Be The Church: March 21, 2023

We hope you'll join us this Sunday as we continue our Lenten series, "Seeking: Honest Questions for Deeper Faith." This week's question is, "Can these bones live?". Then after community hour, we'll have our quarterly conversation with the Governing Board.

Please find more information below about:
- Getting To Know Us (Again): Sign-up
- Jesus Christ Superstar Sing-Along: Get your tickets
- Easter Brunch Invitation
- Tryon Adult Prom to Benefit Outreach: Get your tickets
Ministry Team, Worship, & Volunteer Sign-Up: Ushers needed
Pic of the Week: Joy and Justice Book Club
Weekly Preview: Quarterly Conversation & Youth Group
- Notes From The Church Dog: Get to know us
Love Your Neighbor: Outreach Volunteers & Blood Drive
Faith Formation Opportunities & UCC News: Stewardship Webinar

You can find recordings of this past Sunday's worship services on our website and YouTube page. You can also support the ministries of our church, by giving online, or mailing in your contribution. Let us be the church as we love and serve our neighbors.
Pastor Meghan
Getting To Know Us (Again): Round 2
Dates & Times Vary

Lent is a time to renew our connections to God and each other. This Lenten season we are asking all of our church members and friends to sign up for one 75 minute gathering at the church. We'll gather in small groups to get to know each other by answering 3 simple questions.

Click here to sign-up
Jesus Christ Superstar Sing-Along
Sunday, April 2, 2023 at 7 PM
We’re bringing back our quirky and meaningful Holy Week tradition of an interactive showing of the 1973 film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. There will be crowd participation and (of course) sing-alongs. Dress up in your favorite 70’s garb, invite your friends, and spread the word! This event is a partnership between The Congregational Church, UCC and The Tryon Theatre.
Click here to get tickets
Easter Brunch Invitation
Sunday, April 9th

You're invited to a CHURCH FELLOWSHIP BRUNCH after our EASTER service.
All in our church family, plus any family and guests you wish to bring, are invited to brunch at Sherril Wingo's home in Columbus.  There's plenty of parking.

It will be a "pot luck" meal; however, you are asked to identify what you will be bring and in what quantity.  

RSVP is requested by Good Friday, but all will be welcomed regardless. To RSVP, please contact Sherril.  Email:  Landline:  (828) 894-6081   Text/Mobile:  (828) 817-1668.
Tryon Adult Prom to benefit Outreach
Friday, May 5, 7-10 PM in the Fellowship Hall

Did you miss your prom? Do you reminisce about how it felt to look forward to going to prom? Well, we have good news!
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (UUFCF) is partnering with The Congregational Church, UCC to sponsor an Adult Prom.  Proceeds for this event will benefit Thermal Belt Outreach.  
Singles and couples age 21 and up are welcome to shimmy and shake to the music of the Trophy Husbands at this event. Light snacks will be available and beer and wine will be served for a suggested donation.
Tickets are $15/person and are available for purchase through Brown Paper Tickets. Seating is limited, so be sure to get your tickets soon!
Since 1991, Outreach has served Polk County with caring hearts and helping hands to meet the needs of countless people.  The vision of Outreach is to be the heart of a unified, community-wide effort through which no individual or family in Polk County goes hungry, cold or without shelter.  To learn more about Outreach or how you can help out with this great organization, please visit their website at
Click here to get tickets
Additionally, if you are willing to volunteer to help set up, take down, operate the dish washer at the event, or provide refreshments, please contact Pastor Meghan for more information. Volunteers will be given a free ticket.

Thank you to our Justice Team for leading us in this partnership and initiative!
Ministry Team, Worship, & Volunteer Sign-Up
We welcome all in our congregation, regardless of membership or age, to participate in worship leadership and Ministry Teams. Contact the church office for more information about any of the opportunities below.
Please consider signing up to usher, serve as liturgist, and host community hour in the coming months. Offering those gifts of hospitality helps build community, attracts and welcomes folks to our church.
Pic of the Week
A look into the life of the church

The Joy and Justice Book Club met for the last two Sundays to discuss the book "Braiding Sweetgrass" by Robin Wall Kimmerer. The group highly recommends it as a fantastic read that will change the way you think about the natural world and our place in it. If you would like to borrow a copy, contact Meghan or Lindsay. 

Do you have a picture of something that you would like to share with the Congregation? Email it to Lindsay and we can share it as our pic of the week and continue to stay connected with each other. 
Weekly Preview
Grow in faith, share in ministry.
  • Justice Team Meeting
    Tuesday, March 21 at 4 PM on Zoom
  • Community Hours
    Community Hours this week will be Wednesday from 9-10 AM at All Good Things Bakery in Tryon. Join Pastor Meghan, stop by and chat.
  • Prayer GroupWednesdays at 12 PM on Zoom
    Click this link to join Prayer Group
    Meeting ID: 396 479 012, Password: 117851
    To join by phone, dial +1 646 558 8656.
    Join us as we pray for the congregation, the community, and the world.
  • Creation Care Team Meeting
    Thursday, March 23 at 4 PM in the Church Parlor or on Zoom
  • Kudzu Eradication
    March 25, 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.
  • Sunday Worship: Lent 5 - March 26 at 10 AM, Sanctuary & Online
    Join us for worship, story, music, and fellowship. The Sunday email will have links to watch the service online via live stream. This week's scripture lessons are Ezekiel 37:1-14 and John 11:1-45
  • Quarterly Conversation with the Governing Board
    Sunday, March 26 after worship in the Fellowship Hall or on Zoom
    This will be a time to share updates on the churches ministries and finances.
  • Youth Group
    Sunday, March 26 at 12:00 PM
    We will be working on the church property doing a creation care project. Please wear clothing appropriate for working outside. Lunch will be provided. 
Looking Ahead:
  • 5th Annual Jesus Christ Superstar
    Sunday, April 2 at 7 PM at the Tryon Theatre
    See details above.
  • Good Friday
    Friday, April 7 at 3 PM at the Walter's Property
    Join us at the Walter’s property as we walk the stations of the cross in prayer. The hike is along a forest trail and the path is uphill at points. Please wear appropriate footwear. Sign up here. Directions will be provided upon signup. 
  • Holy Saturday
    Saturday, April 8 at 10 AM
    Join us for Pancake Breakfast, followed by Easter Egg hunt and egg dying. Sign-up here.
Notes From The Church Dog
Because somebody has to run this church...
I have two favorite places to sit in the church. This is one of them. I get to watch everyone come and go, and run to the office door to greet them (sometimes a I'm a bit too vocal about it, but I'm just excited). If you didn't know, this is our church parlor. It's where we hold ministry team meetings and other gatherings such as our Getting To Know Us Again groups. I've been loving the Getting To Know Us Again groups. They're a great place to get lots of love from church humans. But, you also get to learn about folks, hear their stories, and ponder questions about our lives and faith together. It's all about connection and community. It's super fun, and I'm hoping get to know more of you at them. Make sure to sign up above.

Wishing you all the toys and pets,
Love Your Neighbor
Wider Community Opportunities, Events, and Resources
Outreach Seeks Volunteers
Outreach is looking for new faces to be part of our team. Several positions and hours that are open:

Intake/Interviewer:  Interview clients needing assistance.  They will have significant contact with the public, clients and staff.  Duties may also include general office support. This individual should prefer to work in an office environment, demonstrate an interest in serving others and be able to commit to volunteering on a regular weekly basis. 

Day and Hours Needed:  Wednesday 8:45am-12pm

Feed-A-Kid Packers: These individuals pack bags of food, which are then delivered to the schools each Thursday during the academic year.  Feed-A-Kid Packers work together to assemble bags for school children who are enrolled in the program, following a pre-established menu.  You will be working about 3 hours. This position allows a little more flexibility with your schedule.

Days & Hours you can pick from:  Tuesday, any time, Wednesday 9am-12pm or Thursday 9am-12pm 
Contact Barb Powell if you are interested in either of these positions. 

American Red Cross Blood Drive
Tuesday, April 4, 12-5 PM, Fellowship Hall
Give the gift of life! Schedule yourself to give blood.

Click here to sign-up to give blood.
Hear of any community gatherings, resources, or opportunities to love our neighbors? Email us to share.
Faith Formation Opportunities & UCC News
Staying connected to the wider church.
Click here to sign-up for WNCA email updates.
Changing Landscape of Giving: What We Can Learn from Millennial and Gen Z Donors
Mar 22, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Rev. Dr. Colie Bettivia of Grace UCC in Two Rivers, WI, will discuss insights and ideas the Church can learn from Millennial and Gen Z Donors.
Register here. 

'Trans youth lives matter': UCC leaders commit to love and justice in action amidst anti-LGBTQ bills
We are in the midst of a pivotal moment in our shared story. The well-being of transgender and non-binary youth is being debated in legislative sessions across the United States. As of March 3 there have been 385 anti-LGBTQ bills introduced, with 108 of these bills aiming to end gender affirming healthcare for trans and non-binary youth. This places more than 54,000 trans youth actively taking life-saving gender affirming medical care at risk. This is the highest number of anti-LGBTQ bills ever introduced in a single legislative season. Click here to read the full article from UCC Leadership.


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Dr. Susan Lyle, Minister of Music -
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