We learned this week of the death of long-time CCC member Jean Caswell on Friday,…

Dear CCC Community, The Coordinating Council met this week and we have several updates to…

Join us for fellowship, food, and a chance to give thanks as a church family….

A Word about CCC Security   After the church shooting in Texas, we are again…

From Pastor Matt This Sunday at our 10:30 worship service, we will celebrate the sacrament…

Church School: Students, join us November 5, as we create a memorial garden in honor of…

Dear CCC Community: Two pieces of Good News and we now need your help! First,…

Dear members and friends of Christ Congregational Church, As we approach Sunday’s meeting and vote…

Dear CCC Community, We are almost there and I appreciate so much how many of…

 Dear CCC Community, This communique continues capacity building for our Retreat House Vote on October…

Dear CCC Community, The next three From Your Moderator (FYM) will focus on our preparations…

Dear CCC Community, The next few From Your Moderator (FYM) communiques will focus on information…

SHAW COMMUNITY CENTER (SCC) URGENTLY NEEDS YOUR HELP In these turbulent times, the political reality…

Meet your neighbors, tour House of Worship, learn about the services our diverse faith communities…

Members of CCC will attend the MARCH FOR RACIAL JUSTICE on SEPTEMBER 30 in WASHINGTON,…

At CCC, we honor and celebrate people of all races, cultures, ages, abilities, sexual orientations…

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November 17, 2017

Sunday, November 19, Gratitude Breakfast

All are welcome to the Thanksgiving “Gratitude Breakfast”
on Sunday, November 19th, at 8:30 am,
in the Fellowship Hall.
Join members and friends as we enjoy breakfast and take some time to offer thanks for our blessings.
Please bring a breakfast item to share.
Coffee, tea and juice will be provided.

The CCC lighting upgrade is moving ahead!

CCC signed the contract with Wattz LED for their primary work on lighting upgrade a couple of weeks ago.  Work may have already begun when you read this; if not, it should start in the next few days and be completed within a week to ten days thereafter.  This contract includes everything except the 9601 parking lot because that upgrade is complicated by the possibility of getting one or two poles replaced with taller ones and involves no incentives.  We’re anticipating a subsequent contract proposal from Wattz LED for that.
We are also finalizing decisions about the bulbs that volunteers will install.  We are hoping for an installation party in December to install those bulbs.  Watch this space for the date and more information!  Consider joining the party!

The Fair Trade Program Needs You!

The Fair Trade Program at CCC has been in continuous operation for over 15 years. It is consistently ranked in the top 1% to 2% in sales volume of the 8,500 + faith groups participating in Equal Exchange’s coffee, tea, chocolate, olive oil, etc. product sales.

For those of you unfamiliar with “Fair Trade”, it is an economic concept where products are purchased directly from growers cooperatives (usually in underdeveloped countries) at a fair price as opposed to whatever the market will bear. At CCC, we “mark-up” the wholesale price at which we receive the goods from Equal Exchange by about 20%. But, if you compare our price with organic, fairly-traded Equal Exchange goods sold by supermarkets and specialty stores, the CCC price is significantly less expensive. Our 30% “mark-up” provides free coffee and tea for CCC activities, coffee hours, and also for Shepherd’s Table. It also supports environmental projects at CCC such as the bike rack, LED lights, this year’s energy audit, and more.

But we need you! You have all been wonderful and faithful consumers of our products; but we need more “person-power” to help run the program. The CCC members who have started and run the program have retired, moved, started to travel extensively, and we need more help. We need help once a month, on second Sundays from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM. Please contact Winifred Roberts at 301-587-4827 or winniesq@aol.com if you are interested. I check my phone daily and email once or twice a week. Thanks to all!

Immigration Circle Updates

The Immigration Circle is dedicated to supporting the immigrant community in Montgomery County, with a special emphasis now on TPS and DACA holders due to imminent threats to their status.

1.  Temporary Protected Status (TPS).  TPS  is a temporary, renewable program that provides relief from deportation and access to a work permit for certain migrants in a small number of countries who may not meet the legal definition of refugee but who cannot safely return to their country of origin. There are approximately 350,000 TPS holders, from Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Haiti, Syria and other countries.  In Central America, they were granted TPS status due to hurricanes and earthquakes, and have had their status renewed since it was granted in 1999 and 2001.    The current administration terminated TPS status for Nicaragua on November 6, giving TPS holders 14 months to leave the US after having lived here for 18 years.

2.  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival status (DACA).  For the past five years, almost 800,000 immigrant youth brought to the US as children by their parents have been protected from deportation and receive a two-year renewable work permit under DACA.  On September 5, the administration ended the DACA program and gave a ‘6-month’ period for Congress to pass a replacement within 6 months.

The Immigration Circle hope to engage CCC and the wider community on policy advocacy; communications; offering and participating in trainings in accompaniment to ICE check-ins, ICE emergency response, and visits to those in ICE detention; and in education and awareness of immigration issues.

To learn more, and to get involved, please join us at our table on November 19 or at the meeting on November 20!

For more information, please contact Anna DeNicolo.

Sunday, November 19, Sisters for Sisters
Take a breather before Thanksgiving and bring your lunch and come join us in fellowship after church on November 19, Room #106. At this gathering, we’ll pick the date and plan the details for our annual Christmas pot-luck lunch and white elephant gift exchange.
Monday, November 20, Monday morning coffee at Kaldi’s
Monday Morning Coffee with Pastor Matt  –   Join us for informal conversation and caffeine at Kaldi’s on Silver Spring Avenue on Mondays between 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, December 10, CCC Book Group
The CCC Book Group will next meet on December 10th, 7 pm.  We are reading “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson (2012). This is a novel of North Korea, a “riveting portrait of a world heretofore hidden from us….Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Superiors in the North Korean state soon recognize the boy’s loyalty and keen instincts. Considering himself ‘a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,’ Jun Do rises in the ranks.” The book is set during the regime of the current North Korean leader’s father. Glenda Neal is hosting the meeting in the Music Room, of Village Square at Riderwood.
SHAW COMMUNITY CENTER (SCC) NEWS

I want to thank everyone who has contributed to SCC since my mission moment on October 1. I am incredibly moved by your support. So far, SCC has received $2,900 in individual CCC contributions, and $1,000 in CCC mission funds, totaling $3,900. One of the individual contributions was a recurring contribution of $50 a month. I counted that as a $600 contribution (the amount contributed over 12 months). I also contributed $3,900, putting the total CCC contributions at $7,800. I decided to up my match limit to $5,000 so there is still time to make a contribution and have it be matched. Any amount that you can give will help us meet this $5,000 challenge. You can donate (including a recurring amount) at http://www.shawcommunity.org/index.php/donate. Alternatively, send a check made out to Shaw Community Center to Shaw Community Center, 1701 11th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001.  To make sure I match your contribution, please email Marjorie Hoffman letting me know you contributed, or make a CCC donation notation on your check.

Gratitude
Many thanks for all the lovely cards and notes that I have received over the past month with regard to the loss of my husband, Ernie, in early October.   Although his health had been declining over the preceding months, the actual cause of his death was not on my radar screen as a possibility and thus came as a shock.  Your thoughts and promised prayers have offset much of that shock by providing me and our daughter, Elizabeth, with comfort and support.  I’m so glad that Ernie and I elected to stay in Silver Spring when we downsized almost two years ago, especially because I can continue to be part of the CCC community.
Anne Weissenborn 
Pastoral Care: If you wish to contact the church about a pastoral care need or concern and are unable to reach the church office, please call Pastor Gloria directly on her cell phone at 202-550-7546.
Publication Deadlines 

For the December 1 Issue of e-NewsNotes

  • Noon on Tuesday, November 28

For the next two issues of the Sunday Bulletin

  • Noon on Monday,November 20
  • Noon on Tuesday, November 28

For the December 1 issue of e-NewsNotes

  • Noon on Tuesday, November 28

e-NewsNotes

November 1, 2017

Quarterly statements for July through September are now available near the office.  Please pick up your statement and consider the convenience of receiving your statement by email.  Contact Greg Muncill or Dave Main to receive emails of future statements via pdf files.
Angel Wings?
In preparation for our Christmas Eve Family service, the CCC Church School is looking for angel wings/angel costumes of any size to add to our collection.  If you’re cleaning out your dress up clothes or ready to donate after Halloween, angel and animal costumes of any kind will be put to use at CCC.  Please leave in the church office under the table.   Thank you- Kristen Brown
Attention Singers!
If you are interested in joining the choir for the Christmas season, please plan to join us at a special music rehearsal on Friday, November 3rd at 6:00pm.  We will start the evening with fellowship and a Chinese food dinner.  There is a sign-up sheet on the piano in the choir room.  Please join us!!          –Sam Wack (sam@cccsilverspring.org)
Saturday, November 4, Violin Recital by Will Joseloff
Will Joseloff will be presenting a solo violin recital accompanied by Lynne Joseloff on piano.   They’ll be performing works by Fritz Kreisler, Antonin Dvorak, Ludwig van Beethoven and more.   The recital will be held on Saturday, November 4th at 2pm in the CCC sanctuary and all are welcome!
Monday, November 6, Monday morning coffee at Kaldi’s
Monday Morning Coffee with Pastor Matt  –   Join us for informal conversation and caffeine at Kaldi’s on Silver Spring Avenue on Mondays between 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, November 8
“I Am Not Your Negro” 

Covenant Baptist UCC (3845 South Capital Street, Washington, DC) invites us to a special showing of this documentary.  Wednesday, November 8th;  Dinner for $8.00 from 5:30pm-6:15pm;  View Film: 6:30pm-8:00pm;  Discussion:  8:00pm-8:30pm 

“I Am Not Your Negro” is a 2016 documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin’s reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr, as well as his personal observations of American history. It was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards.

Friday, November 10, Senior Adults Bag Lunch and Movie
Bring a bag lunch and join the Senior Adults on Friday, November 10 at noon in the Conference Room for lunch and a movie.
Saturday, November 11
“13th” Screening & Discussion 

Join First Congregational UCC, SURJ-DC and SURJ chapters from around the country for a screening and discussion of Ava DuVernay’s documentary, “13TH.”
When:  Saturday, 11 Nov, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: First Congregational UCC DC, 945 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001

“13TH” has the precision of a foolproof argument underscored by decades of frustration. The movie tracks the criminalization of African Americans from the end of the Civil War to the present day, assailing a broken prison system and other examples of institutionalized racial bias with a measured gaze. It combines the rage of Black Lives Matter and the cool intelligence of a focused dissertation. 

The panel discussion will include: Matt McGorry, star of “Orange Is The New Black” and “How To Get Away With Murder” and other organizers
RSVPs are appreciated via https://actionnetwork.org/events/13th-screening-discussion

Sunday, November 12, End-of-Life Planning Workshop
Sponsored by the Health Ministry Team
On Sunday, November 12, after the service, a workshop on end-of-life planning will be held in the Sanctuary.  This workshop is open to all.  Tools to help family members and clergy plan your memorial service will be provided and discussed.  This information will also help family members write your obituary by providing accurate data from your life.  It’s never too soon to plan ahead so that your wishes are carried out.
Wednesday, November 15, Joey’s Restaurant Review
For our November Joey’s Restaurant Review the Seniors will be going to the Greek Village Restaurant (13476 New Hampshire Avenue). The time is 12:30 PM on Wednesday, November 15.
Sunday, November 19, Gratitude Breakfast

All are welcome to the Thanksgiving “Gratitude Breakfast”
on Sunday, November 19th, at 8:30 am,
in the Fellowship Hall.
Please bring a breakfast item to share.
Coffee, tea and juice will be provided.

Homeless LGBTQ+ Youth of Montgomery County.
Our Open and Affirming (ONA) committee has a new subcommittee to address the need to provide housing, food and life needs for the homeless LGBTQ+ youth of Montgomery County.  Should you have an interest to remain informed and work with this subcommittee, please contact L J Ingram.
From the Deacons:
You are invited to take part in the Sunday morning worship service by signing up to be a lay reader.  The lay reader leads the congregation in prayers printed in the bulletin and reads the morning scripture.  There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board by the office.  We encourage you to participate.
HELP – VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for Coffee/Fellowship Time
The Coffee Hour/Fellowship Time team needs more volunteers to support each of the Sundays in a month.  Currently we have volunteers to serve the first three weeks of each month and one volunteer to serve the fourth Sunday of each month. In addition, we need a volunteer to help on the fourth Sunday, two volunteers or a couple to help serve on the fifth Sunday in a month, and finally we would like to have two volunteers to help as subs if the regular volunteers need help on a Sunday.  Please think about helping.  If you have any questions or would like to help please contact Bud Dennie at 301-460-4379 or e-mail me at cdennie213@aol.com.  Again, thanks for thinking about helping we need your support.  May God Bless You.   Bud
SHAW COMMUNITY CENTER (SCC) URGENTLY NEEDS YOUR HELP

SCC’s urgently needs your help. In these turbulent times, the political reality for funding out-of-school time (OST) programs like ours has changed. SCC can no longer rely on DC and federal pass-through funding, as we have for a decade. This change has caused at least one OST program in the Shaw neighborhood to close, resulting a greater need than ever. We are not only staying open but are opening a new site, in addition to our current site at Lincoln Temple UCC, and expanding our programing.   We hope to raise $50,000 this Fall to give SCC time to find new diversified sources of funds. With your help, we can continue to provide these valuable programs on which our Shaw families have come to rely.

Programs.  SCC signature programs are the After-school Enrichment program, and the summer camp, serving nearly 100 elementary school children over the course of the year.  These programs provide safe-structured childcare throughout the year, and empower parents to work or enroll in continuing education, trusting that their children are in good hands.  Among other program, recently we have responded to the crisis of ‘disconnected youth’ with a Workforce Development Program that includes vocational training in technology, interpersonal skills and customer service.  At our new site, we hope to start a programing for tweens and teens.

Donations. As indicated in my mission moment on October 1, I am not asking you to contribute any amount to SCC that I am not willing to also contribute, so I pledge to match CCC contributions, up to $4,000.  I want to thank everyone who has donated so far to this campaign. Any amount that you can give will help us meet this $4,000 challenge (and I might increase the amount I will match). You can donate (including a recurring amount) at http://www.shawcommunity.org/index.php/donate. Alternatively, send a check made out to Shaw Community Center to Shaw Community Center, 1701 11th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001.  To make sure I match your contribution, please send me an email letting me know you contributed, or make a CCC donation notation on your check.  –Marjorie Hoffman

Feeling the weight of hard decisions?  feeling alone as you deal with difficult circumstances?  feeling vulnerable but wanting to keep your situation private?
Consider the confidential support of a Because We Care visitor. 

Compassionate, nonjudgmental listening is what Because We Care visitors offer.
They don’t offer advice or try to “fix” challenges in others’ lives.
They do listen and offer encouragement and support as persons explore and find ways to deal with their own challenges.
They also can provide assistance finding other resources.

Trained to strictly observe confidentiality, visitors meet care receivers in their homes or other convenient locations. They meet in the evenings or during the day.  Interested?  To learn more or request support for yourself or someone else, fill out a green pew card, speak to one of the pastors, contact a Because We Care member, or call Susan Gray in the church office.

Autumn Seasonal Health Boosters from your Health Ministry Team
Yaaaah!  It’s Fall and cooler temperatures are here.  Did you know temperature can make or break a sound night of sleep, one that leaves you fatigued or energetic the following day? Research shows that the ideal sleep zone is between 60-68 degrees Fahrenheit.  Along with more quality sleep, Autumn is also the time of year for catching up on more sleep.  The longer you sleep, the lower your risk is for a heart attack. In fact, some studies show that rates of heart attacks are at their lowest just following daylight savings time clock adjustments in the fall (and they increase in the spring!).  Autumn is also the perfect time to take advantage of a scenic walk outside to boost brain function.  And finally, take advantage of Fall’s bounty of health – squash, pumpkin, and apples – seasonal super foods!  Seasonal squashes are rich in beta-carotene (an antioxidant that can help fight cancer, hypertension, and heart disease) and apples which are a juicy source of vitamins C and A!
Pastoral Care: If you wish to contact the church about a pastoral care need or concern and are unable to reach the church office, please call Pastor Gloria directly on her cell phone at 202-550-7546.
Publication Deadlines 

For the November 17 Issue of e-NewsNotes

  • Noon on Tuesday, November 14

For the next two issues of the Sunday Bulletin

  • Noon on Tuesday,November 7
  • Noon on Tuesday, November 14

For the December 1 issue of e-NewsNotes

  • Noon on Tuesday, November 28