Community UCC eNews
April 1, 2021
Community UCC is an inclusive and progressive Christian Church doing social justice, environmental faithfulness, interfaith collaboration and spiritual formation to help ourselves and others grow in faith, hope and love.


COVID Status: Virtual worship. Limited office hours.
See below.

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Sunday worship — Zoom and YouTube (bit.ly/cuccyoutube)

Join us for worship on Easter Sunday, April 4. Pastor Julia Penner-Zook will deliver a sermon titled "Something Happens" inspired by Luke 24: 1-12.

We also will celebrate Communion on Easter so please have some bread and a glass of wine or juice prepared so we may celebrate Holy Communion together virtually. See below for how we "do church" now.
Sunday worship onYouTube begins at 10:30 a.m.
Instructions for Zoom worship

For now, we will continue to provide the Zoom worship live on our YouTube channel (bit.ly/cuccyoutube) on Sundays at 10:35 a.m. Doors "open" around 10:15-10:20 for a few minutes of fellowship before worship begins.

Links to the Zoom worship services go out each Friday in a separate email just to church members. Look for "Zoom links" in that email subject line. If you would like to receive the Zoom links to participate in the Sunday service in a more interactive way, please contact the church office or let Lisa know.
Maundy Thursday meal tonight

The Fellowship Team invites everyone to a virtual soup and bread meal for Maundy Thursday at 6 p.m. tonight, April 1. All you will need is your soup, bread, and a Zoom link. If you cannot find the link, please let Pastor Julia know.
Thursday evening worship

Beginning on April 8, the evening worship moves back to 7 p.m. Thursdays on Zoom. If you have questions or would like a Zoom link, contact Robin at faithgrowth@communityucc.com.
Need help signing up to get the COVID vaccine?

Lisa Bell has volunteered to help anyone who might be struggling to sign up for COVID vaccinations. She is available by phone or through a Zoom session to assist in navigating websites, filling out forms, or handling other issues. Lisa can be reached at lisamboyles12@gmail.com or at 559.244.9502.
Easter gift basket goes to . . .

Congratulations to Vicky and Roger Wall for winning the Easter Raffle Fundraiser.

They received a nice gift basket with a $50 gift certificate from The HoneyBaked Ham Co. in Fresno. Rod Zook also contributed a homemade pie.

The drawing was held on Palm Sunday. The Missions and Social Justice Team sponsored the fundraiser, with proceeds going to the church's operating budget.
... From Pastor Julia

Pastor Julia delivers a video message in this week's edition of eNews. Click on the triangle to hear her speak about our journey through Holy Week as we approach Easter Sunday.
Women's Book Discussion Group

The Women's Book Discussion Group will continue at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, with "There There" by Tommy Orange, an indigenous author from the Bay Area. If you have questions or need a Zoom link, please contact Robin at faithgrowth@communityucc.com.
Book study on mental health challenges taking a week off

A new book study group meeting to discuss "Blessed Are The Crazy" by Sarah Griffith Lund, will not meet on Easter Sunday, April 4. The group will resume at noon on Sunday, April 11. Please read Chapter 3.

This is part of CUCC's preparation for becoming a WISE — Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive and Engaged — congregation to all persons who experience mental health challenges. WISE is an initiative of the United Church of Christ.

If you have questions or want to receive Zoom links for the study, please contact Kathy Lukan at lukefam5@yahoo.com or Elizabeth Davis-Russell at edavisrussell@comcast.net.
Adult Education meets Mondays

Adult Education meets from 9-10 a.m. Mondays. The group is discussing Richard Rohr’s daily meditations.
To get them, please register at the Center for Action and Contemplation: cac.org. A Zoom link will be made available. Contact Robin at faithgrowth@communityucc.com if you're interested.
Last Sunday, Pastor Julia delivered a sermon titled "When A Triumphant Entry Isn't Enough" inspired by the Gospel of John 8: 2-11. Click on the triangle above to watch and hear the sermon.
Marilyn's office hours at church

Marilyn is in the office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Please be sure to call ahead (559.435.2690) and remember to wear a mask if you need to come to the office.
Contacting Pastor Julia at church

Pastor Julia will be in the office Thursday morning and can be reached by phone, text, e-mail or Facetime other days of the week as well. E-mail her at j.penner.zook@gmail.com
If you have a prayer (of joy, for healing, gratitude, love) for someone or someplace that you would like lifted up during worship on Sunday mornings, please send it to Pastor Julia at  j.penner.zook@gmail.com. You can also submit prayer requests via our web page at communityucc-fresno.org/worship/prayer-requests/.
In each week's eNews, we include a news article from our larger denomination, the United Church of Christ, to show the faithful work being done in other places.

Prayer vigils, community check-ins and comfort care. Two United Church of Christ churches in Boulder, Colo., are reaching out with love to their members and neighbors after a mass shooting took the lives of 10 people at a nearby grocery store on Monday night.

First Congregational UCC and Community UCC held online prayer vigils Tuesday night after the murders at the King Soopers on March 22.

“We read Psalms, prayed and wept together,” said the Rev. Christina Braudaway-Bauman, First Congregational’s pastor. She said even while the church was gathering on Zoom, members of her large downtown congregation were running through a mental roster of others who live in the neighborhood near the store. Continue reading at UCC.com
Happy Birthday to all who are celebrating this month

April Birthdays

1 Sharon Powers
2 Elise LeBeau
4 Sierra LeBeau
5  Megan Fazio
7 David Wall
9  Niki Ruffin
10 Nancy Tackitt
11 Everette Newport
16  Abbie Kilburn
17 Katharine Chaffin
21 Leland Virag
24  EJ Hinojosa
25  Jake Tilley

April Anniversaries

2 Carol and Henry Phillips
3  Marie and Steve Edwards
16 Cheryl and Jeff Jones

Did we overlook someone's birthday or anniversary for this month? Please let Marilyn (office@communityucc.com) and Lisa (lisamboyles12@gmail.com) know so we can get you in next week. We never intend to leave anyone out.
eNews deadline is 10 a.m. Wednesdays

CUCC eNews is a weekly publication distributed every Thursday. Deadline for submitting announcements is 10 a.m. Wednesdays (and earlier is appreciated). Send your announcements to both Lisa Boyles Bell and Doug Hoagland. Doug is now the primary newsletter designer, but Doug and Lisa collaborate on its production. Emails: lisamboyles12@gmail.com and doughoagland@att.net.
Our Joyful Giving page reflects the many ways members can help support our Church's missions and operations, especially needed in these critical and uncertain times.

Due to COVID-19, worship will remain virtual for now. Limited office hours have resumed.

Phone: 559.435.2690
Email: office@communityucc.com  
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