Church Round-up

Save the date for our annual church round-up! It will be on Sept 16th at 5 pm. and will be held in the church courtyard. Come and enjoy the fellowship, fun and food.

More information will be coming soon.

Women’s Fellowship Retreat

    Several years ago, George Lillyman “bought” a weekend at Pat Hillman’s cabin in Wilsonia during a church fund raiser.  He and Fran gifted Women’s Fellowship with that weekend and our annual retreat was begun.  This year June ends with George’s memorial service and July ends with the traditional retreat that his generosity began.  Ladies, save the weekend of July 28 and 29 for our retreat. We begin Saturday morning with a brunch and worship, spend time enjoying the wonders of the high Sierras and deepen our commitment to our God, our church and each other.  On Sunday, we again share worship (think of music with Gloria’s flute and Susan’s clarinet) and fellowship together. It’s a precious time.

    Where?   Pat Hillman’s cabin at Wilsonia 

    When?    Saturday and Sunday, July 28&29

    What should I bring?    Sheets and pillow case (there are both double and single beds), towel and wash cloth, light jacket, comfortable shoes, flashlight, any favorite snacks to share.

    Carpooling?  Yes!  If you’re willing to drive or need a ride, call Nancy Hoyt at 686-5528.  We’ll link you up.  Meet at the church on Saturday at 8:30 AM.

    Cost?  We ask for a 10$ donation to cover the cost of food.

  May I come for just one day?  Yes!  Some ladies come for Saturday only. Whatever fits your schedule?

    This is a wonderful weekend of worship and fellowship. Just call Nancy Hoyt, Gloria Hamilton or Peggy DeMuth or the church office at 686-5528 to let us know you’re coming!  See you there!!!

 

Church Newsletter 27 April 2018

 

 

This Week:
April 29, 2018
 
Adult Sunday School
9:15 am
 
Church Service 
10:30 am
 
 

Contact us
Phone:(559) 686-5528
 
Email is–
ucctulare@yahoo.com,
or click below.
 
Send us an email!
 Office hours

 
Monday 9-2:30
Tuesday 12-3 Wednesday 9-2:30 
Friday 9-11:30
Northern California Nevada Conference
United Church of Christ.
 Monday night Bible Study
 
Monday night study  is at 5:30pm in the adult Sunday school room. 
Save the Date!
 
April 28: Council Meeting, 10 am in Fellowship hall.
 
May 2: Christian Ed meeting, 7 pm, fellowship hall
 
May 3: National Day or Prayer.
 Schedule
 
Adult Sunday School – meets at 9:15am.
 
Youth Group – meets Wednesday night at             5:30-6:45. 
 
Women’s Fellowship – meets the third Tuesday on the month,  at 11:30.
 REMINDER
Pastor Natalie will be unfriending church members from her facebook page. This is part of the agreement with the conference to stop communication for at least one year.
 
The church council will meet on April 28, 2018, at 10 am in the fellowship hall.
TULARE UNITED
 
A NIGHT OF WORSHIP, PRAYER, & UNITY
PLUS LOCAL FOOD TRUCKS, NON-PRFITS, COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS & MORE
SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 5 PM 
469 N CHERRY STREET
 
MORE INFO AT TULAREFBC.ORG/TULAREUNITED
 PRAY FOR AMERICA
UNITY
 
67th National Day of Prayer 
Thursday – May 3, 2018
Zumwalt Park
Downtown Tulare
6:30 pm
Bring a lawn chair

Jazz Chamber Concert
featuring Scott Horton
May 6,2018 at 4 pm
First Congregational Church, Tulare
Sequoia  Association Council Meeting
May 6th – 3:00 p.m.
At First Congregational Church UCC in Fresno.

Our Conference Minister, Diane Weible will share on her
“Experiences in Israel and Palestine”.

                 

Women’s Fellowship heads into May Madness 
 
In basketball it’s March Madness. For Women’s Fellowship the month is May!  Ladies, sort your closets and cupboards for garage sale goodies.  Then sign up for a table at our Women’s Fellowship garage sale. June 9th is fast approaching!
    After all that work, reward yourself with a leisurely and lovely Installation Tea for next year’s officers. Save Tuesday, May 15 at 2:00 for visiting and chatting. It will be fun! See you there.
Spring Music-Events Calendar
 
April 29 -Hymn Sing
 
May 6 – Choir – Jazz Chamber Concert
May 13 – Youth Sunday
May 20 – Handbells
May 27 – Hymn Sing
 
June 3 – Choir – Graduation/Recognition Sunday
Deadline for E-news is on Wednesday by noon.
Spire!
 
Attached Here is the May Spire! Inserts for the June Spire must be sent to ucctulare@yahoo.com by Thursday, May 24.
Please email any announcements you have for the weekly newsletter to ucctulare@yahoo.com by

WEDNESDAY  12 PM

. Thank you!

 

An Afternoon of Jazz, 6 May 2018, at Tulare Congregational Church!

URSULA BISCONER MEMORIAL
CHAMBER CONCERT
presents
An Afternoon of Jazz
Sunday, May 6, 2018
at 4:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church of Tulare
220 W. Tulare Ave.
– admission free –

Church Newsletter 19 April 2018

 

 

This Week:
April 22, 2018
 
Adult Sunday School
9:15 am
 
Church Service 
10:30 am
 
 

Contact us
Phone:(559) 686-5528
 
Email is–
ucctulare@yahoo.com,
or click below.
 
Send us an email!
 Office hours

 
Monday 9-2:30
Tuesday 12-3 Wednesday 9-2:30 
Friday 9-11:30
Northern California Nevada Conference
United Church of Christ.
 Monday night Bible Study
 
Monday night study  is at 5:30pm in the adult Sunday school room. 
Save the Date!
 
April 28: Council Meeting, 10 am in Fellowship hall.
 
May 2: Christian Ed meeting, 7 pm, fellowship hall
 
May 3: National Day or Prayer.
 Schedule
 
Adult Sunday School – meets at 9:15am.
 
Youth Group – meets Wednesday night at             5:30-6:45. 
 
Women’s Fellowship – meets the third Tuesday on the month,  at 11:30.
Rev. Dr. Broadbent will be joining us on Sunday…  first to conduct our worship service and then to lead the council in a training session as we work toward reconciliation and healing.
Nell Edminster Memorial Service 
April 21, 2018
10 am
First Congregational Church, UCC
Tulare, CA
 REMINDER
Pastor Natalie will be unfriending church members from her facebook page. This is part of the agreement with the conference to stop communication for at least one year.
My Dear Church Friends,
Thank you all for your generous help for Natalie’s party on Sunday. Many of you went way beyond the call of duty. You were all very kind! Your support was wonderful! Thank you!
Fran Lillyman
 
Office Hours
 
Monday            9-2:30
Tuesday           12-3
Wednesday      9-2:30
Friday               9-11:30
 
The church council will meet on April 28, 2018, at 10 am in the fellowship hall.
Sequoia  Association Council Meeting
May 6th – 3:00 p.m.
At First Congregational Church UCC in Fresno.

Our Conference Minister, Diane Weible will share on her
“Experiences in Israel and Palestine”.

Spring Music-Events Calendar
 
April 22 – Handbells
April 29 -Hymn Sing
 
May 6 – Choir – Jazz Chamber Concert
May 13 – Youth Sunday
May 20 – Handbells
May 27 – Hymn Sing
 
June 3 – Choir – Graduation/Recognition Sunday
Deadline for E-news is on Wednesday by noon.
Spire!
 
Attached Here is the April Spire! Inserts for the May Spire must be sent to ucctulare@yahoo.com by Friday, April 20th.
Please email any announcements you have for the weekly newsletter to ucctulare@yahoo.com by

WEDNESDAY  12 PM

. Thank you!
 
 
First Congregational Church, UCC, 220 West Tulare Avenue, Tulare, CA 93274

Church Newsletter 12 April 2018

 

 

This Week:
April 15, 2018
 
Adult Sunday School
9:15 am
 
Church Service 
10:30 am
 
 

Contact us
Phone:(559) 686-5528
 
Email is–
ucctulare@yahoo.com,
or click below.
 
Send us an email!
 Office hours

 
Monday 9-2:30
Tuesday 12-3 Wednesday 9-2:30 
Friday 9-11:30
Northern California Nevada Conference
United Church of Christ.
 Monday night Bible Study
 
Monday night study  is at 5:30pm in the adult Sunday school room. 
Save the Date!
 
April 15: Pulled Pork Sandwiches.
Trustees Committee meeting
 
April 17: Women’s Fellowship, Even Song at 6:30 pm
 
April 18: Outreach Committee meeting, 7 pm, fellowship hall
 
April 28: Council Meeting, 10 am in Fellowship hall
 Schedule
 
Adult Sunday School – meets at 9:15am.
 
Youth Group – meets Wednesday night at             5:30-6:45. 
 
Women’s Fellowship – meets the third Tuesday on the month,  at 11:30.
 REMINDER
Pastor Natalie will be unfriending church members from her facebook page. This is part of the agreement with the conference to stop communication for at least one year.
My Dear Church Friends,
Thank you all for your generous help for Natalie’s party on Sunday. Many of you went way beyond the call of duty. You were all very kind! Your support was wonderful! Thank you!
Fran Lillyman
 
Office Hours
 
Monday            9-2:30
Tuesday           12-3
Wednesday      9-2:30
Friday               9-11:30
 Women’s Fellowship:
Remembrance and Rest
 
      I love these early Daylight Savings Time evenings.  At about 6:30 the sun has reached that point where everything seems to be bathed in a soft, golden glow. The light feels as though it’s coming from inside each leaf, flower and cloud.  The day is winding down and it’s time for a rest.  Take a moment, go outside and see it for yourself.
  In April, Women’s Fellowship is offering you a very special way to experience this lovely time of day while remembering the beloved folk in our lives who have left us for their eternal rest.  Scott Horton, our church’s former organist, will return at 6:30 on Tuesday, April 17 to lead us in a memorial Evensong service.  As our sanctuary fills with gentle, golden light, we will celebrate in exquisite music and prayer those we love who have gone before.  This is a service designed for our entire church family. Come rest in the Lord’s promise of eternal life and remember those you love. Peace be with you.
 
Nell Edminster Memorial Service 
April 21, 2018
10 am
First Congregational Church, UCC
Tulare, CA
 

Church Camp Scholarship
Pulled Pork Luncheon
 
 
Sunday, April 15, 2018
NOON – 2:00pm
First Congregational Church
In Tulare
Corner of H and Tulare Street, Tulare
 
Donation: $8.00
Includes Pork Sandwich/Chips/Cookie
Please help send us to church camp!
  
 
The church council will meet on April 28, 2018, at 10 am in the fellowship hall.
Sequoia  Association Council Meeting
May 6th – 3:00 p.m.
At First Congregational Church UCC in Fresno.

Our Conference Minister, Diane Weible will share on her
“Experiences in Israel and Palestine”.

Spring Music-Events Calendar
 
April 15 – Choir – Pulled Pork Luncheon
April 22 – Handbells
April 29 -Hymn Sing
 
May 6 – Choir – Jazz Chamber Concert
May 13 – Youth Sunday
May 20 – Handbells
May 27 – Hymn Sing
 
June 3 – Choir – Graduation/Recognition Sunday
Deadline for E-news is on Wednesday by noon.
Spire!
 
Attached Here is the April Spire! Inserts for the May Spire must be sent to ucctulare@yahoo.com by Friday, April 20th.
Please email any announcements you have for the weekly newsletter to ucctulare@yahoo.com by

WEDNESDAY  12 PM

. Thank you!

Church Newsletter 15 March 2018

 

 

This Week:
March 18, 2018
 
Adult Sunday School
9:15 am
 
Church Service 
10:30 am
 
 

Contact us
Phone:(559) 686-5528
 
Email is–
ucctulare@yahoo.com,
or click below.
 
Send us an email!
 

Office hours
 
Pastor Natalie: Mondays, and on call as needed.
Terri: Monday 9-2, Wednesday 9-2 and Friday 9-11
Northern California Nevada Conference
United Church of Christ.
 Monday night Bible Study
 
Monday night study  is at 5:30pm in the adult Sunday school room. 
Save the Date!
 
Mar 14: TAC meeting, 12 pm, Sunrise Church.
Outreach Meeting, 7 pm
 
Mar 20: Women’s Fellowship, 11 am
 
Mar 24: Sequoia Association meeting,10am, Community UCC Fresno
 
Mar 25: Council Meeting after worship
 Schedule
 
Adult Sunday School – meets at 9:15am.
 
Youth Group – meets Wednesday night at             5:30-6:45. 
 
Women’s Fellowship – meets the third Tuesday on the month,  at 11:30.
Office will be closed on April 2nd.
      

OOPS! 
We sent the survey out too soon. It was still being revised. An updated version will be distributed in the near future.

Please disregard the one you received last week.

 
Sincerely,
 
Georgine and Jeremy
SEARCH COMMITTEE
 
The Search Committee met on Tuesday night with Davena Jones, 

Associate Conference Minister, UCC. She went over the process, gave us good up to date information and the committee was excited to be moving forward. Carole Jordan agreed to be the Chair of the Committee and Kay Leighty agreed to be the recorder. A poster is on the board in the Fellowship Hall to help everyone chart the progress.
Church Council 
 
The Church council voted to hold seminars and conversations to discuss our mission, our open and affirming position, and our Congregational roots. We will be led by Georgine Stevens and Jeremy Johnson. More information will be provided soon.
 
NEEDED
 
Please, sign-up for finger food for Pastor Natalie’s celebration. We need flowers for 20 small vases. Thank you for all your nice notes for Natalie’s Memory/Guest book! See Fran Lillyman for information on or to volunteer.
Pastor’s farewell in Fresno
April 9th
 Women’s Fellowship
   Time in a Bottle
 
   Women’s Fellowship is looking forward to it’s March meeting! Jean Kirkbride is planning to share the story of her antique bottles. Come discover how she began this unusual hobby.
  What can these treasures from the past teach us? Can you really explore time in a bottle? It will be a be a fun and interesting time. Don’t miss Women’s Fellowship on March 20 at 11:00 AM. Social Time will be followed by lunch at 11:30. See you there.
 

LENTEN AND EASTER SCHEDULE
 
March 25   Palm Sunday service at 10:30 am
March 29   Maundy Thursday service at 6 pm
March 30   Good Friday service at 6 pm
April 1       Sunrise service at 6:15, in the church                     courtyard.
                   Easter service at 10:30
April 8        Pastor Natalie’s last Sunday. Open                         House 12-3
 
REMINDER:

Maundy Thursday is foot and hand washing. 
Good Friday is a simple Tenebrae, 
Your council is forming a task force for a review of our bylaws. If you would like to participate please see Jeremy by Sunday, March 25, 2018. If you have any suggestions or questions you can speak to Jeremy or contact him through the directory.
 

Church Camp Scholarship
Chicken and Waffle Breakfast

 
Sunday, March 18, 2018
8:30 – 10:30am
First Congregational Church
In Tulare
Corner of H and Tulare Street, Tulare
 
Donation: $8.00
Includes 2 pieces of chicken and waffle
Please help send us to church camp!
 
Pastor Natalie’s celebration
April 8, 2018
 
For information:  click here to read more
 
 
Spring Music-Events Calendar
 


March 18 – Handbells – Chicken and Waffle   Breakfast
March 25 – Special
 
April 1 – Easter – Choir
April 8 – Church Orchestra – Natalie’s     Celebration
April 15 – Choir – Pulled Pork Luncheon
April 22 – Handbells
April 29 -Hymn Sing
 
May 6 – Choir – Jazz Chamber Concert
May 13 – Youth Sunday
May 20 – Handbells
May 27 – Hymn Sing
 
June 3 – Choir – Graduation/Recognition Sunday
Deadline for E-news is on Wednesday by noon.
Spire!
 
Attached Here is the March Spire! Inserts for the April Spire must be sent to ucctulare@yahoo.com by Monday, March 19th. Due to Holy Week the Spire needs to finished by March 24th.
Please email any announcements you have for the weekly newsletter to ucctulare@yahoo.com by

WEDNESDAY  12 PM

. Thank you!

 

Upcoming Events

Save the Date!
 
July 4: Office close
 
July 22-28: Camp Tam, Jr High Camp (grades 7-9)
 
July 28-29: Women’s Retreat in Wilsonia
 
July 29-Aug. 4: Camp Tam, Sr. High Camp (grades 10-12)
 
 Schedule
 
Adult Sunday School – meets at 9:15am.
 
Youth Group – meets Wednesday night at             5:30-6:45. 
 
Women’s Fellowship – meets the third Tuesday on the month,  at 11:30.

Goodbye and God Bless–Interim Pastor Natalie Chamberlain

 
Natalie Chamberlain
is leaving
First Congregational Church
220 W. Tulare Ave., CA 93274
 
You are cordially invited to help us wish her good luck in the next chapter of her life.  We will celebrate her tenure here after church on April 8th from 12 to 3! Come and enjoy finger food and say good bye to Natalie.
 
Please RSVP
559-686-5528 or
by March 31st

Church Weekly Newsletter for 1 March 2018

 

 

This Week:
March 4, 2018
 
Adult Sunday School
9:15 am
 
Church Service 
10:30 am
 
 

Contact us
Phone:(559) 686-5528
 
Email is–
ucctulare@yahoo.com,
or click below.
 
Send us an email!
 

Office hours
 
Pastor Natalie: Mondays, and on call as needed.
Terri: Monday 9-2, Wednesday 9-2 and Friday 9-11
Northern California Nevada Conference
United Church of Christ.
 Monday night Bible Study
 
Monday night study  is at 5:30pm in the adult Sunday school room. 
Save the Date!
 
Mar 4: Worship and Diaconate Committee meeting 9:15.
Council meeting after worship service.
 
Mar 11: Time change, One Great Hour of Sharing Offering
 
Mar 14: TAC meeting, 12 pm, Sunrise Church.
Outreach Meeting, 7 pm
 
Mar 20: Women’s Fellowship, 11 am
 
Mar 24: Sequoia Association meeting,10am, Community UCC Fresno
 
 Schedule
 
Adult Sunday School – meets at 9:15am.
 
Youth Group – meets Wednesday night at             5:30-6:45. 
 
Women’s Fellowship – meets the third Tuesday on the month,  at 11:30.
Moderator, Cookie Whelan
 
 
   We need to revise our Church Profile. We will do this in a focused and speedy manor. Our current profile is available in the Narthex. Please review and revise as you see fit. Congregation input is an important step. Asking all of you to send revisions or affirmations of the current profile will help everyone have a voice in our future. A search committee consisting of Council members will take the revisions and form a new document. This document will be presented to the congregation on Sunday March 18th.
 
Send your ideas for our profile to one of the following council members:
Linda Mabry         559-827-8131       lindaa.mabry@gmail.com
 
Kay Leighty          559-686-0251    no email
 
Pat Hillman           559-686-5222     HillmanDW@aol.com
 
Carole Jordan      559-733-3782       ccjordan694@sbcglobal.net
 
John Williams      559-281-3744      sandyandjohn9@att.net
Or send material to the Church office or church email ucctulare@yahoo.com
 

Lenten Study
 
During Lent, Pastor Natalie will be available on Monday Evenings at 5:30 to discuss the previous Sunday sermon about Communion with anyone who is interested.
Tulare Emergency Aid

 

LENTEN AND EASTER SCHEDULE
 
 
March 25   Palm Sunday service at 10:30 am
March 29   Maundy Thursday service at 6 pm
March 30   Good Friday service at 6 pm
April 1       Sunrise service at 6:15, in the church                     courtyard.
                   Easter service at 10:30
April 8        Pastor Natalie’s last Sunday. Open                         House 12-3
 

Want to See and Listen to a Sermon?
 
Just a reminder the blessing of sermons by Pastor Natalie is coming to an end soon. If you missed any, most are available on Youtube.com, just search for 1st Congregational Church Tulare CA.
Here is a sample of the power of her words from 25 Feb 2018, her closing of the sermon entitled “Sacrifice and Community”:
“We are surrounded by so great a cloud of witness. Close your eyes, think of the communion that meant the most to you; who was sitting next to you? That person…may be gone…that cloud of witness continues to be the encouragement.
That witness is the encouragement to continue an impossible task, in a world with more needs than we could ever meet. It’s a call to be part of that great cloud of witness ourselves. We aren’t called to save the world; that is Jesus’ job. We are called to take the gifts that God has given to each one of us, and do what we can with what we have in the moment we’re in. If we are faithful in that, the body of Christ will bring glory to God and be praised in our world.
The body of Christ is us together, at our best and our worst, but it is us…together.”
The DulTones
are coming to Clovis!

 
The DulTones are a group who enjoy music from the 50’s and 60’s known as “doo-wop.”  The group is part of the music ministry of the Chinese Congregational Church, UCC, of San Francisco, CA.
 
They have offered their music to churches, non-profits, and other groups for enjoyment of all in attendance. 
 
They have entertained audiences since 2000 and have done fundraisers, anniversaries, weddings, and other venues.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Concert @ 11:30am
Immediately followed by lunch
 
United Japanese Christian Church
136 N. Villa Ave., Clovis, CA 92612
 
Free will donations are appreciated.
Suggested donation for lunch: $10
 
To RSVP for lunch, please contact Akiko (322-0701 or akiko@ujcclife.com) by March 5.
 
Hope to see you there!
 

Church Camp Scholarship
Chicken and Waffle Breakfast

 
Sunday, March 18, 2018
8:30 – 10:30am
First Congregational Church
In Tulare
Corner of H and Tulare Street, Tulare
 
Donation: $8.00
Includes 2 pieces of chicken and waffle
Please help send us to church camp!
 
 

 
Natalie Chamberlain
is leaving
First Congregational Church
220 W. Tulare Ave., CA 93274
 
You are cordially invited to help us wish her good luck in the next chapter of her life.  We will celebrate her tenure here after church on April 8th from 12 to 3! Come and enjoy finger food and say good bye to Natalie.
 
Please RSVP
559-686-5528 or
by March 31st
SPRING MUSIC CALENDAR
 
March 4    Special….handbell                                        practice     
March 11        Choir
March 18        Handbells, Chicken & Waffles          fundraiser
March 25        Special
 
April 1         Easter….Choir
 
April 8         Hymn sing, handbell practice
Deadline for E-news is on Wednesday by noon.
 
Spire!
 
Attached Here is the March Spire! Inserts for the April Spire must be sent to ucctulare@yahoo.com by Monday, March 19th. Due to Holy Week the Spire needs to finished by March 24th.
Please email any announcements you have for the weekly newsletter to ucctulare@yahoo.com by

WEDNESDAY  12 PM

. Thank you!