Are you interested in learning more about CCC and how to become a member of…

Again we try to fathom another mass murder in a school. Again we find ourselves…

Recognizing Miss Chris for all the time, effort and love that she put in as…

Please join the CCC Immigration Circle for a Lunch and Learn Sunday, January 28 after…

A blood drive has been scheduled Sunday, January 21 at Christ Congregational Church from 8:00…

Are you interested in learning more about CCC and how to become a member of…

We extend our loving thoughts, prayers, and sympathy to Larry Duff and family. Larry’s father…

Dear CCC Community, There are several all church updates and Coordinating Council news for my…

We extend our loving thoughts, prayers, and sympathy to Nae Pearson. Nae’s mother, Virginia, passed…

CCC offers deep sympathy to Rev. Julia Jarvis, spiritual director of the Interfaith Families Project and member…

We learned of the death on Sunday November 26 of long time CCC member Erv Boettner, aged 100…

Gratitude in Times of Fear Part of the life of faith is realizing that in…

We learned this week of the death of long-time CCC member Jean Caswell on Friday,…

Dear CCC Community, The Coordinating Council met this week and we have several updates to…

Join us for fellowship, food, and a chance to give thanks as a church family….

A Word about CCC Security   After the church shooting in Texas, we are again…

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IT’S COMING…….

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!  CCC will be putting on this musical in the spring (May 19-20).  Rehearsals will be Sunday afternoons before youth group.  Details about how you can participate – cast, costumes, set, orchestra, advertising, programs – will be released in the coming weeks.  We will need lots of involvement and everyone is welcome!

Mike Weber, Director
Sam Wack, Music Director


Thank you, thank you, thank you, Judy Cox!!!

The choir and I would like to thank Judy Cox for her time and effort in designing the Twelfth Night Celebration program.  It was beautifully crafted and added so much style to our evening celebration.  — Sam Wack


New Art Exhibit
The acrylic paintings currently on view in the Tate Gallery are all by CCC member, Bill Johnson. Please take a moment to admire them!


Tuesday, January 16, Immigration Circle
Please come to the next meeting of the CCC Immigration Circle on Tuesday, January 16 at the church at 7:15 p.m. We are raising awareness of increased deportation threats against immigrants, including the termination of DACA and similar threats against the Temporary Protected Status program. We will be planning for an upcoming Lunch and Learn at the church, and discussing legislative action and other ways of supporting immigrants in our area. We are planning to become a member congregation of Sanctuary DMV as a way of building a stronger network for action in solidarity with immigrants in the greater Washington area. For more information, please log on to Breeze and contact any of the CCC members tagged as participants in the Immigration Circle.


Tuesday, January 16, Church Informational Meeting
Are you interested in learning more about CCC and how to become a member of this faith community? The Engagement Area Member Care and Fellowship will be hosting an information meeting Tuesday, January 16 at 7:30 pm in the Lounge, Room 106. Member of the engagement area, Olen Stephens (Moderator), and Pastor Matt will present information and answer questions on the church’s theology, structure, organization, finances, programs and membership expectations. New members will be received on Sunday, January 28th during the 10:30 am service of worship. If you would like to attend the information meeting and/or join the Church, please contact Bud Dennie.

Please note: Attendance at the information meeting does not commit you to joining the church, nor are you required to attend the information meeting to join the church.


Sunday, January 21, Church School Brown Bag
Attention all Teachers and Shepherds – Please join me for a Brown Bag discussion after the service on January 21 in the Conference Room.  I want to hear from you what you need and/or expect from me in my new role, any changes you would like to see, any ideas you may have you’d like to implement, what you think has been successful and what maybe hasn’t been as successful.

Please also let me know if you will need child care.  We will have child care available, but would like to have an idea of how many kids we will have so we can plan accordingly and have enough adults on hand.   –  Lindsay Vogelsang


Sunday, January 21, Uganda Ministry Team
CCC’s Uganda Ministry Team will meet on Sunday, January 21st after worship in the first floor lounge.
Please join us if you are interested in sharing in the exciting work of empowering women farmers in a remote part of Uganda to be better able to educate their children and contribute to the support of their families.  Our group has also helped to enable two daughters of these women to attend University, and we are now planning for funding a third scholarship to an additional daughter.  For more information, contact Lois Stovall, or Mary Pence.


What’s happening with CommunUNITY Sundays?

On Communion Sundays, children aged K-5 grade participate as a group in a project that benefits our community.  The next project is detailed below, and as always we appreciate your support!

Between now and February 4, we are collecting gently used kids backpacks, gently used-athletic shoes, regular pencils, colored pencils, protractor sets, solar scientific calculators, and small handheld pencil sharpeners for Krma-USPartners, a 44-acre women’s cooperative farm in Uganda. Supplies can be purchased off the Krma-uspartners Amazon list or from any store, and deposited in a bin outside of the church office.   As part of the February 3, commUNITY project held during service on Communion Sundays, kids will learn more about Krma and prepared the supplies for the team over in 2018.


Sunday, January 28 Immigration Circle Lunch and Learn
Please join the CCC Immigration Circle for a Lunch and Learn Sunday, January 28 after worship.  We will view The Fabric of America, a short documentary on the subject of immigration reform produced by youth from Gandhi Brigade Youth Media in the summer of 2017, and will have youth from the organization on hand for a discussion.  This documentary has been shown at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center and at the Docs in Progress Community Stories Festival.  Eight students from Montgomery Blair, Northwood and Kennedy high schools worked in an intensive five-week summer program to produce the documentary.  Evan Glass, Gandhi Brigade’s executive director, describes the video as, “the most personal documentary that Gandhi Brigade youth have done to date, because the subject of immigration reform hits so many of them personally.”  Among those interviewed by the youth on camera are a representative of an anti-immigrant lobbying group, a member of Congress, and other individuals influencing the public debate about immigrant policies.

Gandhi Brigade is an award winning after-school program that empowers young people to use multimedia tools to promote community building, multicultural understanding and the common good.  CCC is a long-time partner of the Silver Spring based non-profit.

The Immigration Circle links CCC members to advocacy groups in Silver Spring and the wider area to educate the community while supporting immigrants and taking action to counter the threat of deportation.  Christ Congregational Church, 9525 Colesville Road, is part of Sanctuary DMV, a network of congregations actively opposing anti-immigrant policies.  The January 28 Lunch and Learn is free and members of the community are welcome.  For more information, please contact Anna DeNicolo or John Enagonio.


Friday, February 9, An Evening of Jazz Featuring: The Big Band Tradition of Silver Spring
This festive family event features live music, dancing, a cakewalk, and delicious food.
Friday, February 9, 2018, 7:30 pm-10:00 pm.


Sunday, February 11, CCC Book Group
Our next book is “The Life We Bury” by Allen Eskens (2014, 303 pages). This book’s theme is what happens when college student Joe Talbert has a writing assignment to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. He heads to a nearby nursing home to make a choice and there meets Carl. Carl is an old man, a dying Viet Nam vet and a man convicted of murder, who has been medically paroled to the nursing home. The encounters with Carl spark an exciting adventure for Joe with life-changing results. The book has won many awards.  We will meet on Sunday, February 11 at 7:00 PM at the home of Dan and Mary Pence.


A reminder to support the Deacons Fund
The Deacons Fund is used to assist those in the congregation and community facing a financial crisis. Particularly at this time of year when needs are greater, your support is needed more than ever. Checks with “Deacon’s Fund” on the memo line may be placed in the offering plate.


Sign Up to Donate Flowers
The Sanctuary Guild would like to thank everyone who donated the beautiful flowers that adorned our altar on Sunday throughout the year. The new sign up poster for 2018 is up next to the kitchenette.  Giving flowers for the altar can be done alone or with others. This is a wonderful way to honor those near and dear to us, as a remembrance, to celebrate a birth, accomplishment such as a graduation, appreciation to the work of the CCC Staff or as a way of saying thanks. If you have any questions about donating altar flowers please feel free to get in touch with Linda Phelps or Susan Gray.


The New Year often prompts people to make resolutions for things they would like to accomplish in the upcoming year. It’s easy to start the first few weeks, or even months out strong, only to find one’s resolve plummet. Studies show that one of the main reasons for this is that the goals people set for themselves are too big and feel overwhelming. One way to help achieve success is to set Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-limited goals. These are called S.M.A.R.T. goals. Many websites talk about specific ideas for this, if you google S.M.A.R.T. goals for more information. Happy New Year! The CCC Health Ministry wishes you a year filled with health, happiness, and many blessings!


Pastoral Care: If you wish to contact the church about a pastoral care need or concern and are unable to reach the church office, please call Pastor Gloria.


Publication Deadlines 

For the February 1 Issue of e-NewsNotes

  • Noon on Tuesday,January 30

For the next two issues of the Sunday Bulletin

  • Noon on Tuesday,January 16
  • Noon on Tuesday, January 23

For the February 16  issue of e-NewsNotes

  • Noon on Tuesday, February 13

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January 1, 2018


New Art Exhibit
The acrylic paintings currently on view in the Tate Gallery are all by CCC member, Bill Johnson. Please take a moment to admire them!


Sunday, January 7, Sisters for Sisters
Come for the joy, come for the fellowship, just come!  Our annual Potluck Luncheon and Gift Exchange will be on Sunday, January 7, 2018, after the church service in the Conference Room upstairs. Bring a potluck dish to share (hot or cold) and a wrapped present for the white elephant gift exchange.  (The gift may be any treasured gift from the back of a closet; a re-gift; or if purchased new, $10 or under.)  You may bring your potluck dish to the kitchen upstairs prior to the service.  Just label it with Your Name / “Sisters’ Lunch” and place in the fridge or counter so we’ll be sure to have it out and ready for the party.  Please let me know if you’ll be coming (and how many, if bringing a friend) by Jan 2, so I can make proper set-up arrangements. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Joan Boyer.


Wednesday, January 17, Church Informational Meeting
Are you interested in learning more about CCC and how to become a member of this faith community? The Engagement Area Member Care and Fellowship will be hosting an information meeting Wednesday, January 17 at 7:30 pm in the church conference room. Member of the engagement area, Olen Stephens (Moderator), and Pastor Matt will present information and answer questions on the church’s theology, structure, organization, finances, programs and membership expectations. New members will be received on Sunday, January 28th during the 10:30 am service of worship. If you would like to attend the information meeting and/or join the Church, please contact Bud Dennie.

Please note: Attendance at the information meeting does not commit you to joining the church, nor are you required to attend the information meeting to join the church.


A reminder to support the Deacons Fund
The Deacons Fund is used to assist those in the congregation and community facing a financial crisis. Particularly at this time of year when needs are greater, your support is needed more than ever. Checks with “Deacon’s Fund” on the memo line may be placed in the offering plate.


Sign Up to Donate Flowers
The Sanctuary Guild would like to thank everyone who donated the beautiful flowers that adorned our altar on Sunday throughout the year. The new sign up poster for 2018 is up next to the kitchenette.  Giving flowers for the altar can be done alone or with others. This is a wonderful way to honor those near and dear to us, as a remembrance, to celebrate a birth, accomplishment such as a graduation, appreciation to the work of the CCC Staff or as a way of saying thanks. If you have any questions about donating altar flowers please feel free to get in touch with Linda Phelps or Susan Gray.


Participate in morning worship as a Lay Reader
The Deacons invite you to sign up to read during the morning worship services. The Lay Reader leads prayers printed in the bulletin and reads the scripture for the morning.  There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board by the office.


Pastoral Care: If you wish to contact the church about a pastoral care need or concern and are unable to reach the church office, please call Pastor Gloria.


Twelfth Night Celebration!
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Catered Dinner plus Fabulous Entertainment
by our Costumed Choirs and a Surprise Jester!

Note Time Change!
6:00 PM
Single Performance

$25 per person      $10 per child 12 years and younger             Cash bar

At Christ Congregational Church, UCC
9525 Colesville Road  Silver Spring, MD 20901

Sponsored by Christ Congregational Church, UCC
and Silver Spring United Methodist Church
Celebrating together!

Dinner service by CCC Youth Volunteers
Ticket cost includes a donation for CCC Youth Projects

Buy your tickets in advance, before or after Sunday services

Questions: contact Sandra Wack at CCC:   sam@cccsilverspring.org
Or Mary Ann Willow at SSUMC:   mawillow@silverspringumc.org


Publication Deadlines

For the January 12 issue of e-NewsNotes

  • Noon on Tuesday, January 9

For the next two issues of the Sunday Bulletin

  • Noon on Tuesday, January 2
  • Noon on Tuesday, January 9

For the February 1 issue of e-NewsNotes

  • Noon on Tuesday, January 30

e-NewsNotes

December 15, 2017


Saturday, December 16, Shaw Community Center Holiday Party
You are invited to the Shaw Community Center Annual Holiday Party at noon on Saturday December 16 at Lincoln Temple UCC, 1701 11th Street, Washington, DC. There will be arts and crafts for kids and a community Meal. It is a great way to learn more about Shaw Community, and meet and welcome Rev Barbara Breland, the new Pastor of Lincoln Temple. You can also meet our Shaw children and their families. Hope to see there. Marjorie Hoffman


Annual Mitten Tree and Coat Collection 
New or gently used mittens, gloves, hats, scarves,
coats, snow pants, and boots
will be collected from Sunday, November 26th
until Sunday, December 17th
for the children of JoAnn Leleck Elementary School at Broad Acres
The school community greatly appreciates any winter outerwear
for ages pre-school through size youth XL for boys and girls.
Thank you for your generous donation


Children’s Costumes for 5:00 Christmas Eve Nativity Service
No rehearsal needed! Children of all ages, visiting children, neighbors are welcome to borrow nativity costumes for our Family Worship on Christmas Eve at 5:00.
Costumes for animals, shepherds, angels, magi will be ready to pick up in ROOM 207 after the 9:00 and 11:00 services on 12/17 and anytime on Christmas Eve.
Come choose from the collection or the children may wear what they have at home and be a part of the Christmas story!


Do you like to sing Christmas carols and bring the Christmas spirit to others?  Join us at the church on Sunday, December 17th at 5:00 pm as we travel to Springvale Terrace to spread Christmas joy to the residents at this retirement community.  All we need is your voice.  Sign up on the bulletin board in the narthex so that we can know who to expect.  Thanks for considering this opportunity to share Christ’s love with others.  If you have questions, please contact Pastor Gloria.


Offerings for the Christmas Fund will be taken December 17 and December 24.  Special envelopes are in the pews.  The Christmas Fund is one of the UCC’s five mission offerings that CCC supports.  The Christmas Fund provides direct financial assistance to retired and active United Church of Christ authorized ministers and lay employees and their surviving spouses, including pension and health premium supplementation, emergency assistance, and Christmas thank-you checks.


Tuesday, December 19, Annual Men’s Christmas Toast
7:00 PM – Limerick Pub
11301 Elkin Street, Wheaton, Maryland
All men are welcome!


Sunday, December 24, Fourth Sunday of Advent – Love
Christmas Eve

10:30 AM – Christmas Eve Worship

5:00 PM – Christmas Eve Family Worship
All babies and children are welcome!

9:00 PM – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
All babies and children are welcome!


Twelfth Night Celebration!
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Catered Dinner plus Fabulous Entertainment
by our Costumed Choirs and a Surprise Jester!
Two seatings: 4:30 and 7:30pm
$25 per person      $10 per child 12 years and younger             Cash bar

At Christ Congregational Church, UCC
9525 Colesville Road  Silver Spring, MD 20901

Sponsored by Christ Congregational Church, UCC
and Silver Spring United Methodist Church
Celebrating together!

Dinner service by CCC Youth Volunteers
Ticket cost includes a donation for CCC Youth Projects

Buy your tickets in advance, before or after Sunday services

Questions: contact Sandra Wack at CCC:   sam@cccsilverspring.org
Or Mary Ann Willow at SSUMC:   mawillow@silverspringumc.org


Sunday, January 7, Sisters for Sisters
Come for the joy, come for the fellowship, just come!  Our annual Potluck Luncheon and Gift Exchange will be on Sunday, January 7, 2018, after the church service in the Conference Room upstairs. Bring a potluck dish to share (hot or cold) and a wrapped present for the white elephant gift exchange.  (The gift may be any treasured gift from the back of a closet; a re-gift; or if purchased new, $10 or under.)  You may bring your potluck dish to the kitchen upstairs prior to the service.  Just label it with Your Name / “Sisters’ Lunch” and place in the fridge or counter so we’ll be sure to have it out and ready for the party.  Please let me know if you’ll be coming (and how many, if bringing a friend) by Jan 2, so I can make proper set-up arrangements. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me by phone or email.  Joan Boyer


Wednesday, January 17, Church Informational Meeting
Are you interested in learning more about CCC and how to become a member of this faith community? The Engagement Area Member Care and Fellowship will be hosting an information meeting Wednesday, January 17 at 7:30 pm in the church conference room. Member of the engagement area, Olen Stephens (Moderator), and Pastor Matt will present information and answer questions on the church’s theology, structure, organization, finances, programs and membership expectations. New members will be received on Sunday, January 28th during the 10:30 am service of worship. If you would like to attend the information meeting and/or join the Church, please contact Bud Dennie, membercare@cccsilverspring.org. Please note: Attendance at the information meeting does not commit you to joining the church, nor are you required to attend the information meeting to join the church.


Children’s Offering Funds Changing Lives in Silver Spring & Beyond!
This year, $2000 was contributed through the Children’s Offering at Children’s Time each week.  During CommUNITY meeting last week, the children each got three stickers to vote on the organization they would like to support after hearing a short summary of the work each organization does to help our local or global community.  Through some fancy fractions & calculations, the monies will be distributed in proportion to the exact number of “votes” each organization received from the children–true democracy!  This year, the funds will be distributed as follows:  Shaw Community Ministry ($210), Shepherd’s Table Inc. ($115) Catholic Relief Services (Hurricane Relief) $475, Greater DC Diaper Bank ($170), KRMA ($145), Habitat for Humanity ($430), Gandhi Brigade  ($150), World Vision Farm Animals ($305).    Thank you to all the children and families who support the children’s offering, these small actions joined together created big ripples in our communities.


The Sanctuary Guild would like to thank everyone who donated the beautiful flowers that adorned our altar on Sunday throughout the year.
The new sign up poster for 2018 is up next to the kitchenette.
Giving flowers for the altar can be done alone or with others. This is a wonderful way to honor those near and dear to us, as a remembrance, to celebrate a birth, accomplishment such as a graduation, appreciation to the work of the CCC Staff or as a way of saying thanks. If you have any questions about donating altar flowers please feel free to get in touch with Linda Phelps or Susan Gray at the church.


From the CCC Health and Wellness Ministry:
The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, but it can also be a time filled with stress and anxiety. A simple technique that can be used is mindful breathing. With intention, take a slow deep breath in through your nose. Let it out through your mouth with the intent of releasing any stress or anxiety you are feeling. Do this a few times. You can use this technique as many times throughout the day as necessary!


For many, holidays come with joyous expectation.  For others, approaching holidays bring a sense of dread, of anxiety, of loneliness.
Because We Care visitors are available to listen and provide support, particularly for those tougher aspects of the holidays.   Members of the congregation, trained to observe strict confidentiality, are available to listen to your experience, support you in expressing what you wish to share, and encourage you In whatever plans you’re making.
Express your interest in having a visitor contact you by filling out a green pew card, speaking with one of the ministers, or contacting Susan Gray in the church office.  Because We Care visitors exist because at CCC we really do care for one another, particularly during challenging times.  Holidays can be one of those times.


It is always nice to be appreciated! Thank you to Kristen Brown and CCC for last Sunday’s wonderful celebration of my time as Interim Church School Superintendent. Your kind words and generous gifts went above and beyond. It has been an absolute pleasure to be a part of the CCC church school program and my privilege to work alongside the committed and loving team of teachers/volunteers/families that make the program so strong and successful! 🙂

Thank you.

Warmly,
Chris Braddock 🙂


Pastoral Care: If you wish to contact the church about a pastoral care need or concern and are unable to reach the church office, please call Pastor Gloria.


Publication Deadlines 

For the January 1 Issue of e-NewsNotes

  • Noon on Wednesday, December 27

For the next two issues of the Sunday Bulletin

  • Noon on Tuesday, December 19
  • Noon on Wednesday, December 27

For the January 12 issue of e-NewsNotes

  • Noon on Tuesday, January 9