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" Does This Ladder Go Up or Down? "

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Happy Thursday Dear Church!

I hope that you are finding ways to stay cool in this last hurrah of summer. I attempted to spend some time in the pool on Monday, but it was just a bit warm. The funny thing is, the water was warm as well. Mother Nature, in all her glory, is working overtime this week. By the time you receive your weekly buzz, hurricane Idalia will have made landfall in Florida. Our prayers go out to all those who battle the crazy weather all over the country.

Sunday morning was such a special day in our church. We had 74 dear souls in attendance. I want to thank those of you who commented on my message. It always surprises me when what I consider an “okay” sermon, often turns out to be the one that folks identify with the most. All I can say is thank you God for using my thoughts in a positive way. This coming Sunday we are staying in Genesis with another amazing story. I invite you to check out the reading so you can have a head start.

I also want to implore you to be in worship this coming Sunday, and to stay afterward for a special congregational meeting. Our church leaders have worked so hard this year keeping us moving forward. As we head into the fall, the trustees and the council, have adopted the mantra, “Defer No More.” Being a campus/congregation of a certain age, there are quite a few projects that need to happen to keep our campus safe and functioning on its highest level. There have already been a couple of family units that have given a huge amount to this project. At Sunday’s meeting you will be granted this opportunity as well. I am confident that many will join us as we do the “work” of the church.

Beginning a week from Sunday, on September 10th, we will embark on a new message series, “What Does It Mean to Follow Jesus.” Being a budding progressive church, sometimes I sense we do not really have a handle on this idea. Please be in prayer for the next few weeks and invite your friends who might need a community like ours, searching out the answers to life questions. There will be extra special music as we worship together.

Until Sunday, know that you are loved, embraced and appreciated. I love being your pastor.

Holding you close and lifting you high!

Pastor Greg

A Message from Pastor Debbie


I wish I could say I came back from my vacation in Germany knowing all sorts of words, but it didn’t happen. I just learned to say “Danke” which means thank you. But isn’t thank and extremely important word to learn in all languages? I had an awesome trip! We have much to learn from the European lifestyles like the day of rest, meals, pollution, and bike riding.

Betty Nagatani’s Celebration of life is this Saturday, September 2nd, at 12:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Don’t be surprised to see Dodger T-Shirts worn, as that was her favorite team.. So, feel free to wear your favorite baseball team shirt.

Save the Date – October 14th. Why? It is the Chili Cook Off. Get out your favorite Chili recipes, so you can compete, and others can eat. More details will be coming.

One last thing- I appear to be having problems with my email address. So please use my email address.

Blessings to all,

Pastor Deb

Music Ministry

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Old Songs in New Ways

Last week I talked about old songs v. new songs and some of the reasons I think we should continue to embrace both as part of our musical worship. This Sunday for our musical worship we will be doing an old hymn in a new style. “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” was written in 1739 (almost 300 years!) ago by the Charles Wesley the great hymn writer of the Methodist movement and one of the greatest and most prolific hymn writers of Christian history. The original hymn had 18 stanzas and was penned in celebration of the 1-year anniversary of Wesley’s conversion experience. Still, the words of the hymn (including all 18 stanzas!) ring true to our hearts as we sing it.

The version by the David Crowder Band that we will sing on Sunday takes the old song and puts a new spin on it. It keeps the melody most traditionally sung, the adaption to the “Amzon” tune by Mason and Glaser, but it picks up the tempo and adds a kind of Irish dance feel that I love. It then adds a chorus and bridge to the traditional verses that calls us to sing of the “one great love” of God and reflect on the enduring nature of such love and such and song declaring, “there are so few words that never grow old, Jesus.” to the traditional verses. Some people get caught up on not wanting to change the traditional hymns. This fails to recognize though that what we sing today has often already been adapted in many ways. For instance, the tune most people sing today was adapted nearly 100 years after the song was written and the hymn went through an interesting journey to select and rearrange the 5 or 6 most common verses most commonly sung today. I love finding great modern adaptations of classic hymns because it takes time tested words and messages and puts them to music that better relates to the current generation as well as adds a “new song” or verse/chorus to the song that speaks to what God is doing today. This is a great marriage of an ancient-future faith our worship should reflect (ala Robert E. Webber). Check out the hymn here to prepare to sing with us this Sunday.


Friends and family of Betty Nagatani, who passed on August 7th at age 97. Celebration of Life is September 2nd at 12:00 pm in the Sanctuary

Ivana, daughter of Anne Wallace

Trey, friend of Kristie

Steve Duty, cousin of Pastor Greg

Jim Siltanen

Dianne Florio

Joanne Jonas

Nina Melad

Our Church

The people affected by needless violence and hate crimes

Natural disasters threatening homes and lives




It seems like forever since we shared the Lord’s table together. This Sunday, September 3rd, we will share the Lord’s meal around the table. We have done this a couple of times. There is something about standing shoulder to shoulder with your church family and in an intimate way, share the simple elements with each other. Make plans to be in worship Sunday and experience God’s presence in a new way.


Congregational Meeting

Sunday, September 3, 2023

The Church Council is calling a Special Congregational Meeting for Sunday, September 3, 2023 at 10:45 a.m. in Fellowship Hall to conduct business of the church. We will present our latest financial statements, report on critical maintenance and building needs, and explore various funding options. 



Hey Church, we need some help getting our 6 doors painted for our Poway Rotary Parade on September 9th. We will work several days next week to make it happen, gathering at the church to paint. Any, and all, help is appreciated.

Meet at the church at 5:00 p.m. next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, September 5th, 6th and 7th. Stay alert on Sunday for more details.




On Saturday, September 9th, we have a unique opportunity to show our Poway community who we are and the love we have for our “little city in the country.” We have a 16-foot flatbed that will have our 6 rainbow doors with the words, “God’s Doors Are Open to All.”

We will have some sturdy chairs for some folks who would not be able to walk the route. You will be amazed how smiling faces and waving hands can bring a clearer picture to our city of who we are, what we do, what brings us joy and the love we have to share. PLEASE make plans to join us. There will be more specifics coming Sunday!


New Members!

Next Sunday, September 10th during worship, we will welcome our new members in covenant. If you would like to be among the group joining, please send Pastor Greg an email, so we can plan accordingly. We are so grateful for those who are adopting us as their faith family.

The Outreach Ministry!

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Greetings from Outreach,

Once again thank you so much for your generous gifts to our Basket of Hope. Your gifts of food, to fill our CCP Pantry, were overflowing!!! Your love for others shines in your amazing giving. Thank You for being God’s hands and feet for the members of our community and more!

Remember, if you or anyone you know is in need of a little extra, please let the church office know.

We can share these wonderful gifts with ALL!

God’s blessings and God’s Hugs

The Outreach Ministry

P.S. The Basket of Hope will be taking a couple of months off in order to prepare for the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. Stay tuned😊


September & October Mission Offering

Greetings from the Outreach Ministry,

While the Basket of Hope is taking a couple of months off, we are focusing on our Churches Wider Mission Offering Gifts. For the next two months we will have the opportunity to support the amazing mission work that our UCC Conference does here and abroad.

We are a gracious giver to our Churches Wider Mission that helps us to remain a “5 For 5” mission church. This is all because of your gifts to these amazing ministries.

For the next two months you can give a gift to one or more of these UCC Special Mission Offerings

We have already fulfilled our mission to One Great Hour of Sharing so we will be supporting…

Neighbors in Need: NIN supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the US.

The Christmas Fund: Congregations like our have been supporting this offering for over 100 years. This offering provides direct financial support to those who serve the church and are facing financial difficulties.

Strengthen the Church: This offering reflects the shared commitment of across the United Church of Christ to help build up the UCC. These gifts are shared to support leadership, new churches, youth ministry and more.

Our Churches Wider Mission: OCWM: To support others wherever and whenever is needed. Hurricane relief, fire relief and more.

Please prayerfully consider how you might help with any of these important missions. There will be offering envelopes in the Narthex or you can ear mark your check with 5 for 5 or what missions you would specifically like to choose. No gift is too small or too large.

Thank you in advance for your amazing support.

Blessings 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. 

No new entries this week, but here is one from last summer!

This weeks recipe is a delicious Corn Salad!

Click Here for A Corn Salad Recipe!


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! 

Janet Weber September 2

Elizabeth Lawrence September 4

Mary Jo Longo September 4

Heather Cones September 5


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Adult Scripture Review:

Sunday’s following worship in the fireside room!

Email Susan Gurriell


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Books & More

On August 15, Books & More will begin discussing The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Barcelona, 1945 An antiquarian book dealer’s son discovers a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written.

Books & More meets on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in the Fireside Room.

All are welcome to join us.  



Members, if you are in town, please make every effort to attend!

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Centering Prayer:

Tuesdays at 6:30pm

Contact Colleen Clementson at or on

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

Your Favorite Weekly Joke 

Thank you for checking out our BUZZ! Here is what you were waiting for! If you have a favorite joke or any tips to make the BUZZ even better, please send emails to :)

Joke of the Week:

Why was Cinderella so bad at soccer?

…She kept running away from the ball!

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