UCC Interfaith Day of Prayer Today May 7

UCC Interfaith Day of Prayer Today May 7


The people of the United Church of Christ are honoring May 7, the day designated by Congress as a national day of prayer, as a day of healing, hope and lament — and reaching out to ecumenical and interfaith partners to join them via social media. Follow the 24 hours of prayer on Facebook (@UnitedChurchofChrist) and Instagram (@unitedchurchofchrist).

Continuing ministry with church buildings closed


Greetings Conference Family,   Grace and peace to you in the precious name of our Risen Lord, Christ Jesus!  I am holding you close in prayer.  Thank you for your gifts of emails of support, cards of love, and masks that your lovely and loving hands have made!  Know that every time you reach out to me, I stop and give God thanks for you and pray that the Holy Spirit will protect you from all harm and sustain you when the afflictions of these days come.  We are not alone, God is with us, all of ...

Message from Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño


March 27, 2020 Friends, Recently President Donald Trump shared his thoughts about wanting to have churches return to their sanctuaries on Easter Sunday.  I agreed with him that it “would be a wonderful thing.”  As a person of Christian faith, I would give witness to a Risen Lord who can heal us and even bring us back from death.  I also believe that God has blessed us with wisdom to discern the times, and Jesus our Lord has placed within our hearts a conviction to be caring of one another with ...

Coronavirus Update: Protect the common good as we serve

Coronavirus Update: Protect the common good as we serve


Beloved Friends, I continue to pray for each and every one of you with special prayers for the most vulnerable among us – the ill, the elderly, the homeless, the poor – as with God’s help we face the Coronavirus.  As you may know, California Governor Gavin C. Newsom today requested that older adults, 65+, and people with chronic conditions that make them vulnerable to the Coronavirus, stay home for the time being to help avoid the spread of the Coronavirus.  I am aware that we have significant ...

A Time to Centering Ourselves in Christ Community


Greetings Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Our church homes are communities of caring, healing and wholeness. The spread of the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, inspires fear as we are all wondering how best to be with one another and also care for the health and well-being of ourselves and one another. I encourage each of us to remember our integral connection through Christ Jesus as we weather this storm together. The most important thing we can do for ourselves, our families and our ...

Death of Two Firefighters in the Porterville City Library Fire


Photo courtesy of Ron Holman. Visalia Times-Delta. Brothers and Sisters, We are deeply saddened by the recent tragic Porterville City Library fire.  District Superintendent Debra Brady has informed our Extended Cabinet of the impact of this fire on the communities of Porterville and Tulare.  One of the two firefighters who died, Patrick Jones, was the 25 year-old son of Sandra and John Jones, active leaders of the Tulare UMC.  He will be memorialized at our Tulare church under the pastoral care...

Ash Wednesday Together: Our Lenten Journey Back to God

Ash Wednesday Together: Our Lenten Journey Back to God


Friends on the Journey of Faith, Blessed Ash Wednesday to all of you!  I find myself in Mutare, Zimbabwe attending a meeting of the Africa University Board.  Though far in physical distance, I feel so very close and connected to you.  You are in my daily prayers and you are celebrated even here!  We just heard a development report and our own Los Altos United Methodist Church was honored for its 14 years of support for AU students through scholarships.  Los Altos has made it possible for 42 ...

Leadership Changes in the California-Nevada Conference


Clergy and Lay Members of the California-Nevada Conference, Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Christ Jesus on this Sunday! I wanted to keep you informed of some leadership changes that will be coming in the future that affect all of us and that would be blessed by your prayers. Rev. Schulyer Rhodes will be retiring at the end of the conference year (June 30, 2020) and thus leaving the position of District Superintendent of the Los Ríos District.  I have asked Rev. Shinya Goto to ...

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Message from Bishop Carcaño

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Message from Bishop Carcaño


Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. - Martin Luther King, Jr. On this day we remember and honor Martin Luther King, Jr.  We remember him as a primary leader of the Civil Rights movement, an activist for racial equality and a believer in non-violence even in the most difficult circumstances of human conflict.  He refused to allow the false assumption of the inferiority of persons of color stand, choosing instead the vision...

Bishop Carcaño Statement on UMC Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation


"I strongly believe that this Protocol document deepens our work of Christian conferencing on the matter of the full inclusion of ALL God’s Children. May it bring us healing as we work together in God’s mission for the transformation of the world."

A Christmas Greeting from Bishop Carcaño


Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.    - Luke 1:11-12 Beloved Brothers and Sisters, Blessed Christmas to All!  The Christ Child is born among us!  Glory to God! The year has been long. Human struggles have persisted. Creation has moaned in despair over its destruction. For too many love, joy and peace have been short-lived. Hope has been hard to catch a ...

An Advent Letter to Those Seeking the Christ Child


Every Advent I seek sightings of the Christ Child.  I am never disappointed.  There is something about this season that seems to make the human heart a bit more gentle, vulnerable, loving and hopeful.  Nature itself with its shorter days of light seems to move at a different pace, slower and more introspective in its cycle of darkness.  For me these are all sightings of God at work, extending divine love and care through all of Creation. As I contemplate this year’s Advent sightings of the ...

New Director of Communications


It is with great joy that I announce that Ms. Selby Ewing has accepted our invitation to come among us to serve as our director of communications, effective January 1, 2020.     Selby succeeds our interim director, Cate Monaghan, who has been faithfully serving in the role since 2018. We are grateful for Cate’s ministry and send her forth with blessings.    Selby comes to us with a deep appreciation and understanding of the connectional system of The United Methodist Church. She has served as d...

Bishop Carcaño Statement Concerning Council of Bishops Meeting in the Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño

Beloved Brothers,   It was with sadness that earlier today I received the announcement from our President, Bishop Bruce Ough, that our Council of Bishops would not be meeting in the Philippines next year as had been planned, due to continued terrorist activity in the country.  My greatest concern is for all of you and your families for I am aware of your bold courage in this situation.    Please know that I am praying for all of you and all our Filipino brothers and sisters in the Philippines ...

Visit with the Mendocino Circuit

October 17, 2017   Friends,   I start this pastoral report with an apology.  In yesterday’s report, I forgot to acknowledge Rev. Jola Bortner, pastor of the Rohnert Park UMC where we gathered for the meeting with the Sonoma Circuit.  She was our host pastor who reminded us in these strange unsettling days that we are in Autumn.  The seasons affirm that we are held by God our Creator who gives us the steadiness of seasons.  The conditions left behind by a hot summer are now met by autumn colors ...


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