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July, 2015

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Calendar of Events - August, 2015


Here are the programs and activities scheduled for August, 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 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.


First Saturday Feeding of the Hungry in the Bowery - Saturday, August 1, 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 - Details

Midsummer Messiah – Sunday, August 2, 12:30 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.  Flyer

A Journey to Lose Your Baggage - Sundays:  August 2, 9 and 16, 12:45 – 2 pm, Gallery

Do you wonder why your decisions are encumbered with old feelings? We will be exploring loss, sadness, stress, frustrations and discovering forgiveness, healing, serenity and calmness.
This is the second of two meditation and conversation circles being held in July and August.  A commitment to attend all sessions of a circle will be needed. We will be exploring loss, sadness, stress, frustrations and discovering forgiveness, healing, serenity, and calmness. Series will be led by Barbara Simpson, Hospice Chaplain. Flyer

Tearing Down the Tower of Babel – Wednesdays, August 5, 12 and 19, 6-7:30 pm, Rear Lounge

Check your language prejudices at the door! Is there only one right way to speak? This six week discussion series explores current controversies. Learn how language awareness promotes justice, equity and compassion in human relations.  Jennifer Hamano (website), a doctoral student and a member of the Young Adults Group at Community, will facilitate.  Flyer

Secular Humanist Society of New York Book Club - Thursday, August 6, 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!
Aug Title: IN GODS WE TRUST: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion by Scott Atran

Pathways 1 – Let's Get Acquainted - Sunday, August 9, 12:45-2 pm, Conference Room

What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist?  What does it mean to be a member of Community Church?  This session will be by Rev. Dr. Orlanda Brugnola, our Affiliate Minister.  She will share her journey and brief history of the church. This session will give people a chance to ask questions about our church as well as what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. Flyer


Pathways 2 – Our Community and the Meaning of Membership - Sunday, August 23, 12:45-2 pm, Conference Room

This session, facilitated by Rev. Dr. Orlanda Brugnola, Affiliate Minister and other church members , is devoted to sharing our spiritual and journey and exploring what Community Church offers. Our church provides an opportunity for people to grow their souls and to help their community in many practical ways.  At this session, we will explore the various activities, committees and groups in our congregation.  This session will explain what it means to be a member of our church. Flyer

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 schedule).


2015-2016 Volunteer Choir Dates

Sunday Worship

Rehearsals on Sundays  -   12:45 - 2 pm - Chapel

August. 23 and 30

September. 6

Future Dates will be listed soon

Sunday Service Participation on

September 13, 2015 (Homecoming) - Rehearsal 9:30 am

Future Dates will be listed soon

The Messiah Choir

Schedule will be lsited soon