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The Past Month and Coming Next Month

 December, 2016

Planning Ahead - February Coming Soon

Calendar of Events - January, 2017

Here are the programs and activities scheduled for January, 2017.

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 – Sundays, January 8 and 22, 12:30- 2 pm, Gallery

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.


Worship Reflections – Resumes in February
2nd Sundays – 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.

Speech Support Group
Tuesdays, January 5 and 19, 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.

Secular Humanist Society of New York Book Club
First Thursdays, January 5, 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, January 7, 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.

Let’s Get Acquainted – Pathways to Membership with Rev. Bruce Southworth
Sunday, January 8, 12:45-1:45 pm, Chapel

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.

Anti-Racism Team Film Presentation – Sunday, January 8, 12:45 – 2:30 pm, Assembly Hall

The Team will offer the film The Abolitionists.  A discussion will follow the viewing.

Green Sanctuary Solar Salon - Solar's Value: Policy and Regulation Discussion Between Two Energy Leaders
Tuesday, January 10, 5:30-8:15 pm, Assembly Hall

Guest speakers will be Jigar Shah, President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital and Karl Rábago, Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, at the Pace University School of Law.

Women's March on Washington – Saturday, January 21

On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
All Souls UU has arranged a bus – Limited number of seats are still available - $65 /Leaving NYC at 6 am.  Registration and Pre-payment is required. Pay at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-souls-goes-to-washington-tickets-29584968437

Community Book Study - Sunday, January 22, 12:45-2 pm, Chapel

Join Rev. Bruce Southworth and Julio Torres, our Student Minister, for our follow-up session on The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II.  Dr. Barber’s book is available at the Bookstall..

Card Making Circle – Tentatively scheduled for January 22, 1-3 pm, Gallery

Join us after Fellowship Hour for an afternoon of crafting fun.  Supplies will be provided but feel free to bring your own as well.

Quarterly Congregational Meeting – Sunday, January 29, 12:45 pm, Assembly Hall

Everyone is welcome to attend.  Voting Members will be voting on several matters.  Lunch will be available.

Studying Humanism

Last Mondays, January 30, 6:30-8:30 pm, Conference Room

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

Social Tea - Tuesday, January 31, 2 -3:30 pm, Assembly Hall

Join us for a guest speaker, conversation and light refreshmentsInvite friends too!  RSVP: erosado@ccny.org or 212-683-4988.


Governance/Committee Meetings:


Board of Trustees Meetings – 4th Wednesdays, 6 pm, Gallery (See announcements for holiday chages)

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



Other Opportunities:


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

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