A Letter from Elizabeth

Hi Friends,

On Friday,  October 28, from 7 pm until 9 pm, we're going to have a bonfire in the back yard at the church to celebrate our building mortgage, which was paid off in full earlier this year.

We have such gratitude for the generous donation from Marshall Cary which allowed us to pay off this debt in full. He and his siblings donated money from their mother's estate to many organizations, including ours.

Mortgage burningIn addition to expressing thanks to Marshall, we have others to honor at this ceremony. Not only have we had many, many members and friends who have contributed financially over the years, but there are countless others who have donated time and talent to this building and our community. There are those who have laid tile, covered chairs, painted, installed moulding,  built furniture, and planted trees. To this day, there are those who clean bathrooms, teach  religious education, sing in the choir, lead services, and work on committees. For all of these people, we owe thanks.

Indeed, we have much to celebrate.

So please, join us next week for this event. We will be joined by our new minister, Melissa Mummert. We will have light refreshments, including marshmallows to roast over the fire. We will have music and singing!

I look forward to seeing you then,

Elizabeth Braun
Board President

Oct 23: Is Skepticism the Same as Cynicism?

skepticAn open discussion. Since our theme for this month is "Skepticism," we thought it made sense to consider the difference  -- if any -- between skepticism and cynicism. And if they are different, is one good and the other bad? Join us as we sort this out!

Oct 30: Are We Angels or Devils?

devilangelIt's the day before Hallowe'en, so John Clark and Lee Shackleford are thinking about the spirits of light and dark which the costumes will evoke. But what about the rest of us, the ones who aren't dressed in fantastical outfits? Are we actually angels or devils? Join us for a discussion which may challenge your answers to that question!

All-Committee Night: Nov 2

Committee work can be beautiful!The next of our regular All-Committee Nights at the church! Join us at 5:30pm with a brown-bag supper -- then at 6:00 we'll break off into our groups. Later we get back together to give brief reports on what we've done. It usually turns out to be fun because we enjoy each other's company!

Pick the committee that most interests you:

  • Membership and Caring |  Music |  Religious Education |  Program and Publicity |  Social Concerns |  Congregational Growth |  Building and Grounds |  Finance / New Budget Priorities

Harvest Potluck on November 13th!

hot mealIt's been a while since we had one of our excellent after-service pot lucks, so let's do it on November 13th. Consider it a "Harvest Festival," with season-appropriate dishes. Bring whatever you can  -- including empty hands -- to the Sunday morning service, and then at noon we'll set up our tables and enjoy a shared meal and one another's company.

Welcome, Melissa!

melissapic We are delighted to welcome Rev. Melissa Mummert as our new contract minister! She'll be with us one week out of each month, helping us grow as individuals and as a congregation. Melissa's impressive past-and-present experiences are too numerous and complex to outline here, so the best thing is for you to spend time with her in person. You'll be glad you did. Read more about Melissa here.

Clean House, Help a Neighbor

clothesMany of us know that Rita works on an inpatient psychiatric unit at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Often patients there are admitted who are homeless and have only the clothing on their backs ... or come from other hospitals wearing only paper scrubs!

We feel that no matter what bridges people may have burned in their lives, access to a clean set of clothes is a human dignity issue...

So we're asking for any help you can provide by cleaning out your closets and drawers! Specifically, we are requesting gently-used tee shirts and sweat shirts, “soft” pants or shorts (like yoga pants, sweat pants, shorts with elastic waistbands. We can also especially use men’s jeans, and medium skirts with elastic waistbands.

We will set out a collection bin in the foyer of the church. We will collect clothing starting now through the entire month of October.

Thank you for your generosity!

Join the Covenant Group

Covenant  Group The presentation on August 21st by Gabriele Weinberger and Paulette Moerdyk-Catlin moved several people to ask, "how soon can we start a new covenant group?" So the group had its first meeting on August 31st. There's room for more -- including you!

"We want to tell members of UUCCV that they should view it as not another obligation or chore," Gabriele says, "but as their personal time of healing and regaining strength, of letting go of stress and connecting."

If that sounds like something you'd be interested in, write to Gabriele at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Meanwhile, learn more about Covenant Groups and the kinds of topics they discuss at www.smallgroupminstry.net and at www.uucpa.org.

Collections for ALFA Continue

ALFA serves to improve the lives and health of those affected by HIV/AIDS while preventing transmission through education and testing.

You can be part of this wonderful ongoing effort supporting real people in our community by bringing much needed food & non-food items to the collection bin in our front hallway. Here are the items that are ALWAYS needed:

  • Peanut butter and jelly/jam
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Canned stews and chili
  • Beans in cans or bags
  • Canned tuna, chicken, salmon  
  • Canned fruit or fruit cups
  • Boxed mashed potatoes, rice
  • Soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Laundry detergent, dryer sheets
  • Toilet paper, feminine products

Your generosity is much appreciated!

Proud to be an LGBTQ welcoming congregation

Street Address:
833 5th St. SE
Hickory, NC 28602
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 9164
Hickory, NC 28603




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