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Hello, I'm Sarah Vinnett and it's with great pleasure that I introduce myself as the Camp Director for CUPC Summer Camp's 41st year. I'm extremely excited for camp as always, and look forward to all the wonderful memories I'll leave the summer with. I've been going to CUPC since I was 5 years old, and have been a part of the camp since I was in the 6th grade. I always dreamed someday I'd be a leader, of which I was for 3 years, and now it's gone a step further as I have the privilege to be a director.

I'm looking forward to getting to know our campers, making sure they have a fun and educational summer, and seeing a new version of the camp I always loved as a kid. I am interested to see the leaders grow into their roles, the kids grow and get along with one another as the summer progresses and myself, as I am challenged in ways I wouldn't have imagined.

Please keep the Camp and myself in your prayers, as I try to continue the wonderful 40-year legacy that is CUPC Summer Camp and navigate what the Lord has planned for me in this position. It's with the congregation's support and encouragement that I applied for this position, but also because I felt that I'd love to create an atmosphere for these kids that I always had at CUPC. That atmosphere was friends, games, fun, family, and home. I will do my best to represent CUPC's church family, and reflect the morals of the church while leading the leaders and campers.

Thank you all for your support, and if you feel called please donate what you can as we can always use supplies. The following would be gratefully accepted:
  • Craft Supplies (i.e. yarn, lanyard string, popsicle sticks, beads, glitter, glue, construction paper, markers, pens etc.)
  • Cookout ingredients (i.e. salt, pepper, oil, sugar, utensils, paper dishware, rock salt, vanilla extract etc.)
  • Snack supplies (i.e. pretzels, cookies, crackers, fresh fruit, Wheat Thins, juices etc.)
Sarah Vinnett
CUPC Camp Director

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Each Sunday during worship in the summer, leaders from our Summer Camp program share with the congregation what has been going on at camp, along with their reflections. You will see what they shared below:

June 11, 2017 - Maddie T.

Good morning, my name is Maddie Tanaka. This year is my second summer as a CUPC leader, but I have been coming to camp since I was in the first grade. I am currently a sophomore at George Washington High School. I was a bit nervous to be a head leader this year because it comes with lots of responsibilities, and the first week of camp usually sets the mood for the whole summer. I ended up leading ABC, the youngest age group as my campers. I wasn't super excited at first, but I knew that this experience wasn't about me, it's about the kids. I wanted to make sure they could make and cherish the many memories I had as a camper.

On the first day of camp, we went to Lindley Meadows and got a chance to let the kids get to know each other. I quickly learned that ABC requires lots of patience because some of them can be very stubborn when it comes to playing games or singing songs.

On Tuesday, we went to the park again and had the annual bubble gum contest where one person from each group is selected to try and blow the biggest bubble. Many of the campers were excited about it.

On Wednesday, the Alpha department had cookout while Omega had ice cream. My group and the 3rd and 4th graders decided to combine for cookout and ice cream. Fortunately, all of the kids thought finding sticks was the best part of the day. We made English muffin pizzas so the campers could each choose their own toppings. My first challenge as an ABC leader came when one of my campers ended up having an accident just as we were about to leave the park. Sarah and I had to stay behind and take her to the bathroom and luckily her dad had packed a change of clothes for her.

Thursday turned out to be a rainy day, so we had to stay here at church. Omega made their food inside and Alpha had ice cream. We all gathered in the social hall for the morning and the campers played board games. My group made strawberry ice cream and won best out of the whole camp.

To end the week, we went to the Exploratorium. The kids enjoyed interacting with all the exhibits and watching the popular cow eye dissection. I'm excited for tomorrow and getting to see the campers' faces again. I'm sure there will be new challenges and funny stories to tell, but that's what makes this camp so enjoyable for me. Working at CUPC has helped me understand how to serve others better, the way God calls us to. I would like to thank the church for your support. Please continue to pray for us as we enter our second week of camp.

Thank you!

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Everyone is invited to attend our regular session meetings. The next regular session meeting is on June 25, 2017 at 12:00pm. If you are interested in how the session, our governing body, discusses ministry at CUPC, please come and join us! You are also welcome to read the minutes, which are public documents. The minutes are available in the church office.

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Happy June All,

Last month I reported that Session approved a "Raffle Fundraiser" for the 2017 year. Here are some key things I would like you to know regarding this fundraiser:
  • The money will go towards supporting replacement of the social hall floor, which directly and positively impacts all the activities and programs held in that space.
  • The raffle drawing will take place on September 2, 2017.
  • There are only 3 cash prizes ($1,000, $300 and $100).
  • The prize money will come from sales of the tickets.
  • Tickets are $2.00/ticket or $10.00 for 6 tickets.
  • As of 6/4/2017, we have begun selling raffle tickets.
  • Troop 12 has partnered with the church and are selling raffle tickets for us.
  • The Finance Team's request is that you not purchase the tickets, but sell at least 1-2 or more books (6 tickets in a book)

We will be distributing tickets on Sundays during coffee fellowship, in addition to collecting ticket stubs and money.

In July, we will send tickets to those who receive the Visiting Pastor asking to help with the sales of tickets.

There have been two individuals who informed me that instead of purchasing or selling tickets, they would like to donate a sum of money towards the cash raffle prizes. If anyone is interested in this option, please send a check made payable to CUPC, note on ticket "For Raffle Prizes". On the envelope, please put "ATTN: Wayne Hiroshima". If you have any questions or would like to help with the raffle, please email me at


The issuance of parking gate keys will occur towards the end of June with full implementation expected to begin July 1. While Session has approved most of the requests for keys, they continued to be engaged in a thoughtful process to ensure safety and set reasonable criteria for access to our parking lot. While this appears to be a straightforward task, we are, at the same time, increasing parking lot rental fees to offset our budget deficit and must make careful consideration for our renters.

This should have minimal impact on our congregants, as the gate is open on Sunday mornings for worship. It should also be noted that ALL parking slots are rented and, with Summer Camp in session, there is little room for other cars during the week.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. If you have any questions, they may be directed to Pastor Grace or Chris H. Chair of Property Maintenance.


Work on the exterior of our church begins June 5th. We were informed that we will not be using scaffolding in the courtyard however, please be cautious when entering the church from the parking lot.

Work on our interior is delayed and the Main Team is still working on the planning process. A major challenge is our projected timeline, expecting the work to be completed before the opening of school. We continue to work closely with our architects to establish a reasonable timeline with the fewest disruptions to our programs. We will continue to keep you posted.

Thank you for your patience.

Chris H., Team Leader
Property Maintenance