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.
Our 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.
On 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.
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.
A meeting was held on June 28 to brainstorm ideas for fundraising events and evaluate past and present fundraisers. In attendance were Sue Hipp, Amy Kilburn, Sharon Powers and Ruben Fernandez.
All fundraising events must state a purpose for the money to be raised, such as for operations, fellowship funds, youth group, special music programs, choir, and other needs. Coordination of these events can be shared by trustees and council. Some ideas include:
- Party for Community: It was recommended not to hold this event in October 2017 because it is too late for planning and no one has been assigned to coordinate it. Other reasons are that the concept may be outdated, too much coordination with sponsoring baskets and events (theme dinners, parties, tours, etc.).
- New ideas to replace Party for Community
- Dinner or Dinner Dance with theme or at time of a season such as Christmas, in January, Valentine’s Day
- Celebratory Theme like honoring church pioneers, Volunteer of the Year, CUCC milestone anniversaries (60 years coming up).
- Must have a silent auction
- Location: Hayden Hall
- Use of alcohol: Sales Permit to raise money
- Must have major sponsors
- Invite community and inter-faith partners
- Brainstorming Ideas for New Events
- Community Supper (or Lunch) Club: This concept would center on a group (such as members of council, trustees, and others) coordinating a dinner or lunch every month at a restaurant where all participants pay a fee of $25 (or more) to attend. This fee would not include meal but instead go toward a particular need of the church such as operations, maintenance, or capital projects. There would be no agenda except to enhance church or community member relationships. Members of this Club would rotate turns to coordinate and choose a restaurant and announce. E-News, Website, Facebook and other social media would be used for announcements and updates.
- Fellowship Restaurant Fundraisers: Find a restaurant that will donate a part of the proceeds from meals purchased with coupon or flyer (like the “Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant”). Other events that Fellowship used to do were potlucks, Moms & Muffins, Father’s Day Root Beer, and sell food.
- Farmer’s Market (or Makers and Growers Market): This would require a lot of planning, seeking information about the competition, recruiting vendors, and getting “state certified.”
- Bingo Night: There are vendors who run this event and church would get a part of proceeds.
- Raffles, Raffles, Raffles: It has been recommended that raffles of small and large prizes be conducted continuously throughout the year and at every event (even after church). There would be a need to coordinate major prizes such as Disneyland, Monterey Aquarium, professional sporting events (local and major league), and other such events. Also, small prizes are important such as wines, dinners, antiques, etc.
- Yard Sales and Boutiques: It has been recommended that these events be planned throughout the year with much earlier notice and publicity. An annual calendar has been advised.
- Sales, Sales, Sales: It has been recommended that various types of sales campaigns be conducted throughout the year. These include but not limited to candy sales, coupon booklets, “daffodil bulbs,” seasonal items, Peace Garden Bricks, and other types of sales.
- Other ideas include: “Trick or Trunk Halloween at CUCC Parking Lot,” Granville’s Home for Hope, International Dinners, and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Caramel Apple Sale.
Our Joyful Giving Stewardship Campaign set a goal to raise $200,000 to secure the vibrancy of our church community. .
- We have raised $204,640.00 in pledges. Thank you joyful givers!
- We have reached 102% of pledged dollarsneeded to carry out the wonderful worship services and attain our church maintenance mission.
- We still have many financial challenges ahead with projected maintenance of our air conditioning units and other expenses. But we also have plans in the works to increase the renting of our facilities and many more fundraising activities.
- Let us not forget to thank God for the graces bestowed upon us during this time of hope.
Again, thank you to all of you who have made your pledges.
CUCC E Newsletter