Monday, August 31, 2015

Welcoming Sunday September 13

Come and join the activities on Community UCC’S Welcoming Sunday.  Along with delicious food at our potluck there will be games, art fun, and various tables for you to visit to support the mission of our church.  After the brief 10:30 AM worship service, the fun and games will begin.  Come and join us on Sunday, September 13th for Community UCC’s welcoming Sunday activities!

Please bring a side dish to share - fried and grilled chicken and drinks will be provided.

Call the church office for additional information.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sign up for a shift at the fair restaurant

Claim your shift - the online sign up is now available for the St. Paul's NC State Fair restaurant!  St. Paul's Christian Church has invited us to join them in this annual fundraiser - a welcome source of income for our congregation in light of exciting new ministries and staff changes. If you have not been able to increase your pledge, working a shift at the fair is a way to help CUCC have the funds we need.  We are honored to be invited by our friends to be part of this historic ministry of hospitality.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Justice Activities from Adrienne - Aug. 28

Congregations for Social Justice (CSJ) is "Faith communities and non-profits advocating for a better Raleigh/Wake County for all people!"  Adrienne Little represents CUCC's Social Justice Ministry at Congregations for Social Justice meetings.  She invites you to join her at the next CSJ meeting or to attend any of these events and report back to Social Justice Ministry if there is something you'd like to help CUCC do on any of these initiatives.

ONA Sunday Morning Forum Series – September 2015

Inspired by the NC Pride celebration (Sept. 26), CUCC’s Open and Affirming Task Force invites you to a September Forum series of education and suggestions for action.  Forum meets in the Fellowship Hall every Sunday 9:15-10:15AM and is open to anyone in the community.

September 6  Have you wondered about how you can help transgender people feel more welcome at CUCC, in the workplace, or elsewhere? Rebecca Chapin of the LGBT Center of Raleigh will be presenting a workshop, “Specific Ideas for Allies of Transgender People.”  Rebecca is an expert in this field and will be glad to answer your questions.

September 13 (Welcoming Sunday)   No Forum because folks will be setting up for Welcoming Sunday

September 20  Decorate signs and posters for NC Pride 2015 including a free-for-all discussion about LGBT issues and some of the struggles our members have faced in other church experiences. Worship September 20 will affirm our commitment to be an Open and Affirming congregation.

September 27    A panel of LGBT and straight ally CUCC members will share their stories about why it is important to them that CUCC is an Open and Affirming Congregation.   If you are new to CUCC and don’t fully appreciate the importance of this ministry, please come! Child care will be provided.

On Thursday, October 1, CUCC will be sponsoring a workshop for LGBT families regarding the ramifications of the Equal Marriage decision of the Supreme Court.  Issues such as custody, adoption, inheritance, survivorship, taxes, and employment may or may not have been impacted by the Supreme Court decision.  In order to push for your rights, you must first know what your rights are.

August 30, 2015 Weekly News (PDF)

August 30, 2015 Weekly News (PDF).

(The print size of Weekly News online can be adjusted to whatever size you prefer. Check out this one-minute video if you don't know how to do that.)

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.

Consider participating in one of these events

Congregations for Social Justice (CSJ) is "Faith communities and non-profits advocating for a better Raleigh/Wake County for all people!"  Adrienne Little represents CUCC's Social Justice Ministry at Congregations for Social Justice meetings.  She invites you to join her at the next CSJ meeting or to attend any of these events and report back to Social Justice Ministry if there is something you'd like to help CUCC do on any of these initiatives.

Monday, August 24, 2015

August 20, 2015 Weekly News (PDF)

August 20, 2015 Weekly News (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.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The World's Hot Spot

Thomas Friedman's most recent column in the NY Times is on implications of global climate change in the Middle East. The link is posted here at the request of Gary Smith on behalf of the Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force.

The Coddling of the American Mind

Recently John Little sent me a link to an article in The Atlantic entitled "The Coddling of the American Mind" which merits thoughtful reflection by those of us at CUCC. While the article is directed primarily at trends in higher education, some of the trends cited in the article have also been observed within our own church.

Articles on this topic have been appearing with increasing frequency. (Recently I publicized a similar article from The New Yorker.) Such articles tend to be long, in part because there are so many examples that can be brought to bear, as well as so many questionable aspects of this trend.

I hope you will take time to read this piece and to reflect on it.  -- Lavon Page

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/09/the-coddling-of-the-american-mind/399356/

Monday, August 10, 2015

Heritage Fun Night and Ice Cream Social

From your Intentional Interim Pastor

August 6, 2015

Friends,
I don’t know about you but I’m trying to figure out where summer went.  Sure it is still here, but one minute it was June 1 and now school will be starting soon.  Time is absolutely flying by!

I hope you have marked your calendars for Saturday, August 15 at 6:30 in Vaughn Fellowship Hall for Heritage Fun Night!  Your Transition Team has been working hard on this Heritage Part of the Intentional Interim Journey (IIJ) by offering weekly Heritage moments to tell you about the church and this will be a fun way to share your knowledge and learn more!  And if that isn’t enough enticement to come, there will be ICE CREAM!!!!  Please join us.

You may ask why it is important to look the church’s heritage because you’ve looked at it before.  This is helping those of us who just arrived to know about the church we’ve chosen to attend.  And we are hearing good things about who we are and how we got here.

If you have been in church before, you are now part of the history of CUCC.  AND we hope you will be part of the future.  As we head into the Mission Piece of the Intentional Interim Journey in October, we will look at the past but we will are moving toward focusing on the future.  That is truly what this process is about – to prepare for the future.

Please support the Transition Team by getting involved in the opportunities that will be coming your way.  

Prayers for the Journey,
Pastor Peg

Components of Worship - August 9, 2015

Several components of the worship service of August 9 are preserved as video. A couple of these are in the CUCC Archive for permanent archival. The others are available at Vimeo.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Community UCC: My Spiritual and Artistic Journey

Community UCC: My Spiritual and Artistic Journey

To my CUCC family --

Good morning, day, afternoon or evening! My name is Carson Roach-Howell and I am a member of CUCC from birth until my current age of 20. If you’re a new member you may not know me, as I have been away at college for the past two years at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington studying film.

I have loved to draw, take pictures and otherwise express myself creatively as long as I can remember, but when I got my first video camera for my 14th birthday a new passion awoke within me. I started small, making silly stop-motion animation videos and suspense movies with my family and life-long friend (and fellow CUCC youth) Jackson Kiel, but the support I felt from the members of my church even then when we showed my videos on the TV in the Vaughan-Wing all those years ago was overwhelming.

One of my first videos, made in Fall 2009 and shown (to much amusement) at CUCC in Spring 2010.

Another (more eerie) video made in an autumn ‘09 afternoon with Jackson

At the same time as I was exploring myself artistically, so too was I exploring my spirituality. I, along with Jackson, was confirmed as a member of CUCC in May 2010. The turn of a decade was a very turbulent time for me, growing up and going to high school, questioning my faith and my friendships and seeing myself grow physically in drastic leaps. Throughout these times, the smiling faces of CUCC became close friends, and supported me more than ever before. Along with Sue Cottle and Michael Evans, who taught my confirmation class, I explored Christian doctrine and ideas critically for the first time.

  
Jackson, Śānti, Anna, Abby and I after the youth led-worship in 2010

 
Jackson, Sue Cottle and I on confirmation Sunday in 2010



So too did my many adventures with the CUCC youth group help me grow both in spirit and in creativity. From fun outings to interfaith food shuttle sorting, youth leaders Andrew Johnson and Śānti Matthews showed me the good that the church can do for the community and for the lives of its members. One experience in particular that helped me to grow in creative and spiritual confidence was helping to create the service, along with the youth group led by Śānti Matthews. Each spring from 2010 to 2013, I would take on more responsibilities in the planning of the worship. Believe it or not, planning these services is not too different from the planning that goes into making a movie.


Bottom left: Jackson and I in the lobby after the youth led service in 2011
Top right: Joy Alford helping me finalize my ideas for my final mini-sermon in 2013

During these busy high school years, the church and its members continued to inspire me to chase my (often lofty) goals. In 2011, I got my first taste of professional video work when I took all of my new gadgets and skills and documented, along with the help of Jackson once more, CUCC’s annual “Welcoming/Welcome Back Sunday” event. That Sunday, I got to interview Pastor Steve about the day, and what it meant to him -- skills I have since used in numerous documentary films. The praise and advice I received on this project helped inspire me to grow these skills even more.

“Welcoming Sunday,” Fall 2015

Since leaving for college 2 years ago, I have been gifted with many new experiences and perspectives. At UNCW, I have been heavily involved with the on campus film club on top of my formal education on the history and production of film. I made many short films in my first year for fun and for experience. In the past year, I also have begun more serious project, doing videography work for Glenaire and others. Earlier this year I, along with two of my good friends, formed a small company after we received the opportunity to make a documentary film on the Highland (Scottish) Games. The skills I have been developing both personal and professional have allowed us to make a name for ourselves on this project and on others.

Looking forward, I’m excited to take my skills to the next level, working on bigger projects that will hopefully take me into the film industry after I graduate. My focus currently is on a narrative film harkening back to my early days of film both morbid and silly. I wrote it for a screenwriting class last semester and now I am planning to film it this September, along with the small company I helped to found, Goodbye Productions.

If you are interested in supporting this project, you can learn more about it on our fundraising page: http://igg.me/at/deadbeat/x/675226

You can learn more about my other projects at http://goodbyeproductions.net!

If you want to watch more of my videos and short films, I upload them to: https://www.youtube.com/user/SuperCTastic/videos when I can!

I want to thank everyone at the church for all of the support you have shown me for my entire life. No matter where my spiritual journey and career take me, Community United Church of Christ will always be my home.

Carson Roach-Howell

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Ann McLaughlin's 80th Birthday

On August 2 following worship the congregation gathered in the fellowship hall to celebrate the 80th birthday of Ann McLaughlin. Ann is a long time member and friend of CUCC and has substituted as pastor on many occasions when the regular pastor was away.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

HERITAGE Fun Night - August 15

HERITAGE FUN NIGHT – AUGUST 15 @ 6:30-8:00 PM
All-church, all-ages event!  (Please let Cathy Marshall in the church office know if you will need child care for the little ones.)

We heard some of you say that you didn’t know enough to play games and we listened!  Think about Saturday night being about fun and learning activities instead of games.  And ice cream, of course!

The focus will be on gathering and sharing information about our history and traditions (not teaching about history).  And ice cream, of course.

We hope you will join us to meet new people or get together others better.  This is a great opportunity for a casual gathering of friends and soon-to-be friends.

Won’t you join us and be part of the FUN???????

Your Transition Team –

Frank Gailor, Tim Jensen, Joan McAllister, Suzette Roach and Peg Williams

Saturday, August 1, 2015

CUCC Newsletter - August 2015

August 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.