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April, 2016

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Calendar of Events - May 2016

Here are the programs and activities scheduled for May, 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 May 28 - Memorial Day Weekend

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 - 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


For Adults:



Sunday, May 1, 12:45-2 pm, Chapel

Small group discussion group forming.  Facilitated by Irene Jenkins, Ministry Assistant                                  


Green Sanctuary Book Discussion

Tuesday, May 3 (and 17), 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)


UU Christian Fellowship Meeting for Fellowship and Prayer

Wednesday, May 4, 7-8:30 pm, Chapel

All are welcome to this monthly gathering.  It will be facilitated by Dr. Peter Walters, member of Community Church.


Secular Humanist Society of New York Book Club

First Thursdays – Thursday, May 5, 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

First Saturday, May 7, 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.


Mothers Day Concert

Sunday, May 8, 12:30-1 pm, Assembly Hall

The Classical Vocal Arts for Children class will present a concert in celebration of Mothers Day..


Sermon Reflections

Sunday, May 8, 12:45-1:45 pm – Chapel

Young Adult Brunch

Sunday May 15 - To be rescheduled due to congregational meeting.


Green Sanctuary Book Discussion

Tuesday, May 17, 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)


Parenting Workshop - Postponed until further notice


Fun Fund Fiesta - Celebrate Community

Sunday, May 22, 12:15-1:15, Assembly Hall

The Board of Trustees invites you to stay for a special fellowship hour to celebrate our congregation.  We will have speakers sharing what Community Church means to them.  It will kick off our stewardship campaign for 2016/2017.  Flyer

Living in Gratitude – Second  of Two Forums with Dr. Janice Marie Johnson

Sunday, May 22, 1:15-2:45 pm, Conference Room

We will explore the notion of gratitude and the rich role that it plays in our respective lives.  This forum will give us the opportunity to exchange our thoughts, in hopes that we can share our gratitude with and for each other throughout this new church year -- and beyond.

Engaged Conversations: Secular Buddhism's Support for Daily Practice

Sunday, May 22, 1:15-2:45pm, Chapel

Alan Oliver is continuing his Secular Buddhism study series.  (Note Time Schedule Change for May)

Young Adult Brunch

Sunday, May 22, 1:15-2:30 pm - Off Campus - Meet by elevator/Lower Level

Arabic Workshop..- May and June sessions are cancelled.


Studying Humanism

Last Mondays, May 30, 6:30-8:30 pm, Gallery

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


Social Tea - Opera and Social Justice

Last Tuesday, May 31, 2 -3:30 pm, Assembly Hall

Join us for a guest speakers, conversation and light refreshments. Jerry Brown, our Director of Music, will be our speaker this month. Plots in the standard operatic repertoire have dealt with countless subject matters. Social and political issues are common topics frequently found in operas, topics which are still relevant today. At this month's Social Tea, Jerry will be discussing a few of these operas with numerous musical examples. Flyer


Congregational Meetings

Budget Hearing

Sunday, May 15, 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.


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. 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
May Meeting rescheduled to May 4

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 (Sept-May), 8 pm, Assembly Hall - www.peoplesvoicecafe.org

May 7: Women in Story & Song: Thelma Thomas; Robin Greenstein

May 14: Joel Landy; Steve Suffet

May 21: Matt Jones/Phil Ochs Tribute with Magpie


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.


Save the Date - Coming in June

Gallery35 - The Spring Collection - Closing Reception

Saturday, June 11, 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.

Juneteenth Celebration - Sunday, June 19, 2-4 pm

Our JUNETEENTH Celebration, for the first time in Community Church history, will take place on the actual date of the holiday, Sunday, June 19, 2-4 pm. in the Gallery. Tickets for the event are $10 and go on sale May 15. Please contact Esther Rosado or Brenda Carpenter if you are interested in helping with the JUNETEENTH event.

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