Recently the Church has been seeing signs of life again as some of the things we love have been returning. Two of the most recent have been Link and Lunch, and Art Stroll.
Link and Lunch has been on hold for fifteen months and resumed in June. The monthly event is a chance for downtown business owners and civic leaders to network and learn of upcoming items and events within the city and downtown core. The Church and Keeping the Faith in Downtown Provo hosted the return. Provo Deputy Mayor and co-chair of Keeping the Faith in Downtown Provo Isaac Paxman spoke of the importance of the Church being in downtown and the good it brings to the community as a whole, encouraging those in attendance to make a donation and help spread the word of needs of updates and renovation for our iconic buildings and historic congregation.
Reverend Cupples also spoke about feeling the call to act and come together to help one another, rather than be divided or concerned about differences. The wonderful video created earlier this year was also shared.
The artist and visitors in the June Art StrollJune also brought record-setting heat, and the much anticipated return of the Art Stroll to our Church. Guests were welcomed by tunes from bagpipers outside, to refreshing air-conditioning inside. Upon entering through the doors were they were greeted and invited to watch the video and view the large new installation of the art “That One”. Following a guide through the sanctuary a brief history of the Church and our campaign to raise funds to restore and update the facilities to better serve the community and Church was shared and questions answered. Guests were then invited to grab a goodie and a freshly made cool drink mixed by Reverend Cupples as they were able to browse the works of two artists in the Fellowship Hall and Lounge. If guests were so inclined the could also view Meno Trope Hall and memorabilia from years past before leaving. We have also been blessed with assistance from volunteers from the nearby North Park Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that night and on Saturdays to help with cleanup and organization projects around the campus.
Watch the Easter Sunrise Interfaith Service now on YouTube. Messages from leaders in the community including Reverend Keith Cupples (Pulpit Supply Pastor, Provo Community Congregational United Church of Christ), President Kevin Kolling, (Stake President, Provo North Park Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), Karen McCandless (Chairperson Utah Valley Interfaith Association), Michelle Kausfui (Provo Mayor), with additional messages by Bret Pope, and Isaac Paxman. Music provided by David Lewis and the Provo Interfaith Choir, and Conner Leavitt.
Provo Community Congregational United Church of Christ celebrates 130 years in 2021 and kicking off the year with a new campaign to restore the historic buildings exterior, update and expand the interior spaces to be more efficient and better accommodate community events and groups, and improve worship capabilities. This vision has been given to Dave Lewis and Reverend Keith Cupples and we feel fortunate that we have the support and help from so many within our community to bring this vision to fruition. If you would like to learn more, and how you can support the effort, visit KeepingtheFaithProvo.org today! Watch for our special launch on February 21st at 11am MDT on Facebook with a special message by Reverend Cupples, music by Provo Interfaith Choir, and a video. Follow Keeping the Faith in Downtown Provo on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
Watch our special video with ourannouncement for Keeping the Faith in Downtown Provo!
Please join us either in-person* or virtually on Facebook for our Christmas Eve Services. The 7pm will be a family service and includes music from members of the Provo Interfaith Choir, the 11pm is a communion service. Messages will be offered by Reverend Keith Cupples and music by David Lewis.
*Social distancing measures are in place and face masks being worn over nose and mouth are required for all in attendance.