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Audio version of Sept. 29 sermon is online

Find  Pastor Tony's sermon “How to Interpret the Bible" from September 29  in audio and text form on the Sermons page of our website.  There is also a Sermon+ for that day.

If you would be interested in being part of the team that uploads audio sermons talk with Amanda Jost or contact the office.

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Welcome to our new members

On Sunday, October 13, welcomed into membership Stephanie Ray, Mary Alice Connor, and Cindy Stammers.  Introduce yourself to them and invite them to join you at an upcoming CUCC event.

Bring a photo of a deceased family member, friend or pet for our Ofrenda

CUCC Youth have been expanding their knowledge of the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos and specifically, learning about the Mexican memorials called Ofrendas.

The youth group will build two Ofrendas this year: one will be in our fellowship hall from October 20-November 5. All in our congregation are invited to bring a photo of a deceased family member, friend, or family pet to add to our Ofrenda. Simply add your photo before Friday, November 1 to participate in this beautiful tradition of re-membering with loved ones.

The other Ofrenda we are building is a memorial to all those who have died in ICE detention this year; it will be on display in Durham on Nov. 1-2 as part of an exhibit and celebration by Comité Popular Somos.

- submitted by Śānti  Matthews, Youth and Adult Education Coordinator

Offering of Letters October 20

Stop by the table in the narthex this Sunday to sign a postcard for our members of Congress.  October 20 is Bread for the World Sunday, a nonpartisan organization that works to eliminate hunger in the US and other countries.  Dawn Koonce will be there to tell you about this year's focus for our offering.  This year's theme is Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrows.

For more information, contact Dawn, co-chair of the Community Outreach Ministry

Blessing of the Animals - Oct. 20

Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, October 20, 2017
4:00pm - Church Grounds

All animals welcome.  Bring your pets in their appropriate carriers or on a leash to receive a blessing from Pastor Carol and Pastor Tony. This has become a tradition for us and all pets are welcome.  This is a very special time to recognize God's creatures who bring us so much joy.

Maybe you have a friend with a special pet?  Invite them to join you.

This blessing is sponsored by the children of CUCC.  For more information, contact Anne Bailey Zschau, Children's Education Coordinator.

Final workday of 2020 - All hands needed November 9

Our final workday allows us to spruce up before Thanksgiving and Advent.  What a perfect way to give thanks to God for this facility that serves our ministries so well.

Church Workday
November 9
Drop in any time between 8AM and noon
Snacks:  Krispy Kreme donuts, muffins, fruit, juice, and coffee
Tools:  Most supplies will be provided, but outdoor workers are welcome to bring their favorite work gloves and pruning tools.  Wheel barrels and blowers would also be appreciated.

If you cannot work on the 9th, but are willing to sign up for a chore to do at your availability, contact Merrilee Jacobson at 919-274-4539.

CD release & Love Wins benefit concert at CUCC

Enjoy the music of Raleigh singer/songwriter Bett Padgett and friends at her CD release concert at CUCC.  The concert is also a benefit for Love Wins Community Engagement Center where our Robert Parrish is a minister.

Friday, October 25, 7:30PM
Sanctuary of Community United Church of Christ
814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh
Suggested donation:  $10, at the door

Love Wins CDC provides day shelter, hot meals and peer support for people experiencing homelessness in Raleigh.

Listen to some of Bett's music here.

The Community Outreach Ministry of CUCC is honored to host this musical event in support of a local charity partner.  If you have questions, contact Robert Parrish (

Pop Up this week: Arts in Worship

How do the arts enhance our worship at CUCC?  Marty Lamb and the Arts in Worship Committee host this Pop Up Gathering (Sunday, October 20, 10-10:20AM).

What are Pop Up Gatherings?  Sunday morning before worship join one pastor and/or lay leader to get to know various aspects of CUCC: our ministries, committees, and task forces, history, and then do a little visioning for the future.  Show up at 10am - 10:20 in the narthex (vestibule), get a coffee and donut and follow us as we pop up somewhere in the building to explore a bit of what makes us CUCC.

Life & Faith - new date for November

Our November/December  gatherings for Life & Faith will follow an unusual schedule.
November:  November 19, 6:30pm to order food, conversation runs 7-8 pm, Wilson’s Eatery
December:  No gathering
January:  January 7 (back to the usual first Tuesday)

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.

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 havin…

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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.

Changes for Cathy Marshall

Cathy Marshall, our long-time Office Manager, has resigned as of October 10, 2019. We are grateful for her service these past seven years.

The Moderating Team and Personnel Committee are working with staff to ensure office coverage.

Ellen Beidler (Moderator) and Geri Bowen (Personnel)

It's the hammer of justice...

This week's pop up is brought to you by host Gary Smith, Mike Soboeiro and the Do Justice Ministry.  Find out about their newest projects.  Meet in the narthex at 10AM to grab your coffee and donuts and see where Do Justice leads you.

Pop Up Gatherings - 20 minutes of cool stuff you didn't know.

Children and youth at work and play this weekend

This past weekend was a busy one for our children and youth.

The Children's Choir practiced during Sunday School.

After worship, their parents joined them for a fall hot dog cookout around the fire pit.  The cookout was a gift to the children from Anne Pope.
Meanwhile, the youth traveled to the beach for their annual fall retreat weekend.

A quiet, important moment

If you were worshipping at 10:30 on Sunday morning, October 6, you might not have noticed a milestone in the life of our bridge co-pastor, Tony Hoshaw.  Recently Tony received status as a Licensed Minister, to serve in and through our congregation, authorized by the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ.  This means that he can serve in all the roles of an ordained pastor while he is our bridge co-pastor.   This Sunday he blessed the bread for the first time as a minister of the UCC.
Next step for Tony:  In a year, with God's leading the way, Tony will be eligible for ordination in the United Church of Christ.

What a joy to have Tony as one of our bridge co-pastors and to share in this important moment - for him, for us, and for the Church Universal.

You can read more about the different kinds of pastoral ministry in the United Church of Christ here.