Thursday, December 31, 2009

Those Honored through 2009 Renovation Projects

We recognize with thanksgiving the following people for their generosity of giving which allowed us to complete the 2009 renovation projects to enhance our church home and place of worship.

Helen Brown (1902-2005) Her gift bequest at the time of her death, living to 103 years of age, started us thinking toward the best use of this generous gift and it seemed appropriate since Helen had failing eyesight to improve the lighting in the sanctuary so that all may see better. At the same time we were able to beautify the sanctuary with new wall board and paint. She had an eye for beauty having already contributed for the bas relief of artwork that graces our narthex.

Kay Cope (1909-2007) She lived as a close friend near Helen in her later years at the Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community. She loved nature and getting outside to   walk around the courtyard there with her walker. Our reworking of the brick sidewalks leading into the sanctuary will help people like Kay who need a smooth surface to walk upon.

Rev. Howard Cunningham (d.Dec. 24,2003) He lived out his final days in Raleigh as a retired UCC pastor who served our sister congregation the African American, First Congregational Church with whom CUCC had a special relationship working together to overcome racial prejudices and barriers especially during the civil rights movement. In retirement he became an associate member of our congregation and enjoyed worshiping with us in our sanctuary.

Dr. Arthur Eckels (1919-1998) Professor at NCSU in Electrical Engineering; loving husband of Marge Eckels. As a man who volunteered countless hours keeping things around the church working, we think that Art would appreciate the new and greatly improved wiring system that allows for substantially greater electrical current to illuminate our sanctuary!

Bruce Hoffmann (1945-2008) - grew up attending CUCC as the son of Arnold and Peggy Hoffmann. Arnold died in 1999 and Peggy in 2003. They were early pillars of the church and contributed greatly to the music program. The improved lighting in the chancel area is particularly appreciated by the choir and minister.

Virginia Howells (1920-2004) She was an early environmental advocate and would be greatly thankful for the ways in which our renovations have a beneficial impact on reducing our carbon footprint by using compact florescent lighting, low "e" glass in our new doors, mildew resistant wallboard etc.

Nancy Keppel (1930-2004) She lived the ideal of the "Priesthood of All Believers" with a strong commitment to training the laity for service and social justice concerns. She was a woman of sizable wealth and even greater generosity to the church, whose inclusive vision of her faith modeled our barrier free inclusive style of worship and fellowship in Christ.

Ted Mew (1942-2005) He and his wife Binks found our church toward the end of Ted's life, soon after which he was diagnosed with what turned out to be terminal cancer. Ted worked as an environmental scientist and appreciated that focus in our congregation along with its welcoming and inclusive spiritual focus which drew them through our doors. Our new glass paneled doors express his philosophy of looking inward through worship for inspiration to look outward in service to the world.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Music from 2009

Christmas Eve Service -- 5 PM, Dec. 24, 2009

In 2009 for the first time at CUCC the Christmas Eve services were merged so that adults and children participated in a single Christmas Eve service at 5 PM. Here is the complete audio recording of that special service.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

2009 Christmas Party

Three short musical videos illustrating the fun and fellowship of the annual Christmas Party. Group singing is led by Anne Moorman-Smith. Mike Schafale is featured on hammer dulcimer, and Mike Evans on the violin (accompanied by Doug Barrick.)

Christmas Pageant 2009

The 2009 Christmas pageant is a production of the Sunday School program at CUCC and was filmed by Lavon Page. (30-minute video)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Tribute to Sonny Spicer

Sonny Spice passed away on Aug. 30, 2009. Sonny was the brother of Carolyn King and was a long time member of Community UCC. A memorial service was held at Community UCC on October 3, 2009. Here are some excerpts from that service.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

50 Years of Vigilance

In September 2009 Cy and Carolyn King were inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame. The article below appeared in the Raleigh News and Observer on September 10, 2009. A PDF version of t his article is available.

The nested links to the left lead to another N&O article featuring Cy and Carolyn and entitled “Deep in My Heart,” and to an article from NCSU recounting Cy’s role at NCSU Libraries and honors he received there.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Covenant Community "Save Darfur" program - 2009

Covenant Community worships at 5 PM on Sunday afternoons at CUCC. As part of a national effort to bring attention to the continuing genocide in Darfur, Betty Anne Ford (a member of both CUCC and Covenant Community) organized a worship service on April 19, 2009, which focused on the tragedy of genocide in general and on Darfur in particular. This 5-minute video was produced by Lavon Page to be part of a collection of videos at YouTube endorsed by the national campaign to bring attention to Darfur. Several CUCC members participated in this event. The video may be viewed on Youtube.