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Sunday, August 2 - Outdoor Worship


We Welcome You to join us for our Outdoor Worship Service on Sunday at 8:00 a.m. on the First UMC Campus. Grand Ave and First will worship together outside in the courtyard at First UMC, 344 E Morton Ave. Bring your own lawn chair and face covering.

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Tom Buratovich - Pastor

Ryan Ridenour - Director of  Youth Ministries                    and Administrative Assistant

Judy Buratovich - Interim Worship Administrator

Rodel Lipumano - Treasurer

Outdoor and Online Worship
When we return to gathering, our times will be:
Sunday Worship Schedule:

8:00 a.m. - Outdoor Worship Service at First UMC for both Congregations (344 E Morton Ave)

Online Worship Service posted Sunday Evenings


Our Mission

Grand Avenue exists to invite all peoples 
into a transforming relationship with Jesus
allowing them to serve God and our community.


What to Expect

When you visit a new place you may become nervous. We have tried to minimize this by providing visitor-marked parking, quality childcare, and smiling faces. Nervousness will also diminish with time -- time to discover and be discovered, to know and be known. That is the cry of every human heart.  

It is our deepest desire for you to feel comfortable and welcomed. If anything does not make you feel welcome, feel free to use your tear-off Connection Card on your bulletin to give us your valued feedback. We would love the input!

Sunday Worship - 9:30 a.m.  (Summer 2020 we meet at 8:00 a.m. in the Courtyard at First UMC Porterville)

Our worship service is casual, combining the best elements of traditional and contemporary worship styles. We meet in the Sanctuary with a prayer time beforehand in the Pastor's Study and a Coffee/Fellowship Time afterwards. The service include time for worship, prayer, offering, and teaching, averaging an hour and fifteen minutes in length. Child care is available for infants to five years of age at the beginning of each service. Children, kindergarten through sixth grade, have Children's Church which starts in the service and excuses the kids at the offering time. Similarly the youth, seventh through twelfth grade, have Sunday School which starts in the service and excuses the kids at the offering time. We serve communion, typically, on the first Sunday of the month.

Wednesday Evening - 5:45 p.m. (September - May) 

If you attend a Wednesday evening Bible study, it starts with a family dinner -- potluck on the first Wednesday of the month and individual signups on the other evenings -- from 5:45-6:30 p.m. Children, youth, and adult activities follow.  The feel is relational and the emphasis is on smaller groups that seek to experience life together as we learn about integrating our lives into the Kingdom of God.  

Children, kindergarten through sixth grade, have their JAM Rock Kids program at 6:30. For more information, contact the church office at 559 784-3791

Middle school and high school youth hold their own programs at 6:30 in the Youth Room upstairs in the Fellowship Hall. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, contact Ryan Ridenour at ryan@grandavenue.org

We hope you will join us for one of these events!


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