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March, 2016

Planning Ahead - May, 2016


Calendar of Events - April, 2016

Here are the programs and activities scheduled for April, 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.)


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.  NO SESSION ON MARCH 12

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


For Children:

Classical Vocal Arts for Children - April 10 and 17, 12:45 – 2 pm, Gallery
Regular Sessions – 2nd and 4th Sundays - NOTE SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR APRIL / April 10 and 17

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


For Adults:

First Saturday Feeding of the Hungry - Saturday, April 2, 10:45 am-12 pm

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.

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

Green Sanctuary Book Discussion - Tuesday, April 5 (and 19), Gallery

6:00–6:30pm - Noshing & Socializing   ~ please bring something to share ~
6:30– 8:30pm - Discussion

Title: Change is Our Choice - Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI)


Secular Humanist Society of New York Book Club

Thursday, April 7, 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!
Title: THE ORIGINS OF POLITICAL ORDER: From Prehistoric Times to the French Revolution  by Francis Fukuyama
Apr-Part 1 / May – Part 2


Gallery35 Art Show - IMAGINED CITY:  John Devaney Paintings   - Artist's’ Reception - Saturday, April 9, 6-8pm, Gallery

John Devaney , Gallery35 member since 2014, has been exhibiting his cityscapes painted during his past 8 years of living in midtown Manhattan—parks, buildings, rooftops, and the flow of humanity surging through them. In a manner described as “Dickensian,” he reports on the endless changing shapes of people and their environments in a city half recognizable and half imagined. Flyer

Sermon Reflections – Sunday, April 10, 12:45-1:45 pm - Chapel

Join us for a follow-up discussion of the sermon topic after fellowship hour. A chance to discuss reactions and feelings that emerge.

Anti-Racism Team - Sunday, April 10, 1 pm, Assembly Hall

The team offers films and discussions on various Sundays.  The next film is The Power Broker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights. "Whitney Young was one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders of the civil rights era. As head of the National Urban League, he fought for the rights of thousands but was often criticized by the very people he was trying to help."

Card Making Circle - Sunday, April 10, 1- 3 pm, Front Lounge

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.

Gallery35 Art Show - IMAGINED CITY:  John Devaney Paintings - Open Gallery - Sunday, April 10, 1-2:30 pm, Gallery

The Gallery will be open for viewing this show.  See announcement for Saturday, April 9 for more information..

Young Adult Brunch - Third Sundays - April 17, 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.

Joel Mandelbaum Concert - Sunday, April 17, 12:45-1:45 pm

The concert will feature oboist Ana Isabel Ayala, who is completing her doctorate in performance at SUNY Stony Brook.  It will also feature singer Kathryn Wieckhorst, who has performed at our church several times.    It will feature works by Ronald Roseman, Tina Nicholson, Camille Saint-Saens and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (one of J.S.Bach's sons) as well as my songs Light and Shade to texts by Susan Fox (the librettist of The Village).  Of Light and Shade, The NYTimes wrote on the occasion of its premier  "the songs were delightful....exquisitely crafted settings..."    

In Memoriam – Rev. Dr. Orlanda Brugnola - Sunday, April 17, 3:30 pm, Hall of Worship

A Celebration of the Life of Rev. Dr. Orlanda Brugnola is planned for Sunday, April 17, at 3:30 pm in the Hall of Worship. A reception will follow.

Green Sanctuary Book Discussion - Tuesday, April 19, Assembly Hall

6:00–6:30pm - Noshing & Socializing   ~ please bring something to share ~
6:30– 8:30pm - Discussion

Title: Change is Our Choice - Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI)

Annual Community Seder – Saturday, April 23, 5-7:30 pm, Assembly Hall

Plan to join us for a wonderful time of fun and fellowship.  Tickets will be available on Sundays and on-line on our website.  Please contact Esther Rosado, Valerie Lynch or Irene Perkins to be part of the Seder Team. Tickets/Info

Engaged Conversations: Secular Buddhism's Support for Daily Practice - Sunday, April 24, 12:45-2:30pm, Chapel

Alan Oliver is continuing his Secular Buddhism study series. 

Arabic Workshop - Sunday, April 24, 1-3 pm, 3rd Floor Classroom

An Arabic language workshop is offered monthly.  Contact Esther Rosado, erosado@ccny.org or 212-683-4988, ext. 23 for information. (Note: Change in Schedule this month)  

Studying Humanism - Monday, April 25, 6:30-8:30 pm, Gallery

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

Social Tea –Tuesday, April 26, 2 -3:30 pm, Assembly Hall

Join us for a guest speakers, conversation and light refreshments.

The Spring Collection – Saturday, April 30, 6-8 pm, Gallery

Join us for evenings of fellowship and refreshments as we view the works of our Gallery35 artists.Join us for evenings of fellowship and refreshments as we view the works of our Gallery35 artists. A highlight of this exhibit will be a Silent Auction – held during the Artists’ Reception on April 30 – to benefit Helene and BJ’s Homeless Shelter. The artists will enter selected pieces – separate from the exhibit art – for the auction. 50% of the final bidding offers will be donated to help further the shelter’s work of providing a year-round clean and safe space for approximately 10 men each night.

Governance/Committee Meetings:

Please note there may be changes due to holidays

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

Church Council Meetings – Meets Quarterly (next mtg. April 13) 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

Gallery35 - 1st Wednesdays, 6:30-9 pm, Gallery

Other Opportunities:


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

Apr 2: Pat Lamanna; Elaine Romanelli

Apr 16: Second Annual Ray Korona Song Night

Apr 23: (Closed for Passover)

Apr 30: Professor Louie & the Lewis Family


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