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Bring a veg and a pledge - Sun., Nov. 5

We're having stone soup* this Sunday after worship to celebrate the giving of our pledges of time, talents, and money for 2018.

Bring a veg for the soup and your pledge card for the offering (if you didn't already submit your pledge online).

Bring one of the following from your household:
1 cup of any fresh vegetable, cut into bite sized pieces
1 can of vegetables or beans (low salt, please)
1 cup of uncooked  rice
fresh herbs from your garden

Drop off in the kitchen BEFORE worship.  The stone soup chefs will be simmering a vegetarian and a meat-based broth awaiting your contribution.  Then plan to stay after 10:30 worship for soup and celebration of God's generosity.

*The legend of stone soup

From the Pastor

From the Pastor
From the Still Speaking Devotional, UCC, October 19, 2017
Our Blessed Guides, by Richard L. Floyd
"Beloved, do not imitate what is evil but imitate what is good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God." - 3 John 11
Our culture prizes originality. No one wants to be considered an imitation! But in a number of places in the Bible we are admonished to model ourselves after someone or something, either a person or an ideal.
It makes sense if you think about it. None of us is born fully formed; we are constantly being shaped by the world around us.
As I write this I am babysitting my 9 month-old granddaughter. Her most salient attribute is her curiosity. Every moment she is taking it all in; wide-eyed she watches everything around her.
She will learn about the world from others, primarily her parents, but also from other family members, from teachers at school and people at church.
This is how we all learn and grow at whatever age. Our moral cha…

Opportunities for the week of October 29, 2017

Sunday  10/29        9:00am Nursery for newborns - 3-year-olds 9:00am TaizĂ© Worship – Sanctuary   9:30am Seven Steps to Becoming a Better Ally - Fellowship Hall   9:30am Animate Faith - Hoffmann Room 9:30am Youth Confirmation Class - Youth Room 10:30am

Lectionary for the week of October 29, 2017

Lectionary for the Week of October 29, 2017 - Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Green Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 or Leviticus 19:1-2, 151-18; Psalm 1; 1 Thessalonians 2:1--8; Matthew 22:34-46 UCC Higher Education Sunday

Sunday School News

Many thanks to Grady and Fawn who donated a kitchen to our preschool class!!!
This coming Sunday we will be cooking with Ms. Susan and serving fellowship snacks. We were not able to cook last week because Ms. Susan was ill and could not be at church. We will be doing "double cooking" this week. Any of you that could help us (even if you are not on the schedule) would be great. Remember, many hands make light work. Thank you!!!
The children will be singing in church the Sunday before Thanksgiving. It will be an exciting day. They will be singing a song that Anne Bailey has wanted them to learn for a very long time.
Please see our special dates below!
10/29    cooking with Ms. Susan, serve fellowship snacks 11/19    children sing in church 11/26  make ornaments for church tree during Sunday School 12/03 practice for Christmas pageant 12/03  Advent workshop with pizza dinner & cookie exchange 5-7pm 12/10   Christmas pageant during worship 12/17  choir presents BROTHER HEINRICH"…

Sisters in Spirit

Sisters in Spirit (SIS) will meet on Tuesday, October 24, at the home of Kathy Clift. For additional information, contact the church office at 919-809-8850 or

Thinking big, digging deep, getting practical

How can CUCC think more creatively about using our spaces (indoor and outdoor) for ministry?  
How can we move into the future with the best practices for how congregations organize themselves to support their members in ministry within and beyond the congregation?  
What changes to our constitution and by-laws would better reflect how we do what we do now?  
At the October 16 Council meeting, we delved deeper into these ongoing discussions, all of which were sparked by comments made by the congregation during the intentional interim process.  If you'd like to know more about what we're learning and considering, ask any council member.  (Of course, you will have opportunities to consult on any major changes.  We're still figuring out the questions and options.)

You can be part of implementing action we took on some of your requests.

We elected Frank Gailor, Joan McAllister, and Jim Smith to serve the October to October term of the CUCC/Prism Liaison Team.  This group connects C…

Your opinion needed - congregational meeting Nov. 19

CUCC will gather at noon on Nov. 19 to hear about progress on a variety of initiatives sparked by congregational input.  Anyone interested in CUCC's life and work is welcome to attend; only CUCC members can vote.  Child care will be provided.

If you have an item for the agenda, please contact Jane Smith, moderator, immediately.

Read before coming:
Nov. 19 Congregational Meeting Agenda

Draft minutes of June 11 Congregational Meeting

Report on the Southern Conference Annual Gathering 2017

Donor to double your donation to CROP

Walkers needed---CROP Hunger Walk is this Sunday Oct 22!

An anonymous donor is doubling all donations made by Sunday to the CUCC team ---so you can have a double impact on hunger now!

We are only halfway to our 20 walker goal--can you help us get there? Come out and enjoy a fun, family activity at 3:00pm at Court of North Carolina at NC State.

Register and/or donate here or just show up at 2:00 and look for Mike Soboeiro. We can end hunger and poverty and promote peace and justice! Join us!! Questions:  Contact Mike Soboerio.

Prayer Vigil @ Duke Energy, October 24th

Octoberfest - Saturday, October 21, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Hi Friends!  We are super excited about another fun night on the church lawn to hang out and enjoy the beauty of our amazing community! We will have a crew of Monty's bluegrass musicians providing the entertainment.
As always, we will need your help to pull this event off! Please RSVP to Jenny or Susan Atkinson with how you can help!
This is a potluck event with Paul, Jeff and Charles preparing meat on the grill: Brats/burgers/chicken. 
Please bring a side dish to share, and a lawn chair. We would especially like a few folks to bring someprotein rich vegetarian or vegan dishes to share. We will make sure and label them for vegetarian/vegans. 
*Saturday, 4pm- Come an hour early to help with final odd and ends - Children's play area, youth table, food set-up 
*Saturday, 8pm- Clean-up help! The more people pitch in the easier this will be.
Please RSVP if you can bring: Beer & Wine  Non-alcoholic beverages ICE Vegetarian/Vegan dish
As a special treat, the Nicaragua Youth Mission Team will…

This Week's Opportunities

Sunday  10/22       9:00am Nursery for newborns - 3-year-olds 9:00am TaizĂ© Worship – Sanctuary   9:30am Seven Steps to Becoming a Better Ally - Fellowship Hall   9:30am Animate Faith - Hoffmann Room 9:30am Youth Confirmation Class - Youth Room 10:30am WorshipService  - Sanctuary 10:45am Children’s Sunday School - Sunday School Rooms 10:45am Youth Sunday School - Youth Room 11:45am Fellowship - Vaughan Fellowship Hall   3:00pm CROP Walk - NCSU, Court of the Carolinas 4:00pm Covenant Community - Bradow Room Monday  10/23 
12:15pm Monday Lunch Group - Hoffmann Room Wednesday 10/25
  9:30am Tai Chi – Vaughan Fellowship Hall Friday 10/27   
  7:00pm Youth Lock-in - CUCC