March 22 - 28, 2019
In This Issue:
Sunday Services
9:15 & 11:00AM 
March 24
Taking Religious Experience Seriously
Rev. Thom Belote, preaching

In graduate school, Rev. Thom studied under Prof. Jeffrey Kripal, a revolutionary scholar who studies intense (mystical) religious experiences. This morning, Rev. Thom will read from a series of sermons Kripal delivered at a UU church in Houston, as well as share his own reflections on mysticism.     
MUSIC NOTES  This Sunday, the Community Church Choir will be singing two very different American songs, both based on visions in the heavens. The first is by Oklahoma composer Alfred E. Brumley, working in the southern gospel shape note tradition. The second is an arrangement by African American composer William L. Dawson, of a classic Negro spiritual. Glenn Mehrbach will play a movement from a late Beethoven piano sonata for Gathering Music.
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Message from the Minister
March 24
Taking Religious Experience Seriously
Rev. Thom Belote, preaching

In graduate school, Rev. Thom studied under Prof. Jeffrey Kripal, a revolutionary scholar who studies intense (mystical) religious experiences. This morning, Rev. Thom will read from a series of sermons Kripal delivered at a UU church in Houston, as well as share his own reflections on mysticism.     

       Check out Rev. Thom's video trailer for this Sunday's Service.  
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. 
  • THIS WEEK'S SHARE THE PLATE will be for the Refugee Community Partnership, a local nonprofit that provides support to enable refugee families access community services & resources, overcome language barriers, develop social networks and much more. RCP's Youth Community Advocates program equips youth with training and skills to preserve cultural identity and serve as their communities' agents of social change. Donations will send youth to social justice & leadership development trainings and college readiness workshops. 
  • 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.  
  • FLOWERS TO FILL THE GAP Did you notice the pop-up ("bring some - buy some") Flower Market during Coffee Hour last Sunday? Lots and lots of fresh daffodils from the Maddox yard, all 108 of them, were snapped up at $1 per bunch of 6 blooms. Such a grand idea - helping close the gap between estimated costs and projected capital funds for the church's building project! Maybe folks will bring some more this Sunday! Look next to the Egg Sales display.
  • 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. 
  • WOMENCIRCLE The WomenCircle will tour Reynolda House in Winston-Salem on April 5. The tour will include the highlights of the house and a special exhibit entitled, Hopper to Pollock: American Modernism. The tickets are $16 per person payable at start of the tour. We will carpool from the church leaving at 9:30 a.m. We have reserved space for lunch in the Silo Restaurant at Reynolda Village at 11:30 a.m. Contact Joan O'Brien to RSVP by March 29. Space is limited to 20 people. 
  • HOGWARTS ON THE HILL Hogwarts on the Hill, the church's two-day magical mini-camp returns July 19-20! Registration for wizards and witches ages 5 and up will be open soon. Adult volunteers are needed to create the magic and fun. For more information, stop by the Hogwarts table on March 31 or come to an organizational meeting on April 7 at 12:30 in the Community Room. 
  • BOOKS STILL NEEDED If we build them (Little Libraries for Habitat for Humanity neighborhoods), they (readers) will come. We built three libraries as part of Community Service Day and need books to fill them and ensure a steady supply. We need fifty for each library, so 150 for starters. If you have good quality books for adults and children, please bring them to the donations basket in the Commons through March 31. Thank you.
  • NEWS FROM THE KITCHEN COMMITTEE The Kitchen Committee has been cleaning and organizing to make using the kitchen more pleasant. We request that you remove any personal item that you may have left in the kitchen. All unclaimed items will be taken to the thrift shop on Monday, April 1. Our sincere thanks for your assistance. 
  • 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. 
  • DISMANTLING RACISM WORKSHOP APRIL 14 Join us for a workshop co-sponsored by Community Church and Kehillah Synagogue. Led by Dr. David Campt, this workshop for white allies offers tools for honest and more effective conversations about race with white friends, relatives, and neighbors. Learn how to better dismantle racism one conversation at a time. Cost is $40. CLICK HERE to register online.
  • CONCERT FOR A CAUSE-BENEFIT FOR BORDER ASSISTANCE Side With Love is sponsoring a concert for cello and piano, featuring Deborah Davis and Deborah Hollis, on Sunday April 14, at 3 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Al Otro Lado, a bi-national organization providing legal services to indigent deportees, migrants, and refugees in Tijuana, Mexico. Suggested donation: $15, but any amount is welcome. Visit the Love Table after services for more information.
  • EARTH MONTH COMPETITION 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
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; 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.
  • 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 
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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