First Christian Church Pomona

 

Rev. Dr. Julie Roberts-Fronk, Pastor                                                                                                                                     Rev. Mike Fronk, Pastor

 

The Christian Caller

January 23, 2018

 

Julie's Jar
 
Disappointment is part of life. Learning to deal with disappointment is part of how we develop wisdom and maturity. It was a disappointment that Werner Tillinger could not be with us for the retreat and Sunday worship, due to the flu. In dealing with that disappointment, I discovered something of the Spirit.
 
Werner, Mike and I had collaborated about the weekend over many weeks. We talked and then left space for God to be part of the deliberation. We planned and then allowed God room in between the planning to step in.
 
When we knew Werner would not be able to join us, we began making adjustments. Mike would preach. I would fill in other spaces, etc. We chose to not make adjustments to all the prayerful preparation and let the scriptures, songs, and stuff of worship stand. We all stepped into a space of grace on Sunday that was prepared before we got there, not only by us, but by the Spirit of God.
 
There were certainly last-minute adjustments, but I was reminded once again that when the people of God prepare in cooperation with God, there is a bigger container in which God can show up. It seemed to me that God showed up and spoke into that container with words of encouragement and hope through scripture and sermon. God showed up and sang into our hearts in the beauty of music and sacred silence.
 
Disappointments leave us vulnerable. Vulnerability leaves us open. When we prepare our lives to be places and moments of meeting God, God will show up, especially in our vulnerability.
 
Jeffrey Mensendiek, Missionary from Japan
Feb. 8th Thursday 6-8, dinner included

Jeffrey Mensendiek has served with Global Ministries for 27 years. He serves with the Emmaus Center in Sendai, Japan. The Center serves as a district center for the Northeastern Conference of the Kyodan (UCCJ). It also provides programs for youth through Student Center activities. This has been a joint appointment by the Common Global Ministries Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ.

Jeffrey grew up in Japan, the son of missionaries. He now works in the same town where he grew up. He married Kazuko Ikawa on July 20, 1998. They have a daughter, Hana, born October 19, 1999, a son, Tomo, born September 17, 2001, and a daughter, Stella, born December 25, 2006.

Rev. Mensendiek has visited with us in previous years, helping us understand the challenges faced by the church in Japan where it is a significant religious minority. He has opened our eyes to the ongoing struggles in the after math of the tsunami and nuclear disaster that continues to damage the lives of people in Japan. One topic he will cover is to provide updates regarding the work of the church in Japan to reach out to people of all faiths who continue to deal with the aftermath of this disaster in their daily lives.
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A new pictorial directory is in the making with your help. Beginning Sunday, Feb. 4 th , pictures will be taken after church. Hank Mollett is the photographer and a suitable location is being scouted. Watch for more information soon.
UPCOMING EVENTS    
Reiki Share - Feb. 11th at 1:30p

Reiki promotes stress reduction and  relaxation that promotes physical healing: people experience deep calm, reduction of pain and for some, spiritual wellness. It has been shown that stress is a significant contributor to illness. Many people report feeling a reduction of stress when practicing Reiki, especially over time.
 
A "Share Event" is a great way to get introduced to Reiki and also for people with Reiki experience to practice and connect with other Reiki practitioners. We begin with a brief introduction which includes a guided meditation.  The rest of the time is spent in the practice of Reiki, giving and receiving for those who are interested. Wear comfortable clothes. Reiki is given through gentle touch or simply holding the hands over the body.
Active Shooter Safety Training
In collaboration with the Pomona Police Department and the Pomona Valley Interagency Task Force, First Christian Church Pomona is hosting an active shooter training event specific to Houses of Worship.

The intent of this training is not to inculcate fear or undermine the openness of our religious spaces; rather it is to train people how to immediately perceive and respond to this type of threat in the same manner we teach people to respond to fires by participating in fire drills.
The training will take place on Saturday, Feb 17, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:00pm 
 At this training you will receive:
1.    In-depth discussion surrounding Run Hide Fight video
2.    Run/Hide/Fight tactics relevant to sanctuaries and large auditoriums
3.    Demonstration of fight tactics when Run/Hide is not an option
4.    Realistic Exercise Scenario allowing participants to demonstration what they learned
Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day Arrive Together
February 14 - 6-8 PM
 
They don't seem a good match, but Ash Wednesday and Valentine's do go together. Ash Wednesday is a day of turning and returning to God, who is the source of all Love. Valentine's Day is a celebration of love. Dinner is often a Valentine's Day ritual, shared with one we love. Ash Wednesday will be a dinner shared in the community of the beloved. A service of worship we follow in which we are invited through a variety of hands on prayer exercises to find our own ways of turning and returning to the source of Love.
Learning in Lent

Two different opportunities for spiritual growth and faith formation are offered this year.
The first is "Hallelujah: The Bible and Handel's Messiah" led by Mike Fronk. During Advent, the Christmas portion of "Messiah" was covered. During Lent, six sessions will focus on the life of Christ.

The Bible and Handel's Messiah meets Tuesday evenings, Feb. 20-March 20 6-8 pm dinner included. Freewill offering taken for dinner.

The second opportunity is "Finding God in the Suffering: A Journey with Job" led by Julie Roberts-Fronk. The group will read together a book of the same title by Bruce Epperly who writes,

"Death. Illness. Divorce. Unexpected. Undeserved. In this world there is going to be suffering and pain. As a person of faith, we are not exempt from that undeniable fact. What do we do? Where is God when the pain is unbearable and the night so long? How do we reach out to others with something more than platitudes? It has been said that theology begins in the experience of suffering. At the very least, debilitating suffering challenges our images of success and security, and invites us on a quest for something solid and dependable when the foundations of our lives are shaking. The book of Job emerges from one person's unexpected encounter with suffering. Job seeks God's presence, and to find a God he can trust again, he must jettison his previous images of God."

This easy to read book combines reflections on the story of Job with reflections on real life experience.

Finding God in Suffering meets Sundays after worship, Feb. 18 - March 19 and Tuesday evenings Feb. 20 - March 20, 6-8 pm, dinner included. Freewill offering taken for dinner.

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CHURCH CALENDAR
**=Non-Church Activity

January 2018
 February 2018
February Birthdays
 
If someone should be added to this list, please let the church
   o ffice know at  909-622-1144 or  fcc@fccpomona.org .
  • 16th ~ Ron Gorsuch
  • 17th ~ Michelle Murillo
  • 18th ~ Beth Thies
  • 22nd ~ Hilda Faulkner
  • 26th ~ Angelique Lazier
  • 26th ~ Ryan McCallister
  • 27th ~ Hazel Goss

We'd love to wish you a happy anniversary here in The Caller!
If you would like to have your anniversary listed,
contact the church office.

 

CELEBRATIONS AND PRAYER CONCERNS

 

  

 

We join together in prayer for our community and our world.

 

Please let us know if you would like to add someone to the list or if someone should be removed.  We review the list quarterly and will give you a call if it is unclear if someone should stay on the list.  Please let us know if someone has inadvertently been removed.

 

HOMEBOUND & convalescing
Hilda Faulkner
Janice Newborn
Bob & Jackie McCallister

ONGOING PRAYERS
Annette Anderson
Jan Akin
Malori Lane
Rick Larson
Bret Wiley
John Miller
Mary Hunter
Robert Vazques
Carey Smith
Julio & Edwin Torres
Nelson Mann
Robin Priede
Cindy Koskan
Kovacs Family
Nicole Brooks Rios
Ross Family
Eloise Williams
Laura Zivnak
Nini Mejia
Stan Adams
Gary Paulson
Lily Lane
Onelia Cruz
Sue Hunter
Harry Pearson
Lorraine Rogers
Paris Reed
Tammy Mayes
Jose Mendiola
Jake Sullinger & Family
Evelyn Lepire & Family
Shirley Ewing & Family
Ron & Martha Gorsuch
The Charlie Weaver Family
The Family of Tom Syria
 
 

 

About First Christian Church Pomona

We are an active, informed, progressive Christian community worshiping and serving in Pomona, CA. Our congregation is a part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 

Denomination.

 

All are welcome to worship, take Communion and serve the world with us.

 

Join Us for 

Bible Study:
9 am Sunday

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Worship:

10 am Sunday


Contact Us

 

First Christian Church Pomona

1751 N. Park Ave.

Pomona, CA  91768   

(909) 622-1144

fcc@fccpomona.org

www.fccpomona.org

             
 

First Christian Church Child Development Center

(909) 629-3636

cdc@fccpomona.org

fccpomonachilddevelopmentcenter.org