Notes of the Advocate

February 10, 2024

Weekly Recurring Events

Sunday Worship Schedule, February 11, 2024

8:30 am Traditional Service (Indoors, Masks Required)

9:30 am Christian Formation

10:30 am Holy Eucharist in the chapel and on Zoom (masks optional)

11:30 am Light Food and Conversation

(Full links below.)

Spring Christian Formation

  • Godly Play for our youngest Advocates will be held in the Advocate House (room is down the hallway and the last door on the left). Led by Sarah Bentley Allred.
  • Weaving God’s Promises (lessons based on lectionary texts) for tweens and teens will be held by the Wellhouse.
  • Lenten Adult Formation will be held in the Advocate House. Led by Grace Hackney, this will be a conversation on wilderness, beauty, art, creation, and the cross.
  • For Sunday, February 18, please read through this excerpt from "The Creative Act" for our discussion.
  • On February 25 special guest Donn Young will be talking about his work as a photographer. 

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)

Fast-Approaching Events

Annual Celebration of Blessed Absalom Jones

Saturday, February 10, 10 a.m., at Historic St. Augustine's Chapel at Saint Augustine's University, Raleigh

The preacher this year will be the Rev. Ronald Byrd, missioner for African descent ministries for The Episcopal Church. At the luncheon, we will unveil the "Telling Our Stories" video.

Folks of the Advocate are gathering at the Advocate house at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 10 to watch the above Fireside Chat! (Those who are interested are welcome to go out to lunch afterwards!)


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

February 13|5:30 pm

Come one and all to the second annual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper at The Advocate. We will have pancakes, bacon, apples, and a king cake from New Orleans!

Shrove Tuesday (also referred to as Mardi Gras [Fat Tuesday]) is always the day before Lent begins. Originally it began as a way to use up any flour, milk, or eggs before the fasting season of Lent.

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent, is February 14. On this day, we remember our endings and our beginnings and mark them by placing ashes on our foreheads. This is the beginning of a penitent season. We will have two services on this day: 12pm and 7pm.

Peace Hill at Avila is proud to offer two opportunities for hearing the accomplished author and poet, Cole Arthur Riley on Friday, February 16. At the afternoon session, Cole will address an audience from 2-3:30pm at Miller Morgan Auditorium on North Carolina Central University campus. At the evening event, participants will gather at Mt Level Missionary Baptist Church in Durham from 7-8:30pm. Cole will be signing books after the event. Local bookstore, Rofhiwa Books, will be on site with Cole Arthur Riley’s latest book, Black Liturgies. To ensure you get a copy, use their link here to make your purchase now, and pick it up at the event. Be sure to indicate whether or not you will be picking up the book at Mt. Level. There is no fee for attendance but registration is recommended.

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Taizé Evening Prayer

Next Date: Friday, February 16

7:00 pm | United Church of Chapel Hill

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Contemplative Prayer Virtual Retreat

February 16-18, 2024

Book: Behold the Beauty of the Lord: Praying with Icons, by Henri J.M. Nouwen

Cost: No charge.

Advocacy and Ministry

Calling all Microwaves!


Actually, I’m just looking for one for a client whose microwave has died. If you have a microwave that you don’t want/need anymore, I’d be very happy to take it off your hands. Please feel free to email me at, or call or text at 984.999.0879. 

Food Distribution at Rogers Road

Community Center

February 17th is the next food distribution day at Rogers Road! Volunteers are welcome 8:00 am to 12:00 pm to help distribute the food that they have been collecting.

Food items collected in the bell tower of the chapel are taken to IFC on the Thursday prior to 1st, 2nd, and 4th Saturdays of the month.  Food items are taken to the Rogers Road Community Center prior to 3rd Saturdays of the month.

The Inter Faith Council for Social Services publishes current needs for the Community

Market (food pantry) on their website.

Rogers Road suggests shelf-stable food staples such as peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti sauce and noodles, breakfast cereal, UHT milk etc.

Read, Pray, Act

Continuing on February 21st (please note the date change!) at 7pm in the Advocate House we will have our next meeting of Read, Pray, Act. This is a bi-monthly gathering of a book that draws our attention to social and ethical issues. We will read the books independently and then come together for a discussion. From that discussion the hope is to have ways in which we can act on our new learnings. Our next book is We Carry the Fire: Family and Citizenship as Spiritual Calling by Richard Hoehn.

Upcoming reads:

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The Trees is a 50-acre wooded property with a beautiful mid-century modern home nestled amidst the rolling hills just outside Durham, NC. Given to St. Philip’s Episcopal Church as a gift, this sacred home and land are open for community gathering, individual contemplation and rest.

Upcoming FREE Events:

  • Feb. 16: Prayers and Poetry
  • Mar. 5: Quiet Day

Beginning Sunday, Feb. 18, at 4:45 p.m

The Beloved Community at The Trees is a new Episcopal faith community focused on exploring what a life of faith “outside of a church” may look like. Led by the Rev. Phillip Bass, a priest and licensed clinical and mental health counselor, this new church plant strives to offer community to those who’ve experienced religious trauma, including our queer and racial minority siblings, those who have “deconstructed Christianity,” and anyone wanting to know more about living a life of authentic faith in community but outside a traditional church setting. 

All are welcome! The Beloved Community will meet Friday evenings at 4:45 p.m. Worship with Eucharist will be followed by a simple meal of soup and bread. For more information, visit the link below, or drop in on one of the upcoming “Coffee with Community” meetings – each Thursday in February from 9-11 a.m. at Starbucks (3801 Guess Road). Please be in prayer for this new community and all who seek healing.

Learn More Here!

Justice United Assembly

February 29| 7:00 pm

United Church of Chapel Hill

  • Plan for a strong turnout from our congregation for our Voting.
  • Get a preview of the top concerns and stories and hopes emerging from our Listening Sessions.
  • Decide collectively on our new grassroots agenda for change.

EfM Mentor Training

February 29 - March 2, 2024 | St. Francis Springs Prayer Center, Stoneville

The Diocese of North Carolina is offering an in-person training for EfM mentors February 29 - March 2, 2024. Two options are available, depending on registration selections.

EfM is Education for Ministry, a "small-group formation program based on study and practice in theological reflection." This enriching curriculum of study and reflection is lead by mentors across the diocese.

To learn more about the mentor training or for more information about EfM, contact Marcia Moore, diocesan EfM coordinator.

Register Here

Moral March

March 2|10:00 am

Advocates are invited to gather for the upcoming Moral March on March 2 at 10am in Raleigh. If you are interested in attending and would like to march with The Advocate, please let Marion know. )

Introduction to Dismantling Racism

The 2024 dates and registration links are now available for "Introduction to Dismantling Racism: Reclaiming Our Baptismal Promise." Dismantling Racism is an interactive workshop offered via Zoom. It is designed to deepen spiritual commitment to dismantling racism as participants in the Jesus Movement. Through presentations, prayer, story sharing, videos and small group discussion, participants explore how the sin of racism impacts all lives.

2024 training dates:

  • January 26, 5-8 p.m., and January 27, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Register.
  • March 22, 5-8 p.m., and March 23, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Register.
  • June 21, 5-8 p.m., and June 22, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Register.
  • July 26, 5-8 p.m., and July 27, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Register.
  • September 27, 5-8 p.m., and September 28, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Register.

Confirmation with Bishop Jennifer

On March 24, Bishop Jennifer will be at the Advocate for the annual bishop’s visit. While she is here, she will be confirming folks. If you have been thinking about confirmation (a mature public witness of faith with the laying on of hands by a bishop) or want to know more about what confirmation in the Episcopal Church is all about, please be in touch with Marion:

Social Events

The Readers' Roundtable will meet on the third Wednesday of January, April, May, and June for our book discussions according to the following schedule.

(Because of Lent and Easter the Readers' Roundtable will not meet again until the third Wednesday in April.)

   April 17      Tom Lake, by Ann Patchett

              Discussion leader, Lisa Gargarosa

   May 15      The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride

              Discussion leader, Julee Herbert

   June 19      The Night Watchman, by Louise Erdrich

              Discussion leader, Sallie Moore

Would you like an Advocate 20th Anniversary T-Shirt, now with correct spelling? You can NOW get one or both designs in a variety of colors and shirt types!

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Continuing on Sunday, March 3, 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.

Contemplative Prayer Retreat Schedule

Virtual Retreat

February 16-18, 2024

Book: Behold the Beauty of the Lord: Praying with Icons, by Henri J.M. Nouwen

Registration will open mid January.

Cost: No charge.

Virtual Retreat

May 17-19, 2024

Book: Desert Fathers and Mothers: Early Christian Wisdom Sayings, by Christine Valters Painter

Registration will open mid April.

Cost: No charge.

In-person Quiet Retreat at Trinity Center, Pine Knoll Shores, NC

August 2-4, 2024

Book: The Great Unknown: Last Poems, by Denise Levertov

This retreat is for anyone who needs some quiet time at the end of the summer. You are invited to gather with us throughout the weekend for prayer (the Celtic Office and contemplative prayer) and for discussing the book, but all that's optional. You're welcome to make the time what you need it to be.


The registration fee is non-refundable. The remainder of the retreat cost will be due at the time of the retreat.

Cost: The cost for this retreat is $290 per person for a single room and $250 per person for a double. Please indicate whether you want a single or a double room on the registration form. We have 10 rooms total.


Last Sunday After The Epiphany

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Worship at The Advocate

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent, is February 14. On this day, we remember our endings and our beginnings and mark them by placing ashes on our foreheads. This is the beginning of a penitent season. We will have two services on this day: 12pm and 7pm.

Sunday Worship Schedule, February 11, 2024

8:30 am Traditional Service (Indoors, Masks Required)

9:30 am Christian Formation

10:30 am Holy Eucharist in the chapel and on Zoom (masks optional)

11:30 am Light Food and Conversation

A Note on the Liturgy

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

Epiphany Liturgy Guide
February 11 Music & Psalm Guide


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