Monday, November 30, 2015

November 29, 2015 Weekly News PDF

November 29, 2015 Weekly News (PDF)

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Family Advent Celebration

5-7PM, Fellowship Hall

Come decorate the tree, share a pizza supper, and share Christmas Joy with other families.  All ages and any kind of family are welcome.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Blankets, heavy sweaters, and coats for refugees

Joan McAllister will take your clean, in-good-condition blankets, heavy sweaters and coats to the drop off site.  The items will be given to refugees from Syria who are living the camps as the winter sets in.   She is collecting through December 4.  Bring them to her at church.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanks to Food Bank Volunteers

(from Gray Woodard)

A huge thank you to the 22 volunteers who helped out at The Food Bank on Saturday, November 21. With the help of some community volunteers, we bagged 2,000 pounds of greens and 10,000 pounds of white potatoes for a total of 10,105 meals!  Some of that food will be on Thanksgiving tables, so you can feel wonderful about the work you did. We also got to spend some time with some church members we don't often hang out with and a good time was had by all. A special thank you to Santi for encouraging the youth to participate.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Put on your Santa Hat & Save the Date!

Welcoming, Fellowship & Growth is sponsoring CUCC’s Annual Adult Christmas Party on Saturday, December 5th, 7:00pm, VFH. WFG will provide desserts, drinks (including wine and beer), and entertainment. We ask you to provide a ready-to-eat/serve finger-food for 6 to 8 people. We’ll mingle and share holiday greetings and then gather in the fellowship hall to sing carols and share what the holidays mean to us.  Along with your dish to share, we ask, if you are able, to please bring a Food Bag for Urban Ministries. If you can’t bring a food bag, the Food Bag Piggy Bank will be available for any monetary donations (any amount accepted).

RSVP to the church office (919-809-8850 or office.cucc@gmail.com) with the number of people coming and what dish you will bring to share. Hope to see you at the festivities!

Food bags should include:
1 lb. grits; 1 lb. rice; 1 lb. dried beans; 2 cans tomatoes; 2 cans applesauce; 2 macaroni & cheese; 1 jar peanut butter; 2 1qt pkg. dry milk; 2 cans navy, pinto or pork ‘n beans.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Ida Klages memorial service to be Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 3 PM

A memorial service for Vandy Bradow's mother Ida Klages will be held at Community UCC on December 1 at 3 PM.

A preliminary obituary is available here ....

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Ida-Frances-Klages-103027744

Here are a few photos of Ida taken during the past 5 years at CUCC. You can click on any photos to obtain a large view of all the photos.






Friday, November 20, 2015

I have been trying to figure out how to extend a warm welcome to the refugees fleeing from the wars in Syria and Iraq. I don't agree with turning all of these families away because there might... just might... be someone among them who might do us harm. 

I decided a first step might be to hang a welcome sign in the window of our home. Maybe you would like to make a sign, too? Or print mine, if you prefer.

- submitted by Jane Smith, not representing any group

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Ida Klages

(from email sent today by Pastor Peg Williams)

Ida Klages, mother of Vandy Bradow, peacefully passed away this morning at the age of 96. Arrangements are pending and we will share those at a later time.

I know your prayers are with Vandy and her family at this time.

Pastor Peg

Monday, November 16, 2015

Bring your form to food bank service project

Food Bank Service Project - Sat., Nov. 21
Arrive NO LATER THAN 1PM

CUCC is on the volunteer schedule, Saturday, November 21, from 1:00pm - 4:00pm at the Food Bank. We need 25 volunteers and especially want to get the youth involved and need your help!  Volunteers must be 12 or older.  Contact Gray Woodard, or Śānti Matthews  (education.cucc@gmail.com).
  • Bring your completed release form.  FORM
  • Wear closed toe shoes.  Wrong shoes?  No participating.
  • Dress warmly (unheated warehouse). 
Parking:  Volunteers can park along the street as marked.  
Directions:  3808 Tarheel Drive, Raleigh, NC, 27609

Please arrive by 1pm because we may be scheduled with another group.


November 22, 2015 Weekly News

November 22, 2015 Weekly News

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November 15, 2015 Weekly News

November 15, 2015 Weekly News

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Friday, November 13, 2015

SIS Meeting November 24 at 6:30 PM

All women of the church are invited to join us for a pot luck dinner and a lively game of charades at the next SIS meeting. It will be held at the home of Gray Woodard in Raleigh. For questions or directions, call Gray.

Justice opportunities for you

Adrienne Little (on behalf of our social justice ministry) sends these opportunities to work for justice from the Nov. 13 Congregations for Social Justice.

1 - CSJ Inventory of Resources for and Interest in Reentry from Prison
The attached form gives us an opportunity to know what your congregation is doing or has available to meet the needs of persons coming back to our community after completing their sentences. Many of these persons need help accessing the resources for a successful reentry. The task of getting a job, housing, driver’s license, food and clothes before the first paycheck can be daunting, and some are seeking a welcoming faith community as well. Let us know what you are doing or want to do. We will let you know if any of your services or volunteers are needed by the newly formed Capital Area Reentry Council, a network of agencies and faith-groups working together to assist individuals. The form can be downloaded, filled in, and returned to stohler1@bellsouth.net .
See Attachment

2 - Emergency Climate Response -- People Demanding Action Now
       Wednesday December 2 @ 7:00
       Raleigh Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. 3313 Wade Ave
Nick Wood of NC WARN (www.ncwarn.org) will be presenting about Duke Energy, the world’s largest corporate utility and the largest emitter of climate disrupting greenhouse gases in the United States.  Leading climate scientists are warning that humanity must make drastic reductions in Greenhouse gases - our current path could lead to 10 feet of sea level rise by 2050. But we can do something about it! Nick will be focusing on the exciting new Emergency Climate Response campaign recently launched by NC WARN and allies, calling on Attorney General Roy Cooper to use his authority and to enforce and amend Duke’s corporate charter to close its coal plants without more nuclear or natural gas, stop blocking solar competition and stop polluting the politics of North Carolina.  Join us to learn more and get involved!

3 - As you guessed, due to Thanksgiving being the last Thursday of November, and New Year's Eve being the last Thursday of December, JustBeer will not convene again until January 28, 2016!


Thursday, November 12, 2015

SIS Meeting November 24 at 6:30

All women of the church are invited to join us for a pot luck dinner and a lively game of charades at the next SIS meeting. It will be held at the home of Gray Woodard, 3131 Hemlock Forest Cir, Unit 201 in Raleigh. For questions or directions, call Gray at (919) 417-5411.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Why We're increasing Our Pledge This Year

I'm not going to lie to you.  We're going to feel this one.  We're going to feel this pledge increase because in 2016 Erin will be going to college.  So we're staring at double tuition.  And of course tuition's twin brothers "room" and "board".  You get the three as a package it seems.  As you can imagine, our finances have been preoccupied with making the most of this sitution.

But I write this with a huge smile on my face.  I'm reading Jane Smith's project blog posting about the solar panel project.  Not only are we currently generating carbon free electricity from the sun (cue applause sign).  But the small amount left over after fund raising has gone on to help seed new projects.  Like the mustard seed parable we read in sunday school.  The reality of today is that it's just too easy to get disheartened with the state of climate change inaction.  One can feel like our leaders are watching Rome burn.  Yet amid the macro obstacles, there is micro action stealing the day.  Church by church.  Project by project.  We are putting into action what this world needs.  It warms my heart.  This church is where the world needs to be.  This church is what the world needs.

As you know, I devote my time to our youth program.  I look at how it has become everything we thought it could be years ago.  And again my heart warms.  We are giving guidance to, and taking guidance from, these amazing leaders of the future.  The ones who will be on the front lines of fixing things like climate change.

I have a saying that I stole from a movie - youth group is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get.  One day a room full of tired, school tasked, non-talkers.  Another day, a group bouncing off the walls with joy and excitement.  Still another day, wisdom beyond their years.  The youth want to serve, ... they just want to have fun doing it!  This year we will go on Appalachia Service Project in West Virginia.  Our church is again at the right place and doing the right thing.

I'm just so very excited about what is happening at the church and the positive energy that pervades it.  I am sorry for repeating myself to those who've heard this before.  But this church is the right church for the times we live in.  It has the message, the theology, the love focus, the out stretched hands, and the social action to get the message across.  We are all welcome.  We are all connected.  There is no "them", there is only "us".  Our world needs to hear this message and benefits from it.

So Judy and I gladly increase our pledge this year in order to feed the many mustard seeds we have been nurturing to their potential.

Paul Kiel

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Looking for creative ways to work for justice?

Adrienne Little (for Social Justice Ministry) sends these ideas for your time and creativity as you join others to promote justice in our community and the world.   The list comes from Congregations for Social Justice (Nov. 6 email).

1 -  How Can Justice Heal: Restoring Humanity in the Wake of Murder
The Capital Restorative Justice Project's 13th Annual Gathering
Saturday, November 14th, 2015 - 10 AM - 3:30 PM  --- Lunch will be provided
Blacknall Presbyterian Church,  1902 Perry Street Durham, NC 27705

Please join us for a powerful line-up of speakers from diverse backgrounds and experiences to explore the way violence harms individuals and the community and how we can engage and work together to restore and uphold everyone's humanity in the wake of murder. There will be an opportunity to participate in the restorative practice of Talking Circles, with dedicated Circles for family members of murder victims and for family members of those who have committed murder, or to attend a training workshop.

Event is free;  A donation of $25 or more to help defray costs is encouraged for those who can afford to pay.
   
For more information contact Leah Wilson-Hartgrove - lwilsonhartgrove@gmail.com or (919) 452-1283 or Scott Bass - scottbass@att.net or (919) 760-5430
To register visit our website at:  www.capitalrestorativejustice.org

2 -  Tiny Homes for the Homeless

Sonoma County, CA will build tiny homes for the homeless! Not the answer but one of the answers to providing shelter to homeless individuals and small families. Nice looking tiny homes supported with tax dollars. Something to explore for Raleigh and Wake County.
Click HERE for the story!

3 -  Syrian Refugees Blanket & Coat Drive

Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies and Divan Center, in partnership with Embrace Relief (http://embracerelief.org/), are organizing a "blanket and coat drive" to help Syrian families in Turkey. As you know there are more than two million Syrian refugees in Turkey. Many of these families are living without any shelter or in tents. As the winter is approaching refugee families suffer badly in cold weather. A small donation could help these families significantly.

We accept new or gently used blankets/coats. The drive will continue until December 5. Please deliver them clean and folded (No sheets please). Our goal is to fill several shipping containers that will then be delivered to Turkey, where a local relief agency will distribute them to the refugee families. We ask that donations of blankets and coats are made no later than 5pm on December 5th to ensure they are delivered in time for the winter weather. Please find the drop off locations and hours below.

We also accept monetary donations. Please make your check payable to Embrace Relief and mail it to 545 Interstate Pl, Carlstadt, NJ 07072.

Sincerely,  Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies   www.iitsnc.org

Drop off Locations & Hours:
Divan Center-Triangle
1903 N. Harrison Avenue Suite 100 Cary, NC 27513  triangle@divancenter.org
Weekdays: 9:00am - 8:00pm    Weekend:  10:00am - 5:00pm     (919)389-3469 (Mr. Vural)
Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies-North Carolina (IITSNC)
1391 SE Maynard Rd. Cary, NC 27511 info@iitsnc.org
Weekdays: 12:00pm-8:00pm   Weekend :  12:00pm-8:00pm     (919)946-1507 (Mr. Fidan)

4 -  StepUp Ministry Launches New Program For Job Seekers

RALEIGH, N.C., November 3, 2015 – StepUp Ministry, a local non-profit that has placed over 5,400 people in jobs over the last 26 years is launching a new program called ENER-G, designed to energize and support job seekers. . The program kicked off this morning and had over 50 job seekers, employers, and volunteers in attendance. The class will take place from 8:30am-10:30am each Wednesday morning at Boys and Girls Club in Raleigh (605 Raleigh Blvd).

ENER-G stands for “Empowerment. Networking. Employment. Resources. Growth.” Each class will consist of motivating individuals to find jobs, networking opportunities, resume-writing help, employment counseling, and engaging with the community for support in their employment process. Local employers and community volunteers will assist with the class, encouraging participants and providing professional guidance.

The class is open to anyone between the ages of 21 and 55 who is unemployed, underemployed, or facing some barrier to finding employment such as criminal backgrounds or gaps in employment history.

The next ENER-G will not be meeting November 11 in observation of Veterans Day and will resume on November 18.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Grady, Fawn, Skip, Mike, and Betsy speak on stewardship

Presentations by CUCC  members on Stewardship Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Bring a finger food & food bag to the Christmas Party.

Welcoming, Fellowship & Growth is sponsoring CUCC’s Annual Adult Christmas Party on Saturday, December 5th, 7-9PM. WFG will provide desserts, drinks (including wine and beer), and entertainment.  We’ll mingle and share holiday greetings and then gather in the fellowship hall to sing carols and share what the holidays mean to us.

NEW THIS YEAR:  We ask you to provide a ready-to-eat/serve finger-food for 6 to 8 people.  Along with your dish to share, please bring a Food Bag for Urban Ministries. If you can’t bring a food bag, the Food Bag Piggy Bank will be available for donations.

RSVP to the church office and let us know the number of people coming and what dish you will bring to share.

Food bags should include: 1 lb. grits; 1 lb. rice; 1 lb. dried beans; 2 cans tomatoes; 2 cans applesauce; 2 macaroni & cheese; 1 jar peanut butter; 2 1qt pkg. dry milk; 2 cans navy, pinto or pork ‘n beans.

November 6, 2015 Weekly Email

November 6, 2015 Weekly Email

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Two events from our friends at 350.org

Karen Bearden, a 350.org organizer, asked us to extend these invitations to CUCC folk.  Here is her email.

1)  One more reminder about the November 16 showing of This Changes Everything in Raleigh at the Regal North Hills movie theatre at 7:30 pm! Order your tickets here!

Many of you have already ordered your tickets. THANK YOU! Even if you aren’t able to attend, can you help spread the word?  We’re getting closer to our threshold of tickets that need to be sold--20 more tickets by November 8th--to confirm the showing! Order your tickets here! You’ll find an announcement and flyer below. You can also find the announcement on the 350 Triangle Facebook page that you can share if you’re on Facebook.

I’m delighted the Raging Grannies will be sharing their message with us through song before the movie begins. I’ll speak briefly about the 350 Triangle November 29th NC Virtual Global Climate March. The weekend before the Paris climate talks begin, people from around the world will be coming together, and again on December 12th, the day following the Paris talks. After the inspiring movie we’ll have partner organizations (Liz from Environment NC, Jacquie from NC Sierra, and Nick from NCWARN) share ways in which we can use our empowerment to take action, both locally and globally!
 
The Chapel Hill showing on November 10 at the Varsity Theatre has sold out of their tickets! Yeah! Hoping we can sell out at the Raleigh showing, too!

Also, check out this fun event happening on Saturday, November 7th in Durham. The U.S. and the world need to move to 100% renewables!! Greenpeace has a great program to get more solar in schools!  https://www.facebook.com/events/895768817176893/

2)  BBQ For a Solar School!
On Saturday, November 7th the Jordan Solar Team & PTSA are having a “Pig Out for Solar Panels” community fundraiser to support the solar Photovoltaic (PV) array installation at Jordan High School starting at 12:00 PM in the front of the school. There will be information about solar power and our school’s project. Bar B Que sandwiches from “The Pit” will be available for purchase with your donation.

Thanks for any help with spreading the word! Have a nice weekend!

Peace and love for our beautiful Earth, Karen

Monday, November 16, 7:30-9:30 pm, This Changes Everything
Regal North Hills Stadium 14, 4150 Main at North Hills Street, Raleigh
Join 350 Triangle, Environment NC, NC WARN, NC Sierra and others at Raleigh's premiere screening of This Changes Everything, Avi Lewis's feature documentary, inspired by Naomi Klein's book of the same name. Shot over four years in dozens of locations spanning nine countries and five continents, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

The film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Naomi’s narration – her take on the carbon in the air and the economic system that put it there. It builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

****We’re using TUGG, a new online distribution company to do this showing. We need to sell at least 20 more tickets by November 8th to be able to show the film, so please spread the word and RSVP today!!!  https://www.tugg.com/events/69874 Your card won’t be charged until the minimum tickets are sold.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Understanding Our Biases - Two Workshop Series

Have you ever felt surprised or ashamed of your gut-level reaction to a person you considered "different”? Perhaps it was someone that was Black, Gay, Poor, Asian, Republican, Muslim, Disabled, or Hispanic. Do you want to explore, in a safe environment, the invisible mental shortcuts that create biases that divide us and rob us of a truly just, diverse, and inclusive society?

Community United Church of Christ will be offering a two-workshop series that will lead you on a journey of self-exploration of your hidden biases. Along your trek you will discover strategies to confront racial bias in yourself as you encounter it in your daily interactions.

The two 2-hour workshops will be held in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, December 2, and Wednesday, December 9, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm. Please plan to attend both sessions. Child care will be provided. To register, contact Joan McAllister.  Last day to sign up:  November 29.

Silence does nothing to mitigate the effects of bias.  Your participation in these workshops will demonstrate your willingness to open your heart and mind to uncover unconscious biases so that your consciously held values will prevail. 

Fear Not!

Angela Holloway, MSW, M.Ed., an experienced facilitator on exploring racial bias will lead the workshops.

- Submitted by Joan McAllister & Santi Matthews

Annual Community Thanksgiving Service

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Tuesday, November 24, at 7pm
2723 Clark Avenue, Raleigh

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will host the annual Community Thanksgiving Service this year. Involved with this special worship will be the pastors, members, and choirs of Fairmont United Methodist Church, West Raleigh Presbyterian Church, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, and Community United Church of Christ. Pastor Sharon will be our preacher for the evening.

Legal Rights LGBT Community Forum

Finally! A Panel Discussion on LGBT Legal Rights in NC, for the LGBT Community
Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Community United Church of Christ, 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh, NC 27607

Legal Topics: Adoption, Separation, Divorce, Social Security, Health Insurance,  Retirement
Event Sponsors: Legal Shield, The Entrepreneur’s Source, and CUCC (ONA)
Register here

The Panel:        

The Moderator: BJ Kilgore-Attorney at Marshall & Taylor, PLLC

Rachel Beard-Attorney at Graber/Palme Law Firm
Michael Burger-Attorney at Howard, Stallings From Hutson, Atkins, Angell & Davis,  P.A.
Jeff O’Briant-Attorney at O’Briant Law, P.C.,
Eric Brei- Attorney at R. W. Bobholz Law, PLLC

Additional Support Resources

Tom Cornwell-CPA at Malvin Riggins and Company, P.C.
Tommy Dwight-Independent Financial Advisor at T. Dwight Financial
Alex Sutherland-Independent Fiancial Advisor at LifePlan Group(Social Security)
Tony Kay-Broker/Agent Simplex Solutions Inc. (Health Care)

Your Advance Questions: Email us at LegalLGBTQuestions@gmail.com
(If you require childcare, contact Joan McAllister as soon as possible.)

“If you don’t know your rights you have NO rights!”

Be a friend at PFLAG Special “Holiday” Potluck

Please join us Wednesday, November 18, 7:00pm, CUCC, in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall, for our special “Holiday” Potluck. The holidays can be stressful for everyone, but the members of the LGBTQ community may have additional stressors if they do not have supportive families. Join us as we share a meal and discuss various scenarios that may happen during the holidays.

ALL ALLIES, FAMILY MEMBERS AND LGBTQ INDIVIDUALS ARE WELCOME. No pressure on sharing. You may listen and/or contribute as much as you wish.

All PFLAG meetings are confidential and all are welcome! PFLAG is the United States' largest organization for parents, families, friends, and straight allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. The mission of PFLAG Triangle is to:

Support Families and Friends – by working to foster loving relationships, by helping them understand and affirm their gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender loved ones;

Educate Ourselves and the Public – by working with educators, faith groups, businesses, media, and the larger community;

Advocate for Equality – by calling for equal human and civil rights. We strive to create a world where our loved ones are judged on the content of their character, not by their sexual orientation or gender identity.

- Submitted by Cathy Marshall (ONA)

CUCC Talent and Variety Show - Let Your Light Shine

SAVE THE DATE!! 
Saturday, November 14, 2015, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Vaughan Fellowship Hall

This will be a bang-up ending to a spectacular pledge drive and is one of the funniest, most side-splitting shows that you will see this year - sponsored jointly by the Stewardship Ministry and our Youth. It is an inter-generational party to be enjoyed by all.

We’re looking for talent of all varieties, so please sign up soon so that you can be included in the program. Sign up in the Narthex for the next two Sundays (Nov. 1 and 8) or contact Śānti Matthews (education.cucc@gmail.com), who is scheduling the star groups. Don’t worry about being laughed at,
because that is the point, but if you have a serious talent and want to perform, we promise to
behave accordingly.

Please come and join us. It helps us to plan the food if you RSVP; but if you forget, come anyway. Let us support the talented folks in our congregation and enjoy an evening with friends. Childcare will be provided if needed, as well as mouth-watering desserts, coffee, tea and cocoa.

 - Submitted by Carol Kepler

P.S. We’d like more adult involvement in the variety show; so, TO ALL ADULTS: Please unleash those dogs and ponies! Your "act" does not have to involve talent. I like the "untalent" show that SIS has at their annual beach retreat. Someone who no longer attends CUCC said we do not know how to have fun at CUCC. Let's prove otherwise.

Maybe CUCC needs a jug band. If you don't know what that is, you can find one through Google.

- Submitted by Vivian Hunter

November Newsletter

November Newsletter (This  is the same as the Weekly News November 1, 2015.)

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

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