Guiding all people into a relationship with Jesus Christ
Youth ministry is offered to tweens and teens who are in the 6-12th grade. The youth of California UCC meet regularly to experience faith, fun, and Christian fellowship. Monthly gatherings feature a blend of age appropriate, service oriented and social activities. Parents are actively involved in planning and supervising events. Courtney Hees is our Youth Coordinator.
Spring 2016 Youth Trip to Branson
Our youth and their sponsors attended the Christian Youth Weekend in Branson, April 1-3.
Children of all ages have opportunities to participate and get involved in the life of our congregation. Starting with preschoolers up through the elementary grades, children are invited to come forward each Sunday morning for a special message just for them. High Schoolers prepare special puppet presentations that they present approximately once a month.
Children in grades 2-7 may participate in Sunday morning worship by being an acolyte or singing with the God’s singers.
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.
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.