First Christian Church Pomona

 

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

 

The Christian Caller

April 13, 2018

 

Julie's Jar
~Remembering What I Did Know~
 
I was on the cusp of being 8 years old the day Dr. King was assassinated. It wasn't talked about in our home that I recall. It wasn't a topic of conversation. I did not know until much later in life that "Just weeks before . . . a presidential commission issued a searing account of the nation's racial divide." https://www.christiancentury.org/article/editors/half-century-after-kerner-report-americans-are-still-separate-and-unequal (I encourage you to read the article sited.)
 
Why was this not part of the conversation in my household, in the schools I attended, college and even seminary?  " The Kerner Commission, appointed by President Johnson (and named after its chair, Illinois governor Otto Kerner), had been charged with explaining the racial unrest of the previous summer (1967) It returned a blunt diagnosis: the nation was in effect "two societies, one black, one white-separate and unequal. White institutions created it, white institutions maintain it, and white society condones it."
 
Recently, I read one person's reflection on professional football players taking a knee during the national anthem. The players chose to "take a knee" as a way to protest the ongoing racial divide and systemic racial injustice in our country. They chose this form of protest after conferring with veterans. What struck me most about the writer's observations were two things: 1. There is never in our country a way for black men to protest that will not be seen as threatening and 2. Taking a knee is a form of lament.
 
Lamentation is rooted in our own faith tradition. Job laments, cries out to God about the unjustness of his circumstances. Lament is a necessary part of finding our way back to genuine wholeness. We cannot heal the sin of slavery and ravages of racism without uncovering the deep wounds that continue to fester.
 
The Risen Christ appears with his wounds visible. The Crucified Christ and the Risen Christ are the same. Christ comes to his followers after the ugliness of the crucifixion and doesn't bother to pretty things up. We can't live with the Resurrected One without recognizing the suffering that came before. We can't live as the Resurrected Body of Christ without acknowledging the suffering of our fellow human beings: past and present suffering.
 
Fred Harris, the lone surviving member of the Kerner Commission, recalls that he and his colleagues operated with a simple assumption: "Everyone does better when everyone does better." That reminds me of a teaching Christians say we hold dear: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
 
If you lose hope, somehow you lose that vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of all. And so today I still have a dream.  -Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) ( "A Christmas Sermon on Peace," given at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, December 24, 1967.)
ICON Core Team Listening Campaign
 
Housing is a regional issue and requires a regional solution which is one reason we are working to collaborate with our member institutions across our region. We are learning that in order for LA County to meet the current need for housing, an additional 500,000 dwelling units are needed. In Pomona, some rents have increased as much as 47% in the last year. Rent escalation is prevalent throughout the Inland Empire. This work began out of house meetings our Core Team did with current and former residents of Our House shelter, an emergency shelter on our campus, operated by Hope Partners.
 
Our Core Team (Hank Mollet, Maria Kurtek, Tom Reed, Elaine Reed, Donna Paulson, Mike Fronk, Julie Roberts-Fronk) are in the midst of listening to as many of our members as we can in the next few weeks about housing and other matters of deep concern to you or people you care about. When you reflect on the housing crisis in our state, who in your circle of family and friends are being impacted? What concerns you most about the housing crisis? What other deep concerns do you have about our communities? We look forward to the conversations and the stories you have to tell.
UPCOMING EVENTS    
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Healthy Living Luncheon
Healthy Planet - Healthy Life
April 22 nd after Worship
It's Earth Sunday on April 22 nd . Worship will focus on the possibility of Easter Resurrection for all creation. After worship, Cristina Gomez, will lead a program on healthy living. Come find out some easy ways to make small, healthy improvements in your life.
Say, "Cheese!"
 
Members may have their pictures taken before and after church on  April 22 and April 29 in Fellowship Hall.  We are planning to print a new pictorial directory and we would like to have everyone's picture to appear in it. 
 
If you are unable to be here either of these two Sundays, please let us know, and we can set up another time and date for you. 
CHURCH CALENDAR
**=Non-Church Activity

April 2018
April Birthdays
 
If someone should be added to this list, please let the church
   o ffice know at  909-622-1144 or  fcc@fccpomona.org .
April
  • 4th ~ John Alcazar & Beth Parker
  • 7th ~ Harry Pearson
  • 11th ~ Tom Hunter & Julie Roberts-Fronk
  • 16th ~ Jamie Bailey
  • 17th ~ Marvin Pitts, Werner Tillinger, & Marsha Wolfersberger
  • 25th ~ Kristen Thies
  • 26th ~ Elaine Reed
  • 27th ~ Bill Bailey
  • 28th ~ Hank Mollet
  • 30th ~ Mandy Beaucer
     
Tim & Peggy Kovacs Anniversary is April 26th.

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
Mark Saunders
Jose Mendiola
Sandra Strother
 
Jake Sullinger & Family
Evelyn Lepire & Family
 
The Charlie Weaver Family
Ron & Martha Gorsuch
 

 

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

Join Us for 

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