I am honored to serve as Moderator of this vibrant and active church family. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, we continue to meet virtually and sustain one another in ways big and small. We’ve taken some huge leaps of faith: from conducting our recent Congregational Meeting via Zoom (which drew over 150 participants!) to holding virtual book club meetings, Bible study groups, adult education classes, task force discussions, comma groups, choir check-ins, and much more. We’ve switched to online Sunday worship services and pivoted to conducting Admin Board meetings and Ministry Board meetings via Zoom. We continued the search process for a new minister despite the pandemic, calling the Rev. Dr. Sarah Halverson-Cano as our next settled pastor. We look forward to partnering with her to reach new levels of activism and involvement in the social justice causes we hold dear.
Through it all, our guiding mantra has been to “protect the flock” by keeping our members safe while ensuring that everyone remains engaged and informed. It’s a tough balancing act, but we are a strong congregation and we will work together to survive and come out of this experience even better than before.
These are uncertain and challenging times, with still more unknowns ahead. We must keep moving forward because we cannot stand still. Onward, IUCC members – let’s stay involved, stay connected, and keep the faith!
In hope and optimism,
With the days getting longer and summer approaching, it’s time to gather under the new shade sails at IUCC. Join us for the first of these gatherings at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, for “Sipping Under the Sails.” Bring your own refreshing beverage – lemonade, iced tea, wine, water –Continue reading
Family Promise of Orange County is an amazing interfaith organization helping families experiencing homelessness achieve housing stability. IUCC will once again house the program for a week from June 12 to 19. Sign up here to volunteer. Family Promise partners with local congregations to house and support families while theyContinue reading
We’re looking for persons interested in using technology in worship! Our worship experience has become very dependent on technology, and on people to work it. Now that we have a new sound-mixer board and integrated multiple cameras and on-screen captions, it takes more than one person to run things eachContinue reading
Join your fellow congregants for refreshments on the patio after each service. It’s OK to come early for the 11 a.m. service to get to know or reacquaint yourself with people attending the 9:30 service. There’s plenty of room on the patio. Did you just get more excited for Sundays?Continue reading
Comma Groups are IUCC’s small-groups program – an opportunity to connect with others, find spiritual support, and study ideas about living our faith. Comma Groups meet once a month from October through April, usually in participants’ homes and often with a meal or snack. Individual groups will tailor that thisContinue reading
Family Promise has embarked upon a project to triple its capacity to house the homeless of Orange County by building and staffing the House of Ruth. This is a new housing community and a Navigation Center. Seven apartment-style housing units ranging in size from one to three bedrooms will provide short-termContinue reading
Families Forward needs pantry and school supplies in July For the past several years, our Mission and Service Ministry has been proud to support Families Forward, among the highest rated programs for the homeless in the United States. They use their donations efficiently and transparently, and they’re located right here inContinue reading
At IUCCm we love our choral interns! While we hate to see any of them leave when they graduate or have other obligations, it’s also a pleasure to welcome new people. This January, tenor Jaime Reza and soprano Brandi Birdsong became the newest additions to the IUCC choral program underContinue reading
If you have seen our IUCC Chancel Choir members sing the Gathering Song, you know what a “Virtual Choir” looks like. Director of Music Chris Peterson would like to invite anyone (not just the choir) to be part of this if they want. “I am adding faces each week, andContinue reading