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

People’s Climate March Vigil
Please join us at 4:00pm Sunday on the front lawn of CUCC for an interfaith vigil in support of the People’s Climate March.  Sponsored by: Triangle Interfaith Alliance, Community United Church of Christ, North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light, Audubon Society of North Carolina, 350.org Triangle Chapter, Triangle Native American Society, Muslims for Social Justice, the Methodist Federation for Social Action – North Carolina Conference, and North Carolina Conservation Network.

Forum – Sunday, September 21, 9:15am
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 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.

30-Day Vegan Pledge
The Vegan Pledge is a four-week program designed to provide all the necessary education and resources to those who are ready to give veganism a try for thirty days!  We’ll support you with a free care package, a knowledgeable vegan mentor, cooking demos, and weekly meetings over 5 consecutive Saturdays on the topics of ethics, health, environmentalism, and daily living issues.  This will be our fourth iteration, and we’ve had great success with our previous Pledges.  Many past pledge participants have remained vegan for years now and have also remained friends with those they met during the program. PAN (Peace Advocacy Network) works hard to ensure participants have resources available to them long after the pledge is over!  For more information go to http://peaceadvocacynetwork.org or contact Betsy Towler at betsytowler@gmail.com.

Please consider joining us to learn about how veganism speaks to nonviolence, environmental stewardship, and compassion.

9/20: Meeting 1 (Introduction to the Vegan Pledge, cooking demo, Q&A)
9/27: Meeting 2 (Presentation -- Demo -- Presentation)
10/4: Meeting 3 (Presentation -- Demo -- Presentation)
10/11: Whole foods shopping tour
10/18: Potluck, (Questions from Non-Vegans, First day of Triangle Veg Fest)

“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.

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.

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.

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.

Sisters in Spirit (SIS)
Join women of church for two events in October:
Beer and Hymns – Sunday, October 5th, 6:00pm, Tir Na Nog at Moore Square in downtown Raleigh.
SIS Potluck – 6:00pm, Thursday, October 18, Marty Lamb’s home, featuring black and orange foods, followed by an 8:00pm Raleigh Little Theatre production of  Desire Under the Elms. Please call Raleigh Little Theatre (919-821-3111) to make your reservations on row B or C for that evening's performance. Contact Marty at 919-819-4084 to RSVP and for additional information.

Neighbors In Need Offering - October 5
Every fall, CUCC has traditionally supported Neighbors in Need (NIN). We will collect for NIN on Sunday, 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.  NIN helps make another world possible. It needs YOUR support. Please give generously.  You can find more at the UCC website: http://www.ucc.org/nin/stories.html.

Walk For Hope - Sunday, October 12
Walk to benefit quality care and research for those with mental illness. This walk takes place during worship and is the way our youth will worship and share God's love on this special day every year. If you can't come to the walk, remember that there will be no Church School on Sunday, October 12! All are welcome to join us. To join us, please register ASAP. Register at www.walkforhope.com or by calling 919-781-9255.

Raleigh CROP Hunger Walk
Sunday, October 26, 3:00pm, 201 E. Hargett.  Join or support our team and help stop hunger, one step at a time! Go to http://hunger.cwsglobal.org/goto/cucc_cropwalk2014 for more information.  For questions or additional information, please contact Maria Mayorga, mmayorga238@gmail.com.

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 at laurel.powell@gmail.com.

Keeping Homeless Families Together 
Please help families be able to live together as they transition from homelessness to temporary housing to permanent housing by contributing household items. Take a post-it or two from the bright poster in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall, purchase the item(s) written on the post-it(s) and then return the item(s) to the basket under the poster.

Kroger’s Guns-in-Stores Policy
Kroger executives are monitoring customer feedback and waiting to see if there's an impact on their brand before making any changes to their guns-in-stores policy.
If you disagree with Kroger’s policy of allowing customers with guns into their stores, please contact them and let them know!  Plain and simple, Kroger needs to hear directly from customers -- that's the only thing that will get them to stop letting customers openly carry guns in their stores.
Click here to call Kroger headquarters now, and tell them you won't be satisfied until they change their gun policy.  You can also dial 888-829-3790.  For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Soboiero at ohsobomom@gmail.com

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