September @TheAdvocate!

September 4 House Dinner returns to the Advocate House!

September 8 We will return to our Sunday morning schedule


September 11 A new Wednesday schedule begins
5:15 PM Contemplative Prayer (note the new time!)
6 PM Holy Eucharist (note the new time!
7 PM An evening of fellowship and conversation. This week, the Reader’s Roundtable will beet to discuss The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, by Louise Erdich. See more here.

September 15 Welcome, “Pounding” and blessing of the Johnson Service Corps cohort for 2019-2020

September 21 The Advocate’s Sweet Sixteen Party!
3 PM – 5 PM Kids activities to include face painting, fairy hair, giant bubbles, costumes and photos, while the adults gather to envision the future of the Advocate.
5 PM – 6ish Kids activities continue during cookout accompanied by music from The Dogwood Blossom Band
6 ish – 8ish Advocate Talent Show!!
8 PM -> Campfire and campout on the Advocate grounds

Also coming in September:
Episcopal 101
The Way of Love
Eating Together Faithfully


Hymn Sing Cookout and Water Play Sunday July 7

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!

The Season of The Advocate: Ascension – The Day of Pentecost

Wednesday, May 29 Ascension Eve
5:15 PM Contemplative Prayer
6 PM Holy Eucharist with Hymns for the Ascension of our Lord
7 PM House Dinner.

Sunday, June 2
9 AM Holy Eucharist with hymns and the Easter Troparian
10 AM Ascension lantern launch and Pee Wee Homes tour
11 AM Holy Eucharist with Hymns, Songs and the Easter Troparian
12:30 PM Lunch

Sunday, June 9 The Day of Pentecost
9 AM Holy Eucharist with hymns and the Easter Troparian
10 AM Beating of the Bounds
11 AM Eucharist with Hymns, Songs, the Easter Troparian
12:30 PM Festival Lunch

Here at The Church of the Advocate, instead of having a single feast day, we embrace a 10-day feast season — It starts with the Feast of the Ascension,
when Jesus ascends to God and, as recorded in First John,
there he serves there as our Advocate.
This year we will celebrate that ascension with an Ascension Eve Eucharist this Wednesday at 6 PM.
It is this Advocate Jesus, that we remember in our Advocate cross.

But there’s more. We then have a Sunday after the Ascension, which, this year, is next Sunday, June 2. And we will celebrate with a “beating of the bounds”. See more about that here.

Then comes the Day of Pentecost when we remember how the Holy Spirit descended and moved and breathed among those gathered in Jerusalem.
And moves and breathes among us still. This we will celebrate with a time of fellowship and a heavenward launching of lanterns and a festival potluck.

In all of this we remember the power and the presence of God among us as church, as people, created and beloved.


Notes from a Small Prairie, by Annabel Renwick

The next free talk in the series offered by Piedmont Patch features Dr. Annabel Renwick, Curator of the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Dr. Renwick’s talk will describe the design and growth of a demonstration Piedmont prairie initiated in 2014.
10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Piedmont Patch Advocate site.

“It’s quite extraordinary to consider that three hundred years ago the terrain surrounding Durham, North Carolina would have been dominated by grassland supporting a myriad of wild flowers, grasses, and associated wildlife,” Dr. Renwick notes. She adds, “Much of this landscape has disappeared due to urbanization, farming, and forestry, and even though the population of North Carolina continues to rise, there are ways we can help create habitats for wildlife in urbanized areas.”

Dr. Renwick will describe the creation of a one-acre rendition of native grassland created with almost 100 species of wild flowers and grasses totaling 20,000 plants at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, noting the changes that have occurred over the four years since its construction.

Dr. Renwick’s work directly relates to the mission of Piedmont Patch, which is to demonstrate how to collaboratively restore native landscapes, one patch of Piedmont at a time. Our demonstration Piedmont Patch is located on the campus of the Episcopal Church of the Advocate at the intersection of Merin Road and Homestead Road in Chapel Hill. Visitors to the site are always welcome.

Learn more about Piedmont Patch at our web site: piedmontpatch.org.

June 8 Piedmont Patch Free Talk: Notes from a Small Prairie with Annabel Renwick

June 8 Piedmont Patch Free Talk: Notes from a Small Prairie with Annabel Renwick

The next free talk in the series offered by Piedmont Patch at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2019 features Dr. Annabel Renwick, Curator of the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Dr. Renwick’s talk will describe the design and growth of a demonstration Piedmont prairie initiated at that garden in 2014 in a presentation to be held at the Piedmont Patch demonstration site, Episcopal Church of the Advocate, 8410 Merin Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.

“It’s quite extraordinary to consider that three hundred years ago the terrain surrounding Durham, North Carolina would have been dominated by grassland supporting a myriad of wild flowers, grasses, and associated wildlife,” Dr. Renwick notes. She adds, “Much of this landscape has disappeared due to urbanization, farming, and forestry, and even though the population of North Carolina continues to rise, there are ways we can help create habitats for wildlife in urbanized areas.”

Dr. Renwick will describe the creation of a one-acre rendition of native grassland created with almost 100 species of wild flowers and grasses totaling 20,000 plants at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, noting the changes that have occurred over the four years since its construction. 

Dr. Renwick’s work directly relates to the mission of Piedmont Patch, which is to demonstrate how to collaboratively restore native landscapes, one patch of Piedmont at a time. Our demonstration Piedmont Patch is located on the campus of the Episcopal Church of the Advocate at the intersection of Merin Road and Homestead Road in Chapel Hill. Visitors to the site are always welcome.

Learn more about Piedmont Patch at our web site: piedmontpatch.org.

Memorial Day Concert and Cookout for Kids of All Ages

Monday, May 27
4 PM – 6 PM

Come Join Us!

Will Parker is a children’s songwriter and teaching artist who writes and performs music for “kids ages 1-100.” During Will’s whimsical and interactive shows, he plays guitar and harmonica and sings original songs that engage the audience in singing, dancing, and imaginative play. 

Will holds both a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Trinity University and served as theatre director at KIPP University Prep High School for four years before leaping into life as a full-time musician, touring the country playing shows at libraries, schools, daycares, museums, churches, camps and festivals. Now a student at Yale Divinity School, Will tours in the summers. The Advocate concert will be the first of his 2019 tour.

The concert will be held in the Advocate Chapel, a lovingly restored and welcoming 19th century wooden church in north Chapel Hill. Hot dogs and veggie dogs will be served rom the grill outside following the show.

Note: Costs have been covered by a gift.
This concert is free and open to the public.

All Neighbors Near and Far Are Welcome!

When: MONDAY, MAY 27, 2019

Where: Church of the Advocate
8410 Merin Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Time: 4 PM – 6 PMT

Christmastide and Epiphany at the Advocate

Christmas Continues….  for 12 Days!

Please join us Sunday, December 30. The First Sunday of Christmas
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At 10 AM for the Holy Eucharist with lessons and carols, followed by a simple meal. Child care provided during the service.
Saturday, January 5. The Burning of the Greens! As you are able, bring your greens from home — Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands — and we will burn then in the fire circle, while singing songs and staring in awe at the light coming into the darkness. And there will be cake!
6-7 PM.

Sunday, January 6   The Feast of the Epiphany!  The sages from the East arrive!
9 AM      A classic Episcopal Eucharist with prayers from the Book of Common Prayer and hymns from the 1982 hymnal.
10 AM   Epiphany Brunch (provided). There will be Kings Cake!!
(Note: Godly Play for kids 3-9, Godly Play Grads for kids 9-13, Teachable Moment for adults and youth 14 and up will resume January 13!)
11 AM    A 75-minute Eucharist with prayers and songs from a variety of sources. Child care provided during the liturgy.
1:30 PM  Study of Hebrew Scriptures. See more here.

All are welcome to all.

Advocate Tithe Applications Due November 25

The Episcopal Church of the Advocate is committed to giving a minimum of 10% of our pledged income and plate offering received each Sunday to individuals and organizations in the community. In other words, for every $10 pledged, $1 will be given to those in need and those working for peace and justice in the world. This offering is called the Advocate Tithe for Community Engagement. Distribution of the Advocate Tithe is determined at the recommendation of the Community Engagement Facilitators.

Procedures for Requesting Support

  • Here is the Application for Support from the Advocate Tithe: tithe proposal form
  • Completed forms may be sent to the church at: The Advocate Church Office <theadvocatechurch@gmail.com>
  • Applications are due by Sunday, November 25.
  • 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. Priority is given to those programs an projects in which people of the Advocate are directly involved.

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.

The Advocate Tithe for 2017 was distributed as follows:

Vicar’s Discretionary Fund                $2500
Inter Faith Council                            $2000
Justice United                                   $1500
Club Nova                                         $1000
Community of the Franciscan Way    $1000
EmPOWerment Inc                            $1000
Autism Society of North Carolina      $1000
Compass Center                                 $1000
Johnson Service Corps                       $1250
Jackson Center                                   $750
Episcopal Farmworker Ministry         $1500
Community Empowerment Fund       $1000
Farmer Foodshare                             $500
Church of the Rec Sanctuary             $500
Ahli Hospital, Gaza City Palestine      $1250
Teachers salaries at St. Innocents Tickolette Haiti $500

To view distributions in previous years, visit here.

 

Celebrating Our 15th Anniversary October 20-21!

In 2003,The Advocate was born of the collaboration,strength and vitality of the Diocese of North Carolina and the three established Episcopal Churches in Orange County, North Carolina — St. Matthews in Hillsborough, The Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill, and Church of the Holy Family in Chapel Hill. We were launched on St. Matthews Day, September 21, 2003. 15 years ago. We’ve been welcoming people of every kind of household and at every stage of life and faith and doubt ever since.

The celebration of our 15th anniversary comes into focus October 20 – 21.

On Saturday, October 20, there will be a Pee Wee Homes build in the morning and the afternoon.
We will gather for a talent show in the Chapel at 6 PM, followed by a campfire with toasted marshmallows and s’mores.

Through the night, the pig will be roasted.

On Sunday, October 21, we will gather for an outdoor Eucharist at 10:30 AM with our Bishop, Sam Rodman, and will also dedicate the three Pee Wee Homes under construction. Then we will have an old time pig pickin’ with lots of good side dishes and music from the Dogwood Blossom Band. There will be cake!

2-4 PM The Third Sunday Shape Note Sing in the Advocate Chapel. See more here.

Please join us for any and all!

As part of our celebration, we’ve made long-sleeved t-shirts. These will be available through the celebration weekend. A donation of $15 per shirt is requested.

 

 

Chapel Hill Merchants and Students Support Pee Wee Homes

UNC student Justin Pacher has produced this short video to help raise awareness of the Pee Wee Homes.  It’s part of an assignment from Jim Kitchen, Entrepreneur-in-residence at the Kenan-Flagler Business School. Student are practicing the social entrepreneurship skills they’ve been learning in class and will donate funds raised to the Pee Wee Homes.

Justin arranged for  local merchants to offer discounts to anyone with a Pee Wee Homes coupon card. Cards are available for a $5 donation at The Advocate next Sunday!