Notes of the Advocate

June 19, 2022

Bishops of the Diocese of North Carolina respond to Shooting in Alabama

Beloved in Christ,

“We lift up our hearts to the Lord.” Broken hearts. Heavy hearts. Hearts aching, yet again, after another eruption of gun violence, this time at one of our own houses of worship, a place of safety and sanctuary shattered by the shots fired at a community supper. Two more lives have been lost and another person injured. It is particularly painful that we write this on the seventh anniversary of the shooting at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where nine people were martyred at a Bible study on June 17, 2015.

Anytime violence happens anywhere, at a church or other house of worship, a school, a grocery store, a concert, we feel the pain, the horror and the outrage in a deep and personal way. We stand in compassion and shared grief with the people of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, even as we continue to be grieved by an almost daily drumbeat of gun violence that is unfolding with increasing frequency, an alarming and consistent threat to personal and public safety.

Our fixation, some would call it an obsession, with violence, and with firearms in particular, is antithetical to the people we are called to be....(click here to read the rest of the statement from Bishop Sam and Bishop Anne) 

Worship at The Advocate

Worship Notes

Sunday, June 19 

Tomorrow services at The Advocate will be at 8:30 in the chapel, 10:30 in the chapel and on zoom, and 12:30 outside by the pond.

Summer Sunday Potluck

Each Sunday after the 10:30 am service, outside

Theme is salad: bring a topping for a great green salad (greens will be provided)

Godly Play

for tomorrow, June 19th, is cancelled due to travel

LINKS for worship

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

10:30 Hybrid Worship

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 438 568 2876

Passcode: Whitby

Ordinary Time Liturgy Guide:

June 19 Music & Psalm Guide:

Advocacy and Ministry

Godly Play

Do you love stories? Do you love God? Do you love children?

Have you thought of putting all of those loves together? Well, if so, we are looking for a few more storytellers in our children's ministry at The Advocate. If you are interested, please contact Elizabeth Brewington. Training will be provided on July 17th! 

Game Night!

Sunday, July 10 @ 6pm 

Let's gather for an evening of board games at the Advocate. Bring a board game and a snack to share and we will meet and have some time of relaxed fun and fellowship with each other. 

My favorite board game is Rummikub...what's yours?

Pee Wee Homes Volunteers needed!

  1. Weekly watering (with some minor weeding) of the new native shrubs and perennials at PWH at the Advocate - I'd estimate this to take about 20 minutes max.
  2. Sunday drop-bys at Pee Wee's to say hello and check on how he's doing
  3. Small fix-it jobs or minor cleaning around the homes at the Advocate (changing light bulbs, HVAC filters, cleaning cobwebs off the porch ceiling, etc.)
  4. Joining a standing committee:
  • Tenancy and Community Building - provides strategic planning and oversight for the aspects of programming that impacts residents directly, including maintenance and upkeep of homes, supportive services for residents and building meaningful relationships with all who are involved with the organization. Meets 2nd Friday monthly at 2pm with in person and Zoom options.
  • Resource Raising and Communications - provides strategic planning and oversight for fundraising, in kind donations, marketing, branding, and community outreach. Meets irregularly but generally once every 2-3 months
  • Governance and Finance - provides strategic planning and oversight for our board structure, bylaws, financial health, and other operations-related topics. Meets irregularly but generally once every 3 months
  • Construction and Site Development - provides support and oversight for the design, construction and site development of new homes as well as the sourcing of locations for those new homes. Meets on an ad hoc basis (usually once every 2-3 months, but more frequently when in design/permitting stages or if issues arise during construction)

Please be in touch with Erika Walker, Executive Director of the Pee Wee homes, if you would like more information or would like to volunteer.

Summer Camp at Rogers Road Community Center

How we can support!

June 27th through August 5th summer camp will be held at Rogers Road Community Center. Rogers Road needs help from the community in providing snacks.

How can we assist?

We can assist by bringing the following items to the church bell tower and placing them in a box marked "Rogers Road." They will be collected and taken by so that the children will have food during the summer. 

The following items are requested:

Peanut butter crackers

Chips - variety pack small bags of chips

Fruit cups

Granola Bars ("Chewy" chocolate chip  Quaker brand- they are small- 8 per package)

Water (small bottles)

Juice boxes

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Young

Green and Growing Club, Racial Equity Edition

June 13-August 1

This summer the diocesan children, youth and families department invites children and families to read and wonder with us through the Green and Growing Club, Racial Equity edition! Families who sign up will receive weekly postcards from the Diocese June13 - August 1. Each postcard will have a book suggestion, one or more Bible stories to check out, and some questions to consider. The books we have chosen are generally suitable for those in elementary school. Our hope is to give families resources and ideas to foster Christian formation at home, while encouraging conversation about ideas that are central to Becoming Beloved Community. If you are interested to preview our materials, please feel free to reach out to Amy Campbell, children's and family missioner.

Annual Pauli Murray Service

June 22, 7 p.m., at St. Titus', Durham, and via livestream

The annual service to commemorate the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray will be held in person and online this year. Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple will officiate, and the Reverend Winnie Varghese, rector of St. Luke’s, Atlanta, will preach. Ramon Holloway, St. Titus’ choir director and organist, is forming a choir from various churches within the Durham Convocation to perform during the service.

Anna Pauline "Pauli" Murray was an American civil rights activist who became a lawyer, gender equality advocate, Episcopal priest and author. Drawn to the ministry, in 1977 Murray became the first Black woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest.

The service will be livestreamed from the church and broadcast through St. Titus' Facebook page and the diocesan YouTube channel.

  • Register for the June and July Diocesan Dismantling Racism Courses 
  • June 24-25 (Friday 5-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.), via Zoom

  • A partnership among diocesan staff, the Racial Justice and Reconciliation Committee and notable consultants such as Dr. Catherine Meeks of the Absalom Jones Center in Atlanta, “Dismantling Racism: Reclaiming Our Baptismal Promise” is an interactive workshop 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. Learn more.

  • The cost to attend is $15.
  • June 24, 5-8 p.m., and June 25, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m, via Zoom. Register.
  • (Note: Even if you have previously registered for the June training, due to an error in our registration software, you need to register again using the new link.
  • July 29, 5-8 p.m., and July 30, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., via Zoom. Register.

Support in Ukraine

In addition to prayer for those who have been impacted by the war in Ukraine, you can donate to the Episcopal Relief and Development effort which supports and helps those who have been displaced by this crisis. You can find more information here on the Episcopal Church's ongoing work at home and abroad.


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)


Second Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 7

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving­-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Juneteenth

Holy and righteous God, you created us in your image. Grant us grace to contend fearlessly against evil and to make no peace with oppression. Help us, like those of generations before us who resisted the evil of slavery and human bondage in any form and any manner of oppression. Help us to use our freedoms to bring justice among people and nations everywhere, to the glory of your Holy name through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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