Worship Planning Retreat


On Saturday, September 14, from 10:00-2:00, in the Parlor, we will have our next Worship Planning Retreat. This is an opportunity for anyone to come and help envision our worship services over the next 2-3 months, including Advent. We will read scripture together and brainstorm themes, songs, poems, prayers, and ways we might structure our worship time. Everyone is welcome! So, bring yourselves, your ideas, a lunch, and snacks to share. We will share a refreshing and life-giving time together, while doing the work of the church—it is a retreat, after all!

John Pavlovitz Live!



First Christian Church is excited to announce that we are currently selling tickets to a great event in November, John Pavlovitz Live!
 
 
If you are unfamiliar with John’s writing and preaching, please check him out at johnpavlovitz.com  
 
Actually, this special event is technically two special events. The first is a speaking event on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 7pm - 9pm. The cost is $25.00 per ticket. Pavlovitz will be presenting his speech: When the World is Upside-Down (or Blessed are the Damn-Givers). Here is a brief preview of the topic:
 
These are disorienting days. The disconnection and enmity have taken a toll on all of us; on our families, our friendships, our local communities, our faith communities. What do we do to right-side things? How can we be agents of compassion in days when cruelty seems to be trending? Join Author and Pastor John Pavlovitz for an honest conversation about the what to do when everything feels upside down.
 
The second event is a workshop the following day, Saturday November 16, from 10am - 1pm. The cost is $40.00 per ticket. The topic is: Cultivating Hope in Difficult Days (or Avoiding Compassion Fatigue). Here is a preview of the workshop:

To be compassionate is to bleed; to feel deeply for the damage around you and to be moved to respond to it. This is a beautiful and invaluable instinct, but it is costly too. There is a toll the trauma of the world takes on us when we seek to step into that dangerous space and to work for healing and justice. In days when so much need is at our doorsteps and on our news feeds, how do we attend to it all without becoming overwhelmed and consumed by it? How can be cultivate hope when it is hard to come by? Join Pastor/Author John Pavlovitz for a time of authentic conversation on how to be safely burdened with the pain of this world, and what to do when you've exhausted your resources.


Tickets are limited, so act now before they sell out!

Vallejo Admirals - Game Day!


August 18 will be First Christian Church of Vallejo Day at the Vallejo Admirals Game!
We will be represented by running the bases, throwing out the first pitch and singing the National Anthem!

This is also a fundraiser for us. 50% of the tickets sold through this link will come back to the church. We have allocated the monies raised to go to our Capital Campaign to raise $50,000 for much needed building repairs.

Please plan to join us at the game for a very fun day!!

Special Speaker


PLAN TO ATTEND!

On Sunday, June 23rd, Pastor Mike Brown of First Baptist Church's Sparrow Project, will be in our sanctuary to talk to us about the Sparrow Project and how they reach out and help the homeless and others in need in Vallejo. After church, there will be a light luncheon and Pastor Mike will answer questions, share some pictures and let us know ways we can help support Sparrow Project.

Pastor Mike is the first of several speakers the church is planning to invite over the summer to share with us what their organization does to help our community. Be sure to mark the date on your calendar and plan to stay after church.

Worship Planning Retreat


On Saturday, June 1, from 10:00-2:00, we will have our next Worship Planning Retreat. This is an opportunity for anyone to come and help envision our worship services over the next 2-3 months. We will read scripture together and brainstorm themes, songs, poems, prayers, and ways we might structure our worship time. Everyone is welcome! So, bring yourselves, your ideas, a lunch, and snacks to share. We will share a refreshing and life-giving time together, while doing the work of the church—it is a retreat, after all!

50 Years of Walking. 50 years of Ending Hunger Together.

You know what hunger looks like. You’ve seen it in on local news stations and in the faces of kids around the world. It is long-lasting, and it is everywhere.

For 50 years, average Americans have come together to fight hunger in exceptional ways through the CROP Hunger Walk. These aren’t politicians or celebrities – they’re passionate (and compassionate!) farmers, students, members of the faith community, volunteers and more who care that the people they see on a daily basis are struggling. And for five decades, they have moved to make a difference.

The story of the CROP Hunger Walk goes back to 1969. Teens in Bismarck, North Dakota and York County, Pennsylvania decided it was time to do something for families who had to walk miles for food and clean water. So they walked…and, because they took that first step, hunger has forever been changed.

Today, millions of people across nearly every state have participated in what is now called the CROP Hunger Walk. Our walks of life may look different, but we move forward with the same vision: a world where every child has enough healthy food to survive each day.

First Christian Church is one of the sponsoring organizations for the Vallejo CROP Hunger Walk. Our walk this year is on May 4th (May the fourth be with you!). This is the 12th year we have come together to raise funds for agencies in Vallejo and surrounding areas. With Church World Service's help, we gather funds many different ways. One way is by going on line at www.crophungerwalk.org/vallejoca and donate or form a team. Another is to come down to the waterfront on May 4th starting at 9:00 and walk the 3k trek with us. With each dollar raised, hunger will be a little less.

Moving Toward Easter

As we move through the Christian Season of Lent, our theme this year is “Crisis of the Heart,” and we continue to consider the ways we experience and heal from the heartaches, heartbreaks, and heart troubles all around us.
 
As Easter draws closer, Jesus moves toward Jerusalem and the cross.
 
On Palm Sunday, April 14, you are invited to bring palm branches—BIG and small—to
help us welcome Jesus.
 
On Maundy Thursday, April 18, we will have a moving service featuring communion and the last words of Christ presented by the church Elders.
 
On Easter Sunday, April 21, we will have an Easter Breakfast Potluck beginning at 8:30, followed by an egg hunt and activities for both kids and adults, and Easter worship at 10:30.

Hunger Walk Concert

On Saturday, March 23rd, the Hunger Walk of Vallejo will present the Pickle Creek String Band, Lironna Sanchez on the piano, and much more to help three local agencies help those in need. All proceeds will go to these groups: Amador Street Hope Center, DePaul Women’s Center and American Canyon Family Resource Center. Each group works with people and families in our local community. Whether it’s helping with taxes or it’s distributing food or it’s serving a hot meal, each group is dedicated to help those who are less fortunate.

The concert will start at 7:00 with the doors opening at 6:30. Bluegrass, old time/ Appalachian, Irish/Celtic, folk and American ballads are just some of the types of music you will be hearing. Tickets are $10.00 minimum donation for adults and for students high school and younger just $5.00. Refreshments will be served during the concert. This will be the fifth annual concert to help us start thinking about the 12th Annual Hunger Walk of Vallejo which is on May 4th. If you would like to donate toward these agencies, please visit www.crophungerwalk.org/vallejo.

Mission Action Sunday

From the book Live Just.ly:
“What is God saying to you (us), and what are you (we) going to do about it?”

On Mission Action Sunday, March 3rd, we are going to worship, pray, commune, discuss and think about this question. Starting with worship at 10:30, we have an interactive service focused on the faith and justice issues we feel most passionately about. It will be a special service, with opportunities for everyone to participate in the discussion. Following the service, we will have a potluck lunch and a Mission Action Workshop centered on developing a plan to put our passions into action! Please bring something to share for the potluck. Lizzy Gore, the new Common Ground IAF leader, will be our special guest speaker during the Workshop. We will conclude no later than 2:30. This is an important day for our church and the ways we will minister in our community. Plus, we will have great conversations and a lot of fun.