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

Congratulations to Brad and Utsanee Ammartek
Congratulations to Brad and Utsanee on the birth of the daughter, Anyada Ammartek, on Friday, January 9, 2015.  Mom and baby are doing great and Brad is a happy daddy.

Congratulations to Roger Manus and Beverly Miller
Roger Manus and Beverly Miller joyfully announce that they were married in a private ceremony at the church on January 2, 2015.  Congratulation Roger and Beverly!

No February Newsletter
There will be no February 2015 Newsletter.  If you have anything you would like to post or share, please send it to the church office and it will be put in the Friday email and/or the Sunday bulletins. For questions, contact the church office at 919-787-6422.

Joy Alford to Preach this Sunday, January 18th
Join us this Sunday as we welcome our own Joy Alford to the pulpit.  Joy has just returned from a mission trip to Cuba.  Welcome home, Joy!

2014 Giving Statements
Your 2014 Giving Statement is in the box on the back table in the sanctuary.  The box will be there Sunday, January 18, and Sunday, January 25.  If you have not taken your statement from the box after January 25, your statement will be mailed to you.  If you have questions about your statement, please contact Carol Clark at 919-876-1393.

Forum, Sunday, January 18 – “Affordable Housing in North Carolina”
We will have a 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 Park board chair and a representative of the Universalist Fellowship; Peg Hulslander, 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.

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!

Garner's 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Remembrance
Please join the greater Garner community for the fifth annual celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This free event is being held on Sunday, January 18, 2015, at the Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Rd., at 4:00pm. The theme for this year's Dr. King remembrance is: "A Time to Be Seen. A Time to Be Heard.  A Time to Serve."  Mayor Ronnie Williams will be our host.

This year's keynote speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Vernon Tyson, a retired United Methodist minister who was a leader in North Carolina's Civil Rights Movement. Tyson, who lives in Raleigh, is a graduate of Duke Divinity School. His life story is featured in the book and motion picture, "Blood Done Sign My Name," authored by his son, historian and Civil Rights scholar, Tim Tyson. Episcopal Deacon and WRAL News Anchor David Crabtree will serve as master of ceremonies.

In remembrance of Dr. King and his life of service to all humanity, we ask attendees to bring canned food items to be donated to replenish the pantry shelves at Garner Area Ministries, which provides food, clothing and financial assistance to families and individuals in Garner and surrounding areas.

Dr. King, an ordained Baptist minister, is the only African American honored with a national holiday. A Noble Peace Prize recipient, Dr. King was felled by an assassin's bullet on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, TN. Had he lived, Dr. King would have turned 86 years old on January 15.  Submitted by Adrienne Little.

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.

Florescent bulbs and batteries - by January 25
If you have unbroken florescent bulbs (curly or long tube) or batteries, hand them to Jane or Gary Smith by January 25.  Jane is planning a trip to the hazardous waste disposal center.  DO NOT put them on the shelf in the Fellowship Hall; let's keep everyone safe!

Welcoming Luncheon for Reverend Peg Nowling Williams
Our new Intentional Interim Pastor begins her work with our church on Monday, February 2, 2015.  She will be joining us for our 10:30am worship service on Sunday, February 1.  After the service, during fellowship time, we will have a chili and salad luncheon welcoming her to our congregation.  We could use your help providing ingredients for the salad or bread/cornbread to go with the chili.  Please contact Susan Maleszweski at 919-469-4785 or Maleszweski@sbcglobal.net if you are able to help.  Thank you!

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

Ad Hoc Religious Education Committee on Youth & Education Staffing
The Ad Hoc Religious Education Committee on Youth & Education Staffing is asking for any volunteers that wish to serve on the committee.  This committee was recently established and helped with a proposed budget plan at the last Congregational meeting.  The goal of this committee is to articulate the need for, and make recommendations to, the congregation regarding staffing support of youth and education in the church.  If you wish to participate, please contact Paul Kiel at 919-845-7689 or paulathome@pobox.com.