The Rev. Melanie Weiner


New Life


Joyful Noise Bell Choir
Cindy Anderson, guest clarinetist and Laurel Anderson  guest flutist. 

Anthem: Lamb of God  T. Paris arr. L. Larson.


  • Women's Fellowship
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Singing a Haydn Mass
  • Sermon Talkback
  • Maundy Thursday
  • Newsletter Deadline
  • Spring Cleaning
  • Children's Art Camp
  • Rummage Sale
  • NCNCU Annual Gathering
  • Ongoing Programs

Foothills Congregational Church UCC
Foothills Congregational Church UCC

March 8, 2018

March 11, 2018

SUNDAY SERVICE WITH THE REV. MELANIE WIENER. Sermon:  New Life. Scripture John 3:1-8, Ezekiel 37:1-14. Music: Joyful Noise Bell Choir, under the direction of P.L, Grove. Cindy Anderson, guest clarinetist and Laurel Anderson, guest flutist. Anthem: 
Lamb of God,  T. Paris arr. L. Larson.

A SERMON TALKBACK,  hosted by Rev. Melanie, is from  11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m .  in the Fireside room. This is an informal conversation about the sermon in which we will explore your questions, what touched you, what caused you to think, and even, especially, what you disagree with. Grab some coffee/tea and join Melanie.

CHILDREN'S PROGRAM.   Children and youth age 3 through 12th grade are invited to join their parents for the first part of worship and gather in the front of the Sanctuary for Children's time. Children and youth will then leave with their teachers for their age-based groups in the Learning Center. The program will end at 11:15 a.m.
ELEMENTARY CHOIR (K through 5) rehearses from 11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. in the Choir Room.
                                     THIS WEEK
                                 March 12 - 17, 2018
WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP will meet at noon on Tuesday, March 13. Bring a bag lunch and join us in the Fireside Room.
MEN'S BREAKFAST is 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 14, at the Original Pancake House on S. San Antonio Road This month's topic is: Sports. What is your favorite Olympic sport or favorite Olympic moments? How important are/were participating in sports/athletics growing up to you? Tell us about a memorable athletic moment?  What were your favorite sports growing up? What have you learned from playing sports? Come join the fellowship. Questions, contact Charlie Golden.
THIS EASTER, MAUNDY THURSDAY, AND PALM SUNDAY sing a lovely mass Joseph Haydn wrote relatively early in his career. Praised as the father of the symphony and string quartet, Haydn was Mozart's friend and mentor and Beethoven's teacher. The mass we'll be singing is easy enough to appeal to those who like our 'easy' choir; and musically interesting enough to appeal to sophisticates. If you'd like to join us, just show up for our 7:30 p.m. rehearsals Wednesday nights February 28 - March 28 in the sanctuary.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is Thursday, March 15. For information you like to be included in the April Footnotes, please email that to Stan Turnbull on or before Thursday.
SPRING CLEAN UP IS  COMING UP on Saturday, March 17. Join the Property Management Board for the annual Clean Up Day. It's a good way to socialize as well as "spiffy" up our 100+ year old building. We welcome any help and will happily offer coffee and goodies in return. You can come any time between 9 and noon and stay as long or short as you wish. No experience is necessary. Look for a signup sheet in the courtyard.
                                   NEXT SUNDAY
                                     March 18, 2018

THE REV. DIANE WEIBLE, our Conference Minister will be with us once again on Sunday, March 18. Diane will lead us in worship and present a forum after church in the Sanctuary. The theme for the forum is Why the UCC Matters and Why It Matters that We Belong to the UCC? For more information, visit

MAUNDY THURSDAY SUPPER AND SERVICE, March 29, 6 p.m., Parish Community Hall. Do not miss our traditional Foothills gathering-one of the highlights of our church year. A light supper of bread, fruit and cheese is followed by a short service, called The Office of Tenebrae. Candles are gradually extinguished while Bible passages telling of the last hours of Jesus' life are read. We are offering tables with and without wine. All are invited. Please sign up in the courtyard after church to reserve your place at a table in the Parish Community Hall.  Seating is limited. Children are welcome and child care will be available during the service. We hope you can attend this meaningful service, and look forward to seeing you there!

To hold a successful Rummage Sale (slated for  Friday  and  Saturday, May 4 and 5 ) we need roughly 1,000 hours of volunteer time.  There are tasks that everyone can help with, regardless of agility, mobility, or fragility. We'll hire workers from the Mountain View Day Worker Center to help with heavy lifting and hauling. But we need many others to help unpack donations, sort, arrange, and price during the days before the sale begins ( Monday April 30  - Thursday, May 3 ). On sale days, we need help with crowd management, sales and sales tallies, bagging/wrapping purchases, and cashiering. Assistance with refreshments and meals for volunteers, posting notices around town, setting up/breaking down staging areas are other tasks. Please think of how you can contribute this year and sign up in the courtyard today. Whether you participate the whole week, one or two days, or a few hours, we need YOU!
NCNCUCC ANNUAL GATHERING at the beautiful Sonoma State University at Rohnert Park, is Thursday to Sunday, June 14 -17. The theme is: 3 Great Loves. Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, and Love of Creation . Registration is available now. Interested members can choose to be part-time or full-time attendees. Special programs for youth are planned. Child care will be provided. Talk to Rev. Melanie Weiner, visit, or call Joy Davis at (510) 247-8995.
CHILDREN'S ART CAMP is July 30 to August 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The theme this year is  Spirit! Children entering K-6th grade are invited to join us for daily classes in visual arts, music, movement and cooking. Registration forms are available in the church office. Contact Melissa King or Rev. Melanie Weiner for more information. You can help by sending a flyer to your friends and neighbors.

REV. MELANIE  is changing office hours.  My work days will be  Sunday  through  Thursday , and I will take  Friday  and  Saturday  off.  During the week I can generally be expected to be at the church  on Monday  (by appointment), Tuesday Wednesday , and  Thursday.
I recommend calling first because I may be leading a group, out visiting a member, or at a meeting at church or offsite.
YOUTH FELLOWSHIPS. We meet on Sundays from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Come and join in the conversation! Friends are welcome. Contact Rev. Melanie Weiner. 

LECTIONARY BIBLE STUDY meets Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. in the Maple Room. Rev. Melanie Weiner facilitates the discussion, focusing on the scriptures that form the theme of the next Sunday's worship and sermon. New participants are always welcome.     

BOOK GROUP meets at 10:30 a.m. the fourth Tuesday each month. Our next discussion will be on Killers of the Flower Moon - The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann. Questions? Call Ann Nelson.

JOYFUL NOISE HANDBELL CHOIR rehearses on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Come and be part of this exciting and dynamic group of musicians!
TRUTHSEEKERS are following along with the worship series on What Does It Mean to be Christian  We are using various resources to explore the subtopics in depth with Pastor Melanie.  All are welcome to join us on Thursdays from 11:00a.m-12:15 p.m.. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Melanie. 

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