Advocate Sweet 16 Celebration, Saturday, September 21


Join us Saturday, September 21, as we celebrate our 16th birthday. It’s a celebration in 6 parts!

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” pmarvin64@gmail.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 erin@erindangler.com 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

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.

Eating Together Faithfully

This fall, Hannah Boning and Jimmy McKinnell will be facilitating a group through Eating Together Faithfully, a framework for conversation from Life Around the Table. There will be eight conversations around eight meals discussing what it means to eat with God’s intentions for all creation in mind. How does the way we eat together reflect who we think God is? What does it mean for food to be healthy and just? Participants should expect good food, good discussions, and some outside reading and preparation each week.

We hope to begin the first week of October. Contact Hannah (boningh@gmail.com) or Jimmy (jimmymckinnell@gmail.com) if you are interested or have questions!

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


House Dinner — Wednesday evenings (and occasional Thursdays) at 7 PM

The Wednesday (or occasional Thursday) House Dinners provide a place of shared food, shared stories, and deep fellowship. The hosts provide an atmosphere of welcome, mutual care, and good humor.

House Dinner is a time of togetherness over a shared meal, concluding with an invitation to respond to an open-ended prompt, often about an idea or concept (e.g., “shelter,” “grace,” “Christmas spirit”).

You don’t need to bring anything but yourself. All are welcome any time. If you are able, it helps if you can let the organizers know you are coming and if you can contribute food to the meal, so they can be sure the food and setting are gracious and welcoming.

The House Dinner takes place on Wednesday, night at 7 PM except for when other events are scheduled at the church on that night, such at the Readers Roundtable on second Wednesdays, or a seasonal book study, as in Lent. On those weeks, the House Dinner moves to Thursday night at 7 PM.

Check the weekly calendar on the Advocate website or this document: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1imsKieu1P4Q-fVj6pJWZdSLATOj6K3bSQacFUKT26qs/edit?usp=sharing
Contact Elliot Krause <elliot.krause6@gmail.com> if you have any questions.

Advocate long sleeve t-shirts available

Our Bishop, Sam Rodman, and our Vicar, Lisa Fischbeck, enjoy the shirt in red and in grey.

Advocate 15th Anniversary  t-shirts in grey or red are available in kids small and medium, and in adults small, medium and large.

On the front, the shirts read:
ADVOCATE
BE THE NOUN
DO THE VERB

On the back, the shirts read:
Welcoming people of every kind of household and at every stage of life and faith and doubt since 2003 – The Advocate. (and there’s an image of the Advo-cat, Smoke)

A donation of $15 is requested for each shirt.
Cash or write checks to ECOTA, with T-shirt in the memo line.

Shirts are available at the Church House, especially on Sundays.

For an additional $7.50 plus you address, we will send one to you!

You can order in two ways:

  1. Online. Send your mailing information and your size to:
    The Advocate Church Office <theadvocatechurch@gmail.com>
    Then go to our online donation page and donate $22,50 (or more!). For convenience, use the general operating fund designation. We will assume that gifts of $22.50 are intended for t-shirt purchase and mailing. But will need an email let us know where to send it!
  2. Send a check and your size in the mail to:
    Advocate t-shirts
    8410 Merin Road
    Chapel Hill, NC  27516

 

 

We are now debt free!

The story of Advocate Loans and Debt
In 2013, The Advocate was at the peak of our campaign to worship on the land. We had raised the funds to buy the land and to move what would become The Advocate Chapel, and we still needed to restore the chapel and to get the site up to code for use by a church (parking lot, sewer, pond repair, etc. etc.). We had raised a lot of money (over $1.7 million), but not enough. So we took out two loans

 

First, a $180,000 loan from an anonymous individual loaner. This is the loan that we paid off in January 2018, after a lot of hard work and generosity from Advocates and friends, including a final $20,000 from the loaner!

Second, a $150,000 loan from the North Carolina Episcopal Church Foundation. This loan was taken out in 2013,  to be paid at 2% interest over 10 years, ending in 2023.
For 5 years, the $15,000 a year and the 2% interest were budgeted in the Advocate’s Annual Budget. In January, 2018, though, we began to accelerate the payments, knowing that the sooner we paid off this loan, the sooner we could use that $15,000 a year to augment our life and ministry instead.

When we had $50,000 left to go, a generous friend offered to match any gift given, up to $20,000, in time for the 15th Anniversary of the Advocate’s launch on September 21, 2018, bringing us within $10,000 of our final goal. And we did it!

But we still had $10,000 to go …

In the days that followed, enthusiastic support kept coming in. It was amazing. And sure enough, by the time of our official 15th Anniversary Celebration, October 21, the final $10,000 was in.

The Church of the Advocate is now DEBT-FREE!

This is, quite frankly, stunning.

Thank you!

 

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 Rachel Held Evans’ Searching for Sunday, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, 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, and Louise Erdrich’s Last Report on the Miracles of Little No Horse.

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 – Fall ’19 – Spring ’20 Selections

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

At the Church House

October 9:  Everything Happens for a Reason, and Other Lies I’ve Loved, by Kate Bowler. The frank and funny, dark and wise story of this Duke Divinity School professor, who re-examines her understanding of life through a terminal illness.

November 13: A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. An aristocrat under house arrest in a luxury hotel under Bolshevik rule discovers purpose in this humorously descriptive novel.

January 8: Ten Poems to Change Your Life, by Roger Housden. Ten heart-stirring poems which, along with the author’s reflections, may be a useful Epiphany meditation.

February 12: The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison’s first novel provokes questions about race, class and gender.

May 13: The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood. The critically acclaimed sequel to The Handmaid’s tale, taking place more than fifteen years later. The lives of three radically different women converge in Gilead.

The Readers’ Roundtable meets at 7 – 8:30 pm in the Advocate House.

All are welcome!

Whether you’ve read the book or not, all are always welcome to join in the conversation!
For further information, contact Hilda Bukowski: hldscll2@gmail.com

Pee Wee Homes and Piedmont Patch Each Awarded Grants This Season

The Advocate’s two collaborative efforts, the Pee Wee Homes and the Piedmont Patch, have each been awarded grants this month.

The Pee Wee Homes at the Advocate has been awarded a $10,000 from the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina’s Mission Endowment Fund. This grant will allow us to meet the anticipated increased expenses of the project due to the particularities of our site, significantly the large oak trees. It will also help pay for building materials. Total budget for the project’s three homes and infrastructure now expected to be $160,000.

The Piedmont Patch at the Advocate is the recent recipient of a grant from the local New Hope Audubon Chapter, providing 10 bird boxes for bluebirds and nuthatches on the Advocate site. Visitors can see the new boxes in the from yard of the Advocate, and also north of the pond. In the fall, the New Hope Audubon Chapter will also donate and plant some shrubs and bushes to further invite these birds to find their homes with us.

We are so very grateful for this good support of our efforts to create an hospitable site for all.