Wednesday, April 28, 2010

CUCC T-shirts still available

If you have not yet bought your CUCC t-shirt, there is still time. 
If you'd like a shirt, contact Santi Matthews.
They cost $15 and any proceeds go to the general congregation budget.



Each shirt was hand-tied by a youth and is unique . 
The logo was designed by the youth. 

Wear your shirt to represent CUCC on our Durham Bulls expedition and at future marches, lobbying days, Wright Center meals, etc.

Come learn your church

Join the fun as we tour the closets and do a general clean-out of the inside of our church buildings.  All ages welcome!  Morning, May 15, 8:30 to noon

Safe Church policy adopted

This is our new, Council-approved Safe Church policy.  For more information about the policy, attend the May 2 congregational meeting.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

April 29 reservations due for Bulls Game

Made your reservation yet for the CUCC Durham Bulls expedition?
How: Order your tickets by calling the church office BY April 29
How much: $8.00/person, send send your money to the church office or put it in the May 2 offering plate (checks to "CUCC," memo "Bulls").
When: Friday, May 7
Carpool: We'll meet at CUCC in the Wade Avenue parking lot to carpool at 5:45.
Dress code (optional): Wear your new CUCC t-shirt. Haven't bought one yet? Contact Santi Matthews.
Need more info? Call Robert Parrish.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

An Evening on Pilgrimage

Does a pilgrim’s heart beat inside you? The difference between being a pilgrim and a tourist is simply in how you approach the journey. If like Abraham, Moses, or Paul you have ever embarked--across an ocean or across town--with a sacred purpose, following a call, or even fully awake and alive to the world around you, you have made a pilgrimage.

As we approach the season of vacation and travel, we ask you to share your story of pilgrimage with your brother and sister pilgrims at CUCC. What stirred you on your way? How did you prepare? What did you find?

The Adult Education Committee invites you to an Evening on Pilgrimage, Friday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Vaughn Wing. We’ll enjoy a light dessert and time together. Plan to speak or feel free to just listen and be inspired to make your next journey sacred.

If you know you’d like to share, please contact Marty Lamb or Ellen Beidler in advance so that we can arrange to support the telling of your story.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Powerful Tools of Caregiving Classes

Bill Lamb will be conducting a 7 week training program, Powerful Tools of Caregiving, starting on May 16th and continuing through June 27th here at CUCC. Sessions will be weekly, meeting from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. This training program was designed by Legacy Health Systems and is sponsored by AARP-NC and Friends of Residents in Long Term Care. This particular class is being targeted to caregivers providing support to a relative or loved one residing in a long term care facility. Registration is required: Call Bill at 919-819-3338 or email: william.e.lamb@gmail.com if you want to register or you have questions. This program is not limited to members of CUCC. If you know of someone who might benefit, please pass this information on. There is no charge to attend but space is limited to 12 participants.

To download a flier for this training go to: Powerful Tools.

Request for prayers

Thank you to all of you who did keep an eye out for Lance Gearing.  Unfortunately, his body was found yesterday.  Please keep the Gearing family and friends in your prayers.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Resources from education discussion

To contact the members of the Wake County Board of Education
To look up your district (although you are free to contact all board members), enter your name, address & birthdate.  The screen will tell you your voting precinct and give you a link to your districts.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Auction Catalog - first glance

Items are trickling in for the church auction.
What will you contribute?  On what will you bid?  preliminary catalog

Forum

A reminder that we WILL NOT be having Forum this Sunday, April 18.

See you next Sunday, April 25, for a celebration of Earth Day. We'll hear from Mark Ginsberg, Outreach Coordinator for NC Interfaith Power & Light. He will share information about NC Greenpower.

How do you respond?

The Language of God

Post your reflections here.

If this is good news to you, send the link to friends and family.

New UCC Video

Video released by UCC at 9:00 AM, April 16 ...

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Please help find this man

Lance Gearing is a friend of my brother-in-law's family.  He has been missing for a few days and, because of health issues, they are concerned for him.  Please take a look at this newspaper story and his photo.  The family thinks he might be headed toward the Triangle.  The emergency contact information is in the article.  Thank you. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sam Johnson on WRAL

This video aired on WRAL-TV in early April. It recounts the long history of Sam's family in the sewing machine business.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

GLBTQ and Yes, God Loves Them Too!!

A film series at CUCC will explore the experiences of Christian families with gay or lesbian children, of young gay Christians, and of transexual Christians. Come hear the story of faith from other perspectives.  For movie descriptions and more about the series. 
April 30, 6:30-9:00 pm     For the Bible Tells Me So
May 7, 6:30-9:00pm     Through My Eyes
May 21, 6:30 - 9:00 pm    Prayers for Bobby
June 6, after worship (about noon)   Call Me Malcolm  This movie will be followed by a panel discussion and opportunities to ask questions about being transgender.

Durham Bulls May 7, Friday

Order your tickets by calling the church office if you'd like to join the CUCC group going to see the Durham Bulls defeat the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees.  We'll meet at CUCC in the Wade Avenue parking lot to carpool at 5:45.  Tickets are $8.00; please send your money to the church office or put it in the May 2 offering plate (checks to "CUCC," memo "Bulls".  We need your reservation by April 29, Thursday.  This is a Friday night fireworks game!
Wear the CUCC t-shirt you buy at the church auction (hint, hint).

May Symposium on the DRC

CONGO SYMPOSIUM sponsored by Global Ministries (the mission arm of the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)) in Indianapolis @ Downtown Sheraton May 21-22, 2010. Confirmed speakers: Professor Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, author of The Congo From Leopold to Kabila and Keith Snow, investigative journalist who has written extensively on the DRC. For more info contact, LaMarco Cable lcable@dom.disciples.org or 317-713-2574

Anybody able to represent us in Indianapolis in May?  Dr. Nzongola-Ntalaja spoke at our All Things Congo event - an amazing speaker.  Keith Snow is the author of the background report on the fighting in Western Congo.

Fighting in Western Congo on Easter day

Global Ministries reports: (April 5, 2010)
"Fighting has erupted in the city of Mbandaka located in the Equator Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It has been reported by our partners on the ground, as well as National Public Radio, that early Sunday morning (April 4, 2010), while many parishioners participated in Easter morning services, that more than 200 armed soldiers in opposition to government authorities entered the city by river and clashed with government and United Nation troops.

It was reported that some of the troops seized control of the Mbandaka airport while others took control of the city of Mbandaka and its communication networks. Earlier portrayed as an ethnic conflict over fishing rights, the invasion of Mbandaka brings to light the suffering of people in the Equator province that has been silenced by the Kabila government over the past seven or eight months.
In a telephone conversation with a partner on the ground, the Africa Executive learned that church parishioners remained in churches overnight to avoid being caught in the crossfire."
The Global Ministries report continues with more details and gives a link to background information on the fighting.
Our prayers are with our sisters and brothers in the Congo; may God be with them and may God show us how to demonstrate our love for them.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Irene Doak in fatal auto crash

Irene Doak of Knightdale, age 86, died on Friday, April 2, as a result of an automobile accident that occurred the previous day. Irene has been a long time member and friend of Community UCC. (At Monday Lunch Group today someone commented that Irene has probably spent more time in the CUCC kitchen than most other members have spent in the entire church.)

While we mourn the loss of Irene in this terrible accident, we also recall that Irene had a long and fruitfull life. The memorial service will be on April 24 at 11:00 AM with a reception following in the sanctuary.