Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Easy ways to support Global Ministries (UCC and Christian Church-Disciples)

I received this email from Global Ministries and was intrigued by the unusual ways we can support them.  See if any work for you!

"Chances are, if you’ve had the opportunity to travel and meet people of other cultures, you’ve probably seen some incredibly innovative and unconventional ways of doing things. Well -- Global Ministries has taken their lead and has initiated someUnconventional and Innovative Giving/Fundraising Ideas.
 …and YOU are invited to participate!
  • Do you have a vehicle to donate?
  • Do you sell or buy on Ebay?
  • Do you seek out opportunities to recycle or “upcycle?”
  • Are you looking for some new music?
  • Do you search or buy on the internet?
  • Do you use Facebook and have a birthday?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you can help!
 Check out these opportunities and more by visiting: http://globalministries.org/give/unconventional-giving.html or contact Sarah Riester at sriester@dom.disciples.org or 317-713-2564."

Monday, May 30, 2011

What we'll be discussing at Congregational Meeting - June 5

Community UCC will hold their spring/summer congregational meeting at noon on June 5 in the Fellowship Hall.  Anyone is invited to attend and participate in the discussions, but, if something comes up for a vote, only members may vote.

So far, here is what is on the list for mutual consultation.
- an update on the renovations being done to RICH Park Housing, a low-income housing apartment community which CUCC owns and operates with four other congregations
- a brainstorming session about knitting our congregation together with friendships, led by Welcoming, Fellowship & Growth Ministry
- a call to ministry using our CUCC computer lab
- assorted quick announcements

Monday, May 23, 2011

Cosmic Walk Ritual - Tuesday, May 24, 7pm

The next Earth Sabbath Celebration is Tuesday, May 24, at 7 -8:30pm at Community UCC in Raleigh. The program will consist of doing a Cosmic Walk Ritual together. It was created by Sr. Miriam MacGillis of Genesis Farm inspired by the teachings of Thomas Berry. It is a way of bringing our knowledge of the 13.75 billion year Universe process from our heads to our hearts. Spread the word, bring a friend and get ready for a wonderful experience !
Earth Sabbath Celebrations are held every 4th Tuesday, 7-8:30pm.  They are a joint project of NC Interfaith Power+Light and Community United Church of Christ.  All are welcome (including children who are interested in sitting quietly for prolonged periods while praying/meditating).

Monday, May 16, 2011

Congregational Meeting June 5

This is to announce two weeks in advance that we will be holding a congregational meeting on June 5 after 10:30 worship.

Anyone who has any business to bring before the next congregational meeting, please let Peg Hulslander know prior to May 22nd. The Hulslanders are still staying with Marge, so contact her there in the evening.
Thank you.

- posted for the Council

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Everything Under the Son - joys shared

A crowd enjoyed our "day at the beach" on Sunday, May 15, as we celebrated ministries within and beyond CUCC.  If you offered your talents to a ministry, expect some contact in the next month.  Meantime, look for yourself in one of these photos.  [Sorry so many are blurry - you were a crowd in motion!]

Monday, May 9, 2011

Robert's Easter Sunrise sermon available

For those of you who missed the opportunity to hear Rev. Robert Parrish preach at the Community Sunrise worship on Easter morning, you can read the text of his sermon, Signs in the Midst of Doubt.

Monday Lunch Group Celebrates Sally Cook's 80th Birthday

An energetic celebration of Sally Cook's 80th birthday took place in the fellowship hall on Monday, May 9. The theme of the party was "elementary school" in celebration of Sally's many years as an elementary school teacher.

Photos by Lavon Page and Bill Lamb are available at Picasaweb.


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Why I want you to join me at Wild Goose Festival

Right in our own backyard (Shakori Hills, near Pittsboro), we have a chance to hear some of the most influential Christian writers, speakers, thinkers, innovators of our time.  Just down the road we have a chance to experience the Church as vital, exciting, life-giving, deeply spiritual, and faithful.  An hour away we can worship with people from all over North America, talk to them about faith and the arts, the arts and justice, justice and worship.

Who might be renewed and energized by Wild Goose (finding something of themselves, seeing who they might become)?
Taize folks & Tai Chi/yoga spiritual practioners
Parents who hope their children will stay connected to the Church
Children who love to explore God's world, dance & sing, and be artists
Social Justice Ministry advocates who want to build coalitions
Community Outreach Ministry life-changers who want to explore new practices that work
Choir members who love new music and any opportunity to sing
Book lovers and deep thinkers who thirst for knowledge
People who are discouraged by the aging of the Church or by their own stuck-places or by the ways in which we disappoint ourselves as the Church

Why do I know this will be so terrific?
Some of my "heros" - folks like Sojourners' Jim Wallis and preachers James Forbes and Vince Harding - will be there.  I'll get to hear Richard Rohr, finally.  There are practical people, out-of-the-box justice people presenting:  folks with great ideas for advocacy, for direct service. On the list I find soulmates in those who think deeply about God, do their homework, work in coalitions with love & mutual respect, and then ACT.  We'll learn new music and faith practices.  Steve and I met some of the presenters at Big Tent and I have been following their blogs, reading their books and sermons. 

Why do I want you there?
Because I truly believe you will find something of deep spiritual value.
Because I expect to be changed and, frankly, don't want to come back to CUCC alone to try to explain what I've experienced.
Because I need you to keep the stars out of my eyes, to help me discover what of all of this might strengthen CUCC and what just isn't us.
Because it will be more fun with you than without you!

Volunteer=free day pass to Christian arts & justice festival, Pittsboro

If you volunteer for four hours to staff the Pilgrim Press and the StillSpeaking Ministry table, you get a free day pass to Wild Goose Festival, Shakori Hills, June 23-26 (http://www.wildgoosefestival.org/). There will be a neighboring booth (table) with literature from area UCC congregations. Volunteers will be asked to keep an eye on it, tidy it up, and, of course, speak with people if there are questions. If you wish to volunteer, please contact Richard Edens at United Church of Chapel Hill, redens@unitedchurch.org or call 919-942-3540.

8:30am-12:30pm:  needed June 23, 24, 25, OR 26
10:30am-2:30pm:  needed June 24, 25
12:30-4:30pm:  needed June 24, 25
2:30-6:30pm:  needed June 23 (on call:  festival starts at 4), 24, 25

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A call to prayer for the pathways to peace

The Rev. Geoffrey Black, General Minister of the United Church of Christ, has written a thoughtful essay on how we might respond to the events of this weekend.  He concludes by calling us to prayer.

"Let us engage in prayer that we might have that kind of courage – a prayer that includes listening deeply and patiently for God to guide our thoughts and actions along the pathways to a just peace, healing of the human heart and reconciliation. I believe our prayers will be a fitting response to the violent death of an enemy, whose cause still lives as a challenge and a threat."

Is there something we at CUCC are called to do in light of current events?  Are there those who would like to explore this?

Monday, May 2, 2011

Everything Under the Son

 CUCC Ministry Fair
Sunday, May 15, 11:45-12:45
a bazaar with each booth featuring people excited to tell the stories of the work they do through CUCC
activities for people of all ages, engaging in ministry right now
a chance to ask questions, to hear stories, to celebrate together

How is  the Spirit moving through the ministries of CUCC?  Are you seeking a way to combine your passion with the world's needs?  Do you feel a call to let go of a long-held commitment and to move into a different area of ministry?  Do you have some great ideas you'd like to help implement?  If by one action, you could support those deeply involved in ministry, would you?

Plan to stay after traditional worship.