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Compost? Environmental voter GOTV? Carbon offsets?

What initiatives should CUCC's Justice in a Changing Climate task force (JCC) undertake this fall?  If any of these ideas interest you, or if you have an idea to propose, come to the dinner meeting Friday, August 9, 6:30PM at Gary and Jane Smith's home.  Please RSVP so they make enough food and to get directions to their home.  smithgk@mindspring.com  Anyone at CUCC is welcome; you do not have to be a member.

Topics for discussion

Composting:  Where are we with composting?  Do we expand to bathrooms and/or add more emphasis on people bringing compost from home?

GOTV of CUCC's members:  Who wants to be on the team to remind CUCC's voters to vote in municipal elections this fall?
Note:  Earlier this summer, many members of CUCC pledged to vote this fall and we promised to remind them.  If environmental voters turn out to vote, they influence platforms and change elections.  We don't need to tell them how to vote - just remind them to vote.  In 2016, only 65% of CUCC&#…

Love Celebration - Worship and a 50th anniversary

If you missed yesterday's worship and fellowship, you can celebrate love vicariously through these two videos.

Śānti Matthews took the pulpit with reflections on love, borne from her recent horizontal time.  You'll also hear special music on the theme of love. Video of worship excerpts

Thank you, Śānti, for your reflections.  Thank you, Marty and Bill, for allowing your love to overflow and nurture all of us.  Thank you, Lavon, for capturing it on video.

God, could you be a clearer about that?

If you could ask Jesus something today, what would you ask?  That's the question for our open-ended conversation at August 6 Life & Faith.

What is Life & Faith?  How is your faith connecting to your life these days?  This ever-changing group of CUCCers and friends gathers to bounce ideas, support and challenge each other, and enjoy good company.  Questions for discussion arise from the group as each of us tries to figure out how to put into practice what we believe.  Discussion often touches on how to love in specific circumstances, and how to be a presence of justice.  We talk about family, work, community.  We don’t always agree; we do laugh together.

New folks and friends are always welcome.  You don't have to be part of Community UCC to be part of Life & Faith.  Come when you can, or come often. 

What is said at Life & Faith stays at Life & Faith!  We seek to be a brave place for one another.

Where and when:
Wilson's Eatery, 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Road,…

We thank God for our new bridge co-pastors!

We are excited to welcome two dynamic pastors on staff for this bridge period who bring a balance of energies and gifts to our congregation.  The position of Bridge Minister will be shared equally by each of the candidates, both working 25 hours each per week.  Carol Ripley-Moffitt and Anthony Hoshaw are excited to work together in creating this bridge Co-Pastor model.   Their official start date will be August 1st and they will both participate in the service on August 4th.  More specific information regarding how the job duties will be handled is forthcoming.

Carol Ripley-Moffitt has a M. Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary.  She served as Intentional Interim Pastor for Community United Church of Christ from 1999 to 2001.  Following that assignment, Carol worked in the field of public health as Director of the UNC Nicotine Dependence Program, retiring in July 2017.  She has taken on caregiving roles for her Mother, as she recovered from a stroke and lived with them (she’s now ba…

Welcome to Our New Bridge Pastors!

Welcome to Our New Bridge Pastors! Welcome to our new bridge pastors! The position of Bridge Minister will be shared equally by Carol Ripley-Moffitt and Anthony Hoshaw, who are excited to work together in creating this Co-bridge Pastor model. Their official start date is August 1st and they will both participate in the service on August 4th.

Carol Ripley-Moffitt has a M. Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. She served as Intentional Interim Pastor for CUCC from 1999 - 2001. Following that, she worked in the field of public health as Director of the UNC Nicotine Dependence Program, retiring in July 2017. She cared for her mother as she recovered from a stroke; she currently cares for her granddaughters several days each week. Her husband Matthew still loves teaching sixth grade World Cultures at Cary Academy. Carol looks forward to reconnecting with CUCC, discovering where Spirit has been at work in our lives, and how we can be together as God’s people in this time and place. 
Antho…

Festive Fellowship Today Celebrating Marty and Bill Lamb

Festive Fellowship Today Celebrating Marty and Bill Lamb William Edward Lamb and Martha Willois Andrus were wed on July 26th, 1969, in Davis Chapel at Wake Forest University by Dean Robert Dyer. Since that time, they have had many life adventures, living in Winston-Salem, Chapel Hill, Fayetteville, and Raleigh, N.C. where they hope to live the rest of their lives. They have also traveled to many states and a few other countries in their explorations. Bill and Marty have been members of CUCC since the early 1980's and reared their son Bert here.
Now celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, the Lambs feel it is time to celebrate and hope you will help them to do so after church today. Their son Bert, with his wife Ashley and two sons Simon and Spencer, are present for the celebration from Exeter, New Hampshire. Flying in for the celebration from Ely, Minnesota, is Bill's cousin, Dianne Thunhorst. Also, expected in attendance is one of the bridesmaids from their 1969 wedding, Li…

Fellowship at Community UCC Continues All Summer

August 4 after worship - Newcomers' Coffee in the library. Join Sam Woodrum, Susan Atkinson and perhaps other CUCC members for an informal chat about all things CUCC.  RSVP to office.cucc@gmail.com 

August 14 - Wednesday Night Supper at 6:00pm. Welcome & Fellowship is preparing to make this a recurring event on the 2nd Wednesday of each month! We are in the planning stages, so look for the protocol to change. For our August meal, just please come to share chicken, baked potatoes and salad. You may bring a side dish or dessert IF it fits your plans. No cost this time and no need to RSVP. Let’s get together! Contact Susan Atkinson with questions about the above - booatkinson@mac.com

Oil lamp reminds us to pray for pastor, search committee

The deacons have placed a Dancing Flame pottery oil lamp on the communion table to remind the congregation to pray for the search committee and for the new pastor that was being drawn to us. We will give the oil lamp to our settled pastor once the call is answered.

The lamp was made by June Keener Wink.  June and her husband, Walter Wink, were both on the faculty at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City.  Walter wrote many books on non-violence and justice, and he and June conducted many workshops on those topics around the world, including in South Africa during apartheid.  June is also an accomplished potter and dancer.  In light of the many members of the congregation past and present who have worked for peace, reconciliation and non-violence, it is very appropriate that we are using June’s Dancing Flame oil lamp to light the way for our congregation and new minister.

- submitted by Jim Smith, Deacons Ministry Chair

The CUCC Youth Group has an exciting Summer!

The CUCC Youth Group has an exciting Summer!
Sunday School Dates: July 28: Worship Celebrating God’s Love - Youth will stay in service August 4: Youth Sunday School Led by Śānti 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 Śānti
Happy Summer! - Śānti 

Tickets available for One Cello, One Planet

Join us for One Cello, One Planet, a concert that raises awareness for creation care action.

Proceeds go to support the work of the Creation Care Alliance, North Carolina Power & Light, and Interfaith Creation Care of the Triangle.

Thursday, August 08, 2019
7:00 PM
Sanctuary of Community United Church of Christ

Judith Glixon is former principal cellist with the Asheville Symphony and the Brevard Chamber Orchestra.  Judith, currently a Massachusetts resident, returns to NC for a one-hour solo cello concert tour focused on the urgency of climate change.

The music of J. S. Bach, Benjamin Britten, Maurice Ravel and Daniel Crawford will take listeners through an abridged history of the human race (with an emphasis on Western civilization) from its beginning until today.

Purchase tickets here

- submitted by Justice in a Changing Climate (JCC) which is hosting this event for CUCC  For more information about the concert of JCC, contact Gary Smith smithgk@mindspring.com.

Cook or serve the Aug. 18 Helen Wright Center meal

Cook part of the meal (main dish, veg, or dessert) serving 40. Or serve the meal (6:30-8PM). A good family (or pair of families) service project.   Read more here

The Helen Wright Center serves women who are homeless.  It is located in downtown Raleigh.  The Helen Wright Center Program goes beyond providing a safe place to sleep, offering professional assistance in attaining goals of health care, education, employment, and stable housing.

Contact Dawn Koonce or Charles Coble to learn more or volunteer. (Their contact info is in Breeze.)

- a service project organized by the Community Outreach Ministry of CUCC

Oaxaca Worship Service Sunday, July 21, 10:30am Worship Service

Oaxaca Worship Service
Sunday, July 21, 10:30am Worship Service The Oaxaca Mission Team has returned from their trip to Mexico.They will share with us their experiences and stories from their trip this Sunday in the 10:30am worship service. Don't miss this special service!

Pray for Your Pastoral Search Committee