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Remembering Dr. Erna Ballantine Bryant

Dr. Erna Ballantine Bryant, 87, of Atlanta, Georgia, passed away surrounded by family and friends on February 22, 2017. Erna was the only black woman in her class at Harvard. She completed her Doctorate in Education Administration from Harvard University in 1974. The Congregational United Church of Christ was always an integral part of Dr. […]

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Jennifer Sanders Installed as Licensed Pastor

Jennifer Sanders was installed as the licensed pastor of Beloved Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama on February 12, 2017 at their regular worship service at 5:00 pm. Marcia Bentley represented the Commission on Ministry and June Boutwell represented the Southeast Conference. Acting Moderator Denyse Thornley-Brown presented Jennifer on behalf of the church. Many clergy from […]

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Charmaine Penn Johnson Ordained in the UCC

Sunday, February 5, 2017 was a great day of celebration as the Southeast Conference ordained Charmaine Penn Johnson as a minister in the United Church of Christ. Her ordination ceremony was held in the morning at Victory for the World in Stone Mountain, Georgia, with her official installation as Associate Minister at Kirkwood UCC in Atlanta that […]

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Two Ordinations, Two Congregations, One Day!

Two of our own are being ordained on the same day! The Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ and Decatur United Church of Christ will be ordaining Jodi Diane Yarini on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm. The service will be held at Virginia Highland Church, 743 Virginia Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306. Later the same afternoon the Southeast […]

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Mary and Bill Ruth Commissioned as UCC Partners in Service

Pleasant Hill Community Church ‘commissioned’ UCC Partners in Service volunteers, Mary and Bill Ruth, as they prepare to serve three months in Louisville, Kentucky at USPIRITUS where they will help with restoring hope, instilling confidence, furthering education, encouraging spirituality and faith through a comprehensive continuum of care for vulnerable youth and families. Liturgist Rebecca Seldomridge […]

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A Charlie Brown Christmas at Kirkwood UCC

Over twenty kids from the children’s ministry at Kirkwood UCC in Atlanta delighted everyone as they performed “A Charlie Brown Christmas” as their annual holiday pageant during worship on Sunday, December 11. Taking advantage of their temporary location at Toomer Elementary in Atlanta, Children’s Minister Kathy Carter chose to perform this holiday classic using the stage […]

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Peace Church Provides “Thank You” Cookies to Students

1600 (400 packs) cookies were given out at the entrance to the library this past Tuesday for Clemson University students as a “study break”.  They didn’t even last an hour.  They produced smile after smile.  Some students were surprised that there was no connected fee, simply a gift. Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from […]

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UCC Partners in Service Volunteering

by Mary and Bill Ruth No one is more surprised than we are that when we accepted a UCC Partners in Service assignment in 2003 that this active type of retirement and service would actually become a ‘calling’ and we are now taking on yet one more volunteer assignment for our 14th consecutive year! Long […]

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Birmingham Congregations Join to Celebrate

On Saturday, December 10th the four UCC congregations in the Birmingham area — First Congregational, Pilgrim, Beloved Community and Covenant Community — joined together for an Advent/Christmas celebration. This annual event is a way for the four congregations to get to know each other better, share our worship traditions and celebrate the season. Around 100 […]

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