Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Ann McLaughlin's 80th Birthday

On August 2 following worship the congregation gathered in the fellowship hall to celebrate the 80th birthday of Ann McLaughlin. Ann is a long time member and friend of CUCC and has substituted as pastor on many occasions when the regular pastor was away.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

HERITAGE Game Night - August 15

All –church event! Chill out with old and new friends and enjoy a refreshing dessert while you learn lesser-known facts about CUCC! Test your skills! Stretch your creativity with absolutely NO pressure! Fun for all ages! (Please let Cathy Marshall in the church office know if you will need child care for the little ones.)

Saturday, August 15, 2015 6:30-8:00 pm
Vaughan Fellowship Hall

- submitted by Transition Team

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Learning About Our Heritage

From the intentional interim pastor

July 23, 2015

            This past Sunday we officially began the Heritage part of the Intentional Interim Process.  Led by your Transition Team – Frank Gailor, Tim Jensen, Joan McAllister and Suzette Roach – we gathered in Fellowship Hall for a lovely lunch and an opportunity to talk to each other and learn about the opportunities that will be coming.  We also had time to look at the timelines and were invited to add to them. 
            We hope you will take time to study the timelines and learn about the history of CUCC.  Also, pick up a sticky note and write down your own place on the timeline.  When did you start coming to CUCC?  When were you baptized or confirmed here?  Married?  What other special event do you want to share?
            Our history is pretty fascinating and we will hear about more to come.  Each week there will be a Heritage Moment in worship sharing something from the past.  Save August 15 for Heritage Game Night and Ice Cream Social!  It promises to be fun and educational.
            Thanks for your support of this process.  This will help us learn about our church and each other!!!

Prayers for the journey,
Pastor Peg

Friday, July 17, 2015

Theme for this week's Third Tuesday Taizé

     I want to invite you to join us for Third Tuesday TaizĂ© next week.  The sanctuary will be open at 6:30 p.m. for 30 Minutes of Silence before the service begins.  Use this time to prepare yourself for the service that will begin at 7 p.m.

     This month’s theme is “Letting Go.”  What is weighing you down?  Perhaps you have a heaviness that won’t go away.  Maybe you know what it is and maybe you don’t.  You aren’t alone.  Come and open your heart to how God can help.

- submitted by Pr. Peg Williams

Monday, July 6, 2015

SOC and General Synod Reports from Mac

Mac Hulslander volunteered to attend the annual meetings of the Southern Conference of the UCC and the General Synod. Church Council authorized Mac to officially represent CUCC at these events. The following reports from Mac describe the two events.

CUCC Newsletter - July 2015

July 2015 Newsletter (PDF)

The online calendar is always available and is always up-to-date.

Newsletters from 2013 and 2014 may be found on the News blog. Older newsletters are found in the archive.

7/7 at 7 - Stand for Affordable Housing

Join us Tuesday, July 7 at 7:00pm in the Raleigh City Council Chambers (as part of the City Council meeting), 2nd floor, 222 West Hargett St. 27601.    (There is parking in the deck behind the building, accessible from Morgan or McDowell Streets).  Please wear white shirts/blouses and stand when called as a Congregations for Social Justice member speaks to the Council.    We want to fill the Council Chamber!

The City Council is struggling with how and where to provide affordable housing in Raleigh.   We will urge the Council to become pro-active with affordable housing.   Please add your presence to support families with limited means in our community.

- Submitted by Adrienne Little for Social Justice Ministry

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Is the Pope Protestant

Since news postings have been scarce recently, I'll share this poignant and amusing email sent out today as the UCC Daily Devotional. Good food for thought. -- Lavon Page

Is the Pope Protestant?
Donna Schaper

"Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God." - Psalm 90:2

Perhaps you join me in being enthused by the Pope’s encyclical.  The Pope’s words have changed the narrative about climate.  It will come from praise, not protest.  It will come as one subject, uniting the economy and the environment.  The Pope has de-gentrified the subject, making it clear that environmental crisis will help the lost and the least most of all.  The Pope has used his moral authority, authoritatively.  If you have ever prayed about how it is 113 degrees in Pakistan today (as I write today), you might even see the Pope as an answer to multiple and multiplying prayers. 

I make the joke about the Pope being Protestant because I am ready to follow him as my moral leader. My Catholic friends say I should find my own damn Pope.  I think not.

In the name of the mountains, in the name of the sea, in the name of creation, thank you, Pope Frances and God.  Amen.

Friday, June 19, 2015

God With Us

(Many folks at CUCC have heard Jo and me tell stories about our old friend "Ab" who we were blessed to spend much time with during the 1970s when Jo was living in Spartanburg SC. Master herpetologist, Vietnam vet, and many other things, Ab has always been a prophetic voice. His Facebook posting yesterday is something that must be shared. Thanks to Bill Broom, another old Spartanburg friend, for bringing it to my attention. -- Lavon Page)

GOD WITH US (posted on Facebook by Clarence Abercrombie)

"Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever." REVELATION 11:15

I have never before quoted from the Book of Revelation, but today I must. Last night, 17 June 2015, a young white man walked into the Wednesday night Bible-study at Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun Street in Charleston, South Carolina. Of course the man was welcomed, as he would have been in any other Methodist Church, AME or United. He stayed for an hour—God knows his thoughts—then he killed the church’s pastor and eight parishioners. I cannot imagine the level of sadness and grief that must now permeate Emanuel AME. I do know that the murders have struck my heart with greater impact than any other event in my life: greater than the terrorism of 9/11, greater than my parents’ deaths, greater than the loss of my young comrades in Vietnam.

Most of my fellow South Carolinians understand the importance of Emanuel AME. For almost 200 years this church has been a beacon of freedom, shining with unquenchable grace upon my beloved Charleston, even when that city seemed a bastion of darkness. Furthermore, the ongoing, powerful presence of Emanuel AME transcends even the church’s singular historical significance. Empowerment, service, hope, and love: these heroic virtues abide in Emanuel’s outreach to Charleston and to the wider world, every day, no matter what.

Understandably some good people are already calling for the shooter’s death. But in my opinion this response to the temporal power of hate is short-sighted. Personally, I want the man to spend a very long life in prison. I want him to live to see that God always wins—not on our time-schedule, perhaps, but always! I want him to see what I know to be true: that the Lord of Life is already using this most evil act to magnify Emanuel’s power to transform Charleston. And when Charleston truly becomes a city of justice, freedom, and grace, she will transform South Carolina; then South Carolina will transform the whole United States, all the kingdoms of this world. Bet your soul on it; the Book of Revelation says it’s true.

P.S.: If I’m allowed a bit of irreverence, I can quote exactly what my daddy would say about the white-supremacist murderer who thought he could turn back the Kingdom: “Pray for that poor boy’s soul, ‘cause there are a bunch of people in heaven who deserve the opportunity to kick his sorry ass.”

P.P.S.: I do have a modest proposal. Why don’t y’all folks who are big on FaceBook, etc., consider a media blitz to get Charleston to rename Calhoun Street as Emanuel Street—because we sure enough do need God with Us.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

It's your history, too!

From your intentional interim pastor
June 19, 2015

            Your Transition Team has been very busy planning and preparing for the beginning of the Heritage part of the Intentional Interim Ministry process.  That sounds more formal than what is actually going to happen.  We hope that you really enjoy learning!  Mark your calendars for the upcoming dates.

HERITAGE: Merging Our Personal Histories with our Church History

June 28 – Introduction in worship
July 5 – beginning of weekly Heritage Moments in worship
Sunday, July 19 -- Kick-Off!!!  Worship will center around our heritage and after church we will share a light lunch and explain in more detail the entire process and begin the timeline. 
Saturday, August 15  - ICE CREAM SOCIAL/GAME NIGHT to help us learn about our church! 
Sunday, September 27 - we will celebrate and mark the end of our exploration of our history.
            I want to invite you to wander around our fabulous website and go into the CUCC scrapbook and archives.  Read the reflections of those who came before us.  Listen to former pastors preach.  Look at pictures.  In other words, explore your family history for if you are part of CUCC, these are your people, too.
            A lot of effort has been put into this website and the archives in order to keep up informed, engaged and connected.  I hope you appreciate it as much as I do.

Prayers for the journey,
Pastor Peg

Pastor Peg will be away from the office from noon on June 18 until June 30.  She will be in the office on July 1.  In case of pastoral emergencies, please contact the church office, Joy Alford or Rev. Robert Parrish.