Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve Service - 5 PM, December 24, 2012

Featuring John Robertson, Amy Jensen, Tim Jensen, Mike Schafale, and Kelsey Bennett along with the CUCC congregation and choir directed by Anne Moorman-Smith, with Doug Barrick on organ and piano

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Music from 10:30 Worship on Dec. 23, 2012

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas in the Southwest - 10:30 Worship, Dec. 16, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas Pageant 2012

The Pageants and Skits portion of the archive houses numerous Christmas pageants, as well as some other skits and productions held in the church over the years.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Informal Singing at Christmas Party - December 8, 2012

The congregation held its annual adult Christmas party on December 8. The event took place in the Fellowship Hall, with a host of desserts along with coffee, hot cider, and spirits. Following the food, fun, and felloship, the group turned toward the piano and joined Doug Barrick (piano) in singing of Christmas carols (with enthusiasm).

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Carolyn and Cy King Peace and Justice Award - Inaugural Presentation - June 17, 2012

On June 17, 2012, the 10:30 worship service featured a presentation of a special award to Cy and Carolyn King honoring their many years of effort on behalf of peace and justice issues. Carolyn was unable to attend for medical reasons, but Cy accepted the award and spoke (with his usual modesty) on their behalf. Part of the ceremony included that the award will be a repeating event at CUCC and will be given in honor of the Kings.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

CUCC Stories and Envisioning Our Future (2011-2012)

CUCC took the occasion of the tenth anniversary of Pastor Steve Halsted’s service among us to look back at our past and envision our future.

Looking back:  In the fall of 2011 CUCC held a series of events hearing stories of how we had been “working for social justice.”  In October 2011, Cy King presented a summary of CUCC’s social justice heritage. The CUCC Stories Pilgrimage was a self-guided walking tour of our property with signs and photographs featuring the people, artwork, and events which had embodied our calling to work for social justice. At the Novemberfest dinner, the table decorations included trivia about CUCC’s justice past.

In Lent 2012 we turned toward the other half of our unofficial motto, “nurturing spiritual growth.” Throughout  Lent  we gathered in small groups for Telling and Listening to Stories; using prompting questions about our faith experiences, we learned about each of our faith journeys.  A Lenten Spiritual Practices Calendar was written by members of the congregation for each of us to use at home.  Each day offers a spiritual practice from CUCC’s past and present.  While some the events mentioned in the calendar were specific to 2012, the daily practices are usable any Lenten season.

Looking ahead:  In the fall of 2012 we welcomed some of our former clergy, charging them to preach to us from our past and help us imagine where God might be calling us in the future.  You can hear sermons from John Lackey, Collins Kilburn, Cally Rogers-Witte, Dave Barber, and Carol Ripley-Moffitt.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Rev. Cally Rogers-Witte at CUCC in October 2012

Rev. Cally Rogers-Witte served as Pastor at CUCC from 1977-1995. She left Raleigh to take the position of Conference Minister for the Southwest Conference of the UCC. She is now retired and spends part of her time at a home in Florida and in the remaining part in western North Carolina. On October 7, 2012, Cally returned to Community UCC to deliver a guest sermon on her remembrances of life at CUCC during the period she served as Pastor.

This video is also available on YouTube.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Carolyn King Memorial Service

A memorial service for Carolyn King was held in the sanctuary at CUCC on October 6, 2012. The estimated crowd in the sanctuary was 250 people, and another 100 packed the overflow area in the fellowship hall to participate in the service via piped-in video. This was perhaps the most heavily attended event ever held on the grounds of Community UCC. Video of the complete service is available here and at YouTube. It is in four parts, and the total time is about 1 hour and 40 minutes. Filmed by Lavon Page.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Carol Ripley-Moffitt returns to CUCC

Rev. Carol Ripley-Moffitt served as Pastor at Community UCC from 2000-2002. This was a period of transition for the church, in that both the pastor and associate pastor had recently departed. Rev. Ripley-Moffitt, who came to CUCC from an American Baptist background, served very effectively during this transitional period and holds a very special place in the hearts of many CUCC members, even though her time at the church was relatively brief. This return to the pulpit was by invitation of the CUCC Board of Deacons and Occurred on September 30, 2012.

This video is also available on YouTube.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Rev. Dave Barber revisits CUCC

Rev. David Barber served as Pastor at CUCC during the 1990s. At the invitation of the Board of Deacons, Dave returned to CUCC on September 23 to give a guest sermon. Dave and Lynn presently reside in Rapid City SD where Dave has returned to his alternate vocation of meteorology and where Lynn continues her work as a patent lawyer and her true love of birding.

This video was filmed and edited by Carson Roach-Howell. It is also available on YouTube.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

John Lackey Returns to Community UCC

John Lackey served as Pastor at Community UCC from 1969 to 1977. These years marked the first years in the new church location at the corner of Dixie Trail and Wade Avenue. Following his tenure at CUCC, Rev. Lackey pastored Church of the Savior in Knowville TN, where he retired in 1993.

His return to Community UCC occurred on September 16, 2012, at invitation of the CUCC Board of Deacons. This video is also available on YouTube.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

John Robertson and Vicky Montague

On August 26, 2012, John Robertson teamed up with his violin teacher for the past six years, Vicky Montague, to perform the Pachelbel Canon during 10:30 worship. John is continuing to hone his skills in both the classical and bluegrass areas, and he delights the congregation whenever he performs, whether it’s during worship or during a Christmas party. (A video of John playing in 2009 during worship is also available in this archive.)

Rev. Stephen Halsted

Rev. Steve Halsted has been pastor at CUCC since 2002. He came to Raleigh following years of service to UCC churches in New Mexico. This sermon was on August 26, 2012. The title of the sermon is "In God We Live and Move and Have Our Being”. The sermon was given during the 10:30 worship service.

Rev. Halsted grew up in Connecticut, and he continues to maintain strong ties to New England. His wife Marcy has worked in Wake County as a school teacher in public and private schools, and as a librarian for the Cameron Village branch of Wake County Libraries.

Geraldine Bryan - Children's Sermon

Geraldine Bryan is a regular presenter of the children’s sermon on Sunday mornings during 10:30 worship. This one dates from August 26, 2012. She is wildly popular not only with children but with adults. Geraldine has the ability to multitask, i.e. she can deliver a dialog that means one thing to children but something a bit different to adults. And both groups find her immensely entertaining. This children’s sermon is a good example of Geraldine’s skills and wit.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Collins Kilburn returns to CUCC

As the first in a series of sermons by previous pastors at CUCC, Collins Kilburn returned on August 19, 2012 and delivered a message which was a retrospective on the 1960s, the time when Collins was pastor at CUCC.

This video is also available at YouTube.

Sunday, June 24, 2012


All actions taken by the membership of Community UCC on behalf of the entire congregation must be approved at a Congregational Meeting. These occur at least twice each year. This page lists significant actions and resolutions to come from Congregational Meetings during the past several decades.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Al Adams

Biography from 2012 Induction Ceremony into Raleigh Hall of Fame

Through a long career in law, public service, and civic leadership, Al Adams has been a powerful advocate for equality and justice, arts and education, and cultural institutions serving the City of Raleigh and the State of North Carolina. Al Adams emerged as a leader at UNC’s School of Law as a member of the NC Law Review, and then as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

As a young attorney, Adams was Secretary of the Wake County Bar, and later a committee chair on the N.C. State Bar Association. During the Civil Rights movement, he advocated for African American attorneys and integration of the Wake County Bar Association. He was a partner in Sanford, Adams, McCullough & Beard, one of the first firms in Raleigh to hire African American and women lawyers. The NC Community Action Association recognized his pro bono work for underrepresented citizens with their prestigious Gloria Williams Award.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Youth Sunday - March 2, 2012

The youth of Community UCC produce the 10:30 worship service once each year. In 2012 this occurred on Sunday, March 25. The video of the youth presentation has been edited down to 30 minutes, but includes all the activities presented by the CUCC youth on that day.