Friday, April 28, 2017

Church Parking Lots Closed on Monday, May 1, 2017

The church parking lots will be closed on Monday for maintenance and upkeep.  Parking is available on Dixie Trail and across the street at Morningside

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The CUCC Church-Wide Outdoor Event is HERE! THIS Saturday April 29 at 3PM — Sunday April 30 at 11:30AM!

The CUCC Church-Wide Outdoor Event is HERE!

THIS Saturday April 29 at 3PMSunday April 30 at 11:30AM!

It should be a nice but a hot day. There is plenty of indoor shelter if the weather changes.
We'll enrich our connections to God and each other through story and time in the beautiful woods of Camp CRABTREE in Umstead Park.
If you're spending the night, there are plenty of small rustic cabins - each has four single beds with mattresses. 
Tents, alcohol, and pets are not allowed on the grounds.
If you are coming for the afternoon and evening only, 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!
Dinner starts at 5:15PMMark Riddle, our storyteller will engage us in story from 6:15-7:15PM. Breakfast is at 8:00 and worship is at 10:00AM on Sunday
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.
If you are coming for the evening only, please bring:
a side dish to share with dinner 
a camp chair
a story, joke, or poem (optional)
If you are spending the night, please bring:
a side dish to share with dinner
a camp chair
socks & comfortable shoes for walking/playing
a sleeping bag
a flashlight
toiletries (there are showers) 
necessary medications
a story, joke, or poem (optional)
If you are coming for morning prayers only, just bring yourself.
Bring a friend too, all are welcome!

From the Pastor

This morning as I jumped on I-40, I turned on my daily podcast, this time “Becoming Wise” with Krista Tippett, and listened to an interview with the writer, Pico Iyer, who says that the “Inner World is a great Undiscovered Terrain”. 

In the introduction to the story, Krista asks him about the art of stillness about which he has written extensively over the years. He says, “Now, I just want to sit still for years on end really, charting that inner landscape because I think anyone who travels knows that you are not really doing so in order to move around, you are traveling in order to be moved, and really what you’re seeing is not really just the grand canyon or the great wall, but some moods or intimations or places inside yourself that you never ordinarily see when you’re sleepwalking through your daily life.” 

This week we are continuing in the liturgy of our universe, with steps towards Joy and Celebration as the Easter-tide landscape invites us to imagine “more”. There are those of us who delight in a pragmatism of facts that provide the scope and sequence that outlines our lives and shapes what is seen and known. From this view, there are projected outcomes and life is full, yet calculated and understood, hoped for and yet empirically evidenced in what is both known and achievable. There are others of us for whom hope exists only in its most unknowable forms; the places inside ourselves that dreamers demand is full of reality and less of fantasy, and where outcomes are not valued for what they yield, but for the journey itself of the inner landscape.  However, it is that your imagination is at play, or at odds, with the inner world.

My prayer for you today is that you will awaken to your own journey, traveling to be moved, listening to be stilled, or dreaming to be “woke”.  

May the Love and Light of the Spirit lead the way,

Rev. Jenny Shultz-Thomas

Durham Bulls Baseball

CUCC will be sponsoring our annual trip to the Durham Bulls Baseball Game on Saturday May 20th. The Bulls play Gwinnett that evening at 6:35pm. We will have a block of reserved tickets in a great location on the first base side. We can adjust the number of seats between now and April 30, so please RSVP to Mike Soboeiro by email ( or by signing up on the sign up sheet in the hallway. We do not need money now, just the number of tickets that you want. The ticket cost will be $11 each. Please consider coming to the fun group event, and bring the kids!!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Lectionary for the Week of April 23, 2017 - Second Sunday of Easter

Lectionary for the Week of April 23, 2017 - Second Sunday of Easter - White
Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

Lectionary for the Week of April 30, 2017 - Third Sunday of Easter

Lectionary for the Week of April 30, 2017 - Third Sunday of Easter - White
Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; 1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35
Pacific Islander and Asian American Ministries Sunday

From Adrienne Little for Social Justice

Carolina Resistance Training Summit: Durham, NC
Registration is now open for the first ever Carolina Resistance Summit Training, that will be taking place Saturday, May 6th, from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM at Rogers-Herr Middle School (911 W Cornwallis Rd) in Durham.

This day-long training will equip attendees, both new & seasoned with the tools to organize & continue fighting back against regressive legislation & policies. This training summit will focus on the overall NC political context.

Training blocks will focus on messaging strategies (including: narrative storytelling, social media, and earned media); organizing tactics, and our "mobilizing to win" efforts-including field tactics such as door knocking, phone banking, etc.

Whether you are new to the work or just looking to hone your organizing skills, this training will provide you with the tools and skills you need to fight back against regressive legislation and policies. Together we will build a forward thinking state that works for all North Carolinians.

RSVP today for our FREE Carolina Resistance Summit Training

Sunday, April 23, 2017

King Awards 2017

On April 23, 2017 the annual Carolyn and Cy King Awards were presented during 10:30 worship. The recipients were Alan and Ruth Reberg and Joan McAllister.

Church-Wide Outdoor Event

Telling Our Stories
Church-Wide Outdoor Event
 THIS Saturday April 29, 3PM — Sunday April 30, 11:30AM

Come enjoy some time in the beautiful woods of
Camp CRABTREE in Umstead Park.

Considering Camping?
Spend the night if you’d like.
There are plenty of small rustic cabins;
each has four single beds with mattresses.

Not Considering Camping?
If you don't want to camp, come for the afternoon and evening - bring a side dish and come for activities and dinner! Or just come for morning prayers at 10AM. The park gates close at 8PM, and no one is permitted out after that time. Please join us until 7:30PM, and then make your way out, or count on spending the night!
Gate opens again at 8:00AM.


Pets, tents, and alcohol are not allowed on the grounds.

Questions? Contact Santi Matthews (919)961-8814

Second Chance Lobby Day - Tuesday, April 25, Downtown Raleigh

CUCC's Social Justice Ministry supports The NC Second Chance Alliance financially.  The SCA works in prison to society reentry services, criminal record expungements, access to education and treatment programs for individuals in jails and prisons, Raise the Age of adult prosecution to 18, “Fair Chance” hiring (Ban the Box).  

Now we hope that CUCC members will support them by participating in this year's Second  Chance Lobby Day  on Tues April 25th in downtown Raleigh.

Members of our Social Justice Ministry will be there.  Contact Adrienne Little for more information.

See The Lobby Day flyer at this link for details: 

Retirees Luncheon

Monday, April 24 @10:30
We'll begin with a short film by our own Karen Withem, followed by discussion. Lunch begins at 11:30. Donations accepted. Hope to see you there.

Friday, April 21, 2017

CUCC Family Fun Auction
Saturday, April 22, 6:30pm
Vaughan Fellowship Hall

Auction catalogs
Cash and carry (Priced as mark; pay and take it with you)
Silent auction (Throughout the evening write your bid on the adjacent piece of paper.  Make sure no one sneaks in and outbids you!)
Live auction (Auctioneer Tim Jensen will lead us through the bidding.)

Description of Joan's donated auction dinner
Description of Lavon's donated film festival

Can't make it to the auction, but want to bid?  Fill out your auction proxy and authorize a trusted friend to bid for you.

From the Pastor

     To William Stafford’s, “Ask me if what I have done is my life,” Parker Palmer reflects on the old Quaker mantra, “Let your life speak,” saying, I found those words encouraging and I thought I understood what they meant: “Let the highest truths and values guide you. Live up to those demanding standards in everything you do.” He goes on to describe his noble
intentions that led him to pursue lofty goals and dead end best hopes and dreams to the likes of our world’s most accomplished saints, MLK Jr., Mother Teresa, Gandhi, stating that he had “simply found a noble way to live a life that was not [his own], a life spent imitating heroes instead of listening to his heart. He goes on to say that “today, some thirty years later, “Let your life speak” means something else to me, a meaning faithful both to the ambiguity of those words and to the complexity of my own experience: “Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you”.
     My prayer for you this Easter Season, Beloved, is that you will slow down to Joy, that you will slow down to love, that you will slow down to the gift of yourself, and let your life speak. We all have a picture in our heads, a storybook tale that has woven it’s golden bound pages into the stories of our lives leading us both to dream of all that could be, and to forget where the magic is actually found: not inside the book where the pages lie flat, but after the last page is read and the real work of the Spirit begins.
     May the power of resurrection life find it’s way into the pages of your days, and rather than simply letting “what you do” be your life, let “who you are” bring life and meaning to others.

                                                               May the Spirit lead the way,

                                                               Rev. Jenny Shultz-Thomas

Bring your food values! Potluck, April 23

What values do you celebrate in the foods you choose - to buy, to cook, to eat, to share?

Bring a dish to share at the "I Love Food" potluck, Sunday, April 23, after worship.  Choose something that exemplifies one of your food values.  No judgment; just fun!

One of CUCC's food values = hospitality.  Please bring extra servings.  April 23 we'll give the 2017 Carolyn and Cyrus King Award for Peace and Justice.  We expect extra guests so we'll need more food than the usual potluck.

Another CUCC value = health.  Please, NO nuts (ground or tree), nut oils or milks made from nuts (like almond milk.

The Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force helped CUCC focus during Lent on the food values that connect to climate change.  The JCC sponsored a study/food tasting series on eating vegetarian and vegan and the Community Supported Agriculture info exchange.  But they realized that food values are woven throughout the seasons of Lent and Easter.

Be inspired!  What are the food values in these CUCC events?

Buying local from farmers you can get to know.  Why not go to the grocery store?

Studying and tasting vegetarian and vegan foods.  Why learn to cook a new way?

Focusing on economic justice during youth-led worship.  How is food a  economic justice issue?

Palm Sunday Easter egg hunt. Why eggs?  Why treats?  Why don't adults do this?

Monday Lunch Group healing service Holy Monday. Why do they eat lunch?  How does lunch connect to healing?

Eating a meal with St. Paul's Christian Church on Maundy Thursday. Why soup and bread, not a three-course meal?  Why invite another congregation?

Participating in communion Maundy Thursday  Jesus served wine and unleavened bread.  Why do we use grape juice and leavened bread + gluten-free waifers?  Why eat during worship?

Bringing our donations to One Great Hour of Sharing on Easter Sunday.  Why do we give?

Walking in the March for Science - Raleigh.  What does science have to do with food values?

Snacking and drinking wine at the CUCC Family Fun Auction.  Why food at an auction?  Why wine?

Buying food events at the auction.  Why do people pay good money to gather with people not of their choosing and eat food made by amateurs?

Celebrating our food values at the I Love Food potluck.  Why would anyone care what is important to you about why you eat what you eat?

Walk in the Raleigh March for Science

Raleigh March for Science logo with city skyline and atomic model with an acorn in center
Join members of CUCC's Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force as we walk in the Raleigh March for Science, Saturday, April 22.

Why are we walking?  CUCC has committed to addressing climate change in our own lives and especially as it will impact those with fewest resources.  We rely on peer-reviewed scientific research to know what to expect and which solutions are most effective.  We urge our legislators and executive branch to base their decisions on peer-reviewed science.

We want to be part of this celebration of science in order to support and thank the scientists on whose work we depend.

The logistics for the Raleigh March for Science are still being solidified.  Check this website for the most up-to-date information.  The march also has a Facebook page with information.

CUCC's banner with our name on a striped field of red and white
At this point, our plan is to meet at CUCC at 9:30AM to carpool to Shaw University in order to walk together in the march.  We'll decide when we get to Moore Square (the terminus) how long to stay, but I am happy to drive a car-full of people back to CUCC when the march-proper concludes if you don't want to stay for the science fair and rally.

If you want to drive separately, you can find our group by calling Jane's cell phone.  I will be carrying the vertical CUCC banner.  Contact me before the March and I will give you my phone number.

If you are busy in the morning, you might want to plan to come separately for the rally and science fair.

I suspect the whole day will be a great family experience, though you may want to focus on the part that would be most interesting to your child.

crowd scene with CUCC's banner in the distance
Tentative Published Schedule as of 4/5/17
9:00 am: Begin gathering at Shaw University

9:30 am:  CUCC carpool leaves from the Dixie Trail parking lot

10:00 am: Raleigh March for Science begins

10:30 am to 2:00 pm: Community Science Fair (Moore Square)

12:00 to 2:00 pm: Rally at Moore Square

2:00 pm: Rally ends

- submitted by Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force, contact Jane Smith

Deadline for Bulletin, Bulletin Announcements, and Weekly News

TUESDAY MORNING, 9:00AM, is the deadline for the bulletin and announcements for the bulletin and weekly news.  Please send your information to the church office at

Sisters in Spirit (SIS) – Tuesday, April 25th 6:30 P.M.

Sisters in Spirit (SIS) – Tuesday, April 25th 6:30 P.M.
SIS will be meeting at church this month for potluck and discussion of books to recommend for a summer read. Come share! 

There are still a few openings for the SIS beach weekend Friday May 5th, Saturday the 6th, and Sunday the 7th on Topsail Island. Bring questions and intention to come to Marty Lamb.