Community Church of Sebastopol

United Church of Christ

Come and Find the Quiet Center

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 - Preview Meeting June 3

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...

On June 3, at 9 am, there will be an OWL preview for parents in Faith Chapel. There will also be an official Orientation for Parents and Students in the Fall, before the program begins.

OWL Leader Training will take place this summer and a new program will be scheduled for our fall program year. Watch for more information soon!

Please contact Pastor Rachel with any questions.




By-Laws

A major revsion to the by-laws of the Community Church of Sebastopol was unanimously passed at the April 15, 2018 Congregational Meeting. By-Laws of the Community Church approved April 15, 2018.

Position descriptions: Moderator, Nominating Committee, Council Officer for Facilities, Council Officer for Finance, Council Officer for Personnel, Member for Care & Fellowship Ministry, Member for Faith Formation Ministry, Member for Outreach Ministry, and Member for Worship & Arts Ministry.

A complete list of the leadership roles, committees and team members can be found here.



An Exciting Proposal

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.

Let's Get Creative!

During the Summer of 2018, our worship will focus on “Bursting the Bubble.” We will be taking on topics such as gun violence, reproductive freedom, systemic racism, and climate change. We are asking church members to share original art pieces to include on our bulletin covers that convey thinking outside the box, bursting the bubble, reimagining what is possible.

Please submit your artwork as a high resolution digital photo to Karin Seder, Office Manager. You may also bring your artwork into the office to be scanned. If you have questions about the overall project, contact Pastor Benjamin or 719.238.5347.

Call the office with any questions at 823-2484 or email.



Sonoma County Gay Pride Event

June 2

Join in the 31st annual Sonoma County Pride Parade on June 2, in downtown Santa Rosa on 4th Street. Parade starts at noon, followed by the Pride Festival from Noon to 8PM. The theme: Together We Rise. The parade will include our congregation along with two other Sonoma County UCC churches. For more information visit: www.sonomacountypride.org.



Wanted: MADD Camp Counselors

Meeting June 3 & 9

All youth (entering 6th -12th grade) are invited to become a MADD Camp Counselor. MADD Camp is June 11-15 from 9am -12pm and a program during worship on June 17. Counselors will need to be at MADD Camp from 8:15 am to -1pm every day. Find out more at an informational meeting on Sunday, June 3 from Noon-2:30 pm, in the Youth Lounge (with pizza!) There will be a final planning meeting on Saturday, June 9 from 10 am - 12:30 pm. Questions? Contact Pastor Rachel at 823-2484 ext. 104 or by email.

Adult helpers are also needed - please contact Pastor Rachel if you are available to help.

Here is where you can find out more information and sign up for MADD Camp.



Prayer Shawl Ministry

knitting

June 18

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.



Summer Camps at Cazadero and Camp Tamarack

From You & Me Camp to Sr. High Camp and every age in between - enjoy an outdoor experience this summer! Find out more information here.

And don't forget about our Apple Pie Scholarship - earn $$ for camp registration just for volunteering at our Apple Pies Event. Call or email the church office to sign up!

Here is one more tip - mail in your registration information (instead of registering online) and save the processing fee of up to $27



Apple Pies Event

August 9-12, 2018

More than 40 Years Baking Pies for the Gravenstein Apple Fair

boy and apples

Our biggest fund raiser of the year, the Apple Pies Event, is right around the corner - August 9-12 with lots of preliminary work available too! Each year, and for more than 40 years, The Community Church of Sebastopol has baked up to 2000 pies for the Sebastopol Gravenstein Apple Fair. Money raised is used to fund camp scholarships, providing our youth with a great summer experience and help to offset costs for our Family Camp at Camp Caz.

Everyone can lend a hand, apple pie worker no matter what your age or abilities, from the youngest to the oldest. Join us for this wonderful multigenerational event as we prepare and bake hundreds of apple pies to sell at the Sebastopol Gravenstein Apple Fair. We also have our special "drive-thru" right here at the church, so convenient, especially if you are loading up with pies for friends and family. You can also request unbaked pies, perfect for the freezer!

Mark the dates on your calendar and sign up here for Apple Pies.

Call Karin in the office to get your name on the schedule at 823-2484 ext.100 or send an email to the church office.



kids at camp

Family Camp 2018

August 31 & September 1 & 2, 2018

Join us in 2018 as we celebrate our 47th year of Family Camp at Camp Cazadero! Generations have camped at Caz, enjoying the Redwoods and nights under the stars - continue the tradition or start your own family tradition and sign up for Family Camp. Bring your family to meet our family - the 'family' in Family Camp is our church family: singles, doubles, traditional families, non-traditional families and parts of families are all part of our Family Camp at Caz.

Family Camp is a weekend of fellowship, hiking, swimming, crafts, singing, campfires, talent shows, worship and much more – or less if you just want to hang out in this beautiful place called CAZ!

If sleeping in a bunk in a cabin is beyond your scope, plan to join us just for the day on Saturday. You can enjoy breakfast-lunch-dinner and everything that happens in between!

Camp Cazadero is a beautiful 1 hour drive along the Russian River and up the hill past the town of Cazadero. And if you would like to find out more about our history with Camp Caz, check out the the story written by Sara Gerboth.

All of us enjoy greatly reduced camp rates, thanks to our Apple Pie scholarship funds. If we can help you make it to Family Camp, that is what we want to do - contact the church office for confidential scholarship information.

Family Camp registration form (PDF)


Giants Baseball

June 28 and August 7

giants

We have a limited number of tickets for two games with the SF Giants – the Colorado Rockies and the Houston Astros!

Our 3-time World Champion San Francisco Giants are ready for a new season of winning and we have tickets for two games! We are in Club Level, section 231, rows C & D for both games – so sign up for the game and bring your glove! We offer these tickets at our cost, plus the cost of transportation ($86 + $35) or you can just pay for the ticket and find your own way to the ballpark. Call Karin in the church office to sign up at 823-2484 or office@uccseb.org. Both games start at 12:45 with our ride leaving Sebastopol by 10 am. Thursday, June 28: SF Giants vs. Colorado Rockies & Tuesday, August 7: SF Giants vs. Houston Astros.

Please remember to bring all food and water into the park in plastic containers - and don't forget to bring a jacket!