March 15 - 21, 2019
In This Issue:
Sunday Services
9:15 & 11:00AM 
March 17

Reckoning with White Supremacy, Part Two

Marion Hirsch & Rev. Thom Belote, co-preaching

Join us this Sunday, as Marion and Rev. Thom preach the second part of a sermon addressing how we can best respond to the legacy of white supremacy and the reality of systemic racism in a way that is courageous and responsible.
MUSIC NOTES The choir will sing a new arrangement of the Holly Near song, "I Am Willing," and Glenn Mehrbach and Danny Gotham will play the classic Duke Ellington song, "Come Sunday." Come early for a Hymn Sing.
TABLING                                             COMMUNITY CLICKERS                   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.
Upcoming Events
  • Peggy Misch Continues Her Journey--in Massachusetts March 22, 7:30-9, in the Sanctuary. Peggy Misch has been a shining light for social justice at The Community Church of Chapel Hill for decades; now she is moving to MA to be closer to family and we are saying adieu with a special event of reminiscing and desserts. Also attending will be her friends from NC Commission on Torture, Orange County Peace Coalition, ACLU, Women's International League for Peace and Justice, and more. All are invited! CLICK HERE to volunteer to help with the celebration!
Within These Walls
  • 2020 Annual Pledge Drive 
    We are in the home stretch for wrapping up the 2020 Annual Pledge Drive that was kicked off by an amazing Community Day of Service on March 2nd! The love, joy, and dedication expressed by this church on that day has already strengthened us as a community. If you haven't yet done so, please remember to turn in your pledge packets this Sunday at church or if you prefer, you can still pledge online. Thanks so much for giving of your time, talent and treasure! Please contact Mary Beth Powell or Bill Rote if you have questions. 
  • EGGS-CELLENT OPPORTUNITY   Don't miss your chance to get fresh eggs from Cathy Cole's chickens, during coffee hour in the upcoming weeks in the Jones Building while each week's supply lasts. $5/dozen, all proceeds boost the church's Capital Fund and help CLOSE THE GAP. For more information, see the the  Building on Our Legacy webpages.  
  • FINAL CALL - ENDOWMENT FUND GRANT SUBMISSION DEADLINE Do you have a project the Endowment Fund can support? This year, we are offering $2000 in grants to strengthen our church's mission (within or beyond its walls), as well as $7000 to support our Building Program. Applications for non-building projects are due by March 15. Application forms and accompanying instructions are available on our webpage.
  • NONFICTION BOOK DISCUSSION FOR MARCH On Saturday, March 16, at 10:30 in the Kirby Room, the Nonfiction Readers will discuss Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer, by Barbara Ehrenreich. Ivy Brezina 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. 
  • OUTDOOR CONNECTIONS MARCH 16 OUTING Join Outdoor Connections for the Pump Station Trail in Eno River State Park. The Pump Station Trail is known as the best spring wildflower trail in the park. It's an easy loop hike with a few gentle hills. We can meet at church to carpool at 10 am. Afterwards we can have lunch at Picnic. RSVP for updates. 
  • COMMUNITY CLICKERS Join us in the Straley Room for our monthly evening meeting on Monday, March 18th from 7-9 pm. to design and sew shawls and then to sit, click and chat. Can't knit or crochet? Come learn! Community Clickers will be tabling after each service on Sunday, 3/17/19, please stop by and see our latest shawls! Next afternoon meeting: Wednesday, April 3rd from 2-4 pm, Commons. Questions? Contact us.
    Tuesday, March 19, is our next turn to provide dinner at the Community Kitchen at Rosemary & Columbia in Chapel Hill. Please sign up here to help prep and/or serve dinner at IFC! Can't help this month? Sign-up sheets are available through June.Thank you for your service to our community.
  • CHURCH CANCER SUPPORT GROUP If you have received a cancer diagnosis at any point in time, you are invited to the next meeting on Thursday, March 28, 9:30-11:30 am, in the Straley Room. As the group is still forming, members will discuss ways to make meetings meaningful and supportive. Meetings are lay led by Danny Gotham, Allen Spalt and Cecilia Warshaw. If you are interested but unable to attend this meeting or if you have questions, please contact CECILIA. 
  • MARCH ISSUE OF BUILDING BLOCKS This latest issue features updated insights into the town approval process for our building project, and our next steps. Printed copies are available in a rack on our display bulletin board, in the alcove between kitchen and stage. You can also see the latest or any back issues via the church's Building on Our Legacy webpage. 
  • Join the EcoChallenge! For Earth Month, join a friendly competition between our church and Eno River UU Fellowship to see who can collectively make more impact on climate change through individual actions. To learn more and join the Community Church team, click here. The challenge will run April 3-24. 
  • SHARE THE PLATE THANKS What a generous congregation you are! The STP collection for TABLE on Feb. 10 raised $1546. Every week, TABLE fills over 650 bags with food and distributes them to food-insecure-area kids, so that they will have something healthy to eat on weekends and school breaks when they don't have access to their free school meals. The Community Service Ministry thanks you so much for supporting TABLE in this effort.
Justice & Service Events
Submitted by Members & Committees
  • World Water Day celebration, Sat. Mar.23, 10am-12noon, Umstead Park, Chapel Hill; family-friendly. Co-sponsored by Women's International League for Peace & Freedom (CH-Cbo branch), Raging Grannies, Friends of Bolin Creek. Email Connie Gates for more information. Submitted by Peace & Justice
  • "SKIP THE STRAW" MONTH This month is "Skip the Straw" month in Orange Co. This campaign increases awareness of the negative impacts of marine plastic pollution and the need for waste reduction. Two free screenings of the documentary film "Straws" will be held: one on Mon., Mar. 25 at 7 pm at the Varsity Theater at 123 E. Franklin Street, CH; the other on Tues., Mar. 26 at 7 pm at the Orange Co. public library at 137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough. RSVP by calling (919) 968-2788 or email. Submitted by ECO
  • Al Strong Jazz & Funk Music (NAACP scholarship 'fun'draiser), Sat. Mar.30, 5-8pm, Imbibe Bistro, 108 Henderson St, Chapel Hill, CLICK HERE for Tickets $20 & donations (wine & beer tasting from Black-owned makers) Submitted by Peace & Justice
    Registration is now open for the April 5th Conference, Hope and Healing: Faith Communities and the Suicide Crisis. This all-day conference focuses on suicide prevention, and guest speakers will address how faith communities can engage, support, and build resiliency around those affected by suicide and suicidality. Register early by March 22 for reduced fee. For more information or to register, CLICK HERE Submitted by the Mental Health Ministry
  • 110th anniversary of NAACP, Sunday, Apr.7, 3-5pm, Southern Human Services Center (behind the Seymour Senior Center), keynote speaker: Irving Joyner (NCCU Law Professor, NC-NAACP Legal Redress Chair), also Theodore Shaw (director, UNC Center for Civil Rights). Co-sponsored by Orange Co. Community Remembrance Coalition. Email Connie Gates for more information. Submitted by Peace & Justice 
  • Donate to immigrant victims of ICE raids 
    Last month, 285 immigrants were arrested in covert Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in our area. El VĂ¯nculo Hispano and El Centro Hispano have set up a "Liberation Not Deportation" fund to help pay for legal representation fees for families caught up in these raids. Here's a link to the donation page on Facebook. Or, donations may be sent to El Vinculo Hispano, 200 N. Chatham Ave. Siler City, NC 27344 or El Centro Hispano, 201 W. Weaver Street, Carrboro, NC 27510. Submitted by Sanctuary & Immigrant Support Ministry
Ongoing Events
    The art in the Sanctuary from March 3 through April 28 is fabric constructions by Alice Levinson. Please take the time to view them, but do not touch. You can see more about Alice at her website.
  • Help make Sunday mornings happen - Become a Greeter! Our church is busier than ever, and we need folks to help welcome people in to our church on Sunday morning and we have many Greeter spaces open over the next few weeks! Please take a moment to sign up to be a Greeter, and help new people see what our community is really like.  Please join us when you can for this simple, but important work.  Thanks so much - your help is appreciated!
  • 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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