Monday, March 28, 2016

Weekly News - March 28

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Easter Sunday Videos now available

The Easter Sunday videos are now available in the church archive ...
Also there are photos available in the photo gallery.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Learning together in the community - interested?

Adrienne Little, CUCC's representative to Congregations for Social Justice, sends these four invitations to educational opportunities.

1 -    Dorothy Day: A Radical Discipleship of Mercy from  Trevor Thompson
           Friday, April 8, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
           Founder’s Room, Anthony Hall
           Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi
           11401 Leesville Rd., Raleigh

See the newsletter from St. Francis of Assisi congregation, p. 5 for more details

2 -  Methodist Federation for Social Action North Carolina Conference from HENRY C JARRETT
       " Dare to Hear: An Honest Conversation about Race and the End to White Privilege"
          Saturday, April 9 - 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
          Duke Memorial United Methodist Church
          504 W Chapel St
          Durham  27701    
Click  here for details

3 -  PIG PICKIN' DINNER from  Jim Freeze
  to increase awareness of The Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness ("The Partnership").    

      Thursday, May 12 -  5:30 PM -7:30 PM
      The Oak City Outreach Center
      215 South Person Street
      Raleigh 27601

4 -  Repairers of the Breach from John Parker
       with Rev. Dr. William Barber, Rev. Dr. James Forbes and others.
       Monday, April 4th at 6:30pm
      Temple Beth Or
        5315 Creedmoor Road
       Raleigh 27612
Scroll down on this page for more information

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Weekly News - March 23

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Early conclusion to Gospel of Mark study

The Gospel of Mark study concluded a week early, ending Tuesday, March 22.
- submitted by Joy Alford

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Family Fun Auction - April 23

2016 Live Auction Catalog
(Joan's menu for her auction item)
2016 Silent Auction Catalog
2016 Cash and Carry Catalog
2016 Proxy Form

The CUCC Family Fun Auction Party is coming up on Saturday, April 23, and we need you to help make it a success! The auction is an annual fundraiser for CUCC.

Please consider donating an item for the auction. Examples of past auction items include:
  • Weekends at the beach, lake or mountains
  • Hand-made pottery, quilts, jewelry and original artwork
  • A morning of bird-watching & lunch 
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Day trips to fun destinations. A geology field trip or a hike at a state park
  • Pet-sitting, Babysitting, Yard work, Handyman, and Computer services
  • Brunches, lunches, dinners
  • Delicious homemade cakes, pies, jams, etc.
Getting your donation into the auction catalog
There are three ways to tell us what you want to offer at the auction.  We need a brief description of your item, minimum bid, and any conditions.  If your item is an event, tell us the date it will occur and the maximum/minimum number of participants.
1)  Submit online
2)  Submit paper form  printable version  or pick up at the church office or on the table at the back of the sanctuary
3)  Call the office 919-809-8850

Please submit your auction donation form ASAP.  The deadline is Monday, April 18. 

Make plans to attend this great annual event. Social and silent auction begin at 6:30 pm; the live auction starts at 7:00 pm. Drinks, snacks and child care will be provided. (Tell us the ages of your children so we provide enough childcare.) A great time is guaranteed!! Thanks for your support, and see you at the auction!


10. It’s a cheap date. Just $5 to bid and you don’t even have to pay a babysitter – child care is included.
9. Help raise important funds for CUCC and have fun doing it.
8. Bid on fabulous items: from a weekend at the beach to handyman services at your home to original art and pottery – and it’s all for a good cause.
7. You can enjoy a fine glass of wine (or two).
6. Did we mention that child care is provided?
5.  You might win a Mystery Box!
4. You don’t have to be able to spell hors d’oeuvres to gobble them up.
3. You can have a great time with friends and still be home by 9:30.
2. There are lots of cool experiences to bid on and you can get to know some of the folks you see in the pews every week...AND
1. Folks will probably laugh hard enough that wine comes out their nose.


Spring Congregational Meeting - May 15

The spring congregational meeting this year will be held on Sunday, May 15, following the 10:30am worship service. This annual spring meeting is required by our bylaws. It is a "regular" meeting. At regular meetings, the agenda is unrestricted. This means that any proposal on any topic can be presented to the congregation for consideration. However, if you plan to present a topic for discussion, it is helpful if you let the moderator (Frank Gailor) know in advance.

Appalachian Service Project announcement    
Approval of the minutes
Treasurer's Report
Annual Report on Membership  
Update from CCLIHC
Action on Deacon Recommendations of Members of the Search Committee
   (list of recomnendations for Search Committee)
Old Business
New Business

Draft minutes of Feb. 7 congregational meeting

Monday, March 21, 2016

Youth Sunday Video Available

A slightly condensed version of the entire Youth Sunday program is now available on video in the CUCC Archive.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Holy Week Walking Meditation

Join Sam and Joanna Woodrum this Saturday, Mar. 26, 9-10AM for a walking meditation for all ages in Schenck Forest, consisting of prayerful activities and some silence.

This will be a semi-guided walking meditation with 1.5 miles of moderate hiking. Those who prefer less walking have the option to join the group for the first and last 1/4 mile of the walk and sit in a covered picnic area in between.  Facilities are rustic.  Bring water and comfortable clothes.  There is a port-a-potty near the picnic area but no running water.

Schenck Forest Directions:  From the NC Museum of Art, take Reedy Creek Road NW for exactly 1 mile (0.3 miles past Edward Mill Road).  Take a left on an unmarked dirt road.  Drive 100 yards and park on the right side of the road.  We'll meet at the gate on the right.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Final Report on Lenten Film Series

The final film (Silent Light) in this year's Lenten Film series was shown in the fellowship hall last night to an audience of 18 participants. The highest attendance for any film this year was 20, and the lowest was 15, so the level of participation was consistent throughout the series. A total of 31 different people attended at least one of the films, and the total attendance for the 5 sessions was 88. There were 5 participants who attended every film, 12 participants who viewed 4 more of the films, 15 who saw at least 3, and 25 who attended at least 2 films in the series. Thanks to everyone who offered suggestions for the series and especially to Geraldine Bryan, Betsy Towler, Karen Withem, and Jo Perry who helped preview films and make the final selections.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Weekly News - March 17

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Call for nominations for pastoral search committee

Members of Community United Church of Christ,

Greetings from the Deacons’ Ministry!  The Transition Team has invited us to form a Pastoral Search Committee.  We have had discussions with Pastor Peg and reviewed the UCC’s resources for congregations engaged in the Search for and Call of a new pastor to help us understand this exciting responsibility.  Here’s where we need your help.

JOIN US IN THE FORMATION OF THE SEARCH COMMITTEE!  Submit your prayerfully considered, written nomination(s) of potential committee members from the church membership.   Review the criteria for committee members on the nomination form.  Be specific about the qualities you see in your nominee(s) that will make them an asset to the committee.  Helpful document:  Five Commitments for Search Committees

Search Committee Nominations form
This form was also included in the weekly CUCC newsletter (3/17/16) and will be an insert in the Sunday Bulletin (3/20/16).  Nominations may be submitted by mail to the church office, in the box at the back of the sanctuary or filled out on your computer and submitted by email, starting Sunday, March 20 and ending Sunday April 3, 2016.  The email address for nominations is

We thank you in advance for your assistance.  We will be engaging in prayerful discernment to select the seven committee members.  We intend to have the committee in place by the end of April.

Yours in Christ Service,

Jim Smith, Chair, for the Deacons’ Ministry

Monday, March 14, 2016

Soup supper and worship Maundy Thursday at CUCC

Maundy Thursday
March 24, 7:00pm
Community United Church of Christ

Supper begins at 5:45pm
The good people from St. Paul Christian Church will join us for a simple supper of soup and bread, and a combined Maundy Thursday service.

Join us as we remember the Last Supper of Jesus with the Apostles.

4 slots still open for children's workday at the Food Bank

Children as young as 5 years old will have an opportunity to participate in a hands-on community outreach activity at Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC on April 9 from 2-4.  They will be participation in an age-appropriate food sorting project. A parent or responsible adult must accompany each child.

To sign up to participate, email Gray Woodard. CUCC can have only 15 people attend this activity on this day, so if you decide to be a part of this outreach, please make it a priority to attend.

Walk at White Pines Nature Preserve - March 19

Join our own Mike Schafale (terrestrial ecologist with North Carolina Natural Heritage Program) and Skip Stoddard (geologist with the NC Geological Survey and retired NCSU professor) on a Lenten journey at White Pines Nature Preserve.  The cycles we see in nature, the interrelatedness of all things natural, and the re-awakening of the season will be our spiritual themes.  This is our March 19 Lenten Journey.

Meet at CUCC to carpool at noon OR meet the group at the preserve at 1PM.  Directions

Description of White Pines Nature Preserve:

"The 275-acre White Pines Nature Preserve was conserved because of its namesake, a tree more commonly found in higher, cooler climates. Curiously, the white pine (Pinus strobus) was once common here — more than 10,000 years ago during the last ice age. As the climate warmed, the white pine and other cool-weather species (spruce, fir and hemlock) retreated from all but a few isolated pockets of the Piedmont, where conditions created a cooler microclimate. At White Pines, those conditions include cooler, north-facing bluffs and the cooling influence of the Rocky and Deep Rivers, which respectively form the preserve’s north and west boundaries. Temperatures here can be as much as ten degrees cooler than in downtown Pittsboro just eight miles north.As you hike the preserve’s trails, you will encounter a variety of habitats, from fern-covered slopes to damp bottomlands. Mountain laurel and Catawba rhododendron cling to bluffs above the Rocky River. In springtime, bounteous wildflowers dot the slopes with Catesby’s trillium, trout lily, bloodroot, Jack-in-the-pulpit and a mountain disjunct population of Dutchman’s britches emerging from the leaf litter.

The forest provides a corridor for wide-ranging birds such as Wild Turkey, Broad-Winged Hawk, and Pileated Woodpecker. The preserve offers great birding in the spring and summer: 55 species nest here, including neotropical migratory birds such as Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, Ovenbird, Louisiana Waterthrush, Wood Thrush, and Prothonotary and Yellow-Throated Warblers. As you walk along the rivers, watch for water and wading birds such as the Belted Kingfisher, Great Blue Heron, and Green Heron. White Pines is part of the North Carolina Birding Trail, a cooperative effort to promote birding in the state.

Characteristic Piedmont mammals also inhabit the preserve, such as white-tailed deer and beaver. Keep an eye out for more wary mammals such as gray fox and muskrat. During the late winter and early spring, many species of frogs and salamanders breed in rain-fed depressions in low-lying parts of the preserve. On rainy spring and summer nights, you can enjoy the sounds of spring peeper, Cope’s gray treefrog and upland chorus frog, among other species. The world’s largest known population of a federally endangered minnow, the Cape Fear shiner, is found in the riffles and rock beds at the junction of the Rocky and the Deep.The preserve provides a forested buffer that helps maintain water quality for this fragile species."

Friday, March 11, 2016

Weekly News - March 10, 2016

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Happy Birthday, Peg Hulslander!

On Monday, March 7, the Monday Lunch Group invited one and all to participate in a birthday luncheon for Peg Hulslander to celebrate Peg's 80th birthday. We swapped lots of stories about Peg and enjoyed a shared meal, cake, and ice cream.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Good news: A story from Adrienne

From time to time we will post stories from CUCC people.

Adrienne's story
At a Social Justice Ministry meeting we decided we would like to help formerly incarcerated individuals adjust to life outside of prison. It was when many people were being released.

Our plan was announced in church in a Ministry Moment given by Mike Soboeiro. Five people signed a volunteer sheet.

Shortly after that I attended a Capital Area Reentry Council Resource Fair. Sara Stohler and I were staffing the table with a faith based sign.   A young lady came up and expressed her need to find a church where she would not be judged. I invited her to our church.  We scheduled her to talk at our morning forum. The people who heard her were impressed. Most of these members had not signed the original volunteer sheet.

Together we were able to furnish rides  to various events including Dennis Gaddy's program for individuals making an adjustment to  life outside of prison, some volunteer programs, a cleaning job for a church member, and for daily rides to StepUp. With help from Sara Stohler she was able to get a place in a group home.  She now has a job and is taking a bus to and from work.  The support we gave this young woman made the transition to the community easier.

Please continue praying for her.

- Adrienne Little, coordinator of CUCC's support for this young lady and a member of CUCC's Social Justice Ministry

Want to know more?
CUCC group sponsoring this project:  Social Justice Ministry

Groups in the community that were partners:
Capital Area Reentry Council
Dennis Gaddy and the Community Success Initiative
StepUp Ministry
Sara Stohler is a friend from St. Mark's Episcopal Church

What goodies will be at this year's CUCC auction?

Laughing people sitting in rows with one person holding up an auction paddle
Bidding takes a hilarious turn
CUCC Annual Auction
Saturday, April 23
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Come and join the fun at our annual auction.  We all have a great time as we raise money for all of the wonderful causes that our church works and believes in.

Inexpensive items
in the 2015 silent auction.
Contact the church office at 919-809-8850 or or Carol Kepler or Carol Clark if you would like to donate an item or service for the auction.


Your hands needed - preparing our building for Easter

Church-Wide Spring Work Day
Saturday, March 19, 2016
9:00am - Noon

Let’s all pitch in and help spruce up the church building and grounds just in time for Easter!  Helpers of all ages are needed!  Tasks range from window washing to picking up pinecones.  We’ll work from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and get this done.  Remember, many hands make light work!  Children and their parents are welcome.  Come for part of the time or all of it.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Want to know more about serving teens with mental illness?

Pastor Peg Williams received this invitation.  Sign up before March 14 to get the discounted price.  Let us know if you decide to attend.

Growing Up in Faith with Mental Illness, a one-day conference offered by Faith Connections on Mental Illness in conjunction with AHEC, will be held on Friday, April l, 2016 at St. Thomas More Church in Chapel Hill. The program runs from 9 till 4:30 and features Gary Nelson, DMin from West Virginia, author of A Relentless Hope: Surviving the Storm of Teen Depression. Other presentations include Jack Naftel, MD, Understanding Mental Illness in Childhood and Adolescence; Youth M.O.V.E; a parent panel; one church’s effort to raise mental health awareness, and other expert speakers.

Early Bird registration is $35 until 3/l4 or $75 for optional professional credit via Wake AHEC. Breakfast and lunch are included. Register online.  For details. There is always a waiting list so sign up soon!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Interested in alleviating hunger? In gerrymandering?

Adrienne Little sends you this information on events from Congregations for Social Justice.  Adrienne represents CUCC at their meetings.

1 -  Gerrymandering: "Assault On Democracy”? from Don and Shirley Birt
           Gerrymandering: "Assault On Democracy”?
           Thursday, March 17, 7PM
           Community United Church of Christ
           814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh, NC 27607 (Corner of Dixie Tr. and Wade Ave.)
How much is gerrymandering the “problem behind the problem” of our current political, moral and economic upheavals in NC?
What’s being done about it?

Join Community UCC’s Economic Justice Task Force in an expanded discussion and exploration of the issue with Jane Pinsky of the NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform. Jane has been director of the NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform since 2007. The Coalition, in which Common Cause North Carolina is a key player, works to make government, at all levels, more open and accessible to the citizens of North Carolina. It works on ethics, transparency, and redistricting reform.
See Attachment

2 -  Stop Hunger Now from Judye Jacobs
      Temple Beth Or & White Memorial Presbyterian Church
      Sponsoring a Meal Packing, Dinner and Program
      Sunday, March 13  4:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost :FREE - Donations are optional AND we will be collecting nonperishable food for the Interfaith Food Shuttle

Sign up and make optional donations

Questions – please contact Janet Mayer @   919-649-3625

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Interested in freedom of religion?

Cathy Marshall asked to have this announcement posted.  This group has reserved our fellowship hall for their March meeting.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State Meeting Announcement:
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Community United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall

Our local, state and federal governments seem determined to remove the Wall of Separation between Church and state.  We cannot allow these actions to go unchallenged!

These days it seems only one religion is worthy of freedom and, of course, government support… theirs!

Americans United fights for freedom of religion for everyone and government support for none. Therein lies the rub.  It takes courage and understanding to stand for freedom of religion for others. When others lose their freedoms, ours, too, is lost.

Americans United welcomes everyone to help in the struggle to maintain our religious freedom.

We do not advocate any political party or candidate.  We discuss the issues and the action needed to support religious freedom for all.

We do not discuss nor criticize another’s religion.  AU is not a religious organization.  We are a religious FREEDOM organization!

Our members are of all religions and of no religion.  AU does not know the religious affiliation of its members because we don’t ask.

Those who wish to support Freedom of Religion and the Separation of Church and State will be welcomed at our meeting.

This spring we will be electing new officers for the Raleigh area chapter.
We are looking for serious freedom lovers who can still have fun while teaching tolerance.

B. R. Owens, Leader
The Raleigh Chapter  MeetUp
Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Weekly News - March 2, 2016

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