Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Email - 23 JAN 2015

Congratulations to Jeanne and Dave Ledbetter
January Congregational Meeting – January 25th
Joy Alford to Preach this Sunday
Let’s Go See the Movie “Selma”
2014 Giving Statements
Forum, Sunday, January 25 – “Affordable Housing in North Carolina”
Loaves and Fishes Chili Sale
Florescent bulbs and batteries - by January 25
Welcoming Luncheon for Reverend Peg Nowling Williams
CSJ Annual Dinner Meeting – Monday, February 2, 2015
Housing Request for HKonJ Out-of-Town Participants
Copies of Sermons from Guest Preachers
No February Newsletter
Nursery Childcare for Sunday Worship Service

See "Selma" this Sunday, Jan. 25

The Youth Group has invited us to join them when they go to see Selma this Sunday.   Here are details from Santi:

We will meet at Regal North Hills Cinema to see the movie Selma. The movie starts at 3:30. I will get there early, go on into the theater and save as many seats as possible. BRING YOUR STUDENT ID OR YOUR REPORT CARD AND YOU WILL GET IN FREE! Otherwise, bring your own money for the movie please. Please REPLY and let me know if you will be coming with us to this movie. Parents, please especially let me know if you are dropping off your youth.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Email - 16 JAN 2015

Congratulations to Brad and Utsanee Ammartek
Congratulations to Roger Manus and Beverly Miller
No February Newsletter
Joy Alford to Preach this Sunday, January 18th
2014 Giving Statements
Forum, Sunday, January 11 – “Affordable Housing in North Carolina”
Loaves and Fishes Chili Sale
Garner’s 2015 Marin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Remembrance
January Congregational Meeting – January 25th
Florescent bulbs and batteries - by January 25
Welcoming Luncheon for Reverend Peg Nowling Williams
CSJ Annual Dinner Meeting – Monday, February 2, 2015
Dinner for HK on J Out-of-Town Participants
Ad Hoc Religious Education Committee on Youth & Education Staffing

Triangle Interfaith Alliance Annual Dinner


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

KKK, PBS, Salisbury, and Granite Quarry

Tonight PBS is airing an episode of American Experience entitled "Klansville USA". It's about Salisbury, North Carolina in the 1960s. More specifically, it's about Granite Quarry NC, and Bob Jones who was Grand Dragon of the Klan in NC during that era. Granite Quarry was a community of a few hundred people about 3 miles outside the Salisbury city limits. From birth until I left home for UNC, my home was halfway in between Salisbury and Granite Quarry. I went to church in Salisbury, and I went to school in Granite Quarry. Once there was a KKK rally on the Stokes Ferry Road just across the field behind my house. The rally could be seen and heard from my bedroom. Yet it's not as if the Klan was a "presence". During my entire childhood I rarely heard the Klan mentioned, including during the many years in school in Granite Quarry. If mentioned, it was mostly as a curiosity. And I did develop a curiosity about the Klan. Years later (around 1964) while very active in the civil rights movement in Chapel Hill, I attended a Klan rally held at the intersection of I-85 and Hwy. 86 which runs from Chapel Hill up to Hillsborough. By this time the Klan was little more than a curiosity to almost everybody. But it still (to me at least) provided an interesting window into our history.

One of the benefits of age is the perspective that comes with age. My lifetime encompasses half the period from the middle of Ulysses Grant's presidency to the present. I remember sitting with my grandmother on her porch and listening to her tell about the day in 1900 when her grandmother died after waiting in vain for 36 years for my great great grandfather to return from the Civil War. And I look forward to the PBS American Experience episode tonight in part as my own story. We are indeed complex beings.

-- Lavon Page

About the PBS American Experience episode on the KKK
Story and photos about the PBS show from the Salisbury Post (newspaper)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Nancy Keppler (1924-2014)

Nancy Keppler was a long time member of Community UCC. The photo shown here was taken in the fellowship hall probably in the mid 1990s. The following is the obituary for Nancy Keppler as found at the News and Observer website.

Nancy Keppel (left) and Nancy Keppler (right)
Nancy Spangler Keppler died on December 31, 2014 of natural causes. The youngest of the four children of James Barr Spangler and Janet Watt Spangler, Nancy was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on April 16, 1924. She was a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, where she met her husband-to-be, William Eugene Keppler, Jr. They married in 1944, and moved to North Carolina in 1948. After living in Asheville, NC for 11 years, Nancy and Bill moved with their two daughters to Raleigh in 1959. Widowed in 1970, Nancy continued to live in Raleigh until her move to Glenaire Retirement Community in 1997.

Nancy worked for the Division of School Food Service of the N. C. State Department of Public Instruction from 1960 until 1983. At the time of her retirement, she held the position of Equipment Specialist, which required extensive travel throughout the state. In addition to her career, Nancy was active in local leadership roles of the Girl Scouts when her daughters were young. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, hand needlework, gardening, and bridge. 

Nancy is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, Barbara and Dermot Kelly, of Southern Pines, N. C. and Karen and Tom Helm, of Berwyn, PA. In addition, Nancy was blessed with two grandsons, Travis Smith and Nathaniel Helm; one granddaughter, Susanna Helm Thompson; and one great-granddaughter, Aida Keppler Thompson; and various nieces and nephews.

Friday Email - 9 JAN 2015

Guest Preachers for January
We Welcome Mark Zaineddin to our Pulpit Sunday Morning
Forum, Sunday, January 11 – “Affordable Housing in North Carolina”
ONA Task Force Meeting, Sunday, January 11th
Life & Faith in Downtown Raleigh
SIS – Sisters in Spirit
“At the Gate:  Palestinian Non-Violence” – Film and Discussion
Loaves and Fishes Chili Sale
Garner’s 2015 Marin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Remembrance
January Congregational Meeting – January 25th
Florescent bulbs and batteries - by January 25
CSJ Annual Dinner Meeting – Monday, February 2, 2015
Dinner for HK on J Out-of-Town Participants
CUCC Recognized by UCC.org
Art Wall – Francisco Joseph – The Happy Artist!
Nancy Jane Keppler

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

At the Gate: Stories of Palestinian Non Violence

Annette Bingham has forwarded information from the Raleigh Friends Meeting ...

“At the Gate: Stories of Palestinian Non Violence,” a documentary that shows the largely unreported Palestinian tradition of non-violent resistance to the Occupation. 

Film producers,  Kathy Kamphoefner and Paul Pierce,  worked for many years with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Hebron, Palestine and served as American Friends Service representatives in Jerusalem, will facilitate discussion following the film.

Experienced trainers of nonviolence, conflict transformation, and human rights observers, they worked regularly with Palestinian and Israeli peace builders  

Free and open to the public. Donations appreciated. 
Thursday, January 15th @ 7pm,  (6:30 coffee/snacks)
Raleigh Friends Meeting house, 625 Tower Street, Raleigh 27607. Near Cameron Village.  Street parking.

sponsor: Raleigh Friends Meeting
co sponsor: The Coalition for Peace with Justice

Monday, January 5, 2015

CUCC Newsletter - January 2015

January 2015 Newsletter (PDF)

The online calendar is always available and is always up-to-date.

Newsletters from 2013 and 2014 may be found on this page. Older newsletters are found in the archive.

Help set up for, cook for, or serve HKonJ out of town folks.

CUCC delegation to HKonJ waves at camera
Photos from HKonJ 2014
Rob Stephens , who is the Union Theological Seminary liaison for the Moral Monday movement, has asked if CUCC would again provide a dinner for 40-60 folks who will be traveling here for HKonJ the evening of  Friday, February 13th .   Last year we provided a baked spaghetti dinner with salad, which they appreciated so much.  Community UCC is a member of the HKonJ movement by vote of the congregation.

If you would be willing to help set up the room, prepare, serve, and/or clean up afterwards, please let Joan McAllister know .   We will do a better job of planning amounts this year, as we had a lot left over last year - though it was well used!

Here are the jobs that need to be done.   Please specify what you are willing to do!
Set up - tables and chairs for 60 (2-3 people)

Food preparation
Spaghetti (Make ahead, will provide recipes for meat and vegetarian, or make at church depending on number of volunteers)
Green Salad
Bread- heat at church
Simple dessert - cookies, cake or other than can be taken with them for later
Tea/Water

Clean up - 4 people, includes putting the tables away and sweeping

- submitted by Joan McAllister