Archive for Student Ministries

Festival of Gifts: 2014

Sunday, December 7, 11:30am – 1:15pm, Fellowship Hall

We invite you to participate in College Avenue’s Festival of Gifts 2014–a seasonal event for children/youth ages 3 – 15 to create handmade gifts for people they love.

The Festival of Gifts will begin soon after worship with a simple lunch for children in a secret on-site location,  After all have eaten, Fellowship Hall will be open to children, offering a variety of gift projects geared to a variety of ages, as well as a gift-wrapping station.

How you can help:

Creative adults and older youth are needed to:

  • Set up and staff a gift project table with enough supplies for 20 children
  • Set up and help staff the gift-wrapping station
  • Help a child who needs assistance with gift projects, or be a “floater”
  • Help with set-up (during worship) or clean-up (after 1:15 pm)

To join the fun by volunteering, please sign up on November 23, or call Patti Canoles (521-1080) or Judy Brown (239-7011).

Parents will need to sign their children in and out, and provide a phone number at which they can be reached, and then make themselves scarce, so surprises can be kept secret.  Pick-up time is 1:15 pm — please be prompt! Advance registration by November 30 will help us plan for lunch.

Festival of Gifts is a long-standing College Avenue tradition, revived by Women of Wonder (WOW), with new participants each year.

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

Sync & Drag 2014 Informational Meeting

Interested in performing a lip-sync number during this year’s Sync & Drag spectacular on March 7? Come to the informational meeting on Sunday, February 9 at 5pm in the Youth Room!

Any and all ages are welcome to participate!

Contact Rob at [email protected] for more information!

Sync & Drag 2014

Sync & Drag is back!

Be prepared to experience some familiar music in ways you never have before in this annual, intergenerational  lip sync and drag show!

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 7, 7pm, Sanctuary, Suggested Donation Price: $10

Youth Superbowl Party!

Attention all youth in grades 6th – 12th!

It’s time for our annual Superbowl Party on Sunday, February 2, from 3pm – 8pm!

Bring a snack, drink,  and board game to share!

Questions? Contact Rob at [email protected]!

See you there!

Festival of Gifts!


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).

Fellowship Hall
December 8, 2013
11:15am – 1:15pm

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

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 [email protected] to sign up.  We look forward to meeting you.


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.