November

These have been an incredible two months at UCC. I’m so grateful to this congregation for all of the love and support that you’ve shown to me and my family. I’m thrilled about our future together and I hope that

you are too. There are lots of exiting things in the works that will be happening very soon.  

 

This Sunday, we will unveil a new website that will give our congregation a new public face online. This is important as we begin to move forward, because it shows that we are “up-to-date.” Our website will include many new features including online giving, a mobile website, a mobile app, video versions of sermons (with the ability to livestream and podcast), an updated calendar, and scrolling images that will enable us to highlight upcoming events. However, there will be some changes associated the new website. We will be switching our domain name from univchristianchurch.com to uchristianchurch.org. This will also mean new email addresses for church office staff. We hope that this will be a minor inconvenience that will be greatly exceeded by the benefits of a new look. You will begin to notice a more unified look across all of our technology platforms. We have also applied for and been granted a Google Advertising grant for up to $10,000/month in free Google online advertising. Following worship on Sunday, we will have a technology information session during coffee chat to help you learn how to navigate the new tech and take full advantage of it.

 

It was very important to me to have all of this up and running before Advent. I believe that Advent is a great time to get people to church. Advent is filled with wonderful services and it’s a time of year when people feel a little more “churchy.” My hope is that when people begin looking for a place to celebrate Christmas, they will find their way to our newly minted online and social media and stop in to worship with us. However, if we want our church to grow, we must actively work to make it happen. It’s a good time of year to invite people to church – to tell them about the wonderful things that are happening at UCC. For far too long, evangelism has been a dirty word, because we’ve associated it with forced conversion. But evangelism is simply sharing the Good News. We’ve got a lot of Good News to share at UCC. Advent will be packed with a Hanging of the Greens service (with lots of congregational participation), the children’s Christmas play, the Christmas cantata, Christmas Sunday (with a poinsettia processional), a Longest Night service, and Candlelight Communion on Christmas Eve.

 

This Sunday, we will be making a concentrated effort to focus on evangelism. We will have our first “Selfie Sunday” where everyone will be encouraged to take a photo of themselves at UCC and post it on Social Media saying why they’re thankful for this congregation. If you are not on social media, it would be wonderful if you could still take a picture at UCC, tell someone why you’re grateful for this congregation, and invite them to church. It’s also a wonderful time to reach out to those people from this congregation who you haven’t seen in a while.

 

I hope that these upcoming changes feel exciting and not overwhelming. These new pieces are intended to help those for whom technology is a daily reality better connect with UCC and with God. While these new elements will hopefully be meaningful to our congregation, we also hope that they will be a way for us to connect with newcomers and help share the Gospel with a younger generation in San Diego and beyond.

 

Peace and Love,

Caleb