Weekly Announcements 4/3- 4/9/20

April 5
“Reconstituting the World”
Rev. Thom Belote, preaching

The great poet Adrienne Rich writes, in reading #463 in our hymnal,  “My heart is moved by all I cannot save: So much has been destroyed. I have to cast my lot with those who, age after age, perversely, with no extraordinary power, reconstitute the world.”  Join us Sunday for a service about grieving and the world that may emerge from within our grief space.

Rev. Thom will be naming Joys & Sorrows during the service. If you have a joy or sorrow you would like Thom to share, please email or text him (919)259-2009 with your joy or sorrow by 11:59PM on Saturday, 4/4.

Join us following the service at 11AM for a Virtual Coffee Hour, hosted by Rachel Rose and Rev. Thom. Rev. Thom will offer a few words, and then we will be divided into break-out groups for friendly conversation and checking in.  Here is a tutorial on how to join a Zoom meeting . You do not need to create an account, but you will want to  download either the Zoom desktop or phone app  prior to the meeting.  Here is the link to join the Virtual Coffee Hour.

  • 8:30AM Children's Worship 

  • 9 & 9:30AM Preschool & Elementary Group 

  • 10AM Virtual Worship service

  • 11AM Community Coffee Hour (see above for how to participate!)

  • 3PM Middle School Youth Group 

  • 7PM High School Youth Group 

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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.
SCAM ALERT: It appears that several members of the church received email from an email address imitating Rev. Thom's. These messages were asking people to purchase gift cards for me to give to people in the hospital. These messages are a scam. If you receive them, please report them and then just delete them. If you have any concerns, please  contact Rev. Thom directly. Please know that Rev. Thom will never send out email solicitations asking people to purchase gift cards.

  • WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN CHILDREN AND YOUTH MINISTRY?In April children (ages 3-13) in Religious Education are studying LIBERATION. This week, children are learning about liberation and Passover from the virtual Religious Education video. We are also meeting in circles via Zoom where we can share joys and sorrows. Middle School and High School youth groups will gather virtually on Sunday afternoon and evening. On Saturday, families will meet virtually and review March bingo. For more information about our Religious Education Program, please contact Marion Hirsch or Kat Good.

  • PARENTS, PLEASE JOIN "FAMILIES OF THE COMMUNITY CHURCH" FACEBOOK GROUP We’ve started a closed/private Facebook group just for Families of The Community Church. We hope that you will consider joining us there, even if you aren’t a regular facebook user. We are hopeful that the Families of The Community Church facebook group will be a space where we can connect and share. This group is only for parents of children and youth currently in our congregation. CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE GROUP.

  • DO YOUR PART FOR SHARE THE PLATE ONLINE! The needs of our Share the Plate organizations do not change even during such an unprecedented time. In fact, many of them increase especially those who serve children and families. YOU CAN STILL DONATE!! CLICK HERE to contribute! Scroll to the bottom of the page below the virtual "basket"; choose Share the Plate as the recipient and put in your info. THANK YOU for your generosity!! Let's show our community that we CARE!

  • HELP FEED THE HUNGRY IN OUR COMMUNITY 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!

  • WRITE HERE WRITE NOW (WHWN) will participate in the April letter writing by email. A bi-partisan bill H.R.5544 will reduce harmful greenhouse gases and address the climate crisis while creating new jobs. If you would like to write letters to your Congressman in the next two weeks, please email Brenda Rogers or call 919-968-0833 for the handout and sample letter. Letters should be emailed to Brenda by Sunday, April 12. Your letters will be delivered, when conditions are safe, by the UUSJ Advocacy Corps in Washington, D.C.

  • NONFICTION BOOK DISCUSSION FOR APRIL The book discussion scheduled for Saturday, April 18, at 10:30 has been moved to a Zoom teleconference. The book is White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, by Robin DiAngelo. Jan Parker will be leading 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, or to receive Zoom meeting information.
The Community Church in Action
   Community Day of Service 2020
3/7/2020: Rare Women 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!

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!

  • 124 (!) 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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