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February, 2015

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Calendar of Events - March 2015


Calendar of Events - March 2015


Here are the programs and activities scheduled for March, 2015.

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, 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.


AARP Tax Assistance – Thursdays, through April 10, 10 am-3 pm, Assembly Hall – No Fees - Details



Resistance Cinema – Sunday, March 1, 1:15 pm, Gallery

Resistance Cinema kicks off International Women’s Month with an intriguing new film: VESSEL. Doctor Rebecca Gomperts, horrified by the realities created by anti-abortion law around the world, felt compelled to challenge this.  Her method: to build a health clinic on a boat that could provide safe abortions aboard a ship traveling in offshore waters. Thwarting governmental, religious, and military blockades, her story is one of a woman who heard and answered a calling, and transformed a wildly improbable idea into a global movement.


Green Sanctuary Book Group – Mondays, March 2 and 30 and Tuesday, April 14, 6-8 pm, Gallery

The Green Sanctuary Committee continues their 2015 Book Group Discussion Series. The Book Group will meet for 5 more sessions, and will be facilitated by Green Sanctuary’s Vice Chair, Reena Kondo, and Lois Sturm. Book Title: “THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING,” by renowned author Naomi Klein.


Secular Humanist Society of New York Book Club – Thursday, March 5, 7-8:30 pm, Conference Room

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!
Mar: Doubt: A History by Jennifer Michael Hecht (We’ll conclude our study.)


Anti-Racism Team – Friday, March 6, 6:30pm, Gallery

The team offers films and discussions on the first Fridays of the month and occasional Sundays.


First Saturday Feeding of the Hungry in the Bowery - Saturday, March 7, 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


11 am Worship – Sunday, March 8 – Women's Sunday

A Poetic Sermon: Waging Beauty as the Polar Bear Dreams of Ice - Daniela Gioseffi will be our guest speaker for Women's Sunday.  She will speak on the immediacy of the climate crisis and share poems from Eco-Poetry.com. Flyer


United Nations and Global Affairs Committee and Community Women Offer Forum and Luncheon - Sunday, March 8, 1 pm, Assembly Hall

Dr. Elizabeth Nunez, celebrated Caribbean author and distinguished professor at Hunter College of CUNY, will be the keynote speaker for ithe UN luncheon program in honor of Women's History Month.  The theme is Global Women in Business. Dr. Nunez will share her journey and provide excerpts from her most recent book as well as from her rich collection of business and professional materials.  Prof. Nunez, formerly Provost at Medgar Evers College will be joined by Reena Kondo and Community Women as well as diverse UN activists on women's issues.  The program will be moderated by Dr. Fay Bennett Lord. Lunch available ($7). Books will be available for sale. For more information, contact the UNGAC Vice-Chair: nlord518@aol.com or call 347. 613-6001. Flyer soon


Jewish Opera Lecture/Seminar Series - Wednesday, March 18, 2 pm, Assembly Hall

The Maldeb Foundation and The Prof. Edgar H. Lehrman Memorial Foundation are presenting this monthly  series.  The lecture will be given by Leonard Lehrman, DMA - Flyer
March: Biblical Women: Elizabeth Hoffman, Elizabeth Swados et al


The Singing CPASunday, March 15, 1 pm, Assembly Hall

Known simply as the Singing CPA, Steven Zelin has a sharp wit and a gift for creating compelling song parody. He has appeared on ABC Nightline, in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and National Public Radio. Steven earned an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Fordham, plus has a Series 6, 7 & 63. During this program, you will hear Steven’s funny songs about taxes, gain insights into the latest changes in tax law, plus solid general tax advice for tax payers and especially freelancers.  Flyer

Green Sanctuary Book Group – Monday, March 16 Meeting is cancelled.

UU Christian Fellowship - Thursday, March 19, 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.


Color & Light - Gallery35 Art Show Closing Reception – Saturday, March 21, 6-8 pm, Gallery

The artists hope to brighten everyone's spirits as we look forward to the coming of spring! - Flyer


Anti-Racism Team – Sunday, March 22, 6:30pm, Gallery

The team offers films and discussions on the first Fridays of the month and occasional Sundays.


Green Sanctuary Event - Renew New York: Campaign Kick-Off - Tuesday, March 24, 6:30pm, Assembly Hall

A few months ago, over 400,000 people took to the streets of Manhattan to demand real climate action from our leaders. Now it's time to channel our momentum by upping the ante. Real climate leadership means more than simply banning terrible policies--we need to take bold and positive steps that will transition New York to renewable energy and avert the worst impacts of climate change, while creating thousands of clean energy jobs in our home state.  So this year, the Green Sanctuary Committee is going to be supporting Sierra Club's campaign to demand just that from New York State leadership. Come join us at our kick-off gathering to eat, drink, learn more, and plug in!  RSVP by March 18 – greens@ccny.org .

Congregational Annual Meeting – Sunday, March 29, 12:45 pm, Assembly Hall

Everyone is welcome to attend.  All Voting Members are encouraged to vote in the election for the congregation's open leadership positions.  Any questions about voting eligibility see Valerie Lynch, Membership Coordinator, before the meeting.  Lunch will be available.

Social Tea –Tuesday, March 24, 2 -3:30 pm, Assembly Hall

Join us for a guest speaker, conversation and light refreshments. Steven Zelin,The Singing CPA, will be our guest speaker.  Flyer


Green Sanctuary Book Group – Mondays, March 30 and Tuesday, April 14, 6-8 pm, Gallery

The Green Sanctuary Committee continues their 2015 Book Group Discussion Series. The Book Group will meet for 5 more sessions, and will be facilitated by Green Sanctuary’s Vice Chair, Reena Kondo, and Lois Sturm. Book Title: “THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING,” by renowned author Naomi Klein.


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


Governance/Committee Meetings:

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

Church Council Meetings – Meets Quarterly (next May 13), 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 March 1)


Additional Opportunities:

Esperanto Society – Friday, March 20, 7 pm, Third Fl. Classroom

Peoples Voice Café – Most Saturday Evenings, 8 pm, Assembly Hall- www.peoplesvoicecafe.org

    Mar 7: International Women's Day Celebration: SONiA of Disappear Fear

    Mar 14: emma's revolution

    Mar 21: Brooklyn Community Storytellers; Adele Rolider

    Mar 28: Brooklyn Women's Chorus

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.

Save the Date:

Annual Community Seder - Saturday, April 4, 5 pm - Info

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