Did you know that Community United Church of Christ in San Carlos will be celebrating its 90th Anniversary in 2018? What a wonderful gift to be moving into a new space to celebrate our long history in San Carlos and launch into our future. We are already taking the first step to plan to Build Our New Church!
During the week of 7/23, an invitation was sent to the entire Congregation, Associate Members and Affiliates to join us as we undertake Phase I of our preparation. In Phase I we will undertake four months of independent book reading and once- a-month group discussion to Discern and Update Who We Are as a Spiritual Corporate Body and How We Can Continue to Serve God and the Community.
We will use the book “The Postmodern Parish, New Ministry for a New Era” by Rev. Jim Kitchens as a tool to help us focus on some fundamental elements of being a church.
Sixteen people have signed up to participate in the book reading and discussions. The discussions will take place the third Sunday of each month 10:30 –11:30 a.m. in either the Little Critters (TCP) classroom or in Faith In Action’s office. Regular Sunday worship will follow, and that to be followed by our regular Council Meeting to address daily operational matters.
In the Phase I discussions, we will not only cover the topics from the book but also research and census data which are important.
The calendar for reading and discussion is as follows:
Sept. 17 – Ch. 1, “A New Context for Ministry;” Ch. 2, “The Emerging Church;”
Oct. 15 – Ch. 3, “Worship in the Emerging Church;” Ch. 4 “Christian Formation: Starting from Scratch;”
Nov. 19 – Ch. 5 “Drawn into the Mission of God;”Ch. 6 “Leadership in the Emerging Church;”
Dec. 17 – Ch. 7 and catch-up, “Beginning to Learn How to See;”
The December date may need to be altered due to Christmas activities.
The focus of this series is on the FUTURE, where we want to be.
In Phase II, we will have an opportunity to reminisce, share and celebrate our wonderful past as we plan for our Coming Out Party – moving into our new space and welcoming old friends, members, new friends and strangers.
If you have not signed up for Phase I and would like to, please let Siv Nickerson – Moderator, firstname.lastname@example.org ; Rolf Hansen – Pastor, email@example.com; or Mark Davis -Diaconate UCCSC, firstname.lastname@example.org know. We will address Phase II AFTER we have completed Phase I.