Other devotional articles and items to ponder are also located there.
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 do 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 Tuesdays 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.
Leader: Pamela Ives Hill
My husband, Doug, our son, Stephen, and I moved from Bellingham, Washington, in 2000. We spent several years searching for a church home, and through Reaffirmation of Faith and Stephen’s baptism, our family joined the United Church of Christ California in December 2005. Our son and his wife, Angela, now live in St. Louis but often visit and join us at worship services.
We have been very blessed to be members of the UCC California. Our church is a beautiful place to worship, and receive biblical education and fellowship. We value the friendships and support we have received over the years from our church family during difficult and happy times in our lives.
I have been involved in several church ministries, serving on the Evangelism Committee, Financial Review Committee, and the Consistory. My husband has served on the Building Committee. After my retirement as an accountant and adjunct accounting professor, I became active in the Women’s Guild.
The Women’s Guild meets on the third Wednesday afternoon of each month. We are a group of women of all age groups. Our meetings are both inspirational and informative. In 2022, we are wrapping up our study of Jesus’s Miracles and will start a study of Lamentations. We have studied the Twelve Apostles, the Catechism, and the Women of the Bible in the past few years. We enjoy our study time, brief business meeting, and fellowship.
The Women’s Guild offers Celebration of Life dinners to all members and extended church families. Our monthly offering and donations fund the dinners. We have two groups that alternate in preparing and serving the meals and volunteers who prepare the deserts. As requested, we also support the other church needs in serving meals and refreshments.
Our group participates in various activities, such as birthday celebrations at the local care centers and other community projects like 3MT, the Community Service Project, Ministerial Alliance Thanksgiving meal, and the Red Cross Blood Drive. We support a monthly benevolence and provide cards, gifts, and prayers for our shut-in church members. We provide flowers for the sanctuary and throughout the church.
Favorite Bible Verse:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” NKJV
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.
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 the choir where we not only sing but also have great fellowship. The Brotherhood is a group of men of all ages. We meet on 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 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 meet on the fourth Monday evening most months at 7:30 PM. Typical meetings include a devotion, hymn singing, informational and inspirational program, and closing with fellowship and refreshments. They take an offering each month to support their various projects around the church and our community.
The Brotherhood is 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.
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 the 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.”