Notes of the Advocate

December 24, 2022

Looking for worship links? They have been moved to the bottom of the email!

Fast-Approaching Events


Services on Christmas Eve (today!) will be held at 4pm and 7pm.

Dec. 24 Liturgy and Music Guide
7pm Zoom Link

Christmas Schedule

December 24 - Christmas Eve

4pm Christmas Eve service in the chapel

7pm Christmas Eve service in the chapel and on Zoom

December 25 - Christmas Day*

10:30 am Holy Eucharist in the chapel and on Zoom

January 1 - Second Sunday in Christmas*

10:30 am Holy Eucharist in the chapel and on Zoom, Rev. Joe Sroka as preacher and presider.

*please note there is only one service on 12/25/22 and 1/1/23

Marion on Vacation

Marion will be on vacation beginning December 26 through January 7. For pastoral emergencies, please be in touch, however, either with Marion 704.593.6999 or Nathan Kirkpatrick ‭919.724.8871‬. Email will be sporadically checked during this time. 

On January 1, 2023, we will welcome the Rev. Joe Sroka as preacher and presider.

Advocacy and Ministry

The Cathedral Project

A multi-year project that Advocate John Wall has been working on was recently featured in The Disciple, the Diocese of North Carolina’s magazine. Check out the great article to see and read about John’s work.

Click Here to Read More

Critical Conversation

The Critical Conversation group will not meet 12/25 or 1/1 and will resume on 1/8 in the Advocate house at 9:30 am.

Food Distribution at Rogers Road Community Center

Food distribution will continue on January 21!

Come any time between 10 am and 3pm.

 All are welcome!

Sacred Ground

Registration is open for the Advocate's next Sacred Ground circle, which will start in January and end before Memorial Day. We'll meet on zoom, every other week on Monday evenings, with the first and last sessions in person at church. Together, we'll walk through the chapters of America's history of race and racism as we weave in the stories of our own family history and discern how to move ahead as God's people. Sacred Ground is Episcopal Church's film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. To register, email Day Smith Pritchartt. If you have questions, reach out to Day or to co-facilitator Kathleen Sullivan. Or speak to any of the familiar faces in this video, which features our first Sacred Ground circle. 

A link to the Sacred Ground video.

Advocate Tithe

Earlier in December a meeting for the Advocate Tithe was held. At this meeting members of the Advocate looked at this year’s applicants and were able to fulfill, and even exceed, the requested amount. This year, the Tithe went to the following organizations:

Club Nova


Carolina Abortion Fund


Episcopal Farmworker Ministry


InterFaith Council


Johnson Service Corp


Justice United


Occonneechi Band of the Saponi Nation


PeeWee Homes


Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association


Vicar's Discretionary Fund


For more information on the Advocate Tithe and to see how the tithe has been distributed in the past few years click here.

Annual Meeting Date

Our annual meeting date this year is January 29th. At this meeting, which will be held at 9:30 am in the chapel, we will hear reports on 2022 from the Treasurer, the Senior Warden, the Vicar, and also vote on the 2023 budget and new vestry members.

Social Events

Advo-Dinners: Every Thursday, 7:00-8:30 pm, at the Advocate House

Advo-Dinner will not be held on Thursday, December 29th and will resume on Thursday, January 5.

For the sake of the members of our community, we ask that all refrain from

bringing wine or other alcoholic beverages.

Soup Makers! We are looking to add a new element in our weekly Sunday salad potlucks….soup! Continuing Sunday, January 8, we will move to soup and salads and we need some help from you. See the signup here if you would like to show off your culinary skills and bring a pot of soup on Sunday mornings! The salad pot-luck will continue as per usual, we are just adding this new element.

Tuesday B-I-B-L-E

The 7pm Tuesday Bible study will continue to meet next week.

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 880 1850 5910

Passcode: 991404


Continuing on Sunday, January 1, a team of lay ministers will offer healing prayer once a month, during the communion time at the 10:30 service. Here at the Advocate we have a strong tradition of praying with and for each other and the world, and healing prayer has been part of the ministry of the Advocate in the past. Healing prayer is an extension of the Prayers of the People, and another way that we can offer our prayer and presence.

Prayer will be offered by a team of two lay ministers. If you would like the healing prayer team to pray with you, simply make your way to the Narthex (the bell tower) after receiving communion. And if you would like to be a part of the healing prayer team, contact Marion or Kerry Bullock-Ozkan.

Compline each evening at 8:30pm via zoom.

What is compline? Compline is the last set prayer service for the day. It is typically prayed before bed or when settling down for the evening. You can check out the liturgy here.

Contemplative prayer meets each Wednesday at 6pm with a group in person in the chapel (wearing masks and distanced) and on zoom. (Contact Marion to get the zoom link)


Christmas Day

O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Worship at The Advocate

Children’s formation

Both the Godly Play group and the Tweens/Teens of the Advocate group will not meet on December 25 and January 1. Both classes will resume on January 8th at 9:30. Godly play for ages 3-7 will meet in the Advocate house and TOTA will meet by the Wellhouse.

Critical Conversation

The Critical Conversation group will not meet 12/25 or 1/1 and will resume on 1/8 in the Advocate house at 9:30 am.

Sunday Worship Schedule, December 25, 2022

10:30 am Holy Eucharist in the chapel and on zoom (masks required)

LINKS for worship

These links are always available at (click in the red banner on the website)

10:30 Hybrid Worship

Meeting ID: 438 568 2876

Passcode: Whitby

Dec. 25 Liturgy Guide
Dec. 25 Music and Psalm Guide


Masking and other items

Please continue to wear a well-fitting mask (N95, KN95, double masked surgical masks) when inside the chapel and the Advocate house. Inside the chapel, the masks should only be removed (if you are comfortable doing so) if you are reading a lesson or prayers of the people, and briefly removed to receive communion. 

If you have COVID symptoms or have been exposed, please stay home that day and plan to return upon testing negative. 

While it is important that we gather as the Body of Christ in worship, prayer, and praise, it is also important to do so wisely and as safely as possible. 

And always, as a reminder, if you would like Eucharist brought to your home, please be in touch and it will be brought to you within the week.

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