Thursday, November 16, 2017

Church Work Day – Saturday, November 18

Let’s all pitch in and help spruce up the church building and grounds just in time for Advent!  Helpers of all ages are needed!  We will re-plant the “Peace Pole,” and we’ll clean out the Bryan-Berry Building, but tasks will include some window washing and picking up pine cones.  (Lots of pine cones!)  We’ll work from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and get this done.  There will be bagels!  Remember, many hands make light work!  (Note:  If you want to help, but cannot come at the scheduled time, email Skip ( and we’ll see about an alternate time.)

Congregational Meeting - Nov. 19

CUCC will gather at noon on Nov. 19 to hear about progress on a variety of initiatives sparked by congregational input.  Anyone interested in CUCC's life and work is welcome to attend; only CUCC members can vote.  Child care will be provided.

If you have an item for the agenda, please contact Jane Smith, moderator, immediately.

Read before coming:

From the Pastor

Looking for Security at Church? That’s What Got Us Into This Mess
Opinion by Benjamin Boswell, November 10, 2017

My heart is breaking for the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. What happened at First Baptist Church is every pastor’s worst nightmare. It was the worst mass shooting at a house of worship in American history. There are no words to comfort those who experienced such horrific tragedy, senseless violence, death and devastation.

But we know that in their darkest hours that God was near to the victims and our hope is in the promise of God’s presence. We pray that God will be with those who are suffering; as Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” We pray that in their grief, the people of Sutherland Springs will cry out in pain and that God will hear their laments as God heard the cries of Israelites in Egypt, and come to deliver them and all of us from the scourge of violence that is wreaking havoc on our nation.

We are at war with ourselves. I know this because I was interviewed by four different local news affiliates this week and every reporter who called me for an interview asked me about security. They asked, “What measures are you going to take this week in response to the shooting in Texas?” “Do you have a security team?” “Will you call the police?” “Will you have armed guards on campus or metal detectors in the narthex?” “Will you invite your members to bring their guns to church?” The only topic they wanted to discuss was church security.

Memorial Service for Phil Letsinger

Memorial Service

We offer our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Vivian Hunter upon the death of Phil Letsinger on Tuesday, October 24.  A memorial service will be held on November 18, at 11:00 a.m., at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church.

Transgender Day of Remembrance - Monday, November 20

November 20th - for every year until the violence stops!

Join the LGBTQ folks and allies at the NC State Capitol on November 20th starting at 6:00 pm in the center of Raleigh's downtown as we remember those we have lost to violence around the world during this year. A reception at the LGBT Center of Raleigh follows immediately after our observance.
We usually gather on the South side of the Capitol Building on East Morgan Street. Candles provided. For more information and directions go to:

Lectionary for the Week of November 19, 2017

Lectionary for the Week of November 19, 2017  
Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time - Green
Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123; Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18; Psalm 90:1-8, (9-11), 12;
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30

Children's Sunday School - Children Sing this Sunday, Nov. 19!

Childrens Sunday School
Many thanks to Grady and Fawn who donated a kitchen to our preschool class!!!

The children will be singing in church the Sunday before Thanksgiving. It will be an exciting day. They will be singing a song that Anne Bailey has wanted them to learn for a very long time.

Please see our special dates below!
11/19   Children sing in church
11/26  Make ornaments for church tree during Sunday School
12/03 Practice for Christmas pageant
12/03  Advent workshop with pizza dinner & cookie exchange 5-7pm
12/10   Christmas pageant during worship
12/17  Choir presents BROTHER HEINRICH"S CHRISTMAS by John Rutter - Children will stay in church for this special telling of the Christmas story and then go to their class
12/24   No Sunday School
12/31   No Sunday School

Thanksgiving Potluck on Thanksgiving Day

Join your CUCC Family for Thanksgiving Dinner
Bev and Keith Stolarick, Marty and Bill Lamb, and Sherrie King are hosting a Thanksgiving Potluck on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23,  at 1:30pm in the Fellowship Hall at CUCC. RSVP to one of those listed above or the church office at 919-809-8850. Please bring your favorite side dish.  Bill Lamb is providing the turkeys.  Drinks will be provided.  A great way to spend the holiday - spending it with your church family.


Sunday  11/19    
   9:00am Nursery for newborns - 3-year-olds
   9:00am TaizĂ© Worship – Sanctuary
   9:30am Choir Practice - Sanctuary
   9:30am Youth Confirmation Class - Youth Room
 10:30am Worship Service - Sanctuary - Children’s Choir Singing
 10:45am Children’s Sunday School - Sunday School Rooms
 10:45am Youth Sunday School - Youth Room
 11:45am Fellowship - Vaughan Fellowship Hall
 12:00pm CONGREGATIONAL MEETING - Vaughan Fellowship Hall
   3:00pm Covenant Community - Bradow Room
Monday 11/20 
12:15pm Monday Lunch Group - Hoffmann Room   
Tuesday 11/21
10:30am Office Staff Meeting - Pilgrim House
Wednesday 11/22  
  9:30am Tai Chi – Vaughan Fellowship Hall
  7:00pm Choir Practice - Sanctuary 
Saturday 11/25  
  9:30am Saturday Morning Book Club – Library      
Sunday 11/26   
   9:00am Nursery for newborns - 3-year-olds
   9:00am TaizĂ© Worship – Sanctuary
   9:30am Youth Confirmation Class - Youth 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  Youth go to lunch (Dutch teat) and buy Christmas Tree.
   3:00pm Covenant Community - Bradow Room

Adult Bible Study Begins this Sunday, Nov. 19, 9:30am

Bill Lamb and Ellen Beidler will again be leading the Adult Bible Study on Sunday mornings at 9:30am in the Bradow Room. The discussions will revolve around the study for Advent: The First Christmas, by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crosson. Contact Ellen Beidler ( or Bill Lamb ( with any questions.

Join us for an Intergenerational Advent Celebration!

1st Sunday in Advent: Dec. 3, 5:00pm-7:00pm 
Everyone will be invited to make an Advent wreath for use at home to accompany you on the spiritual journey of preparing the way for God's love in this season of waiting. There will also be an Advent journal prepared with readings and prayers for you to take home with you. The Children will participate in their annual cookie exchange with Ms. Anne Bailey, and we will end with a pizza dinner! 

We need your help collecting materials for our Advent wreaths. Please bring clean, empty cans — soup or vegetable sized — to the box in the Narthex or drop them off at the church office during the week. We’ll be collecting through Tuesday, Nov. 28. Questions? Contact Suzette Roach or Judy Kiel.

This Week's Happenings - Prism Community

Greetings in Christ!

Once again, we are nearing the time of year in which we make an extra effort to show our appreciation to God and to each other for the tremendous blessings and provision in our lives. Thanksgiving is such a blessed holiday. 

Perhaps there’s a time in your life you can think back to when things were a bit of a challenge financially. You wondered where the money for the next meal was going to come from, or quite possibly gas money was in short supply because of the need to use it for the more pressing need of food for your family.  Sunday, I would like to ask you to please consider bringing a canned good as part of your offerings to God.  We will put our canned goods under the Nancy Jo Photography tree to give to the food pantry.

I am thankful for each of you.  Please know that. You each have brought me joy personally and have brought the Church gifts and bring all people unconditional love. Thank you.  

Please do not forget to put your blessings (things you are thankful for) on a slip of paper then inside that canned Turkey that Amy and the youth made last week. Please do this before worship Sunday.

Upcoming Youth Events

Don’t miss these awesome chances to make Advent and Christmas 
more meaningful and fun! Lots of great events!
Go out to lunch and pick out the church Christmas Tree!
Make your own Advent Wreath!
Sing or play percussion in Worship!
Enjoy Mission Trip fellowship and team brunch!
Serve the Wright Center Meal!

Sunday, November 26:
Confirmation Class meets at 9:30AM (with parents).
Youth and children make Christmas tree ornaments and Advent candles together during Sunday School. After worship, youth go to lunch together and then buy the church Christmas tree.
Youth are asked to buy their own fast food lunch (if possible). Parents pick-up at 2.

Sunday, December 3:
No Confirmation Class. No Sunday School. First Sunday of the month, youth remain in worship.  
Family Advent Celebration will be 5-6:30PM in the fellowship hall. Come make an advent wreath to take home!

Sunday, December 10:
Youth practice advent song at 9:30AM.
Youth sing Canticle of the Turning in worship just before Children’s Pageant.
After worship is a Nicaraguan fellowship fair. Trip participants please bring ready to serve fruits, veggies, dip, or chips and salsa.

Saturday, December 16:
International Mission Trip Brunch for all trip participants, 11AM-1PM in the fellowship hall. Don’t bring a thing – just yourselves and your calendars.

Sunday, December 17:
Confirmation Class meets, then youth cook Wright Center meal, upstairs in Pilgrim House, until 12:30. Youth serve meal at 6PM.

Sunday, December 24:

Come for worship at 10:30AM and/or Family Friendly 5:00PM Worship

SIS (Sisters-In-Spirit)

SIS meets on Tuesday, November 28th 2017,  6:30 P.M. at the home of Marty Lamb.  Join SIS (Sisters in Spirit) for potluck and sing-a-long from “Rise Up Singing” books.  Contact Marty at 919-834-4280 for additional information and directions to her home.

Get Ready to Jingle to Bells and Deck the Halls!

Welcoming and Fellowship
would like to cordially invite you to join us for the
CUCC Annual Adult Christmas Party
Bring an Hors d'oeuvre to share; drinks will be provided

This year we will enjoy a potluck of heavy hors d’oeuvres while being festively entertained by some of CUCC’s finest! It’s always one of the highlights of the year so please mark your calendar and plan to join us!  Childcare will be provided. See details below.
Date: Saturday, December 9th
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Special music and Christmas Carols.
Robert Parrish will have his new guitar in hand.
Marty Lamb will read a Christmas story.
Mac Hulslander will close out the party with a special song.

In the Spirit of Christmas, we will be collecting gently used scarves, hats and gloves for Love Wins! There will also be a collection box in the fellowship hall.

What should CUCC do in the next decade of our work for Justice in a Changing Climate?

Carbon farming the children's
Plant a Row for the Hungry garden
Below are descriptions of the ideas raised at the Cleaner, Greener, Better World Showcase.  What would you like to help CUCC do next?  Click on read more  below to look at the ideas, then tell Gary Smith or any member of the JCC what interests you.
  • Showcase presentations
  • Ideas from our conversation
  • Ideas from people who could not attend
Gary Smith, chair of the JCC, (
JCC members:  Lena Gallitano, Ron Howell, Judy and Paul Kiel, Marty Lamb, Adrienne and John Little, Maria Mayorga and Jason Myers, Grady McCallie, Jane Smith, Jim Smith, Skip Stoddard

Altar Flowers

If you wish to give altar flowers in memory or honor of someone, in celebration or thanksgiving, let the Sacraments and Chancel Committee know. 

There are several options: create an arrangement yourself, have someone on our committee arrange one using your input, or use a commercial florist. You can write the specific dedication for the bulletin that Sunday too.

For the Sacraments and Chancel Committee, contact Ann Retzer at least a month ahead to discuss dates and details: or 919-847-1080.

Justice Choir Sing Event - November 18

Justice Choir - Raleigh is having a sing event on November 18 at 4:00 PM at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church.  Show up to sing music centered on issues of social justice!  All levels of musicianship are welcome to attend! - Submitted by Shannon Gravelle (SJM)

Climate Change and Water

From Louise Slate for the SJM: This story tells of how climate change is creating refugees of an already marginalized tribe of native Americans here in the US.  Another good reason to look for opportunities to conserve and reuse water, protect and restore our landscapes, and develop clean energy to reduce carbon emissions.
Read here

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

JCC Event Weekend: Working toward a Cleaner, Greener, Better World, Nov. 11 & 12

Celebration and Renewal with Rev. Dr. Rodney S Sadler, Jr*

Nov 11 2:00-4:30 pm:  Showcase and opportunities within NC and beyond toward a Cleaner, Greener, Better World
(child care available)

Nov. 12  9:30 am:  A conversation with Rev. Dr. Sadler
             10:30 am:  Rev. Dr. Sadler preaches

Community United Church of Christ will celebrate 10 years of our Justice in a Changing Climate work and recommit to this mission.

Click "read more"  below for schedule of Saturday showcase and to learn about Rev. Dr. Sadler.