Open and Affirming - Rainbow
Congregational Church
of Almaden Valley
United Church of Christ
  A Progressive Christian Neighborhood Church
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No matter who you are . . . or where you are on life’s journey,
you are welcome here.

Worship, Sundays 9–10 a.m.

We welcome children to our worship services and have nursery rooms available in a lovely child-friendly environment for parents/other caregivers who desire to be with young children for any needs that arise.

Read the Current Kalos newsletter. See the Sunday Worship Bulletin

Meet Our Interim Pastor: The Rev. Dr. Martha “Marty” Williams

Marty Williams, Interim Pastor at Congregational Church of Almaden Valley, UCC

Rev. Marty will begin her service on December 1st, 2016.

Rev. Marty grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and you will still hear a little bit of Texas twang.  She received her BA from Texas Christian University and moved to southern CA and attended the School of Theology at Claremont, receiving her Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees.

Rev. Marty has served 38 years in ministry.  She was licensed in 1978 and ordained in 1983 by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  She has a deep love and passion for the local church and her ministry reflects this. She has served local congregations in Southern California and Northern California and has many years experience in regional and conference ministry.  Rev. Marty delights in working with congregational transformation, transition, and equipping the church for the “next faithful thing”.

Rev. Marty recently concluded her service as Interim Transitional Pastor at Lafayette Christian Church in Lafayette, CA.   She served as an Associate Conference Minister in the Northern California-Nevada Conference for 5 years and was the Regional Minister-Vice President for the Christian Church (DOC) in Northern California-Nevada for 13 years.   Rev. Marty has a strong commitment to the UCC/DOC partnership as well as ecumenical and interfaith ministries.

In her spare time, you will find Rev. Marty and spouse Sue Goddard hiking, camping, and backpacking in the Sierras.  They enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.  Good books are her constant joy.  She enjoys cooking, playing bocce occasionally, and walking the dogs.  Lulu, the beagle, and April, the Cairn/Chihuahua mix, keep Rev. Marty and Sue entertained and walking every day. 

Rev. Marty will begin her interim service on December 1st, 2016.  She will be working half time at CCAV.  Please introduce yourself to her.  She is anxious to meet everyone!

Transforming Love: Behind Prison Walls

A Sermon by Randall Newcomb

October 30, 2016

White Hawk was the angriest person I have ever encountered. 

I met White Hawk at 8AM on Christmas Eve morning. 

He had shackles on his hands and feet that were connected to a chain around his waist. The guard sat him down and padlocked the handcuffs to a metal loop on the table. With his hands held together by the handcuffs he picked up the telephone receiver. Read More

A Time of Farewell to Pastor Michele

Dear Friends,

After much prayer and discernment, I will be leaving my duties as your pastor at the end of September and beginning new work as a teacher at Christian University in Thailand (October, 2016). My last Sunday to lead worship will be on September 18 at our 9 a.m. service; it will include a Service of Farewell led by the Northern CA/NV Conference staff.

I have treasured this time . . . (see the complete letter)

Once a Month — First Sundays Discussion with Pastor— at 10:30 a.m. (after Coffee Hour) 

You are invited to gather for about an hour of study/discussion.

All are invited. Handouts will be available for the study—come join us, no pre-read necessary.

Discussion Group Pamphlets


LGBT Affirming, Open and Affirming, Gay-Friendly

We respect and affirm all who seek to be part of their journey with us. Learn more about our LGBT Affirming church.

Our Music Director, Maria Brodsky


Music Director, Maria Brodsky, Congregational Church of Almaden Valley, San Jose, CA

Russian-born harpsichordist Maria Brodsky holds an MA in Music Theory from Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory.  

In 1998 she relocated to the US . . . more

God is still speaking

Faith is a journey that can have many twists and turns.

You are welcome here with all your questions and doubts as well as joys.

Find out about God is still speaking. What do our members say about our church?


The Congregational Church of Almaden Valley,
United Church of Christ
6581 Camden Avenue
San Jose, CA 95120-1908
(408) 268-0243, Fax (408) 268-4207
© 2017 The Congregational Church of Almaden Valley,
San Jose, California



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Events & Dates

Headlight Polishing Click and find out what "Headlight Polishing" is about.
2017 Dates: Jan 28, April 8, July 8 & Oct 14
Time: 9 AM to Noon
Location: Congregational Church of Almaden Valley, San Jose, CA. Parking Lot.

Our Sunday worship service is 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

We share our grounds and church facility with the Episcopal Church of Almaden

We share our grounds and church facility, including the religious art of Dennis Moran, with the ECA Episcopal Church as part of a "Joint Venture."

Congregational Church of Almaden Valley, San Jose, California

Almaden Valley Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) is located in San Jose, CA. Click for our Location

Kalos Newsletter from Congregational Church of Almaden Valley - San Jose, CA

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50th Anniversary Celebration
A Huge Success

Dear Members and Friends.

Thank you! Thank you! To each and every one of you who helped to make the 50th anniversary weekend such a special one! That includes those of you who helped tirelessly before, during, and after – or in many cases, all three! It also includes those of you who went to one, two, or three of the special festivities and helped to make the weekend so memorable for all of us.

It was a perfect weekend, and it could not have been if it wasn’t for each one of you. I heard from so many people I encountered over the weekend that we have something very special here at CCAV – something no one has yet to experience anywhere else. WE make it that way, and I am blessed to be a part of this very special church. Thank you for being a part of my church family.

~Debbie Bemis, 2015 - 2016 Moderator

If you want a 50th anniversary book, please be sure to let me know. There are a few left, and I want to make sure everyone who wants one has it.