October Birthdays and Anniversaries

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


Camp Tamarack 2017 — Hayden Family Shares Their Experience

Camp Tamarack

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.

Tess and Kate HaydenOur 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.

—-Chad Hayden

Leadership Retreat — Inhale Grace … Exhale Gratitude

retreat altarOn 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.


We mourn the passing of Ted Andrews, 94

Memorial Service for Ted Andrews

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:

Louise Andrews

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).

Givelify app makes giving easier

Givelify app logo

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.

Photos from Kick-Off Sunday

New church members join our congregation

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 Carlson commission our Sunday school teachers.

Pastor Chris and Robin commission our Sunday school teachers.

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Several new members joined our congregation during today’s worship service.

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Pastor Chris and our congregation gave blessing on the journey of our confirmands, their mentors and parents.

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The choir provided joyful song, singing “Let There be Love.”

Memorial Service for Susan Liberty-Warwick on Sept. 16

Image of Susan Liberty, announcing her upcoming memorial service

A memorial service for Susan Liberty-Warwick will be held at our church at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16. Susan passed away earlier this year in April. She had been ailing for a few months before that.

Susan was the Dean of Humanities at Fresno City College. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Warwick, also a church member. They both joined our congregation in 1995.

She is survived by children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son Jay.

Church Garden Work Party- October 15

Helping hands are needed to spruce up our Church campus, to spread more mulch on our Church campus’.  We will have a work party on Sunday, October 15, after church service. Bring rakes, shovels (preferably like snow shovel), wheelbarrows, gloves, and a smile. Our xeriscape landscaping helps minimize our church’s water usage and creates an environmentally friendly use of landscaping. Thank you for helping out with this very important work. Youth are also invited and we will serve pizza and cold water.