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Dear Friends, Several of you have asked me recently how the Faith Forward capital campaign and annual stewardship of the church are doing. I write to give you a brief update. As of the day I am writing (February 19), here is how we stand:
MARCH Special Services: Holy Week/Easter
Our Church Family
How to Submit Articles for the Bulletin and The Chimes
Congregational Meeting: March 24
Choirs Sing in March!
Youth Sunday: March 17
Couples Weekend Workshop
New Hope Annual Auction
We Celebrate New Members
Presbyterian Women Spring Dinner
Presbyterian Youth Connection
Presbyterian Campus Ministry
Adult Christian Education
2013 Women’s Retreat
Vacation Church School
Deep and Wide for UPC Parents
Volunteers Needed for Haiti Preparation Workshop: March 23
Update: UPC Men’s Trip to Haiti
An Evening for Haiti: Building the Leogane Family Health Center
Who Are the Deacons and What Do They Do?
Music Scholarship Opportunity
Local Outreach News
Gifts of Beauty and Bounty Order Form: Due March 25
Support the 2013 NAMI Walk
Social Media at UPC! (www.facebook.com/upcch) (www.twitter.com/upcpyc)
Faith Forward Capital Campaign: Total pledges Unpledged gifts received Gift transfer in process Total
$3,458,062 $49,159 $25,000 $3,532,221
As you may remember, we had a campaign goal of $4.2 million. We are still receiving pledges for the project. We have also been working with our contractor, C.T. Wilson Construction Company of Durham, to do some value engineering on the project, and we believe our final costs will come in below that total figure, even when we include the campaign tithe (which will be calculated on the amount we actually receive). The Session has approved the first phase of spending on the campaign—the renovations to the Sanctuary organ—which we hope to complete this spring and summer. The town’s application process for the new addition and interior renovations will take us another 12 months or so, and if all goes well, we anticipate beginning that work during the spring of 2014. This month, the Session will name a task force to begin the work of recommending expenditures of the campaign tithe. Annual Stewardship (2013) In annual stewardship, the congregation has provided pledges for 2013 totaling more than $1,550,000, which represents a three-percent increase in pledges from 2012. This total is cause for celebration and, at the same time, will necessitate further consideration. Last year’s (2012) budget was balanced with a scheduled draw of some $41,000 in reserves. The Session sought not to draw on reserve funds to balance the budget in 2013, so pledges needed to increase by more than $41,000 before any increases in spending could be approved. The pledges did so, but barely. The Session had hoped to offer modest salary increases to our staff, make some small increases to our program budget and add a proportional increase to our outreach spending. However, at this time, it appears that there are insufficient pledges to allow increases in spending in some areas without balancing cuts in other areas. So, when the Session meets March 14 to finalize the 2013 budget, the elders will have to make some choices. The most straightforward option may be to maintain a flat budget, with no increases this year, but the Session may choose a different path. We promise to keep you posted. Of one thing we are absolutely certain: when one puts together the congregation’s strong commitment to the Faith Forward campaign and its increased annual support, it has been a truly remarkable season in the life of University Church. On behalf of the Session, I offer our profound gratitude for your stewardship of the treasure at the heart of our life together. Grace and peace,
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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S p e c i a l Se rv i c e s: H o l y We e k a nd E a st e r Passion/Palm Sunday, March 24: 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Worship Services Maundy Thursday, March 28: 7:30 p.m. Worship Service, Communion served Good Friday, March 29: 7:30 p.m. Worship Service, Service of Tenebrae Easter/Resurrection of the Lord, March 31: 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Worship Services, One Great Hour of Sharing Offering received; No Church School this morning Easter Brunch, March 31: 9:45 a.m. Please plan to attend this event as we celebrate the joy of Easter with our church family. The Congregational Life Committee will host a potluck brunch at 9:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall on Easter Sunday, March 31. Beverages will be provided and we ask that each member of the congregation bring a breakfast dish to share, such as quiche, danish, muffins, fruit, etc. We hope you can join us on this joyous occasion! One Great Hour of Sharing Offering: On Easter Sunday, March 31, we will be receiving the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. Since 1949, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through this special offering to share God’s love with those in need. This offering helps support the work of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Self-Development of People program and the Presbyterian Hunger Program.
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.
Visit our Website at www.upcch.org
H ow to S u b m i t A r tic le s fo r th e S u n d a y B u l le tin a n d fo 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. The church office may be reached by telephone at (919) 929-2102, by fax at (919) 929-7669 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the UPC Website (www.upcch.org) or the UPC Facebook page (www.facebook.com/upcch) for more information. ** Deadline for the April edition is noon on Friday, March 15, 2013. UPC 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 l e a s e Jo i n U s : C o n g r e g a t i o n a l M e e t i n g S u n d a y, M a r c h 2 4 , 2 0 1 3 a t N o o n The session has called a Congregational Meeting on March 24 after the 11 a.m. worship service to review the 2012 Annual Report to the Congregation. The report will be made available to church members through the UPC Website (www.upcch.org) and through the Weekly E-News. Some printed copies will also be available in the narthex a few Sundays before the meeting. If you would like a copy mailed to you, please call the church office at (919) 929-2102.
T h e Yo u t h , J u n i o r a n d C h i l d r e n ' s C h o i r s S i n g i n M a r c h ! The Junior Choir will be singing the spiritual, I Want Jesus to Walk with Me, arranged by Hal H. Hopson, on March 10 at 11:00 a.m. worship. The Youth Choir will be leading the music in worship for both services on Youth Sunday, March 17 (see more below). The Junior and Children's Choirs will be singing the Introit at both the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services on Palm Sunday, March 24. They will be singing Hosanna by Christian Gregor antiphonally, with one choir in the front of the Sanctuary and one choir in the balcony. For more information about UPC choirs, please contact the Choir Director, Beth Auman Visser at email@example.com.
Yo u t h S u n d a y, M a r c h 1 7 The Youth Choir will be leading the music in worship on Youth Sunday, March 17, during the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services. They will be singing the spiritual, Walk in Jerusalem, arranged by Rollo A. Dilworth at the Offertory. Our PYC 6th12th graders will also lead UPC in worship for both services. For more information about UPC choirs, contact the Choir Director, Beth Auman Visser at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about PYC, contact Kim McNeill, Staff Associate for Youth and Congregational Life, at email@example.com.
See you in worship on Sunday, March 17!
C o u p le s We e k e n d Wo r k s h o p : Ap r i l 1 3 - 1 4 , 2 0 1 3
New H o p e An n u a l Au c t io n : S a tu r d a y, Ap r i l 6 , 2 0 1 3
Attention Engaged Couples and Newlyweds: BOOST registration is now open! This is a weekend workshop to assist couples in achieving positive communication skills, while addressing important topics in marriage.
Please plan to attend New Hope Camp and Conference Centerâ€™s 9th Annual Auction and Appetizers! The event will take place at New Hope on April 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and include appetizers and an open bar. All proceeds will go toward the Fleming Renovation and Summer Camp Program.
BOOST will be held April 13-14, 2013. For registration forms (due by March 31) or questions, please talk to a clergy member or Emily Sartor Patterson (firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-270For more information, please contact email@example.com 1420). You may also visit the programâ€™s Website or (919) 942-4716 or visit www.newhopeccc.org. at www.boostforcouples.com.
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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 February, University Presbyterian Church welcomed the following new members into the life of the church. Kathy and Bruce Munson—Kathy and Bruce come to UPC by reaffirmation of their faith. When they married in 2002, they moved to Delaware because that was Bruce’s home and where his job required him to be; however, they always wanted to return to Chapel Hill, where Kathy had spent most of her adult life. To their great joy, that became possible in 2007. Between them, they have eleven grandchildren.
Bob Slater—Bob comes to UPC by reaffirmation of his faith. He moved to Chapel Hill from Arlington, Virginia to accept a position at a law firm in Greensboro and an adjunct teaching position at the KenanFlagler Business School in the area of entrepreneurial real estate. Bob is not a stranger to UPC, however, as his parents, John and Gibbs, were both active members of UPC when they moved to Chapel Hill in the 1970s.
Nicole and Barry Lake—Nicole and Barry come to UPC by reaffirmation of their faith. They met while Barry was living in Cary, NC and Nicole was living in Chapel Hill and working as a nurse at Duke Medical Center. Nicole was also a local tennis pro. Right after they married, they moved to Alexandria, Virginia where they lived for the next twelve years. They moved back in 2012 for Barry’s work, (he describes himself as a “Serial Entrepreneur”), and they have happily settled back into life in Chapel Hill.
Peter and Nancy Chikes—Peter and Nancy come to UPC by transfer of their membership from First Presbyterian Church in Concord, NC. They moved to Chapel Hill in 2012 when Peter joined the faculty of the UNC School of Medicine in the department of otolaryngology. Both Peter and Nancy are graduates of Duke University, and Peter then went on to attend medical school at UNC. He practiced medicine in Concord for more than 30 years. Nancy and Peter have four children and two grandchildren.
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. All women from the church are welcome! It will be a catered dinner in the Fellowship Hall from 6 to 8 p.m.. This dinner provides the women of our congregation with a wonderful time of fellowship and a chance to learn what the women of our church are involved in. Please RSVP by email. You may contact Cass Swon at firstname.lastname@example.org, Myrah Scott at email@example.com or Betty Hutton at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also welcome any questions you might have about the dinner this year.
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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 M a r c h All 6th-12th graders are invited to attend PYC from 6-8 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall (drop-off at 6 p.m.) and Youth Center (pick-up at 8 p.m. in the parking lot). This amazing group of teens meet every week as they help one another strive to be faithful Christians in the world. For more information contact Kim McNeill, Staff Associate for Youth and Congregational Life, at email@example.com. We invite youth and parents to follow our Twitter page @UPCPYC. Go to https://twitter.com/upcpyc
P YC M a r c h Ca l e n d a r PYC is held on Sundays from 6-8 p.m. and begins in the Fellowship Hall unless otherwise noted. Friday, March 1: Middle School Mystery Event, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. (check your PYC emails for details) Sunday, March 3: Youth Sunday Planning: High School only night Friday, March 8 - Sunday, March 10: High School Retreat at Camp Don Lee Sunday, March 10: Middle School only: What does it mean to honor my parents? Thursday, March 14: Senior breakfast (delayed opening) Saturday, March 16: Youth Sunday Practice, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sunday, March 17: Youth Sunday! Brunch between services; No PYC in the evening Sunday, March 24: Creative Worship; Deep and Wide for Parents, 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary Sunday, March 31: Easter—No PYC
P r e s by t e r i a n C a m p u s M i n i s t r y H i g h l i g h t s On March 9, we will have a group of 18 traveling to San Francisco for a week of volunteering at the San Francisco Food Bank. Within this group will be six participants from NCCU’s PCM. What a great opportunity to learn and grow in faith together! The group will be reading “Exodus from Hunger” by president of Bread for the World, David Beckmann. This past month, PCM's team that participated in Durham’s “Light the Night Walk” to fight Leukemia and Lymphoma were honored as the top fundraising team, raising over $7,000 for cancer research! With the team name “Strength for Sienna,” the team was put together by PCM’s service coordinator, Rebecca White, in honor of PCM senior Sienna Shute, who continues her battle against Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. A group of 14 graduating seniors, along with John Rogers and Brett Webb Mitchell, will be walking across England this coming May. The class of 2013 have been working hard deciding what they want to do together after they graduate this May. The group will be walking Hadrian’s Wall, followed by a week in the Edinburgh area. It will give us a great opportunity to reflect on our years together, as well as practicing Christian pilgrimage with one another. 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.
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Adult Christian Education Term 5: Through March 24, 9:45-10:45 a.m. Understanding and Practicing the Season of Lent: What is the history of Lent and where did it originate? What practices can families and individuals engage in during this time to more Poverty Around Us; How should we help? Speak out for those fully understand our highest holy day, Easter? What is really who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge happening during Holy Week? And what difference might righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. -Proverbs 31:8-9. Lenten practices make in the life and faith of me and my family? Join us for the continuing conversation on the season of Poverty has been a part of life since biblical times. Providing Lent and how the practices of Lent can enrich our experience food, clothing and shelter to those in need is a value Chrisand embolden our faith. tians hold dear. Even so, most of us struggle with the challenge of serving the impoverished. We don’t fully understand Mar. 3: “Resources to Open Us to the Transforming Experience the needs of the poor or their mindsets. We want to help but of Lent ” -Heather Ferguson don’t know where to start. We become frustrated when our Mar. 10: “The Teachings, Mystery and Majesty of Holy efforts don’t provide the result we envisioned. In trying to Week” -Tom Brown, Bob Dunham, Anna Pinckney Straight offer assistance, we are fearful for our safety. What can we do Mar. 17: “A Season of Sacrifice or a Time of Intentionality ” to make a difference? Join the Local Outreach Committee in -Heather Ferguson this ongoing discussion on the realities of poverty, our Mar. 24: “Lenten Practices in Real Life” -Panelists: Laura church’s downtown ministry, agencies working with those in Baxley, Kirk and Sarah Owen, Collette Drake, Jay and Mary poverty and how we might minister to those in need. Ann Klompmaker Mar. 3: “Downtown Ministry”—John Rogers and Bob Feasting on the Word: Feasting on the Word Dunham will speak about their ministry to people in need, is a resource that incorporates the uniqueboth from the community and church members ness of the award-winning Feasting on the Mar. 10: “Issues for Children in Poverty”—Guest speaker Word commentaries to explore one of the Graig Meyer (Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate) will address weekly Lectionary passages in ways that enissues of children, such as hunger/nutrition, home dynamics, gage participants in faithful learning and learning/education, violence discussion. The lessons provide comprehensive, accessible Mar. 17: “Agencies Working with Children in Poverty” biblical background for facilitators from four theological perPanelists: Reverend Maggie Crandall, Chatham Youth Develspectives. The passage for study is often the same text used in opment Center; Mike Cureton, Operation New Life: Joy Sunday worship and offers more reflection and conversation. Mac Vane, Table Mar. 24: “Call to Action”—Posters, literature and representa- Mar. 3: Isaiah 55:1–9. In the light of God’s dependable promtive from 10-12 agencies that UPC supports to speak to atises proclaimed by Isaiah, adults will respond in repentance, tendees about their agencies and volunteer opportunities praise and witness. Mar. 10: Luke 15:1–3, 11b–32. Responding to God’s grace in Connections: This class widens the circle Luke 15, participants will rejoice in divine forgiveness and of conversation and brings different forms heed Jesus’ call to forgive. of media before us to explore faith. It was Mar. 17: John 12:1–8. In exploring Mary’s act of devotion, created for those who seek God in everyday adults will ponder Christ’s extravagant generosity and conlife and long to build the community of sider ways to serve the poor. faith. Each week, we will discover the subtle Mar. 24: Luke 19:28–40, 23:1–49. Adults will identify with the and not-so-subtle messages of faith and spirituality in films crowds who shouted “Hosanna!” and will seek to honor and/or the written word. Adults of all ages and stages of the Jesus by promoting peace. journey are welcome.
All are welcome to adult education classes at UPC! Watch for more details for each class in the Weekly E-News and the Sunday bulletin. To sign up for E-News, click “Subscribe to ENews” at the bottom of the UPC Website (www.upcch.org).
Adult Education Opportunities Coming in April: Term 6: April 7—May 19 Glory to God: Classical Church Music Facilitator: Tom Warburton; Location: Terrace Room Feasting on the Word Facilitators: Variety of Members; Location: Education Office
What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering and the Crisis of Faith Facilitator: Dick Prust, Retired Philosophy Professor from St. Andrew College; Location: Vance Barron Hall So You’re Presbyterian…What does that mean? Facilitators: Anna Pinckney Straight and Others Location: Stephen Ministry Room
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Living into the Answers: Seeking God’s Yearnings for Our Lives University Presbyterian Church 2013 Women's Retreat 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) 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 email@example.com. Please register before April 1, as we will be sending out the final details to all participants the first week in April. You also can register online at http://goo.gl/Q12FO. If you have any questions, you can contact Heather Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 “life-giving” 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 email@example.com. If you have other questions, contact the VCS Director, Karen Vandersea, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration begins March 1 for UPC members; April 15 for non-members, and closes on May 1. Forms for child registration and volunteer registration will be 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 Testimonial from a participating UPC parent: “I didn’t think sitting in silence or meditation was anything I was capable of doing. The Sanctuary was set in a way to welcome this type of prayer, with the lighting and music lending itself to just letting go for awhile. We listened to Anne Lamott’s chapter on asking for help, and it also tied into Bob’s Sermon that morning. Deep and Wide is the ‘we're here to help’ that Bob mentioned. I do encourage everyone to attend. After just one Deep and Wide, I'm feeling my prayer practice become just that.” Over the next few months, UPC parents of youth and children, along with other members of our congregation, will continue to gather in the Sanctuary from 7:00 - 7:45 p.m. for a Deep and Wide experience designed with you in mind. We are 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. All are welcome! Please put these dates on your calendar: Sundays, March 24 and April 28. Join us for these gatherings and experience the deep, wide and refreshing presence of God.
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H a i t i , H e r e We C o m e ! Vo l u n t e e r s N e e d e d f o r P r e p ar a t i o n Wo r k s h o p, M a r c h 2 3 The team is finalizing plans for Haiti. Our departure will be March 29, Good Friday. We will visit our partners to get an update on what is happening in their lives. We will also be conducting teacher workshops for our special teachers in Blanchard, Cite Soleil., Holy Trinity School in Jacmel, Wings of Hope and our newest teacher-friends in Duplan. We could use some help with the workshop plans. If you have some time, here is how you can help: 1)
Come to a workshop to help prepare materials on Saturday, March 23. We will begin at 9:00 a.m. No special skills are needed. If you can count paper, stack materials in a bin or hold a pair of scissors, you are qualified. For more information contact Annette Munson (Annette.email@example.com, 919-929-4501). 2) Cut out pictures from magazines you are discarding. We could especially use pictures of nature and animals. Almost anything colorful will work. Contact Annette for this, as well (Annette.firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-929-4501). 3) For specific needs, contact Lisa Lord (email@example.com, 919-490-8635) or Kay Leaman (firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-929-5913) Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes. We are truly blessed to have the love and support of UPC members and staff. Our friends in Haiti are always in awe at how much our mission is supported by our church friends in Chapel Hill.
F r o m t h e U P C M e n ' s Tr i p t o H a i t i , J a n u a r y 2 6 - F e b r u ar y 2
The whole crew! Great job, everyone!
Mike Hammersley with crew members
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, â€œA 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 â€? 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 http://familyhm.org. Thank you for your support!
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W h o A r e t h e D e a c o n s a n d W h a t D o T h ey D o ? The Board of Deacons is comprised of 28 UPC members who have been called to serve our Congregation. Their primary responsibilities include acting as liaisons between members of the Congregation and the pastoral staff, helping to support and nurture the church family and helping members, non-members, families, friends and visitors connect with each other through the church. A new “Class” comprising about one-third of the Board of Deacons is installed each year and members of each Class serve three-year terms. There are nine members of each Class plus a Youth Deacon who serves for one year. Each Deacon is assigned to a “neighborhood” comprised of approximately 25 to 35 families who are members of the church. Sometimes the neighborhood actually is a neighborhood or several neighborhoods, such as Meadowmont and The Oaks. Other neighborhoods are comprised of larger geographies encompassing many smaller neighborhoods, rural areas and outlying areas. One of our Deacon’s neighborhoods, for example, encompasses Lake Hogan Farms as well as the rural areas north and west of Chapel Hill, such as Hillsborough and Mebane. What do the Deacons do? Lots of things! They work in “Care Teams” to support a variety of needs in the Congregation: • One of the Care Teams coordinates memorial receptions. They make sure there is food, drinks, supplies and volunteers so
that families can focus on the memorial service and not have to worry about the reception details in their time of grief. • Another Care Team writes notes and letters to families going through difficult times, welcoming a new baby or needing
some extra support. This team also visits homebound members and provides support in all sorts of situations. • Other teams support Carol Woods and Carolina Meadows assisted living communities. These teams visit with residents,
coordinate church services and otherwise help residents feel connected to UPC. There are lots of other ways the Deacons support the congregation and the church community, as well. We call your attention to their service as they begin calling the residents in their neighborhoods in the coming weeks. They do this twice a year as a way to connect with members of the congregation and catch up. The Deacons want to hear about your joys, your sorrows, big news, small news or just anything you would like to share. Please take the time to speak with them for just a couple minutes and let them know how you are doing.
Pa u l i n e ( Po l l y ) H a r r o p M o n t g o m e r y M u s i c S c h o l a r s h i p The family of Pauline Harrop Montgomery started a Musical Scholarship in honor of her memory three years ago. This scholarship, open to UPC members, the children of members, family members of UPC members, active Presbyterian Campus Ministry (PCM) members or to UNC Students active in the UPC Choir, aims to help fund the college/tuition fees of the award winner at the university to which they are/will be attending. Polly loved music, especially classical music, all her life. She started playing the piano at a young age and continued through college where she obtained a BA in Music from Salem College, in Winston-Salem, NC. She had the pleasure of playing accompaniment to the German baritone, Herman Prey, with the Charleston, WV Symphony Orchestra. She later obtained a Master’s Degree in Christian Education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now a part of Union Theological Seminary) in Richmond, VA. Polly married the Rev. Robert L. Montgomery; together they were missionaries to the aboriginal people of Taiwan for 16 years. While in Taiwan, she was able to transcribe folk music; she then harmonized it. Polly felt strongly that her children would have an appreciation for classical music, encouraging musical education via playing of an instrument or singing in the choir. She cofounded the Ridgewood Concert Band in Ridgewood, NJ in the early 80’s, which performs several times a year in the US and has toured through Europe and China. Learn more at www.ridgewoodband.org. Polly passed away in August, 2007. The recipient for the 2010-2011 school year was Bobby Gollmar and the two recipients for the 2011-2012 school year were Kei Kurosu and Whitney Hughes. For the 2012-2013 school year, the recipient was Sean McWeeny. The deadline for applications for the Pauline Harrop Montgomery Musical Scholarship is April 1, 2013. The award will be June 1, 2013. The successful candidate will need to be involved in a music related field of study or extracurricular activity including but not limited to band, orchestra, choir, choral group, acapella group or other musical/acting group. Award criteria will be based on the following: musical aspirations (what does the applicant want to do with music in their lifetime?); musical ability/aptitude; affiliation with UPC; a strong GPA; and letters of recommendation (optional). Interested candidates and those with questions or wanting more information, may contact Tom Brown, Minister of Music (email@example.com), or call the church office at (919) 929-2102.
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L o c a l O u t r e a ch N ew s : P O RC H P u r c h a s es Fo o d C ar t s w it h $ 6 0 0 G r a n t PORCH (People Offering Relief for Chapel Hill-Carrboro Homes) is an all-volunteer, grass-roots hunger relief organization whose mission is to collect and distribute food to assist families living in poverty in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro community. Through monthly neighborhood food drives, PORCH stocks the shelves of seven local food pantries with canned goods. In addition, its Food for Families program delivers fresh fruits and vegetables, milk and eggs directly into the hands of local families in need.
carts lighten the loads and protect the backs of PORCH’s many community volunteers. If you would like to learn more about PORCH or volunteer for one of its monthly food drives, please visit its Website at www.porchnc.org. ~Susan Romaine, PORCH Volunteer
PORCH also provides each of the schools in our district with healthy snack foods to supplement the meals of low-income students. Over 3,000 residents living in 165 neighborhoods throughout Chapel Hill and Carrboro now participate in PORCH’s monthly food drives. Local churches, foundations, synagogues, schools, non-profits and businesses are also joining this growing coalition to fight hunger. PORCH is extremely grateful for the support of University Presbyterian Church in this community-wide hunger relief effort. With the help of a recent grant from UPC, PORCH was able to purchase two carts to transport bags of food from neighborhood coordinators’ cars to St. Thomas More Catholic Church (where it is sorted), and then from the church to the local pantries. A third cart will be purchased this spring. The
PORCH purchases food carts with $600 grant
Session Digest At the February meeting of Session: • listened to a devotion and prayer by Bill Whisenant from Luke 6:27-36 based on love and how we are called to love not
just our neighbors, but also our enemies and those with different beliefs than ours; • held a preliminary discussion on the 2013 Budget debating how to handle a shortfall in revenue; • approved Lizzie Sluchak as a youth advisor; • set the Annual Congregational Meeting for March 24, 2013; • approved the 2012 Annual Statistical Report; • approved Melani Willhite to serve as interim finance administrator during Cristen Mugford’s upcoming maternity leave; • approved the baptisms of Marian Catherine Jenkins (daughter of Fritz and Emily Jenkins) and John Mitchell Farmar (son
of Dave and Anna-Lisa Farmer); • elected Nancy Oates as an elder commissioner to the February 23 New Hope Presbytery meeting in Wake Forest; • approved the formation of a task force composed of Outreach Committee members and Session members to determine
the tithe portion of the Faith Forward campaign and how it will be used; • approved proceeding with the organ renovation portion of the capital project this spring and summer; and • received a report from the Building Committee indicating positive feedback from the CH Town Council following the
presentation of our project plans. The next step will be applying for a special use permit. The Committee is working with the contractor on ways to bring the cost of the project down.
~Mary Ellen Olson, Clerk of Session
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G i f t s o f B e a u t y a n d Bo u n t y Join us this year as we honor and memorialize the special people in our lives in one of two ways. You may give an Easter Lily, which will be used to decorate the chancel for Easter, or you may make a contribution to the Inter-Faith Council for Social Services, which will be used to provide support to those in our community who are in need. You may choose to do both! The names of those we honor or remember will appear in the Easter Sunday Worship Bulletin, March 31, 2013. If you would like the church to send a postcard notifying the person or family member(s) being honored, please print clearly the name and the address of the honoree beside the name. Please complete this form and return it no later than noon on Monday, March 25, 2013. Your name(s) _________________________________________________________________________________ Daytime telephone number: _____________________________________________________________________ ► I would like to order __________ lily(ies) at $12.00 each. Make check payable to University Presbyterian Church, marked “lilies.” Any amount received in excess of the cost of the lilies will be used by the Flower Committee occasionally throughout the year to provide arrangements in the Sanctuary. Amounts received in excess of the Flower Committee needs will be donated to the Inter-Faith Council for Social Services. ► In lieu of flowers, I wish to make a contribution to the Inter-Faith Council for Social Services in the amount of $_____________. Please make your check payable to University Presbyterian Church, marked “Inter-Faith Council.” These gifts are given: (Please print clearly) In honor of: _______________________________________________________________________________________
Check here if you wish a postcard sent notifying the honoree of the gift. (Print complete mailing address including zip code.) In memory of: ______________________________________________________________________________________
Check for $____________ payable to “UPC ” and marked “lilies” enclosed ($12.00 per lily). Check for $____________ payable to “UPC” and marked “Inter-Faith Council” enclosed. Please return this form to:
University Presbyterian Church, Gifts of Beauty and Bounty P.O. Box 509 Chapel Hill NC 27514-0509.
Order form must be received no later than noon on Monday, March 25, 2013.
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.
The March edition of The Chimes, UPC's monthly newsletter, includes information about special services for Holy Week and Easter, the 2013 Co...