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!

Readers Roundtable 2nd Wednesdays at 7

IMG_0382The Readers Roundtable gathers the second Wednesday of the month, 7:00-8:30 PM in the Advocate House  to talk about a book selected by those who participated in the Roundtable the previous month. Books are largely fiction, but are not limited to fiction.
Books so far have included Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Mary Doris Russell’s The Sparrow, and Mary Oliver’s Thirst, Leif Enger’s Peace Like a River, Wendell Berry’s A Place on Earth,

Each month the conversation is open to everyone and their friends.

In the season ahead, here are the books that will be discussed:

Readers’ Roundtable – Spring 2019

Second Wednesday of the Month, 7:00-8:30 PM

At the Church House

Wednesday, January 9

The Solace of Leaving Early

Using small-town life as a springboard to explore the loftiest of ideas, Haven Kimmel’s irresistibly smart and generous first novel is at once a romance and a haunting meditation on grief and faith…

Deftly walking the tightrope between tragedy and comedy, The Solace of Leaving Early is a joyous story about finding one’s better self through accepting the shortcomings of others.

 

Wednesday, February 13

The Golden Compass

The modern fantasy classic that Entertainment Weekly named an “All-Time Greatest Novel” and Newsweek hailed as a “Top 100 Book of All Time.” Philip Pullman takes readers to a world where humans have animal familiars and where parallel universes are within reach.

A masterwork of storytelling and suspense, Philip Pullman’s award-winning The Golden Compassis the first in the His Dark Materials series, which continues with The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Winner of the Guardian Prize for Children’s Fiction

Published in 40 Countries

Wednesday, May 8

The Nightingale: A Novel

A #1 New York Times bestseller, Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year, and soon to be a major motion picture, this unforgettable novel of love and strength in the face of war has enthralled a generation.

France, 1939 – In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France … but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive…

 

For further information, contact Paul Marvin. pmarvin64@gmail.com

Whether you’ve read the book or not, all are always welcome to join in the conversation!

Notes for the Season Ahead! (an evolving post)

Sunday, September 9, Celebrate and Connect,  a “Mission Fare” from 10 – 10:50 AM, ahead of the 11 AM liturgy. Come a discover ways to engage with God, the community around us, and the Church of the Advocate in the seasons ahead!
The 9 AM liturgy will be added on Sunday, September 16.
See the regular Sunday schedule here.
Here are some other Dates to Note (this is an evolving calendar, please check back for updates!).
Saturday, September 8, Grass Plugging!  Once again, the Piedmont Patch at the Advocate has been gifted with 1000 plugs of native grasses that need to be planted as soon as possible. Join us, 8 AM – 11 AM, to plug these grasses into the ground!
Wednesday, September 12: 7-8:30  The Readers Roundtable talks about CS Lewis’ Out of the Silent Planet. See more here.
Saturday, September 22, 10 AM – noon. The Piedmont Patch at the Advocate, in collaboration with the New Hope Audubon Chapter presents: Native Piedmont Birds. See more here.
Saturday, October 13, 9 AM – noon. An Advocate Site Stewardship autumn work day. Did somebody say “Mulch!”?
October 20-21, A Celebration of The Advocate’s 15th Anniversary, with music, food, festival liturgy, Piedmont Patch and Pee Wee Homes events. Our Bishop, Sam Rodman will join us Sunday morning.
Sunday October 21 at 1PM: Ribbon cutting for the Pee Wee Homes!
Other Good Things Ahead
Construction of the three Pee Wee Homes at the Advocate has (finally) begun. Volunteer Days will begin one the framing is up. To sign up to volunteer, see here.
A Study of the Hebrew Scriptures will begin September 23. See more here.

The Liturgy and Community — Teachable Moments September 16 – October 14. Details coming soon.

The Episcopal Church and The Advocate: Questions and Conversations.  7-8:30 PM, Wednesdays September 19 and 26, and October 3 and 17.

Readers Roundtable — Second Wednesdays — September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12. See more here.

Third Sunday Shape Note Sing  — August 19, September 16, October 21 — 2PM – 4 PM. In the Advocate Chapel. See more here.
check TheAdvocateChurch.org for updates and additions)

Horticulture as Therapy: A Piedmont Patch Event, Saturday, May 19

HORTICULTURE AS THERAPY
Featuring Amy Brightwood
Saturday, May 19, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
At The Episcopal Church of the Advocate, 8410 Merin Road, Chapel Hill

The Piedmont Patch Collaborative announces “Horticulture as Therapy,” on Saturday, May 19 from 10:00 am to 12:00 p.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Advocate located at 8410 Merin Road in Chapel Hill. The program, featuring Amy Brightwood, will provide an overview of the demonstrated benefits of gardening to promote individual mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and intellectual well-being. The long-standing Horticultural Therapy program at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill has worked with groups of all ages, including patients suffering from brain damage, teenagers with eating disorders, and seniors suffering from senile dementia.

Amy Brightwood is completing the final stages of her training as a Horticultural Therapist with an internship at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. She will offer an introduction to the many benefits of Horticultural Therapy in general, and describe the teacher training program that she developed at Glenwood Elementary School in Chapel Hill. After her presentation, there will be a demonstration of potting native wildflowers and culinary herbs that will beautify sunny decks and patios while also serving as food sources for pollinators. The first 30 people to register for the talk via e-mail will receive a free native wildflower to use in the creation of their own container gardens.

“Bacteria in the soil emit substances that generate the brain chemicals that lift depression. Basically, there’s a biochemical reason gardening makes us happy,” said Catherine Bollinger, Volunteer Botanical Consultant for Piedmont Patch. “This program will help participants value gardening as a wellness activity.”

The Piedmont Patch is a collaboration of the Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Chapel Hill and various groups that promote the value and importance of native species, including the North Carolina Botanical Garden and the New Hope chapter of the Audubon Society. It promotes the restoration of native landscapes on private and public properties, one patch of Piedmont at a time. This event is one of a series of free quarterly educational events; there are also hands-on experiences like the recent Planting Day on April 14, that are planned to engage interested persons at any level of experience. For updates, follow the Piedmont Patch Collaborative on Facebook.