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Community News - September 10-17, 2017


Morning Worship                                                        September 10, 2017

11 a. m.           Homecoming Sunday             


A Promise Made, A Promise Kept

Rev. Carlos R. Martinez


A new church year brings portends of the promise of new hopes, dreams and aspirations. As we embark upon a time of change and transition let us keep to promises that will help us to predictably and reliably create a shared future together.


Morning Worship        September 17, 2017

11 a. m.          


Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Rev. Carlos R. Martinez


Robert Frost tells us in his poem "Mending Wall": "Before I built a wall I'd ask to know / What I was walling in or walling out,/ And to whom I was like to give offence." In our lives of gathered community consider the effect of the walls we create may have on our neighbors. 


Sunday School 

Our children and teachers begin 

in the Chapel at 11 a.m. 


Fellowship Hour – Assembly Hall – 12:15 p.m.

Please join us after worship.


Yoga with Nafisa

Tues., Sept. 12, 6:00 pm


Esperanto Society

Fri., Sept. 15, 7:00 pm


Gallery35 at Community 

Artists’ Reception

Sat., Sept. 16, 6:00 pm


Yoga with Nafisa

Tues., Sept. 19, 6:00 pm


Yoga with Nafisa

Sat., Sept. 23, 12:30 pm


Constructive White


Mon., Sept. 25, 6:00 pm


Stydying Humanism

Mon., Sept. 25, 6:30


Social Tea

Tues., Sept. 26, 2:00 pm



the pulse of excitement. This fall I am delighted to have Jil Novenski, return to Religious Education/Family Ministries.  Jil worked with us for eight years, and then was away for two years working and studying.  Her schedule permits September seems to offer even more chances for new beginnings and adventures.  Those of you who are starting a new school year can feel her to return on Sundays. Sheila Kaminski and Elis Matos will join her. I am also looking forward to working with Rev. Carlos R. Martinez, the Interim Minister, and to the collaboration and gifts that all of our staff in service to Community Church will bring in the coming year. We are all looking forward to hearing about your hopes and dreams as we move into this time of transition.  

Paz, Esther



SUNDAY–September 10

9:30 am           Choir Rehearsal

9:30 am           Shelter Meeting

11:00 am         Worship Service

11:00 am Sunday School

12:15 pm Fellowship Hour

1:00 pm           UN & GA Meeting

MONDAY–September 11 

6:00 pm           Buildings & Grounds SUNDAY–September 17

9:30 am           Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am         Worship Service

11:00 am Sunday School

12:15 pm Fellowship Hour

12:45 pm         Volunteer Choir

WEDNESDAY–September 20

6:00 pm           Church Council

6:00 pm           Finance Committee

SUNDAY–September 24

9:30 am           Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am         Worship Service

11:00 am Sunday School

12:15 pm Fellowship Hour

12:45 pm         Volunteer Choir

WEDNESDAY–September 27

6:30 pm           Board of  Trustees


SUNDAY–September 17 

Rev. Carlos R. Martinez         

will preach.


SUNDAY–October 1

Rev. Carlos R. Martinez         

will preach.




Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

            — Mahatma Gandhi


 “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” 

            — Albert Einstein


Interim Ministry is a time of transition and change. The interim period we are now in presents an opportunity for this beloved community to deeply contemplate its past and cast itself into a future of new possibilities. I am here as your interim minister. This ministry is distinct from other mjnistries in our movement. Think of me as your Sherpa guide. Together we will aspire to climb to new heights and reach places we perhaps never before contemplated. During the course of our journey I will ask you what are your hopes, dreams and aspirations for Community Church? What do you most desire and what work can we do in the spirit of shared ministry to get there?  As you might imagine taking such a journey is filled with challenges and trepidations. In the course of our journey expect change. What will get us to where we want to go is our ability to be open to change and the possibilities it brings.

It is crucial for you to know that I have NO aspiration of being your next settled minister and I will not accept any call from this congregation. My work here is to set the table for your next settled minister. You may have heard me use the metaphor of interim ministry being akin to one of those cable TV shows which take otherwise dowdy houses and get them transformed into someone’s dream house. The contracted time to do this work is two years. While in certain circumstances this time might be extended due to the numerous projects that need to be done, figure this is the time we have to get our house in order. The goal is to use this time to make the best first choices possible, to decide on what tasks need to be done that will make a difference to the future of this congregation, to work in concert with a transition team made up of your esteemed peers, and to prepare for a search committee to go forth to know deeply what this congregation hopes for and to find the best next settled ministerial candidate possible for you at this moment in time.

Please know that I am “all-in.” I am “all-in” to seeing this esteemed and storied community succeed into the future for many generations to come. Join me. Let’s do the work together.  



Promises are the uniquely human way 

of ordering the future, making it 

predictable and reliable to the extent 

that this is humanly possible.

                            ~ Hannah Arendt