Coming of Age Celebration: CUCC’s Annual Party for Community

Coming April 27!!   Our biggest fundraiser of the year!!!!!  It’s been 21 years since CUCC voted to become an Open and Affirming church – this is cause for celebration and a reason to bring back our Party for Community!!

There will be a festive atmosphere with dinner, entertainment, and the chance to bid on silent auction items and to sign up for parties, events and services scheduled for later in the year.

Tickets for the party will be priced at just $25/person with wine and beer available for purchase.  A percentage of the profit will be used for local and global missions.

Start thinking now of an event you could offer or help sponsor – how about a dinner party, tea, wine-tasting, winery tour, riverside picnic, evening at the opera or Philharmonic, brunch, spa experience, class or outdoor activity?   

Be creative. We want to provide a year full of congregating possibilities, chances to have fun and get to know each other. Each event offered will have a limited number of participants at a set price per person. You’ll be able to buy an individual spot at an event or you can purchase all the reservations and invite your friends!!

Offering an event at the April 27 fundraiser is a wonderful way to share your talents and treasure with your church family.

We also need silent auction items. We’re looking for high-value items worth over $50 or items that can be combined to create a unique offering.  

Do you have something special that needs a new home? Do you have contacts in the community you can ask for gift certificates and donations?

A donation letter to give community vendors is available in the Narthax and the church office. Silent Auction donations can be dropped off at the church office.  Any donation not used for the party will be offered at an upcoming raffle.

If you have questions or want to commit to offering an event ☺ talk to Sue Hipp ( or 435-7153) or Nancy Pressley ( or 312-8621).

Put April 27 on your calendar and plan to come and Party for Community with your CUCC friends.  We promise you an evening of fun and the chance to participate in A Year of Congregating Opportunities.

Sue Hipp and Nancy Pressley – Event and Silent Auction Coordinators


Family bingo night March 16

The Faith Education Team will host a Bingo night fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in Hayden Hall. Tickets are: $5 for ages 5-11, $10 for ages 12 and up, $25/household, free for ages 4 and under.

Ticket price includes dinner (grilled cheese, soup and dessert) and bingo prizes. Contact anyone in Faith Education for more details. A portion of the proceeds will go to Marjaree Mason Center to purchase snacks and art supplies for children there.

Karri Jones or Eileen White can answer questions.

Spring has Sprung!!! Enter to win a bursting garden basket

Our March Raffle will be a Gardening Basket chock full of gardening related items that are sure to encourage and inspire your green thumb. $1 raffle tickets will be sold at church on March 3 and March 10 — the winning raffle ticket will be announced after church on March 10.

This basket is bursting with garden and decorative items:


  • $20 gift card to Gazebo Gardens
  • Knee Pad
  • 4 Pair of Gardening Gloves
  • Hose Nozzle
  • Jobe Plant Food Spikes
  • Good Dirt Liquid Plant Food
  • Hand Sprayer
  • 2 Solar Lights
  • Gardening Tools
  • $5 Target Gift Card
  • Miracle Gro Potting Mix
  • Assorted Seeds
  • 18” Plastic Pot


  • Flowered Hand Towel
  • Hummingbird Feeder
  • Spring Garden Coloring Book
  • 3 Garden Gnomes
  • Frog Sun Catcher
  • Owl Pot Hugger
  • Lounging Frog
  • 3 Garden Stepping Stones
  • Butterfly Stakes
  • Never Stop Growing Sign
  • Metal Trowel Door Knocker
  • Wisteria and Morning Glory Mugs

Basket items have been donated by the Personnel, Pastoral Relations and Charitable Gifts Teams

March birthdays and anniversaries

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

March Birthdays

4 — Dala Ramirez

6 — Kristi Cole

8 — Emma Haring

9 — Ashlyn Chaffin, Olivia LeBeau

13 — Bob Lundal

14 — Lynette Mulvihill

15 — Jack Van Patten

16 — Marie Edwards, Benjamin Williams

17 — Michael Dillahunty

23 — David Rocha

24 — Pam Mighaccio, Lu Parks

25 — Sophie Gilbert

27 — Carol Dailey, Debbie Schroer

30 — Jerry Thompson

March Anniversaries

19 — Bill & Carol Dailey

22 — Phil & Margaret Fullerton

26 — Tom & Penny Carroll

31 — Al & Carolyn Evans


Women’s Book group will discuss ‘The Red Tent’ beginning March 12

Our next Women’s Book Discussion Group will begin on March 12, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Conference Room. We will read “The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant.

“The Red Tent” is available on Amazon:

Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that are about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons.

Told in Dinah’s voice, this novel reveals the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood — the world of the red tent. It begins with the story of her mothers-Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah-the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that are to sustain her through a damaged youth, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land. Dinah’s story reaches out from a remarkable period of early history and creates an intimate, immediate connection.

Deeply affecting, “The Red Tent”combines rich storytelling with a valuable achievement in modern fiction: a new view of Biblical women’s society.

Robin Carlson, our commissioned minister of Christian education, will guide this discussion, which will go through April 16. Here are the reading assignments:

  • March 12 – Prologue, Part One (Chapters 1-3)
  • March 19 – Part Two (Chapters 1-3)
  • March 26 – Part Two (Chapters 4-6)
  • April 2 – Part Two (Chapters 7-8), Part Three (Chapter 1)
  • April 9 – Part Three (Chapters 2-3)
  • April 16 – Part Three (Chapters 4-5)

On the Threshold of Lent

The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, March 6. Ashes to Go (drive-thru imposition of ashes) will be available from 7 to 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot. Then in the evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. we will have a brief service of Ashes and Communion. We will cycle through the Service four times in this hour. All are welcome at any time with the cycle.

The central portion of our Lenten Season this year will be our LENTEN SERVICE SUNDAYS.

Each Sunday of Lent, beginning on March 10, we will have a light lunch and then engage in an activity that will build up the body and spirit of our congregation. The first step is gathering the resources for the season. Therefore…

Needs for Lenten Service Sundays

Week 1, March 10:

Bread-baking machines, experienced bread bakers

Beginning around 9 a.m. by preparing the dough, we will bake dozens of loaves of bread. Each participating baker will take one loaf home, one loaf to give to someone within 24 hours. Dozens of loaves will remain refrigerated/frozen at the church for Week 2’s activity and for communion throughout the Lenten season and Holy Week.

Week 2, March 17:

4 cases of 36 (500 ml) bottles of water; peanut butter, jelly, jam, or preserves; cans of tuna; travel size hand sanitizer; Ziploc bags- sandwich and gallon size; socks

Going to G Street to distribute after making sandwiches with the bread we baked last Sunday.

Week 3, March 24:

What music/song(s) address your spirit? Please forward song title and artist of music you associate with refuge, inspiration, celebration, and/or meditation to EJ Hinojosa prior to March 15. Send to We will be enriched by the varied and myriad music we will experience on this afternoon.

Week 4, March 31:

Laundry detergent pods; dryer sheets; money to purchase laundry cards; Ziploc quart size bags.

We will offer a free wash and dry at various laundromats throughout Fresno for Lent.

Week 5, April 7:

All Church Work afternoon!

We will have all sorts of tasks appropriate for every person in our congregation as we prepare our buildings and grounds for Palm Sunday and Easter. Specific information will be available by March 15.

There will be a Lenten study at Roger and Vicky Wall’s home (5139 N. Poplar) on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., beginning on March 13. We will be studying five pastoral psalms that inform the theme for Lenten worship:

BUSY and Missing the Beautiful

A full Lenten and Holy Week schedule will be available on the website, eNews and on paper at the church next week at this time.