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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

A Mentoring Opportunity

College Avenue Mentors-in-Action is a mentoring program pairing Modesto High students with adult volunteers.  A minimum of four hours a month and a one-year commitment will help a Modesto High teen achieve his/her potential in school and in life.

Most students are recruited from Modesto High’s AVID (Achievement via Individual Determination) program that attracts primarily first generation and financially disadvantaged youth with academic potential.

Mentors-in-Action is approaching its seventh year of providing one-on-one mentoring to interested students.  Recent group events include the following: a visit with Mayor Marsh in his conference room and office, a tour of Cal State Stanislaus, and free or reduced price tickets to performances at the Gallo Arts Center.

A half-day training will be held Saturday, July 20,  from 9:00 to 12:30.  For more information or to sign up, please call or email Sharon Froba, 521-7265 or

Color Camp: A One-day Retreat/Workshop

Color Camp: A One-day Retreat with Christine Barnes (workshop) brought to you by the CACC quilting group

Do you wish you had a better “color sense”? Do you stress when it’s time to choose colors and fabrics for a new quilt? You need to go on retreat to gain a new perspective.  You need to come to Color Camp!

This no-sew workshop consists of cut-and-paste color studies, with lots of help from the teacher and group critique of every block. The first three mock-block exercises focus on value (light and dark), temperature (warm and cool), and intensity (bright and dull).  These characteristics, more than color itself, determine the impact of a quilt. An
overview of the color wheel and a final exercise expose students to this invaluable (and amazing) tool for quilters. It’s lots of creative fun, and you’ll leave “Color Camp” with new ideas for working with color.

When: Saturday July 13 2013, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: College Ave Congregational Church Fellowship Hall
1341 College Ave. Modesto
Cost: $60.00 plus a $3.00 material fee….please make check out to and mail to: Cheri Barnes, 606 Hartley Dr, Modesto 95356

Contact person: Cheri Barnes 209-765-1448,

At the midpoint of the day, Christine presents a mini trunk show of garments and quilts that show how she applies color basics to her work. She will also bring some of her new works.

Christine Barnes is a writer and contemporary quilter in love with color. Degrees in design and journalism segued into a career writing decorating, soft furnishings, and remodeling books for Sunset Books, including Color for Your Home and Complete Home Decorating. Christine has been published in American Patchwork & Quilting, For The Love of Quilting, American Quilter, Threads, and Fabrications, a British quilting magazine. She also has a class on Alex and Ricky’s “The Quilt Show”.com. She will have an article on color in the upcoming July/August issue of McCalls magazine.  Christine lives in Grass Valley. You can see her work on her site,


Contact Cheri for supply list

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

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.

Mardi Gras Royale

Dinner, music and celebration of our mission to seek joy and justice in our world. We’ll be honoring our Modesto partners in ministry.

Tuesday, February 12, 6pm -7:30pm, Sanctuary

Tickets required, suggested donation $10

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 23, 2012
5:30pm – 7:45pm

Youth, Faith, & Family LGBTQ Youth Conference

Saturday, June 9, 2012
12pm – 5pm
Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek

For faith leaders, educators, parents, youth leaders, and students who want to make congregations more welcoming by supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied youth!

Sessions include:

  • Harm reduction & suicide prevention
  • Youth ministry outreach
  • Support for parents
  • Youth sharing their stories
  • “Breakthrough Conversations” training

Admission includes lunch:

  • $25 – General Admission
  • Free – Youth 18 and under

Register at

Healing as a Spiritual Practice

Saturday, March 3,  9:30am-3pm, Fellowship Hall.

A workshop to explore unifying body, mind, and spirit, with Nancy McKay.  Registration is $20 and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Contact Phyllis; 209.545.9451 or

Alternative Gift Fair, Sun., Nov. 27, 11:30am


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.