Service of Installation for Matthew Braddock

The Potomac Association, Central Atlantic Conference, United Church of Christ and Christ Congregational UCC, cordially invite your presence and prayers for the Installation of Matthew Braddock as Senior Pastor to the congregation Sunday October 16, 2011.  The Installation Council Gathering will be at 1:15 p.m. for all Delegates with the Installation following at 2:00 p.m.

A reception will immediately follow the service.

Clergy who wish to robe should arrive one-half hour prior to the service to robe, pray, and prepare for the processional.  Red or rainbow stoles encouraged!


Christ Congregational, 9525 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, Maryland 20901-4843


Conflict, Trauma, Healing and Reconciliation Workshop #2

Have you longed to be a part of God’s beloved community of love, healing and cooperation?

Come join us in learning how our communities and congregations can become more spiritually nourishing

and healing  places.

Learn techniques for your own personal growth in peacemaking.


Our facilitator for the workshop is Reverend Dr. Al Fuertes, an internationally known pastor and peacemaker active in the Philippines and other countries.  Currently Dr. Fuertes is a professor at George Mason University in the field of conflict analysis, resolution and transformation.  You will enjoy his depth of knowledge, wisdom and gentle good humor as he actively engages you in the art of healing and reconciliation.

How do we explain the connection between conflict and trauma? What is trauma and how does trauma affect individuals and communities? What helps people survive the trauma? What does healing mean? What does reconciliation require so that divided communities will live together again? How does this affect our outreach?

These are some of the basic questions this workshop will address.


This workshop is designed to help participants develop an appreciation of human resilience and to acquire insight into coping mechanisms and a deeper understanding of conflict, trauma and healing.

Participants will consider the difficulties people face in responding to deep personal and communal loss, pain, tragedy and suffering. The settings of protracted conflict such as communal strife, congregational tensions, organizational divides, as well as domestic violence, natural disasters and war are the contexts for these struggles that we will examine in stories or case studies.


*This workshop is the second in a series, following one in March 2011; however, each workshop is a “stand-alone,” and presents different ideas. Participation in the earlier workshop is not required for this one.


Sponsored by: Wellspring United Church of Christ

St. John’s Episcopal Church



RSVP by Sept 10, 2011 to Alice Foltz (703-830-4194)  or

Or Administrative Assist., St. Johns:  703-803-7500 or

Peoples Congregational UCC: Music Aid Circle Concert

The Music Aid Circle of Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ is very pleased to invite you to An Afternoon of Music featuring Washington Performing Arts Society’s (WPAS’) Children of the Gospel Choir in concert on Saturday afternoon, September 24, 2011, at 4:00 P.M. in the Sanctuary.  For over 60 years, the Music Aid Circle has provided an opportunity for a broad array of vocal and instrumental classical performing artists to showcase their talents.  This year, we have decided to focus on a different genre of music, gospel, which has its roots in the African-American experience.  An added bonus is having this music performed by a highly-regarded choir consisting of young people under the age of 18.


Additional information can be found in the attached letter and flyer.


Music_Aid_Circle_Subscription_Form Fall 2011.