TODAY!!
You’re Invited!
Our Virtual Series
“Let’s Keep Talking”
TODAY
Sunday, February 21, 4:00PM

Featuring Special Guest Panelists:
Rabbi Rachael Jackson, Agudas Israel Synagogue
Denise Long, Executive Director, United Way of Henderson County
Blair Craven, Chair, Henderson County Board of Education
Sharing
personal perspectives on the political divide, how we move forward together,
and how individuals can make a difference.

Following the panel there will be a brief workshop on
“Why and How to Have Comfortable Conversations with Someone on the Other Side of the Divide”

Meeting ID: 490 209 5339

Feel free to submit a relevant question for the panel to: pamrogers525@gmail.com
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Although the Superbowl is over the Souper Bowl is not. In years past FCUCC has held Souper Bowl donations at services in early January. 
 
This year we’re doing something a little different. We’re asking members to tackle food insecurity in Henderson County by either dropping off cans of soup at the church (We’ll have a plastic box outside the Parlor door or by donating to IAM (online at https://www.iam-hc.org/souper-bowl-2021) by mail to IAM, P. O. Box 2562, Hendersonville, NC 28793. 
 
Because the game has been played and a champion determined, we’re asking that you show your support for either the Chiefs or the Buccaneers and Tom Brady by donating dollars or cans representing the score of your team – 9 if you’re a Chiefs fan (If you’re a truly disappointed Chief’s fan perhaps what you wish they had scored) and 31 if you rooted for Tampa Bay. 
 
Donations for this worthy cause will be accepted through the month of
February.
Reconciliation and Renewal Team Report

First thing to point out is the new team name - although our mission remains the same.

The Team met this week and made some important progress. We are learning more about the UCC policies and guidance involved in the situation, and have developed a paper that distills the key points. We’ll be releasing it to the congregation in the near future.

We’ve also developed a plan to foster open, two-way communication between the team and the congregation. One method is a dedicated email address, FCCRRTeam@gmail.com, which we’ll be checking every day. We’re also planning an open Zoom meeting soon.

Look for more details in a Constant Contact message coming next week, and in the March Chronicle.
FEBRUARY is
BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Our FCC Racial Justice team suggests you consider reading a book regarding racism this month. Here are a few suggestions:

So, You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo – The author guides readers of all races through many subjects regarding race in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism.

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson - Chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.

CASTE, Isabel Wilkerson – Award winning book that examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.

The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin - 1963 bestseller gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement—and still lights the way to understanding race in America today.

Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out, Ruth King - Exploring a crucial topic seldom addressed in meditation…Ourselves as racial beings, the dynamics of oppression, and our role in racism.

If you don’t have time to read a book here is a 18 minute Ted talk we recommend, CLICK HERE to watch Verna Myers "How To Overcome Our Biases".
Palm Sunday
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
 
Our first outdoor service this Spring will be held on Palm Sunday, March 28 at 11:00 a.m.
 
We will meet each Sunday for a unique and beautiful time together until it is safe for us to be back inside our building.
Can You Help With A Meal?

Anne Ogburn underwent surgery this week and will be out of commission for several weeks. If you can help with a meal for three during this time, her work colleagues have set up a Meal Train where you can sign up. 

The link is here: https://mealtrain.com/qm42qr

Let’s keep Anne in our hearts and prayers!