How can we better lean into God’s vision for us as we enter into 2020? Spend the day with the Band of Sisters as we assemble cloth, paper, thread, and…voila!…create a personal notebook and calendar for the new year. This lovely, small format book will easily slip into a bag so you can capture your inspirations as you make your way through the days, weeks, and months of 2020.
On Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 27, we will gather together in the Advocate Chapel at 6 PM to ask the Lord’s blessing and thank we all our God.
Please join us for a simple Eucharist with hymns and homily.
Farmer Foodshare is looking for an Executive Director. “Farmer Foodshare approaches hunger from both sides of the problem – small farmers struggling to stay in business, and disadvantaged populations who lack access to fresh and nutritious food. This is what makes them unique! Since 2009, Farmer Foodshare has fostered cross-sector partnerships to build a local food system in which all members of our community can have access to healthy, nutritious food, and those who labor in agriculture can make a viable living.”
See more about the Farmer Foodshare Executive Director job posting here!
Also, the InterFaith Council is seeking a Heavenly Groceries Food Ministry Coordinator. A terrific opportunity for someone who wants to work 15 hours a week for a very good agency. See flyer below.
1) 3 PM – 5 PM Visioning ahead. Come meet with our vicar and senior warden to begin a process of visioning for our future. As with so much of what we do, this will be the work of the people. And it will be what it will be because of who participates. So please come if you can!
2) 4:30 – 7:30 PM Fairy Hair and Face Paint and other kids activities. Sparkle Body Arts will provide fairy hair and face painting from 4:30 – 7:30. Only one person at a time, so we hope some folks will come early and others will be willing to wait and duck out during the talent show. 5:15 – 6:45PM. Once the Visioning gathering is over, around 5, we will also have bubbles and a costume photo booth during the cookout!
3) 5:15 – 6:45 ish. A cookout!. We will joined by the Dogwood Blossom Band as we gather for veggie burgers and beef burgers, with the the usual augmentations. Beverages provided. Please bring a side dish if you can. If you can help with the grilling, please contact “Paul B. Marvin” email@example.com.
4) 7 ish til…. An Advocate Talent Show in the Chapel!
If you want to participate in the 2nd Annual Advocate Talent Show OR display some art work, please email Erin Dangler firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 17th. Erin will send you a confirmation with all the details and getting participation information from you. Remember, Participation over Perfection!
5) Campfire and S’mores. Here’s where we have dessert!
6) A pondside campout ! Those who wish can bring their tents and stay the night, then come to church in the morning.
Also…. Sunday at 10:50 we will dedicate our new Peace Pole!
The Way of Love
is a way of life.
More than a program or curriculum, it is an intentional commitment to a set of practices. It’s a commitment to follow Jesus: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest.
During A Teachable Moment between the 9 AM and 11 AM liturgies this fall, all are welcome to engage in The Way of Love. Each week we will explore one of the themes offered by our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.
See the introduction and Bishop Curry’s invitation here.
Are you interested in learning more about the history, theology, liturgy, and structure of the Episcopal Church? If so, join us Sunday afternoons, September 8 – October 13, for “Episcopal 101,” a conversation-based introduction to the church. In each conversation we will be asking, “What difference does this make for us?”
Each week’s topic will be posted beforehand (see basic plan below). Any and all are welcome to join in any or all sessions.
Note: for these preparing for confirmation or reception in the Episcopal Church at the Bishop’s Visitation on Sunday, October 20, participation is expected.
Classes will generally be held1:15 – 2:30 PM at the Advocate.
If you are interested in being a part of the conversation, be in touch with the Vicar (Vicar@TheAdvocateChurch.org).
Episcopal 101, general plan:
1) Jesus, Scripture and the early Church
2) The Church in England and The Anglican Communion
3) Anglican spirituality and The Book of Common Prayer
4) Anglican Moral Theology
5) The Episcopal Church USA and how the Advocate fits in.
On these hot summer days, with the news cycle and its images challenging our psyches and our souls, we need a place to get back to our center, our foundation, our strength. Join us this Sunday, July 7 at the Advocate for liturgy, sacrament and SONG!
9 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite Two from the Book of Common Prayer, with hymns from the 1982 Hymnal, with Nancy Trueblood at the piano. During the sermon time we will sing the old chestnuts, the tried and true. If you have a hymn you want us to be sure to sing, let me know! (vicar@TheAdvocateChurch.org)
5 PM Holy Eucharist from Enriching Our Worship with hymns and songs of Peace and Justice, led by Jesse DeConto (of Durham Beer and Hymns fame).
[Note: the NC Jazz Ensemble cancelled for this Sunday, so the Jazz Mass was cancelled, too]
6:30 PM Cookout (beef and veggie, burger and dogs, provided) and a Potluck Side Dish and Dessert. As you are able, please bring a dish to share. The baptismal pools and sprinkler will be set up for water play too!.
All are welcome, all are encouraged to come!
Come and walk the Way with us.
The Prequel: Saturday, April 6
9 AM – Noon Site Stewardship morning: Come help get our ground ready for the Pee Wee Homes residents and for Holy Week and Easter. Many hands make light work!
Palm Sunday, April 14
+ 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, April 15
+ 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, April 16
+ Holy Eucharist at 5:30 PM
Wednesday of Holy Week, April 17
+ Holy Eucharist at 5:30 PM
Maundy Thursday, April 18
+ Dinner fellowship (food provided), Foot-washing and Table Eucharist. Bishop Sam Rodman will offer the homily. 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 19
+ 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). Note: Due to weather condition we will walk the Way of the Cross in the Advocate Chapel this year.
+ 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. Come on the hour or on the half hour and stay for any, or all, of the Wake.
Holy Saturday, April 20
+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.
Saturday Night, April 20
+ 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 21
+ 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.
Contemplative Prayer Retreat
The Contemplative Prayer Groups of Church of the Advocate and Church of the Holy Family will be hosting their annual contemplative prayer retreat at Avila Retreat Center in Durham on August 2-4, 2019. While the focus of the retreat is contemplative prayer, the retreat is truly for anyone who would like a few days of quiet reflection.
Registration is $195 per person, which covers two nights lodging in a private room as well as Friday supper through Sunday breakfast.
Registration is open now and closes June 1.
For more information, please contact Paul Marvin at email@example.com or 919.451.2843.
|I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.… from the Book of Common Prayer Ash Wednesday liturgy.
Sundays in Lent
For the Season of Lent, we will have more silence in worship and we invite you to consider taking off your shoes when you enter the Chapel, as a way to acknowledge that you have entered a sacred space and time. If you wish to kneel, we invite you to bring a pillow from home, or to kneel on the floor. The liturgy each Sunday will begin with a penitential rite.
For the weekly schedule on Sundays and Wednesdays, visit TheAdvocateChurch.org
Ash Wednesday, March 6.
The House Dinner throughout the Season of Lent will happen on Thursdays at 7. As usual, please let Charles Rousseau <firstname.lastname@example.org> know if you plan to be there. See more about these occasions for fellowship and community here.
Lenten Study on Wednesday Nights at 7 PM: A Season of the Spirit, Readings for the Days of Lent. Join with others engaging in this helpful book by Martin Smith. For more information, contact “Paul B. Marvin” <email@example.com>.
The Teachable Moment in Lent. Sunday morning at 10:10. Exploring The Cross and the Lynching Tree. “The cross and the lynching tree are separated by nearly 2,000 years. One is the universal symbol of Christian faith; the other is the quintessential symbol of black oppression in America. Though both are symbols of death, one represents a message of hope and salvation, while the other signifies the negation of that message by white supremacy.” James Cone, a founder and leader of black liberation theology, introduces “The Cross and the Lynching Tree” with these provocative words.
Stations of the Cross Around the Advocate Pond
Saturday, April 6 Site Stewardship Day. We will plant and mulch around the Pee wee Homes, clear up the winter accumulations and make ready for Holy Week and Easter ahead. 9 AM – noon.
Other Notes for Lent