Haircuts 4 The Holidays

Did you hear? First Christian Church Vallejo is excited to announce that we are giving away Free Haircuts 4 the Holidays/Cortes De Pelo Gratis para Las Fiestas. This is for anyone who otherwise can not afford to get one for themselves!
There are two dates: 
November 23rd, 9 am to 1 pm and December 21st, 9 am to 4 pm. 
In addition to the haircuts, those who come will also get a free lunch and a hygiene kit (with things like toothpaste, soap, a comb, etc.) to take away with them. Donations and volunteers are needed and greatly appreciated! For more information or to volunteer, contact our Minister-in-Training Renae Earl, nae2nae@att.net.

Global Holiday Faire

The 22nd Annual Ecumenical Global Holiday Faire is coming and we are very excited about the plans that are underway for First Christian Church's largest Mission Action event of the year!

The Faire will be Saturday, December 7, from 9-3 and as always will feature gift items from around the world. This year we will be raising money for 16 different local and global non-profit organizations. We are particularly excited to have Azizi Life as a new organization this year. They have beautiful hand made items from Rwanda which will be a very welcome addition to our returning gift items. We are also excited that after a few years absence from the Faire, the popular ceramics from Milestones of Development will be back this year! Plus, there will be new items from long time returning favorites such as SERRV, Gifts for the Journey and Concern America. As always there will be "re-gifted" items for sale as well as crafts, gift baskets and baked goods. In addition to great shopping opportunities, homemade lunch will be for sale and choirs and musicians will be performing all day to add to the festive atmosphere.

For more information about the Faire, visit globalholidayfaire.org. And remember to 'like' the Faire on Facebook!

Book Study Coming


First Christian Church is excited to be sharing an up and coming book study starting January 2020!

We will be reading and discussing the book “So You Want To Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo. The hope for our time together is that it will be conversational, inward-looking, and challenging. The day and time is TBD based on the input of the congregation, but once that is known, we will update this post. 

Anti-Racism Training


On Saturday, November 2, our church will be hosting the Regional Anti-Racism Training, from 8:00-4:00. During this Anti-Racism Training, part 1b, we will review the materials from 1a including definitions of racism. We will also work to understand the powers of racism, how they show up in the church and everyday life, and how we can collude with the systems that keep these powers in place.

We will explore how racism’s power has shaped us into being.  Dismantling racism frees us all into being what God intends God’s creation to be — free.

It is important as part of our faith journeys to become more anti-racist and pro-reconciling. All DOC clergy, lay people, and people of other denominations and faith traditions are invited and encouraged to attend. No prior training is required. Registration information can be found on the Regional website at https://ccncn.regfox.com/20191102anti-racismtraining . The cost is $45 and includes a light breakfast and lunch. If you are willing to help with setting up and serving lunch, the registration fee will be waived. Let’s have FCCV show up in force!

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!