Be The Church, #410
Worship in the SANCTUARY & ONLINE at 10:00 AM

Dear Friends in Christ,

Join us this morning for worship with music, word, and fellowship as we begin our Lenten series, "Seeking: Honest Questions for Deeper Faith." This week's question is, "Who will you listen to?" After worship we'll gather for community hour and our monthly conversation with the Governing Board. Then at 3 PM, join us in the sanctuary for the "The Congregational Church Follies."

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 26, 2023
- Weekly Worship Response Card: Please complete
- Livestream LinksParticipating In Worship From Home
- Give to Support the Church
- Children's Worship
- Call to Community: Monthly Chat with the Governing Board
- 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 26, 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. 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
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.

“seeking: honest questions for deeper faith”
This Lent, we invite you to engage in the spiritual practice of seeking. We encourage you to stay curious, open, and nimble. We hope you will soften your assumptions and expand your perspectives. We pray that these questions will create a safe space to explore—to be drawn more deeply into the fullness of life, into the heart of God. Pick up Lenten brochures and devotionals from the Narthex. They will also be provided through the eblast.

Monthly Chat with the Governing Board
TODAY, Sunday, Feb. 26 at 11:15 am in the Fellowship Hall 
Click here if joining via zoom.
Join the Governing Board for our monthly chat about our open questions for 2022-2023.

The Very First Annual Church Variety Show: “The Congregational Church Follies”
TODAY, Sunday, Feb. 26 at 3 PM in the Sanctuary
Join us for our variety show featuring our amazingly talented congregation. There will be readings, song, music, hidden talents and more. All ages are welcome. 

Getting To Know Us Again: Round 2
Date and times vary.
This Lent we ask that you sign up for a 75 minute gathering at the church. We will meet in groups of no more than 7 and get to know each other by answering 3 questions. We enjoyed these gatherings in the fall and we hope that you will join us for round two. Sign up here or call the church office.

Feed A Kid Team Meeting
Thursday, March 2, 11:30 AM in the church parlor
Join the Feed A Kid team for their seasonal kickoff meeting. If you can't make the, don't worry, we can still use your help!  Just let us know you're interested. Contact Amy Correll for more information.

Attic Clean-Up
Saturday, March 4, 10 AM in the church offices.
Join us as we clean out and organize the church attic. Contact Ginny Rostick for more information.

Gardening For Life Project
Saturday, March 4, 1-5 PM at Polk County High School
Join us, along with partner organizations, for a creation care festival featuring Doug Tallamy. The keynote will be livestreamed, for those unable to get tickets. For more information go to

Kudzu Eradication
March 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. Invite all  you know to help.  It is a wonderful donation to God's world. Contact Carol Meeske for more information.

Game Night
Saturday, March 11th at 5 PM
Join us for dinner and some friendly competition. Bring your favorite game! Free will offering for dinner. Sign up online.

Joy & Justice Book Club
Sundays, March 12 & 19 after worship
Join us for a discussion of the book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom,  Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these lenses of knowledge together to show that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings are we capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learning to give our own gifts in return. There is also a Young Adult version also available for discussion with youth.  Sign up online.
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: Sue (Kathy Wells’ daughter), 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.
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 the Marshall Islands.
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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