Be The Church: February 14, 2023

We hope you'll join us this Sunday as we reflect on and celebrate the Transfiguration. We'll be continuing a 3-week worship series that will engage in Sacred Conversations on Faith and Race. After worship we'll gather for community hour and Living the Questions.

Please find more information below about:
- Church T-Shirt Contest: Share your ideas
- Volunteers Needed for Doug Tallamy Event
Ministry Team, Worship, & Volunteer Sign-Up: Ushers needed
Pic of the Week: Movie showing
Weekly Preview: Hearing from God and Living the Questions
- Notes From The Church Dog: Lots happening!
Love Your Neighbor: No more stigma
Faith Formation Opportunities & UCC News: Discussion with UCC President

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
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.
Volunteers Needed for Doug Tallamy Event
Saturday, March 4

Creation Care Team exhibit at the Tallamy event on March 4: Volunteers are needed to set up and staff the Creation Care Team table in the exhibit hall, 11:30am-2pm and 3:30-5pm. Please contact Ann White at or 864-426-7744 if you can help staff our table.

Schedule of Events for Tallamy Event at Polk County High Auditorium
11:30am -- Set up begins
12:30pm -- Native plant sale begins
1-2 pm    -- Exhibits
2-3:30pm-- Doug Tallamy's presentation
3:30-5pm-- Book signing and exhibits

Other volunteers are needed for the Tallamy event; see below for a description of what each position involves. 

The coordinator for volunteers is Donna Younkin; please contact her at or 609-330-1188 if you can fill any of the following volunteer slots:

2-4 Hallway Monitors (or 4-8 if individuals pair up)11:30-5:30 (may be possible to split into two shifts):
*Easy, indoor positions keeping an eye on the surrounding area to avoid any damage and generally direct attendees in the right direction. 
*You can be seated to do this job--bring a “lawn type” chair or a chair can be provided.  
*Two people can pair up to cover one area. 
*A few people are needed to cover this while Tallamy is presenting, so they won't attend the presentation, but will stay in the hallway areas.

4 Wrist-band checkers at Auditorium Entrance 11:30 to 2-2:15
*Make sure that attendees have a wrist band for entrance into the auditorium. *These volunteers will be standing the entire time.

8 Auditorium Ushers - 11:30-2:15 (4 volunteers), 11:30-4:00 (4 volunteers):  
*This is a "standing" job and might be considered “high pressure”
*Ushers will work with folks who will not be able to choose their seats and get them seated quickly; because the event is sold out, every seat in the auditorium needs to be filled in an orderly, pre-determined manner. 
*4 volunteers are needed to help with crowd control exiting the auditorium, after the conclusion of the presentation.  

5 Plant Delivery Volunteers 12pm-2pm and 3:30-5:00: 
*Will help get plants to the cars of purchasers. This will involve carrying plants and walking to several different parking lots. The ability to carry things and be sure-footed and able to navigate stairs or inclines will be key--in rain or shine! *Preferably, this is one set of volunteers who use the 1 1/2 hour break to enjoy the Tallamy presentation (if they have already registered) - or we could work out two shifts if needed.

Volunteers should bring their own lunch and beverages, in a cooler if it needs refrigeration.  There will be snacks in a hospitality room where they can also leave personal belongings.  Volunteers will also need to sign a liability waiver.  Volunteers may be given a green vest to wear so they are identifiable.  And, of course, volunteers will receive a big THANK YOU!
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

It was a packed house for the showing of E.O. Wilson: Of Ants and Men at the Tryon Theatre. This event was sponsored by the Congregational Church, UCC in Tryon and Conserving Carolina as part of the Gardening for Life Project. 

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.
  • Community Hours
    Community Hours this week will be Wednesday from 9-10 AM at All Good Things Bakery in Tryon.
  • 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.
  • Hearing From God
    Saturday, February 18, 10 AM—12 PM, Fellowship Hall
    Join Linda Eiserloh and David Riddle as they present experiences of hearing from God, spiritual writing, and sharing those experiences. This event is sponsored by the interdenominational Order of St. Luke, a group focusing on studying Jesus’ healing ministry and the call to pray for people’s healing.
  • Sunday Worship - February 19 at 10 AM, Sanctuary & Online
    Join us for worship, story, music, and fellowship. This week will continue our 3 week series engaging in sacred conversations on faith and race in honor of black history month. It's also Transfiguration Sunday. The Sunday email will have links to watch the service online via live stream. This week's scripture is Psalm 2 and Matthew 17:1-9
  • 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
Looking Ahead:
  • 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. Sign up here. 
  • Kudzu Eradication
    February 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.
  • The Very First Annual Church Variety Show: 
    The Congregational Church Follies
    Sunday, February 26, 2023 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. We still have 1 or 2 slots left for “acts”. Please let Susan Lyle or Patty Short know of your interest and your idea. All ages are welcome.
  • 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. 
Notes From The Church Dog
Because somebody has to run this church...
This past Saturday was so much fun!!! Our Creation Care Team and Buildings & Grounds Team, along with others, gathered to continue our invasive removal project. You may have noticed all the different debris piles around the church campus on Sunday. The teams were hard at work! I even got in on the action, happily digging holes to get up invasive plants. The human was not as happy about it as I was, but everyone complimented my incredibly fast digging skills.

Then, in the annex, a bunch of furniture was moved in from the Habitat for Humanity re-store. I helped Donna Wise test out all of the furniture and can attest to it's comfortability.  You can see a sneak peak of some of the furniture above, but it all still has to be arranged, pictures hung, and window treatments installed. Work is also being done on the bathroom to get it ready for our tenant, who I'm very much looking forward to welcoming.

It's so exciting to see our church campus full of life, and our ministries coming alive. Thank you to so many for contributing your time and talent, and our collective willingness to listen to where the Spirit is calling us.

Wishing you all the toys and pets,
Love Your Neighbor
Wider Community Opportunities, Events, and Resources
No More Stigma, No More Shame #standbymePolk
April 28. 4:30PM - 7:30PM
Join us for an exciting evening as we welcome nationally acclaimed TEDx speaker Tony Hoffman to Polk County to share his inspirational true story "From Prison to the Olympics," about overcoming and recovery from substance misuse.

*Hosted by Polk County Health and Human Services Agency in partnership with Polk County Schools.
Find more information here

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.
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Wider church invited into ‘play space’ with the GMP – interactive, creative sessions on future issues
On Wednesdays from February through May, Rev. Dorhauer has arranged eight different conversations, each with a unique topic and facilitator. And, he said, the interactive experience will be just as important as the discussion. In each session, he hopes to gather “a fully engaged, interactive audience to share the latest thinking about what is happening to give shape to a future in which we (the UCC) matter.” Read the full article here. 
The first discussion topic will be: 
What is the best or most exciting tech innovation you are incorporating into your ministry and how is it changing your future?
February 15th at 1 pm 
Register here


Rev. Meghan D. Young, Pastor -
Lindsay Lewis, Minister of Faith Formation -
Dr. Susan Lyle, Minister of Music -
Brittany Plumley, Custodian -
Michele Brulé, Church Administrator -
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