March 8 - 14, 2019
In This Issue:
Sunday Services
9:15 & 11:00AM 
March 10
Your One Wild and Precious Life:
A Tribute to Mary Oliver
Rev. Thom Belote, preaching

On January 17 of this year, we learned of the death of Mary Oliver, who has been often called the poet laureate of Unitarian Universalism. Our Worship Service this morning will speak of her life, her poetry, and the ways it touched so many lives.

MUSIC NOTES This Sunday, the Community Church Singers will sing about how purpose brings endless possibilities, which I chose after reading the Mary Oliver quote, "May I be the tiniest nail in the house of the universe, tiny but useful." Guitarist and banjoist Maria Fairchild will sing a wonderful song about poetry. Come early to hear Maria play Gathering Music.
TABLING                                 COMMUNITY DAY OF SERVICE                                                                                            
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!
Within These Walls
  • COMMUNITY DAY OF SERVICE/ANNUAL PLEDGE DRIVE WOW! Just, WOW! Thanks to all of you who were involved in some way, shape, or form in our church's first Community Day of Service. And for those of you who couldn't be there, we hope you enjoy the photos of the celebration at the church last Saturday and the photos of various groups who participated in one of the 15 community service projects. It was truly a wonderful day. Please remember to turn in your pledge packet by this coming Sunday, March 10. You can also pledge online. Many thanks!
  • 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. 
    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.
  • MARCH ISSUE OF BUILDING BLOCKS The third issue of the new publication providing pithy updates on our Building Project is on the stands now! This issue features updated insights into the town approval process 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 them via the church's Building on Our Legacy webpage. 
  • PREACHERS WANTED Rev. Thom's annual Preaching Practicum class is set to begin on April 4. There are a final few spots remaining. Participants learn from Rev. Thom the art of composing a sermon that they deliver during the summer months. Contact Rev.Thom  with questions or interest.  
  • BOUNTIFUL BAGS  Bountiful Bags were handed out and we received FIFTY filled Bountiful Bags back! The bags were filled with non-perishable foods to help stock the Inter-Faith Council Food Pantry. IFC appreciates the generosity of The Community Church. If you haven't returned your filled bag, it's not too late! Donations will still be gratefully accepted. Questions? Email Maureen O'Rourke or Shannon Richards.
  • 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
  • THE HONDURAS IMMIGRATION CRISIS AND THE US ROLE On Wednesday, March 13 at 7:30 in our Sanctuary Balance and Accuracy in Journalism (BAJ) will present two Witness for Peace Travelers, Gail Phares and Jeff Boyer, who have just returned from Honduras. They will report on why thousands of Hondurans - men, women and children- have fled north, in search of sanctuary. They will address the US role in the human rights crisis in Honduras, including the impact of US military and police aid, the drug war and gangs which thrive there. Contact: Jerry Markatos 919-542-2139 (BAJ)
  • 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. 
    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
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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