Monday, December 21, 2015

Caroling at Retirement Center

On December 20, 2015, members of the church were led by Anne Moorman-Smith to sing carols at the retirement center across the street. Here's a 90 second excerpt.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Story of the Angels and the Shepherds

This sermon was delivered by Pastor Peg Williams on December 20, 2015. The sermon is brief in order to accommodate the choir special presented also on that date.

Christmas Cantata - 2015

On December 20, 2015, the CUCC Choir provided the bulk of the program for the 10:30 worship service. Six separate musical selections performed by the choir were spread throughout the service. They are merged here into a single video (18 minutes). Enjoy!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Christmas Pageant - Dec. 13, 2015

The 2015 Christmas pageant was presented on December 13 by a large cast of children, a few adults, and one baby. The Christmas pageant is a long-standing tradition at CUCC, and the director for the production again this year was Anne Bailey Zschau. The production for this season ran about 26 minutes long, and is shown here in its entirety.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Stewardship Sermonettes - November 8, 2015

Presentations by CUCC  members on Stewardship Sunday, November 8, 2015 (Grady McCallie, Fawn Pattison, Skip Stodard, Mike Soboeiro, Betsy Towler

Sunday, October 4, 2015

And the lamp had not gone out yet - Rev. Peg Williams

An update on the interim process at Community UCC, 10:30 worship service, October 4, 2015.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Welcoming Sunday - September 13, 2015

Each fall the first Sunday after Labor Day it's customary to hold Welcoming Sunday. Here's a 4-minute video from the 2015 Welcoming Sunday celebration.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Community Under Construction: Acts 9:1-22

On August 9, 2015, Pastor Peg Williams used the sermon title "Community Under Construction" to deliver a message based on Acts 9:1-22.

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Revisiting our Heritage - Summer 2015

During the interim service of Pastor Peg Williams, a Transition Team led the congregation in reviewing aspects of the history of the churches that came together to form Community UCC as it now stands on the corner of Wade Ave. and Dixie Trail. Various members of the congregation presented memorable moments from the past. One of these presenters was Geraldine Bryan, who spoke during the worship service on August 9, 2015. The video shown here captures Geraldine's remarks from that occasion.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

CUCC Membership Register

This register was made available by Carol Clark in June 2015. It includes active and inactive members. The PDF version is better for online viewing because the pagination is more compact.

Church membership register (June 2015) - PDF version
Church membership register (June 2015) - Excel spreasheet

Geri Bowen extracted from this a list of charter members of CUCC at the time that the United Church of Raleigh merged with the E&R Church at 107 Dixie Trail in 1969.

Charter members of CUCC (1969)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Confirmation 2015

Confirmation Sunday was June 7, 2015. Those confirmed were Cooper Atkinson, Alex Bowen, Zenna Bryan, Brooke Lipman, and Caitlin Longmire. The ceremony shown here includes the complete program with the exception of short videos made by Cooper Atkinson and Zenna Bryan. (Those will be added as soon as they are available on YouTube.) The opening remarks are by Deb Lipman, and the ceremony includes participation by Pastor Peg Williams and Youth Leader Śānti Matthews.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Edith Sylla, the CUCC Historian, has written the following description of the historical relationship between CUCC and OCWM.

CUCC and OCWM - written by Edith Sylla, May 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tim Jensen musical tribute on King Awards Day - April 12, 2015

Tim Jensen presented this song as part of the worship service preceding the Carolyn and Cy King Awards Ceremony on April 12, 2015.

John Robertson musical tribute to Cy and Carolyn King

The short piece played by John Robertson on April 12, 2015 was part of the King Awards Day tribute to Carolyn and Cy King.

Carolyn and Cy King Peace and Justice Award - April 12, 2015

The Carolyn and Cy King Awards for 2015 were presented by the Social Justice Ministry on
April 12. Introductions for Leo Klohr and Judy Occhetti-Klohr were given by Sue Cottle, and John Little introduced Collins Kilburn and presented his award. The following 30-minute video includes the entire 30-minute program:
  • Sermon by John Little
  • Musical tribute by John Robertson
  • Awards presentations by Sue and John
  • Acceptance remarks by Judy, Leo, and Collins
Videos of the portions appear elsewhere in this archive:

Sunday, March 15, 2015


From the Youth Sunday Service, March 15, 2015.

Beloved, Beloved

From the Youth Sunday Service, March 15, 2015.

I see the love of God in you

From the Youth Sunday Service, March 15, 2015.

Never Alone

From the Youth Sunday Service, March 15, 2015.

What does God require of you?

From the Youth Sunday Service, March 15, 2015.

Youth Sunday 2015

This is a slightly condensed of the worship service on March 15, 2015. The entire service was led by CUCC youth. The video below (34 min.) shows the entire service except for singing of some hymns and other songs by the congregation, and portions of long periods of silence such as silent prayers and the offering.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

United Church Scrapbook (circa 1959)

William Davidson Parry
The United Church scrapbook (192 images) includes program announcements, church bulletins, correspondence, and extensive newspaper clippings from the period roughly from 1923 to 1960. This archived version attempts as much as possible to preserve the scrapbook digitally in the same form as the physical scrapbook.

I found the scrapbook in September 2012 buried deep in a pile of disorganized boxes of photos and miscellaneous clippings and documents in the closet off the back room in Pilgrim House. Apparently at one time the scrapbook had been transferred from Mary Pruneau to Cy King, presumably during the period in the 1970s or 1980s when Cy was serving as church historian. Cy eventually returned the document to the church, and it apparently landed among other disorganized artifacts that no one is really in charge of.

As much as we talk about the historically vibrant periods of our past, including the Institute of Religion, what we generally hear is the same stories over and over. This digital archive attempts to give a more complete picture of our past by including stories rarely heard, and artifacts seldom seen.

The divisions in the sidebar to the left are taken from the divisions in the scrapbook itself. So the order and structure of this archive matches that of the physical book. You can browse the scrapbook by clicking the various nested links to the left, and once you’re in an album you’ll see that the captions for the photos are often descriptive of what the item is all about.

So enjoy getting to know our past a little better!

Lavon Page
September 2012

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Remembrances (1981)

In the spring of 1981, our CUCC historian Ann Elleman recorded a series of interviews with long time CUCC members. This process lasted for several months, and Susie Sapp put in long ours to transcribe the interviews to text. The result was a 90-page single-spaced typed document that is packed full of first-person accounts of the early years of CUCC and the decades of life at the United Church of Raleigh that preceded formation of CUCC. In September of 2012, Lavon page scanned the report and indexed it so that it can be searched for individual participants. This has become a valuable resource to bring to life some of the names you hear so often when old timers talk about our past.

Remembrances (1981) (91 pages)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

100th Anniversary - Scrapbook from 1981

MLK and United Church Pastor
Gaylord Noyce
The 100th Anniversary Scrapbook is an aging loose-leaf binder with almost 300 pages of photocopied material assembled in 1981 (probably by church historian Ann Elleman). It surfaced some years ago during an investigation into the contents of the back room of Pilgrim House. For years I delayed work on the scrapbook because of the perplexing task that organizing its content would present. It is now being made publicly available for the first time.

This scrapbook is one of the three primary historical documents in existence that record the narrative of Community UCC and the predecessor churches that led to the present church located at the corner of Dixie Trail and Wade Avenue. (The present church building served as home to an E&R Church  prior to the existence of Community UCC.)
Integrated Vacation Bible Scool at Umstead Park in mid 1950s.
United Church of Raleigh led the process of integrating the
State Parks System. Here we see black and white children
participating in an activity that would now most likely be
considered demeaning to Native Americans.
The 100th Anniversary Scrapbook includes pages that are highly varying in format. The majority of the pages are made up of newspaper clippings. Since the size of the clippings varies greatly, these images cannot be presented in a fashion where all clippings are reduced to the same size (as in most photo albums). To do so would render the large clippings unreadable, and would render small photos as being large and blurry. For that reason you'll need to read carefully the section below on how to browse the scrapbook efficiently and effectively. You can spend many hours browsing through this volume. And any time spent doing so will lead to a better understanding of the origins of CUCC and its remarkably complex history. Enjoy!

We provide a couple of different ways of viewing the CUCC 100th Anniversary Scrapbook compiled in 1981:
  • Image Folder (Google Drive): You can go directly to a Google Drive folder that includes all the scrapbook contents and provides thumbnail images for all clippings. When viewing the folder, you'll see the list view and grid view buttons at the top right of your browser window. You can toggle back and forth between "grid" view and "list" view. In "list" view you can see the title for each image. So "list" view allows you to browse by title.
  • Photo Album (Google): You can also go to a Google+ photo album of the clippings. This view displays larger thumbnails but no titles.
-- Lavon Page, March 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Rev. Peg Williams arrives at CUCC

On Sunday, February 8, 2015, Rev. Peg Williams appeared for the first time in the pulpit at Community UCC. This video is the sermon she delivered on that occasion. A downloadable text version of this sermon is available. The text version includes some photos that Rev. Williams shared following the service.

Charge and Covenant Ceremony

On February 8, 2015, Rev. Peg Williams was inducted as intentional interim pastor at Community UCC. This brief ceremony was conducted during the 10:30 worship service by Geraldine Bryan, Chair of the Deacons.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Christmas Pageant 2014

The CUCC Christmas pageant in 2014 was held on December 14. The photos shown here were taken by Richard Nicholl.

  Click any photo to view large versions of all photos