Community UCC eNews
April 23, 2020
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.


The Church and Office will be closed until the City of Fresno's "Shelter in Place" advisory is lifted.
Sunday Sermon — Zoom and Facebook Live (not at church, for now)  

On Sunday, April 26, Robin Carlson will deliver a sermon titled “ Love of Creation ” based on Genesis 1:1-25 . See below for details of how we will "do church" for now.

Worship on Facebook Live will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Instructions for Zoom worship

For upcoming worship services, we will do a Zoom meeting, so we can see each other's faces even as we are apart. Zoom is a videoconferencing interface available for video and audio conferencing, chat, webinars and more.

Links to the Zoom worships will go out each Wednesday in a separate email just to church members, to ensure security. Look for "Zoom links" in that email subject line.

Lisa will continue to provide Facebook Live on Sundays at 10:30 a.m., by capturing her computer screen during the Zoom worship.
Voting now open for our pastoral candidate

Dear Congregation,

Here is the link for you to vote on-line regarding Julia Penner-Zook following her call sermon last Sunday, April 19. If you were unable to access the service, you can still choose to vote based on your knowledge of Julia as a member of our church and her past sermons. You also received a letter with a tear-off vote that you can mail in. 

Mail-in votes must be received by Monday, April 27 . Thank you all for your participation in this important process during these difficult days.

Gratefully,
Your Search Team
Stewardship Campaign 2020: Four Great Loves

This year's Stewardship Campaign – Four Great Loves – kicks off on April 26 and will culminate on Stewardship Sunday, May 17. Each week will feature a different theme and different speaker:

  • April 26 – Love of Creation, featuring Sharon Powers-Smith
  • May 3 – Love of Neighbor, featuring Janet Capella
  • May 10 – Love of Children, featuring Doug Hoagland
  • May 17 – Love of Church, featuring Julia Penner-Zook

Community UCC conducts an annual Stewardship drive each spring to ask church members and supporters what they will bring to the mission of the church by completing a financial pledge form and Time and Talent sheet for the following fiscal year, from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
Share your announcements with us

These are strange times in our world and we grieve the loss of being able to come together as a congregation to share special milestones. If we can announce your special news during our weekly announcements at the beginning of worship – a birthday, graduation or even more somber tidings – please contact Amy Kilburn to let her know.
Living the Questions
10 a.m. Monday, April 27

We will resume the Living the Questions study at 10 a.m. Monday, April 27, via Zoom. We will do Session 17: Incarnation: Divinely Human, since that is where we left off. Contact Robin if you need a link to the Zoom meeting (or check the email to church members that went out on Wednesday with Zoom links for this week).

In each week's eNews, we include a news article from our larger denomination,  United Church of Christ ,  to show the faithful work being done in other places.
UCC tree campaign helping planet 'restore itself,' even during pandemic

In Pennsylvania, a retired United Church of Christ minister saw his 100-tree donation as something he could do for God's creation while sheltering at home during the  coronavirus pandemic .
In Wisconsin, a congregation gave money to plant 200 trees to encourage its members to "do one thing" for the environment. In Colorado, a church chipped in enough for 200 trees as part of its "Whole Earth Church" ministry.
The three are among hundreds of UCC donations received so far as part of the  Three Great Loves Tree Planting Campaign , timed to coincide with an ecumenical  Faith Climate Action Week , now underway through April 26. It's all in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, which was Wednesday, April 22. Continue reading at UCC.com.
Happy Birthday and Anniversary to all who are celebrating this month!

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

April Anniversaries
3 Steve and Marie Edwards
16 Jeff and Cheryl 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.
Upcoming Church Events

  • We will resume listing events after things get back to normal. For now, events have either been cancelled or will be rescheduled.
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). Please send your announcements to Marilyn at office@communityucc.com . Lisa Boyles (lisamboyles12@gmail.com, 559.244.9502) is the eNews editor and communications liaison for our church.
We've updated our Joyful Giving page to reflect the many ways members can help support our Church's missions and operations, especially needed in these critical and uncertain times.

The Church and Office will be closed until the City of Fresno's "Shelter in Place" advisory is lifted.

Phone: 559.435.2690 
Email: office@communityucc.com