Holy Week and Easter at the Advocate

April 8                     Cultivating the Garden                   The Saturday before Palm Sunday
Gather at the Advocate Garden at 10 AM to tend to the existing patch and to begin to prepare the bed for expansion for future Pee Wee Homes residents. As you are able, bring newspapers, old leaves, and/or kitchen (vegetable or fruit) scraps.

IMG_3789 (1)Palm Sunday, April 9
+ Procession with Palms and Holy Eucharist. Gather at the Advocate Pond at 10:00 AM for the blessing of the palms, and flowers or branches brought from home. Procession followed by Holy Eucharist in the Chapel.

+ Tenebrae at 7 PM. We move into Holy Week with this service of growing darkness, readings and song. Music led by a visiting schola from Raleigh.

Monday of Holy Week, April 10
+ Holy Eucharist at 5:30 PM

Tuesday of Holy Week, April 11
+ Holy Eucharist at 5:30 PM

Wednesday of Holy Week, April 12
+ Holy Eucharist at 5:30 PM

IMG_0753Maundy Thursday, April 13
+ Dinner fellowship (food provided), Foot-washing and Table Eucharist. In the Fleming Lodge at Camp New Hope. 6:30 PM. (Camp New Hope is on NC86, 3 miles north of the I40 – NC86 interchange)

Good Friday, April 14
+ The Way of the Cross/ Via Dolorosa. In Spanish and English. Beginning at 12 noon. Acompáñenos en peregrinaje desde la Alcaldia de Carrboro hasta el Cementerio Viejo (Beginning at Carrboro Town Hall, winding through Carrboro, and ending at the Old Cemetery. Through downtown Carrboro. Meet at Carrboro Town Hall. (no dogs, please).
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+ The Good Friday Liturgy, with hymns, prayers, and the Passion from the Gospel of John. 6 PM in the Advocate Chapel.

+ The Wake. 7 PM – 9 PM. Gather with other friends of Jesus for a simple supper and to reminisce about his life and the experiences you have shared with him. Supper 7-7:30 PM. Each half hour, 7:30 – 9 PM will include readings, contemplative prayer, and shared reflection. Come on the hour or on the half hour and stay for any, or all, of the Wake.

Holy Saturday, April 15
+The Holy Saturday Liturgy at 10AM in the Advocate Chapel. Gather in the Chapel for this brief liturgy of readings, reflection and prayers.

IMG_4811Saturday Night, April 15
+ The Great Vigil of Easter with Renewal of Baptismal Vows. This is our first liturgy of Easter, when we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord in the darkness of night. (As you are able, please bring a bell, horn or whistle to accompany the Paschal Shout). In the Advocate Chapel. Starting at 8 PM.

Easter Day, April 16
+ 9 AM          Holy Eucharist in the Chapel.

+ 10 AM        Festival Brunch (As you are able, bring a festive dish to share. Kids bring a basket for an Easter Egg hunt).

+ 11 AM        Holy Eucharist with Baptism, by the Pond. Bring your own chairs or blanket to sit upon.

Weather updates will be posted as needed.

Music That Makes Community Workshop Ahead

First, Friday night Community SING:
Whether or not you are registered for the workshop on Saturday…. You are warmly invited to join us for a Community SING in the Chapel on Friday evening at 7 p.m. We’ll share paperless songs from diverse spiritual traditions, languages, and cultures, led by Music That Makes Community presenters and those in attendance! All are welcome!

Then, on Saturday, Music That Makes Community is excited to make our first visit to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, sharing paperless music and leadership practices! Join presenters Marilyn Haskel and Paul Vasile for a one-day paperless music workshop at The Episcopal Church of the Advocate on Saturday, November 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore the basics of paperless music, learn new songs to enrich your community’s worship life, and reflect on strategies for cultivating participatory singing and liturgy.

We’ll gather in the historic, carpenter gothic Episcopal church building that was moved, lovingly restored, and repurposed by the congregation in 2012. The acoustics inside the nave have been described as being “like in the inside of a guitar,” perfect for unplugged instruments and a cappella singing.

Register HERE!

Registration Fee: $25
Refreshments, a light lunch, and workshop materials are included.

MMC will also host a free Community SING at the church on Friday, November 10 at 7 p.m. Singers of all ages and abilities are invited to learn paperless songs from diverse spiritual traditions, languages and cultures, led by a dynamic team of Music That Makes Community presenters.

Discounts are available for students, seminarians and seniors. Contact Paul Vasile in the MMC office to learn more.

WHEN
November 11, 2017 at 9:30am – 4pm
WHERE
The Episcopal Church of the Advocate
8410 Merin Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
United States

Lenten Quiet Day April 1

The Church of the Advocate contemplative prayer group invites you to share in a Lenten Quiet Day out at Megan and Jonathan Leiss’ farm, Spring Forth Farm, in Hurdle Mills on Saturday April 1st from 9:30-4pm.

The day will largely be self-guided quiet time with opportunities to engage in light meditative garden work and fellowship.  A noon meal is provided and will be a plain Lenten meal of soup and bread. 

Registration required as we can only host 20 folks.  Please register by Sunday March 26th.  

Suggested donation of $5 to cover supplies and tea and coffee, etc. 

Please come and join us in the quiet and beauty of Spring Forth Farm during this Lenten season.  

For more information or to register email Megan Leiss at leiss.megan@gmail.com or Paul Marvin at pmarvin@nc.rr.com.  

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HONOR Your Life Through Journal Writing

imagesSundays at 1PM March 12, 19, and 26.

HONOR your life through journal writing. Journal writing is not so much about writing as it is about self-understanding and self-discovery. If you’ve never kept a personal journal, join us and learn ways to dip into the wellspring of your inner thoughts. Discover your voice, even when you think you have nothing to say. Experience how journal writing can bring clarity to your thinking. If you’ve already discovered the life-enriching gifts of journal writing, join us and share your experience, knowledge, and wisdom. We will meet around 1:00, following the noon meal, on March 12, 19, and 26. Journals will be provided. Contact:  Hilda Bukowski at hldscll2@gmail.com or 919-904-7007.

Stations of the Cross Around the Advocate Pond

IMG_9692This Lent, The Episcopal Church of the Advocate invites our neighbors and friends, known and unknown, to participate in the ancient practice of prayer and reflection called the Stations of the Cross, around the Advocate Pond. Traditionally, the fourteen stations mark different events on the path that Jesus walked through the city of Jerusalem on the day of his death, from the house of the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, where he was condemned to die, to the hill at Golgatha, where he was crucified. At each station, participants pause for a reading from scripture, a prayer, and a time of meditation.

From early times, each of the fourteen stations has been marked by a Roman numeral. At The Advocate, we have localized the stations by using discarded railroad spikes from the nearby tracks for the numerals, and affixing them to reclaimed local barn boards.

A booklet of the fourteen stations, with prayer and scripture readings, is available in a box by the outdoor altar. The first station is just to the east of the altar (towards the railroad tracks), and the stations proceed counterclockwise around the pond, ending with the fourteenth station just to the west of the altar.

The Stations may be walked and prayed at any time by any one. On Fridays in Lent, at 5:30 PM, someone from the Advocate will lead the way for any who wish to gather and participate in  the Stations together.

All are welcome.

Ash Wednesday Services March 1 at Noon and 7 PM

UnknownT.S. Eliot once wrote, “What we call the beginning is often the end and to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”

On Ash Wednesday, March 1, in services at noon and 7 p.m., we will gather in the Advocate Chapel,  to remember our mortality — that we are dust, and to dust we shall return. We will also mark the beginning of our Lenten journey, the forty day season of our preparation for the holiest days of the Christian year – Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. In so doing, we will anticipate – however paradoxically – the end of our Lenten journey even as it begins.

From that ending, we make our beginning, together as people of faith.

Come be a part of the journey.

The Day the Revolution Began. (Re)Discovering the Meaning of the Crucifixion

51DjeQtdfLL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_A Lenten Study
March 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 5, 7:00-8:30 PM

This is a Lenten study based on N.T. Wright’s new book The Day the Revolution Began: Rediscovering the Meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion.  In these five sessions we will explore the Biblical accounts of the Jesus’ death (as well as the historical and cultural backgrounds of these stories) so as to see what Jesus’ death might mean for us today.

More about N.T. Wright here.

More about The Day the Revolution Began here.

 

Wake Up and Smell the Awesomeness: A Discussion of Anthony De Mello’s book Awareness

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After a brief introduction to the life and thought of the Indian Jesuit Anthony De Mello, Jay Reeves will lead a discussion of De Mello’s classic book Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality.  Participants are encouraged to read the book ahead of time, but everyone is welcome whether you’ve read the book or not.

More about Anthony De Mello here.

The book, Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality

Acceptance as a Spiritual Discipline

acceptance-jpgJan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, 7:00-8:30 PM: Acceptance as a Spiritual Discipline

Radical Acceptance can be defined as the compassionate acceptance of reality as it is in the present moment. A practice that is an important and effective skill for navigating the small and large challenges of life.

But it is one thing to define Radical Acceptance, and quite another thing to understand and practice it.  How do you do it?  What are its real benefits?  Why might it even be thought of as an important spiritual discipline?

Janice Bainbridge and Paul Marvin will lead three discussion, practice and Q&A sessions tackling these questions.  Janice is a practicing counselor with experience teaching and mentoring people in Radical Acceptance practice, and Paul has worked with teens and adults over the years as a catechist, spiritual director, retreat leader, and prayer counselor.

Some basic information about Radical Acceptance: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2015/10/04/what-it-really-means-to-practice-radical-acceptance/

Questions?
Contact:
Paul B. Marvin <pmarvin@nc.rr.com>
or
Janice Bainbridge <janicebainbridgelcsw@gmail.com>

Sunday Yoga in the Chapel — 3 PM

imagesYoga in the Chapel
Sundays, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
All levels welcome. This gentle class, led by the Advocate’s own Kathleen Nolan, is centered on the integration of body, breath, and spirit. We’ll play with meditating on the messages from the Sunday readings and sermons as we move and breath.
If you have a yoga or exercise mat, bring that along.
Requested donation: $10.00. Portions of the proceeds benefit the Episcopal Church of the Advocate and the Community of the Franciscan Way.
For more information, contact Kathleen Nolan at kathleenln@yahoo.com.