Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Healing Oils of the Bible Workshop

June 10 at 6:30 pm in Vaughan Fellowship Hall

Pastor Peg invites you to meet her friend, the Rev. Alison  Phillips Robuck, and hear about the “Healing Oils of the Bible.”

Have you ever wondered about the gifts of the Wise Men?  Gold would be an appropriate gift for a king…but Myrrh and Frankincense?  Why those?  What value did they hold?  Why did David request that God purge him with Hyssop?  Why was he so specific?  Hyssop…the very same herb upon which Jesus would be offered vinegar to drink while upon the cross.  What is so special about Hyssop?  And didn’t Solomon deliberately build his palace of Cedarwood?  Would not a different wood have worked just as well?

There are more than 600 references to essential oils in the Bible.  Based on Dr. David Stewart’s book, Healing Oils of the Bible, we will discover the healing qualities and purposes of plants given to us…from the very beginning of Creation.  Come and experience the oils firsthand as we discover the biblical foundation for today’s current trend:  essential oils.

Rev. Alison Phillips Robuck will be coming from North Little Rock, AR, to present this workshop. After 19 years of serving in congregational ministry as an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), she has found a new calling.  Since her mother’s near-death experience last fall, she has discovered the health benefits received through essential oils and is called to share this new discovery with God’s people.  Alison now travels across the country to bring the message of hope as found in the very same Bible that has provided peace and comfort throughout our lives.  Please join us for an evening of education, laughter, hope, and healing.

“This presentation is for educational purposes only.  Products will not be available for purchase.  A question and answer period will follow the presentation for those who are interested in learning more about the current use of essential oils.”

- submitted by Pr. Peg Williams

Monday, May 18, 2015

Wear red May 24, Pentecost

Pentecost is the celebration of the birth of the Church.  We celebrate the gift of God's Spirit to each of us and to the Church for our work together telling/acting the story of God's love.

By tradition, on Pentecost Sunday the Church decorates with the color red to remind us of the Spirit's presence as tongues of fire on that first Pentecost.  Pr. Peg has invited us to wear red this Pentecost - to worship, and throughout the day.

Wear red Sunday, May 24!

Friday, May 15, 2015

So What Do You Think About Growing Older?

Everyone gets there (older) sooner or later - if you are lucky!  What do we know about this particular stage in life?  What do we need to learn?   How do we navigate this territory?  Join us at Forum this Sunday, May 17, 9:15AM in an informal conversation as we share our thoughts about the challenges, blessings, questions and opportunities on this journey.

- submitted by Shirley Birt

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Weekly Email - 14 MAY 2015

From the Intentional Interim Pastor
Congratulations to Robert Parrish
Clay Pots Needed for Garden Irrigation
Wake Federation of the Blind Yard Sale
Triangle Hands Across the Sand: Say Yes to Clean Energy!
Youth Fundraising Brunch – Sunday, May 17
1st Tuesday Taizé is now 3rd Tuesday Taizé
Fracking Stories: Tuesday, May 26, 7:00pm, CUCC
Newsletter Deadline
Relief Efforts in Nepal

Third Tuesday Taize Service will be May 19 at 7 pm

From your intentional interim
May 14, 2015

"Taize is an ecumenical sung and silent participatory prayer service designed to achieve a contemplative state through music, song and silence."

Dear Friends,
I believe in worship.  I believe that worshiping together is the central focus of the church.  I believe that worship feeds our souls and prepares us to do the work of Jesus out the in the world.  It brings us into community and then sends us out to be the hands, feet and voices of God.

Worship for me has many facets.  This past Sunday was a perfect example of how many voices bring us together.  The children sang.  Three young men led us in a Radical Mother’s Day litany, and a young woman brought the children’s message. You could feel the energy.
It is my opinion that worship must have energy.  I don’t necessarily mean drums, clapping and dancing energy, but the energy that comes from the movement of the Spirit.  Even our contemplative Taize services have energy, because the Spirit is moving among us.

Have you been to our Taize services?  We have a 9 a.m. service each Sunday morning led by lay people, and I am continuing the tradition of a week night service once a month.  Now that service is on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

Will you join us this coming Tuesday, May 19, at 7 p.m.?  The sanctuary will be open at 6:30 p.m. for 30 minutes of silence before we begin.  I hope you will be with us for this opportunity for a contemplative evening with communion.

Prayers for the journey,
Pastor Peg

P.S.  Read about the Taize community in France at their link:

Monday, May 11, 2015

Results of SJM poll of congregation now available

In April the Social Justice Ministry (SJM) asked the congregation what social justice organizations and ideas we support with our time (volunteer or employed) and our money.  Read the poll results.  The information is also posted on the wall in the fellowship hall.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Blurry Vision

From the intentional interim pastor

May 6, 2015

"You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." Mark Twain

            How is that for something to think about?
            In a few hours I’ll be heading to the eye doctor for my first appointment since moving to North Carolina.  Ken has already visited the practice and he liked them, so all is well. Eye exams are important.
I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 12 years old.  I had headaches and the eye doctor discovered that I am near-sighted and have astigmatism.  If you aren’t familiar with “astigmatism” here is the definition:  “An irregular shaped cornea or lens prevents light from focusing properly on the retina, the light sensitive surface at the back of the eye. As a result, vision becomes blurred at any distance” (from the American Optometric Association).
Apparently most of us have some degree of astigmatism.  I guess this means all of us have some blurry vision at one point or another. 
How’s that for something to think about?
I’ve been thinking a lot about the mother in Baltimore who pulled her teenage son out of the riots and used her hands to let him know of her displeasure.  Some have said that she was wrong in “beating” her child.  Others have said they would have done the same thing to ensure that the son wasn’t killed, injured or arrested in the riots.  Some of the same people who applauded the mother’s actions have also called for non-violent actions from the rioters, and others find that to be hypocritical. 
Since my vision is blurry when I am farther away, it is hard for me to say whether this mother did the right thing or not.  I will say that I think I am capable of doing the same thing.  My child’s safety would come first.  But I wasn’t there.   I don’t live in Baltimore.  I do not share that mother’s experiences.  I can’t. 
Isn’t this the case for all of us?  It is easy to leap to judgment about events and actions we see on television, but we don’t live in their worlds and we don’t share their experiences. 
How’s that for something to think about?

Prayers for the journey,
Pastor Peg

Friday, May 8, 2015

Weekly Email - 8 MAY 2015

From the Intentional Interim Pastor
Children will Sing & Youth will Provide Children’s Message this Sunday
Durham Bulls Baseball! – Deadline to RSVP is Monday, May 11th
Life& Faith in Downtown Raleigh
Economic Justice Task Force Meeting, May 13
Moral Wednesdays (formally Moral Mondays)
Sisters in Spirit
Wake Federation of the Blind Yard Sale
Youth Fundraising Brunch – Sunday, May 17
1st Tuesday Taizé is now 3rd Tuesday Taizé
Our First “Jobs for Life” Graduates!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Our first "Jobs for Life" graduates!

The “Jobs for Life” program we announced last fall has just graduated its first students.  The course, sponsored by our Economic Justice Task Force, teaches unemployed and underemployed people basic job skills that will improve their career opportunities and their lives. The course was held at Loaves & Fishes and most of the students were former LAF students and parents.

Over eight weeks, the classes covered such issues as conflict resolution, identifying career goals, writing a resume, interviewing skills and identifying and overcoming roadblocks.  We invited a number of businesspeople to the class to give real-world insights about the careers the participants were seeking.CUCC members who volunteered were Shirley Birt, Susan Lane, Adrienne Little, Joan McAllister, Robert Parrish. Jane Smith,  Edith Sylla, Laura Upchurch and Kathy Widenhouse.

The feedback we received from the students was extremely  positive and enthusiastic.   We will stay in touch with them over the weeks and months to come to see the long-term effects of the program. The Economic Justice Task Force will be evaluating the course and determining if we will hold another session in the fall.

-- Submitted by Susan Lane
for the Economic Justice Task Force

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Historical material forwarded to the transition team

Joan McAllister, on behalf of the pastoral transition team, asked me to put together some information from the CUCC Archive that will give the transition team an overview of the church history over the past 50-60 years. The documents and media files listed here constitute a stab at doing that.
-- Lavon Page (May 5, 2015)

This list of resources reflects what we have in our archive. It does not pretend to present a balanced overview of the church. "Spiritual growth" efforts don't get documented in the same manner as social justice initiatives. So our archive is lean in that area. The "Remembrances" and the  "100th Anniversary Scrapbook" contain lots of photos that paint the human side of the church. The other scrapbook you'll see references to is of great value as well, but since it was assembled around 1960 you won't learn anything from it that pertains to the last 50 years.
Origins of church slogan

Peggy Hoffmann's history of the 1980s

Peggy Hoffmann's commentary on the church in the 1970s

Remembrances - transcription of interviews with most of the most active people in the church in 1981 in celebration of the 100th anniversary (in some sense) of the church. This is an extremely valuable piece of the archive.

Two forum sessions on church history (led by Cy King and Isabella Cannon) - videos made by Ed Klemmer around 1998.


A conversation with Cy King - an audio recording made January 2013 in which Cy reflects in an uninhibited fashion on just about everything.

Videos of all the senior pastors during the past 50 years - available under the "Pulpit" tab in the archive.

Cy King recounts long history of social action (2011) - video made during 10:30 worship

1981 Scrapbook made on occasion of the 100th anniversary - this is brand new. I scanned it an organized the images over the past 6 months. -- Lavon