STEWARDSHIP THOUGHTS-Ruth Gadebusch, chairperson
We get to dream, thus expressing our GOOD FAITH INTENT, as the dollars we expect to give to our church’s budget. Whether it is called a pledge, a commitment, a faith promise, an estimate of giving, or something else, it matters not. This is the time for us all to prayerfully consider the various ways I can give toward keeping this wonderful church serving us and our community in God’s way.
Accordingly, please fill out the estimate of giving/pledge card you recently received and return it to the church office so that plans can be put in place for another wonderful year at First Congregational Church of Fresno, United Church of Christ. We get to do something very, very special- we get to plant dreams, nurture them, and see what surprising gifts grow from believing “we can do this.”
Click the link below to view the Stewardship and Sustainable Growth Presentation at the Congregational Meeting held on Sunday, October 20,2013.
It is time for a fall cleanup, and the Ministry of Outreach is coordinating with Ministry of Resources to gather as many helping hands as possible to clean, refresh, and renew our church’s facilities and grounds.
Cleaning materials are being supplied…but bring your own work gloves, cleaning rags, and water to drink.
Projects are being graded as to “low impact,” “medium impact,” and “high impact” so that all ages and abilities can take part. High impact projects will include trimming of bushes, scraping/prepping/painting. Low impact projects will include dusting, oiling and cleaning pews/pew racks, communion table.
Sunday, October 6, 3:00 pm.
A marvelous opportunity to experience the magnificence of both Bach and our Casavant Frères Pipe Organ. Always highly acclaimed is Scott Horton’s musical mastery of the material and the instrument, which is all the more reason to invite neighbors, work colleagues, students, and friends to appreciate this singular music event.
Free will offering will be taken.
This has become one of the community’s favorite musical events of the year. Pre-concert reception and silent auction begins at 6:00 pm and concert is at 7:00 pm. Post-concert refreshment and close to silent auction after the concert.
THIS IS ATICKETED EVENT – General Admission is $30 and Student is $15. Tickets are now available to purchase in the church office.
Half the proceeds go to the church’s general fund, half to the organ restoration fund.
CROP Walk Kick-off Luncheon is Sunday, September 29, following worship, Ministry of Outreach is hosting a CROP Kick-off Luncheon in Fellowship Hall.
Please consider making a donation which will go towards alleviating hunger here at home, and in other parts of the world. Checks should be made out to CWS/CROP. For each dollar given, a portion remains here in Fresno.
The Fresno Food Bank can take each $1 it receives and purchase up to $9.00 worth of food- enough to help them feed a family of four for a week. The Fresno Food Bank currently feeds 190,000 people each month, 47,000 of whom are children. This, in what is the “Bread Basket” of America. Please support CROP in whatever way(s) you are able.
Annual Fresno-Clovis CROP Walk
October 13, with registration beginning at 1:30 pm, United Japanese Christian Church, 130 N. Villa. We have had a tradition of being one of the best-represented congregations. All ages are invited to take part in this walk to reduce hunger at home and abroad.
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 pm, in the Parlor. October 9 begins a six part book study of “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” best-selling work of historian Reza Aslan, born a Muslim who converted to Christianity as a youth, and then returned to his native faith. We welcome the Imam Ghazvini (Islamic Cultural Center) for our second session on October 16, who will help us understand the important place of Jesus within his faith tradition.
Tasks have been categorized as “low impact, medium impact, and high impact”- indicating levels of physical activity and skill required.
Supplies will be furnished. Please wear clothes that can get dirty, work gloves, and drinking water. More details to come.