Community UCC eNews
Aug. 26, 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.

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Sunday worship

On Sunday, Aug. 29, Robin Carlson will deliver a sermon titled “Perfect Gifts” inspired by James 1:17-27

If you're not able to make it to our in-person services, you can watch the livestream at 10:30 a.m. at

We are working to improve the audio quality so everyone can hear and understand our services. Thank you for your patience.

Sunday worship begins at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday school on hold until mid-September

The Faith Education Team has made the difficult decision to suspend Sunday school until Sept. 12. Our nursery already made this move some weeks ago.

We appreciate the vigilance of the team and Robin to prioritize safety for children and teachers during the increased risk of the Delta variant. 

Sunday school teachers are needed for the fall. If you're interested, please contact Eileen White at
Covid update: remain vigilant for everyone's sake
As we continue to meet for in-person services, please remember the protocols aimed at guarding the health and safety of our members and friends. 

CUCC member Helmut Kloos – who has a Ph.D. in medical geography and many years of research experience in social epidemiology – has helped church leaders develop these responses to Covid-19:
  • Masks are required in the breezeway as well the sanctuary.
  • Social distancing should be observed inside and outside. 
  • Hand sanitizer is available.
  • Do not shake hands or hug. 

In addition, we ask anyone to self-quarantine (not attend church) if they experience symptoms associated with Covid-19:
  • Running nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell

The Delta variant now represents 94% of all Covid-19 infections in the United States. Infected people report about 90 less common
symptoms affecting the gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, nervous and hormonal systems as well as skin, ears, eyes, and other organs.

These symptoms include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath, which were the most prevalent symptoms during the early stage of the pandemic. 

If you experience any of these symptoms, please inform Marilyn in the church office. 

We urge you to be vigilant because recent studies show that many vaccinated people experiencing the milder symptoms caused by the Delta variant erroneously associate them with allergy or the common cold or flu and thus fail to get tested for Covid-19,” Helmut says.

As we head into the cooler months, it will become important to differentiate between Covid-19 and the seasonal common cold/flu. Doing so will ensure that people potentially infected with the Covid virus obtain tests and, if necessary, treatment, Helmut says.
Thursday evening worship on Zoom

Thursday evening worship is at 7 p.m. on Zoom. If you have questions or would like a Zoom link, contact Robin at
Women's Book Discussion Group

The Women’s Book Discussion Group continues at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, via Zoom. The group is reading "The Truths We Hold, An American Journey" by Kamala Harris.

If you have questions or would like to receive a Zoom link, please contact Robin at
Adult Education

Adult Education continues at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, via Zoom. The group will discuss Chapter 5.

The group is reading "Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What to Do About It" by David Zahl. These times of learning and discussion are valuable, and we encourage everyone to consider joining in. Please contact Robin at for more details.
John Donaldson memorial service

A memorial service for John Donaldson is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at Hope Lutheran Church, 364 E. Barstow Ave, Fresno. John's family says attendees will need to be vaccinated and that masks will be provided.
Save the date: CUCC Olympian will lead Journey Into Advent Nov. 20
Jaime Komer – who grew up at CUCC and became an All-American and Olympic water polo athlete – will lead Journey Into Advent on Nov. 20. Jaime is the daughter of Sue and Spence Hipp.

She will help us address a number of important questions:

  • How do we bring more light into our life while honoring hardships and feelings we might carry?
  • How can we prepare for the birth of new possibilities and creation?

In an interactive experience, she will help us develop a practical and compassionate toolkit for navigating these questions.

Jaime grew up in Fresno and still loves to wear her Community UCC youth group tie-dyed T-shirt. While at UCLA as a goalkeeper, her teams won three NCAA National Championships, and she became a four-time All-American.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, she won a silver medal with Team USA. Jaime also won two National Championships while living in Australia and competing in its National League. 
Jaime now works as Chief Transition Guide at ACT (Athlete Career Transition), helping Olympic, Paralympic and professional athletes in their difficult transitions beyond sport. She has a master’s degree in health and wellness coaching, and she’s spent more than a decade in the health, well-being, and transition field.

Her work blends together well-being, spirituality, emotional and physical health, and positive psychology.

Jaime lives on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state with her life partner, Matt, two growing boys, Kovy and Zealy, and fluffy-licous golden retriever, Mozzy.
From Pastor Julia . . .

"Where do you belong? Following – and during – this time of isolation, we have felt deprived of spaces in which we belong. Join me as we think about elements of healthy belonging."
On Sunday, Aug. 22, Pastor Julia Penner-Zook delivered a sermon titled "What's Your Go-To Place?" inspired by Psalm 84. Click on the triangle above to watch and hear the sermon.
Marilyn's office hours

Marilyn is in the office Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Friday, she is on call at home from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pastor Julia on vacation

Pastor Julia is on vacation until Saturday, Sept. 11.

On Sept. 5, the Rev. Norman Broadbent will give the sermon and lead us in celebrating Communion. On Sept. 12 – Kick Off Sunday – Kyle Carlson, staff director at Break the Barriers, will share how the ministry there pivoted and continued during the pandemic. We will receive a special offering for Break the Barriers that Sunday.

If you need assistance in Julia's absence, please contact Robin Carlson at, Felicia Rocha at, or Doug Hoagland at
Gary Walker teaching Osher class at Fresno State

CUCC member Gary Walker will present “The Evolution of American Political Parties: 1789-1989” in November through Fresno State’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Gary’s presentations will be in person at Fresno State and online on Zoom from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, Nov. 3, 10 and 17. Cost is $30.

The Osher catalog describes Gary’s course this way:

“This course will start with a review of how Washington’s Federalist Party became Whigs, and eventually, Republicans, while Jefferson’s Democratic Republicans became Democrats under Andrew Jackson. We will follow with the analysis of the era of Republican domination, with only two Democrats elected President over this 65-year period and we will finish with a look at a more liberal Democratic Party, with five presidents, and a more conservative Republican Party, with four. Third parties will also be discussed, including Know-Nothings in the 19th Century, and in the 20th Century, Progressive and Socialist parties.” 

To register click here.
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.
Portland church will help bring Soul Boxes and gunfire awareness to Washington, DC

The idea was shared by someone at church.

Fold a small Soul Box to remember a soul touched by gunfire.

The people of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Portland, Ore., have embraced the concept. “This is exactly the kind of activism I could really get a hold of,” said Nanci Tangeman, First Congregational’s Soul Box coordinator.

Members of First Congregational, Portland, Ore., share their work with each other on a virtual Soul Box Sunday. Continue reading at
August Birthdays and Anniversaries
28 — Ellie Kilburn
29 — Sally Garcia
26 — Eileen and Sib White.
September Birthdays and Anniversaries
Gretchen Choate
10 Jaidyn Ramirez and Serenity Shea
11 Mike R. Smith
12  Ann Scott
14  Elizabeth Davis-Russell, Keithie Earl and Gary Walker
16 Rachel Van Patten
17  Sommer Earl
21 Janet Capella
25 — Philip Dutton 
26 — Phil Fullerton
27 — Spencer Parks and Selena Wall
1 — Jacque and Bob Garcia
3 — Sally and Doug Hoagland
 Laurie and Tim Tidyman-Jones; Michelle and Seth Tilley
9   Bryan Clark and Brian Isbell

Work Anniversary
7 Marilyn Wall 28 years
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