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Fall work day – Saturday, October 27, 8am-noon

Our last work day of 2018 is scheduled for Saturday, October 27 from 8am and noon.

There will be indoor and outdoor projects for all ages and skill levels.  To keep us fueled, we’ll have Krispy Kreme doughnuts, muffins, fruit, juice and coffee.  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.

For more information, contact Property Ministry co-chairs Merrilee Jacobson (919-274-4539) or Skip Stoddard (919-827-2346).
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Sermons are online

If, like me, you've been traveling recent Sundays, you'll be glad to hear that Jenny's sermons are now on our website for you to read.  Search Sermons or go to Sermons in the sidebar.

Meanwhile, we are looking for a couple of volunteers to take turns putting a digital recording of the sermons on our website.  Contact me if you know how to do this and are willing to help.
Jane Smith, CUCC's Webmaster

Congregations for Social Justice Meeting – Nov. 14

Congregations for Social Justice is a coalition of faith communities committed to advocating for public policies that create a better Raleigh for all people.  Their meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month and rotate among local churches.  The next meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 14 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will feature Adrienne Morton, Lutheran Services-Carolinas, Refugee Outreach & Circle of Welcome.

For more information, contact Adrienne Little (919-781-0829) or Merrilee Jacobson (919-274-4539).  Adrienne and Merrilee represent CUCC's Social Justice Ministry at CSJ meetings.

From the Pastor

Dear Community UCC & Friends,

     Four years ago, On October 10, 2014, a North Carolina U.S. District Court judge ruled in General Synod of the United Church of Christ v. Cooper that the state's denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples was unconstitutional.      Three years ago, on June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage across the land.      There was a time when I thought I would always live a compromised life either dishonest to myself or the world. It took me a long time to understand that the only compromise I had to make was the one that called me to give-up my codependent relationship with a broken world. One that lives to judge, that thrives on the exploitation and marginalization of its most honest souls, that depends on our believing its lies.      #nomorelies      Today, I choose hope in the face of impossibility. I believe in a “God who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.”      Today, I am bles…

Challenging Racism and Islamophobia - Sunday, 12:15pm, VFH

About Manzoor: A resident of Raleigh, NC, Manzoor Cheema has been an active member of social justice movements for over 15 years. In 2004, he launched a grassroots social justice TV show, Independent Voices that ran for five years.He went on to co-found Muslims for Social Justice, an organization dedicated to pursuing Muslim liberation theology in 2013. In 2015, he launched the Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia (MERI), a network of organizations to fight racism and Islamophobia. In 2017, Manzoor joined Atlanta-based Project South, a 32-year old organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty and genocide. Manzoor lives in Raleigh, NC, and travels throughout the U.S. South to support the grassroots movements for social justice. Manzoor is the recipient of the 2014 International Human Rights Award, awarded by the Human Rights Coalition of North Carolina, and the 2016 Self-Determination Award by Black Workers for Justice.  Manzoor Cheema’s work on social justice has been covere…

Fellowship and Worship Opportunities for the Week of October 14, 2018

Sunday10/14   9:00am Nursery provided 9:00am Taizé Worship – Sanctuary 9:30amChoir Practice - Sanctuary 9:30amConversation & Coffee for Children’s Sunday School Parents - Children’s Sunday School Room 9:30amAdult Sunday Morning Bible Study - Bradow Room 9:30amWalk for Hope - Angus Barn
10:30amWorshipService - Sanctuary 10:45amChildren’s Sunday School - Sunday School Rooms 10:45amNo Youth Sunday School - Walk for Hope 11:45amFellowship - Vaughan Fellowship Hall 12:00pmCommunity Outreach Ministry Meeting - Hoffmann Room 12:15pmAdvocacy Training - Vaughan Fellowship Hall 4:00pmCovenant Community - Bradow Room
12:15pmMonday Lunch Group - Hoffmann Room 5:00pmOnline Book Study - “I'm Still Here” - New Question Posted 7:00pmChurch Council Meeting - Hoffmann Room
10:00amOffice Staff Meeting - Pilgrim House 10:30amTriangle Interfaith Alliance - Hoffmann Room

Wake Federation of the Blind Event - October 13, 1:30pm

Event:Meet Linda Coleman, candidate to represent 2nd U.S. Congressional District, NC
Organized by:Wake Federation of the Blind
Location: Tarboro Road Community Center 121 North Tarboro Road, Raleigh, NC 27610
Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Event Description: Wake Federation of the Blind is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of the blind in North Carolina.  This meeting has been organized to address issues relevant to the blind Community and other North Carolinians with disabilities.
For additional information contact: Dennis McDuffie, Treasurer 919-673-1374
WAKE FEDERATION OF THE BLIND (WFB), P.O. Box 3079, Raleigh, NC 27622 For additional information, contact Robert Parrish at 919-616-1606

Walk for Hope - October 14

Walk for Hope The Walk for Hope is Coming Soon Sunday, October 14 is the WALK FOR HOPE, a walk to benefit quality care and research for those who struggle with mental health. This walk takes place during worship and is the way many of us share God's love on this special day.
Contributions: You can contribute or sponsor a walker by visiting our table in the narthex on Sunday, September 23. Please make check payable to Foundation of Hope. You can also go to the Walk for Hope website, and follow the directions to contribute online. Please contribute to our Community UCC team.  
Registration: Register soon please at select the green box marked Register,then simply scroll down past the price schedule and fill in the form. You can select the button next to “Walk - Pay Later” if you want to contribute less than the $70 for adults or $30 for youth. Those who walk are also sponsored by contributions from church members. Be sure to join the Community UCC…

Oktoberfest - Saturday, October 20, 5-8pm

Blessing of the Animals, October 21

The annual "Blessing of the Animals" will take place October 21st at 4:00pm in the courtyard. In case of rain we will be in the fellowship hall.

Guest Preacher and Guest Presenter on October 21

Next Sunday, Oct. 21, Guest Preacher & Presenter:Immigration & Sanctuary in North Carolina

Rev. Dr. Jennifer Copeland, Ex. Director, North Carolina Council of Churches will preach in worship at 10:30am.

Rachel Baker, Immigration Advocacy Program Director will present on Immigration Issues, including those living in sanctuary in North Carolina following worship at 12:15pm.

Composting Celebration and Composting Tips:

Celebrate!!!  Composting Is An Exciting New Initiative At CUCC!! 
We have been composting at CUCC for three months now (since June), and many of you are also putting your home compost in the bin.That’s GREAT!! During that time, we have diverted ~1000 pounds of waste from landfills, and so have kept ~ 500 pounds of CO2 equivalents from the air!
Here are some tips to help make us successful: ·During the week, put compost from home or from CUCC in the 35 gal compost bin   outside the door near the kitchen ·During fellowship time, put compost in the small “compost” bin near the coffee table
We do compost: ·all food, including meat/bones/egg shells/cheese ·paper plates and cups marked with the word “compostable”* ·coffee grounds & filters ·paper towels and napkins ·wooden stirrers & toothpicks ·compostable plastic bin liners (green with “compostable” on them) ·paperboard berry containers ·pizza boxes
We do not compost, we recycle:

Safe Church Training, October 28, Noon

It is time for all volunteers and parents who help with our children and youth programs to renew Safe Church Training as required by the UCC. Training will be provided after fellowship on October 28 in the fellowship hall. The training will be led by a professional just as it was two years ago. It will take about 1 hour. Childcare will be provided. Please plan to attend.