Sunday, April 27, 2014

Discerning Our Callings

On April 27, 2014, Pastor Steve Halsted announced that in January 2015 he will be retiring after 13 years of ministry at Community UCC. The long lead time in announcing this is intended to give the Deacons ample time to plan for pastoral transition.

Steve's sermon was entitled "Discerning Our Callings," and in it Steve gave a moving overview of his ministry in the UCC spanning more than 30 years. By chance, a recording was made (using a mobile phone), and the message in its entirety is available here shown with a montage composed of photos made at CUCC during Steve's tenure here. This is included in the CUCC Archive as a way of sharing Steve's message and honoring his long term ministry at CUCC.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lord of the Dance - Easter Sunday, 2014

Brooke Lipman performed a liturgical dance while the CUCC Choir sang "Lord of the Dance" during the Easter Sunday service at CUCC, April 20, 2014.

Alleluia - Easter Sunday 2014

This is the opening to the Easter Sunday Service in 2014. Performed by the CUCC Choir.

Sing to the Lord a Joyful Song - Easter Sunday 2014

The CUCC Choir performed "Sing to the Lord a Joyful Song" as the anthem during the Easter Sunday worship service on April 20, 2014.

The Pumbo Family - What a friend we have in Jesus (Ngala)

"What a friend we have in Jesus" (sung in Ngala) was recorded on Easter Sunday 2014.

Easter Sunday Offertory - Jill Sherling on French Horn

Jill Sherling performed with Doug Barrick during the offertory on Easter Sunday, 2014.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Maundy Thursday Music - 2014

On April 17, 2014, the CUCC Maundy Thursday service was held jointly with St. Paul's Christian Church in the CUCC sanctuary. The choirs of the two churches joined to form a choir of about 20 people who sang under the direction of CUCC Director of Music Anne Moorman-Smith. Doug Barrick was the organist for the evening, and Amy Jensen played flute in the prelude and hymns.

Maundy Thursday Complete Service - April 17, 2014

On April 17, 2014, CUCC hosted the Maundy Thursday service presented by members and choir from both CUCC and St. Paul's Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The video shown here is the entire service except for the fact that the serving of communion has been condensed in the video. The video runs approximately 57 minutes.

Were You There? - Maundy Thursday Service, 2014

"Were You There" performed by the combined choirs of Community UCC and St. Paul's Christian, April 17, 2014

Amy Jensen and Doug Barrick - Maundy Thursday 2014

The prelude performed by Amy Jensen on flute and Doug Barrick on organ for the Maundy Thursday service, April 17, 2014.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Joy Alford - Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014

Joy Alford presented the sermon for the Palm Sunday service on April 13. 2014. She also brought the children forward for a short children's sermon. Both are included here and may be seen by viewing the entire article.

Choir Special for Palm Sunday - 2014

The CUCC Choir performed "Hosanna! Hosanna!" as the anthem during the 10:30 worship service on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014.

All Glory, Laud, and Honor - Palm Sunday

Singing the hymn "All Glory, Laud, and Honor" on Palm Sunday 2014.

Introit for Palm Sunday

At Community UCC there is a long tradition of celebrating Palm Sunday by waving palm branches during a processional into the sanctuary. Participants include Sunday worshipers as well as the choir which leads the way. In 2014 Palm Sunday fell on April 13, and the processional is shown here.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Carolyn and Cy King Peace and Justice Award - April 8, 2018

Community United Church of Christ presented its Carolyn and Cy King Peace and Justice Award on Sunday, April 8, to John Paar, Lib Hutchby, and Adrienne and John Little during the 10:30 AM worship service.  The award is issued annually to people who embody spirits of service and grace and demonstrate commitments to addressing issues of justice and peace in our community and world.   Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Carolyn and Cy King Peace and Justice Award.

John Paar was unable to join us for the ceremony, but sent an acceptance letter which was excerpted during the ceremony.  Read John's acceptance letter (full text)

Lib Hutchby
Lib Hutchby is a teacher of conflict resolution and nonviolent resistance.  Whether she is singing with the Raging Grannies at movement gatherings around the state, being arrested for justice (four times so far), or telling stories, she prepares us and leads us in the work at hand.

Lib worked alongside Carolyn King in the integration of the state's parks in the 1960s through the United Church Camp held at Umstead Park.  She was the first white teacher at Jefferys Grove Elementary School, teaching fourth grade as Wake County's public schools integrated.  Her thesis for her master's degree on conflict resolution was on nonviolence in children's literature.  Lib put that training to use when she was called on to help counsel and mediate following the killings of the Greensboro Five.  Lib and Carolyn again connected as overnight volunteers in the early days of the Ark Shelter for men (now the Helen Wright Center serving homeless women).  In 1989 she began volunteering to resettle refugees and eventually worked for ten years on staff with Lutheran Family Services.

Before Lib knew she would be receiving the Award,
she created this gratitude artwork
which we passed around during the ceremony.
Currently Lib's work has turned to caring for creation and ensuring that it will be healthy and justice for the next generations.  Whether she is singing with the Raging Grannies or volunteering with Frack Free NC, Clean Water for NC, or - Triangle, Lib is an advocate for the earth.  Lib is a member of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church and active in their Care of Creation group.

You can support Lib by sitting in the gallery during her April 24 hearing.  She was arrested at a sit-in outside Governor Cooper's office protesting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (see Lib holding the sign in the video of the Raging Grannies).

Lib Hutchby's justice bio

John and Adrienne Little
John and Adrienne Little
The Littles exemplify the virtue of showing up when justice work is needed.  Both are life-long educators (John as a professor of history at St. Augustine's University; Adrienne teaching grade school to children in low-wealth schools in Raleigh, the NC mountains, and Guam).  At Loaves and Fishes they continue this work as tutor volunteers and have built a close relationship with the entire family who have become an important part of their lives.  Adrienne has opened her home to refugees and served as "mother and grandmother" to children and adults in a new land.  She has recently been a fixture at the NC General Assembly, joining other activists in successfully advocating for criminal justice reforms.  John is has sought to live out his commitment to racial justice, especially in the educational sphere.  They are diligent advocates for stewardship of God's creation, for economic justice, and for a world without violence - whether from wars or from gun violence.  At Cy King's last attendance of HKonJ, John navigated Cy's wheelchair in the crowds during the March. Community UCC is glad that they have been long-time members of the congregation and leaders in the Social Justice Ministry and Economic Justice Task Force of our church.  John chaired the Social Justice Ministry for several years, overlapping with Cy's time on SJM.

John Paar
John Paar
Dr. John Paar, longtime Raleigh resident, cardiologist and person of faith, has been a key figure in the Raleigh peace and justice network since the 1980’s.

John’s life-long commitment has been to use his expertise as a cardiologist to improve medical care for those who lack access.
And his work is characterized by the personal connections he makes with colleagues and with patients, working with compassion and respect.

In Raleigh John has been an advocate for affordable medical care for the poor of Wake County, and in his roles at Wake Med. Recognizing that family members of those from out of town being treated for severe heart ailments incurred great expense while staying with their loved ones, John was an early supporter of Samaritan Inn, a Lutheran project to provide free lodging for those family members. He was a charter doctor at the Urban Ministries Open Door Clinic. His medical work with those living on low incomes led him to be a key figure in starting Raleigh’s first shelter for homeless families at what is now called Families Together. During the 1980s Overground Railroad effort to assist Central American refugees in moving through the US to asylum in Canada, John provided
shelter and support, including medical aid when needed, for refugees coming through Raleigh.

In Nicaragua John went to Nicaragua in the 80’s as part of Witness for Peace to stand between the
Contras and the Nicaraguan army to prevent killing. Viewing the experience through the eyes of a physician, he started Project Health for Leon (PHL) with Dr. John Rose. This organization seeks to improve the options for cardiac care at the hospital in Leon by sending experts from the US to teach and treat and by bringing Nicaraguan medical practitioners to the US to further their studies.

Throughout his life, John’s work has been nourished by his deep faith and the call it places on him to act for justice.

Award Namesakes Carolyn and Cy King

Carolyn and Cy King
Carolyn and Cy King were members of the congregation who were noted for their service to bettering the Raleigh community, the state of North Carolina, and the nation.  They were inducted into the Raleigh City Hall of Fame in 2009.  Listen to an interview with the Kings full of stories about their justice work and their life together.

The award was created in their honor in 2012 and celebrates people who exemplify a similar gracious spirit in their work for justice.  You can read about past recipients here.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Kerma Hazel (1924-2014)

Kerma Hazel joined the forerunner of Community UCC with her husband Bob in 1953. Bob died in November 2013, and Kerma died only four and a half months later. Kerma was in ill health at the time of Bob's death, and Bob's memorial service effectively served as a memorial for both of them.

Excerpt from Kerma's obituary ...

Kerma was born to Landis and Sarah Greninger November 24, 1924 in Tylersville, PA. She spent an active childhood in the farm country of the mountains of central Pennsylvania. She was involved in the life of her school, played softball and served as Drum Major. Following high school graduation and the outbreak of WWII, she answered the call and like "Rosie the Riveter", helped build aircraft for the war effort at Piper Aircraft. Following the war, she married the love of her life, the late Robert B. Hazel and enjoyed 68 years of raising four children, camping, fishing, and making many return trips to the mountains of Pennsylvania to visit friends and relatives and help on the family farm.

Complete obituary of Kerma Hazel