All Church Fall Festival & BBQ


Everyone is invited to the ALL CHURCH FALL FESTIVAL & BBQ next Sunday, October 18, after church at Frontier Ranch.The staff took a short field trip to Frontier Ranch this week and rediscovered the possibilities – there are two ping pong tables, regular foosball, human foosball (whatever that is), disc golf, carpet ball (again, ???) and a huge lawn for bocci ball, 3 legged races, etc. There will be bingo and a cupcake walk for all ages and, of course, music and food! We’ll supply and BBQ the hot dogs. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. We’ll head over after church, start up by 12:30 and go until around 2:30.

Directions from church: Take Mt. Hermon Rd. past Lockwood Lane, turn right onto Lockhart Gulch Rd. Continue on Lockhart Gulch to the Mission Springs Camp & Conference Center at Cathedral Drive and turn right. Stay on Cathedral Drive through the conference center and drive up the hill. Turn right on Frontier Road at the fork in the road. Frontier Ranch is at the end of Frontier Road. There is plenty of parking on Freemy Circle and also at the top of Frontier Road. If you are unable to make the hike down the hill, have the driver drop you off. There is some parking at the bottom if needed.

This week and next:

Saturday, October 10, 8:30 am, Men’s Breakfast at Mollie’s Cafe in Scotts Valley – All men are welcome, meets 2nd Saturday of the month

Saturday, October 10, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, Wings Training at Garfield Park Church, 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz – RSVP to Peggy Benedum at: [email protected]

Sunday, October 11, Youth Groups – Middle School 6-7:30 pm, High School 6:45-8:15 pm, Dinner is provided.

Wednesday, October 14, 6:30 pm, Women’s Bible Study in the CE Bldg. Meets weekly, no advanced prep required.

Saturday, October 17, 5:30 pm, Faith Communities Shelter, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church on Scotts Valley Drive. 

Church Happenings

Saturday, June 6, Wings Homeless Advocacy Training session at Garfield Park Christian Church (the Circle Church), 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. If you are interested in joining the Wings Ministry or are just curious what we are about, this is a great no obligation session with lunch provided. Please RSVP to Peggy Benedum at [email protected]

Saturday, June 13, Men’s Breakfast, meets at 8:30 am at Mollie’s Cafe on Mt. Herman Drive in Scotts Valley. All men are welcome; it’s a great, casual way to get to know other men in our church.

Also Saturday, June 13, is the Faith Community Shelter at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Scotts Valley. Community Covenant is joining with St. Philip’s where a group of 16-20 homeless participants rotate sleeping in a different church each night of the week. St. Philip’s is providing the sleeping space and Community Covenant is providing the meal. The Faith Community Shelter is scheduled for the second Saturday of the month. Volunteers are needed to prepare and/or serve the evening meal, and we are starting to put together a monthly schedule through the end of the year. The immediate need is for this month, June 13. If you are able to participate by preparing or serving the meal, please contact the church office 831-438-4276 or [email protected]. If you are interested in participating in the program in an upcoming month, please also contact the office.

Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30 pm concludes the spring Men’s Bible Study session. It meets in the church library. Look for information about fall Men’s Bible Study in future emails.

Friday, June 19, is the Men’s BBQ from 5-9 pm on the church patio. All men are welcome. Please bring a friend and enjoy a meal while getting to know other men in our community. Main meal/drinks/dessert provided. Please bring a side, salad or chips or just $3 for the basket.

Joni & Friends is in need of Short-Term Missionaries for the June 14-19 and the July 12-17 retreats at Mission Springs. We especially need people for campers of the ages of nursery to teens as well as a few “floaters” who can help set up activities, etc. If you are interested, please see Karen Meyers.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, March 8 – Daylight Saving Time – Spring FORWARD!!
Adult Sunday School, 9:15 am, Fireside Room
Worship Service, 10:30 am, Kristin Van Pykeren is preaching
Youth Group – meets at 7pm in the sanctuary

Tuesday, March 10, Women’s Bible Study, 10 am in the Fireside Room

Saturday, March 14
Men’s Breakfast, 8:30 am at Mollie’s in SV
Wings Training, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm (lunch provided), at Peace United Church of Christ – Library, 900 High Street, Santa Cruz – if interested, RSVP to Peggy Benedum [email protected]

On Sunday, March 15, Abi Young and Scott Weiss will share the VOC (Vulnerable & Orphan Child) Program and Scott’s recent trip to Ethiopia after our 10:30 am worship service. Meet in the Community Room (next to the kitchen).

On Sunday, March 22, we will kickoff a new members class after church. If you are interested in attending, please contact Scott or Sally.

Can we end homelessness?


Representatives of our Wings Group, Jim Young and Peggy Benedum, attended the Smart Solutions to Homelessness Summit on December 1st. This Summit was attended by almost 250 community members who came to learn more about homelessness, discuss its impacts, hear about innovative solutions taking form in other communities and establishing a plan for greater community engagement and action. To learn more read the full article:
Do You Believe We Can End Homelessness? (PDF)