Friday, January 2, 2015

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 UCC.org
Art Wall – Francisco Joseph – The Happy Artist!

Bulletin Information Deadline
Any announcements to be put in the Sunday bulletin must be submitted to the church office no later than the Wednesday morning prior to the Sunday the announcement is to be placed.  For example, if you want an announcement to go into the Sunday, January 11th bulletin, the announcement must be sent by 9:00am, Wednesday morning, January 7th.  Thank you for your understanding.

Guest Preachers for January
Thanks to Betsy Towler, David Sigmon and Bill Lamb, we have the pulpit filled every Sunday in January through February 1…
January 4:    The Reverend Jim Luck, David's former pastor from Greensboro
January 11:   Mark Zaineddin, a regular at our Sunday morning TaizĂ© Services
January 18:  Joy Alford (newly returned from Cuba!)
January 25:  Joy Alford
February 1:      The Reverend Sheila Barrick
Our new Intentional Interim Pastor, Reverend Peg Nowling Williams, will begin her duties on February 2, 2015.  She will join us for worship on Sunday, February 1, so you will have a chance to meet her.  We will have a chili and salad luncheon during fellowship on February 1 to welcome her to our congregation.  More details will be forthcoming.

Forum this Sunday
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!

Beer and Hymns, Sunday, January 4th, 7:00pm
Join members of the congregation for Beer and Hymns Sunday evening, January 4th, 7:00pm - 8:00pm at Tir Na Nog (218 Blount St, Downtown Raleigh). Sing along in this centuries-old tradition! Folks gather, buy the beverage of their choice, and sing old hymns.  Expect lots of gusto, full harmony, and all the verses!

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

Help Needed with Fellowships on Sundays
WFG needs your help!  The only two Sundays that we have people signed up to do Fellowship for 2015 are January 4th and January 11th.  Please, please consider signing up for a Sunday or two (or however many you would like to do) to help provide a time of fellowship for our congregation.  Nuts, cheese, crackers and drinks are provided.  All we ask is you provide one more item of your choice and set up and clean up.  It’s easy and an important ministry.  Contact the church office at office.cucc@gmail.com or 919-787-6422 or sign up on the sheet provided for in the kitchen.  Thank You!

“Reconciling Faith and Science”
A six-week program "Reconciling Faith and Science" will be presented at Highland United Methodist Church on Ridge Road.  The hour-long sessions are scheduled Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:30pm. The first meeting is January 7th, and the last one is February 11th.  For more information, contact Skip Stoddard at skip.stoddard@gmail.com.

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 Monday, January 5. 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.

SIS – Sisters in Spirit
Women of the church are invited on Thursday night January 15th at 6 PM to the home of Mary Matthews at 2208 Dungiven Court in Garner, N.C. 27529 for potluck and play time. If you are interested in carpooling together from Raleigh, contact Marty Lamb at 919-819-4084 to coordinate a 5:30 PM departure.

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!

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!

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

CUCC Recognized by UCC.org
The national UCC wrote an article on CUCC’s work to help low-income families stay warm for winter.  Check out the link below to see the whole article or check the January 2015 newsletter.
http://www.ucc.org/north_carolina_church_addresses_climate_change_122914

Art Wall – Francisco Joseph – The Happy Artist!
Stop by and see the new additions to the Art Wall by Francisco Joseph!

Francisco Joseph and his family (his wife and three children) recently moved to Raleigh from Savannah, Georgia. Originally from the island of Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean, Joseph has lived in the U.S. for 30 years.   In that time, he has worked a variety of jobs, mostly in the hospitality industry for hotels, cruise lines and restaurants and has also run his own company specializing in home repair and odd jobs.

Joseph started painting when he was 47. He has no formal training but felt a calling to start painting.  He has explored a variety of subject matter and media, such as painting on recycled windows, which requires painting in reverse. Joseph feels called to make people happy through his work, which is expressed in the vibrant colors and subject matter.  Joseph is currently considering creating a book for children.

Joseph is a full time artist and this is the primary means of supporting himself and family.

These paintings are for sale, as well as a number of other similar paintings.

Contact Information:
Francisco Joseph:
Email: gallerylanguedoc@yahoo.com
Phone: 912-272-9503

Alternative contact:
Tim Jensen
Email:  t_c_jensen@yahoo.com
Phone: 919-816-6653

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