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Pastor's Letter

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven, a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.…" Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 
This week, Sage turned six-years-old. The morning of his birthday, I took a  cupcake lit with firetruck red candles upstairs and entered his room gently singing "Happy Birthday to you..." His little eyes struggled to open, but at the sight of the flames, he remembere…

HKonJ Saturday, February 9

HKonJ is Saturday, February 9 HKonJ (Historic Thousands on Jones Street),  is an annual highlight of the People’s Assembly Coalition: Moral March. The 13th Annual HKonJ march will take place on Saturday, February 9.  Community United Church of Christ is one of hundreds of organizations that support and participate in the march. We expect tens of thousands of like-minded people to attend, and it is a glorious sight! Those who wish to march to the rally will gather at 9:30AM at the McDonalds’ sign at 105 E. South St. near Shaw University. Look for the CUCC banner!  CUCC Youth and Santi will be there to greet you. Call Santi’s cell if you need to communicate with the march group that morning (919-961-8814). Give yourself plenty of time to navigate through traffic and find a parking place. The march begins at 10. For those who want to go to the rally only, a group will be leaving from CUCC at 9:45AM.  We will park behind the (white) First Baptist Church at Hillsborough and Salisbury Streets…

Youth Choir Director Singing with NC Opera

Our CUCC Youth Choir Director, Chelsea Huber will be singing in the choir with NC Opera for the performances of Carmen at Memorial Auditorium later this month.  The two performances are 7:30 PM on Friday, January 25 and 2 PM on Sunday, January 27. Tickets start at $25 and go up, depending on location of seats. There are $15 student tickets going on sale at the box office at 5:30pm on January 25 for that evening's performance and at noon on January 27 for that afternoon's performance. Here’s the link with performance and ticket info. Submitted by Santi Matthews

Hello! My name is . . .

CUCC will soon have a permanent name tag holder where members can store their pin, clip or necklace name tags from week to week.  What’s more welcoming than helping visitors know you’re a member of CUCC and can answer questions about the service, our ministries or where to find the restroom?  Also, new members will be able put faces and names together. (Not to mention those of us who’ve been hanging around a couple of years relying on, gulp, memory!)

To request a name tag, please sign up in the narthex. As soon as the holder is ready, your name tag will appear. If you have questions, please contact Susan Atkinson (706-295-4574) or Merrilee Jacobson (919-274-4539).

Can I compost this?

CUCC is so enthusiastic about composting that we've had to order a larger bin!

Be careful about plastic bags, though.  If you bring your compost from home in a plastic bag, empty the bag into the compost bin and throw the plastic bag into the landfill bin.  If you buy compostable plastic bags, those can go into the compost bin.

If you have questions about what can be composted, talk to any member of the Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force or contact Jane Smith

Save the dates for 2019 Retiree Luncheons!

Please save the dates for the 2019 Retiree Luncheons that are scheduled for March 12, June 11, September 10 and December 10.

Our program will begin at 10:30 a.m. with lunch to follow at 11:15 a.m.  Don’t miss these wonderful opportunities to connect with old CUCC friends and make some new ones!

For more information, please contact coordinators Susan Maleszweski (919-698-4914), Jeanne Ledbetter (919-851-8824), Merrilee Jacobson (919-274-4539) or CUCC Office Manager Cathy Marshall (919-809-8850).


Hello!  My name is . . . CUCC will soon have a permanent nametag holder where members can store their pin, clip or necklace nametags from week to week.  What’s more welcoming than helping visitors know you are a member of CUCC and can answer questions about the service, our ministries or where to find the restroom!?  Also, new members will be able put faces and names together. (Not to mention those of us who’ve been hanging around a couple of years relying on, gulp, memory :) Look for our new nametag system this winter, let’s break the ice, and warm up to more CUCC friends!
As soon as the holder is ready, your nametag will appear! Look for further instructions for edits and other requests at the new nametag station in the narthex. Any questions, please contact orSusan Atkinson (706-295-4574) or Merrilee Jacobson (919-274-4539) . 

Congregational Meeting: Sunday, January 27, 2019

The next CUCC Congregational Meeting will be Sunday, January 27, 2019, Noon, in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall. 

Review these documents before coming:
- yearly reports from the Ministries and Committees (The Moderator will include time in the agenda for questions, but you might also contact the report authors to get a more leisurely answer.)
- draft minutes of the November congregational meeting (To be approved/amended)
- slate of officers and ministry/committee members and chairs (The Nominating Committee is still working on this slate; contact Marty Lamb if you are interested in serving.  We will elect them at the meeting.)

Contact Grady McCallie, 2018 moderator, at, or by cell @ 919-802-7592 for details or questions.

Pastor's Letter

The Waters of Life
By Talitha Arnold, reprinted from
"When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them." - Isaiah 41:17
For twenty years, the New Mexico congregation I serve has organized "immersion trips" to the Arizona/Sonora border. Our goal is to immerse youth and adults in the issues of the borderlands and to learn about the people who live there.
The groups attend immigration hearings and witness parents in shackles being sentenced to deportation. They visit the Wall (it's already up) and meet with Rev. Randy Mayer of El Buen Pastor UCC, who's been involved in immigration issues for decades, and also meet with Border Patrol agents to hear their stories. They visit the Sonoran Desert Museum to explore a landscape that stretches across all our human-made borders.
And they experience that desert. With Los Samaritanos volunteers, youths…

Sisters in Spirit (SIS) Thursday, January 24, 2019 6:30pm

Join women of all ages for an evening of conversation, a shared pot-luck meal, and laughter as we explore our souls' creativity and support each other on our life journeys. Come envision new possibilities and share with others as part of Sisters in Spirit. All women are invited. Feel free to bring toiletries to donate to the women's shelter. This month we will meet at the home Peg Hulslander for potluck and games. Contact Peg for additional information at 919-733-7203 or

What scripture is under your skin?

Send Jane Smith a verse or story from the Bible that is speaking to your life right now and, sometime this year, we'll chew it over together at Life & Faith, CUCC's drop in conversation over libations at a pub somewhere in Raleigh.  We're looking for scripture that is challenging, inspiring, annoying, reassuring - most of all, trying to tell you (and us) something about your/our life but you aren't exactly sure what.  You don't need to be able to quote the verse exactly or know where to find the story - Jane will look that up for you if you aren't sure.

The next Life & Faith will be Tuesday, February 12, pub TBA in this space as we get closer to the event.  Those who want dinner arrive at 6:30PM; conversation begins at 7:00 and runs until 8:00.  Dutch treat and we try to tip generously.  Bring a friend.  Come once or often.  Questions?  Contact Jane Smith

CUCC Movie Fellowship Group - Spring 2019

A new series of Friday night movies in the fellowship hall at CUCC will begin in January. The plan is to have one movie per month (usually on the 2nd Friday of the month) for at least January through May. All movies will begin at 7 PM. Feel free to bring your dinner with you if you don't have time to eat at home. And bring snacks to share if you are so inclined. If you're bringing food or snacks you may wish to arrive a bit early to partake or to share your snacks.
Find current information about the movie schedule.

The first movie (scheduled for January 11) will be Kitchen Stories. This 2003 Norwegian film was the official nomination from Norway for the 2004 Best Foreign Film Academy Award. Learn about the movie .

For more information, contact Lavon Page.

Youth News

Youth News
I pray that your Christmas was peaceful and had moments of light and delight. Thank you to all who made the Wright Center meal such a success! I'm sure that your cheer and love helped warm what must have been a difficult season for the women at the center. Thank you also to all who helped with the lovely Christmas Eve Service!
January Schedule
Sunday, January 20:  Youth Sunday School, Lunch, and Youth Choir

Saturday, January 26:
6:00pm - 8:00pm Poetry Slam and Mexican Dinner fundraiser for Mexico Trip

Sunday, January 27: 
Youth Sunday School 
Youth Choir meets January 13 and 20 and then starting in February, we'll meet 1st and 3rd Sundays at noon.  

Peace, Ṥānti

Save the Date: "Building a Healthy and Sustainable Financial Future

Save the Date: “Building a Healthy and Sustainable Financial Future” Sunday, February 3rd and Sunday, February 10th @ 12:30pm
Join Rev. Dr. Nick Carter for two sessions on “Building a Healthy and Sustainable Financial Future”
All ages are welcome to attend. Dr. Carter is the former President of Andover Newton Theological School in Boston, MA and has served as Pastor, Professor and Prophet in many religious institutions. You will not want to miss this great opportunity to hear practical wisdom about planning for your future as well as our church’s future.

Loaves and Fishes Chili Sale

Loaves and Fishes Chili Sale  Loaves and Fishes is a wonderful organization that provides much needed support for local children with after school tutoring and field trips.  Loaves and Fishes was created by CUCC’s own Nancy Newell and Betty Anne Ford. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board in the hallway. Meat and vegetarian chili are available for $13/qt. Nancy Stoddard will be walking around with the sign-up sheet during Fellowship for the next two Sundays. Nancy will bring the chili to CUCC on Sunday, Jan. 27.  If you are not in church on the 27th, the chili will be frozen at church for later pickup.  Payment can be made by check or cash at sign-up time or delivery. Please support LAF by buying chili or making a donation.  

CUCC Person of the Month

The Caring Committee of CUCC congratulates Tim Jensen for being selected as the person of the month for December 2018. We appreciate his great compassion and the gift of song that he gives our congregation.