Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Email - 12 DEC 2014

Advent Event – Saturday, December 13
Children’s Christmas Pageant – Sunday, December 14th
Forum – December 14th, 9:15am
Want To Help Change A Life? You Can! – “Jobs for Life”
Free Holiday Concert at NC Museum of History  this Sunday
Monday Lunch Group
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - Wednesday, December 24
A Request from Vandy Bradow    
Earth Sabbath - Winter Solstice Celebration at Peacefalls, Saturday, December 20
Christmas Cantata by CUCC Choir - December 21
Menu of Compassionate Gifts
Update on Festival of Lights Donations
A Message from the Stewardship Ministry
Epiphany Sunday/Babies We Love – January 11, 2015
CSJ Annual Dinner Meeting – Monday, February 2, 2015, 6:00pm
Gift for Pastor Steve

 Advent Event – Saturday, December 13
Advent will soon be here with all the hustle and bustle of the season leading up to Christmas.  Why not take a quiet, reflective time to savor the deeper meaning of Advent?  On Saturday, December 13, 10:00am – 2:00pm, the Deacons and Rev. Halsted will offer an Advent Event on the theme, “The Spiritual Significance of Food and Bread.”  There will be breadmaking, fellowship, and a Taizé service to help us focus on the significance and meaning of Advent.  Please plan to join us Saturday, December 13.

Children’s Christmas Pageant – December 14, 2014
Join us next Sunday, December 14th during the 10:30am worship for the annual Children’s Christmas Pageant.  The pageant has become a tradition that the children love.  Remember that any grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, etc. are welcome to participate in the pageant. Presented by the children and youth of the church.  Directed by Anne Bailey Zschau.

Forum – Sunday, December 14th
What is Truth?  CUCC member Ed Klemmer will give his much delayed answer to this question. In a previous Forum Ed Klemmer led a stimulating discussion of the question, but allowed others so much time to talk that he didn’t leave himself enough time to propose his own answer. This time, Ed will speak first before others are invited to chime in with their own thoughts.  Forum will not meet on December 21st or the 28th.

Want To Help Change A Life? You Can! – “Jobs for Life”
We will hold an informational meeting in the Hoffman Room at 12:00, Sunday,
December 14. There will be a “Jobs for Life” representative there to answer all of your questions.  Please plan to attend and hear about this important program.  Contact either Shirley Birt at 919-552-5371 or dhsrbirt@aol.com or Susan Lane at 919-417-7705 or lane.susan70@gmailcom for additional information. Join us…and help change a life.

Free Holiday Concert at NC Museum of History  this Sunday
This Sunday, Nixon, Blevins, & Gage will perform their popular “Pickin’ on Christmas” program at the NC Museum of History.  Concert begins at 3:00pm.  Free ticket distribution begins at 2:00pm.  Please consider bringing a canned food item to add to the Canned Food Drive benefitting the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC.

Monday Lunch Group
The Monday Lunch group meets every Monday at 12:15pm in the Hoffmann Room.  After a bag lunch, the group has prayer time where they offer up concerns and healing.  Newcomers and walk-ins are always welcome!
Dec 15:  Ann Retzer will bring us an advent story.
Dec 22:  Our Christmas party.
Dec 29:  Our goodbye-to-Steve party.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - Wednesday, December 24
Join us for a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Wednesday, December 24.  Our service will begin at 5:00pm.  Afterwards, we’ll gather for bright fellowship and hot cider in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall.

A Request from Vandy Bradow
Vandy would like to bring her mother, Ida Klages, to the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, but she will need some assistance from members of the congregation.  She needs a couple of strong people to help her get her mother from the car into her wheelchair and then assistance in getting her back into the car.  Please contact the church office or Vandy and let her know if you are able to do this for her.  Thank you.

Earth Sabbath - Winter Solstice Celebration at Peacefalls, Saturday, December 20
Please join us Saturday December 20th for a celebration of the sacred darkness and the return of the light:  a time for closure and new beginnings.  The Winter Solstice marks a full turning of the wheel of the year and offers a perfect opportunity for releasing the past and setting intentions for our journeys ahead.  In preparation, whether you are joining us or not, consider what thoughts, habits, or patterns you are ready to release and what dreams and visions you would like to bring into the light. 11320 Peed Dead End Road, Raleigh 27614.  Directions to Peacefalls are listed below. RSVP to Karen Bearden at chickadeebirders@earthlink.net

What to bring with you:
• a reading, poem, song to share that connects you with the solstice
• an open heart, ready to release the old and embrace the new
• a drum, if you have one
• an appetizer or dessert
• plate and utensils for your meal
• warm layers and dancing-around-in-the-dark shoes
• flashlight

Directions to Peacefalls:
11320 Peed Dead End Road, Raleigh 27614
Peacefalls is the home of Bob Davis and Judy Morgan-Davis.
From I-540 travel NORTH on Creedmoor Road (Hwy 50) about 4 miles to the traffic light at Mount Vernon Church Road.
Turn RIGHT onto Mount Vernon Church, then immediately LEFT onto Peed Road.
Continue half a mile until the paved road turns sharply to the left; do not follow the road to the left, but bear RIGHT onto Peed Dead End.
Carry on the gravel road about half a mile to the very end.
Questions?  Call 919-830-6468 (Bob’s cell) or 919-780-9212 (Judy’s cell).

Christmas Cantata by CUCC Choir - December 21
Per Steve’s request, the Choir will perform Conrad Susa’s Carols & Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest, for their annual Christmas Cantata during the 10:30am worship service on Sunday, December 21.  In addition to Doug Barrick as accompanist, Mike Schafale will play the dulcimer and Jake Wenger will play cello.  Please join us for this special Sunday.

Menu of Compassionate Gifts
What can you tell someone who wants to give you a Christmas gift, but you don’t really need anything; or perhaps you want to give a gift to someone who doesn’t need another tie or box of candy? We have just the answer! Go to the church website (communityucc.org), look at the Hot Topics (located near the upper right) and click "Christmas Menu of Compassionate Gifts." A page will open showing gifts that will fill a need for those in our community. The gifts go to some of our local neighbor organizations: The Food Bank, Interact, Method Day Care, Urban Ministries, PLM Families Together, and The Women's Center. There is an online donation form along with instructions to make out a check to CUCC for the gifts and mail it to the CUCC office. COM will also have a table in the Narthex so you can order your gifts after the 10:30am worship service if that works better for you.  Please remit your gifts by December 31. Oh, and the gifts are tax deductible.  Pretty nifty, right!

Update on Festival of Lights Donations
We collected 30 light bulbs and $87.00 for the Habitat Interfaith Build House during our Festival of Lights Celebration on November 30, 2014.  These light bulbs will help lower the electric bill of the homeowners. Thank you to all who donated to this worthy cause.

A Message from the Stewardship Ministry
We are still short of our goal for total pledges and need to begin to construct a realistic budget that meets our expectations for a healthy, productive church family.  Please contribute what you can as soon as possible.  You may mail in you pledge card or hand them to Carol Clark.  Thank you for supporting the ministries and outreach of your church.

Epiphany Sunday/Babies We Love – January 11, 2015
Every Epiphany Sunday, CUCC celebrates "our" babies born the previous year. So whether the new baby is in your home or you are a loving grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, etc., we want to celebrate your baby's birth. Contact Cathy Marshall at the church office (919-787-6422 or office.cucc@gmail.com) BY JANUARY 1. Provide the baby's name and relationship to you, the parents' names, the birthdate & place, and send a photo if you have one.  On Epiphany Sunday (January 11), we'll celebrate with a “Babies of 2014” display during our regular fellowship time.

CSJ Annual Dinner Meeting – Monday, February 2, 2015, 6:00pm
The Congregations for Social Justice will hold its annual dinner meeting on Monday, February 2, 2015, 6:00pm at Highland United Methodist Church.  David Crabtree, Episcopal Deacon and WRAL-TV News Anchor, will be the guest speaker.  The Annual Social Justice Award and Recognition will be announced.  You may nominate someone who has carried the mantle of social justice advocacy for many years; someone who models for you what advocating for justice is all about.  If you would like to attend, please contact Adrienne Little at 919-781-0829.  For additional information go to https://www.facebook.com/CongregationsForSocialJustice.

Gift for Pastor Steve
The Deacons will be presenting Steve a gift from the congregation honoring his service to CUCC and to help him remember us as he begins his next journey. We know this is a time of year when this request competes with many requests to open your hearts and checkbook, but please consider a donation for Steve’s retirement gift.  You can bring/mail a check to the church office or put a check in the collection plate.  Be sure to identify your donation as going towards Steve’s gift.  We plan on making our presentation to him on his last Sunday, December 28th.  Please contribute by December 21.  – Submitted by Bill Lamb