An Open and Affirming, Just Peace Congregation in Columbia, Maryland

CUCC Newsletter

This Week’s “Pastor’s Pondering”
Called to Community
I’ve been thinking about the question I was asked during “Time With Children” a couple of months ago: “Name something you used to believe, but don’t anymore.” The returning answer sounds something like, “I used to believe it was more important for others to like me than for me to like myself.”  But, because we “fell back” this past weekend, I was reminded of something else I used to believe, but don’t anymore.  I used to believe that fall and winter were the two best seasons of the year.  But, I can unequivocally and emphatically say that is not something I now find to be true.  The earlier sunsets, the colder temperatures, and a grayness that seems to show up more days than not tend to cause me to work really hard to stay centered.  Fortunately, being part of a Christian community helps.

As I re-read Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book “Life Together,” it caused me to think about those who are not connected to a community of some kind and who, therefore, may find themselves alone much of the time.  Granted, I realize there are some who say they like it that way, but it seems to me that we were created for community and belonging.  And, it also seems to me that is one of the reasons why congregations exist.  So, as we move towards the months that tend to keep us inside and alone more than the rest of the year, it is my hope that after we get past the holidays, we look at forming a mid-week study of some kind.  In fact, several folks have already expressed an interest in such an effort.

The other thing I would encourage we do (as fall unfolds and winter waits) is to extend invitations to those who are not connected to a community that assists in navigating the complexities and stress that comes to all of us.

With Gratitude for the Community of CUCC,

This Week at CUCC:
“They are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity.”             
2 Corinthians 8: 2

On November 11 CUCC will take a special offering for CWS Blankets

Church World Services has distributed thousands of blankets around the world in 2018. Your congregation can be part of an even greater response in 2019. You will reach families fleeing their homes, recovering from disaster and more.

Share blankets, warmth and comfort with your neighbors. If you want to know more, please visit

Lisa Shaughnessy will host a potluck repast for Jill Crane (whose father passed away 10/26/18) this Sunday, 11/11/18, at 2pm

The location is 8143 Westside Blvd, Fulton, MD 20759.

Lisa’s phone number is 410-707-4040 if anyone has questions.

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Sunday,November 11th After Worship

Upcoming Events
“Birthing a New World” Worship Service
and Thanksgiving Potluck

The custom and tradition of CUCC is to have a Thanksgiving potluck meal the Sunday before the national holiday, and this year will be no different.  What may be a bit different is the anticipated structure and flow of the service.  Table conversations on the topic of “birthing a new world” will replace the sermon.  The guiding scripture text will be Mark 13: 1-8 (Jesus foretells the destruction of the temple) and there may be a continuing testament. The worship space will be set up prior to the service for us to easily transition from gathering at the communion table to breaking bread around tables of thanksgiving.  Each table will have guiding questions on what could emerge from our present day uncertainties.

Gratitude is in the air!  Please join us after our unique worship service on Sunday 11/18 for our annual Thanksgiving potluck.  Bring a dish if you can and come as you are.  Please use the link below to sign-up to bring something.  Questions, contact Kelly Johnson (, 410-292-8619).

Joys and Concerns
June Louise Burns Wagner, 83, of Westminster, MD, mother of our member, Joe Wagner, entered her eternal home in glory on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Sinai after a sudden stroke. She was born on June 18, 1935 and worked in Baltimore at the Mangles Herold Company (King Syrup) before moving to Carroll County and building a house in Taylorsville with her husband. She was also involved with her own business of Sun Valley Products for several years. She was a loving mother to her two children and spent much time devoted to their care, being an excellent cook, baker, seamstress, artist and avid gardener. June was a faithful follower of Christ and was involved in her local church, Calvary Baptist, and in Community Bible Study for more than 25 years.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 AM at Calvary Baptist Church in Westminster, MD on November 17. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to her church, Calvary Baptist Church, 3200 Ridge Road, Westminster, MD 21157 or Community Bible Study, 790 Stout Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80921

In Our Community
Earth Forum, Nov. 18th, 2 p.m.  “Making a Better Future in the Age of Humans” will feature Erle C. Ellis, professor of Geography and Environmental Systems at UMBC and author of Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction.  (Anthropocene is a relatively new name of the current geologic epoch that is influenced by humans.)

The First Presbyterian Church of Howard County hosts this speaker-led program, provides refreshments, and offers workshops on related topics.  The Earth Forum is open to all interested persons, is free, and is located at 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia, MD.  Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers–call the church office (410-730-3545).

At The Interfaith Center
Advocate for migrant justice, Monday, November 12, 7:00 PM at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center
You will get the tools you need to become an effective activist for migrant justice in Maryland this year. At the meeting, legislative priorities of immigrant organizations will be discussed. Sponsored by the Columbia Jewish Congregation and Jews United For Justice.