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October, 2014

Planning Ahead - December 2014


Calendar of Events - November, 2014

Here are the programs and activities scheduled for November, 2014.

Check back occasionally for Updates!  Occasionally room locations need to be changed - Check the door signs upon arrival.

Room Location Notes:
Hall of Worship, Assembly Hall, Conference Room and Chapel – 40 E 35th Street (Church Bldg)
Gallery, Front and Rear Lounges, 3rd Floor Classroom – 28 E 35th Street – Look for Red Door/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.

Arabic Language Workshop – 10 Week Class
Begins Saturday, October 18, from 10:00 am to 12 pm in the Front Lounge (Note time correction)

Back by Popular Demand! Learn to speak, read and write Arabic through the lens of thousand-year-old axioms that offer us a glimpse into the culture as well as the language. Beginners are welcome. Each session will include a review of the alphabet, reading practice, and speaking. RSVP is requested. For more information, please contact Esther Rosado, Director of Lifelong Learning, or Brenda Carpenter at 347.798.5991. This class is FREE and open to all Community members and friends.


Greek Language and Civilization – 10 Week Class - October 4 - December 13
Saturdays, 4-7 pm, 3rd Floor Classroom.

Yannis Tziligakis (yanni.tzili@gmail.com) a seasoned educator, a native speaker and a friend of Community Church, facilitates this weekly course. Instruction will be personalized according to the level of each individual student. (A change: No charge for class.)


First Saturday Feeding of the Hungry in the Bowery - Saturday, November 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.

Art for 10 - Gallery35 10th Anniversary Art Exhibit- Closing Reception - Saturday, November 1, 6-8 pm, Gallery

We invite you to view and enjoy the work of present and past members of Gallery35. Flyer

Congregational Quarterly Meeting - Sunday, November 2, 12:45 pm, Assembly Hall

Click here for Agenda
Proposed Green Sanctuary Committee Divestment Resolution
Finance Committee's Recommended Amendments for above Resolution

Pathways 2 – Our Community and the Meaning of Membership – Thursday, November 6, 6:30-8 pm, Conference Room This session 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.  Refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP – vlynch@ccny.org or 212-683-4988.

Secular Humanist Society of NY Book Club – Thursday, November 6, 7-8:30 pm, Front Lounge

Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic by Matthew Stewart. Some of us have dinner together after- wards at a nearby (inexpensive) restaurant. The book club is open to all … and free!

Community Women - Annual UUWA Weekend Retreat – November 7-9

Spirits Rising  - How Would you like to find the Artist Within this November?
Location: St Josaphat’s Retreat House, 1 East Beach Drive, Glen Cove, NY
Flyer available at Welcome Table or www.ccny.org .  Speak with Reena Kondo for more information.

Anti-Racism Team – Friday, November 7, 6:30 pm, Gallery

Black in Latin America examines how Africa and Europe came together to create the rich cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean, which has a secret history.  On his journey Professor Henry Louis Gates discovers, behind a shared legacy of colonialism and slavery, vivid stories and people marked by African Roots. The region imported more than ten times as many slaves as the United States, and kept them in bondage far longer.  This film celebrates the  massive influence millions of people of African descent had on the history and culture of Latin America and the Caribbean and considers why and how their contribution is often forgotten and ignored.

Card Making with Valerie – Sunday, November 9, 1-2:30 pm, Front Lounge

Join the REFM families for an early afternoon of crafting fun.  Make cards for the holidays or other special occasions.  Supplies will be provided but feel free to bring your own as well.

Ordination of Daniel Gregoire – Sunday, November 9, 4 pm, Hall of Worship

All Community Members and Friends are invited to attend the joyous celebration of the ordination of Daniel Gregoire.  Daniel served at Community in several roles over the years, Sunday School Teacher, Student Minister and Summer Minister.  He is now serving the Unitarian Society of Germantown in Philadelphia as Director of Spiritual Development.  The service will be followed with a reception in the Assembly Hall.

Green Sancuary Solar Salon Series - Tuesday, November 11, 5:30-8:30 pm, Assembly Hall - Flyer

Gallery35 - Ellen Mandelbaum Retrospective – Opening Reception – Saturday, November 15, 6-8 pm, Gallery

This show will display, some for the first time, oils, watercolors and stained glass works created over Ellen's amazing 50 year career. A variety of works will be shown including "In Monet's Garden, Talking to God". Other water colors, oil paintings and artwork in other mediums along with several stained glass pieces will be exhibited and a projected slide show of forty years of Ellen's stained glass - major commissions and smaller works - will be presented.   Flyer

Resistance Cinema – Sunday, November 16, 1:15 pm, Gallery

Pay 2 Play - Money in politics: The issue has been a growing concern for many years but has taken on new urgency with recent Supreme Court decisions. Has our democracy become a “Pay 2 Play” system?  Using the popular board game “Monopoly” as a symbol of money culture, filmmaker John Ennis’ looks to find a way out from under a system where politicians reward their donors with even larger sums from the public treasury -- through contracts, tax cuts, and deregulation.  Along the way, he journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make. In the process his film serves as a layman’s guidebook to taking back our democracy.

UU Christian Fellowship - Thursday, November 20, 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 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.

Esperanto Society – Friday, November 21, 7 pm, Third Fl. Classroom

Studying Humanism (Previously named Introduction to Humanism) - Monday, November 24, 7-8:30 pm, Conference Room

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

Genius of the World's Religions I  - Class will be rescheduled for another date

Social Tea - Tuesday,  November 25, 2-3:30  pm, Assembly Hall

Join us for conversation and light refreshments.  This month: Ellen Mandelbaum will speak about her 50 year art career.  Following the Tea guests are invited to view the new art show featuring Ellen's work.

Governance/Committee Meetings:

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

Church Council Meetings – Meets Quarterly (next January  7) , 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:

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

November 1: Pearls of Wisdom with Thelma Thomas

November 8: Jack Landron (a.k.a. Jackie Washington)

November 15:  Such As Us and  Rustic Riders

November 22: Peoples Voice Cafe 35th Anniversary Celebration


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 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. The Messiah Choir performs the Christmas Portion of Handel's Messiah on Christmas Eve. New people are always welcome. Contact Jerry Brown, Director of Music - jbrown@ccny.org or 212-683-4988, for more information.

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

Date will be announced by early November.

Optional Rehearsals

Dates will be announced by early November

Wednesday, December 24  
Call       7 PM
Service     7:30 PM