170th Annual Gathering of the Christian Church in Northern California-Nevada

Friday, April 19, 2023 7 p.m.


*Gathering Music:"Undignified" The Way

"There's a Light"

"Let Your Glory Fall"


"I Will Celebrate"


Greetings from FCC Concord: Leslie Taylor


Call to Worship Rev. Jodi Capitola-Duran


Leader: Come, people of God,

People: Let us journey together!

Leader: Through the uncertainty of the wilderness,

People: Through the uncertainty of our questions,

Leader: God goes with us:

People: Around us, among us, and within us.

Leader: Come, people of God:

People: With our doubts,

Leader: With our questions,

People: With your apprehension and fears.

Leader: Come, people of God!

People: Let us seek not a destination,

Leader: but a journey of growth, imagination, innovation, and inspiration.

People: May we hold our answers gently.

Leader: May we be open to learning anew.

People: Let us lift up our hearts to the Living One,

Leader: Open our minds to the Spirit's Wind,

People: And center our lives in the ground of Christ.


Opening Prayer Haley Monachello


Greetings from The Region and Partners


SONG: "Lord, I Give You My Heart" The Way


Pastoral Prayer/ Prayers of the People/Lord's PrayerRev. Dr. Leon Bacchues


Sharing Our Gifts Rev. Dr. Chris Dorsey


Please bring your offering forward and place them in the basket in the front of the sanctuary or raise your hand and a deacon will bring the basket to you. The offering will be shared with Disciples Home Mission, Recovery Cafe and the Regional Fund. Make checks payable to CCNC-N. May our giving be generous.


SONG:"Totally Available" The Way


Prayer of Dedication Rev. Dr. Chris Dorsey


SCRIPTURE: Joshua 9: 12-14 Norman Bardsley

Matthew 9: 16-18 Rev. Denise Turner


SERMON:"About New Wine" Rev. Dr. Kelly Colwell


*SONG: "The Summons" The Way


Communion Rev. Renae Earl


SONG: "Take My Life" The Way

Blessing and Benediction Rev. Dr. Kelly Colwell



* Please stand if you are able


Recovery Cafe San Jose

is a healing community for those traumatized by addiction, homelessness, and mental health challenges.

Recovery Cafe San Jose is founded on the belief that every human being is precious, worthy of love and deserving of the opportunities to fulfill his or her potential. In this loving community, people who cannot afford long-term recovery services come to belong, heal, and know themselves as loved.

In this sanctuary from the streets, the Cafe helps participants develop tools and access other community resources for stabilizing recovery. Meaningful daily activities and a positive community are powerful forces that help break the patterns and challenges of addiction, unemployment, and homelessness.

Recovery Cafe San Jose is a place for:

As our community continues to face the challenge of increased drug use among young adults, and growth in the number of homeless encampments, RCSJ invests in daily, accessible, long-term recovery support to effectively address those challenges.



Disciples Home Missions

is a hands-on General Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). DHM lives into the Gospel of Jesus Christ by strengthening and developing partnerships, supporting congregational transformation, resourcing leadership development, sustaining faith formation, providing mission opportunities, and advocating for justice, fairness, and equality for all of God's children and creation. Ministries include:



Regional Fund

Your gifts help the Region to fulfill its Mission and Vision: To cultivate a faithful, growing regional church that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality, and a passion for justice (Micah 6:8):



Participants in this service
The Way: Andie Raymond, Tim Rose, Scott Sumner-Moore, Jacob Perez, Michael Gay

Rev. Dr. Leslie Carole Taylor, Senior Minister, First Christian Church, Concord

Meg Sumowiec, Elder, First Christian Church, Concord

Rev. Jodi Capitola-Duran, Member, Urban Sanctuary, San Jose

Haley Monachello, Regional Youth Director, Member, First Christian Church, Sacramento

Rev. Dr. LaTaunya Bynum, Regional Minister, Member, First Christian Church, Alameda

Rev. Dr. Leon Bacchues, Pastor, Tapestry Ministries

Rev. Dr. Chris Dorsey, President of Disciples Home Missions

Norman Bardsley, Member, Lafayette Christian Church

Rev. Denise Turner, Chaplain, Kaiser Permanente

Rev. Dr. Kelly Colwell, Co-Senior Minister, First Congregational Church, Berkeley

Rev. Renae Earl, Elder, First Christian Church, Concord

Abijah Steenhouse, Regional Youth Council, Member, First Christian Church of Vallejo

Will Thompson, Regional Youth Council, Member, First Christian Church, Selma

Bowen Tang, Regional Youth Council, Deacon, First Christian Church, Concord