Community Highlights

Coming Up at Saratoga Federated

Coming Up at SFC

September 22, 2022

Children's Ministry Play Date - September 24

Families with children ages 6 months through kindergarten are invited to come play with us on Saturday, September 24, from 10:00 to 11:00 am. This will be a great time to meet the staff and teachers and give your children a chance to be comfortable in the Children's Ministry areas.

Friendship Across Divides - September 24

Join us at the Foothill Club on Saturday, September 24 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm to learn tools and strategies to bridge conflict in politics, religion, family and culture. Our guest speaker, Nevada Legislator and UNR / National Judicial College Professor, Jill Tolles, will teach tools for conflict resolution and active listening. Following the guest speaker, we will hear from a four-person panel with real-life experience in resolving conflict in each of the above issue areas. Advance registration is required. Visit our website to reserve your seat. Childcare is available by contacting Allison Robinson.

SFC Prayer Walk - September 25

You are invited to join us on the fourth Sunday of the month during September, October and November at 8:45 am on the courtyard for a prayer walk. We will head out in 2s or 3s, going where God directs us. You might sit in the courtyard, walk around the campus and bless SFC, or head into town, the neighborhood or up to the school. We will plan to meet back on the courtyard at 9:15am to briefly share stories (optional). No experience required - handouts available for those interested. Invite a friend!

Membership Class - September 25

Interested in learning more about SFC or joining the church? Then join us on Sunday, September 25, from 12:15 to 3:00 pm. Lunch is provided! You will walk away with a deeper understanding of what we as a church believe, our vision and values, and our ministries. To register, email Sally Bryant or call (408) 867-1000 ext. 233.

Loving Your Aging Parents Well - September 25

Are you caring for an aging parent? 

Discussion Group:

Join us on Sunday, September 25, at 11:00 am in the Care Center to hear from Stephanie Crouch, LCSW. She will lead us in a discussion to explore the transitions in relationships between adult children and their parents as parents age. Feel free to invite a friend. All are welcome. Contact Sarah Penzel for more information.

Peer-Led Support Group: Join others to share success and challenges of caregiving for our parents. The next monthly meeting will be held on Sunday, September 25, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm in the Care Center.

The Century Club - September 28

The Century Club is a discussion and support group for those approaching 100 to share thoughts and questions about life and legacy. We invite those in their 90's to explore what God is doing in their lives and how their experiences can benefit each other and future generations. The next gathering is at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, September 28 in the Library and on Zoom. Contact Peggy Beck for more information or to come along side this group.

Family Night - September 28

Looking for community and connection? Malia Clark and Savoy Stevens are partnering to provide a new multi-generational event where adults, teens, and kids will come together for games, dinner, and conversation about a unifying topic. We're calling this event Family Night because we believe that our church community is one big family, and we want you to be part of it. This month's topic is Relating Well to Technology. We'll eat and play together before breaking into discussion groups where we'll share about our experiences and listen to one another for insight. Open to all ages and life stages. Come with your family, friends, household, neighbors, or even by yourself! Sign up online to reserve your spot and order your dinner.

Serve Sunday Plus - October 1, 8 & 9

In October, we are holding a Serve Sunday Plus. This is primarily a Serve Sunday, on October 9, PLUS two Saturday service opportunities on October 1 and 8. We purposely offer this opportunity hoping you all will choose to help fill our world with God’s love, justice and beauty through your acts of service. We will hold one single worship service that morning, at 9:30 am in the Sanctuary, after which our Sunday service projects will run from about 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. We are also holding a Food Drive. Collection cans can be found outside our primary entrances. Sign up now!

Night of Vision and Worship - October 2

Whether SFC is home or you’re just kicking the tires, we invite you to come worship and discuss our vision is for SFC’s future. Save the date for Sunday, October 2 on the Courtyard from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. We will have music, dessert and a time to connect with our leadership. Please register online, so we know how many treats to provide. Hope to see you there.

Women's Fellowship Luncheon - October 4

Ladies, make plans to join us on Tuesday, October 4 at 11:00 am in Richards Hall for our next luncheon. Our speaker will be Mike Brickley, former SFC member and past president of the Pocket Testament League. Sign up at the table in front of church or by contacting Nancy Kamalski.

Youth Ministry

Middle School & High School Youth Group meets on Sundays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in Richards Hall. Contact Malia Clark for more information.


Childrens Ministry

Children 3 months through 3 years are invited to join us for in the Nursery during the 9:30 and 11:00 am gatherings. Kids age 4 through fifth grade are invited to join us for Kids Church on Sundays at 9:30 and 11:00 am. Check in is by the playground. Kids are always welcome to join their family during any of our gatherings.

Mask Wearing Guidance

Masks are NOT required. The California Department of Public Health strongly recommends wearing high quality (N95, KN95, KF94) masks indoors. We recommend you follow your doctor’s advice.


SFC Mobile Giving - Text to Give*

Text saratogafc to 77977 (from a smartphone or tablet) as displayed below:

To: 77977

Message: saratogafc


You’ll receive a text message with a link to the SFC PushPay webpage. On the webpage, you will fill in your unique information, including name and bank information, one time. Bookmark this webpage for future access.


* When you send “saratogafc” to 77977 you will receive a one-time reply containing a link to give to Saratoga Federated Church (1msg/request). Please be aware that message and data rates may apply. For full terms and conditions, please visit For the privacy policy, please visit For help, reply HELP or STOP to cancel.


If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Bruce.


Do You Need Prayer?

Our Care Ministry is confidential. The person being prayed for must give permission before their name and need is shared with others. Please include your name, the name of the person needing prayer and indicate their permission to distribute the request to the prayer team. Email your prayer requests or submit through the online web form



We celebrate the life of Isabel Onofre who died September 4.

Olga Encisco-Smith (daughter)

Brian Smith (grandson)

We celebrate the life of Alisa Van Dissen who died September 6. 

Carolyn Biddick (wife)

Carson Van Dissen (son)

Jim and Hester Van Dissen (parents)