Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday Email - 28 FEB 2014

Condolences to the Spurlock-Street Family
Food Bags Due this Sunday
Ash Wednesday Worship Service
Explore the Muslim Heritage, Roots, and Culture
Forum, Sunday, March 2, 9:15am - VFH
Documentary - North Carolina: State of Conflict
Aldo Leopold Study Group – A Lenten Program
A Different Lenten Study:  Victory and Peace or Justice and Peace?
Lenten Study – The African American, Many Rivers to Cross
Pancake Breakfast
Sisters in Spirit (SIS) Beach Retreat
2014 Youth Led Worship Service, Sunday, March 23!
Newcomers' Supper
International Women’s Day Celebration, March 8, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
Justice in a Changing Climate (JCC) Poll of the Congregation

Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday Email - 21 FEB 2014

Condolences to Don and Susan Lane
Fracking in NC?
Forum, Sunday, February 23, 9:15am - VFH
Youth & Parent Meeting about BYC Summer Camp
Chili Potluck
Youth-Led Love Party for Young CUCC Couples!
Explore the Muslim Heritage, Roots, and Culture
Pancake Breakfast
Sisters in Spirit (SIS) Beach Retreat
Brown Headed Nuthatch Boxes
A different Lenten study:  Victory and Peace or Justice and Peace?
Aldo Leopold Study Group – A Lenten Program
International Women’s Day, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

Ministry Moment: Solar Panels at CUCC?

On February 16, Skip Stoddard, representing the Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force, presented the following update on research and rationale into possible solar panels for CUCC.  The investigation was prompted by comments at the CUCC All Church Retreat on 2012.

When the Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force was created in 2007, we made a commitment to "change our practices" in order to slow climate change.

In addition to educating ourselves and making adjustments to our own homes and lifestyles, the JCC looked at the church itself.  We did an energy audit of our facility, and as a result new windows and insulation were installed, decreasing our utility usage and our carbon footprint.  Groups and individuals have taken other steps, holding their meetings after church so as not to require a separate trip, carpooling to church and meetings, and holding virtual meetings.  What else can we do?  Please pass along your suggestions, or better yet, join the JCC.

CUCC uses about 18,000kWh of electricity per year.  The majority of this electricity is generated by the burning of fossil fuels, bought and shipped in from out of state.  While we are blithely using the power generated by burning this fuel, we are also saddling ourselves with the side effects of CO2 and other gases accumulating in our atmosphere, and of toxic coal ash accumulating in retention ponds, or leaking into our rivers, which are sources of drinking water.  And now we are hearing about fracking for shale gas, which promises to jeopardize not just surface water but ground water as well.  Usage of fossil fuels is a dirty business indeed.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday Email - 14 FEB 2014

Congratulations to Bill and Annette Bingham
Parents' Night Out!
Forum, Sunday, February 16, 9:15am - VFH
Welcoming, Fellowship & Growth Ministry
Church Council
Social Justice Ministry
Wednesday Evening Bible Study
Chili Potluck
Youth-Led Love Party for Young CUCC Couples!
Sisters in Spirit (SIS): Night at the Theater!
Sisters in Spirit (SIS) Beach Retreat
Brown Headed Nuthatch Boxes
A different Lenten study:  Victory and Peace or Justice and Peace?
Aldo Leopold Study Group – A Lenten Program

Monday, February 10, 2014

RSVP today for local Religions of India field trip

This Sunday, February 16 we have an exciting opportunity to learn about three of the major religious traditions of South Asia. We will join with others to visit three places of worship: the Sikh Gurudwara of NC in Durham, the Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville, and the Raleigh Islamic Center. At each site we will have  the opportunity to observe worship in progress, and to have conversations with practitioners of each faith. The trip includes a free lunch (langar) courtesy of the Sikh Gurudwara.
If you are interested, contact Joan McAllister by Wednesday, February 12 and look at the website for further information on religious and cultural practices

History of NC - video Steve referenced in his sermon

On Sunday in his sermon Steve referenced a video of Rev. Barber explaining the history of North Carolina.  Click on the video to view it.

Moral March/ HKonJ photos

At least 52 CUCCers participated in the Feb. 8 HKonJ Moral March.  Also in the crowd were contingents from many NC UCC congregations.  Denominational leaders the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black (general minister and president),  Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo (executive minister of Justice and Witness Ministries), and the Rev. J. Bennett Guess (executive minister for Local Church Ministries) flew in from Cleveland to participate in the clergy prayer circle at the legislature that started the day and to walk with the congregations.

CUCC group with banner at HKonJ
See photos of the CUCC group
(thank you, Gary, Joan, John, and Suzette)

UCC denominational leaders at HKonJ
UCC Denominational Leaders
with Rev. Jill Edens at HKonJ
Photo by Curly Stumb
and a slide show of the prayer circle and our denominational leaders.

BYC Summer Camp 2014

Even as we anticipate more snow this week, it's that special time of year to plan the summer months for our youth. The CUCC Youth Group is a full participant and covenant member in the BYC (Baptist Youth Camp) community; a phenomenal church camp experience in the NC mountains, with like minded churches from all over the country. Registration will begin very soon. Youth and parents of youth, PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS for June 29 - July 4 for this summer's BYC experience. Also parents and other CUCC adults, please consider whether you might like to join us as a chaperone for this amazing week. I can't say enough good things about both the fun and the deeply profound spiritual opportunities that this camp offers. I will hold a brief informational parent and youth meeting about BYC summer camp in two weeks on Sunday, February 23 at 10:00 a.m. in the youth room. In the meantime, please contact me with questions! Peace, Santi

Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday Email - 7 FEB 2014

HKonJ - February 8
Finding the Group at the start of the March
After HKonJ, Lunch is an ASP Fundraiser
This Sunday is a very special day at Community United Church of Christ! 
Retirees’ Group
Economic Justice Task Force
Life & Faith in Downtown Raleigh
Parents’ Night Out!
West Raleigh Presbyterian Church Women's Retreat

Meet at CUCC's banner

To find CUCC's group at HKonJ, look for our banner. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Chili potluck Feb. 23 after worship

Welcoming, Fellowship and Growth Ministry (WFG) is sponsoring a chili potluck on Sunday, February 23rd, after the 10:30AM worship service. You are invited to bring your favorite chili recipe, vegetarian or meat, and share with everyone your written recipe for your item. Come join us for delicious chili, uplifting fellowship, games and fun activities featuring the varied, spicy, and sometimes controversial dish known as chili. For some interesting reading on the history of chili

- Submitted by Robert Parrish

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

2014 Youth-led Worship

2013 Youth-led Worship
Peace from the CUCC Youth!
Youth are excited to be preparing to lead our worship on March 23! We will dedicate church school on March 9 and 16 to planning, and we will also have a lock-in on March 21 to prepare. If you are an adult who is interested in participating in supporting youth preparations for this year's worship, please contact Santi Matthews or call the church office.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Daniel Alexander to present Jobs for Life, Feb. 11

Economic Justice Task Force will meet Tuesday, February 11, at 1:00 in the Fellowship Hall.  Daniel Alexander will be presenting information about the JOBS FOR LIFE program.  JOBS FOR LIFE is a training program that gives people skills needed to succeed in the workforce.  Everyone is invited to join us and to learn more about this resource.

- submitted by Shirley Birt

Monday, February 3, 2014

Carolyn and Cy King Peace and Justice Award - February 9

Next Sunday, February 9, will mark the second year of the Carolyn and Cy King Peace and Justice Award.  We will honor the lives and life work of Carolyn and Cy King.  The special day begins with Cy King speaking at Forum (9:15am, VFH), sharing his thoughts, recollections and challenges for us.  During the 10:30am worship service, we will honor this year’s award recipients:  Slater Newman, Bill Towe, and Mac and Peg Hulslander.  Following worship will be a reception in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall.  It will be a wonderful day that you won’t want to miss.