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Flowers for the Easter Cross

Flowers for the Easter Cross Each Easter Sunday, we ask the congregation to bring flowers to decorate the Cross. Please bring flowers from your garden to place on the cross that will be located outside the Narthex doors. We will have extra flowers and greenery if you do not have any flowers to bring. We will adorn the cross with the flowers after the 10:30am worship service. Contact Louise Slate (Deacons) for questions or the church office at or 919-809-8850.
Psalm 118:24:  This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. 
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Weather Update - Outdoor Holy Week Events

These events are scheduled to be held outside.  They will proceed as planned unless noted here.


Oaxaca Team hosts breakfast for the Caravan for Justice. - Proceeding as planned.

Way of the Cross procession through downtown Raleigh.  Social Justice Ministry will meet CUCCers at the capitol building at 11:50AM. - Watch the weather; the rain and high winds are expected around noon.  Be safe. 


Forest bathing (shinrin-yoku) at Umstead Park, 9:30am-11:30am.  Wear layers, and shoes that can handle mud on gentle slopes. - Proceeding as planned.


Easter sunrise worship at 7:30AM in the CUCC courtyard. - Proceeding as planned.

Way of the Cross - Friday, April 19, 11:50am - 1:00pm

Way of the Cross Friday, April 19 11:50-1:00 Location:  Capital Building 1 E Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC
Content for the event The Economic Justice Way of the Cross is a “Stations Of The Cross” walk through downtown Raleigh.  It begins at 12 Noon at the Capital Building this Friday, Good Friday, April 19.

Let’s meet at 11:50 AM at the Capitol Building (1 E Edenton St) to begin the walk together.

This is a very moving event.  Each station of the cross represents a social justice theme (like Black Lives Matter, Welcome Refugees and Immigrants, Healthcare for All, End Mass Incarceration), and at each station, speakers will give short reflections on the theme -- a chant, prose or prayer.
People from all across the state participate, and while the event is founded in Christian tradition, it is an opportunity to celebrate the diverse backgrounds of our social justice faith community.

Join us along with other CUCC members and friends.

This event is a community-wide collaboration and culminates the wee…

Holy Saturday Spiritual Walk: April 20

Holy Saturday Spiritual Walk: April 20, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Potts Branch Trail in Umstead Park Experience shinrin-yoku, or "forest bathing," as it is known in Japan - the practice of intentionally and mindfully spending time in the forest, using all our senses to experience nature up close. It creates a bridge between us and the natural world. Numerous scientific studies show that forest bathing significantly reduces stress and improves cardiovascular and metabolic health, among other health benefits. Most importantly, it gives us a profound sense of the beauty and mystery of the universe.  Mary Pat Peters, UCC friend and Spiritual Landscape Designer, will guide us. Potts Branch is an easy 1.3 mile trail. Please enter the park at the Crabtree Creek Entrance; continue along the main road until the next to last parking area on the left. Bathrooms and picnic tables are nearby. Contact Śānti at 919-961-8814 or with questions or to request a ride from church. …

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday Events

Maundy Thursday Soup and Worship at St. Paul’s: April 18, Dinner at 6 p.m.,
Worship at 7 p.m. St. Paul’s Christian Church, hosts us as we explore the meaning of the last supper and the power of breaking bread together in community.
Good Friday: April 19, Sanctuary Open for Prayer, 12-1 p.m. Join in the journey towards Easter by participating in a self-directed meditation on the passion narrative, reflecting on the story of Jesus’ journey from the Garden of Gethsemane to the hill of Calvary.
Good Friday Prayer Circle: April 19, 1:00 p.m., Sanctuary This is a simple gathering for all who may wish to hold one another in the light.
Holy Saturday Spiritual Walk: April 20, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Pott’s Trail, Umstead Park. Experience shinrin-yoku, or "forest bathing," the healing practice of spending time with trees in order to gain from their many health benefits. Mary Pat Peters, UCC friend and Spiritual Landscape Designer will guide us.

Church-Wide Outdoor Event and Camp-out

Walk Lightly on the Earth Church-Wide Outdoor Event and Camp-Out Saturday April 27 at 3:00PM — Sunday April 28 at 11:00AM Camp Crabtree in Umstead Park Justice in a Changing Climate and Religious Education invite EVERYONE to join us for the evening, the overnight, the morning, or all three! Let’s remember “how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth like its other creatures do.” — Barbara Ward ·Are you wishing for down-time to enjoy relaxed conversation? ·Have you ever made binoculars out of toilet paper rolls? ·Are you longing to plant something and watch it grow? ·Do you want to make an organic, nut-free, gluten-free, protein-rich snack? ·Would you like some new ideas for reducing your carbon footprint and walking lightly on the earth? Considering Camping? Spend the night if you’d like. There are plenty of small rustic cabins - each has three or four single beds with mattresses. Tents are not allowed on the grounds. Not Considering Camping? If you don't want to camp, come for t…

Out!Raleigh - May the Fourth Be With You!

May the Fourth Be With You!!!
Out!Raleigh, an annual downtown event highlighting LGBTQ folks in the Triangle Area, is going to be held from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday, May 4.Community UCC and Good Shepherd UCC will be sharing a booth, spreading the word about our respective open and affirming congregations.CUCC has participated in the event every year, and every year I am surprised and saddened by the number of people who do not know that church can be an affirming experience.I remember that one year CUCC folks had t-shirts that invited people to tell their stories of being hurt by the church.These stories are heartbreaking.So much healing love is needed! We would like to have 2 people for fours time slots between 10-6.Skip and Nancy have volunteered to do set-up, and Joan will help with taking down the materials.Cathy Marshall and Dawn Koonce have also volunteered.This means we need about four more people to help.This means that you will be at the booth, engaging people as they come b…

CUCC’s Annual Auction — Saturday, May 4 from 6:30 - 9:30 pm

The most fun you can have supporting CUCC!

Join Chuck Porterhouse and Blip Scuppernong for another rockin’ show. Children’s program also in the works.

Rocks, rides, hikes, hula lessons, delicious meals, an evening of games, teeth whitening, genealogy charts, artwork, lake trips, custom socks — what can YOU add to our auction offerings?  Time to get creative and make a connection with your Community at the auction!

This year's auction will make the leap to automated notifications sent to bidders!  Other enhancements are also in the works. Don’t miss the fun as we rocket into the 21st century.

CUCC 2019 DONATION FORM “Better Than Average” Auction
Use the above link to submit your auction donation.
Questions to Carol Clark (

MAY THE 4th be with you!
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Play Ball! Durham Bulls Baseball Game

Play Ball! It’s time once again for Durham Bulls Baseball.This year’s outing will take place on Friday, May 17, 7:00pm.Come cheer on the Bulls as they take on the Rochester Red Wings. Please sign up for the game through the church office, 919-809-8850, by Wednesday, May 1. Tickets for the game are $12 per person. For those interested in carpooling, contact Mike Soboeiro at

Congregations for Social Justice Meeting – May 8

Congregations for Social Justice is a coalition of faith communities committed to advocating for public policies that create a better Raleigh for all people.  Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month and rotate among local churches. The next meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. on May 8 at Open Table United Methodist Church, 824 N. Bloodworth St. and will feature the Oak City Cares staff.   

CSJ also has an Affordable Housing task force that meets monthly at 6 p.m. at the Robertson Hill Community Room, 1725 Poole Road. The next task force meeting is scheduled for May 14.

For more information on either of these social justice groups, please contact Adrienne Little (919-781-0829) or Merrilee Jacobson (919-274-4539).

Save the date . . . and your donations!

The 2nd Annual CUCC Yard Sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 1 from 8:00am - 1:00pm.  Items for the event can be dropped off at the church the week of May 27.  In the meantime, we hope you’ll begin setting aside items at home for this important fundraising event.  For more information on the yard sale, or to volunteer, please contact Susan Atkinson (706-295-4574) or Merrilee Jacobson (919-274-4539).

CUCC Movie Fellowship - April 26

The April 26 movie is "Where Do We Go Now?"

All movies begin at 7 PM. Feel free to bring your dinner with you if you don't have time to eat at home. And bring snacks to share if you are so inclined. If you're bringing food or snacks you may wish to arrive a bit early to partake or to share your snacks.

Thank you, work day volunteers!

A big “thank you” to the 17 volunteers who braved a rainy day on April 13 to get the church buildings and grounds in great shape for Holy Week.  Several areas were mulched, pine straw was raked and redistributed, windows, tables and blinds were cleaned, the tool area in the  Pilgrim House basement was organized, fresh paint spruced up bathroom doors, pine cones and limbs were removed from the children’s playground, the trash enclosure was swept out and the mold washed off the walls, the church sign’s spotlights were protected from the lawnmower, and several decades of dirt was removed from the women’s restroom fan.

If you missed the work day and would like to take on a project as your time allows, please contact Property Ministry chair Merrilee Jacobson (919-274-4539).  Please mark your calendar for Saturday, June 8 when we’ll tackle the rest of our “to do” list!

Spring work day – Saturday, April 13 8am-noon

The first church work day of 2019 is scheduled for Saturday, April 13 from 8am and noon.  There will be indoor and outdoor projects for all ages and skill levels. To keep us fueled, we’ll have Krispy Kreme doughnuts, muffins, fruit, juice and coffee.  Most supplies will be provided, but outdoor workers are welcome to bring their favorite work gloves and pruning tools. Wheel barrels and blowers would also be appreciated.  For more information, please contact Property Ministry chair Merrilee Jacobson (919-274-4539).