Community UCC’s 60th Anniversary Dinner Event- Saturday, January 27, 2018

Buy Your Ad or Buy a Table Today
In your support for CUCC you can buy an advertisement in our dinner program pamphlet for just $25. You can also:
  • Join our celebratory dinner by purchasing dinner tickets at $60 per person or a table for 8 at $450 per table
  • Order a commemorative brick for our Peace Garden .
  • Donate any monetary gifts to the church that you would generously consider for the future ministry of the church.
Mark your calendars and be a part of the fun at this special event. For more information, contact Sharon Powers 559-259-6638 or call the church office at 559-435-2690.

Leadership Retreat — Inhale Grace … Exhale Gratitude

retreat altarOn 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.


We mourn the passing of Ted Andrews, 94

Memorial Service for Ted Andrews

This morning the church received news that longtime church member Ted Andrews died today. Here is the message from his daughter, Pat Black:

“With a heavy heart I’m letting you know that my father, Ted Andrews, passed away early this morning at the age of 94. Dad suffered from cerebrovascular disease and has been under hospice care for the last several weeks. He and Mom just celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary on June 20.”

From Phil Fullerton:

“Ted was a faithful member of our church and a regular attendee of the Saturday Morning Breakfast Group. He once modestly joked that when he was a sailer and torpedoed in the Mediterranean and cast into the  sea in World War II that most of the other guys got a purple heart for rope burns on their hands but he didn’t. His understatement of this event was typical of this extraordinary man.”

The address for Ted’s wife, Louise, is:

Louise Andrews

7442 N. Millbrook Ave., Apt. 219

Fresno, CA  93720

We will keep Ted’s family in our prayers at this difficult time. Ted’s memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at our church, Community United Church of Christ, 5550 N. Fresno St., Fresno, CA 93710. A reception in Hayden Hall will follow the service. Please bring finger foods to share.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations can be made in Ted’s name either to The First Tee or to Community United Church of Christ (address above or click here to make a secure online donation).

Join the Choir!

Community UCC Choir

The Community UCC choir is ramping up again! We are seeking all members of our church who interested in singing — ages 8 to 108!

Rehearsals are from 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Aug. 30. Parents are welcome to hang out during rehearsal if their children want to sing! Better yet, parents are encouraged to sing in the choir with the children!

Join us for music, fun and fellowship! Additional information is available by contacting EJ at 559.303.8658 or by email at

CUCC Ad Hoc Fundraising Committee Report

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
    1. Dinner or Dinner Dance with theme or at time of a season such as Christmas, in January, Valentine’s Day
    2. Celebratory Theme like honoring church pioneers, Volunteer of the Year, CUCC milestone anniversaries (60 years coming up).
    3. Must have a silent auction
    4. Raffle
    5. Location: Hayden Hall
    6. Use of alcohol: Sales Permit to raise money
    7. Must have major sponsors
    8. Invite community and inter-faith partners
  • Brainstorming Ideas for New Events
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.”
    4. Bingo Night: There are vendors who run this event and church would get a part of proceeds.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. 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.
    8. 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.

New to Community UCC? Start at our Welcome Table

Whether you found us on the web, heard about us from a friend or noticed us because you live in the neighborhood, we are happy to have you here.

A great place to start is our Welcome table inside the Narthex, right by where you enter the Church for worship. There, we can greet you, offer you a temporary name tag and answer any questions you might have.

You can also sign up to receive e-News, a weekly newsletter that we distribute via email. To subscribe, add your email address to the new member interest card.

This web page has information about our church’s history, which dates back to 1956.

If you want to start the process to become a new member, please contact our church office (by phone at 559.435.2690 or email at, and our administrative assistant, Marilyn, will connect you with someone who can help you learn more about our church or beginning the process to join.

We officially receive new members four times a year:

  • During Kickoff Sunday (fall)
  • First Sunday in Advent (winter)
  • Easter Sunday (spring)
  • Pentecost Sunday (summer)

New members attend an informational class, usually a month before one of the four Sunday worship services to receive new members.  The information class is organized by the Extravagant Welcome Team, or “elders,” which is currently organized by Donna Wright.

Even between those times, there are many ways you can become involved in the offerings of our church life.

As congregational members, we all have a part in inviting guests and friends to our Church. It is only by continuing to welcome and accept new members that we will keep our 60-plus year tradition leading the way into the future.

We hope we have embraced you in a welcoming way, and that you will find a church home at Community UCC, becoming a vibrant, engaged member of our congregation.


Deadline is June 30 for Pitman and Tidyman Scholarships

Charitable Gifts Committee wishes to announce that scholarships are available from endowments established to help students continue their education beyond high school.

The 2017 Pitman and Tidyman Scholarship applications are available at the church office.

The Pitman Scholarship is a $566 gift for seminary, re-entry or graduate students.

The Tidyman Scholarship is a $372 gift for any educational pursuit of a student.

Deadlines to apply for both for the 2017 year is June 30.