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CUCC Movie Fellowship Night - June 28

CUCC Movie Fellowship Group - Spring 2019 June movie is " A Love Song for Bobby Long"  -  June 28
For an excellent and informative review of this film, see the Roger Ebert review at the website for this movie series:
All movies 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.

Lectionary for the Week of June 30, 2019

Lectionary for the Week of June 30, 2019 - Third Sunday after Pentecost - Green 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 and Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 or 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21 and Psalm 16; Galatians 5:1, 13-25; Luke 9:51-62 Open and Affirming Sunday

Upcoming Worship and Fellowship Opportunities for the Week of Sunday, June 30, 2019

Sunday 06/30       9:00am Nursery provided 9:00am Taizé Worship – Sanctuary   9:30am Band Practice – Sanctuary 10:30am WorshipService- Mandy Mizelle Norris – Sanctuary - BYC Commissioning 10:45am Children’s Sunday School - Sunday School Room 10:45am Youth Sunday School - Youth Room 11:45am Fellowship - Vaughan Fellowship Hall   4:00pm Covenant Community - Bradow Room
Monday 07/01  12:15pm Monday Lunch Group - Hoffmann Room
Tuesday 07/02    9:30am Tai Chi – Hoffmann Room   6:30pm Life and Faith - Wilson’s Eatery, 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Rd.
Wednesday 07/03   6:00pm Bible Study - Pilgrim House
Thursday 07/04Church Office Closed - 4th of July   7:00pm Deacons’ Ministry Meeting - Hoffmann Room
Sunday 07/07   9:00am Nursery provided 9:00am Taizé Worship – Sanctuary   9:30am Band Practice - Sanctuary

Commissioning Those Going to BYC - Sunday, June 30

This Sunday, the 10 youth and 3 adults will be leaving for BYC (Baptist Youth Camp)
If you can't make it to church this Sunday, please say a prayer for the ones going that they have a wonderful and deep experience next week.
Commissioning Those Going to BYC - Introduction of Campers: Maya, Breiy, Sophie, Zenna, Jocelyn, Hannah, Xavier, Sylas, Jake, Mason, Bill, Susan  
Sending Prayer: Gracious God, we pray that in their camp experience, these youth and adults will create a community of inclusion, hospitality, and hope for all participants to grow in their identity as your beloved people. We pray that they will have opportunities to open themselves to your presence, to experience you, and to deepen their knowledge of you in their lives. And we pray for their safe return to us that they might bring their transformative experiences home, so that we might all know you more fully and better recognize and celebrate our own community as one that is rooted and grounded in love. Amen

Open and Affirming Resolution

Sunday, June 30, 2019, is Open and Affirming Sunday in the UCC Church Below is a copy of CUCC’s Open and Affirming Resolution.

Expanded Resolution on Being an Open and Affirming Congregation We, as members of Community United Church of Christ, affirm our belief that all people are created in God’s image and are thus blessed and loved equally by God. We declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming community, actively expressing Jesus’ inclusive embrace of all people.
We invite and welcome into this Body of Christ all persons who seek to follow Jesus. Persons of every gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression are welcome to worship and enter into the full life and ministry of this church. We strive for justice and equality for all of God’s children in our journey of faith.
We covenant not to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and we seek to include and support those who find themselves in exile from a spiritual community.
We seek …

Church Office Closed July 4th

We Welcome Rev. Mandy Mizelle Norris to Our Pulpit on Sunday

We welcome Rev. Mandy Mizelle Norris to the pulpit this Sunday, July 7th, during 10:30AM all-ages worship. Rev. Mizelle Norris is a Chaplain at UNC Healthcare and served previously as Associate Pastor at Pilgrim UCC in Durham.

Knitting Our Country Together

This summer, why not do something to knit our country together?

Here are some ideas.

*Going to a neighborhood picnic or parade?  Bring a stack of voter registration forms with a sign that says, "No matter how you vote, I am glad you are my neighbor."  Print forms at

*Did you know that only 65% of CUCC's members voted in the last off-year election?  TODAY put your election dates on your calendar and promise yourself you will vote.  Know you need to research candidates?  Put a date on your calendar to do that, too.
October 8  Municipal Elections for Raleigh, Cary, Durham
November 5  Municipal Elections for Angier, Apex, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell, and Zebulon; Municipal Runoff Elections for Raleigh and Cary (if necessary)

*Invite a new neighbor to your home for a meal.  Yes, a last minute invitation is fine.

*Call …

Remembering a member of our first international mission trip

We received a Facebook Message from CUCC member Helen Brown's great nephew, Martin Anderson.  I asked his permission to share our conversation with you.

Martin Anderson  "Hi, I visited your church grounds this afternoon while on a rare, brief visit to Raleigh. My great aunt Helen Brown made a bequest when she died in 2005 that helped your sustainability/climate change campaign. Excited to see your solar panels! And your wonderful message of peace and inclusivity."

Jane for CUCC  "Hi, Martin.  Thank you for getting in touch.  Your great aunt was a marvel and is dearly remembered at CUCC by those privileged to know her.  Her gift continues to inspire us to action. Our latest project is to contract with an industrial scale composter so that we can compost leftovers, plates, cups and even pizza boxes from church events.  Some families bring their compostables from home, too.  So far we have found that the composting keeps as many carbon equivalents out of the atmosphere…

Life & Faith July 2: All about Time

Our July topic:  If you have enough to eat and a safe place to sleep (and maybe even if you don't), you may not have enough time.  The intersection of life & faith gets bumpy when we throw in the dimension of time.  What is your first memory of time?  How has what you think and feel about time changed throughout your life?  Have you ever lived in another kind of time and, if so, how did your spirit respond?  How does what you think and feel about time influence your freedom to love as God loves, to serve as Jesus serves? What does the phrase "in God's time" mean to you?

Anyone is welcome at Life & Faith, an informal, whoever-shows-up gathering of people interested in comparing notes with others on how their life and their faith is intersecting.  Come on your own or bring a friend!

See you at Wilson's Eatery, 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Road.  If you are eating, come at 6:30pm to order your food (we each pay for our own food & beverage).  Conversation runs f…

Second Eagle Scout project completed

On June 22, an energetic and motivated group of Boy Scouts, Scout leaders and parents assembled at CUCC to tackle an ambitious project.

Eighteen years ago, Eagle Scout candidate Matt Moorman, Anne Moorman-Smith‘s son, installed a split rail fence along the southern property line. After almost two decades of service, the fence needed replaced.

Eagle Scout candidate Sam Sorice and his team removed the old fence, took down a dead dogwood tree, dug up armfuls of brush, poison ivy and weeds, and installed a new fence. Please check it out the next time you’re at church. It certainly makes that side of our property attractive and welcoming!

- submitted by Merrilee Jacobson, Property Ministry

Śānti update - June 24

Śānti's doctor appointment brought the good news that her retinas are attaching!   Śānti and Matt sound lighter than air in their joy and relief.  We thank God for taking care of our beloved youth and adult education coordinator.

What’s next?  One more week of 22 hours/day on her right side.  She will be re-evaluated by the doctor next Monday, July 1, at 9:15 AM.  After that the doctor will evaluate what activities she can add little by little and when she can resume some work responsibilities.

Keep those prayers and cards coming. Śānti has many weeks of healing to go.

If you - when Śānti is ready - would like to visit in person or by phone, bring a small meal, drive her to appointments, or offer other services, please let Jane Smith know.  Jane is keeping the list of offers of care for when they are ready for help.

Santi is still on sick leave.  If you have questions related to Śānti's work, contact moderator Ellen Beidler.

June 23 sermon available; Rev. Mandy Mizelle Norris to preach again June 30 and July 7

We welcome Rev. Mandy Mizelle Norris to the pulpit the next three Sundays, June 23rd, 30th, and July 7th, during 10:30AM all-ages worship.  Rev. Mizelle is a Chaplain at UNC Healthcare and served previously as Associate Pastor at Pilgrim UCC in Durham.

Thank you, Rev. Mizelle Norris, for agreeing to share your sermon with us.
June 23, 2019 sermon

Saying farewell to Pastor Jenny

Our last Sunday with Pastor Jenny Shultz-Thomas was a day for celebration of our ministry together and a time to show our love to Jenny, Shannon, and their children.

Enjoy a photo story of the celebration
Sing along with the Ode to Jenny
Read the Dedication of the Jenny Tree

Lectionary for the Week of June 23, 2019

Lectionary for the Week of June 23, 2019 - Second Sunday after Pentecost - Green
1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a and Psalm 42 and 43  or Isaiah 65:1-9 and Psalm 22:19-28; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39 Strengthen the Church Offering

Worship and Fellowship Opportunities for the Week of June 23, 2019

Sunday06/23 9:00amNursery provided 9:00amTaizé Worship – Sanctuary 9:30amChoir Practice - Sanctuary 10:30am WorshipService- Mandy Mizelle Norris Preaching - Sanctuary 10:45amChildren’s Sunday School - Sunday School Room 10:45amYouth Sunday School - Youth Room 11:45amFellowship - Vaughan Fellowship Hall 12:00pmCaring Committee - Pilgrim House 12:00pmSocial Justice Ministry Meeting - Bradow Room 12:00pmStewardship Ministry Meeting - Library 4:00pmCovenant Community - Bradow Room
Monday06/24 12:15pmMonday Lunch Group - Hoffmann Room
Tuesday06/25   9:30amTai Chi – Hoffmann Room

Wednesday 06/26
  5:30pm - CUCC Wednesday Night Supper


STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH OFFERING Community United Church of Christ will collect the Strengthen the Church offering today, June 23. An offering envelope is enclosed in your bulletin. Please prayerfully consider giving to this mission of the UCC. What is Strengthen the Church?
Each day, visions and dreams are created in the hearts of many in the United Church of Christ. Through the Strengthen the Church special mission offering, they can become a reality.  As God calls our congregations to be "church" in new ways, your gift will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches, and develop spiritual life in our youth and young adults. Because of this offering, many more will hear the good news that "God is still speaking." Strengthen the Church is directed to your church's Conference, Local Church Ministries and The Stillspeaking Ministry for these purposes. 
How many dollars are given to Strengthen the Church?
In 2012, contributions topped $558,900, an incre…

The CUCC Youth Group has an Exciting Summer

The CUCC Youth Group has an exciting Summer! Youth Sunday School Classes will still meet after the children's message every week in June, July, and August (even during the Oaxaca Trip and BYC) except for July 21 which will be a Oaxaca Team Led Worship Service, and August 18 which will be a BYC Youth-Led Worship. Sunday School Dates July 7:  Youth Sunday School Led by Santi July 14:  Youth Sunday School Led by Paul July 21:  Oaxaca Trip Worship Service led by Oaxaca travelers July 28: Youth Sunday School Led by Santi August 4: Youth Sunday School Led by Santi August 11: Youth Sunday School Led by Paul, KayJay, and or Bill August: 18 (BYC Style Youth-Led Worship) August 25: Youth Sunday School Led by Santi June 30-July 5 BYC Summer Youth Camp Happy Summer! Śānti