Dear Family and Friends,
UPDATE: We are happy to report that we've received roughly 75% of our goal! THANK YOU ALL so very much. We hope to report to you in the near future of more generous donations we need to survive.
As we enter the new calendar year, 2021, we are happy to report that our members, community and friends have helped us with generous donations. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic our doors have been closed for most of the year. Because of this we were facing a budget deficit of approximately $30,000. This is in part because of receiving only 60 percent of our annual proposed budget. And, while we are thrilled to have a new full time Pastor on board to lead us, there is a rise in salary cost. In our "Share the Harvest" campaign, we are asking every family to consider a one-time donation of $500 to sustain us until we can reopen our doors and get back on track. We understand that some families are struggling, and may only be able to give a little, while others may be able to help us with more. Please prayerfully consider what you may be able to help us with, and God will lead the way! We trust Him in all matters, especially the support of His Body of believers. We will keep the campaign ongoing until March 2021, the anniversary of the Pandemic in order for budget adjustments to be made to put an end to our deficit.
Waking Up White will be the first book explored in our Discipleship Book Club. Chapters are 3-4 pages each and we will be tackling the book at a rate of 5 chapters per week for a 9 week exploration of our own racial perspectives and how we as disciples of Christ can do a more effective job of making His love known to our neighbors. The study will begin on November 9th and run into January, taking time off for the weeks of major holidays - so there is plenty of time to catch up if you fall behind or get a late start.
These past few weeks have been challenging for everyone, and we hope that you are all safe, healthy, and hopeful even amidst the turmoil. We feel extremely fortunate to have been able to welcome our members back to the church for the past two weeks and equally saddened by the need to close our doors yet again.
From a practical perspective, this means that in response to orders from the State of California, we are suspending in-person services and resuming our online only format. Yet the state of this public health crisis changes from day to day and we are hopeful that this will be short-lived. Session remains committed to keeping our members safe, healthy, and informed. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Please visit our Facebook page for devotionals, scripture readings, study groups, and online Bible Studies. Sunday services will continue to be broadcast on Facebook, Sermon.net, YouTube, and our web site.
We'll let you know as soon as we can when worship services will begin again. Until then, please be safe and we hope to see you soon!
The Church was first formed in the 1940s with the redwood church building, built and dedicated in 1951. Some of the church members are from the same generations of families who formed the congregation initially. We love to get together and celebrate in worship and song to the glory of the Lord. Over the years, we've seen adult and youth choirs who support the worship service with their song, and many committees whose work for maintaining the facilities to reaching out in missions has been a major part of the community church. Mission projects have helped many in need, plus scholarships have helped send young people to send young people to a college of their choice. Volunteers help maintain grounds and help with fundraising. We love our church family, and we think you will too.
The Sacramento Delta Community is a large agricultural region situated along the Sacramento River with small towns that sprung up in the early 1800s when the levees were built to create rich soils for a wide variety of crops from orchards to open ground crops. The community of people is comprised mostly of farm working families, ranchers and businesses, and retired people. The Delta's charm and miles of rivers and sloughs attracts tourists to local small wineries, waterways for boating, and fishing, and the town of Locke, which is today the only town in America owned and built by Chinese immigrants. Entering Locke is like stepping back in time to the 1880's. In close proximity, the small town of Walnut Grove is a bedroom community for residents who work in Sacramento, Elk Grove, Stockton, Lodi, Walnut Grove and other towns, all within a 15 tp 35 minute drive.
The town of Walnut Grove has a population of around 1,500 residents, a volunteer fire department, grammar school for children from preschool to 6th grade, several grocery stores, a gas station, three churches, a post office, hardware store, library and small businesses from restaurants, Dentist offices, gift shops and specialty shops. The local coffee/ice cream shop offers great coffee, danishes, sandwiches and opportunity to meet up with many town folks, as well as tourists because it sits right across the main road from one of two big community public docks.
One of the well known outreach events is our annual pancake breakfast held in the church hall (Koinonia) for the whole town and their families. Held on the 4th of July and preceding the big July 4 Parade put on by the local Fire Department, our pancakes are made of a secret recipe passed down through the ages and served up with of sausage, fruit, coffee, and juice. It's a community tradition because we all have so much fun seeing everyone before the big parade. Another event is Candlelight Service during Advent, a town favorite on the Sunday before Christmas with the Chancel Choir and special music and message from our pastor.
Small towns can be a big attraction for families looking to flee the big city life and their issues. Residents know each other fairly well, with some who have lived here all their lives. Much of the surrounding area is zoned agricultural, giving the area its peaceful atmosphere. It has rich history, and small community feel that knows how to pull together to help each other when needed. Walnut Grove sees new residents move in to stay many years because of its quiet and laid back style.
Within several blocks walking distance from the church is the Pastor's home, the manse, a three bedroom, two bath home with large fenced in back yard, two-car garage and a work shed, that is owned by the church. The Pastor of the Walnut Grove Community Church is provided with this residence, rent free plus all utilities as part of his/her compensation. This cozy home is situated in a well established, friendly neighborhood and has been recently remodeled and upgraded, and welcomed its newest pastor, Anna Gheen in early August of 2020.