Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Email - 30 JAN 2015

This edition of Friday Email is distributed as a PDF file.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Preparing ourselves for HKonJ - Forum Feb. 1 & 8

As we enter the interim period getting ready to call a new pastor, Forum is also entering an interim period. For the first two weeks of February, in preparation for the HKonJ march on February 14, we will show (via youtube) the October 5. 2014 sermon of Rev. William Barber II at Judson Memorial Church: February 1, Rev. Barber’s sermon, Part I; February 8, Rev. Barber’s sermon, Part II. After each showing there will be time for discussion of what he says and of the issues which this year’s HK on J march will address.  Please come and discuss!

Beginning on February 15, there is nothing currently planned for Forum.  Any individual or group with ideas of Forums that they would like to organize or see scheduled should contact Todd Lipman, chair of the Religious Education Ministry, with their ideas or suggestions. That ministry will be discussing future plans for adult education in the early Sunday morning time period or at other times. Forum can continue as in the past or evolve or mutate into something else depending on people’s interests and wishes.

-submitted by Edith Sylla

Prayers for our Church

At Monday Lunch Group on January 26, the group felt inspired to offer brief prayers as a prayer from the Monday Lunch Group for our new interim pastor Rev. Peg Nowling Williams and the congregation. Below is the result as compiled by Geraldine Bryan.

Beloved Father God, Divine Mother, we place our congregation and the Rev. Peg Williams in your loving Light.

Thank you for this church family as we start this new adventure together with our new pastor.

 We give thanks for the many gifts and talents the people in our church bring.  Dear Spirit, help us come together as one body with our new leader.  All are necessary in the One Body of Christ.  All contribute to the wholeness and potential we wish to live out.

We ask your blessings on Rev. Williams as she leads us  on this journey.  We pray that we come to know her and that she gets to know us in kind and helpful ways.  Give her wisdom for effective ministry to us and to the surrounding community.

Give us greater faith in your abundance and more open and accepting hearts  as we seek ways to grow our church.  Help us embrace change while we stay true to what is valuable in our inheritance. We pray that we practice kind words and deep listening so that we emerge from this time of transition with renewed spirit.

This we pray through Your Loving Spirit, Amen

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Email - 23 JAN 2015

Congratulations to Jeanne and Dave Ledbetter
January Congregational Meeting – January 25th
Joy Alford to Preach this Sunday
Let’s Go See the Movie “Selma”
2014 Giving Statements
Forum, Sunday, January 25 – “Affordable Housing in North Carolina”
Loaves and Fishes Chili Sale
Florescent bulbs and batteries - by January 25
Welcoming Luncheon for Reverend Peg Nowling Williams
CSJ Annual Dinner Meeting – Monday, February 2, 2015
Housing Request for HKonJ Out-of-Town Participants
Copies of Sermons from Guest Preachers
No February Newsletter
Nursery Childcare for Sunday Worship Service

See "Selma" this Sunday, Jan. 25

The Youth Group has invited us to join them when they go to see Selma this Sunday.   Here are details from Santi:

We will meet at Regal North Hills Cinema to see the movie Selma. The movie starts at 3:30. I will get there early, go on into the theater and save as many seats as possible. BRING YOUR STUDENT ID OR YOUR REPORT CARD AND YOU WILL GET IN FREE! Otherwise, bring your own money for the movie please. Please REPLY and let me know if you will be coming with us to this movie. Parents, please especially let me know if you are dropping off your youth.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Email - 16 JAN 2015

Congratulations to Brad and Utsanee Ammartek
Congratulations to Roger Manus and Beverly Miller
No February Newsletter
Joy Alford to Preach this Sunday, January 18th
2014 Giving Statements
Forum, Sunday, January 11 – “Affordable Housing in North Carolina”
Loaves and Fishes Chili Sale
Garner’s 2015 Marin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Remembrance
January Congregational Meeting – January 25th
Florescent bulbs and batteries - by January 25
Welcoming Luncheon for Reverend Peg Nowling Williams
CSJ Annual Dinner Meeting – Monday, February 2, 2015
Dinner for HK on J Out-of-Town Participants
Ad Hoc Religious Education Committee on Youth & Education Staffing

Triangle Interfaith Alliance Annual Dinner

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

KKK, PBS, Salisbury, and Granite Quarry

Tonight PBS is airing an episode of American Experience entitled "Klansville USA". It's about Salisbury, North Carolina in the 1960s. More specifically, it's about Granite Quarry NC, and Bob Jones who was Grand Dragon of the Klan in NC during that era. Granite Quarry was a community of a few hundred people about 3 miles outside the Salisbury city limits. From birth until I left home for UNC, my home was halfway in between Salisbury and Granite Quarry. I went to church in Salisbury, and I went to school in Granite Quarry. Once there was a KKK rally on the Stokes Ferry Road just across the field behind my house. The rally could be seen and heard from my bedroom. Yet it's not as if the Klan was a "presence". During my entire childhood I rarely heard the Klan mentioned, including during the many years in school in Granite Quarry. If mentioned, it was mostly as a curiosity. And I did develop a curiosity about the Klan. Years later (around 1964) while very active in the civil rights movement in Chapel Hill, I attended a Klan rally held at the intersection of I-85 and Hwy. 86 which runs from Chapel Hill up to Hillsborough. By this time the Klan was little more than a curiosity to almost everybody. But it still (to me at least) provided an interesting window into our history.

One of the benefits of age is the perspective that comes with age. My lifetime encompasses half the period from the middle of Ulysses Grant's presidency to the present. I remember sitting with my grandmother on her porch and listening to her tell about the day in 1900 when her grandmother died after waiting in vain for 36 years for my great great grandfather to return from the Civil War. And I look forward to the PBS American Experience episode tonight in part as my own story. We are indeed complex beings.

-- Lavon Page

About the PBS American Experience episode on the KKK
Story and photos about the PBS show from the Salisbury Post (newspaper)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Nancy Keppler (1924-2014)

Nancy Keppler was a long time member of Community UCC. The photo shown here was taken in the fellowship hall probably in the mid 1990s. The following is the obituary for Nancy Keppler as found at the News and Observer website.

Nancy Keppel (left) and Nancy Keppler (right)
Nancy Spangler Keppler died on December 31, 2014 of natural causes. The youngest of the four children of James Barr Spangler and Janet Watt Spangler, Nancy was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on April 16, 1924. She was a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, where she met her husband-to-be, William Eugene Keppler, Jr. They married in 1944, and moved to North Carolina in 1948. After living in Asheville, NC for 11 years, Nancy and Bill moved with their two daughters to Raleigh in 1959. Widowed in 1970, Nancy continued to live in Raleigh until her move to Glenaire Retirement Community in 1997.

Nancy worked for the Division of School Food Service of the N. C. State Department of Public Instruction from 1960 until 1983. At the time of her retirement, she held the position of Equipment Specialist, which required extensive travel throughout the state. In addition to her career, Nancy was active in local leadership roles of the Girl Scouts when her daughters were young. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, hand needlework, gardening, and bridge. 

Nancy is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, Barbara and Dermot Kelly, of Southern Pines, N. C. and Karen and Tom Helm, of Berwyn, PA. In addition, Nancy was blessed with two grandsons, Travis Smith and Nathaniel Helm; one granddaughter, Susanna Helm Thompson; and one great-granddaughter, Aida Keppler Thompson; and various nieces and nephews.

Friday Email - 9 JAN 2015

Guest Preachers for January
We Welcome Mark Zaineddin to our Pulpit Sunday Morning
Forum, Sunday, January 11 – “Affordable Housing in North Carolina”
ONA Task Force Meeting, Sunday, January 11th
Life & Faith in Downtown Raleigh
SIS – Sisters in Spirit
“At the Gate:  Palestinian Non-Violence” – Film and Discussion
Loaves and Fishes Chili Sale
Garner’s 2015 Marin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Remembrance
January Congregational Meeting – January 25th
Florescent bulbs and batteries - by January 25
CSJ Annual Dinner Meeting – Monday, February 2, 2015
Dinner for HK on J Out-of-Town Participants
CUCC Recognized by
Art Wall – Francisco Joseph – The Happy Artist!
Nancy Jane Keppler

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

At the Gate: Stories of Palestinian Non Violence

Annette Bingham has forwarded information from the Raleigh Friends Meeting ...

“At the Gate: Stories of Palestinian Non Violence,” a documentary that shows the largely unreported Palestinian tradition of non-violent resistance to the Occupation. 

Film producers,  Kathy Kamphoefner and Paul Pierce,  worked for many years with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Hebron, Palestine and served as American Friends Service representatives in Jerusalem, will facilitate discussion following the film.

Experienced trainers of nonviolence, conflict transformation, and human rights observers, they worked regularly with Palestinian and Israeli peace builders  

Free and open to the public. Donations appreciated. 
Thursday, January 15th @ 7pm,  (6:30 coffee/snacks)
Raleigh Friends Meeting house, 625 Tower Street, Raleigh 27607. Near Cameron Village.  Street parking.

sponsor: Raleigh Friends Meeting
co sponsor: The Coalition for Peace with Justice

Monday, January 5, 2015

Help set up for, cook for, or serve HKonJ out of town folks.

CUCC delegation to HKonJ waves at camera
Photos from HKonJ 2014
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 HKonJ the evening of  Friday, February 13th .   Last year we provided a baked spaghetti dinner with salad, which they appreciated so much.  Community UCC is a member of the HKonJ movement by vote of the congregation.

If you would be willing to help set up the room, prepare, serve, and/or clean up afterwards, please let Joan McAllister know .   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

Clean up - 4 people, includes putting the tables away and sweeping

- submitted by Joan McAllister

Epiphany Christian? Join the conversation Jan. 13.

In his sermon during 10:30 worship on January 4, the Rev. Jim Luck spoke about being an Epiphany Christian instead of a Christmas Christian.  If you'd like to chew over what an Epiphany way of thinking/being might mean for you in 2015 and for CUCC at this interim time, why not join the conversation at Life and Faith in Downtown Raleigh?

UCC red comma featuring words "Life & Faith"
We'll meet at 7pm at Tyler's Tap Room; look for the Life and Faith comma (and for Jane and Gary Smith).  Some folks order dinner; others order beverages only.  We try to tip our server generously since we monopolize the table until about 8:15 and have so many separate checks.  Here is my map showing where you can find parking.

We thank Rev. Luck for giving us permission to post his sermon:  "You don't get there overnight."

All women of CUCC invited to Sisters in Spirit

Women of the church are invited on Thursday night January 15th at 6 PM to the home of Mary Matthews for potluck and play time. If you are interested in carpooling together from Raleigh, contact Marty Lamb to coordinate a 5:30 PM departure.
-submitted by Marty Lamb

Friday, January 2, 2015

Forum Programs on Affordable Housing Efforts at CUCC

(information provided by Frank Gailor)

Sunday, January 11th: Satana Deberry, Executive Director of the NC Housing Coalition, will give a presentation on “Affordable Housing in North Carolina.” The NC Housing Coalition is a private, non-profit membership organization working for decent, affordable housing that promotes self-determination and stable communities for low and moderate income North Carolinians. Its mission is to lead a movement to ensure that every North Carolinian has a home in which to live with dignity and opportunity. We work to accomplish our mission by supporting our members and building partnerships to improve affordable housing. Satana is a native of Hamlet, North Carolina, a graduate of Princeton (B.A.) and Duke Universities (J.D. and M.B.A.), and brings nearly two decades of experience in policy, regulatory, governmental, administrative, human resource and contractual/legal matters. She worked for the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Sunday – January 18:   there will be panel discussion and update on the Church’s long-time investment in Affordable Housing, RICH Park.   Ann Hanson, President of Excel Property Management, the company that manages the 100 RICH Park Units will tell us about the current operations of the property,  the challenges management has faced since it took over management of the apartments a few years ago, how management screens tenants and how rents are set and current rent levels.  Joining Ann on the panel will be Joyce Gad, the long- time RICH board chair and a representative of the Universalist Fellowship; Peg Huslander, our church’s longest serving member of the RICH Park Board; and Will Rowe, the current RICH Park Board Chair and a representative of First  Baptist Church.  Will was recently a candidate for Wake County Sheriff.

Sunday – January  25:   There will be panel discussion of the status of the church’s latest initiative in Affordable Housing,  the seven rental unit purchased last May.  The panelists will include   John and Phyllis Kitchen of Horizon Management, the company that manages the apartments and house.  John and Phyllis will tell us about how they screen potential tenants, collect rent, how rents are set and on-going maintenance issues with rental housing.  CCLIHC Board member and Treasurer, Carole Kepler, and Board member Frank Gailor will explain the church’s investment in the corporation,  how the property purchase was financed, the current status of the church members’ contributions and loans that made the purchase possible, the current level of income and expenses, and the potential options for raising the funds necessary to pay off the balance of loans made by church members.  There will be time for questions and discussion.

Friday Email - 2 JAN 2015

Bulletin Information Deadline
Guest Preachers for January
Forum this Sunday
Beer and Hymns, Sunday, January 4th, 7:00pm
Annual Reports
Help Needed with Fellowships on Sundays
“Reconciling Faith and Science”
Epiphany Sunday/Babies We Love – January 11, 2015
SIS – Sisters in Spirit
Loaves and Fishes Chili Sale
January Congregational Meeting – January 25th
Florescent bulbs and batteries - by January 25
CSJ Annual Dinner Meeting – Monday, February 2, 2015
Dinner for HK on J Out-of-Town Participants
CUCC Recognized by
Art Wall – Francisco Joseph – The Happy Artist!