From: Rev. Felix C. Villanueva, Conference Minister [] on behalf of Rev. Felix C. Villanueva, Conference Minister []

Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 7:05 PM

To: Keith Clark

Subject: Connections From Felix


Connections from Felix

General Synod


Video Version

Video Version

     Our delegation and visitors had a great experience at General Synod in Tampa. We had 11 official delegates and 49 visitors!  We met as a group for breakfast and dinner on two different occasions and we had the opportunity to share our experiences. Our delegates met every morning at 7 a.m. to discuss the resolutions before us and to hear from representatives regarding specific resolutions.  


     We also experienced, first hand, what it takes to make Synod a success. Our delegation and visitors were instrumental in gathering valuable information about the logistics of this event. We look forward to implementing their ideas and suggestions as we prepare to host the 2013 Synod in Long Beach. 


     It is not too early to start thinking about the role you and your congregation would like to play in 2013. We will need many volunteers -the Florida Conference had 300! One of the staples of every Synod is the cookies-again, we learned the Florida Conference baked 10,000 dozen! We would also like to offer other healthy snack alternatives such as fruit and nuts.  In addition, we will need many other volunteers to demonstrate our hospitality to all our guests.  


     In the months to come, we will be asking for your help as we get all the details about what is expected of us. I know that your will step forward as you always do, to make the 29th Synod a total success.  


     Finally, the UCC Local Church Ministries office recognized the Southern California Nevada Conference with the Vitality Award. This award goes to the Conference that has shown most growth in the last five years. I would like to personally thank our Vitality Team and Gary for their hard work.  


     May God continue blessing all of you!


the Rev. Felix C. Villanueva invite the UCC to Long Beach!

the Rev. Felix C. Villanueva invites the UCC to Long Beach!


Synod Links 



Video Highlights:




Mission 1:


Conference Photos from Synod:


July Birthdays:




Rev. Susan Anna Bjork



Rev. Kenneth Hougland


Rev. Robert Fung



Rev. Gary Chomiak


Rev. June Christine Goudey



Rev. James Keith


Rev. Curtis Randolph Clare



Rev. James H. Hargett


Rev. Ron D. Tovmassian



Rev. Felix C. Villanueva


Rev. Jonathon Edwards



Rev. John Scott Ellington


Rev. Arch Aitcheson



Rev. Elizabeth Griswold


Rev. Amy Furth



Rev. Katherine Reif Hyman        


Rev. Jane Burrill Quandt





Rev. Stephen Boyd





Rev. Timothy C. Murphy





Rev. Ensie Mchio Oyakawa






Granted Ministerial Standing  



June 12

Gary Roberts, Commissioned Ministry


July 31

Janie Ito, Ordained Ministry




Churches in Transition 


Northern Association:

Central Association:

Congregational Church of Chatsworth

Manhattan Beach Community


Seaside Community

Southern Association:

L.A. Filipino-American

Alpine Community

San Marino Congregational

Kensington Community


Pioneer Ocean View

Eastern Association:

U.C.C. La Mesa

Bloomington Congregational


Barstow First Congregational


Claremont (Associate Pastor)


Northwest Community


Riverside First Congregational (Associate Pastor)





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