Birthdays for November
4 Terry Cole
9 Lisa Boyles
13 Myra Coble, Shelia Earl
14 Margaret Fullerton
15 Josie Cushing
17 Laurie Labbitt
18 Margery Mulvihill, Vivienne Barrett
19 Don Hobson, Janice Perrigo
21 Jack Wolfe
22 Tony Fazio
24 John Donaldson, Eileen White
27 Jordan Ruffin, Pailey Carroll
29 Wesley Carroll
30 Carol Kilburn
Anniversaries in November
5 Myra & Tom Coble
17 Laurie Labbitt & Ron Perry
26 Wade & Jeannie Hobson
The Perfect Balance of “Roughing It”
On Labor Day weekend, the Hayden family ventured out of the heat and stifling smog of late summer to the refreshing Camp Tamarack. Although the drive past Shaver Lake took less than an hour, we felt worlds away amidst the fragrant pines and babbling creek that surround the camp.
This was our first time taking our two little princesses to go camping. And Camp Tamarack proved to be a perfect balance of “roughing it” in the outdoors while having the necessary comforts like warm meals and running water.
Our girls (Tess 6 & Kate 3) found it to be a grand adventure! Mornings were cool enough to huddle around a crackling fire while afternoons offered warm blue skies. There were so many wonderful memories that we made throughout the weekend. Whether it was making new friends from The Big Red Church, enjoying home-cooked meals by our culinary genius, Jeff, or watching the gaggle or children sticky their fingers with gooey s`mores, family memories were aplenty.
And yet, I think my favorite moment of the weekend was our group devotion on Saturday morning. Jack and Annie Van Patten had a hat full or Bible verses that we chose from. After picking our slip of paper ,we meandered through the meadow and meditated on the verse. While any moment away from the cacophony of Disney Jr, YouTube Kids and sibling rivalry is unbridled bliss, this moment to ponder and probe and center in the beauty of God’s workmanship offered a special moment with the Master Craftsman. We then gathered together to share our thoughts on our verses.
Our discussion was insightful, authentic, uplifting and inspiring. And perhaps, those are the best words to describe the entirety of our experience at Camp Tamarack.
On Sept. 8-9, CUCC Council members escaped the busy-ness of work and everyday life to unite our spirit and refresh our minds.
Thanks go out to the Smith-Powers family for letting us stay at their cabin in beautiful Shaver Lake.
The Council tackled many issues faced by our church. It was a very special place where we created a sacred space to set our personal items that reminded us of our faith. The Council shared their spiritual journey, and received communion. Leadership and friendship was nurtured by those who attended. Nancy Pressley, Amy Kilburn, Carol Kilburn, Eileen White, Chris Breedlove, Robin Carlson, Ruben Fernandez, Donna Wright, Felicia Rocha, Vicki Wall, and Susan Chavez shared their vision and ideas for the future of our church.
Here are some of the plans and dreams advanced by our council leaders.
- Revising our Mission Statement and forming a Bylaws review committee
- Addressing church size and leadership
- Committee to coordinate fundraisers
- Handling church conflict and enhancing communication
- Leading Change
Also, the church needs your time and talent now. The Council has many projects and fundraisers to come so it needs all the help it can get. The church will have a very exciting and graceful year. If you are interested, please contact our church office, 559-435-2690.
This morning the church received news that longtime church member Ted Andrews died today. Here is the message from his daughter, Pat Black:
“With a heavy heart I’m letting you know that my father, Ted Andrews, passed away early this morning at the age of 94. Dad suffered from cerebrovascular disease and has been under hospice care for the last several weeks. He and Mom just celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary on June 20.”
From Phil Fullerton:
“Ted was a faithful member of our church and a regular attendee of the Saturday Morning Breakfast Group. He once modestly joked that when he was a sailer and torpedoed in the Mediterranean and cast into the sea in World War II that most of the other guys got a purple heart for rope burns on their hands but he didn’t. His understatement of this event was typical of this extraordinary man.”
The address for Ted’s wife, Louise, is:
7442 N. Millbrook Ave., Apt. 219
Fresno, CA 93720
We will keep Ted’s family in our prayers at this difficult time. Ted’s memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at our church, Community United Church of Christ, 5550 N. Fresno St., Fresno, CA 93710. A reception in Hayden Hall will follow the service. Please bring finger foods to share.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations can be made in Ted’s name either to The First Tee or to Community United Church of Christ (address above or click here to make a secure online donation).
No cash when the collection plate comes by? No worries. Community UCC is now officially registered with the Givelify app. To joyfully give to our church, you can use Givelify app to make a donation from your smartphone.
Download the app to your phone on your Android or IPhone, then look up our church by searching for “Community United Church of Christ,” ZIP code 93710. Or use our website to set up your account Givelify Web Giving
This article by Kim Williams at the Big Red Church explains how giving via app is a good thing in an age when fewer people are carrying cash in their wallets.
Kick-Off Sunday is when Community UCC members come together to welcome new members, commission our Sunday School teachers, bless our confirmands and break bread together following worship. It was great to see our Sanctuary so full today for this vibrant day in the life of our church!
Pastor Chris and Robin commission our Sunday school teachers.
Several new members joined our congregation during today’s worship service.
Pastor Chris and our congregation gave blessing on the journey of our confirmands, their mentors and parents.
The choir provided joyful song, singing “Let There be Love.”
Kick-Off Sunday will be held on Sept. 10. New members will join our congregation, and the worship service will also include the Commissioning of our Sunday School teachers and the Blessing of our Confirmands.
Worship will be followed by a luncheon in Henry Hayden Hall. Please bring salads to share. Fellowship will provide beverages, bread and dessert.