Sandy Creek United Church of Christ

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Our History…

Sandy Creek United Church of Christ held its first worship services in March 2006. Just nine months earlier, July 2005, General Synod 25 had passed the Resolution In Support Of Equal Marriage Rights For All, which affirms equal marriage rights for couples regardless of gender and declares that the government should not interfere with couples regardless of gender who choose to marry and share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities and commitment of legally recognized marriage. Of the nine churches in the East Alabama-West Georgia Association of the Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ, five of these voted to withdraw from the UCC. Yet, there were some members of these churches who did not want to leave the UCC. 

With such few churches who belonged to the United Church of Christ in the area, a small group of concerned people who had lived in the UCC for several years came together to share their faith and commitment here at Sandy Creek. In the 1990’s, the Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ had begun building the Allen Retreat Center seven miles north of Lafayette, Alabama, on 100 acres of land donated by Ms. Lala Allen. Although a building had been erected within the first few years, the envisioned retreat center was rarely utilized. The birthing of Sandy Creek found great support from the Southeast Conference by making available this space.

 The season was Lent—a time of self reflection and a time to join the journey of Jesus as he made his way to the cross. What a season Lent turned out to be for those people of Sandy Creek! From March 5, 2006, the first Sunday of Lent and the first day of worship for those of Sandy Creek, until the Easter Sunrise celebration of the marvelous resurrection of the Christ, the people gathered each Sunday—for healing, for encouragement, for spiritual renewal—and God was good! The people continued to worship throughout the hot summer (no air conditioning and not even a ceiling to hinder the heat through the tin ceiling) and into the fall. At the October 2006 Annual Meeting of the East Alabama-West Georgia Association, Sandy Creek requested affiliation as a local church of the East Alabama-West Georgia Association of the Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ, and it was approved. Finally, the church was officially Sandy Creek United Church of Christ!

 Who We Are…

Sandy Creek UCC is pastored by the Rev. Wayde J. Washburn of LaGrange, Georgia. Wayde grew up less than twenty miles from Sandy Creek near Dadeville, where he served the Elder Congregational Christian Church for two years in the early 1980s. In 1983 he answered the call to serve as pastor of Jones Chapel Congregational Christian Church, United Church of Christ, in Woodbury, Georgia, while attending and eventually graduating with a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. In 1994, he was asked to return as pastor at Elder, where he served until September 2005. At present, conducts CARF Accreditation surveys for community behavioral health centers and consults with organizations seeking to become acccredited. Wayde is also a National Certified Addiction Counselor 1 through NAADAC—the Association for Addiction Professionals.

Moderator of Sandy Creek UCC is Diana Welch of Dadeville. She is the granddaughter of Ms. Allen who donated the land to the Conference and she grew up in the same community.

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