Be The Church, #404
Worship in the SANCTUARY & ONLINE at 10:00 AM

Dear Friends in Christ,

Join us this morning for communion, music, word, and fellowship. We'll be reflecting on n Jesus invitation to share our light. We'll be kicking of a 3-week worship series that will engage in Sacred Conversations on Faith and Race. Then, following worship, we'll gather in the Fellowship Hall for community hour and a second hour on memorial services. 

We will be worshipping in our Sanctuary and via livestream on Facebook, YouTube, or our website. Livestream links and a bulletin for those worshiping from home. You also are invited to take a moment to fill out our Weekly Worship Response card.

Pastor Meghan

Information for Worship:
Sunday Bulletin: February 5, 2023
- Weekly Worship Response Card: Please complete
- Livestream LinksParticipating In Worship From Home
- Give to Support the Church
- Children's Worship: No children's worship today
- Call to Community: Second hour and more
- Prayer List & Submit A Prayer Request
- Directions for Worshiping in the Sanctuary
Sunday Bulletin
Click the picture to download the bulletin for this Sunday, February 5, 2023. If you are worshipping from the comfort and safety of your home, we invite you to prepare a candle with something to light it prior to our service beginning. Gather elements for communion. Pray the prayers with us, sing out, and let the spirit reach you. 
Weekly Worship Response Card

Please take a moment to complete the weekly Worship Response Card online. This helps us to track attendance, keep contact information up to date, and connect. Additionally, prayer requests may be submitted on your Worship Response Card or directly to the Pastor.
Complete the Weekly Worship Response card
Livestream Links
Participate in worship from home

Our Sunday Morning Worship service will be livestreamed starting at 10:00 AM, and you can access it later in the day as well. Click the buttons below to join on the platform of your choosing. 
Worship on Our Website
Worship on YouTube
Worship on Facebook
Give Online to Support the Church
You may give online at or you can always mail in your pledge to: 210 Melrose Ave, Tryon, NC 28782. Please help us to ensure that we can continue offering our ministries to the church and wider community.
Give Online
Children's Worship
NOTE: There will be no Children's Worship today

For kids pre-K through 5th. Children will start out in Children's Worship at 10 AM, then join their families during the service at the offertory and participate in the remainder of the worship service with their families. 
Call to Community
This Week's Announcements.

Call to Community
Check out the bulletin for announcements about our life and ministry together, and an overview for the week. We will also include updates and more information in the "Be The Church" emails.

TODAY: Planning Your Memorial Service 101
Sunday, February 5, 2023 following Community Hour in the Fellowship Hall
Do you save bulletins from memorial services to give your family ideas for your own memorial service? Do you try to avoid thinking about death at all costs? Well, this second hour is for you and everyone in between. It can be a gift to our loved ones to prepare for the inevitable, reflecting now on our end of life wishes, memorial service, and burial plans. Join Pastor Meghan as she talks about planning a memorial service, as well as how we do green burials in the church's memorial garden. A document to help you get started, will be provided.

We're Hiring!
Help us spread the word.
As we announced at our Annual Meeting on Sunday, Michele Brule, our Church Administrator, is leaving our church staff at the end of February. Michele has been an incredible blessing to our church and we have so much gratitude for her ministry. We are excited for Michele as she pursues another opportunity, and hope to find a way to honor her ministry at the end of February. The good news is that Michele has asked to continue volunteering with our church, assisting with our website and livestreaming, so we will continue to see her around the church. We are now hiring for a Staff Accountant & Building Support Manager, and would love for you to help spread the word. Click here to learn more.

Church T-Shirt Design Contest
Share your ideas.
Now that we have a church logo, we'd love to have a church t-shirt that we can wear at community events, Church Beyond The Walls Sunday, and more. Please submit your ideas for a church t-shirt design using our logo and name, as well as any phrases or slogans you think we should use, to We'd love to get t-shirts made by our March 4th event with Doug Tallamy.

Special Showing of the Film "E.O. Wilson - Of Ants and Men
February 7, 2023 from 6:30 PM - 9 PM at the Tryon Theatre
As part of the Gardening for Life Project, partners Conserving Carolina and The Congregational Church, UCC in Tryon’s Creation Care Team will be hosting a free film screening of the documentary “E.O. Wilson – Of Ants and Men." This documentary chronicles the life and ideas of legendary biologist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Edward O. Wilson and his lifelong love and curiosity of the natural world. His ideas created a necessary bridge in the scientific world and demonstrated connections between nature and humans. This event is free. Please register in advance here.

Kudzu Eradication Starting Back
February 11, 10 AM, Back Parking Lot
Join us to rework the area from last year and remove any debris possible. Were identifying natives and restoring our historic woodlands. Ask family, friends, and neighbors if the would like to help.  It is a wonderful donation to God's world. Contact Carol Meeske for more information.

Living the Questions
Sunday, February 19 after worship in the Fellowship Hall
Topic: "Social Justice: Realizing God's Vision"
Being a person of faith demands balancing spiritual pursuits with action. In a society which is often unjust, inequitable, and whose very structures are responsible for generating untold suffering and poverty, we are compelled to pursue social justice as an expression of hope in realizing a better world. Download the reflection here

Fat Ash Wednesday Pancake Supper
Wednesday, February 22, 5:30 - 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall
After a 2 year hiatus, it's back! Fat (Shrove) Tuesday + Ash Wednesday. Join us for a Pancake Supper and pancake games. Followed by a short Service of Ashes to help us transition into Lent. More information and a sign-up will be shared in the coming weeks.

Youth Group
Sunday, February 26 at 11:30 AM
We will meet at the church and watch the movie, Puss n Boots: Last Wish, and discuss mental health issues addressed in the movie. Lunch will be provided. 

The Very First Annual Church Variety Show: 
The Congregational Church Follies
Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 3 PM in the Sanctuary

Have you a “hidden” talent you’ve been wanting to dust off and share, just for fun? Do you play an instrument? Like to sing? Perform magic or tell jokes? Do you like to tell stories or read poetry aloud?  Are you an “actor” and would enjoy working up a monologue, a scene or a funny skit with other people? Here is your chance to have some fun. Please let Susan Lyle or Patty Short know of your interest and your idea. All ages are welcome. 
How are you serving the church and telling our story?
Members, associate members, and friends, of all ages, of the church are invited to join a ministry team.
Join a Ministry Team, and help us live out the mission and ministry of our church. Serve where you are called! Click on the "passion led us here" picture to sign up today.
Submit A Prayer Request & Prayer List
Share your joys and concerns. We will hold you in prayer, and list your request on our printed prayer list. Do you know the benefits of prayer? There’s no better time to learn about those benefits and put them into practice.

Joys: February birthdays and anniversaries.
Ongoing Concerns: Sheila Jackson, Jerry Soderquist, Melissa Cox (cancer), Barney Eiserloh, The Mullin Family, Corie Watkin (cancer), Brett Serrett, Buddy & Quanita Williams, Matt Brown, Cathy Berlin, Students and their teachers, Sonja Karlsen, Baby Eloise, Marge Short, those killed and hurt by gun violence, our military and deployed personnel, Ginger Leavitt, Judith Cloud, for our country, all those in need of healing from Covid-19, Ruth Foy. All the CAREGIVERS among us who affect and touch so many lives.
Grieving: The Family and Friends of Julien Besnard. The Family and Friends of Leah Justice. The Family and Friends of Joe Boals. The Family and Friends of Ann Harvey Morgan. The Family and Friends of Dick Gillespie.
United Church of Christ: The ongoing work of our Southern Conference minister The Rev. Dr. Edward Davis, our Interim Western North Carolina Association Associate Conference Minister, The Rev. Warren Casiday, and of our partner churches in the Western North Carolina Association, Eastern North Carolina Association, and Eastern Virginia Association.
Global Ministries: The ongoing work of our partners in Global Ministries Mission personnel serving in Costa Rica.
Those Who Serve: For teachers, health care workers, first responders, poll workers, essential workers and all who sacrifice and serve. For the families that support those who serve through deployments, trainings, and each shift. For veterans and their families, who have given and sacrificed so much.
Our Neighbors:  Those impacted by the evils of gun violence. The people of the Ukraine. For those impacted by climate disasters. All seeking refuge, peace, and justice. Those lacking adequate shelter, food, safety, and assistance in Polk County and beyond.
Prayer requests are submitted by filling out the weekly worship response card or notifying the Pastor. We'll hold you in prayer, and list it in our printed prayer list. Each prayer request will remain on the prayer list as long as it is updated.  If the request remains unchanged for four weeks, it will be removed until it is requested again.
Directions for Worshipping in the Sanctuary
Help us provide a safe worshipping environment. Please do not attend this morning's worship if you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19. Click the button below to download our protocols and read more about frequently asked questions.
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