Weekly Announcements 3/20 - 3/26/20
Virtual Service this Sunday:
Sunday morning, beginning at 8:30AM
to join us in worship.
March 22
Rev. Thom Belote, preaching

In my mini-homily during the multigenerational worship service on February 9, I alluded to the new book by my friend and mentor John Buehrens, former President of the Unitarian Universalist Association. John's book is called Conflagration: How the Transcendentalists Sparked the American Struggle for Racial, Gender, and Social Justice. As we look to how many of our deepest values were formed in the past, we will consider how to courageously live those values in the present.
Within These Walls
Thanks to everyone who made the Community Day of Service on March 7 a success!
Our volunteers participated in 18 service projects in the wider community and celebrated the day with St. Patrick's Day-themed refreshments, decorations, and music from Eileen Regan & Tim Smith and the UUkes! The Community Day of Service was the kickoff to our Annual Pledge Drive. We encourage everyone in our congregation to make a generous pledge of financial support for the coming fiscal year. Click here to make your pledge online , find out more about the Annual Pledge Drive, and see MORE NEW pictures from the Community Day of Service. Thanks to everyone who has already pledged!
Thanks for your generous support of our Beloved Community!
Please note: All events are tentative, and the schedule is subject to change.

  • SHARE THE PLATE - for TABLE This week's Share the Plate is for TABLE, the local organization which provides school meals for over 700 kids in our area. Checks can be sent to church. Or you can send donated food items from their Wishlist at Amazon or Target to 209 E. Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27510 or you can bring non-perishiable food to the dropbox behind their building or to WCHL at University Place. They won’t let the children go hungry!

  • WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN CHILDREN AND YOUTH MINISTRY? In March children (ages 3-13) in Religious Education are studying WISDOM. This week, children are learning about the wisdom of stories from the virtual Religious Education video. We are also trying out children’s circle meetings by Zoom where we can share joys and sorrows. Middle School and High School youth groups will also gather through Zoom on Sunday afternoon and evening. The show must go on for the now Virtual Children’s Talent Show, which will still be on Saturday, at 4pm, over Zoom. For more information about our Religious Education Program, please contact Marion Hirsch or Kat Good.

  • HOLLY NEAR CONCERT CANCELLED Holly has canceled her entire East Coast tour. If you would like to donate your purchase as a contribution to the musicians and Community Church and Get Out the Vote efforts, do not do anything. If you ordered through Brown Paper Tickets and prefer a full refund, please contact Brown Paper Tickets by March 26. Include your confirmation number. For tickets purchased at coffee hour, email Ginger Long who will request a refund from the church.

  • HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Our church works with Habitat for Humanity/Orange County and other churches to build homes for area families in need of safe, affordable housing. We contribute funds and work on construction with homeowners, who share costs. The Share the Plate collection scheduled for March 29 will continue this 25-year church mission. Information will be announced about how this will be arranged. For more info, email Kathy Farinola.

  • PREACHING PRACTICUM--LED BY REV. THOM  Thursdays 7-9 PM 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30. Have you ever wanted to write and deliver a sermon? Join Rev. Thom for this intensive sermon writing course and then deliver your sermon during a summer service at church! This course is limited to 4-6 participants and attendance at every session is required. All races, genders, sexual orientations, ages, and theologies are encouraged to apply. The class is a transformational experience. Contact Rev. Thom if you are interested in participating in the course.

  • HELP FEED THE HUNGRY IN OUR COMMUNITY 4/3 & 4/21 During a crisis, the poor and vulnerable are the hardest hit. Hunger is not reduced because of a pandemic - if anything, matters are made much worse . As per Gov. Cooper's mandate, all meals are prepared "to go", and "social distancing" is accommodated in the process. Please CLICK HERE to sign up to help and make an immediate impact in our community. Sign up once, or once a month - many hands make light work!

  • RARE WOMEN – DAY OF SERVICE PROJECT Many thanks to all who helped make our first Day of Service project a grand success! We collected 340 individual servings of “milk,” i.e. BOOST, ENSURE, etc., of which 136 were given to Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels (CHCMOW) and 204 were given to Durham Meals on Wheels. Church bakers contributed enough cookies, bars, and muffins to provide 333 regular servings and 38 sugar-free ones for CHCMOW. We decorated 231 regular bags before stuffing them!
The Community Church in Action
   2020 Southern Area UU Choral Festival

March 1, 2020:   As part of The 2020 Southern Area UU Choral Festival,
over 150 singers from 13 congregations from North Carolina and Virginia performed  "The Immigrant Experience"  by John Kramer. T he "Share the Plate" on the day of the services raised $3,071.23 for “ El Vinculo Hispano .
Please share the warmth of community or the fire of commitment of your Community Church group in action! Email your photo to  Rachel Rose in the church office  and  COMPLETE THIS FORM . Photos will be featured on the church website homepage and/or the Weekly Announcements and Monthly Newsletter when possible and in the order received. Thanks for helping us live our mission!

  • 121 (!) PEOPLE HAVE OPTED IN FOR TEXT ALERTS IN CASE OF CHURCH DELAYS AND/OR CLOSURES Would you like to receive a text in case of weather-related or other church closures and/or delays, too?  If so, please fill out this form: we need to have your current cell phone number and carrier. Please note: these texts cannot receive replies.
Ongoing Events
  • ART IN THE SANCTUARY Grace Li Wang's art exhibit "Radiance in Nature" includes expressionistic and impressionistic works in oil acrylic, pastel, and mixed media. It will be shown from March 7 through April 26 in the sanctuary. Click here for the artist's website.

  • FRIENDLY REMINDER: COMMONS ETIQUETTE We are so fortunate to have so much going on in our church! However, please remember that the Commons is a place where folks who cannot join in Service (Those who need a comfy place to breastfeed! One with a persistent cough! Someone who needs a place to weep!) can still hear the Service. Please, keep quiet in the Commons during Services. Outside of Service times, it's a wonderful meeting space - please be aware that meetings may be in progress and use other doors, whenever possible. Thank you!

  • LOST & FOUND The Lost & Found is in the Admin Lobby. Where's the Admin Lobby? The doors farthest to the right on the face of our church buildings - it's also accessible through the Community Room (where Coffee Hours take place). Please look for lost things - that's where forlorn potluck dishes go, abandoned raincoats and neglected coffee mugs, as well. These bins are emptied seasonally, so give them gander and see if your "lost" has been "found"!

  • REMINDER ABOUT WEEKDAY PARKING Thanks for participating in the life of our church! We love to see you here. If you come to church during the week, there are some guidelines. Please do not park in the big lot; the church rents those spaces M-F, 6am to 7pm. The income from these rentals is a significant part of our operating budget, and we want to treat these renters equitably. You are welcome to park in the lot near the office, or in the "pine lot" at the top of the driveway, or in the small lot in the back (with its own driveway). Questions? Please contact Rachel Rose.

  • Help make Sunday mornings happen - Become a Greeter! Our church is busier than ever, and we need folks to help welcome people in to our church on Sunday morning and we have many Greeter spaces open over the next few weeks! Please take a moment to sign up to be a Greeter, and help new people see what our community is really like. Please join us when you can for this simple, but important work. Thanks so much - your help is appreciated!

  • 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.
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