The building may be closed, but the church is OPEN!
Though most in-person programming is suspended for the safety of our community, we continue to offer worship, religious education, spiritual growth, social justice, and fellowship. Join us as we grow our spirits, care for one another, and change the world with our love.

In This Issue:

Sunday Offerings 
  • Watch Virtual Worship Service On Demand
  • 10AM  - Live Religious Education Service on Zoom
  • 11AM  - Live Community Coffee Hour on Zoom 
  • 3PM  - Middle School Youth Group 
  • 7PM - High School Youth Group

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Contact Rachel Rose with questions about how to view Virtual Worship 
or how to join Coffee Hour via Zoom.
WHAT HAS THE BUILDING PROJECT ACCOMPLISHED OVER THE SUMMER? Since our late-June start-up, dozens of workers and trucks and other impressive pieces of equipment have been busily at work. Tons of dirt have been removed from the western hillside, to make room for our two-story addition. Provisions for drainage and utilities have been emplaced. Many cubic yards of cement have been pumped in to lay footings for the foundation. Masonry and steel are outlining our envisioned spaces. Management teams have coalesced. The Building Project's Task Force for closing the Gap has zoomed in with spreadsheets and calendars to prepare for communicating with the congregation about financial status and possibilities, coming in September. It's all very exciting! You can take a virtual peek at the ongoing work by visiting the Building Project webpages, See weekly updates to the Photo Gallery here. The Building Project Task Force leaders are eager to respond to your questions or expressions of interest - please contact us directly here.
NOMINATIONS FOR NEW BOARD MEMBERS Serving on the Board has been "a chance to participate in discussions that steer our path along the arc of justice and compassion."- Doug Shier, current Board member
"It is because of our governance structure that our church has faced very few divisive issues." - Becky Waibel, former Board president

Looking for deeper involvement and a way to serve? The Church Board of Trustees will need 3 new members for 2021. Candidates will serve 3-year terms: a Vice President for 2021 becoming President for 2022 and Past President for 2023, and 2 candidates as Board members.

The nominating committee - Laura Gilliom, George Thompson, Joelle Bourjolly and Krista Westervelt - will announce nominations October 15. The election will begin November 8; results will be presented December 1. Please contact a committee member if you are interested in serving on the Board. Deadline for application: October 1. Learn more about the Board of Trustees here.

This year's Covid virus has made safe homes ever more essential, as we all seek secure shelter. With our church's Habitat for Humanity mission, we have the opportunity to provide a new, safe home for a local family. The Sept. 13 STP will help provide funds to build a house in a new 26-home development adjacent to Hillsborough's Fairview community. Our church has a strong history of partnering with Habitat and other churches to provide homes for families who are cost-burdened and may live in substandard or overcrowded housing. Building Hope partners (St. Thomas More, United Church of Chapel Hill, Trinity Lutheran, Chapel of the Cross, and our church) pay half the costs; Habitat the other half. Families repay the Habitat share. When possible, church members help with construction. The Sept. 13 Share the Plate will help us build this house. Please make your donation online or by checks payable to The Community Church of Chapel Hill UU. (Put "Habitat" in the memo line.) Thank you. For more information, email Kathy Farinola here.
The September 27th SHARE THE PLATE benefits Charles House, which has helped families care for their elders for 30 years. The epidemic closed the day care program in March, so it has adapted by supporting caregiver families, facilitating caregiver support groups, offering learning opportunities for students, and providing support for staff. The day program moved online with Virtual Charles House, offering free, twice-daily Zoom sessions to engage participants while giving respite to their families. The pandemic also highlights the work of Charles House's two neighborhood Eldercare Homes, operating residential care with a strong need to manage the risks of the virus exposure to all, while striving to provide a "normal" home life for residents. With a shared legacy, our church has been a long time supporter of Charles House. We want them to survive in this difficult time, supporting them in caring for elders now and ready to reopen the day care program, as soon as that is safe.
FALL PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH MINISTRY BEGINS SEPTEMBER 13 Our Soul Matters Theme for September is Renewal. There are lots of ways for families to connect with church. This fall, we are offering take home kits for children. The Sunday morning worship videos will be back. Coming of Age will begin. Plus, we have lots of ways for children, youth and parents to build community.
Details about the Youth Ministry program are here. If you would like to be put on the weekly email for Children and Youth Ministry to get the zoom links, please email Marion Hirsch here.
CONTINUE OUR VOTING COLLABORATION WITH NC NAACP Side with Love is excited to announce that over 50 members and church friends wrote over 2,000 postcards in partnership with the NC NAACP and Reclaim Our Vote to help reach voters who need support with getting to the polls this November. This was in partnership with UUs statewide who wrote over 25,000!
These postcards interlock with another critical piece of our collaboration with the NAACP: calling the voters we wrote to with information on registering, absentee ballots, and voting locations/times in their counties. UUs nationwide will be joining us in this effort. We're hoping to organize a phone banking virtual party in September for our community- Join us here or pledge to make call on your own!

As Val Vickers and Paul Mitchell move on to the Charlotte area, both the Buildings & Grounds and Immigrant Justice Initiative committees want to recognize some of the community they have built with us during their time with us here at The Community Church.
Val led the B&G Sacred Gardener group, renovating our Courtyard gardens from a couple of Lantana plants and lots of weeds to a variety of flowering perennials that delight us throughout the season. Starting in 2017, with cast-off plants from a local garden, Val recruited a group of like-minded "green thumbs" and began the transformation. Three years later, her vision has blossomed into our beautiful Courtyard display gardens tended by a dedicated group of B&G
Sacred Gardeners.
Paul has invested much of his effort in our Immigrant Justice Initiative.  His optimistic, balanced,can-do attitude were invaluable to its Steering, Communication and Fund-raising Committees. Paul's Spanish-speaking skills, patience and good humor made him a primary translator for our
El Salvadorian guest who speaks a dialect that makes communication difficult.  He also led the
Faithify request that helped us afford this work.  We will continue to benefit from Paul's contributions as he plans to maintain his involvement, even from afar.

The Unitarian Universalist Association recently issued a recommendation that no major indoor programs be held until at least May of 2021. Sadly, this means we will have to cancel this season for Community Church Concerts. But, take heart!
We will be back in 21/22! All the artists we booked for this year have indicated they would be happy to book for 21/22. Let's hope that by then, the world will be safe for live entertainment. Thank you all for your loyal patronage of Community Church Concerts. We love and miss you all. Email us here with questions about the series. 

Members of Community Clickers use needles, hooks, and yarn to create comfort and warmth for our community. We use washable acrylic yarns to make baby hats for UNC Hospital and blocks (7" x 9" with two 18" tails at opposite corners from worsted weight, #4) that are sewn together to create shawls for UNC Hospice House. The picture shows some of the blocks in eight shawls that were made this year. We also make items to donate to the Annual Fall Auction here (check under Home-Made Treasures). We have two meetings each month via Zoom. We will meet on the first Wednesday (here), September 2nd from 2-4 pm, and the third Monday (here), September 21st from 7-8:30 pm. We send out periodic emails with updates so be sure to join our email list here. We also have a Facebook group here. Stay home! Stay well! Stay connected!
OUTDOOR CONNECTIONS, SAT. SEPT. 26, TWO MILE HIKE AT SEVEN MILE CREEK We'll meet at the entrance to Seven Mile Creek Natural Area (350 acres, 2201 Moorefields Rd, Hillsborough) at 9:00 for a lovely, easy hike through a mature hardwood forest. We'll loop back at a four season stream complete, on our scouting trip, with resident blue heron. We were astonished and delighted to find such an unknown (to us) gem - so close (25 minutes) to home. More happily, it seems to be equally unknown to most other folks. We saw 5 on our trip. RSVP here.
NONFICTION BOOK DISCUSSION FOR SEPTEMBER On Saturday, September 19 from 10:30 to 12:00, the Nonfiction Readers will discuss The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties, by Paul Collier. This discussion will be held via Zoom teleconferencing. Economist Paul Collier relates social and cultural divisions such as urban vs. rural and skilled vs. unskilled to the current state of the capitalist economy. He then proposes pragmatic solutions, trying to transcend old ideological divisions. His ideas should be of great interest to UUs, since he believes that economics is inseparable from moral and political philosophy. The book has been called "the most revolutionary work of social science since Keynes" by George Akerlof, Nobel Laureate in Economics. Ed Steffes will be leading our discussion. The Readers meet on the third Saturday of each month. New members and drop-ins are welcome. Contact the group to ask questions, or to be placed on the distribution list for meeting information. Contact the group here to be placed on the distribution list for meeting information.
We all want your contribution of a favorite recipe! Or several! Please take a few minutes right away to make sure you don't miss this chance of a lifetime to be part of a treasure for generations to come. Since many wished for more time to respond, we have stretched the deadline to September 30.
As you may now realize, the Welcoming Ministry is assembling a Community Church Cookbook, to enhance our virtual connections through sharing beloved recipes. Proceeds will help Close the Gap for the Building Project. In order to have copies available in time for holiday gifting, we must follow a tight schedule for submission, review/editing, and processing. That's why the deadline is important. Submission details here. If you have any questions, please email us here. The more who participate, the more we will all love this cookbook! 

As Rare Women, we build relationships in small groups by sharing our lives and the gifts, myths, and challenges of growing older. Newcomers are welcome and are encouraged to join any one of three existing groups. All groups meet twice a month to discuss specific topics. Beginning with the September 10th meeting (Bonnie Gilliom's group), we will be discussing chapters in Women Rowing North - Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing as We Age by Mary Pipher. The other two groups will begin on September 17th (rotating leadership) and 21st (Joann Haggerty's group). All groups will discuss Chapter 1: A New Stretch of the River and Chapter 2: The Lay of the Land in Section. See the Rare Women's webpage, here for the list of topics and meeting dates and times for each of the three groups. Suggested discussion questions can be found in this file, here. Contact us here to join our email list.As Rare Women, we build relationships in small groups by sharing our lives and the gifts, myths, and challenges of growing older. 
"The Gift of Written Memories" will be a ten-session workshop series on Tuesday evenings, September 15 to November 17, from 7-8:30 PM. This series will enable each participant to reflect in writing on themes such as the branching points in our lives, our major life work, our families, and our spiritual development. Written memories are gifts to ourselves because recalling stories leads to reflection on their meaning. Written memories are gifts to family and friends who live on after us because they describe the experiences that shaped us and the core values that have given our lives meaning. Each meeting will begin with a lecture by one of the workshop leaders and continue with small group sharing of short essays on assigned themes. Sponsored by Spiritual Exploration for Adults (SEA). Registration is required; register here. Please email Carolyn Holt here or email Jody Savage here with questions. More detailed workshop description is here.

Spiritual Exploration for Adults, in partnership with other ministries and teams, is proud to sponsor an important opportunity for our church community. Based on the 21-day Challenge curated by Eddie Moore, we are challenging our community to a daily act (read an article, watch a video, reflect, notice, or act) aimed to help us deepen our understanding of racism and better work for racial equity in the world. SEA will be holding a kick-off event on Thursday, September 10, to introduce the challenge. Come back the next three Thursday nights (9/17, 9/24, and 10/1) to join others in the church to reflect on your learning in facilitated small groups. Then, join us for a special wrap-up session on 10/8 in which we celebrate the completion of the challenge and reflect on next steps. Meetings are from 7-8 PM. Register here for the 29-Day Racial Equity Challenge. While we will be assigning specific readings, videos, and actions for the 21 days, you can view Eddie Moore's curated collection of materials here
SPIRITUAL EXPLORATION FOR ADULTS -- THE ACTIVE SOUL: POETRY AS SURVIVAL Learn to write the personal lyric in a workshop led by Cheryl Wilder, poet and church member. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "There is no greater value than that of the active souls." As Unitarian Universalists, we are a group of active souls-doers who make the world a better place for all. In his book, Poetry as Survival, Gregory Orr explores the active soul of the lyric poet. Traversing between her inner mysteries and her exterior self, the lyric poet actively takes hold of her emotional life rather than passively endures it. Grief, love, awe, despair-writing a personal lyric is an exploration of our deepest emotions, individual existential crises, as well as outer circumstances, such as violence, loss of a loved one, or poverty. Explore your active soul through poem-making. We will read and discuss lyric poems. We will write our own poems, participate in a writing workshop, and have a class poetry reading. No experience necessary. Saturdays 10-11:30 AM, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17 Register here. 

2020 FALL AUCTION The 2020 Fall Auction is NEXT MONTH on Saturday, October 24th! Online bidding will open on October 10th and will close at 8 pm on Auction Night. Now is the time to enter your donations in the auction catalog, here! We already have some great offers: a Regal Resonator Guitar, a workshop on Continuous Care Retirement Communities, several lovely hand-knit/crocheted items, some beautiful quilts, and more. Enter items through the DONATE function in the auction catalog. When you create a donation, upload your best picture and then send additional pictures to us for posting on the Auction Resources page here. Need ideas? How about a physically distanced outdoor dinner for a small group or a special food delivered to someone's home or a virtual experience for a group? We have a Zoom account that you can use for a party or workshop. Questions? Contact the auction chairs, Don and Susan Blanchard, here.
The Community Church of Chapel Hill Board of Trustees wants to hear from you! Click here to share with us your thoughts, comments, concerns, and questions. Click here to learn more about the Board, including viewing the Board and Congregational Meeting Minutes.  
If you would like to learn more about joining the Community Church of Chapel Hill, please contact Rachel Rose, our Director of Membership & Communications, by calling the office (919) 942-2050, email Rachel hereWhether you are brand new or a longtime attendee, and whatever your beliefs or background, we welcome you to our community of friendship and ideals.