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Doors Wide Open: Renewing for the Future

Doors wide open: Renewing for the future
Our sanctuary was dedicated at Hamilton and Leigh in early 1967. It represented a new beginning for a congregation that had moved from downtown to this residential area. Now, 54 years later, we have concluded as a congregation that it is time to renew our Sanctuary. As we emerge from an unprecedented pandemic, our faith community at FCCSJ stands, as strong as ever, as the beneficiary of the generations who preceded us. We are the stewards and caretakers of our church campus for current and future generations.

Our Doors Wide Open: Renewing for the Future campaign is the opportunity for you to be a part of our present and our future. Please help us make an investment in our extravagant welcome that will enable everyone to participate fully in worship, help our worship space match our theology, and invite our community into our sanctuary. This page includes information about the renewal project and the ways to make your commitment or donation, leading up to Celebration Sunday on November 21!

Weekly Updates

  • Doors Wide Open Weekly Update
    Our Capital Campaign has already generated much positive energy and given us a common focus to work toward. Jennifer Busam, Capital Campaign Ministry Team member, shares her thoughts about the “Doors Wide Open” Campaign: “I want to make our sanctuary more accessible to all. I’d like our sanctuary to be more adaptable for community events, such as concerts. The campaign will be a re-energizing focus for our congregation.” The safety and accessibility of our worship space is one of the important priorities of our renewed space. Our denomination calls us to include people with disabilities in all aspects of the Church’s life and ministry. Check out the Access Sunday Worship Service videos from the UCC Disabilities Ministries to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY7e8yDXV1bFchcsxaVyy0w
  • Doors Wide Open Weekly Update
    When asked why she’s passionate about supporting the Doors Wide Open Capital Campaign, Ruth Tebo, Capital Campaign Executive Team member, answered, “For the past billion years, well, only 7 years, I have been on the Sanctuary Improvement Ministry Team. I love the new design of the sanctuary and REALLY believe we must make the sanctuary more accessible for all. The only way I see to make these needed changes happen is an effective Capital Campaign. Let’s do this!!” Join Ruth and the Capital Campaign Team at an upcoming in-person or Zoom meeting to learn more about our Doors Wide Open: Renewing for the Future Capital Campaign for our Sanctuary Renewal project. Group meetings will take place at the following times and locations: Sunday, October 10, 11am, Fellowship Hall Tuesday, October 12, 7pm, via Zoom. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82881218410?pwd=ZlIxTjlZWkYxV1ZpWEo1dlVYVnZQdz09 Meeting ID: 828 8121 8410 Passcode: 856228 One tap mobile +16699006833,,82881218410#,,,,*856228# US (San Jose) Dial by your location +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) Thursday, October 14, 10:30am, via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82913250513?pwd=c01USzkrU21lUXlwZWpub055cVBvdz09 Meeting ID: 829 1325 0513 Passcode: 039880 One tap mobile +16699006833,,82913250513#,,,,*039880# US (San Jose) Dial by your location +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) Members of the Capital Campaign Executive Team will be present to answer any questions you have about the Campaign.
  • Capital Campaign “Doors Wide Open” Launched
    Our Capital Campaign for our Sanctuary Renewal project, “Doors Wide Open: Renewing for the Future,” has officially launched.  This week we are inspired by our moderator, Charles Weidmann, as he asks us to prayerfully consider making a generous donation to this transformative initiative in the life of First Congregational Church of San Jose.
    “Now is the time for all of us to join together to throw the doors of our church wide open and offer a truly extravagant welcome, both physically and spiritually, to everyone in our broader community. FCCSJ’s seminal commitment to renew our sanctuary embodies core church values and will serve the needs of our church and community well into the future.”
    Questions, contact [email protected].