Friday, April 26, 2013

Directions, what to bring for TODAY's church-wide outdoor event

Prayers for Creation:  Come early (any time after 4:00pm), and beat the traffic! The park gates close at 8:00pm, and no one is permitted in or out after that time. Please plan on joining us until 7:30pm, and then make your way out, or count on spending the night!

 If you are coming for the evening only please bring:  warm clothes, a side dish to share with dinner, and a camp chair.

If you are spending the night, please bring:  warm clothes (it will be cold overnight!), a side dish to share with dinner, a camp chair, socks & comfortable shoes for walking/playing, a sleeping bag, pillow, bug spray, a flashlight, toiletries (there are sinks, but no showers), necessary medications.

Directions:  William B. Umstead State Park is located in Wake County between Raleigh and Durham. Camp Lapihio is in the Crabtree Creek section which is located 10 miles northwest of Raleigh off US 70. The park visitor’s center is also located in this section. From US 70 headed west, turn left onto Umstead Parkway, pass the park office and follow signs to Camp Lapihio, and then to the Oaks. It’s a beautiful drive once you’re in the park!

 Contact Śānti Matthews with any questions you might have: 919-961-8814.
A Gathering of Friends event

Last call - Collecting household items to keep homeless families together

We're collecting items a family will need as they move from homelessness into housing - things like soap, toothbrushes, a broom. There are posters in the Narthex and Fellowship Hall with post-it notes with items needed for welcome baskets for these families. Please take a note or two and bring the item back to the church by April 28th.  Contact Gray Woodard with questions.
- submitted for Community Outreach Ministry

Get your tix for Durham Bulls Baseball

It’s time again to enjoy baseball with the Durham Bulls on Friday, June 14, 7:05pm.  Durham will be playing Indianapolis.  Adult reserve tickets for the game are $8.99.  Children under twelve are $7.99.  These tickets are going fast so please sign up no later than Friday, May 24th,  noon through the church office (919-787-6422).  Community UCC will purchase the tickets for those who sign up for the game.  Please reimburse the church by placing a check in the offering plate with the notation “Durham Bulls” on the memo line.  We’ll meet at the church on Friday, June 14th at 5:45pm. From there we will carpool to Durham.  Please call Robert Parrish at 919-616-1606 if you have any questions.  Let’s have a wonderful evening of fun and fellowship together as we experience Durham Bulls baseball. 
A Gathering of Friends event
- submitted for Welcoming, Fellowship and Growth

Rededicating RICH Park

The rededication of RICH Park will be on Saturday, May 4th at 11:00am.  It will take place at Rich Park (555 Method Road).  All are invited.

What is RICH Park?
In 1968, Raleigh InterChurch Housing was born with the dream of creating low cost housing where anyone could live without regard to race. Five congregations - three black and two white - joined together to utilize a federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program to build 100 apartment units on Method Road.
In 2008, RICH Park Housing celebrated 40 years of ministry. With the end of the HUD program, RICH Park continues to provide low cost housing in a mixed income development. The consortium of five congregations has rededicated themselves to providing oversight through a professional property management company. An on-site manager organizes a variety of programs for residents.

RICH Park Housing Congregations
  • Community United Church of Christ
  • Cosmopolitan Baptist Church
  • Davie Street Presbyterian Church
  • First Baptist Church (Wilmington Street)
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh
CUCC Members, RICH Park Board
  • Frank Gailor
  • Peg Hulslander
  • David Sigmon
  • Beverly Stolarick

Enjoy a potluck and add time for Mission 4/1 Earth

The final First Wednesday Potluck for this half of the year will be on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 6:30pm, VFH.   Let’s enjoy our culinary creations in an atmosphere of gentle fellowship.  All are welcome.
A Gathering of Friends event
- submitted for Welcoming, Fellowship and Growth Ministry

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

This Saturday - plant clean up at Mitchell's Mill park

Did you miss the invasive plant work day at Mitchell's Mill State Natural Area two weeks ago? Did you enjoy it so much you'd like to come again? Want more hours you can count for 4/1 Earth? I'm thinking of doing another trip this coming Saturday afternoon - April 27. Please let me know if you are interested.

Posted for Mike Schafale

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Inspired by Earth Day? Community activities for all ages

Our colleagues throughout the community have asked us to extend a warm welcome to each of you to attend any of these special celebrations.

Climate Convergence on Raleigh  Events April 20-21   "On April 20th-21st, 2013, people from all walks of life will converge in our state's capitol to demonstrate the need for sane andsubstantive discourse on the challenges caused by climate change. "

Sunday, April 28, 2013, 6:30-8:30 pmHow Can Our Christian Faith Guide Our Response to Climate Change?
Monday, May 6, 2013, 7:00-9:00 pm
The State of Climate Change Science and Policy
Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 7:00-9:00 pmIndividual and Political Climate Change Solutions: What Can You Do?

"A Sense of Wonder"  May 10 movie and potluck, 6-9pm.  Movie based on an award-winning play about Rachel Carson (Lena said the play was terrific).  Church of the Nativity.  If you wish to go, please RSVP to  Several CUCC members are planning to go, contact Gary Smith if you would like to carpool.

Faith and Ecology series at Church of the Nativity.  Sundays May 26-June 23, 9:15am (CUCC's Forum will be over)
May 26: Sacred Foodscapes, Carl Sigel
June 2: Water, the Indispensable Resource, Jennifer Warrilow
June 9: 24/6, A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life, Karen Ridout
June 16: Taking Action: Panel Discussion*, Carl Sigel, moderator  (participants: Charly Kerr, Jon Showalter, Bruce Hunn, Annie Suk, Gary Smith)
June 23: Creating an Eco-friendly Churchyard, Nancy Reed
- posted for Justice in a Changing Climate  
Be sure to count your hours for Mission 4/1 Earth 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Publicizing the April 20 Auction

In collaboration with Carol Kepler, I have created an auxiliary page on this blog to publicize the church auction. You'll see it in the right sidebar under "Pages" where it will remain until after the auction has taken place. Anyone in the church who wishes to help publicize the upcoming auction is welcome to use a link to this page for general publicity purposes. Church Auction Publicity

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

CUCC Family Fun Auction

Saturday, April 20, 6:30 pm 

The CUCC Family Fun Auction is coming up on Saturday, April 20, and we need you to help make it a success! The auction is an annual fundraiser for CUCC. Would you consider donating an item to the auction? Examples of past auction items include: * Garden plants 
* Weekends at the beach, lake or mountains 
* Hand-made pottery, quilts, jewelry and original artwork * A morning of bird-watching & lunch 
* Therapeutic massage 
* Day trips to fun destinations. A geology field trip or a hike at a state park * Pet-sitting, Babysitting, Yard work, Handyman, and Computer services 
* Brunches, lunches, dinners 
* Delicious homemade cakes, pies, jams, etc. 

Please contribute your time, talents or treasure to this wonderful annual event. To make a pledge, call the office and let them know the item, the minimum bid, any conditions (date, maximum/minimum number of people, etc.), AND whether you will be attending the auction. Please enter your pledge of an auction item to the church office by April 16. Pledge forms are available at the church office, on page 4 of this newsletter, or you can fill out a form after worship on Sunday, April 7 and April 14. 

Make plans to attend this great annual event. Social and silent auction begin at 6:30 pm; the bidding starts at 7:00 pm. Child care will be provided, and a great time is guaranteed. 
Thanks for your support, and see you at the auction!

- Submitted by Carol Kepler & Carol Clark 

Please copy/paste the form below and submit it to the church office, Carol Kepler or Carol Clark by April 16.

DONATION FORM – Print, fill in, and bring to church with you! 
Suggestion: If you offer multiple items of one thing, such as jam or cookies, please give us a suggested price and how many of those items you have for sale (if possible) under “Conditions.” 
Name: ____________________________________________________________________ 
Email: _____________________________________ Phone __________________ 
1. I will contribute: __________________________________________________ 

Minimum bid. $ ____________ Dates offered _______________________ 
Conditions (if any): _____________________________________________ 
2. I will contribute: __________________________________________________ 

Minimum bid. $ ____________ Dates offered _______________________ 
Conditions (if any): _____________________________________________ 
3. I will contribute: ____________________________________________________ 

Minimum bid. $ ____________ Dates offered _______________________ 
Conditions (if any): _____________________________________________ 
Please return this form to the office ASAP. Final deadline is Tuesday, April 16. 
 I would like to see __________________________ offered at the auction. 

 I would like babysitting services ___________ A youth video _________ 

 I plan to attend the auction: Yes______ No ______ Maybe ________ 

Help prepare CUCC's rain garden

The Property Ministry has scheduled an ALL DAY WORKDAY for Saturday, April 13. This will be an outside workday, and we will be weeding and cleaning up the compost area and readying it for a rain garden. Lunch will be served (probably pizza). Trucks are needed for hauling off debris from the compost area. This is an excellent opportunity for families to get outside with the kids. There are lots of pine cones to pick up and pine straw to rake and bag. Please come and help make our church grounds beautiful and enjoy camaraderie with our CUCC family. 
The Property Ministry asks all people who attend meetings or other functions at CUCC to please turn off lights and check doors to make certain they are locked before leaving the property. 

- Submitted by Nancy Stoddard 

PS  These hours will count toward your Mission 4/1 Earth tally.

Church-wide camping - you are invited!

CUCC youth are organizing a camping trip to Umstead Park on April 26! Join us for any of the following: dinner, games for all ages, a camp fire, and cabin camping. Signup sheet with details will be in the narthex beginning April 7

Your time camping will count toward your Mission 4/1 Earth hours.

- for the Youth Group
A Gathering of  Friends event

Family potluck & Santi - April 14

Rituals and Resources for Teaching Faith at Home: We'll meet on Sunday, April 14, 5-7pm at the home of Laurel Powell and Richard Nicholl. Our special guest is Santi Matthews, CUCC Youth Leader, who will answer questions about what to expect for your children as they grow up at CUCC.  

Bring a dish your children enjoy and a toy for your children to share while they play. Contact Jane Smith to learn in which home we are meeting. 

- posted for the Rituals and Resources group

A Gathering of Friends event

Sisters in Spirit - all women are welcome

Have you ever had someone tell you, or perhaps told yourself, that "You're not talented enough to…”  “You can't…”  “You're too old to…”  “Who do you think you are?" or "You're not good enough to..."? These statements may come from a "Creativity Monster" that bashes your artist within.  This month's SIS meeting on Tuesday, April 30th, may just be for YOU!! We'll visualize our individual creativity monsters on paper or in sculpture form, and destroy them or tame them and make them our mascots. If you have some items in your home you'd like to recycle or repurpose by making them part of a "monster,” bring them with you. We'll also have paper, crayons, glue and other tools available. All female artists and non-artists in the church are welcome to come and play. Bring a dish to share for our potluck at 7:00pm, and then we'll enter into our imaginings! If you have toiletries to donate to the women’s shelter on Cabarrus Street, please bring them to the meeting.
A Gathering of  Friends event
Submitted for SIS

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Service trip to Mitchell Mill to remove invasive plants

As part of the 4/1 Earth initiative, I am organizing an expedition to remove invasive plants from Mitchell's Mill State Natural Area. This site is near Rolesville, just northeast of Raleigh, about a 30 minute drive from the church. This would be a great opportunity to spend some hours caring for the Earth. While it's mainly a service trip, we will take time to see the distinctive granitic flatrock communities that make Mitchell's Mill one of the most ecologically significant sites in the state. Spring is the best time to see them. Learning counts towards 4/1 Earth too.

Please let me know if you are interested in coming, and which of these dates you would come:
April 6 - morning and/or afternoon (this Saturday!)
April 7 - afternoon
April 20 - morning and/or afternoon (church auction in the evening)
April 21 - afternoon
May 5 - afternoon

I'll pick the one that suits the most people. You don't have to stay for the whole time. Contact Mike Schafale if you are interested in one or more of the trips.
- Posted for Mike Schafale