Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Email - 20 MAR 2015

From the Interim Pastor
New Office Hours and Phone Number
Semi-guided Walking Meditation – A Lenten Event
Sunday Morning Bible Study:  Experiencing the stories
Lenten Forum Series – Living the Questions
Friday Evening Film Series
Maundy Thursday Worship – April 2
Church Work Day – Saturday, March 28
Save the Date! Bread for the World is coming to Raleigh March 28
Healing Service, Monday, March 30, 12:45pm – Sanctuary
Fun-raiser for New Stove
CUCC Family Fun Auction Party – April 18

From the Interim Pastor
I’m sure you have had songs playing over and over in your head.  You can’t get rid of it; it just stays until it goes away on its own.  The term is “worming.”  You hear a song and it “worms” its way into your head, and like a tape recorder it just keeps playing whether you want it to or not.
                 
A few days the song “Seasons of Love” wormed its way into my head.  The difference here is that I don’t remember the last time I heard the song.  Since then I have listened to it numerous times.  It is captivating and compelling for me.

“Seasons of Love” comes from the musical “Rent.”  Rent is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson [1] loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City's East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. (www.wikipedia.com)

Some of the lyrics for “Seasons of Love” go like this:
Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty five thousand moments, oh dear
Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?
In daylights, in sunsets
In midnights, in cups of coffee
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife
In five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure, a year in the life?
How about love?
How about love?
How about love?
Measure in love

You can listen to it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj7LRuusFqo
                           
It reminds me that Jesus’ time with us on earth was limited.  Three years of ministry, each year having Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes.
                 
What an impact he made in those 1,576,800 minutes.
                 
Today we are sixteen days away from celebrating the day we followers of Jesus call Easter.  It is the day we remember the resurrection.  Whether you believe in the bodily resurrection or not, it is a day of celebration.  He lives in so many ways.
                           
But in the meantime, the season of Lent…or the season of Love continues.  Let’s live and love well so that our time here on earth can be measured in love, too.

Prayers for the journey, Pastor Peg      

New Office Hours and Phone Number
Our office hours have changed.  The office is now open Monday - Friday, 9:00am – 2:00pm.  We also have a new phone number:  919-809-8850.  Just remember, change is good!

Semi-guided Walking Meditation – A Lenten Event
Semi-guided walking meditation: 9:00am, tomorrow, Saturday, March 21, at the Schenck Forest.
Description: This will be a semi-guided walking mediation, and involve 1.5 miles of moderate hiking.  Those that prefer less walking will have the option to join the group for the first and last 1/4 mile of the walk and sit in the covered picnic area in between.
Directions: From the NC Museum of Art take Reedy Creek Rd Northwest for exactly 1 mile (.3 miles past Edward Mill Rd.) and take a left on an unmarked dirt road.  Drive 100 yards and park on the right side of the road.  We will meet at the gate on the right.
Facilities are rustic.  Bring water and comfortable clothes.  There is a port-a-potty near the picnic area but no running water.
Contact Sam at 919-810-1238 or sjwoodrum@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Sunday Morning Bible Study:  Experiencing the stories
Sundays during Lent, experience the stories of the Old and New Testament as you did as a child with crayons and role play. Ellen Beidler will lead this Lenten series during Sunday Morning Bible Study. 9:30am – 10:15am, Bradow Room.

Lenten Forum Series – Living the Questions
Living the Questions: Countering Pharaoh's Production - Consumption Society Today. Led by Joy Alford, 9:00am – 10:00am, Vaughan Fellowship Hall, Sundays during Lent. Walter Brueggemann, Old Testament scholar, retired Columbia Theological Seminary professor, and United Church of Christ minister, will be featured each week in 10 -12 minute DVD segments during the series. We hope you will join us for this thought provoking Lenten conversation.

Friday Evening Film Series
Join us for our last film in our Friday Evening Lenten Film Series. Following the film, we will have a brief discussion on the film - 7:00pm, March 27, Vaughan Fellowship Hall.

Of Gods and Men (2010) – French with subtitles
A group of French Trappist monks making their home in the Algerian mountains have ample reason to believe they're in danger. But their assumption that there can be common ground between Islam and Christianity leads them to remain at the monastery.

Maundy Thursday Worship, Thursday, April 2
Each year we join our friends at St. Paul's Christian Church, 3331 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, for a dinner of soup and bread, beginning at 6:30pm, followed by Maundy Thursday worship with communion.  Worship begins at 7:00pm, but will be pushed back to 7:15 if people are not finished eating.

Church Wide Work Day, Saturday, March 28, 9:00am - Noon
Saturday, March 28, 9:00am to Noon. Come for an hour or stay the whole time.  If you are new to CUCC, this is a great way to meet people as you work side by side cleaning up the outside of the church by removing pine straw, pine cones, etc. from the walkways and paths.  We’ll also clean the rain gutters and spruce up the inside of the church.  Check with the church office to see what tools you could bring (bring gloves!).  There are always family friendly tasks to do.  Bring a bag lunch if you would like to stay and have lunch together.

Save the Date!  Bread for the World is Coming to Raleigh March 28
The NC State Catholic Campus Ministry/Raleigh Bread for the World chapter, in cooperation with many other congregations and groups, is excited to announce the 2015 statewide Bread convention to be held at Raleigh's Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC, March 28, 8:30am – 3:30pm. Bread for the World is a Christian advocacy organization with the goal to: "Urge our nation's leaders to end hunger."
Bread for the World says: "We can end hunger in our time ... whether the hungry live in the next house, the next state, or the next continent. Together, we can build the political commitment needed to overcome hunger and poverty.”  For additional information contact Adrienne Little at 919-781-0829; or to register for the event, go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-north-carolina-bread-for-the-world-convention-registration-15016599052

Healing Service, Monday, March 30, 12:45pm
The Monday Lunch Group is having a Healing Service in the Sanctuary on Monday, March 30, at 12:45.  You are invited to come for healing prayer for yourself or as proxy for someone.  The service includes prayers for body, mind and spirit with laying on of hands and anointing with oil.  Come! Receive this blessing on Holy Week Monday!  (James 5: 13-14)

Fun-raiser for New Stove
We are in the process of replacing the stove in the church with a new commercial stove.  The current stove is not working properly and has been deemed unsafe by the Fire Marshal.  To help pay for the stove, we are having a Fun-raiser to raise money toward the purchase and installation of the new unit.  Contact Frank Gailor (fgailor@hedgehogholdings.com) for more information.

CUCC Family Fun Auction Party
The CUCC Family Fun Auction Party is coming up on Saturday, April 18, and we need you to help make it a success! The auction is an annual fundraiser for CUCC.  Please consider donating an item for the auction. Examples of past auction items include:
Garden plants                                                          
Weekends at the beach, lake or mountains
Hand-made pottery, quilts, jewelry and original artwork
A morning of bird-watching & lunch                      
Therapeutic massage
Day trips to fun destinations.  A geology field trip or a hike at a state park
Pet-sitting, Babysitting, Yard work, Handyman, and Computer services
Brunches, lunches, dinners
Delicious homemade cakes, pies, jams, etc.

To make a pledge, call the office and let us know the item, minimum bid, any conditions (date, maximum/minimum number of people, etc.), AND whether you will be attending the auction. Please submit your auction item by Thursday, April 16.  Get you pledge form at the church office, at the bottom of this email, on the table at the back of the sanctuary, or online at http://cuccinfo.blogspot.com/2015/03/cucc-family-fun-auction-party-april-18.html.

Make plans to attend this great annual event. Social and silent auction begin at 6:30 pm; the bidding starts at 7:00 pm.  Drinks, snacks and child care will be provided. A great time is guaranteed!! Thanks for your support, and see you at the auction!

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