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Fiesta de Esperanza!


Come explore our mission statement as we enjoy good food (our first Advent Dinner!) and good company!

Youth Building
Sunday, December 2, 2012
5pm – 7:30pm

Alternative Gift Fair!


Support non-profit agencies that help people by doing your Christmas shopping at our Alternative Christmas Gift Fair after worship on Sunday, November 27, in the Fellowship Hall. Find great gifts for family and friends or make a donation in the name of a loved one.  100% of the proceeds will go to the work of the non-profits or to our church.

Groups invited to participate include Church World Service, Habitat for Humanity, Inter-Faith Ministries, Modesto Peace-Life Center, Sierra Club, Alzheimer’s Affiliate of Stanislaus County, PFLAG, Equal Exchange Fair Trade Coffee, and Somoto,Nicaragua/Merced Sister City Program.

Fellowship Hall
Sunday, November 25, 2012
11:15am – 12:30pm
Free to Browse

Women-of-Wonder Home Decorating Presentation


Mark McKee has graciously agreed to present decorating tips for the home.  He will be demonstrating a number of interesting things such as flower arranging,  simple & low cost decorations, wreath making, etc.  He’s still thinking up ideas for what he wants to do!  He will also give suggestions on interior home design to anyone with a question.

We will enjoy lunch together at noon.  Main dish will be provided.   Please bring a food item you especially like and want to share.

At the end of our time together we will raffle off the designs Mark has made.

All are welcome.  RSVP to Judy Brown at 239-7011.

Fellowship Hall
Saturday, December 1
10am – 1 pm
Bring a potluck sidedish to share

Book and Media Exchange, Sunday, April 1, 11:30am, Courtyard

Book and Media Exchange, Sunday, April 1, 11:30am, Courtyard

Our monthly book and media exchange will take place Sunday, so please bring your books, magazines, CD’s, DVD’s, or VHS tapes. You can trade, borrow or make a small donation to keep some material. We will have new adult, youth, and children material. If you have any questions or need material picked-up, call Kathy Short: 521-1080.








Join us for a showing of THE HUNGER GAMES!

The Hunger Games Film Adapatation (PG-13)

Saturday, March 24, 3:20pm DFX showing, Galaxy Theaters, Riverbank
All are welcome!  Please meet at 2:45pm in the lobby.  Young people under 13 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Tickets are around $10.
Contact Rob at for more information.

Celebrate the Overturn of Prop 8

Feel like thanking God for the decision of the 9th Circuit Court to uphold the dignity and rights of LGBT people by affirming marriage equality?  Why not do it with a lot of happy people at worship this Sunday!

The Future of Student Ministries – Sun., Feb. 12

Calling All Families!

You are invited to an informational meeting about the future of Student Ministries programming!  A spaghetti lunch will be provided!

Come dream with us!

For more information, contact Rob at

Sync&Drag Informational Meeting – Sun., Feb. 12

Interested in performing a lip-sync number during this year’s Sync&Drag spectacular on March 9?

Come to our mandatory informational meeting on Sunday, February 12 at 5:15pm in the Youth Room!

This year’s theme revolves around music from the 1970’s and 80’s.

Any and all ages are welcome to participate!

Contact Rob at for more information!

Festival of Gifts Sun. Dec. 11, 11:30am

Our annual Festival of Gifts returns on Sunday, December 11 from 11:30 am to 1:15 pm in our Fellowship Hall.

Children/youth ages 3 – 15 are invited to create handmade gifts for people they love!

Following a simple lunch (in a surprise location), a variety of gift projects will be available as well as a gift-wrapping station.

Families need to sign their children in, leave the scene so secrets can stay secret, and pick children up promptly at 1:15.

To volunteer to offer a gift project, assist in another way,  help with set-up or clean-up, or to have your questions answered, check in after worship on 11/27 or 12/4, or call Patti Canoles or Judy Brown (call office at 522-7244 for home phone numbers).


Advent Suppers!

Advent Suppers
Sundays, 5:30pm

Please bring: dessert or bread, and a drink of your choice.

November 27 — At the home of Margaret Ritchey
Please call the office for address, (209) 522-7244.

December 04 — At the home of Brad Koehn with co-host, Dustin Williams
Please call the office for address.

December 11 — At the home of Ray Stimson & Bobby Patnode
Please call the office for address.