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

New Parent Meeting for Those New to Youth Program
On Saturday, September 13, we will have a New Parent Meeting for those new to the youth program. While this meeting will focus on listening to and informing new parents, all parents are welcome. It will take place upstairs in the Pilgrim House from 9:30am -11:00am. Coffee, juice, and muffins provided. Parents, please respond to Śānti Matthews (forsanti@aol.com or 919-961-8814) to indicate whether or not you will be able to make this meeting.

Communion will be Served on the Second Sunday in September
We will celebrate Communion this Sunday, September 14.  Sunday is also ONA Sunday.  Please join us as the ONA Task Force leads the service and we celebrate communion together.

Fall Sunday School class will begin Sunday, September 14th
It will be good to welcome everyone back after our summer vacations.  We have exciting things planned.  Our biggest news is that we will be having music in Sunday School this year led by Anne Moorman-Smith and her daughter, Erin Moorman Wenger.  The plan is to have music twice a month!  We will begin in September!

All Youth (6th-12th grade) Church School Kick-Off
On Sunday, September 14, all youth (6th-12th grade) will participate in our Church School Kick-Off, followed by lunch and games together. Parents, please pick up your youth at 2:00pm.

Forum Resumes September 14th
The CUCC Forum for September will be led by The ONA Task Force. Forum meets from 9:15am - 10:15am, in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall.

September 14: Tracy Hollister will lead a presentation and discussion on marriage equality.  This is a great opportunity to learn why this issue matters; the status of the efforts to overturn Amendment One, and what you can do to help foster acceptance of LGBT marriage in North Carolina.

September 21: Jonah Pierce, Charge Nurse at UNC’s Infectious Diseases Clinic, will be giving us stories from the personal side of HIV/AIDS: How long are people surviving?  Are people getting the medications they need?  What about those who are sick and who are not getting the support of family or friends?  How might volunteers from CUCC assist with the needs of these patients?

September 28: Dr. Charles van der Horst, physician for HIV/AIDS patients at UNC’s Infectious Diseases Clinic, and strong advocate for Medicaid expansion, will be joining us to talk about the impact on patients resulting from the continued erosion of medical benefits for his patients.   Dr. van der Horst has been an iconic figure at Moral Monday events and is a passionate advocate for health care.

Sisters In Spirit – (SIS)
SIS is getting under way for the rest of 2014 and into 2015.  Kathy Clift has cordially invited all women of the church to her home at 4601 Henley Court, Raleigh, on Thursday, September 18th, 6:00pm, for a potluck and play.  She has suggested a
Fun Fall Food Fest and asks us each to bring a favorite Fall dish to share.  We will share stories of moments from our summer as well.  All women from the church are welcome and invited to come explore.  A brochure listing upcoming SIS events is available on the table at the back of the Sanctuary.

Cooks Needed for Wright Center Meal
September 21 is CUCC’s week to prepare and serve the meal for the women at the Wright Center.  If you would like to cook the main dish for that Sunday, please see Jean Ledbetter after church Sunday or email her at jledbetter72@gmail.com. Thank you.

Pray at the Legislature
Every Tuesday, from 12:30pm to 1:00pm, Duane Beck from the Mennonite Church meets with some of us. Go in the front door off of Jones Street. Turn left and meet at a table in the garden area.  Scriptures will be provided if requested.

Volunteers Needed for Wake Federation of the Blind
The Wake Federation of the Blind, the local chapter of the National Federation of the Blind, will host the annual state convention of North Carolina from Thursday, September 18 through Sunday, September 21, 2014, at the Crabtree Holiday Inn.  Robert Parrish, Vice President of the local chapter, is looking for volunteers to assist in helping blind and visually impaired individuals at this convention.  We need volunteers to help people check into the hotel, guidance to their rooms and other areas, and help blind with serving their food in the hospitality room.  The main days that assistance will be needed are Thursday, September 18, and Friday, September 19.  If you wish to volunteer, please call Robert at 919-616-1606 or email at rcp7@bellsouth.net.  Some orientation on how to guide blind and visually impaired individuals will be provided by Robert.

Updated Church Directories
The Current Church Directory (not the one with pictures) has recently been updated.  If you would like a current directory, please email the church office and request one.  The church email is office.cucc@gmail.com.

West Raleigh Presbyterian Church – Fall Art Exhibition
You’re invited to submit artwork:  The Circle of Life is the theme of West Raleigh Presbyterian Church’s fall exhibition in the Voice of the Spirit Gallery.   This theme is rich with possibilities for interpretations in visual and literary arts.

There are many references in the Bible to this circle/cycle from birth to death.  Sometimes it is the changing of the seasons:  For everything there is a season… (Ecc. 3:1). Sometimes it signifies maturing as in 1 Cor. 13:1:  When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.  

What do these words mean to you? How could you interpret it in paint, clay, jewelry, or other art media?  Maybe you are not inclined to think about this topic as visual art, but would to write a poem or short story. We would be happy to display your written work in the gallery and/or post it on our arts website.

All works should be submitted to Room 103 on Sunday, September 7 or 14 after church.  If you have questions please contact Barbara Carlson at jerrybarbara333@gmail.com.

“Voting Rights for All”
The Methodist Federation for Social Action will host a conference called “Voting Rights for All,” on Saturday, September 20th, from 9:00am - 3:30pm, at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, 504 West Chapel Hill Street, Durham NC. The purpose is to discuss the voter suppression laws passed by the General Assembly and make people aware of what their rights are as voters.

Workshops will include: How to get a voter ID; what is the current law and legislative redistricting? The keynote address will be delivered by former NC Senator Ellie Kinnaird. Registration is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event - $10 for students. There will be a light breakfast and boxed lunches. If you have special dietary concerns, please email mfsancc@gmail.com. Advanced registration deadline is Friday, September 12th. You can mail registration to MFSA-NC, P. O. Box 18311, Raleigh, NC 27619.  Make the check out to MFSA-NC.

Sponsors of the conference include Methodist Federation for Social Action North Carolina Conference, Triangle Interfaith Alliance, North Carolina Council of Churches and North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Presentation by Rev. Mitri Raheb – United Church of Chapel Hill
Faith in the Face of Empire - United Church of Chapel Hill is sponsoring a presentation by Rev. Mitri Raheb, Palestinian Christian pastor, author and peace advocate, on Wednesday, September 24, 11:45am - 1:00pm at 1321 MLK, Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill.  For ease of registration, please RSVP by September 22.  Go to www.unitedchurch.org for additional information.

Documentary - "Pictures from a Hiroshima School Yard"
"Pictures from a Hiroshima School Yard" - a documentary film of children's art by Hiroshima survivors.  The artists are now in their late 70s.  The showing will be at the Rialto Theatre, 1620 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh.  The showing will be on Sunday, September 28, 2:00pm. Donations to NC Peace Action will be accepted.

PFLAG Fundraiser
PFLAG Triangle once again will sponsor a Signature Ad in the Pride Edition of the Independent Weekly in September.  Last year we had wonderful support from the CUCC members and raised over $250 for PFLAG.

This is PFLAG’s only fundraiser during the year and the contributions to PFLAG Triangle allows the organization to continue its work through Advocacy, Support, and Education for the LGBT Community. We ask a donation of $15 per individual or family and $30 for businesses, but any donation will be accepted and appreciated!

Please email the church office at office.cucc@gmail.com or contact Cathy Marshall at 919-395-2600 or 919-787-6422 and let her know if you want your name listed in the ad; then drop off or send a check to the church office (814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh, NC 27607).  You may also put your check and how you want your name to be listed in the ad in the offering plate this Sunday (ONA SUNDAY!).  You may also go to www.pflagtriangle.org   and pay with PayPal. The deadline to submit your name is this Sunday, September 14, 2014. Thank you for your support of PFLAG and the ONA Task Force.  For additional information, contact Cathy Marshall.

NC Pride Festival and Parade – Saturday, September 27
Come out and show your support for our LGBT family and friends.  CUCC will have an outreach table and will march in the parade.  If you have never been to Pride, you have missed out on a wonderfully affirming event.  We need volunteers to help set up and be at our table; and we especially would love to have as many as are able to march with us!  The event is located on the Duke East Campus.  Set up begins at 9:00am.  Festival grounds open at 10:00am and the Parade begins at 1:00pm.  Contact Shaleika Covington-Jones or Joan McAllister for more information.

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