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,
Artist, educator, writer (and former IUCC choral intern) Angelica Rowell comes back to IUCC to present an enlightening and inspiring workshop on Black music, its roots, and its evolution in America from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. The cost is $5. The Evolution of Black Music delvesContinue 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
In May, Mission and Service will collect food for Radiant Health Centers, which provides the LBGBTQ+ community with medical services that are compassionate and comprehensive while continuing to serve those with HIV. They also serve the mental health and nutritional needs of the LBGBTQ+ individuals who are economically stressed. LikeContinue reading
A big thank you to all who participated in the Mission and Service Ministry January collection for the homeless. Through a contact via Isaiah House, this was the first time that we had designated an entire month for a focused collection and were overwhelmed with the congregation’s gracious support. FriendsContinue 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
IUCC will hold three virtual services on Thursday, Dec. 24, to give everyone a chance to observe Christmas Eve at a convenient time. You can participate here or via Facebook. The service at 5:30 will be a Family Service, with some special readings and an informal atmosphere. The services at 8 and 10 p.m. willContinue reading