JANUARY 2019
SUNDAY SERVICES & HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
9:15am & 11:00am   

January 6

Finding Your Ministry
Rev. Thom Belote
As we begin 2019 perhaps you are wondering about finding your ministry, finding your place of service, of blessing, of making a difference. Or, perhaps you are interested in re-examining your own life through this lens. Join us for a service about vocation in which Thom and others share their reflections.

January 13
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?

January 20
Celebrating the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Rev. Thom Belote, leading worship
Join us for a multigenerational service as we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King. Our service will reflect on his life and how we might continue the legacy of the Civil Rights movement today.

January 27
Surrender
Rev. Thom Belote
The world "Islam" means surrender. Commonly thought of as surrender to the will of God, a humanist re-imagining of the word might include both an awareness of our own finitude as well as the radical acceptance of reality. Come learn about the lessons surrender has to teach.
 
COMMUNITY CHURCH CONCERTS PRESENTS ROBIN AND LINDA WILLIAMS
Community Church Concerts  
proudly presents  
Robin and Linda Williams  
in concert Saturday, January 12, 2019,  
8 p.m. in the Sanctuary with fabulous desserts at intermission. "For more than three decades now, Robin & Linda Williams have made it their mission to perform the music that they love, "a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country that combines wryly observant lyrics with a wide-ranging melodicism." Tickets $20 Advance; $25 at door; Purchase HERE or after Sunday services Jan. 6 in Jones Building. The concert series is a church fund-raising and community-building endeavor. 
Questions/To volunteer, CLICK HERE
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING JANUARY 13
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR for this important Congregational Meeting, at 12:30 pm, in the Sanctuary. This meeting represents a pivotal move forward towards constructing our exciting new space, as described in the Building on Our Legacy webpage. The agenda includes voting to authorize church borrowing to cover construction costs before all capital fund revenues come in. The church needs this authorization before we can execute the construction contract. There's an explanation of this necessary "bridge loan" in the Board's "Minding the Gap" report issued December 11. That report also explains the Board's proposed strategy for closing the currently projected $200K gap between forecasted total capital funds available and estimated construction costs. Discussion and copies are available at the Building on Our Legacy table, in the alcove between kitchen and stage, after Sunday services on January 6. Please let us know your questions or comments! 
UPCOMING EVENTS
2019 COMMUNITY CHURCH DAY OF SERVICE 
 
During this Season of Joy, we hope you will consider how you may serve the greater community during our upcoming Community Church Day of Service on Saturday, March 2, 2019. The Community Church of Chapel Hill is going to expand our reach on this day to the community outside our walls by expressing our church's mission: Inspired by the wisdom of diverse religious traditions and our own history of ethical engagement, we strive to nurture spiritual growth, support and care for each other, and effect change through our love for the world.

The Community Day of Service will also help us kick off our annual Pledge Drive in a new way for 2019. Each committee, ministry, or team is invited to organize a community service project to express our church's collective love and concern for the greater community. Please save this date on your calendar for a great day of giving and service.
For more information, contact co-chairs Mary Beth Powell or Bill Rote.

MEGA-RECYCLE EVENT - JAN 6
ECO is pleased to sponsor this special collection of items not easily recycled locally, most Styrofoam, for example. While reduce and reuse are the first two principles, recycle is important to recover raw materials and send less to landfills. If items are still usable, please consider donating them! Suggestions for unusual items are on ECO's website. If items are not reusable, please check Mega-Recycle on ECO's webpage in advance for what is and isn't acceptable for this event. And, please, contact us with questions. Unacceptable items need to return home with you. Bring items to the church office on Sunday morning, Jan. 6, for pickup Monday. What a good way to start the new year environmentally. We look forward to your efforts this time (terrific in 2015) and hope the event helps you both declutter and feel good about it. Thanks in advance!

WITHIN THESE WALLS
ART IN THE SANCTUARY
Bronwyn Merritt will be presenting paintings from her Twenty-One Goddesses Collection in the Sanctuary from January 5th through February 23rd. This is what she has to say about this collection: 'A favorite subject of mine is portraying images of women and animals and their magical connections. These women are willing to share their gifts and to receive wisdom. Their hands are outstretched and open signifying their desire to give of themselves, and their intention to accept help from others. The inspiration for this series are strong, generous, and capable women, whom I have portrayed as Goddesses'. There will be a reception for the Artist on Sunday, January 20th in the Commons from 2:30-4:30 pm. Refreshments will be provided.
CHILDREN'S & YOUTH MINISTRY
THANK YOU, GRACIAS, MERCI, TAKK, ARIGATO TO...

  • Peter Battis for his wonderful performance of Dickens Tells a Christmas Carol which raised over $400 for Shelter Neck Recovery.
 
  • Scott Provan for his wonderful performance of the Grinch and DeeDee Lavinder for cooking the Grinch Dinner.

How do I find out more about the Children's and Youth Ministry Program? 
 
There is lots of information on the church website with details, dates and how to register. You can also get on the mailing list for the weekly emails which tell you what is happening on the upcoming Sunday and what fun events are coming.  
To get on the mailing list, contact Marion Hirsch: hirsch.marion@gmail.com. 
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. 
 
SPECIAL BUDDY BREAKFAST Get to know a child in our church! Be a Special bUUddy! The annual Special bUUddy Breakfast is coming up! The Breakfast is a great way for adults in the church to get to know a child in the church and make a new friend.

The Special bUUddy Breakfast is a Valentine tradition at the Community Church in which a child and an adult get to know each other. First, adults receive the name of a child in January. They contact the parents of the child first, and then they call and correspond with their new young friend for several weeks in a structured and easy way. Then they meet that child for a festive group breakfast at church for conversation and games.

The Breakfast is Sun, Feb 10th at 10:15 am, between the services in the Community Building. The deadline for adults to sign up for the Special bUUddy Program is Sun Jan 20. If you have a child aged 5-11 (K-5th grade) who would like to participate in the Breakfast, the deadline for children signing up is 1/13/19. You also can sign up by contacting Marion Hirsch.


JUSTICE & SERVICE
ECO'S ENVIRONMENTAL CORNER
 
First Sunday Recyclables Jan.6 (at the ECO table): Holiday lights (working or not), children's books. As always, batteries, corks, tiny bits of metal (paper clips, nails, screws, etc.).

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 about Clean Path 2025 right here in NC.

Mega-Recycling Event. After church on Sunday, January 6, the ECO Committee will collect many types of hard-to-recycle items, including most types of Styrofoam (except peanuts), electronics, small appliances, and more. Email eco@c3huu.org with questions, or CLICK HERE.  


SHARE THE PLATE
JANUARY 20: REFUGEE SUPPORT CENTER (RSC)  
 Since 2012, RSC has helped refugees transition to full and productive lives in    our community. Annually, it serves 900 refugees, primarily from Burma, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Syria. During their first months, refugees receive support from resettlement agencies affiliated with the Department of State; this support typically ends after 90 days. RSC addresses these refugees' continuing challenges as they work to become self-sufficient. Areas of assistance include housing, employment, transportation, health care/social service access, pro bono legal representation, English instruction and financial literacy. STP funds will support RSC's Pathway to Citizenship program. Because all refugees are legal and have proper documentation, they can pursue green cards and later naturalization. Donations will help cover supplies and materials for related classes, interpretation services and costs associated with completing and submitting green card and citizenship applications.
JANUARY 27: HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
As part of a Habitat for Humanity project, our church has the opportunity to build a 24-townhouse complex for low-income senior citizens in Hillsborough. The Jan. 27 STP collection will provide funds for our share. Our church has a strong history of partnering with Habitat for Humanity and other churches to provide homes for community families, who are cost-burdened and may live in substandard or overcrowded housing. Church partners pay half the construction costs; Habitat the other half. Families repay the Habitat share in mortgage payments. Church members help the family with construction. Your donation in the Jan. 27 Share the Plate will help continue our Habitat mission. (Not here Jan. 27? Please send your contribution to the church office, with checks payable to The Community Church of Chapel Hill UU. Put "Habitat" in the memo line.) Thank you.

LEARNING & FELLOWSHIP
SPIRITUAL EXPLORATION FOR ADULTS (SEA)
SEA is offering a range of courses for winter/spring 2019. These include the Spiritual Retreat led by Karen Jessee "Interbeing:The Poetic Spirituality of Creation" (postponed due to Florence), 10 AM-4 PM Sat. 1/19; "Spirituality What, Why and How; Growing in Awareness, Receptivity and Responsiveness to Life" led by Karen Jessee 7-9 PM Thu. 1/24-2/7; "Finding Meaning and Spirit in Aging" led by Rev. Thom at Carol Woods Wed. 1-3 PM 2/13-3/6; "Art and Theology" led by Rev. Thom 7-9 PM Thu. 3/7-4/3. "Preaching Practicum" led by Rev. Thom 7-9 PM Thu. 4/11-5/9; Tai Chi led by Joe Swain continues as drop-in and includes beginners: 7-8 PM starting Wed. 1/9. Register for Preaching Practicum by contacting Rev. Thom. To register for other courses find the SEA table during Sunday                                                                                                Coffee Hour or sign up HERE.  
OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG ADULTS

 

 

Covenant Group -- The 20s and 30s Covenant Group meets monthly on the 3rd Tuesday from 7-8:30 for fellowship and spiritual deepening. It's a drop-in group. Sign up link.

 

20s and 30s Facebook group--Contact Marion Hirsch at hirsch.marion@gmail.com for more information. 

 

UNC UU Campus Fellowship meets Wednesdays in the Student Union in 3509 from 5-6 PM. To get on the mailing list contact Marion Hirsch at hirsch.marion@gmail.com 

COMMUNITY CLICKERS
What a productive year we have had! As a group, we made 9 baby hats for Little Hats, Big Hearts last February (and are making more for 2019), evil eye gloves for the C3HUU youth who participated in March for Our Lives, 32 shawls for UNC Hospice Home in Pittsboro, one shawl and a throw for C3HUU's Fall Auction, and 16 scarves and 7 bears for Homestart in Chapel Hill. Check out the pictures of what we accomplished in 2018! We have committed to delivering 30 shawls to UNC Hospice Home again this year, so please keep making those 7" x 9" blocks (with 18" yarn tails) of #4 worsted weight, washable acrylic yarn. You can drop them off in the Clickers box in the Commons Area or at our table after services on Sunday, January 20th. Next meeting: Monday, January 21st, 7-9 pm in the Straley room. Questions?  
SANCTUARY FOR DIALOGUE
SANCTUARY FOR DIALOGUE On Dec. 1st, seven church members representing Sanctuary for Dialogue provided an invited session as part of the Leading Political Dialogue (LPD) Forum at Duke University. Our session was attended by approximately 40 students, mostly undergraduates, from four Triangle area universities: Duke, UNC, NCSU, and NC Central. We described Better Angels, the national organization that developed our workshops, including a sample of exercises from the Skills Workshops we taught at church just before Thanksgiving. The students were very engaged, and most gave us high marks on their feedback forms. LPD has already invited us back for next year! You're invited to attend our meetings (12:30 on second Sundays in the Straley) or visit our webpage and learn more about what we do.
WOMENCIRCLE
WOMENCIRCLE POTLUCK AND GAMES NIGHT Tuesday, January 8 at 6:00 p.m. It's a great way to kick off the 2019 WomenCircle calendar by getting all 3CHUU women together. Time to renew acquaintances and meet new friends. Bring a dish to share and whatever you would like to drink. If you have a favorite game, plan to bring it or simply enjoy other people's favorite games. RSVP HERE or call 919-259-1628.

CHURCH CANCER GROUP -- IS IT TIME?
 
Many church members deal with cancer. Perhaps it's time to explore the possibility of a cancer group at the church. If you have received a cancer diagnosis, in the past or recently, you are invited to be part of an initial meeting in the Straley Room on Saturday, January 26, 2019, 2 pm - 4 pm. This meeting will help gauge interest. Participants will determine what the group and the meetings might look like. Danny Gotham, Allen Spalt and Cecilia Warshaw will lead this exploratory meeting. Potential topics include purpose, confidentiality, and possibly incorporating family and supporters.Rev. Thom is pleased that there may be a cancer group at church. He has offered his support in whatever way is needed. If you are interested in a cancer group but unable to attend the meeting on January 26, please email Cecilia.
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If you would like to learn more about joining The Community Church of Chapel Hill, please contact our Membership Director, Rachel Rose, by calling the office:
(919) 942-2050, emailing c3hmembership@gmail.com,
or find her at one of our Sunday services. Whether you are brand new or a longtime attendee, and whatever your beliefs or background,  
we welcome you to our community of friendship and ideals.