Social Action – Annual Report 1-21-1970


The Social Action Committee met 8 times this year, compared to none last year. Earl Washburn, Jr, served as Chairman until August when he had to resign to return to medical school.  They studied and discussed the following topics which the United Church of Christ requested be studied:

  1. Amnesty for war objectors
  2. Selective Service System
  3. Gun Control
  4. Sharing the cost of Government fairly


As discussed with reports given were Public Heath Services, The City Planning Commission, Housing Authority, County Agencies and Catholic Social Service.

                                   Jacque Wallingford, Moderator

Coffee House

Under Reverend Mahoneys enthusiastic guidance, the Coffee House in the cellar is indeed painted and in wonderful, happy shape for our youth folk.  A lot of them have put in a lot of time painting and being carpenters in what almost seemed an impossible endeavor.  While it is true that the Annual Report is concerned with 1969, one can not help but note that on opening nights January 16th and 17th 1970 – there were up to 90 young people there each night.  It can certainly be deemed a great success not only for the numbers of this Church, but for other

Churches in the area, and the community in general.

It is hoped that the older members of the Congregation,

now seeing what has been accomplished will take a trip

downstairs and see what they can give or contribute to

help a most worth while proven project along.

(there is no name attached to this article)

Jacque Wallingford, Historian

Have you been looking at our Display Case since September?

Some of our History has been displayed in the Main display cabinet.  February was a fun month as we displayed pictures of “couples”; some new and some old.

In Women’s Fellowship we have been talking about our own personal Family History and how to preserve it. At our last meeting we talked about the Church History. We have many different items in our storage that tells our Church History; membership card file, Annual Reports, Pictures, Newspaper articles, Book of Remembrance, Photo albums, scrapbooks, Bulletins, Newsletters, Legal files, etc.

I wish to thank Diane Fender for working with me each month in providing a look into our Church History.  We will continue through our 150th Celebration with displays about our Church History.

Jacque Wallingford, Historian

Preserving our History is important at the Church as well as in our personal lives.

Photos, newspaper clippings, written material and special objects we want to keep for generations to generations will

only last if we keep them preserved.

Today as I look back at the Church records trying to find our History, lots of our records are just put in boxes and through the years of handling are starting to fall apart.  Photos without identification; items I don’t remember what they represent, pictures on cardboard that is starting to fall apart.

Learning how to keep these items safe is a chore when they are already in poor condition.  At Women’s Fellowship, I have been talking about “Preserving our Family History” and at our next meeting we will be talking about the church records. There was a hand out at the meeting and if you are interested in what you can do to “Preserve Your Family History”, please see me and I will be glad to give you a copy.

Jacque Wallingford, Historian

Dr. Reuben Sink’s message to the Hundredth Anniversary of our

church. This was written in 1915.

Dear Descendants:

We’ve just celebrated a glorious golden jubilee. We had a great time. We hope the same for you.

Only one of the charter members is now living on earth. She was at the celebration. You will find her name on the program enclosed.

The messengers who bear this greeting are now but children starting on the road of life and to you;

some of you are not born as these words are penned; the most of us will be in heaven when you receive them. We are happy on the way and the going is good. Sometimes we’re alarmed by reckless drivers, but we keep on keeping on.

Now we are thinking of you and trying to make the world a better place for you to live. We are harmonious, happy family. God has done great things for us, whereof we are glad.

The church where we worship was builded mostly by voluntary offerings; the final $3000 obligations were met without anyone being solicited. No, we’re not rich, excepting in fellowship…that’s wealth. We burned the mortgage and a note, and the smoke ascended like incense at the morning sacrifice. They were no sacrifice. We stood up and sang the “Praise God” and felt good. Hope you’re the same

We’re not boasting of what we’ve done, are doing or are going to do, but we do speak good of the Lord who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. We commend him to your devotion. May you be prospered in all things. Do not get off the road ending at the gates of pearl; we want a reunion of our Church on the shore of the crystal sea. That will be even greater than a jubilee celebration here!

May the blessing of Heaven fill your hearts with the Love of Christ.

Yours for Him,

The Church of 1915  Reuben Sink, Pastor

Dr. Sink’s letters were read at the Centennial celebration 1965 and new letters issued by Pastor Maurice deVries to be read at the Centennial.

Jacque Wallingford, Historian


The year 1965 was our centennial year and it seemed fitting and advisable to recognize this occasion with an appropriate celebration. So, early in the year the Rev. Maurice deVries appointed a committee of nine to plan the events. The committee consisted of George R Crothers, Chairman; Howard Bissell, Lloyd Drury, Barbara Dunlap, Wilhelmina Harbert, Dee Hays, Thelma Lewis, Larry Martin, and Ralph Raven.

After numerous meetings and much discussion, the committee decided it might be well to have a preview of coming events early in the year, to work up a little enthusiasm for the major events in the fall. On May 2, 1965, a no-host potluck dinner was held in the church. The initial plans were organized by Mr. And Mrs. Howard Bissell, who was later assisted by Mr. And Mrs. Lloyd Drury and Mr. And Mrs. John Nelson. Others assisting were Mrs. Larry Martin, Mrs. Clarence Olson, and Mr. And Mrs. Herbert Loeffelbein. Mr. George Crothers was master of ceremonies, lending authenticity to the occasion with 49’er costume and sideburns. For supper entertainments, Mrs. Harbert assembled a group of teenagers as wandering ministrels reminiscent of bygone days.

Following the supper, everyone moved into the sanctuary and were entertained by handbells played by the Schilling family. A musical program by a ladies’ ensemble followed. Dr Harland Hogue, of Pacific School of Religion, who is well-versed on early California history, was the speaker of the evening. About 280 enthusiastic parishioners participated and the event was a huge success, portending enthusiasm for the events of the autumn.

Pictorial Record. Another early event was the dedication and distribution of the Pictorial Record of the parish on June 13th. Mrs. Carter Dunlap was chairman of the project.

A historical display of bibles, hymnals and other church literature, and also pictures of early-day church members, was arranged in the church parlor by Mrs. Robert Morris.

(Annual Report 1965 – Part 1)

Jacque Wallingford, Chairperson




Alice M. Ahearn Chapel

Mr. And Mrs. Harmon S. Eberhard made gifts of Caterpillar Tractor Stockton to our church commencing in about 1961. The proceeds from the sale of this stock, approximately $7,000 was used as the down payment of our Parsonage in 1964.

During the following years Mr. and Mrs. Eberhard continued to make gifts of stock to our church. The idea of creating some sort of a Memorial was conceived by Mr. And Mrs. Everhard and Rev. Maurice deVries. From this start the idea developed and grew until they decided that the building of a Chapel in memory of Alice M Ahearn, a long time member of this church, was appropriate. The Everhard’s indicated that they wished to present a completed chapel to our church and the church in turn would provide a suitable site on our church property.

The present Chapel Committee was appointed by the Moderator with instructions to investigate the feasibility of the project. Whether a room or two in our present building should be converted into a Chapel or if a free standing building should be built.

In due time a report was made to the church. Cabinet in which it was pointed out that in their opinion and of those interviewed, a free standing building located on the vacant land to the east of our church with a relatively small seating capacity, would best serve our purpose. At this Cabinet meeting, it was agreed to table the report and appoint a Committee to make a final investigation of the Jewish Community property on Madison St., which was for sale. Nothing developed from this investigation, and the Cabinet, at a later meeting, accepted the Chapel Committee’s report and referred the matter to the Board of Trustees and the church members.

The Chapel Committee was given the responsibility by the Church Cabinet to proceed with the project until completion.

Mortenson and Holstien, Architects, were retained. Plans and specifications were drawn up which were satisfactory to the Eberhards and the Chapel Committee. As you have observed, the construction is underway by the contracting firm of Modern Engineering Co. of Stockton.

A Committee is being formed at this time which will have the responsibilities of setting up plans for the dedication of the Chapel its uses and suggested fees for its use to make it self supporting. This committee will also assume other responsibilities that develop from time to time.

Alice M Ahearn Chapel Committee

W.W. Schuldt, Chairman

(Taken from the 1968 Annual Report)

Metal plate taken from Chapel is in with History of Church.

Jacque Wallingford, Chairperson




These are some stories shared by members of the church. We hope that you enjoy reading them and come join us and make some of your own memories.


I hope you enjoy these two stories from “Legacy of Faith” Christmas Stories from First Congregational Church – Christmas 2001.


A Childhood Christmas

By Janet Hartenfeld

I lived in Seward, Nebraska, when I was a child. I remember walking to church on Christmas Eve, with my mother and siblings. It was traditional for my father to drive to Lincoln (about 25 miles away), to pick up my Grandmother and my Aunt. So, the rest of us would walk to church. On Christmas Eve, each child had memorized lines to say in the Christmas Pageant. It was really an important event. The church was decorated in greens. We would work hard to know our

parts. Most years, we had a traditional Christmas Pageant.  A particularly memorable Christmas for me, was when the Christian Endeavor group put on the production of Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol.” After the pageant, Santa would visit and give each of the children a brown bag with hard candy and an orange in it. Then, we would walk home. When we got home, everyone would gather together. The whole family was there. Usually, the adults would have oyster stew. The kids, until they were old enough to sit with the adults, would have potato stew. On Christmas day, we would open our presents.

The Rudisill Family Christmas Ball

By Fran and Dick Rudisill

In our family, we have a traditional Christmas Ball, made from yarn, for each of the six grandchildren. This year, I asked the oldest girls (15 and 17) if they wanted me to continue the yarn balls. They both shouted a resounding “Yes!”

The ball consists of hidden trinkets. I start by tying a piece of jewelry to the beginning strand of yarn. For the boys, I use whatever works. I then proceed wrapping the jewelry with the yarn in a shape of a ball. This procedure continues until all the trinkets are rolled up. Sometimes, the ball gets a little lopsided and something might stick out a bit. This just adds to the fun! I collect these little gifts all year long, as sometimes it is difficult to find small objects. Oh yes, a huge jingle bell is at the end of the ball. I then place them in a Santa bag, under the tree. The children love to unravel these little surprises. Many shout, “Look what I have!” Most of the time, they are sitting or standing in the middle of the colorful unwinding yarn. (This makes for great pictures!) I’ve tried to train the parents to roll-up the yarn as the children are unwinding. However, they get caught-up in the merriment and just forget. It’s all great fun!

Here’s a little anecdote: One year one grandchild stood up in the midst of the yarn circling round, and sadly asked, “Where’s the ball?” We all laughed so heartily! It was so precious! (It’s all captured on video!)

Merry Christmas!