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Welcome!  The people of CUCC invite you to participate in our life together.

CUCC Calendar of Events      See details in each event

Senior Pastor called by CUCC
Candidates respond to your questions
New:  CUCC Climate Communication Google Group forming

Online conversations
Sermon+ reflects on Pastor Tony’s February 16 sermon

Upcoming events at CUCC
Spiritual Practices for Strengthening Our Core Lent 2020
Info Extravaganza after worship  February  23
CUCC at St. Paul’s for Ash Wednesday Worship & Supper  February 26
Entering the Passion discussion begins March 1
RSVP for Retirees’ Luncheon by March 2
Movie Night March 6
Sign up for 2nd Saturday Soup Circles

Celebrating with each other
Photo essay from candidating weekend
Our gardens – home for God’s birds

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Senior Pastor called by CUCC

With thanks to God the congregation has called Reverend Lacey Renee Brown to be our senior pastor.

Pastor Lacey has returned to her congregation (Central Congregational UCC) for a few months to be with them as they move into their pastoral transition.  We will continue to pray for Pastor Lacey, for Jordyne, and for Central Congregational UCC in this time of farewells and possibilities.

About Pastor Lacey (Pastor Lacey provided this self-description for the bulletin on February 9, her candidating Sunday.)
Reverend Lacey Renee Brown grew up in Ft. Myers, Florida, where she frolicked on the beach and played with starfish. As a child, she loved the sun and waves.  One summer while lobstering in the Florida Keys with her family, she met a mermaid who told her that she would one day become a pastor.  Lacey has one older brother, Matt, who she can still beat in Mario Cart.  Matt is married to Molly, and their daughter, Lil, is hoping to make the cheerleading squad this year.

Pastor Lacey att…

Candidates respond to your questions

In January members of CUCC members addressed letters to candidates for office asking their opinions about cash bail bond reform, climate change, schools, gerrymandering, and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  Letters were sent to all candidates seeking those offices.  We have begun to receive responses.  As you prayerfully consider how you will vote, please take into consideration their responses.

We will add additional responses as they are received.  If you return to this article, you will see new responses as they are sent by the candidates.

Wake County Commissioner District 1
Jeremiah Frank Lee Pierce
Sigmon Lawrence Hutchinson

District Court Judge 10-B Seat 03
Julie L. Bell
Tiffanie Charise Meyers

NC House of Representatives District 36
Gilberto Pagan
Kim Coley

Candidates are listed in the order in which they appear from the Wake Board of Elections.  Community United Church of Christ does not endorse candidates.

New: CUCC Climate Communication Google Group forming

I'll kick off this new CUCC Climate Communication Google group by introducing myself and introducing you to Google Groups. This group is for any members of CUCC in Raleigh, NC, who are interested in having low-key, relevant conversations about climate change. This could include sharing of climate related links, information, upcoming events, and more.

I'm Jenn Fawcett, and have been a part of CUCC for almost a year now. I just joined the CUCC Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force recently. I work in the Forestry Department at NCSU in Cooperative Extension. I enjoy teaching others about the environment, including climate change. I think this Google Group will be a fun way for all of us to share information, links, articles, upcoming events, etc.

If you're not familiar with Google Groups, you can learn more here.  Basically, if you send an email to then everyone on this list will get the e-mail. You can opt out or change your fre…

Sermon+ reflects on Pastor Tony’s February 16 sermon

When are you of two brains? Who or what helps you focus on the brain that knows you belong to God and everything/everyone (because they belong to God, too)?

Listen again to Pastor Tony's sermon.

Sermon+ is an occasional series in which we pose a follow-up question to the 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.

Spiritual Practices for Strengthening Our Core

These are the opportunities for us to worship, learn, and enjoy one another during Lent as, together, we Strengthen Our Core. 

RSVP by  emailing the contact person in the description of the event, or using this one-stop sign up form which lists all of the opportunities.  If you want childcare, be sure to check the boxes in the childcare question.

Info Extravaganza after worship February 23

Info on the nuts and bolts of life at CUCC During fellowship Sundays, February 16 and 23 Grab a nosh and browse the info stations
Drop by these info stations CUCC's new online donation optionsTrack your giving & pledge onlineAll Things Breeze - update your contact info or picture, log in troubleshooting, using Breeze to work with your CUCC groupConnect your interests & talents to CUCC's workRSVP for Chili JubileeRSVP for Ash Wednesday supperRSVP for the Retirees lunchRequest your CUCC nametagSubmit your event/item donation for the CUCC auctionPick up your Lenten guideDrop off your gloves and socks for Love Wins Ministry, Inc.Celebrate OaxacaBuy a bag of Nicaraguan coffee Would your CUCC group like to have an info station?  Contact Jane Smith

CUCC at St. Paul's for Ash Wednesday Worship & Supper

Following our Lenten tradition, we gather with St. Paul's Christian Church for supper and worship on both Ash Wednesday (February 26) and Maundy Thursday (April 9).  These are all ages events.  Worship includes the symbolic acts of each day (the ash cross and washing of hands/feet), making the service approachable for children.  The choirs of both congregations combine, practicing after quickly eating their meal.  You don't have to be a member of either congregation; drop ins are very welcome!

Ash Wednesday, February 26
At St. Paul's Christian Church, 3331 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612
6:30PM Soup & Bread Supper
7:30PM Worship

Maundy Thursday, April 9
At Community UCC, 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh, NC  27608
6:00PM Soup & Bread Supper
7:00PM Worship

Entering the Passion discussion begins March 1

How do you face risk?  The events of Holy Week brought one risk after another for Jesus.  How might his choices provide insight as you face risks in your life?

Join this discussion of Amy-Jill Levine's book Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to Holy WeekLevine is Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School.  We will listen to a short segment of the DVD to set up the discussion; our conversation will draw from what each of us have discovered in the book.  While it is not required that one read the chapter before coming, reading ahead will assist our conversation.

Each of the six weeks focuses on a different event that we recall through readings, ritual and worship in the week before Easter ("Holy Week").

Jerusalem: Risking Reputation
The Temple: Risking Righteous Anger
Teachings: Risking Challenge
The First Dinner: Risking Rejection
The Last Supper: Risking the Loss of Friends
Gethsemane: Risking Temptation

Join the di…

RSVP for Retirees' Luncheon by March 2

Guest Speaker, CUCC member, Bernie Brown will share how she came to write her book, I Never Told You, and the experiences she had along the way followed by a reading from the book.

Please RSVP to Jeanne Ledbetter at as soon as possible and no later than March 2 if you join us.

Retirees' Luncheon
March 10
10:30 - 12:30

Movie Night March 6

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Friday, March 6, 7PM Read more about the movie here
Feel free to bring your dinner with you if you don't have time to eat at home. And bring snacks to share if you are so inclined. If you're bringing food or snacks you may wish to arrive a bit early to partake or to share your snacks.

This is a touching film that will warm your heart. The date is 1946. The location is the island of Guernsey, the largest of the Channel Islands in the English Channel which separates England from France.

Questions about the CUCC Movie Fellowship Group?  Contact Lavon Page

Sign up for 2nd Saturday Soup Circles

It’s time to go around again! Our next Soup cycle runs from March through September on the 2nd Saturday evening of each month.

For 3 cycles now, we’ve circled up in small-ish groups to host and attend casual pot luck style dinner parties in our homes. Each circle makes their own plans as to the host rotation. Each month the designated host will make a pot of soup (or other make ahead staple for the meal) and name the time and any other details for the evening. Attendees decide what appetizers, side dishes or desserts to bring.

For the March-September cycle, we are staying in our current circles and will add anyone who would like to sign up to participate. If you would like to join a circle, please contact Susan Atkinson

Look for an email soon from Susan to check in on your circle’s progress with making plans for the first date: March 14.

Hope you will be in the mix to circle up with your church family for more feasting, fellowship and fun!

Photo essay from candidating weekend

I snapped these photos from a distance during worship, and then during the potluck following our decision to call Pastor Lacey.  I hope they bring a smile to you as they did to me.  - Jane Smith

Our gardens - home for God's birds

Avid birder and NC Audubon Society member Lena Gallitano talked with CUCC's children about birds in North Carolina and how we can care for them by what we plant in our gardens.  The children made play binoculars and took a walk outside to look for birds. After the lesson with  Ms. Lena, the children completed a giant bird floor puzzle.

You can plant bird-friendly native plants in your garden.  Here is information specific to North Carolina.

In this week’s CUCC Weekly eNews

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Upcoming events at CUCC
Info Extravaganza after worship  February 16 and 23
RSVP by February 16 for Chili Jubilee
Voting info for this week
Warm Hearts, Warm Hands, Warm Feet
Day-timers Outing to C-MAC Gallery February 19
SIS gathers February 27

A CUCC group recommends these community events
Rev. Ben Chavis to preach in Durham February 16
Triangle Interfaith Alliance annual dinner
“Dirt:  The Movie”  February 25

Deadline to submit information for the eNews or Sunday Announcements is Tuesday, 9AM.  Send to and to (yes, both places), including the name and contact information of someone at CUCC who can answer questions about your event.