NOVEMBER 2018
SUNDAY SERVICES
9:15am & 11:00am   

November 4

Blessing of the Animals, Rev. Thom Belote  
Join us for a very special Multigenerational worship service in which we celebrate our animal companions. If your animal plays well with others, you are invited to bring your animal with you to the worship service. If your animal would not enjoy church, you might bring a stuffed animal or other object representing your animal companion. If you are remembering a departed pet, you are invited to bring a photograph for a time of remembrance during the service.
 
 
November 11
Rev. Holly Lux-Sullivan, Guest Minister
This Sunday, Rev. Holly Lux-Sullivan returns to the pulpit at The Community Church. Rev. Lux-Sullivan is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and serves as a Hospice Chaplain in Alamance County.
 
 
November 18
"Over the River and Through the Wood", Rev. Thom Belote 
Did you know that the famous Thanksgiving poem that begins, "Over the river and through the wood" was written by a Unitarian? Join us this morning, on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, for a service about the remarkable and controversial life of the 19th century woman of letter, Lydia Maria Child. Then, join us for fresh-baked pumpkin pie in Coffee Hour, a Community Church tradition!
 
 
November 25
Religion and Beauty, Rev. Thom Belote 
UU minister Rev. Kendyl Gibbons once wrote that an "attraction to beauty, justice, and mercy" is a sign of spiritual maturity. This morning's service is about the connection between religion and beauty. From the psalms, to religious iconography, to earth-centered spirituality, come explore the intersection of religion and beauty.

FALL AUCTION

The auction on October 27th could not have happened without contributions from many, including the 70 different donors or groups who offered meals, events, services, goods, and more for us to bid on as well as the 115 volunteers who helped with advance ticket sales, auction day activities, and/or by bringing their culinary creations for the finger food buffet (mmmm!) - what a team! Our thanks to everyone who helped make this a successful event and FUNdraiser! To find out what you bought and who bought what you offered, log onto togetherauction.com/ccchuu and select My Statement from the menu bar at the top of the page. You can pay in cash or by check (to Community Church with "Auction" in the memo line) after both services on Sunday, November 4th or by mailing a check to the church office. Questions???  
Contact  
Don and Susan Blanchard, 919-237-2401. 
         
ART IN THE SANCTUARY
In November, the art in the Sanctuary will be a display of the annual Children's Art Project-- Earth, Air, Water and Fire. Each summer in July, the children of the church participate in a month-long art project led by a professional artist and art teacher. This year's project, which focuses on the four elements, was led by the wonderful Heather Cramer, an artist, art teacher and Member of the congregation.The project celebrated the elements and energies of the earth with a different art project each Sunday representing one of these. The children learned a song for that element and talked about the gifts it brings. The projects included sandpainting (EARTH), fabric dip-dying (WATER), melted crayon and drip paintings (FIRE) and sky-colored tissue collage on lace filled embroidery hoops (AIR). Each week was a new art experience celebrating the gifts of our natural world! 
BUSY BAGS & BUSY BOARDS
FOR KIDS IN THE SANCTUARY
Children are a wonderful gift to this beloved community and children are always welcome to worship in the Sanctuary
To support little ones during the Service, we will now offer 
Busy Bags (pouches with fun activities) and Busy Boards (coloring and writing activities), as well as soft toys for our youngest worshipers. Stop by the new Children's Welcome Table in the Sanctuary (across from the Art Table near the Sound Room).
BOARD NOMINATIONS
The Nominating Committee has nominated:

  •  Vice President - Bianca Rodriguez 
  • Board Members (3-year terms) - Caroline Sherman, Doug Shier 
  • Board Member (Two-Year Term for completion of Board Member at Large position vacated by Bianca Rodriguez as of 12/31/18) - Scott Edinborough
You can review the bios and photos of the candidates by searching for  "Board Nominees 2018" on the Church website or clicking here. Members will receive electronic/paper ballots mid-November.  
 


BUILDING PROJECT UPDATE 
THE CONGREGATION HAS RESPONDED - NOW WHAT? The October 14 Town Hall was an instructive, collegial exchange of information and feedback among the Building Project Task Force leaders and some 60 other congregants. To see the Report and itemized Q&As, go to the Building on Our Legacy home page and click on the designated link. In addition to the questions and comments at the Town Hall, over 100 people responded to the October survey asking for feedback on the recommended strategy for moving ahead with the new building. These results will be factored into the Board's specific proposal for filling the funding gap of about $200,000 - to be discussed over the coming weeks and submitted for approval at the January 13 Congregational Meeting. If you would like to directly participate in shaping the proposal, please email andy.hencke@gmail.com.  

COMMUNITY CHURCH CONCERT SERIES
 
The Community Church Concert Series kicks off its new season with Siler City-based rising stars Nu-Blu, Sat., Nov. 3, 8 p.m. in the sanctuary. Performing at Merlefest and Wide Open Bluegrass 2018, this dynamic group is taking the acoustic music scene by storm! Individual and Season tickets available online and after Sunday services. Fabulous desserts and coffee/tea available at intermission! The concert series is a fund-raising and community-building endeavor that has raised thousands for church improvements. Come join us!
CHILDREN'S & YOUTH MINISTRY
 
 
Pumpkin Pie Extravaganza, Sunday November 18 after each service! 
It is an annual tradition (since the 80s) at The Community Church that the children (K-5th grade) make homemade pumpkin pies and serve them hot with whipped topping to the congregation after the Sunday Services on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. It is a minor miracle that we can make 300 slices of delicious, homemade pie!

 
 
            Thank you, Gracias, Merci, Takk, Arigato to...
  • Anne Reine, a member of our church's Sanctuary Ministry who came to talk with Water and Fire Circle and Middle School RE groups about the Sanctuary Movement and our church's preparation to bring a guest into Sanctuary. We went on a tour of the Manse to see the space.

 

  • Parents and Advisors who chaperoned our Middle and High School Lock-Ins: Dan Dillon, Nick Crombie, Bruce Paden, Steve Pearsall, Richard Edwards, Mark Straubel, Jon Bennett, Jenny Warnanach, Heather Alexander, Leissa Bowen, Abbie Crombie-Beasley, Heather O'Connor, Caroline Pence, Meg Cox, TJ Stankus, Nathan Kosiba, Alyson Grine, John Hite, DeeDee Lavinder, Tricia Sullivan, Cindy Wunder, Wendy Morgan, Selden Holt, Kat Good, and Maura Holt-Ling. Cooking, supervising, cleaning the kitchen, staying overnight. Whew. We couldn't do it without your help!
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. 
Did you know about our OWL Outreach? 
The Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education Program (OWL) is the jewel in the crown of UU Religious Education. Nationally lauded, this comprehensive program offers modules for K-1st grade, 4-6th grade, 7-9th grade, and 10th-12th grade children and youth. We offer all the modules here at church. What you might not know is some of our amazing OWL teachers also teach OWL in the wider community which is a life-saving and justice-making service to children and youth who wouldn't have access to a program like OWL. This month, we are lifting up DeeDee Lavinder who teaches 5th grade OWL at Willow Oak Montessori, Jenny Warnasch who teaches 7-9th grade OWL to the homeschooling community for the past 6 years, and to Jean Masse who has been for five years teaching 5th grade OWL at at Montessori school in Durham. 
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
 
 
Grinch Dinner--December 6, 6 PM

Nifty Gifty--December 16, 10-1

Special bUUddy Breakfast, February 10 at 10 AM 
 
JUSTICE & SERVICE
BASKETS FOR HOMESTART
For years, The Community Church has combined the annual Greening with a service project to benefit HomeStart, the IFC's residential facility for homeless families and single women. HomeStart provides safe, temporary housing for women seeking shelter or fleeing domestic violence, and connects them with healthcare, job counseling and affordable rentals. In 2017, HomeStart provided 11,268 nights of shelter for 127 women and 51 children. In November, our church will collect supplies to help HomeStart's residents. On 12/1, the supplies will be in decorated baskets to be delivered in time for the holidays.  

HomeStart residents need FULL SIZE donations of:  

  • Toothpaste, Body Wash, Lotion, Shampoo
  • Wash Cloths, Reusable Water Bottles, Small Flashlights
  • Sweat Shirts and Pants (S, M, L & XL)
  • Metal Flatware and Kitchen Utensils
  • Diapers (Sizes 2,3,4,5,& 6), & Baby Wipes

Look for the collection boxes in the Commons. For more info: Kathy Putnam or Joy Mermin. Thanks in advance for your generosity.


ECO'S ENVIRONMENTAL CORNER
First Sunday Recyclables at the ECO table - Nov. 4: Cell phones/accessories, batteries (AAA - D, button, rechargeable), natural and synthetic corks, tiny bits of metal (paper clips, nails, screws, etc.). 
 
Saturday, November 17, 2-6:30 pm: North Carolina Clean Path 2025 Conference, highlighting exciting advances in solar + storage. Learn how activists, local governments and small utilities are implementing the Clean Path 2025 strategy to replace fossil fuels with solar, battery storage, energy-saving measures and innovative financing. At the Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill. Presentations by NC Clean Path 2025 author Bill Powers, Donna Chavis of Friends of the Earth and RedTailed Hawk Collective, Rev. Nelson Johnson of Beloved Community Center, and Jean Su of Center for Biological Diversity.
CLICK HERE for more information and to register for this free event.  

SHARE THE PLATE
NOVEMBER 7 - HOLIDAY MEALS 
Fall is in the air, and Thanksgiving is almost here. We have an opportunity again this year to share our bounty with local families and individuals. Each year Inter-Faith Council for Social Services provides holiday meals to over 700 families, an effort that requires a lot of support within the community. Your gift of $25 will provide a nutritious meal (turkey or ham, potatoes, stuffing, fresh vegetable, dinner rolls and dessert) for a family of four. Last year, we supported over 100 families! Holidays can be challenging times, and our generosity will help more of our neighbors enjoy a  memorable Thanksgiving.
LEARNING & FELLOWSHIP
SPIRITUAL EXPLORATION FOR ADULTS (SEA)
UPCOMING CLASSES:  Register online
  • God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World, led by Joe Swain
  • Thursdays, 3:00 pm, 11/1-11/15
  • Tai Chi, led by Joe Swain
     
    • Wednesdays, 7:00pm 9/19-12/20  
  • Let's Talk Trans, led by Ames Simmons
     
    • 11/29, 7:00pm 
SHELTER NECK RECOVERY VOLUNTEER DAYS


Come to Shelter Neck and help with restoring the buildings after Hurricane Florence! Tasks are varied and include cleaning and tearing out walls. Work days are  Saturdays Nov 3, 10 Sign up HERE to volunteer. Questions: Contact Marion Hirsch at hirsch.marion@gmail.com
 

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
Join the Community Clickers! We use needles and yarn to create comfort and warmth for our community. Our projects are made with 7" x 9" knitted and crocheted blocks of washable acrylic, #4 worsted weight yarn. It takes 18 blocks to make each shawl. We have delivered 25 shawls to UNC Hospice so far in 2018. Check out all of our completed projects here. Join us on Wednesday November 7th from 2-4 pm in the Commons Area, for tabling after services on Sunday November 18th, and on Monday November 19th from 7-9 pm in the Straley Room. We generally spend some time working on a group project and then click and chat, but some attendees click and chat the entire time! Can't knit or crochet? Come learn! Donations of acrylic yarn, knitting needles (6-8), and crochet hooks (J-L) are appreciated!  
Contact clickers@c3huu.org for more information. 
SANCTUARY FOR DIALOGUE
Last year, just before Thanksgiving, we held workshops to help participants prepare for conversations with family and friends over the holidays. It goes without saying that when there are large political differences in opinion, these conversations can be difficult and not very satisfying - if they happen at all. We had a "full house" (limited by space constraints) of 14 participants plus instructors and observers each of two nights. Participants learned about and practiced listening and speaking skills such as paraphrasing, asking questions for understanding, using "I" statements and more. Many people wanted to participate but couldn't, so we are scheduling workshops again this year in the Kirby Room:                                                                        Mon., Nov. 12, 7-9:30; or Sat., Nov. 17, 2:00-4:30.  
                     Sign up Sundays by Nov. 4 at tabling or online HERE.
                         You can learn more about Sanctuary for Dialogue HERE.
WOMENCIRCLE

 WEAVING OUR STORIES   Art Play Day on Saturday, November 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room. Participants will get be given a 12" x 12" loom made from canvas stretchers. They are asked to bring ribbons, yarn, old necklaces to weave into the loom. Remember, buttons and baubles can be poked down inside the weaving. We will sit around and weave and chat as we work. Once the weavings are completed, we will gather in a circle and each person will tell the story of what her weaving means to to her. Perhaps, we might find a place to hang them for awhile - creating a group "quilt." Plan to bring your lunch. There is a $5 charge for supplies.
RSVP to Heather Cramer at hcramer@nc.rr.com.
PASTA! PASTA! All church women are invited to gather on November 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to make and eat pasta together in the Community Room/Kitchen. Noodles, short and long, flavored or classic, wheat of gluten free--and while the pasta is resting, learn how to make a simple delicious sauce. Here is the list of what to bring: a mixing board or bowl, a rolling pin, a tea towel, a container to carry the noodles home, 3 to 4 cups of flour, 2-3 eggs--(3-4 eggs if using gluten free flour), and an apron. If you have a noodle roller, bring that too. A contribution of $2-3 will cover the cost of sauce ingredients. It may not be as easy as it looks on You Tube, but it will be fun and taste great! Questions?
Contact Ruth Gibson: 919-259-2894 regibson@uuma.org

OUTDOOR CONNECTIONS
Fall Colors Paddle and Picnic, Sat., Nov 10. Meet at the church at 10:00 to carpool to Cane Creek Reservoir. Cheap canoes, good food (bring shareable goodies), great company. RSVP
 
UU READERS
 
 
NONFICTION BOOK DISCUSSION FOR NOVEMBER
On Saturday, November 17, at 10:30 in the Kirby Room, the Nonfiction Readers will discuss Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, by New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman. He states his central thesis this way: "The three largest forces on the planet-technology, globalization, and climate change-are all accelerating at once. As a result, so many aspects of our societies, workplaces, and geopolitics are being reshaped and need to be reimagined....In such a time, opting to pause and reflect, rather than panic or withdraw, is a necessity." Ed Steffes will be leading our discussion. The Nonfiction Readers meet on the third Saturday of each month. New members and drop-ins are welcome. Click here to contact the group.
 
THANKSGIVING AT THE CHURCH
After a long hiatus, we are reviving the Community Church tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving as a community at the church! You and your family and friends are invited to join us on Thanksgiving Day for a potluck dinner, with turkey and ham provided. The dinner bell will be at 2:00, with the doors open at 1:00 to prepare for the meal. And in true family-style fashion, we all will help with cleanup. Starting on Sunday, November 4th, you can sign up at the Thanksgiving table during coffee hour. Volunteers to help with sign-up are welcome. Please contact Danny Gotham or Cathy Cole to help.
GREENING OF THE CHURCH
Yipe! Already?? Yes, it really is time to plan for the annual Greening of the Church. This celebration of the Season of Lights is the biggest family event of the year. Mark your calendars now. On Saturday, December 1st beginning at 4:30PM, we'll trim wreaths and trees, and hang lighted garlands. There will be crafts for kids, and child care for the little ones. We'll also fill gift baskets for the women and children at the IFC's HomeStart shelter. (See the related story in this newsletter.) At 5:30PM, we'll all gather for our traditional chili, salad and cornbread supper. We'll wind up the evening with a holiday sing-along led by our own UUkes. It takes a whole lot of volunteers to make all this happen. We need people to decorate and help with the HomeStart gifts. We also need folks to set up tables, bring food and clean up afterward. Look for the Greening Table after both Services to sign up. Then, get ready to deck our halls.
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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.