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The Past Month and Coming Next Month

November, 2014

Planning Ahead - January, 2015.


Calendar of Events - December 2014

Here are the programs and activities scheduled for December, 2014.

Check back occasionally for Updates!  Occasionally room locations need to be changed - Check the door signs upon arrival.

Room Location Notes:

Hall of Worship, Assembly Hall, Conference Room and Chapel – 40 E 35th Street (Church Bldg)
Gallery, Front and Rear Lounges, 3rd Floor Classroom – 28 E 35th Street – Look for Red Door/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.

Arabic Language Class – Saturdays, December 6 and 13, from 10:00 am to 12 pm, 3rd Floor Classroom
Arabic Classes will continue through December 13.  All levels are welcome.

Gallery35 - Ellen Mandelbaum Retrospective - Flyer
This show will display, some for the first time, oils, watercolors and stained glass works created over Ellen's amazing 50 year career. A variety of works will be shown including "In Monet's Garden, Talking to God". Other water colors, oil paintings and artwork in other mediums along with several stained glass pieces will be exhibited and a projected slide show of forty years of Ellen's stained glass - major commissions and smaller works - will be presented.
    Open House Showcase – Tuesdays (November 18-December 16), 2-4 pm, Gallery
    The Artist's Talk – Sunday, December 7, 1-3 pm, Gallery
    Ellen has great experience speaking  of the shape, form, and color of other artists’ work. She
    will now talk about her own work, speaking from the heart.
    Closing Reception – Saturday, December 20, 2-4 pm, Gallery


First Saturday Feeding of the Hungry in the Bowery - Saturday, December 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

Secular Humanist Society of New York Book Club – Thursday, December 4, 7-8:30 pm, Conference Room
Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris - 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!

Anti-Racism Team – Friday, December 5, 6:30pm, Gallery
The team will again be offering films and discussions on the first Fridays of the month and occasional Sundays.

First Saturday Feeding of the Hungry in the Bowery - Saturday, December 6, 10:45 am, Offsite
We are invited 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.

Annual Holiday Crafts Fair – Sunday, December 7, 1-4 pm, Assembly Hall
It 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.

Christmas Eve Messiah Choir Rehearsal– Sunday, December 7, 12:45 pm
Join us for our first rehearsal.  New singers are welcome. Please contact Jerry Brown, Director of Music, by December 10, if you would like to join this special choir>

Deck the Halls - Community's Holiday Party  -Sunday, December 14, 12:15 pm, Assembly Hall
We invite you to a special Fellowship Hour as we celebrate the Holidays together.  Soup will be provided – Bring a favorite dish or dessert to share. Santa will join us too!   Resistance Cinema will offer a wonderful film afterwards.
Canadian Bacon - It's a hilarious spoof on militarism, propaganda, and paranoia via a ridiculous anti-Canadian campaign to boost poll ratings for the President. It features John Candy, Alan Alda,and Rhea Perlman and was directed by Michael Moore. It came out in the mid 1990s.

Pathways 1 – Let's Get Acquainted-Sunday, December 21, 12:45-1:30 pm, Chapel
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.

UU Christian Fellowship - Third Thursdays, December 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 the 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. All UUs in the District are invited to participate.

Christmas Eve Services
    Candle Lighting Service - Wednesday, December 24, 4:30 pm - Followed with reception.
    Annual Handel's Messiah Concert - Wednesday, December 24, 7:30 pm
    No Tickets Required-Free Will Offering Taken

Christmas Day Dinner – Wednesday, December 25, 12 noon –Purchase Tickets at the Welcome Table.
Adults $20/Children Under 12 $7 /Family Maximum $50 – Checks or Cash (exact amount) accepted.

Kwanzaa Sunday – Sunday, December 28, 11 am, Hall of Worship
Kwanzaa is a Pan-African celebration of family, community, and culture. This year marks the forty-ninth anniversary of the first celebration and concludes on the first day 2015. The service will include elements for all ages and children are welcome!|

Studying Humanism - Resumes Monday, January 26, 6:30 pm
A monthly study group facilitated by John Rafferty of the Secular Humanist Society of New York.

Social Tea – Resumes Tuesday, January 27, 2 pm
Join us for a guest speaker, conversation and light refreshments.


Governance/Committee Meetings:

Board of Trustees Meetings – 4th Wednesdays, , 6 pm, Gallery
(December meeting will be rescheduled – watch Sunday announcements.)

Church Council Meetings – Meets Quarterly (next January  7) , 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 – 1st Sundays, 9:45-10:45 am, Conference Room
(Next Meeting March 1)


 Additional Opportunities:

Esperanto Society – Friday, December 19, 7 pm, Third Fl. Classroom

Peoples Voice Café – Most Saturday Evenings, 8 pm, Assembly Hall

    December 6, 2014: Charlie King & Rick Burkhardt

    December 13, 2014: New York City Labor Chorus

    December 20, 2014: Generations: Mike and Aleksi Glick and Dan & Faith Senie

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 and 10

Sunday Service Participation on

September 14 (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