December 28, 2018 - January 3, 2019
In This Issue:
Sunday Service
Single Service: 10:30am

The Art of Renewal
Carter Smith, Guest Minister

This service will be led by Carter Smith, lifelong Community Church member and first-year seminarian at Harvard Divinity School. She will talk about the importance of ritual and reflection to mark the passing of the year, or other moments of transition in life. How can we use these in-between moments to take stock of where we are and move forward with renewed meaning and intentionality?
MUSIC NOTES This Sunday, the Community Church Singers will sing songs reflecting on the passing of the year in different ways. "Seasons of Love" looks back, asking us to "celebrate, remember the year in the life of friends." And Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror," led by soloist Bianca Rodriguez, looks forward, stating "if you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make that change." Alan Reece will provide improvisational piano music for Gathering Music.
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

Rev. Thom is experimenting with making weekly videos previewing the Sunday worship service and talking about other things that may be of interest to members of the church. Here's this week's video introducing Carter Smith's service on 
The Art of Renewal and the process of becoming a Unitarian Universalist minister.

Upcoming Events
  • MEGA-RECYCLE EVENT - JAN 6 ECO is sponsoring a special collection of items not recycled locally, like Styrofoam. While reduce and reuse are the first two principles, recycle is important to recover raw materials and send less to landfills. Bring items to the church office on Sunday morning, Jan. 6, for pickup Monday. If items are still usable, please consider donating them! Suggestions for unusual items are on ECO's webpage. Questions? Click here.
  • 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.
  • CONGREGATIONAL MEETING JANUARY 13 PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR! There will be an important Congregational Meeting on Sunday, January 13, after the second service. The agenda will feature the Board's proposed strategy, "Minding the Gap," now available online for perusal and discussion. All members of the congregation have been sent an official meeting notice, describing the vote required to authorize church borrowing to cover construction costs before all capital fund revenues come in.
Within These Walls
  • 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, December 30. On January 6, after either service, join the ad hoc discussion group next to the Kirby Room. Please share your questions or comments!  
  • WORSHIP MINISTRY What goes up must come down and many hands make light work. Please stay after the 10:30 service on Dec. 30 and help de-green the church. Thanks!
  • 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
  • NO ECO TABLING THIS MONTH 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.
  • 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 READERS Monthly meetings will resume on January 19 with a discussion of The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams. 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.
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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