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Dear Friends, Elsewhere in this issue of The Chimes, you will find an article noting the upcoming visit of Brian Blount to University Presbyterian Church on September 15. He will preach for us as this year’s Margaret McLaughlin Endowment Preacher.

SEPTEMBER Second Sunday Lunch McLaughlin Endowment Preacher

Across the years I have come to have a deep appreciation and respect for Brian. I knew him first as a Biblical scholar whose works, particularly on Mark’s Gospel, I 2 read with considerable interest. That interest and appreciation has deepened as I have worked through his more recent commentary on the Book of Revelation. He 3 is imaginative, thoughtful, and incisive in his scholarship.

3 In recent years, however, Brian has also come to be a friend I deeply admire and respect. Since 2007 he has served as president of Union Presbyterian Seminary, which I have been privileged to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees. There I have All Youth Beach Retreat 3 come to know Brian as a man of deep integrity, visionary leadership, keen pastoral sensitivities, and great personal warmth and humor. Marla and I have enjoyed Welcome, New Members 4 opportunities to spend time with Brian and his wife, Sharon, and their son and daughter. It will be my great privilege to welcome him back to University Church. Presbyterian Youth Connection 4 Brian is also a terrific preacher and lecturer. His quick mind and engaging stories News from New Hope 4 bring his sermons to life. I was also privileged in 2012 to hear him deliver the Choir News: Rehearsals Begin 5 Beecher Lectures at Yale Divinity School, which were some of the finest lectures I have ever heard. I hope you will plan to be with us in worship on September 15, when Brian will preach at both services. I know you will not be disappointed. Presbyterian Campus Ministry 6 Godly Play Children and Worship 6 The McLaughlin Endowment was established by the estate of longtime UPC member Margaret McLaughlin. One of Margaret’s deepest values was the church Friday Women’s Bible Study 6 gathered in worship, and so the University Presbyterian Church Endowment sets aside a portion of the endowment to bring excellent guest preachers to the pulpit. Sabbatical Report, John Rogers 7 It is one of the many ways the UPC Endowment enhances the life and ministry of University Church; I am grateful for their support. Presbyterian Women’s Dinner 7 For now, the new school year is upon us in earnest. After a tumultuous summer in Adult Education This Fall 8 our state, the renewed energy in town is profoundly encouraging. I hope it will be a great year together. Local Outreach News 9 Grace and peace, Global Outreach News 10-11 Friends of Christ School for Christian Spirituality

Session Digest


Piano Recital Invitation


Robert E. Dunham

Rally Day for Church School at UPC: Sunday, September 8, 9:45-10:45 a.m. Rally Day is marked by the stirring of conversation and laughter, the smiles and hugs of friends and the joyful lift in everyone’s spirit as we gather to worship and grow in this, our family of faith! Classes for children, youth and adults have been designed to welcome all ages and stages of life. There will be new and exciting opportunities, as well as some of the same things that make UPC so special. Loving nurseries for our tiny members, exciting classes for our preschoolers and elementary-aged children, energetic and engaging classes for our youth and thought-provoking and transformational classes for our adults. See page 8 for details about upcoming adult education classes. 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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Second Sunday Lunches Are Back Beginning September 8 The congregation is invited to the first Second Sunday Lunch of the new program year on September 8, following the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Please join us in the Fellowship Hall. The main dish will be provided. Please bring a side dish to share with approximately eight to ten people. We hope to see you there as we kick off a new program year at UPC!

H ow to S u b m i t A r tic le s fo r T h e S u n d a y B u lle ti n’s Announcements O r fo r th e M o n th ly New s le t te r, Th e 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 or call (919) 929-2102, extension 113.

Th e Ch imes 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 ( and on Send article submissions and inquiries to Newsletter Editor, University Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 509, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-0509, or email The church office may be reached by telephone at (919) 929-2102, by fax at (919) 929-7669 or by email at Visit the UPC Website ( or the UPC Facebook page ( for more information. ** Deadline for the October edition is noon on Sunday, September 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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Brian Blount to be McLaughlin E n d ow m e n t P r e a c h e r fo r 2 0 1 3 The Rev. Dr. Brian K. Blount, president and professor of New Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary, will be the Margaret McLaughlin Endowment Preacher at University Church on Sunday, September 15. He will preach at both services. Dr. Blount has served as Union’s president since 2007, after serving for 15 years as the Richard J. Dearborn Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Princeton Theological Seminary. An M.Div. graduate of Princeton Seminary in 1981, he obtained his B.A. from the College of William and Mary in 1978. After graduating from Princeton Seminary, he went on to become the pastor of the Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church in Newport News, Virginia from 1982-1988. William and Mary’s first African-American to receive membership in the Alpha Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, he received his Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Emory University in 1992. He returned to teach at Princeton Seminary that same year. He is a deeply respected scholar in New Testament studies, having focused much work on the Gospel of Mark and, more recently, on the Book of Revelation. He is also a preacher in wide demand. He is the author of five books. Dr. Blount and his wife, Sharon, have two children.

F r i e n d s o f C h r i s t S c h o o l fo r C h r i s t i a n S p i r i t u a l i t y 2 0 1 3 F a l l Te r m E n r o l l m e n t Friends of Christ School for Christian Spirituality is currently enrolling participants for the 2013 Fall term. During 2012-2013 terms, more than 80 participants enrolled in the school and attended classes. More information and registration forms may be found on the school’s Website at The school is an ecumenical school for spiritual seekers who desire to explore a deeper relationship with God and to discover the common spiritual path of transformation rooted in the Christian faith and traditions. The purpose of the school is to contribute to the spiritual formation of participants and to supplement what is already offered within our own faith communities. “Despite the myriad of forms, creeds, doctrines, and belief systems that constitute modern Christianity, the spiritual pathway of transformation still lies at the heart of our common faith.” ~ Path of the Purified Heart by Laura Dunham Register now! Participants may register online or by contacting The cost for each class is only $25, which includes books and materials. Class size will be limited to a maximum of 25 and a minimum of 10. For more information, you may contact Heather Ferguson, UPC’s Staff Associate for Education, at

U P C ’s A l l Yo u t h B e a c h Re t r e a t : C a l l e d t o B e . . . Re g i s t r a t i o n D e a d l i n e : Se p t e m b e r 8 All rising 6th-12th graders are invited to our first ever All Youth Retreat from September 20-22! We’ll head down to the Salt and Light Retreat Center at North Topsail Island for a weekend of getting connected, energizers, songs, worship and fun in the sun. The registration deadline is Sunday, September 8, so get your form in ASAP! Registration forms can be found on the PYC section of The cost is only $130. If you have questions, contact Kim McNeill, Staff Associate for Youth and Congregational Life, at

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We C e l e b r a t e O u r N ew Mem b e r s In August, University Presbyterian Church welcomed the following new members into the life of the church. John and Katie Stillerman (Jack and Andy)—The Stillerman family comes to UPC by transfer of their membership from First Presbyterian Church, Winston-Salem. John, a North Carolina native, and Katie, an Ohio native, met in Atlanta, married, lived in Winston-Salem and moved to Chapel Hill/Durham two years ago when John accepted a position as the administrative director of the Department of Urology at the UNC School of Medicine. They have two sons: Jack, who will be starting Kindergarten at Creekside in the fall, and Andy, who will be attending preschool in Durham. John and Katie are expecting a third son in November. Welcome!

P r e s by t e r i a n Yo u t h C o n n e c t i o n 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 We invite youth and parents to follow our Twitter page @UPCPYC. Go to

September Calendar Saturday, September 7 - Confirmation Afternoon Retreat Sunday, September 8, 4:15 p.m. - Confirmation parent meeting 5-6 p.m. - PYC Parent meeting (retreat sign-up) 6-8 p.m. - PYC for 6th-12th graders “Welcome!” Get to know one another. Get to know PYC. Beach Retreat registration deadline Sunday, September 15 - Who is Jesus? The ways we see Jesus shapes the way we see Christianity and our own day-today faith. PYC will take a closer look Jesus throughout the gospels to get a full picture of who Jesus was and is. September 20-22 - All Youth Retreat, Topsail Island: Register by September 8t! No PYC this Sunday. Sunday, September 29 - “Calling Yourself Christian” Is it acceptable to call yourself a Christian? What does that word mean in today’s culture? When Christians are often seen in the news for notorious reasons, how do we claim the faith that we believe?

S e p t e m b e r 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 en c e C e n t e r We had a wonderful summer here at New Hope Camp and Conference Center. The children had great experiences at camp, and the pool has been busy all summer long. We have hosted many other groups throughout the summer. Now we turn our attention to the fall, and the calendar looks busy. One event I want to highlight is the BBQ and Barn Dance on October 5. The BBQ will cook all night, and we’ll begin to serve at 5:00 p.m. There will be carnival games for the children, and the train will be running for the young and youngat-heart. The Barn Dance will be from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Fleming Hall with live music. This will be a wonderful family event so come join the fun!

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~ Richard Stevens, Executive Director New Hope Camp and Conference Center, Inc.

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Choir rehearsals begin at UPC Sunday, September 8 All God’s Children Got A Place in the Choir!

Time for choir rehearsal!

Choir is so much FUN! Almost ready!

All K-12th graders are WELCOME!

We learn Bible stories and the music of the church

Make lifelong friends

Free Tune Ups on Sunday afternoons!

We share our faith journeys

Children’s Choir (K-2nd) rehearse from 3:45-4:10 p.m. in the Choir Room. Join us!

Junior Choir (2nd-6th) rehearses from 4:15-4:55 p.m. in the Choir Room

Youth Choir (6th-12th) rehearses from 5-6 p.m. in Vance Barron Hall For more information about UPC choirs, please contact Beth Auman Visser, Director of Children’s and Youth Choirs, at or (919) 929-2102.

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P r e s by t e r i an C a m p u s M i n i s t r y This May, a group of 17 from UNC PCM traveled to the United Kingdom to experience sacred pilgrimage with one another. The group of graduating seniors walked 70-miles across England from Carlisle to Newcastle on the historic Hadrian’s Wall, followed by a quick trip to Mull and Iona and then a week in Fife. What a treat it was to offer and participate in such a wonderful capstone trip with our students who had been intimately connected with our PCM ministry for their four years at Carolina. The repeated phrase, “be where your feet are planted” echoed throughout the week. This is our prayer, and we hope this group will continue to be open to how the God of heaven and earth is present wherever those feet get planted next as they depart from the familiar soil of Chapel Hill. With tears of sadness, we concluded the trip but trust our paths will continue to crisscross in the years ahead. Godspeed, class of 2013! By the time you are reading this, you will have already noticed the steady flow into Chapel Hill as the summer has concluded and the fall semester has begun. It is an interesting time with all the moving trucks, parents carrying tool boxes to put together furniture, relatively stress-free young adults, smiling faces and new students in the pews next to you. It’s a lively time of year PCM group on the western coast of Iona, Scotland for us at UPC and PCM, and it’s one where we are always eager to be a community that welcomes and nurtures these new friends. It’s an interesting call placed upon this congregation to engage these young adults at a time when they are venturing into a time of independent thinking and a faith development stage where they will claim the gospel in new ways. I want to thank you for the ways you will respond to our ongoing vision for ministry at UPC that spreads our arms open wide to meet them as Christ meets us. Welcome back, students! ~ John Rogers, Associate Pastor for Campus Ministry 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 visit the Website at or contact John Rogers at

Godly Play Children and Worship: Preparing Preschoolers for Worship (Four-Year-Olds and Kindergarteners) Godly Play Children and Worship (GPCW) is an interactive, develop-mentally appropriate model for teaching young children the stories of our faith and the sacred language used in worship and faith formation. Combining the works of educators Jerome Berryman and Sonja Stewart, GPCW invites children into the biblical story by way of their own life experiences and the natural “work of children” … PLAY.

Fr i d a y Wo m e n ’s B i b le S t u d y :

Un b ou n d by Time: Isaiah St i l l Sp eaks, b y Wi l li a m H o l la d a y The Friday Women’s Bible Study will begin Friday, September 13, with group leader, Amy Bowers Heit. The group will meet each Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Vance Barron Hall for a discussion using Unbound by Time: Isaiah Still Speaks, by William Holladay. Childcare will be available. Amy Bowers Heit is an ordained PC(USA) minister and a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary. Amy and her husband spent several years in Glasgow, Scotland where she served as an associate pastor. She is very excited about joining the group again this year.

The special room used for GPCW, which is located near the Youth Center on the lower level, is designed to allow children time and space to worship, to give thanks and to go forth in God’s name with a blessing. This year, we invite the fouryear-olds to join our Kindergarteners for Godly Play during The registration deadline is Sunday, September 8. To register, please go to or the 11:00 worship service each Sunday. you may call the church office at (919) 929-2102.

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A S a b b a t i c a l w i t h A F ew Tw i st s an d Tu r n s S a b b a t i c a l Re p o r t by Jo h n Ro g e r s You all know that life is rarely predictable or within the confines of our desired “plans.” This is true with sabbaticals, as well. I am thankful to have been given the time away to study and rest, as well as time to heal and be with my family as we experienced the joy and sadness of death. After our time with the students in England and Scotland, Trina and I traveled to Italy where we met up with my sister and daughter for an intensive week of art history and culture. The last three weeks of our time abroad was a time where Trina and I spent reading and reflecting on Paul’s letter to the church in Rome as we stayed in the little Italian village of Nocelle (1800 steps above the Amalfi coastal town of Positano). The epistle to the church in Rome is a powerful correspondence that reminds me of the depth of God’s love for us in Christ. It reminds me both of the power of the Christian gospel, as well as how I am called to communicate and be open to witnessing the gospel in each setting. Paul had a way of honestly pointing out the struggle and errors within the early Christian community in Rome while also engaging them and challenging them to live into that faith together. I could only imagine Paul’s correspondence to us in light of the ways we try to live out our faith in our own context. Daily, as I looked out to the Mediterranean, I imagined Paul’s longing to visit this church in Rome and maybe his sailing by our cotJohn hiking the “Path of the Gods” tage in the first century. I thought of Paul near Nocelle, Italy sailing by the Italian coast as his heart quickened with excitement like Odysseus as he sailed by the Sirens (FYI: The small islands of Li Galli connected to this Greek legend were within a couple miles from our cottage and in view from where we read each day). I am not sure my call comes with the same risks as Paul and his ministry, but I am thankful that it is the same Lord who governs where I am called to serve and be open to the power of the gospel in this setting in Chapel Hill. I am thankful for the words of Paul Meyer who said to me before his death, “John, pay attention. The gospel is not as sysTrina, John and Liza at St. Peter's Square, Rome tematic as you would think. The apostle Paul figured that out and honored the gospel’s movement in unique ways in different communities of faith. You will do good to be open to this in your sabbatical.” Thank you to both the Apostle Paul and the saint who has gone before us, Paul Meyer, who both encouraged me this summer. I pray I will continue a similar pace where I will do good to pay attention to how the gospel’s pulse is alive in each day. It sure makes for a powerful way of living. ~ John Rogers, Associate Pastor for Campus Ministry

P r e s by t e r i an Wo m e n’s Di n n e r : Se p t e m b e r 1 7 Mark your calendars for our Fall Presbyterian Women’s Dinner, which will be held on September 17 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall! We have a fun evening planned. There will be dinner and fellowship, and we will introduce our new study guide for the year, An Abiding Hope: The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy. It’s sure to spark interesting conversation! For more information, go to We look forward to seeing current Circle members and welcome anyone who may be considering joining a study group. Please contact Betty Hutton at or Cass Swon at if you have any questions about the dinner or study groups. Page 7

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A d u l t C h r i st i an E d u c a t i o n T h i s F a l l Term 1: September 8 – October 13, 9:45-10:45 a.m. The Adult Education Committee has been working with a wide variety of folks to bring an amazing line-up of electives for this year! If you have not participated in these electives in the past, we hope you will plan to join us in discussion and discovery, learning and growing in faith and community. Bring a friend; we have opportunities for all ages and stages of life and faith.

Surrounded by a Cloud of Witnesses: Heroes of UPC: Woven throughout the history of UPC are golden threads of the spiritual and social impact made by exceptional individuals. Inspirational lessons from the lives of these witnesses are present still. For five of six weeks, UPC members and guests will help us to explore individuals such as Elisha Mitchell, Frank Porter Graham and Jim and Jamie Bryan, who will explore the life of Jim’s grandfather the famous “Brother Bryan” of Birmingham. Please join us to learn more about the cloud of witnesses that surround us, inspire us and encourage us to be heroes. Facilitator: D.G. Martin Location: Stephen Ministry Room Connections: The Christian Response to Divisiveness and Inequality: As political, economic and social issues these days create chasms between neighbors, God calls us to be bridge builders and peacemakers. Recall the words of the prophet Micah, “what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Faith Roots: Growing while Parenting a Confirmand: Specifically designed for parents of confirmands, this class will engage parents in the same types of faith exploration as their youth. The class offers a place for parents to interact and engage in conversation about what it means to nurture our families in the gift of church life. We’ll explore some of the foundational “roots” of what we believe, including scripture, the Reformation and an overview of Presbyterian beliefs. Facilitator: Carolyn Schwarz Location: Garden Room Holy Grounds: An Informal Gathering for Coffee and Conversation: This class recognizes that Christian fellowship is one of the strongest bonds among people and aims to provide a space for gathering and great “stand alone,” one-on-one and small group discussions. Whether you drink coffee or not, come join us for fellowship and spiritual renewal! Facilitator: Alison Kavanaugh Location: The Landing and Fellowship Hall

Feasting on the Word: Join us for reflections, activities and conversations that will help you encounter each other and During the first two terms of this God through the rhythm of the Revised Common Lectionnew year, we will use an “umbrella theme” of The Christian ary. Each class will focus on the lectionary text of that particuResponse to Divisiveness and Inequality to engage thought provok- lar Sunday, and this year, we’ll bring in a variety of additional ing topics that are timely to our lives as Christians. On Sepresources and media to help us to make God’s story our story. tember 8 and 15, participants will discuss the practices of racial Facilitator: A variety of members and guests profiling, “Stand-your-ground” laws and the ZimmermanLocation: Education Office Martin case with Bob Mosteller, Bob Page and Kaarin Huffman presenting and facilitating. On September 22 and 29, the Discovering the Bible: Registration closed. Sixty-five UPC class will explore the film, Lincoln, and on October 6 and 13, members and friends have registered for this year-long class. we’ll discuss “Moral Monday Everyday.” We look forward to discovering the Bible together! Facilitator: A variety of members and guests Facilitator: Anna Pinckney Straight Location: Terrace Room (Note the new location) Location: Vance Barron Hall

Sign-Up Requested for Term 2 Class: Preparing to Prepare the Way Be ready to hold your spot for this pre-Advent class. Twenty-five families are invited to participate in this 5-week workshop during which we will make our own Jesse Tree ornaments and review the scripture readings that accompany the ornaments. At the end of the five weeks, each of the 25 families will have a full set of Jesse Tree ornaments and complete understanding of the Biblical story culminating in the birth of Jesus. The class will be facilitated by Juli Kim and others. The registration deadline for this class is Sunday, October 6. To register online, please visit or you may call the church office at (919) 929-2102.

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L o c a l O u t r e a c h N ew s : F r e e d o m H o u s e Re c ov e r y C e n t e r : W h a t d o y o u w a n t t o b e w h e n y o u g r ow u p ? Local Outreach has provided funding for Freedom House over the year, most recently for job interview reference materials. This wide open question of childhood elicits answers ranging from ballerina and Spiderman to teacher and doctor. And parents have their own dreams of who their child can become. No one imagines themselves, or their child, growing up homeless, jobless or addicted to drugs and alcohol. Yet far too many do. For young people growing up with family dysfunction or abuse and neglect, alcohol and drugs are a way to self-medicate their pain, confusion and loneliness. For others, casual teenage experimentation is all it takes to set them on a self-destructive path. And unmanaged mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other disorders, can have devastating effects on a young life. It is estimated that one in three families in the United States have a family member suffering from mental illness or addiction.

Freedom House is its spectrum of services from detox to residential to outpatient. The clients access whatever service they need along the way. Freedom House achieves a balance between accountability and support. Accountability without support is too hard but support without accountability is false.” Freedom House executive director Trish Hussey says, “We always figure out how to get someone services, even if they can’t pay, and if we can keep someone in treatment long enough, they finally become ready for recovery. They start to focus on their strengths for the first time.”

Donations to Freedom House play a large role in our ability to bring services to those in need. The recent donation from University Presbyterian Church, for example, supported the MagSince 1974, Freedom House gie Alvis Halfway House in Chapel Hill. This home provides women a 24-hour a day drug-free environment where they Recovery Center’s mission work closely with qualified professionals who provide direchas been to promote, enhance and support recovery tion, oversight, educational and vocational support and life skills training. Clinicians affirm the clients with professional for individuals affected by substance abuse and mental counseling and clinical support. Additionally, Freedom House relies strongly on staff who are in recovery themselves. Their illness by using a holistic, person-centered approach. insight and personal experiences give them credibility with the clients, building trust. Our expertise and broad array of treatment services Trish Hussey cites the value of blended staffing, including peer stabilize, nurture and ensupport staff, qualified professionals and licensed staff. hance the personal growth and development of those we “Working together as a team, our diverse staff creates an atmosserve. Our success rate is much higher than the state and na- phere of respect and caring, providing the therapy, education, tional average: 82 percent of individuals in our residential pro- and support services that result in transforming the lives of peograms are alcohol and substance-free six months after leaving ple seeking recovery from addiction and/or mental illness.” the program. We offer services in Orange, Chatham, Durham, Person, Caswell and Wayne counties, with individuals traveling No one imagines a life of mental illness or addiction; no one imagines growing up to become homeless and unemployed. to our locations from 52 counties across the state. Freedom With support from our community, Freedom House Recovery House is one of the few agencies in our area to continue to Center offers individuals healing, recovery and a second provide services to homeless, uninsured and indigent clients. chance at living a healthy and productive life. In doing so, we ease the burden on local emergency departments, the court system and correction facilities and save tax For more information about Freedom House Recovery Center dollars. programs or how you can get involved, visit their Website at Services at Freedom House include detoxification, mobile crisis or contact Anne-Marie Vanamanagement and facility-based crisis services, short and long- man at or (919) 942-2803 ext. 208. term residential rehabilitation/halfway houses, intensive outpatient, criminal justice resource center, drug treatment court, af- Here are some examples of ways you can become more intercare, psychiatric evaluation and medication management, in- volved: small sewing projects; gardening, including vegetables tegrated primary health care and community intervention sup- and herbs for our kitchen; landscaping; cooking: adopt one port. Last year, we served over 9,600 individuals, including 1,477 dinner a month for our residents; donations of AA batteries, children, regardless of their ability to pay. Many of our clients light bulbs, bed pillows, twin sheets sets, twin blankets, sofa are unemployed (83 percent), homeless (65 percent) or indigent pillows, bedside lamps and desk lamps; and financial contributions are always needed and are tax-deductible. Send donations or are children growing up in these stressful circumstances. to Freedom House Recovery Center, 104 New Stateside Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. Says Chief District Court Judge Joe Buckner, “The beauty of

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G l o b a l O u t r e ac h N ew s : Re s t o r i n g S m i l e s i n Pa l e s t i n e UPC member Bobby Silvers is a member of a UNC Medical School team that partners with physicians and surgeons in Palestine to improve the lives of children with cleft lip and palate. Your Outreach dollars provided a portion of the costs of his trip. We are very happy to share details he provided about this amazing effort and the difference it makes in the lives of children and their families. “To travel to the Holy Land is often a once in a lifetime opportunity. To travel there and provide anesthesia care to the children who live in the West Bank is a dream come true for me. I have been fortunate enough to travel with a surgical team based in Chapel Hill at UNC Hospitals, who take time out of their lives twice a year to travel almost half-way around the world. We perform what are often life-changing surgical procedures on children as young as three months old! The surgery is to repair cleft lip and palate deformities. These deformities are disfiguring, can lead to social ostracism, and are also associated with feeding difficulties, malnourishment, speech and hearing problems, and dental problems. Parents of children with these defects are very concerned for the future of these children and are very grateful and thankful that their children no longer face the lifetime of medical and social issues that occur if the defects are not repaired.

formed at government hospitals, as they do not charge the patients a fee to use the facility or for any supplies that are used that we do not bring with us. This was my sixth trip with this group. We have received financial assistance in the past from Operation Smile, Smile Train, and the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund. Recently, the Furlow Fund at UNC and its sister organization, The Palestinian Cleft Society were established to raise funds and coordinate trips and surgeries. We are fortunate to have an office in Ramallah to store materials and provide a central location for services. The PCS has established a Website to keep its members informed of upcoming events.

Not all is work on these trips, however. On our day off (Friday, the Muslim holy day), I have traveled to Bethlehem, Masada and the Dead Sea, Qumran, and of course Jerusalem. It is impossible for me to describe the feelings of awe and On our most recent trip in May, three surgical teams went to wonder as I walk along the streets where Jesus and the apostles Ramallah, Hebron, and Nablus, performing 103 surgeries. walked, and sit and pray in Gethsemane. It is something I However, our mission is not to just perform the surgeries and wish for all to be able to do.” leave, but to train local ENT, Plastic and Oral surgeons to successfully complete these surgeries and assure that the children receive appropriate follow-up care with dentists, audiologists, Silvers ended by telling me he hopes someday he and the and speech and feeding specialists. During this trip, I was able team will put themselves out of business, when the Palestinian colleagues they have trained can fully take over providing to work an entire week with an anesthesia provider, helping this care for the children of their communities. Let’s all pray him learn some of the skills necessary for the anesthesia care for that day. of these very special, infant patients. On this trip, we performed our 1000th free surgery. All of our surgeries are per~ Mark Peifer, Global Outreach

Sharing the Burdens of Those Suf fering in Syria “And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ (which means ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’)” ~Mark 15:34 Images of war-torn Syria and its flood of refugees tug at our hearts, but the numbers are numbing and at times the situation seems hopeless. Our church’s partner, Dr. Nuhad Tomeh with the PC(USA) and the Middle East Council of Churches, provides us with a window on the events in Syria, his home nation, and puts a human face on the tragedy. He recently reported, “Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have had to flee for their lives, leaving behind them everything, even personal documents and intimate belongings. During my last visit to one of the many centers for displaced Syrian people, I met

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some families that I knew from our Presbyterian churches in the area, northeast of the city of Homs in a village. There the National Evangelical Presbyterian Synod of Syria and Lebanon has started a care program for these displaced families that provides relief assistance and pastoral care, including a worship service once a week. I met a young women in her late thirties. She started telling me her story. Talya is married and has two daughters, ages 17 and 15, along with a son, age 5. Prior to fleeing to the village,

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G l o b a l O u t r e ac h : S h a r i n g t h e B u r d e n s o f S y r i a , c o n t. they lived in a big city where her husband worked as a barber, and they were doing well. Talya explained how the situation had gotten so bad that when the children went off to school, they waited with worry and fear for their return, and when her husband went off to work, she wondered if he would make it back home again. The violence continued to increase and they finally stopped sending the children to school because they were hearing that girls were being raped and boys kidnapped. Everyone was carrying weapons. The “final straw” was when they learned that a relative had been taken from his home and killed. They decided to leave. Even now, weeks later, she thanks God for their safe passage out of that dangerous city, and adds, ‘Thanks be to God and to the Presbyterian church in Yazedia, and its Good Samaritan Committee. They have helped us very much and looked after our children and even gave me a part-time job helping in the distribution of the food relief to other displaced people.’ It’s hard not to despair in the face of events like these, hard not to ask where God is in the midst of despair. My friend and PC(USA) Mission co-worker, Karla Koll, gave me some perspective on this in a recent letter about her work in Guatemala. She explained that in her class on the history and theology of salvation, they read a text in which the Jesuit theologian Jon Sobrino describes the peoples of Latin America who are dying needless violent deaths as servants of Yahweh today. They talked about the common graves uncovered here in Guatemala where the army buried those they killed during the armed conflict from 1960 to 1996. Ubalda Juarez, a young

woman who just started studying theology this year, started crying. Later that day, she told Karla her story. In January 1982, when Ubalda was ten years old, the army came into their village in Alta Verapaz. The army ordered everyone to gather in the town square. Ubalda remembers that there was a marimba that played while soldiers passed out toys to the children. Then the army rounded up all the men while they sent the women and children away. The men were then tortured and their bodies were thrown into a pit. Ubalda never saw her father again. Ubalda has been an active member of a Pentecostal church for many years, but never before had she heard that God was there with the people of her village that day, sharing in their sufferings. Through the class discussion of the passage from Isaiah 53:7 (He was oppressed, and he was afflicted yet he did not open his mouth, like a lamb that is led to the slaughter), Ubalda came to know that her father’s death was the result of injustice, not God’s will. The text that starts this article from Mark’s gospel reminds us that Jesus stands with us, even sharing a moment when He wondered where God was in the midst of suffering.” Through your generous Outreach contributions, we help Nuhad and his partners stand with the suffering in Syria, reminding them of the love of God through the actions of the church. Please pray for both our brothers and sisters in harms way and for those who oppress them. ~Mark Peifer, Global Outreach

S e s s io n D i ge s t At the August meeting of Session we: • listened to a devotion and prayer by Lee Ann Buck on moments of grace in peoples’ lives and the transformations that

can follow, referring to the book Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino; • approved the baptism of Olivia Grace Wallace, daughter of Ashley and John Wallace, on September 1, 2013; • approved the wedding of Mike McKee and Ashley Brower on October 19, 2013; • listened to a report from Nancy Oates on the July 23, 2013 New Hope Presbytery meeting. She reported that discussion

continued on the future shape of the Presbytery; new ministers in the Presbytery were introduced; and the retirement of Joe Harvard was celebrated. Joe was the longtime pastor at First Presbyterian in Durham; • approved Alison Clay Smith as a new teacher at UPPS; • Approved, with much appreciation for their willingness to serve, the 2013-2014 slate of Church School teachers; • received thank you letters from the Interfaith Council for Social Service and Union Theological Seminary for our pledg-

es from the Faith Forward Campaign Tithe Fund; • approved the terms of the Louise Murphy Ward GST Trust Fund Settlement; and • welcomed back John Rogers, who reported on his recent sabbatical. See page 7 for details.

~Mary Ellen Olson, Clerk of Session

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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窶認riday 8:30-4:30. Call (919) 929-2102 for more information. Learn more about our programs from the church Website ( and Facebook page (

You are cordially invited to a Piano Recital by Thomas Brown on Tuesday, September 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  Tom will perform master works by Francis Poulenc, J.S. Bach, Amy Beach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Gabriel Faurテゥ and Frテゥdテゥric Chopin.


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