Glory Bees! A Piedmont Patch Project

On Friday, April 6 a hive of 12,000 bees were installed in their new hive on the north side of the Advocate Pond.

We can learn about bees, bee keeping, and the Advocate Church bees in particular, by following the blog, Glory Bees, found here.

 

 

Blog posts include:
An Introduction
The Queen
Pollen and Plants

For more about the Piedmont Patch, look here.

 

 

Piedmont Patch Upcoming Events!


All are welcome and encouraged to join us

The Bees Are Coming!
The bee box is built and placed on the north end of the Pond. The hive arrives Friday, April 6. Our keeper and teacher, Gillian Hadden, will place the bees in the box at 5:45 that day. Come watch and learn!

Many enthusiastic volunteers are needed for the Piedmont Patch Planting Day on Saturday, April 14 (rain date April 21) from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Volunteers from the wider community are coming, and we hope to have many people of the Advocate present as well. Experience is NOT a prerequisite to participate: we’ll team newbies with experienced gardeners, so that the experience of all will be enriched. Because we’re planning for teams, your email RSVP is important. Let us know if you are a veteran gardener or a newbie and how many folks you’ll be bringing. We’ll provide drinks and snacks. Read more about the Planting Day here.

And mark your calendar now for the next Piedmont Patch education event on Saturday, May 19, 10:00am – 12 noon. “Container Gardening,” with Amy Brightwood, promises to introduce us to container gardening techniques and the therapeutic benefits of the practice, especially with families.

Piedmont Patch Planting Party April 14!

All are welcome to join in the fun, planting and learning about native flowers and grasses, Saturday April 14 (rain date April 21) 9 AM – noon.

For our next Piedmont Patch event, we will gather around the pond and transform the briars, invasive, sweet gum shouts and random pine shoots into a site of native flora. Plants will be a combination of those purchased with funds from our Stewardship of Creation grant from The Episcopal Church and native wildflowers transplanted from the abundant gardens of Cathy Bollinger, Volunteer Botanical Advisor to the project. If you are able to help dig plants from Cathy’s garden the day before, please either send an email to piedmontpatch@gmail.com

Refreshments and good fellowship provided. Please wear sturdy shoes, and bring work gloves,

Also…. don’t worry if you haven’t done much — or any — of this kind of work before. We’re in it to learn!

Seeing White: Teachable Moments in Eastertide

[A Teachable Moment takes place Sundays, 10:10 – 10:50 AM in The Advocate House.]
In this season of Easter, as we move within the extraordinary reality of resurrection, we will have a six-part series of Teachable Moments that we hope will renew our minds and inspire the work of our hands.
Many in our community hunger for a greater understanding of race as well as meaningful action toward racial equity. Mindful of this, a group of Advocates will be guiding us through a historical, political, and theological perspective on race, with a specific focus on the construction of whiteness. We will do so, in part, through listening to a podcast series entitled “Seeing White,” which is produced by Scene On Radio, a podcast from Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies.
Rather than attempt a reading group or a free-wheeling conversation on such a complex and sensitive topic, we will invite folks to listen to a specific episode of this series prior to the TM. These podcast episodes are short (usually about 30 minutes), and they provide excellent historical perspective alongside frank reflections and friendly conversations. We expect listening to this series will be a convenient and doable way for us all to share a frame of reference as we think together.
In addition to these TM’s, we are also planning informal dinners and movie screenings to offer more opportunities, and different spaces, for folks to talk and hang out.
For this coming Sunday, April 15, please listen to the second episode of the “Seeing White” series . This episode is entitled “How Race Was Made (Seeing White, Part 2),” about 28 minutes long. You can access all episodes at the website http://podcast.cdsporch.org/seeing-white/ or through whatever podcast app you use. If there are any questions about how to access podcasts, please email CharlesRousseau10@gmail.com.
Thank you!

Holy Week and Easter at the Advocate

Come and walk the Way with us.

The Prequel: Saturday, March 24
9 AM – Noon   
Site Stewardship morning: Come help get our ground ready for Holy Week and Easter. Many hands make light work!

Palm Sunday, March 25
+ 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.

Monday of Holy Week, March 26
+ 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.

Tuesday of Holy Week, March 27
+ Holy Eucharist at 5:30 PM

Wednesday of Holy Week, March 28
+ Holy Eucharist at 5:30 PM

Maundy Thursday, March 29
+ 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, March 30
+ 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, March 31
+The Holy Saturday Liturgy at 10AM in the Advocate Chapel. Gather in the Chapel for this brief liturgy of readings, reflection and prayers.

10:30 AM   Rehearsal and preparations for The Great Vigil.

IMG_4811Saturday Night, March 31
+ 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 1
+ 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 by the Pond. Bring your own chairs or blanket to sit upon.

Weather updates will be posted as needed.

A Piedmont Patch Presentation: Debbie Roos on Pollinators and Habitats. Saturday, February 17

“Creating Wildlife Habitat with Pollinator Gardens”
Featuring Debbie Roos
Saturday, February 17, 11:00am – 1:00pm

The Piedmont Patch Collaborative invites the interested community to join us for the inaugural event in a multi-year program to collaboratively restore native landscapes, one patch of piedmont at a time. “Creating Wildlife Habitat with Pollinator Gardens” will be offered by noted pollinator expert Debbie Roos at the Episcopal Church of the Advocate on Saturday, February 17, 11:00am – 1:00pm. The Advocate is located at 8410 Merin Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. The event is free but registration is requested.

Debbie Roos is a Chatham County extension agent for sustainable organic production. Her talk will describe the relationships between native pollinators and native plants, the habitat requirements of these species, and offer suggestions on how to make any landscape more friendly to native pollinators. Participants will be inspired to establish a piedmont patch that will attract and support native plants, birds and mammals in any urban or suburban landscape. A frequent and popular local speaker, her talks are enhanced by her extensive photo collection. She also maintains a demonstration pollinator garden at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro, that is free and open to the public.

“We are excited to offer such an engaging opportunity to our neighbors and friends,” said the Rev. Lisa G. Fischbeck, Vicar of the Episcopal Church of the Advocate. “We hope that people who don’t know anything about native gardening will come, and be inspired to put in a small pollinator garden in whatever space they may have available. We’re in the process of transforming The Advocate’s property into a native habitat, and it is a place where anyone is welcome to walk, sit, fish, and be inspired. ”The Piedmont Patch Collaborative is a joint project between the Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Chapel Hill, NC, and various native species advocates. The Piedmont Patch aims to provide educational and experiential resources to support the restoration of diverse native flora to urban and suburban landscapes in the Piedmont region in North Carolina. Quarterly educational events and hands-on experiences are planned to engage interested persons at any level of experience. For more information, email piedmontpatch@gmail.com .

The Advocate Awarded Stewardship of Creation Grant from The Episcopal Church

IMG_0461We are more than happy to announce that The Church of the Advocate was awarded a $9,600 Stewardship of Creation grant from The Episcopal Church for the Piedmont Patch Project, a collaborative social ministry dedicated to restoring native flora and fauna displaced by the rapid urbanization surrounding the property, and cultivating keepers of Creation.

See more on the website of The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina here.

If you want to be a part of this project — learning, teaching, planting, inviting, cultivating — please contact Day Smith Pritchartt <emaildayp@gmail.com>

Calendar for Advent and Christmas at the Advocate

advent-photoIn these weeks of anticipation, contemplation, and celebration, please join us in the Advocate Chapel. 

Sundays, December 3, 10, and 17: Our regular Sunday schedule, with Holy Eucharist at 9 and 11, and Godly Play and A Teachable Moment at 10(ish), all followed by lunch.

Wednesdays with Holy Eucharist at 5:30 PM and Contemplative Prayer, 6:15 – 7 PM.

In addition:
 

Sunday, December 3: The Teachable Moment will focus on the Advocate’s Piedmont Patch Project and what it means for us as a community.

Wednesday, December 6:  All are welcome to join in an Open Meeting to determine the Advocate Tithe for 2017. See more here. 7 PM.

Sunday, December 10: The Teachable Moment will focus on the gospels that didn’t make it into the Bible. AKA The Nag Hammadi Gospels. What do we make of them??
Wednesday, December 13: The Readers Roundtable will talk about A Land More Kind Than Home, by Wiley Cash.  See more here. 7 PM.
Sunday, December 17: The Teachable Moment will focus on The Gospel of Mary. What??

Also:

Sunday, December 17: Third Sunday Shape Note Sing with NC Shape Note. All are welcome to come and join in. This month will feature a lot of great early American Christmas songs. The folks from NC Shape Note are really good singers and happy to share and teach. 2 – 4 PM in the Chapel.
Tuesday, December 19: Community House Christmas Carol Party!
All are welcome to share a Christmas meal and caroling cheer with our neighbors at the Community House, starting at 6 PM. (note that this will be different from our parties of previous years, perhaps better suited to the Community House environment, with more emphasis on fellowship, eating and singing together. As you are able, bring some Christmas cookies to share.
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Provide a Holiday Dinner via The Interfaith Council? If you would like to provide a holiday dinner for a family in our community, see details here and donate online here!.
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Friday, December 22: A Getting Ready for Christmas Party. 
Bring your unfinished craft projects, your anticipatory cheer or gloom, your self.
We’ll watch A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life.
If someone wants to tend a fire, we’ll have a fire. If someone brings snacks (very likely), we’ll have snacks!
And we’ll have a fairy hair specialist there to add sparkle to the tresses of the first 12 people who contact Debbie Wuliger <debrawuliger@aol.com> to sign up.
[Note: The requested donation for the fairy hair specialist is $25, to help cover the cost, though anyone can sign up. If you can make a donation, write your check to The Episcopal Church of the Advocate, with Fairy Hair in the memo line.]
In the Advocate House. 7 – 9:30 PM.
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Sunday, December 24, Advent IV: one morning liturgy at 10 AM.
 
Sunday, December 24, Christmas Eve: 
Holy Eucharist with candles and carols. 4 PM and 9 PM.
Kids of all ages are encouraged to bring critters from home to visit the baby Jesus in the creche.
Monday, December 25.Christmas Day. Simple Eucharist with carols. 5 PM.
Sunday, December 31. The First Sunday After Christmas. One morning liturgy: Holy Eucharist with Lessons and Carols. 10 AM.
Friday, January 6.The Feast of the Epiphany! Burning of the Greens (weather conditions permitting), songs, prayers and kings cake!. Starts 6 PM at the fire pit.
All are welcome to all.

Debt Relief in Sight!

photo_2Debt Relief in Sight!

In 2013, The Advocate was at the peak of our campaign to worship on the land. We had raised the funds to buy the land and to move what would become The Advocate Chapel, and we still needed to restore the chapel and to get the site up to code for use by a church (parking lot, sewer, pond repair, etc. etc.). We had raised a lot of money (over $1.7 million), but not enough. So we took out two loans:

  • A $180,000 loan from an anonymous individual loaner. This loan was without interest for one year, then a 1.5% interest rate and interest-only payments for 4 years. After five years, the entire $180,000 is due. This is what could be called “a balloon loan”. It comes due early in 2018.

In 2016, the people of the Advocate received a challenge to raise $40,000 toward the retirement of this second debt. With significant stretch, Advocates stepped up. In November 2016 our $40,000 plus the challenge gift allowed us to pay of $80,000 of that $180,000 loan.

Then, in January 2017, the Advocate received a challenge to raise $30,000 from friends of the Advocate. Friends responded, and in September we paid another $60,000 of that loan.

$40,000 remains.

Now, the loaner herself has offered to match $20,000 of the remaining $40,000, if we can raise another $20,000 in the months ahead.

Any gift given towards the Advocate’s debt retirement for the next $20,000, will be matched up to $20,000. This will pay off the loan.

  • A $150,000 loan from the North Carolina Episcopal Church Foundation. This loan is being paid at 2% interest over 10 years. The 10% payment and the 2% interest have both been budgeted in the Advocate’s Annual Budget for the past 4.5 years. At the end of 2017, $82,000 will remain to be paid on this loan. At this rate, we could pay it off in 5.5 years, in June 2023. We would sure be glad to pay off this loan sooner and be able to use that $15,000 each year to augment our life and ministry instead.

Checks should be designated for “Debt Relief” and written to The Episcopal Church of the Advocate (or ECOTA) and sent to 8410 Merin Road, Chapel Hill, NC, 27516.

Thank you!

 

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