Vacation Bible School: Fruits of the Spirit

9 a.m. to noon July 8-12

Join us for Vacation Bible School at Community UCC, for children ages 4 through sixth grade. This year we will use Fruits of the Spirit curriculum created by Global Ministries. We will explore God’s presence in the Caribbean.

Each day the children will be learning about a fruit of the spirit, a Biblical character who exemplifies that value, a different country, and what life is like there in the words of children who live there today. We will also have snacks, have some play time, sing, and make crafts.

Contact the church office to register — 559.435.2690.

June birthdays and anniversaries

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

Birthdays

3 — Penny Carroll

8 — Clay Pressley

9 — Virginia Virag

12 — Sam Mahtab

13 — Laurie Tidyman-Jones

16 — Jacque Garcia

17 — Sean Carlson

18 — Annie Van Patten

22 — Steve Reynolds, Ron Vivian

23 — Georgia Sisson

24 — Jazmyn Wall

Anniversaries

13 — Helmut & Diana Kloos

18 — Sharon Powers & Mike Smith

21 — Anne & Don Simone

Zion beerock recipe

100_4150~ Recipe of Helen and Mollie Lust, provided by Eileen White

Dough:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 ½ packages dry yeast
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • Approximately 5 ½ cups of flour

Scald milk; add sugar, salt and oil. Cool. Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water. Add to the milk, then add beaten egg. Add 3 cups of flour and beat until smooth. Add remaining flour and knead well.

Let rise until double in bulk, approximately one hour. Punch down and divide dough into 1-lb. Balls. Let rise again until doubled. Roll out and cut into 6 portions.

Filling:

  • 8 cups of ground chuck roast, roasted and prepared with bay leaves, onion, salt, pepper and garlic
  • 2 onions (1 cup sauteed)
  • 1 ½ to 2 heads of cabbage (8-10 cups sauteed) or more if preferred
  • Salt and pepper

Ground beef may be used or added if desired. With a little oil in Dutch oven, saute shredded cabbage and chopped onions. Do not brown or overcook.

Mix ground chuck roast and cabbage-onion mixture. Season with salt and pepper and cool. Place ½ cup filling on each section of dough. Bring 4 corners together and pinch seams well. Turn upside down on a greased flat pan.

Set in a warm place to rise from 15-20 minutes. May brush with egg wash to make a nice golden brown top. Bake at 350-400 degress for 20-25 minutes. Makes about 20 beerocks.

 

What shall we bring? — An interview with Marge Kelly

Marge Kelly is a hands-on person – the kind who dives into whatever job comes her way. Community UCC is better for her generous and can-do spirit. As stewardship season winds up, Marge talks about her commitment to the church and her determination to offer what she can to the congregation.

Marge.jpgWhat does stewardship mean to you?
To me, stewardship is a fellowship type thing – reach out to people, try to do things for the church, get funds to keep it going.

How do you support the church?
Financially, I can’t really give much. But when I first starting coming, Susan Liberty [a former member] gave a talk and said an important thing to give is your time. So I thought about that, and I had all the time in the world. So why not give it to the church? I just feel blessed to be here. I’m on the fellowship team, and my enjoyment is seeing people smile and seeing the kids laugh. It’s just a joy to see people come to church.

What do you do on the fellowship team?
We set up for coffee every Sunday. I come way earlier than other people – sometimes at 6 o’clock. But that’s my choice. We set out snacks and sometimes we make our own dishes for the fellowship time after the Sunday service. I love helping people. So no matter which way I can, I’ll do it.

Could you talk about the relationships you have with others on the fellowship team?
Patty [Parks] and I just became really good friends. We’re both caring. She has brought food to my partner, who is terminally ill. That’s a blessing to me. Bonita [Earl] is another blessing. We’ve been asked to help with memorial services and we’ve done that. Amy [Richardson] and I have a special bond because I took care of Amy’s mom for a couple of years before she passed. Her mom was just a total blessing to me, and Amy and I still talk about her mom.

When did you come to the church?
In October, it will be 20 years. I’d just moved to Fresno and went to a few other churches. But when I came here for the first time, I knew this was my place. The people were so friendly and caring right off the bat. People would come all the way down to where I lived and pick me up.

Why did you stay?
I stayed because for many years I had a hole in my heart and tried all kinds of things to fill it – drinking, drugs, other things. When I started coming here, that hole filled up, and it had to do with the atmosphere. I felt like I finally belonged somewhere. This is where my heart was complete.

You got baptized here, right?
About eight years ago, I was going back and forth to New York because one of my sisters had cancer. I’d just come back to Fresno on one of my trips, and that’s when I got baptized. When that happened, I knew I really belonged.

What does God want this church to do?
Keep doing what it’s doing, and do more, if possible. I feel it’s very important for this church to keep going. If it were to fall, I think I’d fall with it.

You’ve seen a lot of changes here in the last 20 years.
A lot of people aren’t here anymore. Some have passed and some left for their own private reasons, and they’re all missed very dearly. Many years ago I read something in Ann Landers that said, “There are gold ships and silver ships, but there’s no ship like friendship.” I find it very true. It can be a friendship that goes back many years or a friendship just beginning.

Anything else you’d like to say?
I just love Pastor Ara, and I wish he didn’t have to leave [when a settled pastor is chosen and arrives]. He gets out there and works and does things that no other pastor has done that I’ve seen. He just shows so much caring toward people. He’s got God in him all the time, and that just excites me. He truly speaks about the love of God and the love of people.

~ Interview by Doug Hoagland

Deadline extended for Settled Pastor Search Team survey

Dear CUCC members:

You recently received an email (sent May 6, subject line “SPECIAL PASTORAL SEARCH SURVEY”) requesting your responses to a survey, which will assist the Search Team in developing the church profile. The church profile is the job announcement which is posted throughout the UCC inviting interested pastors to submit their profiles (applications) to us.

The deadline to submit your responses has been extended to Friday, May 24. If you are unable to complete the survey electronically, a printed version will be available on request at church this Sunday, May 19. We are looking forward to your input in this most important process.

Please mark your calendars to attend a Day of Discovery on Sunday, June 2, immediately following worship. Our Associate Conference Minister will lead us in a conversation regarding who we are now and who God is calling us to be, both of which are critical components of our profile. It is so important that we hear all of your voices representing our beautiful CUCC community.  We will provide a luncheon with meat and vegetarian options prepared by the Syrian community. And, there will be a free raffle with prizes!!!

In grace and gratitude, CUCC Search Team Members

Linda Baird     Amy Kilburn
Sean Carlson   Nancy Pressley
Bonita Earl     Aravis Rocha
Chad Hayden   Vicky Wall

Pride parade T-shirts

It’s almost time for the annual Pride Parade in the Tower District on Saturday, June 1. We want our group to look festive and colorful. You can order your church T-shirts this Sunday, May 12, or next Sunday, May 19.

You can order your size and favorite primary color. The shirts will have the church logo printed on them and will be $15 for adults and $10 for youth sizes. If you also want one of the official olive green church T-shirts for other occasions, we will take those orders too.

It is fun to walk the very short parade route and be at the festival that follows. This event lets people know about our church and our social commitment. If you would like to be in the parade or work at our booth, please sign up at church or let us know.

For any additional t-shirt information please contact Kristi Cole at kccole36@gmail.com or
559-908-7212

What shall we bring? — A Stewardship Thought About What Our Church Brings to Our Community and the World

What does our church bring to our community and the world? Why should we support Community UCC with our time and our treasure?

Community UCC is one of the few institutions in our area that offers a view of theology, the Bible, and Christianity that understands that God is still speaking and proclaims Jesus’ ministry of inclusivity.  All are welcome at Community UCC to worship together, to listen to God’s message and to learn from Jesus’ teachings.

Community UCC provides a place where people are met with love and hope at intense crossroads of life—celebrating the new life of a child, joining together in marriage or partnership, mourning the loss of a loved one, struggling with addiction, feeling the despair of depression, suffering from broken relationships or any of the difficulties that come with living in today’s complicated world.

Community UCC provides a place where people to learn about God’s gifts to us.  Opportunities include Sunday school for our children, Living the Questions on Sunday before worship, the Aramaic Jesus study on Tuesday afternoons, the Women’s Book Study on Tuesday evenings, Interfaith Scholar Weekend, Journey into Advent, Lenten Studies, Confirmation classes, and classes for new members.

Community UCC provides a place for fellowship. People gather together to meet each other and to celebrate together after worship on Sunday, at the Saturday Morning Breakfast Group, at social events throughout the year, singing joyously at choir practice, spending a weekend in the mountains at the annual All Church Family Camp at Camp Tam, and working together on church projects and teams.

Community UCC provides a place for us to learn about the needs of our community and the world and to take action together wherever we can. Opportunities include participation in mission projects, feeding the hungry, marching for the rights of the oppressed, participating in local ecumenical and interfaith actions, and supporting immigrants and the LBGTIQA+ communities.

At our church we strive to live out our faith no matter where we are on the journey, learn new ways to meet the challenges of our world, and to share and support each other along the way with Jesus as our example.