Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Friday Email (Tuesday, actually) - 23 DEC 2014

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - Wednesday, Dec. 24, 5:00pm
A Request from Vandy Bradow  
Christmas Fund 
Steve’s Last Service
New Member this Sunday!
No Church School this Sunday, December 28th
No Forum this Sunday
Monday Lunch Group
Menu of Compassionate Gifts
Epiphany Sunday/Babies We Love – January 11, 2015
Loaves and Fishes Chili Sale
Annual Reports
January Congregational Meeting – January 25th
CSJ Annual Dinner Meeting – Monday, February 2, 2015
Dinner for HK on J Out-of-Town Participants

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.

Christmas Fund 
The Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund is a Special Mission Offering of the United Church of Christ that affords us an opportunity to recognize and honor those who serve the UCC. Christmas Fund offerings provide direct financial assistance to individual UCC clergy and lay employees. CUCC's collection for the Christmas Fund will be made at the 5pm Christmas Eve service.

Steve’s Last Service
Please join us this Sunday as we gather to hear Steve’s final sermon as our pastor.  “The Last Message” is the title of Steve’s sermon for the 10:30am worship service.  After the service we will have cake and ice cream to celebrate his retirement and wish him well on his and Marcy’s new adventures.

New Members this Sunday!
Join us this Sunday as we welcome Emily Perkins to our church family.  They have already shown us what wonderful additions they are to our congregation. Welcome!  Welcome!

No Church School this Sunday, December 28th
Sunday School and Youth Church School will not meet this Sunday, December 28th.

No Forum this Sunday
Forum will not meet this Sunday, December 28th.  Forum will kick off the New Year on Sunday January 4th, 9:15am, in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall for a monthly series on Homelessness and Affordable Housing. We'll look at issues statewide with our guest speaker Terry Allebaugh of the NC Coalition to End Homelessness who will give us an overview of their statewide initiative.  Mr. Allebaugh is a member of our sister church, Pilgrim UCC in Durham, NC and his wife, Lori Pistor, is the interim pastor at West Raleigh Presbyterian. On later Sundays in the month we'll hear from other guests about local efforts to increase affordable housing in our area, with Frank Gailor leading a discussion about our own new rental units on the last Sunday of the month. Please join us!

Monday Lunch Group
On Monday, Dec 29, 12:15pm in the Hoffmann Room, the Monday Lunch Group will have a Goodbye-to-Steve Party.  All are welcome to attend.  If you would like to come, please contact Sue Cottle at 919-772-8288 and ask her what to bring.  It sounds like a lot of fun!  Hope to see you there.

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!

Epiphany Sunday/Babies We Love of 2014 – 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.

Loaves and Fishes Chili Sale
It is time to place your orders for meat or veggie chili.  Please order your quarts of meat or veggie chili by Sunday January 18, 2015. Price remains $12.00 per quart. Pick up times at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian, 4921 Six Forks Road will be Friday, January 23, 2015, 4pm - 7pm or Saturday, January 24, 2015, 9am to Noon. Further information will follow at a later date. If questions, or to order chili, please call Shannon Core at 919-833-6205.  You may also place your orders on the order sign-up sheet on the hall bulletin board. Thank you for supporting Loaves and Fishes Ministry!

Annual Reports
Annual reports from all ministries and committees should be submitted electronically to the church office and to the moderator by January 5. You may send the reports as email attachments to office.cucc@gmail.com or Lavon Page at lavonpage@gmail.com. For reference purposes, you can find copies of last year's reports at the church website:
http://www.communityucc.org/2013/07/essential-documents.html

January Congregational Meeting – January 25th
Church Council has scheduled the January congregational meeting to be held on January 25, 2015. This meeting is required by the CUCC bylaws. Primary actions at the meeting will include election of officers and committee and ministry members for 2015, passage of a church budget for 2015, and distribution of ministry and committee reports describing activities in 2014.

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.

Dinner for HK on J Out-of-Town Participants
Rob Stephens, who is the Union Theological Seminary liaison for the Moral Monday movement, has asked if CUCC would again provide a dinner for 40-60 folks who will be traveling here for HK on J the evening of  Friday, February 13th.  Last year we provided a baked spaghetti dinner with salad, which they appreciated so much.  If you would be willing to help set up the room, prepare, serve, and/or clean up afterwards, please let Joan McAllister know at 919-851-9674.  We will do a better job of planning amounts this year, as we had a lot left over last year - though it was well used!

Here are the jobs that need to be done.  Please specify what you are willing to do!

Set up tables and chairs for 60 (2-3 people)
Food preparation
Spaghetti (Make ahead, will provide recipes for meat and vegetarian, or make at church depending on number of volunteers)
Green Salad
Bread- heat at church
Simple dessert - cookies, cake or other than can be taken with them for later
Tea/Water
Clean up - 4 people, includes putting the tables away and sweeping

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