Friday, May 31, 2013

Living the Questions - Joy's living room Wednesdays and CUCC Sundays

Joy Alford and the Sunday Morning Bible Study are teaming up to offer the same dvd discussion series at two different times and locations this summer (June to August).

This will be a condensed summer version of a spiritual formation group loosely based upon a practical dvd study used inter-denominationally. It is used to bring together, equip, and re-educate thinking Christians.  People know that at its core, Christianity has something good to offer the human race.  At the same time, many have a sense that they are alone or the minority in being "thinking" Christians and often think that "salvaging" Christianity is a hopeless task. What is needed is a safe environment where people have permission to ask the questions they've always wanted to ask but have been afraid to voice for fear of being thought a heretic. This small discussion group will explore beyond the traditions and rote theologies in which so many people and local churches seem to be stuck.  Ideal for Christian invitation, initiation and spiritual formation, Living the Questions will help seekers and "church alumni/ae" alike in discovering or re-discovering the significance of Christianity in the 21st Century and what a meaningful faith can look like in today's world.  This is perfect to invite your “un-churched’ but seeking friends to. It is an introduction to progressive Christianity.
Venue 1:  Sunday Morning Bible Study, 9:15am  (no RSVP needed)
Venue 2:  Wednesdays in Joy Alford's living room (limited space; call Joy or the church office)
From Joy:  "I am excited to be facilitating another Living the Questions (LTQ) group in my living room. Due to the size of my living room, please call me or the church office asap if you are interested in becoming a participant.  Host living rooms may rotate if the group agrees (North Raleigh/Rolesville/Wake Forest).  My home is approximately only 5 miles north of Raleigh-off 540 in Rolesville (on Hwy 401N). 
- submitted for Joy Alford

Friday Email - 31 MAY 2013

Marge Eckels
Food Bags
Church Workday
Robert Out of Town
Guest Preacher Sunday
No Church School this Sunday
ONA Task Force Meeting this Sunday
CUCC Adult Forum
Breaking News from Adult Forum – Moral Mondays
Taizé Service
Graduation Celebration Sunday
Fun at the Lion’s Park Playground & Cookout
Mission 4/1 Earth

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rev. Steve Hickle to preach Sunday, June 2

We welcome CUCC friend Steve Hickle to the pulpit this Sunday while Steve Halsted continues his pastoral sabbatical.

Rev. Hickle is currently the Faith Outreach Director of Stop Hunger Now where he has been serving for a year.  Before that he was the senior pastor at our neighbor congregation, Fairmont United Methodist Church.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Meeting to discuss participation in future Moral Mondays

Sunday June 2, 9:15 in the Vaughan Wing.

                 By one count there were eleven CUCC members who participated in “Moral Monday” this past week, supporting those who were engaging in civil disobedience and facing arrest by entering the Legislative building to protest the injustices of current legislative activity. Standing across the street in support is something that families, including young people, may consider. On future Mondays, some adults in the congregation may choose to take the next step and risk arrest, but wonder if it is the right thing for them to do. The next Moral Monday will be June 3 (the Legislature will not be in session on Memorial Day).  If you are considering taking part and want to know more what it is all about, please come to a meeting in the Vaughan Wing before church on June 2 (starting at 9:15, the regular Forum time) to exchange ideas and information and plan ways we can support each other in this effort. There is a possibility that  people who have been arrested in past weeks will be there to describe what they experienced.  Meanwhile, if you might be willing to offer overnight accommodations to Moral Monday activists coming from High Country UCC in Boone for the Moral Monday June 3, please contact Jane Smith asap so she can help make connections.                         
 - Submitted by Edith Sylla for Social Justice Ministry

Friday Email - 24 MAY 2013

Durham Bulls Baseball
Dr. Hans Christian Linnartz to Preach this Sunday
SIS (Sisters in Spirit)
Economic Justice Task Force
Tea Party & Doll Show
Moral Mondays
ONA Task Force
Church School This Sunday and Through the Summer
Graduates in the House?
Summer Choir - Less Rehearsal, Lots of Joy
PLM Families - Keeping Homeless Families Together
Hand bulbs/batteries to the Smiths
Pastor Steve’s Sabbatical
Solar Panels for CUCC?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Dr. Hans Christian Linnartz to preach this Sunday

We welcome Dr. Linnartz to the pulpit this Sunday, May 26, at 10:30 worship.  Dr. Linnartz is one of our guest preachers while Pastor Steve Halsted is on sabbatical this summer.

From his Duke University bio:

Hans Christian Linnartz teaches Immigration Law. He also directs the Summer Institute on Law, Language and Culture. He is a certified specialist in Immigration Law, practicing as a consultant with emphasis on immigration consequences of criminal cases. He holds degrees from the University of Virginia (B.A.), Duke Law School (J.D.), and Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.Div.). He was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1980 and is a member of various federal court bars. In addition to his law career, he has, at times, been a reporter for the Associated Press, a pastor, a professor of Old Testament in Indonesia, and a singer with Triangle Opera, the Durham Savoyards, the Choral Society of Durham and North Carolina Master Chorale. He brews his own beer and can also ride a unicycle, but not simultaneously.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Moral Mondays carpools

An informal group of CUCCers plans to participate in today's Moral Monday witness at the NC General Assembly.

To learn about (or train for) nonviolent civil disobedience
Meet in the Dixie Trail parking lot to carpool  2:15

To be a legal witness on the Bicentennial Mall
Meet in the Dixie Trail parking lot to carpool 4:55 (leaving 5:00 sharp)

For more information about Moral Mondays .   Dress for rain and lots of standing.

- posted by Jane Smith for the informal group

Summer choir - less rehearsal, lots of joy

If you aren't able to attend weeknight choir practices, the summer is the perfect time to sing with the choir at CUCC.  The choir sings first and third Sundays, gathering to practice at 9:30am immediately after Taize' in the sanctuary.  No weeknight rehearsals, no choir robes!  You can sing as many weeks as you like.  Youth are welcome; friends are welcome.

If  you have any questions, talk to Anne Moorman-Smith or any member of the choir.

Fun at Lion's Park & cookout at the Pattison/McCallie's home - June 23

The next  Resources and Rituals for Teaching Faith at Home family potluck will be at Fawn, Grady, Ruth Ann and Bronwen’s house* on Sunday, June 23, 4:30-6:30pm.  We’ll cookout in the Pattison/McCallie backyard, then head to Lion’s Park to enjoy the playground.  Fawn and Grady are providing chicken veggie burgers for the grill (you can bring a different protein if you prefer).  Bring a side dish to share.  Families with children 5th grade and younger are welcome to come; please RSVP to Fawn or Grady so they know how much protein to prepare.

 *If it rains, we'll hold the event at CUCC.

 A Gathering of Friends event

 - submitted for the RRTFH group

Favorite books discussion at SIS

How diverse were the 'monsters' to creativity we developed at SIS meeting in April! A bird with its mouth taped shut; a drawing featuring '666' on a heart; and a colorful three dimensional drawing with actual hills on it to represent the ups and downs of life were among the varied offerings.

Women of the church are invited to SIS to participate in a discussion of our favorite books we’ve read, led by Kathy Widenhouse on Tuesday, May 28th, at our new time: 6:30pm for potluck and sharing in the Hoffmann Room. You just may find some inspiration for good summer reading.
A Gathering of Friends event
- submitted by SIS (Sisters in Spirit)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Interested in participating in Moral Mondays?

The NC NAACP has been coordinating weekly Monday protests at the NC General Assembly.  Some CUCC members are planning to join this Monday's event as a legal witness, while others are discerning whether to risk arrest.  If you would be interested in going as part of a CUCC group (carpooling, standing together outside, assisting those risking arrest, being arrested), stay after this Sunday's congregational meeting for a short logistics discussion.  Read about Moral Mondays,   The NC NAACP will be updating the information for May 20 this weekend.

- submitted by Jane Smith for an informal CUCC group considering participating

Monday, May 13, 2013

Two hours at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

The Community Outreach Ministry invites you to help pack and deliver bags of produce for seniors at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle on Saturday, June 1, at 10:30.  The outing takes about two hours.  The group from CUCC which did this last summer found it to be a fun and rewarding experience.  You can learn more at  To sign up or get more information contact Suzette Roach.
- posted for Community Outreach Ministry

Saturday Book Group

The Saturday Book Group will be reading Niebuhr and His Age, by Charles C. Brown.

This non-fiction group now is open to women and men. It meets every Saturday at 9:30am in the Library. Each book is chosen by consensus and is read by all members over a period of 6-12 consecutive weeks for each book, one or two chapters a week. There is no leader. All members participate in the discussion. This arrangement has worked well since 2002.

For any questions contact Ed Klemmer.

Parents' potluck

The May gathering of Rituals and Resources for Teaching Faith at Home will be for parents only as we compare notes on "Raising Our Children in a 'Disney' World."  Bring a dessert or appetizer to share at this tea-time gathering of parents of children 5th grade and younger.  Call Amy and Chase Beisel, our hosts, to let them know you plan to attend.  This is an open group, so come meet other parents and join the conversation.  Sunday, May 19, 4:30-6:30pm at the Beisels' home.
A Gathering of Friends event
- submitted by Welcoming, Fellowship & Growth

Monday, May 6, 2013

Congregational meeting called for May 19, noon

We will have a Spring Congregational Meeting to consider adding a phrase in the by-laws to bring them in line with the present technological age indicating the Communication and Public Relations Committee shall:  "(4) Supervise the operation and maintenance of the church online communication."  Please plan to attend this meeting. 

The by-laws currently read: 
"Section 4. The Welcoming, Fellowship & Growth Ministry shall have this Committee:  (A) Communication and Public Relations.  Members shall:
(1) Promote communication of information concerning all church programs and activities to the members of the church and to the community.

(2) Supervise the regular publication of the church newsletter.

(3) Arrange for appropriate publicity about church activities in the public news media.

The responsibilities for the other activities of this Ministry will be handled by the Ministry as a whole."
- submitted by Marty Lamb for the Church Council


Saturday Book Group - new book begins

The Saturday Book Group will be reading Niebuhr and His Age, by Charles C. Brown.

This non-fiction group now is open to women and men. It meets every Saturday at 9:30am in the Library. Each book is chosen by consensus and is read by all members over a period of 6-12 consecutive weeks for each book, one or two chapters a week. There is no leader. All members participate in the discussion. This arrangement has worked well since 2002.
- submitted by Ed Klemmer

May Retirees' Group

Monday, May 13 at 10:30am - Vaughan Fellowship Hall. 
Aurora Gregory will present a program about Daguerreotypes. The Daguerreotype was the first photographic process, invented in 1837 in France, by Louis-Jaques-Mande Daguerre. Aurora will show her collection of Daguerreotypes and talk about this process that preceded photography. Bring a box lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided.
A Gathering of Friends event
 - Submitted by I. T. Littleton

May schedule for Sunday morning Adult Forum

Sunday, May 5: Sacred Food Scapes - Led by Carl Sigel, Chair, Steering Committee, Interfaith Power & Light. Continuation of Forum Series on Justice in a Changing Climate: Climate Change – Some Things We Can Do.
Sunday, May 12:  Rosenwald Schools - These schools were an effort in the 1920s and ‘30s to replace schools for black children which were dilapidated, run-down, supplied with inadequate worn out desks and hand-me-down books from the white schools. Between 1920 and 1936, over 817 new schools were built in North Carolina thanks to a fund established by Julius Rosenwald, President of Sears and Roebuck. There was a Rosenwald school within three miles of CUCC. Gary Moore, professor of Agricultural Extension Education at NCSU, will describe the requirements and stipulations for receiving funding to build the schools, discuss the unique school design, and look at the curriculum that was taught in these schools. What might we learn from this history with relevance today? Chair: Peg Hulslander, who heard Gary Moore lecture at Chautauqua.

Sunday, May 19: “The United States of ALEC,” a video by Bill Moyers, in relation to the current NC legislative session.  ALEC (The American Legislative Exchange Council) prepares model legislation for introduction by state legislators on such topics as voter ID requirements, charter schools, greenhouse gases, fracking, loans at any agreed upon interest, and many other topics on which related bills have been introduced in the current NC legislative session. Several CUCC members have seen this video and recommend it to your attention. You might find the ALEC website of interest. Panel discussion.

Sunday, May 26: Toward inclusion of sustainable living in curricula of NC community colleges. Presentation by Butch Grove, Dean of Sustainability at Wake Technical Community College, who has been leading a statewide task force researching and recommending ways in which community college curricula could be adapted across disciplines to incorporate sustainable development. Chair: Mac Hulslander.