April birthdays and anniversaries

Each month we recognize the birthdays and anniversaries of our church members. Here are those celebrating in April:

April Birthdays

1 — Sharon Powers

2 — Elise LeBeau

4 — Sierra LeBeau

5 — Megan Fazio, Don Simone

7 — David Wall

9 — Niki Ruffin, Angie Ryska

10 — Nancy Tackitt

11 — Everette Newport

12 — Cheryl Bartley

17 — Katharine Chaffin

20 — Helen Lust

21 — Leland Virag

24 — EJ Hinojosa

25 — Jake Tilley

Anniversaries

3 —  Steve & Marie Edwards

16 — Jeff & Cheryl Jones

 

 

CUCC’s Party for Community — Coming of Age Celebration

April 27, 2019

YOUR CHANCE — YOUR OPPORTUNITY — YOUR MOMENT

I bet you’ve realized what a diverse, interesting and talented group of people attend CUCC. But did you know how much fun they are?? Plan to attend the CUCC Party for Community on April 27 and you’re practically guaranteed to enjoy yourself and learn more about your church family.

We’ll be celebrating 21 years as an Open and Affirming church.  Tickets will be available soon.  Bring your family, your neighbors and your friends to the party for great food, great company and great opportunities.  

Have even more fun when you purchase one of the many set priced future events or bid on special silent auction goodies.

TO HELP

We hope to raise over $10,000 for the operation of the church with part of the proceeds going to missions. This is a service project for all of us and there are many ways you can make it a success.

  1. Buy Tickets for $25 and invite your friends.
  2. Donate an EVENT that you will host sometime in the coming year.  Decide what you want to do, how many guests you can host (we suggest 4-12), set a date (or offer to negotiate that with your guests), and tell Sue Hipp or Nancy Pressley what you are generously offering to do.  We will set a per person price for your event. Think of providing a dinner or lunch in your home or your favorite restaurant, a guided tour to your special spot, a chance to share a Valley experience: Be creative.  

Here are some ideas:

  • Tuscan Dinner Dessert Extravaganza
  • Kings Canyon Day Trip and Picnic Forestiere Underground Gardens
  • Tea Party Holiday Craft or Cookie Party
  • Halloween Party Madera Wine Country Tour
  • Brunch in the Garden River Rafting or Kayaking
  • Stargazing Mystery Dinner
  • Bike Tour and Picnic Papermaking Party
  • Hawaiian Luau ETC.

Another way you can help is to donate a Silent Auction item – these will be physical things, destination trips or events that would be better purchased by one rather than many.  Perhaps a week in Santa Cruz or Hawaii, a lovely piece of jewelry, a special bottle of wine or a commissioned piece of art.  We’ll set the minimum bid and bid increment for each item.

To donate or ask questions, please contact Sue Hipp (435-7153, sueandspencehipp@gmail.com)

Baking bread in Lent

On Sunday, March 10, congregation members baked dozens of loaves of bread. Some of the loaves tantalized us with their comforting aroma during worship as bread machine timers punctuated the service.

Each participating baker took 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.

Thanks to all who participated!

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Tubman University builds chairs with gifts from Community UCC

During a Mission Moment earlier this year, Elizabeth Davis-Russell, on behalf of the Mission and Social Justice Team, made an appeal for funds to acquire classroom chairs for Tubman University, which is expanding its enrollment.

The congregation raised $1,030, which was sent to Tubman University. Instead of purchasing ready-made chairs, the university administration used its established Wood Technology program to have chairs made, thus expanding the number of chairs it could acquire. Below are pictures of the work being done, making 50 chairs.

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