Musical Celebration of Christmas- Sunday, December 17

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Presented by the choir and instrumental musicians of Trinity UCC!

  • This service will include texts sung in lofty European cathedrals, ranging from a traditional arrangement of  “Still, Still, Still” to an African Alleluia song with percussion to an introspective song of questioning, “How Will We Know Him When He Comes” and other familiar carols. This special service of music will also include a variety of instruments including organ, piano, and guitars.

Lenten Bible Study: Outlaw Christians

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Lenten Bible Study will be taught from the book Outlaw Christians: Finding Authentic Faith by Breaking the ‘Rules’ by Jacqueline A. Bussie. Copies can be purchased for $11.

  • March 8 – Tired of Dishonesty? Become an Outlaw Christian
  • March 15 – Angry at the Almighty? Tell God the Truth
  • March 22 – Doubting Your Faith? Learn to Lament
  • March 29 – Sick of Hearing “God Has a Plan”? Surprise! God Is Too
  • April 5 – Scared to Tell Your Real Story? Compost Your Pain
  • April 12 – Longing for Hope? Seven Ways to Find It

HB2 Community Discussion

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On October 4, Trinity UCC and Concord-Kannapolis PFLAG will host a community discussion on HB2, Shifting the Paradigm: The Role of Faith Communities in Improving the Lives of LGBTQ Individuals and Families. The speakers will include Trinity’s pastor, Nathan King along with individuals who speak on the psychological aspects of the situation. This discussion will also include a panel for audience participation. Equality NC will sponsor this event.  The program is to take place from 7:00- 8:30 PM. There is no cost, and open to anyone who would like attend.

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Community Forum At Catawba College on Sexuality and Religion

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Catawba College of Salisbury will be hosting a free community forum Tuesday, September 20th. The speaker for this event will be Dr. Mark Achtemeier, author of The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage. Dr. Achtemeier is a former anti-LGBT activist in the Presbyterian church. He is now a supporter of LGBT inclusion.

Dr. Achtemeier will give two presentations. The first will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on the Catawba campus. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Another discussion will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Hedrick Little Theatre on campus, located in the Robertson College Community Center.  Both will focus on different topics, and are both open to the public. This is a great opportunity to come learn about some intriguing subject matter. Catawba is affiliated with the United Church of Christ.

For more information be sure to read the article in the link below.

http://catawba.edu/news-events/news/college-news/author-bibles-yes-same-sex-marriage-speak-catawba-college/

Racists Anonymous Begins at Trinity

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RA Meets Wednesdays at 6pm in the Fellowship Hall. Dr. Carol Stanley (pictured above) facilitates the meeting. Come see. All are welcome!

Racists Anonymous Story

Concord, NC, Thursday, July 21, 2016— Could it be that we are all just a little bit racist? A local congregation in Concord, NC asks itself this question because many people sense a surprising resurgence in racism in America.  Could this be the reason that wherever we go, racism always seems to be there as well? Could this be the reason that racism, religious and ethnic intolerance seems to appear in nearly all nations where ethnic and religious differences exist? Could it be that racism is a primitive behavior like cannibalism, except for some reason, we’ve not quite yet overcome racism?

Pastor Nathan King wants his congregation and the community to give these matters serious thought. They have established a Wednesday Night Racist Anonymous Group that operates under the same principles as Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-Step programs. Dr. Carol Eales Stanley, a member of the congregation and a local psychologist, leads the group. According to Carol, “The first night went very well with a diverse group of attendees.” She says the group, open to the community, plans to meet each Wednesday evening at 6 pm at the church –Trinity United Church of Christ (UCC), 38 Church Street N, Concord, NC.

“The first step may be the hardest of all,” says Carol, “admitting that we have a problem. Racism is all around us and yet nobody claims to be a racist.” According to Pastor Nathan, “It’s not much different than when we were children. Mama would come in and ask us children who had done some mischievous thing or another. The answer was always the same, ‘I don’t know. Not me.’”

The second step is to come to the realization that we cannot handle this problem alone. And the third step is to turn it over to God or what some simply call a Higher Power. There are other steps of course. These are just the beginning.

The founding group in Sunnyvale, CA was launched by UCC Pastor Ron Buford at the Congregational Church of Sunnyvale with lay leadership. Pastor Ron says that with great lay leadership over several months, most of its diverse participants have come to recognize their own racism, its powerful grip on our lives, and the need to turn it over. Thousands of RA groups across the nation have the power to change the world – one person at a time, one day at a time.

The goal of RA is not to change others. The goal of RA is to, with God’s help, eliminate racism in ourselves. After all, isn’t this the way Christianity itself began to spread — Confession, Repentance, and Faith? The hour-long meeting is open to the community.

The group meets each Wednesday 6pm-7pm in the church fellowship hall. Park on the lower level and use that entrance. All are welcome!

About Trinity UCC

Trinity is a progressive, Christian “social action, social justice church” that knows “God’s love embraces all persons equally, no matter their age, gender, race, life status, beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.” The church is located at 38 Church Street N, Concord, NC. For information about Trinity visit www.CommaChurch.com and Facebook.com/CommaChurch, or, contact Rev. Nathan King at [email protected]. Trinity is a member of the United Church of Christ, based in Cleveland, OH, www.ucc.org.

For more information about RA contact:

Dr. Carol Stanley

[email protected]

(425) 301-2704  (cell)

Trinity in the Park

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Sunday’s service will be held at Les Meyer’s Park in Concord at 11:00am. We will meet at Paul’s Picnic Shelter.

The Morning Circle is graciously providing lunch. All you need to do is bring dessert if you wish.

No Sunday school classes will meet that day.

The topic for this service will be: “Care for Creation.”

This service is open to everyone. Someone will be at Trinity to direct newcomers to Les Meyers Park.

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