Friday, April 28, 2017

Church Parking Lots Closed on Monday, May 1, 2017

The church parking lots will be closed on Monday for maintenance and upkeep.  Parking is available on Dixie Trail and across the street at Morningside

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The CUCC Church-Wide Outdoor Event is HERE! THIS Saturday April 29 at 3PM — Sunday April 30 at 11:30AM!

The CUCC Church-Wide Outdoor Event is HERE!

THIS Saturday April 29 at 3PMSunday April 30 at 11:30AM!

It should be a nice but a hot day. There is plenty of indoor shelter if the weather changes.
We'll enrich our connections to God and each other through story and time in the beautiful woods of Camp CRABTREE in Umstead Park.
If you're spending the night, there are plenty of small rustic cabins - each has four single beds with mattresses. 
Tents, alcohol, and pets are not allowed on the grounds.
If you are coming for the afternoon and evening only, the park gates close at 8PM, and no one is permitted in or out after that time. 
Please join us until 7:30PM, and then make your way out, or count on spending the night!
Dinner starts at 5:15PMMark Riddle, our storyteller will engage us in story from 6:15-7:15PM. Breakfast is at 8:00 and worship is at 10:00AM on Sunday
Camp Crabtree at William B. Umstead State Park is located 10 miles northwest of Raleigh off US 70. Take US 70 to the Umstead Park entrance. You will follow paved roads for 1 mile and then a dirt road for 2 miles (it feels longer than that). Take Umstead Parkway past the Visitor’s Center. Take a Left onto Maintenance Road and a Right onto Group Camp Road, follow Group Camp Road until you see signs for Camp Crabtree (not Lapihio). You can drive all the way up to the mess hall to unload and then park in the designated parking lot.
If you are coming for the evening only, please bring:
a side dish to share with dinner 
a camp chair
a story, joke, or poem (optional)
If you are spending the night, please bring:
a side dish to share with dinner
a camp chair
socks & comfortable shoes for walking/playing
a sleeping bag
a flashlight
toiletries (there are showers) 
necessary medications
a story, joke, or poem (optional)
If you are coming for morning prayers only, just bring yourself.
Bring a friend too, all are welcome!

You're Invited to a Wedding at CUCC!

Summer*Daze "Community" Lawn Lounge

Don't miss Summer*Daze, "Community" Lawn Lounge, a homegrown summer Beer Garden with Music, Food and Fun for all ages. 

Mark your calendars now for all three events, all at 5-8pm. 

BBQ and other proteins provided, just bring a side to share. 

May 6:  Monty Smith and Karen Eisenhauer
June 3:  Acoustic Rendezvous, Lavon Page and more!

Aug. 5:  Folk and Faith

The Sacred You Support Group Begins May 16

Sunday School News

Thank you to Autumn Cobeland who purchased and donated a new rug to our children's Sunday School program!

The seeds for our garden have been planted. We will be tending our pots until the plants come up and are ready to be transplanted into the garden. This year we have squash, tomatoes, peppers, cantaloupe and pumpkins!

Thank you to Bill Lamb who has made our first donation to Plant A Row....16 pounds of carrots!

The children will be singing in worship on Mother's Day, May 14th. We will be practicing during Sunday School.  - Anne Bailey Zschau

Out! Raleigh

The seventh annual Out! Raleigh festival will take place on May 6, 2017. This inclusive and action packed event is family friendly, with activities for all ages. Out! Raleigh is an important way to raise the necessary funds to support the LGBT Center of Raleigh and its 20+ amazing community programs. Last year, more than 51,000 people poured into Raleigh’s City Plaza to celebrate the LGBT community and our friends and families.

Running from 11:00am to 6:00pm, the event offers live entertainment, local vendors and artists, great food, a KidsZone, and a beer garden! There is no admission fee.

In the last seven years, the event has become an integral part of Raleigh’s downtown culture, promoting diversity awareness as well as a sense of inclusiveness for the LGBT community and its allies, both inside and outside of the Triangle.

CUCC will have a table again this year at the festival and we could use your help. If you are
interested in helping us out, contact Joan McAllister at 919-851-9674 or the church office at 919-809-8850 or Hope to see you at Out! Raleigh.

Forum - Sunday, May 7, 2017, 9:30am - Vaughan Fellowship Hall

Good times in the Great Land
Forum - Sunday, May 7, 2017
9:30am - Vaughan Fellowship Hall

Mike Schafale will share pictures and tales of Alaska landscapes, ecology, and travel in the wilderness.
This talk will not be about the accident, but about experiences on the trip before the accident, in well-known places such as Denali National Park and little-known places such as the White Mountains.

From the Pastor

This morning as I jumped on I-40, I turned on my daily podcast, this time “Becoming Wise” with Krista Tippett, and listened to an interview with the writer, Pico Iyer, who says that the “Inner World is a great Undiscovered Terrain”. 

In the introduction to the story, Krista asks him about the art of stillness about which he has written extensively over the years. He says, “Now, I just want to sit still for years on end really, charting that inner landscape because I think anyone who travels knows that you are not really doing so in order to move around, you are traveling in order to be moved, and really what you’re seeing is not really just the grand canyon or the great wall, but some moods or intimations or places inside yourself that you never ordinarily see when you’re sleepwalking through your daily life.” 

This week we are continuing in the liturgy of our universe, with steps towards Joy and Celebration as the Easter-tide landscape invites us to imagine “more”. There are those of us who delight in a pragmatism of facts that provide the scope and sequence that outlines our lives and shapes what is seen and known. From this view, there are projected outcomes and life is full, yet calculated and understood, hoped for and yet empirically evidenced in what is both known and achievable. There are others of us for whom hope exists only in its most unknowable forms; the places inside ourselves that dreamers demand is full of reality and less of fantasy, and where outcomes are not valued for what they yield, but for the journey itself of the inner landscape.  However, it is that your imagination is at play, or at odds, with the inner world.

My prayer for you today is that you will awaken to your own journey, traveling to be moved, listening to be stilled, or dreaming to be “woke”.  

May the Love and Light of the Spirit lead the way,

Rev. Jenny Shultz-Thomas

Durham Bulls Baseball

CUCC will be sponsoring our annual trip to the Durham Bulls Baseball Game on Saturday May 20th. The Bulls play Gwinnett that evening at 6:35pm. We will have a block of reserved tickets in a great location on the first base side. We can adjust the number of seats between now and April 30, so please RSVP to Mike Soboeiro by email ( or by signing up on the sign up sheet in the hallway. We do not need money now, just the number of tickets that you want. The ticket cost will be $11 each. Please consider coming to the fun group event, and bring the kids!!