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Heifer Picnic Party!

Fun and More Fun! 
Don't Miss Tonight's Heifer PICNIC PARTY! 

We're all going to a park for a picnic! ALL FOOD PROVIDED! 5:30-7:30PM, Marla Dorrel Park in Cary Play a game (led by Sam Woodrum)! Learn a song (led by Annaka Sikkink) Play on the playgrounds or in the misting garden! Just bring yourselves! The park is conveniently located at 111 Thurston Dr, Cary, NC 27518 just off US1. All Ages Are Invited!
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Pastor's Letter

Dear Community UCC Friends and Neighbors,

It’s hard to believe that it is already the middle of August, but that means Welcoming Sunday is just around the corner! In a few weeks, we will return from our summer vacations, some of us will head back to school, some to new jobs or experiences, others of us will resume life and our typical daily routines. Our communal life with look differently too as new classes and projects begin, worship-life will be richer from the fullness of your presence, and resounding prayers will fill our halls and hearts.
As I sit here anticipating all that can be, and relishing all that is, I am filled with gratitude for the gift of serving as your Pastor. Thank you!
Two weeks ago, I took our CUCC staff team to Wilmington for a weekend planning retreat. We had a great time as we took one step closer to one another, and listened deeply to what and where we hear Spirit leading our community. Each of us expressed our own hopes and dreams for the ministry we shar…

Heifer Sunday Worship

We will have an all ages friendly worship service this Sunday to celebrate our Heifer International Summer Series. All are welcome to join our service of bluegrass music, stories, scripture and songs! We'll lift up how grateful we are for God's abundant Love and Light, and share how lovely it can be when we pass on God's gifts. Children and Youth will not have Sunday School this week but will be be invited to provide spontaneous leadership for several elements of our worship service! Come one, come all! 
                                                                                               -Religious Education Ministry


Sunday08/19 9:00amNursery provided 9:00amTaizé Worship – Sanctuary  10:30amWorshipService - Heifer Worship Service - Sanctuary 10:45amChildren’s Sunday School - Sunday School Room 10:45amYouth Sunday School - Youth Room 11:45amFellowship - Vaughan Fellowship Hall 4:00pmCovenant Community - Bradow Room Monday08/20 12:15pmMonday Lunch Group - Hoffmann Room Tuesday08/21 10:30amTriangle Interfaith Alliance - Hoffmann Room
Wednesday 08/22 9:30amTai Chi – Vaughan Fellowship Hall

Eyeglasses Donations

The Sai Center of Cary sponsors a health clinic each September.They solicit donations of eyeglasses for patients who have no glasses.Donated glasses are evaluated for strength etc. to provide the best match possible.The clinic this year will be done at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church on September 17.
     If you have glasses you are willing to donate, please bring them to church any time by August 19.Joan McAllister will be working as usher and will receive your donations and will pass them on to Prabhakar for the clinic. They must have them before August 20 to assure they can get them checked. They DO take reading glasses as well as prescription- no sunglasses, though.

Youth Fall Beach Retreat - September 14-16

It’s Almost Beach Time! Our Youth Fall Beach Retreat runs from September 14-16. 
This retreat is free of charge and has always been a blast: swimming in the ocean, games, deep discussions, walks on the beach under the stars... We'll also allow for some quiet time for homework (or rest).
It's a perfect way to strengthen our group as we head into a new program year!  This year we have a bigger house with more beds, thanks to Zenna's parents Steph and Bill, so let's make it our biggest group yet!
We’ll be having dinner (and a parent meeting) at the church on Friday, September 14 at 5:30 and will be leaving by6:30from the CUCC parking lot. We'll return to the CUCC parking lot by 5:30 on Sunday, September 16.
 Anyone interested in joining us as a story-teller, a chaperone, a cook, or a lifeguard, please let Santi Matthews know at

Greeters Wanted!

The welcoming of visitors and members is a very important part of the worship and life at Community UCC. Welcoming and Fellowship Ministry is prepared to strengthen our greeting procedure.We are asking for two volunteers to welcome visitors and members for the 10:30am worship on Sunday mornings, so we can insure that all are greeted and given guidance or direction as needed. We hope to begin this new procedure on Welcoming Sunday, September 9.If you are interested in being a greeter, please contact Robert Parrish for more information and to sign up.You can also call him at 919-616-1606.

A Job for Everyone: Church Work Day August 18

Our last work day of the summer is scheduled for Saturday, August 18 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.

Outdoor projects
Mulching/weeding/bush trimming
Installing additional stone in drainage area behind Pilgrim House
Rebuild split fence behind Pilgrim House
Place pine straw on pathway on south side of building
Install/fix lighting in main part of storage building
Install new steps to youth room

Indoor projects
Paint wall in kitchen behind new refrigerator in Pilgrim House
Install GFIs in main kitchen by sink
Check all smoke detectors, CO detectors and exit lights to make sure batteries are working properly
Wash windows, walls, tables, countertops
Install water filter on d…

Save the Date - Welcoming Sunday

Save the Date: Welcoming Sunday is Sunday, September 9
Join us for worship, fellowship, fun, games, music, and food, food, food.  More details to come.

Prism offers free photo session for transgender children

Celebrate Beauty:  All are of Sacred Worth.

Every child should feel beautiful, appreciated and loved. That’s what we believe.  So, we offer this gift...

Prism, a ministry of the United Church of Christ, in partnership with Nancy Jo Photography, offers an opportunity for transgender children to celebrate their beauty.

SEPTEMBER 13th beginning at 6pm at Nancy Jo Photography in Wake Forest, NC

A special event for all transgender children ages 3 to 17. This will include make up application, if desired.

You will receive a 15 minute photo shoot in a non-threatening,  LGBT friendly environment. You will also receive one of your favorite images from the session of your child (a professional 8" x 10") as well as a digital copy for free.

Our goal: Simply that you will see your child’s beauty illuminated by an award winning photographer and know that you are loved, as you are, in all your beauty, by Prism.

For booking, please contact Rev. Joy Allridge at 919-605-4336.  Please text or call…

Sign Up for 2nd Saturday Soup Circles

Circles of 12 adults will be grouped together for six months. Hosts make soup and others bring potluck.

Sign up by Aug 19  /  Groups announced Aug 26  /  Your group should meet 4 or 5 times between Sept-Feb on the 2nd Saturday of the month
Each circle will decide details such as children’s participation and any dietary considerations. We’ll regroup again for Mar-Aug of 2019.
It’s a simple "fellowship over dinner" model that makes it easy to share a light meal in someone’s home (not necessarily yours!) in a manageable sized group. To sign up for this first round, email Susan Atkinson Indicate the following: Will host at my home OR prefer to share hosting duties at someone else’s home (will bring soup) Looking forward to supping over soup and hope you are too. Let’s get together, CUCC! - Submitted by Susan Atkinson for Welcoming and Fellowship

A Psalm Written by One of Our Youth, Zenna Bryan

Zenna Bryan's translation of Psalm 139:1-18

Lord you know me inside and out. You know when I lay my head down on my pillow after a long day and You know when I rise ready for a new one. You hear my words before I even speak them, my thoughts before I think them. You know everything, and You love everything. You made me, head to toe. You laid your hand upon me and vowed to be with me through my best and worst times. You promised to be with me from the time I was born until the day I took my last breath. You are with all of us, all the time. Cheering us on in our victories and comforting us in our defeats. You love us unconditionally, every inch of us. Always.
So I will praise You because we are fearfully and wonderfully made.