Friday, January 9, 2015

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

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 11:   Mark Zaineddin, a regular at our Sunday morning Taizé 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.

We Welcome Mark Zaineddin to our Pulpit Sunday Morning
We welcome Mark Zaineddin, Sunday, January 11th, to our 10:30am worship service.  Mark is a regular at the 9:00am Taizé worship service.  Mark has often sought to be a persistent voice in the wilderness calling for social change, peace, and justice. With an undergraduate degree in International Studies, and graduate degrees in Public Affairs, Middle Eastern Studies, and Divinity, Mark has worked the hallowed halls of Washington, DC; taught in Cairo, Egypt; and labored in Northern New Mexico. While at Ghost Ranch, an education and conference center of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in Abiquiu, NM, Mark, among other things, spearheaded the creation and implementation of its successful Youth Service Corps.  He now resides and works in North Carolina.

Forum, Sunday, January 11 – “Affordable Housing in North Carolina”
Satana Deberry, Executive Director of the NC Housing Coalition will be our guest speaker.  The 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 in Washington, the NC Dept. of Health and Human Services, and Durham’s Self Help Credit Union. Recently, during 2011-12, she served as Interim Executive Director of Durham Habitat for Humanity.

ONA Task Force Meeting, Sunday, January 11th
The ONA Task Force will meet on Sunday, January 11th, 12:30pm, at the home of Jane and Gary Smith, 2712 Lochmore Drive, Raleigh, NC.  All are invited to attend!  You are invited to bring a dish to share for lunch.  If you would like to carpool from the church, please contact Joan McAllister at 919-851-9674.  For information on what the ONA Task Force is about, check out the ONA Coalition website at http://openandaffirming.org/ona/next/.

Life & Faith in Downtown Raleigh
Discuss what it might mean to be an Epiphany Christian at Life & Faith in Downtown Raleigh, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 7:00pm, Tyler's Tap Room, 18 Seaboard Avenue, #150, Raleigh, NC.  Look for our red Life & Faith comma at the corner round table. For more information, contact Jane Smith. All are welcome!

SIS – Sisters in Spirit
Women of the church are invited on Thursday night, January 15th, 6:00pm, to the home of Mary Matthews at 2208 Dungiven Court in Garner, NC, for potluck and play time. If you are interested in carpooling together from Raleigh, contact Marty Lamb at 919-819-4084 to coordinate a 5:30pm departure.

“At the Gate:  Palestinian Non-Violence” – Film and Discussion
“At the Gate:  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, who worked for many years with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Hebron, Palestine, and American Friends Service representatives in Jerusalem, will facilitate discussion following the film.  For many years, they worked with Palestinian and Israeli peace builders and are experienced trainers of non-violence, conflict transformation, and human rights observers.  Free and open to the public.  Donations welcome and appreciated.  Thursday, January 15th, 7:00pm, Raleigh Friends Meeting House, 625 Tower Street, Raleigh, NC (Near Cameron Village – Street parking.)

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 January 18, 2015, at the Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W. Garner Rd., beginning 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!

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


Nancy Jane Keppler
Nancy Jane Keppler, a long-time member of Community UCC, 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.

Interment and graveside services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Glenaire Foundation, 4000 Glenaire Circle, Cary, NC, 27511, or to Transitions LifeCare (formerly Hospice of Wake County), 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27606. See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsobserver/obituary.aspx?pid=173710613

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