Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday Lunch Group celebrates Geradine Bryan's 90th birthday

On October 27, the Monday Lunch Group celebrated the 90th birthday of Geraldine Bryan. (Her actual birthday was October 25). The program included chocolate cake (pre-arranged at the CUCC auction last spring) and ice cream, and lots of stories about Geraldine. Normally Monday Lunch Group ends about 1:45 PM, but at this party folks had to be pushed at the door about 2:10 because the merriment was not winding down. Guests included Arnold and Peggy Hoffman's daughter Rosemary, and Judy Smallwood and Sally Cook who live at Carol Woods in Chapel Hill.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Email - 24 OCT 2014

A Message from the Stewardship Ministry
Forum – October 26, 9:15am
Pray at the Legislature
Economic Justice Task Force Meeting
Raleigh CROP Hunger Walk
Come Help PLM Families Together Grow!
Earth Sabbath Celebration, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7:00pm
Beer and Hymns
Fall Congregational Meeting

Retreat offered by our friends at Pullen

Singing the Sacred Songs on November 22 at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church

As we approach the hectic holiday season, you are warmly invited to prepare for Advent with a day of Taizé music and quiet reflection entitled Singing the Sacred Songs. We will gather at Pullen’s Poteat Chapel on Saturday, November 22, from 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM to sing familiar Taizé songs and learn new ones in a restful, spacious atmosphere. The cost of the retreat is $10, which includes a vegetarian lunch.

To register, go to Retreat Registration – Taizé Retreat or pick up a form in the church office at Pullen.

If you have questions, please contact Judith Dean at  

Last year this day was a gracious, inspiring experience for all who participated. So we hope you will join us for this time of drawing close to the Holy through singing sacred songs.  

- submitted by our friend Ruth Pardue from Pullen Spiritual Life Group

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

November Forum series announced: Greenhouses Gases and What We Can Do

Community United Church of Christ Adult Forum series
Nov 2 – Dec 7, 2014
Presented by the Justice in a Changing Climate (JCC) Task Force

Week one - Nov 2.  “Birds and climate change:  Save the Songs”

North America's birds are and will continue to be affected by the impact of climate change on their existing and future habitats. Many species that breed, nest, migrate or winter in North Carolina are among those at risk.  According to a landmark study released by The National Audubon Society (Birds and Climate Change), hundreds of species will be threatened or endangered in our children's lifetime.   Of the 588 continental United States and Canadian bird species examined in the seven-year study, 314 species are at risk.  214 of these species spend time in North Carolina.

Chris Canfield, Vice-President, Gulf Coast and Mississippi Flyway, National Audubon Society and former Executive Director of Audubon North Carolina will lead a discussion on the Birds and Climate Change report and help us explore the important role faith communities can play to make positive changes.

Week two – Nov 9.  “Climate Change Introduction”
What is climate, what is climate change and what are greenhouse gases?  Carbon dioxide (CO2) - Where does it come from, why is it increasing, and why do we need to start reducing it now?  There are other greenhouse gases – What are CFCs, HFCs, etc?  What we can do as individuals, now?

Presented by Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force members Karen Vollrath, David Smith, Gary Smith and Jane Smith.

Week Three – Nov 16.  “Fracking and Methane”
Fracking is a source of CO2 and methane (CH4) and of water pollution.  What is fracking, what is happening nationally and in NC?  What are members of CUCC saying to the NC Mining and Energy Commission and to the leaders of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources on fracking rules?

Presented by Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force members Pastor Steve Halsted, Paul Kiel, John Little, Grady McCallie, Skip Stoddard and Gary Smith

Week Four – Nov 23. “Solar Energy Production for CUCC”
The session will start with a background on how solar can reduce CO2, our dependence on fossil fuels, and can decrease methane, CO and N2O as well.
Then we will discuss the status of the CUCC project to install solar panels on the roof of CUCC, and we will provide JCC’s solar recommendations.

Presented by the Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force

Week Five – Dec 7.  "What can we do internationally?  Some examples"
CO2 and other greenhouse gases are an international crisis.  The solutions must be worldwide.  
Discussion of Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves in 3rd world.  Discussion of the need and opportunities for advocacy for better laws in US and strong climate agreements internationally.  Stories from audience participants: “What have we all been doing?”

Presented by Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force member Ron Howell and others tbd

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Email - 17 OCT 2014

Forum – October 19, 9:15am
Pray at the Legislature
Straight Talk about Key Issues in the Midterm Election Season
Youth Fellowship Night – Friday, October 24
Raleigh CROP Hunger Walk
Come Help PLM Families Together Grow!
Fall Congregational Meeting
Stewardship Letter
Newsletter Deadline – Wednesday, October 22

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Email - 10 OCT 2014

Forum – October 12, 9:15am
UNC Infectious Diseases Clinic Coat Drive
Bike for Birds
Walk For Hope! Sunday, October 12!
Life & Faith in Downtown Raleigh – October 14th
Sisters in Spirit (SIS)
Raleigh CROP Hunger Walk
Come Help PLM Families Together Grow!
Pray at the Legislature

Help our friends and get into the fair free!

Cathy Cralle Jones is a gym buddy who is also a member of our sister congregation, St. Paul's Christian Church (our Maundy Thursday worship partners).  She mentioned that they are scurrying to fill all the slots for this annual ministry at the state fair and wondered if I would mind passing along the invitation to folks at CUCC.  So read below to see if you might be able to contribute a few hours to help out our friends.  I signed up for Wed. the 22nd!   posted by Jane Smith

Cathy's email to me:  Thank you so much for passing this invitation onto your congregation.  We'd love to have an opportunity to work and serve more closely with our friends at Community UCC.  I've copied Peggy McRight on this email as she is our Fair Chair and can answer any additional questions folks may have.

St Paul's has been providing good food and a place of rest and fellowship at the North Carolina State Fair for almost 50 years.  In its earliest days as a new congregation in Raleigh, the ladies of the church focused on providing the best ham biscuits around.  Through the years, the menu and the setting have expanded so that the Restaurant is a permanent space across from Dorton Arena and our menu is Country Fare, providing one of the few places at the fair to have home cooked style vegetables with your meal,  and a place to sit a spell, in the midst of all the fried food and frenzy.  It also is an excellent place to visit with and begin relationship with folks who may not have a church home.

Proceeds from the Fair support the ministries of St. Paul's Christian Church and other participating congregations.  Last year, proceeds were used in part to support St. Paul's first global mission trip to Guatemala.  Volunteers come from a number of congregations in the area (including Wake Forest Christian Church, and New Life International Christian Church) and our Scout Troop 353.

We make it as easy as possible on volunteers.   We provide shuttle service from St. Paul's to the Fairgrounds and back (except 1st shift when parking is easier and you don't have to fight the crowds), free entrance to the Fair, and a free meal for every volunteer. Additionally, volunteers have the opportunity to work closely with others and share the exciting and fun spirit of shared ministry and service.  Jobs range from door greeters and table cleaners, to grill masters and biscuit bakers.  If standing for long periods is a challenge, you might enjoy taking orders, serving drinks, or just generally assisting in the dining room.

There are 3 shifts:  Breakfast (6:30 - 12:00); Lunch (11:30 - 5:30); Dinner (5:00 - 10:00).  Plan to come early or stay late if you would like to have a meal.  If you can work the Dinner shift, but can't make it until after 5:00, just write a note to let the shift manager know that you are coming in a little late.  If you would like to use the shuttle service, please be sure to indicate that on the sign-up so we can have enough transportation available.  To sign up for a shift or to learn more about the different opportunities to serve as a volunteer.   State Fair entry tickets will be available for pick up at the church.

If you would prefer to avoid the crowd at the Fair, there are other opportunities to help with set up and take down.  This option gives you the unique opportunity to see the Fair from the inside out.  Helpers are particularly needed, this Saturday and through the week to help with set up, and then finally on Monday October 27th at the end of the fair.  To sign up to help with this part of the Fair.
Hope to see you at the Fair!!!

Cathy Cralle Jones

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Email - 3 OCT 2014

World Communion Sunday
Forum – October 5, 9:15am
UNC Infectious Diseases Clinic Coat Drive
Emergency food bags
Bike for Birds
Sisters in Spirit (SIS)
Neighbors In Need Offering - October 5
Tuesday Evening Taizé Worship
Walk For Hope! Sunday, October 12!
Raleigh CROP Hunger Walk
Come Help PLM Families Together Grow!
Pray at the Legislature

UNC Infectious Diseases Clinic Coat Drive

The Infectious Diseases Clinic at UNC is having a coat drive for their patients.  Many of their patients come to the clinic with no coat or maybe a light windbreaker because they can’t afford a warm winter coat.   If you have a child’s or adult coat that you would like to donate, please drop it off at the church office or in the box provided in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall by Sunday, October 12 th .   If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Marshall at the church office.

This coat drive is an outgrowth of what we learned in September during the Forum focus sponsored by our Open and Affirming Task Force.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CUCC Newsletter - October 2014

October 2014 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.