Monday, March 2, 2015

Office phones not working; new office email

Monday morning, March 2,  11:47AM:  We are in the process of changing the church phones from AT&T to Time Warner.  As a result, the phones are not currently working.  Please check the website (www.communityucc.org) for updates on when the phones are again working.

Also, as a result of changing our plan, the cucc@nc.rr.com email address will no longer work.  Please make sure you change the church email in your address book to office.cucc@gmail.com.

Peace,

Cathy

Saturday, February 28, 2015

CUCC Newsletter - March 2015

March 2015 Newsletter (PDF)

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

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

Thursday, February 26, 2015

From your interim pastor
February 26, 2015
Dear Friends,
            I have been your intentional interim pastor for 26 days now and I’ve closed the office four times, I think.  I wondered about the travel between our home in North Durham and the office in Raleigh, but it never occurred to me that we would have to close the office so often.  I mean, Ken and I moved down here for milder winters.  We are still waiting.
            In many ways, the season of Lent is about waiting, much like Advent.  During Advent, we are waiting for the coming of the Christ Child.  During Lent we wait and walk with Jesus as he makes his way to the cross and resurrection.  These are stories that many of us are already familiar with.  There are times, however, that I wish I could hear them for the first time.
            I grew up hearing these stories.  I can tell you the stories without picking up the Bible, but then I realize that I am probably missing some important truths by not reading them with new eyes.  I’m going to change that by reading the Gospel of Mark this Lenten season.  Maybe you will join me.
            This Sunday our gospel text is Mark 8:27-38.  Won’t you prepare for worship by reading this passage?  Perhaps you’d like to back up and even start at the beginning as I am doing.  This time I’m going to read from “The Message,” a paraphrased version by Eugene Peterson.*
            Hopefully I will see you in church on Sunday and we can laugh about all of this snow and ice that will be melted by then.  Okay, maybe it won’t be gone, but I can hope.  As a follower of Jesus, it is part of my DNA.

Prayers for the journey,

Pastor Peg

*You can read from "The Message" and other versions on www.biblegateway.com.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ash Tuesday?

The Ash Wednesday worship with the imposition of ashes was scheduled for February 18 but was cancelled because of ice. The Deacons have decided to reschedule the service in the sanctuary on Tuesday, March 3 at 7 PM as the "First Tuesday" Taizé service. So for those who felt that something important was missed via cancellation of the Ash Wednesday service this year, it's not too late! Join us for the Taizé service on March 3 and experience this important step into the Lenten season (just a bit later than expected). The service will be identical to the service that had been planned for Ash Wednesday, including imposition of ashes. So don't miss this first ever Ash Tuesday Lenten service at our church.

Monday, February 23, 2015

From the interim pastor

          For our Lenten devotions, Ken and I are reading from “Reaching Toward Easter” by Derek Maul.*
            I’m writing this on Ash Wednesday, and, to be honest, disappointed that we won’t be gathering tonight to begin Lent together.  But in the end, safety wins out.
            In today’s reading Derek told us about a trip his family took to the Rocky Mountains, where they took a train trip to an abandoned gold mine.  It was there they experienced true darkness.
            The guide told them to put their hands in front of their faces; then he turned out the lights.  No one could see anything at all, not even their hands.  True darkness.
            After thirty seconds the guide lit a small wooden match.
            “When he did, the effect was amazing; we could see everything!  We were in a cavern about the size of a three hundred-seat auditorium, but there wasn’t a cubic foot of the space that did not experience at least some degree of illumination.” (p. 14)
            Derek could not stop thinking about the effect of that one small spark of light will always have on darkness. (p. 15)
            As I read this, I think of the light that Jesus has shown me in my life, but I also think of the people who have brought the light to me.  As we move into this first week of Lent, who are the people who have shown you the light?

Prayers for the journey,
Pastor Peg

*(Maul, Derek, “Reaching Toward Easter:  Devotions for Lent.”  Upper Room Books.  2011)

Sunday Morning Bible Study: Experiencing the stories

Sundays during Lent: February 22 to March 29, 9:30am -10:15am, Bradow Room.

Adults discuss but children play. Bring life to your grown-up and quite dignified reading
of stories from both the Old and New Testament with crayons and role play. Ellen
Beidler will lead this series in conjunction with the Sunday Morning Bible Study.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Email - 20 FEB 2015

This edition of Friday Email is distributed as a PDF file.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Ash Wednesday Service - 7 PM Wednesday

Lent officially begins with the Ash Wednesday service Wednesday evening at 7 PM, February 18, in the sanctuary. The service will be in the style of Taizé with the imposition of ashes. At the end of the service we will depart in silence.

Spring Potluck – Sunday, March 22

Sir Walter Wally said it would be an early spring! So we will celebrate Spring being just around the corner with a church wide potluck during fellowship on March 22. Please bring your favorite dish to share.  There will be lots of conversation, fellowship, and prayers for Spring to come quickly!

Extra hands are needed for set up and clean up. Families are welcome to help, even if attention spans limit your work to 10 minutes of putting out napkins or clearing plates.  Contact Cathy Marshall or Susan Maleszweski.

Sunday Morning Forum, February 22: Black Poets.

In honor of Black History Month, Rev. Robert Parrish will lead a brief study on African American poetry and its impact on present day society. We will discuss the works of poets such as Langston Hughes and others. We will have reflective discussions as well as interpretational exercises. Besides the aspect of achieving a deeper understanding of African American Poetry and History, it is hoped that we will gain insights into racial and ethnic healing.

Sunday, February 22, 9:15-10:15AM, Fellowship Hall.