Welcome to Pioneer Congregational United Church of Christ

You will quickly discover that the Pioneer community is truly a family, rich in the relationships that matter most. Growing together, we worship, we serve, we laugh, we cry, we learn, and we reach out to our world with life-transforming truth. We reach out to you, as well. Our doors are open. Our hearts are open too. If you’ve been thinking, praying, searching and hoping for a place to belong, we say again…WELCOME!

“No matter who, no matter what, no matter where you are on the journey of life, you’re welcome in this place.”

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2700 L Street Sacramento, CA 95816

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The Play at Pioneer


For more information about the play, please click below to read.

It’s Sacramento in 1952 and you’re the first black family on your block. Come cry and laugh with the Rutlands in, “When We Were Colored,” a play by Ginger Rutland adapted from her mother Eva’s legendary memoir.

The play, like the book from which it springs, tells the story of a middle class black woman born and raised in the segregated south before World War II who moves West to raise her children in “integrated” California after the war.

In this poignant homage to her mother, former television reporter, NPR commentator and editorial writer for The Sacramento Bee, Ginger Rutland puts her family’s story on stage. See the play and you will experience the joys and the anguish of integration for an ordinary black family, living in extraordinary times.

As blacks picketed and sat-in at lunch counters in the south – In the north and California they moved quietly into all white neighborhoods, joined PTAs, became team mothers at local Little Leagues, and led girl scout troops. As a black mother you didn’t just worry about why Billy couldn’t grasp algebra, whether Elsie had a date for the prom and how to get Ginger to eat her vegetables – but how adequate was their segregated school, and how integrated, their integrated one; can they swim in the neighborhood pool and what to do when somebody calls them n….?

“When We Were Colored” premieres, Friday, August 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Pioneer Congregational Church, 2700 L Street Sacramento, 95816. Free parking at 27th & N, Sutter Community Parking Garage. There will be eight weekend performances through Sunday August 30. Performances are Fridays & Saturdays 7:30 p.m., Sundays 6 p.m. and Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. Please check our calendar for further information.

Tickets are available online here or by calling Pioneer Congregational Church at (916) 443-3727. For additional information or for interviews, please contact Ginger Rutland by phone at (916) 284-3388 or by email at ginger.rutland@sbcglobal.net.




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Here is parking information; Parking is available at the Sutter Community Parking Garage on the corner of 27th and N street. There is curbside parking for those who need assistants.

Newest Sermon 8/16/15

Did you miss last Sunday’s service? You can watch our Pastor’s spectacular sermon on the Internet now but we would like to see you at the church!

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Because of our big building, we can provide office, meeting, rehearsal, and worship spaces for non profit organizations.

If you are interested, please call the church office (916)443-3727 or send us an email connect@pioneerucc.org Of course, you can reach us through Facebook message too.



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