Monday, October 24, 2016

Fall Congregational Meeting - Nov. 20

This is our regular third annual congregational meeting as required in our by-laws.  Plan to stay after worship; light refreshments will be provided.

From Article VI. 
Section 4. Third Annual Congregational Meeting: This meeting shall be held in the Fall of each year. The date and time shall be set by the Church Council and announced at least two weeks in advance. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss goals and objectives for the coming year and to kick off the pledge campaign. Other business consistent with the Constitution and By­Laws may be transacted at this meeting. A proposed budget and a proposed slate of officers, ministry and committee members shall be presented at the Fall congregational meeting.

Council is still preparing the agenda for the meeting.  If you have an item for discussion, please contact Frank Gailor, Moderator.

Proposals for improving how our structure supports our ministry


Photos from CROP Walk - Click to view album

Photos from Blessing of the Animals

On a gorgeous afternoon in October (Oct. 16), the children of CUCC sponsored a Blessing of the Animals with Pastor Peg officiating.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Meet the candidate for pastor

The Community UCC Pastoral Search Committee was appointed earlier this year by our Deacons Ministry to perform a national search for a new settled pastor.  The committee is delighted to say that we have found an excellent candidate and are excited for you to get to know them.  To this end, we pray that you will participate in one or more of the events we have scheduled for Nov 4 through 6 to meet and speak with our candidate and their family.  The candidate will also preach and lead worship at 10:30 on Nov 6.  After worship, at a called congregational meeting, Community UCC members will vote on the recommendation of the Pastoral Search Committee to call the candidate as our next settled pastor.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Annette Bingham

Annette Patton Bingham
January 29, 1936 - October 18, 2016

(Annette Bingham has been a regular participant in many CUCC activities, including TaizĂ© worship and Sunday Forum. She also has served as a leader of the Triangle Interfaith Task Force.)

Annette Patton Bingham was born in Greensboro, North Carolina on January 29, 1936, to John Constantine Patton and Nettie Elizabeth Horne. She died October 18, 2016 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina at the age of 80. She was nurtured and baptized at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant and after marriage continued her lifelong service in the Methodist Church. She was a graduate of Greensboro High School and earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts and Letters from North Carolina State University.

On September 10, 1955 she married William Louis Bingham of Roper, North Carolina. In their married life they lived in Lafayette, Indiana; State College, Pennsylvania; Nancy, Lorraine, France; Hyattsville, Maryland;Chicago,Illinois and Raleigh, North Carolina. Together they raised 4 children: JEB, Allen, Dan, and Lorri. She taught middle school science for 17 years in the Wake County Public School System.

She was a faithful member of Avent Ferry United Methodist Church, serving many leadership capacities; served on the Conference Board of Missions and chaired Volunteers in Mission; chaired the North Carolina Developmental Disabilities Citizens Advisory Council for 15 years; served on the Board of Directors for the Triangle Interfaith Alliance; chaired Wake County Housing and Homeless Advisory Committee; co-founder of Kids Cafe and AventWest Community Development Corporation.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, William Louis Bingham; her son, John Elden "JEB" Bingham of Butner, North Carolina; her son, William Allen Bingham and wife Cynthia Lee Bingham, and grandchildren Elizabeth Ann Bingham and William Lee Bingham, all of Pinehurst, North Carolina; son Marcel Daniel Bingham and wife Martha Gail Hamner, and grandchildren Elena Claire Bingham and Seth Daniel Bingham, all of Syracuse, New York; and daughter Nancy Lorraine Bingham of Garner, North Carolina; her brother John Constantine Patton, Jr. of Little River,South Carolina; her sister-in-law Juanita Bingham Miller of Fayetteville, North Carolina; her sister-in-law Priscilla Bingham Durkin of Mt. Gilead, North Carolina, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, John Constantine Patton, her mother Nettie Elizabeth Horne, and her sister, Martha Irene Tucker.

A Service of Death and Resurrection will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Avent Ferry United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Donna Thompson presiding. The family will greet friends and family in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Annette Bingham to the AventWest Community Development Corporation in care of Avent Ferry United Methodist Church, 2700 Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27606.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Special Congregational Meeting - Nov. 6

Special Congregational Meeting Nov. 6 at 12:00 noon
To vote on the call of our proposed new pastor

The Pastoral Search Committee is delighted to share with you that we have completed the search and are presenting to you a candidate for the pastorate at Community UCC.  This week members will receive a letter  in which is a short biography and an invitation to our "Candidate Weekend" on November 4-6.  We invite you to attend any of the sessions with our candidate so that you may get to know this person outside of worship, and feel prepared to vote at the special congregational meeting.  Look for more information about the weekend events in the bulletin and in your email newsletter.

- The Pastoral Search Committee

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Transit, interfaith dialogue, urban planning and wages

Adrienne Little represents CUCC's Social Justice Ministry at meetings of Congregations for Social Justice.  Consider participating in one of these events in our community.  Contact Adrienne if you have questions.

1 -   Crucial Conversation - Wake County's transit referendum: The case for a "yes" vote from Rob Schofield  
       Tuesday, October 18, at noon — Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.
       Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building
       711 Hillsborough St. (At the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets)
       Cost: $10, admission includes a box lunch.
This year’s general election ballot in North Carolina is a crowded one. Across the state, voters will be asked to make dozens of decisions on a dizzying variety of candidates and, in many places, special ballot referenda. One of the most important of these referenda will be on the ballot in Wake County, where voters will be asked to decide on a proposal, years in the making, to add a half-cent to the sales tax to fund transit.Unfortunately, as is too often the case with such matters, the transit referendum has received limited media attention in the weeks leading up to the election and is buried at the bottom of the back page of the ballot. This has many supporters of the initiative concerned. Having spent years developing and fine tuning the proposal and, among other things, addressing the initial concerns of anti-poverty and affordable housing advocates, they want to tell the story of the referendum, explain its critical importance to the future of North Carolina’s capital county and mobilize progressives to spread the word.

Sig Hutchinson is the Vice Chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, a businessman, a veteran communications professional and a longtime champion of progressive public policy solutions. He has helped transform his community by spearheading six successful bond referenda in Raleigh and Wake County.

Karen Rindge is the executive Director of with WakeUP Wake County, which she helped found in 2006. Prior to arriving in Raleigh, she spent 10 years in Washington DC working in non-profit advocacy and grassroots organizing and as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill.

Bill Rowe is General Counsel and Deputy Director of Advocacy at the North Carolina Justice Center, where he has worked for the last 25 years as a lawyer, lobbyist and one of the state’s most knowledgeable anti-poverty advocates. Among many other issues, Bill is an expert on the subject of affordable housing – a field in which he has long championed to needs and rights of the poorest and most vulnerable North Carolinians.

Don’t miss this very special event!
Cost: $10, admission includes a box lunch.

2 - TRIANGLE INTERFAITH ALLIANCE - Interfaith Dialog Group from Judye Jacobs  
        Third Tuesday of each month, from 10:30 – 12 noon
        Community United Church
        814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh
Next meeting - Tuesday, October 18.
We'll discuss “stereotypes in the media.” Come with examples from TV, social media, etc.
We know that in both good and troubling times it is important for people of all faiths to join together, to get to know one another, to share ideas and ideologies, and to find a space to express opinions openly and without judgment, so that we may understand why we each do what we do in the name of religion.

Join us and to invite others from your faith community and interfaith organizations to join us as well.  The current roster includes members of the Baha'i. Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Native American, and Sai Baba faiths.

Call or email if you have any questions - Judye Jacobs     919/781-8490

3 - Planning for Successful and Equitable Revitalization from City of Raleigh < >
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
McKimmon Conference & Training Center
1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC 27606

The City of Raleigh, Smart Growth America and PNC Bank invite you to attend a public session focusing on redevelopment around planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) stations in the South Wilmington BRT Corridor.

Representatives from the initiative will work with the City Planning and Housing and Neighborhoods departments to create equitable development around planning bus rapid transit stations. This will help the City revitalize neighborhoods around stations areas as well as make sure the new service accommodates and understands the concerns for long-term residents.

Join the discussion regarding:
Concerns and ideas regarding affordable housing, small business preservation, transit service, public improvement financing, community engagement strategies, and other issues.
An update on the planning, timeline, status, and next steps of the South Wilmington BRT Corridor redevelopment.

The City of Raleigh is one of three cities in the nation chosen to receive the first round of assistance from a new national planning initiative. Planning for Successful and Equitable Revitalization, a project of Smart Growth America in partnership with PNC Bank, is designed to support elected leaders, appointed officials, community developers, and residents working together to revitalize neighborhoods and capture benefits from the process for all income levels.

If you believe like we do - that successful, equitable revitalization is development that provides access to housing, jobs, and transportation for all members of the community - join us on October 19.

4 - Fight for $15 Community Meeting from Ben Carroll < >
             Monday, October 17   -   6:30pm
             Raise Up Office
             2220 N Roxboro St
Join us for a community discussion and planning meeting to take stock of the work that's been happening over the past few months, hear from community organizations about ongoing work, and chart a course forward through the remainder of the year.

In August, the Fight for 15 hosted our largest national convention of low wage workers to date in Richmond, VA. It included workers from 17 different industries who met together for the first time, and closed with a march against racism and low wages that directly confronted the captiol of the Old Confederacy.

Monday, October 17, 2016

A Call for Reflection And Consideration

Are you new and wish to become a member of a church Ministry? Or are you ready to try something new? Is there a ministry that fits your time and talents? Let the Nominating Committee hear from you! Matching people's talents and interests to the work of the church is our job as we begin updating the slate of ministries and committees for the upcoming year.

For information about the different ministries and their activities,  go to our website. We hope to hear from you soon!

Thank you for opening up your imagination to possibilities...

Geri Bowen
Marty Lamb
Jeanne Ledbetter
(Your nominating committee)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Office phones and internet not working

The office phones and internet are not working due to problems from Hurricane Matthew.  You can reach Cathy and Peg by cell phone or email which they check throughout the workday.

- updated 10-15-16

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Large CUCC contingent at Walk for Hope

As usual Community UCC turned out a large group of youth and adults to participate in Walk for Hope that was held on October 9.