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Advent Book Study Starts Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7:00pm!

Join us on Zoom Thursday, Dec. 3 from 7-8pm for the first session of our Advent book study. We are reading The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Birth by Marcus J. Borg, John Dominic Crossan. Our study will last for three weeks: December 3, 10, and 17. Email Pastor Lacey for the Zoom information, lacey.cucc@gmail.com All are welcome!

Bring bread and wine for Advent 2 (Peace) - December 6, 10:30 worship

We light the second candle (purple) on our at-home Advent candles. At 10:30 worship we will take communion together.  Bring something to eat and drink, whether orange juice or Merlot, a slice of whole-grain or a gluten-free cracker.   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.

This week's Advent gift recommendation is...

For Advent Week 2 (Peace) we invite you to donate to InterAct of Wake County For more information, talk to Charles Coble or Dawn Koonce who co-chair CUCC's Community Outreach Ministry, outreach.cucc@gmail.com.

Advent Tuesday this week is...

Gingerbread Open House Sharing our gingerbread houses December 8, 5-6PM All ages (definitely) Zoom information will be in your Saturday Zoom email or contact the office (M-TH) at office.cucc@gmail.com. Read more about Advent Tuesdays here

What does it mean to explore the Bible in community?

There is collective wisdom among us. We can learn so much about God, life, and faith through listening to one another's perspectives on the Bible. Every Wednesday, a small group of us, along with Pastor Lacey, gather on Zoom at 1:00pm to look at the lectionary scriptures ahead of Sunday. Our conversations are open and full of questions. We challenge each other to think critically about the text and consider various perspectives. We always leave with a deeper understanding of God and our fellow church members. This meeting is open to anyone who wants to join.  Look for the link in the Saturday email or email Pastor Lacey for more information, lacey.cucc@gmail.com

Come to farm to church CSA next steps - December 10

In her sermon on Sunday, Pastor Lacey mentioned our new exploration of whether CUCC might be part of a CSA (a kind of buying group) connecting black farmers to local congregations. If this sounded interesting to you, come to the meeting Thursday, December 10th at 5pm. The 10 congregations who have committed so far will meet with staff at RAFI-USA and a farmer from the RAFI network.  We will move forward in creating the Wake County Farm-to-Church CSA! Here, we'll focus on several things: Offering a brief overview of what the Farm-to-Church Project is and how it's currently shaping up Introducing and connecting all churches involved with one another, as well as with our farmer and RAFI-USA staff Answering questions and clarifying some key details Establishing a timeline for: full commitment, drafting the CSA purchase agreement(s), payment schedules, planting timeline, and share delivery logistics Join us if you are interested. Register here for the Zoom meeting . For more informa

Wear a costume for the Christmas Pageant December 13

Guess what? A series of miracles happened and we still get to enjoy our treasured tradition of a CUCC Christmas pageant this year, but in a special new way! And YOU get to join in the fun! Come to worship on December 13, ready to enjoy a new version of the Christmas Story Everyone is invited to wear a costume (come as one of the Holy Family, an angel,  innkeeper, shepherd, sheep, cow, camel, sloth, owl, wise person, or lobster) and be ready to introduce yourself and your character during our Children’s Message. Then as the video recording of the youth led pageant rolls, join in from home in whatever way you want.  Contact Śānti Matthews with any questions you have at education.cucc@gmail.com.     A big giant thank you goes out especially to Josephine Thomas, Chelsea Huber, Carson Roach-Howell, Heather Burkhardt, and the 17 youth who made our pageant filming day a miraculous success! Another extra thank you goes out to Chelsea for all the post production and editing work she did on the

Did a new child or teen come into your family in 2020? Let's celebrate!

Fill out form , then email photo Each year CUCC celebrates the new children who have come into our lives by birth, adoption and marriage.  Whether the new child/teen is your child, sibling, grandchild, cousin, niece/nephew or godchild, we want to thank God for the new person in your family. The 2020 "Children We Love" celebration will be held January 10 during 10:30 Zoom worship when we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus.   To include your 2020 children/teens in the celebration, fill out this form AND submit a photo to Amanda Jost.  Deadline is January 2.   Because this year we are worshiping on Zoom and not in the sanctuary, we are asking you to confirm with the child's parents that sharing the photo and information during worship is okay with them.  We do not record the services to share them later online.   You are welcome to invite the entire family to join you for worship January 10; let me know if you have invited anyone so I recognize them in the Zoom Waiting Room. -

Helping those at CUCC in difficult financial times

Joan McAllister still has some masks available for those who donate at least $50 to CUCC's Pastor's Discretionary Fund.  The fund assists people within and beyond CUCC in times of financial crisis. Joan's masks are handmade, cloth face mask - form fitting, comfortable, washable, unique. Make your donation by mailing a check to "CUCC" with "mask" in the memo line. 814 Dixie Trail, Raleigh, NC  27607 Order your mask by emailing me at joanmcallister72@gmail.com.

We're still collecting blankets

You can still drop off a new or gently used blanket at Community UCC.  Our Community Outreach ministry will deliver them to The Women's Center for those women who are sleeping outside this winter.  If your blanket is gently used, please wash it first. After November 29 until December 11, drop off your blanket:  Under the overhang at the courtyard door to the narthex. In the Vaughan Fellowship Hall just inside the Dixie Trail door. (Follow all safety guidelines, even if you are only peeking your head in the VFH.  Wear a mask, use the hand sanitizer, wipe off the doorknob.)

In this week's eNews...

New opportunities keep popping up every day, so keep checking the CUCC Online Calendar .   November 26, 2020 edition Thursday, November 26 Thanksgiving Day Friday, November 27 Final day to order gingerbread house kit Retirees’ Café Saturday, November 28 Conversation and Meditation Sunday, November 29 Taizé worship , then fellowship Sunday Morning Adult Bible study –  Acting on Faith 10:30 worship , then fellowship Advent Pop Up Event Monday, November 30 Monday Lunch Group Tuesday, December 1 Advent Tuesday:  Baby’s First Christmas Pastoral Relations Committee Life & Faith Wednesday, December 2 Compost bin emptied Tai Chi Staff meeting Hand and Foot Lectionary Lunch with Lacey Wednesday Evening Bible Study Thursday, December 3 Deacons Ministry Advent Book Study Friday, December 4 Retirees’ Café Other important news in this edition Advent at Community UCC Bring your Advent candles to worship November 29 Last day to request your gingerbread house kit   November 27 Retirees’ Café is m

Advent at Community UCC

We wait together for the coming and coming again of the Christ. Printable version of calendar of events for Advent here   Printable version of Advent event descriptions here Printable version of Advent candle liturgy here

Bring your Advent candles to worship November 29

Printable Advent Candle liturgy here for your use during the week  

Last day to request your gingerbread house kit is November 27

Building your gingerbread house for the tour Gingerbread House Tour - an Advent event December 8, 5:15-6:00pm on Zoom Gingerbread House Kit order and tour entry deadline November 27 Gingerbread House Kit pick up date November 29, 5-6PM at the Advent Pop Up CUCC grounds ( Drop off your blanket donation , put your turkey carcass in the compost, and bring an outside-safe ornament for the CUCC Christmas tree.  Wear your mask.) Our Zoom tour of candy/cookie homes is December 8, so gingerbread house building runs now thru December 8. Would you like to be on the tour of homes? Contact Susan Atkinson.   Would you like a gingerbread house starter kit? Contact Susan A  Deadline to get a kit and/or enter the tour to show off your creation is Nov 27.  Pick up your kit at our in person Advent Pop Up on church grounds Nov 29 from 5-6pm. (More info on this special start to the advent season coming soon in the eNews AND check your actual mailbox!) Gingerbread house FAQ with long answers for your inspi

Imagine sleeping outside. Drop off a blanket on Sunday.

Drop off a new or gently used blanket at Community UCC.  Our Community Outreach ministry will deliver them to The Women's Center for those women who are sleeping outside this winter.  If your blanket is gently used, please wash it first. When to drop off November 29, 5-6PM - at the Advent Pop Up Event After November 9 until December 11 -  Under the overhang at the courtyard door to the narthex. In the Vaughan Fellowship Hall just inside the Dixie Trail door. (Follow all safety guidelines, even if you are only peeking your head in the VFH.  Wear a mask, use the hand sanitizer, wipe off the doorknob.)

Advent Tuesday this week is...

Baby's First Christmas Stories of families sharing a first Christmas together December 1, 5-6PM All ages (definitely) Zoom information will be in your Saturday Zoom email or contact the office (M-TH) at office.cucc@gmail.com. Read more about Advent Tuesdays here

Advent Life & Faith December 1

We had a great discussion in October about what prevents us from asking for help.  Toward the end of our conversation a new set of questions arose. Do you ask God for help?  Is it okay to ask God for help?  Is it okay to ask God for some kinds of help, but not for others?  How do you ask God for help?  When you ask, what kind of answers do you get?    How do you know that you’ve gotten help?  How do you know anyone is listening? These are precisely Advent questions and we’ll tell stories and imagine through them in December. About Life and Faith  This ever-changing group of CUCCers and friends gathers to bounce ideas, support and challenge each other, and enjoy good company.  Questions for discussion arise from the group as each of us tries to figure out how to put into practice what we believe.  Discussion often touches on how to love in specific circumstances, and how to be a presence of justice.  We talk about family, work, community.  We don’t always agree; we do laugh together. If

Lectionary Study Schedule for December

In December 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.  Both are on Wednesdays. 1-2PM; December 2, 9, 16, 23  - hosted by Pastor Lacey  (no study December 30) 6:30-7:30PM; December 2 and 16 - 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.

Advent Friday Cafes + Retirees' Christmas Luncheon

Mark your calendar for December 18 when our Friday Cafe is transformed into the annual Retirees' Christmas Luncheon.  No, we won't be gathering to feast in person, but we will don our festive apparel and celebrate together on Zoom. Friday Cafes will also meet December 4 and 11. (We will probably not meet Christmas Day.)  As usual, no agenda.  Simply a time to gather with friends familiar and new to enjoy good company.  Bring your friends, too! Co-hosts Bill Lamb and Merrilee Jacobson have the Zoom meeting information. Contact them or look in the Saturday Zoom email.

Two copies of Advent book available

Betsy Towler has two second hand/inexpensive copies of our Advent study book available. Contact her if you would like a copy (her contact info is in Breeze). Here is a description of the Advent study being led by Pastor Lacey. Join your CUCC friends and Pastor Lacey for a Thursday night Advent book study. We will be reading The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Birth by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. This book provides us with an opportunity to see our familiar Christmas narrative with new eyes.  The book is written in three parts and so we will meet on three Thursdays during December. The schedule is as follows: December 3 at 7:00pm, We will discuss Part 1: Parable, Overture, and Context December 10 at 7:00pm, We will discuss Part 2: Geneaology, Conception, and Birth December 17 at 7:00pm, We will discuss Part 3: Light, Fulfillment, and Joy Purchase your own book and begin reading for the first discussion. Contact Pastor Lacey for Zoom information

Stewardship Campaign Update

Thank you for supporting our Stewardship Campaign this year. As of November 24, we have received 73 pledges for 2021, with total planned gifts of $255,162. This is greater than the amount pledged for 2020, and is only $4,124 short of our goal to fully fund the 2021 budget. We have also received 36 Time and Talent pledges, with 448 selected tasks for next year. If you intend to pledge this year, but have not turned in your pledge yet, please turn it in soon. Your pledge might be the one to put us over the top! Also, if you haven’t filled in a Time and Talent form, we’d love to hear from you about where your interests lie. You may pledge financially or of your time and talents at the pledge portal .  Or talk to Jeanne Ledbetter about a financial gift (Assistant Treasurer ATreas.cucc@gmail.com) or Nancy Stoddard about giving of your time and talents (Nominating Committee nominating.cucc@gmail.com).  Both are ready to answer your questions. Joe Retzer Stewardship Ministry Chair

Send a photo of your nativity scene

  For our advent worship, please send Amanda Jost a photo of your nativity scene. ajost07@gmail.com  She will use them to accompany our hymns and meditation time during 10:30 worship. If you add the characters a little at a time, you can send the scene empty or partially populated (or even a cluster of the characters "waiting to go on").

What features are necessary for you to want to take Raleigh’s NEW rapid bus line?

Your input is needed.   The City of Raleigh has committed to installing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines on major transportation corridors.  What features would need to be included to make riding the bus something you would do sometimes? Decisions made on the first route will set a precedent for other routes which may be nearer you and CUCC. The BRT project will begin with a route along New Bern Avenue (downtown to WakeMed and beyond).  As a church committed to economic justice and to reducing our carbon footprint, having a usable bus system that we would use and that works for others is part of our ministry. Here’s how you can participate now from the comfort of your home. Watch (at a time of your convenience before November 30) the Virtual Open House (two videos on Station Design and Branding each under 5 minutes).  This virtual open house is focused on the design of the bus stations and on branding.  As you watch, think about features you would need - ex.  ease of getting onto the bu

A 1 ? survey: Would you like a longer fellowship time?

 A one question survey Would you like a longer fellowship time? On Sunday a CUCCer suggested that 15 minutes is far too short for the breakout rooms that serve as our  fellowship time after 10:30 worship.  We need more time to catch up with each other.  After all, in person we can linger as long as we want.   Take our one question survey.   Please answer what you would like for yourself, not what you think others would like. Thank you from the Worship Team.  If you have questions, contact Jane Smith at smithjeg@mindspring.com.

Narthex bench brought back to life!

During the COVID “hiatus,” the Property Ministry has moved forward with several renovation projects, including the restoration of the narthex exterior doors, the installation of the Memorial Meditation Garden walkway, new lights on either side of the sanctuary/MMG exterior door, upgrades to the Pilgrim House living/dining room as well as new hallway and office lighting, numerous painting projects and several landscaping improvements.   The latest project has involved stripping and restaining the narthex bench, which was created for CUCC in the 1980s.  The cost of the restoration was outside of the Property Ministry’s budget and was covered by a private donation. 

Make a donation to the discretionary fund, get a mask - a Christmas gift idea?

I am offering a promotional gift to encourage direct donations to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund.  Anyone who donates at least $50 to the CUCC Pastor's Discretionary Fund will receive a handmade, cloth face mask - form fitting, comfortable, washable, unique.  I will post pictures of available masks - people can choose from what is available.  I'll have 20 masks; first come, first serve. Order your mask by emailing me at joanmcallister72@gmail.com. Make your donation by mailing a check to CUCC with "mask" in the memo line. Hopefully we will raise $1000 for the fund.  AND people will be able to keep or gift the mask!  What a deal!! - Joan McAllister A Christmas gift that says "I love you" and also helps someone in financial need

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 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 gift in the memo line.  Mail to:  Assistant Treasure

Attending worship during Advent

We hope you will join us for worship in December as we remember the birth of Jesus and welcome the Christ in our lives today.  Advent (the four weeks prior to Christmas Day) is a season of celebrating and beautiful ritual.  Community UCC is a casual and friendly place where you are welcome whether this is your first Christmas at church or your 50th. Currently we worship on Zoom on Sunday mornings.  At 9-9:30 AM an intimate service of meditation in the style of the Taizé community in France is offered.  From 10:30-11:30 AM we gather, all ages together, for singing, prayer, scripture and learning.  Read about the schedule below.  After both worship services we linger for conversation in small groups.  This is a good time to get to know people and ask questions. To receive the Zoom information, contact the church office (office.cucc@gmail.com).  Provide your name, phone number and email address and we will get back in touch with you. A printable order of worship for each service is uploa

In this week's eNews...

New opportunities keep popping up every day, so keep checking the CUCC Online Calendar .   November 19, 2020 edition Thursday, November 19 Ofrenda Memorial Walk Pathway to Connection Bookclub Friday, November 20 Ofrenda Memorial Walk  Retirees’ Café – Merrilee and Bill co-host CUCC at Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil Saturday, November 21 Ofrenda Memorial Walk  Conversation and Meditation Sunday, November 22 Ofrenda Memorial Walk   Taizé worship , then fellowship Sunday Morning Adult Bible study –  Acting on Faith 10:30 Worship , then fellowship Do Justice Ministry Stewardship Ministry Monday, November 23 Ofrenda Memorial Walk   Monday Lunch Group Tuesday, November 24 Ofrenda Memorial Walk – final day Carbon Neutral CUCC Wednesday, November 25 Compost emptied Tai Chi Lectionary Lunch with Lacey Youth Ofrenda deconstruction Choir practice Friday, November 27 No Retirees’ Café Last day to request gingerbread house kit or enter tour Other important news in this edition Sunday, Novem

Sunday, November 22 Speaking of Faith: "Gratitude"

Join us for a special worship service this Sunday, Nov. 22 at 10:30AM on Zoom, featuring seven different reflections on the topic of gratitude. COVID-19 has reshaped our lives. As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, how are you reflecting on what's truly important, and have you found a greater appreciation for daily pleasures?  Our service will focus on the story of Jesus and the ten lepers.  Luke 17:11-19 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where

The small touches that help people feel welcome - November 19

Do you enjoy helping people feel at home in a new place?  Whether your skills are in getting to know people or you are more a behind-the-scenes person, consider helping Welcoming and Fellowship Ministry.  Our next planning meeting is Thursday, November 19, 1PM on Zoom.  Can't make the meeting? That's okay.  Call Susan Atkinson to find out what's going on and how you can help. cuccfellowship@gmail.com.

Next Carbon Neutral CUCC discussion November 24

What plans to we need to put in place for CUCC to become carbon neutral?  Join the discussion as we figure out a proposal to make to the congregation. November 24 7-8PM On Zoom For the Zoom meeting information or to be included in those discussions which occur between meetings by email, contact Gary Smith smithgk@mindspring.com.

Final day for Ofrenda Memorial Walk - November 24

If you haven’t made it to the CUCC Memorial Meditation Garden yet since All Saint’s Day (November 1) it’s not to late to experience a special walk! The new pavers are in and the CUCC Youth created an Ofrenda (offering) memorial walk (inspired by the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead). This is a multi-sensory walk with several stations for remembering loved ones. There are over 30 photos on display (sent in by church members) and there are several other ways to remember, mourn, and celebrate loved ones who have died.  The walk will only remain up through November 24, so don’t miss your chance. If you visit in the evening, feel free to find the battery switches for all the lighting and votive candles, and turn them on - just be sure to turn them back off again before you leave.  Many thanks to all who permitted and helped to create this new iteration of our meaningful Ofrenda tradition. 

Robert Parrish on NC Weekend November 26

The Monday Lunch Group invites you to watch our very own Robert Parrish as he will appear on the television show NC Weekend.  He, along with others, is demonstrating and discussing accessibility to and inclusion of the arts for disabled people.  This part of the show takes place at the North Carolina Museum of Art in  Raleigh.  The program will air on Thursday, November 26, at 9:00 P.M. on WUNC.   So, as you digest your final helping of turkey, please take the opportunity to learn what it means for everyone to be more fully included in the world of art.

Join us in December for a new book study

Join your CUCC friends and Pastor Lacey for a Thursday night Advent book study. We will be reading The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Birth by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. This book provides us with an opportunity to see our familiar Christmas narrative with new eyes.  The book is written in three parts and so we will meet on three Thursdays during December. The schedule is as follows: December 3 at 7:00pm, We will discuss Part 1: Parable, Overture, and Context December 10 at 7:00pm, We will discuss Part 2: Geneaology, Conception, and Birth December 17 at 7:00pm, We will discuss Part 3: Light, Fulfillment, and Joy Purchase your own book and begin reading for the first discussion. Contact Pastor Lacey for Zoom information, lacey.cucc@gmail.com

Farm-to-Church CSA next steps December 10

Follow up on “What if CUCC joined a CSA connecting black farmers to local churches” that you first read about on September 13 .  There are now about 10 churches committed!  The next step is on Thursday, December 10th at 5pm .   At that time, RAFI-USA staff, all congregations who are committed and interested, and a farmer from our Network will be (virtually) gathering to move forward in creating the Wake County Farm-to-Church CSA! Here, we'll focus on several things: Offering a brief overview of what the Farm-to-Church Project is and how it's currently shaping up Introducing and connecting all churches involved with one another, as well as with our farmer and RAFI-USA staff Answering questions and clarifying some key details Establishing a timeline for: full commitment, drafting the CSA purchase agreement(s), payment schedules, planting timeline, and share delivery logistics Join us if you are interested. Register here for the Zoom meeting. For more information about this projec

Making a turkey? Aeri wants the bones & other bits.

 Aeri the Aerobic bacterium is excited that you might bring your turkey carcass, skin, and fat to the CUCC compost bin.  Remember that these are compostable and are useful to local farms as nutritious compost.  Aeri can't wait to tuck into your Thanksgiving scraps. Drop off your leftover turkey bits at your convenience.  The compost bin is located outside near the kitchen windows; walk through the courtyard to find it.

In this week's eNews...

New opportunities keep popping up every day, so keep checking the CUCC Online Calendar .   November 12, 2020 edition Thursday, November 12 Ofrenda Memorial Walk Friday, November 13 Ofrenda Memorial Walk   Retirees’ Café – Merrilee and Bill co-host Saturday, November 14 Ofrenda Memorial Walk  Sunday, November 15 Ofrenda Memorial Walk  Taizé worship with communion , then fellowship Sunday Morning Adult Bible study –  Acting on Faith 10:30 Worship , then congregational meeting Children’s afternoon at the fire pit CUCC Band records Monday, November 16 Ofrenda Memorial Walk  Monday Lunch Group Tuesday, November 17 Ofrenda Memorial Walk   Wednesday, November 18 Ofrenda Memorial Walk  Compost bin emptied Tai Chi Lectionary Lunch with Lacey Wednesday Evening Bible Stud y Thursday, November 19 Ofrenda Memorial Walk Bookclub Friday, November 20 Ofrenda Memorial Walk Retirees’ Café – Merrilee and Bill co-host CUCC at Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil    Other important news in this edition

A (COVID) Moment with Megan - November 11

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.  On November 10, Governor Cooper acknowledged the rising number of COVID-19 infections by reducing the number of people allowed to gather indoors from 25 to 10. CUCC is matching those numbers in an effort to keep our members safe. Outdoor gatherings of up to 25 are still permitted as long as people practice social distancing and wear masks when that is not continuously possible. Please send any questions you’d like addressed in future articles to Megan Fackler Bretz at  mfacklerbretz@gmail.com. Thank you! When will we next hold worship services in the sanctuary?  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 g

Congregational meeting this Sunday, November 15

CUCC's Fall Congregational Meeting Sunday, November 15 immediately following 10:30 worship on Zoom (Zoom link in this Saturday's Zoom email) Our primary purpose is an update on our stewardship campaign and budget and our nominating process.  We will also update you on our COVID-19 response. Documents for our discussion are available in your Breeze profile in the "Useful documents" section.  Please review these before coming to the meeting. Agenda for the meeting Current budget vs. actual for 2020 (two tabs - operating and capital budgets) Draft budget for 2021 - available Saturday Draft minutes of June congregational meeting for approval We would love to see you there... don't miss out! Information about participating on Zoom After worship concludes, Jane will begin admitting people for the congregational meeting.  Megan plans a 10 minute break immediately after worship for a leg stretch before beginning the meeting, probably around 11:40.  This is also a good tim

Where are the documents for the congregational meeting?

You can find the documents we will be discussing at the congregational meeting  in your Breeze profile in the "useful documents" section. Contact Jane Smith before Sunday if you are having trouble finding the documents.  smithjeg@mindspring.com.

Join Pastor Lacey at the Transgender Day of Remembrance Candlelight Vigil

Join us at the NC State Capitol on November 20th starting at 6:00 pm in the center of Raleigh's downtown as we remember those we have lost to violence around the world during this year. A reception at the LGBT Center of Raleigh follows immediately after our observance. The vigil is usually at the South side of the Capitol Building on East Morgan Street . Candles provided.  Wear a mask and stay distanced. The candlelight vigil is being sponsored by the LGBT Center of Raleigh.

Bring bread and wine for communion at Taizé worship

On Sunday, November 15, 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.

More ways to be involved in Community!

CUCC has a great diversity of talents and interests among our members, and we need some of you to help us out.  Are you looking for a more active way to participate in our community, and a meaningful way to serve the Church? The nominating committee is looking for anyone who wants to help with a ministry or committee. Some of these will look different until we’re meeting in person again, but please email nominating.cucc@gmail.com if anything interests you! Here are some of the ministries that need more volunteers: • Welcoming and Fellowship - helps us welcome new people and creates events where we can deepen our friendships. • Ushers - are the behind the scenes hosts at worship. • Stewardship Ministry - invites us to offer our talents and money to the ministries of CUCC, and stewards the financial gifts that are offered. • Sacraments and Chancel - enhances worship through the beauty of natural arrangements on the communion table, banners, and vestments.  We also prepare the co