Community UCC eNews
April 29, 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 (

Join us for worship on Stewardship Sunday, May 2. Vice Moderator Doug Hoagland will deliver a sermon titled "Love In Action" inspired by 1 John 4: 19-21.

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

We will provide the Zoom worship live on our YouTube channel ( 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 Wednesday 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.
Thursday evening worship

Evening worship has resumed at 7 p.m. Thursdays on Zoom. If you have questions or would like a Zoom link, contact Robin at
Stewardship Campaign 2021: "Beloved, Love"

This year's Stewardship Campaign – "Beloved, Love" – concludes this Sunday, May 2. Each week has featured a different theme and different speaker. This Sunday, Gary Walker will speak.

Community UCC conducts a Stewardship drive each spring asking church members and supporters what they will bring to the mission of the church. Folks complete a financial Pledge Card plus a Time and Talent Sheet for the following fiscal year, from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

Letters from the church went out earlier this month with the forms. Please return them to the church by May 2 or fill them out online. Here are links for the Pledge Card and Time and Talent Sheet.
Last Chance: Helping folks who are hungry

We want to put our Love Into Action as we move through our Stewardship Campaign.

So we're asking our members and friends to generously donate non-perishable food items to share with the community. Please bring donations to the church office between 8 a.m. and noon on Thursday, April 29.

We will give our donations to Hope Lutheran Church for its weekly food distribution.
Drawing this Sunday:
Faith Education Team raffles Game Night Basket

The Faith Education Team is selling tickets to win a Game Night Basket with puzzles, games, movies and more.

Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20. A drawing will be held at the May 2 worship service to select a winner.

You can buy tickets through Givelify or by sending a check to the church. Please designate this is for the Faith Education basket.
Xeriscape work party Saturday, May 1
Another work party is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 1, to weed the xeriscape.
Please bring a hoe, gloves and sun protection gear. If you don't have a hoe, we have some at church. We also have a wheelbarrow. 
Thanks to Helmut Kloos for organizing this year's work parties and for his dedication to maintaining the church grounds.
Messages about mental health

Janet Capella speaks of her personal journey with mental health and mental illness in the above video.

Janet, a member of CUCC's Missions and Social Justice Team, is working to help CUCC become a WISE – Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive and Engaged – congregation for all persons who experience mental health challenges.
All-Church Family Camp scheduled for Labor Day

Mark your calendars! The All-Church Family Camp is scheduled for Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-5, at Camp Tamarack.

Camp Manager Wade Hobson and others have developed a plan to ensure safety for all campers. The plan incorporates requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and the American Camp Association.

Be on the lookout soon for a video message from Camp Director Annie Van Patten about this great news. Annie can be reached at 209.902.2033 or
Equipment installed; looking for volunteer operators

Moderator Felicia Rocha writes:

"I am happy to announce American Music has completed installation of our new video equipment: a Datavideo HS1600T Mark II switcher, two robotic cameras, preview monitor and everything else needed for these to run smoothly.

"We are looking to get a couple people trained to run the system. This will allow us to successfully stream and record our worship services once we are back in the sanctuary. If you are interested in being trained please let me know."

Contact information: or 559.284.9921
... From Pastor Julia

Pastor Julia writes this introduction for the video below:

"With all the noise and chatter of our era, who listens? Does someone listen to us; do we listen to others? Do we actually hear God, and do we have any assurance that God is listening to anything we say?" 
Women's Book Discussion Group reading 'Blessed Are the Crazy' – Missions' group wrapping up book

The women's group continues its discussion at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, on Zoom. The book: "Blessed Are the Crazy" by Sarah Griffith Lund.

If you have questions or need a Zoom link, please contact Robin at

Another group organized by the Missions and Social Justice Team will finish its discussion of the book at noon on Sunday. The group will focus on Chapter 6.
Adult Education meets Mondays

Adult Education meets from 9-10 a.m. Mondays.

The group is continuing a six-week video discussion, exploring "How the Bible Actually Works" by Peter Enns.

A Zoom link will be made available. Contact Robin at if you're interested.
On April 18, Robin Carlson delivered a guest sermon titled "Love As A Verb" inspired by portions of Luke 24. Click on the triangle above to watch and hear the sermon.
Marilyn on vacation; ministers will return calls

Marilyn will be on vacation from April 26 to May 9. During this time, we will respond to voicemails, but the responses may be delayed.

Please call or e-mail Pastor Julia 559.943.0384 ( ) or Robin 559.960.2452 (
Contacting Pastor Julia at church

Pastor Julia will be in the office Thursday mornings and can be reached by phone, text, e-mail or Facetime other days of the week as well. E-mail her at
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 You can also submit prayer requests via our web page at
Youth camps at Camp Tam 2021

Here are dates for youth camps at Camp Tam this summer:
  • July 18-24 – Junior Camp (children entering fourth to sixth grades)
  • July 25-31 – Junior High Camp (youth entering seventh to ninth grades)
  • August 1-7 – Senior High Camp (youth entering 10th grade through 2021 high school graduates)

Early-Bird Registration is $250 per camper (a $30 per camper savings). Register before May 1 for the savings. Click here for registration details.
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.
After Chauvin verdict, clergy across U.S. call for continued police accountability

True justice means accountability. True justice means systemic change.

U.S. clergy took that message to the streets, the public square and spoke up on social media this week after the verdict that brought a measure of justice for George Floyd and his family.

“This is the moment right now, where we recognize things can change.

“This here, God is here.” Continue reading at
Happy Birthday to all who are celebrating this month

May Birthdays
1 Wendy Thompson
3 Sarah Fey and Thomas Russell
6 Benjamin Kloos
7 Louise Andrews and Bill Dailey
8  Adriana Wall
11 Gail McDougle
15  Marty Mulvihill
17 Vicky Wall and Lynn Samuelian
19 Marilyn Wall
21 Tom Carroll and Pam Mahtab
22 Robin Carlson and Karri Jones
24  Sib White
25  Spence Hipp
29 Maria Contreras
31 Donna Wright

Did we overlook someone's birthday or anniversary for this month? Please let Marilyn ( and Lisa ( 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: and
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Due to COVID-19, worship will remain virtual for now. Limited office hours have resumed.

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