Notes of the Advocate

November 18, 2023

Weekly Recurring Events

Beginning Sunday, November 12th, the 8:30 am Sunday service will move inside the chapel for the winter. Once the weather warms in the spring we will move back to pond side. As a reminder, masks are required at this service and some will be in the bell tower for your use.

Sunday Worship Schedule, November 19, 2023

8:30 am Holy Eucharist in the chapel (masks required.)

9:30 am Christian Formation (See below.)

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

11:30 am light food and conversation.

(Full links below.)

Fall Christian Formation

Formation for all ages will be held at 9:30 am.

  • 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.
  • Adult formation will have 2 more programs this fall: Grateful - a 6 week film series inspired by Diana Butler-Bass’ book Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks, and a 5 week series, Embodying Advent.

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

Food Distribution at Rogers Road

Community Center

November 18th 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.

At the upcoming Diocesan Convention, we, The Church of the Advocate, will be officially welcomed in as a parish 20 years after becoming a mission! We are growing up! 

At the convention, we have the opportunity to process in, typically led by a banner (maybe a drum or two??), to be honored and celebrated by the entire diocese. 

It would be great if we could have a big turnout for this with folks wearing any “Advocate” gear they have. 

When: November 18 (Saturday) 10:30am

Where: Benton Convention Center, 301 W. 5th St., Winston Salem

What to wear: Advocate T-shirt or a red shirt

What to carry: noise makers! 

What we shall sing: “We are marching in the light of God”

We will process in and then gather on the stage for some brief remarks. After, the convention continues and you can head back (or grab lunch in W-S). 

If you are attending, if you would like to drive, or if you need a lift please fill out this simple form.

Johnson Service Corps benefit:

"Italy on a Plate"

Sunday, November 19

3:00 - 5:00 pm

Whitehall Antiques

1213 E. Franklin Street , Chapel Hill, NC

You are invited to meet Susan Gravely, VIETRI Founder and Author. Susan Gravely is a member of Chapel of the Cross and is presenting her latest book, Italy on a Plate: Travels, Memories, Menus at Whitehall Antiques on November 19. 

Early Bird Pricing: $25

Get Tickets!

Italy on a Plate will be on sale for $25.00 (full price $48)

Advocacy and Ministry

Stewardship Campaign

The 2024 Stewardship campaign is underway! If you would like to financially contribute to the on-going work of mission and ministry at The Advocate by supporting the 2024 budget year, you may click here to pledge your support.

Community Book Read

By Hands Now Known, by Margaret A. Burnham

Community book read organized by the Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition (OCCRC).


  • Saturday, Dec. 2, 2 pm at Flyleaf Books: Author talk with Margaret A. Burnham
Learn More Here

Advent Pilgrimage to Saint Augustine's University and St. Ambrose

Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Registration closes November 27 or when spaces are filled

There is nothing quite so sacred or moving as walking on the path and in the footsteps of those whom history has not treated with dignity and grace. As an important part of our mission strategies, we have a huge opportunity to educate ourselves about what has happened in this diocese and in North Carolina concerning race and the lack of social justice.

Our forthcoming diocesan pilgrimage to Raleigh to visit Saint Augustine’s University and St. Ambrose presents an opportunity to talk about not only the rich and heroic history associated with both places but also the story of their Becoming Beloved Community.

Registration is required, and the $15 fee is payable at registration. Youth and children under 16 may attend without charge. There is space for 75 participants. Lunch will be provided, and participants are responsible for their own transportation to Saint Augustine's and St. Ambrose.

The Trees

A Community Project of St. Philip's Episcopal Church

Finding our Way Back to True Self

December 1st - 3rd

1701 Pleasant Green Rd., Durham 27705

Led by Nathan Kirkpatrick

$300, Lunch Provided

Register Here!

Upcoming FREE Events:

  • November 19, Forest Bathing Walk
  • November 24, Prayers and Poetry
  • December 5, Quiet Day
Click Here for More Events!

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 December 13th 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 Passionate for Justice: Ida B. Wells as Prophet for our Times by Catherine Meeks and Nibs Stroupe.

Upcoming reads:

Social Events

Thank you to all who participated in our All Saints Sunday Service and the blessing of The Fold!

See more photos here!

Advocate Logo and

Whitby on the front!

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!

These images show the back of the shirt. Click on the shirt design you want !

We also have:

Advocate Logo on the Front!

We’re having a Black Friday swap meet! Bring gently used clothing, toys, and other items, and “shop” for new-to-you items. The swap will be held Friday, November 24th from 10am-noon in the chapel. Bring your items starting at 10, and the swap will begin at 10:30.
Please sign up using this Google form so that we have an idea what folks are bringing to swap:
Coffee will be provided. Feel free to bring a snack to share. If you have any questions contact Kerry Bullock-Ozkan (


Continuing on Sunday, December 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.

Taizé Evening Prayer

Next Date: Friday, December 15

7:00 pm | United Church of Chapel Hill

View Additional Dates

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 Retreat at Trinity Center, Pine Knoll Shores, NC

August 2-4, 2024

Book: The Great Unknowing, by Denise Levertov

Registration will open at the beginning of January.  

Cost: $270, single occupancy room, Friday supper through Sunday breakfast included. $20 non-refundable fee is due at registration. The remainder of the cost is due at time of retreat.


Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Worship at The Advocate

Sunday Worship Schedule, November 19, 2023

8:30 am Holy Eucharist in the chapel (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

Beginning Sunday, November 12th, the 8:30 am Sunday service will move inside the chapel for the winter. Once the weather warms in the spring we will move back to pond side. As a reminder, masks are required at this service and some will be in the bell tower for your use.

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

November 19th Liturgy Guide
November 19th Music & Psalm Guide


Zephaniah 1:7,12-18

Psalm 90:1-8, (9-11), 12

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Matthew 25:14-30

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