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We thank God for the Rev. Cally Rogers-Witte

With deep gratitude for her ministry among us, and with sadness for all who loved and will miss her, we announce the death of our beloved former pastor, the Rev. Cally Rogers-Witte.  Cally served as Pastor at CUCC from 1977-1995.  If you wish to contact the family, the church office has their addresses.  The United Church of Christ posted this celebration of her life and work.

Here is a letter from her family to all who love her.

Dearest family and friends,

I write this to share difficult news. Our dear beloved Cally peacefully left us today, surrounded by many of her family members, on an incredibly clear and beautiful day here in Rockledge, Florida.

This last week in the intensive care unit has been a roller coaster. We were all holding on to small signs of hope and progress that her organs would eventually recover. Though after several days of worsening, the doctors shared the news yesterday that in order to keep her alive for any longer, her quality of life would be extremely com…
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Gathering to remember Cally Rogers-Witte November 18

Plans for a memorial service are still being made by her family. In the meantime, we want to offer a time and space for you to share your Cally memories and stories. Monday Lunch Group is graciously offering such a time this Monday, November 18th. Join us for all or part of the time: 12:15, bring your own lunch to share around the table; 12:30, join in prayer for one another and our community, 12:45, sharing our gratitude for the ways Cally touched our lives and especially our congregation's life.

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.

Practical acts of caring November 17

Who schedules us to take care of one another in all of those practical ways:  bringing a meal, driving to medical appointments, visiting in the hospital or sending cards?  Pop Up with hosts Robert Parrish and the Caring Committee this Sunday, November 17, 10-10:20AM.

This is the final in our fall series of Pop Up Gatherings.   Pastor Tony ( and/or Susan Atkinson ( want your feedback on the gatherings as they consider planning a series for January.

Read before Sunday's congregational meeting

The CUCC Do Justice Ministry has written a resolution for reform of the prison Bail Bond system, and the Congregation will vote on it at the November 17 Congregational Meeting. The entire resolution is available here.  We hope you find time to read it prior to the Congregational meeting.

The CUCC Council endorsed the resolution unanimously at their September meeting, and Congregations for Social Justice endorsed it in October.

If the CUCC Congregation endorses the resolution on November 17, we will seek endorsement from the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ at their annual meeting next spring and of the national United Church of Christ at their annual meeting later in 2020.

The resolution is entitled  “A resolution calling on the United Church of Christ to advocate and act to change the Cash Bail Bond System to Eliminate Racial and Social Injustices Inherent in the Present System.”   It calls on the United Church of Christ to advocate and act to change the Cash Bail B…

CUCC cohosts conference on accessible housing rights November 19


Community United Church of Christ
814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh, NC
When: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm


Homeownership & AccessibilitiesDisabilities Rights in North CarolinaRecognizing Mental IllnessDown Payment Assistance Program HOSTED BY:

North State BankMayor’s Committee on DisabilitiesCUCC' Social Justice Ministry Questions?  Contact Robert Parrish at 

Life & Faith: finding time for relationships November 19

Here is our proposed question for our November 19 gathering; it stems from a family conversation around the lunch table between Bill, Gary and me.  This question was inspired by Bill’s reading of this article in The Atlantic.  It also connects well to Pastor Tony's sermon (November 10) on building a culture of belonging.  Join the discussion even if you don't have time to read either!

With more of us working irregular schedules, it has become harder to plan for relationship time.  How do you have regular family dinners, or plan an evening with friends, or visit your aging parents if you have no idea when the boss will call you in for work or for an “emergency” project which requires long hours?  Our unpredictable schedules also impact our ability to build in regular time for spiritual growth and the relationships that strengthen our faith.  Are irregular work schedules getting in your way of having relationship time?  If so, what have you found works for you?  How might the co…

A Community Thanksgiving November 19

CUCC is happy to be part of the revival of this community tradition.

CUCC Movie Fellowship Group November 22

The Man in the Moon
Being a movie buff is a bit like panning for gold. You come across a lot of things that glitter but don't hold up under closer inspection. That makes finding the rare pure nugget all the more rewarding. "The Man in the Moon" (1991) is a pure nugget.

In his 1991 review of this movie, Roger Ebert mentions that previously Robert Mulligan had directed To Kill a Mockingbird, Same Time Next Year, and Summer of '42. But Ebert says that "Nothing else Mulligan has done, however, approaches the purity and perfection of The Man in the Moon.”

See details about this movie (including the complete Roger Ebert review)
The lead role in this movie goes to a 14-year old Reese Witherspoon. The movie is set in the mid 1950s, which makes this is a coming-of-age movie about a young girl of my generation. This is a movie that seems to be of ultimate simplicity, but its whole is way greater than the sum of its parts. Here are some of the comments in Roger Ebert's …

Special Advent Events for CUCC's Children

Your children are welcome to bring a friend to these CUCC traditions.

December 1
10:45 a.m. - Make ornaments for the church's tree during Sunday School
4 p.m - Decorate the church's Christmas tree in fellowship hall

December 8
10:30 worship - Christmas Pageant

If you have questions, contact Anne Bailey Zschau, CUCC's Children's Education Coordinator,

Newcomers' Coffee December 8

New to CUCC?  Grab a snack and cup of coffee in the fellowship hall, then join a few long-time CUCCers for getting-to-know-you conversation.  Whether you have been visiting with us for a while or this is your first time we invite you to get to know us and to share a bit about yourself. This is an opportunity to ask questions about CUCC and to learn how you might become more engaged.

We'll see you at noon in the Library on Sunday, December 8.

Questions?  Contact Susan Atkinson at

Climate change advocacy presentation by The Citizens Climate Lobby December 8

The Citizens Climate Lobby is a nation-wide organization advocating for legislation to slow climate change.  They are a nonpartisan organization and major advocate for a US carbon fee, a fee on fossil fuel use.  The fee would increase annually, making fossil fuels increasingly more expensive and slowing their use (especially by utilities).   In addition, the fee would be revenue-neutral, returned to residents per capita.

There is a local chapter in the Triangle, and CUCC's Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force has invited them to speak briefly to CUCC about themselves and the carbon fee. They will speak to us for 15 to 30 minute at 12:15 on December 8.

We hope that you will stay after Fellowship to learn about them.

God bless our work together
Gary Smith for the Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force

RSVP for Retiree Christmas Luncheon

Join your fellow CUCC retirees on Tuesday, December 10, to celebrate the Christmas season! We’ll warm up our vocal cords at 10:30 a.m. with a few Christmas carols and enjoy a delicious lunch around 11:15 a.m.

To make sure we have plenty of food, please send an RSVP to Susan Maleszweski at

Time & Talent sheets are rolling in!

On Pledge Sunday November 10, many in the congregation offered to share their time and talents along with their financial gifts in 2020.  To date, CUCC members have volunteered for over 230 individual ministry tasks! 

It’s not too late to turn in a T&T sheet, either by placing it in offering plate, mailing it to the church office or scanning and emailing it to Merrilee Jacobson at 

Copies of the T&T Sheet, along with extra pledge forms, are on the table in the sanctuary or can be printed here.

Sermon+ from November 10

How can you create a culture of belonging where you live and work?

Read or listen to Pastor Tony’s Nov. 10 sermon, then reflect on this week's Sermon+ question.

Sermon+ is an occasional series in which our preachers pose a follow-up question to their sermon for your consideration.  You can join in community conversation via our Facebook page, Community United Church of Christ.  Or you can ponder on your own.