Thursday, July 23, 2015

Learning About Our Heritage

From the intentional interim pastor

July 23, 2015

            This past Sunday we officially began the Heritage part of the Intentional Interim Process.  Led by your Transition Team – Frank Gailor, Tim Jensen, Joan McAllister and Suzette Roach – we gathered in Fellowship Hall for a lovely lunch and an opportunity to talk to each other and learn about the opportunities that will be coming.  We also had time to look at the timelines and were invited to add to them. 
            We hope you will take time to study the timelines and learn about the history of CUCC.  Also, pick up a sticky note and write down your own place on the timeline.  When did you start coming to CUCC?  When were you baptized or confirmed here?  Married?  What other special event do you want to share?
            Our history is pretty fascinating and we will hear about more to come.  Each week there will be a Heritage Moment in worship sharing something from the past.  Save August 15 for Heritage Game Night and Ice Cream Social!  It promises to be fun and educational.
            Thanks for your support of this process.  This will help us learn about our church and each other!!!

Prayers for the journey,
Pastor Peg

Friday, July 17, 2015

Theme for this week's Third Tuesday Taizé

     I want to invite you to join us for Third Tuesday Taizé next week.  The sanctuary will be open at 6:30 p.m. for 30 Minutes of Silence before the service begins.  Use this time to prepare yourself for the service that will begin at 7 p.m.

     This month’s theme is “Letting Go.”  What is weighing you down?  Perhaps you have a heaviness that won’t go away.  Maybe you know what it is and maybe you don’t.  You aren’t alone.  Come and open your heart to how God can help.

- submitted by Pr. Peg Williams

Monday, July 6, 2015

SOC and General Synod Reports from Mac

Mac Hulslander volunteered to attend the annual meetings of the Southern Conference of the UCC and the General Synod. Church Council authorized Mac to officially represent CUCC at these events. The following reports from Mac describe the two events.

CUCC Newsletter - July 2015

July 2015 Newsletter (PDF)

The online calendar is always available and is always up-to-date.

Newsletters from 2013 and 2014 may be found on the News blog. Older newsletters are found in the archive.

7/7 at 7 - Stand for Affordable Housing

Join us Tuesday, July 7 at 7:00pm in the Raleigh City Council Chambers (as part of the City Council meeting), 2nd floor, 222 West Hargett St. 27601.    (There is parking in the deck behind the building, accessible from Morgan or McDowell Streets).  Please wear white shirts/blouses and stand when called as a Congregations for Social Justice member speaks to the Council.    We want to fill the Council Chamber!

The City Council is struggling with how and where to provide affordable housing in Raleigh.   We will urge the Council to become pro-active with affordable housing.   Please add your presence to support families with limited means in our community.

- Submitted by Adrienne Little for Social Justice Ministry

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Is the Pope Protestant

Since news postings have been scarce recently, I'll share this poignant and amusing email sent out today as the UCC Daily Devotional. Good food for thought. -- Lavon Page

Is the Pope Protestant?
Donna Schaper

"Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God." - Psalm 90:2

Perhaps you join me in being enthused by the Pope’s encyclical.  The Pope’s words have changed the narrative about climate.  It will come from praise, not protest.  It will come as one subject, uniting the economy and the environment.  The Pope has de-gentrified the subject, making it clear that environmental crisis will help the lost and the least most of all.  The Pope has used his moral authority, authoritatively.  If you have ever prayed about how it is 113 degrees in Pakistan today (as I write today), you might even see the Pope as an answer to multiple and multiplying prayers. 

I make the joke about the Pope being Protestant because I am ready to follow him as my moral leader. My Catholic friends say I should find my own damn Pope.  I think not.

In the name of the mountains, in the name of the sea, in the name of creation, thank you, Pope Frances and God.  Amen.