Open and Affirming - Rainbow
Congregational Church
of Almaden Valley
United Church of Christ
  A Progressive Christian Neighborhood Church
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God is still speaking.
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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 for parents/other caregivers who desire to be with young children for any needs that arise in a lovely child-friendly environment.

Read the Current Kalos newsletter. See the Sunday Worship Bulletin

Pastor Michele Brigham - Congregational Church of Almaden Valley, UCC - San Jose, CA, USA

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)

Learn more about our Pastor.

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

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

May 1 we started a new series of First Sunday discussions after church.

We're utilizing an Augsburg Fortress press series, Bible Basics for Adults, covering topics of Ten key Events in Jesus’ Life, Ten Key Passages from the Bible, and Ten Key People from the Bible.

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

Confirmation Class

Youth who are 8th grade and older are invited to participate in Confirmation Class. We use the book My Confirmation , a UCC publication, that is a great guide/resource book for study.

Confirmation is for youth who have been baptized or desire to be baptized. It is a time to make an "adult" decision about church membership and to help youth articulate their growing Christian identity.

Please speak to the pastor if you are interested in becoming part of the Confirmation Class at CCAV. We offer the class by request. Currently we have a class meeting and youth interested may join this study group. Pentecost Sunday, May 15, 2016 is the date we are looking toward for Confirmation Sunday.

God is still speaking

Faith is a journey and the road can be rocky with many twists and turns.

You are welcome here with all your questions and doubts.

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
© 2016 The Congregational Church of Almaden Valley,
San Jose, California



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Events & Dates

October 15, Saturday

Headlight Polishing
Time: 9 AM to Noon
Location: Church 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.