Community UCC will celebrate the release of our church band’s CD, titled “Banner,” with a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in Hayden Hall. Dinner will be spaghetti with salad. Gluten-free and vegan options will also be available.
Our band, led by music director E.J. Hinojosa, will perform songs from the CD, which was more than a year in the making.
“Banner” includes 12 original songs, written to provide nontraditional offerings with a more inclusive perspective. The band members performing on the album are:
- Michael Bonner, Drums
- Adam Elmore, Bass
- David Heckman, Guitar and Album Engineer
- EJ Hinojosa, Keyboards and Vocals
- Crissy Martinez, Bass
“We owe everything to the church where this project is concerned,” said E.J. “Christian Ed, Robin, Nancy, Eileen, Marilyn, Pastor Chris. Without Community UCC, these songs wouldn’t exist in the first place. The original songs were written to serve our congregation’s commitment to inclusive language and progressive theology. I hope everyone will enjoy listening to it from time to time.”
This CD and a book which will be available later of the printed music and lyrics are a resource that could be used by other progressive churches.
Tickets to this event are $30, which includes dinner and a copy of the CD. Funds raised from the event will help repay the investment by Christian Ed in producing the CD.
Jen Bloomer of RadiciStudios, whose artwork was featured in a recent worship service, designed a special image to help promote “Banner.” (shown below)
Those who order tickets in advance can have a special name tag created, incorporating Jen’s design.
Choir Rehearsals will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, in the Sanctuary!
Participation in the Community UCC Choir is open to all people, including people who are not members of the church!
No previous musical training or experience is necessary. We love to sing and to gather in community. Come join us for fun and fellowship!!
7 p.m. Saturday, April 14
Get ready for some straight-away jazz featuring EJ Hinojosa, Michael Bonner, David Heckman and other featured artists. Planning is underway for this event.
The menu will include Nancy Pressley’s secret family recipe for “Tasty Burgers” (vegan too), along with potato salad and other sides, ice cream sundaes, wine and beer for sale, live music, silent auction, bicycle raffle, art auction and a lot of fun. Tickets are $15 each.
So mark your calendars for this church “fun-(d)raiser.” Proceeds go to our church operation funds.
If you would like to help us with this event please contact EJ Hinojosa at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ruben Fernandez email@example.com.
The Pacific Artist Series presents “The Compassion,” composed by EJ Hinojosa, the music director for Community UCC. “The Compassion” is a musical meditation on the universal nature of Jesus’ humanity and the role it plays in the unfolding of the Passion story.
“The Compassion” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Holy Tuesday, March 27, at Community United Church of Christ.
Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors
For more information, visit https://www.fresno.edu/arts/music/pacific-artist-series
We received the following letter as a Thank You from the Rev. Tory V. Topjian, a recent guest to worship with us on Jan. 14 and 21:
E.J. Hinojosa, our music director, is pleased to announce the Fresno Composer Showcase. This concert event will feature choral music written by four of Fresno’s many talented local composers, performed by local choral artists.
The four composers featured on this program are Kevin Memley, Matthew Wheeler, Maxton Vieira and E.J. Hinojosa. The concert will be held in the sanctuary of Community UCC at 7:30 p.m. July 15.
A $5 admission fee is payable at the door. Join us for an evening of good music and good company!
Music has always been special at our church with the involvement of many of our members over the years. Our music director E.J. Hinojosa brings a great mix of traditional and contemporary music to our service every week.