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,
The Mission and Service April Collection is dedicated to the Second Harvest Food Bank OC. During this past year, in response to the Covid 19 Pandemic, Second Harvest Food Bank of OC has had to completely change the way they do the business of feeding those in need in OrangeContinue 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
There are 12 families (40 individuals of which 20 are kids) seeking adoption. Family Promise suggests 1-2 gifts for approximately $75 for adults and about $150 for 1-3 items per child. Every parent is providing a list of needed/wanted items. You can shop individually and deliver the gifts to Family Promise byContinue reading
Be part of the IUCC toy drive for Families Forward Would you like to make a difference in the life of a child and warm your heart at the same time? IUCC has had a long standing relationship with Families Forward. This wonderful organization has received four stars from CharityContinue reading
Sofia Portillo explains what factory farming is, how it ties to social and racial justice issues and possible solutions in this presentation made earlier this summer to IUCC’s Green Faith Committee. The video can’t be embedded but the link should take you to a video recording of the event. https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/_dYpKrz-q1xObJ3jyBHicPdmLN79aaa8hHRKr6Ben0q2lpN3znTF3au9U7LVKmD5Continue reading