March 3, 2024
“A Spiritual Center With A Civic Circumference”
Rev. Thom Belote, preaching
One of my mentors in ministry, John Buehrens, was fond of saying that the church is "a spiritual center with a civic circumference.” Join us this morning as we celebrate the completion of our fifth Community Day of Service and see how far our outreach extends. - Rev. Thom Belote
MUSIC NOTES: This Sunday, the Community Church Choir will sing a highly rhythmic piece in Swahili, from the “kwaya” tradition of Tanzania. Ivy Brezina will also solo with the choir on a piece appropriate for the day entitled “Help Somebody," by Susan Werner. We’ll start the service with a Hymn Sing. And in all of this, we’ll be assisted by two young percussionists, Elijah Vander Zwaag and Cass King, joining our own Ariadna Nacianceno.
Contact Marion Hirsch for Sunday evening High School Youth programming
COMMUNITY CHURCH IN ACTION
On February 24, 2024, forty children and adults in the congregation attended the Special bUUddy Friendship Forum together on Saturday, February 24. The bUUddy program matches adults and children together and they spend a month corresponding and making friends. The program culminates in a fun breakfast at the Friendship Forum with games and waffles.
For more information about Children's Ministry, contact Marion Hirsch, Director of Lifespan Religious Education
BEWARE -- SCAM ALERT
Scams targeting religious communities are increasing.
Scammers create fake email addresses (and sometimes phone numbers) impersonating the minister, staff members or lay leaders and contact congregants -- asking for contact information, login credentials, the Directory, etc., or to buy gift cards. Rachel Rose (Directory, contact info) and Franklin Hirsch (Finances) are the best people to help with these requests - they will always have the latest versions of our secure documents and are happy to help. If you receive a scam email, phone call or text, please report and delete it. If you're unsure, please contact Rev. Thom, Rachel Rose or Franklin Hirsch and see if the communication is legitimate.
ANNUAL PLEDGE DRIVE 2024-2025!Generosity of talent, time, treasure, and trust is how we build connections with our church, each other, and the wider community. Your pledges pay for our wonderful staff, support amazing programming, and keep the buildings operational! Each Sunday in February, pledging information will be available during the Sunday Socials, or you can pledge online now. The Day of Service will be our finale celebration on March 2! Please give generously during the 2024-2025 Annual Pledge Drive. Questions? Email Bonnie Crotty Nelson, Stewardship Chair
Sign up to help make this Mission: Possible!
Calling all secret agents! The Mission: Possible 2024 Day of Service missions are posted and ready for you to sign up. The event will take place on March 2. This is our church's opportunity to gather in fellowship and use our collective abilities in service to our community. Agents will be tabling during Sunday Socials after both services through the month of February to answer any questions and help volunteers sign up. We hope you will help us make this Mission: Possible!
Contact Leigh Anne King or Becky Wilkes with questions.
DURING THE SUNDAY SOCIAL:
QUUILTERS Our regular monthly meeting coincides with our church-wide Day of Service, on Saturday morning, March 2. We are in the Gathering Room after the breakfast/send-off meeting in the Community Space of the Jones Building. Our regular members can come without signing up, leaving room for non-quilters to sign up and help us that day. We will Roll, Tag and Bag our quilted placemats for three different County Meals on Wheels programs and have them ready to be delivered that week. Join our email list.
MISSION: POSSIBLE 2024 BLOOD DRIVE We invite you to our third Day of Service life-saving blood drive scheduled for Saturday, March 30 from 10 AM until 2:30 PM. Our goal for the Blood Drive is 40 appointments, so please make your appointment today - regular and first-time donors welcome! Special food treats will be available as usual, and the youth group will be supporting our canteen table as well. We can help you sign up at the Day of Service or through Tabling on March 3 or you can sign up online. Find Our Drive - American Red Cross.
ART IN THE SANCTUARY From Sunday, March 3 through Saturday, April 27 the art in the Sanctuary will be felt fiber art by Chapel Hill artist Sharron Parker. This exhibit, titled “Expressing Reality as Felt”, will range from realistic images of French doors and windows to more abstract images of light on water, butterfly wings, etc. For more information, contact Sharron.
THINK YOU CAN'T MEDITATE, BUT WANT TO TRY? CLASS ON 3/3 We’ve heard all about the health and attention benefits of mindfulness meditation promoted in doctor’s offices and media everywhere. But meditation can feel out of reach or “not for me”. In this session, we’ll debunk myths, practice techniques, and scratch the surface of some Buddhist ideas underlying mindfulness meditation. You’ll leave with some practices to try and hopefully a sense that mindfulness meditation is an option for you. Led by Lisa Lackmann. There are few spots left for this program. Register and learn more. Contact Lisa Lackmann with questions.
SIDE WITH LOVE AT THE POOR PEOPLES' MORAL MARCH ON OUR DAY OF SERVICE Because we believe in living wages, ending poverty, fully funding public education, universal health care, environmental justice, voting rights, women’s rights, immigrant rights, criminal justice reform, LGBTQ rights, gun control, fair taxes and a North Carolina for all of us we are answering the call for a Mass Poor People’s and Low Wage Workers’ State House Assembly and Moral March on Raleigh on March 2, 2024! The Love Team has reserved seats on a bus so you can ride for free. Join us.
COMMUNITY CLICKERS We will hold our monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 6 at 2 PM in the Gathering Room. Community Clickers is a group of folks that knit or crochet to create shawls for Hospice. We will be re-grouping after the Day of Service to be sure any Day of Service shawls are in line to be completed. We will also need to inventory remaining blocks to determine next steps. See our webpage for general Community Clickers information.
SPRING EPHEMERAL WALK AT PUMP STATION TRAIL On March 9, at 10:30 AM Outdoor Connections will meet at the trailhead for Pump Station Trail. Carlos and I went last week, and the spring ephemerals have just started. - Teri Brooks Park along Rivermont, meet at Trailhead closest to Cole Mill Road.
Following this spring ephemeral walk, we can meet at Picnic Restaurant nearby, and enjoy lunch. QUESTIONS? Contact Teri Brooks. RSVP to be informed of changes.
OUR YOGA NATURE -- SAT 3/9 AT 10 AM OR THURS 3/9 AT 7 PM The word yoga means “union” and this practice connects body, mind and spirit. This multi-level yoga class will be a chair-based practice, but you are welcome to bring your yoga mat if you prefer to stand more and then end with relaxation on the floor. We will have a brief intro followed by an hour practice that ends with a soothing relaxation. Time for Q&A. Led by Lois Howlett who has taught yoga for more than 20 years and is a a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. Register and Information. Contact Lois Howlett with questions.
WE ARE A WELCOMING CONGREGATION
We are a congregation that has historically stood for the civil rights of all people, especially those affected by racism and homophobia. We are a Welcoming Congregation, celebrating and affirming the active presence in our congregation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual members and friends and their families. We are actively engaged in dialogue about how to be a more racially diverse, multicultural, anti-oppressive congregation.
SUNDAY PARKING: Please honor the parking spaces reserved for people with disabilities and limited mobility at the front of the church, as well as the spaces reserved for the Auction Winners. We encourage folks to carpool and/or park offsite, if at all possible. Parking is available at The Community Church, as well as alternate parking options. See a map here. Please note: Parking is not allowed at the Kehillah across the street. WEEKDAY PARKING (for church functions): The Main Lot is fully rented; please use the small Front Lot directly in front of the church, the wooded Pine Lot along Purefoy Road, or in the Rear Lot behind the church.