Archive for Special Events – Page 2

Advent Suppers

Advent Suppers
All are welcome to share soup and friendship, and to light Advent candles. Please bring a beverage of your choice.

December 1
Margaret Ritchey’s Home
1114 Notre Dame, Modesto

December 8
Brian Gibbs & Michael McCarren’s Home
326 Las Palmas, Modesto 

December 15
Host TBA

Epiphany Celebration!

Monday, January 6, 6pm, Fellowship Hall.

Come and greet the Magi, burn Christmas greens in a bonfire, and enjoy a warm and delicious potluck. Please bring soup or bread to share.

All-church Caroling!


To celebrate the last Sunday of Advent, join us for a night of caroling! We’ll caravan around Modesto, visiting our shut-ins, caroling all the way! We’ll end the night with some soup, fixings, and cocoa!

Meet at the Youth Building
Sunday, December 22, 2013
5:30pm – 7:45pm

Peace Camp!

Friday, June 28 – Sunday, June 30, Camp Peaceful Pines on Clark Fork Rd. off Hwy 108, $80

Come to the Modesto Peace/Life Center’s 31st annual Peace Camp in the Sierras June 28-30.

What do we look forward to? Stimulating workshops, great food, hikes, campfires, singing, talent show, children’s activities, crafts, table tennis, horseshoes, tetherball and other recreation, fresh air in a mountain setting, the wind in the pines and cedars, the starry night, the labyrinth, and creative and committed people of all ages.

Friday offers a hike for those who can leave early in the morning, spend the day hiking and arrive at camp in time for dinner. Hike leaders are John Lucas and Mike Chiavetta. A short hike will be available later in the weekend.

Rob Brittain coordinates Saturday’s workshop on economic and racial privilege. Rob is leading a group on a trip through the South to visit civil rights sites and to study privilege in early June. Scott Gifford returns to lead us in song.

At the 6,200-foot elevation in the Stanislaus National Forest near the Clark Fork of the Stanislaus River, Camp Peaceful Pines is located about 25 miles above Pinecrest off Hwy. 108. Surrounded by tall peaks, the camp is set in the forest and has a creek running through it. Sunrise Rock, with views of the river valley, is a short hike from camp.

The camp features kitchen and bathroom facilities, rustic cabins and platform tents and a cabin for those with special needs. Depending on the number of campers, cabins may be shared. Campers share in meal preparation, cleanup, and other work. Families and individuals are welcome.

The $80 fee covers program, food and lodging for the weekend. Young people 18 and under are $60. Ages 3 and under free. Minors need to be accompanied by an adult. Early registration, before June 2nd, entitles registrants to a $10 per person discount. Partial scholarships and day rates are also available. Campers may arrive after 2pm on Friday. The camp opens with supper at 6pm on Friday and closes after the morning workshop on Sunday. Directions and other information will be mailed to participants before camp.

Below are the registration form and the medical information form. Print out the forms and mail them, along with your check, to the address on the registration form.

If you have questions, please contact Ken Schroeder at

Medical Form

Registration Form

Service Auction Items

(Winning bidder will select one service item from the two listed in that lot. Bidders are encouraged to bid on multiple lots.)

  • 2 Hours of Interior House Cleaning  -or-
    1 Hour of Dog Walking (provided by Nicole Cardoso)
  • Meal for 6 guests  -or-
    Free Cooking Class (provided by Pat Roberts)
  • 12 Homemade Pies (types and delivery times to be negotiated) –or-
    2 Hours of Playtime for Young Children in Personal Playroom (provided by Sandy Sample)
  • 1 Homemade Apple Pie  -or-  
    1 Hour of Tutoring in Writing (provided by Pastor Michael Schiefelbein)
  • 2 Hours of Yard Work  -or-  
    2 Hours of Interior House Cleaning  -or-  
    Shopping Trip Fashion Consultant (provided by Rebecca Lee)
  • Automobile Interior Recon ($95 Value)  -or-  
    2 Hours of Interior House Cleaning (provided by Theresa Holcomb)
  • 1 Hour of Dog Walking  -or-  
    1 Car Wash (provided by Brendan Russell)
  • 1 Hour of Tutoring in Math  -or-  
    Italian Meal for 4 Guests (provided by Ken Schroeder)
  • 1 Custom Acrylic Painting (subject based on photograph from winning bidder)  -or-  
    1 Hour of Dog Walking (provided by Cristina Lee)
  • 1 Custom Graphite Drawing (subject based on photograph from winning bidder)  -or- 
    Two Hours of Yardwork (provided by Rob Brittain)


(Click the thumbnail image below to explore a random selection of the 20 photos up for auction. All photos were taken by the Mission Team. The theme of this photo series is “Connection.”)


CROP Walk to feed the Hungry!

Millions of people die of hunger each year and CWS/CROP very efficiently distributes the funds we raise in our communities to provide help throughout the world to people in need. Twenty-five percent of funds that we raise in Modesto will remain at work here in our community through Inter-Faith Ministries.

The CROP Hunger Walk 2013 enables each of us to help – as a walker, a sponsor, or a supporter. We walk because the hungry must walk, often far and wide, to gather the most meager sustenance. During our four-mile (or two-mile) walk, we’ll be walking with as well as for those hungry people the world over.

If you’d like to be a sponsor, ask friends and loved ones to donate online at or give you or a sponsor a check written to “CWS/CROP” so their generosity will be counted this Saturday. We’ll begin with a short gathering/rally at 9:30am at the Geneva Presbyterian Church, Fairmont & Coffee Ave. (across from Downey High School), and the walk will begin at 10am. Click this link to check out the route.

For more information, please call Doug Smith at 523-1014, or Velma Tinkler, 579-5407.

“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



Sync & Drag: Travelin’ Tunes!

Sync & Drag is back!

The theme of our annual Student Ministries lip-sync-show fundraiser is Travelin’ Tunes–songs about journeying!  Be prepared to experience some familiar music in ways you never have before!

Tickets are $10 and will be available for pre-sale and at the door.

All proceeds will benefit Student Ministries programs with 10% going to our church’s general fund.

Friday, March 8, 7pm, Sanctuary, Suggested Donation Price: $10

“The Bus” Play at The Gallo Center

Come watch a powerful play called The Bus, the story of Jordan and Ian, two boys who regularly rendezvous in a parked bus that belongs to the most powerful church in town, Golden Rule.  Caught between family, feelings, and faith, The Bus is a touching tale that swirls with suspense.

Buy your tickets at church on Sundays April, 14, 21, and 28.  Or buy them HERE or at

May 3, 2013, 8pm, Gallo Center for the Arts