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July 2014

Planning Ahead - September 2014


Calendar of Events - August 2014

Here are the programs and activities scheduled for August, 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 – Back for the Summer! - Weekly
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.

First Saturday Feeding of the Hungry in the Bowery
Saturday, August 2, 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. 19.

A Midsummer Messiah
Sunday, August 3, 12:45 to 3 pm, Assembly Hall

Here's your summer opportunity to have a great time singing the choruses from the Christmas portion of the Messiah, plus the Hallelujah Chorus. There will be a light lunch to the backdrop of nostalgic and fun videotapes of some of our earlier musical events.  Then everyone is welcome to sing! If you prefer not to sing, come and join the audience.  Hosts: Jerry Brown, Director of Music, Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson and Dr. Janice Marie Johnson.

Secular Humanist Society of New York Book Club
Thursday, August 7, 7-9 pm, Gallery    (Note: Session was originally scheduled for July)

THE AGE OF ATHEISTS: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God (Intro and Part 1)
by Peter Watson
Acclaimed historian Watson offers a sweeping narrative of the secular philosophers and poets, psychologists and scientists, painters and playwrights, et al, who have forged a thrilling, bold path in the absence of religious belief. From Nietzsche to Habermas, Watson's narrative explores the revolutionary ideas provoked by these great minds and movements. 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!

Grief Support Group – Sundays, August 10, 17, 24 and 31,  1-2:15 pm, Chapel

Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief will be. You may associate grief with the death of a loved one—which is often the cause of the most intense type of grief—but any loss can cause grief. Barbara Simpson, who offered Life and Death Café this past year, will facilitate.

Chair Yoga – Sessions Cancelled for August - May be rescheduled for later date.

Chair Yoga is designed for specific populations and such conditions as Alzheimer’s, stroke, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, cancer, spinal cord injuries, obesity, and visual impairment. We will adopt the traditional Yoga class so that students of any age, shape, size, ability, or disability may enjoy the Hatha Yoga experience safely and comfortably. We will also deepen our meditation practice.


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. The Messiah Choir performs the Christmas Portion of Handel's Messiah on Christmas Eve. New people are always welcome. Contact Jerry Brown, Director of Music - jbrown@ccny.org or 212-683-4988, for more information.

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

Date will be announced by early November.

Optional Rehearsals

Dates will be announced by early November

Wednesday, December 24  
Call       7 PM
Service     7:30 PM