Wednesday, December 17, 2014

January Forum: Homelessness and affordable housing

Forum will kick off the new year on Sunday, January 4th at 9:15AM in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall for a month-long series on homelessness and affordable housing. We'll begin looking at the issue statewide with our guest speaker Terry Allebaugh of the N.C. Coalition to End Homelessness who will give us an overview of their statewide initiative.  Come expand your knowledge base on the topic! Mr. Allebaugh is also a member of our sister church Pilgrim United UCC in Durham, N.C. and husband of the interim pastor at White Memorial Church.

On later Sundays in the month we'll be learning from other guests about local efforts to increase affordable housing in our area, with Frank Gailor leading a discussion about our own new rental units on the last Sunday of the month (January 25). Join us for all these opportunities to learn and grow!

- submitted by Marty Lamb

Monday, December 15, 2014

Earth Sabbath - Winter Solstice Celebration at Peacefalls, Saturday, December 20

Please join us Saturday December 20th, 4PM, for a celebration of the sacred darkness and the return of the light:  a time for closure and new beginnings.  The Winter Solstice marks a full turning of the wheel of the year and offers a perfect opportunity for releasing the past and setting intentions for our journeys ahead.  In preparation, whether you are joining us or not, consider what thoughts, habits, or patterns you are ready to release and what dreams and visions you would like to bring into the light. 11320 Peed Dead End Road, Raleigh 27614.  Directions to Peacefalls are listed below. RSVP to Karen Bearden

What to bring with you:
• a reading, poem, song to share that connects you with the solstice
• an open heart, ready to release the old and embrace the new
• a drum, if you have one
• an appetizer or dessert
• plate and utensils for your meal
• warm layers and dancing-around-in-the-dark shoes
• flashlight

Directions to Peacefalls:
11320 Peed Dead End Road, Raleigh 27614
Peacefalls is the home of Bob Davis and Judy Morgan-Davis.
From I-540 travel NORTH on Creedmoor Road (Hwy 50) about 4 miles to the traffic light at Mount Vernon Church Road.
Turn RIGHT onto Mount Vernon Church, then immediately LEFT onto Peed Road.
Continue half a mile until the paved road turns sharply to the left; do not follow the road to the left, but bear RIGHT onto Peed Dead End.
Carry on the gravel road about half a mile to the very end.

- submitted by Karen Bearden

What is cancelled during Christmas week?

Worship on Sunday, Dec. 28
Let's worship with all ages together.  Taizé (9AM) and traditional (10:30AM) worship welcomes you!  Childcare will be provided in the nursery at traditional worship.

No Adult Forum, Children or Youth Church School.  No Youth Group.
Sunday Morning Bible Study (9:30AM, Bradow Room) will meet.

Church office
The church office is closed Dec. 24, 25 and 26 and Jan. 1 and 2.

Monday Lunch Group will meet Dec. 29 for their farewell party with Steve Halsted.

No tai chi Dec. 24 or 31.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Was a baby you love born in 2014?

Epiphany Sunday/Babies We Love – January 11, 2015

Every Epiphany Sunday, CUCC celebrates "our" babies born the previous year. So whether the new baby is in your home or you are a loving grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, etc., we want to celebrate your baby's birth.

Contact Cathy Marshall at the church office (919-787-6422 or BY JANUARY 1. Provide the baby's name and relationship to you, the parents' names, the birthdate & place, and send a photo if you have one.  On Epiphany Sunday (January 11), we'll celebrate with a “Babies of 2014” display during our regular fellowship time.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Email - 12 DEC 2014

Advent Event – Saturday, December 13
Children’s Christmas Pageant – Sunday, December 14th
Forum – December 14th, 9:15am
Want To Help Change A Life? You Can! – “Jobs for Life”
Free Holiday Concert at NC Museum of History  this Sunday
Monday Lunch Group
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - Wednesday, December 24
A Request from Vandy Bradow    
Earth Sabbath - Winter Solstice Celebration at Peacefalls, Saturday, December 20
Christmas Cantata by CUCC Choir - December 21
Menu of Compassionate Gifts
Update on Festival of Lights Donations
A Message from the Stewardship Ministry
Epiphany Sunday/Babies We Love – January 11, 2015
CSJ Annual Dinner Meeting – Monday, February 2, 2015, 6:00pm
Gift for Pastor Steve

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

One solution for several problems: Clean Cookstoves

What is the 4th worst health risk in developing countries which causes 4 million premature deaths per year?

Your first thoughs may be AIDS, TB, or malaria. However, it's actually household air pollution (HAP) from cooking and heating homes with open fires and traditional stoves. The good news is this least well known health risk is now being addressed globally by the UN Foundation's Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC). To learn more about this critical public health and environmental threat impacting millions and GACC's response, see these videos.

  • An inspiring and intriguing TED X video explaining the range of problems (health, economic, safety for women and children, climate change) caused by open fires in homes and the variety of sociological and cultural factors to consider in finding a solution - Saving lives through clean cookstoves, Ethan Kay presenting

- submitted by Ron Howell as a follow up to his presentation at Forum, Dec. 7, 2014, for the Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force Climate Change actions series

Poinsettia sale at JCRA - NCSU

(submitted by Vandy Bradow)

The myriad varieties of poinsettias represented at the NCSU Horticulture Science Graduate Student Association's show (Sunday 12/7) will be on sale  at the JC Raulston Arboretum Thursday and  Friday from 11 to 5, and Saturday from 10 to 1.  Pots of 4.5" diameter will be $5, 6.5" D $10, and 10" D $25.  There will be signs at both the parking lot (visitor center) and pedestrian entrances to direct you to the greenhouse where the sale will take place. Be prepared to be dazzled, and bring both checkbook and some newspaper to protect the plants from cold. Don't buy plants and leave them in the car for any significant time before you take them home or to the lucky recipient. Proceeds will go to the Association, Horticulture Field Labs, and Floriculture Research.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Email - 5 DEC 2014

Pastor Steve’s Retirement Party – Saturday, Dec. 6
Food Bags Due this Sunday
Grab a Seat at the Table – Communion for all this Sunday
Forum – December 7th, 9:15am
Snack Kits for the Homeless
Sunday School Children Need Your Help Filling Stockings
Christmas Cards for Soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital
Beer & Hymns – Sunday, December 7, 7:00pm
Monday Lunch Group
Advent Life & Faith in Downtown Raleigh – December 9th
Advent Event – Saturday, December 13
Children’s Christmas Pageant – December 14, 2014
A Message from the Stewardship Ministry
Want To Help Change A Life? You Can! – “Jobs for Life”
Light for Lima

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Festival of Lights

The "Festival of Lights" program was held at Community UCC in Raleigh NC on November 30, 2014 (the first Sunday of Advent). Speakers from diverse religious traditions (Bahai, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim) reflected on the symbolism of "light" within their own faith traditions. Since the program was long (about 85 minutes), the video has been broken up into six segments. All portions may be found in the CUCC Archive.

Included here is the liturgical dance performed by Alex Cox, Brooke Lipman, and Emily Perkins.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The CUCC Youth have chosen the church Christmas tree for this year

Śānti Matthews has sent us a photo of the church Christmas tree selected by the youth of the church for this Christmas season.