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In this week's eNews...

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

Thursday, July 30
I’m Still Here discussion

Friday, July 31
Retirees’ Café  - Bill hosts

Saturday, August 1

Sunday, August 2   
Taizé worship and fellowship
Sunday Morning Bible Study - parables
"Speaking of Faith" worship + communion and fellowship
Caring Committee
Faithfully Uncomfortable lunch discussion
Youth Sunday School

Monday, August 3
Monday Lunch Group
Path Forward

Tuesday, August 4 
Life & Faith

Wednesday, August 5
Lectionary Lunch with Lacey
Wednesday Evening Bible Study
Choir practice

Thursday, August 6
Deacons Ministry
I’m Still Here discussion

Friday, August 7
Retirees’ Café – Bill hosts

Current needs in the community What you can do to help now
Other important news in this edition A message from our Children's Education Coordinator
This Sunday:  Speaking of Faith
Bring bread and wine* for communion at 10:30 worship
What did you learn while being Faithfully Uncomfortable?  What's next? …

A message from our Children's Education Coordinator

A message from our Children's Education Coordinator, Anne Bailey Zschau.


This Sunday: Speaking of Faith

As we experiment with new ideas to keep our Zoom worship fresh and interesting we are planning a sermon of combined voices and stories on Sunday, August 2, at 10:30 worship. We are calling it "Speaking of Faith" Sunday. Ellen Beidler, Roger Manus, Nancy Newell, and Mike Schafale, have each agreed to share a five-minute reflection on Matthew 14: 13-21. We look forward to learning from their collective wisdom.

What did you learn while being Faithfully Uncomfortable? What's next?

The second of our two discussion sessions is Sunday, August 2, noon-1PM.  You are welcome to eat lunch while we talk.

On July 25 we concluded our 21-day challenge to learn about racial injustice and imagine racial equity.  We promised ourselves we would get together midway and at the end to compare notes about what we had learned, to share resources, and to talk about next steps for us and for CUCC.  August 2nd is the discussion that wraps up the challenge and launches us in new directions.

If you would like to participate in the discussion, contact Charles Coble or Dawn Koonce of our Community Outreach ministry to get the Zoom meeting information.  outreach.cucc@gmail.com

What to read for the parable study - August 2

Each Sunday (9:45-10:15AM), people gather on Zoom to read and discuss some of Jesus' parables. This class is open to anyone (at CUCC or beyond) and there is no homework.  The Zoom host is Bill Lamb, and the class convener for this series on parables is Ellen Beidler.

August 2:  The New Wine, Matthew 9:14-17
Gary Smith leads the discussion.

If you would like the Zoom information, contact office.cucc@gmail.com, or check your Saturday Zoom info email.

Loneliness

At the intersection of Life & Faith do you sometimes find loneliness?  I'm not talking about that rich experience of aloneness which offers time to reflect, heal, germinate.  I'm talking about that edgy/empty experience of longing for human connection and not finding it.

If you are seeking a time to carefully unwrap a layer of your loneliness in the sacred space of people who know loneliness, too, come to Life & Faith Tuesday, August 4, 7-8pm, on Zoom.  At Life & Faith we swap stories, ask ourselves questions, and honor the variety of answers that show up in community.

If you would like the Zoom information, contact convener Jane Smith smithjeg@mindspring.com.

As always with Life & Faith, the topic above is what I propose as our August default, but if the group has something they would rather discuss, we'll do that instead.

Life & Faith is an informal and fluid gathering for anyone who shows up. As we sip our beverages of choice, we swap stories and qu…

Lectionary Lunches continue in August

Join Pastor Lacey on Wednesdays in August at 1:00pm for Lectionary Lunch

What is the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL)?

The RCL is a three-year cycle of weekly Bible selections. The selected readings are built around the seasons of the church year. Right now, we are in ordinary time (the Season after Pentecost). Every week, there are four lections: a reading from the Hebrew Bible, a Psalm, an Epistle, and a Gospel Reading.

Click here to see the readings for August.

On Wednesdays, in August we will meet on Zoom at 1:00pm to explore the Bible readings together. We welcome your questions, insights, worldly wisdom, and doubts. No preparation is necessary. Simply come as you are. These discussions are open to the community.  Lunch optional; bring your own.

Email Pastor Lacey to sign up: lacey.cucc@gmail.com or look for the Saturday Zoom information email.

Retirees (+ everyone else) Cafe' continues in August

Join host 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

Interactive art installation coming soon at CUCC

The CUCC Youth Group gathered on the church grounds last Sunday to help bring to life a dream of CUCC high school graduate, Zenna Bryan. Zenna wanted our church to respond after Raleigh’s powerful demonstration on May 31 opposing systemic racism and police violence. The demonstration grew out of a response to the killing of George Floyd, a black man, who was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer. Zenna is passionate about racial justice and has always been sensitive to the pain that racism causes.

So along with her friend and former art teacher, Jamie, Zenna designed a large sign for our church grounds. Then we recruited help from generous church members, Paul Kiel, Jackson Kiel, and Tim Jensen, who engineered and constructed the signs. And finally, the signs were painted by several of our youth: Adam, Anna, Gabby, Jake, Kayla, Mason, Maya, Sophie, and Zenna. The signs consist of four large black panels. Two with bold neon words and two blank chalkboards for the community to ad…

What would your photographic welcome look like?

Think back on your Sunday mornings in CUCC’s sanctuary, specifically the anticipatory lull between sitting down in your usual spot, bulletin in hand, and the beginning of the service. There are friendly greetings and settling in, but you are also invited by the surroundings to take a deep breath and begin moving toward a worshipful frame of mind. While waiting for the musical welcome of the prelude, you have on the communion table before you a visual gift to take in; an artful arrangement to remind us of the outstanding and varied beauty found in creation.

It is with this meditational intent in mind that our virtual services now begin with a photographic welcome that remains on-screen until worship begins. You’ve probably noticed them - a photo of birdhouses, a flower close-up, the bottle cap art made by the CUCC youth, an arrangement of heart-shaped rocks, and more. Imagine if this were your photo of a flower arrangement in your home, an artistic vignette, a written or created ‘welco…

Mail your "hand" this week

Don't forget to mail your hand + prayer from Pastor Lacey's installation to

Hands at Community United Church of Christ
814 Dixie Trail
Raleigh, NC   27607

You may fold the hand to mail it.  You may cut it out or leave it on the 8.5 x 11 paper.

Questions?  Contact Susan Hasbrouck, chair of Sacraments and Chancel Committee. susanhas@gmail.com


Welcome to our newest members

With joy we welcomed these new members into the life and work of CUCC.  If you find yourself in a breakout room with them, be sure to introduce yourself and figure out what you have in common.  Their contact information is in Breeze.

Jennifer Fawcett works for Extension Forestry at NC State University, and Ryan Fawcett works for GoDaddy. Together they enjoy camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities, as well as tending to their beehives. They have two wonderful dogs and are expecting their first human baby in November. They have been attending CUCC since early 2019, and have enjoyed getting to know many members of the congregation. 

Chelsea Huber is the Choral Director at Lucas Middle School in Durham. In addition to teaching, she performs with the North Carolina Opera Chorus and is the assistant music director for the Durham Savoyards. She’s been the Youth Choir Director at CUCC since 2018, and since then has loved getting to know the church’s youth and congregation through musi…

Yes, they picked up the compost!

If you stopped by CUCC this week to drop off compost, you may have noticed the bin was filled to the very top. Wonderful!

Our compost is picked up every other Wednesday some time during the day, and a fresh, clean bin is delivered.  July 29 was pick up day, so there is lots of room for your next deposit.  You can drop off your compost any time during the week. The bin is outside in the CUCC courtyard.

We have added the pick up day to the CUCC Online Calendar in case you want to check before running errands.

If you have questions about what you can compost, check this list.

If you have questions about CUCC's industrial composting project, contact Gary Smith, chair of our Justice in a Changing Climate task force.  smithgk@mindspring.com.

Thanks for the great work.  Let's keep those Aeri and his aerobic bacteria friends well fed.

"I'm Still Here" assignment for August 6

The chapters are fairly short so read chapters 4-8, pages 53-118.

Thursday, August 6 at 7:00pm on Zoom.

The book:   I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown.
The plan:  Meet for four or five weeks consecutively.
Open to:  all who are interested in the topic of race.
RSVP to get the Zoom meeting information:  Pastor Lacey, lacey.cucc@gmail.com

In this week's eNews...

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

Thursday, July 23
Farm to church
Storage team
Website team

Friday, July 24
Retirees’ Café  - Bill hosts

Saturday, July 25
Faithfully Uncomfortable 21-day challenge ends

Sunday, July 26 
Taizé worship and fellowship
Sunday Morning Bible Study - parables
Installation of Pastor Lacey Brown and welcome new members at 10:30 all- ages worship and fellowship
Youth Sunday School
Youth Group

Monday, July 27
Monday Lunch Group

Tuesday, July 28

Wednesday, July 29
All Staff Meeting
Lectionary Lunch with Lacey 
At Home with CUCC

Thursday, July 30
I’m Still Here discussion

Friday, July 31
Retirees’ Café – Bill hosts

Current needs in the community What you can do to help now
Other important news in this edition
Pastor Lacey’s Installation and new members joining, July 26
Everyone:  Bring your hand prayer this Sunday
What to read for Sunday Morning Bible Study June 26
At Home with Community UCC - June 29
An evening lectionary-based Bib…

Pastor Lacey's Installation and new members joining - July 26

July 26 will be a day of great joy at CUCC.  We will welcome new members into the congregation and install Pastor Lacey as our senior minister.

One of the next steps on our journey together is to celebrate this new season of ministry through an installation. In the UCC, we have installations when a new minister is called to serve. The purpose of this installation is to install Pastor Lacey, celebrate the covenants we share with each other and the wider church, and provide an opportunity to reflect on who we are and a vision for our shared future. Pastor Lacey begins her ministry with us full of hope and possibility. It's time to celebrate!

The litany of installation will take place during our regularly scheduled worship service: Sunday, July 26 at 10:30am over Zoom. We will be joined by a representative of the Southern Conference and some of Pastor Lacey's mentors and friends. Please plan to attend to add your voice as we covenant together in ministry.

Everyone: Bring your hand prayer this Sunday

All CUCCers and those who love CUCC, we need your help for Lacey's installation (July 26).

Please bring to 10:30 worship a tracing of one of your  hands. Within the hand, write or draw your prayer for the congregation and where we, together with Lacey, are going in the future.   We will hold up our tracings for the "laying on of hands" as we covenant together with Lacey.

A few details:
- Trace one hand (either one) on something 8.5" x 11".  Use any kind or color of paper or fabric as long as it is that size.  Use any kind of pen/pencil/marker.
- Inscribe your written or drawn prayer INSIDE the hand.
- Bring your hand tracing to 10:30 worship on July 26.  We will tell you when to hold it up to your camera.
- Prepare an envelope addressed to:  Hands at Community UCC, 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh, NC  27607.  AFTER worship on July 26, mail your hand to the office.  It is okay to fold it.

Questions?  Contact Jane Smith smithjeg@mindspring.com.

What to read for Sunday Morning Bible Study - July 26

Each Sunday (9:45-10:15AM), people gather on Zoom to read and discuss some of Jesus' parables. This class is open to anyone (at CUCC or beyond) and there is no homework.  The Zoom host is Bill Lamb, and the class convener for this series on parables is Ellen Beidler.

June 26:   "The Rich Man and Lazarus," Luke 16.19-31.

If you would like the Zoom information, contact office.cucc@gmail.com, or check your Saturday Zoom info email.

At Home with Community UCC - July 29

Week 3:  Wednesday 6-7PM
Online Intergenerational Vacation Bible School
On Zoom

During this time of exile, wouldn’t you like to “visit” the homes of some of your church friends? Well you can! You’ve been invited! We hope you “visited” last week and the week before, but either way, don’t miss this final 2020 VBS!

Join the zoom event this coming Wednesday, July 29 and spend time in the homes of…
Joan McAllister
Vandy Bradow
Lena Gallitano
Merrilee Jacobson

Learn a little about the Biblical story of Exile and how it relates to our own experiences these days. We, too, feel we have been cast into a strange and foreign land. How do we keep the faith, maintain hope, invest in new beginnings, believe in and celebrate our connection to God?

Learn about what your church friends are doing to cope, to share, and to have fun in this, our time of exile.

For the Zoom information, contact office.cucc@gmail.com or look at your Saturday Zoom info email.

Questions about the event?  Contact Śānti  Matthe…

An evening lectionary-based Bible study

Did you know that CUCC has a second lectionary-based Bible study?

Join a small group (typically 4-10 people) who looks at the readings for the upcoming Sunday.

1st and 3rd Wednesdays
6:30-7:30 PM
On Zoom
Free
Open to those in and beyond CUCC

No preparation is required; they read the passages together.

Contact Lavon Page to be added to the study's reminder email which includes the Zoom information.  lavonpage@gmail.com

First assignment for "I'm Still Here" book discussion.

The chapters are fairly short so read the first three, pages 1-52.

1. White People are Exhausting
2. Playing Spades
3. The Other Side of Harmony

Our first night is Thursday, July 30 at 7:00pm on Zoom.

The book:   I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown.

The plan:  Meet for four or five weeks consecutively.

Open to:  all who are interested in the topic of race.

RSVP to get the Zoom meeting information:  Pastor Lacey, lacey.cucc@gmail.com

Interested in a safe place to talk about racial justice?

The Community UCC Racial Justice Affinity Google Group is for members and friends of CUCC who are called to working for the end of racism in Raleigh, NC and the US.  The group will provide a safe platform to share about racial justice - our feelings, needs for support, information on current news and trainings and opportunities for action in the world. 

Jim Smith is managing this list and invites anyone interested in joining the group can send him an email at JimRJA.CUCC@gmail.com  and he will add you to the group.

- from Do Justice Ministry

In this week's eNews...

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

Thursday, July 16
CoBid-19 silent auction continues
Book club

Friday, July 17
Silent auction bidding ends at 8PM
Retirees’ Café  - Bill hosts

Saturday, July 18

Sunday, July 19 
Taizé worship & communion and fellowship
Sunday Morning Bible Study - parables
All-ages, traditional worship and fellowship
Do Justice Ministry
Newcomers’ Coffee
Youth Sunday School

Monday, July 20
Monday Lunch Group

Tuesday, July 21

Wednesday, July 22
Lectionary Lunch with Lacey
At Home with CUCC
Choir practice

Thursday, July 23

Friday, July 24
Retirees’ Café – Bill hosts

Current needs in the community What you can do to help now
New in this edition
New: A (COVID) Moment with Megan – July 13
Silent Auction bidding continues this week!
Bring bread and wine to Taize' worship
At Home with CUCC - July 22
Who will water our Plant a Row garden?
New book study:  I’m Still Here
We did it!  MMG garden pathway is fully funded.
Youth Gathered on Church Gr…

A (COVID) Moment with Megan - July 13

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.  

Questions from two CUCC members were discussed at the July 13 “Path Forward” meeting. The task force’s responses are below, along with their answers to previous questions. Please send issues you’d like discussed at the August meeting to mfacklerbretz@gmail.com. Thank you!

Could the congregation establish small “house churches” that would meet on church grounds, in parks, members’ homes, etc.?
At this time, the pandemic numbers are headed in the wrong direction, and the task force is not comfortable encouraging members to meet in-person. However, the church office has access to three Zoom accounts and can set up recurring small group meetings anytime.

Since some people need to access the church buildings to keep CUCC running smoothly, how can we best protect them?
This week, sanitation tables will be placed at each of the main entra…

Silent Auction bidding continues this week!

Bidding is open through Friday, July 17, 8PM.
Can't find the silent auction website?  Contact cucc.auction@gmail.com.

Make your bids on some lovingly crafted items, special finds, and more.
Check out all the items from Mary Matthews, Beth Allison-Moon, Eric Burkhardt, Ian Burkhardt, Mac Hulslander, Jo & Ann Retzer, our Tutor Extraordinaire, Betsy Towler, the Stoddards, and Bill Lamb!

Live Auction Recap
Last Saturday 54 CUCCers gathered on zoom for the live portion of our auction and raised $1680 (a preliminary estimate) for 10 items. While a quarter of our usual $ total for this event, we had fewer than a quarter of our usual number of items on which to bid.  Several items were offered in multiples, making for a lively evening. Just as vital are the connections forged and maintained during an hour of online generosity and fun.

Some highlights:

Our half hour cocktail and mingling intro time turned into a roundtable of sharing stories about cigarettes from our youths!Pastor Lacey…

Bring bread and wine for communion at Taizé this Sunday

On Sunday, July 19, at  9:00am Taizé 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.

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.

At Home with Community UCC - July 22

The next two Wednesdays 6-7PM
Online Intergenerational Vacation Bible School
Zoom info in your Saturday worship email or contact office.cucc@gmail.com

During this time of exile, wouldn’t you like to “visit” the homes of some of your church friends?
Well you can!
You’ve been invited!

We hope you “visited” last week, but either way, don’t miss this week and next!
Join the Zoom event this coming Wednesday, July 22 and visit with friends including…
Bill Lamb and Erik Burkhardt
The Covington Family
Bill Gretsch
The Mayorga/Myers Family

Learn a little about the Biblical story of Exile and how it relates to our own experiences these days. We, too, feel we have been cast into a strange and foreign land. How do we keep the faith, maintain hope, invest in new beginnings, believe in and celebrate our connection to God?

Learn about what your church friends are doing to cope, to share, and to have fun in this, our time of exile.

We’ll visit four more homes next week for a total of 12 visits in 3 w…

Who will water our Plant a Row garden?

Gardeners are needed for these weeks:  July 27, August 3, August 10, August 17, and August 24.

Here is what you will do during your week:
Water as needed. Pick veggies and deliver to Logan's and tell the clerk these veggies are from "CUCC." Veggies can all be weighed together as mixed veggies. Take a picture (or selfie) of your family tending the garden. Email your photos and the weight of your veggies to annebaileyrealtor@gmail.com.

To select your week of gardening, contact Anne Bailey Zschau   annebailey@mindspring.com.

CUCC's children sponsor CUCC's Plant a Row for the Hungry garden.  We have a limited number of children and needs some adults to pitch in.

Directions to Logan's

Note:  Photos to Anne Bailey at annebaileyrealtor@gmail.com.  All other communications should continue to be sent to annebailey@mindspring.com.

New Book Study: I'm Still Here

We are starting a new book study on Thursday, July 30 at 7:00pm on Zoom.
We will be reading I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown. Our plan is to meet for four or five weeks consecutively. This group is open to all who are interested in the topic of race. Email Pastor Lacey, lacey.cucc@gmail.com

We did it! MMG garden pathway is fully funded.

The congregation rose to the challenge issued by three CUCC members and donated the needed $900 to secure an equal amount in matching funds.  As a result, the Memorial Meditation Garden walkway will be constructed by early fall, further beautifying that space and making it more accessible.

Additional donations are welcome and will be used to create a permanent maintenance fund.  To make a donation, you can:
·        Text 919-888-4541 with an amount and the letters “MMG.”
·        Visit communityucc.org, click on “Donate/Pledge” and select “MMG” from the pull-down menu.
·        Mail a check (with “MMG” in the memo line) to the church office at 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh 27607.

For more information about the walkway, please contact Property Ministry chairperson Merrilee Jacobson at 919-274-4539 or mkjacobson123@gmail.com.  Thank you!

Youth Gathered on Church Grounds!

On Saturday, July 4, the CUCC youth who were registered for BYC summer youth camp gathered on the church grounds, with safe social distancing, to kick off our online camp week! We wore masks and used pool noodles to promote safe distancing. We sat in the shade, shared a check-in, and reviewed the camp schedule. Then walked to Cup a Joe on Hillsborough Street, chatting the whole way. We were grateful for the care Cup a Joe is taking in their safe practices. We each got a cold coffee or tea drink before walking back, sharing a blessing, and parting with boxes of supplies needed for our online camp.

Youth had several reflections in their review of the event:
1. We would do this again. It was worth it.
2. On a scale of 1-5 with 1 being not adhering at all and 5 being excellent adherence, we gave ourselves a 3.5-4 in terms of how carefully we practiced safe social distancing.
3. When we meet again we would like chairs available for outdoor seating.
4. When we meet again we would like acces…

In this week's eNews...

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

See you at the CoBid-19 Auction Party Saturday night - link coming soon

Thursday, July 9
BYC campers “return home”
“Inspired” book study

Friday, July 10
Retirees’ Café  - Bill hosts

Saturday, July 11
Conversation & Meditation
CoBid-19 Auction Party (bidding begins)

Sunday, July 12 
Last day to donate to honor Cally
CoBid-19 Auction bidding
Taizé worship and fellowship
Sunday Morning Bible Study - parables
All-ages, traditional worship and fellowship
Faithfully Uncomfortable discussion
Caring Committee
Youth Sunday School

Monday, July 13
CoBid-19 Auction bidding
Monday Lunch Group
Path Forward

Tuesday, July 14 
CoBid-19 Auction bidding
Office staff meeting
Pastoral Relations Committee

Wednesday, July 15
CoBid-19 Auction bidding
Lectionary Lunch with Lacey
At Home with CUCC

Thursday, July 16
CoBid-19 Auction bidding
Book club

Friday, July 17
Retirees’ Café – Bill hosts
CoBid-19 Auction bidding (ends 8PM)

Curren…

Items for COBID-19 Auction

CUCC Co-Bid 19 AUCTION TONIGHT at 8pm on ZOOM
The link to the auction will be sent out to the congregation on Saturday afternoon,  so watch your inbox for that special email from Susan Atkinson. 

Join us a half hour early to mingle with the evening’s host, PASTOR LACEY BROWN! Have a cocktail and sign in at 7:30 (BYOZB). Get ready for a night of fun and imaginative giving to help sustain your church home.

We'll kick off the evening playing the "name that CUCC baby game."

Saturday night some items will be auctioned live.  Others will be available for bidding through Friday night, 8PM, July 17.
Items as of Saturday morning, 9AM - subject to change!  Not in order of presentation.  Plus 2 additional items will be auctioned live at the end of the evening. We’ll keep it close to an hour. See you Sat!
Driveway Drinks with Lacey and Jordyne- You and one guest, are invited to the pastor's new house. They will provide the wine and bug spray, you are invited to bring your own masks and …

A (COVID) Moment with Megan - July 9

On a regular basis, Council Moderator Megan Fackler-Bretz will answer your questions about CUCC’s ongoing response to the pandemic and share emerging guidance from the “Path Forward” taskforce.

 The taskforce will be meeting on Monday, July 13, and would like to discuss your questions about the pandemic's continuing impact on our congregation.  I hope to hear from you at mfacklerbretz@gmail.com.  Thank you!

_________________________
Information shared in previous postings is below:

What metrics are we following to assess when we can again meet in-person?
The “Path Forward” taskforce has recommended that we continue with online worship services and events until COVID-19 infections have dropped steadily for 30 days in the Triangle. You can check on the state’s progress here:  https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard#zip-code-map

Are outdoor services and/or events a safe possibility?
Currently, outdoor events are limited to 10 people who wear masks and practice social distancing. When th…

Last day to donate to honor Cally - July 12

When we did the church survey on ideas for a memorial for our former pastor, Rev. Cally Rogers-Witte, there was a wide range of responses indicating support of particular projects as well as intention to financially support one or more of the ideas.  Some of the congregation contributed directly to a special offering for Global Ministries, and a check has now been sent to the Conference.  Some of the ideas were not chosen due to lack of support, such as the stained/etched glass and sculpture.  The idea most supported by the congregation was the dedication of the narthex to Cally’s memory.  The rationale for this choice is that Cally’s welcoming and inclusive spirit permeated everything she did, and where better to honor her but in the entrance to the church!

If you intended to give toward whatever was selected, NOW is the time!  I am among those who waited so I will add my contribution, and I know several others who are now prepared to give.

You can give through Breeze (keyword:  Call…

First Faithfully Uncomfortable CUCC discussion - July 12

The first of our two discussion sessions is Sunday, July 12, noon-1PM.  Bring your own lunch.

It is not too late to participate in this 21-day journey.  You can start and end on a day of your choosing.  If you are participating, please sign up two places so we know to send you the Zoom information for the two discussion sessions (July 12 and August 2).

Link to learning resources

Two places to sign up:
Faithfully Uncomfortable projectCUCC's discussion Zoom information request form Faithfully Uncomfortable is an opportunity to learn about racial injustice and imagine racial equity by focusing on reading, watching, and listening to a variety of sources.  You choose the resources that interest you.

Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greensboro has designed this excellent opportunity and resource list. The resources here were adapted from other lists. This is just the beginning of our journey, but it is a place to start. Charles Coble brought this resource to other church members and th…

At Home with CUCC - July 15, 22, 29

Mark your calendar! Zoom meeting information is in Saturday email Intergenerational

Visit the homes of CUCC people as they tell us how they have managed to "sing the Lord's song" in this time of exile to a strange land of COVID-19 and racial justice struggle.  Each week we will hear stories from their homes of how they have been having fun, learning, and serving.

Questions?  Contact Śānti  Matthews, Youth and Adult Education Coordinator, education.cucc@gmail.com.

Order a "Speak Up" yard sign by July 20

The UCC is offering 18" x 24" corrugated plastic signs that can be displayed in your yard, a window, or wherever you wish to demonstrate your commitment to justice.

You can order a sign directly from the UCC for $9.95 plus $7.75 in shipping or order through CUCC and receive free shipping.

To join the group order, contact Merrilee Jacobson at mkjacobson123@gmail.com by July 20. Arrangements will be for the signs to be safely picked up and paid for in the church parking lot in early August.  (We are not setting up online payment for this.)

July Newcomers' Coffee & Joining Day

Have you been visiting CUCC for a while and would like to know more about membership? Come to our Newcomers' Coffee on July 19 at 2:00pm, hosted by Pastor Lacey over Zoom. We will discuss our faith, church, and denomination. This is an opportunity for you to ask your questions and dig deeper into the life of the church.

After the Newcomers' Coffee gathering, people wanting to join the church will have occasion to do so on Sunday, July 26 during the worship service.

Email Pastor Lacey if you'd like more information, lacey.cucc@gmail.com

Atlantic Coast Pipeline cancelled!

Joyful news! 

"Wow!  The ACP has been cancelled!  See rationale from Duke Energy and Dominion Energy and a response by Al Gore and Rev. Barber.
Wow! 
Gary"

Gary Smith is chair of CUCC's Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force.  CUCC members signed postcards as part of an NCIPL campaign to stop the pipeline.

To find out how you can be part of CUCC's ongoing climate crisis action, contact Gary at smithgk@mindspring.com.

Congratulations, Geri!

We celebrate Geri Bowen's career as an educator; Geri retired June 15 from the Wake County Public School System.  Geri most recently served as chair of the Media Department at Enloe High School where she worked for 17 years.  Always curious, Geri would dig into researching the story and getting the facts straight.  In addition to supporting students and teachers with resources, Geri's work spanned knowing copyright law, keeping AV equipment running, and completing the annual inventory (lots of stories there).  Geri lived out her strong commitment to making Enloe a good place to learn and to be for all students, especially those new to the US who found in the media center a safe and welcoming space in their new world.

Thank you, Geri, for your service to growing minds (including ours!).  Enjoy your retirement and keep those book recommendations coming.

Stream a new movie about John Lewis

The Community Outreach Ministry invites you to an on demand showing of a new film on the life and work of congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis. Buy a $12 ticket to stream John Lewis: Good Trouble and $5 goes to support UCC justice ministries.  You may buy your on-demand ticket now.

Learn more about the film at johnlewisgoodtrouble.com.

The opportunity to view this movie is provided by the UCC's Justice and Local Church Ministries.


A note from Jane about how to see the movie.

When you click on the link to buy your ticket, you will be at the eventive website.
Click on "Unlock now" button.
Create your free account (name, password, email).
You will be prompted to enter your credit card information.
You will see "Unlock now" button again, this time showing the $12 charge to watch the movie.
You can either click Watch Now which gives you 3 days to complete viewing the movie, or log in again any time in the next 30 days to begin that 3 day period.

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Thursday, July 2
Deacons ministry
“Inspired” book study

Friday, July 3
Retirees’ Café  - Bill hosts

Saturday, July 4
Faithfully Uncomfortable begins
Conversation & Meditation
BYC kickoff

Sunday, July 5
Taizé worship and fellowship
Sunday Morning Bible Study - parables
All-ages, traditional worship & communion and fellowship
Caring Committee
BYC summer camp

Monday, July 6
BYC summer camp
Monday Lunch Group

Tuesday, July 7  
BYC summer camp
Office staff meeting
Website Team

Wednesday, July 8
BYC summer camp
Lectionary Lunch with Lacey
Choir practice
Carbon Neutral CUCC

Thursday, July 9
BYC summer camp
“Inspired” book study

Friday, July 10
Retirees’ Café – Bill hosts

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Retirees’ Café every Friday in July
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