Monday, June 19, 2017

See Karen's movie "A Rude Awakening" July 5

Karen Withem is a member of CUCC and a regular at Sunday's Taize' worship.  We're excited about the showing of her first film and invite you to attend this film festival in Cary.

Here's a note from Karen.

Hi all, my first film "A Rude Awakening," will screen July 5 at the Cary Theatre. It's an evening of shorts featuring one locally made film, plus shorts from all over the world, and the programs I've seen have been very good.

"A Rude Awakening" was an Official Selection and won the Audience Choice Award at the Great Lakes International Film Festival in 2016.

Come and bring your friends!

Best regards,
Karen Withem

Motion for Pictures Screening Series
July 5, 7PM
Cost: $3 to $5
Cary Theater
122 E. Chatham Street
Cary, NC  27511

Cary residents: Support Habitat in Cary June 22, 6PM

At the last Congregations for Social Justice meeting on June 14th, Rachel representing Habitat for Humanity spoke for seven houses they would like to build in Cary. So far citizens have opposed the construction even with their cutting back on the number they want to build. Now Habitat for Humanity is seeking R8 zoning the same as across the street.

On June 22nd at the town council meeting people who see the need for low cost housing are asked to get a Habitat t shirt at the parking garage at 6 o'clock and come to the meeting at 6:30. Residents from Cary are asked to speak at the meeting.

Adrienne Little

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Specks and Logs

Whenever I hear friends pontificating about "hate", I always cringe a bit. I know it's not "us" that they're talking about. Hate is very easy to spot in those who disagree with us. The Bible affirms that when it asks, "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?"

That plank whopped us over the head this week. But the same week in which I heard much talk among friends about the 2nd anniversary of the shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston and the 1st anniversary of the shootings at the Orlando nightclub, we were strangely silent in church today about the shootings on the ball field in Alexandria this week. And the scary thing about the shootings in Alexandria is that the shooter's profile seems so normal to us.

In today's NY Times, Ross Douthat makes that very observation ...

So Hodgkinson’s seeming normalcy, his angry but relatively mainstream Democratic views, might be a warning sign for the future of our politics. The turmoil of the 1960s and 1970s generated segregationist terrorism on the right and a revolutionary underground on the left, but it did not produce much partisan terrorism, violence inspired simply by fear and hatred of the opposition party. Now, though, we hate each other simply for being Democrats and Republicans more than ever — and violence inspired simply by the polarization of the major parties would be a unique and novel threat. 

The second thing to say is that a murderous attack on Republicans by an angry liberal should be an important reminder for our media-cultural establishment that societies can be pulled apart from the left as easily as from the right. Of course, network anchors and magazine editors and editorial boards know this on an intellectual level. But because our centrist elites are actually center-left there is a constant, involuntary tug toward emphasizing what’s wrong on the right-wing side of the spectrum and excusing what’s wrong on the other.

It's our responsibility to recognize hate within our own ranks. Otherwise, we're simply the pot calling the kettle black.

Full op-ed piece by Ross Douthat:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

From the Pastor

Dear Beloved Community, 

On this Monday, June 12, 2017, I am at a loss for words, which is pretty rare for me—as you have already witnessed. I have been with you for 148 days, nearly 5 months, serving as your Pastor at Community United Church of Christ. Some of the days and weeks have been long, yes, but most have been filled to overflowing. I find myself overwhelmed with peace and joy as the excitement and energy from being in your midst ushers me from one page to the next—expectantly. I am sitting now at my own kitchen table, with the soft humming of the dishwasher in the background, birdsongs bouncing off the glass behind me, the natural light competing with the chandelier above my head to illuminate this space. My daughter is home sick today with a virus that warms her tiny body to the point of tears. She is sleeping now, and I am thankful. I am overwhelmed with gratitude today for many things; but mostly for how the Spirit has blessed my family with the incredible gifts of you. 
Each community has a personality as does each Pastor; we are learning one another in these filled to overflowing days. I am a high-energy, extrovert with thoughtful opinions about most things, yet a contemplative Spirit for whom quiet and calm are a necessity if I am to be present and prepared. You are a beautiful, diverse, blend of humor and cynicism, of playfulness and sensitivity, of deep faithfulness and an enduring optimism; your heart beats for the least of these and bleeds for All of God’s creatures. Your silent reverence, your steady and simple expressions of God’s many faces and names invite children to dream and wonder, and paint the stars both above and beneath their feet. Yours is a table that both feeds the hungry and well-fed and invites others to serve and be served. The food you offer becomes the source of all that binds you together; your hands, feet, heart and souls are poured out as if an endless array of God’s abundant love and care. 

In reading scripture this morning, Spirit pointed me to 2 Corinthians: 
Surely we do not need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you or from you, do we? You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all; and you show that you are a letter of Christ, prepared by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

I had two occasions this past week to be among former friends and colleagues where I received many blessings, and comments about having a “glowing radiance” and a “contagious joy” about myself…Friends asking “what’s in the Raleigh water?” I did not have to hesitate in my response. “Spirit," I exclaimed! 

Spirit is rising in Raleigh, and especially at Community UCC. You are the water, you are the letter…and you were written on my heart even before I knew you. 

May the Spirit continue to bind us together in love,

~Rev. Jenny Shultz-Thomas

Joy & Amy are Getting Married Saturday! And You're Invited!!

Newcomers’ Coffee, Sunday, June 18

Newcomers’ Coffee
Sunday, June 18

In the Library after
the 10:30am
Worship Service

Anyone interested in learning more about CUCC is invited to join us for casual conversation and refreshments. Hope to see you there!

Graduation Celebration for JaCarrie Elizabeth Spurlock, Saturday, June 24th

Please Join Us in Celebrating
the Graduation of

JaCarrie Elizabeth Spurlock

Saturday, June 24th, 
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Community United Church of Christ
814 Dixie Trail
Raleigh, NC 27607

Vaughan Fellowship Hall

Heavy Hors D'oeuvres

RSVP to Cara at 919-702-5070

"The Sacred You" - June 20, 2017

Please join us Tuesday, June 20th, as we share with each other.

“The Sacred You” - More than a support group, The Sacred You invites Queer folk and their friends, family, and allies to experience true community within a spiritually rich safe space. Let’s celebrate who we are together!!

Open to LGBTQ and their friends, families, and allies.
Place:  Community UCC - Vaughan Fellowship Hall
Time:   7:00pm, Third Tuesdays
For additional questions or information, contact Pastor Jenny at 919-809-8850.

This Week's Opportunities

Sunday          6/18     9:00am          TaizĂ© Worship – Sanctuary
                                   9:30am          Adult Bible Study - Bradow Room
                                 10:30am          Worship Service - Sanctuary
                                 10:45am          Children’s Church School - Sunday School Rooms
                                 10:45am          Youth Church School - Youth Room
                                 11:45am          Fellowship - Vaughan Fellowship Hall
                                 12:00pm          Newcomer’s Coffee - Hoffmann Room
                                   4:00pm          Covenant Community - Bradow Room
                                                         Wright Center Meal - Provided by Youth
Monday         6/19   12:15pm          Monday Lunch Group - Hoffmann Room
Tuesday        6/20   10:00am          Office Staff Meeting - Pilgrim House
                                10:30am          Triangle Interfaith Alliance - Hoffmann Room
                                  7:00pm          “The Sacred You” - Bradow Room
Wednesday   6/21     9:30am          Tai Chi – Vaughan Fellowship Hall
                                   6:00pm          Bible Study - Pilgrim House
                                   7:30pm          PFLAG - Vaughan Fellowship Hall
Saturday        6/24     9:30am          Saturday Morning Book Club – Library
Sunday          6/25     9:00am          TaizĂ© Worship – Sanctuary
                                   9:30am          Choir Practice - Sanctuary
                                   9:30am          Adult Sunday School - Bradow Room
                                 10:30am          Worship Service - Sanctuary
                                 10:45am          Children’s Church - Sunday School Room
                                 10:45am          Youth Church School - Youth Room
                                 11:45am          Fellowship - Vaughan Fellowship Hall
                                 12:00pm          Economic Justice Task Force Meeting - Bradow Room
                                 12:00pm          Stewardship Ministry Meeting - Library
                                   4:00pm          Covenant Community - Bradow Room

Lectionary for the Week of June 18, 2017

Lectionary for the Week of June 18, 2017  

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
(Second Sunday after Pentecost) - Green

 Genesis 18:1-15, (21:1-7); Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 or Exodus 19:2-8a; 
Psalm 100; Romans 5:1-8; Matthew 9:35-10:8, (9-23)

Father’s Day, June 18, 2017