Contribute to DCC 2021-22!
Dear Davis Community Church Friends,
Whew–what a year it has been! Thanks to your faithfulness and generous support, DCC has adapted. Amidst the hardship, there has been a rush of creative energy. And now, spring brings gentle breezes of hope and our annual stewardship campaign. Join us on May 9 as we pledge to support another year of extraordinary transformation at DCC with our time and treasure.
Pastor Chris says, “In the face of enormous challenges, our leaders have re-invented what it means to be church. We’ve kept our community connected through a broad array of programs. We’ve delivered solid spiritual, theological, and ethical content. We’ve found new ways to care for our people, ensuring best-practices that keep our people safe and healthy. We are truly ‘a virtual hub’ for being church in the midst of global crises, and we’re a ‘hub’ for activism —helping each of you find ways to meaningfully make a difference in the world.” The enclosed list highlights some of this year’s accomplishments.
Our governing body (Session), ministry teams and staff are currently re-envisioning all our programming to allow safe, in-person activities on DCC’s campus while retaining popular online options. Soon, DCC will be unveiling a totally new way for us to “do church,” providing opportunities for those who are ready to return in person and those who prefer to engage through technology. Your robust financial and personal commitments to our fiscal year July 2021-June 2022 operations will empower us to emerge changed — resiliently
and creatively tending the wellbeing of the place and people around us, as follows:
- Worship Ministry Chair Bob Schultz says, “We see now that the church of tomorrow is no longer a theoretical discussion; it is a reality we have responded to in real time…”
We are planning how to re-gather in person and continue to serve our growing family of virtual worshippers. To do this, we need efficient and professional communication technology tools, a technology coordinator, a crew of trained tech-savvy volunteers,
and new virus-safe protocols.
- Our Congregational Care Ministry has been a lifeline for many sheltering seniors and overwhelmed families this past year. As we re-gather, these needs will evolve. Let’s be ready to help our DCC family when they need God’s love delivered by our hands and our feet.
- Our New Expressions Ministry has remained committed to serving people experiencing food insecurity. In conjunction with the Yolo Food Bank, we now host a weekly Eat Well Yolo food distribution, which includes fresh produce from the Davis Farmers’ Market. Friday Faith & Food has resumed and delivers 80 meals per week to people who are food-insecure. And our bi-monthly STEAC Food Drive continues a contactless food drop off at the STEAC food facility. DCC is STEAC’s largest neighborhood group in the city. With your support, there will be enough for all.
- Our commitment to post-pandemic healing extends to our children and youth, who have spent a year sequestered behind computer screens instead of interacting in school; those facing eviction and soaring debt after losing jobs; those fighting addictions brought on by isolation and depression, and those suffering due to racial violence. You can help us envision and implement new ways to bring comfort, and open hearts and minds.
With your enthusiastic support, DCC’s entire community will emerge truly changed and more resilient. Will you pray with us? Will you help us fund our outstanding staff so we can return to in-person programming while maintaining our robust online programs? Will you consider volunteering so we can spread God’s enduring love to all?
Your envelope contains a butterfly pledge card. We hope you will turn these butterflies into works of art as an illustration of the marvelously diverse body of Christ. Then consider what financial and personal gifts you can offer to help DCC spread God’s healing love this coming year.
You may make a one-time or recurring gift at www.dccpres.org. In the “Notes on Payment” field please put the words: Pledge 2021-2022.
Thank you, friends, for lending your hands, your heart and your voice to this effort.
Blessings to you now and always,
Financial Support Ministry
In the midst of the 2020 global pandemic, Davis Community Church:
1. Became more diverse as an embodiment of God’s dream for the world
· Welcomed the Rev. Eunbee Ham as Associate Pastor
· Increased diversity of ages on Session
· Expanded participation in our programming beyond Davis & Yolo County
· Began anti-racism trainings for leaders, congregation and pastors
2. Cultivated spiritual practices that promote experiences of soulful flourishing
· Offered popular mid-week prayer and meditation services online
· Recorded inspiring video & live Zoom worship services that are available online anytime
· Shared calming mindfulness practices in worship
· Offered engaging Integrated Spirituality classes and activities online
· Sustained our excellent choir and music programs
3. Leveraged new economic practices that foster sustainability, resilience, and involvement
· Adopted a balanced budget and conducted an all-virtual stewardship campaign
· Sustained generous giving throughout an uncertain time, which also maintained staffing levels
· Grew our online giving program
· Supported local businesses through a gift card program for the economically displaced
4. Broadened active participation through a myriad of pathways to community
· Delivered over 800 Congregational Care packages to medical workers, seniors and families
· Premiered the Zoom Cafe fellowship activity to replace our popular in person coffee hour
· Supported the Mosaics fellowship connecting with 75-90 folks weekly around the world
· Welcomed new members
· Organized Lenten book groups via Zoom
5. Recovered and extended the moral actions of Jesus in ways that shape a better world
· Partnered with Healthy Davis Together to improve public health
· Established the Care Gone Viral connection strategy to increase online fellowship options
· Organized a Shopping for Seniors program to protect our most vulnerable members
· Connected stressed-out young families with folks available to make dinner
· Partnered with Yolo Food Bank to distribute food to hungry community members
· Co-founded Davis-Area Interfaith Religious Leaders Network
· Held Black Lives Matter and anti-violence interfaith vigils
6. Stewarded our land and buildings responsibly for the sake of the future
· Installed new floor, wheelchair ramp, lighting and AV, and repainted Fellowship Hall
· Installed new carpet in the Library and Music Room
· Increased security through re-keying, installing alarm systems and security cameras
· Remodeled the break room in Phoenix Hall next to the Youth Rooms
· Installed a remote-access irrigation controller to reduce water use
· Partnered with local nonprofit organizations to provide jobs and prepare healthy meals in the Fellowship Hall kitchen