We offer a variety of small groups so that you can find one that’s right for you. All of our groups are designed to help you connect with others, grow in spiritual wisdom, and become devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Here is a list of some of our current gatherings, which are open to new members.
For additional information such as meeting locations, or if you’d like to learn how to start a new group, simply call the church office at 760-789-3348.
Prayer Shawl Sisterhood
1st Saturday 9 am
Facilitator: Vickie Burch
Men’s Prayer Breakfast
3rd Saturday 8 am
Facilitator: Dave Hager
Mom’s Small Group
1st / 3rd Tuesdays 7:30 pm
Facilitator: Emily Whigham
JOY Women’s Bible Study
1st / 3rd Fridays 2 pm
Facilitator: Sandy Fansher
Call for Meeting Times
Facilitator: Glenda Snell
Fun Marrieds Group
Monthly / Times Vary
Facilitator: Emily Whigham
Late in Life Learners (full)
3rd Thursday / 7 pm
Facilitator: Patty Mussen
Facilitator: Glenda Snell
Prayer with Pastor
2nd & 4th Fridays 10 am
Facilitator: Pastor Nerice
We strive to meet needs as we see them, in our community and beyond. Our mission board meets monthly to plan how to make the best use of our resources. Here are some of the things we do throughout the year, and some of the ministries we help support:
Benevolence Assistance: The church acknowledges its role in providing for those in the community who not only have spiritual needs but financial and material needs as well (Luke 10:25-37). In light of this acknowledgement, funds have been budgeted from the church within the Board of Missions to assist those with these types of needs. We will accept requests for assistance with utilities, some medical bills, prescriptions, and similar needs. (Due to a finite amount of funds we are unable to assist with paying rent). All requests need to be submitted with a copy of the bill or estimate, and checks will be made payable to the company or billing party directly. We do not provide any type of cash assistance. To submit a request, please print the form here and return the completed form to the church office. You will have a response within approximately one week.
Boy Scouts of America: First Congregational Church is the chartering organization for Boy Scouts of America Troop 130. The Scouts of Troop 130 meet in the church Youth Building each Monday at 7 p.m. In addition to the weekly Troop meetings, camping trips and other adventures are a part of their schedule. For more information regarding our Scout Troop, please contact Scoutmaster Tom Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Troop 130 website right here.
Change Tomorrow: Our mission board met with the founders of this organization who serve a rural population of Uganda. Our hearts were stirred as they told of the work they do to promote women through social education, entrepreneurial opportunities, and agriculture. They also have built a school to educate the children of their community, their future. Learn more here at their website https://www.changetomorrow.co.uk/.
Christmas Missions: The months of November and December are especially active months for our mission programs. In November we participate in Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse where church members and friends pack shoe boxes full of gifts for children in need around the world. We also collect Gifts of Warmth—coats, hats, gloves, and blankets for distribution to homeless veterans here in San Diego in conjunction with Veterans Village. In December we begin our Adopt-a-Family Christmas mission and furnish all the ingredients necessary for 15 needy families to have a wonderful Christmas. Also, each Christmas Eve a special mission offering is received to help in a specially-designated area of need in the community.
Corazon Home Build: Through the non-profit organization Corazon (“heart” in Spanish) we travel to Mexico each year to build homes for families there and to care for children in Tijuana’s poorest areas. Each Spring and Fall we accomplish the home build in a single long, but exciting day. To date, we have built more than forty homes! In addition to the home-building mission, our church sponsors elementary, middle school, and high school youth, and provides for the costs of their education.
CROP Hunger Walk: Each year FCC joins with thousands of other congregations across the country in the CROP Walk for the Hungry. Members of our church family gather sponsors and then walk 5 kilometers to raise awareness and funds to fight world hunger. The money raised goes to the areas of greatest need in our world.
Fourth Monday Mission Meals: FCC supports the Ramona Open Door ministries that provides meals for the hungry every Monday evening at the Grange. The Women’s Small Group leads this mission on the fourth Monday of every third month, beginning in January, with support from the mission board. A simple meal is prepared in the church kitchen and then transported over to the Grange where forty to ninety individuals are served dinner and dessert with clean-up to follow.
Frontiers: Frontiers, whom we support prayerfully and financially, is reaching out to Muslims with the love of Christ.
Helping Hands: This community outreach program provides assistance to those in need with tasks around the home. Helping Hands is a non-budgeted ministry whose funds are derived through fundraising and direct donations from church members and those individuals who have received assistance. Helping Hands uses individual volunteers, small groups, and larger organized groups to assist those in need.
In His Steps: In His Steps is a Ramona-based ministry dedicated to helping people with alcohol, drug, and other life-controlling problems. There are residential homes for both men and women. The First Congregational Church is one of nine local churches who offer financial and personal commitments to the program. The In His Steps family worships in our sanctuary every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
LifeWind International: Formerly Medical Ambassadors International, this Christian organization transforms communities around the world by addressing the root causes of poverty, disease, and hopelessness. It’s multi-national staff is working in rural villages and urban slums, empowering local leaders to successfully address their communities’ problems.
One Great Hour of Sharing: This annual Lenten mission, in partnership with the United Church of Christ, transforms lives through health, education, agricultural, and emergency relief initiatives in more than 138 countries.
Serve Ramona: FCC has been spearheading this inter-church and inter-faith group since 2014. The focus is bringing together local churches and other community organizations to better serve the needs of Ramona as an expression of the love of God. Check out our latest efforts on our Facebook page here.