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Hey Church!

      What a beautiful day we had in worship on Sunday. Thank you all for your participation and enthusiasm. I pray that you have realized that “taking a knee” can be a powerful way to not only handle life but to commune with the source of all love. And for those faithful lovers of children, thank you for your participation in Trunk-or-treat. The kids and families that attended received a classic CCP welcome and embrace.  

As I write this morning, I am sitting at the head of Freddie’s dad’s bed. We got a call Tuesday afternoon, that “Fred” was transitioning. Thanks to the “gods of Southwest” we got a very cheap flight and made it to Vegas by 9:30 p.m. There is something so holy about sitting with anyone who is on their way to eternity. The moments of quiet repose, combined with periodic movement and agitation, make one wonder what is going on. The one thing Freddie and I know is that God is right here with us and with “Fred,” walking these last few steps to glory. Please keep us in your prayers.  

Sunday morning, the Rev. John Whitacre will be bringing our message.  The text comes from Paul’s letter to the Hebrews, Chapter 11-12:2. How amazing it is to remember the impact of the lives of those we love and the things they accomplished. We will celebrate All Saints Sunday this week, paying tribute to all of the saints in our lives that have made a difference. Thank you to those who sent in pictures of you saints. Our prelude this week will be a beautiful slide show accompanied by the dulcet sounds of our Minister of Music, Any Riggs. The song is very moving and will lead us through Christ’s desire for us as we journey toward him. Take a read of the passage before Sunday. 

Sunday morning, we will begin to hear personal stories of faith and stewardship as we head into this stewardship season. I know your heart will be blessed, as you're reminded how important this church is to so many. If you have a story about what our congregation has meant to you and the blessings you have experienced in your giving, don’t hesitate to email me. I am never tired of hearing about the way this place has affected you. 

At this point, I don’t know if I will see you or not on Sunday, but either way, be assured that your church staff is on top of everything. It is a blessing and a flood of peace comes over me when I think about our staff and ministry volunteers. Until Sunday, “fly to Jesus and live.” I love being your pastor.  

Holding you close and lifting you high!

Pastor Greg

A Message from Pastor Debbie



A big thank you to everyone that helped at “Trunk or Treat”. It was fun to see kids dressed up and very excited to get candy. Some of you may remember the Cortez family. Ben and Gloria passed many years ago. Their grandson was there. You never know what impact our church makes in the community.


November begins a month of gratitude, thankfulness, and a busy time in our church as we elect new leaders. As members, we prayerfully consider our tithe to the church. To sustain a church and to reach our community, we need people’s participation, to share the gifts God gave them, and financial support.


Our leadership team uses funds wisely to maintain the building and grounds and expand our ministries. And the fantastic experience is that we can all be a part of this. We can all participate in some way.


I will join you in prayer as we all decide in what ways we can be a part of the ministry at Community Church of Poway.


Pastor Debbie

Andy's Antiphonal Allegories

"Untitled Hymn (Come to Jesus)" by Chris Rice

I will be singing this song to accompany the slideshow of the photos of the saints in our lives. I chose this song because it reminds us of how we can turn to Jesus during every part of our lives. The words bring comfort and encouragement. The melody is simple and does not interfere with the text, a simple reminder that God is with us at all times. We can turn to God no matter our situation. 

"I Sing a Song for the Saints of God" by Lesbia Scott

Lesbia Scott writes lots of hymns based on the suggestions of her children. She wrote this hymn specifically for All Saints Day. She wrote the hymn based on the cultural context of rural England. You will recognize these cultural references in the text of the hymn. This song is a way to remember those who have gone before and be reminded that there are still many saints around us.

"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" arr. by Michael G. Sinshack

"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" is an African American spiritual that is quite widely known. We will be using this song this week as we think about that moment of passing to the next world. It is a celebration of this time of transition. We will sing these lyrics on Sunday:

Swing low, sweet chariot

Comin' for to carry me home.

Swing low, sweet chariot 

Comin' for to carry me home.

I looked over Jordan and what did I see,

Comin’ for to carry me home,

A band of angels coming’ after me,

Comin’ for to carry me home.

If you get there before I do,

Comin’ for to carry me home.

Tell all my friends I’m comin’ after you,

Comin’ for to carry me home.

"Oh When the Saints Go Marching In" arr. by Jeffrey Rickard

Unfortunately, there is not a lot that is known of the history of these spirituals. When doing my research, there was a lot of uncertainty as to who wrote these pieces, when they were written, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that these songs were passed down orally for generations. They are a tremendous part of our history. We will sing the following lyrics on Sunday, and I might guess that these lyrics will stick with us for the week ahead.

Oh, when the saints go marching in, 

Oh, when the saints go marching in,

O Lord, I want to be in that number

When the saints go marching in.

Oh, when they gather ‘round the throne,

Oh, when they gather ‘round the throne,

O Lord, I want to be in that number,

When they gather ‘round the throne.

And on that hallelujah day,

And on that hallelujah day,

O Lord, I want to be in that number,

On that hallelujah day.

Oh, when the saints go marching in, 

Oh, when the saints go marching in,

O Lord, I want to be in that number

When the saints go marching in.


Prayers for peaceful elections

Fred, (Freddie’s Dad) and family.

Lexi, friend of Kristi

Bob Wright, friend of Kristi

Jim Siltanen

Ann Davis

Sue Ryan

Sue, friend of Kristi

Tina, friend of Rosemary (We tied a prayer quilt on Oct. 16th)

Mike, brother of Susan

Joshua, friend of Rosemary

Rocelle Melone

Joanne Jonas

Elaine Lemon

Nina Melad

Felicia and Nellie-Felicia’s Sister


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All Saint Sunday

Sunday, November 6th, we will observe, All Saint Sunday in our church. All Saints is a day where we pay tribute to those who have left us through death, those whose lives made a beautiful mark on our lives. We will be adding to our All Saints video, so If you have a picture and name you would like included, please email it to Pastor Greg as soon as possible. Those of you who have experienced this day with us in the past, know how special it is to be a part of it.

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Strike a Pose and Say Cheese! 

The Church will be updating our member photo board! Starting November 6th, Julie Hume will be in charge of capturing a terrific photo of you and your family after Church on Sundays. If you are part of our online congregation and would like to participate, please send a 4x6 photo to!

We have so many great smiles in our congregation, let us make them shine!


   It is that time of year again … Congregational Meeting time. On Sunday, November 13th, 2022 we will be having our annual congregational meeting to elect and celebrate our new church leadership for the coming year, 2023 following the worship service in the Fellowship Hall.

   The slate of nominees will be presented to fill any vacancies on the Council and Boards. This meeting requires your vote.  We need a quorum in attendance. I know you will make every effort to be in person for this important meeting. Please note … at this time, absentee voting will not be recognized. Looking forward to a great new year.

Susan Gurriell, Moderator




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 One of the best things about our church is the diversity of experience and belief. We gather on Sundays, celebrating all God is doing, sometimes we get so caught up in our “Sunday experience,” that we forget that the call to discipleship is on our lives every day of the week. 

  Confirm-Not-Conform (CnC) is a program we will be using to ignite our passion for daily construction of who we are and what we hold dear. Folks have asked, “What exactly is CnC?” For lack of a better explanation, it is a confirmation

program for the entire church. CnC is designed for us each, to individually construct what it is we do believe, realizing that our beliefs can grow and change as we put our faith into practice.


Greetings From Outreach!

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We can’t believe it's November already! Hoping you are enjoying the little change in weather.

 This is a wonderful time in our Outreach Ministry. Together, we are able to meet the needs and send joy to many families by sharing God’s love with them and sharing our resources. Let’s start by making this Thanksgiving season a tasty one for our neighbors across the street at Solara.

This year we are adopting 10 families to receive our Thanksgiving Dinner baskets. We will give each family everything they need to have a Happy Thanksgiving Dinner. There will be a board in the Narthex that will have small cards of the items needed. You can choose the cards of the items you wish to purchase to create the Thanksgiving Dinner baskets.

Take them with you to the grocery store to remind you, then bring the items to church and place them in the Basket of Hope in the Narthex.

 If you are choosing a gift card for a turkey, please note the preferred stores that are nearby. Also please give the card to a member of outreach or someone in the office.

If you need one of us to do your shopping for you, you can donate $$ and give it to any of the members of Outreach. We would be happy to do that for you.

We are assembling the baskets after church on Sunday, November 20th. Please bring your donation by then.

As always thank you so much for making the Outreach of our church amazing! You are always so generous and giving with your gifts.

God’s blessings to everyone!

The Outreach Ministry

And the winner is…..The Cones Family!

Their display was out of this world! 

Thank you to all our church family and friends for making this year’s Trunk or Treat a success! We had many trunks fully decorated and loaded with your donations of candy and treats! Thank you for helping us reach out to the community! We had quite a few treaters that enjoyed our event! Fun was had by ALL!!! 

Blessings to you always for being a part of this ministry!

Thank You from… 

The Outreach Ministry 

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The JOY of FOOD!

Each week there will be a “Recipe of the Week” for the Buzz!

There will be a red basket in the Narthex where you can drop off your favorite recipes or please email them to It can be any recipe from family favorites to ones recently discovered! We will be encouraging you to share your thoughts after you made the dish too. 

Unfortunately, I have not received any new recipes this week, so I am keeping up the last week until I receive more! - Julie

Last week's recipe is a Baked Pasta Dish!

Sent in by Rocelle M, thank you! 

Click Here for a Baked Pasta Dish!


Who's got an upcoming BIRTHDAY?  

The Community Church of Poway wishes the following members a Happy Birthday. We hope you have a blessed day celebrating YOU! 

Greg Davis 6-Nov

Ron Kaelberer 6-Nov

Things to Look Forward To!

 On Sunday,

November 20th,

CCPUCC Thanksgiving Worship and Pie Celebration".

Details are still being discussed, but after worship on that Sunday, we will gather for a homemade Pie Celebration. Hopefully, this will become a new tradition in our church community.

 Christmas Eve Worship 2022

It is never too early to mark your calendars for Christmas Eve Worship. 

This year, Christmas Eve falls on a Saturday. CCPUCC will offer ONE worship service on December 24th, at 4:00 p.m. Make your plans now to be with us on this amazing day. 

NOTE: There will NOT be a Sunday morning worship service on Christmas Day.

Zoom Meetings
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Books & More

 On October 25th we'll begin the discussion of Eternal by Lisa Scottoline.  Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro grow up in Rome as the best of friends despite their differences. But in the autumn of 1937, everything changed as Mussolini asserts his power. Their connection to one another is tested in ways they never could have imagined.


Books & More will meet off-site Tuesday, Nov. 8 and will return to our regular meeting place, the Fireside Room on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 10:00am. 

All are welcome to join us.  

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Centering Prayer:

Tuesdays at 6:30 Contact Colleen Clementson

at or on

her cell at 858-663-6584, for the ZOOM invite

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Adult Scripture Review:

Sunday’s following online worship

Email Susan Gurriell

at or

call her at (619)993-4952 for a ZOOM invite.

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Jokes of the Week:

J: Why did the pumpkin lose the boxing match?

A: He let his gourd down...

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