Friday, December 27, 2013

Friday Email - 27 DEC 2013

Church Office Closed January 1, 2014
Forum – December 29
Loaves and Fishes Chili Sale
After Christmas Wish List
Pledges
“Epiphany/Babies We Love of 2013” Finger-foods Potluck
Tai Chi
Special Documentary Showing
Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

Thursday, December 26, 2013

A Christmas Narrative from New Zealand

The YouTube video below comes recommended to me by a dear high school classmate of 50+ years ago who now is a Lutheran living in Raleigh. It's a delightful account of the Christmas narrative from a fresh perspective and with a distinctly New Zealand accent. Enjoy!
Lavon Page

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Congregational Meeting

The next Congregational Meeting will be Sunday, January 12, Noon, in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall.  We will approve the 2014 budget and welcome our new and returning officers and committee/ministry members.  Please plan to attend.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday Email - 20 DEC 2013

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Forum – December 29
Menu of Compassionate Gifts
Loaves and Fishes Chili Sale
Moral Monday Gathering December 23
Prayerful Tuesdays
After Christmas Wish List
Pledges
Church Office Closed
“Epiphany/Babies We Love of 2013” Finger-foods Potluck
Christmas Day 2013 at Central Prison and dinner at the Catholic Worker House
Christmas Cantata and Children’s Christmas Pageant Online
Willie Foggie to Retire
Tai Chi
Christmas Fund
Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Cantata Recording Now Available

The recording of this year's Christmas Cantata, "God's Son is Born, A Christmas Cantata", published by Peggy Hoffmann in 1964 is now available in the CUCC Archive. The performance was by the CUCC choir on Dec. 15, 2013.

Cantata (CUCC Archive)


"Epiphany/Babies We Love of 2013" Finger-foods Potluck

Every Epiphany Sunday, CUCC celebrates "our" babies born the previous year. So whether the new baby is in your home or you are a loving grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, etc., we want to celebrate your baby's birth. Tell Jane Smith BY JANUARY 1. Provide the baby's name and relationship to you, the parents' names, the birthdate & city, and send a photo if you have one. On Epiphany Sunday (January 5), we'll celebrate with a ・Babies of 2013・ display. Please bring a finger food to share for this Epiphany celebration. (No eating utensils will be provided.) ‒ Submitted by Welcoming, Fellowship & Growth Ministry

Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday Email - 13 DEC 2013

Christmas Cantata
Like to Sing Carols?
Forums in December
CUCC Annual Christmas Dinner
Youth White Elephant Christmas Party
HKonJ Training Session
Life & Faith in Downtown Raleigh
PFLAG Holiday Potluck and Meeting
SPCA Christmas Project
Christmas Cards for Wounded Soldiers
Menu of Compassionate Gifts
Loaves and Fishes Chili Sale
Prayerful Tuesdays

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas Pageant

The annual Christmas pageant was presented in the sanctuary during 10:30 worship on December 8. The video of the pageant is now available in the CUCC archive.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday Email - 6 DEC 2013

Movie Night TONIGHT – Vaughan Fellowship Hall
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED FOR THE MEALS ON WHEELS CHRISTMAS LIST!
Children’s Christmas Pageant
Family Advent Workshop - This Sunday, 5:00pm, Vaughan Fellowship Hall  
Voting Rights are Human Rights - Human Rights Day
Advent Reflections & Taizé Worship
Christmas Cantata
Forums in December
Help plan Sunday morning Forum for January through May
CUCC Annual Christmas Dinner
SPCA Christmas Project
Christmas Cards for Wounded Soldiers
Menu of Compassionate Gifts
Loaves and Fishes Chili Sale
Cookies for Christmas – Last day to order is December 11

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Welcoming in Advent Program is now available

On Sunday December 1, 2013, the Deacons sponsored a "Welcoming in Advent" program at 5 PM in the fellowship Hall. The program was designed and led by Vandy Bradow. Presenters included Steve Halsted, Joy Alford, and David Sigmon. Music was provided by Amy Jensen, Doug Barrick, Geri Bowen, and Mike Schafale.

The audio program available below is slightly edited. Portions of the program which produced no audio have been omitted (for example, the making of the communal wreath, and the procession down the hallway from the fellowship hall to the sanctuary). The edited version below runs for about 36 minutes.

Welcoming in Advent 2013 (36 minute mp3)

This item is also available in the CUCC Archive under the Special Events tab.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Forums in December

This has been a difficult year.  We have experienced deep divisions in our political and cultural lives.  These disturbing divisions seem to threaten our very democracy and our futures.  We seem to have lost a unifying vision in our communities and in our public life. Is it possible to reclaim the value of the Common Good?  The first three forums in December will concern Restoring the Common Good.  They will be facilitated by Elizabeth Queen, an intern at NC Justice Center and a student completing degrees at Duke Divinity School and at UNC School of Social Work.

December 1 - What is the Common Good?  How do we define it?  Is it possible to find common ground on issues that bitterly divide us?

December 8 - The Role of Government and the Common Good.  The role of government has always been debated but today differences have led to gridlock, dysfunction and unbending partisanship. Can we recreate a government that serves the public interest and rises above self-interest?

December 15 - The Role of Faith Communities in Restoring the Common Good.
What can faith communities offer to the public discourse and how do we do it?

The theme for the last two Forums in December is Hunger in America…
December 22 - A Place at the Table - One Nation. Underfed.  (Part 1) 50 million Americans don't know where their next meal is coming from.  This documentary tells the powerful story of three Americans who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. It may change forever how we think about the hungry.
December 29 - A Place at the Table (Part 2)

- submitted by the Forum Planning Committee

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Christmas Cards for Wounded Soldiers


The children's Sunday School classes are sending Christmas cards to our wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital.  If you would like to send one you may drop it off in our classroom and we will be sure it gets in the mail.
- from the children and Miss Anne Bailey

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday Email - 23 NOV 2013

Memorial Service for Bob Hazel
Adult Forum
Stewardship
Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service, Nov. 24
Thanksgiving with CUCC Friends
Usher in the Season of Advent – December 1st
PCA Christmas Project
Christmas Cards for Wounded Soldiers
Meals on Wheels Wish List for Christmas
Menu of Compassionate Gifts
CUCC Christmas Dinner
Email Addresses for Church Office and Pastor Steve
Help Fight Housing Discrimination – NC Fair Housing Project
Cookies for Christmas 

Friday, November 15, 2013

ACA Enrollment at CUCC

(information provided by Bill Lamb)

CUCC has made arrangements with Enroll America to have 2 health care navigators, provided by Legal Aid, present at the church on Tuesday, November 19th from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.  These navigators can explore insurance options and will be able to actually enroll people in the Affordable Care Act marketplace.  Attendance at this event will be by appointment only.  If you, or someone you know, is interested in speaking with a navigator call Caitlin Metzguer at 919-280-8270 to schedule an appointment and be given more detail about the kinds of information they should bring with them.

Friday Email - 15 NOV 2013

Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Relief
Adult Forum
Stewardship
Foreign Film Movie Night – Friday, Nov. 15
Funeral Service for Lowell Alcorn
Costume Poetry Slam with Cafe Style Coffee and Dessert
ACA Enrollment at CUCC
Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Candlelight Vigil
SIS (Sisters in Spirit) 
Taizé Songs and Sacred Spaces:  Retreat at Pullen 
Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service, Nov. 24
Thanksgiving with CUCC Friends
Meals on Wheels Wish List for Christmas
Menu of Compassionate Gifts
CUCC Christmas Dinner
Email Addresses for Church Office and Pastor Steve
NEWSLETTER DEADLINE  

Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday Email - 8 NOV 2013

Congregational Meeting, Sunday, Nov. 10
Method Child Development Center  
Adult Forum
Stewardship Sunday, Nov. 10
Master Harp Guitarist this Sunday
Read Now, Discuss Later:  Talking with People on the “Other Side”
Retirees’ Fellowship, Monday, Nov. 11
Life & Faith in Downtown Raleigh, Tues. Nov. 12
Foreign Film Movie Night – Friday, Nov. 15
Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service, Nov. 24
SNAPcut Challenge
Menu of Compassionate Gifts
Costume Poetry Slam with Cafe Style Coffee and Dessert
Thanksgiving with CUCC Friends
CUCC Christmas Dinner

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Movie Night Friday, Nov. 15 - Dean Spanley

Our long-interrupted Foreign Film series resumes on Friday night, November 15 with a 7 PM showing of Dean Spanley in the Fellowship Hall. Peter O'Toole, Sam Neill, and Jeremy Northam star in this film from 2008, an Australian production filmed in New Zealand.

Folks my age remember Peter O'Toole for his performance as King Henry II in The Lion in Winter (1968) alongside Katherine Hepburn. At age 76 in this film (and 40 years after his performance in the Lion in Winter), Peter O'Toole gives his finest performance in my opinion in this film where he encounters evidence of "the transmigration of souls" in a manner that helps him heal from the loss of his son in the Boer War. While a crude summary of the plot (involving a man who used to be a dog) makes the movie sound like a comedy (and it does have plenty of humor), this is a very moving film that touches on the oneness of all life and the ever mysterious topic of reincarnation. I've watched it twice this year, and am looking forward to watching it again with friends at church.

Free popcorn, and a good opportunity for dialog afterwards. The film is only an hour and 40 minutes long, so we can have discussion afterwards and still finish up by 9:15.
-- Lavon Page (Nov. 4)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Moving N&O story on Julia Mackintosh

On Monday, Nov. 4, the Raleigh News & Observer carried a feature story on Julia Mackintosh on the front page of the State and Local section.

“We learned that learning was fun, communal, creative, wide-ranging, and interconnected,” Amy Mackintosh said. “I remember exploring the reefs below our house at low tides, and collecting huge colorful caterpillars on the frangipani trees for her lab classes when we should have been leaving for school.”
...
“Julia was able to distill the kernel from the chaff. It’s rare for a person to have so many talents, but what stands out for me is how willing Julia was to share her gifts, how kind and supportive she was.”

Painting day at Method Child Development Center


Method Child Development Center was started by Community United Church of Christ of Raleigh and four other churches in Raleigh. It was the city's first integrated daycare. It is a nonprofit daycare that offers financial assistance to families based on need and is an organization that could use some community support. The center hasn't been painted since it moved from Pullen Baptist church to its current location at 900 Trailwood Drive, off Avent Ferry Road, more than seven years ago.

We're having a painting work day at 9:00am, Nov. 9, and are looking for volunteers willing to come out and paint for 3 hours or so. If you can help out, please email Andrea Weigl at aweigl@earthlink.net so the parents’ group can make sure it has enough painting supplies for all the volunteers.

- Submitted by Gray Woodard

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service


The Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service for Community United Church of Christ, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairmont United Methodist Church, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church and West Raleigh Presbyterian Church will be held Sunday, November 24, 7:00pm, at Fairmont United Methodist Church, 2501 Clark Ave Raleigh, NC 27607. A reception with light refreshments will follow the service to provide a time for fellowship with our various congregations. If you have family members visiting, please bring them with you. Non-perishable food items will be collected for the needy families in the community.

Meals on Wheels Wish List for Christmas


All gifts are requested to be new. Any monetary contribution will be used bythe Retirees to purchase gift cards, which are especially appreciated.

Gas and Gift Cards
Holiday candy, cookies, and snacks
Gloves and Hats
Holiday soaps, towels, etc.
Umbrellas
Fleece throws
Postage stamps
Holiday Gift Sets appropriate for older folks

Boxes will be placed around the church beginning November 17 to collect your donations. The Retirees will be wrapping your gifts on Monday, December 9, from 10:00am – 12 Noon. Anyone who is available at that time to help wrap would be WARMLY WELCOMED! Bring a sandwich and join us for lunch; dessert and drinks will be provided.

- submitted by Anne Pope

SPCA gifts for Christmas

The children of CUCC's church school have decided to donate to the SPCA for Christmas. We will be collecting food, leashes, collars, treats and toys for dogs and cats for Christmas. We will have a big Christmas box set up during November and early December for those who wish to help.  Please give your gifts by December 15.


- from Miss Anne Bailey Zschau and the children

Andrew Kasab to play harp guitar for worship, Nov. 10

Andrew Kasab playing harp guitar
Photo from Andrew Kasab's website
Ever heard of a harp guitar?  You’ll have the rare opportunity to do so during our 10:30am Worship on Nov. 10th.  Andrew Kasab, one of the few masters of the harp guitar, will be playing a musical meditation and sharing some information about this instrument.  Andrew combines unconventional approaches to the harp guitar, including alternate tunings and percussive picking and fingering techniques, as well as an eclectic mix of American Primitive guitar, contemporary acoustic, folk, classical, blues and world music. Come enjoy this unique musical experience


Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday Email - 1 NOV 2013

Spring Forward – Fall Back
Adult Forum
Congregational Meeting, Sunday, Nov. 10
Taizé Worship, Tuesday, November 5, 7:00pm
Public Forum: The High Cost of Low Wages
Ever heard a harp guitar?
SNAPcut Challenge
Menu of Compassionate Gifts
NC Interfaith Power & Light Workshop on Climate Reality, Nov. 3
Beer & Hymns – Local Event, Nov. 3
Read Now, Discuss Later:  Talking with People on the “Other Side”
Costume Poetry Slam with Cafe Style Coffee and Dessert
Thanksgiving with CUCC Friends
Method Child Development Center  
Better World Shopping Guides
Volunteer Needed to Serve Wine at Christmas Party
Occupy Raleigh

Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday Email - 25 OCT 2013

Adult Forum
Youth Lock-in
Petition in Support of an Increased Minimum Wage for NC Workers
Sisters in Spirit (SIS), Tuesday, Oct. 29
Crop Walk this Sunday, Oct. 27
After the Crop Walk – Potluck Supper for the Walkers
SNAPcut Challenge
Menu of Compassionate Gifts
NC Interfaith Power & Light Workshop on Climate Reality, Nov. 3
Beer & Hymns – Local Event, Nov. 3
New to CUCC? Newcomers' Supper, Monday, November 11
Congregational Meeting, Sunday, Nov. 10
Read Now, Discuss Later:  Talking with People on the “Other Side”
Costume Poetry Slam with Cafe Style Coffee and Dessert
Thanksgiving with CUCC Friends
Method Child Development Center  
“Birding in Honduras” by Lena Gallitano

Beer and Hymns comes to Raleigh

I learned yesterday that Hollie Woodruff Duncan (one of our guest preachers this summer) is bringing this Wild Goose Festival favorite to Raleigh.  I'm sad I have a commitment I can skip.  Feel free to extend the invitation to your friends who love those old hymns.

If you love those old hymns, this is an experience not to miss.  Imagine hearing this was happening in Munich while you were there on vacation; you would definitely check it out.  

The details - 

Beer and Hymns - Sing along in this centuries-old tradition on Sunday, Nov. 3, 7pm at Tir na Nog (218 S Blount St, Raleigh).  Folks gather, buy the beverage of their choice, and sing old hymns.  Expect lots of gusto, full harmony, and all the verses!  I first experienced Beer and Hymns at the Wild Goose Festival and it quickly became one of my favorite events (and I don't even drink beer!).  The tradition reaches back to the dinner table of Martin and Katharina von Bora Luther when Martin's students would gather to sing and drink. Who knows?  Maybe "A Mighty Fortress" made its debut at Beer and Hymns at the Luthers'.  

A few words about 
Parking - The Moore Square parking deck is directly behind Tir na Nog; entrance is from Wilmington Street.  Parking is free after 6pm.  The area is well-lit because the deck also serves the CAT bus station.

Family-friendly - I expect this will be family friendly.  I took elementary-aged-Abby to Tir na Nog for meals and they sponsor Celtic bands, fun runs, and all sorts of community event. The Wild Goose Festival is also family-friendly, so I expect that good company feel to continue.

- submitted by Jane Smith as a personal invitation

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday Email - 18 OCT 2013

Church-Wide Campfire and Sing-along this Saturday evening!
Adult Forum
Church Council Ministry Fair
Earth Sabbath Celebration, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7-8:30pm, VFH
Newsletter Deadline – Wednesday, Oct. 23
Spirit, Mind and Body group
Youth Lock-in
Sisters in Spirit (SIS)
PLM Families Together
Keeping Homeless Families Together
Crop Walk
New to CUCC? Newcomers' Supper, Monday, November 11
Congregational Meeting
Read Now, Discuss Later:  Talking with People on the “Other Side”
Costume Poetry Slam with Cafe Style Coffee and Dessert
Method Child Development Center  
CUCC Appalachian Service Project

Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday Email - 11 OCT 2013

An Evening of Blue Grass
Adult Forum
Walk for Hope
Retiree’s Fellowship
Life & Faith in Downtown Raleigh
PFLAG Triangle Educational Forum on LGBT Youth (and a potluck, too!)
Church-Wide Campfire and Sing-along
Church Council Ministry Fair
Crop Walk
RSVP for Spirit, Mind and Body group to begin October 16.
PLM Families Together
Keeping Homeless Families Together
New to CUCC? Newcomers' Supper, Monday, November 11
Read Now, Discuss Later:  Talking with People on the “Other Side”
Costume Poetry Slam with Cafe Style Coffee and Dessert
Method Child Development Center
CUCC Appalachian Service Project

Monday, October 7, 2013

Costume Poetry Slam with Cafe Style Coffee and Dessert

November 16
7:00pm
in the fellowship hall
This is our NovemberFest celebration.

Select a favorite poem or literary piece or song lyrics to read (or better yet write something of your own!). It should be short, lasting 1-2 minutes. Then wear something that relates to or enhances the reading. Coffee and dessert will be served cafe style by our youth wait staff. We'll give mock prizes and have fun some with this new idea!

Campfire, songs and s-mores for everyone!

Come join the fall fun and be part of a Church-Wide Campfire, Sing-along and Smores night!

Saturday, Oct. 19
7-9pm
on the church grounds
 
Bring a camp chair and a copy of Rise Up Singing (if you have one, and don't worry if you don't).  We all had so much fun signing at our church-wide camping trip last spring; we didn't want to have to wait until next spring to gather around a fire again.  If you have questions, contact Śānti Matthews, Mike Schafale, or anyone in the CUCC Youth Group.

Read Now, Discuss Later: Talking with People on the “Other Side”

Do you ever find yourself talking with someone whose viewpoint is different from and hostile to yours?  I do.  I want to be clear about what I believe about the issue while also being loving and building the relationship.  Justice and love.  Love and justice.  I’m just not very good at this.  If this sounds like your struggle, too, let’s discuss Justin Lee’s book Torn:  Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs-Christians Debate .  What do his suggestions - geared to the Christian disagreement on welcoming LGBT people - say to us on all kinds of issues of faith in the public square?  Read the whole book before we meet November 10, 6:30-8pm, Bradow Room.  RSVP to Jane Smith or the Church Office (919-787-6422) or cucc@nc.rr.com as soon as possible.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Friday Email - 4 OCT 2013

World Communion Sunday
Adult Forum
ONA Task Force Meeting this Sunday
Food Bags for Urban Ministries due this Sunday
An Evening of Blue Grass
Date Change for “Life & Faith”
Neighbors in Need (NIN)
Walk for Hope
Retiree’s Fellowship
Church-Wide Campfire and Sing-along
Church Council Ministry Fair
Crop Walk
Read Now, Discuss Later:  Talking with People on the “Other Side”
Keeping Homeless Families Together
Mystery Flag
RSVP for Spirit, Mind and Body group to begin in October

Monday, September 30, 2013

Neighbors in Need collection this Sunday, Oct. 6

Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering that supports works of justice and compassion in the United States and abroad. Two-thirds of the NIN receipts support program initiatives and direct grants offered through the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries. More directly, NIN makes available grants up to $3,000 twice a year.

CUCC will collect its NIN offering on October 6. NIN really does make a difference, and not simply for people far away. The NIN website tells this story out of Asheville.
Just Economics (JE) is a small non-profit, advocacy organization whose mission is to educate, advocate, and organize for a just and sustainable local economy in Ashville, NC. JE works on issues of economic justice primarily centered on root causes of poverty including wage disparity. In 2010, Just Economics received a Neighbors in Need grant for their Economic Justice program entitled Voices. Voices is an eight-week leadership training program designed to help low-income people find their Voice and advocate for themselves and others. Bea is one of the people this program helped: 13

"Bea moved to Asheville with a very young son to escape a dangerous domestic violence situation. She was unable to live near her family for safety reasons. When Bea first moved to town, she lived on the streets with her child. Bea often felt very alone and vulnerable; sometimes they stayed at the Salvation Army, other times they slept in a doorway or under a bridge."

"Eventually Bea moved into a public housing development. She was unable to receive certain services because North Carolina policy requires a single mother to file for child support in order to be eligible. Bea refused fearing that the man who repeatedly beat and threatened to kill her and her child in the past, would find them."

"Bea felt trapped in a system that often seems hopeless. She joined a Voices class in 2010, where she learned about community organizing and the slow road toward creating systematic change. But she felt like if she was not part of working for change, she did not have a right to complain about what was wrong. Soon, Bea found herself addressing Asheville City Council members in a meeting where they were discussing living wages for City contractors. She spoke eloquently during the public comment period about extending the living wage requirement to workers on City contracts. That night, City Council approved the measure! Bea continues to find her voice. Her leadership skills have blossomed. She has assisted with the Full Plates project which dramatizes America’s wealth disparities."
- From newsletter article by Jo Perry

Church-Wide Campfire, Sing-a-Long and Smores Night

Saturday, October 19, 7:00pm-9:00pm
On the church grounds

Bring a camp chair and a copy of Rise Up Singing (if you have one, and don't worry if you don't). We all had so much fun singing at our church-wide camping trip last spring; we didn't want to have to wait until next spring to gather around a fire again. If you have questions, contact Śānti Matthews, Mike Schafale, or anyone in the CUCC Youth Group.

Thanksgiving with CUCC Friends

So where are you going to be on Thanksgiving Day? Want to spend a little time with CUCC friends and enjoy a good meal. We would like to start up an old CUCC tradition we haven't done in a while and have a Thanksgiving Day meal at church. For those who can't spend time with family, why not come together at CUCC and enjoy the season with others in your church?
If you want to participate, please contact the church office at 919-787-6422 or cucc@nc.rr.com. We'll figure out the logistics when we get an idea of who might be interested. The Lambs will provide the turkey; pot luck for the rest.

- Submitted by Bill Lamb

Bring item to worship Sunday, Oct. 6

We will celebrate World Communion Sunday on October 6 at 10:30am worship.  Steve Halsted invites us "to bring something to church that morning that connects you to people in faraway places, perhaps some little trinket or piece of artistic work from your travels to other parts of the world.  I [Steve] plan to bring either a small wooden cross of St. Francis from Italy or a piece of pottery from New Mexico.  See what you have that would connect us to others around the globe on World Communion Sunday and we will share our objects at the beginning of worship o this special day."

Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday Email - 27 SEP 2013

NC Pride Festival and Parade
New to CUCC?  Newcomer’s Supper Sept. 30
Youth News for this Weekend
Economic Justice Task Force Meeting
Taizé Worship
Wednesday Evening Bible Study
An Evening of Blue Grass
Date Change for “Life & Faith”
Crop Walk
Coalition for Peace With Justice

Monday, September 23, 2013

RSVP for Spirit, Mind and Body group to begin in October

I really appreciated what Gary Smith shared recently at worship in regards to Matthew 22:36-39:  "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”  Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.   And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself."

We have the wonderful vision of a holistic ministry here at CUCC but sometimes we forget to minister to our whole selves so that we may truly grow to love ourselves. The holiday season, in particular, can be quite challenging to me in regards to physical health and I don't think I am alone in this.  For that reason, I will be facilitating a covenantal small group to support each other in uniting our spirit, mind and body by eating right, living well and loving God.

This will be loosely based on the book Your Whole Life: The 3D Plan for Eating Right, Living Well, and Loving God by Carol Showalter. The group will commit to reading themed devotionals with a 3 d plan (diet, discipline and discipleship) and will discuss these together each week. Copies of devotionals will be provided for those who do not wish to buy the book. 

This will be a six week challenge and will meet weekly on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm in the sanctuary from Oct 16th through Nov 20th.  We will be empowered for self control at Thanksgiving! 

If you are interested in this small group, please call the church office with your interest and preferred date/time.  The church is the tentative meeting location. 

I look forward to continuing the journey toward health and wholeness with you.

Joy Alford

Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday Email - 20 SEP 2013

Forum
Parent Appetizer/Dessert Potluck
Date Change for Life & Faith
New to CUCC?  Newcomer’s Supper Sept. 30
An Evening of Blue Grass
NC Pride Festival and Parade
Youth Participation at NC Pride
Walk for Hope Children’s Message
Crop Walk
Keeping Homeless Families Together
Art Wall
Property Committee
Garbage & Recycling Bins

Questions about Obamacare?

You can help us get the word out to friends and neighbors.  The Forum planning committee has pulled together an excellent series of speakers on The Affordable Care Act.  So many people have questions and many are worried.  Why not pass along word about this opportunity to hear from experts?  Simply pass along this link to a description of the Forum sessions - http://cuccraleigh.blogspot.com/2013/09/you-and-obamacare.html .

- submitted by Jane Smith after a discussion with the Social Justice Ministry

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Julia Mackintosh Service

I was asked to set up a video feed for the Vaughan Wing in case there was an overflow crowd for Julia Macintosh's memorial service. The crowd barely fit into the sanctuary, so there was no need for the video feed. But the camera did record "in the cloud" the rather lengthy service. Julia's daughters requested the videos, so I'm making links available here in case anyone at CUCC might be interested.

Julia Macintosh Service (Part 1)
Julia Macintosh Service (Part 2)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Life & Faith moves to Oct. 15

To allow folks to work the Oct. 8 elections, Life & Faith in Downtown Raleigh will gather on Tuesday, Oct. 15 (3rd Tuesday).  New people welcomed enthusiastically.  Those who come set the topic for the night as we ponder how to connect what we believe to what we do.   6:30pm for those who want dinner; 7pm for the beverage-only people.  Dutch treat.  Look for our red Life & Faith comma at the corner round table at Tyler’s Tap Room. For more information, contact Jane Smith.
- submitted by Jane for Life & Faith in Downtown Raleigh

Newcomers' Supper, Sep. 30, 6pm

Are you new to Community UCC?  Let us treat you to dinner on Monday evening, September 30.  We'll get to know one another and you can ask questions about CUCC and our life together.  Arrive after 6pm for appetizers.  At 6:30 we'll sit down to dinner together and the conversation usually wraps up around 8:15.

Please RSVP to the church office (919-787-6422) by Sep. 25.  Let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or if you need child care.  We're happy to oblige.

Parents' of Children - potluck this Sunday at the Smith's home

Parent Appetizer/Dessert Potluck* - Do you have a child elementary age or younger?  You are invited to join other parents in the same boat for conversation about raising children as faithful people.  It's a time to compare notes and resources, ask open-ended questions, laugh together, and become friends.  Nobody will tell you what to do - it's not that kind of group.  We're meeting Sunday, September 22, 4:00pm – 6:00pm at Jane and Gary Smith's home.  Bring an appetizer or dessert to share.  This meeting is parents-only.  RSVP to Jane so she has enough chairs and plates (smithjeg@mindspring.com or 919-787-6539).

* “Rituals and Resources for Teaching Faith at Home" - this group meets about once a month on a Sunday late afternoon.  Most months parents and children come together.  Parents talk while the children play, then we share a potluck dinner together.  But sometimes the group wants time when their children won't be in earshot, so we do an earlier gathering with appetizers/desserts.  New folks welcome.
- posted by Jane for the group

Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday Email - 13 SEP 2013

Julia Mackintosh
SIS (Sisters in Spirit)
Youth Parent Retreat
Forum – September 15
ONA Sunday
Sunday School will start Sunday, September 15
Economic Justice Task Force
Parent Appetizer/Dessert Potluck – Rituals & Resources
NC Pride Festival and Parade
New to CUCC? Newcomers' Supper Sept. 30
NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
Caring Committee
Stewardship Ministry
Gardening Therapy
Crop Walk
Keeping Homeless Families Together
Moral Monday ad hoc Group
An Evening of Blue Grass
PFLAG Fundraiser

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Welcoming Sunday

The crowd for Welcoming Sunday was estimated by Geri Bowen (who was in charge of food) at around 90. The weather was wonderful. And the mood was festive. Here are some film clips from the day. You can view in HD or full screen or at Vimeo by clicking the appropriate button on the video.


Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday Email - 6 SEP 2013

Julia Mackintosh
Welcoming Sunday
Forum this Sunday
Fall Church Retreat
Rich Park Voter Registration  
Retirees’ Group
Life and Faith in Downtown Raleigh
Youth Parent Retreat
Sunday School will start September 15
Parent Appetizer/Dessert Potluck – Rituals & Resources
NC Pride Festival and Parade
ONA Sunday
New to CUCC? Newcomers' Supper Sept. 30
Crop Walk
Keeping Homeless Families Together
Voter Registration Applications

Finish work on children's playhouse this Saturday

Your help is needed to finish the playhouse this Saturday, Sep. 7, 7:30-10:30AM.  Many of the regular workers are busy, so new helpers are needed if we are to be done in time for the dedication the next day.

The jobs to be done are:
Cut the excess off the roof
Nail the roof down
Apply tarpaper and shingles
Attach railings on front porch
Build, stain and apply window boxes
Touch up painting, clean-up

Helpful (but not necessary) tools: a cordless drill, hammer, and screwdriver

- Message from Joan McAllister

Youth Parent Retreat, Saturday, Sep. 14

On Saturday, September 14 we will have a Parent Retreat upstairs in the Pilgrim House from 9:00 am-12:00 pm.  Coffee, juice, bagels, cream cheese, and fruit will be provided. This is an important meeting to look over our plans for Church School and Youth Group activities for 2013-2014. We need parent input on Church School Curriculum, Confirmation, BYC, ASP, Service Projects, etc. Parents please respond to Śānti (forsanti@aol.com or 919-961-8814) to indicate whether or not you will be able to make this meeting. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Lena Gallitano is Tar Heel of the Week

In the Sunday, September 1, edition of the Raleigh News & Observer, Lena Gallitano is named Tar Heel of the Week. A brief excerpt ...
Through her work with the county and state Audubon Society, she helped establish the N.C. Birding Trail, fought the Navy landing field that would have disturbed migratory birds in Eastern North Carolina and helped preserve bird habitats at several local parks, among other projects. 
Her work during the past two decades recently got nationwide attention when the national Audubon Society, an environmental group rooted in a love of birds, recognized her with its William Dutcher Award.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday Email - 30 AUG 2013

Julia Mackintosh
Congratulation to Jaci, Tam, and Jonathan Westbrook
Food Bags Due this Sunday
Forum Resumes this Sunday, Sept. 1
Taizé’ Worship
Welcoming Sunday
Fall Church Retreat
Keeping Homeless Families Together
Voter Registration Applications
Voter Registration Drive
Sept. 8 Rich Park Voter Registration Help Needed
Youth Parent Retreat
Launch of New CUCC Website

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Forward Together/Moral Mondays continues this fall

Volunteers needed
RICH Park Housing voter registration drive (Sep. 8, 3-6pm) - sign up with Jane or Bev
Future voter registration, photo ID, and driving to the polls efforts - ask Jane to put your name on the email list.  You can initiate projects and invite others to help you, or you can volunteer for projects that others have initiated.  Because the Moral Mondays/Forward Together ad hoc group won't be meeting regularly, these emails are how we will keep in touch.
 

Background on CUCC and Moral Mondays/Forward Together

Sparked by the NC legislative session of 2013, the NAACP of North Carolina sent out a call to the HKonJ coalition to gather in Raleigh to proclaim a more loving vision for our state.  Called Moral Mondays, these weekly assemblies were part celebration and part protest.  Inspired by speeches and chants, the crowd stood in witness to the General Assembly.  Some among those gathered chose to risk arrest as they took their message to their legislators in the building.

Members of CUCC responded to the call, prompted by the 2012 vote of the congregation to seek economic justice for all.  Dozens attended the rallies; a handful chose to risk arrest (p. 9).  As Moral Mondays became Forward Together, an ad hoc Moral Monday group met regularly:  organizing voter registration drives, assistance to people who will need photo IDs or rides to the polls, and participation in the ongoing rallies.

With fall Forum starting September 1, the ad hoc group decided to move its work to email.  If you would like to be part of that emailed exchange of opportunities to do voter registration, photo IDs and driving to the polls, contact Jane Smith.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New Collaborative Website

On August 27, the Communications Committee released an updated version of the CUCC website. This transition was approved by Church Council at its August 19 meeting and had been under development since late May.

The primary purpose of the transition is to allow greater direct participation by groups in the church and an improved flow of information. Rather than have a single webmaster who services all groups in the church (as has been the case since creation of the church website around 1995), the new approach allows groups in the church to choose who will be posting and maintaining information on the church website on their behalf. So groups can have very direct involvement if they so choose, or they still have the option of passing their information for the website on to somebody else. If they do choose to ask someone to post information on their behalf, they can choose from any of several members of the Communications Committee, or anyone else in the church who has blogging skills or is willing to learn simple blogging skills on the group's behalf.

Already approximately half a dozen people have been involved in "webmaster" work on the new website, with an additional half dozen or so contributing information. So the collaborative effort is up and running. And you'll see a lot more activity and frequent updates at the website than you've seen in the past. Feel free to contact a member of the Communications Committee (Lavon Page, Chair) with your suggestions or requests.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Join the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington celebration

Wednesday, August 28, 5:30pm
You can find the locations of celebrations throughout North Carolina by watching this short and inspiring video.  Locations are listed at the end.


- posted by Jane Smith as me and at the suggestions of Joan McAllister

Friday, August 23, 2013

Forum begins September 1

Sunday, September 1, 9:15am
Vaughan Fellowship Hall
 
The first forum will be:  "2013 Legislation and the Responding Social Activism: Where are we headed?"  Open discussion on 1) the new legislation passed by the 2013 General Assembly in areas impacting social and economic justice, and 2) the increased social activism the legislation generated.  Discussion facilitated by Cynthia Ball.

Friday Email - 23 AUG 2013

Parents, Little Kids, Big Kids, and the Young at Heart
Welcoming Sunday, September 8
Forum Resumes September 1
Fall Church Retreat
Stewardship Update
Keeping Homeless Families Together
Youth Group Winds Up Study of World Religion
Take a Shift Registering People to Vote
Voter Registration Drive
Voter Registration Applications
Food Bags Due Sunday, September 1

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Friday Email - 16 AUG 2013

Welcome Home Pastor Steve
New Playhouse for Children’s Playground
Youth to Cook & Serve Wright Center Meal this Sunday
Welcoming Sunday
Church Council
Stewardship Update
Gardening Therapy
Keeping Homeless Families Together
Voter Registration Applications
NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
Shopping for a Great Cause

Monday, August 12, 2013

Rev. Barber speaks at the Wild Goose Festival

Joan asked me to post this link to a speech by Rev. Barber at the Wild Goose Festival in western NC last week.  She says to hang in there; by minute 38 you will be glad you did.
- posted by Jane for Joan

Save the Date! NC Pride is September 28!

Photo of CUCC at NC Pride, 2012
CUCC at NC Pride, 2012
CUCC's Open and Affirming Task Force will once again participate in NC Pride on September 28, 2013, at Duke University's East Campus.  Volunteers are needed to assist at the table and to MARCH, MARCH, MARCH in the Parade.  If you have never been to Pride, you have missed a life-affirming experience.  If you like to be thanked for being a member of a welcoming church, then this is the place for you to be on Saturday, September 28.  Hope to see you there!

Call  the church office (919-787-6422) or email Cathy at cathyann8504@gmail.com to sign up for a shift at the table or to make arrangements to meet the group for the march.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Where can I recycle at CUCC?

Bulletin: brown wooden container in narthex

White paper, chipboard, flattened cardboard, and newspaper: green recycling curbside container under kitchen table

Cans, glass jars, plastic drink bottles: green recycling trashcan in kitchen

Rigid plastic lids: box on hutch in Vaughan Fellowship Hall.  Linda Baker is taking them to Aveda.  Acceptable lids collection guide

Batteries (not leaking):  hand to Jane or Gary Smith.  Do not put them on the shelf in the fellowship hall - fire and battery acid hazard.

Florescent light bulbs - tube and CFL (unbroken): hand to Jane or Gary Smith  Do not put them on the shelf in the fellowship hall - toxic mercury vapor hazard if broken.

Willing to collect an item from others at CUCC for cooperative recycling? Call Jane Smith.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday Email - 9 AUG 2013

Volunteers needed for Playhouse Building Project
Caring Committee
Life & Faith in Downtown Raleigh
Kevin Wilkins
Economic Justice Task Force
Updated Monthly Calendar Attached
Stewardship Update
Kindermusik Classes

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Life & Faith in Downtown Raleigh: Tuesday, Aug. 13

Have you been looking for a group with whom to chew over the challenges of day-to-day living what you believe?  Join us at Tyler’s Tap Room in downtown Raleigh this Tuesday, Aug. 13.  We sit around a table with beverages in hand sharing our questions and swapping suggestions.  Come once and see if this suits you.  Bring a friend.  Anyone can suggest a question for consultation.  If no one suggests a topic, this week’s will be one of mine from Moral Mondays:  “How do I love my [political] enemy while also bearing witness on behalf of those being hurt by him/her?” 

Here are the logistics:  Those who want dinner arrive at 6:30 PM; those who only want a beverage come at 7 when we begin the conversation.  Dutch treat.  You can find Tyler’s at http://www.tylerstaproom.com/locations/raleigh/; there is well-lit parking on both sides of the building.  Look for the red “Life & Faith” comma at our usual round table on the far right.
 
A Gathering of Friends event

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Help build or provide snack/lunch for new playhouse

The property ministry of CUCC needs your help to build a playhouse for the playground.  We need interested folks of ALL AGES and ABILITIES to participate in the project:  a few project managers as well as strong folks, good counters, ditch diggers, site levelers, people who are good with hammers and screwdrivers and saws, gluers, painters, carriers, etc.  Volunteers to provide snacks and make sandwiches for workers would be WONDERFUL!!   On Saturday, August 17, we will do site preparation and we will build the playhouse on August 24.  We will do any last minute finish-up Sunday, August 25.  If you are willing to pitch in, please contact Nancy Stoddard or Joan McAllister. 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday Email - 2 AUGUST 2013

Steve’s Sabbatical
Food Bags for Urban Ministries
ONA Task Force
Moral Monday Discussion Group
Youth Remain in Worship Service This Sunday
Taizé Worship
Gardening Therapy
Deacons Meeting
Art Wall
Correction on email
New Playhouse for Children’s Playground

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Joan Little's sister now a movie star

Many of us fondly remember Joan Little's sister Lydia Davis. Lydia has been to Raleigh numerous times. At the time of the family gathering at the funeral home that many of us attended, Lydia was the sister who led the family in singing a Polish hymn in honor of Joan. (Lydia is now 80, and when she attended Catholic elementary school in Saginaw, all classes were still conducted in Polish. That practice had disappeared by the time Joan entered school, so Lydia was the sibling most fluent in Polish.)

Lydia has an interesting connection with the Korean War, and as a result Lydia has been featured in a documentary on that war. From an article describing Lydia's role in the movie,

A member of the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 251 and the American Legion, Davis was invited to record her memories in the Delta College documentary, “The Korean War: Voices from the 38th Parallel.”

The article is entitled Korean War veteran shares a woman's perspective of the 'Forgotten War' in Delta College documentary and appears at the MLive - All Michigan website.

Here's an excerpt  that shows what a true groundbreaker Lydia was in terms of women's roles in the military ...

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Moral Monday request: Who is doing voter registration?

Following is a summary of the discussion at this week's CUCC Moral Mondays ad hoc group meeting (July 28)

Do this week
Please research groups which are coordinating  helping people register to  vote  and get a photo ID.  Bring details next Sunday OR email them to the group this week.

Upcoming events
Tomorrow, July 29Moral Monday March to Capitol and Mass Social Justice Interfaith Rally   
“Wear red to support public ed” – NCAE request
Carpool from CUCC:  Look for Jane.  Leaving promptly at 4:30.
Rally on Halifax Mall:  5:00pm
Walk to old capitol building:  6:00pm (time change as of 10am Monday)
Thursday, Aug. 1:  “Voices of A People’s History of the United"
Keep your spirits up by watching this documentary.  Folks from CUCC will be meeting there; look for Joan McAllister.
7pm, Clara Barton room at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh (east of CUCC on Wade Avenue)
Description:  On Thursday, August 1, Documentary Night features "Voices of a Peoples History of the United States". Based upon a remarkable collection of documents from the rich tradition of struggle in the US, readings “Voices of A People’s History of the United" celebrates an alternative national identity, one of resistance to racism and slavery, of organization for women's rights, of struggle for union recognition, of opposition to war and militarism, of agitation for workplace and social democracy. Authors Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove use selected testimonies of people throughout U.S. history who articulated a vision for a better world.

Sunday, Aug. 4:  CUCC’s Moral Mondays ad hoc group meets to plan voter registration, IDs, and attending local Forward Together rallies
9:15am, Vaughan Fellowship Hall

Monday, Aug. 5:  Next Moral Monday local rally: 
What: Mountain Moral Monday
When: Monday, August 5, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Pack Square Park, Asheville, NC
Who: Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of the NC NAACP and leader of the Moral Monday rallies in Raleigh
Why: Protest the draconian laws being passed by the NC State Legislature
Joan is interested in carpooling.  Contact her directly if you’d like to go.

Resources
Sign up to be an election official    (from Jane)
Article in Huffington Post:    “9 Ways to Organize the Next Civil Rights Movement”     (from Gary)
Editorial in Wall Street Journal:   “Why Are North Carolina Liberals So @&%*! Angry?”      (Is this the correct article, Laura?)
No Labels”:  non-partisan group working on collaborative government solutions, mentioned by Laura this morning 
Buses from NC to March on Washington 50th celebration 

- notes taken by Jane Smith

Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday Email - 26 JUL 2013

Musical – Into the Woods, Jr.
We Welcome Ruth Pardue as Our Guest Musician this Sunday
Youth News for this Sunday, July 28
Social Justice Ministry Meeting
ONA Task Force Meeting
Keeping Homeless Families Together
Retreat, contemplate, share, recreate. All Congregation Retreat, September 10–12, 2013

Social Justice and the "Fracking Issue"

The Social Justice Ministry has taken an active interest in the "fracking issue" in the past couple of years.   Here are my thoughts on some of the problems with fracking.

For the past two years, the Social Justice Ministry (SJM) has given a significant portion of its budget to resist prospective hydrofracturing or “fracking” shale layers deep in the North Carolina earth to extract natural gas.   Fracking is a drilling technique that inserts a vertical pipe a mile deep, bends the pipe horizontally and thrusts it for additional miles laterally into subterranean shale deposits that house pockets of natural gas.  Fluids consisting of water, sand, and undisclosed chemicals are then pumped through the pipe at extreme pressure and heat levels that fracture the shale and enable extraction of the valued gas. The pipe is encased in cement housed within a steel sheath that purportedly protects against the liquid mix leaking into unintended areas.

As the member of the SJM with the lead responsibility for supporting policies and organizations that advocate for the integrity of God’s creation, I oppose fracking .  I believe fracking poses numerous problems or at least raises serious questions related to environmental and human health, economic stability, community amity, and atmospheric balance.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Musical - Into the Woods, Jr.

The musical Into the Woods, Jr. will be presented on July 26th and 27th at 7:00pm in the CUCC Sanctuary.  Several members of the congregation will be participating in the production. Tickets are free.  Donations are accepted.
Listen to a bit of the music and read a description

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Family pool party

Our next Rituals & Resources for Teaching Faith at Home gathering will be Sunday, July 28, 4-6pm, at the Lake Johnson swimming pool.  Families with children 5th grade and younger are welcome.  Bring snacks & drinks for your own family.  Those families who still feel energetic at 6pm will head out for a pizza dinner, while the sleepy ones can head home.
Directions to the Lake Johnson pool
Pool day pass fee 

If it rains, we'll reschedule for another day.

Questions?  Call Jane Smith.

- submitted for the group

Moral Monday update

Beverly Stolarick and Gray Woodard told us about their experience being arrested at last week’s Moral Monday. Thank you, Bev and Gray!

We arranged to carpool to the rally responding to the killing of Trayvon Martin. Joan agreed to announce the carpool in worship.

Joan and Jane will be hosting “lupper” (lunch/supper) for 3 people from High Country UCC tomorrow (July 22) at 3:30pm at CUCC. If you would like to join us, call Jane or Joan so we can add your name to the pot. Menu: gazpacho, salad, and fruit-sickles. We’ll use the time to swap ideas about how our congregations are responding to Moral Monday. Joan has two high school friends from Winston-Salem who will be joining us as well.

Etta brought a copy of the “Don’t Be Silenced” report card produced by Democracy NC. The sheet lists how all NC legislators voted on key legislation. Etta will look into obtaining more copies so we can distribute them at CUCC.  

Consider attending the October 10 gathering of the NC NAACP. This meeting will be held in Rocky Mount. Rep. John Lewis will speak and a reception will honor the Moral Mondays arrestees.

We welcomed Cindy Hodges who answered our questions about registering people to vote. Cindy explained which parts of the form voters must complete. Anyone is allowed to hand out forms and to collect completed forms and return them to the Board of Elections. Wake residents’ forms go to the Wake BOE; other NC county residents’ forms can be delivered to the NC BOE. You may distribute copies you download from the BOE website or pick up copies at the BOE. The photo ID law (if passed) will not be implemented until 2016, so we don’t need to worry about that yet. Groups Cindy has worked with recommend that you deliver completed forms to the BOE within 24 hours of collecting them. Be sure to look over the form before the person walks away to ensure that all the information is legible and all required fields are completed.

Printable voter registration form 
Wake County Guide to Effective Voter Registration Guides 
Location of Wake County Board of Elections: 337 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh (ground floor of old county office building at corner of Salisbury and Davie)
Mailing address of Wake County Board of Elections: PO Box 695, Raleigh, NC 27602
Location of NC Board of Elections 441 North Harrington St, Raleigh (near 42nd Street Oyster Bar) Mailing address of NC Board of Elections: PO Box 27255, Raleigh, NC 27611-7255

The group discussed working with NAACP-NC to identify locations to register people to vote. It was also suggested that we print labels to affix to the forms so that people who choose to take them to fill out later will know where to mail them. We may want to sponsor a combined a voter registration/health care enrollment effort in October.

Tomorrow’s Moral Monday: Carpool to leave CUCC Dixie Trail parking lot at 4:30pm. This is probably the final opportunity to protest while the General Assembly is in session. If you plan to risk arrest, this is the day!

Let me know if I missed anything in the notes.
- submitted by Jane Smith for the Moral Monday ad hoc group

Friday, July 19, 2013

We Welcome Reverend Denise Baker to our Pulpit

We welcome Reverend Wilhemina Denise Baker to our pulpit this morning. Rev. Baker is the daughter of Rev. Paul A. Baker of Hope Mills, NC and the late Mrs. Bobbie Mae Baker. She is the oldest of their five children and has two brothers and two sisters. Denise has one daughter, Tameka, and two granddaughters, Alia and Alina. Rev. Baker graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fayetteville State with a B.S in Psychology. She earned an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctorate from Campbell. She is a licensed Professional Counselor, a licensed Psychological Associate, and a licensed Attorney and Counselor at Law. Her professional experience has been focused primarily upon family-related issues. She is employed as the Team Leader of the Division Affairs Team for the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services in Raleigh, NC. Rev. Baker was ordained by the Union Missionary Baptist Association. She is ever mindful and most thankful for the wondrous blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon her. She is both awed and humbled by God’s choice of her as one of His own and is most pleased to be known as God’s child.

Friday Email - 19 JUL 2013

We Welcome Reverend Denise Baker this Sunday
Sunday, July 21 – Youth Field Trip
Keeping Homeless Families Together
Earth Sabbath
Tai Chi
Lena Gallitano Receives Audubon Award
Musical – Into the Woods, Jr.
Guest Consultant at Moral Mondays Group this Sunday
Retreat, Contemplate, Share, Recreate

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

NAACP-NC announces next steps for Forward Together

I found this information in High Country Press (Boone).  - from Jane Smith


The North Carolina NAACP is also announcing the following next steps for the Forward Together Movement [the HKonJ project title for Moral Mondays]:
  • Voting rights will headline the 12th Wave of protests on July 22, and their impact on public education and criminal justice.
  • The 13th Wave will be an interfaith assembly on July 29. A permit for the State Capitol facing Fayetteville Street has been submitted.
  • Throughout the month of August, local Moral Mondays will take place in select cities and communities across the state.
  • Each of the growing number of Moral Monday participants will be asked to register 50 people.
  • On August 28, the Forward Together Movement will honor the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington with events in each of the 13 congressional districts in North Carolina, including one at the State Capitol.
  • Clergy will deliver special sermons throughout the weekend on August 24 and 25 in advance of the Anniversary.
  • North Carolinians are mobilizing for the 50th Anniversary March on Washington, planned for August 24, 2013 in Washington DC. 

Guest Consultant at Moral Mondays Group this Sunday



Thank you, Geoffrey Frank of UCCH, for the photo.
On Sunday July 21, Cindy Hodges will be joining us to provide information on how we can help register voters and counter the effects of voter-suppressing legislation now being passed by the NC Legislature.  The Moral Mondays Sunday ad hoc group has been discussing ways that we can be involved with voter registration, polling place support, and assistance to people who need to get ID’s but cannot afford it.  All are invited to attend this meeting at 9:15 am to get your questions answered.  Cindy is Precinct Captain for Joan’s precinct in West Raleigh.
In addition we hope to hear from our newest Moral Monday arrestees, Gray and Bev, about their experiences.  We will focus on next steps.

-                submitted by Joan McAllister for the Moral Monday’s ad hoc group

Lena Gallitano Receives Audubon Award

At the National Audubon meeting in Stevenson WA, Lena Gallitano won the William Dutcher award for her volunteer service to Audubon. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Fall Retreat

Note that the right-most tab on this News & Chat blog is entitled "Fall Retreat". That will be your resource for up-to-date retreat information between now and the retreat. And you can download the form to sign up for the retreat from that location.

Friday Email - 15 JUL 2013

We Welcome Reverend Sheila Barrick this Sunday
Caring Committee
Hospitality for Moral Monday
Gardening Therapy
PFLAG
Tai Chi
NEWSLETTER DEADLINE
Keeping Homeless Families Together
Musical – Into the Woods, Jr.
Retreat, Contemplate, Share, Recreate

Friday, July 5, 2013

Friday Email - 5 JUL 2013

Food Bags Due This Sunday
GREAT FLYING SEEDS!!
The Caring Committee
Hospitality for Moral Monday
Keeping Homeless Families Together
Art Wall
Musical – Into the Woods, Jr.
Retreat, Contemplate, Share, Recreate

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Send-off to Camp for CUCC Youth

In case you missed the 10:30 worship service on Sunday, June 30, here's an opportunity to see the send-off that the youth group received during the worship service. They left immediately following the send-off, and will return Friday afternoon. Santi and Paul Kiel are accompanying them on the trip. Go CUCC youth!

Then (1963) and now (2013) - 50 years

Barry Saunders in today's N&O reflects on 1963 as the year of the Speaker Ban law (and the protests that followed passage of the law). That, plus Joan McAllister's ode to getting arrested on Sunday, plus a conversation with Judy Kiel during fellowship after church about the change in protocol between arrests in 1963 vs. arrests today prompts me to share with you a piece that has been in the CUCC archive since 2006.

My own "premeditated" arrest did occur in 1963 (in Chapel Hill), although in those days arrests weren't scripted as they are nowadays. But the more interesting arrests during the period that Barry Saunders writes about were the "accidental" ones. While civil disobedience as a tactic may be just as applicable now as it was 50 years ago, the details of arrests as they occurred 50 years ago have been lost in the fog of time. Or to put it another way, times have changed. For a trip down memory lane, my reflection in 2006 on an arrest in Birmingham AL in 1965 provides an interesting reminder of that.


Birmingham Summer (18 minute audio)

Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday Email - 28 JUN 2013

Prayers for BYC Campers
Food Bags Due this Sunday
Taizé Worship
Welcoming, Fellowship & Growth Meeting
Hospitality for Moral Monday
Keeping Homeless Families Together
Great Flying Seeds!!!
Gardening Therapy
Art Wall
Musical – Into the Woods, Jr.
Food Donations for Moral Mondays Event
Screening of Film – Citizen Koch
Retreat, Contemplate, Share, Recreate

Monday, June 24, 2013

Please pray for our youth and leaders as they travel to Baptist Youth Camp

Dear friends,

As eleven of us prepare to leave for BYC (Baptist Youth Camp) on Sunday, June 30, (Alex Bowen, Michael Bowen, Leah Jensen, Erin Kiel, Jackson Kiel, Carson Roach-Howell, John Robertson, JaCarrie Spurlock, Teresa Worley, Paul Kiel, and Santi Matthews), I am aware of how much we need and cherish your prayers, your thoughts, your support, and your care. It’s my hope that CUCC will pray for us as we travel and while we are gone. Please offer prayers in worship on Sunday, June 30, and throughout the week as we leave for camp and as we spend time over the following six days learning, and growing, and understanding each other, and God more deeply and truly. We will be focusing on Exile. We'll study the biblical meaning and history of Exile, but we'll also be exploring more personally, the spiritual effects of deep loss, the religious and social effects of crisis, and the beautiful consequences of hope and new beginnings.
 
BYC Contact Numbers and Address
Laurel Ridge Camp
124 Pendry Drive
Laurel Springs, NC 28644 
 
Santi Matthews
CUCC Youth Leaders

What's new with CUCC's Moral Mondays effort?

At yesterday's meeting we planned for today's (June 24th) rally (see post below) and confirmed we will meet next week (June 30) at 9:15am in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall.  If you have questions about Moral Mondays, or are interested in participating in the work at CUCC please come. Meanwhile, you can contact Jane Smith to have your name added to the emailed work of the ad hoc group which happens during the week.

Gray Woodard has a small list of folks willing to provide hospitality to out-of-towners attending Moral Mondays or returning for court dates.  Joan McAllister will let the NAACP-NC know of our offer.  Call Gray to add your bedrooms to the list.  You are asked to provide a clean bed, and a warm shower to guests.  Gray will call to ask if your space is available for a specific date.

Karen Vollrath announced today's rally logistics at worship yesterday.

We had some internal discussion about how to work during the week.  Moral Mondays events arise quickly and we needed to think about how to be inclusive of all interested voices without bogging down to prevent action.  Jane is circulating some ideas this week which will be decided at next Sunday's meeting.

- submitted for the ad hoc Moral Monday's group

Moral Monday: June 24

What are the Moral Mondays?  Check out the inspiring videos at the NAACP of North Carolina web site.  The theme for today is "Labor, Women and Economic Justice."

If you are considering using your constitutional rights to be present inside the legislative building (thereby risking arrest), you MUST attend the training at 3pm at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church.

The rally for everyone begins at 5pm on Halifax Mall.  A carpool will leave from the CUCC Dixie Trail parking lot at 4:30 sharp; look for Jane and Joan there.  If you don't plan to stay until the last bus leaves, Jane is happy to drive you back to your car earlier.

Can't get to the rally by 5pm?  Arrive when you can.  The first bus to the detention center doesn't leave until about 6:45pm, so your presence is still needed throughout the evening.

Questions?  Call Jane.

- submitted for the ad hoc Moral Monday group

Sunday, June 23, 2013

CUCC young families head to the pool July 28

Our next Rituals & Resources for Teaching Faith at Home gathering will be Sunday, July 28, 4-6pm, at the Lake Johnson swimming pool.  Families with children 5th grade and younger are welcome.  Bring snacks & drinks for your own family.  Those families who still feel energetic at 6pm will head out for a pizza dinner, while the sleepy ones can head home.

Directions
Pool fees

A lesson for us all

In a "State of Things" broadcast on WUNC Radio this week, Frank Stasio reflected on the career of the late Gov. Jim Holshouser. A clip from a comment made by Gov. Holshouser in 2004, 40 years after his term as Governor of North Carolina, is worth remembering by all of us in this current age of political polarization ...

Gov. Jim Holshouser speaking in 2004 (16 sec.)