Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Email - 15 AUG 2014

Free Durham Bulls Baseball Tickets!
Help Community Outreach Fill the Packs for PLM Families Together
Search Committee for Interim Pastor
Upcoming August Youth Events
Pray at the Legislature
Wednesday Evening Bible Study
PFLAG
Save the Date!  Welcoming Sunday is Sunday, September 7
“Welcoming Tonto” – Tuesday, August 26, 7:00pm
No Sunday School or Youth Church School on Sunday, August 31
Volunteers Needed for Wake Federation of the Blind
NEWSLETTER DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20

Friday, August 8, 2014

Wanted: 1 bedroom apartment

Bev Stolarick is trying to help someone locate a 1 bedroom apartment.  They have a Section 8 voucher but have been unable to locate an apartment willing to accept a Section 8 voucher.  She is wondering if there was possibly someone in our church that had rental property--has to be a 1 bedroom.  Contact Bev with leads.

Join the youth on a walk with your dog, Aug. 23

Saturday, August 23: Love Our Animals! (Please come whether you have a dog or not!) Bring your dog/s, if you have one and want to, (or bring a photo of a pet or animal you especially like), to the entrance of Lake Johnson (4601 Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh 27606). We'll meet at 10:30am and all go for a nice long walk around the unpaved side of the lake and play with and appreciate our four legged friends. RSVP to Śānti Matthews by Friday, August 22.  

 Also, please consider bringing donations for Saving Grace (a local animal shelter).   Saving Grace is always in need of the following:

  • Monetary donations - medical expenses are by far their greatest expense
  • Gas cards (they drive many miles each week to rescue dogs and take dogs to vets)
  • High quality dog food (the shelter dogs consume 1,500 lbs of dog food a month)
  • Large, heavy duty trash bags
  • Stamps
  • Copy paper (letter size)
  • Paper towels
  • Dog crates (both plastic and wire)
  • High Efficiency ("HE") type liquid laundry detergent
  • Used towels and blankets

Gardening Therapy continues through August

We hope you can join us for a little gardening therapy!  Bring your favorite gardening gloves and tools.  Our therapy includes weeding, as well as picking up pine cones and sticks.  The best part is we make the church grounds lovely while sharing time with our CUCC friends. 

Please join us on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each summer month.  Our next therapy sessions are August 12th and August 26th from 9:00am – Noon.

Friday Email - 8 AUG 2014

Godspell, Jr – Tonight and Saturday, 7:00pm – FREE!
Help Community Outreach Fill the Packs for PLM Families Together
We Welcome Monica Jones to Our Worship Service This Sunday
Search Committee for Interim Pastor
Gardening Therapy at CUCC
Life & Faith in Downtown Raleigh – August 12th
Upcoming August Youth Events
Save the Date!  Welcoming Sunday is Sunday, September 7

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

an invitation: Contemplative Prayer at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church

Our friends at Pullen asked me to extend this invitation to everyone at CUCC.

Bringing Body, Mind, Heart and Spirit Together

Please join us for a service of contemplative prayer at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, on Monday, September 29 at 7:00 pm. The service will include music in the spirit of Taize, prayers, reflections, movement meditations and silence.  All are welcome.

Contemplation: “A simple definition of contemplation is "loving presence to what is." In a Christian context, because we "live and move and have our being" in God, being present to things as they are involves encountering the Christ who "fills the whole creation" (Eph. 1:23). Christian contemplation means finding God in all things and all things in God. Because people use "contemplation" to describe especially profound qualities of prayer, we often associate it with silence and stillness. Classically, however, it means immediate open presence in the world, directly perceiving and lovingly responding to things as they really are. Thus contemplation is not necessarily quiet and still. Contemplation is an all-embracing quality of presence. In contemplation, one hopes to nurture a simple willingness to be open to God's movements, leadings, and invitations--a contemplative attitude.” (Excerpt from a Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation Senior Staff Monograph)

Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh
Monday, September 29, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

-submitted by Jane Smith

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Moral Call to Clean Energy

On August 2, the Raleigh News & Observer featured an op-ed piece by Pastor Steve Halsted on clean energy.
We are making important progress in the transition from dirty energy to clean, renewable energy sources. And our faith traditions can help provide the leadership necessary to stay the course and remain true to our moral obligation to care for and protect our children and future generations. Faith doesn’t stop at the church door. It’s infused into the fabric of our lives, and there’s no reason that should not also carry over into the choices we make about our energy sources.
Read entire article at Raleigh N&O

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sabrina Reflects on Flight 17

Our niece, Sabrina Tavernise (daughter of Jo's sister Cindy) was one of the first reporters on the scene in eastern Ukraine when the plane with 298 people on board was shot down on July 17. She was visiting with us the weekend of July 4-6, and left to fly to Ukraine on July 6. While she has written most of the reports from the crash scene which have appeared in the NY Times since July 17, the most poignant commentary she has offered yet is to narrate a slide show of photos taken by Times photographer Mauricio Lima who was on the scene with her. The slide show is attached to the following article ...

Effort to Secure Malaysia Airline Crash Site Falters in Eastern Ukraine

Or you can go directly to the slide show ...

Slide Show

The text accompanying the slides was written by Sabrina. She sent me the link this morning.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Help Community Outreach Fill the Packs for PLM Families Together

During the month of August, the Community Outreach Ministry will be collecting school supplies for children supported through PLM Families Together.  Starting August 3, backpacks will be placed in the Narthex and the Vaughan Fellowship Hall.  Please use the school supply list below to help fill the backpacks!  Donations will be taken to PLM Families on August 24, 2014.
Items to include in the backpacks are:
College Ruled Paper              
Graphing Paper            
Notebooks
3 ring binders                        
Protractors                  
Compasses
Pencils                                    
Highlighters                  
Pens
Erasers                                  
Glue sticks
Crayons

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Email - 25 JUL 2014

Party at Glenaire Retirement Community
Youth Group - “Human Beans Together” - Sunday, July 27
Inequality for All – Film and Discussion
Pray at the Legislature – Tuesdays, 12:30pm-1:00pm
Four-Week Summer Series Based on NOOMA Films
Help Community Outreach Fill the Packs for PLM Families Together
Emergency food bags Due Next Sunday
Change Agent Coin Holders Still Available
Godspell, Jr
Oak City Outreach Center Seeking Volunteers
Divestment by World Council of Churches from Fossil Fuels
No August Newsletter