Wednesday, November 19, 2014

December Youth News


Advent is coming and the plans are in place! Prepare the way for a deeper more meaningful appreciation of Christmas by participating in the following events!

Over the next three weeks, you are invited to bring a box or two of wholesome snack bars, granola bars, nabs, or vienna sausages, for making snack kits to give to those who gather downtown for a meal each Sunday morning. We will deliver the snack bags on December 7 during Church School when we help Human Beans Together to serve a hot meal.  

Also, please let Ms. Anne-Bailey know ASAP if you are able to help with our annual Christmas pageant in worship.

Calendar of Events:

Sunday, November 23
Church School with guest drama coach, Emily.
We will finalize our skit, so bring your ideas, puns, and jokes.
I'll have copies of those that Michael found online.
 
Sunday, November 30
Ornament making with CUCC children. Then lunch out and Christmas tree shopping.
Bring lunch money if you are able. Adults who can go and drive, please RSVP.

Saturday, December 6
Church-wide Christmas party honoring Steve Halsted!
Mark your calendars! This is when you'll delight everyone with your skit!

Sunday, December 7 (IT'S THE FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH, BUT WE'RE MEETING ANYWAY!)
Human Beans Together! Our Christmas gift to the world will be to serve another meal downtown to those who come to Moore Square on Sunday mornings. This is the last day to bring in those snack items listed above. We'll gather at 10:15 upstairs in Pilgrim House to pack bags. Then we'll leave at 10:30 and will serve from 11:00-11:45. We will return to the CUCC parking lot at 12:00. we need drivers to take us downtown (Oak City Outreach Center, 215 1/2 S. Person St.).

Sunday, December 14
Youth are invited and encouraged to participate and/or help behind the scenes in the traditional Christmas pageant in worship. Please arrive at 10:00 to help Ms. Anne-Bailey and the kids!

Sunday, December 21
Youth will celebrate Christmas with a white elephant party in Church School. Please bring a wrapped gift of under $5, or find something zany at home and wrap it up.

Wednesday, December 24
Christmas Eve Worship!

Sunday, December 28
Youth and Children will not meet for Church School

Finally, We need a January Lock-In!
Should it be Friday, January 9, 16, 23, or 30?

From Santi

Adult drivers needed for Human Beans Together!

The Youth Group's Christmas gift to the world will be to serve another meal downtown to those who come to Moore Square on Sunday mornings. This is the last day to bring in snack items. We'll gather at 10:15 upstairs in Pilgrim House to pack bags. Then we'll leave at 10:30 and will serve from 11:00-11:45. We will return to the CUCC parking lot at 12:00. we need drivers to take us downtown (Oak City Outreach Center, 215 1/2 S. Person St.).

Snack items needed:  a box or two of wholesome snack bars, granola bars, nabs, or vienna sausages

Read more from Human Beans Together!

Special Forum December 14: What is truth?

CUCC member Ed Klemmer will give his much delayed answer to this question. In a previous Forum Ed led a stimulating discussion of the question, but allowed others so much time to talk that he didn't leave himself enough time to propose his own answer. This time, Ed will speak first before others are invited to chime in with their own thoughts.

Join us at Forum, Sunday, December 14, 9:15AM in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Steve's Retirement Party

Plan to join us on Saturday, December 6, from 5:00pm – 7:30pm, as we honor and remember Steve’s legacy with our church and celebrate with him and Marcy as they look forward to new adventures and experiences.  There will be skits, food, fun, reminiscences and more.  Child care will be provided.  If you would like to carpool or a ride to and from the celebration, contact Sue Cottle.  If you would like to volunteer to help with decorations, setup, cleanup, or anything else, please contact the church office at 919-787-6422.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Email - 14 NOV 2014

Monitor the Stewardship Campaign Progress at communityucc.org

Costume Poetry Slam with Café Style Coffee and Dessert
A Message from the Stewardship Ministry
Forum – November 16, 9:15am – “Fracking and Methane”
New Address for Shannon and Glenn Core
Pray at the Legislature
Sisters in Spirit (SIS)
“Hand and Foot”
PFLAG
Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, Nov. 20, 2014
Pianist Jonathan Moyer to Perform at West Raleigh Presbyterian
Fall Congregational Meeting, Sunday, November 23
Save the Date – Steve’s Retirement Party!
No Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service
“Festival of Lights” Celebration
New Lights in the Choir Loft
Sunday School Children Need Your Help Filling Stockings

Saturday, November 8, 2014

“Festival of Lights” Worship and Potluck

On the last Sunday of November, we begin the Season of Advent with the lighting of the first Advent Candle.  But Christians are not the only faith tradition that celebrates the “Divine Light” in images that overcome darkness in our world.  “Festivals of Light” are also celebrated in some fashion by Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, and Bahai groups.  In recognition of this common ground and through my work with the Triangle Interfaith Alliance and our Deacon’s Ministry, we are planning a “Festival of Lights” collaboration in our Sanctuary on Sunday, November 30, at our 10:30am worship service.

Representatives of the above mentioned faith traditions will explain and demonstrate how they celebrate within their tradition and we hope that mutual respect and greater understanding will bring people closer together.  We will continue our celebration with a potluck meal together sharing favorite foods from our cultural traditions.  Please be thinking about what you would like to share at our Common Table!
- submitted by Steve Halsted

Costume Poetry Slam with Cafe Style Coffee and Dessert

Save the Date!  November 15, 7:00pm, in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall. Once again, our NovemberFest Celebration will be a Poetry Slam/Coffee House Party.  More details coming!  Find the sign up poster in the narthex for those willing to contribute a poem. For questions or to volunteer to share a poem, contact Śānti Matthews.  Coffee and dessert will be served cafe style by our youth wait staff.

Salvation Army Christmas Stocking Project

The CUCC Sunday School Children have requested that we collect small items for the Salvation Army Christmas stocking program this year and they need your help!  They wish to fill 50 stockings for children from infants to 12 years old.  Please help us by donating to our collection.  The children will be collecting items that will fit in the stockings until December 7th.  Small toys, markers, pencils and sharpeners, coloring books, card games, cars, trains, dolls, etc. are perfect for the stockings.   We will fill the stockings during Sunday School on December 7th.  Please look for our donation boxes wrapped in Christmas paper!  Check the bulletin board in the hallway at church or see below for suggestions of items for the stockings.   Please provide new, unwrapped gifts (no food or candy, please). Thank you for your help!

Girl or Boy, Infant or Ages 0-1:
Sippy cups/bottles, hats, toys, wipes, books, blankets, pacifiers

Girl or Boy, Ages 2-3 or 4-5:
Coloring books/crayons, toothbrush/toothpaste, hats and gloves, bubbles, play-doh, stuffed animals, dolls, toy cars, balls, dress-up accessories/jewelry, card games

Girl or Boy, Ages 6-8:
Jump ropes, jacks, cards, toothbrush/toothpaste, hats and gloves, markers, stuffed animals, dolls, bouncy balls, pocketbooks, model cars, flashlights (please include batteries), jewelry, pens/pencils, markers

Girl or Boy, Ages 9-12:
Cards/Games, hats, and gloves, toothbrush/toothpaste, watches, flashlights (please include batteries), radios, pens/pencils/markers, jewelry/hair accessories, make-up, perfumes/colognes/lotions, nail polish.

For additional information or if you have any questions, please contact Anne Bailey.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday Email - 7 NOV 2014

The Stewardship Campaign has begun!
Monitor Our Progress at communityucc.org

All Church Workday – Tomorrow! November 
8, 9:00am-Noon
Forum – November 9, 9:15am
A Message from the Stewardship Ministry
Life & Faith in Downtown Raleigh – November 11
Pray at the Legislature
Costume Poetry Slam with Cafe Style Coffee and Dessert
Sisters in Spirit (SIS)
Fall Congregational Meeting, Sunday, November 23
Save the Date – Steve’s Retirement Party!
No Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service
“Festival of Lights” Celebration
PFLAG
Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, Nov. 20, 2014
Sunday School Children Need Your Help Filling Stockings

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Economic Justice Task Force presents - Jobs for Life

Want to help change a life?

You can!

Informational meeting
December 14, noon, Hoffmann Room

Helping people gain and keep meaningful work aids not only the worker, but his/her entire family, and the community.

The Economic Justice Task Force at CUCC plans to partner with Loaves and Fishes to train the LAF parents in the kinds of life skills that will help them find the dignity and purpose of better employment opportunities.  We will be using the “Jobs for Life” program, a Christian-based, non-profit international organization that has worked with thousands of people since 1996.  Training will take place at LAF, which is located on New Bern Avenue.

During 8 weeks and 16 sessions, we will cover such topics as:
  • Understanding my value
  • Identifying and overcoming roadblocks
  • Perseverance and positive attitude
  • Conflict resolution
  • Effective communications skills
  • Excelling on the job
We will enroll 4-6 students. The course will begin in March, with training in January.  We need volunteers for the following roles:
  • 2 Teachers
  • 1-2 Mentors for each student
  • 1-2 Business relations leader to talk to businesses about the program
  • Several child care providers
  • 1 Prayer leader
We will hold an informational meeting in the Hoffman Room at 12:00, Sunday, December 14. There will be a “Jobs for Life” representative there to answer all of your questions.  If you want to attend, contact either Shirley Birt at 919-552-5371, dhsrbirt.com, or contact Susan Lane at 919-417-7705, lane.susan70@gmailcom

Join us…and help change a life.