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Benefit concert - flood relief in WV and eastern NC, Nov. 19

Long-time friends of CUCC, Bill and Rosemary Pate (ASP team leaders), sent me this invitation to a concert to raise funds for those harmed by the flooding in West Virginia this summer and in eastern NC this month.

You are cordially invited to attend a special ASP event at First United Methodist Church, Cary the evening of Saturday, November 19th.  We are excited be hosting the musical group Alathea, who will be performing a concert for us that evening as we celebrate the great work of ASP and raise funds for flood relief in Rainelle, WV and in eastern North Carolina.  

If you have any questions or need additional information, feel call Dennis Hilton at 919.772.6950.

Alathea, "I'll Carry You" Official ASP video

If you would prefer to get your hands busy making a difference, Bill and Rosemary are leading an adults-only working ASP weekend to WV December 4-9 and will be looking into possible ASP projects in eastern NC.  Here is their letter:
Dear Friends We hope you are all well…

Fall Congregational Meeting - Nov. 20

This is our regular third annual congregational meeting as required in our by-laws.  Plan to stay after worship; light refreshments will be provided.

From Article VI. 
Section 4. Third Annual Congregational Meeting: This meeting shall be held in the Fall of each year. The date and time shall be set by the Church Council and announced at least two weeks in advance. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss goals and objectives for the coming year and to kick off the pledge campaign. Other business consistent with the Constitution and By­Laws may be transacted at this meeting. A proposed budget and a proposed slate of officers, ministry and committee members shall be presented at the Fall congregational meeting.

If you have an item for discussion, please contact Frank Gailor, Moderator.


Opening Prayer

Secretary's reading certification of the minutes
Approval of the minutes of the May 5, 2016, congregational meeting
Supporting documents:
Draft minutes

Approval of the minutes of the Nove…


Photos from Blessing of the Animals

On a gorgeous afternoon in October (Oct. 16), the children of CUCC sponsored a Blessing of the Animals with Pastor Peg officiating.

See more photos

Meet the candidate for pastor

The Community UCC Pastoral Search Committee was appointed earlier this year by our Deacons Ministry to perform a national search for a new settled pastor.  The committee is delighted to say that we have found an excellent candidate and are excited for you to get to know them.  To this end, we pray that you will participate in one or more of the events we have scheduled for Nov 4 through 6 to meet and speak with our candidate and their family.  The candidate will also preach and lead worship at 10:30 on Nov 6.  After worship, at a called congregational meeting, Community UCC members will vote on the recommendation of the Pastoral Search Committee to call the candidate as our next settled pastor.

Click program below to enlarge for reading

Annette Bingham

Annette Patton Bingham
January 29, 1936 - October 18, 2016
(Annette Bingham has been a regular participant in many CUCC activities, including Taizé worship and Sunday Forum. She also has served as a leader of the Triangle Interfaith Task Force.)

Annette Patton Bingham was born in Greensboro, North Carolina on January 29, 1936, to John Constantine Patton and Nettie Elizabeth Horne. She died October 18, 2016 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina at the age of 80. She was nurtured and baptized at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant and after marriage continued her lifelong service in the Methodist Church. She was a graduate of Greensboro High School and earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts and Letters from North Carolina State University.

On September 10, 1955 she married William Louis Bingham of Roper, North Carolina. In their married life they lived in Lafayette, Indiana; State College, Pennsylvania; Nancy, Lorraine, France; Hyattsville, Maryland;Chicago,Illinois and …

Special Congregational Meeting - Nov. 6

Special Congregational Meeting Nov. 6 at 12:00 noon
To vote on the call of our proposed new pastor
The Pastoral Search Committee is delighted to share with you that we have completed the search and are presenting to you a candidate for the pastorate at Community UCC.  This week members will receive a letter  in which is a short biography and an invitation to our "Candidate Weekend" on November 4-6.  We invite you to attend any of the sessions with our candidate so that you may get to know this person outside of worship, and feel prepared to vote at the special congregational meeting.  Look for more information about the weekend events in the bulletin and in your email newsletter.
- The Pastoral Search Committee

Transit, interfaith dialogue, urban planning and wages

Adrienne Little represents CUCC's Social Justice Ministry at meetings of Congregations for Social Justice.  Consider participating in one of these events in our community.  Contact Adrienne if you have questions.

1 -   Crucial Conversation - Wake County's transit referendum: The case for a "yes" vote from Rob Schofield
       Tuesday, October 18, at noon — Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.
       Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building
       711 Hillsborough St. (At the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets)
       Cost: $10, admission includes a box lunch.
This year’s general election ballot in North Carolina is a crowded one. Across the state, voters will be asked to make dozens of decisions on a dizzying variety of candidates and, in many places, special ballot referenda. One of the most important of these referenda will be on the ballot in Wake County, where voters will be asked to decide on a proposal…

A Call for Reflection And Consideration

Are you new and wish to become a member of a church Ministry? Or are you ready to try something new? Is there a ministry that fits your time and talents? Let the Nominating Committee hear from you! Matching people's talents and interests to the work of the church is our job as we begin updating the slate of ministries and committees for the upcoming year.

For information about the different ministries and their activities,  go to our website. We hope to hear from you soon!

Thank you for opening up your imagination to possibilities...

Geri Bowen
Marty Lamb
Jeanne Ledbetter
(Your nominating committee)

Large CUCC contingent at Walk for Hope

As usual Community UCC turned out a large group of youth and adults to participate in Walk for Hope that was held on October 9.

School suspensions; affordable housing - justice opportunities

Adrienne Little represents CUCC at the meetings of the Congregations for Social Justice.  Here are two open invitations to the community which might be of interest to you.

1 -   In depth conversation regarding the "Suspensions in the Wake County Public School System" from Portia Rochelle < >
Speakers:     Keith Sutton and Monika Johnson Hostler
                    WCPSS Board of Education
Date:            Tuesday,October 11, 2016
Location:      Martin Street Baptist Church,
                    1001 East Martin Street
                    Raleigh, North Carolina
                    Johnson Building
                    State Street Entrance
Time:            6:30-8:00 p.m.
SPONSOR:  Concerned Citizens For African American Children

Please join our community for an in depth conversation regarding the "Suspensions in the Wake County Public School System."  We are calling on all parents,concerned citizens and community advocates to attend and participat…

Book discussion and luncheon October 23

The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker

Everyone is invited to a book discussion and luncheon on October 23 after worship in the Hoffman Room.  Whether or not you have read (or finished) the book, you are welcome to be part of the discussion.

In the last three decades, millions of American workers have lost their jobs, their health insurance and their pension plans.  Violations of safety regulations are increasingly common.  The hourly wage has scarcely increased at all, even as the risk of being laid off has risen sharply.  The Big Squeeze tells the personal stories of workers who have had to adapt to these changes and endure ongoing stresses and strains.  Hear their stories and share solutions.

The youth will provide a simple Ethiopian vegetarian stew and rice.  The discussion about this timely book is sponsored by the Economic Justice Task Force.

Get your chores done by our youth!

Have you been needing to get something done around your house and not been able to do it yourself? Let the CUCC Youth Group take care of it for you.

We have set aside one Saturday a month to do chores for church members.  Contact Śānti Matthews at 919-961-8814 or if you want to have three youth come do chores for you for two hours, suggested donation is $20. We will work out a day and time that suits you.

This new initiative will help us keep our Appalachia Service Project team work momentum, help us get to know members of the church better, and will help us to raise funds for activities for our growing group.

Forum schedule, Fall 2016

Drop in on the discussion and activities at Sunday Forum.  9:30-10:15AM, Fellowship Hall.

November 13:  Dennis Gaddy presents a program to assist men and women transitioning from prison and jail

Dennis Gaddy, Executive Director of Community Success Initiative, a non-profit corporation with a vision to crate communities where people discover their potential, set worthy goals for their lives, and take action in a positive way, with an emphasis on men and women who are transitioning form prison and jail, or who otherwise find themselves entangled in the criminal justice system.

An Intergenerational Faith and Art Forum
November 20:  Star Making Workshop

Hope is a star that shines in the night,
leading us on till the morning is bright.
When God is a child there's joy in our song
The last shall be first
and the weak shall be strong,
and none shall be afraid.
- Brian A. Wren

As we approach Advent, Śānti Matthews will teach us to make our own 3D star ornaments, and we will explore with each other wh…

Get your ticket for the Adults' Christmas Party

Our annual  CUCC Christmas Party will be on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

The party this year will be catered by Tuscan Blu with vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and omnivorian options.  Tickets go on sale on October 30.

Contact Susan Maleszweski for more information.

Family tent camping at Pilot Mt. State Park

Friday, Oct. 14 - Sunday, Oct. 16

If you like tent camping, or want to try it, come see the beautiful leaves with us at Pilot Mt., October 14 – 16. BUT, we need to know we have enough space – Chris Burkhardt has reserved four sites, and we can reserve more. SO, if you want to come, please email Chris. The campsite has hot showers, and we’ll all contribute for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Saturday and breakfast Sunday (meals Friday are on your own).  We’ll share more information on what to bring, including a packing list, as we get closer.

About Pilot Mountain: Rising abruptly more than 2,000 feet, Pilot Mountain is a remnant of the ancient Sauratown Mountains, with great views of the Blue Ridge and the Piedmont.

Praying in this election season


Will you pray with me?

From Tuesday, October 4th through Tuesday, November 8, I will be praying every Tuesday in the sanctuary from 10:00am to 10:30am.  Yes, November 8 is Election Day.  I will not be praying for specific persons to be elected, but I will be praying for people to be elected who are willing to work together to bring about peace in all kinds of ways.

Please join me in person or in spirit.  If that time of day does not work for you, please select a time and a place that will.  But let's be intentional about praying for God's Kingdom here and now.

Amos 5:25: But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Prayers for the journey,


Crop Walk - October 23

Join us for the 36thAnnual Raleigh CROP Walk on October 23 Help us to raise $5000 to combat world hunger!

What: The CROP Walk is organized through the Church World Service to raise money for hunger relief in our community. The walk is a 5K with a new Kid’s Walk!
When: The CROP Walk is held on October 23.  Registration begins at 2:00, the walk begins at 3:00.
Where: The routes begin and end at Broughton High School (723 Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh).Arrive by 3:30 to meet up with members of our church team so we can walk and fellowship together!Click here to see the route.
Why: Donations to the CROP Walk go to hunger relief agencies right here in our community!
Who: Everyone is invited to walk with us!  This is a fun, easy walk for young and old alike.  If you can't walk the routes, please consider donating to our team or joining as a “Spirit Walker”!

In Appreciation of Joan's work for the Housing Corporation

On Sunday, October 2, the Board of Directors of the Community Church Low-Income Housing Corporation met for a brief business meeting but primarily for a party to honor Joan McAllister for her work related to getting the apartments on O'Berry St. ready for rental. Following the party the group toured one of the two basement apartments that is now approved by city inspectors and ready for rent. You can click the "full screen" button at the bottom of the slideshow (4 arrows pointing outward) for full screen view.

View full screen by clicking the "4-arrows" button at the bottom of the video