Quilt Trunk Show

Saturday, May 3, 11am, Meet at College Avenue Parking Lot

A Women of Wonder women’s group field trip.

Space is limited.

Please RSVP to Judy Brown 209-239-7011.

Holy Week 2014

Holy Week – Sunday, April 13 to Sunday, April 20                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   During Holy Week, we recount the final events in the life of Jesus, ending with his execution for proclaiming a radical message inviting all to live God’s dream of a Kingdom where forgiveness, compassion, and self-giving replace the ways of judgment, power, and division.

Palm Sunday Service – Sunday, April 13, 10am. Before the service we gather outside the sanctuary around a giant street-puppet of Jesus. To remember Jesus’ triumphant march into Jerusalem on the final week of his life, the young people follow behind Jesus leading us in a procession around the youth building, up the sidewalk, and into the sanctuary to continue our worship service.  Childcare provided. 

Maundy Thursday Service – Thursday, April 17, 7:30 pm, Sanctuary.  Come and celebrate Jesus’ institution of a special meal to help us connect to God and each other in one Spirit, and a ritual of foot washing to help us remember Jesus’ command to love one another. Pre-worship Taize music begins at 7pm.

Multi-Church Good Friday Noontime Service – Friday, April 18, 12:15pm,  First United Methodist Church, 16th and I Sts. Several area churches remember the story of Jesus’ arrest, trial, and crucifixion.

Good Friday Candelight Tenebrae Service – Friday, April 18, 7:30 pm, Sanctuary.  In this dramatic candle-light service that ends in darkness, we reflect on the story of Jesus’ arrest, suffering, and death on a cross. Several local churches will participate with us in this service, joining our choir for special music.

Easter Sunrise Service – Sunday, April 20, 6:30 am, Church front lawn.  This simple service led by Sandy Sample celebrates the resurrection of Jesus and resurrection in our own lives.

Easter Sunday Service – Sunday, April 20, 10 am, Sanctuary.  We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with joyful music and praise.   Childcare provided.


Lenten Sermon Series: “Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life”

This sermon series guides us through the Season of Lent, when we follow Jesus to the cross and to resurrection—our own spiritual journey. The sermon messages will draw on Richard Rohr’s book, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. The book jacket describes Rohr’s themes:

“In the first half of life we are naturally and rightly concerned with establishing our identity—climbing, achieving, and performing. But those concerns will not serve us as we grow older and begin to embark on a further journey, one that involves challenges, mistakes, loss of control, broader horizons, and necessary suffering that actually shocks us out of our prior comfort zone. Eventually, we need to see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way. The message of “falling down”—that is in fact moving upward—is the most resisted and counterintuitive messages in the world’s religions, including and most especially Christianity.”   

“Time to Heal–Body and Soul”

The College Avenue  Healing/Wellness Team invites you to a one-day retreat, “Time to Heal–Body and Soul” led by Rev. Nancy McKay of Berkeley Saturday, March 22, from9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  The theme will be “Whole People and Wholistic Medicine– Love is the Greatest Healing Power.”   With story and sharing, with setting intentions, with relaxation and trust, we will focus on what needs our loving attention right now.  Prayer and laying on of hands will be taught using a combination of body work modes.  This gentle and respectful method, the Pilgrimage Integrative Healing Process, was developed by Dr. Tanya Vonnegut, an Episcopal priest.  One remains fully clothed, privacy is respected, and the usual result is feeling loved and cared about.  The CACC Healing/Wellness Team uses this process for its healing sessions.  People trained in this process are welcome to become members of our Healing/Wellness team.  Donation for the retreat is $20 before March 10 and $25 after March 10, which includes lunch. Please call or email Lisa Bruk to register, lbruk@sbcglobal.net., 551-8509.


Mentor Training

Mentor Training, Saturday, March 15, 9am to 12:30pm, College Avenue

Mentoring a high school student is rewarding for both the mentor and the mentee. Mentors-in-Action pairs financially disadvantaged but academically able Modesto High students with community volunteers.

The purpose is to foster a friendship through one-on-one interactions four hours a month. No knowledge of algebra or geometry is required. Mentors must participate in a training Saturday, March 15 from 9:00 to 12:30. For more information or to sign up, please contact Sharon Froba at 521-7265.

College Avenue members who have been or who are currently mentors are as follows: Janet Betcher, Lisa Bruk, Liz Carota, Debbie DeBoer, Andrea Duroy, Sharon and David Froba, Linda Johnson, Denise Judd, Erin King, Andrew Lee, Bill Mensing, Bob Moore, Richard Oliver, Gene Palmie, Julie Reuben, Mary Rose Shelton, Linda Smith, and Kim Weinmeister.

Lenten Meditation Classes

Lenten Meditation Classes
Wednesdays, 6pm – 6:45pm, Sanctuary

 We will practice several kinds of meditation, including Lectio Divina (with scripture), Centering Prayer, and Awareness meditation from Anthony De Mello’s book Sadhana: A Way to God—Christian exercises in Eastern Form.

Death and Dying Classes

Death and Dying Classes
Wednesday Evenings, 7-8:30, Youth Building

Advance Health Care Directive, Part 1
March 12
Chaplain Erin King and social worker Jan Jordison from Community Hospice will explain what an Advance Health Care Directive is and the importance for all adults to have one. We will go through the process of filling one out with the expectation that participants will have it done by the end of next week’s class. Participants will further explore what they would want at the end of life by using the “Five Wishes” document. We will discuss who can be an agent and why to choose that person. By filling out the directive, you will be sure that your wishes will be met at the end of life. We will also discuss what questions to discuss with loved ones.

Advance Health Care Directive, Part 2
March 19
Participants will further explore what they would want at the end of life by using the “Five Wishes” document. We will follow up on who can be a witness to signing the Advance Care Health Directive. We will discuss the meaning of qualitative care and palliative care and explain how to determine which is best for you and your loved ones. By the end of this class, participants will have a signed Advance Healthcare Directive.

Understanding Hospice Care
March 26
Hospice nurse Bob Patnode will share his experiences and lead a discussion on the nature and benefits of hospice care.

The Benefits of Grief Counseling
April 2

The Why and How of Planned Giving
April 9

Taming Texts of Terror

Taming Texts of Terror
Sundays, 11:30 – 12:45, Fireside Room

God’s Violence in the Bible
Sunday, March 2
How do we understand Bible stories of God’s destruction of whole cities by fire, and the whole world by a flood? How do we understand Psalms asking God to destroy our enemies? This class will offer tools for making sense of such violence attributed to a God of love and mercy. We will consider the levels of spiritual consciousness of Biblical writers. We will also discuss what it means to say the Bible is the inspired word of God. The class will draw on the book The Violence of Scripture by Eric Seibert.

The Troubling Parables of Jesus
Sunday, March 9
The parables of Jesus are often perplexing and filled with disturbing images of destruction. We will consider the parables as wisdom teachings of Jesus to change our consciousness so we can move beyond a dualistic way of thinking to the way that unites us with God, others, and our true selves.

The Bible and Homosexuality
Sunday, March 23
Many churches have used six Bible passages to justify the condemnation of Gay and Lesbian people. In this class, we’ll see that such an interpretation not only ignores the cultural context of these passages, but also violates the spirit of the Gospel.

Making Sense of the Book of Revelation
Sunday, March 30
The Book of Revelation has been used to predict who will be saved and who will be damned. It has been used to predict disasters and other frightening world events. In this class, we will see why such purposes are a misuse and misunderstanding of the Book of Revelation. We will consider this book as an example of Apocalyptic literature with a message of courage and hope for those who preserve in the loving way of Jesus.

Sync & Drag 2014 Informational Meeting

Interested in performing a lip-sync number during this year’s Sync & Drag spectacular on March 7? Come to the informational meeting on Sunday, February 9 at 5pm in the Youth Room!

Any and all ages are welcome to participate!

Contact Rob at studentministries.collegeavenue@gmail.com for more information!

Sharing our Stories of Doris

Wednesday, February 5, 7pm Sanctuary

Join this informal gathering to remember Doris Scanlon, who died on January 23. We’ll share our mutual support in this time of loss, as we share our prayers and our stories of Doris.

Worship With Us

Worship with us at 10am on Sunday mornings!

Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday Service
Sunday, April 13, 10am

Maundy Thursday Service
Thursday, April 17, 7:30pm

Multi-Church Good Friday Noontime Service
Friday, April 18, 12:15pm, First United Methodist Church, 16th St. and I St.

Good Friday Candelight Tenebrae Service
Friday, April 18, 7:30pm

Easter Sunrise Service
Sunday, April 20, 6:30am

Easter Sunday Service
Sunday, April 20, 10am

For more information on these services, click here.


Contact Us

1341 College Avenue
Modesto, CA 95350

(209) 522-7244