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In this week's eNews...

New opportunities keep popping up every day, so keep checking the CUCC Online Calendar.

Thursday, April 30
CUCC Café – Śānti hosts

Friday, May 1
Worship practice
CUCC Café – Bill hosts

Saturday, May 2
Meditation Workshop
Quarant-auction kick off party

Sunday, May 3
Taizé worship and fellowship
Sunday morning Bible study - Acts in the current context
All-ages worship with communion and fellowship
Youth Sunday School
Quarant-auction online bidding all day

Monday, May 4
Monday Lunch Group
Qurant-auction online bidding all day

Tuesday, May 5  - Pastor Lacey’s first day in CUCC's virtual office
Office staff meeting
CUCC Café – Bill hosts
Youth Choir
Life & Faith
Qurant-auction bidding all day

Wednesday, May 6
CUCC Café  - Bill hosts
Confirmation
Qurant-auction bidding all day

Thursday, May 7
CUCC Café  - Śānti hosts
Qurant-auction bidding all day

Current needs in the community What you can do to help now

Other important news in this edition Bring bread and wine to 10:30 worship this Sunday
While you were out…

Rev. Robert Parrish preaches on this communion Sunday

We welcome one of our own, Rev. Robert Parrish, to the pulpit this week, May 3. Pastor Robert will also be offering communion.

Don't forget your bread and wine.

This is First Sunday Food Bag $ week.  Urban Ministries food pantry continues to serve those in our community unable to afford groceries.  In this difficult economic time, our financial gifts are more needed than ever.  Donate here

Come and be intrigued

Rev. Robert Parrish and Bill Gretsch are teaming up to create a Bible study that draws on the transformations in the Acts of the Apostles to help us emerge from our cocoons of isolation.  Let's build on the gains in appreciation of our relationships and our heightened awareness of the suffering around us.

Join us on Zoom at 9:30 on Sunday.  Contact the office for the Zoom details (office.cucc@gmail.com), or look in your Saturday worship Zoom email.  Members of the community are welcome.

CUCC Cafe continues Tuesdays - Fridays at 1PM

Drop in for conversation any Tuesday through Friday, 1-2PM, at the CUCC Cafe.  No agenda, just friendship.

To get the Zoom sign in information, contact Bill Lamb (T, W, F Cafes)  william.e.lamb@gmail.com or Śānti Matthews (TH Cafe) education.cucc@gmail.com.

Would you like to host a day of CUCC Cafe and invite people you are missing?  We'll set up Zoom, and you send the invitations.

Life & Faith chews on Pastor Michael's questions

Life & Faith
Tuesday, May 5, 7PM
on Zoom (contact Jane Smith for meeting ID & password)

On Sunday, Pastor Michael Lester posed these questions sparked by the story of the pair of disciples meeting Jesus on the Emmaus road:
- In this new normal, what are you grieving?
- How has the voice of the stranger enlightened you as you broke bread?  Where have you seen Christ walking among us?
- You are the Light.  You are the Hope.  How has this been a time when you have planted seeds?

Let's reflect on these questions together.

What happens at Life & Faith?  We swap stories and questions about how we each are seeking to better connect what we believe with what we do day-to-day.  Bring a friend - this is a drop-in event.

Life & Faith is an informal and fluid gathering for anyone who shows up. Normally we meet in a local pub, but for now we are gathering on Zoom.  Contact Jane Smith smithjeg@mindspring.com if you want the Zoom meeting information.

Bring bread and wine to worship this Sunday

We will celebrate communion Sunday, May 3.  Bring wine and bread - whether grape juice or Merlot, a slice of whole grain or a gluten-free cracker - to worship services.  Pastor Robert will bless the bread and wine, and we will join in Christ's meal together.

While you were out . . .

Even though our buildings and grounds are closed to group activities, the Property Ministry has continued its work.  After many years of planning, the wood outside both narthex entrances, as well as all five sets of narthex doors (two exterior and three interior) have been professionally “refreshed” to save the exterior wood and return the interior wood to its original luster.  The “before” and “after” photos don’t begin to do the work justice!

In addition to that large project, several items on the “to do” list have been checked off over the past month.  Volunteers are still needed (the weeds haven’t gotten the “stay at home” order), so please contact Merrilee Jacobson (919-274-4539 / mkjacobson123@gmail.com) if you’d like to take on one of the remaining projects.  Individuals as well as “quarantine partners” are welcome.  When we’re finally able to gather again at CUCC, we’ll be looking great!

Volunteers needed:
·        Touch up paint on ceiling of VFH along window wall (parking lo…

Who does what to welcome Pastor Lacey

Everyone is excited to welcome Pastor Lacey to CUCC! Many members are working to ensure her transition and welcoming is a smooth one, even in this virtual space.

First semantically, there are four groups that are often associated with church staff and volunteers:  Pastoral Relations Committee, Nominating Committee,  Personnel Committee, and the transition/welcoming team.

The Pastoral Relations Committee is a standing committee that will spring to action this summer. Pastoral Relations ensure effective dialogue among the pastor, congregation and the Deacons. This group will meet with the pastor on a mutually agreed upon schedule once Pastor Lacey gets settled. Members are taken from Deacons and Council appointees, with one additional member appointed by the pastor. Pastor Lacey has elected to fill her slot once she gets an opportunity to meet more members of the congregation. The Deacons have appointed Joan McAllister and Joe Retzer, while Council has tapped Ellen Beidler and Laurel Po…

Cally tree has a new home

The maple donated to honor the Rev. Cally Rogers-Witte has found a new home.  As it grows, it will provide a cathedral roof to our outdoor worship space and fire pit.  Can you see it?  Look for the orange ribbon on the right side of the photo.

Quarant-Auction kick off party May 2

We’re not exactly quarantined, and we can’t have a live auction, but for now we can have a Quarant-Auction:   a virtual kick off party, five items in the catalog, online bidding for a week.  If all goes well, we’ll have another round of items later this spring.

Saturday, May 2  Kick Off Party
Join a Zoom party at 8pm to reveal what is up for auction and kick off our week of bidding.  During the party we will email you the link to the bidding site and catalog, and you can begin bidding online.  Look for the Zoom party info in your Saturday morning worship email on May 2 (Virtual Church:  May 3 Worship & Qurant-Auction).

May 2-8  Bidding is open.
Continue bidding on auction items throughout the week by clicking on the link in the May 2 email titled - Virtual Church:  Quarant-Auction.  Bidding closes Friday, May 8 at 6PM.

Sunday, May 10  Winners announced.
Stick around after worship when auction winners will be announced during the Zoom fellowship time.

Our Quarant-Auction website work…

Virtual Worship: April 26 Sunday Worship

Email with Zoom Meeting information will be sent Saturday;  check you spam box.
Invite friends and family to join you for worship. Share this email with friends and family. Please do NOT share with anyone you do not know, and do NOT put the Zoom meeting information/password on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).  Let us know what names and phone number your guests plans to use so we can invite them into the worship space from the Waiting Room.  (Attending Taizé worship? Contact Lavon Page lavonpage@gmail.com.  Attending 10:30 worship? Contact Jane Smith smithjeg@mindspring.com. )

All-ages, traditional worship  10:30-11:45AM Fellowship following in Zoom
Bring a candle
Print the Order of Worship here     standard printlarge print

Please arrive early so we have time to "seat" you in the worship space before worship begins.  Contact Jane Smith if you will be using a name other than your first and last.

Taizé worship 9-9:30AM Fellowship following in Zoom
Print Order of Worshi…

In this week's eNews...

New opportunities keep popping up every day, so keep checking the CUCC Online Calendar.

Thursday, April 23
CUCC Café – Śānti hosts
Transition Team

Friday, April 24
Worship practice
CUCC Café – Bill hosts

Saturday, April 25
Conversation and Meditation Workshop

Sunday, April 26 
Taizé worship and fellowship
Sunday morning Bible Study
All-ages worship and fellowship   Guest preacher:  Rev. Michael Lester
Do Justice Ministry
Stewardship Ministry
Youth Sunday School

Monday, April 27
Monday Lunch Group
CUCC Café – Bill hosts

Tuesday, April 28
Office staff meeting
CUCC Café – Bill hosts
Youth Choir

Wednesday, April 29
CUCC Café  - Bill hosts
Confirmation

Thursday, April 30
CUCC Café  - Śānti hosts

Current needs in the community What you can do to help now
Other important news in this edition #3 A devotional for our collective reflection
5 ways you can be like a tree and reduce CO2
We thank God for trees!
What about the Auction?
Step 1 toward Carbon Neutral CUCC:  Learn with us
Justice work you can do at home:  Comp…

Saturday Conversation and Meditation series resumes April 25

In a Time of Uncertainty Four consecutive Saturdays: April 25, May 2, 9, and 16  11AM-12PM
Are you new to meditation and want some gentle support and resources? 
Do you already practice meditation and want to share your experiences? 
Would you enjoy a small group meditation for a few weeks?
Consider joining one or all of the meetings in this contemplative series. Daniel Day, Buddhist and meditation practitioner, will facilitate our Zoom gatherings as we explore together the Spiritual Practice of mindful meditation. 
An invitation from Daniel: “Set aside this time as a gift to yourself. Before the meetings start, you might consider creating a space for yourself, choosing a quiet location and bringing in anything that enhances your senses: a meditation blanket or pillow, flowers, incense, a chime, a candle, crystals or rocks, an image of Jesus, or a holy figure, spiritual symbol, or a saying pertaining to any religion or practice that carries a special vibration and tunes you in to presence / …

Rev. Michael Lester preaches this week

CUCC is happy to welcome our friend, the Rev. Michael Lester, to preach this Sunday, April 26 at 10:30 worship.  Michael has visited CUCC over the years and is a member at our sister congregation, Umstead Park UCC.  Thank you for preaching this Sunday, Michael!

#3 A devotional for our collective reflection

CUCC's deacons continue our outreach efforts in this time of COVID-19. Below find another devotional for our collective reflection, written by our very own Rev. Robert Parrish.

Also, please remember that if you find you are in need of support or assistance, then please don’t hesitate to call or write 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 for each deacon in Breeze; look for us in the Deacons tag.

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

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GOD BELIEVES IN YOU Rev. Robert Parrish
Even as we are in this Coronavirus time, going outside to get some exercise is encouraged. So, one day when I left my small apartment to walk and get some fresh air I crossed paths with an Af…

5 ways you can be like a tree and reduce CO2

Scientists agree that the CO2 we put into our atmosphere from gas, oil and coal is a major contributor to climate change, and they also agree that we must decrease this CO2 production and put some back into the soil.

Trees can be a big help:  Over 10 years, one tree can take 140 lb of CO2 from the atmosphere.

So Plant a Tree! April 22 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In celebration, the United Church of Christ has set a goal to raise funds to support the planting of over 50,000 trees around the world and remove 3500 tons of CO2 from the air!  Global Ministries, the shared ministry of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), works with international partners who are caring for creation in new and meaningful ways. Through projects that utilize the talents of local communities, Global Ministries partners are planting new trees as part of holistic, environmental justice ministries.

In these days of stay at home, it is difficult to get to plant a tre…

We thank God for trees!

This week as we celebrate Earth Day, we thank God for special trees in our lives.  Add your special tree to our gratitude list on our Facebook page.
We thank God for 
Susan’s tree, the Josephine Tree
Ruth Ann’s trees,  the cherry trees in DC.
Megan’s tree grove where the Oaxaca team gathered in at CEDICAM. Shady, peaceful and beautiful... and we were given pinecones by little Sophie there too--everyone but Mason:)
Carmen’s tree, the Angel Tree in South Carolina.
Elena’s trees, aspens because they remind her of our their dog Aspen.
Joan’s tree, one she remembers from her childhood, a sweetgum in her front yard.  Best climbing tree ever.
Bronwen’s tree,  the dogwood in her yard.
Carol’s tree, a dogwood in her garden that ALWAYS blooms around Easter time, and to her that is so significant! 
Jason’s tree,  a massive, ancient white pine at the top of a hill overlooking a lake in Northwest Ontario. Might even have an eagle’s nest in it.
Maria's trees, dogwoods because they are a sign of Spring.

Step 1 toward Carbon Neutral CUCC: Learn with us

CUCC's Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force set a goal for 2020 of exploring whether CUCC might make an action plan to become carbon neutral. 

Learn with us.

We have so many exploratory questions before we decide whether to bring an action plan to the congregation:  How would CUCC define carbon neutrality? What would we include in our calculations?  How do we measure a baseline and how will we measure success?  Only after we understand these questions might we develop an action plan to bring to the congregation.

We invite you to attend an information gathering webinar on April 30 at 3PM (free).  The webinar demonstrates the NEW Cool Congregations calculator for our congregational facilities -- and for your home too.  This might be one tool we use to answer those exploratory questions.  Then send us your insights.

Register here

- submitted by Jane Smith for CUCC’s Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force

Justice work you can do at home: Complete a survey on possible Affordable Housing Bond

The City of Raleigh Affordable Housing Bond Advisory Committee needs your help. A housing bond package is planned to be placed on the November 2020 ballot, and this survey is intended to gauge support for the bond and determine funding priorities.   Survey here

For more information about this initiative, please visit City of Raleigh's Affordable Housing Bond. If you’d prefer to complete the survey by phone, please call 919-996-2494. All surveys must be completed by Sunday, May 3. 

- Merrilee Jacobson, a CUCC representative to Congregations for Social Justice   mkjacobson123@gmail.com

A note from the editor (Jane):  I completed the survey in under 5 minutes.  I found the survey useful in showing me the potentially competing priorities the City is considering.

Could be an interesting family activity!

Orders of Worship for April 19, 2020

April 19 Worship information

All-ages, traditional worship  10:30-11:45AM Fellowship following in Zoom
Bring a candle
Print the Order of Worship here     standard printlarge print 

Please arrive early so we have time to "seat" you in the worship space before worship begins.  Contact Jane Smith if you will be using a name other than your first and last.

Taizé worship with communion 9-9:30AM Fellowship following in Zoom
Bring communion elements.
Print Order of Worship here

Please arrive early so we have time to "seat" you in the worship space before worship begins.

Invite friends and family to join you for worship.
Let us know what names your guests will use so we can invite them into the worship space from the Zoom Waiting Room.   Attending Taizé worship? Contact Lavon Page lavonpage@gmail.com.   Attending 10:30 worship? Contact Jane Smith smithjeg@mindspring.com.

In this week's eNews...

New opportunities keep popping up every day, so keep checking the CUCC Online Calendar.

Thursday, April 16
CUCC Café – Śānti hosts

Friday, April 17
Worship practice
CUCC Café – Bill hosts

Saturday, April 18
Farewell mini-concert honoring Carol and Tony

Sunday, April 19 
Taizé worship
Sunday morning Bible study
All-ages worship and fellowship
Do Justice Ministry
Youth  Sunday School

Monday, April 20
Monday Lunch Group
CUCC Café – Bill hosts
Council

Tuesday, April 21
Office staff meeting
CUCC Café – Bill hosts
Youth Choir

Wednesday, April 22
CUCC Café  - Bill hosts
Confirmation

Thursday, April 23
CUCC Café  - Śānti hosts

Other important news in this edition
An Easter resurrection challenge
Check your junk/spam box for important email
Having trouble keeping track of your Zoom invitations?
Pastor Tony's Easter sermon available
May wedding ceremony postponed
Mind the gap
A call for photos of your worship space

Deadline to submit information for the eNews is Tuesday, 9AM.  Send to office.cucc@gmail.com and to …

Has it been so long you don't remember what your friends look like?

Drop in for conversation any weekday, 1-2PM, at the CUCC Cafe.  No agenda, just friendship.

To get the Zoom sign in information, contact Bill Lamb (M, T, W, F Cafes)  william.e.lamb@gmail.com or Śānti  Matthews (TH Cafe) education.cucc@gmail.com.

Would you like to host a day of CUCC Cafe and invite people you are missing?  We'll set up Zoom, and you send the invitations.

Farewell mini-concert honoring Carol and Tony

We say farewell to Pastor Carol and Pastor Tony this weekend.  Join them at this mini-concert in their honor.

Saturday, April 18
8-8:30PM
No RSVP needed.
All ages welcome.

During the concert, hold up a sign to shout out your love for Carol and Tony.

Our own Ryan Fawcett plays acoustic music spanning our favorite decades. See the song list from which Ryan will draw.

Zoom link will be emailed Friday.  Look for the subject:  Virtual Church:  April 18  Farewell Mini-concert for Carol and Tony.

For a complete list of ways to say goodbye, contact Susan Atkinson cuccfellowship@gmail.com.

An Easter resurrection challenge

Here is a resurrection challenge for you.  Many of us will receive a stimulus check from the US in the next few weeks.  For some of us, this will be a “God sent” help in this difficult time, and we pray that the check is indeed a leg up.

For others of us, the cash may not be as critically needed right now.

Here is the challenge.  If you fall into the group for whom the money is not critically needed, consider donating some of your check to those who need it desperately and will not be getting their own check, or the amount they will receive will be woefully inadequate.

The Community Outreach and Do Justice Ministries have created a list of COVID-19 needs that we know of.  Here it is.  Consider giving to one of these, or perhaps you know of another need.  If so, please give to them, and tell us about that group so we can add it to our list.

Project contacts:  Sophie Kathariou, skathar@ncsu.edu
Gary Smith, smithgk@mindspring.com

God bless you all.
Co-sponsored by CUCC’s Community Outrea…

Check you junk/spam box for important email

We don't want you to miss email about farewell plans for Pastor Carol and Pastor Tony.  The email is from Susan Atkinson (also known as Boo).  We hear that some CUCC emails are disappearing in your junk or spam folders.

One email was sent April 10, another will go out this Friday, April 17.

Having trouble keeping track of your Zoom invitations?

We know your inbox is crowded and help is on the way!

When we are emailing you the Zoom meeting information so you can join CUCC events, we will try to use the same format in the subject line of the email.  You can search your emails for the word "virtual" to find the Zoom info more quickly.  Here are two examples from this week.

For worship services, look for Virtual Worship:  Date     Worship.


For other events, look for Virtual Church:  Date     Name of Event. We are researching other ways to make things simpler.  For now, we hope this helps.

Pastor Tony's Easter sermon available

"What is resurrection?
Resurrection is an earthquake." 

Thus begins Pastor Tony's Easter sermon.  "Tearing the Script in Two" is available for you to read here.

What does the earthquake/resurrection fear and joy free you to do today?

Sermon+ is an occasional series in which our preachers pose a follow-up question to their sermon for your consideration.  You can join in community conversation via our Facebook page, Community United Church of Christ.  Or you can ponder on your own.

May wedding ceremony postponed

Love abides, but the ceremonies that mark love have to be flexible.

Mike Schafale and Tena Hand have decided to postpone their May wedding ceremony and celebration until a later time.

Mind the gap

Between April 20 and May 5th, when Pastor Lacey Brown begins her ministry with us, please contact one of the following people for pastoral care: Robert Parrish, Chair of Caring Committee, Paul Atkinson, Chair of Deacons, or Śānti Matthews.  Their contact information is in Breeze.

CUCC is here to support you throughout the week.  While our physical office is closed, our virtual office is open weekday mornings, Monday through Thursday.  Please email office.cucc@gmail.com to reach our office.

This week at CUCC...

New opportunities keep popping up every day, so keep checking the CUCC Online Calendar.  Everything you need to know about joining these events is found in the description on the calendar.  If you like to have a printed calendar, print this post (after you click READ MORE).

Thursday, April 9     Maundy Thursday
CUCC Café
Maundy Thursday Worship with St. Paul’s Christian Church

Friday, April 10     Good Friday
Worship practice
CUCC Café 

Saturday, April 11     Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday Conversation and Meditation

Sunday, April 12     Easter Sunday
Taizé worship
All-ages worship and fellowship
Youth  Sunday School

Monday, April 13
Monday Lunch Group
CUCC Cafe

Tuesday, April 14
Office Staff Meeting
CUCC Cafe
Youth Choir

Wednesday, April 15
CUCC Cafe
Confirmation
Whole Staff Meeting

Other important news in this edition
Bring your bread and wine to worship – twice this week
Texts for urgent situations
Act this week:  Ensuring elections are held in November
#2 A devotional for our collective reflection
A call …

Holy Week at CUCC

Invite a friend to join you this week at these three events.

We remember the events of Holy Week:  Jesus' last meal with his friends, the mourning/waiting time of Saturday, and the joy and reunion of Easter resurrection.

All events are hosted on Zoom.

Maundy Thursday:  worship with communion
Shared with St. Paul's Christian Church
Thursday, April 9, 6:30PM
Bring your own bread and wine (read more here).
Print Order of Worship here    standard printlarge print
Both congregations will receive an email with the Zoom Meeting ID and password on Wednesday.
If you have time before worship, look at the Table Fellowship questions that are printed in the Order of Worship.
Please arrive early so we have time to "seat" you in Zoom before worship begins.

Holy Saturday Meditation and Conversation
Guest instructor:  Daniel Day
Saturday, April 11, 11AM to noon
Read more here and see suggestions for items to bring
Email Śānti  Matthews to indicate your interest; she will email you the Z…

Holy Saturday Conversation and Meditation

In a Time of Uncertainty

Consider joining this contemplative Holy Saturday meeting. Daniel Day, Buddhist and meditation practitioner will facilitate our Zoom gathering as we explore the Spiritual Practice of mindful meditation. Let's join together to discuss and remember that Holy Saturday calls us to practice resting into uncertainty.

An invitation from Daniel: “Set aside this time as a gift to yourself. Before the meeting starts, you might consider creating a space for yourself, choosing a quiet location and bringing in anything that enhances your senses: a meditation blanket or pillow, flowers, incense, a chime, a candle, crystals or rocks, an image of Jesus, or a holy figure, spiritual symbol, or a saying pertaining to any religion or practice that carries a special vibration and tunes you in to presence / essence / spirit / consciousness / awareness."

Contact Śānti Matthews with questions, education.cucc@gmail.com and to get the Zoom Meeting ID.

CUCC Cafe continues

Drop in for conversation any weekday, 1-2PM.  No agenda, just friendship.

Would you like to host a day of CUCC Cafe and invite people you are missing?  We'll set up Zoom, and you send the invitations.

To get the Zoom sign in information, contact Bill Lamb (M, T, W, F Cafes)  william.e.lamb@gmail.com or Śānti  Matthews (TH Cafe) education.cucc@gmail.com.

Bring your wine and bread to worship - twice this week

We will celebrate communion twice this week - Maundy Thursday (April 9) and Easter Sunday (April 12).  Bring wine and bread - whether grape juice or Merlot, a slice of whole grain or a gluten-free cracker - to both worship services.  The pastors will bless the bread and wine, and we will join in Christ's meal together.

For more information about Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday worship, see here

Texts for urgent situations

As we move deeper into the pandemic, we would like to be able to contact you rapidly with urgent information.  We can send text alerts to those who provide their cell phone number in Breeze.

Please check Breeze to see if we have your current cell phone number.  Contact the office with corrections/additions, or make the correction in Breeze yourself.  office.cucc@gmail.com

FAQs

When would you send an urgent text?
The moderating team (the pastors & three moderators) would approve alerts.  While we hope never to use the text alerts, we imagine they could be useful if our live online worship service goes dark, or if there is a COVID-related update which creates an urgent situation for CUCC.

Can I request that my cell phone number be available only to the pastors and Breeze team?  Yes.  We can mark your cell number as private and still be able to send you urgent texts.

I don't have a cell phone.  How will I receive the information?  We will send you an email as soon as we are able.


Act this week: Ensuring elections are held in November

CUCC's Do Justice Ministry urges you to take a few moments to email members of the NC General Assembly, encouraging them to make sure elections are held in November and that mail-in ballots are a strong a possibility.  NC House Representative and CUCC member Cynthia Ball spoke with the Do Justice Ministry about this and encouraged members to take this on as a high priority.

The committee considering how to handle elections and proposing a pandemic relief funding package (covers many needs) is the Continuity of State Operations (Emergency Services, Elections, & Public Safety) Working Group. 

The Brennan Center offers a detailed plan on how to ensure that COVID-19 does not prevent fair and free elections.

An important part of your message would be that resources (financial, personnel) be provided to fund measures taken to adapt our elections process for the pandemic.  The pandemic relief packages being considered by the NC General Assembly must include these resources.

Focus your…

#2 A devotional for our collective reflection

Dear fellow CUCC'ers:

This email is a continuation of the deacons outreach efforts in this time of crisis. Contained within this email is another devotional for our collective reflection, written by our very own Rev. Robert Parrish.

Also, please remember if you need support or assistance, then please don’t hesitate to call or write 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
Deacons Ministry Chair

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EXPERIENCING PEACE

 By Rev. Robert Parrish

 In Isaiah 26:3 we are told that we will know the peace of God as we keep our minds on the creator.  Thus through any hardship or situation we can be less stressful and more focused as we live out the belief that…

A call for photos of your home worship space

Where are you sitting when you "go" to worship?    Are you enjoying creating a communion table arrangement to place things you love before God - found items from your neighborhood walks, fresh flowers and branches from your garden, shells and stones from travels, photos of far away loved ones, a worship journal and Bible?  Do you sit outside by the firepit, being grateful that nature is your sanctuary?  If you are more the "I am lucky to get to worship on time" type,  your home pew is still sacred ground.  Take a photo of your chair and where you put your coffee cup by your computer.

Send me a photo of your home sanctuary by Sunday night, April 19.  I will collect them into a photo album and share them in the CUCC Weekly eNews in the April 22 edition, which is our first "between week" - after Pastors Carol and Tony and before Pastor Lacey.

Thank you, Pastor Tony, for this idea. And thank you, Joan, for sending the first photo in our collection.

- submitte…

What is the Zoom Waiting Room?

Think of it as the narthex with the doors closed while the choir is practicing.

After you join a CUCC Zoom meeting (worship or any small group), you will find yourself in the Waiting Room. When the presenters are ready (the worship team, the meeting leader), the host of the meeting sees your name and admits you.

On Sundays you may find yourself waiting a bit after 10:30.  Clicking "Admit" for 50+ people can take a few minutes!  This Sunday we are going to try being ready to admit you at 10:25, so if you can arrive before that, you will help us get you seated more quickly.

Another way you can help us:  sign in with a name we will recognize, or email Jane this week to tell her the "name" you plan to use.  Those whose names we do not recognize will be admitted at the end of the line.  (We cannot see your video at this point.) If you suddenly see a message on your screen - perhaps "Who are you?" - text or email Jane to tell us you are waiting. Do invite frien…

Palm Sunday Virtual Worship at CUCC

Both Taizé  and All-ages Worship will be livestreamed for Palm Sunday.   See below for Order of Worship, directions to make your palm leaf, and First Sunday Food Bag $.
UPDATE (Saturday, April 4, 11AM):  Zoom is now requiring that all "meetings" have a password for entry.  CUCCers will receive the new entry information (ID, url, password) late Saturday by email. The email includes a few important directions, so do not skim, please.  If you are a visitor and are interested in joining us for worship, please email the church office office.cucc@gmail.com.
Taizé Worship
9:00-9:30AM
Print a copy of the Order of Worship

All-ages Worship
10:30-11:30AM
Followed by fellowship in the Zoom worship space until noon
Print a copy of the Order of Worship with hymns   standard print large print

Bring your palm - homemade or a leaf from your garden to Virtual Worship: How to make a palm leaf.
Bring rhythm instruments (especially for children and children-at-heart) to play and sing with Anne Moorm…

This week at CUCC...

New opportunities keep popping up every day, so keep checking the CUCC Online Calendar.  Everything you need to know about joining these events is found in the description on the calendar.  If you like to have a printed calendar, print this post (after you click READ MORE).

A letter from Megan and the CUCC Council:  CUCC building closure extended, your role at Virtual CUCC 

Thursday, April 2
CUCC Café  6:30PM
CUCC ZOOM Help Desk
Deacons Ministry

Friday, April 3
Worship practice
CUCC Café 

Saturday, April 4
Table for 6 

Sunday, April 5 Palm Sunday
Taizé worship
Do Justice Ministry
Entering the Passion
All-ages worship and fellowship
Caring Committee
Youth Group

Monday, April 6
Monday Lunch Group
CUCC Café 
Table for 6

Tuesday, April 7
Office staff meeting
CUCC Café   
Life & Faith

Wednesday, April 8
CUCC Café
Confirmation
Moderating team check-in

Thursday, April 9
Table for 6
CUCC Café

Other important news in this edition
Make your palm for Palm Sunday worship
Idea from Amanda:  Try a worship journal
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