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The Past Month and Coming Next Month

 

January, 2016

Planning Ahead - March coming soon


 

Calendar of Events - February, 2016


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

Weekly:

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 JANUARY 2

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

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For Children:

Classical Vocal Arts for Children - January 10 and 24, 12:45 – 2 pm, Gallery
Regular Sessions – 2nd and 4th Sundays

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

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For Adults:


Studying Humanism - Blizzard Rescheduled Session, Monday, February 1, 6:30-8:30 pm, Conference Room

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


Secular Humanist Society of New York Book Club - First Thursdays - Thursday, February 4, 7-8:30 pm, Front

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!
Feb. Title: BEFORE RELIGION: A History of a Modern Concept Brent Nongbri
(Mar. Title: THIS IDEA MUST DIE: Scientific Theories that are Blocking Progress John Brockman, Ed.)

 

First Saturday Feeding of the Hungry in the Bowery

Saturday, February 6, 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. Children are welcome to join their parents. For more information contact Valerie Lynch at vlynch@ccny.org or 212-683-4988.

 

Anti-Racism Team

Sunday, February 7, 1 pm, Assembly Hall

The team offers films and discussions on various Sundays. The next film title will be announced soon.

 

Continuing the Journey

Sunday, February 7, 12:45 – 2 pm, Front Lounge  (First Sundays and/or Third Thursdays)

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.  These sessions follow the format of the meditation and conversation circles that began this summer. Series will be led by Barbara Simpson, Hospice Chaplain

 

Gallery35 –The Winter CollectionOpen Gallery - Sunday, February 7, 1- 2 pm, Gallery

Another chance to view Gallery35's  winter show featuring works by church members and friends, all talented Gallery35 artists.

 

Card Making Circle - Sunday, February 7, 1- 3 pm, Gallery

Join us for afternoon of crafting fun (while surrounded by beautiful artwork).  Make cards for holidays or other special occasions.  Supplies will be provided but feel free to bring your own as well.


Green Sanctuary Book Discussions

Tuesday, February 9, Gallery
6:00–6:30pm - Noshing & Socializing   ~ please bring something to share ~/ 6:30– 8:30pm – Discussion
Title: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert 


Classical Vocal Arts for Children – Sunday, February 14, 12:30 – 2 pm, Gallery  

(Regular Schedule – 2nd and 4th Sundays)

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 is no tuition fee.  New children always welcome.  Questions - Contact Valerie Lynch, Membership Coordinator, vlynch@ccny.org or 212-683-4988. 


Living in Gratitude – Second of two Forums with Dr. Janice Marie Johnson - Sunday, February 14, 1-2:30 pm, Assembly Hall

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 year -- and beyond. 


Green Sanctuary Solar Salon: The Value of Solar - Thursday, February 18, 5:30 - 8:15 pm, Assembly Hall

Guest speaker Dr. Richard Perez, Research Professor, University at Albany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. He directs applied research and teaches in the fields of solar radiation, solar energy applications and daylighting. Dr. Perez has produced over 200 journal articles, conference papers and technical reports. He hold two US patents on methods of load management using photovoltaics. Dr. Perez has received several awards including the Charles Greeley Abbot Award from the American Solar Energy Society.


Continuing the Journey

Thursday, February 21, 6-7:15 pm, Front Lounge - (First Sundays and/or Third Thursdays)

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.  These sessions follow the format of the meditation and conversation circles that began this summer. Series will be led by Barbara Simpson, Hospice Chaplain

 

Arabic Workshop - Sunday, February 21, 1-3 pm, 3rd Floor Classroom

A chance to learn a new language! Especially for Beginners!

 

Exploring World Religions –Sunday, February  21, 1 pm, Conference Room

This series presents a basic picture of nine World Religions, using video and other imaging, text, commentary, and sometimes art and music. The class is facilitated by Rev. Dr.  Orlanda Brugnola.  


Engaged Conversations: Secular Buddhism's Support for Daily Practice - Sunday, February 28, 12:45-2:30pm, Conference Room

Alan Oliver is facilitating a Secular Buddhism study.   In addition to discussions on immediate issues of concern, the sessions will include presentations and discussions on the following remaining topics: Navigating in Time and Exploring the Traditions in Buddhism.

 

Social Tea – Tuesday, February  23, 2 -3:30 pm, Assembly Hall

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

Classical Vocal Arts for Children – Sunday, February 28, 12:30 – 2 pm, Gallery  

(Regular Schedule – 2nd and 4th Sundays)

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 is no tuition fee.  New children always welcome.  Questions - Contact Valerie Lynch, Membership Coordinator, vlynch@ccny.org or 212-683-4988. 


Studying Humanism - Last Mondays, February 29, 6:30-8:30 pm, Conference Room

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

 

 

Governance/Committee Meetings:

Please note there may be changes due to holidays

Board of Trustees Meetings – 4th Wednesdays, 6:30-9 pm, Gallery (Nov Meeting Dec 2 / Dec Meeting TBA)

Church Council Meetings – Meets Quarterly (next mtg. December 9) 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

Feb 6: Alix Dobkin; DK and the Joy Machine

Feb 13: Rod MacDonald

Feb 20: Ben Grosscup; Chris Seymour

Feb 27: Hawaiian Music & Dance Night

 

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