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Register for these events: CROP Walk, Walk for Hope, and Tailgate Suppers

We hope you will attend all of these upcoming events.CROP Walk and Oktoberfest - donate to support Team "Community UCC," and register to walk in our neighborhood & enjoy brats (meat and vegetarian), all socially distanced  Register and donateTailgate Suppers either at CUCC or on Zoom - register to choose which in-person tailgate supper you will attend socially distanced at CUCC, or to attend the on Zoom virtual tailgate 
Register to attend an in-person supper Register to attend the on-Zoom supper
Walk for Hope - donate to support Team "Community UCC," and register to walk virtually (including a drive-thru at Angus Barn)  Register and donate

How did you reframe your uncomfortable moments this week?

Don't forget to email Laurel Powell with your moment when you were your own Moses, noticing when discomfort is sparking hopelessness and grumpiness and instead, like Moses, you step forward, trusting that God is leading a way.  Email your reframe to Laurel at laurel.powell@gmail.com.In case you missed this week's Children's Time...Laurel Powell invited us to reframe those moments that are so uncomfortable that we lose our faith that things will be better or that we can make it.  Instead, let's imagine how wonderful it will feel when our need is met by God whose love is abundant.Instead of saying after a long day, "I'm hangry;  I'll never make it to dinner (whine whine),"  why not say "I'm so hungry, but when I finally eat dinner the food will taste soooo delicious!"?  Whether it is an annoying sibling, a boring day in virtual school or work, or a current event that has you focusing on your discomfort, how might you celebrate how great it…

A creative challenge: Week 3

What did you re-imagine last week?
CUCC friend and Good Shepherd UCC member, Sophia Sands, submitted her response to last week's challenge.
Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
became
All is your domain, eternal ruler of the known and the unfathomable.
Here is the challenge for Week 3: Give us each day our daily bread.
What is the Creative Challenge? Throughout the summer Pastor Lacey has been sharing different re-imaginings of the Lord’s Prayer in worship and on Facebook and Twitter.  Let’s see where creativity leads us at CUCC!  Each week we will post a section of the prayer.  Spend some time with it and share how you would say it for whatever is happening in your life and the world now.Post your version on Facebook or email it to Jane Smith for sharing in the next week’s eNews.  smithjeg@mindspring.com.

What is preventing you from asking for the help that you need?

Life & Faith gathers on first Tuesdays to swap stories and questions about tough challenges when what one believes and real life collide.  Each month we discuss a dilemma on someone's mind; Jane Smith provides a back up in case none emerges.  Whoever shows up is the group for that night; what is said is held confidentially by those attending.  Friends are welcome.The October 6 back up question is the one in this title.  These are difficult times and people are openly expressing frustration, fear, exhaustion. But I have yet to have one friend ask me for help - for a listening ear, for a week of meals, for a night of laughter, for a loan.  I'm not asking, either.  So what is preventing us from asking?  And, for those of us who live at the intersection of Life & Faith, what prevents us from asking for help from our church?  The church is God's gift to us to bear each other's burdens and take care of each other practically as well as emotionally and spiritually.  W…

Your autumn photos wanted

As you enjoy the photos you take this autumn, send a couple of your favorites to CUCC's worship team.  Share your creativity and wonder - whether a landscape from a walk, a close up or your fall harvest, or your jack-o-lantern.  Include the name of the photographer and the location (if you know it).  Photographers of all ages welcome.Email a couple of photos to Amanda Jost at ajost07@gmail.com. Thank you from CUCC's Worship Team.

In this week's enews...

New opportunities keep popping up every day, so keep checking the CUCC Online Calendar.  
Thursday, September 24
Moderating Team Farm to Church CSA with black farmers

Friday, September 25
Retirees’ Café – Bill hosts
Saturday, September 26
Youth Service Project
Sunday, September 27
Taizé worship then fellowship
Sunday Morning Adult Bible study – Prodigal Son
Worship for all ages then fellowship
Do Justice Ministry
Religious Education Ministry
Stewardship Ministry
Parent Happy Hour
Monday, September 28
Monday Lunch Group 
Tuesday, September 29 YA Parent Circle
Wednesday, September 30
Lectionary Lunch with Lacey
Thursday, October 1
Deacons Ministry
Jesus:  Uncovering the Life, Teachings & Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary
Friday, October 2
Retirees’ Café – Merrilee and Bill co-host

Current needs in the community What you can do to help now
Other important news in this edition A (COVID) Moment with Megan – September 14
Hammock Hangout, then new service project for CUCC's youth Parent Happy Hour - September …

A (COVID) Moment with Megan - September 14, 2020

On a regular basis, Council Moderator Megan Fackler-Bretz will share emerging guidance from the “Path Forward” task force as CUCC responds to the pandemic.  

The task force met on September 14 and recommended adjustments to CUCC’s current COVID guidelines. Those recommendations were then approved by the Council later that evening. The revised guidelines are below and will be continuously reviewed over the coming months in light of the Triangle’s COVID statistics. Please send any questions you’d like addressed at future meetings to mfacklerbretz@gmail.com. Thank you!

How many people can now meet on church grounds?
Since COVID metrics are starting to move in a promising direction, the task force has increased the number of people permitted to meet outside from 10 to 25. Anyone wishing to schedule an event should contact Jane Smith (smithjeg@mindspring.com) to place the event on the church calendar and acknowledge a set of safety guidelines for which he/she will be responsible.

Are indoor me…

Hammock Hangout, then new service project for CUCC's youth

Middle School Youth had fun at the Hammock Hang-Out on the grounds on Sunday!  See more photos hereHope everyone can join in the next youth event - a service project THIS Saturday at 2 PM - also on the grounds. Bring your mask!  We will complete our social justice sign project and engage in creative actions to care for members of our church. For more information, contact Śānti Matthews Youth and Adult Education Coordinator, education.cucc@gmail.com

Parent Happy Hour - September 27

A meeting (happy hour) for parents of all youth grades 6-12 will be held on zoom this Sunday, September 27 at 5PM. Come learn about fall plans, share ideas, welcome new parents, learn about important forms, etc.  For Zoom meeting information contact Śānti Matthews, Youth and Adult Education Coordinator at education.cucc@gmail.com

The Blessing of the Animals - October 4

St. Francis Day is Sunday, October 4th. He is the patron saint of the environment and animals because he loved all creatures and allegedly preached to even the birds. He called animals "brothers" and "sisters" while praising the sun and moon. St. Francis reminds us that we should walk in reverence and joy with the created world.  2017 Blessing of the Animals
Please join us in the courtyard at the church from 4:00-5:00pm on October 4th for the annual Blessing of the Animals. Pastor Lacey will bless your pet. Please remember that all pets must be on a leash or in a carrier for the safety of all pets and people. We will practice social distancing and wear masks at all times. If there is rain the event will be canceled. Please invite your friends to come with their pets, too.For more information, contact Anne Bailey Zschau, Children's Education Coordinator, annebailey@mindspring.com.

Walk, donate, and come to Oktoberfest - CROP Walk

CROP Walk “Oktoberfest” – October 25, 3-5pm This year’s CROP Walk has a new look, due to the pandemic.  Rather than holding a city-wide event, organizers have asked each congregation to creatively re-envision the walk.  CUCC members and friends have two ways to safely support this important fundraiser: Donate in support of the Community UCC teamSign up here.   Sign up to take a 1-, 2- or 3-mile walk around the church neighborhood between 3-5pm on October 25 and enjoy a socially distanced Oktoberfest (complete with brats!) in the Dixie Trail parking lot.  Questions? Please contact Ken or Merrilee Jacobson at 919-274-4539 or mkjacobson123@gmail.com. Thanks!

First Sunday Is Food Sunday - Oct. 4 CROP Walk

This month, Community Outreach Ministry invites you to address hunger in our community by donating to the CROP Walk.  If you like, you may designate your donation for CUCC’s team.Donate here to team "Community UCC"

A creative challenge: Week 2

What did you re-imagine last week?
CUCC friend and Good Shepherd UCC member, Sophia Sands, submitted her response to last week's challenge.
Father and Mother in heaven, hallowed be your name.
became
Beloved awe of every I am and everything I will be. 
Here is the challenge for Week 2: Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.What is the Creative Challenge?  Throughout the summer Pastor Lacey has been sharing different re-imaginings of the Lord’s Prayer in worship and on Facebook and Twitter.  Let’s see where creativity leads us at CUCC!  Each week we will post a section of the prayer.  Spend some time with it and share how you would say it for whatever is happening in your life and the world now. Post your version on Facebook or email it to Jane Smith for sharing in the next week’s eNews.  smithjeg@mindspring.com.

Friday Cafe' continues in October

Join co-hosts Merrilee Jacobson and Bill Lamb for a drop in every Friday from 1-2PM.  Let's laugh together, talk about your week, and catch up on news.Some of CUCC's retirees have found this an enjoyable end to their week, and they welcome people of any age to join them.Contact Bill if you need the Zoom meeting ID (the same one we have been using for the Cafes). william.e.lamb@gmail.com

Lectionary study schedule for October

In October we have two small group opportunities to dig deep into the lectionary readings for the coming Sunday:  a mid-day series and an evening series.Every Wednesday, 1-2PM - hosted by Pastor Lacey
First and third Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30PM - hosted by the Wednesday Evening Bible Study group Both groups welcome new people - whether from CUCC or from the community.Those gathered choose which of the lectionary readings to consider for the discussion.  No homework required.  Click here for the lectionary readings.  If you are curious about how the lectionary readings were chosen, read here.To get the Zoom meeting information, contact office.cucc@gmail.com a few days before the group gathers.

#8 A devotional for our collective reflection

Dear fellow CUCC'ers:

This email is a continuation of deacon outreach efforts in this time of COVID-19. Contained within this email is yet another devotional for our collective reflection, penned by Rev. Robert Parrish, along with a wonderful poem entitled Prayer During This Pandemic by David Isaacs.

Please remember if you are in need of support or assistance, then please don’t hesitate to call or reach out to one of us. We are happy to receive your prayer requests. We are also able to contact pastors or church staff on your behalf, should you require their support. We will strive to help any way we can.  You can find contact information by looking in the Breeze tag 2. Deacons.

Thank you for being in community with us. May we remain unified, loving, passionate and compassionate during this difficult time. Peace be with you!
Paul Atkinson, chair Deacons Ministry

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THE GIVING TABLE
By Rev. Robert Parrish

I am a resident of Murphey School Ap…

In this week's eNews...

New opportunities keep popping up every day, so keep checking the CUCC Online Calendar.  
Thursday, September 17
Sermon recording team
Book club
Jesus:  Uncovering the Life, Teachings & Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary
Friday, September 18
Retirees’ Café – Bill hosts

Sunday, September 20
Taizé worship with communion and fellowship
Adult Bible study – Prodigal Son
Worship for all ages and fellowship - Just Peace Sunday
Middle School Hammock Hangout
Monday, September 21
Monday Lunch Group 
Lift Your Voice and Your Vote for the Planet
Wednesday, September 23
Compost bin emptied
Lectionary Lunch with Lacey
Choir practice
Thursday, September 24
Jesus:  Uncovering the Life, Teachings & Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary
Farm to Church CSA with black farmers
Friday, September 25
Retirees’ Café – Bill hosts

Current needs in the community What you can do to help now
Other important news in this edition
Just Peace Sunday – September 20
A creative challenge:  Re-imagining the Lord’s prayer
Bring bread and …

Just Peace Sunday September 20

“Seeking Racial Equity and a Just Economy”The theme for Just Peace Sunday 2020 is based on the lectionary passage in Matthew 20 in which the owner of the vineyard suggests a form of economic relations not based on a transactional sense of fairness, but a deeper call to justice and restoration. “You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.” (Matthew 20:4) This year, Just Peace Sunday takes place at a time in which systemic racism is being exposed not only through the repeated examples of physical violence against black lives as witnessed in the shootings of Jacob Blake, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others; but also through the generational economic violence that has come sharply into focus this year. The economic violence of slavery, white supremacy, and racism has had a generational impact on black communities and has created the racial wealth gap we see today, a gap in which the net worth of white households is about 10 times that of black h…

A creative challenge: Let's re-imagine The Lord’s Prayer

Throughout the summer Pastor Lacey has been sharing different re-imaginings of the Lord’s Prayer in worship, in our community prayers, and on Facebook and Twitter.  Let’s see where creativity leads us at CUCC!  Each week we will post a section of the prayer.  Spend some time with it and share how you would say it for whatever is happening in your life and the world now.Post your version on Facebook or email it to Jane Smith for sharing in the next week’s eNews.  smithjeg@mindspring.com.Week 1Father and Mother in heaven, hallowed be your name.

Bring bread and wine for communion at Taizé worship

On Sunday, September 20, at  9:00am Taizé worship, we will celebrate communion.  Bring wine and bread - whether orange juice or Merlot, a slice of whole-grain bread or a tortilla - to worship services.  We will join in Christ's meal together.At Community UCC we practice an "open table," meaning that you do not have to be a member of our church to participate. You don't have to be baptized or have gone through a confirmation process. People of all ages are welcome, even our young children! The only pre-requisite is an open heart.We believe that all people of faith are invited to join Christ at Christ's table for the sacrament of Communion. Just as many grains of wheat are gathered to make one loaf of bread and many grapes are gathered to make one cup of wine, we, the many people of God, are made one in the body of Christ, the church.Email the office to get the Zoom meeting information for worship. office.cucc@gmail.com.

Celebrating the life of Stephen Koenning

A memorial service celebrating the life of Steve Koenning will be held on Zoom on Saturday, October 3, at 1PM.  If you would like to attend, contact office.cucc@gmail.com. _____________
Stephen Robert Koenning, 70, flew away to the heavens on September 5, 2020. He stayed as long as cancer and age allowed. He was held to the earth as the adored husband of Diana; father of Amber Hester and Nathan Koenning; and grandfather of Corinne Hester. He dearly loved his brother Thomas Koenning and cherished Tom's family. He treasured his lifelong friends, and relatives who stayed in close contact.  His cat and dog companions gave him much joy and comfort.Stephen was a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in his family’s homeland of Germany. He began his passion for travel during this time. He obtained a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Arizona before completing a Ph.D. at NCSU, where he worked as an Associate Professor of Plant Pathology until partially retiring in 2013.  Steve …

New study begins Sunday mornings

The Adult Bible Study will begin discussing Henri Nouwen's  The Return of the Prodigal Son on Sunday, September 20, 9:30-10:15AM.September 20:  Before class, read the parable (Luke 15:11-32) and look at the Rembrandt painting at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. If you have time, read the introduction in Nouwen's book (pp. 1-23).
For more information about the book or this informal discussion group, contact Ellen Beidler at ellen.beidler@gmail.com.

Calling all middle school youth!

Come to the church grounds THIS Sunday, September 20 for a Middle School Hammock Hangout from 5-6:30PM! We'll have fun, ice cream bars, popsicles, and time to get to know each other better - all while practicing safe hammocking and safe social distancing. Please bring:a maska water bottle (beverages and frozen treats provided by the church) a hammock - only if you already have one - extras will be provided!your enthusiasm - only if you already have some - extra will be provided! Contact Śānti Matthews for more details or with suggestions for games or activities: education.cucc@gmail.com.Hope to hang with you on Sunday!

What if CUCC joined a CSA connecting black farmers to local churches?

CSA Information Session
September 24, 7pm on Zoom Hi, friends.  We are working with Jarred White at the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI, see below) to form a community-supported agriculture (CSA) group between black farmers and Raleigh/Wake County churches. The idea is for 10 to 12 churches (likely it would be individuals within the church) to commit to buying $100/month of produce.   This would give the farmer a solid $12,000 income per year from the group.  So far 12 Wake County churches have expressed interest!!  There is an information session about the CSA at 7 PM on Sept 24 on Zoom.  If you would like to come, let Gary or Lacey know, and we will send you the Zoom info.  If you have friends from other churches who might be interested, invite them to come, too.  There are more details below.  Blessings.Gary Smith and Pastor Lacey Brown
Jarrad White describes his vision in this way:Farmers of color in the United States continue to endure systemic racism within the foo…

Drive-thru or donate to Walk for Hope

The Thad and Alice Eure Walk for Hope will be a drive-thru event on October 11.  We would love to have you join our team by registering at walkforhope.com   Team name - Community UCC.  When you register, you select whether to drive-thru or walk virtually.If you would like to donate to our team, please contact Dawn Koonce, Team Chairperson, at outreach.cucc@gmail.comor 336-266-9372. If you'd like to purchase raffle tickets, please contact Dawn about those, too. Thank you so much for supporting this important event which funds mental illness research.  "100% of the money raised by participants directly funds local mental health research at the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Psychiatry. And, as critically, it helps call attention to the stigma and significance of these often invisible illnesses, which now due to the pandemic affect as many as 1 in 3 American adults."  (Thad and Alice Eure Walk for Hope 2020)- sponsored by Community Outreach Ministry

Can I compost this at CUCC?

Thanks to one of our on-the-ball members, we know the answer to this question:Are soiled paper grocery bags (with or without paper handle) compostable?  Yes!As Sarah Worp of CompostNow said, "Compost on!"Here's the link to the list of things you can compost.Compost Now empties our bin sometime on Wednesday, September 23.- Jane Smith for Justice in a Changing Climate, smithjeg@mindspring.com

In-person tailgate suppers

Have you been craving some in-person social time with your CUCC buds? (If you came to the Popsicle Blessing Pop-Up, you already know how fun it can be and how much it can help). We’ve got you covered. Religious Education Ministry invites you to join friends on one of four Saturdays in October for a tailgate dinner in the Dixie Trail parking lot! This is an opportunity to gather in small groups, safely, and outside. (Please see Zoom Tailgate Supper article for an online option).·      Please bring your own dinner and drinks
·      If you have a camp chair - that might be a great addition
·      Please bring your own masks and hand sanitizer 
·      If you like, bring a check to contribute to the virtual CROP Walk and/or Walk for Hope Sign up soon! The tailgating dates are:October 3, 10, 17, 24 @ 5:00 pm  (you pick which Saturday works best for your family) Please sign up using this link. (Check your car box, then scroll to the bottom to click Submit and sign up.) To keep numbers low, we are li…

On Zoom tailgate supper

For those who feel it's important to stay home these days, please join some CUCC friends for supper on Zoom on Saturday, October 10 at 6PM. Whether from your own driveway, backyard, or kitchen table, fill your plate and turn join us on Zoom to enjoy the company of church friends while you have your evening meal. Religious Education Ministry is offering this event. Contact Santi Matthews at education.cucc@gmail.com for the Zoom address or check your Saturday worship email on October 9.  We hope to see you in Zoom land on 10/10! Rather tailgate in person?  Look here for in-person tailgate suppers.

Socially distanced workday a big success!

After two cancelled church work days, 15 volunteers gathered on Sept. 12 to tackle a wide variety of projects. Bushes were pruned, weeds were pulled, pine straw was moved to walkways, the children’s playground was cleared of fallen branches and pinecones, woodwork was washed, the children’s restroom was scraped and painted, mulch was spread and one of our youth dug out sweet-potato-sized root balls of an invasive plant.  In addition, the Pilgrim House living/dining room walls and ceiling were patched and painted to freshen up that area.  All volunteers worked safely, keeping a 6’ distance or wearing masks when necessary.  A final 2020 work day is scheduled for Nov. 7, or you can contact Property Ministry Chairperson Merrilee Jacobson (919-274-4539) to take on a project before then. Photo album here

What did I miss at Welcoming Weekend?

#7 A devotional for our collective reflection

Dear fellow CUCC'ers:This email is a continuation of deacon outreach efforts in this time of COVID-19. Contained within this email is yet another devotional for our collective reflection, penned by Rev. Robert Parrish. Please remember that if you are in need of support or assistance, then please don’t hesitate to call or reach out to one of us. We are happy to receive your prayer requests. We are also able to contact pastors or church staff on your behalf, should you require their support. We will strive to help any way we can.Thank you for being in community with us. May we remain unified, loving, passionate and compassionate during this difficult time. Peace be with you!Paul Atkinson, Chair of Deacons Ministry  patkinson@tfaraleigh.org *********************** IT’S AT THE WELL By Rev. Robert ParrishWe live in a time where people are protesting the unjust killings of African Americans by police.  This is also a time where people are examining their White privilege and having deep …

In this week's eNews...

New opportunities keep popping up every day, so keep checking the CUCC Online Calendar.  Why are there meetings scheduled in the building on the calendar after September 15?  Council and the Path Forward Task Force will be deciding about "in the building" or larger "on the grounds" events on September 14.  Jane Smith will correct the calendar after that decision.Thursday, September 10Jesus:  Uncovering the Life, Teachings & Relevance of a Religious RevolutionaryFriday, September 11Retirees’ Café – Bill hostsSaturday, September 12WorkdayWelcoming Sunday:  Fun and GamesSunday, September 13Taizé worship and fellowshipAdult Bible Study - ProverbsWelcoming Sunday worship for all ages and fellowshipWelcoming Sunday:  Popsicle Pop Up BlessingMonday, September 14Monday Lunch Group Path Forward Task ForceCouncilWednesday, September 16All staff meetingLectionary Lunch with LaceyWednesday Evening Bible StudyThursday, September 17BookclubJesus:  Uncovering the Life, Teachi…

Sermon+ from September 6 sermon

In Pastor Lacey's sermon on Sunday she invited us to consider these questions:Where in your relationships is there pain?  Where in your relationships is there tension?

Do you need to ask forgiveness?Do you need to forgive?Where is there pain in the Body of Christ at CUCC?Do we have an appropriate space to have a healing conversation?Sermon+ is an occasional post in which our preachers pose a follow-up question to their sermon for your consideration.

Welcoming Weekend to include “Meet my New Friend” Contest

It’s practically here! Time to “make” a new friend and introduce them to us this Saturday night! Watermelons, peppers, squash, canteloupe — what’s been speaking to you lately? Since many of us have been talking to ourselves as our collective isolation drags on, here’s your chance to bring a new friend to life. Give them a name and a face. Give them personality traits that help you in some way. Do they listen to your stream of new ideas or just share silence with you? Do they help you practice what to say to someone who needs a good talking to? Do they dream of the Someday Times with you or listen to your stories of the Before Times? Introduce your new friend to your church friends. This challenge, like all those we face, only needs your imagination to get kick started. Prizes for best personality* and best looking*. (*Just like in high school, these awards are not indicative of any future successes.) Getting the whole gang together has never been so bounteous! Welcoming Sunday is a lo…

In this week's eNews...

New opportunities keep popping up every day, so keep checking the CUCC Online Calendar.  
Thursday, September 3Deacons MinistryJesus:  Uncovering the Life, Teachings & Relevance of a Religious RevolutionaryFriday, September 4Retirees’ Café – Bill hostsSunday, September 6First Sunday is Food SundayTaizé worship and fellowshipSunday Morning Bible Study - ProverbsAll-ages worship and communion and fellowshipCaring CommitteeMonday, September 7Monday Lunch Group Wednesday, September 9CompostNow empties our binLectionary Lunch with LaceyThursday, September 10Jesus:  Uncovering the Life, Teachings & Relevance of a Religious RevolutionaryFriday, September 11Retirees’ Café – Bill hostsCurrent needs in the communityWhat you can do to help nowOther important news in this editionNew book studyBring bread and wine* for communionAn invitation from Pastor LaceyFirst Sunday is Food SundayHelp needed with church maintenance projectsVoting 2020 informationKiel family newsRegister for the Souther…

New book study: Jesus: The Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary by Marcus Borg

We will start a new book study this Thursday, September 3 at 7:00pm on Zoom. All are welcome. 
Our book is Jesus: The Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary by Marcus Borg. The study is open to anyone who wants to learn more about Christianity. We will meet for the next four weeks.
Marcus Borg is a progressive theologian who provides new insights into Jesus through the lens of critical, historical analysis. His writing is careful, thought-provoking, and deep. 
We hope you will join us for the discussion. Please email Pastor Lacey for the Zoom link, lacey.cucc@gmail.com

Bring bread and wine* for communion at 10:30 worship

At Community UCC we practice an "open table," meaning that you do not have to be a member of our church to participate. You don't have to be baptized or have gone through a confirmation process. People of all ages are welcome, even our young children! The only pre-requisite is an open heart.
We believe that all people of faith are invited to join Christ at Christ's table for the sacrament of Communion. Just as many grains of wheat are gathered to make one loaf of bread and many grapes are gathered to make one cup of wine, we, the many people of God, are made one in the body of Christ, the church.

On September 6, at 10:30 worship, we will celebrate communion.  Bring wine and bread* - whether orange juice or Merlot, a slice of whole-grain or a gluten-free cracker - to worship services.  We will join in Christ's meal together.

Email the office to get the Zoom meeting information for worship. office.cucc@gmail.com.


An invitation from Pastor Lacey: Come hang out on the porch at the Pilgrim House

coffee and conversation on the porchI'd like to invite you to spend time with me on the porch at the Pilgrim House.  The hour is open to whatever you need. We can talk about an important topic or just have a casual visit.  Let's enjoy the transition from summer to fall together, outside. Please bring a mask and make an appointment. Email me, lacey.cucc@gmail.com with your preferred day/time. -Pastor Lacey

First Sunday is Food Sunday

Each first Sunday of the month CUCC focuses on assisting our neighbors by supplementing their food supply. During COVID we are doing this by encouraging you to make a financial donation.September = Food Bank of Central & Eastern North CarolinaMake a donation to the Food Bank here.
Questions about First Sunday is Food Sunday?  Contact Charles Coble at outreach.cucc@gmail.comsponsored by Community Outreach Ministry

This Saturday - outdoor workday on CUCC's grounds

After cancelling the March and June church work days, the September 12 event will move forward in a way that keeps everyone safe.  The projects listed below can be done on your own schedule or safely distanced on Saturday, Sept. 12. All materials and tools will be provided.  To volunteer, please contact Property Ministry Chairperson Merrilee Jacobson at 919-274-4539 or mkjacobson123@gmail.com.  Thank you! Weeding (several areas around the church grounds)Pruning bushes and small treesSweeping up pine straw and redistributing itClearing children’s playground of sticks and pinecones (a good family project!)Spreading mulch in two large planting beds (Dixie Trail parking lot)Cleaning out drains (VFH back entrance and mechanical room)Patching broken concrete at top of stairs leading from MMG to Wade Ave.Scrape/prime/paint children’s restroomPatch cracks/prime/paint Pilgrim House living/dining room

Voting 2020 information

From a Ministry Moment given August 30 by Mike Soboeiro, on behalf of CUCC's Do Justice Ministry I don’t have to tell most of you how important voting is every year and especially this year. And that things will be made more difficult by the Coronavirus pandemic.Since the vast majority of us live in Wake County, I’m going to focus there, but every county in North Carolina is now required by law to have an online voting website.In Wake County, the site is wakegov.com/elections/voters. All the info I will discuss here is contained there. You can register to vote, view and confirm your voting information, find your polling place, view a sample ballot, etc. there. The last day to register to vote in NC is October 9, 2020 at 5pm, however you can same day register and early vote at the same time on each day of early voting. To vote in NC, you must be 18, have lived here for 30 days and not be currently serving a sentence (or parole) for a felony. 16 and 17 year olds can also preregister.…

Kiel Family News

We celebrate and offer blessings on Erin Kiel and the whole Kiel family. Erin grew up in our church and was an integral part and a shining light in our children and youth programs, and she has lots of exciting news. Erin Kiel and Josh Marx are getting married on September 4, 2020 at Sandhills Presbyterian Church in Southern Pines, NC. Josh and Erin love being in each other’s company and talk about subjects big and small. They enjoy cooking, exercising, playing games and want to travel as much as possible. Although Erin can’t wait for them to get a dog, she is willing to start out with a pet turtle named Skipper. Erin is in nursing school at UNCG and will graduate next May with a BSN. She is still exploring what area of nursing she would like to focus on (this summer she had an externship at Rex Hospital where she worked on the medical surgery floor.) Josh has started a third grade teaching position at Covenant Preparatory School and is completing two online classes at UNCG. He will gr…

Register for the Southern Conference’s 55th Annual Gathering, October 16-17, 2020

Southern Conference’s 55th Annual Gathering, October 16-17, 2020The Southern Conference will have their Annual Gathering over Zoom, October 16-17. The experience will include worship, fellowship, discussion, business, and voting.
Who can attend? Anyone who is a member of a local UCC church within the Southern Conference.
The cost is $50 for the entire event per person. CUCC will cover the cost if you wish to be a delegate representing CUCC.
Delegates should register by September 8th to participate in training on how to vote virtually and navigate via zoom during the meeting. Once registered for delegate training you will receive the zoom link to participate.
Email Pastor Lacey if you plan on participating, lacey.cucc@gmail.com