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Newcomers' Supper, September 24, Friday

You are invited to the Newcomers’ Supper on Friday, September 24, 2010.  Appetizers at 6:00 PM; Dinner served at 6:30 PM Unwind after a busy week, ask questions about Community United Church of Christ, and enjoy meeting new people!  Please bring an appetite and curiosity. RSVP to CUCC office by September 20:  787-6422 or Please tell us if you need childcare (ages) and if you have any dietary restrictions.

Attending "Big Tent Christianity: being and becoming the church" - join me?

I'm looking forward to meeting the folks attending the Big Tent Christianity conference in Raleigh, Sept. 8-9.  If you'd like to carpool, let me know.  Trying to decide?  Read the synchroblog - entries written by folks who plan to participate.  Very intriguing, inspiring people.  The speakers should be impressive, too.
Here is what the organizers say about the conference:
Why “Big Tent Christianity”?

Numerous battles in the past produced the large number of denominations and separate churches within American Christianity today. Some of these battles were important. But many of the old battlelines no longer speak to Christians today, especially to the youth. Indeed, our divisions are driving some folks away from the church altogether.
In the old days revival tents were set up outside towns and cities across the South. The people of God would join together for celebration, community, and revival. The revival tent was a sign of Christian unity and Christian renewal — the ongoing and …

Services for Jospin Milandu

Andre Jospin Masakidi Milandu, 20, died suddenly August 19, 2010, at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University, Greensboro, North Carolina, where he was a sophomore. He was born May 11,1990, in Lukala, Democratic Republic of the Congo. He was the elder son of Fernand and Lina Milandu, of Knightdale, North Carolina. Surviving also are sisters Ferline and Ellen, brother Isaac, and niece Destinee.
Mr. Milandu was a 2009 graduate of Knightdale High School, where he was captain of the track team. He was a member of Good New Message Church and of Community United Church of Christ, both in Raleigh.
Viewing will be 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. August 27, 2010, at Community United Church of Christ, 801 Dixie Trail, Raleigh. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. August 28, at Forest Hills Baptist Church, 201 Dixie Trail, Raleigh, followed by interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Raleigh. The family will receive friends afterward at Forest Hills.

Betsy Towler leaves hospital

Betsy Towler is being discharged from Rex Hospital today on her 19th day at Rex following surgery for a ruptured appendix. Betsy is in good spirits and expects to make a full recovery. Thanks to all for prayers and cards during Betsy's long hospitalization.

CUCC grieves the death of Jospin Milandu

On Thursday of this week, Jospin Milandu, son of Fernand and Lina Milandu, collapsed and died on the athletic field at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro. We all grieve with Jospin's family and the Congolese community within our church.
New & Observer article on service at NC A&T
WRAL coverage
According to the latest information from the CUCC church office, a service is likely to be held at CUCC late in the afternoon on Saturday, August 28. Details will be posted on this blog once a final decision is made.

News Readers and Google Reader

Some CUCC folks have asked about ways to be notified when something new is posted on this blog. A news reader is a handy tool for being notified whenever anything is added to your preferred blogs, photo galleries, news sources, etc. And one of the most widely used news readers is Google Reader which works right inside your web browser. If you have a Google account, you can visit to configure and use your news reader. Here's a little sample of how I use it.
The snapshot below shows what I see when I visit Google Reader. It shows a list of news sources I've selected (including, for example, the NY Times Technology blog), a list of photo archives (which includes, for example, Suzette's Picasaweb gallery), and one audio source (WUNC's podcast series "State of Things"). With a quick glance at Google Reader I can see how many unviewed items there are at each news source. Notice that I've deliberately left the CUCC News and Chat blog off my subs…