Aug. 30-Sept. 1: Joyfully Joining Journeys at Camp Tamarack

Click here to watch a photo slideshow of Camp Tam on our Facebook page.
Hi Everyone!

Though our church is famous for its last-minute commitments, delayed decisions, and late arrivals, we are now at that LAST MINUTE MOMENT, real soon. August is upon us and we now have about three weeks to the deadline for sign-ups.

However, it is a very convenient procedure. Marilyn has copies of the Registration form, which can be picked up in person (in the office) or sent to you electronically. Registrations Forms are also on the electronic message board in the Narthex. Just return it with a check or credit card payment and you’re on the list. JOYFULLY JOINING JOURNEYS, our theme for this year’s camp, will be, well….. JOYFUL!!

It is a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other in new and different ways and to make new friends from our neighboring churches. You’ll will find peace, pleasure, fun, good food, and spiritual enrichment in this lovely place in the Tamarack forest– where the creek bubbles along nearby.

Please come to join us because this is an experience to join that you will not want to miss. SIGN up for the Labor Day weekend or just for the Saturday DAY to attend this GREAT experience that weekend. You will have this weekend to add to your memorable experiences of your lifetime. JOY and Houray!!

Questions? Contact Annie Van Patten, family camp director, at 209.902.2033 or at

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

Women’s Book group will discuss ‘I’ve Been Thinking’ beginning May 14

Our next Women’s Book Discussion Group will begin on May 14, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Conference Room. We will read “I’ve Been Thinking” by Maria Shriver.

“I’ve Been Thinking” is available on Amazon:

As a prominent woman juggling many roles, Maria Shriver knows just how surprising, unpredictable and stressful everyday life can be.

In this moving and powerful book, she shares inspiring quotes, prayers, and reflections designed to get readers thinking, get them feeling, get them laughing, and help them in their journey to what she calls The Open Field — a place of acceptance, purpose and passion — a place of joy.

“I’ve Been Thinking . . .”  is ideal for anyone at any point in her life. Whether you feel like you’ve got it all together or like it’s all falling apart–whether you’re taking stock of your life or simply looking to recharge, this is the book you will turn to again and again. Like talking with a close friend, it’s the perfect companion — an exceptional gift for someone looking to move forward in life with hope and grace.

Robin Carlson, our commissioned minister of Christian education, will guide this discussion, which will go through June 11. Here are the reading assignments:

  • May 14 – Intro through The Power of Pause
  • May 21 – The Power of Empathy through An Omen from God
  • May 28 – I’ve Learned to Deserve through We All Have Mental Issues
  • June 4 – Why Should we Stop Trying through My Easter Reflections
  • June 11 – A Time to Rest through Oh and One More Thing

Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday, April 14 to Easter Sunday, April 21

  • Palm Sunday Worship at 10:30 a.m., beginning with congregational procession with palms waving. Sermon is the culmination of the Busy series, placing ourselves: mind, body and soul to see the beautiful as life speeds on.
  • Good Friday at noon in the sanctuary, a brief service (less than 30 minutes). Sanctuary open until 3 p.m. for mediation and prayer
  • Easter Morning:
    • Sunrise service by the Fey Peace Garden at 6:15 a.m. (NOTE: This is a different location than in year’s past) On this glorious Easter morning, we’ll come together to share the New Life that Easter celebrates. We’ll gather at the Fey Peace Garden in the semi circle tile bench/patio area just as the sun is rising, as it did on the first Easter morning. We’ll have music with EJ, a reflection by Pastor Ara, communion, and an interactive event that enriches the message of Jesus’ resurrection. Please come attend this unique service. It will nourish your soul and will encourage the SON-to shine through you to others. (Here’s a link to a Facebook slideshow from the 2018 Sunrise service.)
    • Easter breakfast and fellowship from 7:15-10 a.m. in Hayden Hall. A light, delicious breakfast will follow the Sunrise service with leisurely fellowship.
    • Easter worship in Sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. The Sanctuary will be adorned with the beautiful blooms and aroma of Easter Lillies donated by loved ones. White firmaments will float above as we gather to sing familiar songs (and some unfamiliar songs), re-experience the Easter story, share communion and greet one another. It is always an uplifting experience that will nourish your soul. Come join us and depart full of the joy of Easter.
    • Easter egg hunt, children will prepare in Sunday School; the Youth Group will lead the egg hunt immediately after worship (for all ages, especially people under 10 years of age)
    • No Fellowship following 10:30 service (unless there are leftovers from breakfast.)

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


3 —  Steve & Marie Edwards

16 — Jeff & Cheryl Jones



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.

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