SAIL: Vacation Bible School
Jul
17
Jul 21

SAIL: Vacation Bible School

Living the Fruits of the Spirit!

Explore God's invitation to live a fruitful life!  Five mornings of games, stories, music, crafts and bible stories for kids ages 4-11.

This is a joint venture hosted by First Christian Church, Concord and Lafayette Christian Church and will be held at FCC Concord!

July 17-21
9:00am - 12:00pm

This event is Free!

Please register below by July 3!

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A's game Fundraiser
Jul
29
6:05 pm18:05

A's game Fundraiser

Play Ball!

Take me out to the ballgame, take me out with the crowd…with First Christian Church! Join us on Sunday, July 29th as the Oakland A’s host the Minnesota Twins at the Coliseum.

This will be a fundraiser for our operating budget as a portion of each ticket purchased will come back to the church.

All are welcome, so ask your family, friends and neighbors!

What: Minnesota Twins vs. Oakland A’s
When: Sunday, July 29th
Where: Oakland Coliseum
Time: First Pitch: 6:05PM
Cost: $32 per ticket

In addition we are planning a tailgate party before the game and there will be fireworks after the game!

Please contact Andie Raymond at 925.685.7503 or andie@concordfcc.net.

To sign-up, please make check payable to First Christian Church and submit to Andie at the church office. Deadline to sign-up is Monday, July 3rd; please sign-up early as the cost per ticket is based on a group rate.  

GO A’s!!!


Mexico Mission
Jun
17
Jun 24

Mexico Mission

The Mexico Mission trip is a life-changing week of service and fellowship that is like no other experience you’ve ever had.  The 2017 trip will be Saturday, June 17 - Saturday, June 24

Our theme for the week will be Do + Love + Walk and is based on Micah 6:8.

Please hold our Mexico Missionaries and the family we'll be building for in your prayers.

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Congregational Meeting
Jun
11
11:15 am11:15

Congregational Meeting

  • Sanctuary

A Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, June 11th immediately following worship in the Sanctuary.  The congregation will vote on a new slate of officers, elders, and deacons.  

We hope to see you there!

Graduate Recognition Sunday
Jun
4
10:00 am10:00

Graduate Recognition Sunday

This Sunday during our 10a worship service we'll be honoring our new high school graduates:  Nik Gay, Ryan Hood, Gabe Lim, Brenden Manning, Angelina Nadeau & Ian Rose during worship.  Congratulations also to our new college graduate: Jane Mitchell. 

Book Sale benefitting Camp Scholarships
Jun
4
9:00 am09:00

Book Sale benefitting Camp Scholarships

Our annual book sale to benefit camp scholarships will be held in the youth building before and after worship on May 28 & June 4.

In addition, we will have a plant sale.

Proceeds from all sales will benefit our camp scholarship fun. Please stop by! 

Senior Adult Ministry: Lunch & Learn
Jun
2
12:00 pm12:00

Senior Adult Ministry: Lunch & Learn

  • Plambeck Room

We are starting a new regular program that we are calling Lunch & Learn.  We'll gather to eat together while we hear from a speaker about various topics.

Our first Lunch & Learn will be on Friday, June 2 at 12 noon in the Plambeck Room.
 
Bring your lunch (drinks will be provided).   Enjoy the fellowship, then hear our local author, Connie Self, talk about following your dream - at any age.  She will tell her story and talk about her books.  It promises to be an interesting time.  Hope you can join us!!!!!

Book Sale benefitting Camp Scholarships
May
28
9:00 am09:00

Book Sale benefitting Camp Scholarships

Our annual book sale to benefit camp scholarships will be held in the youth building before and after worship on May 28 & June 4.

In addition, we will have a plant sale.

Proceeds from all sales will benefit our camp scholarship fun. Please stop by! 

North Concord Shelter meal service
May
27
3:30 pm15:30

North Concord Shelter meal service

On the fourth Saturday of every month we serve dinner for the Public Health Foundation Enterprise, or more commonly known as the North Concord Shelter, located on Arnold Industrial Way.

The upcoming dates are May 27, June 17 and July 22.

We prepare the meal at the church, starting at 3:30pm. Around 5:30pm we serve the dinner at the Shelter. We are done by 6:45pm. You may choose to help prepare the food or serve the meal or both!

No experience necessary!

Contact Diane Maltester if you are interested in serving!

The Mexico Mission 2017 Participant & Parent Conference Call
May
24
7:00 pm19:00

The Mexico Mission 2017 Participant & Parent Conference Call

The Mexico Mission 2017 Participant & Parent Meeting is a mandatory meeting for all minor youth participants and their parent/guardians to attend. All other young adult and adult participants are encouraged to attend as well. 

Since we have several participants who live far away, we'll be doing this meeting as a conference call.  

Call in number:  (712) 432-0700
Access code:  555512

We will discuss details of the trip such as what to pack, what to expect the week to look like, and answer any questions participants or their parents may have.

Beginnings: An Invitation to Explore Membership
Apr
30
11:30 am11:30

Beginnings: An Invitation to Explore Membership

  • Plambeck Room

New members of First Christian Church join a congregation with a 130-year history of fostering community and spiritual growth through worship, learning, missions, pastoral care and fellowship.

Our Information Seminars, Beginnings, are an opportunity to learn about how this church came to be, our ongoing message of grace, joy and inclusiveness; as well as the many opportunities to get connected and meet other members.

All those interested in finding out more about this congregation are invited to join us Sunday, April 30 at 11:30 a.m. in the Plambeck Room.  A light lunch will be served and there will be plenty to time to ask any questions you may have.

Interested? Have questions?  Contact Russ Peterman at the church office (russ@concordfcc.net or 925/685-7503) or RSVP by filling out the form below.  

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No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey,
you are welcome here.

Join us for Easter!
Apr
16
9:00 am09:00

Join us for Easter!

Join us as we celebrate one of the biggest days of the Christian year as we celebrate Easter!  

We'll have two services that morning, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., with an Easter Egg Hunt between services.

They'll be great music and much to celebrate.  Russ' sermon on that day will be entitled, "See What Love Can Do."  You'll not want to miss it.  

 

Good Friday Service
Apr
14
12:00 pm12:00

Good Friday Service

  • St. Bonaventure Church

Ecumenical Good Friday Service
"Seven Last Words of Christ"
 

Friday, April 14, 12 noon
St. Bonaventure Catholic Church

All are invited to gather for an ecumenical Good Friday Service on April 14 at noon at St. Bonaventure Church (5562 Clayton Rd, Concord, CA 94521).  Russ will be one of the pastors sharing a reflection on the Seven Last Words of Christ.

Passover Seder Dinner
Apr
13
6:30 pm18:30

Passover Seder Dinner

This year to celebrate Maundy Thursday, we’ll be gathering for a Passover Seder Dinner.

Have you ever wondered what kind of meal Christ shared with his Apostles at the Last Supper?  The Seder is the joyful family dinner and worship service, which is held in Jewish homes on Passover.

Seder means order. The Seder consists of a number of ceremonies of extreme antiquity. Through these ceremonies and symbols, we can feel the trials of the Jews of the Exodus – their embittered life of bondage and the joy of their subsequent triumph of freedom. Passover is a communal meal, a time of rejoicing and celebration remembering God’s deliverance. The actual Seder meal is an elaborate feast with food, games for the children, and plenty of time to tell the story of the Exodus from Egypt.

Join us for a meaningful meal that will give you new insight into the final hours of Jesus and Easter. This simple and holy meal is appropriate for all ages.

RSVP below and let us know you’re coming!

For more information, contact Russ Peterman at (russ@concordfcc.net/925-685-7503) or Andie Raymond (andie@concordfcc.net/925-685-7503)

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Lenten Study Group: Grounded
Apr
6
7:00 pm19:00

Lenten Study Group: Grounded

  • Plambeck Room

During the season of Lent, Rev. Dr. Russ Peterman will be leading a study series on Thursday evenings looking at Diana Butler Bass’s book, Grounded: Finding God in the World-A Spiritual Revolution.  This book observes and reports a radical change in the way many people understand God and how they practice faith, and invites us to participate in this emerging spiritual revolution.

Bass unpacks how people are finding new spiritual ground by discovering and embracing God everywhere in the world around us—in the soil, the water, the sky, in our homes and neighborhoods, and in the global commons. Faith is no longer a matter of mountaintop experience or institutional practice; instead, people are connecting with God through the environment in which we live. Grounded guides readers through our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to the ways in which people experience a God who animates creation and community.

This group will meet Thursday evenings, March 9 – April 6 @ 7p in the Plambeck Room.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase for $10.   Email Russ with questions.

All Hands Church Clean-up
Apr
1
8:00 am08:00

All Hands Church Clean-up

In order to prepare the Church Campus for Easter and the Annual Meeting, there will be an All Hands Church Clean -Up On Saturday April 1, 2017 from 8:00 AM ‘til Noon.  

To sign up, please complete the form below.

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Lenten Study Group: Grounded
Mar
30
7:00 pm19:00

Lenten Study Group: Grounded

  • Plambeck Room

During the season of Lent, Rev. Dr. Russ Peterman will be leading a study series on Thursday evenings looking at Diana Butler Bass’s book, Grounded: Finding God in the World-A Spiritual Revolution.  This book observes and reports a radical change in the way many people understand God and how they practice faith, and invites us to participate in this emerging spiritual revolution.

Bass unpacks how people are finding new spiritual ground by discovering and embracing God everywhere in the world around us—in the soil, the water, the sky, in our homes and neighborhoods, and in the global commons. Faith is no longer a matter of mountaintop experience or institutional practice; instead, people are connecting with God through the environment in which we live. Grounded guides readers through our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to the ways in which people experience a God who animates creation and community.

This group will meet Thursday evenings, March 9 – April 6 @ 7p in the Plambeck Room.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase for $10.   Email Russ with questions.

Going Away Party for the Lairds
Mar
26
2:00 pm14:00

Going Away Party for the Lairds

  • Countrywood Clubhouse

Join us as we bid Dee & Collier farewell and thank them for the many gifts they have shared with our church family!
 
Sunday, March 26 from 2p - 5p
 
Countrywood Clubhouse
1706 Countrywood Court
Walnut Creek, Ca 94598

(Countrywood Condos are at the corner of Treat and Bancroft)
 
If you would like to donate some finger food or dessert for the party, please leave a message letting us what you will be bringing:

Ellie McDougal (925) 465-4665 or elliemcd@att.net
Elaine Ortiz  (925) 301-6538 or emortiz70@gmail.com

The Shack: movie & discussion
Mar
25
1:25 pm13:25

The Shack: movie & discussion

  • Century 16 Theater

All are welcome to join us on Saturday, March 25, to see the movie, The Shack, and then have some conversation about it.  We’ll meet at the Century 16 Theater in Pleasant Hill for the 1:25p showing.  After we see the movie we’ll find a place nearby to grab a cup of coffee and discuss the film.

Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes you on a father's uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa.  Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

No need to RSVP, just meet us at the theater.  But if you have questions, contact Russ at the church office.  (russ@concordfcc.net or 925/685-7503)

Lenten Study Group: Grounded
Mar
23
7:00 pm19:00

Lenten Study Group: Grounded

  • Plambeck Room

During the season of Lent, Rev. Dr. Russ Peterman will be leading a study series on Thursday evenings looking at Diana Butler Bass’s book, Grounded: Finding God in the World-A Spiritual Revolution.  This book observes and reports a radical change in the way many people understand God and how they practice faith, and invites us to participate in this emerging spiritual revolution.

Bass unpacks how people are finding new spiritual ground by discovering and embracing God everywhere in the world around us—in the soil, the water, the sky, in our homes and neighborhoods, and in the global commons. Faith is no longer a matter of mountaintop experience or institutional practice; instead, people are connecting with God through the environment in which we live. Grounded guides readers through our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to the ways in which people experience a God who animates creation and community.

This group will meet Thursday evenings, March 9 – April 6 @ 7p in the Plambeck Room.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase for $10.   Email Russ with questions or to sign up here.

Lenten Study Group: Grounded
Mar
16
7:00 pm19:00

Lenten Study Group: Grounded

  • Plambeck Room

During the season of Lent, Rev. Dr. Russ Peterman will be leading a study series on Thursday evenings looking at Diana Butler Bass’s book, Grounded: Finding God in the World-A Spiritual Revolution.  This book observes and reports a radical change in the way many people understand God and how they practice faith, and invites us to participate in this emerging spiritual revolution.

Bass unpacks how people are finding new spiritual ground by discovering and embracing God everywhere in the world around us—in the soil, the water, the sky, in our homes and neighborhoods, and in the global commons. Faith is no longer a matter of mountaintop experience or institutional practice; instead, people are connecting with God through the environment in which we live. Grounded guides readers through our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to the ways in which people experience a God who animates creation and community.

This group will meet Thursday evenings, March 9 – April 6 @ 7p in the Plambeck Room.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase for $10.   Email Russ with questions or to sign up here

Racial Justice Town Hall
Mar
11
10:00 am10:00

Racial Justice Town Hall

  • 3039 Willow Pass Road Concord, CA, 94519 United States

Townhall with the
Contra Costa County Racial Justice Coalition

To create our vision for a fair and inclusive county where everyone has the opportunities they need to thrive. It’s time to invest in people, not prisons!

Saturday, March 11, 10 AM - 2 PM
First Christian Church, Concord

3039 Willow Pass Road
Concord 94519

This event is sponsored by the Contra Costa County Racial Justice Coalition, a coalition of grassroots organizations, labor, faith leaders, and residents of Contra Costa committed to eliminating racial inequalities in our county.

 

For more information please contact:
Claudia Jimenez: jimenez.claudia78@gmail.com, 510-414-9025
David Sharples, ACCE: dsharples@calorganize.org, 415-377-9037
Tamisha Walker, Safe Return Project, tamisha@safereturnproject.org, 510-493-3875

Lenten Study Group: Grounded
Mar
9
7:00 pm19:00

Lenten Study Group: Grounded

  • Plambeck Room

During the season of Lent, Rev. Dr. Russ Peterman will be leading a study series on Thursday evenings looking at Diana Butler Bass’s book, Grounded: Finding God in the World-A Spiritual RevolutionThis book observes and reports a radical change in the way many people understand God and how they practice faith, and invites us to participate in this emerging spiritual revolution.

Bass unpacks how people are finding new spiritual ground by discovering and embracing God everywhere in the world around us—in the soil, the water, the sky, in our homes and neighborhoods, and in the global commons. Faith is no longer a matter of mountaintop experience or institutional practice; instead, people are connecting with God through the environment in which we live. Grounded guides readers through our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to the ways in which people experience a God who animates creation and community.

This group will meet Thursday evenings, March 9 – April 6 @ 7p in the Plambeck Room.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase for $10.   Email Russ with questions or sign up here.

Crab Feed & Silent Auction
Mar
4
6:00 pm18:00

Crab Feed & Silent Auction

Crab Feed & Silent Auction
 

Saturday, March 4, 2017
Doors open at 6 p.m.

Feast on crab, tri-tip, and pasta While supporting Mexico Mission 2017

Tickets go on sale after worship on Sunday, Feb. 12
Early-bird pricing through Feb. 19: $45/adult
(Tickets must be paid for by Feb. 19 to get the discounted price)

Beginning Feb. 20: $50/adult

Youth (ages 6-12): S20 at all times
Children 5 and younger are free

For tickets, contact the church office at 925-685-7503
or andie@concordfcc.net

There's a family waiting for us to build them a new home.  Your generous support enables us to improve their lives and enrich the lives of our volunteers.

Thank you for your support!

Ash Wednesday Service
Mar
1
7:00 pm19:00

Ash Wednesday Service

  • Sanctuary

The Lenten season begins Wednesday, March 1. Lent marks the 40 day period before Easter, a time traditionally given to increased spiritual attention, contemplation and service.

We invite you to begin your journey through this sacred season with a meditative worship experience that includes music, readings and periods of silence and prayer. This intimate service also involves placing ashes on the foreheads of the worshipers as a sign of beginning our Lenten walk, and concludes with communion, acknowledging our forgiveness from God for all of our shortcomings.

Souper Bowl Sunday!
Feb
5
10:00 am10:00

Souper Bowl Sunday!

The FCC Youth Group and Spiritual Formation Team invites you to join us for Souper Bowl Sunday, on February 5, and help us tackle hunger!

You are invited to bring any canned, boxed or bagged nonperishable food items to donate to the SHARE Pantry.  SHARE is in great need of the following items: boxed or canned soups with easy-pull lids, 2 lb bags of rice, individual fruit cups, and pasta noodles!

Please bring these items between now and February 5 and place them in the SHARE barrel in the lobby!

Town Hall Meeting on Preserving Health Care for All
Jan
28
10:30 am10:30

Town Hall Meeting on Preserving Health Care for All

  • Sanctuary

We are thrilled to host an event on Saturday, January 28 from 10:30a - 12n that will bring together people committed to preserving quality health care for all.  This event will be put on by the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) and the Multi-Faith Action Coalition, among other others.  

Present at this meeting with be Congressman Mark DeSalunier and recently retired Congressman George Miller, as well as Supervisor Karen Mitchoff, among many others.

Come be a part of a statewide movement to find out how we can work together to ensure that all residents are covered and have access to life-saving health care.

Please join us!

Congregational Meeting
Jan
22
8:15 am08:15

Congregational Meeting

Our annual Congregational Meeting will be held on January 22, at 11:15am after the service in the Sanctuary.  

At the meeting, Finance Chair Cho Nai Cheung will discuss:
•    important financial items that will impact the 2017 budget and for years beyond
•    the current status of the repayment of the Capital Improvement loans
•    our current thoughts on how to pay for upcoming roof work.  

Russ will also briefly discuss what we’ll be focused on in 2017. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have regarding these topics, and you will be asked to vote on the adoption of the proposed budget.  

 

Please plan to attend this important meeting.  

New Year's Day Taize Service
Jan
1
7:00 am07:00

New Year's Day Taize Service

On Sunday, January 1, we will gather for a simple service of Taizé music, prayers and silence. We have found that this quiet, contemplative service in the midst of these busy, hectic holidays to be a valued gift as we begin a new year together.

The Taizé service is designed to help one enter into the mystery of God's presence. The service has no formal leadership, no sermon and few words are spoken. The music is a unique form of musical prayer, which are not meant to be sung as hymns, but rather as a series of prayers.  In the midst of the stillness and silence we aware of an inviting reverent space; a space for people to find the quiet place within, and in their own way, God.  

Christmas Unplugged
Dec
25
7:00 am07:00

Christmas Unplugged

On Sunday, Dec. 25 -- Christmas morning -- we'll gather for a special service that we'll call Christmas Unplugged.  This simple service will include the singing of lots of carols, Christmas stories by our own Ellie McDougal, and, of course, communion.

Kids (of all ages) are invited to come in their pajamas and bring their favorite new Christmas present.  They'll be cider and sticky buns following worship.

Make gathering with your church family an important part of your Christmas celebration!

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Dec
24
4:00 pm16:00

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Please join us for our Christmas Eve candlelight communion service.  This is always one of our most memorable and moving services of the year.  The service will end with candlelight and the singing of Silent Night.  A special offering will be collected to feed the residents at the North Concord Shelter throughout the year, and communion will be served!