Community UCC eNews
June 24, 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 (but not much longer!).
Limited office hours. See below.

SO MUCH GOOD NEWS! — If it says "[Message clipped]" at the bottom of your eNews, that means you're not seeing everything. Click the link next to that to view the entire newsletter.
Sunday worship — Zoom and YouTube (

Join us for worship on Sunday, June 13, when Pastor Julia will deliver a sermon titled "I Don't Envy Samuel" inspired by 1 Samuel 15: 35-16:13.
Julia writes: "If you were with us last week, we were told that Samuel was old. In today's text, it's 42 years later. After decades of faithfully carrying out the impossible task of providing spiritual leadership to a bunch of rebels, he's given another excruciating task. I truly don’t envy Samuel. Join us Sunday to hear more." 

See below for how we "do church" now.
Sunday worship onYouTube begins at 10:30 a.m.
Annual Meeting set for June 27

Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, June 27, immediately after worship. This meeting will be held on Zoom. Please mark your calendars to join us! A quorum of our church membership is required to vote on action items, including the budget for the coming fiscal year. The Annual Meeting will NOT be live-streamed on YouTube.
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

A more intimate evening worship takes place at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Due to excessive heat, evening worship will take place only on Zoom this week, June 24, as well as the following week, July 1. In-person gatherings will resume after July 18. Updates will follow. If you have questions or would like a Zoom link, contact Robin at
Important: Reopening scheduled for July 4!

We will begin in-person worship with an outdoor service on July 4 at the church. The following Sunday, July 11, services will resume in the Sanctuary.

Because the July 4 service will be outdoors, we will not live-stream the service to YouTube nor will it be live on Zoom. An outdoor service presents technological challenges beyond the capabilities of our equipment. And taking a one-week break from the technical aspects of broadcasting will allow us all to enjoy seeing each other for the first time in almost 16 months.

The following Sunday – July 11 – services will resume in the sanctuary. The Council has decided on these protocols for indoor services:
  • Masks will be required.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available.
  • Social distancing will be maintained. (Families, of course, can sit together.)
  • Fellowship after church will take place in the breezeway. We expect to serve coffee and water in paper cups.

Let’s be mindful that each of us has different needs for “space.” Even in our joy at being together, we encourage each of us to respect individual space physically as well as emotionally. Let’s also be mindful of people who have only gotten to know us on Zoom and may join us in person. Here, too, we want each person to feel warmly welcomed, yet respected in their need to get to know us in their own way and time. Some may want to talk; others not! That’s okay! Mindfulness is key!

Beginning on July 11, worship services will ONLY be on YouTube (, NOT on Zoom, using our new camera system. We are still working out details; more updates will be available in the coming weeks. 

We look forward to seeing you all in person soon!
LAST CALL: Pitman and Tidyman scholarships available

CUCC annually offers two scholarships: the Martha and Paul Pitman Scholarship and the Phyllis A. Tidyman Scholarship.

The Pitman Scholarship Fund – established in 1998 – supports the theological education of students preparing for ordained ministry and “in care” of the church.
Graduate students or re-entry students returning to school after a two-year absence are eligible if a seminary student doesn’t apply.

The Tidyman Scholarship Fund – established in 1999 by the Tidyman family –provides scholarships for church members.

The Pitmans and Mrs. Tidyman were longtime church members.

Completed applications are due in the church office by June 30.
Hear the voices: reopening excitement builds

We at CUCC are indeed "one" with each other and with people in our world – as EJ so beautifully declares in his song. In that spirit, church members express their anticipation for in-person services resuming on July 4. Hear their voices in the video below.
Important reminder from Finance Team

It’s not too late to submit a pledge for the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Currently, we haven't heard from some people who made pledges last year. Pledges enable our Finance Team to make an accurate budget for the church's 2021-22 financial year.

If you’ve misplaced your pledge card or time and talent sheet, please call Marilyn at the church office. You can also submit your pledge online via these links to Google Forms:
June fund-raising raffle — Win a Desert Beauty basket

Just in time for the blazing summer heat, the Worship Team and Communications have prepared a wonderful succulent basket for the June fundraiser filled with goodies to help you keep cool. The basket contains:

  • Garden tools and gloves
  • Potting soil
  • Three medium pots containing a variety of plants
  • Ten small pots with individual plants
  • A book entitled The Beginner's Guide to Succulent Gardening
  • Notecards with original watercolor paintings of succulents done by Nancy Pressley
  • A refreshing bottle of Fresno State Albariño white wine
  • A $20 gift card for Ampersand ice cream
  • A garden gnome

Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. We will do the drawing on July 4, our first in-person gathering back at the church campus!
Honoring Jazzy Wall on July 11 during worship

Jazzy Wall is leaving her position in our nursery. She has provided many years of service and touched the lives of many children. Jazzy's last day will be June 27. Please join us on July 11 to honor her. 
Extra! Extra!
eNews takes a summer vacation (sort of)

For part of July and August, eNews will publish every other week instead of weekly. For as long as either worship service is meeting virtually, you will still receive a "Zoom links" email if you are on that mailing list.

The publication schedule (and deadlines) after July 8 are listed below:
  • NO eNews on July 15.
  • eNews will publish on July 22.
  • 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 (deadlines at 10 a.m. Wednesdays). Please send articles and photos for eNews to both Lisa Bell at and Doug Hoagland at
. . . From Pastor Julia

Pastor Julia writes this introduction to the video below: "Contentment and gratitude aren’t on a switch we can turn on and off at will. We often need a reset to become more in tune, to let go of agitation and anxiety, to love the present moment. It takes time."
Women's Book Discussion Group

On June 29, the Women's Book Discussion Group will continue its study of "Mother Goose Meets A Woman Called Wisdom: A Short Course in the Art of Self-Determination" by Linda Hollies. She retells classic fairy tales with a decidedly spiritual – and autobiographical – spin. If you have questions or need a Zoom link, please contact Robin at
All-Church Family Camp scheduled for Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-5

Annie and Jack Van Patten express their enthusiasm for – and love of – Family Camp in the video below. Annie can be reached at 209.902.2033 or
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. 
Marilyn's office hours at church

Marilyn is in the office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Please be sure to call ahead (559.435.2690) and remember to wear a mask if you need to come to the office.
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
Adult Education

Adult Education is on hiatus until Wednesday, Aug. 4, when the group will meet at 9 a.m. via Zoom. This will give everyone time to read the upcoming book, "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 would encourage everyone to consider becoming a part of the group. Please contact Robin for more details.
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
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.
At a turning point for voting rights, UCC Officers speak out

On Tuesday, June 22, a Republican vote blocked advancement of the For the People Act in the U.S. Senate. All 50 Republicans voted against discussion of the landmark voting rights legislation, prompting this statement from the elected officers of the United Church of Christ.

 Throughout its history, the United Church of Christ has long witnessed to the importance of voting rights as a foundational civil rights issue and the way in which we honor the dignity and worth of every human being. Voting is often described as the heart of the democratic process, as the people we elect shape our collective life and wellbeing. Continue reading at
June Birthdays and Anniversaries
June Birthdays

Penny Carroll
8 Clay Pressley
Virginia Virag
12 Sam Mahtab
13 Laurie Tidyman-Jones
16 Jacque Garcia
17 Sean Carlson
18 Annie Van Patten
22 Steve Reynolds and Ron Vivian
24 Jazmyn Wall

June Anniversaries

13 Diana and Helmut Kloos
18 Sharon Powers and Mike Smith
19 — Lisa and Randy Bell
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
Our Joyful Giving page reflects the many ways members can help support our Church's missions and operations, especially needed in these critical and uncertain times.

Due to COVID-19, worship will remain virtual for now. Limited office hours have resumed.

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