Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New Gardening Therapy Group forms


Do you enjoy ... 
Being outside? 
Plants and animals? 
Gardening?
Getting to know other CUCC folks? 
If you said “yes” to just one question, then consider joining the newly founded CUCC “Gardening Therapy Group” We’ll be meeting for “therapy” as we check on the flowers, listen to the birds, pull some weeds, prune some plants and, in general, spend a few productive hours working on the CUCC grounds. Join us from 9-11:00am the first and third Tuesday of each month throughout the summer. A little gardening therapy is good for body and soul. We hope you’ll bring your work gloves and join us. For more information, contact Lena.
‒ submitted by Lena Gallitano & Nancy Stoddard

Money Talks: Our Money and Our Values


As a part of this ongoing discussion of our money and our values,  Bill Lamb will be hosting a discussion at noon on June 10th regarding Medicare and Social Security: Understanding What is at Stake. This will be an AARP branded listening session which is part of the "You've Earned a Say" campaign intended to educate the people about the facts surrounding Medicare and Social Security and engage the public in a dialogue about what should be done to address these programs in the future. Both Medicare and Social Security were on the table in the last deficit debate and will likely be again this fall. Don't let politicians decide the future of these programs without your voice. The issues involved with Medicare and Social Security are not just for older people. Anyone paying into these systems has a stake in what will be happening. That includes just about all Americans. This will be the first in a three part series which will play out over this next year. The first session is focused on learning the facts about the programs. If you want to learn more about the campaign go to ,http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/advocacy/info-04-2012/youve-earned-a-say.html

- posted for Bill Lamb

Monday, May 21, 2012

Durham Bulls trip, Friday, June 8

Robert Parrish is buying group tickets for an all-ages trip to cheer on the Durham Bulls.  We'll leave CUCC's parking lot at 6pm to carpool to the game.  Friends are welcome.  Call the church office by June 1 to reserve your ticket; be sure to let us know how many adults and children are in your party.  You can pay CUCC later (the ticket price will depend on how many of us go).  Usually people purchase dinner from one of the ball park vendors.
- A Gathering of Friends event

What is the future for social security and medicare?

Bill Lamb will be presenting the AARP informational session on social security and medicare.  Learn about the current status of each program and options being debated for their future.  Sunday, June 10, 12:15pm in the Hoffmann Room
- submitted for Money Works

Adult Appalachia Service Project this fall


CUCC friends Bill and Rosemary Pate lead long-weekend adults-only trips to repair homes in Appalachia.  They have just set their fall schedule.  If you'd like more information, contact Jane Smith and I'll give you their email and phone.

"Many Appalachian families live in homes that are not warm (holes in walls and doors), safe (collapsing floors) or dry (leaking roofs).  This is in an area where winters are harsh and resources are few.  Join a group of volunteers working to make life a bit easier for our brothers and sisters in one of the poorest sections of our country.  No special skills or tools needed --- only a servant heart.

October 11- 14  Brenton, West Virginia.  Travel Thursday, work Friday and Saturday,  return home on Sunday. Volunteer Fee is $130 . Scholarships are available.

November 12- 18  Jonesville, Virginia.  Travel on Monday, work Tuesday through Saturday, return home Sunday. Volunteer Fee is $ 325.  Scholarships  are available."

- posted by Jane Smith
   

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Reverse Mortgage info session at Money Talks


MONEY TALKS: Our Money and Our Values.  Join us for a discussion on REVERSE MORTGAGES  on May 20 in the Hoffman Room at 12:00.  Chris Schafale, Director of Information Services at Resources for Seniors, will be leading a discussion on this complex financial option. She has developed a specialized expertise about the pros and cons of this subject.  The session will provide you with objective information and an opportunity to ask questions for yourself or for a relative or friend.  (An Economic Justice Task Force and A Gathering of Friends event)  

Monday, May 7, 2012

Make a Difference as You Cook


Forum, Sunday, MAY 20, 9:15am
Our speaker will be Linda Watson, local author of Cook for Good. Linda will address ways to make a real difference with every meal cooked, slowing global warming, reducing environmental impacts and helping people thrive on a very low food budget.
Come hear Linda’'s creative ideas for nourishing our bodies and caring for the environment. She’ll bring books.
Her website is www.cookforgood.com.

Remembering Our Mothers


Forum, MAY 13, 9:15am in Fellowship Hall
The story of Mother’s Day is a long one. It is neither a recent phenomenon as many people believe nor the creation of card and gift marketers as assumed by others. Mother’s Day celebrations are first said to have taken place in the time of ancient Greeks and Romans hundreds of years ago. This Mother’s Day, you're invited to join us at Forum in celebration and in memory of our mothers. Plan to share a memory of your mother with a favorite poem, a photo, bible verse or just a fun remembrance. Young and old, you're invited to share your thoughts and to celebrate Mother's Day.