Piedmont Patch has a logo!

Coordinators of the Piedmont Patch Collaborative are excited to present the new logo, highlighting native flora (a Purple Cornflower) and fauna (an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly).

Thanks to JY Visuals of Chapel Hill for the design.



Expect to see more of the logo in the seasons ahead, and our programs and plantings expand!

For more information about the PPC, look here!

And for information about our first educational event, “Creating Wildlife Habitat with Pollinator Gardens”, featuring Debbie Roos, see here!



The Advocate Tithe Applications

Each year, the Episcopal Church of the Advocate is committed to giving a minimum of 10% of our pledged income and of the plate offering received each Sunday to organizations in the community that help those in need and those working for peace and justice in the world. In other words, for every $10 given to us, $1 will be given to others. This offering is called the Advocate Tithe.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Advocate Tithe distribution.
Applications are due to the Advocate by December 1.
Distribution of the Advocate Tithe is determined at the recommendation of a seasonal committee of Advocates meeting the first week of December.

The Advocate Tithe for 2017 will be about $16,000.

The Advocate Tithe for 2016 was distributed as follows:
The IFC                                                                  $2000
Orange Justice United                                            $1500
The Episcopal Farmworker Ministry                      $1000
Coalition for Peace with Justice                             $500
Compass Center                                                     $1000
NC Interfaith Power and Light                               $500
Johnson Service Corps                                           $1000
The Autism Society of North Carolina                   $500
Club Nova                                                              $1000
The Pee Wee Homes (C/o The Advocate)              $2000
The Community of the Franciscan Way                 $1000
The Jackson Center                                               $500
Nancy Murray for Iyad Burnat                               $200
Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina      $1000
Chapel Hill Service League Christmas House          $250
The IFC Community House Christmas                    $260
Vicar’s discretionary fund                                     $1790    
                                                                                                    Total Advocate Tithe in 2016 = $16,000  

Procedures for Requesting Support
  • An Application for Support from the Advocate Tithe is posted  below for those who would like to request support from the Advocate — whether that support be in the form of volunteer labor or logistical help, advocacy work, financial assistance, or other support from the church.
  • Completed forms may be sent to the church at: The Advocate Church Office <theadvocatechurch@gmail.com>.
  • Proposals will be evaluated by how closely they match the Advocate’s Core Values (Compassion, Justice, and Transformation) as well as the priorities for giving and involvement identified  by the congregation.

Decisions about supporting proposals are made by consensus among those present at meetings of the Community Engagement Facilitators. All proposals for financial or other support will be reviewed and approved on the basis of their fulfillment of our core values.

In our decisions about how to engage with the community around us, we prefer to:

  • Support projects that give voice to people who are marginalized and have very little voice.
  • Provide not only financial support, but also the time and talent of members of the congregation.
  • Support projects in which members of the congregation are already involved.
  • Support projects and organizations that are accountable, sustainable, and willing to teach us about their outcomes.
  • Support projects and organizations that are willing to send representatives to visit and help educate the congregation about their issues of concern.
  • Support groups that promote change, as well as those that meet direct needs.
  • 10% of our Tithe grants are given in the spirit of the Millennium Development Goals, usually supporting a ministry overseas.

tithe proposal form

Orange Justice United Assembly, September 10

Assembly to Set a New Agenda
Sunday, September 10, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Lattisville Grove Missionary Baptist Church
1701 Jimmy Ed Rd, Hurdle Mills

Join us Sunday, September 10 as we vote to set Justice United’s new agenda. Reports are coming in from our countywide listening sessions that have engaged hundreds and identified top community concerns.

On September the 10th we will hear the results and use what we have learned to set our collective priorities for research and action to make Orange County a better place to live, work and worship. A full packet with more information will be sent shortly after the conclusion of our listening session campaign on August 31.

Your voice matters! Each JU member institution is asked to bring at least 5 – 10 leaders to represent their organization. Guests are welcome, but no media please. Please download and distribute the following flyer in your community: Internal Assembly Flyer

For more information or to carpool, contact Day Smith Pritchartt <emaildayp@gmail.com>

Orange County Justice United

ALS walk April 22! CROP Walk on April 23! Please Support as You Can!

The 2017 CROP walk to raise funds and awareness for hunger in our community and our world is scheduled for Sunday, April 23. As usual, the Advocate is rallying a team and seeks donations of support. See here, to sign up or to support. If you have questions or want to connect with the Advocate Team, contactSallie Moore <sallie305@gmail.com>

This year, we are also rallying to support our sister of The Advocate, Katheryn Manginelli, in the ALS walk in Raleigh on Saturday, April 22. See more about that here.
CROP Hunger Walks supported more than 2,400 food banks, soup kitchen, homeless shelters and other local anti-hunger agencies last year.
The ALS walk is an important means of raising funds and awareness for ALS research. It’s also an important way to support one of our own.
Please walk and/or support the CROP walk and/or the ALS walk as you are able.

The Piedmont Patch Project — Saturday, January 28 @10AM

img_7929The Piedmont Patch Project: Building Sanctuaries One Patch of Piedmont at a Time

Introductory Presentation and Conversation
Led by Cathy Bollinger and the Vicar
Saturday, January 28
10 AM at the Advocate

The People of the Advocate know how much our commitment to maintain the Advocate Pond means to the surrounding community; it welcomes and encourages them to continue to use this special spot. But from an ecological perspective, the pond’s setting is less welcoming to non-human natives. We can change that.

Imagine the Advocate Pond and grounds enriched with diverse well-adapted native plants that will attract and nurture an array of wildlife, including butterflies, bees, birds, frogs, turtles, and small mammals. Surrounded by rapid urbanization, the Church of the Advocate’s acreage can serve as a sanctuary for homeless wildlife increasingly displaced by bulldozers, asphalt, and concrete. Over time, such native plantings require less maintenance than traditional ornamental plantings, most of which do not meet the needs of native wildlife.

The project has an educative component, engaging school children and graduate students and inviting all who are responsible for patches of Piedmont land to learn how to create vibrant native sanctuaries that serve rather than harm God’s creation. Ideally, we can lead other congregations and other neighborhoods to adopt this concept of native sanctuaries, building refuges of hope for native wildlife and havens of peace and beauty for humans one patch of piedmont (and beyond!) at a time. The Project will also include education on invasive exotic species and their removal — why it is important, how it contributes to sustainability.

The Piedmont Patch Project is grounded in a belief that the environment and our natural resources will be better sustained, and even thrive, as organizations and individuals work to cultivate one patch at a time. The Project is envisioned as a collaborative effort of the church, the town, the NC Botanical Gardens, and individuals with knowledge and skills to share.

Cathy Bollinger has a life-long passion for the natural world, especially in her home state of North Carolina. With a Masters in Environmental Management,  she has been a student of the ecology of especially her home Piedmont region all her life. These days, she volunteers at the NC Botanical Garden in several roles, continues to write her blog, The Piedmont Gardener, which she began in 2011, and recently began writing a bi-monthly gardening column for a small weekly paper in Virginia. 

Advocate Tithe Distribution for 2016

The Advocate Tithe for 2016 was distributed as follows:

The IFC                                                                  $2000
Orange Justice United                                            $1500
The Episcopal Farmworker Ministry                      $1000
Coalition for Peace with Justice                             $500
Compass Center                                                     $1000
NC Interfaith Power and Light                               $500
Johnson Service Corps                                           $1000
The Autism Society of North Carolina                   $500
Club Nova                                                              $1000
The Pee Wee Homes (C/o The Advocate)              $2000
The Community of the Franciscan Way                 $1000
The Jackson Center                                               $500
Nancy Murray for Iyad Burnat                                   $200
Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina      $1000
Chapel Hill Service League Christmas House          $250
The IFC Community House Christmas                    $260                                                                                   Vicar’s discretionary fund                                      $1790                                                                                                         Total budgeted for Tithe in 2016 = $16,000                                                                              

Prayers on the Eve of the Election

candleOn the eve of the election, Monday, November 7, at 7 PM, all are welcome to the Advocate Chapel for a simple, Taizé style service of prayer for our nation and the common good.

As we come to the end of a tumultuous election season and turn our hearts and minds to election day, this service can help us to remember who we are and whose we are.

It will be a time to be still in the presence of God, to acknowledge our fears and our hopes, and to open ourselves to God’s Peace.

Join us is prayer and chant, readings and silence, and hope.

Also…. on  Wednesday, November 9, at 7 PM, The Rev. Nathan Kirkpatrick will guide us in a conversation on “Where Do We Go From Here?” reflecting on whatever has transpired and is transpiring,  and what our response as a people of faith might be. All are welcome.

[Note: the Advocate Chapel is open for prayer and meditation daily, 8 AM – 7 PM.]





Help the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry After Hurricane Matthew

The Episcopal Farmworker Ministry is a joint ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina and the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina, responding to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of thousands of migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families in Harnett, Sampson and Johnston Counties. Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc on the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry (EFwM) and several of the camps and homes where the workers served by The Ministry live.

If you are interested in helping EFwM cover its immediate needs, please drop off your donations at The Episcopal Church of the Advocate, Sunday, October 16 – Saturday, October 29. The Vicar will be traveling to the EFwM on Tuesday, October 18 and on Sunday, October 30, and will carry offerings with her.

A list of the most crucial items follows:


  • Drinking water
  • Bagged dry, or canned, pinto beans
  • Dry rice
  • Oil
  • Salt and sugar
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned tuna
  • Other non-perishable food

Clothing and Supplies

  • Sweaters / sweatshirts (sizes: children to adults for both men and women)
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Toiletries (toothbrushes, razors, soap, shampoo, etc.)
  • Sleeping mats
  • Blankets

Echoes of Family — Salon with Author Barbara Claypole White — Oct 29

51dsfanm8ll-_sx331_bo1204203200_All are welcome for a reception and Salon with author Barbara Claypole White, celebrating the release of her book, Echoes of Family.

Saturday, October 29
6:30 – 8 PM

A Brit living in North Carolina, Barbara Claypole White writes hopeful family drama with a healthy dose of mental illness. The Unfinished Garden won the 2013 Golden Quill Contest for Best First Book; The In-Between Hour was chosen by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance as a Winter 2014 Okra Pick; and The Perfect Son was a nominee in the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Fiction 2015. Her forth novel, Echoes of Family, has a publication date of September 27, 2016.

“Claypole White’s gift is her ability to put us into the troubled minds of her characters in a way that helps us not only understand them but fall in love with them as well. We discover that while their minds may be different from ours, their hearts are the same.” —Diane Chamberlain, USA Todaybestselling author of Pretending to Dance

Note: This is the first in an Advocate series of events to help us better understand and celebrate our invisible diversity.