilly Beans: Pint $4

Member News



Kate Nelson
is at it again – she’s made another round of free face masks and has been hanging them from the trees at the church for anyone to take! And that’s Larry Kirk who stopped by to help Kate out.


What have Marsha & Virgil Miller been up to during Quarantine?



Virgil and Marsha Miller are still living in Bend after moving there this past February. They recently purchased a cabin near the Boundary Waters in Minnesota and are driving there now for a couple of months with their sweet dog, Dancer. Buying a cabin near these waters has been a dream of Virgil's for many years and they are both excited for this new experience! 

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness straddles the Canada–United States border between Ontario and Minnesota, just west of Lake Superior. The area contains 1,175 lakes, over 1,200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and over 2,000 designated campsites. Marsha, Virgil and Dancer will be very busy! They'll be back in Oregon after a couple of months and we wish them all the best in their travels. Photo shows them on their way to Minnesota with their sweet pup, Dancer. 

 

What has Gary Lowrie been up to during Quarantine?

"I am living at my mother's house in Oregon City. She lives with my sister Susan during covid. I trim bushes and mow her yard and walk at Wesley Linn Park which is next to our backyard. Stay safe! Peace!"  Gary Lowrie

Photos from Gary's daugher, Erin's, wedding in June. 

What have Sharon & Christopher Dobbs been up to during Quarantine?

 

"Our life has revolved around helping take care of our 2 grandgirls, age 3 and 7. We've been trying to get them outside and away from screens. Lots of pool time, hiking nearby, and camping in the Cascade Lakes area." Sharon Dobbs  


 

What have Brian and Tami Wilcox been up to during Quarantine?

Since March/COVID, Brian and Tami Wilcox have been enjoying almost monthly visits with their daughter Elaine, son-in-law Tim, and 14-month-old granddaughter, Laura. It’s been fun to see Laura grow and walks are so much fun! 

Tami retired July 23rd after 25 years at Collins Aerospace and has been enjoying gardening. Brian is done with his cancer treatments and has more energy these days such that he is doing a bit of consulting work (along with house projects!).  





 

We’d all love to know what you've been up to during this pandemic. Please email Lori with a picture and description or mail to PO Box 2562, Clackamas, OR 97015.

 

Treasurer Report

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Donate 

Several easy ways to make your monthly contribution:

  • Mail a check to CUCC at PO Box 2562, Clackamas, OR 97015
     

  • Zelle: business@c-ucc.org (no fees - download the Zelle app, or access through your online banking)
     

  • Facebook Donate (no fees - locate the Donate button near the top of our Facebook page) 
      

Website Giving: c-ucc.org (click on the Giving link near the top of the page)




Image submitted by Peg Soliday

What's Goin' On

In Need of Food?
Food boxes still available if you live in the Milwaukie area. Please contact Pastor Adam at adam@c-ucc.org or call (503) 734-6927 if you have this need. 


FOOD DRIVE for Wichita Family Center & Volunteers Needed

The North Clackamas Wichita Center for Family and Community is in need of non-perishable food items. Donations are accepted on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-2. All items go directly to North Clackamas students and families. Follow this link to their website with further information and additional in-need items - current requested non-perishable items:
 
peanut butter |  jelly  |  cereal
tuna or any canned meat  |  pasta sauce  |  canned vegetables
hearty soup  |  mac and cheese  |  canned beans
 
wishlist has been set up on Amazon. Please make sure deliveries are sent to your address. The Family Support Center can only receive donations during the hours of Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am - 2 pm. Unfortunately, that can't be scheduled with Amazon directly.

They are also looking for 2-3 weekly volunteers to help prepare food boxes, deliver to client cars on those days. If this is something you can help with, please contact Michele Warzoha, warzoham@nclack.k12.or.us, (503) 353-5663.
Donation Drop-Off Location
Wichita Center For Family & Community
6031 SE King Rd., Milwaukie, OR 97222
(503) 353-6091

Social Justice - CUCC in Action
 

Book Study with Amira – Me and White Supremacy 
Wed. 7 pm & Sat. 11 am Pacific Time

 

Amira Stanley, our new Minister of Justice and Witness, would like to invite you to a weekly book study based on Layla Saad's book  Me and White Supremacy.
 

The book study will be held on Wednesday evenings 7 to 8:30 pm, and/or Saturdays from 11 am to 12:30 pm Pacific Time. These book studies will be recorded with reoccurring Zoom meetings on those dates. It will be a safe space for us to discuss white supremacy.Each week various chapter(s) will be assigned to read and reflect on the questions at the end of the chapter, prior to group meet up. We will discuss each chapter and go over the reflection questions as a group. We invite you to keep a journal. Be gentle with yourself and others. Amira thanks you for being open to allowing her to lead this important work. If you would like to join these conversations, please contact Amira at this link, or at her website AmiraMindGutConnection.com.




Anti-Racism Fridays at Noon


Join Pastor Adam in a series of online anti-racism events Fridays from 12:00-1:00 Pacific Time via Zoom – join in this Friday! We will explore topics like racism, white privilege, history, allyship, intersectionality, and others. There is so much to learn. We look forward to these sessions as another way to connect us and inspire us to work for a more just world. Watch our Facebook page for more information or join our email list at this link.


CUCC Justice Facebook Group

If you are interested in justice and witness issues, we have started a private Facebook group currently with nearly 200 members. If you’d like to join the CUCC Justice Facebook Group with Pastor Adam and Amira Stanley, please follow this link to sign up.


 



Central Pacific Conference: Virtual Annual Gathering is Free This Year!

 

This year's Central Pacific Conference Annual Gathering will be held entirely online through Zoom which means that the conference is free! ($50 suggested donation to cover costs, but no need to pay if a burden.) Register here, see schedule below. We need four delegates! A delegate gets to vote at the CPC business meeting. It's a pretty cool opportunity to learn about and vote on the future of the CPC. If you are interested or have questions, contact Pastor Adam.

Our keynote speakers will be Dr. Randy and Edith Woodly. They are scholars, consultants, and Indigenous peoples. They will talk with us about our conference's commitment to Indigenous folks and how we might be able to act in solidarity with our Indigenous siblings. You can learn more about them by clicking here.

 

Conference Schedule:

Friday, 9/25,  6:30 – 7:30 pm:  Opening Worship
Saturday, 9/26, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm:  Business Meeting/Keynote Speakers
Sunday, 9/27, Morning Worship – Installation of Tyler Connoley
Monday, 9/28, 6:30 -7:30 pm:  Knowledge Camps
Wednesday, 9/30, 6:30 – 7:30 pm:  Open Space Conversations
Friday, 10/2, 6:30 – 7:30 pm:  Happy Hour/Talent Show
Saturday, 10/3, 9:00 – 11:00 am: World Cafe/Circle Way
Sunday, 10/4, Morning Worship – World Communion

 

How to Raise Politically Engaged Children
By: Cindy Brandt, In Faith & Culture | June 5, 2020

Before we get to the how, let’s ask why.
Why should we raise politically engaged children? Shouldn’t a child’s primary job be to simply play and go to school? Play and education are important for kids, but neither of those things are politically neutral. We should raise politically engaged children because it is a fundamental human right that everyone should have a say in the way they live their lives.
 

Our children do not operate in ideologically neutral zones. The decisions made by the neighborhood council, the school board, the local government, and global systems of power profoundly influence the way our children eat, live, play, learn, worship, and grow. When we are silent about the processes that create the life we live, the kids internalize that things just happen to them, and they don’t get to participate in that process. And then adults look around and get frustrated at lower voter turnout.

We wonder why women don’t run in elections at every level. 

We lament political apathy as systems of power slowly erode our rights and it feels like no one can ever make it change.

It’s because there isn’t a switch that turns on political engagement on our 18th birthday—that’s not how conscious citizenship operates. Ask any politically conscious and engaged member of society and they will report that they talked about these things growing up around the dinner table, or their parents took them to the voting booth, or their schools prepared them for critical engagement of issues in their community and beyond. Continue article here
 



Spiritual Malpractice 
            
By: Roberto Ochoa  |  August 20, 2020

 

At this writing, over 166,000 people have lost their lives in the past seven months to covid-19 in the United States according to the Centers of Disease and Prevention (CDC). Let that sit with you for a moment. Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, siblings, cousins, spouses, children, friends, doctors, nurses, fire fighters, EMT first responders, police officers, teachers, pastors, performers, field and package workers, restaurant workers, grocery store employees, and the list goes on of precious loved ones lost. Over 5 million have been infected by the corona virus in this country so far.

Healthdata.org estimates that by December 1st of 2020 over 295,000 lives will be lost in the U.S. An additional 129,000+ souls to perish from now until the beginning of December. Health care experts and scientists all agree that face masks, preferably made of cloth, hand washing, physical distancing and avoiding close contact gatherings especially indoors, are the best ways to prevent contracting the corona virus.

Yet the wearing of face masks has become a symbol of weakness by some political and religious leaders. Some pastors have encouraged congregational members to attend indoor worship services while stating that if we truly believe in God, God will protect us from the disease. Thereby suggesting that contracting covid-19 is a sign of retribution for a lack of faith.

In the Christian Gospel there is an account of Jesus’ encounter with the evil one, during his time in the wilderness. The evil one mocked Jesus’ relationship with the Divine. He challenged Jesus stating that if he really is the son of God to throw himself off the cliff for God’s angels to save him. Jesus’ reply was quick, ““It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” (Lk 4:12 NRSV) In short, Jesus’ did not have to prove his faith for the benefit of another.

It is an important object lesson for us to remember that we possess the God given gift of common sense to live our lives. Yes, I believe God is with us in our journeys in life, however we are directed to bring no harm to ourselves or others. Wearing a mask is a sign of care for our humanity, a respect for life especially to our first responders and those risking their lives each and every day to help those inflicted by this horrific disease. Wearing a mask is a symbol that we honor our elders and the most vulnerable among us. Wearing a mask is a demonstration how we show love for one another.

To make wearing a mask a political or religious issue is just spiritual malpractice, akin to asking us to throw ourselves off a cliff to prove our faith in God. Friends, wearing a face mask saves lives. What greater good can we do for each other? When you see me wear a mask, I am saying “I see you. I value you. I care for you.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Roberto Ochoa is the Program Associate for Congregations of Color and Ethnic Identified Congregations for the United Church of Christ.
 



CUCC Calendar


Sept. 24 - Oct. 5: Annual Gathering of the Central Pacific Conference UCC - see registration details in newsletter
 

Sundays at Clackamas UCC

Worship: Please join our worship service at 10:30 am on the CUCC Facebook page or on the CUCC website's homepage. The service will be streamed live in both places. If you have prayer requests, please let Pastor Adam know via email at adam@c-ucc.org or by phone (503) 734-6927. Service followed by online Coffee Hour via Zoom.

 

Tuesdays at Clackamas UCC

Bible Study: Join us online Tuesdays 3:30 - 4:30 pm for our online Bible study via *Zoom. You may also call in on your phone to participate.

 

Wednesdays at Clackamas UCC

Book Study with Amira: Join Amira on *Zoom Wednesdays 7 – 8:30 pm. Current book study – Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad.

 

Thursdays at Clackamas UCC

Prayer Group: Join us online Thursdays at 6:30 pm via *Zoom. You may also call in on your phone to participate.

 

Fridays at Clackamas UCC

Anti-Racism Education: With Pastor Adam, Fridays 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm via *Zoom. You may also call in on your phone to participate.
 

Saturdays Clackamas UCC

Book Study with Amira: Smaller group meets Saturdays at 11 am to 12: 30 pm via *Zoom. Current book study – Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad.

 

* To be added to the Zoom list or for more info, please email web@c-ucc.org or call (503) 654-0741.

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