Out of the Darkness Walk to Prevent Suicide

Saturday, Sept. 20, Mancini Bowl in Graceada Park, 8am: registration, 9am: walk

Walk to raise awareness about suicide.

Labyrinth Update

The interest in and possibility of a labyrinth at our church actually began around 2000, when members Sandy Sample, Ken Schroeder, and Doris Scanlon (among others) began information gathering, learning about, and visiting labyrinths near and far.

There are several factors contributing to the reinvigorated interest and goal of realizing a labyrinth on our property at this particular time: Doris’s daughters, Lucinda and Melinda, contributed seed money from her estate; the corner property, now devoid of lawn, offers the space necessary to accommodate a labyrinth and the labyrinth itself provides an actual practice of release, meditative insight, renewal and empowerment for whomever is open to its path; as our Year of Unity begins we see the labyrinth project as one worthy of focus that will connect us to the wider community.

We have had five meetings to date and are already making significant progress toward educating ourselves about labyrinths (Erin King is extremely knowledgeable); field trips to see a variety of styles and materials used in labyrinths that are fairly close to us; access to information about a similar project nearing completion at Church of the Brethren (Ken Schroeder); understanding what our grounds will accommodate and the preparation necessary (Samantha and Tami Bennett’s expertise). Along the way we plan to contact a labyrinth consultant who can give us more guidance and expert assistance.

We will keep the congregation fully informed about our direction and progress. We are all available to hear your ideas and thoughts and answer questions. We are very excited about bringing this project to fruition for all to experience and share.

Formed in late Spring 2014, the Labyrinth Committee is working toward the goal of installing a Chartres-type labyrinth on College Avenue’s grounds. The committee members are: Samantha Bennett, Tami Bennett, Erin King, Melinda Kopp (Chair), Rickie Jean Langerman, Mitchell Mesimer, Sandy Sample, Pastor Michael Schiefelbein, and Ken Schroeder.

Invincible Singing

Invincible Singing
by Mary Luti
“I will sing and make melody. Wake up, my spirit; awake, lute and harp; I will wake up the dawn.” -Psalm 108:1-2

When human beings sing, we sing against the odds. It’s an act of faith, fundamentally defiant. It’s always been this way. We sing of hope when there’s no hope, of courage when we’re terrified, of gratitude in the midst of grief, of a new tomorrow as we’re led to the slaughter.
For centuries, we’ve stood powerless against tyrants, weaponless against bigotry, defenseless against greed, pride, and ambition, up to our necks in trouble, without a prayer-except for our songs. Anywhere you look in the human family, when trouble comes, the next thing you hear is singing.

The scriptures attest that Jesus sang a psalm the night he was handed over-a song sung by his people in exile and freedom, in trouble and peace. A song he learned from his mother, who learned it from hers. A song of life stronger than the death he knew he was facing. It was on his lips when he rose from the grave. As long as we’re singing, we’re invincible.
What repertoire of resistant grace are you singing today? What songs are you teaching your children? Are they loud enough, strong enough, joyful enough, confident enough, defiant enough to wake up the New Day’s dawn?


Mentors-in-Action, College Avenue’s mentoring program pairing community volunteers with Modesto High students, will be holding a mentor training Saturday, September 27, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, at 1341 College Avenue, Fireside Room.   We welcome any of you who are interested in developing a friendship with a teen and helping him/her achieve potential in school and in life.

The students may be disadvantaged economically, but they are academically able and part of a program that prepares them for college.  A minimum of four hours a month and a year’s commitment are required. If you are interested in attending the training or have questions or concerns, please call Sharon Froba at 521-7265.

Memorial Service for Don Lundberg

A memorial service for long-time member Don Lundberg  (August 11, 1915 – June 26, 2014) will be held on August 17, at 2:00PM.  The service will be outdoors at a ranch located at 1583 Old Tim Bell Road in Waterford.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend and bring your own lawn chair.  Contact Doris Geisler at dogeisler@sbcglobal.net or phone 209-576-2688.  Remembrances can be made to the Sierra Club at 85 Second St. Second Floor, San Francisco, CA. 94105.  www. cvobituraries.com.

MoPride Spaghetti Feed Fundraising

Spaghetti Feed Fundraising event to benefit Modesto Pride.
Tickets for the dinner are $7.25 for single, family of four is $25.00.

Raffle tickets are $1.00 and will be sold throughout the evening.
contact person: James Brown at 209-846-0636 or email gaygay209@gmail.com

Young Adult Gathering

Young Adult Pizza Gathering, Saturday August 9, 5pm, Round Table Pizza, 2401 E. Orangeburg. Join Pastor Michael and the Young Adult Group for pizza and conversation. For adults 35 and under. Bring your friends!


Center Stage Conservatory production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”

You can support and encourage one of our  youngest new members of CACC by attending and enjoying a production she’s been working with all summer.    Pansy Plata plays several roles in the Center Stage Conservatory production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Performances are this Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26,  at 7:00 pm and Sunday, July 27,  at 2:00 pm.   The theater space is in the basement of an office building on the corner of 11th and J in Modesto (address is 948 11th, entrance is on J Street. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students.

Helen Ingham Memorial

Long-time College Avenue member Helen Ingham has passed away. A memorial will be held at Allen Mortuary at noon on Saturday, July 12 to honor and remember her life. 

Fiesta Day to Support Family Promise

Wednesday, June 25, 11am – 9pm

Please plan to join us on Wednesday, June 25th from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM at Chevy’s Fresh Mex Restaurant on Standiford Ave. in Modesto for Family Promise Fiesta Day. Chevy’s will donate 20% of the sales from everyone who brings in a Family Promise event flyer for lunch and dinner.

Spread the word and plan to join the Fiesta! It’s a fun and delicious way to support the mission of Family Promise as we continue to empower local families to overcome

FamilyPromiseFiestaDay Flyer

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Modesto, CA 95350

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