Sunday January 24: Change in schedule due to weather

L1008403 (1)Due to the weather event that has left roads icy and travel advisories in place, the Advocate will adjust the Sunday morning schedule as follows:

10:30 AM    The Rev. Mary Ogus, priest for the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina and mother of Advocate resident Rebecca Ogus, will celebrate the Holy Eucharist in the Advocate Chapel. All ye who can trundle there from wherever you dwell, please do! (Note: We will not have child care, lunch, or the previously schedule program about the Church World Service.  Also, the parking lot and the sidewalks will be icy, so be careful!)

10:30 AM (as well)  All are welcome to go online to the Advocate’s GoToMeeting room to join in Morning Prayer with the Priest Associate. (Our GoToMeeting subscription is only good for 25 links, so if you can share a screen with someone else, please do). Morning Prayer can be found in the Book of Common Prayer on pages 75 – 102 , in the online Book of Common Prayer here, and with a rotation for our shared reading here.

Click here to access the Advocate GoToMeeting room.

5 PM        The Contemplative Eucharist is cancelled.

The vicar bids your prayers for safe travels on the road home from Sewanee, Tennessee on Sunday.

  • Hope to see you all in person next Sunday!

Episcopal 101: What is this Episcopal Church?

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Winter and Spring 2016

Are you interested in learning more about the history, theology, liturgy, and structure of the Episcopal Church? If so, join us on Wednesday nights for “Episcopal 101,” a conversation-based introduction to the church.
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 regional visitation on April 19, participation is expected.
Classes will generally be held at 7 PM at the Advocate, though some parts may be online interactive.
If you are interested in being a part of the conversation, be in touch with Nathan Kirkpatrick ( so that we can prepare for your presence.
Episcopal 101, general plan:

Jan 20: Introductions and Church History to the Nicene Creed

Jan 27: Early Church Controversies and a Developing Orthodoxy
Feb 3: Christology.
Feb 17: The Creed: The Spirit and the Church
Feb 24: The Church in England up to the English Reformation
Mar 2: The English Reformation and the BCP
Mar 9: The Anglican Church in America.
Mar 16: The 1979 Prayer Book.

Mar 30: The Church in England to The Church of England

Apr 6: The English Reformation and the first BCP

Apr 13 (online): The Anglican Church in America.

Apr 20: No class because of regional confirmation the day before

Apr 27: The 1979 Prayer Book.

May 4: Baptism.

May 11: The Holy Eucharist.

May 18: The Advocate!

May 25  More on the Eucharist!

Plans to Re-Purpose the Advocate House This Summer!

deer at the houseRepurposing the Advocate House

This summer, the Advocate plans to re-purpose our house for be used as an ADA-compliant space for office and gathering. Currently, the house is a private residence and is not up to code as a public gathering space and office. Funds have been raised that will allow doorways and the large bathroom to be brought to ADA compliance. to add an access ramp and small deck off the Chapel side of the house, and to convert the living room/library’s east window into an accessible doorway.

In addition, the current office space will be converted more fully to a kids space, and one of the back rooms will become the office. Recessed lighting will be installed throughout the house, the linoleum floors will be replaced, and the exterior trim will be restored. If funds are available, the fireplace with be fitted with a gas log insert.

To complete our obligations to the Town of Chapel Hill for development of the site south of the pond, funds raised will also be used to finish a parking area with ten parking spaces behind the house, to add and additional handicap parking place, to bring sewer to the house, and remove the existing septic system.

All of these things will allow the People of the Advocate better to care for our children, to learn, pray, break bread and welcome the stranger more faithfully and graciously, and will be done at the same time as our preparation for three Pee Wee Homes adjacent to the House.

At some point in the future, we hope to extend a deck around the house, and perhaps transform the carport into a finished meeting space….

Online donations can be made here.

Checks written to The Episcopal Church of the Advocate with a Memo to Building Campaign may be sent to:
8410 Merin Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27516

Click to view the Advocate House plan with deck.

Prayer After the Shooting of Innocents in Charleston, SC.

Offered at the Vigil at St. Paul AME Church in Chapel Hill, NC, June 19, 2015
by the Rev. Lisa G. Fischbeck, Vicar of the Advocate.

Prayer After the Shooting of Innocents in Charleston, SC.

Almighty God.

We come before in this hour with hearts that are torn

yet again,

because of tragic loss and senseless violence,

because your people, your children, have been wounded and are hurting,


We come before you in this hour with hearts that are torn

yet again,

because tired old wounds of racism in our nation still fester,

mean and ugly

they fester.

We are weary, we are sorrowful, and we are angry.

And so we come before you in this hour and we pray for your healing.

We pray

that those whose lives have been forever changed

by the violent deaths of those they love,

would know the healing power and the comfort of your love,

We pray that

that same healing power would work its way into the hearts of those whose hearts are hardened,

that in their hearts they might come to know

the dignity and the beauty of all your children,

created in your image,

created for your love.

And we pray

that just as you have the power to turn our swords into ploughshares,

so you would turn our sorrow and our anger

into a courage to will and to persevere,

that we may be instruments of your healing and your justice in this world in which we live.

Give us Peace in our time O Lord.



An Invitation to Memorize the 23rd Psalm

The 23rd Psalm, especially, it seems, the King James Version, is a source of comfort and prayer for Christians throughout the centuries and throughout the world. It is good to have in our memory bank in times of need. This Good Shepherd Sunday, Easter IV, is a good time to read it once again, and even memorize it, if we haven’t already.


The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’ sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: For thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
Thou annointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.

King James Version (1979 Book of Common Prayer on page 476)

“The Authority of the Laity” by Verna Dozier

UnknownFirst published in 1982, Verna Dozier’s “The Authority of the Laity” still provides a positive, powerful and challenging call for the ministry of the laity in the world.

Sunday, January 18 and Sunday, January 25, all are welcome to join in a conversation about this compelling work and how we can respond.


Here’s the link to the front page of Verna Dozier’s Authority of the Laity (reproduced with permission from Church Publishing):

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Here’s the link to

Chapter 1: The People of God Diverted


Chapter 2: Between the Biblical Lines

Laity Chapters 1 and 2

Here’s the link to

Chapter 3: The New Reformation


Chapter 4: The Ministry of the Laity

laity chapters 3 and 4




Prayers of the People — a Weekly Devotional for Advent


This Advent, the people of the Advocate are contributing toward weekly devotionals of prayers they value in their personal and season lives. Each week’s devotional will be posted here as a “pdf” on each of the Sundays of Advent.

If you have a prayer, song, or reading you would like to contribute, please send it to Paul B. Marvin <>.



Prayers of the People — Advent 4 — 2014

Prayers of the People — Advent 3 — 2014

Prayers of the People — Advent 2 — 2014

Prayers of the People — Advent 1 — 2014





Conscientious Projector East Presents: Harvest of Shame; Harvest of Dignity. Wednesday, November 5



The Advocate’s Conscientious Projector East* series continues with a pair of 50 minute documentaries, the Harvest of Shame and Harvest of Dignity.

These two films, produced fifty years apart, reveal how little has changed in the lives of migrant farmworkers in our country in that time, and challenge us to be mindful of,  and to respond to, their dignity and their needs.

To learn more about migrant farmworkers in North Carolina and the Episcopal Church’s mission and ministry in Newton Grove see:


Unknown-1 Wednesday, November 5

7 PM

in the Advocate Chapel


Invite a friend!

All are welcome. 


All Saints Church in Pasadena, California, launched Conscientious Projector, a free monthly documentary film series, in 2004. The Advocate offers this East Coast edition in the spirit of that series.