Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Email - 24 OCT 2014

A Message from the Stewardship Ministry
Forum – October 26, 9:15am
Pray at the Legislature
Economic Justice Task Force Meeting
Raleigh CROP Hunger Walk
Come Help PLM Families Together Grow!
Earth Sabbath Celebration, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7:00pm
Beer and Hymns
Fall Congregational Meeting

A Message from the Stewardship Ministry
As we look around us, soaking up this glorious fall sunshine, we have much to be grateful for.   Please reflect on this as you consider making a generous pledge to the church for our operating budget next year.  The congregation is very active in many areas, spiritual, outreach, youth enrichment and beauty..........and all deserve support and leadership.  You will be hearing from members of our congregation during the next 3 weeks, discussing why they pledge and why this is significant to the life of the church.  The youth will join us in another great Poetry Slam/ Coffee House party on Saturday, November 15, to also help publicize our Stewardship efforts.  Definitely save that date!!
Your contributions will determine the strength of our next budget.  Please respond by mid-November...........either by mailing your pledge card to the office or placing it in the collection plate on Sunday.  The 2015 budget will be presented at the last Congregational meeting on November 23.  Please help make it a strong budget.

One last note...........if you would like to know the status of your current pledge contributions, please contact Carol Clark ( cdebclark@msn.com).

Forum – Sunday, October 26, 9:15am
How Churches are Helping the Unemployed:  Being unemployed and trying to find a job is challenging and stressful.  The StepUp Ministry in Raleigh provides a structured program and resources to help people prepare for work and find a job.  Laura Martin, Development Director of the StepUp Ministry, will share information about their ministry to help people minimize and resolve the many challenges they face in finding employment.  They focus on job training and placement, life skills development and long-term stability.  There are opportunities for volunteers to participate in this program.

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. Contact Adrienne Little for additional information.

Economic Justice Task Force Meeting
The Economic Justice Task Force will meet tomorrow, Friday, October 24, at 11:00am in the Bradow Room.  All are welcome to attend.

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.

Earth Sabbath Celebration, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7:00pm
The next Earth Sabbath Celebration will be Tuesday, October 28, 7:00pm, in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall.  We will celebrate and discuss the North Carolina Declaration on Climate Change that was created from the Conference on Religion and Climate Change held October 13 at Church of the Good Shepherd in Raleigh.  Featured speakers were Dr. Lise Van Sustern, MD, co-founder of Interfaith Moral Action on Climate, and Richard Cizik, President of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good.  Earth Sabbath is an interfaith evening that combines fellowship and worship drawn from many faith traditions.  The evening’s focus is on renewing our spirits for creation care, advocacy, and education.  All are welcome!

Beer and Hymns
Join SIS and other members of the church for Beer and Hymns on Sunday evening, November 2nd, from 7:00pm to 8:00pm at Tir Na Nog on Moore Square on Blount Street, Downtown Raleigh.

Fall Congregational Meeting
The annual fall congregational meeting is scheduled for November 23 at Noon in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall.  At this meeting, we will hear a preliminary report on development of the 2015 budget from the Stewardship Ministry, and a preliminary report from the Nominating Committee on next year’s officers and ministry members.

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