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Faith Formation Calendar from The Bell October 2019

Category : The Bell


Leadership meetings are in italics

Youth events are in bold

Every Sunday:

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

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


Friday October 4, 6 pm  Blessing of the Animals, Outdoor Labyrinth.

Thursday October 10, 5:15 pm – High school planning meeting.

October 11-12 – Boundary Training for Chelsea Page in Denver.

Holladay Preschool Family Photo Fundraiser.

Sunday October 13 – Discipleship (Rally) Sunday.

Registration forms are due!

Monday October 14, 5 pm – Sunday School teachers meeting.

October 17-26 – Chelsea Page away for ordination.

Sunday October 20 – Utah Fall Break weekend.

Sunday School classes are combined for craft time.

Childcare available during congregational meeting after worship.

Friday October 25, 6:30-8 pm – Middle school (grades 6-8) Youth Group.

Saturday October 26, 7 pm – High schoolers (grades 9-12) and parents.

Meet and Greet with Rev. Chelsea.


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.

Sunday November 10, after worship – Confirmation class begins!

For grades 8-9, but grades 10-12 are also welcome.

Question & Answer Session for all interested students and parents.

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

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

Wednesday November 20, 5:45 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.


Saturday December 14, 7:30 pm – Bell Choir Holiday Concert at HUCC.

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

Sunday December 29 – No Sunday School.

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

Sunday May 31 – Confirmation Sunday.

July 5-11 – Children’s Summer Camp at La Foret in Colorado.

July 20-27 – UCC National Youth Event (carpool with the Rocky Mountain Conference from Denver to Indiana).

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Adult Forum from The Bell October 2019

Category : The Bell

Let’s Talk…Adults

By Teri Jewell

Adult Forum will take on The Challenge of Paul led by a video series featuring John Dominic Crossan. Paul is one of Christianity’s most impactful, yet most debated and misunderstood figures. In the series, Crossan gives us the benefit of his lifelong search for the Paul of history to create a new understanding that sheds new light on Paul and why he is more relevant than ever today.

Because of events at church, Adult Forum will meet on the following days, unless there are other interruptions to our schedule:

October 6 – An Appealing or Appalling Apostle

November 3 – How to Read a Pauline Letter

November 10 – The Romanization of a Radical

November 17 – Jewish Covenant vs Roman Empire

Adult Forum meets after worship in the Chapel. Grab a cup of coffee and join us for an interesting and enlightening series.

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Keeping Track

Category : Transitions

From Tidings October 11, 2019

The weeks ahead will be an exceptionally busy period in the life of Holladay UCC, with activities on two tracks — a pastor transition plus the autumn uptick in church programs. Here is a primer to stick on the fridge and help keep track. 

October 13-Discipleship Sunday.

-Stephen Ministry recognition.
October 14-The Rev. Sue Artt, Rocky Mountain Conference minister, meets with congregation, 6 p.m. in sanctuary.  

October 15-Church Council meets, 6:30 p.m., to consider short-term and longer-term plans for pastoral leadership.
October 17-18-Operation Sandwich.
October 20-Congregational meeting to consider council recommendations on bridge pastor and Pastoral Search Committee.
-New Member Sunday.
October 27-Evenson family honored.
November 2-Fall cleanup day, HUCC & Preschool
November 3-Pastor Fred’s final sermon at HUCC.
November 9
November 11
-Pastor Chelsea’s installation, 1 p.m.

-Weekly meditation begins, 7 p.m. (through December 16).

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Pastor Search Draws Near

Category : Transitions

From Tidings October 4, 2019

Pastor Search

‘Expeditious but not careless’

A Congregational Meeting will be convened on October 20 to launch the search for a new pastor at Holladay UCC. Members will be asked to elect a seven-member search committee nominated by the Spiritual Gifts team.  If approved, the committee would begin the process of issuing a church profile and seeking a candidate. The Church Council will consult with the committee on whether the focus will be on an interim pastor or a settled pastor. 

The meeting notice was issued by Interim Moderator Carl Adams last Sunday after an extended conversation attended by more than 50 members. Seated in a circle and urged by Pastor Fred Evenson to listen carefully, the group shared a range of opinions on actions the church should take as Fred departs for a UCC church in Rhode Island. Moderator Adams outlined options for pastoral leadership, both near and long term.  The possibilities included supply pastors, a bridge pastor, a sustaining pastor, an “intentional interim” pastor and, ultimately, a permanent or settled pastor.

Explaining  the process

The group appeared in agreement that HUCC should seek a settled pastor, but opinions varied on how quickly to move.  “Can’t we short-cut this process?” asked one member.  “Take the time that we need — don’t rush,” said another. Another member summed up concisely, saying the church should  “move expeditiously but not carelessly.” Church Council will consider ways to assure pastoral leadership while the search is conducted.   The Rev. Chelsea Page said she will stay in her called position as associate pastor for youth and families, a part-time post, but possibly could extend her work week (with council approval) during the gap between when Fred departs and a bridge or other temporary pastor is in place. 

Want to search?

If you are interested in serving on the search committee, contact Interim Moderator Carl Adams or Spiritual Gifts team leader Carol Copene.

Conference minister to visit

The Rev. Sue Artt, Rocky Mountain Conference minister, will be at HUCC to meet with the congregation in the sanctuary from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, October 14.  She’ll also meet with church leaders and clergy. 

Dates to honor the Evensons

Please join the congregation after worship on October 27 for a potluck lunch to honor Pastor Fred and his family.  The following Sunday, November 3, will be Pastor Fred’s last sermon at HUCC so please attend then to say farewell, godspeed, and express our appreciation for Fred’s many contributions to our community.

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