Study of Hebrew Scripture Starting in September

Have you ever wanted to study the wonderful, diverse and rich Hebrew Scriptures more deeply, but you’ve found the cost  or time commitment of some programs prohibitive?  Beginning in September, the Rev. Lera Tyler is offering a nine-month study of the Hebrew Scripture, using as text: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible  (Fortress Press, Second Edition 2014) by John J. Collins.

Participants will meet at the Advocate weekly to study and reflect on the stories, poetry, and teachings of the Pentateuch, the Prophets, Psalms, Wisdom literature, and consider their relevance to us now.
If you are interested in exploring the possibility, please contact Lera Tyler. <lera.tyler@gmail.com>.

Reconstructing The Gospel: A Poor Peoples Campaign Conversation

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival begins 40 Days of Nonviolent Direct Action to stir the conscience of our country.

During these six weeks, The Advocate will offer a reading group for those interested in sustaining our analysis of whiteness and deepening our understanding of Christianity’s role in the history of American racism.

We will read local theologian Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s new book, Reconstructing The Gospel: Finding Freedom From Slaveholder Religion.

Two copies are available on loan from the Advocate library.
We will discuss the book on Wednesday nights from 7:15-8:15 (except June 13, which is. Reader’s Roundtable night). More info to come!

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.
Next Sunday (May 13th) we will be focusing our conversation on the final episode in the Scene On Radio podcast series ‘Seeing White.’ That is episode 14, ‘Transformation.’
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!

Creativity / Crafting Group, Every Other Thursday Evening Starting May 10

Join us every other Thursday night in the Chapel from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. for evenings of sharing and crafting (and occasional meals). Whether you knit, write, weave, sing, play, paint, dance, bake, crochet, garden, or simply want inspiration and support to begin your own creative endeavors, all are welcome.

May 10th: Kickoff at the chapel
June 7th: Potluck (contact untothewoods@gmail.com. for location)
June 21st: Regular Meetup in the Advocate Chapel
July 5th: Regular Meetup in the Advocate Chapel
July 19th: Possible Potluck (contact untothewoods@gmail.com. for location)
[Knitwear Design & Photography by: Kerry Bullock-Ozkan. Model: Debbie Wuliger]

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
New Digs!

A post for National Pollinator Week posted August 4)
Sugar Shakin (posted August 6)
Time to Treat (posted August 8)

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!

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.
—————————-
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!.
—————————-
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.
——————————
 
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.