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Weather cancellations

Check this space for any cancellations this weekend due to hazardous weather.


Office is closed Monday and Tuesday
From Cathy:  Due to the winter storm that blanketed our area, the Church office will be closed Monday and Tuesday. If you need to contact us, please leave a message at 919-809-8850 or and we will contact you as soon as possible.  Please stay safe and warm.

Council Christmas party - Now a drop-in Sunday, December 16.  For details, talk to Grady.

Retirees' Christmas Party - New date is December 18, same time and place.  Contact Susan Maleszweski if you have questions.

Children's Christmas Pageant and Children's and Youth's Christmas parties - New date is December 16.  The choir will also perform the cantata during the 10:30 worship service.
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Fellowship and Worship Opportunities for the Week of December 9, 2018

Sunday12/09 9:00amNursery provided 9:00amTaizé Worship – Sanctuary 9:30amChoir Practice - Sanctuary 9:30amAdult Series: “Practicing Contemplation in Advent” - Bradow Room 10:30amWorshipService - Children’s Christmas Pageant - Sanctuary 10:45amYouth Sunday School Christmas Party (After Pageant)-Youth Room 11:30amAfter Pageant Children’s Party - Hoffmann Room 11:45amFellowship - Vaughan Fellowship Hall 12:00pmCommunity Outreach Ministry Meeting - Hoffmann Room 4:00pmCovenant Community - Bradow Room Monday12/10
12:15pmMonday Lunch Group - Hoffmann Room
10:00amOffice Staff Meeting - Pilgrim House 10:30amRetirees’ Christmas Luncheon - Vaughan Fellowship Hall
Wednesday 12/12
  9:30amTai Chi – Vaughan Fellowship Hall 6:30pmPFLAG Christmas Potluck - Vaughan Fellowship Hall

From the Pastor

From the Pastor
" it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth;and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”
As we enter this second week of Advent, let us ask ourselves what we might change in our own lives to make God's way straight in a rather crooked, sometimes bumpy and often low world? 
According to Thomas Merton, Advent is a graced period of time when a person can choose to begin to end all that is not Christ-like in his or her life. Contemplating Advent as a season of seeking greater wholeness of living in Christ, Merton writes:
"I begin to live in Christ when I come to the ‘end’ or to the ‘limit’ of what divides me from my fellow man; when I am willing to step beyond this end, cross the frontier,…

CUCC Annual Adult Christmas Party - This Saturday, December 8, 2018

CUCC Annual Adult Christmas Party! Saturday, December 8, 6:00pm – 9:00pm Vaughan Fellowship Hall
This Saturday is the Christmas party! It’s practically here!
Put down the holiday list of “to dos” and just come relax with your church friends.
Join the fun as we share a cup of cheer, some heavy hors d’oeuvres, carols and a special Christmas story.
You may bring a dessert to add to the bounty. All else is provided. Childcare available on request. (Please reply to let me know). 
Hope to see you there for a very merry evening!
- Susan Atkinson and your Welcome and Fellowship Committee

Children's Christmas Pageant

Children’s Christmas Pageant Sunday, December 9, 2019
Join us Sunday, December 9th, for our annual Children’s Christmas Pageant.All children are welcome to participate in the pageant.

Contact Anne Bailey-Zschau at annebailey@mindspring.comif your child would like to join in the festivities or if you would like to help with the pageant.

December Youth Events

Saturday, December 8: Parent’s Time Out: Service Project 9:30AM-12PM, youth (and a couple of adults) will care for children while parents and guardians have a morning off to relax, shop, or hang out together. Youth and children will practice yoga for children with Ellen Beidler, share a collaborative art project with Santi Matthews, enjoy a story read by our youth, and play games indoors and out. Healthy nut-free snacks provided.
Sunday, December 9: Christmas Pageant and Youth Party: Celebration 10:30AM Youth helps with Christmas Pageant and then go to the youth room for a Christmas Party. 
Sunday, December 16: Wright Center Meal:Service Project Youth will bake sugar cookies during Sunday School. Youth prepare dishes at home and bring them to share with the women at the Wright Center. Youth bring the meal, along with cookies, icing, and sprinkles to the Wright Center at 6:30PM. After dinner, we will all decorate cookies together.  

Advent 2018

Join us as we celebrate Advent with watchful waiting, preparation, justice, and joy.  Go to Advent 2018

Retirees' Christmas Luncheon

Retirees’ Luncheon Tuesday, December 11, 10:30am
Retirees are invited to a Christmas Luncheon on Tuesday, December 11, 10:30am, in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall.Frank Gailor will provide an entertaining program and Susan Maleszweski, Jeanne Ledbetter and Merrilee Jacobson will provide a scrumptious luncheon.RSVP to the church office at 919-809-8850 or

Advent 2018 Weekly Devotional

Go to Advent Devotional 2018 for the full weekly devotional.

Craft Night - All Are Welcome

Craft Night - All Are Welcome Friday, December 14: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Join us for crafting and fun to learn from our community’s most talented makers. You may discover a new hobby or eliminate some of your Christmas shopping.A variety of crafts options will be provided. 
Note: Season-themed mixed drinks are technically a craft, so even our least talented will find a niche.

Christmas Cantata Sunday, December, 16, 2018

The Chancel Choir invites you to join them in celebration of the Advent season as they bless us with their annual Christmas Cantata.This year, the choir will be presenting “Rhapsody in Bluegrass: A Christmas Jubilee” during the 10:30am worship service. Come and celebrate the season with us and enjoy a splendid treat from our talented musicians.

December Children's Calendar

December 9:  Christmas Pageant During 10:30am Worship Service
December 23: Children stay in worship service with families
December 30: Sunday School Led by Śānti and the Youth!

Spiritual Formation and Education - Sunday Mornings, 9:30am

Spiritual Formation and Education Sunday Mornings, 9:30am - Bradow Room
Richard Rohr states, “...Jesus gave us a process, a way of hearing, a way of union, a look past the world of appearance an [toward]...the truth.” - a way called contemplation, or also known as centering prayer, Christian insight meditation, and prayer of the heart.Join us Sunday morning during advent as we read from the lectionary, then engage in a contemplative practice and encourage each other to take the practice home and into our daily life.No experience necessary.

Church Christmas Decorating

Do you enjoy decorating for the Christmas Season?   We invite you to help create beautiful spaces for our church community. When:  Saturday, December 15 Time:  9:30 - 11:00 Gathering in kitchen for cider and goodies Thank you on behalf of Sacraments and Chancel Ministry Jeanne Ledbetter: