Potomac Association News
The Conference Office will be closed Monday, December 24, 2018 up to and including Tuesday, January 1, 2019

**Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season**
NEW BUILDING POWER: Organizing for the 'WIN'

The Potomac Association (United Church of Christ) Justice & Witness Committee invites pastors/clergy and lay leaders across the DMV area to a TWO-DAY introductory Community Organizing training to prepare you to MAKE AN IMPACT in your community.
BUILDING POWER: Organizing for the 'WIN'
Friday, February 8th, 8:30 am-4 pm
Saturday, February 9th, 8:30 am-3 pm
First Congregational UCC * 945 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Participants should plan to attend both days of the training.
Equip yourself with capacity, skills and tools to advocate for JUSTICE. This training will be conducted by  Faith In Action  and is designed to help you to BUILD THE POWER to secure the WIN.
Donations of $25 or more are welcome. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

We hope to see you there.
Michael Hargreaves
Chair of Justice & Witness Committee (Potomac Association)
Passing of Walt Wurfel, husband of Sara Fitzgerald
Walter Wurfel a longtime journalist and Washington public relations executive, died suddenly but peacefully on November 29, 2018, in Falls Church, VA. He was 81.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years Sara Fitzgerald, former CAC Board Chair and a former member of the Potomac Association Board, sons Ted and Steve, daughters-in-law Missy and Gina, and grandchildren Jack, Sam and Lucy .

A memorial service will be held at Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ, 5010 Little Falls Road Arlington, Virginia 22207, on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 1 P.M. A reception will follow afterwards at the church.

Cards may be sent to:
Sara Fitzgerald
502 West Broad Street #512
Falls Church, VA 22046

Mid-Atlantic Association of United Church Educators Presents
Cutting Edge Faith Formation 2019: Meeting the Needs of ALL God's People
April 1-3, 2019
Tuscarora Inn & Conference Center
3300 River Road 
Mt. Bethel, PA
Keynote Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Harvey

Job Announcement for Part Time Music Director
Rockville United Church
355 Linthicum Street
Rockville, MD 20851

Ministry Institutes
January 26, 2019
10 AM-4 PM
9525 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20901

The Potomac Association Institutes satisfy the polity/history/theology requirement for people seeking standing in the association. Held over four Saturdays, the institutes are designed to serve the needs of persons who cannot enroll in a regular semester-length seminary course to cover this material. Completion of all four sessions is equivalent to a “traditional” or online course in UCC History/Polity requirement. 

ON-LINE REGISTRATION DEADLINE is  January 23rd . Credit Card payments accepted processed through PayPal.

ALL Youth Invited - Potomac Association Youth Mission Trip to Puerto Rico
July 13 - 20. ALL youth in the Potomac Association are invited. If there is only one youth from your church interested, we can join him/her with a church that has a group going. Please don’t let cost be a factor. The PA Christian Education Committee has funds to contribute for those in need. We have made every effort to contact every church in the Association about the trip. If you need more information, please contact Sarah Anders at  revsarahanders@gmail.com.
Central Atlantic Conference
Justice & Witness Action Network
Racial Justice Facilitators Training

Moving the Racial Justice Agenda Forward
March 1-3, 2019

The Central Atlantic Conference is pleased to offer an interactive training session designed to provide baseline preparation for persons desiring to facilitate congregational and community discussions and actions to promote racial justice. Components of the session will include a spiritual basis for racial justice work, opportunities for personal reflection, overview of forms of racism and its impact on individuals and society, and strategies to advance change.

The objective is that by the end of the training, participants will be able to more effectively facilitate conversations and training activities related to racial justice in general, and UCC materials in particular, including White Privilege Curriculum, Conversations on Race, and Conversations to End Racism. They will be able to:

  • Articulate the spiritual basis for racial justice work
  • Describe the impact of racism on society – interpersonally and individually
  • Identify and declare some of the impact of racism in their personal lives, e.g., internalized oppression, white privilege, white fragility, etc.
  • List strategies to combat racism
  • Demonstrate ability to facilitate conversations that help people feel comfortable with being uncomfortable

If you are interested in learning more and participating in this training, please RSVP for more information .
Online UCC History, Theology and Polity Course
A UCC History, Theology and Polity Course that meets the requirements as set forth by the UCC Polity Teacher's Network will be offered online in Jan/Feb 2019. The instructor will be Rev. David Gaewski, Conference Minister of the New York Conference, UCC. Classes will begin at 9:30am and end at 3:30pm on the following dates: Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9. The platform utilized will be Zoom Video Conferencing ( zoom.us ) The tuition will be $495. For more information contact course instructor, Rev. David Gaewski,  davidgaewski@uccny.org .
This program—coming to the Central Atlantic Conference, UCC is in its inaugural year. Community of Practice is designed for you. It establishes a support network for clergy leaders as they engage in pastoral leadership. It provides an opportunity for partnership in
ministry versus being in isolation or silence...

For more info or to sign up contact Rev.Darryl! LC Moch, Dean of Communities of Practice at  dmoch@cacucc.org  or Tristan Battle, CAC Admin. Asst. at  tbattle@cacucc.org
Opportunities To Serve

There are plenty of opportunities available for you to serve God and God’s people at the Association level through one of our four standing committees or through the Association Board of Directors. If you are interested in learning more on how you can serve, be a blessing to others, and affect change in the Association; please contact Minister Robert “Bobby” Faison, Associate Moderator, PA, CAC, UCC at  associatemoderatorpa@gmail.com  or at 240-501-2475. Clergy and Lay Persons are welcome.
The Potomac Association Needs YOU. Will YOU answer the call?

In the Spring of next year, the Potomac Association Treasurer's term of office will end. We have created the position of Co-Treasurer to provide for a period of transition and training to support the continuation of this vital role and make the succession easier. The role is especially vital because most of our Association's budget is paid out to mission and service ministries, including youth ministries, university campus ministries, and social action and witness contributions to various organizations.

If you can identify with this mission, why not consider stepping forward as a candidate for Co-Treasurer? Doing so would require a commitment (for training from outgoing Treasurer Mike Durst) from now until April of 2019 and a two-year term of office from then. You would have a great impact on helping people who need our help. Candidates with some experience in bookkeeping/accounting software, such as Quickbooks, will have an easier time with the training/transition period. 

Please contact Minister Robert "Bobby" Faison, Associate Moderator or Mike Durst, Treasurer, at  associatemoderatorpa@gmail.com  for more information and to express your interest.