Sunday, May 20, 2018

Did you suggest the private portal for contact info?

Dear Wonderful Survey Completer,
You made this suggestion for our website:  "Have a private portal for members only to get contact info for members."  You didn't include your name, so I hope you read this answer.

Your wish is our command.  CUCC has a password protected portal for contact information called Breeze.  CUCC members and friends are invited to join the "Directory of Congregants," create a user name and password, add a photo, and correct the contact information we have for them.  You can even ask to be "tagged" so that you get updates about work and fun being sponsored by different CUCC groups.

If this is news to you, then email Susan Atkinson  She will email you an invitation.  If you are new to CUCC, it may be that we don't have an email address for you yet and haven't been able to invite you; be sure to tell her the email address you want for your contact information.

-submitted by Jane Smith, Communications Committee

Friday, May 18, 2018

Opportunities for the Week of May 20, 2018

Sunday 05/20    
  9:00am Nursery provided
  9:00am Taizé Worship – Sanctuary
  9:30am  Adult Monday Morning Bible Study - Bradow Room
10:30am  Worship Service - Sanctuary - Confirmation Sunday                       
10:45am Children’s Sunday School - Sunday School Room
10:45am No Youth Sunday School - Youth stay for Confirmation Service
11:45am Fellowship - Vaughan Fellowship Hall
12:00pm International Mission Trip Meeting - Hoffmann room
  4:00pm Covenant Community - Bradow Room
                Wright Center Meal
Monday 05/21 
12:15pm Monday Lunch Group - Hoffmann Room
  5:30pm Nicaragua Night (Sarah Junkin Woodard) - Fellowship Hall

Tuesday 05/22  
 9:30am Office Staff Meeting - Pilgrim House
Wednesday 05/23  
 9:30am Tai Chi – Vaughan Fellowship Hall

Saturday 05/26 
  9:30am Saturday Morning Book Club – Library
Sunday 05/27
  9:00am Nursery provided
  9:00am Taizé Worship – Sanctuary
  9:30am Choir Practice - Sanctuary
  9:30am Adult Monday Morning Bible Study - Bradow Room
10:30am Worship Service - Sanctuary
10:45am Children’s Sunday School - Sunday School Room
10:45am Youth Sunday School - Youth Room
11:45am Fellowship - Vaughan Fellowship Hall
12:00pm Social Justice Ministry Meeting - Bradow Room
12:00pm Stewardship Ministry Meeting - Library
  4:00pm Covenant Community - Bradow Room

Lectionary for the Week of May 20, 2018

Lectionary for the Week of May 20, 2018 - Pentecost Sunday  - Red
Acts 2:1-21 or Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 104:24-34, 35b;
Romans 8:22-27 or Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
Mental Health Sunday

From the Pastor

Who We Once Were
By Emily C. Heath, reprinted from

“O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.” - Psalm 139

Recently someone I respected and cared about did something pretty hurtful. In the aftermath I searched for reconciliation and resolution to no avail. It was a bewildering and painful time; one I'm still in somewhat.

What helped me was remembering a teaching I'd once read from Buddhist leader Thich Nhat Hanh. I'm far from a Buddhist practitioner or scholar, but this one resonated with me. He was talking about forgiving those who hurt us and using the metaphorical example of a father and a wounded son. He asked the “sons,” who could be any of us, to remember who they were as five-year-olds, and to give themselves compassion. That's hard enough, but then came the tougher part.

This time he asked the "sons" to try to imagine their "fathers," the people who had hurt them (who, again, could be any of us), as five- year-olds as well. He asked the "sons" to see that five-year-old, and imagine the ways they have been hurt, and how it has shaped them. He then asked them to have compassion for that five-year-old who would grow to hurt them.

Jesus Christ told us to "let the little children come on to me." When someone hurts me, I try to think of them as a child. I think of the ways that they were hurt, of the fears they still carry because of it, and of the pain they still might live in daily. When I'm able to do that, I'm able to find compassion, even when I am hurting myself. I picture myself kneeling down, asking that five-year-old if they want a hug, and showing them the compassion they never received.

Many, if not all, of us carry scared, hurt children inside. As adults it's our job to do the work of healing that is necessary so that we do not then pass those hurts on to others. Sometimes, though, it's also our job to find ways to welcome the wounded child in others, and to find it in us to give that wounded part of them our compassion.

It's lifelong work, and every time I'm asked to do it, it's painful. I remember the words of the Psalm, though, and the God who knows every part of my history, and every part of theirs as well. Both I and those who hurt me, both I and those whom I have hurt, are equally known and beloved by God. There will come a day when we meet again in God's kingdom, and we will know perfect reconciliation. For now, I just try to get ready for that time, and to practice messy and imperfect compassion here on earth.

Dear God, I see the pain of those who hurt me. I see who they were when they were hurt. I
refuse to withhold my compassion any longer. Amen.

About the author: Emily C. Heath is the Senior Pastor of The Congregational Church in Exeter (New Hampshire) and the author most recently of Courageous Faith: How to Rise and Resist in a Time of Fear.

Save the Date - Summer Daze, May 19

Summer*Daze is our second annual lawn frolic.  Relax, play, eat and enjoy your Community UCC friends!  Great bluegrass music (bring a chair or blanket for the lawn), BBQ (bring a side dish or dessert).  Beverages provided, including tea, soda, beer and wine.  Games for the kids (and the young-at heart).  Fun for all!

See you on the lawn at CUCC!

Pancake Breakfast for Wake Federation of the Blind

Eric Dyke to Perform During 10:30 Worship Service on May 20th

Eric Dyke to Perform on Sunday, May 20th
Eric Dyke will be playing the double bass for our worship on Sunday, May 20th.  Eric has been a member of the NC Symphony for many years and has contributed his musical talent to our worship services in the past.  It will be good to see and hear him again.

Confirmation Sunday - May 20, 2019

Please join us on Sunday, May 20, as we welcome our new confirmands into our CUCC family.  It will be a moving and memorable experience.  They've worked very hard for this Sunday.  We are honored and excited to be a part of their spiritual growth.

Graduation Celebration: Sunday, May 20

We will celebrate our 2018 Graduates during the 10:30am worship service on May 20. If there are any high school or college graduates in your household or family, please notify Śānti Matthews at or 919-961-8814, so we can celebrate their accomplishments. 
Please include: graduate’s full name, degree, and next steps or future plans.

Nicaragua Night! All Are Welcome! - Monday, May 21

Nicaragua Night! All Are Welcome!
Monday, May 21, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m
CUCC Vaughan Fellowship Hall - Dinner Provided

Join us for dinner and a program. Sarah Junkin Woodard will update us on the CDCA and help us to know of the ongoing work they are doing in Nicaragua. For more than two decades, the CDCA continues to adapt, seeking to respond to human needs created by poverty in the third poorest nation in the western hemisphere. The CDCA focuses on justice now, working towards freedom from poverty, helping communities become self-sufficient, sustainable, democratic entities, using integrated appropriate technology in all projects, specifically in the areas of: sustainable economic development, organic agriculture, education, and health care.
Sarah says, “The CDCA has been called to work with, and speak on behalf of, the poor in our area of Nicaragua, to share their lives and stories with folk in the U.S., bridging the gap between us to better understand the connections between our communities.”

Tax-deductible donations and pledges are encouraged. For more information, contact Śānti

Auction/Yard Sale Results

Auction/Yard Sale Results

Many thanks to all participants and supporters of our Annual Auction and First Annual Yard Sale! Both events brought enjoyment to and engagement from all quarters of our church community and garnered needed funds for our annual budget (auction) and upcoming mission trips (yard sale).  While money is still rolling in, the current count is auction - $8,400, yard sale - $1,650.  We hope to make the yard sale an annual event, so please consider saving items for 2019!
                                                              - Your Stewardship, Property and Welcome & Fellowship committees

BYC Summer Camp Registration has Begun!

Attention Parents and Youth: BYC Summer Camp Registration has begun!
Camp Dates this year are Sunday, July 1 - Friday, July 6.
Registration due by Sunday, May 20.
Final payment due by Sunday, June 10.
Śānti Matthews is collecting all forms and payments.
Contact her at for the necessary forms.

BYC is a phenomenal church camp experience in the NC mountains with like-minded churches from all over the country. Śānti has participated in curriculum planning and leadership at this camp for 14 years, and CUCC youth have attended for the past 8 years.  The camp is open to our current 6th graders (this summer's rising 7th graders) through this years' high school graduates.

The cost this year is $360 per camper. (this fee covers all camp meals and lodging, and travel there and back and is well worth it!) Scholarships are available. Don't let the cost keep you from coming!

3 forms you need:  Covenant      Registration      Medical

If you think your youth might be interested and want to know more, please let Śānti know. We will have an orientation meeting for new campers, prior to camp, at a time that is convenient to you.

If you are an adult interested in chaperoning or willing to drive, please let Śānti know ASAP.  

SIS Summer Picnic at the Jacobson’s – May 29

Celebrate the start of summer with your CUCC “Sisters in Spirit”!  We’ll gather at 6:30pm at the Jacobson’s house (1212 Courtland Dr., Raleigh) for a summer cookout.  No need to bring anything, except your appetite!  RSVPs are appreciated, but feel free to join us at the last minute.  For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Merrilee Jacobson at 919-274-4539 or

Outdoor work day – June 2

two men in work clothes collecting weeds in can
Our beautiful church grounds could use some extra care, so an outdoor work day has been scheduled for Saturday, June 2 from 8am-12pm.  There will be projects for all ages and skill levels.  To keep us fueled, we’ll have Krispy Kreme doughnuts, muffins, fruit, juice and coffee.

Please join us for an hour or two that morning for fresh air, exercise, comaraderie and the chance to brag about the difference you made!

group of gardeners smile at camera
Please bring your favorite work gloves and pruning tools. Wheelbarrows and blowers would also be appreciated.

For more information, contact Property Ministry co-chairs Merrilee Jacobson (919-274-4539) or Skip Stoddard (919-827-2346).

Survey - What do you use on CUCC's website?

teeny, tiny screenshot of CUCC's website homepage
What do you use?
We don’t want to lose those parts of our website that are important to you!

"Keep this for me" website survey

This summer the Website Team will be challenging ourselves to reimagine what our website can be.  What if you could...

  • join an online discussion about Jenny's most recent sermon (also on the website)
  • submit a prayer request
  • sing along with a recording of a piece the choir is practicing
  • submit a letter for a delegation from CUCC to take to a legislator
  • write a note of encouragement to be be attached to a food bag
  • join a live chat Bible or book study
  • listen to a podcast that inspired next week's sermon
all from your hotel room or the airport or your "I've got the flu" couch?

As we explore ways our website can be our "front porch" in the community and for one another,  we want to keep what you use for yourself and for your work at CUCC.  Fill out the "Keep this for me" website survey before May 27.

Invitation from Benson Memorial UMC

Invitation to Listening & Learning Sessions from Benson Memorial UMC
Benson Memorial UMC, 4706 Creedmoor Rd., Raleigh, NC (919) 787-0789
Wednesday Nights, 7:00 to 8:30, in the BMUMC Fellowship Hall

May 30:    Working with Refugees in a Univ. Setting, William Tobin, PhD, JD, Research Fellow @ Duke
June 6:      Food Insecurity in North Carolina: Causes & Remedies - Cindy Sink, Director of Community Impact and Advocacy at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle 
June 13: Climate Change and Energy from a Scriptural Perspective - Steve Jurovics, author of 
Hospitable Planet 
June 20: Prisoner Reentry Jennifer Jackson of Interfaith Prison Ministries for Women
July 11: Opiod Epidemic – Nicole Singletary of the Wake County Drug Overdose Coalition.
                                                                          - Submitted by Gary Smith for Social Justice Ministries

Monday, May 14, 2018

Breaking Bread with our Muslim Neighbors

Adrienne Little (representing CUCC's Social Justice Ministry) invites you to attend this event which is being promoted by Congregations for Social Justice.  If you have questions, contact Adrienne at (919) 781-0829.

Breaking Bread with our Muslim Neighbors in Cary from Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies and Divan Center
       Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies and Divan Center
       May 22, May 23, May 30, June 6, June 9, June 12, June 13
            7:30 pm: Presentation by IITS/Divan Center
            8:00 pm: Question and Answer
            8:15 pm: Iftar Dinner (Fast Breaking)
       Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies and Divan Center
       1391 SE Maynard Rd,
       Cary (Next Door to the Cary DMV)
Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies ( and Divan Center are two non-profit organizations located in Cary. One of our goals is to bring together different communities in order to promote compassion, cooperation, partnership, and community service through interfaith activities.

We would like to invite you, members from your congregation and your friends to break bread together with our Muslim community members in the lunar Islamic month of Ramadan in an interfaith setting. We will gather around the same table to enjoy delicious Turkish meals and to share a spiritual, interfaith atmosphere in this sacred month.

Please kindly let us know whether you could honor us with your presence in one of our Ramadan dinners.
If so, please RSVP through this link by May 18th, Friday.

The dinner will start with a short pre-dinner presentation on various topics related to Islamic faith and also our organizational background. This will be followed by a question and answer session. You will have a chance to interact with our community members during the dinner at sunset (around 8:15 PM).

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Community UCC Yard Sale - May 12

Lectionary for the Week of May 13 & Upcoming Events

Sunday  05/13     
  9:00am Nursery provided
  9:00am Taizé Worship – Sanctuary
  9:30am Choir Practice - Sanctuary
  9:30am  Adult Sunday Morning Bible Study - Bradow Room
10:30am Worship Service  -  Sanctuary
10:45am Children’s Sunday School - Sunday School Rooms
10:45am Youth Sunday School - Youth Room
11:45am Fellowship - Vaughan Fellowship Hall
12:00pm Caring Committee - Bradow
12:00pm Community Outreach Ministry Meeting - Hoffmann Room
   4:00pm Covenant Community - Bradow Room
Monday 05/14 
12:15pm Monday Lunch Group - Hoffmann Room
Tuesday 05/15 
  9:30am Office Staff Meeting - Pilgrim House
Wednesday 05/16  
  9:30am Tai Chi – Vaughan Fellowship Hall
  6:30pm Bible Study - Pilgrim House
  7:30pm PFLAG - Vaughan Fellowship Hall
Thursday 05/17 
  6:30pm Church Council - Hoffmann Room

Saturday 05/19  
  8:00am Wake Fed. of the Blind Pancake Breakfast - Fellowship Hall
  9:30am Saturday Morning Book Club – Library
  5:00pm Summer*Daze - CUCC Church Grounds
Sunday 05/20  
  9:00am Nursery provided
  9:00am Taizé Worship – Sanctuary
  9:30am Adult Monday Morning Bible Study - Bradow Room
10:30am Worship Service - Sanctuary - Confirmation Sunday
10:45am Children’s Sunday School - Sunday School Room
10:45am No Youth Sunday School - Youth stay for Confirmation Service
11:45am Fellowship - Vaughan Fellowship Hall
12:00pm International Mission Trip Meeting - Hoffmann room
  4:00pm Covenant Community - Bradow Room
                 Wright Center Meal

Lectionary for the Week of May 13, 2018 - Seventh Sunday of Easter - White
Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19
Mother’s Day