Notes of the Advocate

March 23, 2024


Folks who are able are encouraged to park in the new parking lot (The Field) for Palm Sunday, Easter, and thereafter! This will help us clear the side of the road, and allow those who need to park closer to the chapel the ability to do so.

Weekly Recurring Events

Sunday Worship Schedule, March 24, 2024

9:30 am Christian Formation for Children and Youth (no Adult Formation)

10:30 am Holy Eucharist in the chapel and on Zoom (masks optional) with Bishop Jennifer Brooke-Davidson

11:30 am Light Food and Conversation

(Full links below.)

Spring Christian Formation

  • Godly Play for our youngest Advocates will be held in the Advocate House (room is down the hallway and the last door on the left). Led by Sarah Bentley Allred.
  • Weaving God’s Promises (lessons based on lectionary texts) for tweens and teens will be held by the Wellhouse.

Compline each evening at 8:30pm via zoom.

What is compline? Compline is the last set prayer service for the day. It is typically prayed before bed or when settling down for the evening. You can check out the liturgy here.

Contemplative prayer meets each Wednesday at 6pm with a group in person in the chapel (wearing masks and distanced) and on zoom. (Contact Marion to get the zoom link)

Fast-Approaching Events


Pizza Oven Workshop

We will be holding a half-day workshop to learn about pizza and our wood-fired oven. You will learn how to shape pizza dough, top it, and bake it in the oven. We will also learn about the oven, its construction, and how to fire it. Between dough proofing and oven firing, we’ll have the opportunity to work on several projects related to the oven (e.g. organizing firewood). And of course, we’ll get to eat pizza at the end! 

Here are the details:
When: Saturday March 23rd, 8 am to 1 pm
Where: The CotA Fold (new shelter)
How: Sign up HERE 
Contact Don Rose for more information:

Walking the Labyrinth

Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church

1712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Open to all - socks or shoe coverings required - masks welcome

Love offering collected

Walk takes ~30 minutes


Sun, Mar 24|3 - 7 pm

Mon, Mar 25 - Thurs, Mar 28|9 am - 6pm

Fri, Mar 29|10 am - 1 pm

Good Friday Service Mar 29 12 - 1 pm

People are welcome to walk during the service. The Labyrinth closes at 1 pm.

2024 CROP/Walk 
The Chapel Hill/Carrboro CROP/Walk will take place on March 24. We will not have a formal team this year, but if you are interested in supporting this community event you can learn more at this website. There you can register to walk as an individual, join another team (perhaps Holy Family or Chapel of the Cross), or simply donate. 25% of the money raised will stay in our community and provide support to the InterFaith Council. The remaining supports the Church World Service in their work to end hunger worldwide. You may also choose to simply donate to the IFC by going to their website or by bringing food to the Advocate any Sunday. If you have questions contact Sallie Moore

Advocacy and Ministry

Food Distribution at Rogers Road

Community Center

April 20 is the next food distribution day at Rogers Road! Volunteers are welcome 8:00 am to 12:00 pm to help distribute the food that they have been collecting.

Food items collected in the bell tower of the chapel are taken to IFC on the Thursday prior to 1st, 2nd, and 4th Saturdays of the month.  Food items are taken to the Rogers Road Community Center prior to 3rd Saturdays of the month.

The Inter Faith Council for Social Services publishes current needs for the Community

Market (food pantry) on their website.

Rogers Road suggests shelf-stable food staples such as peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti sauce and noodles, breakfast cereal, UHT milk etc.

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The Trees is a 50-acre wooded property with a beautiful mid-century modern home nestled amidst the rolling hills just outside Durham, NC. Given to St. Philip’s Episcopal Church as a gift, this sacred home and land are open for community gathering, individual contemplation and rest.

Upcoming FREE Events:

  • Mar. 22: Prayers and Poetry
  • April 2: Quiet Day

All are welcome! The Beloved Community will meet Friday evenings at 4:45 p.m. Worship with Eucharist will be followed by a simple meal of soup and bread. For more information, visit the link below, or drop in on one of the upcoming “Coffee with Community” meetings – each Thursday in February from 9-11 a.m. at Starbucks (3801 Guess Road). Please be in prayer for this new community and all who seek healing.

Learn More Here!

Upcoming Racial Equity Training Opportunities

The Racial Equity Institute (REI)'s foundational Racial Equity Training workshop provides an analysis of race and racism from a systems perspective. That is, it addresses racism not only from the standpoint of individual bias but also by examining the historical roots of racism as it affects institutions—the church, education, health care, criminal justice, etc.—and what effect that has on the opportunities that white people and people of color have. Although this is a secular training, people of faith from multiple denominations are well-represented. To help defray the cost of the training, the diocese, through the Racial Justice and Reconciliation Committee (RJRC) offers funding to defray the cost of attendance

Current two-day workshop opportunities include (9 a.m.- 5 p.m. each day):

  • February 1-2 - In person in Durham
  • March 14-15 - In person in Durham
  • April 8-9 - Virtual via Zoom
  • May 6-7 - In person in Durham

To request funding, please contact Lew Myers and Cathy Rimer-Surles, RJRC Co-Chairs at or 919-606-4304.

Read, Pray, Act

Continuing on April 10th at 7pm in the Advocate House we will have our next meeting of Read, Pray, Act. This is a bi-monthly gathering of a book that draws our attention to social and ethical issues. We will read the books independently and then come together for a discussion. From that discussion the hope is to have ways in which we can act on our new learnings. Our next book is Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People know about Life and Love and How it can Revitalize Christianity by Elizabeth Edman

Godly Play Core Training at The Advocate
This spring Sarah Bentley Allred will offer three Godly Play training modules at The Advocate on March 9, April 13, and May 11. Godly Play Core Training is the recommended training for those leading Godly Play sessions, program administrators, parents/caregivers and clergy. Over the course of three Saturdays, participants experience all aspects of the Godly Play method and begin to become fluent in the Godly Play core stories and fundamental practices. The training will follow an action/reflection model of learning with a mixture of trainer-led presentations and participant storytelling presentations. Modules can be taken individually or as a set. They can be completed in any order over any length of time. Register here or reach out to Sarah for more information (

Walk for Environmental Justice

Sunday, April 21, 2024|3:00 p.m.

University United Methodist Church

Chapel Hill, NC

In celebration of Earth Day, all faith communities are invited to participate in a shared Walk for Environmental Justice on Sunday, April 21st. We will gather in front of the University United Methodist Church (150 E. Franklin St.) at 3:00 hear music, inspirational speakers, and receive information about how we can be better caretakers of God's creation. The Walk will be on the sidewalk in a loop on both sides of Franklin Street. Participants are encouraged to carry signs that promote environmental issues and to bring reading material to leave on tables which will be on the church lawn. Folks who want to bring a lawn chair or sit on the grass and attend the event but not do the walk are welcome. The event will go on rain or shine, dress for the weather and be prepared to observe safety measures on the walk.

No registration is required for individuals or congregations to participate.

Organizing sponsors of the Walk for Environmental Justice are University United Methodist Church, The Chapel of the Cross, Binkley Baptist Church, and Orange-Chatham Interfaith Care for Creation.

Introduction to Dismantling Racism

The 2024 dates and registration links are now available for "Introduction to Dismantling Racism: Reclaiming Our Baptismal Promise." Dismantling Racism is an interactive workshop offered via Zoom. It is designed to deepen spiritual commitment to dismantling racism as participants in the Jesus Movement. Through presentations, prayer, story sharing, videos and small group discussion, participants explore how the sin of racism impacts all lives.

2024 training dates:

  • January 26, 5-8 p.m., and January 27, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Register.
  • March 22, 5-8 p.m., and March 23, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Register.
  • June 21, 5-8 p.m., and June 22, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Register.
  • July 26, 5-8 p.m., and July 27, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Register.
  • September 27, 5-8 p.m., and September 28, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Register.

Social Events

The Readers' Roundtable will meet on the third Wednesday of January, April, May, and June for our book discussions according to the following schedule.

(Because of Lent and Easter the Readers' Roundtable will not meet again until the third Wednesday in April.)

   April 17      Tom Lake, by Ann Patchett

              Discussion leader, Lisa Gargarosa

   May 15      The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride

              Discussion leader, Julee Herbert

   June 19      The Night Watchman, by Louise Erdrich

              Discussion leader, Sallie Moore

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Continuing on Sunday, April 7, a team of lay ministers will offer healing prayer once a month, during the communion time at the 10:30 service. Here at the Advocate we have a strong tradition of praying with and for each other and the world, and healing prayer has been part of the ministry of the Advocate in the past. Healing prayer is an extension of the Prayers of the People, and another way that we can offer our prayer and presence.

Prayer will be offered by a team of two lay ministers. If you would like the healing prayer team to pray with you, simply make your way to the Narthex (the bell tower) after receiving communion. And if you would like to be a part of the healing prayer team, contact Marion or Kerry Bullock-Ozkan.

Taizé Evening Prayer

Next Date: Friday, March 29

7:00 pm | United Church of Chapel Hill

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Contemplative Prayer Retreat Schedule

Virtual Retreat

May 17-19, 2024

Book: Desert Fathers and Mothers: Early Christian Wisdom Sayings, by Christine Valters Painter

Registration will open mid April.

Cost: No charge.

In-person Quiet Retreat at Trinity Center, Pine Knoll Shores, NC

August 2-4, 2024

Book: The Great Unknown: Last Poems, by Denise Levertov

This retreat is for anyone who needs some quiet time at the end of the summer. You are invited to gather with us throughout the weekend for prayer (the Celtic Office and contemplative prayer) and for discussing the book, but all that's optional. You're welcome to make the time what you need it to be.


The registration fee is non-refundable. The remainder of the retreat cost will be due at the time of the retreat.

Cost: The cost for this retreat is $290 per person for a single room and $250 per person for a double. Please indicate whether you want a single or a double room on the registration form. We have 10 rooms total.


Palm Sunday

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Worship at The Advocate

Sunday Worship Schedule, March 24, 2024

9:30 am Christian Formation (no adult formation)

10:30 am Holy Eucharist in the chapel and on Zoom (masks optional)

11:30 am Light Food and Conversation

A Note on the Liturgy

LINKS for worship

These links are always available at

10:30 Hybrid Worship

Meeting ID: 438 568 2876

Passcode: Whitby

Palm Sunday Liturgy & Music Guide


Holy Week 2024

Palm Sunday

March 24, 2024

9:30 am Children and Youth Formation (no adult formation)

10:30 am service with Bishop Jennifer Brooke-Davidson

liturgy guide

Maundy Thursday

March 28, 2024

7:00 pm Liturgy with meal, foot washing, and stripping of the altar

liturgy guide

Good Friday

March 29, 2024

12:00pm and 7:00pm

liturgy guide

Holy Saturday

March 30, 2024

10:30 am

liturgy guide

Great Vigil of Easter

March 30, 2024

7:00 pm

liturgy guide

Easter Day with Potluck following

March 31, 2024

10:30 am

liturgy guide

Please note, this zoom link will be used for every service through the week and on Sundays.

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