Sunday, December 28, 2014

Gift to Pastor Steve

During worship on Dec. 28, Ellen Beidler acting as Chair of the Deacons presented Pastor Steve Halsted with a gift from the congregation on the occasion of his final Sunday in the church pulpit. (5 minute video)

New Members in December

On December 21 Sam and Joanna Woodrum joined the church. And on December 28 Emily Perkins joined.

Sam and Joanna Woodrum joined on Dec. 21, 2014
Emily Perkins joined on December 28

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Eve Service

The Christmas Eve service in 2014 features music performed by the choir led by Anne Moorman-Smith, the youth, Doug Barrick (organ and piano), Amy Jensen (flute), and Mike Schafale (hammer dulcimer). The candlelight singing of Silent Night has become a tradition at CUCC.

This year is the first time the entire service has been captured on video (with help from Karen Withem). The audio track was recorded separately and the multi-camera setup allowed multiple views of the service. Thanks to the entire congregation and the excellent congregational participation for making this an event to remember. (This video is about 40-minutes long. Only transitional periods in the service have been edited out.) This video is permanently archived in high definition in the CUCC Archive.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Friday Email (Tuesday, actually) - 23 DEC 2014

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - Wednesday, Dec. 24, 5:00pm
A Request from Vandy Bradow  
Christmas Fund 
Steve’s Last Service
New Member this Sunday!
No Church School this Sunday, December 28th
No Forum this Sunday
Monday Lunch Group
Menu of Compassionate Gifts
Epiphany Sunday/Babies We Love – January 11, 2015
Loaves and Fishes Chili Sale
Annual Reports
January Congregational Meeting – January 25th
CSJ Annual Dinner Meeting – Monday, February 2, 2015
Dinner for HK on J Out-of-Town Participants

Monday, December 22, 2014

Finding the human in those we disagree with

A segment on 60-minutes (CBS) caught my attention on Sunday, Dec. 21. It highlights the relationship between Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and President Barack Obama. It's an inspiring message that's appropriate for Christmas. The link below shows the entire interview (about 12 min.) and it includes commercials. But it will give you a warm feeling that's appropriate for the season.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/senator-tom-coburn-60-minutes/

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Cantata - Dec. 21

Christmas Cantata performed at Community UCC on December 21, 2014. This was the 3rd performance of this cantata in the past 15 years, and the performance was to honor the many years that Pastor Steve Halsted has spent living in the southwest. This video may also be found in the "Music" section of the CUCC Archive.

Guests to preach in January

We are fortunate to be welcoming these clergy to preach and lead worship during January and early February.

January 4 - The Reverend Jim Luck (David Sigmon's former pastor from Greensboro)
January 11 - Mark Zainedden
January 18 - our own Joy Alford (newly returned from Cuba!)
January 25 - Joy Alford
February 1 - The Reverend Sheila Barrick

The Rev. Peg Nowling Williams will begin her interim pastorate on February 2.

Annual reports due by January 5

Annual reports from all ministries and committees should be submitted electronically to the church office and to the moderator (Lavon Page) by January 5. You may send the reports as email attachments to office.cucc@gmail.com or Lavon. For reference purposes, you can find copies of last year's reports at the church website.

Saturday Book Group reading Fukuyama

We are continuing continue with Francis Fukuyama's book Political Order and Political Delay. We hope to get up to about p164 of 548 pages.

We would love to have you join the discussion. We are currently on corruption trust, patronage, reform, clientelism in western countries in the 19th and 20th centuries.

- submitted by Ed Klemmer, December 20, 2014

Art Wall – Francisco Joseph – The Happy Artist!

Stop by and see the new additions to the Art Wall by Franciso Joseph.

artist Francisco Joseph
Francisco Joseph and his family (his wife and three children) recently moved to Raleigh from Savannah, Georgia. Originally from the island of Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean, Joseph has lived in the US for 30 years.   In that time, he has worked a variety of jobs, mostly in the hospitality industry for hotels, cruise lines and restaurants and has also run his own company specializing in home repair and odd jobs.

Joseph started painting when he was 47. He has no formal training but felt a calling to start painting.  He has explored a variety of subject matter and medias, such as painting on recycled windows, which requires painting in reverse. Joseph feels called to make people happy through his work, which is expressed in the vibrant colors and subject matter.  Joseph is currently considering creating a  book for children.


Joseph is a full time artist and this is the primary means of supporting himself and family.

These paintings are for sale, as well as a number of other similar paintings.  The smaller ones in the $300 to $500 range and the larger ones in the $1200 to $1500 range.

Contact Information:
Francisco Joseph:
Email: gallerylanguedoc@yahoo.com
Phone: 912-272-9503

Submitted by/alternative contact
Tim Jensen

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Email - 19 DEC 2014

Gift for Pastor Steve
New Member this Sunday!
Christmas Cantata by CUCC Choir - December 21
Caroling at Morningside
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - Wednesday, December 24
A Request from Vandy Bradow  
Christmas Fund 
No Forum this Sunday
Youth Christmas Party – White Elephant Party
Earth Sabbath - Winter Solstice Celebration at Peacefalls,
Saturday, December 20
Monday Lunch Group
Tai Chi 
“Jobs for Life” Volunteer Opportunities
Menu of Compassionate Gifts
Epiphany Sunday/Babies We Love – January 11, 2015
Loaves and Fishes Chili Sale
CSJ Annual Dinner Meeting – Monday, February 2, 2015, 6:00pm
Church Office Closed – December 24, 25, 26
Annual Reports

Congregational Meeting - January 25

Church Council has scheduled the January congregational meeting to be held on January 25. This meeting is required by the CUCC bylaws. Primary actions at the meeting will include election of officers and committee and ministry members for 2015, passage of a church budget for 2015, and distribution of ministry and committee reports describing activities in 2014. [All reports should be sent to the church office (office.cucc@gmail.com) and the moderator (lavonpage@gmail.com) by January 5.] You can find copies of last year's reports at the church website.]

The January meeting is one of the three required congregational meetings which are "unrestricted" in terms of topics that might be considered. In the words of our church bylaws, "Other business consistent with the Constitution and Bylaws may be transacted".

If you have items that you intend to bring up at the congregational meeting, it would be helpful if you would let the moderator (Lavon Page) know in advance so that he can schedule your item on the agenda. However, any "new business" may be brought up after all scheduled items have been considered.

Minutes of November 23, 2014, congregational meeting

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

January Forum: Homelessness and affordable housing

Forum will kick off the new year on Sunday, January 4th at 9:15AM in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall for a month-long series on homelessness and affordable housing. We'll begin looking at the issue statewide with our guest speaker Terry Allebaugh of the N.C. Coalition to End Homelessness who will give us an overview of their statewide initiative.  Come expand your knowledge base on the topic! Mr. Allebaugh is also a member of our sister church Pilgrim United UCC in Durham, N.C. and husband of the interim pastor at West Raleigh Presbyterian, Lori Pistor.

On later Sundays in the month we'll be learning from other guests about local efforts to increase affordable housing in our area, with Frank Gailor leading a discussion about our own new rental units on the last Sunday of the month (January 25). Join us for all these opportunities to learn and grow!

- submitted by Marty Lamb

Monday, December 15, 2014

Earth Sabbath - Winter Solstice Celebration at Peacefalls, Saturday, December 20

Please join us Saturday December 20th, 4PM, for a celebration of the sacred darkness and the return of the light:  a time for closure and new beginnings.  The Winter Solstice marks a full turning of the wheel of the year and offers a perfect opportunity for releasing the past and setting intentions for our journeys ahead.  In preparation, whether you are joining us or not, consider what thoughts, habits, or patterns you are ready to release and what dreams and visions you would like to bring into the light. 11320 Peed Dead End Road, Raleigh 27614.  Directions to Peacefalls are listed below. RSVP to Karen Bearden

What to bring with you:
• a reading, poem, song to share that connects you with the solstice
• an open heart, ready to release the old and embrace the new
• a drum, if you have one
• an appetizer or dessert
• plate and utensils for your meal
• warm layers and dancing-around-in-the-dark shoes
• flashlight

Directions to Peacefalls:
11320 Peed Dead End Road, Raleigh 27614
Peacefalls is the home of Bob Davis and Judy Morgan-Davis.
From I-540 travel NORTH on Creedmoor Road (Hwy 50) about 4 miles to the traffic light at Mount Vernon Church Road.
Turn RIGHT onto Mount Vernon Church, then immediately LEFT onto Peed Road.
Continue half a mile until the paved road turns sharply to the left; do not follow the road to the left, but bear RIGHT onto Peed Dead End.
Carry on the gravel road about half a mile to the very end.

- submitted by Karen Bearden

What is cancelled this week?

Church office
The church office is closed Jan. 1 and 2.

Groups
Monday Lunch Group will meet Dec. 29 for their farewell party with Steve Halsted.

No tai chi December 31.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Was a baby you love born in 2014?


Epiphany Sunday/Babies We Love – January 11, 2015

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.

Contact Cathy Marshall at the church office (919-787-6422 or office.cucc@gmail.com) BY JANUARY 1. Provide the baby's name and relationship to you, the parents' names, the birthdate & place, and send a photo if you have one.  On Epiphany Sunday (January 11), we'll celebrate with a “Babies of 2014” display during our regular fellowship time.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Email - 12 DEC 2014

Advent Event – Saturday, December 13
Children’s Christmas Pageant – Sunday, December 14th
Forum – December 14th, 9:15am
Want To Help Change A Life? You Can! – “Jobs for Life”
Free Holiday Concert at NC Museum of History  this Sunday
Monday Lunch Group
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - Wednesday, December 24
A Request from Vandy Bradow    
Earth Sabbath - Winter Solstice Celebration at Peacefalls, Saturday, December 20
Christmas Cantata by CUCC Choir - December 21
Menu of Compassionate Gifts
Update on Festival of Lights Donations
A Message from the Stewardship Ministry
Epiphany Sunday/Babies We Love – January 11, 2015
CSJ Annual Dinner Meeting – Monday, February 2, 2015, 6:00pm
Gift for Pastor Steve

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

One solution for several problems: Clean Cookstoves


What is the 4th worst health risk in developing countries which causes 4 million premature deaths per year?

Your first thoughs may be AIDS, TB, or malaria. However, it's actually household air pollution (HAP) from cooking and heating homes with open fires and traditional stoves. The good news is this least well known health risk is now being addressed globally by the UN Foundation's Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC). To learn more about this critical public health and environmental threat impacting millions and GACC's response, see these videos.

  • An inspiring and intriguing TED X video explaining the range of problems (health, economic, safety for women and children, climate change) caused by open fires in homes and the variety of sociological and cultural factors to consider in finding a solution - Saving lives through clean cookstoves, Ethan Kay presenting


- submitted by Ron Howell as a follow up to his presentation at Forum, Dec. 7, 2014, for the Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force Climate Change actions series

Poinsettia sale at JCRA - NCSU

(submitted by Vandy Bradow)

The myriad varieties of poinsettias represented at the NCSU Horticulture Science Graduate Student Association's show (Sunday 12/7) will be on sale  at the JC Raulston Arboretum Thursday and  Friday from 11 to 5, and Saturday from 10 to 1.  Pots of 4.5" diameter will be $5, 6.5" D $10, and 10" D $25.  There will be signs at both the parking lot (visitor center) and pedestrian entrances to direct you to the greenhouse where the sale will take place. Be prepared to be dazzled, and bring both checkbook and some newspaper to protect the plants from cold. Don't buy plants and leave them in the car for any significant time before you take them home or to the lucky recipient. Proceeds will go to the Association, Horticulture Field Labs, and Floriculture Research.







Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Email - 5 DEC 2014

Pastor Steve’s Retirement Party – Saturday, Dec. 6
Food Bags Due this Sunday
Grab a Seat at the Table – Communion for all this Sunday
Forum – December 7th, 9:15am
Snack Kits for the Homeless
Sunday School Children Need Your Help Filling Stockings
Christmas Cards for Soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital
Beer & Hymns – Sunday, December 7, 7:00pm
Monday Lunch Group
Advent Life & Faith in Downtown Raleigh – December 9th
Advent Event – Saturday, December 13
Children’s Christmas Pageant – December 14, 2014
A Message from the Stewardship Ministry
Want To Help Change A Life? You Can! – “Jobs for Life”
Light for Lima

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Festival of Lights

The "Festival of Lights" program was held at Community UCC in Raleigh NC on November 30, 2014 (the first Sunday of Advent). Speakers from diverse religious traditions (Bahai, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim) reflected on the symbolism of "light" within their own faith traditions. Since the program was long (about 85 minutes), the video has been broken up into six segments. All portions may be found in the CUCC Archive.


Included here is the liturgical dance performed by Alex Cox, Brooke Lipman, and Emily Perkins.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The CUCC Youth have chosen the church Christmas tree for this year

Śānti Matthews has sent us a photo of the church Christmas tree selected by the youth of the church for this Christmas season.



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Friday Email - 26 NOV 2014

This edition of Friday Email is distributed as a PDF file.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Stewardship Sermon

Pledges are still being sought by the Stewardship Ministry. Below is the stewardship sermon for the pledge campaign which was presented by Pastor Steve Halsted on November 16, 2014. (Filmed by Betsy Towler.)

Monday, November 24, 2014

The colors of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is associated with "harvest" and the bounty of nature that surrounds us. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I'm sharing two recent photos that help us celebrate the phenomenal natural beauty that surrounds us.

Photo by John Little - captured on his iPhone
while on a hunting trip in South Dakota with his sons
October 2014

Rainbow over Cary NC
Photo by Lavon Page (iPhone)
November 24, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Email - 21 NOV 2014

This edition of Friday Email is distributed as a PDF file.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

December Youth News

Advent is coming and the plans are in place! Prepare the way for a deeper more meaningful appreciation of Christmas by participating in the following events!

Over the next three weeks, you are invited to bring a box or two of wholesome snack bars, granola bars, nabs, or vienna sausages, for making snack kits to give to those who gather downtown for a meal each Sunday morning. We will deliver the snack bags on December 7 during Church School when we help Human Beans Together to serve a hot meal.  

Also, please let Ms. Anne-Bailey know ASAP if you are able to help with our annual Christmas pageant in worship.

Calendar of Events:

Sunday, November 23
Church School with guest drama coach, Emily.
We will finalize our skit, so bring your ideas, puns, and jokes.
I'll have copies of those that Michael found online.
 
Sunday, November 30
Ornament making with CUCC children. Then lunch out and Christmas tree shopping.
Bring lunch money if you are able. Adults who can go and drive, please RSVP.

Saturday, December 6
Church-wide Christmas party honoring Steve Halsted!
Mark your calendars! This is when you'll delight everyone with your skit!

Sunday, December 7 (IT'S THE FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH, BUT WE'RE MEETING ANYWAY!)
Human Beans Together! Our Christmas gift to the world will be to serve another meal downtown to those who come to Moore Square on Sunday mornings. This is the last day to bring in those snack items listed above. We'll gather at 10:15 upstairs in Pilgrim House to pack bags. Then we'll leave at 10:30 and will serve from 11:00-11:45. We will return to the CUCC parking lot at 12:00. we need drivers to take us downtown (Oak City Outreach Center, 215 1/2 S. Person St.).

Sunday, December 14
Youth are invited and encouraged to participate and/or help behind the scenes in the traditional Christmas pageant in worship. Please arrive at 10:00 to help Ms. Anne-Bailey and the kids!

Sunday, December 21
Youth will celebrate Christmas with a white elephant party in Church School. Please bring a wrapped gift of under $5, or find something zany at home and wrap it up.

Wednesday, December 24
Christmas Eve Worship!

Sunday, December 28
Youth and Children will not meet for Church School

Finally, We need a January Lock-In!
Should it be Friday, January 9, 16, 23, or 30?

From Santi

Adult drivers needed for Human Beans Together!

The Youth Group's Christmas gift to the world will be to serve another meal downtown to those who come to Moore Square on Sunday mornings. This is the last day to bring in snack items. We'll gather at 10:15 upstairs in Pilgrim House to pack bags. Then we'll leave at 10:30 and will serve from 11:00-11:45. We will return to the CUCC parking lot at 12:00. we need drivers to take us downtown (Oak City Outreach Center, 215 1/2 S. Person St.).

Snack items needed:  a box or two of wholesome snack bars, granola bars, nabs, or vienna sausages

Read more from Human Beans Together!

Special Forum December 14: What is truth?

CUCC member Ed Klemmer will give his much delayed answer to this question. In a previous Forum Ed led a stimulating discussion of the question, but allowed others so much time to talk that he didn't leave himself enough time to propose his own answer. This time, Ed will speak first before others are invited to chime in with their own thoughts.

Join us at Forum, Sunday, December 14, 9:15AM in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Steve's Retirement Party

Plan to join us on Saturday, December 6, from 5:00pm – 7:30pm, as we honor and remember Steve’s legacy with our church and celebrate with him and Marcy as they look forward to new adventures and experiences.  There will be skits, food, fun, reminiscences and more.  Child care will be provided.  If you would like to carpool or a ride to and from the celebration, contact Sue Cottle.  If you would like to volunteer to help with decorations, setup, cleanup, or anything else, please contact the church office at 919-787-6422.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Email - 14 NOV 2014

Monitor the Stewardship Campaign Progress at communityucc.org

Costume Poetry Slam with Café Style Coffee and Dessert
A Message from the Stewardship Ministry
Forum – November 16, 9:15am – “Fracking and Methane”
New Address for Shannon and Glenn Core
Pray at the Legislature
Sisters in Spirit (SIS)
“Hand and Foot”
PFLAG
Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, Nov. 20, 2014
Pianist Jonathan Moyer to Perform at West Raleigh Presbyterian
Fall Congregational Meeting, Sunday, November 23
Save the Date – Steve’s Retirement Party!
No Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service
“Festival of Lights” Celebration
New Lights in the Choir Loft
Sunday School Children Need Your Help Filling Stockings

Saturday, November 8, 2014

“Festival of Lights” Worship and Potluck

On the last Sunday of November, we begin the Season of Advent with the lighting of the first Advent Candle.  But Christians are not the only faith tradition that celebrates the “Divine Light” in images that overcome darkness in our world.  “Festivals of Light” are also celebrated in some fashion by Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, and Bahai groups.  In recognition of this common ground and through my work with the Triangle Interfaith Alliance and our Deacon’s Ministry, we are planning a “Festival of Lights” collaboration in our Sanctuary on Sunday, November 30, at our 10:30am worship service.

Representatives of the above mentioned faith traditions will explain and demonstrate how they celebrate within their tradition and we hope that mutual respect and greater understanding will bring people closer together.  We will continue our celebration with a potluck meal together sharing favorite foods from our cultural traditions.  Please be thinking about what you would like to share at our Common Table!
- submitted by Steve Halsted

Costume Poetry Slam with Cafe Style Coffee and Dessert

Save the Date!  November 15, 7:00pm, in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall. Once again, our NovemberFest Celebration will be a Poetry Slam/Coffee House Party.  More details coming!  Find the sign up poster in the narthex for those willing to contribute a poem. For questions or to volunteer to share a poem, contact Śānti Matthews.  Coffee and dessert will be served cafe style by our youth wait staff.

Salvation Army Christmas Stocking Project

The CUCC Sunday School Children have requested that we collect small items for the Salvation Army Christmas stocking program this year and they need your help!  They wish to fill 50 stockings for children from infants to 12 years old.  Please help us by donating to our collection.  The children will be collecting items that will fit in the stockings until December 7th.  Small toys, markers, pencils and sharpeners, coloring books, card games, cars, trains, dolls, etc. are perfect for the stockings.   We will fill the stockings during Sunday School on December 7th.  Please look for our donation boxes wrapped in Christmas paper!  Check the bulletin board in the hallway at church or see below for suggestions of items for the stockings.   Please provide new, unwrapped gifts (no food or candy, please). Thank you for your help!

Girl or Boy, Infant or Ages 0-1:
Sippy cups/bottles, hats, toys, wipes, books, blankets, pacifiers

Girl or Boy, Ages 2-3 or 4-5:
Coloring books/crayons, toothbrush/toothpaste, hats and gloves, bubbles, play-doh, stuffed animals, dolls, toy cars, balls, dress-up accessories/jewelry, card games

Girl or Boy, Ages 6-8:
Jump ropes, jacks, cards, toothbrush/toothpaste, hats and gloves, markers, stuffed animals, dolls, bouncy balls, pocketbooks, model cars, flashlights (please include batteries), jewelry, pens/pencils, markers

Girl or Boy, Ages 9-12:
Cards/Games, hats, and gloves, toothbrush/toothpaste, watches, flashlights (please include batteries), radios, pens/pencils/markers, jewelry/hair accessories, make-up, perfumes/colognes/lotions, nail polish.

For additional information or if you have any questions, please contact Anne Bailey.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday Email - 7 NOV 2014

The Stewardship Campaign has begun!
Monitor Our Progress at communityucc.org

All Church Workday – Tomorrow! November 
8, 9:00am-Noon
Forum – November 9, 9:15am
A Message from the Stewardship Ministry
Life & Faith in Downtown Raleigh – November 11
Pray at the Legislature
Costume Poetry Slam with Cafe Style Coffee and Dessert
Sisters in Spirit (SIS)
Fall Congregational Meeting, Sunday, November 23
Save the Date – Steve’s Retirement Party!
No Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service
“Festival of Lights” Celebration
PFLAG
Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, Nov. 20, 2014
Sunday School Children Need Your Help Filling Stockings

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Economic Justice Task Force presents - Jobs for Life

Want to help change a life?

You can!

Informational meeting
December 14, noon, Hoffmann Room

Helping people gain and keep meaningful work aids not only the worker, but his/her entire family, and the community.

The Economic Justice Task Force at CUCC plans to partner with Loaves and Fishes to train the LAF parents in the kinds of life skills that will help them find the dignity and purpose of better employment opportunities.  We will be using the “Jobs for Life” program, a Christian-based, non-profit international organization that has worked with thousands of people since 1996.  Training will take place at LAF, which is located on New Bern Avenue.

During 8 weeks and 16 sessions, we will cover such topics as:
  • Understanding my value
  • Identifying and overcoming roadblocks
  • Perseverance and positive attitude
  • Conflict resolution
  • Effective communications skills
  • Excelling on the job
We will enroll 4-6 students. The course will begin in March, with training in January.  We need volunteers for the following roles:
  • 2 Teachers
  • 1-2 Mentors for each student
  • 1-2 Business relations leader to talk to businesses about the program
  • Several child care providers
  • 1 Prayer leader
We will hold an informational meeting in the Hoffman Room at 12:00, Sunday, December 14. There will be a “Jobs for Life” representative there to answer all of your questions.  If you want to attend, contact either Shirley Birt at 919-552-5371, dhsrbirt.com, or contact Susan Lane at 919-417-7705, lane.susan70@gmailcom

Join us…and help change a life.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Email - 31 OCT 2014

VOTE!! Election Day is Tuesday, November 4
Daylight Savings Time Ends This Weekend!
A Message from the Stewardship Ministry
Forum – November 2, 9:15am
Pray at the Legislature
Beer and Hymns
Fall Congregational Meeting
No Tuesday Evening Taizé Service in November
Putting Faith into Action: Clean Energy 101
All Church Workday – Saturday, November 8, 2014 – 9:00am-Noon
Costume Poetry Slam with Café Style Coffee and Dessert
Sisters in Spirit (SIS)
“A Soldier and a Refusenik”
Birds and Climate Change

Monday, October 27, 2014

CUCC Newsletter Oct. 31, 2014

The groups and members of Community UCC invite you to participate in these opportunities to care for one another, to grow spiritually, and to work for social justice.
Spied on a CUCC auction walk



From the community and our members
Retreat offered by our friends at Pullen

Next newsletter deadline:  Tuesday, November 7, 2014, 9AM  office.cucc@gmail.com

Monday Lunch Group celebrates Geradine Bryan's 90th birthday

On October 27, the Monday Lunch Group celebrated the 90th birthday of Geraldine Bryan. (Her actual birthday was October 25). The program included chocolate cake (pre-arranged at the CUCC auction last spring) and ice cream, and lots of stories about Geraldine. Normally Monday Lunch Group ends about 1:45 PM, but at this party folks had to be pushed at the door about 2:10 because the merriment was not winding down. Guests included Arnold and Peggy Hoffman's daughter Rosemary, and Judy Smallwood and Sally Cook who live at Carol Woods in Chapel Hill.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Email - 24 OCT 2014

A Message from the Stewardship Ministry
Forum – October 26, 9:15am
Pray at the Legislature
Economic Justice Task Force Meeting
Raleigh CROP Hunger Walk
Come Help PLM Families Together Grow!
Earth Sabbath Celebration, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7:00pm
Beer and Hymns
Fall Congregational Meeting

Retreat offered by our friends at Pullen


Singing the Sacred Songs on November 22 at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church

As we approach the hectic holiday season, you are warmly invited to prepare for Advent with a day of Taizé music and quiet reflection entitled Singing the Sacred Songs. We will gather at Pullen’s Poteat Chapel on Saturday, November 22, from 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM to sing familiar Taizé songs and learn new ones in a restful, spacious atmosphere. The cost of the retreat is $10, which includes a vegetarian lunch.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

November Forum series announced: Greenhouses Gases and What We Can Do

Community United Church of Christ Adult Forum series
Nov 2 – Dec 7, 2014
Presented by the Justice in a Changing Climate (JCC) Task Force

Week one - Nov 2.  “Birds and climate change:  Save the Songs”

North America's birds are and will continue to be affected by the impact of climate change on their existing and future habitats. Many species that breed, nest, migrate or winter in North Carolina are among those at risk.  According to a landmark study released by The National Audubon Society (Birds and Climate Change), hundreds of species will be threatened or endangered in our children's lifetime.   Of the 588 continental United States and Canadian bird species examined in the seven-year study, 314 species are at risk.  214 of these species spend time in North Carolina.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Email - 17 OCT 2014

COME JOIN THE PARTY!
Forum – October 19, 9:15am
Pray at the Legislature
Straight Talk about Key Issues in the Midterm Election Season
Youth Fellowship Night – Friday, October 24
Raleigh CROP Hunger Walk
Come Help PLM Families Together Grow!
Fall Congregational Meeting
Stewardship Letter
Newsletter Deadline – Wednesday, October 22

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Email - 10 OCT 2014

Forum – October 12, 9:15am
UNC Infectious Diseases Clinic Coat Drive
Bike for Birds
Walk For Hope! Sunday, October 12!
Life & Faith in Downtown Raleigh – October 14th
PFLAG
Sisters in Spirit (SIS)
Raleigh CROP Hunger Walk
Come Help PLM Families Together Grow!
Pray at the Legislature
COME JOIN THE PARTY!

Help our friends and get into the fair free!

Cathy Cralle Jones is a gym buddy who is also a member of our sister congregation, St. Paul's Christian Church (our Maundy Thursday worship partners).  She mentioned that they are scurrying to fill all the slots for this annual ministry at the state fair and wondered if I would mind passing along the invitation to folks at CUCC.  So read below to see if you might be able to contribute a few hours to help out our friends.  I signed up for Wed. the 22nd!   posted by Jane Smith

Cathy's email to me:  Thank you so much for passing this invitation onto your congregation.  We'd love to have an opportunity to work and serve more closely with our friends at Community UCC.  I've copied Peggy McRight on this email as she is our Fair Chair and can answer any additional questions folks may have.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Email - 3 OCT 2014

World Communion Sunday
Forum – October 5, 9:15am
UNC Infectious Diseases Clinic Coat Drive
Emergency food bags
Bike for Birds
Sisters in Spirit (SIS)
Neighbors In Need Offering - October 5
Tuesday Evening Taizé Worship
Walk For Hope! Sunday, October 12!
Raleigh CROP Hunger Walk
Come Help PLM Families Together Grow!
Pray at the Legislature

UNC Infectious Diseases Clinic Coat Drive

The Infectious Diseases Clinic at UNC is having a coat drive for their patients.  Many of their patients come to the clinic with no coat or maybe a light windbreaker because they can’t afford a warm winter coat.   If you have a child’s or adult coat that you would like to donate, please drop it off at the church office or in the box provided in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall by Sunday, October 12 th .   If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Marshall at the church office.

This coat drive is an outgrowth of what we learned in September during the Forum focus sponsored by our Open and Affirming Task Force.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Come Help PLM Families Together Grow!

PLM Families Together has received a free playground for the families they support!  Now, all they need are people to help them install it!  The group is asking for volunteers on any of the following three dates - October 27, 28, 29 - for various tasks from building, to signing people in, to helping with children's activities, medical volunteers, and food.  Builders must be 14 years or older, but there will be activities available for younger children to participate in on October 29.  PLM FT would love to have a strong CUCC presence helping out.  If you are interested in learning more about this fun opportunity, please contact Laurel Powell.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

October Opportunity: CROP Walk

Please join us in supporting the Raleigh CROP Hunger Walk. CUCC has a team walking. There are two ways you can get involved (1) Join the team, or (2) donate. You can do either of these via our team website: http://hunger.cwsglobal.org/goto/cucc_cropwalk2014.

The walk will take place on Sunday October 26. The walk begins at 3 pm. 5k or 1 mile short options available. We begin and end at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E Hargett St. Registration starts at 2pm. It is a family friendly event and includes a costume contest for the kids.

For further information or for paper registration, please contact Maria Mayorga.

October Sunday Forums to focus on economic justice

Join the discussion as we learn from experts in the field and consider how we might respond.

Sunday, October 5: Children at the Border.   More than 66,000 unaccompanied children have crossed the border.  In the last year more than 47,000 children have crossed.  More than 1,400 of those children have recently been relocated to North Carolina.  We have 170 of the children in Wake County.  There are many legal and moral issues involved.  Ann Robertson and Hans Linnartz will join us at Forum to discuss this child immigrant crisis.    Ann is an immigration lawyer with the Robertson Immigration Law Firm in Raleigh.  The firm represents individuals and companies in all aspects of immigration law, including employment-based and family-based immigration, naturalization, citizenship, asylum and non-immigrant visas.  Hans is a Raleigh immigration lawyer whose practice emphasizes deportation defense, immigration consequences of criminal cases and appeals of denied immigration benefits.  He teaches Immigration and Nationality Law at Duke Law School and also directs the Summer Institute on Law, Language and Culture.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Friday Email - 25 SEP 2014

New Members this Sunday!
NC Pride Festival and Parade – Saturday, September 27
Forum – September 28, 9:15am
UNC Infectious Diseases Clinic Coat Drive
People’s Climate Change Vigil
Need Help with Fellowship in October
Stewardship Ministry Meets this Sunday
Documentary - "Pictures from a Hiroshima School Yard"
Pray at the Legislature
Sisters in Spirit (SIS)
Neighbors In Need Offering - October 5
Walk For Hope - Sunday, October 12
Raleigh CROP Hunger Walk
Come Help PLM Families Together Grow!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Climate Change Vigil held at CUCC

On September 21, 2014, a national climate change rally was held in New York. In support of that rally, the Triangle Interfaith Alliance held a supportive vigil at Community UCC to coincide with the New York demonstration of support for national action on climate change. Representatives from a wide spectrum of Triangle religious groups participated in the vigil, which was led by CUCC Pastor Steve Halsted. The vigil lasted for approximately an hour. The video included here is a 10-minute condensation that shows the breadth and scope of the vigil. In order to make the vigil as "public" as possible, the vigil was held on the corner of Wade Avenue and Dixie Trail on the lawn in front of the church. Thus there is considerable traffic noise in the background. (Filmed by Lavon Page and Karen Withem.) This video is permanently archived in the CUCC Archive.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Neighbors In Need Offering - October 5

Community UCC has traditionally supported one church-wide mission offering in the spring and another one in the fall. The fall offering, Neighbors in Need (NIN), will be collected October 5. 

Neighbors in Need is a UCC mission offering that targets needs near to home by supporting ministries of justice and compassion in the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry(CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries(JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants.

Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. And here are just a three examples of grant recipients:
  • Mano en Mano is the “go-to” agency in Downeast Maine for Latino/Latina, immigrant, and farmworker issues.
  • San Francisco Night Ministry has a mission is to provide middle-of-the-night compassionate non-judgmental pastoral care, counseling, referral and crisis intervention to anyone in any kind of distress every night of the year.
  • Workers Interfaith Network (WIN) of Tennessee is a humble, yet powerful group of people who assists workers protect their rights as employees from exploitative employers.
You can find more at the UCC website: http://www.ucc.org/nin/stories.html

Neighbors in Need helps make another world possible. It needs your support. Please give generously. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Email - 19 SEP 2014

People’s Climate March Vigil
Forum – September 21, 9:15am
30-Day Vegan Pledge
“Voting Rights for All”
Pray at the Legislature
Presentation by Rev. Mitri Raheb – September 24, 2014
Documentary - "Pictures from a Hiroshima School Yard"
NC Pride Festival and Parade – Saturday, September 27
Sisters in Spirit (SIS)
Neighbors In Need Offering - October 5
Walk For Hope - Sunday, October 12
Raleigh CROP Hunger Walk
Come Help PLM Families Together Grow!
Kroger’s Guns-in-Stores Policy

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Judy Miller obit

The News & Observer reported today that Judy Miller died in Seattle WA on June 13, 2014. Judy and her late husband Howard Miller were long time participants in the CUCC Sunday Morning Forum. Howard predeceased her in 2012.

Judy Miller obituary reported by Raleigh N&O, Sept. 14, 2014

(Note that there is a misprint in the obit that gives the date of death in the header as June 13, 2013. The correct date is June 13, 2014.)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Email - 12 SEP 2014

New Parent Meeting for Those New to Youth Program
Communion will be Served the Second Sunday in September
Fall Sunday School class will begin Sunday, September 14th
All Youth (6th-12th grade) Church School Kick-Off
Forum Resumes September 14th
Sisters In Spirit – (SIS)
Cooks Needed for Wright Center Meal
Pray at the Legislature
Volunteers Needed for Wake Federation of the Blind
Updated Church Directories
West Raleigh Presbyterian Church – Fall Art Exhibition
“Voting Rights for All”
Presentation by Rev. Mitri Raheb – September 24, 2014
Documentary - "Pictures from a Hiroshima School Yard"
PFLAG Fundraiser
NC Pride Festival and Parade – Saturday, September 27

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Painted Faces

At Welcoming Sunday on Sept. 7, the Youth Group painted faces for children.




Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday Email - 6 SEP 2014

You’re Invited to a Wedding!
Communion Table Flowers
Welcoming Sunday is this Sunday, September 7th!
Claim your 30-seconds of fame
Food Bags Due this Sunday
Life& Faith in Downtown Raleigh – September 9th
Communion will be Served the Second Sunday in September
Fall Sunday School class will begin Sunday, September 14th
All Youth (6th-12th grade) Church School Kick-Off
Save the Dates! Forum Resumes September 14th
New Parent Meeting for Those New to Youth Program
Pray at the Legislature
Volunteers Needed for Wake Federation of the Blind
Basement Keys Missing
Updated Church Directories
West Raleigh Presbyterian Church – Fall Art Exhibition

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Claim your 30-seconds of fame!

At Welcoming Sunday last year the Welcome, Fellowship, and Growth Ministry invited members and friends of the church to say a few words "on camera" about what they like about the church or what draws them to CUCC. During the fall of 2013 these clips were rotated on the church website as a way of presenting a human face to our Internet presence. (We are a church of people, not of buildings.) This year we invite you again to take part in this videographic event which paints a picture of who we are. As incentive, we invite you to take a look at the archived clips from last year. Altogether, it makes quite a collage! Enjoy a quick look at who we were last year!


This year the camera will be set up in the Bradow Room during the entire Welcoming Sunday festivities following 10:30 worship. Since these festivities (before and after lunch) will last for an hour or more, taking a minute or two to "have your say" on camera won't detract from your other opportunities for the day. The camera will be running constantly. Just drop in at the Bradow Room, sit down, and give your spiel. If it doesn't come out the way you intended, just do a "Take #2" (or #3 or #4). This is fun, and folks love to look at these clips on the website.

-- submitted by Lavon Page for the WFG Ministry

Monday, August 25, 2014

Interim Pastoral Search Committee Commissioned

Please pray regularly for those who are searching for an interim pastor to serve at CUCC after Steve Halsted's retirement (end of December 2014).

Jeanne Ledbetter
Susan Maleszweski
Suzette Roach
Mike Schafale
Gary Smith

At their commissioning on Sunday, August 24, we agreed to "trust their leadership in this matter, and [to] give them full support in all the ways that [we] are able."

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dog Walk and Blessing of the Animals

On August 23, 2014, Śānti Matthews and church youth organized a dog walk which included a blessing of the animals. This event took place at Lake Johnson in Raleigh, and the dog walk explored the western half of the Lake Johnson loop, a scenic part of the trail about 2 miles in length. The blessing of the animals was held about half way through that 2-mile loop.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Photos from the dog walk and blessing of the animals

Some photos provided by Śānti Matthews from the dog walk and blessing of the animals on August 23, 2014. The location was Lake Johnson Park in Raleigh.

  Click any photo to view large versions of all photos  




Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Email - 22 AUG 2014

Help Community Outreach Fill the Packs for PLM Families Together
Upcoming August Youth Events
Gardening Therapy at CUCC
Earth Sabbath Celebration – Tuesday, August 26th, 7:00pm
Pray at the Legislature
“Welcoming Tonto” – Tuesday, August 26, 7:00pm
No Sunday School or Youth Church School on Sunday, August 31
Save the Date!  Welcoming Sunday is Sunday, September 7
Volunteers Needed for Wake Federation of the Blind
Calendar and Bubble Wrap Thanks
Invitation to Caregiver Academy – Fall 2014
Part-time Facilitator Position – Loaves and Fishes Ministry, Inc.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Email - 15 AUG 2014

Free Durham Bulls Baseball Tickets!
Help Community Outreach Fill the Packs for PLM Families Together
Search Committee for Interim Pastor
Upcoming August Youth Events
Pray at the Legislature
Wednesday Evening Bible Study
PFLAG
Save the Date!  Welcoming Sunday is Sunday, September 7
“Welcoming Tonto” – Tuesday, August 26, 7:00pm
No Sunday School or Youth Church School on Sunday, August 31
Volunteers Needed for Wake Federation of the Blind
NEWSLETTER DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20

Friday, August 8, 2014

Wanted: 1 bedroom apartment

Bev Stolarick is trying to help someone locate a 1 bedroom apartment.  They have a Section 8 voucher but have been unable to locate an apartment willing to accept a Section 8 voucher.  She is wondering if there was possibly someone in our church that had rental property--has to be a 1 bedroom.  Contact Bev with leads.

Join the youth on a walk with your dog, Aug. 23

Saturday, August 23: Love Our Animals! (Please come whether you have a dog or not!) Bring your dog/s, if you have one and want to, (or bring a photo of a pet or animal you especially like), to the entrance of Lake Johnson (4601 Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh 27606). We'll meet at 10:30am and all go for a nice long walk around the unpaved side of the lake and play with and appreciate our four legged friends. RSVP to Śānti Matthews by Friday, August 22.  

 Also, please consider bringing donations for Saving Grace (a local animal shelter).   Saving Grace is always in need of the following:

  • Monetary donations - medical expenses are by far their greatest expense
  • Gas cards (they drive many miles each week to rescue dogs and take dogs to vets)
  • High quality dog food (the shelter dogs consume 1,500 lbs of dog food a month)
  • Large, heavy duty trash bags
  • Stamps
  • Copy paper (letter size)
  • Paper towels
  • Dog crates (both plastic and wire)
  • High Efficiency ("HE") type liquid laundry detergent
  • Used towels and blankets

Gardening Therapy continues through August

We hope you can join us for a little gardening therapy!  Bring your favorite gardening gloves and tools.  Our therapy includes weeding, as well as picking up pine cones and sticks.  The best part is we make the church grounds lovely while sharing time with our CUCC friends. 

Please join us on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each summer month.  Our next therapy sessions are August 12th and August 26th from 9:00am – Noon.

Friday Email - 8 AUG 2014

Godspell, Jr – Tonight and Saturday, 7:00pm – FREE!
Help Community Outreach Fill the Packs for PLM Families Together
We Welcome Monica Jones to Our Worship Service This Sunday
Search Committee for Interim Pastor
Gardening Therapy at CUCC
Life & Faith in Downtown Raleigh – August 12th
Upcoming August Youth Events
Save the Date!  Welcoming Sunday is Sunday, September 7

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

an invitation: Contemplative Prayer at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church

Our friends at Pullen asked me to extend this invitation to everyone at CUCC.

Bringing Body, Mind, Heart and Spirit Together

Please join us for a service of contemplative prayer at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, on Monday, September 29 at 7:00 pm. The service will include music in the spirit of Taize, prayers, reflections, movement meditations and silence.  All are welcome.

Contemplation: “A simple definition of contemplation is "loving presence to what is." In a Christian context, because we "live and move and have our being" in God, being present to things as they are involves encountering the Christ who "fills the whole creation" (Eph. 1:23). Christian contemplation means finding God in all things and all things in God. Because people use "contemplation" to describe especially profound qualities of prayer, we often associate it with silence and stillness. Classically, however, it means immediate open presence in the world, directly perceiving and lovingly responding to things as they really are. Thus contemplation is not necessarily quiet and still. Contemplation is an all-embracing quality of presence. In contemplation, one hopes to nurture a simple willingness to be open to God's movements, leadings, and invitations--a contemplative attitude.” (Excerpt from a Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation Senior Staff Monograph)

Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh
Monday, September 29, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

-submitted by Jane Smith

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Moral Call to Clean Energy

On August 2, the Raleigh News & Observer featured an op-ed piece by Pastor Steve Halsted on clean energy.
We are making important progress in the transition from dirty energy to clean, renewable energy sources. And our faith traditions can help provide the leadership necessary to stay the course and remain true to our moral obligation to care for and protect our children and future generations. Faith doesn’t stop at the church door. It’s infused into the fabric of our lives, and there’s no reason that should not also carry over into the choices we make about our energy sources.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sabrina Reflects on Flight 17

Our niece, Sabrina Tavernise (daughter of Jo's sister Cindy) was one of the first reporters on the scene in eastern Ukraine when the plane with 298 people on board was shot down on July 17. She was visiting with us the weekend of July 4-6, and left to fly to Ukraine on July 6. While she has written most of the reports from the crash scene which have appeared in the NY Times since July 17, the most poignant commentary she has offered yet is to narrate a slide show of photos taken by Times photographer Mauricio Lima who was on the scene with her. The slide show is attached to the following article ...

Effort to Secure Malaysia Airline Crash Site Falters in Eastern Ukraine

Or you can go directly to the slide show ...

Slide Show

The text accompanying the slides was written by Sabrina. She sent me the link this morning.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Help Community Outreach Fill the Packs for PLM Families Together

During the month of August, the Community Outreach Ministry will be collecting school supplies for children supported through PLM Families Together.  Starting August 3, backpacks will be placed in the Narthex and the Vaughan Fellowship Hall.  Please use the school supply list below to help fill the backpacks!  Donations will be taken to PLM Families on August 24, 2014.
Items to include in the backpacks are:
College Ruled Paper              
Graphing Paper            
Notebooks
3 ring binders                        
Protractors                  
Compasses
Pencils                                    
Highlighters                  
Pens
Erasers                                  
Glue sticks
Crayons

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Email - 25 JUL 2014

Party at Glenaire Retirement Community
Youth Group - “Human Beans Together” - Sunday, July 27
Inequality for All – Film and Discussion
Pray at the Legislature – Tuesdays, 12:30pm-1:00pm
Four-Week Summer Series Based on NOOMA Films
Help Community Outreach Fill the Packs for PLM Families Together
Emergency food bags Due Next Sunday
Change Agent Coin Holders Still Available
Godspell, Jr
Oak City Outreach Center Seeking Volunteers
Divestment by World Council of Churches from Fossil Fuels
No August Newsletter

Nature Walk - an Auction Event

Geri Bowen recently led an evening nature walk along the Neuse River. Here are some photos from that event. The description of the event provided by one of the participants reads as follows:

Moonrise over the Neuse River, taken on a sunset nature walk offered by one of our members at the 2014 Family Fun Auction.  We learned to hear the voices of four types of frogs/toads and witnessed a heron take flight and a mysterious water mammal swim into the sunset.








Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Inequality for All – Film and Discussion

On Tuesday, July 29, 7:30 pm, in the CUCC Sanctuary, the Social Justice Ministry will sponsor a showing of the documentary Inequality for All.  In the film, former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich makes a compelling case about the serious crisis the U.S. faces due to the widening economic gap.  Reich states, “Until we can take a step back and understand the big picture, we can’t do anything to get ourselves out of this mess. Our democracy as we know it depends on it.”  For questions or additional information, contact Joan McAllister.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Deacons' Letter

This letter is to let you know about the recent activities of the Deacons’ Ministry in planning for Steve’s departure at the end of the year. As you know, Pastor Steve on April 27 announced his decision to retire; and in doing so, generously allowed the congregational leadership ample time to plan for a call to a new full- time permanent pastor for Community UCC.

The first step was to inform ourselves of the resources and guidance available from the denomination. In May Nora Faust of Eastern North Carolina Association (ENCA) of the Southern Conference, United Church of Church met with Deacons and Church Council members with this information. It is through the auspices of the ENCA Board of Ministry that we will receive referrals and profiles (applications) of candidates – first, for an interim ministry position, and then, for the new CUCC pastorate.

The search and call process presented to us in that meeting is described in detail (for all contexts including the relevant one of retiring clergy) in a document available online or in our library. There are many information-gathering tasks over the next year, but our next step was a decision to choose among several options to provide pastoral support while we go about the task of searching for a new minister.

The Deacons reviewed options in our July meeting and decided the alternative that best suits CUCC is to hire an Intentional Interim Minister in early 2015. An Intentional Interim Minister is an individual who has received extensive training and has chosen this role as a career path for his or her ministry—to lead congregations in transition. As some of you may recall, our most recent experience with the search and call process led by an Intentional Interim Minister was with Rev. Carol Ripley-Moffitt. She served in the process leading to our calling Pastor Steve, who was installed here in early 2004.

To achieve the goal of having an Intentional Interim in place by early 2015 the Deacons would like to create a small, short term search committee for this purpose. The committee’s role will be to publicize the position, review profiles, interview candidates, and make a recommendation regarding selection. Please note, this is not the search committee to fill the permanent pastoral vacancy. That will come later.

If you are interested in serving on this Intentional Interim Search Committee, please let the Chair of the board of deacons, Ellen Beidler, know by August 7th. The Deacons will be meeting again on August 14th. We also encourage you to alert any potential candidates for the interim pastor position you may know about our process as the search committee is established and when our announcement is distributed.

Yours in Christ,
Bill Lamb on behalf of the Board of Deacons

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Email - 18 JUL 2014

Party at Glenaire Retirement Community
Youth:  Church School, Lunch, and Beyond
Youth Group - “Human Beans Together” - Sunday, July 27
Earth Sabbath Celebration – Tuesday, July 22, 7:00pm
Gardening Therapy at CUCC
Pray at the Legislature – Tuesdays, 12:30pm-1:00pm
Four-Week Summer Series Based on NOOMA Films
Inequality for All – Film and Discussion
Godspell, Jr
Oak City Outreach Center Seeking Volunteers
Divestment by World Council of Churches from Fossil Fuels
NEWSLETTER DEADLINE – Wednesday, July 23

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Friday Email - 10 JUL 2014

Church Office Closed Tomorrow, July 11, 2014
Four-Week Summer Series Based on NOOMA Films
Church Summer School Resumes this Sunday
Wednesday Evening Bible Study
PFLAG
Godspell, Jr
Pray at the Legislature – Tuesdays, 12:30pm-1:00pm
Oak City Outreach Center Seeking Volunteers
Sam and Jack Alcorn Support Affordable Housing with Bike & Build

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

RSVP today for short summer series to begin July 17

I will be facilitating a short summer series which will last 4 weeks.  The group will be a continuation of what I like to call Living our Questions in Living rooms. Depending on the number of interested people—it will either be held at the church or in the Raleigh Living room(s) of gracious and kind CUCC member(s).   The discussions will be based on NOOMA DVDs.

Noomas are somewhat like parables. They use the experiences of our lives to teach about the fullness of life through Jesus. Basically, I’d define this as a new format for spiritual formation.  The discussions will tackle issues like relationships, defining God, finding God, and living for God.  We will also cover discipleship, which includes acts of justice, periods of silence and unconditional love. These meaningful discussions will spark relevant questions and biblical references for our exploration. Rob Bell, a leading pastor and breakthrough communicator in the Christian community, is featured in our first series of NOOMAs. This is not a study on a book or a DVD. And it's not a CD nor is it a two-hour movie. It's a format called NOOMA which are short films, between 10 and 14 minutes long, about God and our lives.

I will choose 1-3 of these short films to watch each session. If needed, I’ll have some questions or comments prepared to keep the discussion going. No preparation is required on  your part- except to bring a brown bag meal or snacks to share for a light meal if you choose to do so each Thursday at 6pm.

You may choose to attend 1, 2, 3 or all 4 nights. I will give you the address(es) of the host home(s) with the dates after I get a final list of interested persons. The dates will be July 17, July 24, July 31 and August 7.  Peace and Love to you All--Joy Alford

Update from Joy:
The group will be held at the church (Community United Church of Christ) on the corner of Wade Ave and Dixie Trail in the Hoffman Room. We will gather at 6:00pm.  Please park on the Wade Ave. side as the other side may be full due to other events.  Also, due to the early start time, I encourage you to bring either your own brown bag type dinner or munchies to place on the table to share/pass around while watching DVD clips or discussing our topics.
 
Thank you to those of you who offered up your homes as host homes; however, because of the feedback about the location, I think the church will be the best place to hold our sessions each week. 
 
Peace ya’ll,
Joy.

Cy King's Legacy

Jo and I were largely absent from the recent celebrations of Cy King's life and legacy because of travel and family commitments. However, I've kept my ear to the ground and tuned in whenever possible. One of Cy's most endearing features was his willingness to seek common ground with just about anybody if there appeared to be a chance of working for the common good. His outreach toward the President of Mt. Olive Pickle Company was a case in point. His interest in the welfare of workers at the Tar Heel NC plant of Smithfield Foods was another. It wouldn't be appropriate to say that Cy would have sought an alliance with the Devil, but Cy avoided calling anyone a "devil" if he thought he could find some good in them.

As far as I know, the last recorded interview anyone did with Cy was the 70-minute interview I recorded in his apartment on January 8, 2013. His health was beginning to wain by then, but his mind was sharp. And he had no reluctance to comment bluntly on a variety of topics. (He was never one to cover up his own perceived shortcomings or the blemishes in our church.)

When folks would pour unbridled praise on Cy, he would sometimes deflect the accolades by referring to "mistakes" he had made. I interpreted these references to be acknowledgement on Cy's part that many problems were of sufficient complexity to defy simple solutions proposed by signs displayed on street corners or in public demonstrations. But Cy persevered nevertheless because he knew that somebody had to keep these issues in the public eye.

Cy's work with Mt. Olive Pickle Co. and with Smithfield Foods was brought to mind by Ross Douthat's column Sunday in the NY Times about Hobby Lobby and the dilemma it poses for liberals. Hobby Lobby is a model company in about every way that Cy advocated. But Hobby Lobby clashes with the position that most liberals have taken in the current culture wars. While most liberals are now demonizing Hobby Lobby for the symbol it has become, I think Cy would have a more nuanced view of the situation. Hobby Lobby is in most respects a poster child for the kind of company that Cy advocated, i.e. a company with a conscience that treats its workers very well. The fly in the ointment is that their conscience doesn't match up perfectly with current liberal orthodoxy. And no matter how one comes down on this conflict, it's a conflict that pits the power and authority of government against fundamental concepts of religious freedom. No easy answers. Cy was good at living in a world with no easy answers. He was happy to share his opinion and then listen politely to someone whose opinion was 180 degrees opposite to his. When I brought my friend and neighbor Barb Walsh to speak at the Sunday Forum several years ago, I feared I was throwing Barb into a lion's den. Barb's topic was to explain to the Forum crowd why she had led the effort to defeat a certain Democrat from Cary serving on the Wake County School Board. Cy, who was self-defined as a yellow-dog Democrat, listened to Barb courteously and at the end of the Forum session graciously commented, "What Wake County needs is more people like Barb Walsh." Cy represents a vanishing breed in today's climate of polarization. May he rest in peace and may we all benefit from his memory and legacy.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Friday Email - 4 JUL 2014

This edition of Friday Email was distributed as a PDF file.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Tribute to Cy King from Jim Jenkins, Raleigh N&O

Raleigh’s Cy King, a soldier for peace and justice
(reprinted from Raleigh News and Observer, July 3, 2014)
(This article was also emailed on July 4 by the secretary of the Association of Retired Faculty at NCSU to all retired faculty and staff with the introductory comment, "Several of you have written to me kindly, with remembrances, in response to Cy King's death, and in case you missed it, I wanted to single-out this fine tribute from yesterday's newspaper, by his close friend, Jim Jenkins,")

Even as life was ebbing from the body, the spirit was as strong as ever. Yes, at the very last, Cy King was concerned about getting down to the Legislative Building for another Moral Monday demonstration. He was 92, and his last visit there had been in a wheelchair, but he was ready to go again.

It was not to be. Cy died last Wednesday in Raleigh, quietly, with dignity, at home and after a life dedicated to raising awareness of the needs of the less fortunate, the deprivations of rights for those of color, the consequences of war.

His friend and admirer William Friday, the late president emeritus of the University of North Carolina system and the state’s greatest native son, had a singular comment on the loss of people such as Cy King. As he is not here to deliver it, let the honors be done in his stead: A giant has fallen.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Email - 27 JUN 2014

Veteran, Peace and Justice Advocate Cy King dies at 92
Rev. Robert Parrish to Lead 10:30am Worship Service
No Church School for Youth 6th – 12th Grade this Sunday or next Sunday
Youth Heading to BYC
Request for coolers for Tuesday Memorial Service
No Taizé on Tuesday Evening
New Email Address for the Church Office
Pray at the Legislature – Tuesdays, 12:30pm-1:00pm
Caregiver Support Group
“Sundae” Sunday – July 6, 2014
Oak City Outreach Center Seeking Volunteers
“Moral Injury”
Slowing Climate Change
Sam and Jack Alcorn Support Affordable Housing with Bike & Build
A Note and Poem in Memory of Cy King from Reverend Curtis Everette Gatewood

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cy King

Cyrus B. King, a long time member of CUCC and a steadfast advocate for social justice and civil rights, passed away this evening, June 25, 2014, at 6:30pm.  His sons Cy, Jr. and Edward were both with him when he died, and told us it was very peaceful.  Information about a memorial service and celebration of Cy's life will be forthcoming.  Please hold Cy and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

See full obituary in Raleigh N&O.

See news coverage in Raleigh N&O.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday Email - 20 JUN 2014

New Email Address for the Church Office
Joy Alford to Lead 10:30am Worship Service this Sunday
Last Moral Monday of the General Assembly Short Session
"Summer Solstice" Worship Celebration
Gardening Therapy
Pray at the Legislature – Tuesdays, 12:30pm-1:00pm
Pastor Steve on Vacation in June
Caregiver Support Group
“Sundae” Sunday – July 6, 2014
Friendship Bread
“Moral Injury”
Slowing Climate Change
Sam and Jack Alcorn Support Affordable Housing with Bike & Build

Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday Email - 13 JUN 2014

Loaves & Fishes Fish Fry Fundraiser! Today, 5:00pm–7:00pm
New Email Address for the Church Office
Forum on Break for the Summer
Pray at the Legislature – Tuesdays, 12:30pm-1:00pm
Graduate Celebration and ASP Blessing – Sunday, June 15
Pastor Steve on Vacation in June
Newsletter Deadline, Wednesday, June 18
Caregiver Support Group
Sam and Jack Alcorn Support Affordable Housing with Bike & Build

More Confirmation Service Photos

On Tuesday, photos from the reception following the Confirmation worship service on Sunday, June 8, were posted to this blog. Shortly thereafter Suzette made available an album of very nice photos made during the worship service itself. These are now available in the Photo Gallery portion of the church website.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Photos from Confirmation Sunday

These photos are from the reception in the fellowship hall on Confirmation Sunday, June 8, 2014.

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