Sunday, December 21

9:30 a.m.   Forum: Jesus & the Buddha Part III, video and discussion. Gail Holden leading. Childcare provided in the nursery.

10:30 a.m. Worship: “Now Is the Time,” Doug Long preaching. Covenant Partners joining.

Following worship: All Youth travel to TreeRunners Raleigh.

3:30 p.m.   The Justice Theater Project presents A Doll’s House in the worship space.


Sunday, November 4 - John Pavlovitz

John Pavlovitz is a pastor and blogger from Wake Forest but in the past two years his blog, ‘Stuff That Needs To Be Said’, has reached a diverse audience of millions of people throughout the world, with an average monthly readership of over a million people. John is a regular contributor to Huffington Post, Relevant Magazine, Scary Mommy,, and The Good Men Project.  His book "A Bigger Table", released in October of 2017, was a call to the church to include everyone and to treat everyone with the radical love of Jesus.  His new book, "Hope and other Superpowers: A life-affirming, love-defending, butt-kicking, world saving manifesto" will be released on Tuesday, November 6th. 

But get this… we will have a chance to buy it sooner. On Sunday, November 4, John will preach at UPUCC and offer an after church talk-back/Q and A/Book signing.



Saturday, November 10 -LGBTQ Informational Workshop Day 

The Adult Ed Committee of UPUCC is hosting its second annual LGBTQ Workshop Day on Saturday, November 10, 9:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. This day is a time of education and support, not only for our congregation but for the wider community.  This year we will enjoy lunch provided by donation from Hauss Tharrington, P.A. and Carolina Conceptions! We are asking for many members of the congregation to participate in this special day and be able to have a time of fellowship with those who are visiting UPUCC for the first time. Choose to attend four 45-minute workshops- two before and two after a catered lunch.

We have a fabulous list of presenters again this year-double the amount of last year!  Watch for sign ups coming in the next few weeks in which you can assist by helping with the logistics such as set up, clean up, providing items, etc. This event was so meaningful to attendees and participants last year, and we hope that this year's event will be just as impactful. Register now  to come out and be a part of this beautiful day at  This event is free, but registration is required to enable an accurate count for lunch. -Gina Kentopp, Organizer


Newcomers & Inquirers Session: Held most first Sundays of each month, Membership & Publicity Committee hosts these gatherings in the church library after worship . There is a short presentation of the history of the UCC as well as information about Umstead Park United church of Christ. (Next session is November 4.)

Creativity Group: The morning craft group meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 9:30 a.m. The evening Creativity Group is held the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Come with your own individual creative projects, come to socialize, or come to try your hand at making a card.