1600 Mangrove Ave., #177 Chico, CA
New Vision UCC is a self-governing church within the United Church of Christ. That means we, the members of the church, make all decisions about how our church worships, learns, and serves. We choose our own pastor. We elect our own leaders. We decide how we spend our money and who our outreach partners are. We make our own decisions about what we believe. We make our own decisions about how we practice following Jesus. No one outside our local church can order us to believe or do something. We do not have a bishop or a pope.
This way of being Christian gives our church and its members a great deal of freedom in matters of faith and action. This is a distinctive aspect of the United Church of Christ.
People who are part of New Vision UCC are not “required” to believe something they simply cannot believe.
The church members meet regularly to make the most important decisions. The church members elect a Church Council to discuss issues and make decisions between congregational meetings. The Council also decides what decisions should go to the whole church.
2016 Church Council members:
Lynn Haskell, moderator about Lynn
Rosie Potestio moderator about rosie
Margaret VanLaanMartin, moderator about margaret
“Very open and affirming, accepts me for who I am"
— Mark Carter
"I like going to a church where everyone knows my name"
— Eric Matlock
"What I like most about my church is that it is truly open to everyone."
— Mark Jensen
“I have been attending for 12 years and especially like the fact that my church is inclusive of all people."
— Lorna Jenson
“New Vision is really friendly. I wouldn’t think of going any place else."
— Mary Patton, member since 1988
You won't find glitz, and you won't find glamour. You will find people of all walks of life happy to embrace whoever you are on what ever journey you are on.
— Melisa Lasell
New Vision UCC really does have a new vision about what church is today in this time and place. Whether we are present to it or not, we all have a relationship to God. You do not have to believe anything to attend this church. It is simply a safe place to explore your own beliefs and strive to grow closer to God, however you know him/her to be.
Where else do you journey together with a group of people striving to know their creator?
— Lynn Haskell
Co-Moderator: Rosie Potestio
Came to New Vision: at age 6 when her parents moved from the Presbyterian Church, which just felt too big to them. At age 18 she moved out of the area but returned to New Vision in her 30’s when she returned to this area. It just felt like home.
Stops along the Journey: Rosie and her husband James raised their son Shawn in Durham. She had her own bookkeeping service for many years, until she was called to Interfaith Spiritual Direction in 2010. After studying at Chaplaincy in Berkeley, she was certified as an Interfaith Spiritual Director. In 2013, she was commissioned within the United Church of Christ as a Commissioned Minister for Spiritual Direction.
Rosie is active in Soroptimist International, a service organization for business women, and is a volunteer chaplain at Enloe Hospital. She also teaches classes on spirituality through Osher Lifelong learning.
Best thing about New Vision: “This is a place to worship that I am proud of, where all are welcomed with love and compassion.”
Want you to know: Rosie says, “I am a Christian by heritage and by choice, but I also believe that there are many, many paths to God.”
Co Moderator: Lynn Haskell
Came to New Vision: On a transfer from Altadena Congregational Church in 1992
Stops along the Journey: Lynn and her husband Warren raised their 3 children in Chico. Her working career since moving to Chico in 1991 has been in the field of Early Care
and Education and includes working with non-profits Parent Education Network, Valley Oak Children’s Services, Enloe Medical Center and Northern Valley Catholic Social Services.
Best things about New Vision: Sunday worship is always relevant to what is going on in my life. Jim has an uncanny way of bringing spirit into our everyday lives.
Want you to know: Do not be afraid of your relationship to Jesus. Living in this time and place we all have a relationship to him whether we want to or not. New Vision is a safe place to question, explore, get angry and fall in love with who this great teacher was.
Co-Moderator: Margaret VanLaanMartin