Sunday, August 19

9:30 a.m. Forum: "Buddhism 101 video with James Finley, a former Trappist Monk who studied under Thomas Merton and is currently on faculty at Richard Rohr's Living School for Action and Contemplation. An opportunity to talk about the basics of Buddhism and how Jesus and the Buddha had a very similar process of human transformation. Childcare provided in the nursery. 

10:30 a.m. Worship: “I am the Living Bread: When Metaphors are Misunderstood,” Doug Long preaching. Special music by Anthony Neff. 

Following worship: UPUCC Choir Invites You and All God's Critters! Details follow.



“All God's Critters Got a Place in the Choir!”  Immediately after worship on August 19, all are invited to a time of music, food, and fellowship with the UPUCC choir in the worship space. (Childcare will be provided.) We are seeking to expand our numbers in the choir, and this event is an opportunity to come and get a taste of what it is like to be in the choir (and get a taste of some tacos!).

We welcome all, regardless of talent or music reading abilities!

In most cases people vastly underestimate their musical skills, but hear this: 

Everyone has the ability and the right to make music, and to find fulfillment and joy in making music with others.

No commitment beyond attending required! We will begin with eating and visiting with one another, and then we will get our feet wet with some approachable singing. (You will NOT have to sing alone!) Hope to see you there!

Questions? Please e-mail David Wilson

Sanctuary Host Training will be held next Sunday, August 26 at 2 p.m. in the church library. Questions? Contact  Gary Sanders at


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 September 2.)

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.