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CUCC Weekly eNews

This week at CUCC

The people of Community United Church of Christ invite you to participate in our life together. This calendar includes the events of the congregation and of community groups we welcome to our buildings.

Deadline to submit information for the CUCC Weekly eNews or Sunday Announcements in the worship bulletin is Tuesday morning, 9AM.  Send to, including the name and contact information of someone at CUCC who can answer questions about your event.

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A letter from Śānti

My wild ride through 2019 continues. I will have a GYN surgery this Thursday, December 5. I had thought it would be in January, but a surgical appointment opened, and I seized it. I will need some recovery time but fully expect to enjoy the Advent season with family and anticipate returning to my ENTHUSIASTIC self in January.

I pray that you all will wait faithfully in Spirit and enjoy this season fully. Rest in the life of our church and in God’s peace, hope, joy, and love.

Your positive energy and prayers are appreciated, and your love gives me strength.

Love to you all,
Śānti  Matthews
Youth and Adult Education Coordinator

Have the flu?

Stay home, take care of yourself, and let us know if you need anything by calling the office (Tuesday-Thursday before noon) or emailing Pastor Carol or Pastor Tony.  If you hear that anyone has the flu, let the office know.  Here's a more complete description of CUCC's commitment to taking care of each other during flu season, including up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control.

Singing carols at CUCC December 7

Kick off the Advent season this Friday at 7pm!  We’ll gather around the piano in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall and sing our favorite carols after enjoying wonderful food and beverages.

RSVPs would be appreciated so Anne Moorman-Smith and Doug Barrick, our hosts, know how much food to prepare.  If you don’t make a decision until the last minute, you’re welcome to join us as well!

This item was originally offered at the CUCC Auction, but there is room for more people to attend.

Contact info for Anne and Doug is on Breeze.

Christmas Pageant this Sunday!

Our children help us remember the whole story of the nativity of Jesus as we faithfully wait.

Youth Christmas Party December 8

We'll gather after the Christmas pageant in the New Youth Room (Bradow Room).  No gifts, just fun and deliciousness!  Get ready for this year's Christmas Quiz with spectacular prizes.

Questions?  Contact Śānti  Matthews, Youth and Adult Education Coordinator,

Adult Christmas Party December 14

Adult Christmas Party December 14 @ 6pm

Fill your cup with good cheer and join the chorus of friends welcoming the season. CUCC’s annual adult Christmas party brings us all together in the spirit of joy!

Heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and homemade egg nog. Bett Padgett plays guitar, Doug Barrick leads us in carols and be ready for some surprises too.

RSVP if you’d like childcare to be arranged.  Please let us know the number and ages of children who will be coming.  Otherwise, just bring your self and your sense of Christmas wonder.

Sharing signs of Hope

Let us share the signs of Advent Faithful Waiting with those far and wide who follow our Facebook page.  This week starting December 8 post your signs of Hope.  Not a Facebook user?  Send your contribution to Jane who will post for you.

Share a piece of music, an artwork or photograph, a saying, a verse of scripture, something someone said to you.

Let us be Hope as we wait faithfully together - in person or virtually.

Jane Smith, CUCC's webmaster

Fourth Eagle Scout project completed

CUCC has been fortunate to work with four Eagle Scout candidates this year who have made wonderful improvements to our property.  Over the summer, the candidates and their troop members built a new children’s garden enclosure and tool box, added a cross and handrail to the fire pit area, installed a set of dowels in the middle sanctuary closet to better store the paraments, stained the children’s jungle gym, installed a new split rail fence along the southern property line.

The most recent and final Eagle Scout project of 2019 is the renewed landscaping of the church grounds along Dixie Trail.  Eagle Scout candidate Chase McDonald and members of Troop 100 planted over 130 junipers and “blue zingers” to beautify that area.  Many thanks to Nancy Stoddard, who spent hours digging out dead plants and weeds to prepare the area, as well as her assistants Mac Hulslander and Skip Stoddard.

- Submitted by Merrilee Jacobson, chair of the Property Ministry

Chinese Lantern Festival photo album

Our youth and a smattering of parents enjoyed the Chinese Lantern Festival.

Garden pathway fundraising goal is near!

Thanks to many generous donations, CUCC is very close to having enough money to install a paved walkway in the Meditation Memorial Garden.  If you’d like to contribute to this effort, donation forms are on the bulletin board in the hallway.  For a donation of $100, the donor can request an engraved paver with up to three lines of type.  This is a wonderful way to remember a loved one, give thanks for a special occasion or memorialize a favorite Bible verse.  Smaller donations are also very welcome.  Printable form for your engraving request

If you have questions about the pathway, please contact Merrilee Jacobson at 919-274-4539 or

Celebrating with Mike Cline

Congratulations to CUCCer Mike Cline who achieved a childhood dream - being published in the Texas Almanac.  As a child Mike poured over each year's edition, examining the facts about Texas and its counties and communities.  Somewhere out there is a child reading “Texas Population: Still Growing & Increasingly Diverse,” the article Mike co-authored for this year's edition.  Thank you, Mike, for helping the people of Texas better understand the state they love and prepare for its future together.

Here's what the Texas Almanac 2020-2021 promo information says about Mike's article:

"Everyone knows Texas is a big state, but we continue to grow, sometimes in unexpected ways. Learn more about population growth, shifts, and trends, and where we might be by 2050 in this feature, written by Steve H. Murdock, Ph.D., a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, and Michael Cline, Ph.D., former Associate Director of the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas."

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You are invited to attend the December CSJ meetings

Congregations for Social Justice (CSJ) is a coalition of faith communities committed to advocating for public policies that create a better Raleigh for all people. Bill Gretsch, Adrienne Little and Merrilee Jacobson are CSJ members, so you’ll see a familiar face or two at the meetings!  We hope you’ll join us at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 11 at Millbrook Baptist Church (1519 E. Millbrook Rd.) for a program about the challenges facing our Latinx brothers and sisters. The speaker will be Moises Serrano from El Pueblo.

The CSJ Affordable Housing Committee will meet on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Robertson Hill Community Room, 1725 Poole Rd.

For more information on CSJ, please contact Adrienne Little (919-781-0829) or Merrilee Jacobson (919-274-4539).

4 Advent Service Projects - 4 ways to bring your gifts to the Christ child

Angel Tree:  
Throughout Advent Throughout Advent, bring gifts to share with children whose parents are in ICE detention or have been deported.  Take a tag from our angel tree; white poinsettias are for new shoes, tags with red poinsettias are for new coats.  $40 maximum per purchase.  The tag will tell you the child's name, age and size.  This project is a continuation of our Oaxaca journey. 

Neighbor to Neighbor Christmas Celebration Desserts:  
Drop off at CUCC by December 4 If you can provide a dessert of 10 child-friendly, individual servings on December 5 for the N2N mentoring program, contact Dawn Koonce (co-chair, CUCC's Community Outreach Ministry) at  Label your treats "N2N" and put them on the kitchen counter or, in the refrigerator, if needed.  Please use a container you do not want returned to you.  The desserts will help the children enjoy their Christmas celebration.

Wright Center Meal Provided by CUCC Youth:  
Cooking and Serving De…

Advent Meditation Series

Sundays, December 1, 8, 15, 22
5-6PM, Sanctuary
All are welcome (you do not have to have any other connection to CUCC to attend).

If you need childcare in order to attend, contact Śānti Matthews by Tuesday, November 26.

This group will be facilitated by Daniel Day, husband of CUCC member Julie Robertson. You do not need to have had any prior experience with meditation. Bring a meditation pillow if you have one and want to bring it.  You may prefer to sit on the floor or in a chair as you meditate, whichever you prefer.  Come to one or all sessions.

Daniel has been a practitioner of meditation in Yogic, Buddhist, and Taoist traditions. It has been the constant undercurrent of his life and inner discovery of Self ever since.

Join us as we leave the frantic world behind for a little while and enter into the wonder of Faithful Waiting through the spiritual practice of meditation.  We will follow the themes of Advent focusing one week at a time on Peace, Hope, Joy, and Love.