Preaching Series: Hope: It’s Nearer Than you Think

Preaching Series Has Hope

Beginning with an introduction on the Apostle Peter on January 11th, Pastor Jim will begin a new preaching series on the book of First Peter titled: “Hope, It’s Nearer Than You Think,” beginning January 18th. The Apostle writes to a church that was undergoing persecution during the first century and, as such, has many things to say to us today about living a life of hope in difficult times. Five times, the Apostle mentions the subject of “hope” in his first Epistle giving us clear principles for living above the circumstances we are faced with on an everyday basis. A subtitle for this series might be “Living the Life,” because the Apostle speaks to Christians everywhere on what living one’s life as a child of the Savior looks like. What does it mean to live under persecution? How do we relate to the authorities over us? How should husbands and wives live together before the Lord. Practical, clear, and understandable are the everyday lessons we can learn from this study.

In addition, Glen Ellen Community Church presents weekly “Digging Deeper” Bible Studies on the same subject matter and these will begin January 20th in Oakmont, and 21st in Glen Ellen in the Parsonage at 6:30 pm. The previous Sunday’s message is discussed only at a “Deeper” level as we seek to understand what God’s Word has to say to all of us personally. For more information, please contact Pastor Jim at 996-1479.

Trip to Jelly Belly Factory

Group of Jelly Belly enthusiasts!

Group of Jelly Belly enthusiasts!

On January 27th, eleven of the faithful ventured out into that always-off-limits world of candy – and what a great time we had! Leader Brenda Hill bought “Skunk-Spray”- flavored jelly beans and required us all to have a taste and it was like rinsing our mouths out with skunk. But, she redeemed herself when she had us all taste “Buttered Popcorn,” which melted in our mouths. All in all, our trip to Fairfield was a grand experience and we all came home clamering for more.

Church Anniversary – 120 Years Young!

Glen Ellen Community Celebrates 120 Years

On Sunday, August 17, 2014, the church gathered and recounted our history as a church first gathering together to worship Jesus Christ in 1894 here in the hamlet of Glen Ellen.  We heard that after incorporating and doing a bit of organizing and establishing an initial membership of 14 individuals, supporters of Glen Ellen Congregational Church began to look for a location to build a facility.  Doctor and Mrs. C. C. O’Donnell donated the land across from Sonoma creek and construction began on April 2, 1895 and work was completed June 9th, two months later.

After recounting our history together and showing the old photos of members and friends of Glen Ellen from years past, we lifted up our voices, singing some of our favorite songs and hymns, and then adjourned to an afternoon of food, fellowship and fun at a member’s home – recounting how grateful we were that our Lord has allowed Glen Ellen Community church to be a blessing for another year.  And should the Lord tarry, may she serve Him for another 120 years.

1911-Inside of church, looking toward front door

Inside of Church 1911

1911-Mayflower Hall, cropped

Maflower Hall 1911


GECC Congregation 1094-05

1911 Church

Glen Ellen Church 1911

Serving Christ in the community of Glen Ellen and beyond since 1894


Glen Ellen Community Church

Sunday Service is at 10:00 a.m. weekly.


Welcome to the website of Historic Glen Ellen Community Church.  We are a group of people who are seeking to pursue God and make Jesus Christ the Lord of our lives through the study of God’s Word, through our worship of Him as Lord of all, and in our efforts to be a blessing to those around us.  We believe that as we gather on Sundays, our time is a Spiritual environment of belonging and expectation in community, so that each week when we leave, our hearts respond quickly with “surely the Lord was in this place.”

Pastor Jim Hill

It is our prayer that as you review this site, you will see us and want to get to know us more.  It is our prayer that your life will be most blessed and strengthened by the power of Jesus Christ and that you will live a life of abundance in fellowship, joy and liberty in Him.  Come and join us as we worship the living God.Sincerely in Christ,

Pastor Jim