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Friday Email - 30 AUG 2013

Julia Mackintosh
Congratulation to Jaci, Tam, and Jonathan Westbrook
Food Bags Due this Sunday
Forum Resumes this Sunday, Sept. 1
TaizĂ©’ Worship
Welcoming Sunday
Fall Church Retreat
Keeping Homeless Families Together
Voter Registration Applications
Voter Registration Drive
Sept. 8 Rich Park Voter Registration Help Needed
Youth Parent Retreat
Launch of New CUCC Website

Julia Mackintosh
Julia Mackintosh, frequent attender of Forum at CUCC, died last Saturday, Aug 24, surrounded by her family.  The memorial service will be on September 14, at 2:00pm, at Community United Church of Christ.  To view her memorial page on the Cremation Society of the Carolinas' webpage, go to:

Congratulation to Jaci, Tam, and Jonathan Westbrook!
Jaci Clayton and her Godson Jonathan Westbrook actively participated in CUCC prior to moving back to the Washington DC area to rejoin Jaci's partner/Jonathan's mother Dieu Tham Westbrook.  With the legal…

Forward Together/Moral Mondays continues this fall

Volunteers needed
RICH Park Housing voter registration drive (Sep. 8, 3-6pm) - sign up with Jane or Bev
Future voter registration, photo ID, and driving to the polls efforts - ask Jane to put your name on the email list.  You can initiate projects and invite others to help you, or you can volunteer for projects that others have initiated.  Because the Moral Mondays/Forward Together ad hoc group won't be meeting regularly, these emails are how we will keep in touch. Great videos, resources, songs
Background on CUCC and Moral Mondays/Forward Together

Sparked by the NC legislative session of 2013, the NAACP of North Carolina sent out a call to the HKonJ coalition to gather in Raleigh to proclaim a more loving vision for our state.  Called Moral Mondays, these weekly assemblies were part celebration and part protest.  Inspired by speeches and chants, the crowd stood in witness to the General Assembly.  Some among those gathered chose to risk arrest as they took their message to their legis…

New Collaborative Website

On August 27, the Communications Committee released an updated version of the CUCC website. This transition was approved by Church Council at its August 19 meeting and had been under development since late May.

The primary purpose of the transition is to allow greater direct participation by groups in the church and an improved flow of information. Rather than have a single webmaster who services all groups in the church (as has been the case since creation of the church website around 1995), the new approach allows groups in the church to choose who will be posting and maintaining information on the church website on their behalf. So groups can have very direct involvement if they so choose, or they still have the option of passing their information for the website on to somebody else. If they do choose to ask someone to post information on their behalf, they can choose from any of several members of the Communications Committee, or anyone else in the church who has blogging skills or…

Join the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington celebration

Wednesday, August 28, 5:30pm You can find the locations of celebrations throughout North Carolina by watching this short and inspiring video.  Locations are listed at the end.

- posted by Jane Smith as me and at the suggestions of Joan McAllister

Forum begins September 1

Sunday, September 1, 9:15am Vaughan Fellowship Hall The first forum will be:"2013 Legislation and the Responding Social Activism: Where are we headed?"  Open discussion on 1) the new legislation passed by the 2013 General Assembly in areas impacting social and economic justice, and 2) the increased social activism the legislation generated.  Discussion facilitated by Cynthia Ball.

Friday Email - 23 AUG 2013

Parents, Little Kids, Big Kids, and the Young at Heart
Welcoming Sunday, September 8
Forum Resumes September 1
Fall Church Retreat
Stewardship Update
Keeping Homeless Families Together
Youth Group Winds Up Study of World Religion
Take a Shift Registering People to Vote
Voter Registration Drive
Voter Registration Applications
Food Bags Due Sunday, September 1

Parents, Little Kids, Big Kids, and the Young at Heart
The foundation for the playhouse has been completed and the playhouse will be built tomorrow, Saturday, August 24.  Any last minute finish-up will be done on Sunday, August 25.  We need interested folks of ALL AGES and ABILITIES to participate in the project:  experienced builders, strong folks, people who are good with hammers and screwdrivers and saws, gluers, painters, carriers, etc.  Sandwiches will be provided.  Stay two hours or all day.  This will be fun!  If you have questions, please call Nancy Stoddard (919/571-9199) or Joan McAllister (919/851-9674).

Welcoming Sunday, September …

Friday Email - 16 AUG 2013

Welcome Home Pastor Steve
New Playhouse for Children’s Playground
Youth to Cook & Serve Wright Center Meal this Sunday
Welcoming Sunday
Church Council
Stewardship Update
Gardening Therapy
Keeping Homeless Families Together
Voter Registration Applications
Shopping for a Great Cause

Welcome Home Pastor Steve
We welcome back our pastor, Reverend Steve Halsted this Sunday.  Pastor Steve has been on sabbatical this past summer.  We all look forward to hearing about your summer journey.  You have been missed.  Welcome home!

New Playhouse for Children’s Playground
The property ministry of CUCC needs your help to build a playhouse for the playground.  We need interested folks of ALL AGES and ABILITIES to participate in the project:  a few project managers as well as strong folks, good counters, ditch diggers, site levelers, people who are good with hammers and screwdrivers and saws, gluers, painters, carriers, etc.  Volunteers to provide snacks and make sandwiches for workers would …

Save the Date! NC Pride is September 28!

CUCC's Open and Affirming Task Force will once again participate in NC Pride on September 28, 2013, at Duke University's East Campus.  Volunteers are needed to assist at the table and to MARCH, MARCH, MARCH in the Parade.  If you have never been to Pride, you have missed a life-affirming experience.  If you like to be thanked for being a member of a welcoming church, then this is the place for you to be on Saturday, September 28.  Hope to see you there!

Call  the church office (919-787-6422) or email Cathy at to sign up for a shift at the table or to make arrangements to meet the group for the march.

Where can I recycle at CUCC?

Bulletin: brown wooden container in narthex

White paper, chipboard, flattened cardboard, and newspaper: green recycling curbside container under kitchen table

Cans, glass jars, plastic drink bottles: green recycling trashcan in kitchen

Rigid plastic lids: box on hutch in Vaughan Fellowship Hall.  Linda Baker is taking them to Aveda.  Acceptable lids collection guide

Batteries (not leaking):  hand to Jane or Gary Smith.  Do not put them on the shelf in the fellowship hall - fire and battery acid hazard.

Florescent light bulbs - tube and CFL (unbroken): hand toJane or Gary Smith  Do not put them on the shelf in the fellowship hall - toxic mercury vapor hazard if broken.

Willing to collect an item from others at CUCC for cooperative recycling? Call Jane Smith.

Friday Email - 9 AUG 2013

Volunteers needed for Playhouse Building Project
Caring Committee
Life & Faith in Downtown Raleigh
Kevin Wilkins
Economic Justice Task Force
Updated Monthly Calendar Attached
Stewardship Update
Kindermusik Classes

Volunteers Needed for Playhouse Building Project!!
On Saturday August 17 we will install the base for the new children's playhouse.  This will consist of placing and leveling base supports; building the frame for the floor and porch; and staining and nailing down the porch/playhouse floor.  Materials for this part of the project will be brought to the site on Friday.

Tools needed include:  skill and/or table saw; heavy duty electric cords; hammers, old paint brushes, carpenter level and T squares.  People are needed to get the base supports in and level, construct the frame, stain the wood, and build the floor.  Susan Maleszweski would appreciate some help setting out sandwiches and replenishing drinks.  Please contact Joan McAllister ( or Nancy Stoddar…

Life & Faith in Downtown Raleigh: Tuesday, Aug. 13

Have you been looking for a group with whom to chew over the challenges of day-to-day living what you believe?  Join us at Tyler’s Tap Room in downtown Raleigh this Tuesday, Aug. 13.  We sit around a table with beverages in hand sharing our questions and swapping suggestions.  Come once and see if this suits you.  Bring a friend.  Anyone can suggest a question for consultation.  If no one suggests a topic, this week’s will be one of mine from Moral Mondays:  “How do I love my [political] enemy while also bearing witness on behalf of those being hurt by him/her?” 
Here are the logistics:  Those who want dinner arrive at 6:30 PM; those who only want a beverage come at 7 when we begin the conversation.  Dutch treat.  You can find Tyler’s at; there is well-lit parking on both sides of the building.  Look for the red “Life & Faith” comma at our usual round table on the far right. A Gathering of Friends event

Help build or provide snack/lunch for new playhouse

The property ministry of CUCC needs your help to build a playhouse for the playground.  We need interested folks of ALL AGES and ABILITIES to participate in the project:  a few project managers as well as strong folks, good counters, ditch diggers, site levelers, people who are good with hammers and screwdrivers and saws, gluers, painters, carriers, etc.  Volunteers to provide snacks and make sandwiches for workers would be WONDERFUL!!   On Saturday, August 17, we will do site preparation and we will build the playhouse on August 24.  We will do any last minute finish-up Sunday, August 25.If you are willing to pitch in, please contact Nancy Stoddard or Joan McAllister.

Friday Email - 2 AUGUST 2013

Steve’s Sabbatical
Food Bags for Urban Ministries
ONA Task Force
Moral Monday Discussion Group
Youth Remain in Worship Service This Sunday
Taizé Worship
Gardening Therapy
Deacons Meeting
Art Wall
Correction on email
New Playhouse for Children’s Playground

Steve’s Sabbatical
As Steve’s sabbatical comes to an end, we would like to thank Rev. Robert Parrish, Joy Alford, and Bill Lamb for their work in providing pastoral care and the excellent worship services that have occurred during Steve’s absence.  Thank you Joy and Robert for your sermons and for all the hard work you did.  Joy will be providing our sermon on Sunday, August 4, and Robert will preach on Sunday, August 11.  Please plan to attend to thank them for their work this summer and to listen to their inspirational messages.  Steve will return on August 15th.  Until then, Robert will be in the church office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am – 1:00pm; Joy will be in the office on Wednesdays from 10:00am – 1:00pm; and Bill will be on ca…

Joan Little's sister now a movie star

Many of us fondly remember Joan Little's sister Lydia Davis. Lydia has been to Raleigh numerous times. At the time of the family gathering at the funeral home that many of us attended, Lydia was the sister who led the family in singing a Polish hymn in honor of Joan. (Lydia is now 80, and when she attended Catholic elementary school in Saginaw, all classes were still conducted in Polish. That practice had disappeared by the time Joan entered school, so Lydia was the sibling most fluent in Polish.)

Lydia has an interesting connection with the Korean War, and as a result Lydia has been featured in a documentary on that war. From an article describing Lydia's role in the movie,

A member of the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 251 and the American Legion, Davis was invited to record her memories in the Delta College documentary, “The Korean War: Voices from the 38th Parallel.”

The article is entitled Korean War veteran shares a woman's perspective of the 'Forgotten Wa…