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 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

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 - .

- 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 ( 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
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 ( 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.