Monday, January 23, 2012

Carpool to HKonJ, Feb. 11

Meet Edith Sylla in the Dixie Trail parking lot at 9am to carpool to this year's HKonJ rally.



The rally begins at 9:30am at Shaw University and participants will walk through downtown to the legislature for rousing speeches.  If you prefer not to walk, meet Cy King at the legislative building. You'll find him with a chair at the front of the legislative building before noon.  

The annual HKonJ (Historic Thousands on Jones Street) rally draws together North Carolinians from all walks of life to bring attention to the needs of our citizens.  An amazing coalition of advocates works together to set annual priorities and then to convince our state legislators to vote for justice and fairness for our people.  For more information on the 14 points, see www.hkonj.com .

Friday, January 20, 2012

From Steve's sermon: Harms of Anti-Gay Amendment

Joe suggested we post this list which Steve included in his January 9 sermon.  The list is from Equality NC.

Harms of the Anti-Gay Amendment
Protect NC Families, Vote Against the Anti-Gay Amendment

Gay Marriage is already illegal in North Carolina
   Voting “no” on this amendment is NOT a vote to legalize marriage. The anti-gay amendment is redundant, a distraction from the real economic challenges we face.

The anti-gay amendment is bad for business
   It intrudes on businesses' rights to recruit the best employees by signaling that our state is not welcoming of the diverse workforce needed to compete in the global economy.

The anti-gay amendment would negate benefits for tens of thousands
   This legislation strips public entities of their authority to provide benefits to same-sex domestic partners, such as those currently offered in the City of Asheville, The Town of Carrboro, Town of Chapel Hill, City of Durham, County of Orange, County of Durham, City of Greensboro, and County of Mecklenburg.

The anti-gay amendment bans all legal relationship recognitions
   Polling shows a majority of North Carolinians support marriage or civil unions for same-sex couples, legal recognitions banned by the anti-gay amendment.

The anti-gay amendment’s language is vague and untested
   The Amendment has the potential to invalidate domestic violence protections for members of unmarried couples, as Ohio courts did with its state’s narrower amendment.
   The Amendment could interfere with existing child custody and visitation rights that seek to protect the best interests of children.
   The Amendment could be used to invalidate trusts, wills, and end-of-life directives – which are not “private contracts”—in favor of an unmarried partner.
   The Amendment’s broad language also could also have the same dire consequences for the state’s unmarried opposite-sex couples and their children.

The anti-gay amendment causes real harm to North Carolina families
   It harms same-sex couples—one of the fastest-growing demographics in the state—who will be denied even the most basic protections, and harms vulnerable gay young people by sending a terrible message that their state and their neighbors consider them second-class citizens, undeserving of the same basic rights and protections.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Newcomers' Supper January 27

You are invited to the Newcomers’ Supper on Friday, January 27, 2012.
Appetizers at 6:00 PM; Dinner served at 6:30 PM

Unwind after a busy week, ask questions about Community United Church of Christ, and enjoy meeting new people! Please bring an appetite and curiosity.

RSVP to CUCC office by Wednesday, January 25: 787-6422 or office@communityucc.org
Please tell us if you need childcare (ages) and if you have any dietary restrictions.

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Rev. Curtis Gatewood to speak and preach Jan. 15

We are honored to have the Rev. Curtis Gatewood as our Forum speaker and as guest preacher this Sunday.  Rev. Gatewood is currently the coordinator of HKonJ (Historic Thousands on Jones Street), a coalition of groups (including CUCC) supporting a better life for all North Carolinians.  Hear Rev. Gatewood at (9:15 at Forum and during 10:30 worship.

Congregational Meeting January 22

On January 22 we will hold our Annual Congregational Meeting to vote on a new budget for 2012 and vote on nominations for positions for our vital Ministries and the Church Council.  Contact Bill Lamb if you would like to offer your talents on any committee or ministry or to explore what might be a good match for you.  Contact Skip Stoddard to turn in your pledge of money to support the work of CUCC.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Friendship is theme of January Monday Lunch study

Join the Monday Lunch group at 12:15 for bring your own lunch, intercessory prayer, and discussion of friendship.  Throughout the month, be reading Gail Caldwell's memoir of friendship, "Let's Take the Long Way Home."
Jan. 9:  Tell us about 5 of your friends (for details, talk with Geraldine Bryan)
Jan. 16: Ask Geraldine for details
Jan. 23 & 30:  Discuss Caldwell's book

Monday, January 2, 2012

Time to order your chili - orders due Jan. 16

Chili Loaves and Fishes Ministry, a non-profit organization, will be selling “The World’s Best” meat and veggie chili at $10.00 per quart in freezer containers. Please place orders with Shannon Core, 846-0902 or use the sign-up sheet on the Coming Events bulletin board in the hallway. Pick up your orders at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, 4921 Six Forks Road, north entrance, on Friday, January 27, 2012. Times will be announced at a later date. I have been a volunteer with Loaves and Fishes for 25 years and have witnessed the success of this valuable program.
– submitted by Shannon Core

Saturday Men's Group to discuss "No god but God"

For the month of January, the group is reading "No god but God:  The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam" by Reza Aslan. The contact for more info is Ed Klemmer.  The group meets from 9:30 to 11:00am in the adult library on Saturday mornings.

Potluck & travel discussion

Sisters in Spirit, a gathering for women, will meet on the 5th Tuesday, January 31st, at 7 PM in the Hoffmann room for a potluck and discussion of travel. Several of us have been on outings this past year (Kathy C. to Singapore, Vandy to Shanghai, Kathy W. to travelogues on TV). We'll be sharing some of our experiences and how travel to new places benefits our lives. Come "travel" to and with SIS... and expand our horizons.

Steve's trip to Kauai - photos and more!

The Retirees will meet on Monday, January 9, at 10:30am in the Vaughan fellowship hall for a program given by Pastor Steve about his experiences while on vacation in Kauai in October. He will be showing "fantastic" slides of Hawaiian landmarks and do a travelogue on the beautiful places that he and Marcy visited. He will also tell about our sister congregation, Church of the Pacific- UCC, where they stayed. Come one and all, bring a bag lunch. Dessert and drinks will be provided.

January Sunday Forum Schedule

Vaughan Hall, Sundays, 9:15 - 10:15 am

Forum will begin 2012 by focusing on various issues of Economic Justice.  You are invited to participate in the following January schedule:

January 1:   No Forum. Happy New Year!

January 8:   
Protecting Families in North Carolina. Sean Kosofsky, Executive Director of Blueprint NC, will discuss the broad negative implications and economic justice issues of the proposed constitutional amendment to narrowly define marriage in NC.

January 15:   HK on J (Historical Thousands on Jones Street). Rev. Curtis Gatewood, Statewide Coordinator for HK on J, will speak about the Movement. He will also be the guest speaker at the morning worship service.

January 22:   
Current Labor Issues. MaryBe McMillan, Secretary-Treasurer of the NC AFL-CIO, will speak about what is happening with labor today.

January 29:   
Why Occupy? Josh Harris and Emily Galvin, participants in the Occupy Raleigh Movement, will share their perspectives on the Movement and their experiences in Raleigh.

"Protecting Families in North Carolina" Forum topic

Sunday, January 8, 9:15-10: 00am in Fellowship Hall.
Sean Kosofsky, Executive Director of Blueprint NC, will discuss the broad negative implications and economic justice issues of the proposed constitutional amendment to narrowly define marriage in NC.  Guests are welcome.