How it all began...Fall 1949 - First meeting held in El Cerrito, California at the home of Rev. Gifford WebsterEaster Sunday, 1950 - Seventy Charter Members joined the newly formed Mira Vista Congregational ChurchAugust 1951 - First service held in the new building at 7075 Cutting Boulevard, El CerritoEaster 1955 - Fifth Anniversary - Membership of 253, with church school of 3171957 - The Congregational Christian and Evangelical and Reformed denominations merged and Mira Vista became the Mira Vista United Church of ChristThanksgiving Sunday, 1959 - Dedicated the new Sanctuary on Cutting Avenue; the prior worship space became the Fellowship Hall1967 - Founded, along with other churches, the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP), an organization to address racial and economic injustice in Contra Cost County1974 - MVUCC founded the West Contra Costa County Rape Crisis Center1980s through the present day - We have taken seminarians 'in care' for the ministry, welcoming, nourishing, and teaching seminarians and hosting ordinations1990s - Founded, with GRIP, the Souper Center in RichmondApril 1994 - Voted to become an Open and Affirming Congregation1995 - Adopted the New Century Hymnal, which uses inclusive language1994 to 1997 - Participated, with GRIP, in the Winter Rotating Homeless Shelter ProgramJanuary 1999 - Sanctuary Renewal Celebration, with beautiful stained glass windows and a new Cross
Into the 2000s...April 2000 - Celebrated our 50th AnniversaryFebruary 2001 - Decided to sell the parsonageJanuary 2005 - Decided to sell our building and grounds on Cutting Avenue to the Montessori Family SchoolJuly - September 2006 - Moving daysSeptember 2006 - First service at our new location, 780 Ashbury Avenue in El Cerrito, California (owned by Christ Lutheran Church)2007 - Incorporated reading the Scripture in Spanish into our Sunday serviceMay 2007 - First Mission Trip to New Orleans to help with the rebuilding effort after Hurricane Katrina (aka "The Storm") , sponsored by United Church of Christ Disaster MinistriesJanuary 2008 - Joined GENESIS (region-wide, faith-based community organizing social justice group)May 3-10 2008 - Fifteen people on Second Mission Trip to New Orleans October 19, 2008 - After five years of ministry-in-transition together, we installed the Rev. Susan Meeter as our called Minister and TeacherMay 3-9 2009 - Third Mission Trip to New OrleansNovember 2009 - Developed Five-Year Vision January - March, 2010 - Supported Pastor Susan and her wife Barbara on a trip to India during her sabbatical leave. Welcomed the Rev. Katie Morrison in the pastor's absenceMay 1-7 2010 - Seven people on Fourth Mission Trip to New OrleansOctober 10, 2010 - Our 60 Year Anniversary CelebrationFebruary 2011 - African American "History We Missed" seriesMarch 19 - March 26, 2011 - Twelve people on Fifth (and last) Mission Trip to New OrleansSeptember 2011 - Hosted a booth at the Solano Stroll 2012 - The Mindfulness Group (now the Mindfulness Circle) beganApril 2012 - Participated in Rebuilding Together (local support for low-income home owners)September 9, 2012 - Solano StrollApril 20, 2013 - Dog and Earth Blessing at Point IsabelNovember 3, 2013 - All Saints and Dia de los Muertos CelebrationJune 14, 2014 - Celebration of Ministry for Pastor Susan Meeter and Barbara Cook held in a backyard in PinoleJuly 20, 2014 - Pastor Susan's last Sunday leading worship
To the Present Day...October 26, 2014 - Installed Rev. Dr. Melinda V. McLain as our Designated Term Minister
through the Year ...January - Semi-Annual Meeting (budget)Spring - Special services during Lent and Easter April - Rebuilding Together projectsJune - Annual Gathering of Northern California Nevada Conference of the UCC (NCNC-UCC) June - Gay Prom in Hayward; Pride Parade in San Francisco June - Semi-Annual Meeting (review activities and Philanthropic Giving and look ahead)September - Occasional participation in the Solano StrollOctober - Annual GRIP Harmony WalkDecember - Special services during Advent; Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
through the Month or Week...Every Sunday - 12noon Worship with music and preachingEvery Sunday - Gather at "La Mesa" for potluck lunch after worshipFirst Sundays of the Month - Holy Communion, All are welcome!First Tuesdays - Prepare lunch at Souper Center in RichmondFirst and Third Wednesday evenings - Mindfulness Circle @El Cerrito Royale. Call for room number and more information.Every Thursday evening - Interfaith Meditation with Sycamore UCC, 6-6:45p, 1111 Navellier Street, El Cerrito, CA.