Annual Meeting of the Southeast Conference of the UCC

May 31 through June 2, the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ will be held here at Pleasant Hill Community Church United Church of Christ.

What an opportunity for us!

First, those of you who have been used to participating in the life of a Conference Annual Meeting get to have that opportunity here in our backyard. No hills of Piedmont College. No long car rides. A short drive to the church, our church, and a walk to Adshead for meals.

Second, we have an opportunity to show off our congregation and church. All spaces in the church building will be utilized. The Community House will be incorporated as will Heritage Hall and Adshead Hall. This year, the conference extends into Sunday morning, so we will be joined in our morning worship by members of the conference. We will have a gathering space in the room with the fireplace over in Heritage Hall. Marketing is putting in some comfy furniture. We will add some

Third, we have an opportunity to show off our extravagant hospitality. We are asking you to house a delegate or two if you are able. We only need to ask for a space to sleep. All their meals will be part of the conference and they will be busy during the day. For a place to sleep at night most will only need one or two nights (May 30, May 31). Some (the MIDs, especially) will need to be here for premeeting
retreats (May 29 – June 1 or 2). We will have a sign-up sheet in Boyce Hall. Please indicate what you are willing to offer.

Another piece of extravagant hospitality that we will offer is The Home Team. We need folks who are willing to attend to the needs of our guests. Sit at a door and point the way to a room; collect meal tickets before we eat; sit and talk with folks for a few hours in the gathering space, etc.

Home Team Hospitality I looking for volunteers to be on the home team for the conference. We will be greeting people, giving directions to various activities, helping with coffee/drinks, and generally being a helpful and welcoming presence as the host church for the annual meeting. If you are interested and/or willing to be a part of this team please let Martha know asap (931-277-3193 or phcchurchoffice@
gmail.com). The more people we have the more hospitality we can provide. Rebecca Seldomridge

Cuba Study Seminar Presents… Revolution and the Biblical Call to Justice

An Immersion in Cuban History, Culture, and Values.

Trip Description: Participants will be introduced to contemporary Cuban life, its revolutionary history, and engage in daily biblical study and reflection led by Rev. Clint McCann (Ph.D.). Activities include worship with a local congregation, visits to schools and health clinics, a concert with the Cuban National Choir, conversation with Cuban Council of Churches leaders, Cuban Communist Party officials, seminary leaders and students, museum visits, Latin American Medical School, Che Guevara National Monument, and a
discussion of Guantanamo Bay Military Base.

Trip Dates: Thursday, January 30th – Sunday, February 9th, 2020

Contact Tom Warren at ucccubastudy@gmail.com or call 931-267-2836

Lunch Bunch

We gather in Boyce Hall at noon on every second Thursday of the month. Bring a bag lunch and join your buddies for food with good conversation and laughter. Everyone welcome!

Yarn-Over Knitting Group

Yarn-Over Knitting Group meets at 1 pm in Boyce Hall, every second Thursday of the month, to work together on any handwork you choose. All cordially welcome!

Wednesday Documentaries

Join us for Wednesday Evening Documentaries in room 4 — video presentations with a focus on Social Justice. Sponsored by our Ecojustice class.

  • May 8, 5:00 pmThe Narrow Path. Following in the footsteps of the great apostles of nonviolence – Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Oscar Romero – Jesuit priest John Dear offers a challenging example to everyone who seeks a peaceful world. Putting himself on the front lines of peace activism, Dear proves that non-violence is not passive, but instead an actively courageous way of life. (108 minutes)
  • May 15, 5:00 pm: Documenting Hate: Charlottesville & New American Nazis tracks down some participants at the center of the infamous & deadly rally in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017, and also shows how ill-prepared law enforcement was. The second part of the film comes after the October 27, 2018 deadly anti-Semitic attack at the Tree of Life synagogue. It explores white supremacist groups – in particular a neo-Nazi group, Atomwaffwen Division, that has actively recruited inside the U.S. military. (Frontline/ProPublica, 120 minutes)
  • May 22, 5:00 pmBiodynamic Farming – Nature Farms, Permaculture transformation of front lawn for food.
  • May 22 (continuing), 5:30 pmDIRT, a story with heart and soil.  An uplifting, insightful and timely film that tells the story of the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet. A humorous and substantial look into the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will later return to. (80 minutes).
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