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The Past Month and Coming Next Month

May, 2015

Planning Ahead - Coming in July


Calendar of Events - June 2015

Here are the programs and activities scheduled for June, 2015.

Check back occasionally for Updates!

Room Location Notes:

Hall of Worship, Assembly Hall, Conference Room and Chapel – 40 E 35th Street (Church Bldg)

Gallery, Front and Rear Lounges and 3rd Floor Classroom - 28 E 35th Street (Look for red door and ring buzzer.)



Hatha Yoga with Nafisa Degani - Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm and Saturdays, 12:30-2 pm, Rear Lounge

Hatha Yoga is a branch of yoga which concentrates on physical health and mental well-being. Hatha yoga uses bodily postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation (dyana) with the goal of bringing about a sound, healthy body and a clear, peaceful mind. There are nearly 200 hatha yoga postures, with hundreds of variations, which work to make the spine supple and to promote circulation in all the organs, glands, and tissues. Hatha yoga postures also stretch and align the body, promoting balance and flexibility with very slow controlled movements.  Please bring a yoga mat to the class.



Studying Humanism - Monday, June 1, 6:30-8:30 pm, Conference Room – Note Date Change Due to Holiday

A monthly study group facilitated by John Rafferty of the Secular Humanist Society of New York.


Secular Humanist Society of New York Book Club - Thursday, June 4, 7-8:30 pm, Conference Room

Some of us will have dinner together afterwards at a nearby (inexpensive) restaurant. Please join us. Join us even if you haven't finished reading. The book club is open to all ... and free!
June Title: ROGER WILLIAMS AND THE CREATION OF THE AMERICAN SOUL: Church, State and the Birth of Liberty by John M. Barry

Anti-Racism TeamFriday, June 5, Cancelled - Will Resume in the Fall

First Saturday Feeding of the Hungry in the Bowery - Saturday, June 6, 10:45 am, Offsite

We invite you to help the Sai Baba Group feed the hungry on the First Saturday of each month. We meet on Forsyth, just south of Houston at 10:45 am. Please bring vegetarian food to share with the over 100 people who come. This is an outdoor event so dress for the weather. For more information contact Valerie Lynch at vlynch@ccny.org or 212-683-4988, ext. 19 - Details


Quarterly Congregational Meeting (with Budget Vote) – Sunday, June 7, 1 pm, Assembly Hall

All Voting Members are encouraged to attend congregational meetings.  Any questions about voting eligibility contact Valerie Lynch, Membership Coordinator, (vlynch@ccny.org or 212-683-4988, ext. 23) before the meeting date.  Lunch will be available.


Church Council – Wednesday, June 10, 6:30-7:30 pm, Gallery

The Church Council will be planning the coming church year activity calendar.


Religious Education and Family Ministries Picnic - Sunday, June 14, 12:15-2 pm, Front Lounge/Backyard

Everyone is invited to celebrate the conclusion of the Sunday School year and the beginning of summer.


Resistance Cinema – Sunday, June 14, 1:15 pm – Gallery

Film: CITIZENFOUR – Information about illegal wiretapping practices of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, accompanied by investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald and The Guardian intelligence reporter Ewen MacAskill, she went to Hong Kong with her camera for the first meeting with the stranger, who identified himself as Edward Snowden..


Social Tea – Tuesday, June 16, 2-3:30pm – NOTE DATE CHANGE

Join us for a guest speaker, conversation and light refreshments. This month's speaker is John Bruschi who will speak about Healthcare and Inequality.


UU Christian Fellowship - Third Thursdays, June 18, 7:30-9 pm, Conference Room

Theme for the year is Desert Spirituality. All are welcome. Flyer and Session Schedule/Agenda
MNY-UUCF, a local chapter of the national UU Christian Fellowship (UUCF), is led by Rev. Dr. Kelly Murphy Mason, a UU community minister and former Vice-President of the UUCF. The chapter meets the third Thursday of every month at Community for fellowship and discussion, religious education, and spiritual deepening.


Juneteenth – Friday, June 19, 5:30-9 pm, Front and Rear Lounge and Gallery

Join us for our 7th annual JUNETEENTH celebration as we commemorate the “official” end of African American slavery in the U.S.  – Details soon.

ART SHOWCASE 2015 - Closing Reception: June 20, 6-8pm, Gallery

The annual exhibit in which member artists of Gallery35 display their best representative work—will be on display through June 20th.  Be sure to visit the gallery for this last show of 2014/2015!   Flyer


Studying Humanism - Monday, June 29, 6:30-8:30 pm, Conference Room

A monthly study group facilitated by John Rafferty of the Secular Humanist Society of New York.


Pathways 1 – Let's Get Acquainted - Dates to be announced

We invite you to a warm, small group conversation with Rev. Bruce Southworth, our Senior Minister.  He will offer an introduction to Unitarian Universalism and history of Community Church. He will also share his own faith journey.  Bring your questions!  Visitors and New Members are welcome.


Pathways 2 – Our Community and the Meaning of Membership - Date to be announced soon

This session is devoted to sharing our spiritual and journey and exploring what Community Church offers. Our church provides an opportunity for people to grow their souls and to help their community in many practical ways. At this session, we will explore the various activities, committees and groups in our congregation. This session will explain what it means to be a member of our church.  The session will last for approximately ninety minutes. Light refreshments will be served.  An RSVP is requested.  Any questions? Contact Valerie Lynch, Membership Coordinator, 12-683-4988, ext. 19 or vlynch@ccny.org.


Governance/Committee Meetings:

Board of Trustees Meetings – 4th Wednesdays, 6 pm Potluck/6:30-9 pm Meeting, Gallery
(June meeting will be held on July 1 due to UUA General Assembly)

Church Council Meetings – Meets Quarterly (next mtg. June 10) 6:30-7:30 pm Meeting, Gallery

Finance Committee – 3rd Wednesdays, 6 pm, Gallery

Buildings and Grounds Committee – 1st Mondays, 6, 6 pm, Conference Room

UN and Global Affairs Committee – 1st Sundays, 9:45-10:45 am, Conference Room


Additional Opportunities:

Esperanto Society – On summer break until September

Peoples Voice Café – On summer break until September

Henry George School is offering classes at Community on various evenings.  Community Church Members and Friends are welcome – no fee.  For more information contact (212) 889-8020 or email info@hgsss.org.


Congregational Meeting Schedule

Congregational Meeting Schedule for 2014/2015

November 2, 2014 – Quarterly Meeting

January 25, 2015 – Annual Meeting

March 29, 2015 – Quarterly Meeting

May 17, 2015 – Budget Hearing

June 7, 2015 – Quarterly Meeting

Volunteer Opportunities

Office Volunteers

Community Church needs you!  Do you have a few hours to spare during the week?  We are looking for several office volunteers.  This is a wonderful way to help your Congregation reach its financial goals and be a welcoming presence in the church.  If you are comfortable answering phones and doing other light office work, please call Bob Martin, Business Administrator at 212-683-4988 ext. 20 or rmartin@ccny.org

BJ's Place, our men's shelter, needs additional volunteers to serve as overnight hosts.  Even if you can only offer a night or two, please contact George Garland at 
gagarland@gmail.com for more information. Thank you!

Greeting and Hospitality Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to help greet at worship services and serve after-service refreshments.  Please see Valerie Lynch, Membership Coordinator, during Fellowship Hour or call 212-983-4988, ext. 19.

First Saturdays at the Bowery
Community members and friends are invited to help at the Sai Baba’s feeding of the hungry in the Bowery on first Saturdays of each month at 10:45 am, on Forsyth just south of Houston.  Children are welcome to come help too!  Bring a vegetarian item (such as chips, veggies, juice, pasta casserole or PBJ sandwiches). Pre-packing snacks or sandwiches in small plastic bags is very helpful and makes it easier to distribute to the over 200 people who come for this meal. This is a rain or shine event so dress for the weather.  RSVP to Valerie Lynch at
vlynch@ccny.org or 212-683-4988, ext. 19.


Volunteer Choir Rehearsals

The Volunteer Choir provides music for several of the Sunday Worship Services. New people are always welcome. Contact Jerry Brown, Director of Music - jbrown@ccny.org or 212-683-4988, ext 33, for more information.

The Messiah Choir performs the Christmas Portion of Handel's Messiah on Christmas Eve (See below for schedule).


2014-2015 Volunteer Choir Dates

Sunday Worship

Rehearsals on Sundays  -   12:45 - 2 pm - Chapel

August. 24 and 31

September. 7, 21 and 28
October. 5, 19 and 26

November 16

January 11 and 18

February 1, 8, and 15

March  15 and 22

April 12 and 19

May  3, 10 and 31

June 14 and 21

August 23 and 30, 2015

September 6, 2015

Sunday Service Participation on

September 14, 2014 (Homecoming) - Rehearsal 9:30 am

October 5 - Rehearsal at 9:30 am

November 2 - Rehearsal at 9:30 am

November 23 - Rehearsal at 9:30 am

January 25 - Rehearsal at 9:30 am

February 22 (Music Service) - Rehearsal at 9:30 am

April 5 (Easter) - Rehearsal at 9:30 am

April 26 - Rehearsal at 9:30 am

May 17 - Rehearsal at 9:30 am

Date TBA - Mid-Summer Messiah - Rehearsals TBA

Date TBA - Music at Community Sunday - Rehearsals TBA



Christmas Eve Messiah Rehearsal Schedule

To join this special choir contact Jerry Browm, Director of Music, jbrown@ccny.org or call 212-683-4988, ext. 33, by December 10.

Optional Rehearsals

Sunday, December 7
12:45 pm

Saturday, December13
12:45 pm

Sunday, December14
12:45 pm

Saturday, December 20
12:45 pm

Sunday, December.21
12:45 pm


Monday, December 22
6:30 pm

Wednesday, December 24  
Call       7 PM
Service     7:30 PM