Author Archive for Michael

Sunday Salons – Home Gatherings

Please join any or all of these twice-monthly home gatherings to grow in faith and friendship on Sunday afternoons from 4 to 5:30 pm.   We’ll relate topics drawn from sermon themes to our own lives.  Add your name to the sign-up list in the rear of the sanctuary or contact the hosts.   Topics, hosts, and addresses will be posted on the Weekly Update.

Enneagram Workshop for Young Adults

Saturday, October 19, 10am – 4pm, Youth Building

Come learn about your personality with other twenty-something students and facilitators!  Cost:$35.  Scholarships available for College Ave young adults.  Contact Pastor Michael at [email protected]   Please bring your own lunch.

Contact Melanie Bell and Kacie Berghoef at melani[email protected] to sign up.  We look forward to meeting you.


New Discussion Group Forming

Wednesday Evenings, Beginning October 16, 7-8pm Fireside Room

Join Pastor Michael in discussing Richard Rohr’s new book Immortal Diamond: The Search for our True Self.  

“The power of Immortal Diamond is impossible to exaggerate.  With the cutting skills of a surgeon and the heart of a Franciscan, Richard exposes the misperceptions and counterfeits that have shaped our faith.  He then promises and delivers a ‘staggering change of perspective’ along with a taste of the intimacy of all love, both human and divine.  Every word is a rare gift from a true elder and  a worthy guide.”  –Paula D’Arcy, author, “Gift of the Red Bird” and “Waking Up to This Day.”

Contact Pastor Michael if you are interested in joining this discussion: [email protected]

The Bible 101: 4 Basic Stories

Sunday, May 26, 11:30-12:45, Fireside Room

If you really want to read and understand the Bible, where do you begin?  How do you make sense of so many different teachings and so many strange and even frightening passages?   In this class taught by Pastor Michael, you’ll be introduced to the Bible’s four basic stories, which provide a lens for interpreting this Sacred Book.

Inquirer’s Class: Sunday May 12

Sunday, May 12, after worship, 11:30 am, Fireside Room

Attend this 45-minute informational class if you are considering becoming a member of College Avenue or just want to learn more about our church.

“Mission 4/1 Earth” at MVA Annual Meeting

On Sunday, April 14 at 3pm, the five congregations in our Mountain Valley Association will meet in Lodi to learn about Mission 4/1 Earth, the UCC’s 50-day program to engage in earth care, tree planting, and environmental advocacy through letter writing.  Please join us and get to know our wider church as we work together to change the world!  Meeting location: United Congregational Christian Church, 701 S. Hutchins St., Lodi

Spare-the-Air Sunday, April 21

On Sunday April 21, you are invited to “spare the air” by  riding  your bike or walking to Sunday worship at 10am.  Please park your bike inside the sanctuary in the designated space–as a witness to God’s call for us to love the earth. All bikes will be blessed during worship.  All feet will be blessed, too! Spare-the-Air Sunday Sunday is part of our participation in Mission 4/1 Earth, the 50-Day campaign of our wider church, the United Church of Christ.  For details go to



New Members Class

Interested in becoming a member of the church?  This three-session class will prepare you to join on Easter morning.  Class meets after worship on three Sundays: March 3, March 10, and March 24.  Classes are 90 minutes and include lunch.  Please let Pastor Michael know if you’d like to participate: [email protected]

Inquirer’s Class

Thinking about becoming a member of College Ave or just have basic questions about the church?  Please join us for a 40-minute class after the church potluck.  Sunday, February 3, Noon, Fireside Room.

Ash Wednesday Service

Wednesday, February 13, 6pm, Cafe Esperanza, then Sanctuary. Start off the season of Lent with the imposition of ashes,  in an emergent-worship-style service of reflection, candlelight and prayer stations. We gather in Cafe Esperanza and then move to the sanctuary.