Daily Devotional

“Feed Your Spirit” is a daily devotion that includes scripture, reflection and prayer.

It is found on the UCC website which can be reached here: http://www.ucc.org/feed_your_spirit

Other devotional articles and items to ponder are also located there.

Prayer Cell

I’m Laura Burger. I joined the United Church of Christ of California in 1990 when I married my husband Steven. I am originally from Iowa and was living in Columbia when I met Steven on a blind date! Over the years, I have spent my time as a stay at home mom raising our two sons (Grant and Luke), along with 1st volunteering and then working part-time at the Elementary School along with volunteering for and also leading many different church programs at the church.

Now that our sons are grown and our family has grown to include our daughter-in-law Bailey (married to Grant), I am a housewife and volunteer my time at church. My favorite things to do are spend time with family and good friends, travel, fish, read and jigsaw puzzles. I love the outdoors and working in my yard. Along with leading these two groups, I also teach Sunday School and sing in the Senior Choir.

I started the Prayer Cell group on May 15, 2001. We have faithfully met weekly on Tuesday’s at 9:00 a.m. at the church for the past 18 years. Only rarely – due to a holiday or bad weather – do we not meet The group is all women except Pastor Russ, but both men and women are welcome to join the group. The only requirements in being a member are that you commit to praying daily for those on our Prayer List and keep confidential information. I am currently the leader of R.O.K. which is an acronym for Reaching Our Kids.

Individuals who have felt called to spend time in prayer meet in the sanctuary every Tuesday morning from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  Prayers are lifted up for those listed in the bulletin along with individual requests given to the group.  After updating the weekly prayer list, the group sits in silence to pray.  Each member spends time daily praying for those listed.  If you have a prayer request for the group, you may contact the church office. All prayer requests given to the group are kept confidential.  The group is open to anyone who feels called to pray for others.

WOMEN’S GUILD

Leader: Linda Schneiders

My husband, Leroy, and I transferred our church membership to the California UCC in 1980. Along with our daughters, Stacey and Rachelle. Both, who were confirmed and married in this church. Stacey and her family are still members. Rachelle has moved from the area. Our family has been active in Sunday School, Youth Fellowship, and served on most committee’s in the church. Leroy, Stacey, and I have all served on the church Consistory. I also served on the building committee and decorating committees. The California UCC is not just a church to me, it has been our family. We have been very blessed, by God’s guidance. After my retirement, from the Insurance business world, I was able to become an active member of the Women’s Guild.

The Women’s Guild meets the third Wednesday afternoon of each month. We are a group of ladies of all age groups. Our meetings are both inspirational and informative. In 2020 we will be studying the Twelve Apostles. In the past we have studied the Women of the Bible, and most recently the Catechism. We enjoy our study time, brief business meeting, and fellowship. The Women’s Guild offers Celebration of Life Meals to all members, and extended church families. Funded by our monthly contributions. We have two groups who alternate in the preparing and serving. We also support the greater church needs in serving meals and refreshments as requested.

Our group participates in birthday celebrations at the nursing homes, and other community projects like 3MT, Community Service Project, Ministerial Alliance Thanksgiving meal, and Red Cross Blood Drive. We support a monthly benevolence and provide cards, gifts, and prayers for the shut-in church members. Along with flowers for the sanctuary and through-out the church.

Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 2: 8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”

The women of the UCC of California gather to strengthen their own spiritual life, to nurture the life of our church family, to pray together, and to enjoy the fellowship of believers. They meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 1:00 PM for devotion, Bible study, a mission project, business meeting, and fellowship. Pastor Lovins leads the Bible study February-November. There are also Helpers on Call who are not active participants, but support Guild efforts and projects when needed.

The Guild is active in many projects throughout the year. These include:

  • Serving celebration of life dinners for church family and friends
  • Hosting the Confirmation reception
  • Leading a birthday party for California Care residents
  • Delivering gifts and cookies to our church family members in care centers
  • Serving a meal for the annual Community Service Project
  • Cleaning the kitchen and other such projects as needed
  • Supporting and promoting the Festival of Sharing with monetary gifts, kits, and Best Choice labels

They also willingly take on other projects in the church as needed or asked to do.

MEN’S BROTHERHOOD

Leader: Abe Rohrbach

Hi, I am a lifelong member of the UCC of California. I have been a farmer my entire adult life. I love being part of this congregation. One of the special things about our congregation is being part of the special organizations available. I started Sunday School at 3 years old and still learn there today. I went to youth fellowship through high school, then joined our Men’s Brotherhood. I enjoy being in choir where we not only sing, we also have great fellowship.The Brotherhood is a group of men of all ages. We meet the fourth Monday of each month. We start with a devotion, usually a short business meeting, then a program of various sorts, quite often a guest speaker with lots of questions and comments from the members. We then take turns at serving refreshments and do lots of visiting. We love to have new people join us. Other activities include Christmas decorating, caroling, a community service project with inmates from the Tipton Correctional Center, and church services at the nursing homes when our church is responsible for services.

Favorite Bible Verse: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

All men of the church are invited and encouraged to be a part of the Brotherhood who meet the fourth Monday evening most months at 7:30 PM. Typical meetings include a devotion, hymn singing, informational and inspirational program, closing with fellowship and refreshments. They take an offering each month to support their various projects around the church and our community.

The Brotherhood are involved in a variety of projects and programs throughout the year. These include:

  • Community service project with the Methodist Men and Tipton Correctional Center inmates     Picture shows Tipton inmate at Sunday worship sharing what the week of service meant to him.
  • Family fish fry meal with the Central UCC Brotherhood in Jefferson City
  • Decorate the sanctuary and outdoors for Christmas
  • Christmas Caroling to care centers and invited homes
  • They are often involved with the community Crop Walk and help around the church or assist with other projects as requested.

Traditionally, the Brotherhood provides a special anthem during a Lenten service each year.

Sunday School

Young Adults Class taught by Larry Rohrbach & Travis Koestner. They meet in the room next to the choir room. They cover relevant topics using scripture, videos, and discussion.

Kingdom Builders taught by Steven Burger and Travis Koestner meet on the upper level, down the hall to the new building on the right.

Working Class Christians taught by Carole Barbour meet on lower level at the end of the main hall.

Distinguished Adults taught by Abe Rohrbach meet on the lower level in the old kitchen.

The Bereans taught by Kathy Grant meet on the lower level in the conference room. The class name means people committing themselves to “searching the scriptures daily.”