Sunday, September 13, 2020

Multigenerational Water Service

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 Marion Hirsch. 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
  • 3PM - Middle School Youth Group 
  • 7PM - High School Youth Group

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Within These Walls

  • WHAT’S NEW THIS WEEK WITH OUR NEW BUILDING CONSTRUCTION? In the eleventh week following the (yay!) June 19 start date, preparation for laying the concrete slab is under way. 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.)

  • 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 kickoff our Fall program with a Multigenerational Water Service focused on renewal. We will continue our time of Family Fellowship on Sunday mornings where we share joys and sorrows. Middle School and High School youth groups will gather virtually on Sunday evening. On Saturday the Family Event is Art Show and Tell. For more information about our Religious Education Program, contact Marion Hirsch or Kat Good.

  • WRITE HERE! WRITE NOW! As UUs, we are called to act! Write personal letters to your Senators and urge them to pass the new COVID relief bill to include access to aid for immigrants. Also, urge strengthening oversight of DHS in funding the agency. Letters should be RECEIVED by Tuesday, September 15, emailed to Brenda Rogers here or mailed to Brenda Rogers, 19204 Stone Brook, Chapel Hill, NC 27517. More information here.

  • DON'T MISS THE GIFT OF WRITTEN MEMORIES WORKSHOP Recalling and writing our stories helps us reflect on their meaning, and helps our descendants understand our key experiences and values. Participants will write about themes such as career, family, and spiritual development. “The Gift of Written Memories” workshops will be Tuesday evenings, 9/15 to 11/17. Meetings will include lecture and small group sharing of writing. Sponsored by Spiritual Exploration for Adults (SEA). Sign up here; Registration is required. Learn more here. Please email Carolyn Holt here or email Jody Savage here with questions.

  • RARE WOMEN We are elder women, Rare Women, who meet via Zoom (staying “safer at home”) and discuss the gifts, myths, and challenges of growing older. All groups are open. Newcomers are welcome! On September 17th (10am-noon), Bonnie Gilliom’s group (here) will discuss Chapter 11 in Tell Me More (Kelly Corrigan). On that date (1:30-3:30 pm), Group C (here) (with a rotating facilitator) will begin discussing Mary Pipher’s book, Women Rowing North. Discussion questions for Pipher’s book are 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.

  • 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.

  • EXCITING FALL CLASES FOR ADULTS WITH SPIRITUAL EXPLORATION FOR ADULTS (SEA) We are excited to offer The Active Soul: Poetry as Survival (Learn to write the personal lyric) led by poet Cheryl Wilder on Saturdays 10-11:30 AM, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10.10/17. The classic Building Your Own Theology is coming in October and November.For more information and registration check out the SEA webpage here.

  • PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO SEND FAVORITE RECIPE(S) SOON! The clock is ticking, don’t wait for the last minute! The Community Church Cookbook wants your favorite recipe(s) to help make this a churchwide treasure. Proceeds will help close the Gap for the Building Project. The deadline for recipes is SEPTEMBER 30. More details here. Questions? Please email us here. The more who participate, the more we will all love this cookbook!

  • PROMOTE THE VOTE: KNOW IT AND SHOW IT Do you know voting deadlines? Voter Registration must be submitted by Oct 9th or at Early Voting locations Oct 15-30th. Help us share this and other critical information (here) with voters of color at risk of being purged from the voting records by joining our UU the Vote zoom phone banking sessions for the NC NAACP in September. Sign up here. If we have over 60 hours of calls made Marion will dye her hair the color of our choice! Questions? Contact Dana here.

  • 2020 FALL AUCTION Only 6 weeks left until the 2020 Fall Auction! Donations are coming in – check them out in the auction catalog (here) – but we need many, many more to have a successful fundraising event. One of the most important aspects of the auction is that it is also a community builder since it brings people together (safely). What can you offer? A treasure you made? A gift from your garden? Contact Don and Susan Blanchard with questions.
Postcard Writing Party 

On August 18, 2020, Nine volunteers came together to write postcards to voters in partnership with the NAACP and Reclaim the vote. Over 50 members wrote over 2,000 postcards in August!

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Habitat Build 2020 We are now building a home for Lay Da / Naw Gay who live with their 2-year old son and the mother's mother. They are eager to have a new home since the rent on their 2 bedroom apartment has increased dramatically. There will be a wall raising on September 12. For more info on this and other opportunities, contact Dave Morgan here to be added to the email list. AND please remember and contribute generously to the September 13 Share the Plate for Habitat of Orange County.

Our church’s Habitat for Humanity mission builds safe, affordable homes for local families who are cost-burdened and may live in substandard or overcrowded housing. The Sept. 13 STP collection will support a Habitat-built house in Hillsborough, partnering with our Building Hope partners (St. Thomas More, United Church, Trinity Lutheran, Chapel of the Cross). Please make your donation online or by checks payable to Community Church of Chapel Hill UU. (Put “Habitat” in the memo line.) Thank you. For more information, please contact Kathy Farinola here.
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.
  • 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.

  • INTERFAITH COUNCIL FOR SOCIAL SERVICE Requests for help at the IFC Food Pantry remain very high. Any standard non-perishable foods you can contribute will help. Mt. Carmel Baptist Church will accept from 9-11 any Saturday. Binkley Baptist Church will accept the first Monday of the month from 10-11. In Sept. that is changed to 9/14 because of Labor Day. Each place takes bags from the back of your car and delivers to the Pantry promptly.For questions, contact Sue Brewer here.
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