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Register for these events: CROP Walk, Walk for Hope, and Tailgate Suppers

We hope you will attend all of these upcoming events.CROP Walk and Oktoberfest - donate to support Team "Community UCC," and register to walk in our neighborhood & enjoy brats (meat and vegetarian), all socially distanced  Register and donateTailgate Suppers either at CUCC or on Zoom - register to choose which in-person tailgate supper you will attend socially distanced at CUCC, or to attend the on Zoom virtual tailgate 
Register to attend an in-person supper Register to attend the on-Zoom supper
Walk for Hope - donate to support Team "Community UCC," and register to walk virtually (including a drive-thru at Angus Barn)  Register and donate
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How did you reframe your uncomfortable moments this week?

Don't forget to email Laurel Powell with your moment when you were your own Moses, noticing when discomfort is sparking hopelessness and grumpiness and instead, like Moses, you step forward, trusting that God is leading a way.  Email your reframe to Laurel at laurel.powell@gmail.com.In case you missed this week's Children's Time...Laurel Powell invited us to reframe those moments that are so uncomfortable that we lose our faith that things will be better or that we can make it.  Instead, let's imagine how wonderful it will feel when our need is met by God whose love is abundant.Instead of saying after a long day, "I'm hangry;  I'll never make it to dinner (whine whine),"  why not say "I'm so hungry, but when I finally eat dinner the food will taste soooo delicious!"?  Whether it is an annoying sibling, a boring day in virtual school or work, or a current event that has you focusing on your discomfort, how might you celebrate how great it…

A creative challenge: Week 3

What did you re-imagine last week?
CUCC friend and Good Shepherd UCC member, Sophia Sands, submitted her response to last week's challenge.
Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
became
All is your domain, eternal ruler of the known and the unfathomable.
Here is the challenge for Week 3: Give us each day our daily bread.
What is the Creative Challenge? Throughout the summer Pastor Lacey has been sharing different re-imaginings of the Lord’s Prayer in worship and on Facebook and Twitter.  Let’s see where creativity leads us at CUCC!  Each week we will post a section of the prayer.  Spend some time with it and share how you would say it for whatever is happening in your life and the world now.Post your version on Facebook or email it to Jane Smith for sharing in the next week’s eNews.  smithjeg@mindspring.com.

What is preventing you from asking for the help that you need?

Life & Faith gathers on first Tuesdays to swap stories and questions about tough challenges when what one believes and real life collide.  Each month we discuss a dilemma on someone's mind; Jane Smith provides a back up in case none emerges.  Whoever shows up is the group for that night; what is said is held confidentially by those attending.  Friends are welcome.The October 6 back up question is the one in this title.  These are difficult times and people are openly expressing frustration, fear, exhaustion. But I have yet to have one friend ask me for help - for a listening ear, for a week of meals, for a night of laughter, for a loan.  I'm not asking, either.  So what is preventing us from asking?  And, for those of us who live at the intersection of Life & Faith, what prevents us from asking for help from our church?  The church is God's gift to us to bear each other's burdens and take care of each other practically as well as emotionally and spiritually.  W…

Your autumn photos wanted

As you enjoy the photos you take this autumn, send a couple of your favorites to CUCC's worship team.  Share your creativity and wonder - whether a landscape from a walk, a close up or your fall harvest, or your jack-o-lantern.  Include the name of the photographer and the location (if you know it).  Photographers of all ages welcome.Email a couple of photos to Amanda Jost at ajost07@gmail.com. Thank you from CUCC's Worship Team.

In this week's enews...

New opportunities keep popping up every day, so keep checking the CUCC Online Calendar.  
Thursday, September 24
Moderating Team Farm to Church CSA with black farmers

Friday, September 25
Retirees’ Café – Bill hosts
Saturday, September 26
Youth Service Project
Sunday, September 27
Taizé worship then fellowship
Sunday Morning Adult Bible study – Prodigal Son
Worship for all ages then fellowship
Do Justice Ministry
Religious Education Ministry
Stewardship Ministry
Parent Happy Hour
Monday, September 28
Monday Lunch Group 
Tuesday, September 29 YA Parent Circle
Wednesday, September 30
Lectionary Lunch with Lacey
Thursday, October 1
Deacons Ministry
Jesus:  Uncovering the Life, Teachings & Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary
Friday, October 2
Retirees’ Café – Merrilee and Bill co-host

Current needs in the community What you can do to help now
Other important news in this edition A (COVID) Moment with Megan – September 14
Hammock Hangout, then new service project for CUCC's youth Parent Happy Hour - September …

A (COVID) Moment with Megan - September 14, 2020

On a regular basis, Council Moderator Megan Fackler-Bretz will share emerging guidance from the “Path Forward” task force as CUCC responds to the pandemic.  

The task force met on September 14 and recommended adjustments to CUCC’s current COVID guidelines. Those recommendations were then approved by the Council later that evening. The revised guidelines are below and will be continuously reviewed over the coming months in light of the Triangle’s COVID statistics. Please send any questions you’d like addressed at future meetings to mfacklerbretz@gmail.com. Thank you!

How many people can now meet on church grounds?
Since COVID metrics are starting to move in a promising direction, the task force has increased the number of people permitted to meet outside from 10 to 25. Anyone wishing to schedule an event should contact Jane Smith (smithjeg@mindspring.com) to place the event on the church calendar and acknowledge a set of safety guidelines for which he/she will be responsible.

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Hammock Hangout, then new service project for CUCC's youth

Middle School Youth had fun at the Hammock Hang-Out on the grounds on Sunday!  See more photos hereHope everyone can join in the next youth event - a service project THIS Saturday at 2 PM - also on the grounds. Bring your mask!  We will complete our social justice sign project and engage in creative actions to care for members of our church. For more information, contact Śānti Matthews Youth and Adult Education Coordinator, education.cucc@gmail.com

Parent Happy Hour - September 27

A meeting (happy hour) for parents of all youth grades 6-12 will be held on zoom this Sunday, September 27 at 5PM. Come learn about fall plans, share ideas, welcome new parents, learn about important forms, etc.  For Zoom meeting information contact Śānti Matthews, Youth and Adult Education Coordinator at education.cucc@gmail.com

The Blessing of the Animals - October 4

St. Francis Day is Sunday, October 4th. He is the patron saint of the environment and animals because he loved all creatures and allegedly preached to even the birds. He called animals "brothers" and "sisters" while praising the sun and moon. St. Francis reminds us that we should walk in reverence and joy with the created world.  2017 Blessing of the Animals
Please join us in the courtyard at the church from 4:00-5:00pm on October 4th for the annual Blessing of the Animals. Pastor Lacey will bless your pet. Please remember that all pets must be on a leash or in a carrier for the safety of all pets and people. We will practice social distancing and wear masks at all times. If there is rain the event will be canceled. Please invite your friends to come with their pets, too.For more information, contact Anne Bailey Zschau, Children's Education Coordinator, annebailey@mindspring.com.

Walk, donate, and come to Oktoberfest - CROP Walk

CROP Walk “Oktoberfest” – October 25, 3-5pm This year’s CROP Walk has a new look, due to the pandemic.  Rather than holding a city-wide event, organizers have asked each congregation to creatively re-envision the walk.  CUCC members and friends have two ways to safely support this important fundraiser: Donate in support of the Community UCC teamSign up here.   Sign up to take a 1-, 2- or 3-mile walk around the church neighborhood between 3-5pm on October 25 and enjoy a socially distanced Oktoberfest (complete with brats!) in the Dixie Trail parking lot.  Questions? Please contact Ken or Merrilee Jacobson at 919-274-4539 or mkjacobson123@gmail.com. Thanks!

First Sunday Is Food Sunday - Oct. 4 CROP Walk

This month, Community Outreach Ministry invites you to address hunger in our community by donating to the CROP Walk.  If you like, you may designate your donation for CUCC’s team.Donate here to team "Community UCC"

A creative challenge: Week 2

What did you re-imagine last week?
CUCC friend and Good Shepherd UCC member, Sophia Sands, submitted her response to last week's challenge.
Father and Mother in heaven, hallowed be your name.
became
Beloved awe of every I am and everything I will be. 
Here is the challenge for Week 2: Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.What is the Creative Challenge?  Throughout the summer Pastor Lacey has been sharing different re-imaginings of the Lord’s Prayer in worship and on Facebook and Twitter.  Let’s see where creativity leads us at CUCC!  Each week we will post a section of the prayer.  Spend some time with it and share how you would say it for whatever is happening in your life and the world now. Post your version on Facebook or email it to Jane Smith for sharing in the next week’s eNews.  smithjeg@mindspring.com.

Friday Cafe' continues in October

Join co-hosts Merrilee Jacobson and Bill Lamb for a drop in every Friday from 1-2PM.  Let's laugh together, talk about your week, and catch up on news.Some of CUCC's retirees have found this an enjoyable end to their week, and they welcome people of any age to join them.Contact Bill if you need the Zoom meeting ID (the same one we have been using for the Cafes). william.e.lamb@gmail.com