Region’s Annual Gathering will include powerful preaching

ccncn-annual-gatheringThe 163rd Annual Gathering of the Christian Church of Northern California-Nevada will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 28-29, at First Christian Church of Concord. Our Region’s Annual Gatherings include a little business, but mostly focus on workshops and worship. This year’s worship will include preaching from Bishop Yvette Flunder, Pastor of City of Refuge United Church of Christ (Friday night) and the Rev. Dr. Mary Donovan Turner, Professor of Preaching at Pacific School of religion (closing worship service on Saturday). The Annual Gathering is open to all church members. To register will be available soon on the ccncn.org website.

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BUDGET ADOPTED AT ANNUAL MEETING

 

The 2017 budget was adopted at the Annual Budget Meeting on February 5. The budget anticipates a $55,000 shortfall, even with a transfer for $35,000 from reserves. The hope is thannual-meeting-graphice transfer from the reserves will be covered by investment earnings. The Treasurer was asked to make reports throughout the year about the church’s financial status. Watch for an occasional report here in The Bell.

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Ash Wednesday service moves us into Lent

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The church will gather for a special worship service on Ash Wednesday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the holy season the leads us to the climax of the church year, the celebration of Easter.

Pastor Jeff will preach a brief sermon on how last year’s Ash Wednesday service impacted his spiritual disciplines and then we will move into a time of scripture, reflection, and singing. The service will conclude with the imposition of ashes.

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Men’s focus group gathers at church

How do we make Fremont an Age Friendly Community?

If you are a man age 50 or over and are willing to make a difference in your community, your opinion is highly valued and can really help in current efforts.  The focus group will be asked to share their ideas about:

  • Transportation
  • Outdoor Spaces
  • Civic Participation
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Social Participation
  • Respect & Social Inclusion Communication &Information
  • Health & Wellness
  • Dementia-Specific Support

A Focus Group is scheduled to meet on  Monday, February 27, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Niles Discovery Church, 36600 Niles Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536

Participants will be served a light dinner at 6:30 followed by structured conversation.  At the end of the evening there will be a drawing for two door prizes.

The group is limited to 10 participants so please register as soon as possible.  Contact:
            Iris Nicholson at ilnicholson@comcast.net or  (510) 789-3512 or
Amy Gunnarson at amygunnarsonRN@gmail.com or (301) 693-6397

The World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age Friendly Cities is gaining momentum internationally and in the United States. This Network provides Cities a structure to assess what is currently going well and what could be changed in their city to best support older residents. The idea is if a city is age-friendly then it is livable for all ages.

The first step is to ask residents how Fremont can support them to age well. We are looking for Fremont residents, over the age of 50. The conversation will take about two hours and comments will be collected and used to help write an Action Plan for Age-Friendly Fremont.

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BE A CHURCH LEADER!

leadershipMembers invited to Explore Church Leadership

The Nominating Committee is inviting everyone in the church to come to a workshop where past Moderators will talk about the position in the church and answer questions about other forms of leadership in the church. If you’ve ever wondered, “How do those decisions get made?” or “What does that Ministry Team do?” or “Where might God want me to use my leadership skills at the church?” then this is the workshop for you.

The workshop will be held in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, February 12, following coffee hour. If you need childcare in order to participate, please contact Pastor Jeff right away.

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You’re invited to an Anti-Racism Training on Feb 25

Anti-Racism Training, Part 1

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The Christian Church of Northern California Nevada is offering an Anti-Racism Training on Saturday, February 25, 2017, 9:00-4:00, at Niles Discovery Church in Fremont.

At this training you’ll learn the difference between racism and personal prejudice, how racism is a system beyond individual choices, why racism still grips the United States, and how can we participate as people of faith in its internal and social dismantling.

Registration is $40 with light breakfast and lunch included. You can register online at http://bit.ly/antiracismFeb2017

 

 

 

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Jeff’s Jottings

Jeffs Jottings

Pastor Jeff

Newsletter deadlines are strange things. I’m sitting down to write this column in mid-January for the February edition of The Bell – that’s normal enough – and I’m going to be writing about March. I feel like we barely finished Christmas (because it was only a couple weeks ago), and I’m writing about Lent. Part of that is because of the production schedule for the March edition of The Bell: if I don’t write about it now, the information will come too late to be of use to you.

If you keep reading this may make more sense.

Pastor Brenda and I have been preaching our yearlong Making the Road sermon series (with a few diversions along the way) since last Lent. The series is inspired by a book by Brian McLaren, We Make the Road by Walking. Our goal has been to give both an overview of important sections of the Bible and an invitation to a deeper, more transformative journey along the Way of Jesus, a way that we make by walking it. Our hope is that your faith has become more alive in the experience of the sermons, the time for reflection following each sermon, and the weekly invitation to some simple practice during the week.

This sermon series comes to an end on the last Sunday of February, which is also the last Sunday of the season after Epiphany. I hope you will continue to participate in our worship as we draw this series to a close.

Three days after this Making the Road series concludes, on March 1, you are invited to a special worship service at 7:30 p.m. Why March 1? Because that is Ash Wednesday (this year). The Ash Wednesday service will focus on spiritual practices for the season of Lent, and I will share how last year’s Ash Wednesday service impacted my spiritual practices for the past 12 months.

I am also planning a sermon series for Lent. This series will be on racism, a subject I felt called to explore and preach on during the presidential campaigns. One of the things I’ve found is the more I learn about racism, the more I realize how complex the issue is and how much more there is to learn. My plan for this series is that each week, as we explore another aspect of racism from a Christian perspective, I will offer at least one concrete action you or I or we (as a church) can take to truly become an anti-racism church. There will be more details in the March edition of The Bell, but because this series begins as March begins (and maybe after you receive your copy of the March edition), I wanted to let you know about it now.

You will notice in this edition of The Bell an article about an anti-racism training that is being offered by our Region, the Christian Church of Northern California-Nevada. It will cover more ground than I will be able to in a sermon series. If you are passionate about this issue, I encourage you to register for this training.

Perhaps a little summary would be helpful at this point:

  • February: we finish up the Making the Road sermon series
  • March 1: Ash Wednesday worship service at 7:30 p.m.; Lent begins
  • Lent: sermon series on racism that will invite us to concrete action

I look forward to seeing you in church.

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