Community UCC eNews
October 31, 2019
Community UCC is an inclusive and progressive Christian Church doing social justice, environmental faithfulness, interfaith collaboration and and spiritual formation to help ourselves and others grow in faith, hope and love.

Sunday Sermon  

On Sunday, Nov. 3, Pastor Ara will deliver the sermon titled " Waiting Steadfastly (for a Slow Train A-Coming). "
Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed Saturday night!

Worship Service Each Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
NOTE: We broadcast our Sunday Worship service on Facebook Live beginning at 10:30 a.m. We want to make service accessible to members or friends who can't be with us on Sunday mornings. The camera captures the front of the Sanctuary and the first couple of rows of seats.
THIS WEEKEND! Rummage Sale/Boutique at Community UCC

The rummage sale/boutique at Community UCC will return from  7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 , in the Church parking lot. Booth spaces are $20 each.

If you know a vendor who would like to display and sell their wares, let them know! Contact Donna Wright to reserve a space.

Come by that day to do a little holiday shopping!
THIS WEEKEND! Saturday Morning Breakfast Group
Saturday, Nov. 2 , Conference Room
Breakfast at 8:45 a.m., talk begins at 9 a.m.

From Phil Fullerton: We are in for a huge treat this Saturday morning, Nov. 2. The featured speaker this time is Gary Walker , whose topic will be: “Three five-star heroes of World War ll: Generals Marshall, MacArthur and Eisenhower — their backgrounds and interactions with each other.”

Gary has been a lecturer for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Fresno State and is a noted lecturer on historic topics. In November, Gary will lead a three-session short course called " The U.S. Becomes an Imperial Power — 1846-1945: An analysis of the Mexican War, 1846-48; the Spanish-American War, 1898; World War l, 1917-18; and World War ll, 1941-45." He will discuss why we fought, the cost in dollars and manpower, the caliber of our civilian and military leaders, and the short and long-term ramifications of each conflict. 

Gary is a faithful member of CUCC and a regular at the Breakfast Group. The Walkers will provide breakfast.

For Dec. 7, Michael Kunz will discuss "John Muir, Climate Change, and the Future of the Sierra Nevada Ecosystem.” Michael published a book titled " Muir's Temples; A Natural History of Sequoia Grove Plants," available on Amazon . The Hoaglands will provide breakfast for this date.
THIS WEEKEND! Living the Questions 2.0

Living the Questions will resume beginning Sunday, Nov. 3 . Below is the calendar (subject to change) and themes for November and December.

Theme: INVITATION TO JOURNEY 

Nov. 3 An Invitation to Journey
Nov. 10 Taking the Bible Seriously
Nov. 17 Thinking Theologically
Nov. 24 Stories of Creation
Dec. 1 Lives of Jesus
Dec. 8 No LTQ, Hanging of the Greens
Dec. 15 A Passion for Christ: Paul the Apostle
Dec. 22 Out into the World: Challenges Facing Progressive Christians
Dec. 29 No LTQ
Beginning soon!
Thursday Evening Worship

Beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 , we will hold a weekly contemplative, interactive, spirit-filled worship service in the Sanctuary.

Come worship with us!
At the Coming of Age event, a Tastee Burger feed was offered as a fundraiser. There were 40 spaces available and 18 folks signed up. The event will take place in Hayden Hall following church on Nov. 10 .

Tastee Burgers were a signature sandwich served at Nancy Pressley’s family’s restaurants in Nebraska. The meal will include side dishes, soft drinks, and dessert. The cost to attend is $15. The proceeds go to the CUCC operating budget.

Please contact Nancy Pressley (559.312.8621) or Vicky Wall (559.250.7544) if you would like to attend. RSVP's are requested by Thursday, Nov. 7.
FIRM's Senior Fridays

One of the community programs that the Missions and Social Justice Team is engaging in is FIRM’s Senior Fridays. This is targeted to seniors in FIRM’s programs who are primarily Hmong, Cambodian, and a mixture of other ethnic groups.

Missions and Social Justice has selected Friday, Nov. 15 , for its service. We need volunteers to engage in activities/games with the seniors and volunteers to donate items.
Items needed are:
  • Games (Bingo, etc.)
  • Food:
  • Chicken
  • Salads
  • Dinner rolls
  • Rice
  • Cookies
  • Lemonade

Please contact Elizabeth Davis-Russell (559.862.6914) or Susan Chavez (559.269.0838) to donate your service and /or food.
Journey into Advent: "While it Was Yet Dark"
Nov. 22-24
Join us for Journey into Advent, our annual deeper exploration into our faith as we enter the Advent season of our spiritual calendar.

As we witness the encroaching darkness in our social, political, and spiritual environments, we can welcome the darkest time of the calendar year (the Winter Solstice) as a time to ponder new territory, which can be discovered "While It Was Yet Dark."

This year’s featured speaker, Julia Penner-Zook , member of Community United Church of Christ and member in discernment for ordination with the UCC, will collaborate with a musician and a photographer, inviting us to encounter the darkness from an entirely different angle. Collaborating with Julia are Jenny Regehr and Stacey Rhoades. 

"While It Was Yet Dark" — a collaboration
  • 7-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 in the CUCC Sanctuary: we will gather for an inspiring evening of poetry, music, and photography, introducing three biblical women, each of whom experienced the Divine within profound darkness. (Drinks and snacks follow.)
  • 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 23 in Hayden Hall and the Sanctuary: after a light breakfast, we will offer an interactive morning to consider how various mediums (music, visual, writing) can provide tools for us to encounter the Divine in the darkness or the desert of the Advent season.
  • 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 in the Sanctuary: worship with Julia as she continues to lead us in our Journey into Advent. Special music by Jenny Regehr; photography by Stacey Rhoades to underscore elements of worship .

*Childcare is provided on all 3 days.

Cost is $25 per person for this event. Full and partial scholarships available upon request. Or if you are able, please fund a scholarship. To register or for more information, call Marilyn in the Church Office at 559.435.2690 . More information about the presenters and videos can be found on our homepage .
Raffle tickets available for two Christmas quilts 

Two Christmas quilts made by local quilter Becci Zaninovich especially for our church will be raffled off separately on Sunday, Dec. 1 . Raffle tickets will be available each Sunday in November and in the church office for $10 each.

There will be a separate raffle for each quilt so buy several tickets and put them all toward your favorite quilt or split them between the two. Sponsored by the Finance Team. Contact Sharon Powers for more information.
Shop on  Smile.Amazon.com  and Amazon will donate money to Community UCC!  

Community UCC is now part of the AmazonSmile Foundation charitable organizations that can be supported while you shop at  Smile.Amazon.com . Register Community UCC as your charity and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the eligible purchase price to our church. How does it work?

  1. Log onto Smile.Amazon.com. Use your regular Amazon log in information. The online page will look exactly like your regular Amazon.com page and all your lists and history will be there. Prices will be the same. There is no difference between the Amazon.com and Smile.amazon.com sites except that the AmazonSmile Foundation will make charitable donations to your selected organization if you use smile.amazon.com for eligible purchases. 
  2. Select Community Ucc as your charitable foundation and be sure you pick the one in Fresno CA. The last two "c"s are lower case letters. If you can't find it by name, use our EIN:  94-6050078.
  3. Whenever you want to shop on Amazon, log on to Smile.Amazon.com.
  4. Phone shopping: Android has an app for AmazonSmile, but the iPhone does not. There are many suggestions online for how to set up a work-around on the iPhone if you shop from your phone.
Quarterly financial statements are available in the Narthex in the Sanctuary. Please make sure to pick yours up on Sunday.
CURRENT WORSHIP THEME: Coercion vs. Freedom

Our general worship focus for the fall will be Coercion vs. Freedom. We will be inspired by the minor prophets and the Pastoral epistles, as we struggle with the short term efficacy of coercion and threat, and the long view guided by a love ethic.

How do we mature as persons of faith and disciples of Christ? It is for freedom Christ set us free. How may we live this as fully and faithfully as possible? It captures and hopefully addresses our challenge of being an Open and Affirming congregation of welcoming each of us as we are. How to be our best self, individually and as a Body!
In each week's eNews, we include a news article from our larger denomination, United Church of Christ , to show the faithful work being done in other places.
In 'Shark Tank'-like challenge, UCC supports community-minded Wisconsin entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs came to  First Congregational United Church of Christ  in Janesville, Wis., and found soil for their seeds of community hope on Saturday, Oct. 19, during a  Love Your Neighbor Social Innovation Challenge  – something its local, Conference and national organizers hope will spread throughout the UCC.

The Challenge was a little like the TV show  Shark Tank , but with a UCC  Three Great Loves  heart, a democratic spirit, and a mission of supporting and mentoring entrepreneurs who are motivated more by community uplift than by profit. For congregations, it's a proactive way to build up their surrounding communities and build relationships with others doing good work. Continue reading at the UCC.com website.
Happy Birthday and Anniversary to all who are celebrating this month!

November Birthdays
4 Terry Cole
8 Meg Gallagher
9 Lisa Boyles
13 Shelia Earl
17 Laurie Labbitt
18 Margery Mulvihill, Vivienne Barrett, Sarah Hayden
19 Janice Perrigo
21 Jack Wolfe
22 Tony Fazio
24 John Donaldson, Eileen White
27 Jordan Ruffin
30 Carol Kilburn

November Anniversaries
17 Laurie Labbitt and Ron Perry

Upcoming Church Events

  • Recycling Sunday, First Sundays of the month
  • Sundays at 9 a.m. - Adult Education in the Conference Room
  • Tuesdays - Women's Book Discussion Group, Conference Room, 6 p. m.
  • Tuesdays - Men's Book Study, Room 1, 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 2 - Rummage Sale/Boutique, 7 a.m.- 1 p.m., watch for details
  • Nov. 2 - Saturday Morning Breakfast Group, Gary Walker will speak
  • Nov. 7 - Council meeting, 5:30 p.m. Conference Room
  • Nov 15 - FIRM's Senior Fridays, see Elizabeth Davis-Russell
  • Nov. 22-24 - Journey into Advent, with Julia Penner-Zook, theme is "While it Was Yet Dark"

Keep up to date with our Church's online calendar!
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). Please send your announcements to Marilyn at office@communityucc.com .
Phone: 559.435.2690 
Email: office@communityucc.com