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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?

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

Angels Camp Installation

Sunday, June 29

Come celebrate the installation of new pastor Liz Armstrong at Angels Camp United Church of Christ.

Casey Tinnin’s Ecclesiastical Council

Sunday, July 6, 3pm, Sanctuary

Come celebrate and support Casey Tinnin, our in-care ordination candidate, as he preaches during a traditional ordination event called his Ecclesiastical Council.

Family Fun Nights 2014

This summer, we’ll be celebrating and connecting at various homes for three, all-ages, intergenerational, all-church, families-welcome, barbecues and pool parties!
We’ll provide the burgers and dogs, you provide the side dishes!
June 13, 6pm – Home of Margaret Ritchey
1114 Notre Dame Avenue, Modesto 95350
July 11, 6pm – The Russell-Holcomb Home
2809 Sheffield Lane, Modesto 95350
August 15, 6pm – The Plata Home
133 Orange Avenue, Modesto 95350
FFN 2014

Young Adults Camping Trip

Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

When: Friday, June 20 – Sunday, June 22 • Meet at the church at 2pm Friday to caravan.

What: Cabin camping at Pinecrest Lake

Why: To grow, connect, and dream together!

Who: Ages 18 – 35, no children

Cost: $25

Signup by June 15 • Email [email protected]

What to Bring:

  • Snack items to share (chips, cookies, etc.)
  • Clothes and shoes to hike in
  • Swimming suit
  • Medical / Release Form
  • Sunscreen
  • Money for ice-cream stop in Jamestown

Supersonic Enneagram Session

SPIRITUAL GROWTH: Supersonic Enneagram Session
Tuesday, June 10, 7pm – 9pm, Youth Building

  • Learn the nine basic personality types and how they are dynamically inter-related.
  • Learn the basics of using this personality map as a spiritual tool for personal growth and healthier relationships.
  • If you are familiar with the Enneagram, this class will pull it all together and provide insights to deepen your knowledge.
  • If you are new to the Enneagram, this class will provide an energetic, succinct introduction.

Instructor Michael Schiefelbein has been trained and certified to teach by the Enneagram Institute. For more information, go to www.enneagraminstitute.com.