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Introducing Text to Give at CUCC

Another option for donating to our work together at CUCC:  text to give (919) 888-4541.

For more information, contact Treasurer Bill Lamb or come to our help table at the Info Extravaganza February 16 and 23, during fellowship.
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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 Memorial Meditation Garden.  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.  If you’d like to contribute a paver to this effort, donation forms are on the bulletin board in the hallway or you may print one here.

Smaller donations are also very welcome. You may write a check to CUCC, with "paver" on the memo line, or you may donate online (select "to MMG Pavers").

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

Inquiring minds want to know: May I compost wax paper and parchment paper?

Here is the answer from our composting partner, Compost Now.

"Thanks for checking! That is a tricky question because wax paper and parchment paper are often confused. Plain wax paper is compostable, but it must not be confused with other baking sheets not specifically labeled as “wax paper.” The best way to tell is to tear it - if it rips easily like paper, it's all good. If it's hard to pull apart and a bit resistant or stretchy, then it's plastic based and is a no-go.

For parchment paper, it is generally not compostable; to be “non-stick” most brands coat the paper with Quilon which is a heavy-metal containing chemical. A few brands such as "If You Care" or others found at places like Whole Foods coat their paper with silicone— these are safe to compost!"

If you have a question about what you can compost at CUCC, contact Jane Smith of CUCC's Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force.

What's happening in Sunday School in February?

There are several important dates below on the children's February Sunday School calendar.

February 2Make Valentines for our college students
February 9 Cook and serve fellowship food
February 16A special day about birds with Lena

I hope to see many of the children for these special events!

Anne Bailey Zschau
Children's Sunday School Coordinator

Poetry Slam February 1

Here Comes our 7th Annual Poetry Slam and Mini Poetry Writing Workshop!
Saturday, February 1, 6:30-8PM, FH
Desserts Provided. Your love offering will support youth mission work and youth summer camp.
Childcare will be arranged if needed.  Contact the office before January 27 with the ages of your children.

Are you a poet and know it?
Do you love the written word—meaningful or absurd?
Can you read or recite a line, roughly or refined?
Poetry Slams are high fashion, if you’ve a theatrical passion.
For a time well spent, don’t miss this event!
Join in the fun and compassion.

·         All are invited to read one poem. Second poems can be shared at the end if there is time leftover.  The youngest poetry readers can share their poem early in the program to honor early bedtimes.
·         Original poetry is encouraged, but not required. Just choose a favorite poem you would enjoy reading or reciting (in less than 3 minutes). If you want to narrow your search, our theme this year…

First Sunday Food Bag Time February 2

This Sunday bring a bag of food for the pantry at Urban Ministries.  Our neighbors can shop the pantry shelves for those items which suit their dietary restrictions and family preferences.

Here's the list:

Canned beans (especially black beans; also kidney, Navy, etc.)  but no dried beansQuick-cooking brown riceLow-salt pasta sauce (not in glass jars)Cereals are a big need: Low-sugar cereals (Cheerios, Raisin Bran, Special K, etc.).Oatmeal and grits in individual packs (like 10 to a box)Canned tuna
No longer needed (food pantry clients do not choose these items): anything in glass jars, dried beans, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese packages

Please double bag for strength, whether you use paper or plastic.  Double bagging helps Joe Retzer get the bags safely from the fellowship hall to his car to the food pantry.

For questions, contact CUCC's Community Outreach Ministry (contact info on Breeze).

RSVP by February 3 for Parent Dinner and Conversation

Parent Dinner and Conversation with Pastor Carol
Children/Youth Supper & Activities, too!

CUCC parents of children and youth, please please attend a meal and conversation at CUCC on Saturday, February 8 at 6PM.  We will celebrate, dream, and envision how we'd like to nurture CUCC children and youth ministries in the coming year.

Śānti Matthews and Sam and Joanna Woodrum are planning activities for our youth and children while the parents talk with Pastor Carol.

Your voice is important, please attend.

RSVP by Monday, February 3 for the dinner order please by emailing  Rumor has it Moroccan for the adults and pizza for children and youth.

Waking the Spirit - February book for Monday Lunch Group

Hi Everyone,

MLG will be discussing the book, Waking the Spirit: A Musician’s Journey Healing Body, Mind, and Soul by Andrew Schulman, through February. A personal story, author is a classical musician from NYC. It was an Oliver Sacks Foundation Best Book of the Year Selection.

If you want a copy of the book, the paperback is $8.95. I can order a copy that will get here quickly—even by Monday, no shipping fee. We may have a few used copies, less expensive, available too.

As always, we like to see you whenever.

Ann Retzer

Gather to talk: Life & Faith February 4

A CUCC member brought this song to my attention; it is making the rounds of social media.  Listen before you read below.

The singer songwriter, Daniel Dietrich, wrote:  "In 2016, 81% of white evangelical Christians voted for Donald Trump after (among other things) hearing an audio recording of him bragging about sexually assaulting women. 

Maya Angelou famously said, “when someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”  

In the years since, even after enacting deliberately cruel policies to rip families apart and put children in cages at the southern border, evangelical support is as fervent as ever. 

I was raised in the Evangelical world. It shaped me. I learned to take the words of Jesus seriously - love God, love your neighbor, feed the hungry, fight for justice for the oppressed. I thought that things like love, kindness, gentleness, and self-control MATTERED. I have been so confused and deeply saddened by the unflinching loyalty to a man who so clearly embodies t…

Just Show Up for HKonJ February 8


Please join us for the historic HKonJ March through downtown Raleigh on February 8, 2020. We will meet at the corner of Wilmington and South Streets at 9 a.m. under the CUCC banner which Gary will bring.

If you need to get energized with a positive and optimistic spirit during these difficult days, come and be part of a massive turn out of organizations and NAACP chapters from across the state fighting for a range of social justice issues from a living wage, the right to housing, reproductive rights, LGBTQ protections and many more.

Teens and children are encouraged to come. Dress warmly!

Hope to see you there.

Suzanne and the Do Justice Team

For more information, contact Gary Smith or Mike Soboeiro

Newcomers' Coffee February 9

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, February 9.

Questions?  Contact Susan Atkinson at

In this week’s CUCC Weekly eNews

2020 Budget and Pledge Campaign Update

At the Congregational Meeting this Sunday (January 26), we will adopt a balanced budget for this year. Stewardship appreciates the generosity of the members of Community United Church of Christ. To date, we’ve received approximately $245,000 in pledges for 2020, from about 70 different families. During last fall’s congregational meeting, we presented a goal budget that would have required about $275,000 in pledges.

Unfortunately, the Stewardship Ministry’s current draft budget still needs about $15,000 more in pledges to balance. Our hope is that we will be able to receive additional and increased pledges to make this budget. If we do not, several activities will have to be scaled back, including:

-          A new CUCC Website

-          Composting Service

-          Community Outreach Ministry

-          Do Justice Ministry

-          Resources for Property Ministry

-          Religious Education Ministry’s Programs for Adults

-          Savings into Our Rainy-Day Fund

Please conside…

Discuss: Sermon+ for January 19 sermon

In this sermon, Pastor Tony contends that the body of the Messiah Jesus, the church, is the true safety net, the true catcher of people. As we reimagine church in a complicated and always changing world, how might the church occupy the gap between what is possible electorally and what all life needs to thrive?

Read the sermon here

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.

SIS meets January 23

The women of CUCC are invited to come gather at Peg Hulslander's house for a potluck and game night.  Our Sisters in Spirit (SIS) evening is January 23, Thursday, at 6:30PM.  Check on Breeze or call the church office if you need Peg's address.