Thursday, April 28, 2016

Weekly News - April 27, 2016

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Polly Gamble Obituary

Polly Gamble passed away on April 15. Polly was active in not only Community UCC but also its predecessor the United Church of Raleigh. Here is an excerpt from Polly's obituary ...

In 1959, Erling, Polly, and their daughters moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, where Polly made a dear friend in Lizzie W. Jobe (Mrs. Levi H. Jobe). To this day, Mrs. Jobe's granddaughter, Melissa Michos, is considered to be one of "the Gamble girls." Polly soon became active in the United Church of Christ (now Community United Church of Christ), the NCSU Graduate Student Wives organization which sponsored English classes for newly arrived wives of foreign graduate students, and the Girl Scouts. In the 1960's Polly was one of a group of ladies from the United Church who collaborated with ladies from other churches to help integrate Umstead/Reedy Creek Park by co-sponsoring a multi-racial Vacation Bible School in the park.

Lizzie Jobe and the events described in this excerpt play prominent roles in our church history. A good overview of this period can be found in the 4-part narrative video story of CUCC found in our archive. The period described in the paragraph above is covered in parts 2 and 3 of the 4-part series.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Snacks for Habitat Build-a-Thon, a gathering, and a play

Adrienne Little shares these messages from Congregations for Social Justice.  She represents CUCC's Social Justice Ministry at their meetings.

1 -  Supplies Needed for Habitat Wake Build-a-Thon  from Margaret Albert   < >

Habitat Wake is hosting nearly 150 AmeriCorps volunteers the week of May 23-27 to build 4 homes in Wake County. We are asking area organizations if they can participate by providing needed supplies. Would your faith group be willing to have a drive to collect any of the following donations?
Supply List and where to deliver

2 - CSJ JustBeer from Al Reberg
        Thursday, April 28 - 5:00 PM
             My Way Tavern
             522  St. Mary's St.
My Way Tavern is one block south of Peace St, south from Broughton High School.  The staff is very welcoming.  Their food is good.

3 -  Join Adrienne and John Little at the Thursday evening performance.  They will be leaving from CUCC so contact them if you would like to carpool.

The Justice Theater Project - Still…Life from Steve Monti
We are invited to attend the original production entitled Still…Life, an exploration of Killing State, North Carolina.  Be the guests of The Justice Theater Project at no cost.

    Umstead Park UCC
    April 28, 29 at 8:00 PM
    May 1 at 3:00 PM

Friday, April 29:  “The State of the Death Penalty in North Carolina.”  Experts in the field discuss the current state of the death penalty in the North Carolina.

Sunday, May 1:   “The Death Penalty: Faith Perspectives.”  Representatives from different faiths will come together and discuss their faith perspective regarding the death penalty.

Habitat Build-a-thon supply list

The adjacent post mentions supplies needed for the Habitat for Humanity Build-a-thon.  Here is the list of items needed.

Dear CSJ members,
Habitat Wake is hosting nearly 150 AmeriCorps volunteers the week of May 23-­27 to build 4 homes in Wake County. We are asking area organizations if they can participate by providing needed supplies. Would your faith group be willing to have a drive to collect any of the following donations?

Bottled water, Gatorade (small bottles or dry mix packets)
Granola bars
Mini bags of cookies and chips
Small sized trail mix
Small packages of cheese crackers and peanut butter crackers
Fruit gushers
No perishable snacks (other than apples & dried fruit)

Cool packs
Cheap sunglasses & sweat bands
Rain ponchos

** Please drop off donations to the Fellowship Hall of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 2723 Clark Avenue,
Raleigh between 9 am -­ noon on May 23 -­ 25.

Thank you so much for considering these requests, and we appreciate any assistance you and your organization
can provide.
Yours in service,
Margaret Albert
Faith Communications Coordinator
Habitat for Humanity of Wake County
2420 N. Raleigh Boulevard
Raleigh, NC 27604
Direct: 919.744.2415

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Weekly News - April 20, 2016

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Do churches have ethnicity?

At least since the 1920s there have been references to CUCC (or its predecessor the United Church of Raleigh) as a "liberal" church. While that has no doubt been an accurate characterization from a descriptive standpoint, is it a useful characterization from a strategic standpoint in the present era? David Brooks on April 12 offered a NY Times op-ed piece that tackles head-on the brokenness and general belligerence that characterizes the current political environment in which nobody appears to be very happy.

Americans have become worse at public deliberation ... They report being optimistic or pessimistic depending on whether their team is in power ...

We’re good at bonding with people like ourselves but worse at bridging with people unlike ourselves ...  With fewer sources of ethnic and local identity, people ask politics to fill the void. Being a Democrat or a Republican becomes their ethnicity. People put politics at the center of their psychological, emotional and even spiritual life.

This is asking too much of politics. Once politics becomes your ethnic and moral identity, it becomes impossible to compromise, because compromise becomes dishonor ... If we’re going to salvage our politics, we probably have to shrink politics, and nurture the thick local membership web that politics rests within.

This "local membership web" is the crux of the article, and as far as a church is concerned that "local membership web" has everything to do with local outreach and the role a church plays in its own community, i.e. who we talk to and who we consider to be part of "us". I offer the article for your consideration (link below). - Lavon Page

"How to Fix Politics" by David Brooks, NY Times, April 12

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Weekly News April 6 & 13

There was no Weekly News published April 6 and 13.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

4th Annual Church-Wide Outdoor Event and Camp-Out

Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 3PM - Sunday, May 1 at 11:30AM
Umstead Park

Come one, come all for some or all of our time.
If you don't want to camp, come for the evening!
Or bring a side dish and come for activities and dinner!

SIGN-UP THIS WEEK on the board in the narthex, or by emailing Santi at

WHEN: Saturday April 30 at 3PM — Sunday May 1 at 11:30AM
WHERE: Camp CRABTREE in Umstead Park
experiential prayer stations
creative expression
camping in cabins
morning prayers in the park

Questions? Contact Santi Matthews (919) 961-8814 or

Camp Crabtree at William B. Umstead State Park is located 10 miles northwest of Raleigh off US 70. Take US 70 to the Umstead Park entrance. You will follow paved roads for 1 mile and then a dirt road for 2 miles (it feels longer than that). Take Umstead Parkway past the Visitor’s Center. Take a Left onto Maintenance Road and a Right onto Group Camp Road, follow Group Camp Road until you see signs for Camp Crabtree (not Lapihio). You can drive all the way up to the mess hall to unload and then park in the designated parking lot.

The park gates close at 8PM, and no one is permitted in or out after that time. Please join us until 7:30PM, and then make your way out, or count on spending the night!

drawing of side dishesfolding camp chairIf you are coming for the evening only, please bring:
a side dish to share with dinner
a camp chair
love for God’s creation.

If you are spending the night, please bring:
a side dish to share with dinner
a camp chair
socks & comfortable shoes for walking/playing
clothes in layers (it may get cool at night)
a sleeping bag
bug spray
a flashlight
toiletries (there are sinks, but no showers)
necessary medications
love for God’s creation

Children bag mounds of sweet potatoes

Many thanks to the 15 volunteers who were at The Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC on Saturday. Together with other walk-in volunteers, we bagged 7,500 pounds of sweet potatoes.  With an average meal weighing 1.19 pounds, we bagged enough food for 6,316 meals!  The potatoes will be delivered to families within two business days, so hungry families will benefit from our work this week.

The Food Bank has Kids' Days every second and forth Saturday from 2:00-4:00 and kids as young as five are welcome to volunteer with an adult.  For more information, check out their website at

-- submitted by Gray Woodard

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Join Adrienne at the CSJ meeting

For months you've been reading Adrienne Little's posts from the Congregations for Social Justice listserv highlighting ways the faith community is coming together to work for justice.  Here's your chance to join Adrienne at the next CSJ meeting.

Congregations for Social Justice meeting announcement...
         Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 8:30 AM
       St Mark’s Episcopal
       1725 N New Hope Rd
       Raleigh 27604
…Next to the Credit Union on the corner of New Hope Road and Corporation Parkway.

Click HERE for directions to St. Mark's.
Enter off New Hope Road between the Church and the Credit Union.
Enter off New Hope Road – drive past the Sanctuary and turn right.
We’ll meet in the Community Life Center.  Look for CSJ signs.

Our Speaker will be Shana Overdorf, the Executive Director at Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness.

CSJ Mission Statement
“Congregations for Social Justice is a coalition of faith communities committed to advocating for public policies that create a better Wake County for all people; working for social justice in solidarity with our most vulnerable neighbors; and building a sustainable, diverse network of relationships across our faith communities and with other partners.”

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Two places to show up where you can make a difference

Adrienne Little represents CUCC's Social Justice Ministry at Congregations for Social Justice.  These two community events could use your support.

1 -  Police Accountability Community Taskforce from Barbara Smalley-McMahan
        Tuesday, April 5th at 6:00 pm
         Raleigh City Hall
         222 W Hargett St.
The Police Accountability Community Taskforce will hold a public rally & press conference to ask Raleigh City Council members to hold public hearings on straightforward recommendations for an accountable, transparent & equitable Raleigh Police Department.  At 7 pm PACT will speak before the City Council during the time made available for comments from Raleigh residents.  Please click HERE and use the link to sign the petition asking for accountability, transparency and equality in Raleigh policing. Then turnout with friends & members of your congregation on Tuesday night for the 6 pm rally.  At 7 pm we’ll join PACT to deliver the petition to Raleigh City Council.
Barbara Smalley-McMahan,  Pullen &  Raleigh-Apex NAACP

2 - SUSTENANCE & SUSTAINABILITY IN NICARAGUA from Sue Woodling                   
       Saturday April 9 - 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Sarah Woodard returns to us from the Center for Development in Central America, the Nicaraguan project of the non-profit, faith-based organization, the Jubilee House Community.  Working in Nicaragua for more than two decades the CDCA continues to seek to respond to human needs created by poverty in the second poorest nation in the western hemisphere.  The CDCA focuses on justice now, working towards freedom from poverty, helping communities become self-sufficient, sustainable, democratic entities, using integrated appropriate technology in all projects., specifically in the areas of:

  • sustainable economic development
  • organic agriculture
  • education
  • health care.
Coffee and refreshments will be available as well as beautiful handicrafts from Nicaragua.  All attendees will be entered into a drawing for a piece of handmade pottery.