Community UCC eNews
Aug. 5, 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

Pastor Julia Penner-Zook writes:

"We are inundated with messages in our technically interconnected world. At times we feel disoriented in navigating the contradiction, vitriol, and sheer volume of input.

"Scripture is not a rule book, but it does serve to reorient and guide. In the coming weeks we will consider straightforward pointers on living authentic, relational faith."

In sermons over the next three weeks, we'll look at:
Aug. 8 – Ephesians 4:25–5:2
• Aug. 15 – Ephesians 5:15–20
• Aug. 22 – Psalm 84
We had another wonderful worship service last Sunday. You won't want to miss our in-person gatherings. But if you're not able to make it, 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.
For everyone's safety and health

Please be mindful that we are prioritizing the safety and health of everyone by continuing to wear masks – indoors as well as when speaking with each other in the breezeway.

Other safety protocols:
• Hand sanitizer is available.
• Social distancing continues in the sanctuary. Families, of course, can sit together.
• Do not shake hands.
• Fellowship after church takes places in the breezeway. Please observe social distancing outside.

We continue our utmost caution for the sake of our children, our elders, those who have not been vaccinated, and those who are health compromised. Thank you for your understanding.
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
New Camp Tam safety protocols coming in eBlast

A special eBlast is coming to your inboxes on Friday, Aug. 6, with important and timely information about updated safety protocols for our beloved All-Church Family Camp at Camp Tamarack.

The updated protocols are necessary because of Covid-19's Delta variant. The camp is scheduled for Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3, 4, and 5. We want to have a safe, robust and fun adventure during our time in nature's lovely, cool forest.
Here is a link to a registration form that you can print out. Marilyn also has paper copies in the office. Return completed forms to Marilyn.
 Questions? Call, text or email Camp Director Annie Van Patten 209.902.2033 or
This Sunday: Fresno City Council Member speaks at CUCC

Tyler Maxwell – whose City Council district includes the church – will speak at CUCC this Sunday, Aug. 8, following the worship service. He will address the Missions and Social Justice Team, and everyone is invited to attend.

Missions and Social Justice has asked Tyler to address systemic racism in Fresno and how people interested in social justice can affect change. Two issues are of particular interest: the assault on voting rights and reforms in policing.
Calling all Sunday school teachers

The Faith Education Team is looking for folks who have a heart to teach the children of our church during Sunday school this fall.

If you're interested, please contact Eileen White at
Women's Book Discussion Group

The Women’s Book Discussion Group continues at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, 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, Aug. 11, via Zoom. The group will discuss Chapter 2.

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.
From Pastor Julia . . .

"Remember the Grinch, and how his heart was so tiny that he couldn’t offer any kind of compassion? This 'Grinch-spirit' — becoming people who oppose everything joyful and life-giving — is all too common in our world.

"But there’s another way: heart expansion! Watch the video as we together consider choosing this alternative route!"
Extra! Extra!
eNews takes a summer vacation (sort of)

For part of July and August, eNews has published every other week instead of weekly.

Here is the remaining schedule:
  • NO eNews Aug. 12.
  • eNews resumes weekly publication Aug. 19.

Deadline is at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Please send articles and photos for eNews to both Lisa Bell at and Doug Hoagland at
On Sunday, Aug. 1, Robin Carlson delivered a guest sermon titled "Varieties of Bread" inspired by John 6:24–35. 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.
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
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.
Church leaders welcome baseball name change in Cleveland

Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team will take the field in 2022 with a new name: Guardians.

It’s been 30 years, in fact, since the UCC General Synod first spoke out — in July 1991 — against the “negative stereotyping of Native Americans” in sports and commerce.Continue reading at
August Birthdays and Anniversaries
August Birthdays

9 Helmut Kloos and John Moseley
11 Landry Reynolds
12 Devon Wright
16  Ron Perry
17 Samantha Earl
19 – Linda Baird
20 — Tess Hayden
22 Sally Hoagland
24 — DayJu Ramirez
25 — Arville Earl
28 — Ellie Kilburn
29  Sally Garcia

August Anniversaries

14 — Sue and Spence Hipp
26 Eileen and Sib White
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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