It’s Annual Meeting Time!

Sunday, January 29, 9:30 a.m. in the chapel or Zoom

Next Sunday is that yearly event vital to the functioning of our church: The annual meeting!

So… what happens at the annual meeting?

We’ll hear reports from the senior warden, the treasurer, and the vicar. And we’ll vote on new vestry members and hear a presentation of the 2023 budget. All stuff vital to the well-being and functioning of the Advocate!

Mark your calendars, and we hope to see you there. Remember: It will be what it is because of your presence.

Christmas Season at the Advocate

Join us at the Advocate this Christmas season!

December 24 – Christmas Eve
4 PM: Christmas Eve service in the chapel
7 PM: Christmas Eve service in the chapel and on Zoom

December 25 – Christmas Day
10:30 AM: Holy Eucharist in the chapel and on Zoom
Only one service this day

January 1 – Second Sunday in Christmas
10:30 AM: Holy Eucharist in the chapel and on Zoom
Only one service this day

Nov. 6: All Saints’ Sunday!

Please join us this Sunday, Nov. 6, for our celebration of saints past, present, and yet to come!

On All Saints’ Sunday, we remember all those who have gone before us demonstrating lives of faithfulness and pointing us toward God. As you are led, please bring in photos of those you have loved or admired who have gone before. We will place these photos and icons all around our worship space, surrounding ourselves with the great Cloud of Witnesses, the Communion of Saints.

8:30 service: in-person, traditional, outdoors
10:30 service: indoors, in-person and on Zoom

All Saints’ Necrology: Submit your names
We’ll also read aloud the names of our loved ones who have gone before us into life with God. If you would like the name of your deceased loved one read aloud during the Eucharist at both the 8:30 and 10:30 services, please fill out this simple form: https://forms.gle/HyDtrgKJscYcRnin7

Fireside singalong with s’mores – Oct. 29, 7 PM

This Saturday, Oct. 29, come gather around the pondside fire pit for a campfire, singing, and s’mores! We’ll start the fire at 7 p.m. Come early to find that perfect marshmallow-roasting stick. Or come late (because it’s better than not showing up at all!).

Members of the Dogwood Blossom Band will help us get the singing started. Things to consider bringing: your favorite campfire song, a camp chair, that banged-up guitar you keep meaning to play.

 

Oct. 9 at 5 PM: Blessing of the Animals

Do you have a furry or scaly friend at home that you adore? Would you like to bring that special one to receive a blessing? Come to the Advocate pond for a service remembering St. Francis, and bring your pet (furry, scaly or slimy) to be blessed.

Blessing of the Animals: Sunday, Oct. 9, at 5 p.m. by the pond

This service remembers Saint Francis, the patron saint of animals. Many stories surround Francis’ great love for animals and the environment. In one account Francis and his companions happened upon a place where birds filled the trees. Francis told his companions, “wait for me while I go to preach to my sisters the birds.” The birds surrounded him, intrigued by the power of his voice, and not one of them flew away. Please note: we will not pray to imbue Whitby with the power to entrance birds!

Fall Formation Starts Sept. 11!

This fall there are lots of exciting formation opportunities at the Advocate! Keep scrolling or click below for the schedule:

Sundays: Critical Conversations: 9:30 AM to 10:25 AM in the Advocate House
A conversation about life and faith and the lens in which we see God’s world around us. Led each week by Advocate members.
Beginning Sept. 11, 2022

Mondays: Creativity and Prayer: 7 PM to 8:15 PM on Zoom
We’ll explore the relationship between spirituality and creativity, with an emphasis on how prayer in its various forms – petition, gratitude, and praise – enhances the creative process. Led by Sallie Moore.
Please email Sallie to sign up.
Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31, and Nov. 14

Tuesdays: The B-I-B-L-E: 7 PM to 8 PM on Zoom
We will read scripture, deeply and conversationally. No need to prep ahead of time — just show up! We will take a small portion each week to digest and ask questions of along the way. Led by Sarah Swann and Marion Sprott-Goldson.
Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
Beginning Sept. 12, 2022

Wednesdays: Readers’ Roundtable: 7 PM to 8:30 PM, 3rd Wednesdays at the Advocate House
This group gathers once per month for a lively and engaging book discussion. Books are determined by those in the group. Led by Hilda Bukowski.
Beginning Sept. 21, 2022

Thursdays: Savoring God’s Creation: 6 PM, every other week at the Advocate House
Advocates are people who eat together; it’s just what we do! We will explore how our faith is lived out in our kitchens and dining rooms as we savor the gift of creation through food. Our guide will be The Supper of the Lamb. Led by Dan LaVenture.
Beginning Sept. 15, 2022

Thursdays: Advo-Dinners: 7 PM to 8:30 PM at the Advocate House
This fall we’ll resurrect the Advocate’s long tradition of sharing meals together. We’ll gather in the house to share food and stories around the table. Bring a dish or just yourself! We’ll share in fellowship as we practice holy listening, ending with Compline. Please refrain from bringing wine or other alcohol.
Beginning Sept. 15, 2022

In addition, we’ll host other ways to gather socially — think game night, bonfires, jam sessions. Stay tuned for more information!

For events inside the Advocate house, please wear a mask except when eating. Please join us as you are able.

PeeWee Homes in the News

The Advocate’s PeeWee Homes are featured in an Associated Press story about churches using tiny homes to tackle homelessness. The national story was released Saturday and features our very own Nathaniel “Pee Wee” Lee and former vicar Lisa Fischbeck.

“I thank the Lord because this is mine and nobody can run me out,” Pee Wee says in the article.

The story focuses on national trends among churches of many denominations building tiny homes to help those without housing. Homelessness nationwide has risen every year for the past 4 years.

Check out the full story here!

“Church leaders are not just trying to be more neighborly,” writes reporter Holly Meyer. “The drive to provide shelter is rooted in their beliefs — they must care for the vulnerable, especially those without homes.”

PeeWee Homes began in 2015, when the Advocate was approached by a small group interested in building tiny homes on church property for people with less than 30% of average median income. After much conversation, planning, fundraising and effort, the first residents moved into the Advocate’s three tiny homes in June 2019.

The hope is that PeeWee Homes at the Advocate will be a prototype, a model inspiring other churches and landowners to build PeeWee Homes on their properties as well.

Find out more about the Advocate’s PeeWee Homes and the PeeWee Homes Collaborative.

 

Hybrid church and in-person worship

Come join us in worship — in person or on Zoom!

Click here for hybrid link and liturgy guide

**Update** On Sunday, January 8, we changed to a simpler Zoom setup. This makes things easier on our hard-working volunteers, but Zoom prayers and announcements will no longer be heard in the chapel. Please bear with us as we work out the kinks!

Each Sunday there are a variety of liturgies. As always, please be safe and check out the Covid safety procedures, below. 

Current church schedule:

  • 8:30 AM: Outdoor traditional service (no tech) — Holy Eucharist, the Book of Common Prayer and traditional hymns. Come in person and bring a chair
  • 10:30 AM: Indoor hybrid service — Holy Eucharist, Advocate binders, and music led by piano, voice and guitar. Come in person or on Zoom

Enjoy some fellowship! After the 10:30 service, come enjoy some outdoor fellowship time — bring a salad topping (greens provided) and enjoy hanging out with fellow Advocates around the pond.

COVID Safety procedures:

  • When inside the chapel, please wear a well-fitting mask (if you do not have this type of mask, grab one from the church vestibule)
  • Readers and preachers may remove their masks
  • The priest will wear a mask when presiding at the table
  • You may remove your mask to take the bread and wine during the Eucharist 
  • If you do not feel comfortable removing your mask indoors, the priest can provide bread and wine for you outside after the service
  • Air purifiers will be used inside the chapel during services
  • When outside, masks are optional

Address any questions or concerns to Marion@TheAdvocateChurch.org

Ash Wednesday: Zoom and In-person

On Wednesday, March 2, we will observe Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the season of Lent.

Receiving ashes in person
During the day Wednesday Marion will be at the chapel for prayer and to impose ashes. As you are led, come by the chapel to join in prayer and reflection during these times:

  • 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Ash Wednesday Zoom Liturgy: 6:30 p.m.
We will gather together on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. As we did last year, before the service you are invited to gather dirt from your yard, potting soil, or any sort of dust to have with you. During the service we will scatter that dust upon our feet as we remember that we are made from dust, created by our loving and liberating God.

Click here to join the Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 826 016 7245
Passcode: Lent2022

 

Zoom Liturgy: Sundays at 10:30

March 6, was our last all-Zoom Sunday service (fingers crossed!). This Sunday, March 13, join us for the return of hybrid church and several in-person options!

The Zoom link will be posted on a hybrid page — stay tuned.

While we’re Zoom-only, we’ll display the liturgy and music on slides. Please unmute yourself for liturgical responses! When we’re singing, please sing along with your microphone muted.

After church, stick around for Screenside Chat! Grab a cup of coffee, enjoy some fellowship, and engage in some lively conversation.
This Sunday we’ll welcome Christopher Faison as our facilitator for screen-side chat. Afterward, resident public health expert Peter Morris will answer any questions about Sunday’s shift back to in-person worship

Christopher Faison planted roots in the Chapel Hill community for over two decades, initially as a UNC undergraduate from Hampton Roads, Va. As an active young alumnus, he frequented campus regularly and eventually was recruited to serve in UNC’s scholarships and student aid arena. Over the years, Chris became a proud holder of storytelling and unwritten histories from many Black faculty and administrators. Returning to Carolina’s campus a few years later to begin Men of Color initiatives, Chris quickly became a “resident griot,” sought out for this racialized institutional memory. Chris continues the legacy of passing along rich oral traditions with respect to UNC race history. A proponent of racial healing, Chris seeks to build a beloved community by facilitating truth telling at the local level, which is foundational to reconciliation and right relationship.

Questions and concerns can be addressed to Marion@TheAdvocateChurch.org