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Religious Education & Family Ministries
Our Sunday School and More

The Past Month and Coming Next Month

 

May, 2016

Planning Ahead - July/August 2016


 

Calendar of Events - June, 2016


Here are the programs and activities scheduled for June, 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 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.  Please bring a yoga mat to the class. 

NYC Street Singers – Most Tuesdays, 7 pm, 3rd Floor 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 - May 1, 8 and 22, 12:45 – 2 pm, Gallery
Regular Sessions – 2nd and 4th Sundays - NOTE SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR May

Cheryl Warfield, Artistic Director of Manhattan Opera Repertory Ensemble, known as MOREOpera, will offer a year-long 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:

 

Secular Humanist Society of New York Book Club

First Thursdays - June 2, 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!

 

First Saturday Feeding of the Hungry in the Bowery

Saturdays, June 4, 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 212-683-4988 / vlynch@ccny.org

 

Quarterly Congregational Meeting

Sunday, June 5, 1 pm, Assembly Hall

Everyone is welcome to attend.  Voting Members will be voting on the 2016-17 Operating and Capital Budgets.  Lunch will be available

 

Studying Humanism  - Note Holiday Schedule Change

Monday, June 6, 6:30-8:30 pm, Gallery

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

 

Gallery35 - The Spring Collection - Closing Reception

Saturday, June 11, 6-8 pm, Gallery

Join us for an evening of fellowship and refreshments as we view/purchase the works of our Gallery35 artists.  Selected works by Gallery35 members and several outside artists will be for sale to benefit Helene and BJ’s Place – Community's homeless shelter. They donated these pieces to help further the shelter’s work of providing a year-round clean and safe space for approximately 10 men each night.

 

Religious Education and Family Ministries Picnic

Sunday, June 12, 12:15-2 pm, Front Lounge/Backyard

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

 

Card Making Circle

Sunday, June  12, 1- 3 pm, Gallery

Immediately following the REFM picnic, join us for afternoon of crafting fun.  Make cards for holidays or other special occasions.  Supplies will be provided but feel free to bring your own as well.

 

Social Tea

Tuesday, June 14, 2-3:30 pm, Assembly Hall - (Change in Regular Schedule)

Join us for the last Social Tea before the summer break.  Our guest speaker is Harold Wright, an independent kemetologist.  He studied under Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan, Egyptologist and Historian, Dr. John Henrik Clarke.  He is also a student Medu Neter, commonly known as Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics. The presentation will be a power point presentation on Ancient Kemet: The Pharonic Order.

 

Young Adult Brunch

Sunday - June 19, 12:45-2 pm - Off Campus - Meet by elevator/Lower Level

Young adults are invited to gather for lively discussion and great food.  Facilitated by our new Ministry Assistant Irene Jenkins.

 

JUNETEENTH - We Love You Shirley with Sharon Hope

Sunday, June 19, 12:30-3:30 pm, Assembly Hall

Our JUNETEENTH Celebration will take place on the actual date of the  holiday, Sunday, June 19, from 12:30-3:30 pm in the Gallery. Tickets ($10.00) include lunch, live jazz, and a performance by Sharon Hope. They are on sale at the Book Stall. Please contact  Esther Rosado if you are interested in  helping with the event. This year's  Juneteenth celebration is co-sponsored by Esther Rosado,  Director of Lifespan Religious Education; Community Women,  Reena Konda, Chair; and the Anti-Racism Team, Sophia Adele  Whitney and Bob Gumbs, Co-Chairs.

 

Transitions

Sunday, June 26, 12:45 – 2 pm, Chapel

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. Facilitated by Irene Jenkins, Ministry Assistant.

 

Engaged Conversations: Secular Buddhism's Support for Daily Practice

Sunday, June 26, 1:15-2:45pm, Conference Room

Alan Oliver is continuing his Secular Buddhism study series.

 

Studying Humanism

Monday, June 27, 6:30-8:30 pm, Gallery

A monthly study group facilitated by John Rafferty of the Secular Humanist Society of New York – Last Session

 

Anti-Racism Team – Summer Break

Green Sanctuary Events – Summer Break

 

Congregational Meetings

 

Quarterly Congregational  Meeting - Sunday, June 5, 1-3 pm, Assembly Hall
Everyone is welcome to attend.  Voting Members will be voting for church leaders and several other matters.  Lunch will be available.

 

 

Governance/Committee Meetings:

Please note there may be changes due to holidays or other events

Board of Trustees Meetings – 4th Wednesdays, 6:30-9 pm, Gallery - Changed to June 29

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

Finance Committee – 3rd Wednesdays, 6 pm, Gallery

Buildings and Grounds Committee – 1st Mondays, 6-7:30 pm, Conference Room - June 6

UN and Global Affairs Committee – 2nd Sundays, 1-2:15 pm, Conference Room - June 12

Gallery35 - 1st Wednesdays, 6:30-9 pm, Gallery - Changed to June 8
 

Other Opportunities:

 

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

 

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

 

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