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Faith Leaders, Immigrants Gather For World Refugee Day

Rev. Jenny Shultz-Thomas, of Community United Church of Christ, leads a prayer with area clergy on Wed., June 20, 2018 at One Table United Methodist Church in Raleigh.

Faith leaders, immigrants and their neighbors gathered today in Raleigh to recognize World Refugee Day.
The day began at Open Table United Methodist Church for prayer. Jennie Belle, a community organizer with Church World Service, said the group is using the day to speak out against current federal immigration policies.  
“Different faiths and clergy, to raise up a prophetic voice to say that the policies right now that our administration is implementing around separating families and not allowing refugees in this country are immoral,” Belle said.
The news in recent days has been dominated by searing images of children held in cages at border facilities, as well as audio recordings of young children crying for their parents — images that have sparked fury, question of morality and concern from Republica…
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Pastor’s Letter

Again Jesus said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”

This text from last Sunday has continued to call me to center, providing universal spiritual context to the particular moral crisis of our day as "children" continue to find harm in the arms of a 'nation under God'. 

When I think of seeds growing, I think of my own children who sometimes seem to go to sleep and night and awake the next morning having grown 3 inches!

What does it mean to grow tiny seeds into the fullness of their existence, and to offer shade under the branches of this abundance?

Mary Ellen Maunz reminds us of Maria Montessori's idea of the child absorbent mind saying, "From birth to (approximately) age six, a child’s b…

Youth Summer Camp BYC 2018!

Eleven youth and two adults are preparing to leave for BYC Youth Camp on Sunday, July 1.

BYC is a church camp in Laurel Springs, NC, that is organized and supported by eleven churches (eight Alliance of Baptist Churches and three UCC Churches) who covenant together to provide a safe, nurturing, fun and creative space for youth to learn more about God, themselves, and community. Youth get to spend the week with roughly 100 other youth from like-minded churches all over the country. This will be the 10th year that CUCC has participated. We can't say enough good things about both the deeply profound spiritual opportunities and the community building experiences that this camp offers.

We need and cherish your prayers, your thoughts, your support, and your care. It’s our hope that CUCC will pray for us in worship, and throughout the week of July 1, as we leave for camp and as we spend time learning and growing and understanding each other, and God more deeply and truly. We will study Cre…


P2eeeeeee! Our Annual July Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest! Who will be champion this year?
Bring your smiles, and your spitting skills, to our easy breezy fellowship time after worship on Sunday, July 8th. If you’re not a spitter, come enjoy watermelon anyway, be a spectator and cheer on your special spitter! More details to come.

Lectionary for the Week of June 24, 2018

Lectionary for the Week of June 24, 2018 - Fifth Sunday after Pentecost - Green 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49; Psalm 9:9-20 or Job 38:1-11; Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41

This Week's Opportunities

Sunday06/24   9:00am Nursery provided 9:00amTaizĂ© Worship – Sanctuary 9:30amAdult Monday Morning Bible Study - Bradow Room 10:30amWorshipService - Sanctuary 10:45amChildren’s Sunday School - Sunday School Room 10:45amYouth Sunday School - Youth Room 11:45amFellowship - Vaughan Fellowship Hall 12:00pmReligious Education Ministry Meeting - Hoffmann Room 12:00pmSocial Justice Ministry Meeting - Bradow Room 12:00pmStewardship Ministry Meeting - Library 4:00pmCovenant Community - Bradow Room Monday06/25 12:15pmMonday Lunch Group - Hoffmann Room Tuesday06/26 10:00amOffice Staff Meeting - Pilgrim House

2020 Census Questions & Answers Meeting

The 2020 census is just around the corner and plans are being debated on what questions to ask and how to run the count.  There are important fairness and representation issues at stake, so Social Justice is discussing it. Our next meeting is at Noon on June 24 in the Bradow Room. CUCC member Mike Cline and Stacey Carless, Executive Director of NC Counts Coalition (NC Counts), will tell us about the 2020 census and what churches can do to help ensure a complete and accurate count. This should be a fascinating discussion. I hope you can join us. From Gary Smith, for the Social Justice Ministry.

Creation Justice Network Challenge

CUCC is a founding member of the Southern Conference UCC Creation Justice Network. From the latest CJN newsletter, they presents us a summer challenge:  “Please consider using paper rather than plastic bags on your next (and the one after!) trip to the store -- or better yet, bring your own cloth bags along with you.  Doing so will reduce litter and pollution -- especially of our oceans -- and protect plant, animal, and marine life, AND decrease the use of fossil fuels, which are used in their production. This is a simple, effective way to protect God's beloved Creation.”  From Gary Smith for the Justice in a Changing Climate task force.

3 Playful Wednesdays in August: Heifer Project

Mark your calendar now for the CUCC Intergenerational Heifer International Event coming up this August.  Heifer International is a charity which works to end poverty and hunger around the world.  All ages will have fun together while we explore how we can participate in Heifer’s work.

August 1 and 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 we’ll meet at CUCC for dinner and fun as we learn about Heifer.  We’ll be focusing on how Heifer uses bees and chickens to help families in Nicaragua and other countries care for themselves and the earth.

August 15 we’ll continue our fun and learning at Marla Dorrell Park in Cary where we’ll picnic and play from 5:30-7:30.  The park is conveniently located just off US1 and has a misting garden and unique play structures for all ages and abilities.

Sunday, August 19 we’ll celebrate all we’ve learned at worship and Fellowship afterwards.

This event is sponsored by the Religious Education Ministry.  Questions?  Contact Suzette Roach at 919-637-4727 or

Sisters in Spirit Beach Retreat

The SIS beach retreat is scheduled for Friday June 29th through Sunday July 1st. Please bring your questions or interest to Marty Lamb at 919-819-4084. We have space for 9; deadline to sign up is June 25.  Watch the screen in fellowship hall on Sundays after church coming up for possible visual history of the retreats. 

Triangle Expo for LGBTQ Aging Adults

SAGE Raleigh, a program of the LGBT Center of Raleigh, and Resources for Seniors are pleased to jointly announce the first ever TRIANGLE EXPO FOR LGBTQ AGING ADULTS, with American Airlines as our Presenting Sponsor.
The EXPO will be held at the Five Points Center for Active Adults located at 2000 Noble Road, Raleigh, NC on June 23, 2018 from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM. The purpose of the EXPO is to bring together LGBTQ seniors, their families, caregivers and others with service organizations who want to make it known they are welcoming, nonjudgmental and mindful of the need for cultural sensitivity when serving LGBTQ individuals.
During the EXPO, numerous events are scheduled to occur throughout the day, including educational programs, a law clinic, health screenings, entertainment and prizes, and much more. Numerous exhibitors will be present to provide services and information. The EXPO, which is open to the public, is free to all.
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Bring healthy snacks for Campo Mucho kids

CUCC's Community Outreach Ministry is working through the month of July to collect healthy snacks in support of Neighbor 2 Neighbor's, Campo Mucho.  This program provides outreach to many of our community's Latino children who come from primarily non-English speaking homes and who may be food insecure in their homes.

The camp will need 400 snacks total to provide their participants with 2 healthy snacks throughout their programming day.  If we can collect these snacks in time for their programming to begin on July 30, staff can use their limited funds to better provide more programming and 2 full meals during the days.

A donation tub will be in the Narthex each Sunday for collection.  The easiest way to collect snacks will be to buy boxes of individually packaged healthy snack options. For more information, please contact Laurel Powell at

Some ideas for snacks are:
Granola bars
Fig bars
Peanut butter or cheese crackers

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Radical love for immigrant children

In Sunday's sermon, Pastor Jenny invited us to take whatever feelings emerge as we reflect on our own complicated families and use that energy to show radical love for immigrant children who are separated from their parents.  Here is a link to the handout that she invited us to take home with actions for our consideration.