Spring church garden work party — April 21

Helping hands are needed to spruce up our Church campus, to spread more mulch on our Church campus. We are planning a work party starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, to spread the remaining mulch on the xeriscape.

We should be able to complete the work in 3-4 hours. If you cannot stay that long, we can still use your help for however long you can help that morning.

Bring shovels, iron rakes and wheelbarrows. If you don’t have them we can supply them at church. Gloves, hats and sunscreen are recommended.

Our xeriscape landscaping helps minimize our church’s water usage and creates an environmentally friendly use of landscaping. Thank you for helping out with this very important work.

We will provide pizza for lunch. Hope to see you there!

Community UCC to offer ‘Ashes To Go’ again, and Glitter+ Ash

~ Photo above by Silvia Flores/The Fresno Bee

Glitter_Ash_810_500_55_s_c1Community UCC will again offer Ashes to Go on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14 (Here is a link to a Fresno Bee article and video about our first ever Ashes To Go in 2017.). And for the first time, our church will also offer Glitter+ Ash, an inherently queer sign of Christian belief, blending symbols of mortality and hope, of penance and celebration.  (This 2017 LA Times article talks about the relatively new Glitter+ Ash tradition.)

Glitter+ Ash exquisitely captures the relationship between death and new life. We do not live in fear of ash — of death — we place it on our foreheads for the world to see. We know that fear will rise, cramping our hearts. We also know that God specifically calls us not to project that fear onto the Other, the alien, the stranger in our midst.

God insists that we look for the spark of life, of hope, in ourselves and one another. This Ash Wednesday, we will make that spark easier to see. We will stand witness to the gritty, glittery, scandalous hope that exists in the very marrow of our tradition.

Ashes to go and Glitter+ Ash will be available in the Community UCC parking lot from 7 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14, and then from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at United Japanese Christian Church, 136 N. Villa Ave. in Clovis.

Celebrate with an evening service at 7:30 p.m. that day at the United Japanese Christian Church with Rev. Akiko Miyake-Stoner and Pastor Chris Breedlove.

“Marked by Ashes” by Walter Brueggemann

Ruler of the Night, Guarantor of the day . . .
This day — a gift from you.
This day — like none other you have ever given, or we have ever received.
This Wednesday dazzles us with gift and newness and possibility.
This Wednesday burdens us with the tasks of the day, for we are already halfway home
     halfway back to committees and memos,
     halfway back to calls and appointments,
     halfway on to next Sunday,
     halfway back, half frazzled, half expectant,
     half turned toward you, half rather not.

This Wednesday is a long way from Ash Wednesday,
   but all our Wednesdays are marked by ashes —
     we begin this day with that taste of ash in our mouth:
       of failed hope and broken promises,
       of forgotten children and frightened women,
     we ourselves are ashes to ashes, dust to dust;
     we can taste our mortality as we roll the ash around on our tongues.

We are able to ponder our ashness with
   some confidence, only because our every Wednesday of ashes
   anticipates your Easter victory over that dry, flaky taste of death.

On this Wednesday, we submit our ashen way to you —
   you Easter parade of newness.
   Before the sun sets, take our Wednesday and Easter us,
     Easter us to joy and energy and courage and freedom;
     Easter us that we may be fearless for your truth.
   Come here and Easter our Wednesday with
     mercy and justice and peace and generosity.

We pray as we wait for the Risen One who comes soon.

Fresno Women’s March — Jan. 20

Fresno Women's March 2017

~ Photo above by Terry Cole, from the 2017 Fresno Women’s March

A group of us are meeting at the church at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, to carpool to the Fresno Women’s Rally and March. The rally begins at 11 a.m. at Fresno and Nees, then marchers will circle the block after the speakers wrap up.

If we carpool and leave some cars in the church parking lot, PLEASE do not leave valuables in your car or visible. We don’t want to make our parking lot a target for vandalism. Thanks!

Church Garden Work Party — Dec. 9

We can use all hands on deck beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, to help spread mulch on the xeriscape landscaping, which helps minimize our church’s water usage and creates an environmentally friendly landscaping. 

Let’s get our church campus looking its best for the Christmas holidays! Bring gloves, shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows. If you do not have tools then we can supply them at church. We plan to finish the job at noon. Pizza will be served.

Weddings at Community United Church of Christ

Have your wedding at Community UCC

Community United Church of Christ is an open and affirming church that now permits serving alcoholic beverages and rents its Hayden Hall for weddings and receptions.

You are invited to call about having your wedding event at Community UCC. Call 559.435.2690. We are centrally located at 5550 N. Fresno St., Fresno, CA 93710.

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Inter-Faith Alliance to host Thanksgiving Service Nov. 19

The annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be at 5:30 Sunday, Nov. 19, at the United Japanese Christian Church, 136 N. Villa Ave. in Clovis.
Join the Interfaith Alliance of Central California for a service of inspiration and unity from many of the faith traditions represented in our Valley.
  • People of all faith communities and those without a traditional religious faith are invited to take part in this celebration.
  • Clergy and faith leaders are invited to process at the beginning of the service. We will gather at 5:15 pm.
  • A love offering will be taken to support Syrian refugee families in our community.
  • Please bring vegetarian finger food to share following the service.

CROP Walk for Hunger — Oct. 15

Let’s help Boone Watkins and Al Evans raises funds to help people in the local area and around the world who suffer from hunger. Please take part in the walk on Oct. 15, or if you can’t walk, consider sponsoring a walker.

Boone and Al have envelopes for walkers.  Boone Watkins participates every year and would welcome sponsors. This event is coming soon so get ready to walk to end hunger.

2017 CROP Walk for Hunger

Memorial United Methodist 1726 Pollasky Ave.,
Sunday, Oct. 15
Registration at 1:30 p.m.
Walk at 2:30 p.m.

Church Garden Work Party- October 15

Helping hands are needed to spruce up our Church campus, to spread more mulch on our Church campus’.  We will have a work party on Sunday, October 15, after church service. Bring rakes, shovels (preferably like snow shovel), wheelbarrows, gloves, and a smile. Our xeriscape landscaping helps minimize our church’s water usage and creates an environmentally friendly use of landscaping. Thank you for helping out with this very important work. Youth are also invited and we will serve pizza and cold water.

Experiential worship: Heartaches and Hope

Experiential worship service - The Hope of Fresno

~Video by Terry Cole

The Worship Planning Team put together a wonderful experiential worship service for Aug. 6, centering on the theme, “The Hope of Fresno.” Congregation members spent time during the service visiting various interactive stations. Thank you, Terry, for putting your beautiful photos together into this video.

VBS project will benefit Dakota EcoGarden residents

Vacation Bible School 2017 – “Caring for Others”
9 a.m.-noon July 10-14

The focus of this year’s VBS is Caring for Others.  One of our projects is to prepare food jars for the residents of Dakota EcoGarden.

We need donations of the following items:

  • Lentils
  • Quinoa
  • Split peas
  • Rolled oats
  • Dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries, etc)

Dakota EcoGarden founder Nancy Waidtlow will speak to our kids on Monday, July 10, and we will send her off with jars of love filled by our VBS kids.

Please bring donations to the church by July 5.  Thank you for your help.

Vacation Bible School is free for children ages 4 years through 6th grade. You may register your child for Vacation Bible School by calling the church office at 435-2690.