No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
At Parkside Community Church we are a caring community
• Pursuing justice
• Practicing diversity
• Promoting spiritual journeys
Our weekly worship service takes place every Sunday at 10:30am. It’s a “come-as-you-are affair,” with some folks happily sporting shorts and flip-flops, and others more comfortable in a dress or a suit. Please come visit some Sunday morning, grab a bulletin from one of our Greeters on the way in the doors of the sanctuary, and find a seat!
Open and Affirming
Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ's designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.
Parkside has proudly been an Open and Affirming congregation since the early 1990s!
On Palm Sunday 2017, Parkside voted to become a Solidarity Congregation. While we do not have the facilities to house anyone, our faith calls us to pledge support to congregations that are in a place to create a sacred space of refuge for immigrant individuals and/or families that are in immediate danger of deportation.
We have committed to stand in solidarity with immigrants by being a community of love, hospitality and fellowship for any congregation offering Sanctuary. We will provide tangible and physical resources; provide personal accompaniment to people in Sanctuary care; host prayer vigils; give public declaration of physical, spiritual, moral, and financial support; provide rapid response and support in situations of public need such as press conferences, raids, and demonstrations; contact legislative representatives and government officials for action items; and establish strategic relationships with local city government and police departments. We do all of this to walk in the justice-loving way of Jesus.
We strive to live into our core values of Community, Diversity, Social Justice and Spiritual Journey by offering spiritual/faith development programs for all ages. We think of faith as action and the church as everywhere. We learn together to equip ourselves to serve in the world. We have a weekly Sunday School program for kids age 5-14 which begins in the main Sanctuary at 10:30 om Sunday. We believe spiritual development is essential to human development. We are intentional in designing developmental spiritual programs across the life span.
Parkside began in the garage of Rudy and Ann Volz as a community church for the newly developed suburb (South Land Park) of Sacramento in 1957. It was formed as a progressive church before we started calling churches progressive! The visionaries of Parkside wanted a church in which anyone could attend regardless of their religious background or ethnic heritage. Founded as a multi-racial congregation in the late 50's, Parksiders have remained diverse, welcoming, and committed to social justice issues of equality.
At approximately the same time, a new denomination was forming called the United Church of Christ. The early church leaders wanted the congregation to be part of a denomination and found in the UCC shared values and vision of continuing God's work in our world. So, the newly formed little church in South Land Park and the new denomination, the United Church of Christ, "grew up together". We have enjoyed the last 50+ years of mutual support and working side-by-side to accomplish God's mission of justice for all people.
The first building project of Parkside was the parsonage for the first pastor, Lew Knight. The congregation met in the garage of the parsonage while the new chapel was being built. Later, when I-5 was constructed, the parsonage was torn down in its wake. The 1st phase of Parkside's building project was complete by then and included the Chapel, Fellowship Hall and classrooms. Phase 2 - the building of the main sanctuary - took another 50 years to accomplish having been finished in time for Easter of 2009.
In 1995, the congregation called, for the first time, a woman as its senior pastor. The first female pastor to serve a Sacramento-area UCC church, Rev. Dr. Susan Hamilton brought creativity and vitality to Parkside. She also helped start a Health Ministry, and the congregation called Becky Anton to serve in the role of Commissioned Minister for Congregational Health and Faith Community Nurse.
In 2013, after Rev. Hamilton had accepted a call to a different ministry, Parkside called its second female senior pastor, Rev. Elizabeth Griswold. Since her arrival in July, 2013, Rev. Elizabeth has been actively working with the congregation on church growth, community outreach, and social justice issues. Then in 2017, after Becky retired, Parkside called a second pastor, Rev. Bonnie Rambob, who has done miraculous work especially with our children and youth . Now the congregation is delighting in the co-pastoring model of service as these two lead the church.