Joy Surges At Intergenerational Worship Service

Our first Intergenerational Worship Service filled the sanctuary with great joy as we sang songs from childhood and rediscovered play can be an extraordinary way to worship God. worshipwordle

The story of the Good Samaritan is our focus for the second Intergenerational Worship Service on October 2. While many parts of our worship service will remain as usual, there will be changes. The 2 major changes are there will be a Retelling of the Scripture to fit today’s world and the sermon will be replaced by Worship Stations. Everyone present will be invited to explore the meaning of our “Go And Do Likewise” Good Samaritan and Stewardship Campaign theme through a Worship Station.

 Everyone present can choose to devote 15 minutes to playing an Improv game, creating visual art, composing lyrics, talking about our progressive understandings of the Good Samaritan story, or working on a Help-Our-Neighbor project at a Worship Station.

Parents, please note that Sunday School will only be available to preschoolers, because the whole service will be child friendly. Parents, please make certain your children are in the care of a responsible adult when they are at a Worship Station.

Since this is also World Communion Sunday, it’s a great time to invite your creative friends, neighbors, children and anyone in need of a little more joy and yummy breads!

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Our Racists Anonymous Group Welcomes Drop-Ins

Our Racists Anonymous 12-Step group is now open to whoever wants to drop in for one or more meetings to discover and recover from the implicit racial bias that hides within and surfaces around us. We are meeting every Sunday, September through November, from 4 pm to 5 pm in Room 3. We hold all said in confidence and do not try to fix one another. We seek self recovery with the support of others and God. Step 2 says, “I believe that only a power greater than me can restore me in my humaness to the non-racist creature as God designed me to be.” Let it be so.

Contact Cindy Sojourner at for more information.


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Bring Hygiene Supplies October 2

2015-kits-map-01If you are able, please bring any of the hygiene supplies listed below for the Help-Our-Neighbor Project Worship Station. When it is time to go to Worship Stations during the Intergenerational Worship Service on October 2, some of our members and friends will choose to assemble Hygiene Kits for Church World Service. The Women’s Fellowship is graciously donating the one-gallon plastic zipper closure bags, some of the supplies, the processing fee and their leadership. Only the items listed below may be included in kits. Cash donations and checks are also welcome. Long-shelf-life toothpaste will be added immediately before shipping by CWS. In 2015, CWS distributed nearly 185,000 kits for disaster and poverty relief to people within Armenia, Bahamas, Haiti, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Mexico, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Syria and the United States. Thank you for “Going and Doing Likewise,” like the Good Samaritan.

Supplies Needed For Each Kit:

  1. Hand towel measuring 15” x 28” to 16” x 32” (No fingertip, bath, dish towels or micro-fiber.)
  2. Washcloth
  3. Wide-tooth comb removed from packaging
  4. Finger nail or toe nail clipper removed from packaging
  5. Bath size soap in the wrapper
  6. Single toothbrush in package
  7. Ten standard Band-aides




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Intergenerational Worship Services Scheduled on September 4 and October 2

Bring the grandchildren, invite friends who enjoy the arts, and anyone who believes we need to help take care of Creation

On Sunday, September 4 and October 2, our congregation will experience a different style of worship designed to include people of all ages and abilities. We will begin and conclude together as usual, but the sanctuary will look different. There will be areas set up for experiencing worship through visual arts, music, discussion and improvisational drama. We will hear the Noah story retold in September and visit with the Good Samaritan in October. Instead of a sermon, we will reflect on the stories from scripture at worship stations. Samantha Rasler, the Liturgical Art Team, Ofer dal Lal and Judy Zlatnik will lead people at the stations.

Be sure to bring a small photo of your pet to be added to one of the Caring for Creation posters.

Sunday School will be provided for preschoolers only. We ask parents to designate an adult or older child to stay with smaller children at worship stations.

Cindy Sojourner is designing these intergenerational worship services. Worship will return to usual order on the other Sundays in September and October. If enough people enjoy this style, we may add an occasional intergenerational worship service in the future.


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Racists Anonymous Group Starts September 4

Ignore it, it won’t go away.

Sundays, September 4 – November 27  4:00 – 5:00 pm

We are beginning a Racists Anonymous (RA) 12-Step group at Niles Discovery Church because we need to help remove racism from ourselves and society. Pastor Ron Buford, originator of RA, selected Niles Discovery to help launch the second phase of RA:  20 new RA groups.  (Read more – Racists Anonymous Begins)

racisim-it-stops-with-me.jpgPastor Ron Buford helped us name our church and helped the UCC pilot the “God Is Still Speaking” campaign.  He believes we are all a bit racist. To end racism, we need to create time to reflect on how racism impacts our lives in ways that we have or haven’t noticed because of privilege, lack of privilege, isolation, fear, education, housing, family, and societal norms and structures. We need to devote time for reflection on how our racism impacts others. We need God and community to help us heal the harm.

 Please consider joining us for 1 hour a week for 90 days.

 RA is a non-confrontational model in which participants will admit we need the help of community and a higher power to rid ourselves of racism. We will not try to fix each other. Each person who attends will attend to one’s own healing. There will be room to notice how intersectionality, life experiences, media and push models to end systemic racism have impacted our experiences of racism.

Consider the following questions:

  • Do you think racism has or hasn’t had an effect on your life?
  • Do you think there’s nothing, or something more you can do to help?

We will meet in the middle Sunday School room with the round table on Sundays from 4pm to 5pm, September 4 through November 27. You are welcome to join us.

 For more information, contact Cindy Sojourner at

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Women’s Retreat scheduled for September 23-25


Mission Springs Conference Center

WOMEN’S FALL RETREAT at Mission Springs will be September 23-25, 2016  The theme this year is Understanding Our Stories. The featured speaker will be Diane Weible. Diane is the UCC conference minister in Northern California-Nevada. The registration deadline is fast approaching: September 9. There is a brochure in the church hall with registration forms available. So far we have 5 women planning to attend and hopefully some others will seriously consider this wonderful spiritual experience among the beautiful redwood trees in the Santa Cruz retreat area. Contact Brenda Loreman or Judy Molander for more information.



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The Evening Women’s Fellowship will begin the 2016-2017 season at Judy Molander”s home (45531 Cheyenne Place, Fremont) on September 14 at 7:00 PM. The theme for this year is Hospitality and the title for Lesson 1 is “Let the little children come.”  The scripture is Matthew 19:13-15, Mark 9:33-37, and Luke 18:15-17. We are all children of God and this lesson models hospitality towards the most vulnerable and gives us a glimpse into the nature of the kingdom of God.  All ladies are welcome.

Lab Robe Tying Group  met on July 27 from 10 AM – 2 PM in the fellowship hall at church. 7 present and tied 6 lap robes were tied.  Due to the flea market, the lap robe tying group was not able to meet in the fellowship hall for the regular August meeting. Therefore, a small group met at Judy Molander’s home. We will be back to our usual meeting on September 28. This group meets the fourth Wednesday of the month January – October.  In September and October, we will be deciding where to donate the lap robes that have been made recently. If you know someone who would like one of the lap robes or a group that could use several lap robes, let Alison, Judy M. or Dorletta. know   There is no charge for the lap robes.

All ladies are invited but let Dorletta know if you plan to attend as lunch is provided.

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