Sunday, September 20, 2020
"Emotional First Aid for These Times"
Rev. Thom Belote

Between a pandemic that has now stretched into its seventh month and the news
from around our country, many of us report feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, anxious
and despairing. Emotional first aid, a concept developed by psychologist Guy Winch,
considers ways we can address our emotions and improve the quality of our lives.
Join us this morning, as Rev. Thom speaks to how we might practice emotional first aid
for these times.

If you wish to have a joy or sorrow named in the service,
please send your joy or sorrow to Rev. Thom here by 9AM on Saturday.

Join us here at 11AM for a Virtual Coffee Hour, hosted by Rev. Thom and Rachel Rose. We will meet in randomly-assigned break-out groups for friendly conversation and checking in. Afterward, we will share some parting words.

Watch Virtual Worship Service On Demand!

10am: Live Religious Education Service on Zoom

11am: Live Community Coffee Hour on Zoom


7pm: High School & Middle School Youth Group

​The building may be closed, but the church is OPEN!
Though most in-person programming is suspended for the safety of our community,
we continue to offer worship, religious education, spiritual growth,
social justice, and fellowship.

Join us as we grow our spirits, care for one another, and change the world with our love.
  • Nominating Committee for putting together videos of Board Members

  • Katie Heineman for doing Fall Cleaning in the Sanctuary and Sound Room

  • Youth Ministry Team for hosting the Youth Kickoff with 50 participants!

  • WHAT’S NEW THIS WEEK WITH OUR NEW BUILDING CONSTRUCTION? In the twelfth week , saved dirt now covers plumbing waste lines (having passed inspection) and is being pounded into place where the concrete slab will be poured. You can take a virtual peek at the ongoing work here via weekly-updated photos and video. (Please do that in lieu of physically visiting the construction site behind the church, which for safety reasons is off-limits without an authorized escort.)

  • REGISTER TODAY FOR "PARENTS & CAREGIVERS AS SEXUALITY EDUCATORS" COURSE Feel awkward talking to your kids about sex? Want to better understand gender and sexual orientation? Wish you knew how other caregivers are talking to their kids about sex and sexuality? This class is for you! Register today (here) for this ten-session, one-hour course (half presentation from trained sex educators, and half facilitated sharing in small groups.)The class will run on Monday nights starting 9/21 from 7-8pm on Zoom. Registration closes today, 9/18.

  • WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN CHILDREN AND YOUTH MINISTRY? In September, children (ages 3-13) in Religious Education are studying RENEWAL. This week, we return to pre-recorded Sunday RE videos and we continue to meet for live Zoom worship on Sunday mornings. It's the best of both worlds! Middle School and High School youth groups will gather virtually on Sunday evening. On Saturday the Family Event is Reverse Charades. For more information about our Religious Education Program, contact Marion Hirsch or Kat Good.

  • IMMIGRANT JUSTICE INITIATIVE - Please help the family living in the Manse Oscar and Gaby's children, Jeziel Calona Vallecillo and Angelina Castillo Vallecillo, are entitled to free school breakfast, snacks and lunch. Since they are "distance learning" we need volunteers each school day around noon to pick up their food packages. Everyone wears a mask and keeps a safe distance. It's not a difficult task, but very important! If you can help, please sign up here.

  • NONFICTION BOOK DISCUSSION FOR SEPTEMBER On Saturday, September 19, from 10:30 to 12:00, the Nonfiction Readers will discuss The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties, by Paul Collier. This meeting will be held via Zoom teleconferencing. Ed Steffes will be leading our discussion. The Readers meet on the third Saturday of each month; new members and drop-ins are welcome. Contact the group to ask questions, or to be placed on the distribution list for meeting information.Contact the group here.

  • CHURCH CANCER SUPPORT GROUP If you have ever received a cancer diagnosis, you are welcome to be part of this supportive community, whether for one meeting or more. Meetings are lay-led, focus on a topic, reading, or song and accommodate both new and current members. The next meeting via Zoom is Thursday, Sep 24, 10-11:30 am. If you have questions, would be interested if timing were different or would like to participate, please email Cecilia here.

  • 2020 FALL AUCTION Bidding on items in the 2020 Fall Auction begins September 26th and ends at 8 pm on October 24! Log into the auction catalog here and check under My Statement to locate your bidding number. Don’t have one? Contact Don and Susan Blanchard here to get a bidding number or with questions. DONATIONS ARE NEEDED TO HELP US BUILD COMMUNITY AND MAKE OUR OPERATING BUDGET GOAL! You can only vote once but you can DONATE/BID OFTEN!

  • SPIRITUAL EXPLORATION FOR ADULTS -- THE ACTIVE SOUL: POETRY AS SURVIVAL Learn to write the personal lyric in a workshop led by Cheryl Wilder, poet and church member. Explore your active soul through poem-making. We will read and discuss lyric poems and write our own poems, participate in a writing workshop, and have a class poetry reading. No experience necessary. Saturdays 10-11:30 AM, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17. Register for the class here. Questions? Contact Marion Hirsch here or email Cheryl Wilder here.

  • OUTDOOR CONNECTIONS: SAT. 9/26, TWO MILE HIKE AT SEVEN MILE CREEK We'll meet at the entrance to Seven Mile Creek Natural Area (350 acres, 2201 Moorefields Rd, Hillsborough) at 9am for a lovely, easy hike through a mature hardwood forest. We'll loop back at a four-season stream complete, on our scouting trip, with resident blue heron. We were astonished and delighted to find such an unknown (to us) gem - so close (25 minutes) to home. More happily, it seems to be equally unknown to most other folks. We saw five on our trip. RSVP here.

  • WOMEN CIRCLE BOOK SHARING Saturday, September 26 from 10 am – Noon. Share your favorite book on Zoom with Lisa Epner and Ivy Brezina. We would love to hear what you are reading or would recommend. Be prepared to read an enticing very short passage or paragraph from your book. We will only have 10 spaces available. Please RSVP to Ivy Brezina here, 415-663-8703. We will send out the link to Zoom a few days before the meeting.

  • YOUR FAVORITE RECIPE(S) NEEDED BY SEPTEMBER 30 DEADLINE! The Community Church Cookbook aspires to be a churchwide treasure for generations. What’s needed is a trove of favorite recipe(s) from members, associates and friends – and from their foodie kids, too! Proceeds will help close the Gap for the Building Project. Learn more here. Questions? Please email us here. The more who participate, the more we will all love this cookbook!

  • CALL FOR CONGREGATIONAL AWARDS NOMINATIONS At the annual congregational meeting on 10/18 we will present a trio of awards: The Joe & Lucy Straley Award honors service beyond our walls; the Al & Ann Sawyer Award honors service within these walls; and, the Gertrude Willis Award honors service to Religious Education. We are accepting nominations for these awards through October 1. Email Rachel Rose here to submit nominations. See past winners here.

  • EXPLORING MEMBERSHIP CLASSES 10/15 & 10/22 Are you considering Membership? Interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism or our church community? On Thursday evenings, 10/15 & 10/22, we'll be offering a two-part  Exploring Membership class via Zoom. The class will provide an introduction to Unitarian Universalism and our congregation, the meaning of Membership, provide an opportunity for reflecting on our spiritual journeys, and give you a chance to meet others who are newer to The Community Church. Would you like to join us? Please send an email to Rachel Rose to RSVP.

  • COMMUNITY CHURCH SHARE THE PLATE DONATIONS FOR CHAPEL-HILL CARRBORO NAACP Thank you, Community Church members for your generous 8/16/20 Share the Plate donations, totaling $1,175, for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP branch. Your donations will be used to help support program & administrative costs of their ongoing initiatives to combat racial inequity & social justice in our local community. The branch would welcome Community Church members to become a branch member to join them in making “Good Trouble.” in the words of the late civil rights icon, John Lewis. For more information about their specific initiatives & work committees, please visit their website here.

  • IMMIGRANT JUSTICE INITIATIVE UPDATE Yeimy Munoz Rivera, the asylum seeker who has been with us for the past 16 months, will be moving out of the Manse to a friend’s house, as she transitions to more independent living. Our church will continue to support Yeimy both financially and as her friend. Yeimy has made a great deal of progress in the last year and we wish her well.
Socially-Distanced In The Arboretum

On August 25, 2020, seven members of the UNC Campus Fellowship met to build connection and community in a beautiful, natural environment
​(and in a safe way).

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Sept. 27th is your chance to help Charles House outlast the Covid crisis. Their popular day care program had to close in March, but the staff soon began offering free, 2X day ZOOM sessions for participants. Their 2 small residential homes have been able to stay open, with many new precautions. You can help this 30-year institution survive until it is safe to reopen the day program. Make your donation online here, or send a check made to The Community Church, with "Charles House" in the memo line.
  • WHAT’S IT REALLY LIKE TO SERVE ON THE BOARD? Could you be a prospective candidate for the Board? To find out what it’s really like, check out this surprisingly pulse-pounding teaser video which also gives access to full testimonials from current and former board members. We are seeking a VP candidate and 2 board members, all of whom serve 3-year terms. Deadline to apply is Oct 1. For more information, please contact Laura Gilliom, George Thompson, Joelle Bourjolly or Krista Westervelt.

  • CHAPEL HILL-CARRBORO NAACP UPDATE ON TRANSFORMING LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT Join the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP & Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue for a virtual Community Update Sun, 9/20/20, 2-3:30 pm to hear an overview of the NAACP Transformation Agenda & an update on local efforts to respond. Q&A sessions will follow each section of the NAACP agenda presentation. Event free. More info about event & register here. Submitted by Joy Blevins

  • ART IN THE SANCTUARY The art team is pleased to announce that new art has been hung on the wall in the sanctuary that's visible during virtual services. The paintings are by James Keul. Thanks to Bonnie Gilliom for arranging this exhibit. And thanks to Thom for making a video of the paintings which is now viewable on the "Art in the Sanctuary" page of the church website here.
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