Community UCC eNews
July 22, 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, July 25, Pastor Julia Penner-Zook will deliver a sermon titled "Got Wine?" inspired by Matthew 9: 14-17. We continue to meet in the Sanctuary for worship.

We had another wonderful indoor worship service last week. Please join us. But if you're not able to make it in person on any Sunday, you can watch the livestream at

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.

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 resumes July 22 on Zoom

Robin is back from vacation, and Thursday evening worship resumes at 7 p.m. July 22 on Zoom (the link was sent out via email on Wednesday, July 21). If you have questions or would like a Zoom link, contact Robin at
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
Fresno City Council Member to speak at CUCC

Tyler Maxwell – whose City Council district includes the church – will speak at CUCC on 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 of voting rights and reforms in policing.
Women's Book Discussion Group resumes Aug. 3

The Women’s Book Discussion Group will resume at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, via Zoom. The group will read "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 resumes Aug. 4

Adult Education will resume at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, via Zoom.

The group will be reading "Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What to Do About It" by David Zahn. These times of learning and discussion are valuable, and we encourage everyone to consider becoming a part of the group. Please contact Robin at for more details.
  Welcome back Tamarack

With all precautions in place, we are planning to have our beloved All-Church Family Camp at Camp Tamarack over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3, 4, and 5. Volunteers are welcome to stay Sept. 6 to help pack up the camp for winter.

Camp Manager Wade Hobson and "conference critters" have developed a Specific Operating Plan – following requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and the American Camp Association – to ensure safety for all folks in attendance.

Firefighters heroically saved Camp Tam from severe damage during the Creek Fire last summer. So we will be able to relax in the peace and serenity of God’s enchanting forest, eat scrumptious meals, swim in the creek, have outrageous fun at Saturday evening’s TNT program, and enjoy a creative worship experience on Sunday morning. 
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
From Pastor Julia . . .

Pastor Julia writes this introduction for the video below: "Jesus lived a life on Earth that was counter to the dominant culture of his day. He was not about power and position. Sadly, some American Christians today have strayed from that radical practice of love. Leveling well-crafted zingers is hollow; living according to Jesus’ example in practice and purpose is transformative."
Extra! Extra!
eNews takes a summer vacation (sort of)

For part of July and August, eNews will publish every other week instead of weekly.

The publication schedule (and deadlines) through mid-August are listed below:
  • NO eNews on July 29.
  • eNews will publish on Aug. 5.
  • NO eNews Aug. 12.

Our normal weekly publication schedule will resume on Thursday, 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, July 18, Pastor Julia delivered a sermon titled "New Chapter" inspired by Matthew 5: 38-48. Click on the triangle above to watch and hear the sermon.
Deadline for Tidyman Scholarship extended

Applications for the Tidyman Scholarship are now due by July 31. Applicants can pick up the paperwork at the church office or by emailing Marilyn (

The Tidyman Scholarship Fund – established in 1999 by the Tidyman family – provides scholarships for church members.
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; Robin is back from vacation

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.
John Dorhauer: We are a denomination on the move

“That they may all be one.”

The collective body of the United Church of Christ is living into Jesus’ prayer, taking on the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and racism and urgency of the crisis that is climate change.

General Minister and President John Dorhauer, in his State of the Church address to General Synod on Saturday, July 17, measured the denomination’s health and vitality by “our ongoing efforts to heed the call of the Holy Spirit and continue to display our courage in the struggle.” Continue reading at
July Birthdays and Anniversaries
July Birthdays

1 Kyrie Oneal
3 Carol Phillips
9  Erin Hinojosa and Mike Smith
11 Kristen White-Barrett
16  Marge Kelly
19 Bobbie Vivian
21 Amy Richardson
22 Bryan Clark
23  Maggie Dutton
28 Jack Jackson; Devin and Deshawn Ruffin 
29 June Supersad
30  Susan Chavez and Carolyn Evans
31 Al Evans  

July Anniversaries

8  Stacy and Tony Fazio
21 Bobbie and Ron Vivian
31Elizabeth Davis-Russell and Thomas Russell
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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