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In this week's eNews...

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


Friday, October 30
Submit photo for Ofrenda Memorial Walk – LAST DAY
Retirees’ Café – Merrilee and Bill co-host
Saturday, October 31
Meditation and Conversation
Sunday, November 1 – All Saint’s Day
Eastern Standard Time begins
Taizé worship, then fellowship
Sunday Morning Adult Bible study – Prodigal Son concludes
Worship for all ages with communion, then fellowship
Caring Committee
Dia de Los Muertos Memorial Youth Walk
Ofrenda Memorial Walk for Congregation
All Saint’s Day movie night
Monday, November 2
Ofrenda Memorial Walk  is open
Monday Lunch Group 
Tuesday, November 3
Ofrenda Memorial Walk is open
Election Day: Our Faith, Our Vote
Wednesday, November 4
Ofrenda Memorial Walk  is open
Compost emptied
Tai Chi
Lectionary Lunch with Lacey
Wednesday Evening Bible Study Election Debrief and Prayer Gathering
Thursday, November 5
Ofrenda Memorial Walk is open
Deacons Meeting
Election Debrief and Prayer Gathering 

Friday, November…

Turn your clocks back Saturday night

Daylight savings time ends Saturday.Turn your clocks back - another hour for sleep or fun.

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 November 1, 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.


All Saint’s Day Celebration - Sunday, November 1

All are invited to come and participate in this meaningful time of remembering and celebrating our loved ones who have died.  
Come to either or both on November 1: 
6:30-7 pm  Be one of the first to experience the Ofrenda Memorial Walk through our newly paved Memorial Meditation Garden! You can be among the first to wind through this experiential walk (which will remain on the grounds until November 28). 
7-8:45 pm  Watch Coco, the Pixar movie about Dia de los Muertos. Arrive early: participation will be limited to 15 seating area units (a person, couple, or family in each seating area). Park in Dixie Trail lot; the movie will be in the Wade Avenue lot. Bring a camp chair, blanket, and mask.  No rain date.

Sparked by the youth international mission trip to Oaxaca, CUCCers have shared many wonderful moments in recent years around Day of the Dead activities. There is perhaps no better way to get to know a church friend than by hearing stories about their beloved family members who have pas…

Ofrenda Memorial Walk - November 2 to 28

As All Saint’s Day and Dia de Los Muertos approaches, the CUCC Youth are creating an Ofrenda (offering) walk through our newly paved Memorial Garden. The walk is intended to help us understand the complexity of transitions, the power of memory, and the celebration of life. It will also hopefully continue to link us to the experiences we had and the friends we met in Oaxaca, Mexico, while on our International Mission Trip in 2019. Please visit our Memorial Garden anytime from November 2-28, and take your time journeying through the walkway. There will be places for you to engage: invitations for you to remember, to pray, and to leave your own offerings for loved ones. You are invited to share a photo of a loved one who has died, for display in the garden. Please take a picture of a printed photo or send a digital image via text to 919-961-8814 or email to education.cucc@gmail.com. Śānti will print it and laminate it so it will be weather proof for display in the Ofrenda Memorial Walk. …

Lectionary study schedule for November

In November 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 for the week 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.  The Zoom information is also in the Saturday Zoom email.

Join us for an election debrief and prayer gathering on Zoom

Wednesday, November 4 at 7:00pm
OR
Thursday, November 5 at 7:00pm 2020 has been a challenging year on so many levels. Not only are we living through a global pandemic but also a presidential campaign that has been divisive and all-consuming. Many of us are craving a safe space to share in community. You are invited to join Pastor Lacey and your fellow church members one of two nights: Wed. Nov. 4 @ 7pm or Thurs. Nov. 5 @ 7:00pm on Zoom. Our aim is to share experiences, hopes, joys, concerns, and frustrations following what has been an exhausting couple of months. No matter who wins or loses, we are a community of support for one another. If you think a conversation following the election would be helpful for you, please plan to join us. Look for the link in the Saturday Zoom email, or contact lacey.cucc@gmail.com.

Enjoy a break with friends on Fridays in November

The CUCC Cafe' continues through November (except Thanksgiving Friday).  Sometimes called the Retirees' Cafe', this gathering is for anyone who happens to be free between 1-2PM on Fridays.  There is no agenda - just time to catch up on what is happening in each other's lives.The Zoom meeting information is in the Saturday Zoom email, or you can contact Bill Lamb or Merrilee Jacobson who are sharing hosting duties.  Their contact information is in Breeze.

Workday at CUCC - November 7

The final 2020 church work day will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 8am-noon.  A wide variety of projects are available, either that morning (socially distanced) or on the day and time of your choice.  For more information, or to volunteer for one or more of the projects below, please contact Property Ministry Chairperson Merrilee Jacobson at 919-274-4539 or mkjacobson123@gmail.com. Thanks! ·        Weeding and pruning
·        Girdling ivy around trees
·        Weather-stripping both Pilgrim House front/back doors
·        Sweeping up pine straw and redistributing it
·        Patching broken concrete at top of stairs leading from MMG to Wade Ave. 
·        Re-seating children’s toilet
·        Cleaning gutters
·        Filling gap between dishwasher and countertop in main kitchen
·        Shoveling soil away from intersection of Dixie and Wade
·        Replacing nonworking PH dishwasher with cupboard
·        Cleaning fascia above compost bin

New Sunday morning study begins November 8

Beginning November 8, Robert Parrish will lead a discussion of the book Acting on Faith: Stories of Courage, Activism and Hope Across Religions, edited by Diane Faires Beadle and Jamie Lynn Haskins.  We know Pastor Diane from our joint Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday worship with St. Paul's Christian Church  where she serves as Senior Minister. Here is the book description from the Quail Ridge Books website:Different faiths, shared hopes. Are we more alike than we know? In these first-person stories from diverse voices of faith, hear from people whose faith leads them to seek justice and work for love amidst our world's violence and divisions. Gain a deeper understanding of the diverse beliefs practiced by your neighbors and our shared hopes for building a better world. Reflection questions with each chapter make this book perfect for small group study or read as a private devotional. Acting on Faith inspires hope and encourages personal action through concrete examples of fa…

Post-election destress meditation at Monday Lunch Group - November 9

Do you feel like you need to destress after an election year the likes that no one has seen before?  Is there a need for you to refocus and  recharge?   Well, our Monday lunch group has just the thing for you.  Monday Lunch Group invites all who are interested to a time of meditation.  Our very own Marty Lamb will lead us in meditative exercises that are sure to help us feel calmer and more relaxed.  This session will take place November 9 during Monday Lunch which starts at 12:00 noon and ends around 2:00.  Generally, during Monday Lunch we have a time of prayer and a brief devotional before featured programs began.  Please watch for the Zoom link to join Monday Lunch in the Saturday Virtual Worship email for Saturday, November 7.  Come and let us “breathe” and “destress” together- submitted by Robert Parrish for Monday Lunch Group  RobertCParrish7@gmail.com

Mark your calendar - Congregational Meeting November 15

The honor of your company is requested at our fall congregational meeting via Zoom following the church service on November 15, 2020. A detailed agenda will be released prior to the meeting, but come expecting to hear about our Path Forward, our stewardship campaign and budget for 2021. Be sure to put November 15th on your calendar now!- Megan Fackler Bretz, Moderator mfacklerbretz@gmail.com

Wanted: a photo of you and your siblings

In November the sung response to the passing of the peace will be the first verse of Thank Our God for Sisters, Brothers. Please send us photos of sisters and brothers (all ages) which Amanda will use to accompany the lyrics.   Email the photo to Amanda Jost at ajost07@gmail.com.   Amanda needs our photos for the welcoming photo and for the hymns.Thank you from CUCC's Worship Team.

Email Lacey, not Jane

Just for this coming Sunday, November 1, email Pastor Lacey instead of Jane Smith about worship:if you plan to invite a guest to worship,if you are having trouble getting into the worship service.The Smiths are having work done on their email account November 1 and 2, and will not be able to send or receive emails.You can still reach Jane by phone or text message.Thank you.Jane Smith

One ? survey: Do you use the table of contents?

The first post of every edition of the CUCC Weekly eNews includes the calendar for the week and a list of the articles for the edition.Please complete this one question survey to tell us whether creating the list of articles is a good investment of our time.  Survey hereThank you.Jane Smith, Communications Committee

Recent updates to Pilgrim House

Our beloved Pilgrim House had a makeover. The first step was a fresh coat of paint on all the walls. Followed by a work table, pillows, a gently used rug, and original artwork. New light fixtures were added to this space, the hallway, and Pastor Lacey's office. With the recent updates, our communal space feels more modern and clean. Thank you to Autumn Cobeland, Susan and Paul Atkinson, Merrilee Jacobson, and Susan Hasbrouck. Also, a special thanks to Tim Jensen who installed a new handrail at the Pilgrim House leading down to the covered patio by the old youth room.Future plans include removing the conference room’s dated wallpaper and painting that room and the hallway.  If you’d like to be involved in this project, or several others at the church, please join us for the November 7 workday (8am-noon) or contact Property Ministry Chairperson Merrilee Jacobson (919-274-4539/mkjacobson123@gmail.com) to schedule a project on the date of your choice.
New look for Pilgrim House

Remember…

Photo album for October Tailgating Suppers

Enjoy these photos from our on-the-grounds tailgating suppers.  Thank you to the Religious Education Ministry for hosting these small gatherings. More photos here

Socially distanced CROP Walk a “fun” raising success!

A dreary, rainy afternoon was brightened on Oct. 25 with CUCC’s socially distanced CROP Walk and Oktoberfest.  Twenty members and friends enjoyed a brat and some German music under the Pilgrim House deck, and several chose to walk 1, 2 or 3 miles around the neighborhood.  The $2,500 fundraising goal has been surpassed with additional funds welcome until November. 1.  Many thanks to all of you who donated,  walked and/or enjoyed some fellowship time during the “fun” raiser! Until November 1, you can still encourage friends, neighbors and family to donate in support of the CUCC team at the Triangle CROP Walk website OR through CUCC’s Breeze portal. (Select “CROP Walk” from the “Give to Pledge” drop-down menu.) 
See more photos here

Memorial Meditation Garden walkway installed

Our lovely garden has a new walkway that further beautifies the area and makes it more accessible to those with mobility issues.  The walkway includes engraved pavers for all whose ashes have become a part of the garden as well as those who contributed to the walkway’s cost.  While the pavers are made of concrete, the spaces between them are filled with sand to preserve permeability.  Please spend some time enjoying the walkway and the beautiful garden, the next time you’re at church.Enjoy this photo essay of the installation



In this week's eNews...

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


Thursday, October 22
Pastoral Relations Committee
Jesus:  Uncovering the Life, Teachings & Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary
Friday, October 23
Retirees’ Café – Merrilee and Bill co-host
Saturday, October 24
Meditation and Conversation
In-person tailgate supper
Sunday, October 25– Stewardship Sunday
Taizé worship, then fellowship
Sunday Morning Adult Bible study – Prodigal Son
Worship for all ages, then fellowship
Do Justice Ministry
Stewardship Ministry
CROP Walk and Oktoberfest
Monday, October 26
Monday Lunch Group 
Wednesday, October 28
Compost bin is emptied
Tai Chi
Lectionary Lunch with Lacey
Choir practice

Friday, October 30
Retirees’ Café – Merrilee and Bill co-host

Other important news in this edition
Please send your pledge now so we can plan for 2021

Voting has begun

CROP Walk "Oktoberfest" is this Sunday  October 25
Ofrenda Memorial Walk November 2 to 28

#9 A devotional for our collective reflect…

Please send in your pledge now so we can plan for 2021

Stewardship Sunday is October 25Click this link to find all relevant information about our stewardship campaign which will help us plan for 2021, including how to make your pledge and offer your time and talents online.
Your pledges provide almost all of our income this year and next. The need for social distancing has turned off our rental income, and minimized auction fundraising. But most of our expenses continue at near normal levels, especially salaries, insurance, upkeep and repairs for our buildings.Please pledge generously. Consider increasing your pledge if you can. Personal financial planning is difficult in these uncertain times. Pledges are made in good faith, but if you are unable to fulfill your pledge because of unforeseen circumstances, just let the assistant treasurer know. We are you church family and we want to support you.Why give generously to CUCC? We give generously because in God’s compassion God has given so generously to us. Through our giving to CUCC we are a…

Voting has begun

Friends,
Let's make sure we all exercise our right to vote in this election. Here are important facts you need to know as you finalize your plan to vote.
Early Voting:
Early voting begins on Thursday October 15 and ends on Saturday October 31.
To learn more go the Wake County Board of Elections Early Voting page.

Absentee voting:
Absentee ballot: the last day to request one is October 27 at 5 p.m.
Deliver your absentee ballot to the Board of Elections by 5:00 p.m OR mail your ballot and make sure it's postmarked on or before  November 3, Election Day. 
To learn more go to the Wake County Board of Elections Absentee by Mail page.

Election day voting
You do NOT need a photo to vote.
Polling places are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. 
Click on this link to find your polling place.

Warmly,
Do Justice Ministry

CROP Walk "Oktoberfest" is this Sunday - October 25

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:·        Encourage friends, neighbors and family to donate in support of the "Community UCC" team here at OR through CUCC’s donation portal, selecting “CROP Walk” from the “Give to Pledge” drop-down menu, or texting your amount and the keyword Crop to 919-888-4541.·        Take a socially distanced 1-, 2- or 3-mile walk around the church neighborhood between 3-4:30 pm on October 25, then join the “Oktoberfest” in the Dixie Trail parking lot to celebrate with a traditional or veggie brat.  Sign up for your brat here.  If you are walking, remember to donate, too.Questions? Please contact Ken or Merrilee Jacobson at 919-274-4539 or mkjacobson123@gmail.com. Thanks!

CUCC's 2019 CROP Walk team


#9 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 another devotional for our collective reflection, penned by Sam Woodrum.

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 for each deacon in the Breeze 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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A devotional by Sam Woodrum
In college, I took an entry level astronomy class that consistently blew my mind.  I naively thought, "it’ll be cool to learn all the constellations." Turns out, we b…

Cash Bail Bond Reform Resolution approved by SOC

On 11/17/19, CUCC passed a resolution from Do Justice calling on the United Church of Christ to Advocate and Act to Change the Cash Bail Bond System to Eliminate Racial and Social Injustices Inherent in the Present System.  We sent the resolution it to the Southern Conference of the UCC for approval.Do Justice along with Burning Coal Theater and Carson Roach-Howell then produced this wonderful video to explain the problem and solutions.
On 10/17/20, the 55th gathering of the Southern Conference unanimously approved the resolution and voted to carry it onto the 33rd General Synod of the UCC next year.  Amen, Amen, Amen!!God bless our work together!Gary Smith for the Do Justice Ministry

A successful Walk for Hope

Thanks to your generous support, CUCC's Walk for Hope team raised $1609 for mental health research.  While our 11 walkers couldn't enjoy each other's company this year, we look forward to walking in person next year and hope you will join us. The team is grateful to Dawn Koonce who kept us organized and informed so we could adapt to this year's drive-thru walk.

Change: Compost bin emptying is now weekly

Good news.  We are returning to weekly pickup of our compost by our industry partner, Compost Now.  Keep that compost coming!List of items which can be composted

Lost: Almond Cookie Recipe (oh, no!)

Help!  After making thousands of those fabulous almond cookies, I have lost my recipe!  I'm asking that anyone that has a copy to please send it to me- I'll make you a batch!  It is the one with vinegar in the recipe.Joan McAllister  joanmcallister72@gmail.com

I'm new. How can I attend virtual worship?

Currently our life together is happening on the grounds and virtually, using Zoom, conference calls, and the telephone.  If you are interested in worship, service, or learning opportunities described in the calendar or in the CUCC Weekly eNews, contact the church office to learn how to participate (office.cucc@gmail.com).  Provide your name, phone number and email address and we will get back in touch with you.

On Saturdayslinks to the next day's orders of worship are added to this post.  You can also find this information on the homepage of our website.the Saturday "Virtual Worship" email is sent with Zoom meeting information for worship the next day and for events for the upcoming week.  This email also indicates anything to bring to worship:  a candle, food and drink for communion, items for the Children's Time. Contact the church office during the week if you would like to receive the Saturday email (office.cucc@gmail.com).
Please arrive early for worship so we h…

Giving to support the work of CUCC

Want to support the work we do at Community UCC?  Here's how.
Grab your phone and text to give. How do we know the purpose of your gift?  Text the amount and a key word to 919-888-4541.  (Example:  Texting 50 pastor begins the process of donating $50 toward the pastor's discretionary fund to assist people experiencing financial hardship. The first time you text-to-give you will be asked to add your credit card or bank information.  After that, the processor remembers your information.)  Current key words are:
Key words for donations
   General- no key word, contributes to CUCC's general fund
   Pastor - contributes to the pastor’s discretionary fund
   Pledge - contributes toward your pledge CROP - makes a donation to the Greater Triangle Area CROP Walk
Key words for items we are purchasing for you
   none right now Mail a check. Mail a check to the office toward your pledge, for special service projects, and to pay for things we order for you. Remember to put the purpose of your gif…

In this week's eNews...

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

Thursday, October 15
Bookclub
Friday, October 16
Southern Conference Annual Gathering
Retirees’ Café – Merrilee and Bill co-host
Saturday, October 17
Southern Conference Annual Gathering – Do Justice presents
Meditation and Conversation
In-person tailgate supper
Sunday, October 18
Taizé worship with communion, then fellowship
Sunday Morning Adult Bible study – Prodigal Son
Worship for all ages, then fellowship
High School Ofrenda Hangout
Monday, October 19
Monday Lunch Group 
Wednesday, October 21
Compost bin emptied
Tai Chi
Hand and Foot
Lectionary Lunch with Lacey
Wednesday Evening Bible Study
Thursday, October 22
Pastoral Relations Committee Jesus:  Uncovering the Life, Teachings & Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary
Friday, October 23
Retirees’ Café – Merrilee and Bill co-host

Other important news in this edition
A (COVID) Moment with Megan October 13, 2020

Consider making a pledge to CUCC’s Stewardship Campaign

A p…

A (COVID) Moment with Megan - October 12, 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. At its October 12 meeting, the Council made the difficult but not unexpected decision to postpone any in-person worship services until 2021. We are moving forward, however, with plans to install the necessary technology to eventually allow small numbers of parishioners to gather in the sanctuary for services that are live streamed to those who feel more comfortable worshipping at home.The recently updated guidelines for outdoor meetings and CUCC events in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall are below.
Please send any questions you’d like addressed in future articles to Megan Fackler Bretz, Moderator, at 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. A…

Consider making a pledge to CUCC's Stewardship Campaign

Click this link to find all relevant information about our stewardship campaign which will help us plan for 2021, including how to make your pledge and offer your time and talents online.

Why give generously to CUCC?  We give generously because in God’s compassion God has given so generously to us. Through our giving to CUCC we are able to support our loving community and advance the cause of social justice in Wake County and the world. As a bonus, giving well makes a person feel good, having made a contribution toward bringing the kingdom of God in this world.
All resources related to this year’s stewardship campaign are conveniently located at the Go CUCC portal
You may pledge financially via a pledge form that was mailed to you this week, or pledge using a simple form at the Go CUCC portal, where you will also find all information related to the pledge campaign. You do not need to be a member of CUCC to pledge support. 
In addition to financial support, most of us support CUCC through…

A prayer request from Do Justice for October 17

Do Justice will be presenting CUCC's Cash Bail Bond Reform resolution to the Southern Conference of the UCC on October 17 between 10 and 11 AM. The congregation voted on this resolution at our November 2019 congregational meeting.  Please pray for those who are unfairly treated by this policy, and pray for its change to a policy that is just.- submitted by Gary Smith, co-chair, Do Justice Ministry

Bring bread and wine for communion at Taizé worship

On Sunday, October 18, 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.

Tai Chi begins again at CUCC

After these months of not moving it's time for Tai Chi. We meet on Wednesdays at 9:30. Be sure to wear your mask. The first date will be Wednesday, October 21. If you have questions just call Sue Cottle at 919-301-8472. We meet in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall. See you soon.

A creative challenge: Week 5

Thank you to Sophia Sands who sent her contribution for Week 4.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who are indebted to us. becomes Please don’t let the unbalance I may bring to others, and that others may bring to me, cause everlasting harm.
This is the final week of our creative challenge.  How would your re-imagine the Week 5 phrase? Week 5And do not bring us to the time of trial.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.

Sermon+ questions for your consideration

Some of the questions that Pastor Lacey raised this week (story Exodus 32:1-14)...Where are some idols in your life?  Are there false or lesser gods you need to destroy?How can we support each other in the journey of faith?When can be be merciful, compassionate, slow to anger (with God as our model)?Sermon+ is an occasional post in which our preachers pose a follow-up question to their sermon for your consideration.

Pastoral Care During COVID-19

Pastor Lacey is inviting people to meet on the porch with her at the Pilgrim House. The porch has a nice patio table where two or three people can safely social distance. Coffee or tea will be available. She is also open to visiting you at home if you have a deck, patio, or porch outside. Please email Lacey to arrange a day & time, lacey.cucc@gmail.com

Do you have a prayer request?

The second half of our Saturday email includes the prayer requests from the previous week’s Prayers of the People, as well as additional requests that come to the office or Pastor Lacey.  The Saturday email which includes the Community Prayers is sent only to active people at CUCC.If you know a prayer request that needs to be updated, or of any new prayer requests, please send an email to office.cucc@gmail.com or lacey.cucc@gmail.com, with PRAYER CONCERN in the subject line.

Likewise, if you have, or know others who have specific needs for food, supplies, a phone call, or a word of encouragement, please alert the Caring Committee by emailing Robert Parrish robertcparrish7@gmail.com.

Your church staff and deacons want to provide continuing pastoral care, even if we may not be able to see you in person. Those who meet 'virtually' for Monday Lunch Group offer prayers using the Community Prayers list as well.



Have you ever noticed you don't need it until you do?

If you need to request a room at CUCC - whether on Zoom, on the grounds, or in the Vaughan Fellowship Hall - there is an easy online-form for that. Using the form will save you and me several exchanges of emails as well as allow you to acknowledge the guidelines for using our at-CUCC spaces.You can find our new Zoom or at-CUCC Room Request Form in Breeze.   In your profile, look for the Useful documents section.  The form is in How we do things at CUCC (forms and policies).
If you have any questions, I am glad to help.Jane Smith, room scheduler for CUCC events
smithjeg@mindspring.com

Meditation and Conversation begins October 17

Due to popular demand, the Religious Education Ministry is resuming an online Meditation and Conversation group, facilitated by Daniel Day. Whether this is your first attempt at meditation, or you have practiced for years, this group is a place to practice and learn together.   All are welcome.  If you plan to bring a friend, please let Śānti Matthews know so we can better welcome your friend. The Meditation and Conversation Group will begin again on Saturday, October 17. The group will meet from 10-11AM on Zoom. The group will meet for four weeks on and one week off for the remainder of the year:Zoom Meetings: 
October 17
October 24
October 31
November 7. 
(No meeting on November 14.)  November 21
November 28
December 5
December 12 If you are looking for ways to center or ground yourself and are interested in joining this spiritual practice, please contact Śānti Matthews at education.cucc@gmail.com so she can provide you with the Zoom meeting information.

Compost bin emptying day October 21

Add your compost to our industrial compost bin.  There should be lots of room any day for what you bring, but if you've been worried the bin is too full for your watermelon rinds, fried chicken bones, and pizza boxes, come by on Thursday, October 22.  CompostNow! should be emptying our compost bin on Wednesday, October 21.  Snap a selfie to share and sent to Jane Smith smithjeg@mindspring.com.- submitted by our Justice in a Changing Climate task force

Register, donate for 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:·        Encourage friends, neighbors and family to donate in support of the "Community UCC" team here at OR through CUCC’s donation portal, selecting “CROP Walk” from the “Give to Pledge” drop-down menu, or texting your amount and the keyword Crop to 919-888-4541.·        Take a socially distanced 1-, 2- or 3-mile walk around the church neighborhood between 3-4:30 pm on October 25, then join the “Oktoberfest” in the Dixie Trail parking lot to celebrate with a traditional or veggie brat.  Sign up here.  If you are walking, remember to donate, too.Questions? Please contact Ken or Merrilee Jacobson at 919-274-4539 or mkjacobson123@gmail.com. Thanks!

In this week's eNews...

New opportunities keep popping up every day, so keep checking the CUCC Online Calendar.  
Thursday, October 8 Jesus:  Uncovering the Life, Teachings & Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary
Friday, October 9
Retirees’ Café – Merrilee and Bill co-host
Saturday, October 10
In-person tailgate supper
On-Zoom tailgate supper
Sunday, October 11
Drive-thru Walk for Hope
Taizé worship, then fellowship
Sunday Morning Adult Bible study – Prodigal Son
Worship for all ages, then fellowship Youth group
Monday, October 12
Monday Lunch Group 
Council
Wednesday, October 14
Lectionary Lunch with Lacey
Choir practice
Thursday, October 15
Jesus:  Uncovering the Life, Teachings & Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary
Friday, October 16
Retirees’ Café – Merrilee and Bill co-host
Other important news in this edition
Consider making a pledge to CUCC’s Stewardship Campaign
Register today for On Zoom Tailgating Supper
Last days to donate to Walk for Hope October 10
Meditation and Conversation begins October 17
Register, donate …