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The Past Month and Coming Next Month

 

July/August, 2016

Planning Ahead - October, 2016

 

Calendar of Events - September, 2016


Here are the programs and activities scheduled for September, 2016

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.)

Weekly:

Hatha Yoga with Nafisa Degani - Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm / 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.  Please bring a yoga mat to the class. (No sessions on on Sept 17).)

NYC Street Singers – Most Tuesdays, 7 pm, 3rd Fl Classroom

The NYC Streetsingers are now doing community outreach with Sing for Hope, a volunteer artists program that performs in Healthcare facilities throughout NYC.  We will be singing in small concert venues and  at bedside performances. Open to all who also believe in the transformative power of the arts to inspire and unite, please join us on Tuesday evenings.  For more information please contact clisbin25@aol.cpm

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For Children:

Classical Vocal Arts for Children - New Series begins Oct 23 , 12:45 – 2 pm, Gallery
Regular Sessions – 2nd and 4th Sundays

Cheryl Warfield, Artistic Director of Manhattan Opera Repertory Ensemble, known as MOREOpera, will offer a summer  series of classical vocal arts for children and youth, including music appreciation and chorus training program open to all children aged 6-14 (some flexibility) so invite family, friends and neighbors too.  There will be no tuition fee. For more information contact Valerie Lynch, Membership Coordinator, vlynch@ccny.org or 212-683-4988, ext. 19. Flyer

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For Adults:
 

Regular Sunday Events:

Transitions
1st Sundays, September 4, 12:45-2 pm, Assembly Hall
This group will explore the internal shifts required during periods of transition. We will focus on aspects of William Bridges’ seminal text Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes

Worship Reflections
2nd Sundays – September 11, 12:45-1:45 pm – Chapel
An informal conversation about the topics raised in the sermon and other things on people’s minds and hearts.

Young at Heart Potluck Brunch
3rd Sunday – September 18, 12:15-1 pm
Join us for an All Ages Potluck Brunch during Fellowship Hour.  We invite you bring a dish to  share and to “come as you are”.

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Secular Humanist Society of New York Book Club
First Thursdays, September 1, 7-8:30 pm, Front Lounge

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!  See www.shsny.org  for titles.


First Saturday Feeding of the Hungry
Saturday, September 3, 10:45 am-12 pm, 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. 26.


Labor Day Sunday Film Screening - CANCELED
Sunday, September 4, 12:45-2:30 pm, Assembly Hall

A screening of a film about the story of Michael Ratner is planned for September 4.


Card Making Circle
Sunday, September 4, 1-4 pm, Front Lounge

Join us after Fellowship Hour (or later after the film) for an afternoon of crafting fun.  Make cards for the holidays or other special occasions.  Supplies will be provided but feel free to bring your own as well.


Expressions "Self Portrait" Workshop
Sunday, September 11, 1-3 pm, Gallery

Gallery35 hopes that their upcoming art show will inspire everyone who sees it to contemplate what would be their own “expression of the self”!  A workshop on creating your own "self-portrait" will be offered on Homecoming Sunday.   No particular art talent Is needed.  Supplies will be provided. Come for an afternoon of creativity along with the opportunity to get a sneak preview of the new exhibit.


Expressions of the Self-Gallery35 Artists' Reception
Saturday, September 17, 6-8 pm, Gallery

Gallery35 is opening its 2016/2017 season with Expressions of the Self—a themed exhibit that is a big departure from recent shows. Fourteen member artists have risen to the challenge of creating work that define “how they see themselves” using a variety of media including painting, photography and collage. Flyer

 

Speech Support Group
Tuesday, September 6 and 20, 6:30-8:15 pm, 3rd Floor Classroom

This monthly group is open to Community members and friends. It welcomes anyone who is a secondary stutterer -- that is an adult who acknowledges he/she does stutter, and one who always has "anticipatory anxiety", the expectation to fail, to be dis-fluent.  Our meetings start with relaxation breathing, then follows with specific exercises and then conversation using the taught techniques. There is a $2 fee per meeting.


Pathways Series – Let's Get Acquainted
Sunday, September 25, 12:45-1:30 pm, Conference Room

What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist?  What does it mean to be a member of Community Church? In order to help answer these questions, we offer our Pathways Classes. This session is led by Rev. Bruce Southworth, our Senior Minister.  He will share his journey and brief history of the church. This session will give people a chance to ask questions about our church as well as what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist.

Studying Humanism
Last Mondays, September 26, 6:30-8:30 pm, Front Lounge

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

 

Governance/Committee Meetings:
 

Board of Trustees Meetings – 4th Wednesdays, 6 pm, Gallery

Church Council Meetings – Meets Quarterly (next mtg. TBA) 6 pm Potluck, 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 – 2nd Sundays, 1-2:15 pm, Conference Room (Nov date will be changed)

 

Coming Next Month
 

UNGA Forum

Sunday, October 16, 1 pm, Assembly Hall

United Nations and Global Affairs Committee will offer a forum celebrating the birthday of the UN. 

 

Other Opportunities:
 

People's Voice Café – Most Saturdays, 8 pm, Assembly Hall - www.peoplesvoicecafe.org

Sep 17: Hudson Valley Sally and Terry Kitchen & Mara Levine 

Sep 24:  Owens Brothers Band and The Filthy Rotten System

Oct 1:  Dani Savyon and Gerry Segal

Oct 8:  Bill & Eli Perras and Fred Arcoleo & Amy Soucy

Oct 15:  Benefit Concert for People’ Music Network & Peoples’ Voice Cafe

Oct 22:  Kevin Nathaniel and MaryNell Morgan

Oct 29:  Martin Daly and Carrie & Michael Kline

 

Esperanto Society – Third Fridays, 7 pm, 3rd Floor Classroom (Sept-May)

 

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 2015/2016

Sunday, November 8, 1 pm, Assembly Hall

Sunday, January 31, 12:45 pm, Assembly Hall

Sunday, March 27, 1 pm, Assembly Hall (Annual Meeting)

Sunday, May 15, 1 pm, Assembly Hall (Budget Hearing)

Sunday, June 5, 1 pm, Assembly Hall

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 Rev. Dr. Orlanda Brugnola, Interim Church Administrator at 212-683-4988 ext. 20 or obrugnola@ccny.org.

Helene and 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 2015


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 schedules.

 

2015-2016 Volunteer Choir Dates

Sunday Worship

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

August. 23 and 30

September. 6, 20 and 27

October 11 and 18

November 1 and 15

January 17 and 24

February 7, 14 and 21

March 13 and 20

April 10 and 17

May 1 and 8

Sunday Service Participation on

September 13, 2015 (Homecoming) - Rehearsal 9:30 am

October 4 and 25

November 22 (Thanksgiving Service)

January 31

February 28 (Music Service)

March 27 (Easter)

April 24

May 15


The Messiah Choir

Optional Rehearsals
December 5 and 6 - 12:45-2 pm, Hall of Worship
December 12 and 13 - 12:45-2 pm, Hall of Worship
December 19 and 20 - 12:45-2 pm, Hall of Worship


Mandatory Rehearsal
Monday, December 21 - 6:30 pm, Hall of Worship