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A gift from the Lenten movie fans

After a one-week delay because of ice storms during the first week of Lent, the Lenten movie series ran from February 27 through March 27. The attendance was remarkable. 15 people turned out on Feb. 27 when the parking lot was again covered in ice.25 turned out for "The Retrieval", a movie that was brand new to CUCC.21 attended the showing of "The Other Son" on March 13.19 attended "As it is in Heaven" which was shown opposite Duke playing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 20.20 came out for the finale "Of Gods and Men" which was in head-to-head competition with NCSU playing in the Sweet 16 on March 27.So let it be said that neither ice storms nor local teams playing in the NCAA tournament prevented a total attendance of exactly 100 at the Lenten film series this year.
The purpose of this post, however, is to share the news that the participants in the film series expressed their appreciation via a generous response to Geraldine …

Weekly Email - 26 MAR 2015

From the Interim Pastor
Congratulations!
Sunday Morning Bible Study:  Experiencing the stories
Lenten Forum Series – Living the Questions
Friday Evening Film Series
Maundy Thursday Worship – April 2
Church Work Day – Saturday, March 28
Save the Date! Bread for the World is coming to Raleigh March 28
Healing Service, Monday, March 30, 12:45pm – Sanctuary
Parents’ Night Out (Childcare for CUCC Children) and Lock-In For Youth – April 10th
“Let Your Life Speak” Series
Save the date!  Solar Celebration at Anderson Point Park - April 19
CUCC Family Fun Auction Party – April 18

From the Interim Pastor
March 26, 2015
          If you lived in Indiana today, you would be reading about the 25th anniversary of a high school basketball game where over 41,000 people came to watch a senior in high school play.  His name is Damon Bailey and he and his school from Bedford were in Indianapolis to play in Indiana’s state championship*.  I was one of those fans.
          We Hoosiers came to hear about Damon when he wa…

One Great Hour of Sharing - Easter Offering

What is One Great Hour of Sharing? OGHS is a Christian offering to empower, provide water, supply food, and give relief from disasters. The UCC in partnership with eight other denominations have been collecting this offering for almost seven decades.  Together, they raise about $12 million each year.

How are the offerings used? The UCC responds to development, disaster, and refugee needs in 138 countries, and provides disaster relief and immigration assistance in the United States. More than 60% of the UCC's offering targets international development initiatives, including annual support for missionaries. Currently there are 7 OGHS supported missionaries and 2 Global Mission Interns working in disaster relief, health care, education, and agricultural development. The offering funds disaster preparedness and response, and disaster related volunteer initiatives in the U.S. as well. Nearly one-third of the UCC's offering is shared through Church World Service to support refugee, d…

Palm Sunday and Basketball

From the intentional interim pastor March 26, 2015
            If you lived in Indiana today, you would be reading about the 25th anniversary of a high school basketball game where over 41,000 people came to watch a senior in high school play.  His name is Damon Bailey and he and his school from Bedford were in Indianapolis to play in Indiana’s state championship*.  I was one of those fans.             We Hoosiers came to hear about Damon when he was in the 8th grade and Indiana University coach Bobby Knight started talking about him.  In 1990 Damon joined the IU basketball team as a freshman and we loved him even more.  That was a fun four years.             In 1994 the NBA draft was in Indianapolis and I was there when Damon was drafted in the 44th round by the Indiana Pacers.  The place went wild.  However, Damon was a better high school and college player than he was a professional one and didn’t make the team.  Today he is the assistant coach of Butler University’s women’s basketball…

Church-Wide Outdoor Event

April 25-26: SATURDAY/SUNDAY CHURCH-WIDE OUTDOOR EVENT AND CAMPING! Join in the fun! Our only agenda this year is to share good food, sing lots of campfire songs, take a beautiful nature walk, and simply rest and relax together!
We will again be at Camp Lapihio at Umstead Park April 25 at 3:00PM to April 26 at noon! Arrive Saturday afternoon for a hike or some singing and games, or evening for dinner and a camp fire with more songs, and stay the night if you like cabin camping. We'll also have Sunday breakfast and morning prayers, and you can still make it to church for worship if you'd like!
If you are coming for the evening only, please bring:  a side dish to share with dinner a camp chair (optional) a copy of Rise Up Singing (if you have one)  If you are spending the night, please bring: a side dish to share with dinner a camp chair (optional) socks & comfortable shoes for walking/playing clothes in layers (it may get cool at night) a sleeping bag pillow bug spray a flashl…

Youth Lock-In and Parents' Night Out

April 10: YOUTH LOCK/IN and PARENTS NIGHT OUT FOR CUCC CHILDREN! (Youth will provide childcare for CUCC Children ages 3-10 from 6-9 PM and then CUCC Youth will continue with games, a movie, and an overnight lock-in.)

Friday Email - 20 MAR 2015

From the Interim Pastor
New Office Hours and Phone Number
Semi-guided Walking Meditation – A Lenten Event
Sunday Morning Bible Study:  Experiencing the stories
Lenten Forum Series – Living the Questions
Friday Evening Film Series
Maundy Thursday Worship – April 2
Church Work Day – Saturday, March 28
Save the Date! Bread for the World is coming to Raleigh March 28
Healing Service, Monday, March 30, 12:45pm – Sanctuary
Fun-raiser for New Stove
CUCC Family Fun Auction Party – April 18

From the Interim Pastor
I’m sure you have had songs playing over and over in your head.  You can’t get rid of it; it just stays until it goes away on its own.  The term is “worming.”  You hear a song and it “worms” its way into your head, and like a tape recorder it just keeps playing whether you want it to or not.

A few days the song “Seasons of Love” wormed its way into my head.  The difference here is that I don’t remember the last time I heard the song.  Since then I have listened to it numerous times.  It is captiva…

Seasons of Love

From the interim pastor
March 20, 2015
            I’m sure you have had songs playing over and over in your head.  You can’t get rid of it; it just stays until it goes away on its own.  The term is “worming.”  You hear a song and it “worms” its way into your head, and like a tape recorder it just keeps playing whether you want it to or not.             A few days the song “Seasons of Love” wormed its way into my head.  The difference here is that I don’t remember the last time I heard the song.  Since then I have listened to it numerous times.  It is captivating and compelling for me.             “Seasons of Love” comes from the musical “Rent.”  Rentis arock musicalwith music and lyrics byJonathan Larson[1]loosely based onGiacomo Puccini'soperaLa bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life inNew York City'sEast Villagein the thriving days ofBohemianAlphabet City, under the shadow ofHIV/AIDS. (www.wikipedia.com)
      …

Semi-guided walking meditation.

9 AM March 21 (THIS saturday) at the Schenck Forest

Description: This will be a semi-guided walking mediation, and involve 1.5 miles of moderate hiking.  Those that prefer less walking will have the option to join the group for the first and last 1/4 mile of the walk and sit in the covered picnic area in between.

Directions: From the NC Museum of Art take Reedy Creek Rd Northwest for exactly 1 mile (.3 miles past Edward Mill Rd.) and take a left on an unmarked dirt road.  Drive 100 yards and park on the right side of the road.  We will meet at the gate on the right.

Facilities are rustic.  Bring water and comfortable clothes.  There is a port-a-potty near the picnic area but no running water.

Submitted by Sam and Joanna Woodrum who will lead the walk

CUCC Family Fun Auction Party - April 18, 6:30PM

The CUCC Family Fun Auction Party is coming up on Saturday, April 18, and we need you to help make it a success! The auction is an annual fundraiser for CUCC.  Would you consider donating an item to the auction?  Examples of past auction items include:
Garden plantsWeekends at the beach, lake or mountains Hand-made pottery, quilts, jewelry and original artworkA morning of bird-watching & lunch                       Therapeutic massageDay trips to fun destinations.  A geology field trip or a hike at a state parkPet-sitting, Babysitting, Yard work, Handyman, and Computer servicesBrunches, lunches, dinnersDelicious homemade cakes, pies, jams, etc. Please contribute your time, talents or treasure to this wonderful annual event.  To make a pledge, call the office and let them know the item, the minimum bid, any conditions (date, maximum/minimum number of people, etc.), AND whether you will be attending the auction. Please enter your pledge of an auction item to the church office by Tuesd…

Change

March 12, 2015
From the intentional interim pastor
Change:  to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone:             I often like change.  I like to redecorate.  I like to move plants around in the yard.  I like to rearrange things.  I like the change I like.             I’m not so fond of changes that affect my life in negative way.  I don’t like it when one of our children is in pain or a grandchild is disappointed.  I don’t like it when my father’s health takes a turn for the worst and I don’t like it when I can’t understand why people are so mean to each other.              I guess I don’t like all change.  Maybe you understand what I mean.  We like the change we like, and we don’t like the change we don’t like. If you are reading one of the gospels in the Bible with me you realize that things are changing for the disciples, and they don’t even know it.  I love the Gospel of Mark as it is the st…

The movie scene referenced in today's sermon

The scene that Pastor Peg Williams alluded to in her sermon on the Ten Commandments, March 8, 2015. The use of the audio in her sermon can be found in her archived sermon in the CUCC archives.

Office phones not working; new office email

Monday morning, March 2,  11:47AM:  We are in the process of changing the church phones from AT&T to Time Warner.  As a result, the phones are not currently working.  Please check the website (www.communityucc.org) for updates on when the phones are again working.
Also, as a result of changing our plan, the cucc@nc.rr.com email address will no longer work.  Please make sure you change the church email in your address book to office.cucc@gmail.com.
Peace,
Cathy