January 18-24, 2019
In This Issue:
Sunday Services
9:15 & 11:00AM 
January 20
Celebrating the life of
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rev. Thom Belote, leading worship

Join us for a Multigenerational Service as we celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our Service will reflect on his life and how we might continue the legacy of the Civil Rights movement today.
TABLING                                       SANCTUARY & IMMIGRANT SUPPORT MINISTRY
PARKING is available at The Community Church, as well as alternate parking options . Click here for a map.
Parking is not allowed at the Kehillah across the street.
This week's message from Rev. Thom includes a preview of events of the upcoming Martin Luther King day weekend including both our multigenerational service this Sunday and the MLK celebration at First Baptist on Monday organized by the Chapel Hill / Carrboro NAACP. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO!

Upcoming Events
  • ECO MOVIE SCREENING The ECO Committee will show the film "Happening" at 7:30 on Friday, January 18 in the Sanctuary. Electricity generated from wind and solar is increasingly more affordable than electricity generated from fossil fuels, and the growth curve for the generation and storage of renewable energy now resembles the exponential curves seen with the advent of radio, TV, and the internet. Come watch this film that follows the clean energy revolution across the country and then join in a discussion afterward.
  • FAMILY DINNER 1/19--STORYTELLING WITH DONNA WASHINGTON                                 5:00-6:00 Dinner - 6:00-6:30 Storytelling with Donna Washington                                                           Our own beloved Donna Washington is a professional storyteller and amazing. This is an event especially for families though everyone is welcome. Early dinner and short, fun family program so little kids can get home for an early bedtime. Come and get to know other church families and have some fun.RSVP HERE for dinner here by Friday January 18.
Within These Walls
  • SEA WINTER COURSES Winter courses are available: Spirituality's What, Why, and How: Growing in Awareness, Receptivity, and Responsiveness to Life begins Thursdays 7-9 PM on 1/24. Art and Theology starts 3/7. Tai Chi is Wednesdays 7-8 PM. Sign up online. More Information on these and other courses HERE.
  • NONFICTION BOOK DISCUSSION FOR JANUARY On Saturday, Jan. 19, at 10:30 in the Kirby Room, the Nonfiction Readers will discuss The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams. Jeannie Zang will lead our discussion. The Readers meet on the third Saturday of each month; new members and drop-ins are welcome. Click here to contact the group.
  • SHARE THE PLATE JAN. 20: FROM REFUGEES TO CITIZENS. The Refugee Support Center helps refugees transition to full and productive lives in our community. To learn about its many services, CLICK HERE and visit the tabling display during Coffee Hour. Because all refugees are legal and have documentation, they can pursue green cards and naturalization. Donations will be used to help refugees complete and submit applications to become U.S. citizens.  
  • COMMUNITY CLICKERS Join us in the Straley Room for our monthly evening meeting on Monday, January 21st from 7-9 pm. We have been making scarves and Little Red Hats, time to get back to designing and creating shawls for the new year. Community Clickers will be tabling after each service on Sunday, 1/20/19, please stop by! Questions? Next afternoon meeting: Wednesday, February 6th from 2-4 pm, Commons.
  • EXPLORING CANCER GROUP AT CHURCH If you have received a cancer diagnosis at some point, you are invited to explore the possibility of forming a cancer group at church. If one forms, it will be lay-led and open to others as the need arises. It also has Rev. Thom's blessing. We'll meet in the Straley Room on Saturday, January 26, 2019, 2-4 pm. Danny Gotham, Allen Spalt and Cecilia Warshaw will lead the meeting. If you are interested but unable to attend this initial meeting or have questions, please contact CECILIA.
  • HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SHARE THE PLATE Our church works with Habitat for Humanity/Orange County and other churches to build homes for area families. We contribute funds and work on construction with homeowners, who also share costs. The Jan.27 Share the Plate will help continue this 23-year, 23 homes church mission. Not here? Please send your donation to the church office. Make checks payable to The Community Church of Chapel Hill UU; put Habitat STP in the memo line. Thank you.
  • BETTER ANGELS STATE OF THE UNION  How can we depolarize America? Join the Sanctuary for Dialogue team Thu. evening, Jan. 31, to hear a State of the Union address from Better Angels, the bipartisan organization who trained us to lead our workshops. Social hour with snacks in the Community Room at 8:00, televised address in the Sanctuary at 9:00, and Q&A until 10:00. Bring friends and family, especially those whose political views are different from yours! Info at UNION. Questions: SfD
  • IFC DINNER Fri., Feb. 1, is our next turn to provide dinner at the Community Kitchen at Rosemary & Columbia. A few prep cooks are needed from 4-5:30. More servers are needed from 5:45-7:15. You can now sign up online or on the Kiosk during Coffee Hour. 
  • NEWCOMERS COVENANT GROUP Are you new, or feeling new? Covenant Groups are a great way to really get to know other church members. All are welcome to join us Sunday, February 3rd from 3:00 to 4:30 in the Sanctuary to try one out. Have questions or want to sign up for this one-time group? Contact Joanne Wood. 
  • COMMUNITY CHURCH CONCERT SERIES PRESENTS THE SELDOM SCENE! Bluegrass veterans, The Seldom Scene, will take the sanctuary stage Sat., Feb. 9, 8 p.m.! An American bluegrass band formed in 1971, The Scene has been instrumental in starting the progressive bluegrass movement as their shows include bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even pop. Tickets available HERE or between services in Jones Building. Advance: $25; Door: $35. Questions/to volunteer, contact Terry Baker
  • Frog & Toad Puppeteers Wanted Our February 10 multigenerational worship service will include a return of Frog & Toad puppet theater. Frog & Toad have been a beloved Community Church tradition since the early 1980s. We are seeking puppeteers, narrators, and set designers for February 10. Please contact Rev. Thom if you are interested.
  • We are sad (for us) and happy (for her) to announce that  

Andrea Sordean-Mintzer, Congregational Administrator,  

will be leaving her position on February 25, 2019.  
Andrea has served our church with distinction for over 16 years. With retirement for Andrea not too far off in the future, she has decided to step away and see what the future holds. We wish her only the best in her future endeavors. Please join us during both Coffee Hours February 17 to honor and celebrate Andrea's service to our congregation.

  • COMMUNITY CHURCH DAY OF SERVICE March 2nd - Save the Date! Stream/trail clean-ups, spring cleaning at Charles House, construction help at Habitat for Humanity, singing at SECU House, and more. These are just some of the ways we'll be sharing our talents and volunteering our time with the broader community for our church's first Day of Service. Sign-ups begin in February. Questions? Contact Mary Beth Powell or Bill Rote. 
  • RESULTS OF CONGREGATIONAL MEETING  On January 13, the Congregation voted unanimously for the necessary loan authorization to proceed with building the new addition. This moves the project into action! Enjoy Issue 1 of "Building Blocks: C3HUU's Building Project Update" on the church's Building on Our Legacy webpages. Print copies are available in the Building on Our Legacy alcove, between the kitchen and the stage.
  • BUILDINGS & GROUNDS NEWS The sewer line to the Manse is now installed, inspected and operational.  Yay!  Meetings can once more be scheduled there and the main parking lot will return to normal after some heavy winter rains wash away the mud.  Next time you flush the toilet, think about the miracle of modern municipal sewer systems!
  • THANK YOU FROM SHARE THE PLATE! The Share the Plate (STP) Committee says THANK YOU to this congregation for another year of fantastic support for our 25 Sunday collections in 2018! $41,110.02 was donated and delivered to IFC, El Centro, UU'S for Justice in the Middle East, El Futuro, Habitat for Humanity, Charles House, and many more. Check HERE to see individual contribution levels for each project. We are so grateful for your support!!
  • MEGA-RECYCLE EVENT a SUCCESS Many thanks from ECO! About 80 households participated and extra volunteers appeared to help both Sunday and Monday. Everyone was of such good spirit. Some useable items were donated. Also, Rachel repurposed an item for the office, building/ground crew rescued a cart to use and youth ministry scavenged a few items for a "maker" activity. The recycler was happy with the load and all of us can be proud of keeping so much out of landfills. Well done, everyone!
  • LET THERE BE LIGHT! The courtyard lighting project is underway.  The January First Monday B&G WorkPARTY poured the concrete footing for the 15' LED light pole that is now laying on the wall.  Next month, after the concrete cures, we will erect the new light and curse the darkness no more!
Justice & Service Events
suggested by Members and Committees
  • ANNUAL MLK COMMEMORATION SERVICE You are invited to attend events commemorating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, 1/21. The morning begins with a 9:00am rally at Peace & Justice Plaza featuring Angum Check followed by a march to First Baptist. Coffee and community conversation downstairs at 10:00. Interfaith worship service at 11:00 with Dr. Rodney Sadler, preaching. Our own Rev. Thom was lead planner for these events. Our Community Church choir and the UNC Gospel Choir will sing during the service.
  • SIDE WITH LOVE at the Women's March Raleigh Time to dig up your pink hats and yellow Love shirts for Women's March on Saturday January 26th. 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Halifax Mall (6 W Jones St. Raleigh, NC). Teenagers and families with children can sign up here for a carpool that will leave early. Anyone else interested in carpooling may check the Side With Love SignUp to see if there are other drivers and riders. A $3-5 dollar donation from each passenger to help with gas and parking costs is appreciated.
  • Clean Path 2025 county-wide meetings Are you concerned about climate change? NC WARN has a technologically and economically feasible plan to wean us off fossil fuels. If you would like to help make this plan a reality, there are two upcoming community meetings. A meeting will be held in Orange Co. from 2 to 4 on Sun., Jan. 27 at the Orange Co. Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill. A Durham Co. meeting is from 6 to 8 on Mon., Jan. 28, at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 3011 Academy Rd, Durham. Click HERE for more info.

Ongoing Events
  • ART IN THE SANCTUARY Bronwyn Merritt will be showing works from her Twenty-One Goddesses Collection from January 5th - February 23rd. A reception will be held in the Commons on Sunday, January 20th from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. 
  • WELCOMING CHILDREN IN THE SANCTUARY Children are a wonderful gift to this community. 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).
  • LECTIO (SACRED READING) MEDITATION GROUP meets at noon every Friday in the Commons.  We use readings from poetry and the wisdom traditions of the world's religions as prompts for reflection and sharing.  No need to sign up ahead of time.  Please join us.
  • MEDITATION Want to explore learning to meditate or developing your own mindfulness/meditation?  Our group members would be happy to meet with you individually and share experiences. Join us Wednesday to set up a one-on-one discussion or call Delia Keefe (919)357-3510 or email Delia Keefe. Please join us for silent meditation in the Sanctuary Wednesday evenings from 7:15-7:45pm. 
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