Monday, January 16, 2017

Adult weekend repairing homes

Our friends Bill and Rosemary Pate (co-leaders of our Appalachia Service Project youth teams for several years) are taking a group of adults to Rainelle, WV the weekend of April 6-9, 2017.  Rainelle was hit by the horrible floods of 2016.

First Sunday for Rev. Jenny Shultz-Thomas as Senior Pastor

Videos from the worship service of January 15 are now available in the CUCC Archive where they will reside permanently. Included there are both the sermon and the children's sermon.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Economic Justice Task Force Forum - Jan. 22

Please plan to join us for Forum on Sunday, January 22, from 9:30am to 10:15am, in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall. The Economic Justice Task Force has been reading a number of books on justice issues that impact the economy. We would like to share the perspectives and insights which the books provide with everyone at CUCC who can join us.

The readings include:
*Saving Capitalism for the Many, Not the Few, by Robert Reich;
*One Nation Under God, by Kevin Kruse;
*The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander;
*Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice, by Les Leopold; and
*Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help and How to Reverse It, by Robert Lupton.

You do not need to have read the books to participate in the discussion. For questions, contact Don or Shirley Birt.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Exploring White Privilege Curriculum

Some folks at CUCC have expressed an interest in participating in a study using the UCC's new White Privilege:  Let's Talk curriculum.  A small exploratory group will be meeting to consider how/whether to offer a fuller study to the congregation.  If you would like to be part of that exploratory group, contact Śānti Matthews as soon as possible.

From Śānti:  We will meet on Tuesday evenings in the Hoffmann Room from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for six weeks, beginning January 17. At the conclusion of this group, we will discuss whether and how to bring this curriculum to the larger church.

Join our social justice ministry at a rally supporting affordable healthcare

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has enabled millions of people to have health care who could not afford it before.  However, there is now a strong effort in the US Congress to remove the ACA, and this will force many people to lose their health care again.  Please let your Senators and Congress Representatives know that you do not support this!

A rally in support of the ACA will be held from 3 to 5 PM Sunday Jan 15 at the North Carolina Association of Educators (700 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601).

Members of the Social Justice Ministry will be there at 3 PM.  We ask you to join us.
For more information and show your interest, see this Facebook page

Call Gary Smith if you are interested in carpooling.

- submitted by the Social Justice Ministry

Who are the 2016 new babies in your family?

Because of the snow, our Epiphany/Babies We Love celebration was postponed to January 15. That means you have until January 11 to submit information about the new baby (born in 2016) in your family.

Every Epiphany we celebrate the babies born in our families in the previous year.  Whether you are a proud grandparent, aunt/uncle, cousin, parent or sibling, did a special person arrive in your family in 2016?

Please send the following to Cathy Marshall in the church office ( by January 11:
Full name of baby
Relationship to you
Date of birth
Hometown of baby
Photo of baby!!!

Then mark your calendar for Epiphany Sunday, January 15.  At fellowship after worship we will celebrate the Babies We Love from 2016.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Describing the division

Anyone who didn't sleep through the past year knows that America is a seriously divided country. Some folks talk in terms of "red state" America vs. "blue state" America. A recent article by Robert Leonard (a resident of Iowa) argues that a more accurate view is provided by thinking in terms of "red county" America vs. "blue county" America.

In my experience, the urban-rural divide isn’t really so much a red state versus blue state issue, it’s red county versus blue county. Rural Iowans have more in common with the rural residents of Washington State and New Mexico — places I’ve also lived — than with the residents of Des Moines, Seattle and Albuquerque.

Robert Leonard's article rings true for me more so than any piece I've read which purports to portray how rural people think, i.e. what the cultural divide looks like from "the other side." I recommend the article as a way of furthering understanding on the nature of the divide.

Why Rural America Voted for Trump

Monday, January 2, 2017

Pastor Jenny's office hours (initially)

On January 15 (Sunday), Pastor Jenny will join us for worship, bringing the message at the 10:30AM service.  The next day, January 16, her office hours begin.  This is her initial schedule which may change after she has settled into her work among us.

Mondays 9:00-2:00pm
Tuesdays 9:00-2:00pm
Wednesdays - by appointment only (Pastor Jenny will work from home as she prepares the sermon.)
Thursdays 9:00-2:00pm

Fridays and Saturdays are her regularly-scheduled days off.

Friday, December 30, 2016

PRISM Winter/Spring Schedule

Pastor Joy Alford is planning the following free to adults in and around the Wake Forest Area:

1)  Short DVDs created to enhance small group discussions.  This series is known as NOOMA and is produced by Flannel, a company promoting spiritual reflections on individual life experiences.  I have facilitated discussions using these videos in the past and it has always been a stimulating starter. The name NOOMA comes from a phonetic spelling of the Greek word πνευμα, meaning "wind", "spirit", or “breath”— Come join us to see where the Spirit of the Living God takes us in our spiritual growth journey.  There is no charge and you do not have to be a member to join us for this series.

This study will be held on Wednesday nights at 7:30pm at Hatch. This series goes for 8 weeks from Feb 15-April 5, but you may feel free to attend one or all.

2.   Tai Chi for stretches and meditation in movement begins Wed.  Jan 11, 2017. This will start at 7am and be held weekly.
The time and location may be subject to change depending on interest.  Free class- but this does require an RSVP. You are welcome anytime, but let me know if you are coming.

3. Painting the Stars
“When I have a terrible need of – dare I say, 'religion'? – then I go outside at night and paint the stars."   -- Vincent Van Gogh

Come celebrate the communion of science and faith, Painting the Stars is a DVD based series that explores the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality. Featuring over a dozen leading theologians and progressive thinkers, it is a seven week series and will be followed by an astronomer-led excursion and retreat for anyone interested.  The series begins April 19, 2017 at 7pm and will be held at Hatch. Please RSVP if you are interested.

FOR MORE INFO about these three opportunities, see or call Pastor Joy at 919-605-4336.

Monday Lunch Group - January 2

This Monday, we will be listening to music and readings from The Christmas Revels, now an annual event around the time of winter solstice in a few major cities although it began in Boston in the early 1980's. The theme for The Revels this particular year in Washington, D.C. is 'Wassail! Wassail! Early American Christmas Music' so there is a lot of shape-note music.

Also attached is the last set of poems for Christmastide, the Twelve Days of Christmas, up to Epiphany on January 6. These are ones I have selected. If you have one to share, please bring it on Monday.

- from Ann Retzer