Friday, December 30, 2016

PRISM Winter/Spring Schedule

Pastor Joy Alford is planning the following free to adults in and around the Wake Forest Area:

1)  Short DVDs created to enhance small group discussions.  This series is known as NOOMA and is produced by Flannel, a company promoting spiritual reflections on individual life experiences.  I have facilitated discussions using these videos in the past and it has always been a stimulating starter. The name NOOMA comes from a phonetic spelling of the Greek word πνευμα, meaning "wind", "spirit", or “breath”— Come join us to see where the Spirit of the Living God takes us in our spiritual growth journey.  There is no charge and you do not have to be a member to join us for this series.

This study will be held on Wednesday nights at 7:30pm at Hatch. This series goes for 8 weeks from Feb 15-April 5, but you may feel free to attend one or all.

2.   Tai Chi for stretches and meditation in movement begins Wed.  Jan 11, 2017. This will start at 7am and be held weekly.
The time and location may be subject to change depending on interest.  Free class- but this does require an RSVP. You are welcome anytime, but let me know if you are coming.


3. Painting the Stars
“When I have a terrible need of – dare I say, 'religion'? – then I go outside at night and paint the stars."   -- Vincent Van Gogh

Come celebrate the communion of science and faith, Painting the Stars is a DVD based series that explores the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality. Featuring over a dozen leading theologians and progressive thinkers, it is a seven week series and will be followed by an astronomer-led excursion and retreat for anyone interested.  The series begins April 19, 2017 at 7pm and will be held at Hatch. Please RSVP if you are interested.

FOR MORE INFO about these three opportunities, see prism-ministries.org or call Pastor Joy at 919-605-4336.

Monday Lunch Group - January 2

This Monday, we will be listening to music and readings from The Christmas Revels, now an annual event around the time of winter solstice in a few major cities although it began in Boston in the early 1980's. The theme for The Revels this particular year in Washington, D.C. is 'Wassail! Wassail! Early American Christmas Music' so there is a lot of shape-note music.

Also attached is the last set of poems for Christmastide, the Twelve Days of Christmas, up to Epiphany on January 6. These are ones I have selected. If you have one to share, please bring it on Monday.

- from Ann Retzer

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Congregational Meeting, January 29

Church Council has scheduled the January congregational meeting to be held Sunday, January 29, 2017 at noon.

This meeting is required by the CUCC bylaws.  Actions at the meeting will include
Please read the yearly reports prior to the meeting.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A greeting from the new pastor

Rev. Jenny Shultz-Thomas sends this letter in anticipation of being with us for our Christmas Eve Service. Her first full Sunday with us will be on January 15. This letter is her advent greeting to us.

Letter from Rev. Jenny Shultz-Thomas

Monday, December 19, 2016

Gathering in prayer - Inauguration 2017

Gather with others for a time of prayer as our country inaugurates a new president.  Expect silence, reading from the Bible, and an opportunity for you to speak a prayer from your heart.  This time of worship will last about 30 minutes.  While planned from the Christian tradition, anyone in the community who would like to gather for prayer is welcome.

Some people may choose to linger for quiet conversation after the time of prayer has concluded.

Friday, January 20, 5:30PM, fellowship hall
Sunday, January 22, noon, Hoffmann Room

This pair of opportunities to gather in prayer is sponsored by the 6 justice groups of Community UCC.  For more information, contact Jane Smith.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Photos from the Christmas Pageant

The Christmas Pageant was presented on December 11. Suzette Roach took photos. Click the collage below to view the photo album.


Monday, December 12, 2016

Advent Poems for Monday Lunch Group in December

Monday Lunch Group continues their Advent focus on using poetry in meditation.

On Dec. 26 we will take a break from our series for our Christmas party. Bring a salad if you haven't signed up for anything. We have room at the table for everyone. For details call Sue Cottle. We will have a short video after lunch. If you can't join us we will miss you. - Sue Cottle
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A note from Ann Retzer:  Since our December  Monday programs vary from one week to the next and I may not always be there, I have attached  'An Advent Poetry Companion: Poems for Prayer and Pondering' so there will be a new poem for meditation every day. *  Use these however it works for you. In the past two weeks, I have used three or four of their poems along with other selections from different sources. More poems later.

* When I thought about MLG doing poetry for Advent, I found 'An Advent Poetry Companion: Poems for Prayer and Pondering' while googling around. It's from The Education for Justice website at https://educationforjustice.org/site-tour. It has more than 3,500 print-ready resources . . . they offer a trial week free. In their words: The Education for Justice Web site is a dynamic resource designed to help educators find print-ready resources which foster greater knowledge of Catholic Social Teaching and demonstrate connections to current social justice issues and world events. More than 3,500 print-ready resources are immediately available.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Adult Christmas Party - Dec. 10

Join us at 6:30PM for the annual CUCC Adult Christmas Party.  It is a chance to get to know your fellow CUCCers in a festive atmosphere.  Hot hors d'oeuvres, scrumptious dessert table, spiral ham, vegetarian and vegan appetizers, and wine will be available.  A special soloist will provide musical entertainment and lead us in caroling.  Please come!  (No fee, but we welcome a small donation to defray the cost of the food and beverages.)

Urgent - Call for people to attend Raleigh City Council Meeting

This opportunity for justice action come from Adrienne Little, CUCC's Social Justice Ministry representative at Congregations for Social Justice.

1 -  Urgent Call to Action! from Joe Rappl
All CSJ members and friends are invited to support the Partnership to End Homelessness' collaboration on the permanent multi-service center as they work with the city to secure the funding and contracting with the county needed to move forward.
    Raleigh City Council - Tues, Dec 6 - 1:00 PM

Click HERE to see Hugh Hollowell's plea Will Raleigh Keep Its Promises To The Homeless and Hungry?

Who: everyone with a vision for more equal treatment of all people in the City and County
What: attend the December 6, 2016 City Council Meeting - wearing GREEN
Where: 222 West Hargett Street Second Floor council chamber
When: Tuesday December 6, 2016, 1:00 p.m. meeting
Why: This is a very large commitment by the city - over $3 million in funding for the purchase and rehabilitation of the multi-service center building. Shana believes a show of concerned citizens could help the counselors pass the item.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Magi

An equipment malfunction prevented filming of much of the Christmas story presentation given during the worship service on Sunday, December 4. But the portion related to the coming of the magi provides an illustration of the way the Christmas story was interpreted in the context of exile. Julia Robertson, Marty Lamb, and Doug Barrick appear in this excerpt.


The audio recording of the entire program is available below and features Marty Lamb, Julia Robertson, Joanna Woodrum, Sam Woodrum, Todd Lipman, and Doug Barrick

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Advent theme for Monday Lunch Group

During Advent, Christmas and Christmastide including the first Monday in January before Epiphany, we will explore ways to use poetry for meditation. On our Monday Lunch days beginning November 28th, seven or eight poems will be handed out for you to use every day during the coming week. They need not to be read in any particular order, you can choose. You may have one that is always meaningful to you, feel free to use it instead.

This time of year, finding the time to use the poems for meditation any given day might be a problem. If you have time, take a brief break and select a poem just to read, reading it aloud is often interesting. Other days, maybe you will have the time to spend with a poem for meditation, journalling, even writing your own poem.

It's all up to you how much or little you do, but making our Advent journeys together is going to be interesting for sure!

Advent begins on Sunday, November 27th so our first MLG will be on the 28th. Since I cannot be there, Geraldine has kindly consented to lead the program for that week. How to use poetry for meditation will be discussed, suggestions for making it happen. She will also hand out the first set of poems for the following week. (If you cannot be there and let me know, I can email them to you.)

We will begin the first Monday with things related to The Annunciation and when Mary goes to be with Elizabeth. Attached are two related sets of information to download with some background that I found interesting. One is about the Church of the Visitation in Ein Karem, Israel which is in the village where Elizabeth and Zechariah lived and where John the Baptist was born. The other is about The Magnificat, or Mary's Song, that she sang when she and Elizabeth met.


Ann Retzer

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Join us during Advent at CUCC

Advent is the four Sunday period before Christmas - the day we celebrate the coming of God to live among us through the birth of Jesus.  During Advent we wait expectantly - for the birth of the Christ child and the coming of Christ again.

One traditional part of Advent is the giving of gifts, a way of saying thank you to God for the gift of Jesus Christ.  Gift-giving opportunities are noted with a star *.

You are welcome to attend any of these Advent events - just show up!

2015 "Fear not!" Christmas tree
1st week of Advent

Sunday, November 27
During 10:30 worship Śānti Matthews and Doug Barrick will  share the message: "What is the Christmas story?"  After the Children's Time, the children and youth will leave worship to work together to create ornaments for CUCC's Christmas tree.  After worship, the youth will eat lunch and then go shopping for CUCC's tree.

Live near Wake Forest?  Worship with CUCC's Prism group.  A special Advent focus runs Nov. 27 to Dec. 11, led by Joy Alford and Amy Burki.  10:30AM, 102 S White St, Wake Forest.

Monday, November 28
Using poetry in meditation.  Monday Lunch Group, 12:15PM

Tuesday, November 29
*Women of CUCC (and their women friends) are invited to the home of Marty Lamb for a potluck and sing-a-long from the Rise Up Singing songbooks.  This is a gathering of SIS, an open monthly assembling of women.  SIS has chosen to collect toiletries to donate to the women's shelter.

2015's creative project
Family Advent Event
2nd week of Advent

Sunday, December 4
*Bring a bag of groceries - another way we can pass along God's love.  Here's the list of groceries requested by the Urban Ministries food pantry.

Today's 10:30 worship service features a celebration of communion; we welcome the Rev. Sheila Barrick who will officiate.  Wherever you are on life's journey, you are welcome at the table Jesus prepares for all of us.  Marty Lamb bring the message via theater:  "Who am I in the Christmas story?" After the Children's Time, the children will leave worship to practice for the Christmas pageant.

Live near Wake Forest?  Worship with CUCC's Prism group.  A special Advent focus runs Nov. 27 to Dec. 11, led by Joy Alford and Amy Burki.  10:30AM, 102 S White St, Wake Forest.

*Sunday afternoon at 5PM, children and their families have fun at the Family Advent Workshop.  Pizza is served (free).  Mrs. Susan will help families make dough ornaments.  Please bring a plate of cookies to share.

*CUCC's 2016 angel tree debuts.  Select your angel from the tree and bring the described gift for one of the families CUCC is sponsoring.

Monday, December 5
Using poetry in meditation.  Monday Lunch Group, 12:15PM

Tuesday, December 6
Life & Faith conversation will focus on Advent.  This fluid group of "whoever shows up" is meeting in December at O'Malley's Pub.  Arrive at 6:30 if you want dinner; conversation runs from 7-8/

Saturday, December 10
Join us at 6:30PM for the annual CUCC Adult Christmas Party  It's a chance to get to know your fellow CUCCers in a festive atmosphere.  Hot hors d'oeuvres, scrumptious dessert table, spiral ham, vegetarian and vegan appetizers, and wine will be available.  A special soloist will provide musical entertainment and lead us in caroling.  Please come!  (No fee, but we welcome a small donation to defray the cost of the food and beverage.)

2015 Christmas pageant
3rd week of Advent

Sunday, December 11
The children will lead us in worship by presenting a Christmas pageant:  the story of the birth of the baby Jesus.  Then Julie Robertson will provide the message: "Why do we tell the Christmas story?"  10:30AM, Sanctuary

Live near Wake Forest?  Worship with CUCC's Prism group.  A special Advent focus runs Nov. 27 to Dec. 11, led by Joy Alford and Amy Burki.  10:30AM, 102 S White St, Wake Forest.

Monday, December 12
Using poetry in meditation.  Monday Lunch Group, 12:15PM

Saturday, December 17
If you would like to help decorate the church for Christmas, please join us from 9:00am - 11:00am. It’s fun and very rewarding. Refreshments will be served. For questions, contact Jeanne Ledbetter.

4th week of Advent

Sunday, December 18
At 9AM Taize worship, you are invited to participate in communion.  After the Children's Time, the children will leave worship to sing carols with "Mr. Monty" Smith.

At 9:30AM, participate in the Inter-generational Prayer Bead Workshop in the Hoffmann Room. Encourage and enrich your prayer life during Advent by creating your own set of prayer beads. Śānti Matthews will lead us in prayer bead making for all ages, and will provide us with some information about the origins and use of prayer beads. Prayer beads symbolize a commitment to spiritual life; they can help bring us to the present moment, encourage us to enter into a closer relationship with God, or simply provide a physical comfort and relief from stress or anxiety. Childcare for infants and toddlers provided.


At 10:30AM Chancel Choir members will share their answers to the question,  "Where do we go from here, or what do we do with the Christmas story?"

While the adults are in worship (10:30), the youth will participate in Human Beans Together. Meet in the fellowship hall to coordinate rides downtown where we'll serve a meal to neighbors who are hungry.

After worship, walk across the street to Morningside Assisted Living to sing carols with the residents.  The choir will lead the singing, but many voices are needed. The 30 minutes of singing starts at about noon.

From 6:30-8:30pm all youth are invited for fellowship at the church for Sardines and Smores.   We will play sardines and have a campfire (weather permitting). Please bring a bag dinner or eat before you come. S'mores (or cookies if it's raining) and Hot Cider will be provided.

Monday, December 19
Using poetry in meditation.  Monday Lunch Group, 12:15PM

Saturday, December 24, 5PM
Join us on this Holy Night as we wait together for the coming of the Christ Child with scripture, prayer, song, and candlelight, followed by hot apple cider in the fellowship hall.  This will be Pastor Jenny Shultz-Thomas' first official worship with us as our new pastor.

Christmas Day

Sunday, December 25


At 9AM, Anne Pope will lead Taize' worship.

At 10:30 AM families worship together and all ages are invited to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  There will be no Sunday School for children or youth, and no nursery will be provided.

Monday, December 26
Using poetry in meditation.  Monday Lunch Group, 12:15PM



Candlelight Labyrinth Walk for World AIDS Day

From Adrienne Little, the Social Justice Ministry's representative at Congregations for Social Action:

World AIDS Day “A Time to Remember Candlelight Labyrinth Walk” from Carolyn McClendon, carolynjmcc@aol.com

Millbrook Baptist Church, 1519 E. Millbrook Road in Raleigh, will host the 8th annual World AIDS Day “A Time to Remember Candlelight Labyrinth Walk” on Thursday, December 1, 2016.

The walk will occur from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., and will include a continuous bell ringing and reading of names of persons who have died as a result of HIV/AIDS.  A time of reflection, remembrance and light refreshment will follow the walk from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. indoors. All are invited to attend and remember…

The labyrinth and garden will be open throughout the day for any and all who wish to walk in silent meditation or sit, remember and pray.  Meditation Guides and red ribbons will be available on site.
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For more information on World AIDS Day, the Labyrinth Walk, or to participate in the reading of names, contact Carolyn McClendon, carolynjmcc@aol.com or 919-247-4240

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thanksgiving worship in the neighborhood

Community Thanksgiving Service
Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7PM
West Raleigh Presbyterian Church, 27 Horne Street

West Raleigh PC will be our hosts.  Pastors, members and the choirs of Fairmont UMC and Community UCC will lead us in worship.  If you would like to sing in the choir, arrive to rehearse at 6PM.

Childcare is available beginning at 6PM.

Working together we go farther

Adrienne Little extends these invitations from congregations in Congregations for Social Justice.  She represents CUCC at their meetings.

1 - Fight for $15 Community Meeting from Ben Carroll  
       Thursday, November 17 | 6:30pm
       Raise Up office | 2220 N Roxboro St, Durham, 27704
On November 29th, 4 years to the day after the first fast food worker strike in New York City, low wage workers across the nation will walk off the job in the largest ever low wage worker day of action. We will demand that elected officials and global corporations raise wages and allow workers to form unions. We see this as the beginning of sustained activity to hold elected officials accountable to the 64 million workers in this country who make less than $15 / hour.

2 - Save the date - CSJ Annual Dinner Meeting from Al Reberg
      Monday, February 6, 2017 – 6:00 PM
      Highland United Methodist Church - Bradley Hall
      1901 Ridge Road, Raleigh 27607
Our Guest Speaker will be David Guice, Commissioner of NC Department of Corrections

An outreach program in Raleigh worth knowing about

Charlotte Yongue grew up next door to Jo and me and became something of a surrogate daughter. She's finishing nursing school at ECU now, and she posted on Facebook a link to a video about a program in Raleigh neither Jo nor I was aware of. Support for the program comes from Christ Church in Raleigh. I share this 8-minute video simply because it's a good thing going on in our community that deserves to be more widely recognized. (Thanks to Betsy Towler for alerting me to Charlotte's post.)


Reconciliation is Hard

So far this week I've attended Monday Lunch Group (Monday), a Religious Education Ministry meeting (Tuesday), and have Bible Study coming up (Wednesday). No matter what the topic or agenda of the meeting, we seem to be still in the mode where something will come up that turns attention to last week's election, and still tears, anger, grief, and unresolved issues are barely skin deep. One person at the meeting last night commented that she was all set to be a gracious winner and offer reconciliation to others until the election broke the wrong way, and then she suddenly found that her reconciliatory intensions few out the window. On the home front my own wife Jo has retreated from the TV altogether and refuses any overture to "come and look at this".

Our niece Sabrina Tavernise has been on the science and medicine desk at the NY Times for well over a year, but she was called onto the political beat to take a look at the wreckage among friends and families that was left in the wake of this election. One of her articles appears in this morning's edition. Here's an excerpt ...

Matthew Horn, a software engineer from Boulder, Colo., canceled Christmas plans with his family in Texas. Nancy Sundin, a social worker in Spokane, Wash., has called off Thanksgiving with her mother and brother. Ruth Dorancy, a software designer in Chicago, decided to move her wedding so that her fiancé’s grandmother and aunt, strong Trump supporters from Florida, could not attend.

The election is over, but the repercussions in people’s lives may be just beginning as families across the United States contemplate uncomfortable holidays — or decide to bypass them — and relationships among friends, relatives and spouses are tested across the political divide.

Democrats have dug in their heels, and in some cases are refusing to sit across the table from relatives who voted for President-elect Donald J. Trump, a man they say stands for things they abhor. Many who voted for Mr. Trump say it is the liberals who are to blame for discord, unfairly tarring them with the odious label of “racist” just because they voted for someone else.

“It’s all one big giant contradiction in my eyes,” said Laura Smith, 30, a small-business owner in Massachusetts who was attacked on Facebook by a relative for voting for Mr. Trump. “She’s saying to spread the love,” Ms. Smith said. “But then you’re throwing this feeling of hate toward me, your own family member.”

Complete article at NY Times

Monday, November 14, 2016

Safety pin - your signal that you stand with vulnerable people

Have you noticed that people have begun wearing safety pins?

According to a New York Times report, "As a show of support, groups of people across America are attaching safety pins to their lapels, shirts and dresses to signify that they are linked, willing to stand up for the vulnerable."

This Wednesday the youth will decorate safety pins which they will offer to the congregation on Sunday.  Or, you can wear an unadorned pin from your junk drawer.

As Pastor Peg reminded us, actually standing up for vulnerable people takes courage in the moment.  Let us pray for one another - whether or not we wear a safety pin - that we will act in love when the opportunity arises.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Your letter to Santa = $1 to Make a Wish

Dear Friends,

I am sending this to you and asking Cathy to share it in the next several newsletters. By simply sending a letter to Santa via email you can donate to the Make A Wish Foundation Christmas Campaign.

Since 2003 Macy's has been participating in a Believe Campaign. They donate $1 for every letter sent in to Santa (up to $1Million) to the Make A Wish Campaign. Please take a minute to send Santa your best wishes this Christmas and help a sick child's wish be granted in the future.

Thank you,

Anne Bailey

How we see each other matters

This year's political campaign season was ugly. No question about it. And it didn't get much prettier when the votes were counted. As one who is rooted in red-state America but spends most of my time in blue-state America I get caught in the crossfire more than most. Here are two things I've seen or heard in the past 48 hours ...

“It wasn’t just Donald Trump who won last night — it was his supporters, too. The Klan won last night. White nationalists. Sexists, racists and buffoons. Angry young white men who think rap music and Cinco de Mayo are a threat to their way of life...  Men who have no right to call themselves that and who think that women who aspire to more than looking hot are shrill, ugly, and otherwise worthy of our scorn rather than our admiration struck a blow for misogynistic [expletive] everywhere.” -- Aaron Sorkin (creator of the TV series "West Wing").

And then just a few minutes ago the blue collar worker who came to repair my hot water heater asked, "Did you see the video of the woman in Oregon who pulled down her pants and took a dump on the Trump poster and then smeared it all over his face?" To him, that image represented the typical Hillary Clinton supporter.

Sometimes over the years I've felt that the greatest sin of all is to dehumanize folks who see things through a different lens than our own. And the tendency toward that sin has only increased as America has diverged into the cocoons that are now red-state America and blue-state America.

Political commentary is good and helpful, even when it's biting or critical. But it's good and helpful only when the artillery is aimed at the candidate and not their supporters. Once we get started targeting the voters who disagree with us we inevitably paint with too broad a brush.

Thanks to all at CUCC who have reacted to the election with cool heads and prayerful hearts.

-- Lavon Page

(Note: This blog is open to all. The thoughts expressed above are my own. If you have ideas or opinions you'd like to share at any time, you may send your comments to Jane Smith or Lavon Page. They will be glad to post your comments. The church policy is that all commentary must be signed.)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Author reading: Clare Hanrahan

Adrienne Little sent this invitation from our friends at Highland United Methodist Church

Join author Clare Hanrahan for a reading and book signing

The Half Life of a Free Radical: Growing Up Catholic in Jim Crow Memphis

Tuesday, November 15, 7 p.m.

Highland United Methodist Church
1901 Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC  27609

Clare Hanrahan will present her new book, and speak on the importance of telling one's story in the context of the political and social realities of the times.  Ms. Hanrahan lives in Asheville and is author of Jailed for Justice: A Woman’s Guide to Federal Prison, Conscience & Consequence: A Prison Memoir, and Dissenting Opinions and Public Addresses on Justice, Peace, & Consequences of Dissent. She is a member of the National Writers Union and North Carolina Writer’s Network.  Her most recent publication will be available at book signings and local book stores.

Praise for The Half Life of a Free Radical
“First and foremost this is an entertaining tale of childhood and adolescence told with great humor, honesty, and empathy.  But it’s also told by someone who became a peace and justice and environmentalist activist in later life, someone able to look back on the poverty, racism, militarism, sexism, and Catholicism of her youth with passion and perspective…” David Swanson, author of War is a Lie

One morning of volunteering - Nov. 12

This Sunday at Forum (9:30AM, Fellowship Hall) we will hear from Dennis Gaddy who works with those leaving incarceration.  Adrienne Little passes along this opportunity to be a help at a one morning event where lawyers will provide pro bono legal help to apply for expungement of criminal records.  Here is the message Adrienne forwarded from Sara Stohler.

Dennis Gaddy called this week and told me about an important new initiative that is being sponsored cooperatively by the District Attorney’s office (Loren Freeman), the Public Defender, NC Justice Center, Legal Aid of NC, Campbell Law School, Dennis Gaddy’s Community Success Initiative, and several other groups.

 On Nov. 12, there will be about 300 persons who have criminal records who qualify for expungement of those records, an action that will make employment and housing more readily available. Lawyers will be at Chavis Community Center from 9-12 AM, offering pro bono legal help to apply for expungement. This is an amazing new initiative.

Loren Freeman and Dennis Gaddy both would like the help of volunteers from the community. Our role will be to help with set-up, give directions and answer questions, and provide a welcoming atmosphere. We will be there to do whatever is needed to make this initiative a success.

If you or a small group from your congregation can participate, please email Sara Stohler stohler1@bellsouth.net

We are asking people to be at Chavis Community Center by 8:30 (or 8:45) and stay until 12:30 or 1:00, as needed.

God Will Not Fail!

Occasionally I pirate a UCC Daily Devotional to share with those don't subscribe via email. Today's devotional seems particularly poignant. The author is Mary Luti, and you can find it on the UCC website. -- Lavon Page


"God's steadfast love never ceases; God's mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning: great is your faithfulness." - Lamentations 3:22-23

We get our devotional assignments long before publication, so I'm writing this  three weeks before the election. The day it's published we'll know who won, but now, as I mess with syntax and synonyms, I'm clueless.

I don't know if it was a squeaker, a landslide, or something in between. I don't know if the pollsters were dead on or if Nate Silver is driving a cab today, scratching his head. I don't know if the loser conceded gracefully or threw a tantrum, nor if the winner delivered an inspiring speech or a cringe-worthy crow.

I don't know if you stayed up late watching the returns or turned in early with a stiff drink and a trashy book. I don't know if you're planning a happy bash for tonight or packing your trunk for Canada or Fiji or wherever you swore you'd go if the worst occurred.

I don't know how happily, sadly, or indifferently this day has dawned for you or me or our country. But I do know this: In ways that really count, this post-election day, momentous as it is, is no different from any other. Like every day, it's a gift from God, a new and pregnant mercy. Like every day, it's a precious clearing in which to meet again the Steadiness that undergirds each change and chance, and in that meeting to believe again that no matter what befalls us or our fragile democracy, God will not fail to hold us night and morning. God will not fail to will and work the good of all creation. God will not fail to be God. God will not fail.

Prayer
Unceasing are your mercies, O God, new every morning. Great is your faithfulness!

-- Mary Luti

Monday, November 7, 2016

November 7, 2016

Dear friends,

Advent is a very special time in the church year.  In fact, the first Sunday of the liturgical year is the first Sunday of Advent.  This year that will be November 27.

Advent is a time of expectantly waiting for the Christ Child to come yet again.  Your staff has worked hard to create worship experiences that will bring you closer into the story, about a family of refugees and how they made their way in the world.

As you await the coming of the Christ child you will also be awaiting the coming of your new pastor, the Rev. Jenny Shultz-Thomas, who was called as your pastor yesterday.

As part of my role as your intentional interim minister, I need to give you the time and space to begin your preparation and time of anticipation.  In order to do this my last Sunday with you will be November 20, 2016, the day of the Fall Congregational Meeting.  Ken will come from Connecticut to be with us because he has been blessed by you as well.

It has been my absolute pleasure and delight to have served here and I will take with me wonderful memories and friendships.  Soon I’ll be “living” in West Hartford, Connecticut with Ken, who is already there.  I hope his interim experience is as wonderful as mine has been with you.

In gratitude,

Peg Williams

Peace Picnic - Nov. 13

All are invited to a church-wide Peace Picnic in the fellowship hall on Sunday, November 13, after worship!

Lunch will be served, free of charge, but love offerings will be welcomed to cover the cost.

Former Raleigh gang members who have formed a truce, and now call themselves Save the Youth will share their stories with us. They will be accompanied by Diana Powell, from Justice Served NC, who will share about how she was instrumental in the truce. Their stories are heart-warming, miraculous, and beautiful!

Don't miss this opportunity to support them and to be better peacemakers in our world. Thanks!

– Śānti Matthews

Poetry Slam - Nov. 12

Join the 4th annual Novemberfest Coffee and Dessert with Poetry Slam, Saturday, November 12, 6:30-8:30PM.

If you want to attend, please reserve your spot by sending an email to education.cucc@gmail.com; also, please let me know in  the email if you plan to recite a poem (original poems are especially encouraged).

We hope to see you for this time of fellowship and fun for all ages!  All are invited to enjoy coffee, tea, and dessert (provided by Stewardship Ministry) and enjoy a variety of poetry readings.

Call Śānti Matthews with questions.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Accessing Dixie Trail parking lot - Nov. 6

The City of Oaks Marathon has Dixie Trail blocked from Hillsborough to Wade.  You can access the Dixie Trail lot from Wade Avenue, but not from points south.

Pull slowly to the barricades at Wade and Dixie.  Officer Rollins will open the barricade for you.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Roads blocked Sunday, Nov. 6

The City of Oaks Marathon (and three related races) will run just south of CUCC.  Parts of Dixie Trail, Peace and Hillsborough Streets will be blocked.

To plan your route to worship, check all four course maps.

Remember to set your clock back Saturday night!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Benefit concert - flood relief in WV and eastern NC, Nov. 19

Long-time friends of CUCC, Bill and Rosemary Pate (ASP team leaders), sent me this invitation to a concert to raise funds for those harmed by the flooding in West Virginia this summer and in eastern NC this month.

You are cordially invited to attend a special ASP event at First United Methodist Church, Cary the evening of Saturday, November 19th.  We are excited be hosting the musical group Alathea, who will be performing a concert for us that evening as we celebrate the great work of ASP and raise funds for flood relief in Rainelle, WV and in eastern North Carolina.  

If you have any questions or need additional information, feel call Dennis Hilton at 919.772.6950.


Alathea, "I'll Carry You"
Official ASP video

If you would prefer to get your hands busy making a difference, Bill and Rosemary are leading an adults-only working ASP weekend to WV December 4-9 and will be looking into possible ASP projects in eastern NC.  Here is their letter:

Dear Friends
We hope you are all well.  Here is information on the December ASP trip .  Please let us know if you would like to join us.  The group # for online registration is #5711. The volunteer fee is $80.  Scholarships are available.

                                    FLOOD RELIEF IN RAINELLE, WV

A group of volunteers traveled to WV to work on flood relief with The Appalachia Service Project October 20-23.  Sixteen inches of rain fell June 23 with the worst of the flooding happening at night.  Some residents had enough warning to move their cars.  The electricity in the town was soon gone and they waited in the pitch dark listening to fellow trapped residents cry for help.  A local kayaker struggled to evacuate to high ground people caught on roofs.  That night 26 people died and  many lost everything they owned .  Hundreds of homes were no longer habitable, roads were damaged, the library was decimated, the post office was made unusable.  Since then work has begun to repair homes that could be and to build new homes for families whose homes were destroyed. 
The level of hardship is hard to grasp.  It can be overwhelming even for a  volunteer/ visitor.  Four teams of volunteers from Christ The King were able to make significant repairs but more importantly they brought hope.  They let the people of Rainelle know that they are not forgotten even as the nightly news moves on to other stories.  CTK will send another team back to Rainelle December 4-9. For information contact Rosemary and Bill Pate 919 215 7426 or rosemaryandbill@gmail.com.
 Soon our neighbors in Eastern North Carolina will need this same kind of sustained effort to rebuild .  Christ The King is now exploring options to help with this.

We look forward to serving with you.
Bill and Rosemary Pate
919 215 7426

- submitted by Jane Smith

Monday, October 24, 2016

Fall Congregational Meeting - Nov. 20

This is our regular third annual congregational meeting as required in our by-laws.  Plan to stay after worship; light refreshments will be provided.

From Article VI. 
Section 4. Third Annual Congregational Meeting: This meeting shall be held in the Fall of each year. The date and time shall be set by the Church Council and announced at least two weeks in advance. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss goals and objectives for the coming year and to kick off the pledge campaign. Other business consistent with the Constitution and By­Laws may be transacted at this meeting. A proposed budget and a proposed slate of officers, ministry and committee members shall be presented at the Fall congregational meeting.

If you have an item for discussion, please contact Frank Gailor, Moderator.

Agenda

Opening Prayer

Secretary's reading certification of the minutes
Approval of the minutes of the May 5, 2016, congregational meeting
Supporting documents:
Draft minutes

Approval of the minutes of the November 6, 2016, special congregational meeting
Supporting documents:
Draft minutes
Addendum to minutes:  CUCC Call Agreement to Jenny Shultz

Determination of the presence of a quorum

Report on the proposed budget and pledge campaign

Report on the proposed slate of officers, ministries and committee members

Action on proposed amendments to the Constitution and ByLaws
Proposed amendments to the Constitution and ByLaws resulting from suggestions made by the congregation during the Messy Ministry phase of our intentional interim process
Supporting documents:
Summary - Proposals for improving how our structure supports our ministry
Proposed amendments to the Constitution
Proposed amendments to the ByLaws

Goals and objectives for the coming year
PRISM Ministry - presentation by Joy Alford
Supporting document:
Proposal Summary for PRISM Ministry

Announcements regarding the arrival of the new pastor

Other items

Closing prayer

Adjournment


CROP Walk

Photos from CROP Walk - Click to view album

Photos from Blessing of the Animals

On a gorgeous afternoon in October (Oct. 16), the children of CUCC sponsored a Blessing of the Animals with Pastor Peg officiating.

See more photos

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Meet the candidate for pastor

The Community UCC Pastoral Search Committee was appointed earlier this year by our Deacons Ministry to perform a national search for a new settled pastor.  The committee is delighted to say that we have found an excellent candidate and are excited for you to get to know them.  To this end, we pray that you will participate in one or more of the events we have scheduled for Nov 4 through 6 to meet and speak with our candidate and their family.  The candidate will also preach and lead worship at 10:30 on Nov 6.  After worship, at a called congregational meeting, Community UCC members will vote on the recommendation of the Pastoral Search Committee to call the candidate as our next settled pastor.

Click program below to enlarge for reading

Friday, October 21, 2016

Annette Bingham

Annette Patton Bingham
January 29, 1936 - October 18, 2016


(Annette Bingham has been a regular participant in many CUCC activities, including Taizé worship and Sunday Forum. She also has served as a leader of the Triangle Interfaith Task Force.)

Annette Patton Bingham was born in Greensboro, North Carolina on January 29, 1936, to John Constantine Patton and Nettie Elizabeth Horne. She died October 18, 2016 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina at the age of 80. She was nurtured and baptized at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant and after marriage continued her lifelong service in the Methodist Church. She was a graduate of Greensboro High School and earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts and Letters from North Carolina State University.

On September 10, 1955 she married William Louis Bingham of Roper, North Carolina. In their married life they lived in Lafayette, Indiana; State College, Pennsylvania; Nancy, Lorraine, France; Hyattsville, Maryland;Chicago,Illinois and Raleigh, North Carolina. Together they raised 4 children: JEB, Allen, Dan, and Lorri. She taught middle school science for 17 years in the Wake County Public School System.

She was a faithful member of Avent Ferry United Methodist Church, serving many leadership capacities; served on the Conference Board of Missions and chaired Volunteers in Mission; chaired the North Carolina Developmental Disabilities Citizens Advisory Council for 15 years; served on the Board of Directors for the Triangle Interfaith Alliance; chaired Wake County Housing and Homeless Advisory Committee; co-founder of Kids Cafe and AventWest Community Development Corporation.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, William Louis Bingham; her son, John Elden "JEB" Bingham of Butner, North Carolina; her son, William Allen Bingham and wife Cynthia Lee Bingham, and grandchildren Elizabeth Ann Bingham and William Lee Bingham, all of Pinehurst, North Carolina; son Marcel Daniel Bingham and wife Martha Gail Hamner, and grandchildren Elena Claire Bingham and Seth Daniel Bingham, all of Syracuse, New York; and daughter Nancy Lorraine Bingham of Garner, North Carolina; her brother John Constantine Patton, Jr. of Little River,South Carolina; her sister-in-law Juanita Bingham Miller of Fayetteville, North Carolina; her sister-in-law Priscilla Bingham Durkin of Mt. Gilead, North Carolina, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, John Constantine Patton, her mother Nettie Elizabeth Horne, and her sister, Martha Irene Tucker.

A Service of Death and Resurrection will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Avent Ferry United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Donna Thompson presiding. The family will greet friends and family in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Annette Bingham to the AventWest Community Development Corporation in care of Avent Ferry United Methodist Church, 2700 Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27606.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Special Congregational Meeting - Nov. 6

Special Congregational Meeting Nov. 6 at 12:00 noon
To vote on the call of our proposed new pastor

Clock, leaves, and "Don't forget to fall back"
Set your clocks back Saturday night!
The Pastoral Search Committee is delighted to share with you that we have completed the search and are presenting to you a candidate for the pastorate at Community UCC.  This week members will receive a letter  in which is a short biography and an invitation to our "Candidate Weekend" on November 4-6.  We invite you to attend any of the sessions with our candidate so that you may get to know this person outside of worship, and feel prepared to vote at the special congregational meeting.  Look for more information about the weekend events in the bulletin and in your email newsletter.

- The Pastoral Search Committee

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Transit, interfaith dialogue, urban planning and wages

Adrienne Little represents CUCC's Social Justice Ministry at meetings of Congregations for Social Justice.  Consider participating in one of these events in our community.  Contact Adrienne if you have questions.

1 -   Crucial Conversation - Wake County's transit referendum: The case for a "yes" vote from Rob Schofield  
       Tuesday, October 18, at noon — Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.
       Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building
       711 Hillsborough St. (At the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets)
       Cost: $10, admission includes a box lunch.
This year’s general election ballot in North Carolina is a crowded one. Across the state, voters will be asked to make dozens of decisions on a dizzying variety of candidates and, in many places, special ballot referenda. One of the most important of these referenda will be on the ballot in Wake County, where voters will be asked to decide on a proposal, years in the making, to add a half-cent to the sales tax to fund transit.Unfortunately, as is too often the case with such matters, the transit referendum has received limited media attention in the weeks leading up to the election and is buried at the bottom of the back page of the ballot. This has many supporters of the initiative concerned. Having spent years developing and fine tuning the proposal and, among other things, addressing the initial concerns of anti-poverty and affordable housing advocates, they want to tell the story of the referendum, explain its critical importance to the future of North Carolina’s capital county and mobilize progressives to spread the word.

Sig Hutchinson is the Vice Chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, a businessman, a veteran communications professional and a longtime champion of progressive public policy solutions. He has helped transform his community by spearheading six successful bond referenda in Raleigh and Wake County.

Karen Rindge is the executive Director of with WakeUP Wake County, which she helped found in 2006. Prior to arriving in Raleigh, she spent 10 years in Washington DC working in non-profit advocacy and grassroots organizing and as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill.

Bill Rowe is General Counsel and Deputy Director of Advocacy at the North Carolina Justice Center, where he has worked for the last 25 years as a lawyer, lobbyist and one of the state’s most knowledgeable anti-poverty advocates. Among many other issues, Bill is an expert on the subject of affordable housing – a field in which he has long championed to needs and rights of the poorest and most vulnerable North Carolinians.

Don’t miss this very special event!
Cost: $10, admission includes a box lunch.

2 - TRIANGLE INTERFAITH ALLIANCE - Interfaith Dialog Group from Judye Jacobs  
        Third Tuesday of each month, from 10:30 – 12 noon
        Community United Church
        814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh
Next meeting - Tuesday, October 18.
We'll discuss “stereotypes in the media.” Come with examples from TV, social media, etc.
We know that in both good and troubling times it is important for people of all faiths to join together, to get to know one another, to share ideas and ideologies, and to find a space to express opinions openly and without judgment, so that we may understand why we each do what we do in the name of religion.

Join us and to invite others from your faith community and interfaith organizations to join us as well.  The current roster includes members of the Baha'i. Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Native American, and Sai Baba faiths.

Call or email if you have any questions - Judye Jacobs  judyejacobs@gmail.com     919/781-8490

3 - Planning for Successful and Equitable Revitalization from City of Raleigh < raleighnc@info.raleighnc.gov >
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
McKimmon Conference & Training Center
1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC 27606

The City of Raleigh, Smart Growth America and PNC Bank invite you to attend a public session focusing on redevelopment around planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) stations in the South Wilmington BRT Corridor.

Representatives from the initiative will work with the City Planning and Housing and Neighborhoods departments to create equitable development around planning bus rapid transit stations. This will help the City revitalize neighborhoods around stations areas as well as make sure the new service accommodates and understands the concerns for long-term residents.

Join the discussion regarding:
Concerns and ideas regarding affordable housing, small business preservation, transit service, public improvement financing, community engagement strategies, and other issues.
An update on the planning, timeline, status, and next steps of the South Wilmington BRT Corridor redevelopment.

The City of Raleigh is one of three cities in the nation chosen to receive the first round of assistance from a new national planning initiative. Planning for Successful and Equitable Revitalization, a project of Smart Growth America in partnership with PNC Bank, is designed to support elected leaders, appointed officials, community developers, and residents working together to revitalize neighborhoods and capture benefits from the process for all income levels.

If you believe like we do - that successful, equitable revitalization is development that provides access to housing, jobs, and transportation for all members of the community - join us on October 19.

4 - Fight for $15 Community Meeting from Ben Carroll < bcarroll@raiseupfor15.org >
             Monday, October 17   -   6:30pm
             Raise Up Office
             2220 N Roxboro St
             Durham
Join us for a community discussion and planning meeting to take stock of the work that's been happening over the past few months, hear from community organizations about ongoing work, and chart a course forward through the remainder of the year.

In August, the Fight for 15 hosted our largest national convention of low wage workers to date in Richmond, VA. It included workers from 17 different industries who met together for the first time, and closed with a march against racism and low wages that directly confronted the captiol of the Old Confederacy.

Monday, October 17, 2016

A Call for Reflection And Consideration

Are you new and wish to become a member of a church Ministry? Or are you ready to try something new? Is there a ministry that fits your time and talents? Let the Nominating Committee hear from you! Matching people's talents and interests to the work of the church is our job as we begin updating the slate of ministries and committees for the upcoming year.

For information about the different ministries and their activities,  go to our website. We hope to hear from you soon!

Thank you for opening up your imagination to possibilities...

Geri Bowen
Marty Lamb
Jeanne Ledbetter
(Your nominating committee)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Office phones and internet not working

The office phones and internet are not working due to problems from Hurricane Matthew.  You can reach Cathy and Peg by cell phone or email which they check throughout the workday.

- updated 10-15-16

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Large CUCC contingent at Walk for Hope

As usual Community UCC turned out a large group of youth and adults to participate in Walk for Hope that was held on October 9.


Monday, October 10, 2016

School suspensions; affordable housing - justice opportunities

Adrienne Little represents CUCC at the meetings of the Congregations for Social Justice.  Here are two open invitations to the community which might be of interest to you.

1 -   In depth conversation regarding the "Suspensions in the Wake County Public School System" from Portia Rochelle < portiarochelle@yahoo.com >
Speakers:     Keith Sutton and Monika Johnson Hostler
                    WCPSS Board of Education
Date:            Tuesday,October 11, 2016
Location:      Martin Street Baptist Church,
                    1001 East Martin Street
                    Raleigh, North Carolina
                    Johnson Building
                    State Street Entrance
Time:            6:30-8:00 p.m.
SPONSOR:  Concerned Citizens For African American Children
             
Please join our community for an in depth conversation regarding the "Suspensions in the Wake County Public School System."  We are calling on all parents,concerned citizens and community advocates to attend and participate in this important community dialogue.

Black students accounted for 63% of the suspensions during the 2014-15 school year, 16% were White while 15% were Hispanic.  Solutions to SUSPENSIONS is NEEDED!

2 - Affordable & Workforce Housing Panel Discussion from Cathy Tamsberg
A broader context of housing affordability in the Triangle

With increasing growth in our Triangle region, housing (un)affordability is affecting a greater swath of the population.  Some policies are in place for affordable and workforce housing, though the ability to absorb the demand is limited.  Further, our workforce is also being severely strapped by the increasing costs.

This expert panel discussion seeks first to provide commonly accepted definitions for affordable and workforce housing.

The panel will also illustrate different ways that communities have addressed these issues through government policies and land use planning.

Finally, panel experts will discuss the possible short and long term consequences based on affordable and workforce housingdecisions we make today.

DATE & TIME – Thursday, October 27, 7:00-8:30 PM
VENUE –  Citrix, 120 S West St, Raleigh, NC 27603, “Stadium” conference area, with thanks to Ashton Smith
RSVP – Please email Will Allen (will@allenheuer.com) or Seth Hollar (seth@sethhollar.com).  You must RSVP for CITRIX parking deck access.  Street parking is also available.

PANEL: Gregg Warren, J.B. Buxton, John Hodges-Copple, Jim Anthony
MODERATOR: Mack Paul,
SPONSORS: YIMBY, DLA (Downtown Living Alliance), HSCSC (Hillsborough Street Community Service Corporation), and BRCA (Blue Ridge Corridor Alliance)
QUESTIONS - Contact Will Allen (will@allenheuer.com) or Seth Hollar (seth@sethhollar.com)

Book discussion and luncheon October 23

book cover for The Big Squeeze
The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker

Everyone is invited to a book discussion and luncheon on October 23 after worship in the Hoffman Room.  Whether or not you have read (or finished) the book, you are welcome to be part of the discussion.

In the last three decades, millions of American workers have lost their jobs, their health insurance and their pension plans.  Violations of safety regulations are increasingly common.  The hourly wage has scarcely increased at all, even as the risk of being laid off has risen sharply.  The Big Squeeze tells the personal stories of workers who have had to adapt to these changes and endure ongoing stresses and strains.  Hear their stories and share solutions.

The youth will provide a simple Ethiopian vegetarian stew and rice.  The discussion about this timely book is sponsored by the Economic Justice Task Force.

Get your chores done by our youth!

Have you been needing to get something done around your house and not been able to do it yourself? Let the CUCC Youth Group take care of it for you.

We have set aside one Saturday a month to do chores for church members.  Contact Śānti Matthews at 919-961-8814 or education.cucc@gmail.com if you want to have three youth come do chores for you for two hours, suggested donation is $20. We will work out a day and time that suits you.

This new initiative will help us keep our Appalachia Service Project team work momentum, help us get to know members of the church better, and will help us to raise funds for activities for our growing group.

Forum schedule, Fall 2016

Drop in on the discussion and activities at Sunday Forum.  9:30-10:15AM, Fellowship Hall.

November 13:  Dennis Gaddy presents a program to assist men and women transitioning from prison and jail

Dennis Gaddy, Executive Director of Community Success Initiative, a non-profit corporation with a vision to crate communities where people discover their potential, set worthy goals for their lives, and take action in a positive way, with an emphasis on men and women who are transitioning form prison and jail, or who otherwise find themselves entangled in the criminal justice system.

An Intergenerational Faith and Art Forum
November 20:  Star Making Workshop

Hope is a star that shines in the night,
leading us on till the morning is bright.
When God is a child there's joy in our song
The last shall be first
and the weak shall be strong,
and none shall be afraid.
- Brian A. Wren

As we approach Advent, Śānti Matthews will teach us to make our own 3D star ornaments, and we will explore with each other what it is that gives us hope.

An Intergenerational Faith and Art Forum
December 18:  Prayer Beads Workshop

Get your ticket for the Adults' Christmas Party

Two women in Christmas sweaters enjoying refreshments and chatting
Yes, Christmas attire is encouraged!
Our annual  CUCC Christmas Party will be on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

The party this year will be catered by Tuscan Blu with vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and omnivorian options.  Tickets go on sale on October 30.

Contact Susan Maleszweski for more information.

Family tent camping at Pilot Mt. State Park

Friday, Oct. 14 - Sunday, Oct. 16

If you like tent camping, or want to try it, come see the beautiful leaves with us at Pilot Mt., October 14 – 16. BUT, we need to know we have enough space – Chris Burkhardt has reserved four sites, and we can reserve more. SO, if you want to come, please email Chris. The campsite has hot showers, and we’ll all contribute for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Saturday and breakfast Sunday (meals Friday are on your own).  We’ll share more information on what to bring, including a packing list, as we get closer.

About Pilot Mountain: Rising abruptly more than 2,000 feet, Pilot Mountain is a remnant of the ancient Sauratown Mountains, with great views of the Blue Ridge and the Piedmont.

Praying in this election season

Friends,

Will you pray with me?

From Tuesday, October 4th through Tuesday, November 8, I will be praying every Tuesday in the sanctuary from 10:00am to 10:30am.  Yes, November 8 is Election Day.  I will not be praying for specific persons to be elected, but I will be praying for people to be elected who are willing to work together to bring about peace in all kinds of ways.

Please join me in person or in spirit.  If that time of day does not work for you, please select a time and a place that will.  But let's be intentional about praying for God's Kingdom here and now.

Amos 5:25: But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Prayers for the journey,

Peg

Friday, October 7, 2016

Crop Walk - October 23

Join us for the 36th Annual Raleigh CROP Walk on October 23
Help us to raise $5000 to combat world hunger!


What: The CROP Walk is organized through the Church World Service to raise money for hunger relief in our community. The walk is a 5K with a new Kid’s Walk!

When: The CROP Walk is held on October 23.  Registration begins at 2:00, the walk begins at 3:00.

Where: The routes begin and end at Broughton High School (723 Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh).  Arrive by 3:30 to meet up with members of our church team so we can walk and fellowship together!  Click here to see the route.

Why: Donations to the CROP Walk go to hunger relief agencies right here in our community!

Who: Everyone is invited to walk with us!  This is a fun, easy walk for young and old alike.  If you can't walk the routes, please consider donating to our team or joining as a “Spirit Walker”!


How: (1) Sign-up/donate online, (2) Pick up a registration envelope/donate in person, from the CROP Walk table in the Fellowship Hall after worship service on Sunday mornings.  For further information, please contact Maria.

Submitted by Maria Mayorga