Betsy Towler represented Community UCC at the Southern Conference annual meeting this year (June 23-25). The following document below consists of some of the materials distributed at this year's annual meeting.
Rev. Peg Williams and Karen Withem presented the sermon on July 10, 2016. Karen reflected on her Baha’i faith and integrating it into her life in Community UCC.
During the previous week there were national reported shootings by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, followed by a sniper attack in Dallas that took the lives of 5 policemen in Dallas. Pastor Peg commented extensively on the national dialog regarding this violence.
As of July 2 I have been with you seventeen months. I don't know about you, but I've had a wonderful time. You are a great church, full of energy and enthusiasm. Sure, you have your "issues" but who doesn't? Your new pastor is going to be so blessed to serve with you.
No, there isn't a new pastor yet, but in the not-so-distant future there will be. I am excited to see who God and you will call to be here.
We have done good work in these months. We have grown in many ways and we have had to look at some of those "issues." These are good things. These are very good things. When people or organizations ignore and avoid the "issues" a divorce is often on the horizon.
As we move toward the end of our time together, I hope we can continue to grow and learn. I hope we can reach out to each other and our community in new and exciting ways. I hope we can each grow as individuals.
What would you like to see us do in these months ahead?
Birds can’t talk, but they are sending an urgent message.
"Our planet needs help."
This collaborative program for communities of faith shares what's happening to North Carolina birds and why. If you are gardener, bird lover or someone who cares about conserving our resources for future generations, you will learn about:
· Building bird-friendly gardens and communities
· Identifying Creation Care actions you can take
· Making a difference not only for the birds, but for the world as well
Presenters include: Lena Gallitano, Wake Audubon Society, Audubon NC Board of Trustees from Community United Church of Christ; Christina Harvey, botanist, native plant enthusiast from Millbrook Baptist; and Carl Sigel, climate activist, NC Interfaith Power & Light Executive Committee, and from Church of the Nativity.
9 AM – 12 Noon, July 16, 2016
Millbrook Baptist Church, 1519 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27609
RSVP requested but not required: Call Lena.
- submitted by Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force
On my way to church I stopped in at CVS and got to talking to the clerk, probably 21, about carrying cash. He didn't see a need for it, which led me to ask if he had traveled abroad. He didn't know what "abroad" meant, and it turns out he didn't know anything about the vote in the UK last week. I am not sure he knew what UK and the European Union means, or what a pound is, for that matter. I'm betting he won't vote in November either. I think it is very important for our young people to know about the world in which they live. Parents, grandparents, friends, how about engaging our young people over a meal? No lecture or homework assignments, but just conversations about what is happening. Where do they want to travel? Do they know where those countries are? Where have you traveled? And once you start talking about other countries, you can talk about other religions. And food. And what is happening in those countries. What ideas do you have for engaging our young people in conversation? Let's do our part to help them be better citizens of the world. prayers for the journey, Peg