A Space for the Planting of God's Presence


The  Chancel Choir, under the direction of Brant Ruggles.

Anthem:  Lord, Listen to YourChildren  Praying  Medema arr Raney 


  • Welcome Reception
  • Children's Program
  • Elementary Choir
  • Newsletter Deadline
  • Rummage Sale
  • Appreciation for FCC Staff
  • Join the Technology Task Force
  • Relay for Life
  • Inquirer's Class
  • Service Trip Dinner and Auction
  • Ongoing Programs

Foothills Congregational Church UCC
Foothills Congregational Church UCC

April 12, 2018

April 15, 2018

SUNDAY SERVICE WITH THE REV. CHRIS BREEDLOVE. Sermon:  A Space for the Planting of God's Presence. Scriptures:  Psalm 1 (NRSV), John 15:1-8 (NRSV). Music: Chancel Choir, under the direction of Brant Ruggles. Anthem: Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying Medema arr Raney. 

WELCOME RECEPTION. Please join in the Parish Community Hall to welcome Rev. Dr. Chris and Amy Breedlove and their children Elijah, Sophia, Anna, and Bella.

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. 
ELEMENTARY CHOIR  will be rehearsing every Sunday through May 13 from 11:15 a.m to 11:45 a.m..   Elementary Choir will sing in church on May 20 for our season finale.

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE is today, April 15. For information you'd like to be included in the May Footnotes, please email to Stan Turnbull.
YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTRIBUTE YOUR LARGE ITEMS FOR RUMMAGE SALE  by completing a Kiosk Sales Form, located in the envelope on the kiosk or from the church website. Attach a photo of your item and submit both to Susana. Your donations will be posted on the courtyard kiosk so prospective buyers may browse from April 15 - May 5.  No heavy lifting! Posted items will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Buyers transport purchases.
APPRECIATION FOR FCC STAFF.  Foothills' annual performance reviews are now in progress, and the HR Board  needs your comments or suggestions to incorporate in feedback to our staff. Has a member of the staff made a difference in your life, brightened yourday, lent a helping hand, supported your child, or made you feel very welcome here? This is your opportunity to express your appreciation and/or make constructive comments on the performance of our staff.  This year we are reviewing the following staff members:  Associate Minister Rev. Melanie Weiner, Administrative Assistant Susana Leung, Music Director/Organist Fred  Cummins, Director of Children's Music Kristin Burns, Handbell Choir Director PL Grove, Children's Program Teachers Amelie Hansen and Brittany Justice, Childcare Providers McCain Pratt and Laurel Anderson, and Sexton Teresa Garcia.  Please drop your appreciation/comments in the box in the courtyard on April 15, 22 or 29, or email them to Devin Utter, HR Board (, or send  them to his attention at FCC. Your feedback says, I care.

April 22. 2018
RUMMAGE SALE MEETING.  All department chairs and co-chairs and interested volunteers are invited to attend this short but informative meeting about our 2018 Rummage Sale after church service in the Fireside Room.


TECHNOLOGY TASK FORCE. Join the Technology Task Force which will examine ways to increase the use of Technology at FCC (payments, group apps, website, etc.). Please let Tim Fitzgibbon, , know if you are interested in joining.

INTERESTED IN MEMBERSHIP AT FOOTHILLS?   May 6 at 11:30 a.m., in the Maple room, we will hold an Inquirers' Class for people interested in learning more about what it means to be a member of this church and our denomination, the United Church of Christ. This is an opportunity to talk with the minister and lay leaders of the church about how to deepen your walk of faith in this spiritual community called Foothills Congregational Church. Talk to Pastor Chris if you are interested. Childcare will be provided.
FOOTHILLS SERVICE TRIP DINNER AND AUCTION IS SUNDAY, MAY 20. This year, our service trip is planned for July 15-20 to Navajo Community in Black Mesa, Az. This is a fun (fund) raiser event you don't want to miss!

THE RELAY FOR LIFE  for Los Altos will be at Sunnyvale Middle School from 10 am Saturday, June 2nd. You are invited to the Golden's home (565 University Avenue) on Saturday, May 26 from 5 - 8 pm to create your own messages of hope to honor a cancer survivor or in memory of one who lost the battle with cancer. We will decorate luminaria bags that will line the relay path during the hours of darkness. The MaCaJo Trio will join us to share their wonderful music during the evening. Hearty hors d' oeuvres and drinks will be served and all materials and the bags will be provided. Please let the Goldens know if you think you will attend this event so they will have enough food and materials needed:   or sign up in the courtyard. If you  are unable to attend, you can send the names of those you wish to honor to Jean - luminaria will be made for you - ACS suggests a $10 donation for each luminaria.
RELAY 4.0 - A WALK IN SUNNYVALE.     The annual Relay For Life, our fundraiser supporting the American Cancer Society, has teams from Cupertino and Milpitas joining last year's combined Los Altos, Mtn.View, and Sunnyvale teams as the Silicon Valley North. Relay for Life is on Saturday, June 2nd to Sunday, June 3rd.  Starting 10:00 am Saturday with the Survivor Lap, lighting the Luminaria at dusk, and finishing Sunday morning at 10:00 am.   Relocated to Sunnyvale Middle School,  1080 Mango Ave. near Mary, Remington & Fremont Aves.  Please consider making a donation. Write a check to the American Cancer Society or go to and select our  United We Stride  team.  If you would like a Relay t-shirt, please donate during April ($101 minimum) to ensure the correct size. Survivors get a complimentary t-shirt, if registered. As a fun twist this year, since every dollar counts, would you please add an additional dollar to your donation?  Let's make those dollars visible and really add up! Questions: Contact  Richard Moll or Nikki Hensley. 
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 the fourth Tuesday. Our next discussion will be Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult. This is a different pick from what's announced in the April Footnotes. Questions? Talk to Ann Nelson.
CHOIR REHEARSAL  is Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. If you like to sing, Foothills has a choir for you! Our 'main' chancel choir sings on the first and third Sundays, our smaller, more demanding chamber choir on the fourth Sunday, and our open-to-all folk choir on the fifth Sunday. Not every choir rehearses every Wednesday. For more information, talk with Fred Cummins.
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 11:00-12:15. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Melanie. 

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