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New opportunities keep popping up every day, so keep checking the CUCC Online Calendar.  


Friday, October 30
Submit photo for Ofrenda Memorial Walk – LAST DAY
Retirees’ Café – Merrilee and Bill co-host
Saturday, October 31
Meditation and Conversation
Sunday, November 1 – All Saint’s Day
Eastern Standard Time begins
Taizé worship, then fellowship
Sunday Morning Adult Bible study – Prodigal Son concludes
Worship for all ages with communion, then fellowship
Caring Committee
Dia de Los Muertos Memorial Youth Walk
Ofrenda Memorial Walk for Congregation
All Saint’s Day movie night
Monday, November 2
Ofrenda Memorial Walk  is open
Monday Lunch Group 
Tuesday, November 3
Ofrenda Memorial Walk is open
Election Day: Our Faith, Our Vote
Wednesday, November 4
Ofrenda Memorial Walk  is open
Compost emptied
Tai Chi
Lectionary Lunch with Lacey
Wednesday Evening Bible Study Election Debrief and Prayer Gathering
Thursday, November 5
Ofrenda Memorial Walk is open
Deacons Meeting
Election Debrief and Prayer Gathering 

Friday, November…
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Turn your clocks back Saturday night

Daylight savings time ends Saturday.Turn your clocks back - another hour for sleep or fun.

Bring bread and wine* for communion at 10:30 worship

At Community UCC we practice an "open table," meaning that you do not have to be a member of our church to participate. You don't have to be baptized or have gone through a confirmation process. People of all ages are welcome, even our young children! The only pre-requisite is an open heart.
We believe that all people of faith are invited to join Christ at Christ's table for the sacrament of Communion. Just as many grains of wheat are gathered to make one loaf of bread and many grapes are gathered to make one cup of wine, we, the many people of God, are made one in the body of Christ, the church.

On November 1, at 10:30 worship, we will celebrate communion.  Bring wine and bread* - whether orange juice or Merlot, a slice of whole-grain or a gluten-free cracker - to worship services.  We will join in Christ's meal together.

Email the office to get the Zoom meeting information for worship. office.cucc@gmail.com.


All Saint’s Day Celebration - Sunday, November 1

All are invited to come and participate in this meaningful time of remembering and celebrating our loved ones who have died.  
Come to either or both on November 1: 
6:30-7 pm  Be one of the first to experience the Ofrenda Memorial Walk through our newly paved Memorial Meditation Garden! You can be among the first to wind through this experiential walk (which will remain on the grounds until November 28). 
7-8:45 pm  Watch Coco, the Pixar movie about Dia de los Muertos. Arrive early: participation will be limited to 15 seating area units (a person, couple, or family in each seating area). Park in Dixie Trail lot; the movie will be in the Wade Avenue lot. Bring a camp chair, blanket, and mask.  No rain date.

Sparked by the youth international mission trip to Oaxaca, CUCCers have shared many wonderful moments in recent years around Day of the Dead activities. There is perhaps no better way to get to know a church friend than by hearing stories about their beloved family members who have pas…

Ofrenda Memorial Walk - November 2 to 28

As All Saint’s Day and Dia de Los Muertos approaches, the CUCC Youth are creating an Ofrenda (offering) walk through our newly paved Memorial Garden. The walk is intended to help us understand the complexity of transitions, the power of memory, and the celebration of life. It will also hopefully continue to link us to the experiences we had and the friends we met in Oaxaca, Mexico, while on our International Mission Trip in 2019. Please visit our Memorial Garden anytime from November 2-28, and take your time journeying through the walkway. There will be places for you to engage: invitations for you to remember, to pray, and to leave your own offerings for loved ones. You are invited to share a photo of a loved one who has died, for display in the garden. Please take a picture of a printed photo or send a digital image via text to 919-961-8814 or email to education.cucc@gmail.com. Śānti will print it and laminate it so it will be weather proof for display in the Ofrenda Memorial Walk. …

Lectionary study schedule for November

In November we have two small group opportunities to dig deep into the lectionary readings for the coming Sunday:  a mid-day series and an evening series.
Every Wednesday, 1-2PM - hosted by Pastor Lacey
First and third Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30PM - hosted by the Wednesday Evening Bible Study group
Both groups welcome new people - whether from CUCC or from the community.
Those gathered choose which of the lectionary readings for the week to consider for the discussion.  No homework required.  Click here for the lectionary readings.  If you are curious about how the lectionary readings were chosen, read here.
To get the Zoom meeting information, contact office.cucc@gmail.com a few days before the group gathers.  The Zoom information is also in the Saturday Zoom email.

Join us for an election debrief and prayer gathering on Zoom

Wednesday, November 4 at 7:00pm
OR
Thursday, November 5 at 7:00pm 2020 has been a challenging year on so many levels. Not only are we living through a global pandemic but also a presidential campaign that has been divisive and all-consuming. Many of us are craving a safe space to share in community. You are invited to join Pastor Lacey and your fellow church members one of two nights: Wed. Nov. 4 @ 7pm or Thurs. Nov. 5 @ 7:00pm on Zoom. Our aim is to share experiences, hopes, joys, concerns, and frustrations following what has been an exhausting couple of months. No matter who wins or loses, we are a community of support for one another. If you think a conversation following the election would be helpful for you, please plan to join us. Look for the link in the Saturday Zoom email, or contact lacey.cucc@gmail.com.

Enjoy a break with friends on Fridays in November

The CUCC Cafe' continues through November (except Thanksgiving Friday).  Sometimes called the Retirees' Cafe', this gathering is for anyone who happens to be free between 1-2PM on Fridays.  There is no agenda - just time to catch up on what is happening in each other's lives.The Zoom meeting information is in the Saturday Zoom email, or you can contact Bill Lamb or Merrilee Jacobson who are sharing hosting duties.  Their contact information is in Breeze.

Workday at CUCC - November 7

The final 2020 church work day will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 8am-noon.  A wide variety of projects are available, either that morning (socially distanced) or on the day and time of your choice.  For more information, or to volunteer for one or more of the projects below, please contact Property Ministry Chairperson Merrilee Jacobson at 919-274-4539 or mkjacobson123@gmail.com. Thanks! ·        Weeding and pruning
·        Girdling ivy around trees
·        Weather-stripping both Pilgrim House front/back doors
·        Sweeping up pine straw and redistributing it
·        Patching broken concrete at top of stairs leading from MMG to Wade Ave. 
·        Re-seating children’s toilet
·        Cleaning gutters
·        Filling gap between dishwasher and countertop in main kitchen
·        Shoveling soil away from intersection of Dixie and Wade
·        Replacing nonworking PH dishwasher with cupboard
·        Cleaning fascia above compost bin

New Sunday morning study begins November 8

Beginning November 8, Robert Parrish will lead a discussion of the book Acting on Faith: Stories of Courage, Activism and Hope Across Religions, edited by Diane Faires Beadle and Jamie Lynn Haskins.  We know Pastor Diane from our joint Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday worship with St. Paul's Christian Church  where she serves as Senior Minister. Here is the book description from the Quail Ridge Books website:Different faiths, shared hopes. Are we more alike than we know? In these first-person stories from diverse voices of faith, hear from people whose faith leads them to seek justice and work for love amidst our world's violence and divisions. Gain a deeper understanding of the diverse beliefs practiced by your neighbors and our shared hopes for building a better world. Reflection questions with each chapter make this book perfect for small group study or read as a private devotional. Acting on Faith inspires hope and encourages personal action through concrete examples of fa…

Post-election destress meditation at Monday Lunch Group - November 9

Do you feel like you need to destress after an election year the likes that no one has seen before?  Is there a need for you to refocus and  recharge?   Well, our Monday lunch group has just the thing for you.  Monday Lunch Group invites all who are interested to a time of meditation.  Our very own Marty Lamb will lead us in meditative exercises that are sure to help us feel calmer and more relaxed.  This session will take place November 9 during Monday Lunch which starts at 12:00 noon and ends around 2:00.  Generally, during Monday Lunch we have a time of prayer and a brief devotional before featured programs began.  Please watch for the Zoom link to join Monday Lunch in the Saturday Virtual Worship email for Saturday, November 7.  Come and let us “breathe” and “destress” together- submitted by Robert Parrish for Monday Lunch Group  RobertCParrish7@gmail.com

Mark your calendar - Congregational Meeting November 15

The honor of your company is requested at our fall congregational meeting via Zoom following the church service on November 15, 2020. A detailed agenda will be released prior to the meeting, but come expecting to hear about our Path Forward, our stewardship campaign and budget for 2021. Be sure to put November 15th on your calendar now!- Megan Fackler Bretz, Moderator mfacklerbretz@gmail.com

Wanted: a photo of you and your siblings

In November the sung response to the passing of the peace will be the first verse of Thank Our God for Sisters, Brothers. Please send us photos of sisters and brothers (all ages) which Amanda will use to accompany the lyrics.   Email the photo to Amanda Jost at ajost07@gmail.com.   Amanda needs our photos for the welcoming photo and for the hymns.Thank you from CUCC's Worship Team.

Email Lacey, not Jane

Just for this coming Sunday, November 1, email Pastor Lacey instead of Jane Smith about worship:if you plan to invite a guest to worship,if you are having trouble getting into the worship service.The Smiths are having work done on their email account November 1 and 2, and will not be able to send or receive emails.You can still reach Jane by phone or text message.Thank you.Jane Smith

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