Community Church of Sebastopol

United Church of Christ

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1000 Gravenstein Hwy North           707.823.2484

Special Events Coming Up

Rainbow Bread

Our new video for our new program year! Turn on the sound and check it out...



Safe Church Policy

The Church Council in October directed Pastor Rachel to put together a team of people to create a Safe Church Policy for our church. The team worked diligently to develop a Safe Church Policy that defines abuse prevention and response policies, as well as creates an atmosphere of truth-telling and education around being a Safe Church. Serving on the team: Pete Emerson, Pat Furber, Linda Inman, Laurie Kellner, and Pastor Rachel. The Safe Church Policy was adopted by the Church Council on April 5, 2017 and is available below.

Safe Church Policy (PDF)



Our Whole Lives (OWL) Curriculum

What is OWL?

Our Whole Lives/Sexuality & Our Faith (OWL) is a comprehensive sexuality program created by our denomination, the UCC, alongside the Unitarians. Our religious heritages compel us to create safe settings where people can come to understand and respond to their experiences as sexual beings. OWL is a series of sexuality education curricula for six age groups: grades K-1, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, young adult, and adult. The program provides an opportunity for children, youth, and adults to learn about sexuality in the affirming and supportive setting of our church. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, it provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but also supports participants in clarifying values, integrating sexual and spiritual understandings, building interpersonal skills, and understanding the spiritual, emotional, social, and political aspects of sexuality. Read more...

The OWL program for K/1st Grade will meet on 5 Sundays, September 30 - October 28 from 9-11:30 am in Room 6. Parents are invited to preview the material at any time or contact Pastor Rachel.

There will be an official Orientation for Parents of 8/9th Graders on September 9 from 12-2:30 pm. Please contact Pastor Rachel with any questions.

OWL for 8th & 9th Graders begins this Fall - see a complete schedule and parent information right here.




By-Laws

A major revision to the by-laws of The Community Church of Sebastopol was unanimously passed at the April 15, 2018 Congregational Meeting. Read more about the adopted By-Laws, approved positions for the adopted governance model, and other information in the Governance section of Documents.



An Exciting Proposal:

To Initiate a Search Process to Call a Full-Time Associate Minister for Faith Formation

Feedback Sessions: July 29, August 5, 12 & 19

The following proposal was made by Rev. Benjamin Broadbent, Lead Minister, to the Leadership Council at its meeting on May 16, 2018. The Council discussed it at length and discerned a shared sense of enthusiasm. Before approving the proposal, Council members determined that a next step was to invite the congregation, over the course of the summer, to share reactions and feedback to the proposal. Opportunities to share feedback will be communicated by the end of June. Read more...



Safe Parking Program

Safe Parking Volunteers Needed

Homelessness is an ongoing problem in our county and has been made worse by the fires of last year.

The Community Church, with help from Catholic Charities in Santa Rosa, will be restarting our Safe Parking program. Safe Parking will allow people that have no other place to sleep, other than in their car, to stay the night in a safe environment on our church property. The program will allow up to 5 vehicles to park from 8:00pm to 8:00am. Many participating in this program are families with jobs and children attending school. All participants will be screened by Catholic Charities and must participate in Catholic Charities’ intake program to avail themselves to services that will hopefully find them a home.

Safe Parking at our church will only work if we have Site Volunteers. Site Volunteers will be needed to welcome participants, show them where to park, provide them with a Safe Parking Dashboard Placard and show them how to get access to bathrooms. Site Volunteers would also be asked to drive through the lot once a night to see that only vehicles registered in the program are on the premises.

Our goal is to have enough volunteers so no single volunteer would be needed more than one night a week.

Please consider helping us do our part for our neighbors in need. This is such a small gestor on our part and provides the means of helping a family regain their footing in the community. Contact Gary Bachelor or the church office at 707.823.2484.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

knitting

September 17

Women's Fellowship will be sponsoring a Prayer Shawl Ministry. We plan to meet to knit or crochet shawls from 10:00-noon on the third Monday of the month in the Fireside Room. You may pick up a copy of the pattern in the church office. Contact Joanne Matson or Chris Jenkins for more information and to RSVP to the gathering.





making apple pies

Apple Pies Event

We did it!

We made 1,571 pies, and the pies are all gone! Our volunteers are fantastic, in fact, during the weekend we received several comments about what great kid we have at this church and how helpful they are - that goes for all our volunteers.

This week in the office we have not only received calls from people looking for more pies, but several calls just to tell us how delicious the pies were. Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done! As soon as all the bills are paid we will be able to provide a detailed report. There will also be an Apple Pies de-briefing at Family Camp.

Who remembers our first Apple Pie Sale? It was 1972 and we made 100 pies (in our home ovens) and sold them for $2.00 each in front of the church - this was even before the Gravenstein Apple Fair existed. The $200 raised was used to provide camp scholarships to Camp Caz. We still make pies - though we have stream-lined our production to the upmost efficiency - and we still use the money raised to provide camp scholarships to Caz. Each of the youth who received a camp scholarship showed up to volunteer at our apple pies event. This summer we sent 42 youth to camp - and they loved every minute!



Launch Sunday

celebration

September 9

Join us on Sunday, September 9, for Launch Sunday worship at 10:30 followed by a “Launch Lunch” for the entire community. Each year on the second Sunday of September, Community Church launches a new ministry program year. Our programs are expanding this year and will include:



  • Nursery Care (birth – age 4)
  • Monthly Multi-Generational Worship with Holy Communion (all ages)
  • Our Whole Lives: Sexuality & Our Faith
  • Godly Play (Preschool – 3rd Grade)
  • Sunday School (4th & 5th Grades)
  • Chancel Choir (teens & adults)
  • Handbell Ensemble (teens & adults)
  • Middle School Youth Group (Grades 6-8)
  • Sunday Bible Study (adults)
  • Women’s Bible Study (adults)
  • Service of Lament and Comfort (all ages)
  • Men’s Retreat (adults)
  • Women’s Retreat (adults)

For more information, visit www.uccseb.org or contact the church office at 707.823.2484.




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Neighbors In Need: Love of Neighbor

Received Sept 30 & Oct 7

Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants.

The 2018 theme is "Love of Neighbor" Our congregation will receive the NIN offering on two Sundays, September 30 and October 7, 2018 as part of our World Communion Sunday observance.