Monday, November 21, 2011

SIS November topic announced

SIS (Sisters in Spirit) will be gathering at 7 PM on Tuesday night November 29th for pot luck and discussion.

Have you ever doubted that you could master a task but then learned to do it in spite of your doubt? If so, you might list these situations (up to 10 of them) and bring them to share with others. We can learn to navigate the learning curve. All women of the church are invited to join in.
- submitted by Marty Lamb
A Gathering of Friends event

4th preweatherization house job completed!!

Saturday, Nov. 19, Tim, Cathy, Dave, Lyle, and I finished our preweatherization work for a woman in Raleigh. Over three Saturdays, the crew, which also included Carrie, Dwayne and Patrick, repaired walls, a ceiling and replaced the floor in her laundry room!! God blessed us to be able to help. Lyle will phone Garmin Troup of Resources for Seniors on Monday to tell him we are done and ask him to get the weatherization started.
-submitted for Gary Smith

[Background:  CUCC, Raleigh Friends, and NCIPL have been doing clean outs and repairs of homes in our area so that the homes can then be weatherized for free.  If you are interested in being notified about future Saturday workdays, contact Gary Smith.]

Have you sent Jane Smith your emergency contact info?

Have you given Jane Smith your emergency contact information? We'll use this information to make sure you are okay in the unlikely event of a regional emergency (hurricane, evacuation, flu quarantine). If you consider yourself part of the CUCC family (whether or not you are a member), we’ll want to know you’re okay.

Needed:

 Names of people (or pets, if you like) in your household (even if they aren’t associated with CUCC)

 Phone # to reach you in an emergency

 Email to reach you in an emergency (the one you will check frequently)

 Contact person who is likely to know where you are & phone # (Please let this person know you have our permission to contact them about you)

 Did you have any changes in your everyday contact info during 2010? (address, phones, email)

What is the Sunday Morning Bible Study studying these days?

I asked Ellen Beidler what they have been reading in the Sunday morning Bible study.  The group is about to switch during Advent (Nov. 27 through Dec. 18) to The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Birth   by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan.

The group will be resuming Deuternomy in the new year.  Here is what Ellen wrote about the Nov. 13 Deuternomy discussion. 
"We decided to try to keep going in Deuteronomy. Yesterday, Sue, Kathy and I decided it is worth it to keep reading. We read through chapter 15 and found the "reformed" Mosaic law pretty interesting. Do you realize that the Lord your God wants you to tithe so that you can afford a great feast in God's honor? Also, the deal is that the Lord your God will make yours a great nation IF you take care of the poor and dispossessed in your community?  The Lord your God wants you to set your slaves free after 7 years with goods enough to get them started in their new life. If the slave does not want freedom, you are to nail his or her ear to the door with an awl, presumably to discourage him from staying a slave. Because you know how it feels to be a slave, you are to treat the slaves with compassion the way the Lord your God has treated you. Pretty eye opening, huh?"

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Art of Praise: A Spiritual Encounter

(submitted by Vandy Bradow)

Yavneh: A Jewish Renewal Community & St. Mark’s Episcopal Church invite you to experience

The Art of Praise: A spiritual encounter under the guidance of Rabbi Shefa Gold

A shared fundraiser for our spiritual communities

Wednesday, November 30, 7:15 pm
at St. Mark’s, 1725 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh, 27604

Perek Shirah is an ancient Jewish text praising the Creator. All of Creation has a voice in this celebration: the Heavens, the Earth, all Flora and Fauna contribute their songs of praise.   Together, we will unlock the secrets of Perek Shirah, through chant, silence, imagination, study, movement, and stillness, until we, too, are swept up into this holy chorus.  Spend an evening with us discovering a spiritual activism sourced in love.

No donation is required to attend, although we invite you to consider
the following donation categories in support of Yavneh and St. Mark’s:

Heavenly Hosts, $360; All  land-based life, $180; All life of the waters, $90;
Birds of the Air, $54; The Human Family, $36; The Open-Hearted, $18.

Thanks to generous underwriters, 100% of donations will benefit our congregations.

Please make reservations at rsvp@yavneh-raleigh.org and send contributions to Yavneh, 4030 Wake Forest Road, #300, Raleigh, 27609

Rabbi Shefa Gold is a leader in Aleph: the Alliance for Jewish Renewal and the director of The Center for Devotional, Energy and Ecstatic Practice in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Shefa composes and performs spiritual music, has produced ten albums, and her liturgies have been published in several new prayer books.  She offers workshops and retreats on the theory and art of chanting, devotional healing, spiritual community building, and meditation.  Shefa combines her grounding in Judaism with a background in Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, and Native American spiritual traditions, uniquely qualifying her to celebrate the shared path of devotion. She is the author of Torah Journeys: The Inner Path to the Promised Land, and In the Fever of Love: An Illumination of the Song of Songs.

CHURCH SCHOOL CHRISTMAS STOCKING PROJECT

This year our children have pledged 40 stockings to the Salvation Army. Please help us fill the stockings. This year the need in Wake County is even greater than last year. Unwrapped gifts may be donated in the Christmas box in Anne Bailey's classroom. We will stuff the stockings at the family advent workshop on December 4th a 5 pm. Join us!!!

ITEMS DUE BY SUNDAY, DEC. 4
Stocking Stuffers for boys and girls

Infant-2 years
sippy cups/bottles
hats
toys
blankets
wipes
books
pacifiers

3-6 years old
coloring books/crayons
toothbrush/toothpaste
hats & gloves
bubbles, play-doh, stuffed animals
dolls, cars, balls,
dress up accessories, jewelry
card games

7-8 year olds
jump ropes
jacks/cards
toothbrush/toothpaste
hats & gloves
markers, pens, pencils
stuffed animals, dolls
bouncy balls
pocketbooks, jewelry
model cars, flashlights 

10-12 year olds
cards, games
toothbrush, toothpaste
watches, flashlights, radios
pens, pencils, markers
jewelry and hair accessories
nail polish, lip balm
perfume, cologne, lotion

- info from Anne Bailey Zschau

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Frozen River - Movie Night for Dec. 2



Show Time: 7:30 PM, Friday, Dec. 2, CUCC Fellowship Hall

Okay, so it's a bit of a stretch to insert "Frozen River" into a foreign film series. (It's filmed on the Canadian border with the U.S., so the setting for the movie is a mix of U.S., Canada, and the Mohawk reservation that straddles the border.) But I've had requests for weirder exemptions. For example, one person recommended a "made in Texas" movie for the series, and I had to explain that no matter how bizarre Texas politics is, I can't really consider Texas to be a foreign country.

Admittedly, this is another "dark" movie, but it's one where I see the darkness as necessary to set up the redemptive ending to the movie. (And there's an underlying Christmas theme.) Frozen River is a low-budget independent film. Such films are often more creative than the big studio productions.  Here's the Netflix spin on the movie ...

On a Mohawk reservation on the Canadian border, Ray Eddy (Melissa Leo, in an Oscar-nominated turn) teams with widowed tribe member Lila Littlewolf (Misty Upham) to smuggle illegal immigrants into the United States. Though the work provides the women with much-needed money, each trip puts them in peril. Charlie McDermott and Michael O'Keefe also star in this riveting drama nominated for multiple Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Loss of Personal Contact: Thanksgiving and Christmas

Lavon, your post couldn't have been more timely.  Yesterday at the Welcoming, Fellowship and Growth Ministry meeting we decided to extend an invitation to CUCCers who might want to eat together on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day. 

Thanksgiving Day:  If you'd like to eat a meal with others, call the church office.  Carol will put you in touch with others with the same interest and together you can decide whether to go out to a meal, do a potluck in one of your homes, or perhaps gather for a dessert potluck.

Christmas Day:  How about eating Chinese food and going to a movie?  Call Gray Woodard if you'd like to join a group going to a restaurant/movie.  Out-of-town family members are welcome.

A Gathering of Friends

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Loss of personal contact?

Do you ever feel that with today's emphasis on social media, e-mail, text messaging, and even cell phones, we are losing our face-to-face communication skills and habits? Does this sometimes seem dehumanizing? Does the quote below speak to you?

... the electronic culture ... is making a new world and a new man. Mass communications are drawing us together in a universal embrace. Privacy is dying, and with it the private person ... we are becoming a unified global family. The developing worldwide electronic network is shaping the world into an "electropolis." The possibilities of this are both frightening and hopeful. This is frightening because that which relates men in "Electropolis" is not necessarily love. The global village isn't necessarily a "brotherhood."

The gender based language here probably gives it away, but the concerns seem remarkably 21st century. This is Pastor John Lackey writing in the March 1971 CUCC Newsletter, more than 40 years ago.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A musical evening at Christmas

The "Gloria" by John Rutter, is a short, three-movement work for choir, brass, tympani, and organ. The CUCC choir will be combining with the choir at Fairmont Methodist Church to perform this on Sunday, Dec. 18th at 6:30 p.m. at Fairmont Methodist on Clark Ave.  It will be presented during their evening Advent service.  The Fairmont Choir director, Eric Grush, will be conducting the combined choirs.  All CUCC folks are encouraged to attend this presentation of this magnificent work to help usher in Christmas week. 

Listen to a taste of the "Gloria."

Monday, November 7, 2011

Monday Lunch Group Schedule for the rest of 2011

Bring your lunch for intercessory prayer, study, and great conversation.  Come one Monday or every week, 12:15pm.  Here's what is planned.

Nov. 7  Bill Lamb leads discussion of Norman Wirzba's Living the Sabbath.  Read part I.
Nov. 14  Bill Lamb leads discussion of Norman Wirzba's Living the Sabbath.  Read part II.
Nov. 21  Steve Halsted and Tama Eller talk about the Earth Sabbath Celebrations as we continue to explore living the sabbath.

Nov. 28  Discussion of Job.  Read the whole book before you come.
Dec. 5  View a Job-like comedy, "Adam's Apple."

Dec. 12  Writing Christmas cards to missing friends.
Dec. 19  Christmas Luncheon
Dec. 26  We'll meet, but topic TBD.

Family Advent Workshop, Sunday, Dec. 4, 5pm

Children and youth, bring your parents and grandparents to this advent tradition.  Along with the usual fun, we'll practice for the Christmas pageant (Dec. 11) and share a pizza dinner.  Remember to bring cookies for the cookie exchange.

Stuff a stocking for the Salvation Army - Dec. 4

The children's church school has voted for our fall charity, selecting the Salvation Army Christmas stocking project again this year. Last year we pledged 25 stockings which we filled with YOUR help. This year the children have ambitiously pledged 40 stockings so we are once again asking for your help. A donation box wrapped in Christmas paper will be in our classroom. Please donate

small toys, coloring books, crayons, bubbles, toothbrushes, etc.

We appreciate your support!!! We need your donations by Dec. 4.  We will use our Sunday School offering to help purchase items for the stockings.

Signs and Windows

Which glass do you prefer to the new sanctuary windows?  Samples of window glass is exhibited in the fellowship hall windows so that the congregation can see and evaluate them. Please take time to view the windows in daylight so that you can express your opinion on November 13..

New front lawn sign coming:  A thank you goes to
Joan McAllister and Lena Gallitano for their work with a company to design a sign and to the Property Ministry and Growth Committee for their input in deciding on the choice. The sign has now been ordered and is due for installation in January.

November Property workday has been cancelled.

Calling all artists

To any, and all of you artistic beings in our congregation: The Art Wall (across from the Hoffmann and Bradow rooms) is available for photographs, paintings, fiber art, and/or anything you would be willing to hang. Artists of any age are welcome.  If you're interested, or need coercing, please contact Linda Baker

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

Wednesday Nov. 23, 7:30pm
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, corner of Clark and Brooks Avenues


Join with long-time friends from other neighborhood congregations as we express our thanks to God.  Our choir will join with the others for a massed presentation that is always a delight.

Amazing Faith Dinner Dialogues

Thursday, November 17, 6:30pm
Sponsored by the Triangle Interfaith Alliance
Held in neighborhood homes with a simple vegetarian meal followed by sharing of people’s faith perspectives by selecting different user friendly questions to speak to. To sign-up go to their web site and you will be assigned a home to visit for a wonderful evening with neighbors from all the major faith traditions.

Congregational Meeting November 20

We call for a Congregational Meeting on Sunday November 20, after worship, to review the proposed budget and nominations report for 2012 and any other business suggested by the Church Council.

Copies of the proposed 2012 CUCC budget will be available on the 13th, for those who would like to study it in preparation for the congregational meeting.