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) 
TaizĂ© 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