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The Past Month and Coming Next Month

 November, 2016

Planning Ahead - January coming soon.

Calendar of Events - December, 2016

Here are the programs and activities scheduled for December, 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.)


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.

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


For Children:

Classical Vocal Arts for Children
Session Dates – December 4 and 11, 12:30- 2 pm, Gallery
Concert at Community Church Holiday Party – Sunday, December 18, 12:30-1 pm, Assembly Hall

Cheryl Warfield, Artistic Director of Manhattan Opera Repertory Ensemble, known as MOREOpera, offers a new 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 is no tuition fee.  New children always welcome.  The sessions generally follow a 2nd and 4th Sunday schedule.  Throughout the year, the children will offer choral concerts that will be open to the general public.  Questions - Contact Valerie Lynch, Membership Coordinator, vlynch@ccny.org or 212-683-4988.


Secular Humanist Society of New York Book Club
Thursday, December 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 in the Bowery
Saturday, December 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.

Christmas Eve Messiah Choir Rehearsals Begin
Saturday and Sunday, December 3-4, 12:45-2 pm, Hall of Worship

Please contact Jerry Brown, Director of Music, by December 2, if you would like to join this special choir. – 212-683-4988, ext. 33 or jbrown@ccny.org ( See Schedule for additional rehearsals)

Gallery35 - Glass and Gold
Closing Reception – Saturday, December 3, 3-5 pm, Gallery

Ellen Mandelbaum and Karen Fitzgerald will be joining forces to exhibit glorious stained glass painting, gilding, and water colors.

Annual Holiday Craft Fair
Sunday, December 4 – 12:30-4 pm – Vendor Inquiries Now Being Accepted

We will once again feature food, fun, and fabulous crafts and gifts made by artisan members and friends of Community Church.  For information about tables, contact Jody Leight at j_ cyberbunny@yahoo.com  or at (973) 673.7354.

Green Sanctuary Solar Salon Series
VIZN Flow Batteries

Tuesday, December 6, 5:30 - 8:15 pm, Assembly Hall

Guest speaker: Del D.H. Allison, ViZn Energy Systems, Inc.

Gallery35 - Works on Paper
Artists’ Reception:
December 10   6-8pm

Imagine artwork created using many different media and involving widely diverse subjects but all rendered on one surface—paper! Such is the work of fourteen artists featured in Gallery35’s third exhibit of the 2016-2017 season.


Young Adult Gathering
Sunday, December 11, 12:45-2 pm, Meet in Conference Room

Meet with Julio Torres, our Student Minister.

Worship Reflections
Sunday, December 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.


Social Tea
Tuesday, December 13, 2-3:30 pm, Assembly Hall – (Note the schedule change due to holiday.)

Join us for a guest speaker, conversation and light refreshments.
From Assimilation to Liberation - Getting to know Julio Torres; from the fear of 9/11 attacks through military service to liberation and social justice. To do this I will use some framing of the psychoanalyst Karen Horney and her model of three solutions people use to relieve stress and anxiety in a quest for self- realization.

Metro NY UU Christian Fellowship Advent Gathering
Wednesday, December 14, 6:30-7:30 pm, Chapel

Rev. Mark Cutolo, Membership Coordinator at Fourth Universalist , will be leading a seasonal gathering of the local chapter.  Everyone is invited.

Community's Holiday Party -Sunday, December 18, 12:15-2 pm, Assembly Hall
We invite you to a special Fellowship Hour as we celebrate the Holidays together.  Please bring a favorite dish or dessert to share. The children of the Classical Vocal Arts class are planning a concert and Santa will join us too! 

Christmas Eve Services
    Candle Lighting Service - Saturday, December 24, 4:30 pm - Followed with reception

     Annual Handel's Messiah Concert - Saturday, December 24, 7:30 pm -No Tickets Required - Free Will Offering Taken.


Studying Humanism – Resumes Monday, January 30, 6:30-8:30 pm, Gallery (No December Session)

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


Governance/Committee Meetings:

(See announcements for holiday changes)

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

Church Council Meetings – Meets Quarterly (next mtg. 12/14) 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


Other Opportunities:


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

Dec 3: Charlie King & Bev Grant

Dec 10: Adele Rolider and Dave Dersham

Dec 17: Mai Hernon & Celtic Font + Marie Mularczyk O’Connell & friends

Dec 24: Closed for Christmas / Winter holidays

Dec 31: Closed for New Year’s Eve

Jan 7: Reggie Harris & Pat Wictor

Jan 14: Windborne + Robin Greenstein

Jan 21: Professor Louie & the Lewis Family

Jan 28: Closed for PMN Winter Gathering


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