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
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

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.