Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Email - 17 OCT 2014

COME JOIN THE PARTY!
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
PFLAG
Sisters in Spirit (SIS)
Raleigh CROP Hunger Walk
Come Help PLM Families Together Grow!
Pray at the Legislature
COME JOIN THE PARTY!

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.

Come Help PLM Families Together Grow!

PLM Families Together has received a free playground for the families they support!  Now, all they need are people to help them install it!  The group is asking for volunteers on any of the following three dates - October 27, 28, 29 - for various tasks from building, to signing people in, to helping with children's activities, medical volunteers, and food.  Builders must be 14 years or older, but there will be activities available for younger children to participate in on October 29.  PLM FT would love to have a strong CUCC presence helping out.  If you are interested in learning more about this fun opportunity, please contact Laurel Powell.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

October Opportunity: CROP Walk

Please join us in supporting the Raleigh CROP Hunger Walk. CUCC has a team walking. There are two ways you can get involved (1) Join the team, or (2) donate. You can do either of these via our team website: http://hunger.cwsglobal.org/goto/cucc_cropwalk2014.

The walk will take place on Sunday October 26. The walk begins at 3 pm. 5k or 1 mile short options available. We begin and end at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E Hargett St. Registration starts at 2pm. It is a family friendly event and includes a costume contest for the kids.

For further information or for paper registration, please contact Maria Mayorga.

"CROP Hunger Walks help to support the overall ministry of Church World Service, especially grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts around the world. In addition, each local CROP Hunger Walk can choose to return up to 25 percent of the funds it raises to hunger-fighting programs in its own community.

CROP Hunger Walks help to provide food and water, as well as resources that empower people to meet their own needs. From seeds and tools, to wells and water systems, to technical training and micro-enterprise loans, the key is people working together to identify their own development priorities, their strengths and their needs – something CWS has learned through some 67 years of working in partnership around the world."

October Sunday Forums to focus on economic justice

Join the discussion as we learn from experts in the field and consider how we might respond.

Sunday, October 5: Children at the Border.   More than 66,000 unaccompanied children have crossed the border.  In the last year more than 47,000 children have crossed.  More than 1,400 of those children have recently been relocated to North Carolina.  We have 170 of the children in Wake County.  There are many legal and moral issues involved.  Ann Robertson and Hans Linnartz will join us at Forum to discuss this child immigrant crisis.    Ann is an immigration lawyer with the Robertson Immigration Law Firm in Raleigh.  The firm represents individuals and companies in all aspects of immigration law, including employment-based and family-based immigration, naturalization, citizenship, asylum and non-immigrant visas.  Hans is a Raleigh immigration lawyer whose practice emphasizes deportation defense, immigration consequences of criminal cases and appeals of denied immigration benefits.  He teaches Immigration and Nationality Law at Duke Law School and also directs the Summer Institute on Law, Language and Culture. 

Sunday, October 12:   Reforming North Carolina's Redistricting Process.  Our current redistricting process is unfair, partisan, divisive, often skewed and non competitive.   It doesn't have to be this way.  A speaker from the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform will present a proposal for a non-partisan redistricting process in North Carolina (House Bill 606) that will reduce partisan divisions and ensure fairness and equity.  The Coalition is a non partisan group of almost 50 individuals and groups, which works to make government more transparent and responsive to the people of North Carolina.

Sunday, October 19: Giving Low Wage Workers a Voice.   Fast food CEOs are some of the highest paid in the U.S.  Fast food workers are some of the lowest paid in the economy, earning on average around $9.00 per hour.  Their wages have increased just 0.3 percent in real dollars since 2000.  The ratio of CEO pay to the employees is over 1,000 to 1.  One out of 2 fast food workers' families depends on public assistance that costs taxpayers nearly 7 billion dollars nationally.  In North Carolina $264 million is spent every year to provide public assistance for 54% of fast-food workers.  A speaker from NC Raise Up will share information about their efforts to improve fast food workers' pay and help employees receive a liveable wage.

Sunday, October 26: How Churches are Helping the Unemployed.  Being unemployed and trying to find a job is challenging and stressful.  The StepUp Ministry in Raleigh provides a structured program and resources to help people prepare for work and find a job.  Laura Martin, Development Director of the StepUp Ministry, will share information about their ministry to help people minimize and resolve the many challenges they face in finding employment.  They focus on job training and placement, life skills development and long-term stability.  There are opportunities for volunteers to participate in this program.

- submitted by the Economic Justice Task Force

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Friday Email - 25 SEP 2014

New Members this Sunday!
NC Pride Festival and Parade – Saturday, September 27
Forum – September 28, 9:15am
UNC Infectious Diseases Clinic Coat Drive
People’s Climate Change Vigil
Need Help with Fellowship in October
Stewardship Ministry Meets this Sunday
Documentary - "Pictures from a Hiroshima School Yard"
Pray at the Legislature
Sisters in Spirit (SIS)
Neighbors In Need Offering - October 5
Walk For Hope - Sunday, October 12
Raleigh CROP Hunger Walk
Come Help PLM Families Together Grow!