Looking for your gifts — Part 2!

Annual Meeting

Sunday, June 10

Following Worship

On Sunday, June 10,  we will hold our annual Congregational Meeting following worship.  At this meeting, we will consider and vote on our annual budget, bylaws revisions and elect Council officers and committee members.

Our committees are looking for your gifts! Each of our committees/teams carry out the mission of the church through their fine work.  They provide a way for each of us to share our gifts — our time and talents — in the life of the church for as little or as much time as we can give!

Following is a brief description of some of the work of each committee.  Please prayerfully consider where you might serve. You are welcome to volunteer for a committee at the annual meeting.

Deacons:

  • Participate in worship planning and decorating the worship space
  • Assist in sacraments, such as communion,  and other rites of the church

Elders (Extravagant Welcome Team):

  • Welcome newcomers and greet  church attendees on Sunday mornings
  • Provide orientation to prospective members
  • Reach out to members who are in need of care

Trustees:

  • Raise money for the operation of the church through fundraising events and the annual stewardship drive
  • Prepare the church budget for congregational approval
  • Care for the buildings and grounds of the church

Christian Education:

  • Provide educational programs for all ages
  • Provide youth ministries
  • Assist in confirmation education

Fellowship:

  • Arrange fellowship hours following worship
  • Work with other teams in providing social occasions and special seasonal events

Missions and Social Justice:

  • Facilitate congregational involvement of mission and social justice concerns
  • Lead special moment in worship to educate the congregation and request special offerings to support missions  and provide service opportunities

Charitable Gifts and Endowments:

  • Solicit and accept memorials, donations, endowments and bequests into the funds of the church.
  • Manage the funds within the framework of the church’s tax exempt status

 

Congregation adopts a new proclamation

Church adopts proclamation

At the recent Annual Meeting of the Congregation, members adopted a proclamation in support of immigrants, refugees and the marginalized. The full text of the proclamation can be found below:

Immigrant, Refugee and Marginalized Support Proclamation

Whereas the whisper of our sacred scriptures convict us to recall the Creator’s favor for the refugee and immigrant, “When the alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” – Leviticus 19:33-34 ANDThus says our God, render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.” – Zechariah 7:9-10 AND “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7

Whereas it is the cherished tradition of our church to walk with the marginalized and advocate for the voiceless, as evidenced by our support of individuals such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez, as well our support of refugees from around the world.  

Whereas the steadfast protest of our larger United Church of Christ, the Rev. John Dorhauer, general minister and president of the UCC, exhorts: “Humble people wanting only to be safe and protect their children rely on the hospitality of strangers to survive. Our churches must engage politically to prevent our government from shutting our borders and our hearts; and missionally to welcome the stranger among us.”

Resolved to engage in active solidarity with members of and allies to the undocumented immigrant community, the homeless, and refugees, no matter where they are on life’s journey;

Resolved to prayerfully support the Peace and Justice Committee as they lead the congregation to engage in both specific and practical support to refugees, immigrants, migrants, and threatened persons in need of aid;

Resolved to advocating, if necessary, in nonviolent civil disobedience as exemplified by Jesus the Son of Man, Gandhi, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in petitioning for sanctuary status in the City of Fresno that further improves and clarifies City of Fresno policy 428 (Fresno Police Department Policy Manual Immigration Violations) in light of the current political landscape and new heightened threats to the undocumented by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) as well as city and county law enforcement.

Resolved in the spirit of hope, to answering the call to serve alongside fellow compassionate organizations in the city and county of Fresno.

~ Revised June 4, 2017, at the Annual Meeting of the Congregation