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
 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.


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



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     919/781-8490

3 - Planning for Successful and Equitable Revitalization from City of Raleigh < >
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 < >
             Monday, October 17   -   6:30pm
             Raise Up Office
             2220 N Roxboro St
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 < >
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 ( or Seth Hollar (  You must RSVP for CITRIX parking deck access.  Street parking is also available.

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

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 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


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,


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

Sunday, October 2, 2016

In Appreciation of Joan's work for the Housing Corporation

On Sunday, October 2, the Board of Directors of the Community Church Low-Income Housing Corporation met for a brief business meeting but primarily for a party to honor Joan McAllister for her work related to getting the apartments on O'Berry St. ready for rental. Following the party the group toured one of the two basement apartments that is now approved by city inspectors and ready for rent. You can click the "full screen" button at the bottom of the slideshow (4 arrows pointing outward) for full screen view.

View full screen by clicking the "4-arrows" button at the bottom of the video