January 11-17, 2019
In This Issue:
Sunday Services
9:15 & 11:00AM 
Holy Curiosity
Rev. Thom Belote

My friend and colleague, Rev. Jake Morrill, frequently advises people to "stay curious." By this, I take him to mean that things tend to go better when we approach them with an attitude of curiosity, wonder, and discovery. What are some of the ways we can better learn to stay curious?

MUSIC NOTES This Sunday, Music Director Glenn Mehrbach will be exercising his piano skills with three compositions that have piqued his curiosity, by three fascinating composers: Philip Glass, Zez Confrey and Claude Debussy.
TABLING                                       SANCTUARY & IMMIGRANT SUPPORT MINISTRY
PARKING is available at The Community Church, as well as alternate parking options . Click here for a map.
Parking is not allowed at the Kehillah across the street.
Upcoming Events
  • COMMUNITY CHURCH CONCERTS PRESENTS ROBIN AND LINDA WILLIAMS              Community Church Concerts presents Robin and Linda Williams, Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, 8 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Desserts at intermission! For more information and tickets ($20 Advance; $25 door), CLICK HERE. Look for ticket sales after Sunday services in Jones Building in January. Questions/To volunteer, CLICK HERE.
    A QUORUM OF MEMBERS IS NEEDED on Sunday, January 13, from 12:30-1:15 in the Sanctuary. To make our new space a reality, voting is required to authorize church borrowing. The meeting will feature the proposed financial strategy, "Minding the Gap," available online. Stop by Sunday's convenient kiosk near the Sanctuary, before or after the 2nd service, for friendly information. Do come to the Meeting! (All are welcome, though only Members may vote.) Childcare provided.
We are sad (for us) and happy (for her) to announce that  
Andrea Sordean-Mintzer, Congregational Administrator,  
will be leaving her position on February 25, 2019.  
Andrea has served our church with distinction for over 16 years. With retirement for Andrea not too far off in the future, she has decided to step away and see what the future holds. We wish her only the best in her future endeavors. Please join us during both Coffee Hours February 17 to honor and celebrate Andrea's service to our congregation.

Within These Walls
  • DO YOU "GET" THE GAP? Have you read "Minding the Gap" or its expressive graph? Have you any questions about the need for a "bridge loan" during construction, and the proposed strategy to minimize any long-term loan beyond that? Copies are online. On January 13, FRIENDLY POP-UP TUTORIALS will be available at a kiosk in the Commons before and after the 2nd service. Stop by for snacks and a SHORT, PERSONALIZED UPDATE before the 12:30 Congregational Meeting.
  • OUTDOOR CONNECTIONS/OUTER BANKS Outdoor Connections on the Outer Banks:               Jan. 11-13 Bears and Bald Eagles, Snow Geese and Swans, Ducks Ducks and Ducks. Celebrate the New Year with the year's best wildlife display. Excursions to Pea Island, Lake Mattamuskeet, Alligator River Refuge. Expert? guides, nice rooms, cheap prices, deserted beaches. RSVP HERE.
  • IFC DINNER Tues., Jan. 15 we again will help to prep dinner and serve dinner at the Community Kitchen. You do not need much experience to help. Newcomers are welcome. A very few prep cooks work 4-5:30. More servers work 5:45-7:15. You can still sign the Kiosk list during Coffee Hour, but you can also now sign up online. Maureen O'Rourke is the dinner leader.
  • ECO MOVIE SCREENING The ECO Committee will show the film "Happening" at 7:30 on Friday, January 18 in the Sanctuary. Electricity generated from wind and solar is increasingly more affordable than electricity generated from fossil fuels, and the growth curve for the generation and storage of renewable energy now resembles the exponential curves seen with the advent of radio, TV, and the internet. Come watch this film that follows the clean energy revolution across the country and then join in a discussion afterward.
  • FAMILY DINNER 1/19--STORYTELLING WITH DONNA WASHINGTON                                 5:00-6:00 Dinner - 6:00-6:30 Storytelling with Donna Washington                                                           Our own beloved Donna Washington is a professional storyteller and amazing. This is an event especially for families though everyone is welcome. Early dinner and short, fun family program so little kids can get home for an early bedtime. Come and get to know other church families and have some fun.RSVP HERE for dinner here by Friday January 18.
  • SEA WINTER COURSES Lots of winter courses are available: QiGong starts 1/17. Spiritual Retreat is on Saturday 1/19. "Spirituality's What, Why, and How: Growing in Awareness, Receptivity, and Responsiveness to Life" begins Thursdays 7-9 PM on 1/24. "Finding Meaning and Spirit in Aging" starts Wednesday 2/13.   Sign up HERE. More Information on these and other courses HERE.
  • NONFICTION BOOK DISCUSSION FOR JANUARY On Saturday, Jan. 19, at 10:30 in the Kirby Room, the Nonfiction Readers will discuss The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams. Jeannie Zang will lead our discussion. The Readers meet on the third Saturday of each month; new members and drop-ins are welcome. Click here to contact the group.
  • SHARE THE PLATE JAN. 20: FROM REFUGEES TO CITIZENS. The Refugee Support Center helps refugees transition to full and productive lives in our community. To learn about its many services, CLICK HERE and visit the tabling display during Coffee Hour. Because all refugees are legal and have documentation, they can pursue green cards and naturalization. Donations will be used to help refugees complete and submit applications to become U.S. citizens.  
  • NEWCOMERS COVENANT GROUP Are you new, or feeling new? Covenant Groups are a great way to really get to know other church members. All are welcome to join us Sunday, February 3rd from 3:00 to 4:30 in the Sanctuary to try one out. Have questions or want to sign up for this one-time group? Contact Joanne Wood. 
  • HOLIDAY MEALS SHARE THE PLATE THANK YOU $1,748 for Holiday Meals!! The Community Service Ministry thanks you for your generous contributions to the Holiday Meals Share The Plate in November. The money you gave provided nutritious meals for 70 families in our community. The holidays are over for this year, but it is good to know that many of our neighbors - young, old and in-between - enjoyed a holiday meal. After all, being together and sharing is what this season is all about. Thank you!
  • MEGA-RECYCLE EVENT a SUCCESS Many thanks from ECO! About 80 households participated and extra volunteers appeared to help both Sunday and Monday. Everyone was of such good spirit. Some useable items were donated. Also, Rachel repurposed an item for the office, building/ground crew rescued a cart to use and youth ministry scavenged a few items for a "maker" activity. The recycler was happy with the load and all of us can be proud of keeping so much out of landfills. Well done, everyone!
  • LET THERE BE LIGHT! The courtyard lighting project is underway.  The January First Monday B&G WorkPARTY poured the concrete footing for the 15' LED light pole that is now laying on the wall.  Next month, after the concrete cures, we will erect the new light and curse the darkness no more!
  • SAVE THE DATE! Make sure you reserve Saturday, March 2 in your calendar for our first-ever All Church Day of Community Service. This day will be run in combination with the Annual Pledge Drive. There will be many projects to choose from. Look for more info about service projects coming soon.
Justice & Service Events
suggested by Members and Committees
  • ANNUAL MLK COMMEMORATION SERVICE You are invited to attend events commemorating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, 1/21. The morning begins with a 9:00am rally at Peace & Justice Plaza featuring Angum Check followed by a march to First Baptist. Coffee and community conversation downstairs at 10:00. Interfaith worship service at 11:00 with Dr. Rodney Sadler, preaching. Our own Rev. Thom was lead planner for these events. Our Community Church choir and the UNC Gospel Choir will sing during the service.
  • SIDE WITH LOVE at the Women's March Raleigh Time to dig up your pink hats and yellow Love shirts for Women's March on Saturday January 26th. 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Halifax Mall (6 W Jones St. Raleigh, NC). Teenagers and families with children can sign up here for a carpool that will leave early. Anyone else interested in carpooling may check the Side With Love SignUp to see if there are other drivers and riders. A $3-5 dollar donation from each passenger to help with gas and parking costs is appreciated.
Ongoing Events
  • ART IN THE SANCTUARY Bronwyn Merritt will be showing works from her Twenty-One Goddesses Collection from January 5th - February 23rd. A reception will be held in the Commons on Sunday, January 20th from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. 
  • WELCOMING CHILDREN IN THE SANCTUARY Children are a wonderful gift to this community. Children are always welcome to worship in the Sanctuary. To support little ones during the service, we will now offer Busy Bags (pouches with fun activities) and Busy Boards (coloring and writing activities) as well as soft toys for our youngest worshipers. Stop by the new Children's Welcome Table in the Sanctuary (across from the Art Table near the Sound Room).
  • LECTIO (SACRED READING) MEDITATION GROUP meets at noon every Friday in the Commons.  We use readings from poetry and the wisdom traditions of the world's religions as prompts for reflection and sharing.  No need to sign up ahead of time.  Please join us.
  • MEDITATION Want to explore learning to meditate or developing your own mindfulness/meditation?  Our group members would be happy to meet with you individually and share experiences. Join us Wednesday to set up a one-on-one discussion or call Delia Keefe (919)357-3510 or email Delia Keefe. Please join us for silent meditation in the Sanctuary Wednesday evenings from 7:15-7:45pm. 
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