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July 9, 2017
From the Corner
a weekly publication of            

Provo Community Congregational United Church of Christ

175 North University Avenue, Provo Utah
Worship - Sundays 10.30am


Hello friend in Christ,
No matter where you are on life's journey,
you are welcome here!

July 9 -
Fifth Sunday After the Pentecost
"Chaos to Creation; Legacy" 
Romans 7: 15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Rev. J. Keith Cupples

July 9 - Sixth Sunday After the Pentecost
Rev. J. Keith Cupples

July 16 - Seventh Sunday After the Pentecost
Rev. J. Keith Cupples

In This Issue
  • A BIG Thank you!
  • Choir break- not for long
  • City Council needs to hear us
  • Art Stroll: to be, or not to be
  • Legacy
  • Strengthen The Church Offering
  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Keith's Korner

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
It's been a busy week at PCCUCC between rehearsals and preparations, a concert, and TWO fundraisers back to back.  Thank you to the performers at the Patriotic concert on July 3rd, Provo Interfaith Choir, Art City Brass, Bret Pope, Erika Bestor, and Sheri Peterson. 
We appreciate their willingness to share their talents and joy.

We are also so grateful for all those who donated time and finances to make the fundraisers possible.
-Thank you!
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PCCUCC at dusk lit up for the Independence Day holiday in Red, White, and Blue.  The church received a fair amount of positive social media attention when this photo appeared on Facebook this week. 
Thank you to Tosh Metzger for the great shot!

The Provo Interfaith Choir has had a busy year with adding events to it's schedule that extended its season into July as well as making changes as to its operations.  We are grateful to them.  The 2016-2017 season has now ended, but don't despair.  If you would like to be a part of the choir, or know someone who would be, the choir will begin again in late-August with their 2017-2018 opening social that promises to be filled with fun, preview upcoming events, song, and food!  Look for updates coming in the next few weeks!  We will also be looking for sponsors to assist us in resources and talents as we extend our hand and voices to more in the community to share in the joy music can bring, and celebrating what we have in common.

Our Provo City Council needs to hear from YOU!
Over the past several years the church has been pursuing a project to reinvent the church campus to revitalize the church buildings, the congregation, and the neighborhood.  The idea being with fresh spaces and steady income it will give the church a new start.  Unfortunately, the first developer we worked with chose to leave all projects in Provo, including ours. We are working with other ideas and another developer has expressed interest in our project, but keeping it on a smaller scale than previously conceived, as before this would include tearing down some of the structures and rebuilding with new church spaces as well as small apartment units.  These units would help supplement the church's income so that it isn't solely dependent on donations and fundraisers. Just recently the Provo City Council voted (5-2) to enact square footage requirements for residential units in the downtown zones and parking requirements.  This also made the development idea we've been working on not possible due to the drastic changes in these requirements.  While the council is receptive, they do need to hear from us.  It is possible that a "PRO Zone" could be enacted, basically creating an exception to the new rules for our project, but we do need at least four of the council members to agree to it.  We also need help with the parking situation/requirements .  Dave Lewis has been in talks with several members of the council, Mayor John Curtis, the Community Development Coordinator, and soon the newly hired Parking Czar.
Our project can be very appealing to the council, the city, and the community.  We want to remain downtown where we are highly visible, a place where all are welcome, for diversity, this is especially appealing to new comers and visitors to the area. The history of the church here is long-standing.  We also desire to be a destination point for concerts, recitals, graduations, conferences, and more, much as the Provo Tabernacle once was before the fire.
Please, make our voice be heard.  Call, or write our City Council.  If you have questions, please contact Dave Lewis for more information.

Dave Sewell - Council Chair

(801) 380-5103

Dave Harding - Area Council Member


Gary Winteron

(801) 372-6633 


Kim Santiago

(801) 836-3008


Dave Knecht

(801) 921-7794


Kay Van Buren

(801) 420-0743


George O. Stewart

(801) 341-0463

The Provo Art Stroll happens on the first Friday of the month, an event that gives the community an opportunity to see and experience various forms of art in non-traditional ways and places as well as a chance to learn more about our city.  The event took a hiatus while it was reorganized but it is back in action now.  We have been asked to again host Provo's First Friday Art Stroll.  This is another opportunity for us to reach out to our community, open our doors, and welcome those that enter.
The church council needs YOUR input. While the council is happy to say yes, there needs to be support from the rest of us to do so, which requires two or more persons each time to:
A: be present at the building before the event during setup, assist as needed, set up refreshments.
B: be present during the event to assist and answer questions and oversee refreshments,
C: be present after the event during cleanup and assist as needed, close the building.

Additionally helpful would be ideas and contacts for artists of various types to feature each month.
Please send your input to

In Memory of Our Friend
Dorothy Talbert Obituary
Our long time friend and member of PCCUCC, Dorothy Talbert, has passed on from this life to the next.  She was beloved and put her heart into all that she did serving others for many, many years.  Her gifts,  talents, and service will be long remembered.  A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, August 7, at 2pm at Fauntleroy United Church of Christ in Seattle, Washington where she has resided for the past few years with family.
Three of her charities are listed below if you would like to donate in her honor.
*Open and Affirming Coalition United Church of Christ
(EIN #41-1494786) Cleveland, Ohio

*American Epilepsy Society
(EIN #04-6112600) West Hartford Connecticut

*Americans for Middle East Understanding, Inc.
(EIN #13-2625006) New York, New York

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Check the church website for frequent updates.
BIBLE STUDY                                         
     Fellowship Hall
     Sundays @ 9am

     Sundays @ 5pm

     Fellowship Hall

     Sundays @ 8pm
     Mondays @ 8pm

Tuesday, 18 July @ 9pm

CHURCH POT LUCK BBQ PICNIC                     
     Sunday, 30 July @ 12-2pm

Tuesday, 15 August @ 9pm

     Sunday, 20 August @ 5pm
     More information to come

Tuesday, 19 September @ 8pm

Tuesday, 17 October @ 8pm

 MONTHLY MOVIE NIGHT                        
     Meno Trope Hall
Tuesday, 21 November @ 7pm    


     Fellowship Hall
Sunday, 19 November @ 12-2pm 

     More information to come

AIDS STOCKINGS DUE                            
     Sunday, 26 November
     More information to come

DECORATE CHURCH                               
     All Campus

     Wednesday, 29 November @ 9am-9pm
     More information to come

MESSIAH SING-ALONG                            
Friday, 1 December @ 6pm
     More information to come

      Sunday, 10 December @ 6:30 - doors open
      *Carol-In @ 6:40pm
      *Concert @ 7pm

More information to come

 MONTHLY MOVIE NIGHT                           
      Meno Trope Hall
  Tuesday, 19 December @ 7pm

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES                      
     Sunday, 24 December @ 7pm, 11pm
     More information to come