Fourteen years ago, CPC member Joanne Evans began a small, monthly ministry to help the unemployed. Over time, numerous individuals contributed to the program, and attendance grew to hundreds. During the recession of 2008–2009, the unemployed and underemployed filled the sanctuary, and Job Connections became a regional highlight in Bay Area networking. Since Job Connections first began, others have developed job search programs. Today, there are at least half a dozen networks at local churches and other groups. With the proliferation of these groups and an improved employment picture in the Bay Area, the critical need for Job Connections is not as great. After a very long season of prayer, planning, and programming efforts, I have reached the conclusion that it is time for Job Connections to complete its ministry. The final Job Connections meeting will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016.

Over the years, many people have contributed to the success of Job Connections. Not only have people found jobs through this ministry, but they have also received the love of Christ through the many volunteers, speakers, and deacons. No one has contributed more heart, compassion, and genuine diligence than our current leadership team of Richard Almini, Ken Norvell, and George Smith. These men have given generously of their time and talent. They have helped numerous individuals with practical tools and emotional support. Together with our faithful deacons, technical, hospitality, and registration teams, Job Connections has been a blessing to many. I am very grateful to everyone who has made Job Connections special including our current committee members: Rick Conner, Mike Feighner, Tom Givens, Paul Kovacik, Barbara Robinson, Jeff Robinson, Julia Slusser, Monica Sun, Hans Thoma, and Norbert Walz.


CPC has served the community in personal and practical ways, and we will continue to do so. There are currently numerous groups offering assistance with practical job search skills: résumé writing, LinkedIn training, and interview techniques. Yet CPC has also brought hope and encouragement to attendees, reminding them that their worth is not found in a profession, but in Jesus Christ. As we complete the current Job Connections format, we will offer a different opportunity to continue our support of those who need hope.

Upon the completion of Job Connections, Pastoral Care Associate Brad Veitch will begin a 6-week study on Rick Warren’s What on Earth Am I Here For? (formerly known as The Purpose Driven Life). This study will be offered on Saturday mornings from October 29–December 3 from 9:30–11 a.m. This is not a continuation of Job Connections, but the opportunity to explore a bigger picture. The study will center on the most basic questions each of us faces: Why am I here? What is my purpose? The answers to both are foundational to our success and fulfillment in life. Rick Warren’s message has changed lives in every age, stage, and profession. Using videos and study guides, we will ask and answer for ourselves, “What on earth am I here for?”

Thank you for your support of Job Connections.
In faith,
Heidi Johnson
Associate Pastor

For your convenience, here is a list of job networking groups in the Bay Area:

(CLICK HERE for a printable PDF version.)

  1. Career Actions (founded by Al Hulvey)
    Email:    Phone: (650) 248-3512 
    Address: Career Actions Inc., 1573 Savory Drive, Brentwood, CA 94513

  2. CTK Job Transition Online Ministry (Christ the King Church, Pleasant Hill, CA)
    Contact: Carl Feil (coordinator of CTK Job Transition Online Ministry at )

  3. SING (St. Isidore Catholic Church Networking Group) Danville
    Contact: Tom Bobich,
                    Tom Loarie,
    Meets Monday, 6:30–9:00 p.m., St. Isidore’s Cardelli Ministry Center

  4. Experience Unlimited Contra Costa Chapter (EUCCC)
    Website:         Information Email: 
    Phone: (925) 602-0166  FAX: (925) 602-0168 
    Mailing Address: 4071 Port Chicago Highway, Suite 250, Concord, CA 94520
    Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.
    Closed Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.–Noon, for General Meeting

  5. JVS Jewish Vocational Services
    Website:      Email:
    Phone: (415) 391-3600
    Address: 225 Bush St. #400, San Francisco, CA 94104
    Welcome Session Wednesday, 1:00 p.m.

  6. Tri-Valley One Stop Career Center
    (925) 560-9431    Contact: Sarah Holtzclaw or Norene Mirande
    Address: 6300 Village Pkwy, Suite 100, Dublin, 94568

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