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March, 2015

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Calendar of Events - April 2015

Here are the programs and activities scheduled for April, 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. 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 9, 10 am-3 pm, Assembly Hall – No Fees - Details



Secular Humanist Society of New York Book Club - Thursday, April 2, 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!
April 2 Title -IMAGINE THERE’S NO HEAVEN: How Atheism Helped Create the Modern World by Mitchell Stephens

Anti-Racism Team - Friday, April 3, 6:30pm, Gallery

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


Tenebrae Service - Friday, April 3, at 7:30 pm, Hall of Worship

This service, which commemorates the events of Good Friday, has been adapted to capture the spirit of Jesus' personal loyalty to truth and self-sacrifice for the well-being of others.


First Saturday Feeding of the Hungry in the Bowery - Saturday, April 4, 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


Passover Seder – Saturday, April 4, 5- 7:30 pm, Assembly Hall

Plan to join us for a wonderful time of fun and fellowship.  Tickets are available – on-line or from Rachel Stone and Bill Rothfarb on Sundays.  Please call Rachel or Bill at 718-472-0102 or email rsongbird@gmail.com to be part of the Seder Team. More Information/On-Line Ticket Purchase – Link here (www.ccny.org/seder2015)


Resistance Cinema - Sunday, April 5, 1:15 pm, Gallery

A DAY'S WORK, A DAY'S PAY follows three welfare recipients in New York City from 1997 to 2000 as they participate in the largest welfare-to-work program in the nation. When forced to work at city jobs for well below the prevailing wage and deprived of the chance to go to school, these individuals decide to fight back against Mayor Giuliani and the City Council, demanding programs that will actually help them move off of welfare and into jobs. It was broadcast nationwide on PBS and cable throughout 2002 and 2003.


Artists' Invitational - Gallery35 Art Show Opening Reception – Saturday, April 11, 6-8 pm, Gallery - Flyer
(Closing Reception: April 25—6-8 pm)

Gallery35 is proud to present their upcoming Artists’ Invitational exhibit. This is the first Artists’ Invitational since the gallery’s formation 10 years ago with selected works by members and their artist friends. The artists, offering a diversified selection of work, are from New York and Massachusetts. From traditional to contemporary, watercolors to oils, and tapestries with woven threads, and the gold minerals—this show is not to be missed. Come in and speak with the members and their artist friends about their work, aspirations, and techniques.

Green Sanctuary Book Group - Monday, Tuesday, April 14, 6-8 pm, Gallery

The Green Sanctuary Committee concludes their 2015 Book Group Discussion Series. The Book Group is facilitated by Green Sanctuary’s Vice Chair, Reena Kondo, and Lois Sturm. Book Title: “THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING,” by renowned author Naomi Klein.

UU Christian Fellowship - Thursday, April 16, 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.


Community Women - Sunday, April 19, 1:15 pm, Assembly Hall

 “Winter Wheat” – A play by Laurie James-The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Her Women’s Bible. Flyer


Jewish Opera Lecture/Seminar Series - Wednesday, April 22, 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

    April 22 - The Holocaust - David Amram, Daniel Burwasser, Joel Mandelbaum et al

    Upcoming May 13 - Emma Goldman (75th anniversary of her death 5/14/40) Howard Zinn, Elaine Fine, Leonard Lehrman


Spring Art Show - Gallery35 Art Show Closing Reception – Saturday, April 25, 6-8 pm, Gallery


United Nations and Global Affairs Committee Forum - Sunday, April 26, 1 pm, Assembly Hall

A program will be offered co-sponsored by Resistance Cinema.  More information soon.


Studying Humanism - Monday, April 27, 6:30 pm

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


Social Tea - Tuesday, April 28 - Canceled this Month

Join us on May 26 for a guest speaker, conversation and light refreshments.


Pathways 1 – Let's Get Acquainted - Dates to be announced

We invite you to a warm, small group conversation with Rev. Bruce Southworth, our Senior Minister.  He will offer an introduction to Unitarian Universalism and history of Community Church. He will also share his own faith journey.  Bring your questions!  Visitors and New Members are welcome.


Governance/Committee Meetings:


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

Church Council Meetings – Meets Quarterly (next mtg. TBA) , 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


Additional Opportunities:


Esperanto Society

Third Fridays, February 20 and March 20, 7 pm, Third Fl. Classroom

Peoples Voice Café – Most Saturday Evenings, 8 pm, Assembly Hall

    Apr 4: No Show/Holiday Break

    Apr 11: Raging Grannies; Patricia Shih

    Apr 18: Ray Korona ¡Presente! produced by Ivice, with the Ray Korona Band and others

    Apr 25: Sally Campbell; Pat Lamanna

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.


Upcoming Congregational Meetings:

Congregational Budget Hearing - Sunday, May 17, 1  pm, Assembly Hall

Quarterly Congregational Meeting - Sunday, May 31, 1 pm, Assembly Hall

All Voting Members are encouraged to attend congregational meetings.  Any questions about voting eligibility see Valerie Lynch, Membership Coordinator, before the meeting.  Lunch will be available.

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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