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Special Offerings – December 2018

The December special offering will be used to support the ministry of Puente de la Costa Sur. This is the same organization for which the Ministry of Social Concerns is collecting rubber boots. Puente de la Costa Sur provides comprehensive … Continue reading

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Joy Barnitz welcomed by Conference as an MID

by Joy Barnitz The sound of applause greeted us and everyone on the committee was standing as we entered the room just after noon on October 19. I was able to breathe again as the realization began to sink in: … Continue reading

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Palo Alto UCC to march to San Francisco for the climate

Wells Fargo is the self-proclaimed largest funder of the fossil fuel industry. It is hoped that if they divest, other banks will follow suit. The United Church of Christ in Palo Alto (First Congregational Church of Palo Alto) and some … Continue reading

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Membership sermon series coming in January/February

While out pastors haven’t figured out how they are going to design it yet, there’s nothing like a deadline to make them figure it out. Starting January 13, our pastors will be preaching a multi-part sermon series on church membership. … Continue reading

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Mid-Winter Youth Retreats planned

Parents and 6th to 8th grade students, save the dates for the Mid-Winter Retreat being offered by the Northern California Nevada Conference, President’s Day Weekend, February 16-18, 2019. The retreat will be at the Blue Theology Mission Station in Pacific … Continue reading

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The General Endowment Fund doubled in November

The newer portion of our Endowment Fund (the portion or “bucket” whose earnings support the church’s General Fund) doubled during November. It grew from $50 in principle and $100, which technically is a doubling. The principle of the endowment fund … Continue reading

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Moderated Musings – December 2018

by Jim Thomas California has been hit with fires throughout the state. The most severe ones, Camp Fire, Hills Fire, and Woolsey Fire, have devastated entire communities. Dozens upon dozens have died and thousands have been uprooted from their homes. … Continue reading

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