Office hours during Marilyn’s vacation July 31-Aug. 11

Vacation Office Hours
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” ~ Seneca
Marilyn Wall, the administrative assistant for our church office, will be taking some well-deserved time off starting at noon on Friday, July 28, through Friday, Aug. 11. Please observe the office hours below.
Church Office Hours
 July 31-Aug. 11:
9 a.m. to noon Mondays-Thursdays; Office Closed Fridays

All Church Family Camp at Tamarack

All Church Family Camp

Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 1-3, 2017

We already have several folks signed up for this enriching experience.  Ten churches have already been contacted and plan to join us at Camp Tamarack. These churches are excited about this opportunity.

Camp Tam logoThis camp is sponsored by our church and is not part of the same programs that the Conference offers for teens and other groups.  So this provides us a great opportunity to “make new friends and strengthen our own church friendships.   

This will be such a wonderful time of year to spend a weekend in the Sierras. Click here to see a slideshow of photos from past years.

Please make your reservations for Labor Day weekend as soon as possible.

For more information contact Annie Van Patten, Family Camp Director, at 209.902.2033 or by email at

Click here for the 2017 Camp Tam Registration Form.



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CUCC Ad Hoc Fundraising Committee Report

A meeting was held on June 28 to brainstorm ideas for fundraising events and evaluate past and present fundraisers. In attendance were Sue Hipp, Amy Kilburn, Sharon Powers and Ruben Fernandez.

All fundraising events must state a purpose for the money to be raised, such as for operations, fellowship funds, youth group, special music programs, choir, and other needs. Coordination of these events can be shared by trustees and council. Some ideas include:

  • Party for Community: It was recommended not to hold this event in October 2017 because it is too late for planning and no one has been assigned to coordinate it. Other reasons are that the concept may be outdated, too much coordination with sponsoring baskets and events (theme dinners, parties, tours, etc.).
  • New ideas to replace Party for Community
    1. Dinner or Dinner Dance with theme or at time of a season such as Christmas, in January, Valentine’s Day
    2. Celebratory Theme like honoring church pioneers, Volunteer of the Year, CUCC milestone anniversaries (60 years coming up).
    3. Must have a silent auction
    4. Raffle
    5. Location: Hayden Hall
    6. Use of alcohol: Sales Permit to raise money
    7. Must have major sponsors
    8. Invite community and inter-faith partners
  • Brainstorming Ideas for New Events
    1. Community Supper (or Lunch) Club: This concept would center on a group (such as members of council, trustees, and others) coordinating a dinner or lunch every month at a restaurant where all participants pay a fee of $25 (or more) to attend. This fee would not include meal but instead go toward a particular need of the church such as operations, maintenance, or capital projects. There would be no agenda except to enhance church or community member relationships. Members of this Club would rotate turns to coordinate and choose a restaurant and announce. E-News, Website, Facebook and other social media would be used for announcements and updates.
    2. Fellowship Restaurant Fundraisers: Find a restaurant that will donate a part of the proceeds from meals purchased with coupon or flyer (like the “Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant”). Other events that Fellowship used to do were potlucks, Moms & Muffins, Father’s Day Root Beer, and sell food.
    3. Farmer’s Market (or Makers and Growers Market):  This would require a lot of planning, seeking information about the competition, recruiting vendors, and getting “state certified.”
    4. Bingo Night: There are vendors who run this event and church would get a part of proceeds.
    5. Raffles, Raffles, Raffles: It has been recommended that raffles of small and large prizes be conducted continuously throughout the year and at every event (even after church). There would be a need to coordinate major prizes such as Disneyland, Monterey Aquarium, professional sporting events (local and major league), and other such events. Also, small prizes are important such as wines, dinners, antiques, etc.
    6. Yard Sales and Boutiques: It has been recommended that these events be planned throughout the year with much earlier notice and publicity. An annual calendar has been advised.
    7. Sales, Sales, Sales: It has been recommended that various types of sales campaigns be conducted throughout the year. These include but not limited to candy sales, coupon booklets, “daffodil bulbs,” seasonal items, Peace Garden Bricks, and other types of sales.
    8. Other ideas include: “Trick or Trunk Halloween at CUCC Parking Lot,” Granville’s Home for Hope, International Dinners, and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Caramel Apple Sale.

Our church’s stained glass windows

Eileen White 04 2019A~ By Eileen White, Photos by Terry Cole

When I walk into our sanctuary and look at the stained glass windows, I often wonder how many people who are visiting or are new to our church realize that the windows depict the seven days of creation.

The windows came about when those of us who were members of Zion Congregational Church at the time decided we wanted to create something special for our sanctuary, namely stained glass windows.  Corky Normart is the artist we found and the one who suggested we consider doing the creation story.

The windows were then created by Corky and dedicated on June 11, 2000.  When Zion and College Community Congregational Churches merged, the windows were then brought over from Zion and installed at College Community Congregational Church.  The dedication took place on Oct. 21, 2007.

Each of the windows in front of the church depicts one of the seven days of creation and is in memory of people who had been members of the church or were related to members.  There is a plaque under each window with the Scripture on which the window is based along with the names of the people in whose memory it is dedicated.

The windows are very special to me because I know almost every one of those people.

CUCC SG 1a_peThe first day is from Genesis 1:3 – In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth…
In memory of the three former pastors of Zion – Ferdinand Zahl, John Sauer and Abner Frost

CUCC SG 2a_peThe second day is from Genesis 1:8 – And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.”
In memory of Carl, Elsie and Dennis Schwabenland, father, mother and brother of Eileen White, a member of Community UCC.

CUCC SG 3a_peThe third day is from Genesis 1:9 – And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place and let dry ground appear.”  And it was so.
In memory of George and Ann Schafer, father and mother of Janice Perrigo, a member of Community UCC.

cucc-sg-4a_pe.jpgThe fourth day is from Genesis 1:16 – God made the two great lights — the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night.  He also made the stars.
In memory of Walter, Adam, Anna and William Reitz, members of Zion.

CUCC SG 5a_peThe fifth day is from Genesis 1:22 – God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on earth.”
In memory of Mary and Goringer and Fred Ginther, members of Zion.

cucc-sg-6a_pe.jpgThe sixth day is from Genesis 1:24 – And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kind:  livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.”  And it was so.
In memory of Phillip and Anna Krum, members of Zion.

cucc-sg-7a_pe.jpgThe seventh day is from Genesis 1:31 – Then God looked over all he had made and it was excellent in every way.
In memory of Sandy Lust Meadows, daughter of Ken and Helen Lust, members of Community UCC.

CUCC Narthex 4In the narthex center, Genesis 2:3 – And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it, he rested from all the work of creating that he had done in creation.
In memory of Jack and Mollie Lust, father and mother os Ken Lust, a member of Community UCC.

cucc-narthex-2.jpgNarthex left, Genesis 2:9 – And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground — trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.  In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
In memory of J. Henry Miller, Mary E. Miller, Elma Swinehart and Ralph Swinehart, family members of Zion.
In honor of the ongoing life of Zion by the Rev. Stanley Friesen and Delores Friesen.

cucc-narthex-3.jpgNarthex right, Genesis 2:10 – A river flows out of Eden to water the garden, from there it divides and becomes four branches.
In memory of Ralph Ruby, husband of Marilyn Ruby, both members of Zion.

CUCC Narthex 1Narthex arch, Psalm 42:3 – My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
In memory of Jay Andrew Liberty, son of Susan Liberty, member of Community UCC.

There were four people whose memorial money was used to install the windows at Community UCC.  They are Jean Easterson, Edna and Tom Butler and Christopher Calderwood.

There were ten memorial windows from Zion with one from Community UCC.

All of these people whose memorials made these windows possible are no longer with us, but we are able to enjoy and appreciate their beauty because of those who have gone before us.

New to Community UCC? Start at our Welcome Table

Whether you found us on the web, heard about us from a friend or noticed us because you live in the neighborhood, we are happy to have you here.

A great place to start is our Welcome table inside the Narthex, right by where you enter the Church for worship. There, we can greet you, offer you a temporary name tag and answer any questions you might have.

You can also sign up to receive e-News, a weekly newsletter that we distribute via email. To subscribe, add your email address to the new member interest card.

This web page has information about our church’s history, which dates back to 1956.

If you want to start the process to become a new member, please contact our church office (by phone at 559.435.2690 or email at, and our administrative assistant, Marilyn, will connect you with someone who can help you learn more about our church or beginning the process to join.

We officially receive new members four times a year:

  • During Kickoff Sunday (fall)
  • First Sunday in Advent (winter)
  • Easter Sunday (spring)
  • Pentecost Sunday (summer)

New members attend an informational class, usually a month before one of the four Sunday worship services to receive new members.  The information class is organized by the Extravagant Welcome Team, or “elders,” which is currently organized by Donna Wright.

Even between those times, there are many ways you can become involved in the offerings of our church life.

As congregational members, we all have a part in inviting guests and friends to our Church. It is only by continuing to welcome and accept new members that we will keep our 60-plus year tradition leading the way into the future.

We hope we have embraced you in a welcoming way, and that you will find a church home at Community UCC, becoming a vibrant, engaged member of our congregation.


August Birthdays and Anniversaries

August Birthdays

3             Jeannie Hobson

9             Helmut Kloos, John Moseley

11           Landry Reynolds

12           Devon Wright

16           Ron Perry

17           Samantha Earl

18           Ivan Rowe

23           Noah Mendoza

24           DayJu Ramirez

25           Arville Earl

29           Sally Garcia

August Anniversaries

14            Sue & Spence Hipp

17            Pastor Chris & Amy Breedlove

21            Jerry & Margery Mulvihill

26            Eileen & Sib White

Worship July 2: Sharing refreshing water

Altar with jugs of water

Water and hospitality were recurring themes in today’s worship, from the music to the scripture to the sermon, by Robin Carlson.

“Let Justice Roll Like a River”

Forgive us Lord, for passing by

When children cry for bread

Forbid it Lord, that justice lie

in tatters cold and dead


Outside these walls run desperate streets

Where greed is law and life is cheap

We bar the doors, refuse to see

Or hear the words you said


Let justice roll like a river

Like a river let it roll

Let justice roll like a river

Like a river let it roll


The gap between the rich and poor

Grows ever wider, shore to shore

There’s racial hate, religious war

And wolves among the sheep


Robin encouraged us to not just think about inviting people to our church that we know would be a good fit, but to offer that “refreshing drink of water” that we get from our worship and fellowship time together more broadly, taking a chance on the blessings that can result, both to them and to us.

Matthew 10:40-42: “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”