Monday, March 31, 2014

Souls to the Polls, April 6

CUCC and UUFR will be joining with other faith groups to set up voter registration tables in parking lots and to canvas in neighborhoods where volunteers will help make a difference in the lives of many of our voters--including the lives of the voters whose voices could potentially be disenfranchised by NC’s New Voting Laws.  We will be helping to make sure all eligible voters in NC have the opportunity to register to vote and to know what the new law says about their voting rights, including when they’ll need the new photo ID.  If you would like to join with those who will be volunteering together on April 6th (time/place TBD), please contact Gray Woodard.

Spring Auction, April 26

Plan now to attend our annual spring Auction - Saturday, April 26, 6:30pm- 9:00pm. Click the picture below to submit an auction donation form. It will be a lot of fun and the proceeds go to the good causes that our congregation supports. Tim Jensen has graciously agreed to be our Auctioneer again this year. Lisa and Richard Leiser-Banks will again provide their computer and financial skills, and the Stolaricks will be bartending for the event.  “Ya’ll come!!”

Submission of auction items is now closed.
But be sure to come to the auction!

CUCC Family Fun Auction Party
Saturday, April 26, 6:30 pm
by Carol Kepler and Carol Clark

The CUCC Family Fun Auction Party is coming up on Saturday, April 26, and we need you to help make it a success! The auction is an annual fundraiser for CUCC.  Would you consider donating an item to the auction?  Examples of past auction items include:
  • Garden plants                                                           
  • Weekends at the beach, lake or mountains 
  • Hand-made pottery, quilts, jewelry and original artwork
  • A morning of bird-watching & lunch                       
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Day trips to fun destinations.  A geology field trip or a hike at a state park
  • Pet-sitting, Babysitting, Yard work, Handyman, and Computer services
  • Brunches, lunches, dinners
  • Delicious homemade cakes, pies, jams, etc.

All Church Workday, April 12

We will be sprucing up the sanctuary and church grounds on Saturday, April 12, just in time for Palm Sunday.   The work day is planned for 9am -Noon, so you will have time for other things you may have planned.  Work activities will include cleaning the pews in the sanctuary, removing excess pine straw and cones from the grounds, evening out the driveway off Wade Avenue, and lots of other fun stuff!  Your tools are also welcome - be sure to mark them so you will get them back.  There will be things to do for all ages 8-80!  If you would like to bring snacks to share, that would also be terrific.  Let's help CUCC put on its best Easter outfit!
- submitted by Property Ministry

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Email - 28 MAR 2014

Youth Service Project - Tomorrow, March 29
Forum, Sunday, March 30, 9:15am - VFH
“One Great Hour of Sharing”
1st Tuesday Taizé Worship Service, April 1, 2014
All Church Workday – Saturday, April 11
Got Cots?
Say it with Flamingos!
“Groundswell Rising, Protecting Our Children's Air & Water”
Souls to the Polls – April 6, 2014
Congregations for Social Justice Conference
Property Purchase Funds
Save the Date! Annual Spring Auction

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ken Beatty

Ken Beatty was for many years a regular member of CUCC. Here's an excerpt from today's obit at the Raleigh News & Observer.

Dr. Kenneth Orion Beatty, Jr., of Raleigh, NC, Reynolds Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, died at home of heart failure on March 24, 2014. He was 100 years old and had recently greatly enjoyed birthday celebrations with his friends and family.

Ken Beatty with Mary Pettitt and Kerma Hazel - 1990s
(photo from CUCC Archive)
See the full obituary in the Raleigh N&O.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Videos from Youth Sunday

Three videos are available from the Youth Sunday service on March 23, 2014. All are permanently located in the CUCC Archive.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Email - 21 MAR 2014

2014 Youth Led Worship Service, Sunday, March 23!
Sunday Morning Bible Study – Lenten Study
Forum, Sunday, March 23, 9:15am - VFH
Stewardship Ministry Meeting
Property Ministry Meeting
How to Use the CUCC Website
Monday Lunch Group Lenten Study
Earth Sabbath
Got Cots?
Say it with Flamingos!
Newcomers' Supper
Toxic Free NC Event
 “Groundswell Rising, Protecting Our Children's Air & Water”
Congregations for Social Justice Conference
Property Purchase Funds
Save the Date! Annual Spring Auction

Monday, March 17, 2014

Congregational Meeting Report

Everette Noland speaks at congregational meeting
On Sunday, March 16, a special congregational meeting was held in the sanctuary following 10:30 worship. The congregation approved purchase of the house adjacent to Pilgrim House and the apartment building behind it. The vote followed an approximately one hour discussion of the proposal to ratify the purchase. Dialog will continue regarding management and long term use of the property. The vote in favor of the proposal appeared to reflect a desire within the congregation to keep future options open.
-- Submitted by Lavon Page

Using the CUCC Website

On Sunday, May 23, the Communications Committee will present a brief overview of the church website during the fellowship period following 10:30 worship. It's a good opportunity to get a better understanding of what types of information are found at the website and how to locate what you're looking for. Join us in the fellowship hall for this 15-20 minute presentation.

-- submitted for the Communications Committee

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Photos of Lloyd Property - 45 years ago

In 1969 Betsy Towler was living in the front, left apartment of the Lloyd property's apartment building on O'Berry Street. Yesterday Betsy dug up a few old pictures and dropped them by. These are of interest in regard to the church's consideration of purchasing the property.

Betsy and her son Stan in front of their apartment. In the background you can see
Pilgrim House lying between the roofline of the 1969 church and the Lloyd property
house on Dixie Trail. Betsy's daughter Liz was born in this apartment.

Friday, March 14, 2014

One Great Hour of Sharing Offering - March 30

You may give your late contribution to the OGHS offering directly to Cathy in the church office.

One Great Hour of Sharing is the refugee, relief, and development offering of the United Church of Christ, transforming lives through health, education, agricultural, and emergency relief initiatives in 138 countries. OGHS funds enable the UCC to respond quickly to disasters and other urgent and unexpected needs as they arise. 

Four ministries within the UCC respond to urgent and ongoing needs:
  • National Disaster Ministries.
  • Refugee Ministries
  • Volunteer Ministries
  • Global Ministries (with Disciples of Christ)

OGHS also supports three partner organizations, which concentrate on health and economic justice issues:

Friday Email - 14 MAR 2014

Congregational Meeting Sunday, March 16 - 11:45am
2014 Youth Led Worship Service, Sunday, March 23!
Sunday Morning Bible Study – Lenten Study
Forum, Sunday, March 16, 9:15am - VFH
Monday Lunch Group Lenten Study
How to Use the CUCC Website
A Different Lenten Study:  Victory and Peace or Justice and Peace?
Lenten Study – The African American, Many Rivers to Cross
Got Cots?
Say it with Flamingos!
Newcomers' Supper
Toxic Free NC Event
 “Groundswell Rising, Protecting Our Children's Air & Water”
Congregations for Social Justice Conference
Loan Your Art to the “Loo(vre)”

Monday, March 10, 2014

Special Congregational Meeting - March 16

At the request of the newly formed fund raising committee, the Church Council has called a special Congregational Meeting in the sanctuary immediately following the 10:30 worship service next Sunday, March 16. The purpose of this meeting will be to ratify the purchase of the Lloyd property at 802 Dixie Trail and 2916 O’Berry Street for a total of $575,000.

Newcomers' Supper March 28

You are invited to the Newcomers' Supper on Friday, March 28th.  Unwind after a busy week, ask questions about CUCC, and meet other newcomers.  Dinner served at 6:30pm.  Please RSVP to the CUCC office by March 24th at 919-787-6422 or  Please tell us if you need childcare (ages) and if you have dietary restrictions.

- submitted for Bev Stolarick

Joy's Ash Wednesday Prayer

I thought Joy Alford's benedictory prayer at Ash Wednesday worship might be a great one for use throughout Lent and asked her if she would mind sharing it.  She graciously said "yes."  Thank you, Joy.

Gracious God,
We have been reminded by ashes of the human condition-and the uncertainty we often experience in pain, suffering and loss.  Help us to remember that here tonight, we have also received the gift of Jesus at the table of grace.

As we begin our journey toward Easter, let us not only turn from sin but go in peace remembering the ashes we wear on our foreheads symbolize Your faithfulness and forgiveness, God.  Let them remind us that in all things we must turn to You.

Holy God, we want to be transformed
-to be made new
- to walk with Christ into the wilderness toward new hope, a new beginning and a new world marked by peace and justice By your power and glory forever. Amen

- request made by Jane Smith

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Carol Kepler's Mission Moment - March 9

On March 9 Carol Kepler presented information on the anticipated property purchase adjacent to the church. This video of Carol's presentation was opportunistically shot with an iPhone from the back of the sanctuary, so it's not stabilized via having the camera mounted on a tripod. Nevertheless, it is sufficient to convey Carol's presentation if you happened to miss it on March 9.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday Email - 7 MAR 2014

Spring Forward this Sunday!
Pancake Breakfast Tomorrow, March 8
Sunday Morning Bible Study – Lenten Study
Forum, Sunday, March 9, 9:15am - VFH
Retirees’ Group – Monday, March 10
Monday Lunch Group Lenten Study
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
2014 Youth Led Worship Service, Sunday, March 23!
Got Cots?
Say it with Flamingos!
Newcomers' Supper
Loan Your Art to the “Loo(vre)”
“Groundswell Rising, Protecting Our Children's Air & Water”
International Women’s Day Celebration, March 8, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
Justice in a Changing Climate (JCC) Poll of the Congregation

Monday, March 3, 2014

Wealth Distribution in the United States

For what people think wealth distribution is currently in the United States, what they think would be best, and what wealth distribution actually is, see this video:

Meeting to support Farm Workers March 18 at 6:30 p.m.

The United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries is co sposoring a meeting "Putting Our Faith into Action: Support Farm Workers in NC" at West Raleigh Presbyterian Church, 27 Horne St. Raleigh NC 27607, at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Does CUCC want to install solar panels on our fellowship hall roof?

Please respond to this Justice in a Changing Climate (JCC) Poll of the Congregation

Part of the Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force* commitment is to help CUCC “change our practices” to slow climate change.  Decreasing CUCC’s energy consumption will help because it would decrease our fossil fuel consumption, our CO2 production and the need for hydrofracking.
Toward that end, the task force was asked at the 2012 congregational retreat to investigate installation of solar panels on our fellowship hall roof.

CUCC uses about 18000 kwh of electricity per year for lights, appliances and air conditioning.  This costs us about $2200 per year.  With solar panels, we would be able to supply about 55 % (about 10,000 kwh) of our electricity with a 10KW solar array.  The cost of a 10KW system would be about $55,000.  The cost of a 5 KW system would be about half of that.

But beyond the savings in money and CO2, having those solar panels on our roof would be a tangible sign to the world outside about what kind of a congregation we are.  Just as our rainbow comma attracted new members interested in equal rights for LGBT folks, solar panels would speak to those with a passion for environmental issues who might be seeking a spiritual home.  As stated by North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light:  "The sight of solar panels on a house of worship becomes an iconic marker to the broader community, a demonstration of the congregation’s love of the Creator and creation, and it shows a commitment to change our relationship to energy."

Funding possibilities:
Limited Liability Corporation:  If the 10 KW system is funded as a LLC, federal and NC tax credits reduce the cost to about $25000 for the investors, and other benefits may reduce the cost to about $9000.  The investors could expect to recoup their investment in 6 to 8 years.
  •  This would require 6 investors to invest about $10,000 each to form and maintain the LLC.
  •  After they recoup their investment, the investors would donate the system to CUCC, and the church would then see lower electric bills.
Donations: If the 10 KW system is funded via donations to CUCC, the donors would receive a 35% tax credit on their NC income tax, and 501c3 deduction on their federal income tax.
  •  This mechanism would allow for many small donors to make up the $55,000.
  •  Under this mechanism, CUCC would see lower electric bills from day one.
These tax advantages may terminate in 2016, so to take advantage of them we must act soon.

With this background, the Justice in a Changing Task Force wants to know whether the congregation would like us to continue investigating installing solar panels at CUCC.

Poll questions:
 1.  Would you like to see CUCC continue to investigate solar panels?
 2.  Would you be interested in learning more about becoming a LLC investor?
 3.  Would you be interested in donating to the purchase of panels?
 4.  Do you have other comments?

Please return your written responses by March 10 to any of the JCC members*, email or mail them to Gary Smith or turn them in at the church office.

 *Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force members:  Lena Gallitano, Pastor Steve Halsted, Ron Howell, Marty Lamb, Deborah and Todd Lipman, John Little, Grady McCallie, David Smith, Gary (chair) and Jane Smith, Jim Smith, Skip Stoddard, Edith Sylla and Karen Vollrath

March Adult Sunday Forum Schedule

You are invited to participate each Sunday as we learn and discuss.  9:15-10:15 am in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall

March 2: InterAct is a private, non-profit, United Way agency that provides safety, support, and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault. InterAct fulfills this mission through the support of its volunteers and community. Tara Romano from Interact will speak at Forum to discuss the agency's mission, work and how members of the community can help them grow.

March 9: Inequality for All (Part 1). Documentary about income inequality in the U.S which is at historic highs. American economist and former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich explains the issues through compelling visuals and commentary.

March 16: Part 2 of the documentary, Inequality for All.

March 23: "Reducing Income Inequality". How can we reduce inequality of income in our country? A panel of CUCC members will discuss what we can do to bring about more economic justice. People make the rules that create our economy and people can change the rules to make our economy more just. Join a discussion about which rules we should change.

March 30: "Southern Workers' Assembly". There is an upsurge of new energy in the South. The Southern Workers' Assembly is helping people to organize, unite and transform labor power and to seek fairness and dignity in the workplace. A representative from the Assembly will share information about their work.

- Schedule submitted by Cynthia Ball and Edith Sylla