October 2020 Newsletter

Pastor Adam's Message

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The Good News
Hope for When the World is Falling Apart


Dear friends,

It is almost October of 2020. If you are like me, you might be feeling like the world is falling apart.

So many things seem to be going wrong that it’s hard to keep up. Wildfires in Oregon. Increase of hurricanes in the South. A nasty storm called a “derecho” in the Midwest. And the political turmoil as we get closer to November. It can all feel overwhelming.

Where do we find hope? I mean, I could use some hope right about now.

Here’s the thing. My default understanding of hope is that hope is positive thoughts about the future. I do hope that the future will be better, but to leave hope at positive thinking is incomplete.

Hope is so much more than positive thinking about the future.

For me, hope is about looking around and see how God is active in the world to bring more peace and justice and love into the world right now. Hope comes when I open my eyes to witness all the great things happening in the midst of the chaos. And often this hope comes from unexpected people.

Here’s an example. There are some politicians who want us to believe that the world is falling apart. They sow chaos, including here in Portland, because they think it’s good for them. The chaos they sow can lead us to fear, and when we are afraid, they can manipulate our fears in various ways.

Those who hold political power right now are trying to get Antifa officially labeled as a “terrorist group.” This is one way to get us to be afraid of Antifa, which, as the FBI director said is “not a group or organization.”

And here is something that you won’t hear from major politicians – people who identify as Antifa help others in need. I know this because we worked with people who identify as Antifa.

This last month during the wildfires, a group called “PDX EWOKS” contacted us because they wanted to provide relief to people in need, and especially to people who had to evacuate due to the fires. We could help during this emergency situation by opening up our building to their distribution center. “PDX EWOKS” does identify as Antifa and they assured me that anyone who was in need of help could come and get help. They offered food, clothing, school supplies, toiletries, even basic medical help and they had a mechanic for basic car help.

As with many grassroots programs, it was a bit disorganized. But from the very beginning, they made sure to tell me that they were here to help anyone in need, even someone who fundamentally disagrees with them.

“There are no barriers to help” they told me. What a great mission. And here’s what made it even better – a journalist contacted me to do a story about the distribution center. She asked, with some disbelief, “Why would a church work with Antifa?” I told her that there is so much more to Antifa than what you hear in the news. But now I have another answer.

Why would a church work with Antifa to help people in need? Because we have hope. Because we see that God is present and at work in surprising ways and through people who may surprise us. And when we see that happening, and when we can support it, I gain a sense of hope. Thanks be to God for that.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Adam
adam@c-ucc.org
503-734-6927

Social Justice - Amira's Message

When I talk to people about the breath, as a Mindfulness/Meditation educator, it often puzzles me how unfamiliar people are about simply stopping throughout the day just to breathe.

Taking a moment to inhale.... and... exhale.... Genesis 2-7 says "Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils, the breath of life and man became a living being." BREATH GIVES US LIFE! 

We spend 95% of our day on autopilot, never taking one moment in our day to just BE.

Breathing helps to stay in the present moment.
Breathing releases tension in the body.
Breathing helps bring awareness to the body sensations and emotions.

How does Mindfulness Meditation differ from breathing meditation? It's actually pretty similar. When you are mindfully doing something, you are laser focused on every single aspect of that thing or activity with such intensity that even when (yes, when) our minds begin to drift and think about other things, we immediately bring our awareness back to the focal point, in this case, the BREATH. 

Here are the top 5 Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation according to MAZLO:

  1. More patient
  2. Better focus and productivity
  3. Increased compassion
  4. Heightened body awareness
  5. Less stress and anxiety
I want to share with you three things you could do to begin to make breathing a part of your daily life. Ready? Here they are...
  1. Practice Mindful/INTENTIONAL breathing. Throughout your day, any chance you get, breathe... slow inhale and exhale. No matter your mood or location, breathe.
  2. Start thinking about what time of the day this practice could be most effective for you. Prioritizing your self care is super important and definitely doable.

Be CONSISTENT: it takes about 30 days to form a habit, right? Stick with the process with an open heart and mind. Happy breathing!

 

Amira Stanley
Minister of Justice & Witness

amira@c-ucc.org


Book Study with Amira – Me and White Supremacy 
Wednesdays 7 pm & Saturdays 10 am Pacific Time

 

There are six weeks left in the Me and White Supremacy book study with Amira. It’s not too late to join in and also not necessary to have the book to participate. If you would like to join in these conversations, please email Amira at amira@c-ucc.org, or contact her through her website AmiraMindGutConnection.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) – Recovering from breast cancer surgery

 

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

 

Junita Kauble – In treatment for breast cancer

 

Esther Prouty – Upon suffering a major stroke

 

Dwight Richardson – Ongoing health issues

 

Millie Sandwick – Ongoing health issues

 

Steven Schroedl – In treatment for autoimmune disease

 

Eldon Steiner – Chronic back/leg pain issues

 

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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 Pastor Adam 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 or call (503) 654-2449. We have a strong network of support for one another during this pandemic. Please do not hesitate to call.

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Thank you to all of the CUCC people who helped with the PDX EWOKS/MAMA distribution site for wildfire victims! You can view the Oregonian article at this link.

 

Octoberfest Canned Goods on Sale NOW!

Michelle Carrier’s delicious Oktoberfest canned goods are up for sale now! Order yours TODAY by emailing Lori at web@c-ucc.org or leave a message at (503) 654-0741, pay for your items via our Giving page at https://c-ucc.org/giving/ (make a note that you are paying for canned goods). You may also mail a check to CUCC, PO Box 2562, Clackamas, OR 97015.


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

Goods will be porch delivered during the third week of October (date TBD). Sorry, goods only available for local residents. A BIG thank you to Michelle Carrier for her generous donation!


Member News


What have the Carlisle's Been Up to During Quarantine? 
 

Congratulations!! Kyle and Audra Carlisle welcomed to the world Baby Lucas Iryn on July 23! They are now a family of five with three BOYS!!!  Kyle's message also came with this statement, "To say that this year has been CrAzY would be an understatement!!!"

 

And we think the Carlisles win the prize for Best Use of Time During the Quarantine!

 




What have Joyce and Eldon Steiner been up to during Quarantine?

 

Eldon and Joyce Steiner have been keeping busy most recently with a trip to Thousand Trails in Pacific City with Joyce's twin sister, Janice, where they picked three gallons of huckleberries. Joyce may be gearing up to make her famous huckleberry pie - so good they create bidding wars at our auction. In July, they traveled to LaGrande to attend their annual family reunion.

 

Joyce has been sewing and embroidering tea towels and other handcrafted items for our annual bazaar. This week, she was picking tomatoes at Hartnell Farms preparing to can salsa and other tomato goodies.

 

The Steiners had company for a few days this week when their son and daughter-in-law came to stay after being evacuated from their Oregon City home due to the wildfires. Thankfully, they are safely back in their undamaged home.

 

And, as if Joyce and Eldon weren’t busy enough, they found time to save the life of a wildlife critter yesterday! Eldon found a snake on his sidewalk that was curled in a ball, but flipped upside down. It was alive, but he knew it was in dire need and possibly feeling the effects of smoke from the wildfires. Eldon doesn’t like snakes and wouldn’t touch it, so, being very brave, he called Joyce to come and pick it up. He says, “She’ll pick up anything!” They took the snake inside and gave it water to drink, then watched as it slowly perked back up and began to move. After making sure it was doing better, Joyce put the snake back in the bushes and it crawled away hopefully to live a long, happy life.

 

Also, Eldon and Joyce are looking for a young, small-sized dog to join their family. If you have any recommendations, give them a call.




What have the Ericksens been up to during Quarantine?


Pastor Adam, Gavin, Abbie, and some friends recently visited Jeff and Lita Pratt as they explored caves and hiked through Prattsylvania. 
 





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)

What's Goin' On


Online Auction Anyone??

Would YOU participate in a CUCC online auction? Covid has put a nix into all of our annual fundraisers. We need to know if there’s enough interest in this. Pastor Adam might even be a live online auctioneer!

  1. Would you attend an online auction?
     

  2. We’re looking for big-ticket items to auction off. We’re thinking beach house, cabin, wines, or other donations. Do you have any connections to solicit these type of items?
     

  3. And finally, would you join an online auction committee to help put it together?

If we have the interest, we’ll make this auction happen! Please contact Pastor Adam at adam@c-ucc.org or call/text (503) 734-6927 and let him know if or how you would participate.   


October Special Offering - Neighbors in Need

For the month of October, CUCC will be collecting special offerings for Neighbors in Need (NIN), a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the U.S. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry. Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. This year, special consideration will be given to projects focusing on serving our immigrant neighbors and communities.

Listen to Rev. Tracy Blackmon, Assoc. General Minister, UCC talk about NIN at this link. Your donations can be made on our Giving page with the designation of NIN.

 


Central Pacific Conference: Virtual Annual Gathering


It’s not too late to catch the last few days of Annual Gathering. If you have not registered, you are still welcome to join by using the links below the schedule. There is no fee to attend.

  • 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
More info at this link: http://cpcucc.org/wp14/2020-cpc-virtual-annual-gathering/

Installation of Rev. Tyler Connoley

 

On Sunday, September 27, the Rev. Tyler Connoley was officially installed as the Conference Minister for the Central Pacific Conference which includes Oregon, Southern Washington and Southern Idaho. The installation was held online and featured conference ministers and guests from many states, and music from The Many. You are encouraged to watch the entire installation at this link

 

Seats Available on Financial Management Committee

Are you interested in numbers and finance? The CUCC Financial Management Committee is welcoming new members to join. Committee members help provide financial oversight, budgeting and financial planning. The Committee meets every two months, or as needs arise. If you are interested, or have questions about the committee, please contact Jeff Pratt at jcpratt@yahoo.com or (503) 475-8006 or Suzanne Lacampagne at suzanne.lacampagne@millernash.com.


Online Art & Spirit Classes
 

Join Denise Andersen for online classes through the Franciscan Spiritual Center. The classes are reflective, fun, and easy to join via Zoom. Reserve your spot today!

October 20th (7pm) or 21st (3pm): The Art and Music of Saint Hildegard of Bingen
Saint Hildegard of Bingen – born in 1098 – was a German Benedictine abbess, artist, writer, composer, philosopher, historian, Christian mystic, and visionary. Hildegard was one of the most gifted and prolific spiritual artists of all times. Her music is still being recorded and her art has become iconic. Join us as we explore her writing, art and music. Saint Hildegard’s creative work is truly an inspiration. All you need to bring to this online class is a journal/pen/markers. Details and sign up at this link.

More Upcoming Classes:
Nov. 10th or 11th - The Winter Sacred Garden;
Jan. 12th or 13th -
It’s Never too Late to Recreate Your Life



VOTE - VOTE - VOTE
The deadline to register to vote for the Nov 3, 2020 election is October 13. Register to vote online here​.
 

New Website Pages: Anti-Racism & Amira Stanley

We have two new pages on our website: Anti-Racism and Amira Stanley, Minister of Justice and Witness! Here is what you’ll find:

 

Anti-Racism - we are committed to creating a world without racism. On this page you’ll find some of our anti-racism work. You can even use our anti-racism curriculum! https://c-ucc.org/clackamas-uccs-anti-racism-work/

 

Minister Amira Stanley – here you’ll find information about Amira, the work/education she is doing for justice and witness, and a link to her blog. https://c-ucc.org/amira-stanley-minister-of-justice-and-witness/

 

There is so much great information on the CUCC website for you to learn from and share with others.


Bible Study & Prayer Group

 

Pastor Adam's Bible Study Group meets online via Zoom every Tuesday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. The Prayer Group meets every Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. You can use your computer or telephone to join in. To be added to the Zoom list, please email web@c-ucc.org or call (503) 654-0741.
 

  • Tuesday Bible Study/Check in: 3:30-4:30 pm via Zoom or phone.
     

  • Thursday Prayer Group/Check in: 6:30-7:30 pm via Zoom or phone.

If you would like to download Zoom on your computer, tablet, or phone, you can do so at Zoom.us or through the app store on your tablet or phone. This short video can also help. We will send emails on Tuesdays and Thursdays inviting you to join these meetings. Sign up for our email list at c-ucc.org.

 


CUCC Calendar

 

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

 

Saturdays Clackamas UCC

Book Study with Amira: Smaller group meets Saturdays at 10 to 11 am 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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