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Friday Email - 3 JAN 2014

Epiphany/Babies We Love of 2013 Finger-foods Potluck
Forum Schedule for January
Loaves and Fishes Chili Sale
After Christmas Wish List
Pledges
Special Documentary Showing
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
Taizé
Tai Chi
Retirees’ Group
Sam and Jack Alcorn Bicycling Across the US for Bike and Build

“Epiphany/Babies We Love of 2013” Finger-foods Potluck
Bring a finger food this Sunday for our after-worship Epiphany/Babies We Love potluck.  We’ll eat your appetizer during our usual fellowship time.  You’ll be able to congratulate the proud parents, siblings, grandparents, and great aunts/uncles as we welcome babies born in 2013.  (Remember: finger foods only.  No eating utensils provided.  Whether homemade or store-bought, your item is appreciated.)

Forum Schedule for January - 9:15am, Vaughan Fellowship Hall
January   5:  No Forum.
January 12:  Issues Around Overhauling and Expanding Medicaid in North Carolina, Speaker to be announced.
January 19:  The Priorities of Historic Thousands on Jones Street HKonJ) 2014, Rev. Curtis Gatewood, HKonJ People's Coalition Coordinator.  Rev. Gatewood will also be our guest preacher during the 10:30am Worship Service.
January 26:  New Voting Laws in NC, Allison Harrison, Triangle Organizer and Volunteer Coordinator of Democracy NC.

Loaves and Fishes Chili Sale
It is time to place your orders for meat and veggie chili in freezer containers.  We have increased the price of our chili for the first time in seven (7) years. Both meat and veggie will be $12.00 per quart. Please place your orders by Sunday, January 19, 2014, with Shannon Core (919-846-0902) or use the sign-up sheet on the hallway bulletin board.  Pick up dates and times will be Friday, January 24, 2014, from 4:00pm -7:00pm, and Saturday, January 25, 2014, 9:00am - Noon at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church on Six Forks Road in Raleigh.

After-Christmas Wish List 
As you are cleaning up from the holidays, please keep in mind that I can re-use wall calendars of various types for matching and sorting tasks for my students.  Also, I have a student who is fascinated by bubble wrap, so I would appreciate any donations.  Please leave these items in the robing room through January or give them to Robert or Linda Parrish.  Thank You.

Pledges
For those interested in the status of their pledge total to date for 2013, please contact Carol Clark, 919-876-1393 or cdebclark@msn.com.

Special Documentary Showing
Groundswell Rising Logo: The newly released documentary, Groundswell Rising:  Protecting Our Children's Air and Water, from Resolution Films, will be previewed on Wednesday, January 8th, 7:00pm in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall.  Executive Producer, Mark Lichty, from PA will be on hand to discuss it.  For more info about the film, go to http://www.groundswellrising.com/the-film/.  For further information contact Mac Hulslander at 919-833-7203.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
The next Congregational Meeting will be Sunday, January 12, Noon, in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall.  We will approve the 2014 budget and welcome our new and returning officers and committee/ministry members.  Please plan to attend.

Taizé Worship
Especially at Christmas, but also at any time in our day and age, we have an unprecedented fast pace and saturation of media. We are challenged more than ever to maintain a sense of peace even during Christmas holidays; to remain centered on who and whose we are; and to “be still and know that God is God.” Our spiritual needs cannot be met by a noisy, fast-paced, materialistic society. But the thirst of our souls can be quenched with meditative prayer, through which we connect with God.  We, at Community United Church of Christ, hold Taizé services each Sunday
morning, but also in the evenings on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm. Taizé worship is marked by a spirit of contemplation, prayer and extended periods of silence. One aspect of Taizé worship is the repetitive singing of short and simple chants, which enable us to let go of the clutter of our minds and to listen and pray to God with our hearts.

If you long for peace and quiet….
If you want to pray for yourself or for others….
If you love to feel the words of Scripture wash over you….
If you yearn for a deeper connection with God in the start of a glorious
New Year….

Then  join me Tuesday January 7th at 7:00pm. God will meet us where we are.  I hope to see you this coming Tuesday evening, but most of all I wish each of you Peace and love in this beautiful New Year, Joy

Tai Chi
Tai Chi resumes this Wednesday, January 8, at 9:30am in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall.  Hope to see you there!

Retirees’ Group
The Retirees’ Group would like to thank all those who donated to the Meals on Wheels Christmas List this year.  It was one of our biggest donation years.  The clients who participate in Meals on Wheels greatly appreciated the gifts.  The Retirees’ Group will meet January 13, 2014, at 10:30am in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall.  Please bring a bag lunch.  Drinks and dessert will be provided.

Sam and Jack Alcorn Bicycling Across the US for Bike and Build
For five summers, Sam and Jack Alcorn worked on the Appalachian Service Project (ASP) with folks from CUCC.  This year they are raising money to participate in Bike and Build.  The group organizes cross-country bicycle trips which benefit affordable housing groups such as Habitat for Humanity.

Over the past 10 seasons, Bike and Build has donated more than $4.5 million; built for more than 160,000 hours; and pedaled over 7.5 million miles. To learn more, pedal over to their website http://www.bikeandbuild.org.

Sam will be leading a group of 30 riders from Nags Head to San Diego.  Jack will ride with the group going from Providence to Seattle.  Each rider must raise $4500 to participate.

To donate to Sam and learn about his trip, visit http://bikeandbuild.org/rider/7084

To donate to Jack and learn about his trip, visit http://bikeandbuild.org/rider/7310. Thanks!