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Helping each other during hurricane season

Did you know that CUCC has a Weather Emergency Response Team?  After a storm, we volunteer to help members with cleanup and other needs.  We keep a list of who has what, so we can mobilize in a hurry if you have storm damage.
If you haven’t already joined the team, please consider signing up.  We need things like loppers, generators, and equipment for removing debris, as well as strong arms and backs. Skills like landscaping or carpentry might come in handy, too!
If you have a yard to clean up or other damage after a storm, please reach out to the church.
Contact weather.cucc@gmail.com or the church office (office.cucc@gmail.com) for more information, or to add your name to the volunteer list.

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CUCC hosts group which wins international award

CUCC congratulates Citizens Climate Lobby on being awarded the Keeling Curve Prize.  CUCC hosts CCL's Triangle Chapter every month (or, we do when the building is open).  Meanwhile, they meet virtually every month and you are invited to attend and be part of their work (second Saturdays, noon-2).

Here is more about this prestigious prize from their press release:
The 2020 Keeling Curve Prize, named for Charles Keeling, the scientist who started charting the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in 1958, was awarded to Citizens’ Climate and nine other organizations Monday evening.
“We are thrilled to see our efforts honored in this way,” Citizens’ Climate Executive Director Mark Reynolds said. “Our staff and volunteers are working hard every day to make climate change a bridge between our two major political parties. Ultimately, we intend to support passage of the major, lasting, bipartisan policies required to reduce emissions and preserve a livable world. The prize money …

Final week of parables study - what next?

Join us for the final discussion in this Bible study series on the parables.  The Sunday, August 9, 10:30am, discussion will be led by John Little.
We will also be discussing what part of the Bible to read next.  If there is a part of the Bible that intrigues, confuses, or frustrates you, why not suggest we tackle it together?  We gather every Sunday, 10:30-11:15am.  No homework.
You can get the Zoom meeting information from Bill Lamb william.e.lamb@gmail.com, or check the Saturday morning email.

In this week's eNews...

New opportunities keep popping up every day, so keep checking the CUCC Online Calendar.

Thursday, July 30
I’m Still Here discussion

Friday, July 31
Retirees’ Café  - Bill hosts

Saturday, August 1

Sunday, August 2   
Taizé worship and fellowship
Sunday Morning Bible Study - parables
"Speaking of Faith" worship + communion and fellowship
Caring Committee
Faithfully Uncomfortable lunch discussion
Youth Sunday School

Monday, August 3
Monday Lunch Group
Path Forward

Tuesday, August 4 
Life & Faith

Wednesday, August 5
Lectionary Lunch with Lacey
Wednesday Evening Bible Study
Choir practice

Thursday, August 6
Deacons Ministry
I’m Still Here discussion

Friday, August 7
Retirees’ Café – Bill hosts

Current needs in the community What you can do to help now
Other important news in this edition A message from our Children's Education Coordinator
This Sunday:  Speaking of Faith
Bring bread and wine* for communion at 10:30 worship
What did you learn while being Faithfully Uncomfortable?  What's next? …

A message from our Children's Education Coordinator

A message from our Children's Education Coordinator, Anne Bailey Zschau.


This Sunday: Speaking of Faith

As we experiment with new ideas to keep our Zoom worship fresh and interesting we are planning a sermon of combined voices and stories on Sunday, August 2, at 10:30 worship. We are calling it "Speaking of Faith" Sunday. Ellen Beidler, Roger Manus, Nancy Newell, and Mike Schafale, have each agreed to share a five-minute reflection on Matthew 14: 13-21. We look forward to learning from their collective wisdom.

Bring bread and wine* for communion at 10:30 worship

At Community UCC we practice an "open table," meaning that you do not have to be a member of our church to participate. You don't have to be baptized or have gone through a confirmation process. People of all ages are welcome, even our young children! The only pre-requisite is an open heart.
We believe that all people of faith are invited to join Christ at Christ's table for the sacrament of Communion. Just as many grains of wheat are gathered to make one loaf of bread and many grapes are gathered to make one cup of wine, we, the many people of God, are made one in the body of Christ, the church.

On August 2, at 10:30 worship, we will celebrate communion.  Bring wine and bread* - whether orange juice or Merlot, a slice of whole-grain or a gluten-free cracker - to worship services.  We will join in Christ's meal together.

Email the office to get the Zoom meeting information for worship. office.cucc@gmail.com.


What did you learn while being Faithfully Uncomfortable? What's next?

The second of our two discussion sessions is Sunday, August 2, noon-1PM.  You are welcome to eat lunch while we talk.

On July 25 we concluded our 21-day challenge to learn about racial injustice and imagine racial equity.  We promised ourselves we would get together midway and at the end to compare notes about what we had learned, to share resources, and to talk about next steps for us and for CUCC.  August 2nd is the discussion that wraps up the challenge and launches us in new directions.

If you would like to participate in the discussion, contact Charles Coble or Dawn Koonce of our Community Outreach ministry to get the Zoom meeting information.  outreach.cucc@gmail.com

What to read for the parable study - August 2

Each Sunday (9:45-10:15AM), people gather on Zoom to read and discuss some of Jesus' parables. This class is open to anyone (at CUCC or beyond) and there is no homework.  The Zoom host is Bill Lamb, and the class convener for this series on parables is Ellen Beidler.

August 2:  The New Wine, Matthew 9:14-17
Gary Smith leads the discussion.

If you would like the Zoom information, contact office.cucc@gmail.com, or check your Saturday Zoom info email.

Loneliness

At the intersection of Life & Faith do you sometimes find loneliness?  I'm not talking about that rich experience of aloneness which offers time to reflect, heal, germinate.  I'm talking about that edgy/empty experience of longing for human connection and not finding it.

If you are seeking a time to carefully unwrap a layer of your loneliness in the sacred space of people who know loneliness, too, come to Life & Faith Tuesday, August 4, 7-8pm, on Zoom.  At Life & Faith we swap stories, ask ourselves questions, and honor the variety of answers that show up in community.

If you would like the Zoom information, contact convener Jane Smith smithjeg@mindspring.com.

As always with Life & Faith, the topic above is what I propose as our August default, but if the group has something they would rather discuss, we'll do that instead.

Life & Faith is an informal and fluid gathering for anyone who shows up. As we sip our beverages of choice, we swap stories and qu…

Lectionary Lunches continue in August

Join Pastor Lacey on Wednesdays in August at 1:00pm for Lectionary Lunch

What is the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL)?

The RCL is a three-year cycle of weekly Bible selections. The selected readings are built around the seasons of the church year. Right now, we are in ordinary time (the Season after Pentecost). Every week, there are four lections: a reading from the Hebrew Bible, a Psalm, an Epistle, and a Gospel Reading.

Click here to see the readings for August.

On Wednesdays, in August we will meet on Zoom at 1:00pm to explore the Bible readings together. We welcome your questions, insights, worldly wisdom, and doubts. No preparation is necessary. Simply come as you are. These discussions are open to the community.  Lunch optional; bring your own.

Email Pastor Lacey to sign up: lacey.cucc@gmail.com or look for the Saturday Zoom information email.

Retirees (+ everyone else) Cafe' continues in August

Join host Bill Lamb for a drop in every Friday from 1-2PM.  Let's laugh together, talk about your week, and catch up on news.

Some of CUCC's retirees have found this an enjoyable end to their week, and they welcome people of any age to join them.

Contact Bill if you need the Zoom meeting ID (the same one we have been using for the Cafes). william.e.lamb@gmail.com

Interactive art installation coming soon at CUCC

The CUCC Youth Group gathered on the church grounds last Sunday to help bring to life a dream of CUCC high school graduate, Zenna Bryan. Zenna wanted our church to respond after Raleigh’s powerful demonstration on May 31 opposing systemic racism and police violence. The demonstration grew out of a response to the killing of George Floyd, a black man, who was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer. Zenna is passionate about racial justice and has always been sensitive to the pain that racism causes.

So along with her friend and former art teacher, Jamie, Zenna designed a large sign for our church grounds. Then we recruited help from generous church members, Paul Kiel, Jackson Kiel, and Tim Jensen, who engineered and constructed the signs. And finally, the signs were painted by several of our youth: Adam, Anna, Gabby, Jake, Kayla, Mason, Maya, Sophie, and Zenna. The signs consist of four large black panels. Two with bold neon words and two blank chalkboards for the community to ad…

What would your photographic welcome look like?

Think back on your Sunday mornings in CUCC’s sanctuary, specifically the anticipatory lull between sitting down in your usual spot, bulletin in hand, and the beginning of the service. There are friendly greetings and settling in, but you are also invited by the surroundings to take a deep breath and begin moving toward a worshipful frame of mind. While waiting for the musical welcome of the prelude, you have on the communion table before you a visual gift to take in; an artful arrangement to remind us of the outstanding and varied beauty found in creation.

It is with this meditational intent in mind that our virtual services now begin with a photographic welcome that remains on-screen until worship begins. You’ve probably noticed them - a photo of birdhouses, a flower close-up, the bottle cap art made by the CUCC youth, an arrangement of heart-shaped rocks, and more. Imagine if this were your photo of a flower arrangement in your home, an artistic vignette, a written or created ‘welco…

Last call to order "vote" mask - August 9

The UCC is selling masks which allow you to do just that.  Proceeds from sales support the mission of the United Church of Christ and fund the National Setting’s ability to continue to respond to the ongoing needs of the church in these times of pandemic.

Order your maks here

Pay for your mask here  or text to give 919-888-4541 (keyword "Masks")

Deadline for ordering: Sunday, August 9
Masks cost $10.00

Masks are constructed of three layers of breathable material, and ear loops that surround the ear to give a secure hold.  Machine washable, hang to dry.  These are non-medical grade masks.

This item is non-returnable.

- a of CUCC's Community Outreach and Do Justice Ministries.  Questions? Contact Dawn Koonce, Community Outreach Ministry co-chair at outreach.cucc@gmail.com