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February faith formation calendar

Category : The Bell

FAITH FORMATION CALENDAR

FEBRUARY

Wednesday February 5, 5:00 p.m. – Sunday School teachers meeting.

Thursday February 6, 6:00 p.m. – High school youth group meeting.

Sunday February 9, 11:15 a.m. – Confirmation class (during the Winter Congregational Meeting).

Saturday February 15, 4:30 p.m. – Middle school youth group, friends and family of all ages invited to make “Three Great Loves” cookies.

Sunday February 16 – “Undie Sunday” intergenerational worship, luncheon, and service project for Valentine’s Day and the VOA Women’s Resource Center.

Thursday February 20, 6 p.m. – Operation Sandwich.

Thursday February 20, 7 p.m. – High school youth group dinner.

Saturday February 22, 4:30 p.m. – Confirmation class.

Sunday February 23 – New Member Sunday and luncheon.

Wednesday February 26 – Ash Wednesday service and soup supper. Lent returns with weekly Wednesday night soup suppers and intergenerational faith formation.

Thursday February 27, 6 p.m. – Pastor Chelsea’s Pastoral Relations Committee meets.

Saturday February 29 – Annual Preschool Fundraiser dinner-dance.

Saturday February 29 – Deadline for Early Bird registration for the UCC National Youth Event. Save $75!

LOOKING AHEAD

March 13-15 – Spring retreat at La Foret for grades 6-12.

Sunday April 19 – Youth Worship for Earth Day.

Sunday April 26 – Preschool Sunday.

May 14-16 – OWL training at La Foret.

Sunday May 17 – Confirmation Sunday.

June 22-25 – Middle school youth group mission trip to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab.

July 5-11 – Summer Camp for kids entering grades 2-8 in the fall; La Foret in Colorado.

July 12-18 – MADD Camp (Music, Art, Drama, Dance) for kids entering grades 9-12 in the fall; La Foret in Colorado.

July 20-27 – UCC National Youth Event for kids completing grades 8-12 this spring (travel with the Rocky Mountain Conference from Denver to Indiana).

August 1-6 – “Camp Fellowship” middle school summer camp at Pinecliff Methodist Camp, organized by First Congregational Church.

October 30-November 1 – Fall retreat at La Foret for grades 6-12.


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January Faith Formation Calendar

Category : The Bell

JANUARY 2020

Thursday January 2, 6 pm – High School youth group meeting with HUCC Green Team representatives.

Sunday January 12, 11:15 am – Orientation to Confirmation Journey for all participating students and parents. In the downstairs youth room.

Thursday January 16 and Friday January 17 – Operation Sandwich.

Saturday January 18, 3 pm – Sound of Music Sing-a-long!

Saturday January 25, 4:30 pm – “Where Do You Stand?” Confirmation Class for students and mentors.

Sunday January 26, 11:30 am – New Young Adult (ages 17-22) Group at HUCC – coffee outing after worship.

Tuesday January 28, 1 pm – Transitional Faith Formation Team meeting.

FEBRUARY

Sunday February 9, 11:15 am – Confirmation.

Saturday February 15 – Middle School youth group.

Sunday February 16 – “Undie Sunday” intergenerational worship, luncheon, and service project for Valentine’s Day and the Women’s Resource Center.

Saturday February 22, 4:30 pm – Confirmation.

Wednesday February 26 – Ash Wednesday service; Lent begins.

Saturday February 29 – Annual Preschool Fundraiser dinner-dance.

Saturday February 29 – Deadline for Early Bird registration for the UCC National Youth Event. Save $75!

LOOKING AHEAD

March 13-15 – Spring retreat at La Foret for grades 6-12.

Sunday April 19 – Youth Worship for Earth Day.

Sunday May 17 – Confirmation Sunday.

July 5-11 – Summer Camp for Grades K-8 at La Foret in Colorado.

July 12-18 – MADD Camp (Music, Art, Drama, Dance) for Grades 9-12 at La Foret in Colorado.

July 20-27 – UCC National Youth Event for grades 8-12 (travel with the Rocky Mountain Conference from Denver to Indiana).

August 1-6 – “Camp Fellowship” middle school summer camp at August 1-6 – “Camp Fellowship” middle school summer camp at Pinecliff Methodist Camp, organized by First Congregational Church.

October 30-November 1 – Fall retreat at La Foret for grades 6-12.


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Adult Forum January Schedule

Category : The Bell

Let’s Talk…Adults

By Teri Jewell

Adult Forum will not meet again until January, when we will continue our video discussions on The Challenge of Paul. Most participants like these videos and discussions, so it was decided to complete the series by the end of spring.

P.S. from Chelsea:

More Paul, please! The appealing vs. appalling Apostle is turning out to be pretty appealing….

As you can see from Teri’s note, Adult Forum is taking a break for Advent. If you haven’t had a chance to check out John Dominic Crossan’s video series on the Apostle Paul, you will still have a chance in the new year! Grab a cup of coffee and join Teri in the chapel for an interesting and enlightening series.

January 5 – The Future of Roman Christianity

January 12 – Vision & Vocation in Damascus

January 19 – The Long-Distance Apostle

January 26 – The God-Worshipers

Dr. Crossan is a major scholar in contemporary historical Jesus research. His latest book is How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation (2015).


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Download the Bell for December

Category : The Bell

You can dowload a PDF of December’s Faith Formation Newsletter here.


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Faith Formation Calendar for December 2019

Category : The Bell

FAITH FORMATION CALENDAR

Every Sunday:

– Sunday School for grades K-8 (during worship, after children’s chat)

– Childcare during worship and after-church programs (in the nursery)

DECEMBER

Sunday December 1 – Advent begins! Special Christmas gift craft during Sunday School with Chris Osburn.

Thursday December 5, 5 pm – High school youth group outing to Temple Square and dinner at City Creek downtown.

Friday December 6, 6 pm – Hanging of the Greens. Decorate the Narthex with our HUCC giant Christmas Tree, make a craft, and enjoy holiday snacks and tunes.

Thursday December 12, 6 pm – “Elusive Joy” holiday grief worship service. It’s okay to be sad!

Friday December 13 – Project Elf Christmas gift tags are due for the Christmas Box House program for foster kids.

Saturday December 14, 7:30 pm – Wesley Bell Ringers Holiday Concert at HUCC – free and featuring two of our talented youth!

Tuesday December 17, 2:30 pm – Transitional Faith Formation Team meeting.

Thursday December 19 and Friday Dec 20 – Operation Sandwich and annual party at member’s home.

Sunday December 22, 11:45 am (after worship) – Children and Youth Rehearsal for Christmas Eve service music and pageant.

Sunday December 22, 5:30 pm – Annual Christmas Caroling around town. Meet at the church, and bring a treat to share afterward in Mac Hall.

December 24, Christmas Eve Service, 5 pm – Children’s Performance, Pastor Chelsea preaching.

Sunday December 29 – No Sunday School.

JANUARY

Sunday January 12, 11:15 am – Orientation to Confirmation Journey for all participating students and parents.

Sunday January 26, 11:15 am – “Where Do You Stand?” Confirmation Class for students and mentors.

Sunday January 26, 11:30 am – New Young Adult (ages 17-22) Group at HUCC – coffee outing after worship.

LOOKING AHEAD

March 13-15 – Spring retreat at La Foret in March for grades 6-12.

Sunday May 17 – Confirmation Sunday.

July 5-11 – Summer Camp for Grades K-8 at La Foret in Colorado.

July 12-18 – MADD Camp (Music, Art, Drama, Dance) for Grades 9-12 at La Foret in Colorado.

July 20-27 – UCC National Youth Event for ages 12-22 (travel with the Rocky Mountain Conference from Denver to Indiana).


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November Faith Formation Calendar

Category : The Bell

NOVEMBER

Friday November 1 – Sunday November 3 – Fall Retreat at La Foret Camp in Colorado, for grades 6-12.

Thursday November 7, 6 pm – Children’s Chat meeting.

Saturday November 9, 1 pm – Installation of Rev. Chelsea Page at HUCC. This is a child-friendly event with a dessert potluck following!

Sunday November 10, after worship – Confirmation class begins! For grades 8-11 – high school INCLUDING EIGHTH GRADE. This will be a Question & Answer Session for all interested students and parents.

(Confirmation classes will take place two Sundays a month, after worship, from January-May.)

Monday November 11, 7 pm – HUCC Meditation Group for teens and adults. Open to ages 12 and up.

Thursday November 14, 12 pm – Pastor Chelsea presents on her ordination journey at Top of the Hill potluck luncheon.

Thursday November 14, 6 pm & Friday November 15, 4:30 pm – Operation Sandwich. Contact Jen Foulke about driving youth to the serving on Friday after school.

November 15-17 – Chelsea Page and Chris Gamble attend Our Whole Lives facilitator training at La Foret Camp in Colorado, for OWL grades 7-12 curriculum.

Week of November 19 – date TBD – Dinner and game night for high school youth in senior high youth room.

Wednesday November 20, 5:30 pm – Transitional Faith Formation Team meeting.

Friday November 22, 6:30 pm – Middle school (grades 6-8) Youth Group. Sock It To Me Drive intergenerational pizza party with Kathy Bray of VOA Women’s Shelter. All ages are welcome!

Saturday November 23, 9 am and beyond – Intergenerational Advent preparation day. Featuring all-church indoor cleanup, setting up the giving tree, and special Christmas gift-making for kids.

Sunday, November 24, 6:30 pm – Holladay Interfaith Council’s Annual Thanksgiving Service and Food Drive at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church.

Thursday November 28 – Thanksgiving Holiday

DECEMBER

Sunday December 1 – Advent begins! Special craft during Sunday School.

Thursday December 5, 5 pm – High school youth group outing to Temple Square and dinner in Downtown Salt Lake City. All are welcome.

Saturday December 14, 7:30 pm – Wesley Bell Ringers Holiday Concert at HUCC – free and featuring two of our talented youth!

December 24, Christmas Eve Service – Children’s Performance.

Sunday December 29 – No Sunday School.

LOOKING AHEAD

March 13-15 – Spring retreat at La Foret in March for grades 6-12.

Sunday May 17 – Confirmation Sunday.

July 5-11 – Summer Camp for Grades K-8 at La Foret in Colorado.

July 20-27 – UCC National Youth Event for ages 12-22 (travel with the Rocky Mountain Conference from Denver to Indiana)


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On the move: 2 pastor searches

Category : Transitions

From October 25 Tidings

Members decisively approved a plan to provide pastoral leadership at Holladay UCC for the immediate future and years to come.

At a Congregational Meeting, voters passed a set of resolutions proposed by the Church Council.  Fifty-four congregants turned out for the October 20 gathering, including the requisite 25 members to form a quorum.

Taken together, the actions would:

  • Place an ordained, temporary, minister at the church promptly to avert a “pastor gap” as Pastor Fred departs.
  • Set two search committees in motion, one to call a bridge pastor and the other to call a settled pastor.

Sunday’s presentation opened with a timeline.

To accomplish this timetable, Interim Moderator Carl Adams presented a series of motions from Church Council. Here are the motions and votes:

Motion 1

Empower the Executive Committee to contract with an ordained Pastor to fulfill the needs of the church until a Bridge Pastor is called. (Vote: 50 in favor, one against, no abstentions.)

Motion 2

Empower Church Council to appoint 7 of its members to serve as the Search Committee for a Bridge Pastor who would not be a candidate for Settled Pastor.  The 7 members of Council will present their recommendation to the Congregation at a duly called Congregational Meeting. (Vote: unanimous approval.)

Motion 3

Form a Pastoral Search Committee for a Settled Pastor. (Vote: unanimous approval.)

Motion 4

Approve 7 members of Pastoral Search Committee as presented by the Nominating Committee. (Vote: unanimous approval, with stipulation that the search would be for a settled pastor, not an interim.) 

The Settled Pastor Search Committee will be: Steve Schneider, Trent Parkhill, Amy Spratling, Teri Jewell, Ruby Hammel, Martha Bale, Linda Hilton.

Moderator Adams said Council was considering the idea of engaging a qualified counselor to meet with members who feel the need to reconcile emotional fallout from the current transition — or past transitions.  Pastor Fred Evenson is leaving to serve a Rhode Island church.  His final sermon at HUCC will be November 3. No schedule was announced for the counseling sessions, but the concept received a favorable reception.

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