The Chimes Vol. XXXVII No. 4
Our Church Family
How to Submit Articles for the Bulletin and The Chimes
Presbyterian Youth Connection: April Calendar
Thank You, Youth Advisors!
New Hope Annual Auction
We Celebrate New Members
An Evening for Haiti: Building the Leogane Family Health Center
Support the CROP Hunger Walk
Choir Performance: April 12,14
Adult Christian Education
2013 Women’s Retreat
Vacation Church School
Deep and Wide for UPC Parents
PCM Spring Break Trip Update
Presbyterian Women Spring Dinner
Local Outreach News: New Hope Camp and Conference Center
Most of you will receive this newsletter around the first of April—the first week in this year’s joyous season of Easter. The “alleluias,” which we buried for the season of Lent, have been set loose once again, and the promise of resurrection is everywhere to be seen. The warmer days of April will yield spring in all its glorious array, and soon our thoughts will be of graduations and the changes those passages always portend. As I write these words, however, it is a damp, chilly day in mid-March, and I am finding warmth in the remembrance of our recent Youth Sunday…and a few weeks before, our Campus Ministry Sunday. Those two Sundays this year were so full of promise, so rich with hope for the Church, especially in these days when the larger Church, which was founded on the good news of Easter, has found itself in many ways dispirited and weary. I wish others could have witnessed what we witnessed— thoughtful, honest, searching youth and young adults giving voice to the hope that is in them and to the faith that is seeking to take root in their lives. So many of you told me those Sundays were heartening for you, too, even in this vibrant, healthy congregation in which we worship and serve. Each of the young people who opened the Scripture for us on those days spoke from their hearts, and what good hearts and good instincts they all have. Their parents and church school teachers and youth advisers should be rightly proud of the way the Word has found a home in their witness. One of them, Kim Rubish, moved me to tears when she spoke of the way this congregation’s youth and leaders had made a home for her, leading to her confirmation and baptism on Youth Sunday of 2012. With a quiet eloquence she spoke of the difference her baptism had and had not made in her life. If you missed her and her fellow seniors’ meditations on March 17, I encourage you to seek them out online on the church’s Website at www.upcch.org.
Letter from Karla Koll in Guatemala 10-11
Without wanting to limit the miraculous work of grace all around us all the time, I would nonetheless argue that most of the time such stories do not materialize in a vacuum. They take shape in shared communities of love and worship and compassion and encouragement, the kind of community Kim found in the life of University Church and its Youth Choir and Presbyterian Youth Connection. When such an awakening happens, it is its own kind of miracle, its own moment of grace and resurrection. That it happened here, in the life of this good congregation, within a great group of young people and their loving and challenging advisors, and with Kim McNeill’s splendid leadership, does not surprise me for a moment. But goodness, it was gratifying to hear the story of that moving journey to baptism and beyond…and to hear it told so well.
A joyous Easter season to you all, full of grace and peace.
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Robert E. Dunham
University Presbyterian Church is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is a Stephen Ministry Congregation
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Our Church Family “Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord,” James 5:14. Due to privacy concerns and HIPAA laws, there are no notifications or lists at any local hospitals or clinics which would inform the church if you are hospitalized, receiving treatment or undergoing surgery.
The UPC congregation and its pastors take seriously the call to pray and be present with those who are in need, so we encourage you, a friend or a family member to let us know if you have scheduled surgery or have been admitted to the hospital. During the week, please call the church office at (919) 929-2102, and over the weekend, please call one of the pastors. Thank you.
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H ow t o S u b m i t A r t i c l e s fo r T h e Su n d ay B u l l e t i n’s Announcemen ts O r f o r t h e M o n t h l y N ew s l e t t e r, The Chimes Please submit articles for the monthly newsletter (The Chimes) or announcements for the worship bulletin (Weekly Announcements) to our Publications Coordinator, Jennifer Potts. Email her at email@example.com or call (919) 929-2102, extension 113.
Th e Ch im es i s a p u b l i c a t i o n o f U n i v e r s i t y P r e s by t e r i an C h u r c h The Chimes is published monthly. Deadline for submission of articles is the 15th of each month for the following month’s edition (with a few exceptions to accommodate holiday schedules). Please include your name, phone number and email address. The newsletter is posted on the church’s Website (www.upcch.org) and on www.issuu.com/upcch. Send article submissions and inquiries to Newsletter Editor, University Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 509, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-0509, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The church office may be reached by telephone at (919) 929-2102, by fax at (919) 929-7669 or by email at email@example.com. Visit the UPC Website (www.upcch.org) or the UPC Facebook page (www.facebook.com/upcch) for more information. ** Deadline for the May edition is noon on Monday, April 15, 2013. University Presbyterian Church Staff: Robert E. Dunham, Pastor; Anna Pinckney Straight, Associate Pastor; John Rogers, Associate Pastor for Campus Ministry; Heather Ferguson, Staff Associate for Education; Kim McNeill, Staff Associate for Youth and Congregational Life; Thomas Brown, Minister of Music; Beth Auman Visser, Youth and Children's Choir Director; Ellen Parker, Director, UPPS; Jeanette Schmidt, Office Manager; Cristen Mugford, Financial Administrator; Karen Fisher, Director of Membership; Jennifer Potts, Publications Coordinator; Dennis Dallke, Property Manager; Rob Kurtz, Sexton.
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P r e s by t e r i an Yo u t h Co n n e c t i o n i n Ap r i l Don’t miss all the fun happening at PYC this spring! All 6th-12th graders are encouraged to participate. Meet in the Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Pick-up is at 8 p.m. in the UPC parking lot. Contact Kim McNeill, Staff Associate for Youth and Congregational Life, for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. We invite youth and parents to follow our Twitter page @UPCPYC. Go to https://twitter.com/upcpyc.
P YC Ap r i l C al e n d a r PYC is held on Sundays from 6-8 p.m. and begins in the Fellowship Hall unless otherwise noted. April 3-6: Middle School DC Service Trip Sunday, April 7: High School Only: Dinner on Franklin St. (Meet in the Youth Center) Sunday, April 14: Class Dinners: Location for each grade TBA. MYC forms and fees due Sunday, April 21: University United Methodist Kickball Tourney Sunday, April 28: Talking about my Faith Deep and Wide for UPC parents, 7 p.m., Sanctuary
T h a n k Yo u , Yo u t h A d v i s o r s !
We love you Jim Baxley, Steve Kennedy, Sarah Lineberry, Rebecca Lineberry, Jason and Sarah Morales, Sarah Thompson, Brian Curran and Alex Wilkins! Presbyterian Youth Connection is grateful to our dedicated Youth Advisors who, every week, help make PYC a warm, inviting space for our 6th-12th graders to be encouraged and supported on their faith journey. We couldn’t do it without you!
N ew H o p e C a m p a n d C o n f e r e n c e C e n t e r ’s A n n u a l Au c t i o n Please plan to attend New Hope Camp and Conference Center’s 9th Annual Auction and Appetizers! The event will take place at New Hope on Saturday, April 6, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the camp Dining Hall. Tickets are $20 per person and include a sampling of appetizers and desserts (enough to make a meal!) and an open wine bar. You will also have a chance to bid on items during a silent auction and a live auction. All proceeds will go toward the Fleming Renovation and Summer Camp Program. For more information, please contact email@example.com or (919) 942-4716 or visit the New Hope Website at www.newhopeccc.org. Photos of items to be auctioned off will be posted as they become available. Some of the items will include tickets to various events in and around the Triangle, such as UNC Basketball games, the Shakori Hills Music Festival and Carolina Panthers games. Please join us for an evening of good food and fun and to support a great cause!
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We C e l e b r a t e O u r N ew M e m b e r s In March, University Presbyterian Church welcomed the following new members into the life of the church. The neighborhood assignment is designated within brackets. James, Marcey, Madison and Paige Clark—The Clark family comes to UPC by transfer of their membership from the First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach, SC. James (a native of Elizabeth City, North Carolina) and Marcey (a native of Strafford, New Hampshire) met at the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont. While they have lived in many places working as chefs, including Myrtle Beach from 2007 to 2012, they moved to Chapel Hill this summer for James to accept the position of Executive Chef at the Carolina Crossroads Restaurant at The Carolina Inn. Marcey, a pastry chef who works with individual clients, is an independent consultant with Thirty-One Gifts. Madison is in the 6th grade and is a member of the Youth Choir. Paige is in kindergarten and is in the Children’s Choir. Welcome!
F a m i l y H e a l t h M i n i s t r i e s P r e s e n t s, “A n E ve n i n g fo r H a i t i : B u i l d i n g t h e L e o g a n e F a m i l y H e a l t h C e n t e r ” This event raises money towards building the Leogane Family Health Center facility in Leogane, Haiti. The health center will aid in improving healthcare for women and children. The event will be held on April 20, 2013 at the Durham Arts Council from 6:00 9:00 p.m. There will be silent and live auctions, food and music! Tickets are $50 for adults (please purchase by April 19) and $30 for students. For more information, please call (919) 382-5500 or visit www.familyhm.org. Thank you for your support!
S u p p o r t t h e C RO P H u ng e r Wa l k - A p r i l 2 1 UPC is a proud sponsor of the 27th Annual Chapel Hill/ Carrboro CROP Hunger Walk! The CROP Walk is an annual fundraiser held in our area to benefit Church World Service and the Inter-Faith Council in their efforts to fight hunger globally and locally. Church World Service distributes 75 percent of the money raised in CROP Walks to hunger relief programs, refugee assistance, disaster relief and self-help projects in more than 80 countries. The remaining 25 percent stays in Carrboro and Chapel Hill to support the IFC’s Food Pantry and Community Kitchen.
through the UNC campus. A 2mile loop and 0.8 mile mini-walk are also planned this year, so anyone can participate! There are several ways to support the CROP Walk. You can sign up to walk as part of the UPC CROP Walk Team. You can sponsor one of our walkers, or you can make a secure online donation through our UPC Team page.
This year, the walk will begin at the Carrboro Town Commons Visit http://hunger.cwsglobal.org/goto/UPCcropwalk2013 or on Sunday, April 21. Registration will be at 1:30 p.m., and the go to the UPC Website at www.upcch.org and click walk starts at 2:30. Hundreds of walkers will stroll the four“Outreach” and then “Local Outreach” to sign up or make a mile route along the streets of Chapel Hill and Carrboro and donation. Questions? Call Becky Gollmar at (919) 932-7656 or Page 4 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Are We There Yet? (The Story of Moses and the Exodus)
by To m L o n g a n d A l l e n Po t e p e r fo r m e d by t h e
U n i ve r s i t y P r e s by t e r ia n C h u r c h J u n i o r an d C h i l d r e n’s C h o i r s A p r i l 1 2 a t 7 p. m . a n d A p r i l 14 a t 8 :3 0 a . m .
in the Sanctuary
In this 45-minute retelling of the Exodus story, the Junior and Children’s Choirs will try to capture with humor and song the humanity of Moses, Miriam, Aaron, Joshua and the Pharaoh, as well as communicate the eternal truths within the story. Moses is a towering figure in the history of Israel. Moses’ first response when God calls him is the very human fear of failure. Like so many accounts in the Bible, at the heart of a great spiritual event, we find some people a lot like ourselves. Join us for the story of Moses and the Hebrew peoples’ journey out of Egypt, as our children lead us in worship.
UPC Children’s Choir For more information about the Youth, Junior and Children’s Choirs at University Presbyterian Church, contact Beth Auman Visser email@example.com. You can also visit the UPC Website at www.upcch.org and click “Music” or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/upcch. Click “Like” to receive updates about UPC choirs and other program information. “All God’s Children Got a Place in the Choir!”
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Adult Christian Education Term 6: April 7—May 19 Glory to God: Music in Worship and in the Life of Faith: The first four Sundays of this class will be led by Tom Warburton. The remaining Sundays will feature two guests to be announced and Tom Brown, the Organist and Director of Music at University Presbyterian Church. April 7: The Presbyterian Hymnal as Music Primer: Reading the Hymnal: major and minor modes; rhythm basics; melody in the expression of text; kinds of melody; moods of hymns; historical traditions of hymnody. April 14: The Presbyterian Hymnal as Foundation of Worship: Structure of the Hymnal; the liturgical year; poetic and musical structure; understanding the function of the hymns. April 21: The Pipe Organ, Music Instrument of the Church: Basic structure of the organ; the façade of our organ: fundamentals of organ sound; types of pipes; registers; music for the organ; why Bach’s music is so important. We will talk about music such as we hear for the organ voluntary each Sunday. April 28: Traditions in Choral Music: How music is written for choirs; important choral traditions (motet, oratorio, cantata, anthem, hymn-anthem). May 5 and May 12: TBA May 19: Facilitated by Tom Brown Location: Terrace Room The Presence of Evil: What are We to Say? The presence of evil has always been puzzling to Christians. How can Almighty God, whose character defines what it means to be good, allow evil to befall innocent people either from natural disasters or the wickedness of other people? In this class, we will explore some faithful responses to this puzzle. Part of our inspiration will come from Thomas G. Long, whose book What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith will guide our discussions. It won’t be assumed that participants will read the book.
May 12: What does the Book of Job have to tell us about evil? May 19: What does Jesus’ Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds (in Matthew 13) tell us about evil? Location: Vance Barron Hall Facilitators: Dick Prust, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, St. Andrews Presbyterian College (now St. Andrews University) and author of Wholeness: the Character Logic of Christian Belief; and Bob Dunham Feasting on the Word: Feasting on the Word is a resource that incorporates the uniqueness of the award-winning Feasting on the Word commentaries to explore one of the weekly Lectionary passages in ways that engage participants in faithful learning and discussion. The lessons provide comprehensive, accessible biblical background for facilitators from four theological perspectives. The passage for study each week is often the same text used in Sunday worship and offers even more reflection and conversation. April 7: John 20:19–31. Facilitated by Patty Baum. April 14: Acts 9:1–20. April 21: Psalm 23. Facilitated by John Rogers. April 28: Revelation 21:1–6. May 5: Acts 16:9–15. May 12: Acts 16:16–34. May 19: Acts 2:1–21. Location: Education Office So You’re Presbyterian…What do you believe? Some of the things we believe are held in common by all Christians. Other things are more particular to the Reformed Tradition. Still others are unique to Presbyterians. So, what do we believe? Are questions and doubts allowed?
April 7: The Trinitarian God April 14: Salvation or justification by grace through faith April 21: God’s sovereignty (with a short side journey down April 7: Introduction to the problem of moral and natural evil, the path of predestination) the so-called “chess game” of theodicy. April 28: Centrality and authority of the Bible April 14: The challenge of understanding what it means to call May 5: Priesthood of all believers God “almighty.” April 21: A pastor’s response to evil; the discussion will be led May 12: Worship and the Sacraments May 19: Community, questions, doubt and the importance of by Bob Dunham. the mind in the life of faith April 28: Is moral evil just an old term for mental illness? A conversation with Jay Williamson, a clinical psychologist. After participating in this class, people are sure to notice you May 5: How the ancient Church Fathers responded to the and say, “My goodness, you look very Presbyterian today!” problem of evil. Facilitators: Anna Pinckney Straight and Others Location: Stephen Ministry Room Page 6
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University Presbyterian Church 2013 Women’s Retreat Registration Deadline Extended to Sunday, April 7 Where: Laurel Ridge Conference Center, Laurel Springs, NC (2.5 Hours from Chapel Hill) When: April 19-21, 2013 (Friday arrival any time after 4:00 p.m. and Sunday departure after lunch) This Year’s Theme: Living into the Answers: Seeking God’s Yearnings for Our Lives There comes a time in most Christians’ lives when they sense the difference between making a decision and discerning God’s purpose for their lives. While decision-making and discernment are intricately related, there is a difference. Consider this statement, “Discernment is appropriate anytime we have a decision to make.... paying attention to the process of discerning God’s desire starts us on a journey down paths that lead to abundant life.” Spiritual discernment is not a one-time event but rather a life long journey. During this retreat, we will explore together what it means to find God’s yearning for our lives through faithful spiritual discernment. The cost of the retreat is $200 (double occupancy, private bath) and $270 (single occupancy, private bath), which includes lodging, meals and materials. Scholarship funds are available by contacting Heather Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration deadline has been extended to Sunday, April 7. Register online at http://goo.gl/Q12FO. If you have any questions, you can contact Heather Ferguson at email@example.com.
Take Me To the Water: Seeing God’s Gift of Life and Blessing through Water 2013 Vacation Church School for Children 3 Years to Rising 5th Grade Where: Camp New Hope (Monday-Thursday) and University Presbyterian Church (Friday) When: June 24–28, 2013; 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Using five biblical texts that use water to illustrate God’s provision of life and blessing, Take Me to the Water, will be a Vacation Church School to remember! The daily stories will help children understand faith as they explore the use of water in Biblical times, as well as water issues around the world today. Through these stories and by acknowledging the place of water in our lives, children will know that God is the source of life. Activities will take place Monday through Thursday at Camp New Hope and we will gather at UPC on Friday to participate in a special “lifegiving” service project. Cost for this year’s vacation church school is $40 per child with an $80 maximum on families. Scholarship funds are available by contacting Heather Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have other questions, contact the VCS Director, Karen Vandersea, at email@example.com. Registration has begun for UPC members, will begin on April 15 for non-members, and closes on May 1. Forms for child registration and volunteer registration are available on the UPC Website. Go to www.upcch.org and click the “Education” tab and then “Vacation Church School.” You can also go to www.upcch.org/info/vacation_church_school.html.
Deep and Wide for UPC Parents Deep and Wide for UPC parents of youth and children, along with other members of our congregation, is a weekly gathering where we can gather together and experience the deep, wide and refreshing presence of God Please join us for our last gathering of the program year on Sunday, April 28, from 7:00 - 7:45 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The theme for this final gathering will be “Amen!” All are welcome! Throughout the past several months, we have been using themes from Anne Lamott’s newest book, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers. Within music, silence, prayer and the reading of scripture and other holy texts, God offers us nourishment for the journey of faith. A special thank you to everyone who has participated in Deep and Wide for UPC Parents.
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PCM S p ri ng Br e ak Tr ip to S a n F r a nc i sc o t o Wor k w i th the S F Foo d Ba nk a nd L o ca l Foo d Pan tr ie s
The group of UNC and NCCU PCM students
PCM students packaging pasta
Food pantry at St. Gregory of Nyssa
Saturday afternoon devotional at Fort Mason
Presbyterian Campus Ministry (PCM) offers programming for undergraduate, graduate and professional students and welcomes new participants at any time. The programming is supported by the outreach of University Presbyterian Church. For more information see www.uncpcm.com or contact John Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 929-2102.
P r e s by t e r i a n Wo m e n S p r i n g D i n n e r Tu e s d a y, M a y 1 4 , 2 0 1 3 Please save the date, Tuesday May 14, for the next annual Presbyterian Women Spring Dinner in the Fellowship Hall, held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. All women from the church are welcome! A delicious dinner will be catered for $12 per person. This dinner provides women of our congregation with a wonderful time of fun, fellowship and song, as well as a chance to learn what we are involved in. Please make your reservation by emailing Cass Swon at email@example.com, Myrah Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or Betty Hutton at email@example.com. We welcome any questions you might have about the dinner this year.
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L o c a l O u t r e a ch N ew s : N ew Ho p e Ca m p a n d Co n f e r e n c e C e n t e r I m p r ov e m e n t s New Hope Camp and Conference Center receives $15,000.00 annually for operating costs from UPC. In addition, an endowment grant of $4,000.00 was provided this year for necessary repairs. New Hope Camp and Conference Center is a busy and vibrant ministry which University Presbyterian Church supports throughout the year. We will host over 4,500 children at various activities this year. Many adults come through our gates as well. Our mission is to provide, within a unique natural setting, a place apart for all persons of all ages and faiths to grow in their relationship with God, themselves, and others in an environment of Christian hospitality. This is what you support. Our most recent capital improvement is to the building called Fleming Hall. Fleming Hall has been an integral part of this camp for over 50 years. It has served us well through the years, and numerous improvements have been made over the last couple of years. New windows have been installed; the roof has been repaired and shingled; the building has been painted; both heating and air units have been replaced; the floor has been sanded and returned to the natural wood, and new ceiling fans have been installed. We have invested in Fleming Hall because it serves a very important role in the ministry here. During summer camp session, Fleming Hall is where summer campers begin and end their day. Every weekday morning during the summer, Fleming Hall teems with activity as the camp day begins with a gathering and a rousing round of spirited energizers. Throughout the day, Fleming is where the campers come for the Bible portion of their day, and at the end of the day, it’s back to Fleming for another round of those great energizers. Fleming is headquarters for the summer camp. More than 400 children begin their summer camp experience in Fleming Hall.
Fleming Hall remains a center of activity for New Hope Camp and Conference Center outside of summer camp. Fleming Hall and the Dining hall are our two large meeting spaces. Through the year, church services, yoga groups, tai-chi groups, a Baha’i gathering, Duke Bereavement, weaving groups, wedding receptions, birthday parties, anniversary parties, church retreats, business meetings, art experiences, choir retreats, UNC, Duke, and Elon events, workshops, and other events too numerous to mention are hosted in Fleming Hall. As you can see, Fleming Hall serves a very important role in the ministry here at New Hope. Although the meeting space with a nice stone fireplace can serve many groups very well, the restrooms and kitchen areas are totally inadequate to serve up to 120 people in the assembly room. We need much larger restrooms that will be ADA compliant, high-low water fountains, and a catering-type of kitchen. With these improvements, Fleming will scream “use me” to a host of groups that cannot presently use this beautiful building. Both the UPC Vacation Bible School and preschool come out and spend time with us each year. We also see your youth several times a year. Your support is vital to our ministry and is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, give Richard Stevens a call and have a conversation. Or even better yet, come out and walk the property and feel the spirit that is present in this special place. ~ Richard Stevens, Executive Director
M a r c h N ew s f r o m N ew H o p e C a m p a n d C o n f e r e n c e C e n t e r New Hope Camp and Conference Center is on the move. Some would believe that this time of year would be slow at camp, but that’s not the least bit true! We have added four initiatives for the beginning of a low ropes course. They are whale watch, zig-zag, portal, and God’s finger. We already have spider web and islands. We have put these along the “Hole in the Wall” trail. There are a few more we will add as time goes by. We are getting more and more requests for a team building experience from our guests. We have almost completed pottery and a woodworking shed. We were given a pottery kiln for which we need a home. This will allow us to add pottery to our arts and crafts program for the summer and puts us one step closer to our goal of becoming known as the camp for the arts.
As mentioned above, we also are closer to realizing the renovation of the bathroom and kitchen space on Fleming Hall. We welcomed Suzanne Blankfard as our new office assistant. Suzanne is from one of our camp families and comes to us with a world of experience. She will start April 6 for the Auction and Appetizer Evening. If you see Suzanne at the auction, please make sure to welcome her to the New Hope team. Not the least of what keeps us busy is the registration of summer campers. At present, we are a little ahead of where we were last spring at this time. We always look forward to the day summer camp begins and the property swells with the sound of young voices ready to begin a wonderful new summer. Do you want to know more? Please come out and visit us and see what all the excitement is about. The ministry will not be complete without your presence. You can also learn more by visiting our Website at www.newhopeccc.org.
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A L e t t e r F r o m Ka r l a Ko l l i n G u a t e m a l a , L e n t 2 0 1 3 Is not this the fast that I choose; to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? - Isaiah 58:6 and Theological Formation program of CEDEPCA. I first visited the church while on mission interpretation assignment Once again the liturgical calendar has brought us around to in the spring of 2008. My visit led to a joint trip to Guatemala the season of Lent. Last year as Lent was beginning I was just through CEDEPCA’s Intercultural Encounters program by starting my journey with breast cancer. This year I am recover- folks from University Presbyterian and Chapel in the Pines in ing from treatment. I have returned to teaching theology May of 2009. Chapel in the Pines joined the community of classes at the Evangelical Center for Pastoral Studies in Cenchurches that give toward my support. I visited Chapel Hill tral America (CEDEPCA). again in October of 2011 in the company of Juana Herlinda Yac Salanic, a Guatemalan friend who served as an InternaLent is a time for reflecting on the world’s need for God as tional Peacemaker for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). well as our own brokenness. This Lent I am celebrating something I have learned over and over again in the last year: we do I wrote to all of the folks I knew from the two churches in not have to face brokenness in the world or our own pain Chapel Hill, “Will you all take care of me if I come?” I did not alone because we are part of a believing community. know that they would care for me so well. My first sojourn in Chapel Hill, which lasted from late February to late March, We Presbyterians have a particular way of understanding and included lots of tests as well as a lumpectomy. I was hosted by embodying how we are tied together in community. We speak a family in Chapel in the Pines who shared their home and of a connectional church. In part this means that each local occasionally their car. After receiving chemotherapy in Quetcongregation belongs a presbytery. Presbyteries in turn are zaltenango, I returned to Chapel Hill in early September for part of synods and of the General Assembly. Being a connectwo months of radiation treatments. A retired pastor let me tional church also has implications for the way we live out housesit her beautiful home. A couple from University PresbyChrist’s call to participate in God’s mission around the world. terian Church lent me a car for my daily trips to the hospital. Both congregations welcomed me into their lives and activiMission co-workers like myself are sent out by the whole ties, though most weekends I was away visiting other church. Though congregations, presbyteries and individuals are encouraged to designate part of their giving to the support churches. of mission co-workers, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) World To help mission co-workers face the costs of unforeseen Mission prepares us and sends us out on behalf of the whole problems, World Mission maintains an Extra Commitment church. Through World Mission the whole church commits to Opportunity account for missionary pastoral care (#E864021). our support and care. Churches and individuals contributed enough on my behalf to One of the ways World Mission cares for mission co-workers is by providing us with comprehensive health insurance through a carrier that specializes in coverage for people working outside of the United States. When I received my diagnosis I knew that most of my medical expenses would be covered. Dear Companions in Mission,
When my diagnosis was made public, a college friend who is the moderator of the Global Outreach Committee of University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, wrote to me immediately. As part of the biology faculty at the University of North Carolina, he is involved in cancer research. “You have to come to Chapel Hill,” he told me. While the surgeon here did a marvelous job on my mastectomy, the sophisticated diagnostic equipment needed to determine if the cancer had spread does not exist in Guatemala. University Presbyterian Church has supported Presbyterian Women in Guatemala and made occasional gifts to the Biblical Karla with her husband, Javier Torrez, in their home in Quetzaltenango.
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A L e t t e r F r o m Ka r l a Ko l l , co n t . cover both of my round-trip plane tickets from Guatemala to North Carolina as well as the medical expenses my insurance didn’t cover.
Lent began on Ash Wednesday with the reading above from Isaiah, a reminder that God desires our spiritual disciplines, during Lent as well as other times, to be part of the struggles to work for justice and free people from that which opSeveral churches in my support network also sent care packpresses. Illness certainly oppresses. Our prayers take concrete ages to Guatemala with visitors. The gifts of herbal teas, dried form as we care for one another. My family and I are so gratecranberries, books, scarves and hats cheered me up and helped ful for the care we received during the past year. Thank you all me get through the days of chemotherapy and beyond. Three so much. I look forward to your ongoing support as I conprayer shawls and a prayer quilt found their way to me. tinue to serve in mission here in Central America. Sisters and brothers here in Central America also cared for me. Co-workers from CEDEPCA accompanied me the day I had surgery. Former students and groups from several Presbyterian churches as well as two presbyteries around Quetzaltenango paid pastoral visits. My colleagues at the Latin American Biblical University in Costa Rica kept in regular touch via e-mail and Skype.
In resurrection hope, Karla
Rev. Dr. Karla Ann Koll Latin American Biblical University Evangelical Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America CEDEPCA But most all I am grateful for the prayers that have surrounded Mission Co-Worker, PC (USA) me and my family during the past year. I have awakened every To learn more about Karla Ann Koll’s work and how you can morning knowing that people throughout the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and around the world are praying for me and support her mission and ministry , please visit www.presbyterianmission.org/give/E200373. my recovery, as well as for the work of CEDEPCA here in Guatemala. These prayers have carried me forward.
Session Digest At the March meeting of Session, we: • listened to a devotion and prayer by Sandy Alexander on the importance of compassion, noting Bible passages 1 Peter
3:8 and Matthew 5:9; • approved the 2013 budget, which was a hybrid of four different budgets considered by the Administration Committee; • approved summer sabbatical proposals for John Rogers and Kim McNeill; • approved hiring Katy Walters as our summer intern, who will assume a number of responsibilities during the summer
months, including leading the summer youth trips; • endorsed the upcoming March 31-April 6 mission trip to Haiti; • approved granting an easement to the City of Chapel Hill for sidewalk renovations on Henderson Street; • approved the baptism of Clara Whitney Sanford, the daughter of Bill and Katie Sanford; • received a report from Nancy Oates, our commissioner to the February 23 New Hope Presbytery meeting in Wake For-
est. Nancy commented on the excellent discussion regarding the future role of our presbytery and the wonderful diversity we have within our presbytery. Ted Churn was elected as the new Executive Presbyter for New Hope Presbytery; and • approved the Capital Campaign Tithe Task Force members: Portia Christensen, Brian Curran, Lisa Lord, Lee Scott and
Ashley Wilson. ~Mary Ellen Olson, Clerk of Session
We w e l c o m e a l l f a c u l t y, s t u d e n t s , n e w c o m e rs and v i s i t o rs . University Presbyterian Church is affiliated with The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is a Stephen Ministry Congregation. On Sunday mornings, worship services are held at 8:30 and 11:00 and church school for all ages at 9:45 a.m. Children of all ages are welcomed and cherished by this congregation. Childcare for infants through kindergarteners is provided on Sunday mornings by our paid sitters and parent volunteers.
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The Sanctuary is wheel-chair accessible. Handicapped parking spaces are available, and a parking assistant will be available to help you out of your car. Assistive hearing devices and large-print bulletins and hymnals are available during worship. Office hours: Monday—Friday 8:30-4:30. Call (919) 929-2102 for more information. Learn more about our programs from the church Website (www.upcch.org) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/upcch).
H e l p S u p p o r t t h e 2 0 1 3 N A M I Wa l k For the second year, UPC has a group participating in the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walk in Raleigh on Saturday, May 4. We would love to have you join our group and/or make a donation to support our UPC NAMI Walk effort. The walk is a 2.2 mile circuit on the Dorothea Dix Campus in Raleigh and begins at 10:00 a.m. You don’t have to walk the entire way to participate. Bring your friends, your neighbors and your pets. Help provide hope and help to those suffering from mental illness and their families by joining the UPC NAMI Walk Team or by making a donation to this cause. We can arrange carpooling to the site in Raleigh for anyone who needs a ride To join the UPC team, or to make a donation to one of our NAMI Walk team members, please contact Dot Cansler (firstname.lastname@example.org; 919-918-3680), Dana Greenwood (email@example.com; 919-622-3795) or Mellicent Blythe (firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-929-1008), or go directly to the NAMI Walk Website: http://goo.gl/B0X8s From this site, you can register as a walker or make a secure donation to one of the walkers on our team. Our team name is UPC-CH. We had a great time last year, and we can’t wait to participate again this year!
S o ci a l M e d i a a t U P C ! Stay up-to-date with everything happening at the church, including information about programs, events and special services, by joining the UPC Facebook page! Visit www.facebook.com/upcch and click “Like” to join. Follow Presbyterian Youth Connection (PYC) on Twitter @upcpyc. Go to https://twitter.com/upcpyc and click “Follow.” Through this page, you’ll learn what’s happening each Sunday at PYC, as well as other youth events.