Chapel Hill: Community

On Faith: Churches to hold tag sale, alternative gift market

By Flo Johnston

Items from the attics and closets of Carrboro United Methodist Church parishioners will be featured at a tag sale Saturday, Nov. 21, with proceeds going to benefit mission organizations in the local community.

Among items for sale will be Christmas decorations and gift, vintage hats, purses and jewelry.

Country ham and sausage biscuits, coffee and juice, will be available, as well as baked goods.

The sale begins at 8 a.m. in the church fellowship hall at 300 Hillsborough Road in Carrboro, next to Carrboro Elementary School.

Alternative gifts

United Church of Chapel Hill will host its 26th Alternative Gift Market: Joy and Justice on Nov. 21-22. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

The event supports Church World Service initiatives. Its theme this year is “Not Every Child Born in a Stable Survives: No clean towels. No water. No crib. No time for play or school.”

For many children born into poverty, conditions have not changed in 2000 years.

More than 35 organizations and missions are participating in this year’s market. Among them are Art for a Cause with 10 local artists displaying their work for sale. Twenty percent of each sale will go to the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service as well as CWS global projects.

Other organizations include:

▪ Our Children’s Place, a nonprofit serving children of incarcerated parents. Handmade hats will be sold.

▪ Orange/Alamance Prison Ministry selling pecans and Brunswich stew to support its ongoing ministry.

▪ Iglesia Unida, sister church of United Church, selling Central American food.

▪ Jenny’s Jewels selling donated pieces from church members with proceeds going to support music scholarships.

World Crafts will be sold by several fair trade organizations like One World Market, Christ Church Women’s Group, Jinja Fair Trade, Dar con Alegria Esperanza and the Community Empowerment Fund.

Jewish traditions

Rabbi Daniel S. Brenner, Kehillah Synagogue’s second Simone & Martin Lipman Scholar in Residence, will sing, preach, teach and offer a unique approach to examining and celebrating Jewish traditions Friday-Sunday, Nov. 20-22, at the synagogue.

He will explore a range of topics, from Chasidic melodies to Jewish folktales, to matters of the human psyche. All events are open to the public.

▪ Friday, 7 p.m., “Slow Cooked Soul Music of the Jewish Variety.”

▪ Saturday, 11:30 a.m., “The Battle Within: What a story of twins tells us about the human psyche.”

▪ Sunday, 9:30 a.m., Family interactive program, “A Neapolitan Ice Cream Cone of Jewish Stories.”

Brenner was born and raised in Charlotte. He has degrees from the University of Wisconsin and from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and studied in Jerusalem at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies.

He became the first rabbi to direct a center of learning at Auburn Theological Seminary, a historic Presbyterian seminary on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. He was at the center of an effort to stop anti-Israel divestment in the Presbyterian Church USA.

Gratitude celebration

Unity Center of Peace. 8800 Seawell School Road in Chapel Hill, is offering an opportunity to celebrate the Thanksgiving spirit by participating in a special Gratitude Celebration.

All year long, the center has been keeping a Gratitude Bead Bowl and encouraging all to take a moment and think of something to be grateful for while taking a bead from a receptacle and blessing it by placing it into the large Gratitude Bowl.

“That large bowl is now overflowing with beads representing the joy and gratitude of each one in the community,” said Rosemary Hyde, co minister. “The beads help us to see in a concrete manner the energy of our combined gratitude.”

During the Gratitude Celebration, all present will be invited to write a gratitude list and to receive a gift bag filled with these beads. Each one will be encouraged to take the beads with them to start their own gratitude ritual at home.

“Establishing a proactive gratitude practice helps us dwell in the possibilities rather than the problems,” said the Rev. Victoria Loveland Coen, co-minister. “The Thanksgiving season and this celebration give us a jump-start on that life transforming practice.”

Unity Center of Peace is an inclusive, New Thought and Inter-Spiritual community that promotes a positive path to spiritual living. Youth and teen programs meet upstairs during the service.

Contact Flo Johnston at or call 910-361-4135.