January 4-10, 2019
In This Issue:
Sunday Services
9:15 & 11:00AM 
January 6
Finding Your Ministry
Rev. Thom Belote

As we begin 2019 perhaps you are wondering about finding your ministry, finding your place of service, of blessing, of making a difference. Or, perhaps you are interested in re-examining your own life through this lens. Join us for a service about vocation in which Thom and others share their reflections.
MUSIC NOTES Come early this Sunday this first Sunday of the new year for a Hymn Sing, and stay for musical selections from congregation member Eric Bannan.
TABLING                                                                               ECO
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.
Message from the Minister

In this week's video, Rev. Thom previews this Sunday's service,
"Finding Your Ministry." The Service will include testimonials from two church members talking about how they've found meaningful purpose in their own lives. See you Sunday!

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 stay tuned for an invitation to honor and celebrate Andrea's service to our congregation.

Upcoming Events
  • MEGA-RECYCLE EVENT, JAN 6, 9 am - 2 pm This Sunday bring items that normally can't be recycled locally to ECO members awaiting in the Church Office area. There are exceptions but items include most polystyrene (Styrofoam) and plastics (even squeaky-clean food containers), electronics, appliances, metals, and batteries. Please see suggestions and check exceptions (unaccepted items need to return home with you) at RECYCLE or contact ECO with questions.
  • COMMUNITY CHURCH CONCERTS PRESENTS ROBIN AND LINDA WILLIAMS              Community Church Concerts presents Robin and Linda Williams, Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, 8 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Desserts at intermission! For more information and tickets ($20 Advance; $25 door), CLICK HERE. Look for ticket sales after Sunday services in Jones Building in January. Questions/To volunteer, CLICK HERE.
    A QUORUM OF MEMBERS IS NEEDED to come vote or send a proxy to the Congregational Meeting on Sunday, January 13, after the second Service. The agenda will feature the Board's proposed strategy, "Minding the Gap," available online. A vote is required to authorize church borrowing to cover construction costs for the new building before all capital fund revenues come in. People with questions are invited to join either of the discussion groups during coffee hours on January 6 (see separate item).
Within These Walls
  • IFC DINNER Friday, January 4 start the new year right by volunteering to help hungry folks at the Community Kitchen, corner of Rosemary & Columbia. Cook assistants work 4-5:30, Servers work 5:45-7:15. Sign up on the Kiosk at Coffee Hour or contact Maureen O'Rourke
  • DO YOU "GET" THE GAP? Have you read "Minding the Gap" and been intrigued by its illustrated graph? Have you any questions about the need for a "bridge loan" during construction, and the proposed strategy to minimize any long-term loan beyond that? Copies are online AND available at the Building on Our Legacy table, in the alcove between kitchen and stage. ON JANUARY 6, after each Service, there'll be an ad hoc discussion group next to the Kirby Room. Please share your questions and thoughts!
  • No ECO table this Sunday Due to ECO's mega recycling event on January 6 (see above), ECO will not have their regular table and will not collect their usual items this month. Look for us again in February.
  • WOMENCIRCLE POTLUCK AND GAMES NIGHT WomenCircle Potluck and Games Night on Tuesday, January 8 at 6:00 p.m. It's a great way to kick off the 2019 WomenCircle calendar by getting all 3CHUU women together. Time to renew acquaintances and meet new friends. Bring a dish to share and whatever you would like to drink. If you have a favorite game, plan to bring it or simply enjoy other people's favorite games. RSVP HERE or call 919-259-1628.  
  • OUTDOOR CONNECTIONS/OUTER BANKS Outdoor Connections on the Outer Banks:               Jan. 11-13 Bears and Bald Eagles, Snow Geese and Swans, Ducks Ducks and Ducks. Celebrate the New Year with the year's best wildlife display. Excursions to Pea Island, Lake Mattamuskeet, Alligator River Refuge. Expert? guides, nice rooms, cheap prices, deserted beaches. RSVP HERE.
  • IFC DINNER The 3rd Tues. in Jan. is the 15th, very early, but it is our time to prepare and serve dinner at the Community Kitchen. Cooks work 4-5:30; servers work 5:45-7:15. Act on your resolutions to help the less fortunate. Sign up at the Kiosk during Coffee Hour or contact Maureen O'Rourke.
  • 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. 
  • SEA -- JANUARY OFFERINGS Start the new year with the Winter Spiritual Retreat on Saturday 1/19. Also in January the course "Spirituality's What, Why, and How: Growing in Awareness, Receptivity, and Responsiveness to Life" begins Thursdays 7-9 PM on 1/24. More courses on the website. Sign up HERE. More Information on 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.
  • SAVE THE DATE! Make sure you reserve Saturday, March 2 in your calendar for our first-ever All Church Day of Community Service. This day will be run in combination with the Annual Pledge Drive. There will be many projects to choose from. Look for more info about service projects coming soon.
Justice & Service Events
suggested by Members and Committees
  • SIDE WITH LOVE at the AnTEAfa party Join us at the AnTEAfa party in Peace and Justice Plaza on Sunday morning, Jan 13, from 8:45. We are counterprotesting a neo-Nazi gathering across the street, where Silent Sam used to stand as a monument to racism. Tea and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit the Love Team table after services or the AnTEAfa invitation.
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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