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Pastor Letter

Pastor Letter
The song "A Million Dreams," Anthem Lights version, has somehow found its way into my very short playlist on my phone. Every morning and afternoon as we make our way to and from school, I plug my phone in and allow the music to usher us on our way. Yesterday, as we sat together in the gentle silence, the warmth of the sun lulling us into a peaceful quiet; Quinn gazed out the window singing, "'Cause every night, I lie in bed The brightest colors fill my head A million dreams are keeping me awake I think of what the world could be A vision of the one I see."
...I teared up as I imagined the truth in her words. Theirs is a maker-generation born with both the skills and gifts as well as dreams and determination to demand better for this beloved world. No matter how big, no matter how small, may we be "part of it all...".
Dear Creator God, Through the dark, through the door,  Call us to build together a world that you design. Amen.  "A Million D…

Is there a 2019 graduate in your family?

CUCC will celebrate graduates in worship on June 9.
Please send an email to education.cucc@gmail.com with all high school, college, and graduate school graduates by Monday, June 3, so we can extend our pride and joy to all who have recently received diplomas or degrees! Be sure to include student's name, degree, school, and future plans if any.

CUCC Yard Sale - Saturday, June 1, 8:00am - 1:00pm

Previously loved items not sparking the joy they once did? Thank these treasures and send them to their next home!

As you are letting go this spring, please bring your "still-good-for-someone" objects to CUCC to add to our annual Yard Sale coming up June 1.

When shopping, you’ll find furniture, yard equipment, household items, books, children’s things, hobby and craft stuff and so much more!

Volunteers are needed to work the set up on May 31, the sale on June 1 and the next day.

See Merrilee Jacobson mkjacobson123@gmail.com or Susan Atkinson booatkinson@mac.com with questions or offers and thanks!

June 2nd Congregational Meeting: Storytelling Circles to Inform Pastoral Search

“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.” 
― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

Come to the Congregational Meeting, on June 2nd at noon, to help the Pastoral Search Committee get a jump start on our Church Profile.  Committee members will write the profile this summer to advertise our pastoral opening.  In it, they will describe our congregational life, the future we want to claim, and the kind of pastor we seek to walk with us into that future.

Writing the profile is a big job.  To get an idea of what is involved, you might want to take a look at the template.  Not merely a product-oriented exercise, it should be a journey of reflection and discovery.  The better the process, the more likely the profile will serve the congregation well.

You can help the committee by telling vivid, true stories about who we are, the neighbors we serve, and who God is calling us to become.  Think of your stories as word-pic…

Summer Workday - June 8

The next church work day is scheduled for Saturday, June 8 from 8:00am until Noon.

There will be indoor and outdoor projects for all ages and skill levels. To keep us fueled, we’ll have Krispy Kreme doughnuts, muffins, fruit, juice and coffee.  Most supplies will be provided, but outdoor workers are welcome to bring their favorite work gloves and pruning tools. Wheel barrels and blowers would also be appreciated.
For more information, please contact Property Ministry Chairperson Merrilee Jacobson (919-274-4539).

Presentation by SPLC June 2

Adrienne Little of CUCC's Social Justice Ministry invites you to participate in and spread the word about this event.  Adrienne represents us at Congregations for Social Justice.

Standing Up To Hate from Terry Grunwald <tgrunwald@mindspring.com>
       A Presentation from the Southern Poverty Law Center
       Sunday, June 2, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
       Beth Meyer Synagogue Social Hall
       504 Newton Road, Raleigh
For more information

Social Media, CUCC and Me

Please fill out this survey to help us better understand how CUCC's social media can better serve you and the community.

Did you know that CUCC posts every day on Facebook (as Community United Church of Christ) and Twitter (@RaleighCUCC)?  You'll find the latest photos, event and service opportunities, thought-provoking questions, the CUCC Weekly eNews, and more.

If you are a regular (at least weekly) user of social media, the Communications Committee would like to know.  First, we want to do a better job of serving the congregation.

Second, we want to invite you - as the Spirit moves you - to share CUCC's posts so others may experience God's extravagant welcome.  Sharing, checking in, adding #RaleighCUCC to your CUCC photos are all low-key ways to pique your friends' curiosity about CUCC.

Finally, you can share what is important to you on CUCC's Facebook page.  Running a fundraiser race?  Read a book that you'd like to discuss with others?  Seen a photo or…

Congregations for Social Justice Meeting – June 12

Congregations for Social Justice is a coalition of faith communities committed to advocating for public policies that create a better Raleigh for all people.  Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month (except in July and August) and rotate among local churches. The next meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. on June 12 at Raleigh Presbyterian Church, 27 Horne Street and will focus on the topic of cash bail.

CSJ also has an Affordable Housing taskforce that meets monthly at 6 p.m. at the Robertson Hill Community Room, 1725 Poole Road. The next taskforce meeting is scheduled for June 11.

For more information on either of these social justice groups, please contact Adrienne Little (919-781-0829) or Merrilee Jacobson (919-274-4539).

Oak City Cares needs towels, tea and more!

Oak City Cares is Wake County’s new coordinated entry facility for people experiencing homelessness. Volunteers are needed to provide a welcome and a cup of coffee or tea to those who drop by. If you're interested in touring the center and learning more about volunteer opportunities, please click here. Families are welcome to help out over the weekend, when the Center provides meals.

In addition, the Center is looking for donations of the items listed below. You can drop the items off at the Center (1430 South Wilmington Street) or contact Merrilee Jacobson at 919-274-4539 to arrange a hand-off at church.  If you’re interested in running a collection drive at work or an organization like the Rotary, Boy/Girl Scouts, etc., Merrilee will be glad to arrange a pick-up.  Thanks for helping our neighbors in need!

Current wish list:
Tide Pods laundry detergent
Gently used or new towels
Laundry dryer sheets
Toiletries
Large cans of coffee
Large containers or bags of sugar
Large containers…