Grateful Giving — Stewardship Sunday

“The master of the garden is the one who waters it, trims the branches, plants the seeds, and pulls the weeds. If you merely stroll through the garden, you are but an acolyte.” ~ Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Each year, we appeal to our members to commit to helping our church, through contributions of time, talent or treasure.

Pledges and time/talent sheets are due on Stewardship Sunday, May 6. Extra pledge cards and time and talent sheets will be available in the Narthex.

A Grateful Giving Luncheon will be provided for all members of our church immediately after church services. No charge for the luncheon. The menu will include chicken cordon bleu.

For more information, please call the church office at 559.435.2690.

May birthdays

Each month we recognize the birthdays and anniversaries of our church members. Here are the ones for the month of May.

1 — Wendy Thompson
3 — Sarah Fey, Thomas Russell
6 — Benjamin Kloos
7 — Louise Andrews, Bill Dailey
8 — Adriana Wall
11 — Gail McDougle
15 — Marty Mulvihill
16 — Patrick Furlong, Hayden Shea
17 — Lynn Samuelian, Victoria Wall
19 — Marilyn Wall
21 — Tom Carroll, Pam Mahtab
22 — Robin Carlson, Karri Jones
24 — Sib White
25 — Spence Hipp
29 — Maria Contreras
31 — Donna Wright

Community UCC moves endowment funds to a fossil-fuel free investment fund

The Charitable Gifts and Endowments Committee is pleased to announce that Community UCC has moved its endowment funds to better mirror the mission of our church with environmental and socially responsible investing.

Six of our endowment funds are now invested in the United Church Fund’s Beyond Fossil Fuel Balanced Fund, created after passage of the UCC General Synod 2013 Resolution that addressed climate change through all available methods.

Performance of the fund has been positive compared to its benchmark for the past three years.

We are pleased to make this change so that Community UCC addresses the urgency of healing the earth’s climate, our home, and God’s gift for all life. What a great way to celebrate Earth Day.

Spring church garden work party — April 21

Helping hands are needed to spruce up our Church campus, to spread more mulch on our Church campus. We are planning a work party starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, to spread the remaining mulch on the xeriscape.

We should be able to complete the work in 3-4 hours. If you cannot stay that long, we can still use your help for however long you can help that morning.

Bring shovels, iron rakes and wheelbarrows. If you don’t have them we can supply them at church. Gloves, hats and sunscreen are recommended.

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.

We will provide pizza for lunch. Hope to see you there!