First Christian Church Pomona

 

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

 

The Christian Caller

June 23, 2017

 

Julie's Jar
 
One out of every three bites of food you eat is the result of a pollinator. Every third bite we take, we should be thanking a pollinator: butterflies, bees, etc. I learned that there is National Pollinator Week: June 20-26. Thank a pollinator you have strawberries, zucchini, avocados, oranges, almonds and more.
 
Many pollinators are on the brink of extinction. The Monarch population has dropped by 80%.

Yes, pesticides are in part to blame, but the biggest contributing factor to the pressures pushing pollinators to the brink is loss of habitat. We are crowding them out. Ironically, humans take more space and will get less food, a LOT less food. In fact, humanity simply cannot survive without pollinators.
 
A retired fire fighter in San Francisco put in plant called "pipeline plant". He did this to help provide habitat for a unique Northern California butterfly: the Pipeline Swallowtail Butterfly. He planted the plants 17 years ago. This year the butterflies are back; he waited, tending the plants for 17 years! "Let us run the race with perseverance." (Hebrews 12:1) What a faithful expression of hope!
 
The community of God's creation is interdependent. Humanity, in our arrogance, often pits our needs over and against the rest of creation when in reality, our future is tied to the well-being of the planet and all who dwell on and in it. The interdependence of God's creation serves to remind us that none of us is self-made or self-sustaining. We require communities and that includes pollinators!  bee_on_yellow_flower.jpg

GUEST COLUMN: 

Let our monuments tell their stories

Degges
Thursday, June 15, 2017 12:01 am
Here in Indiana, we are blessed with a handful of national parks and numerous state  parks that showcase the historical and natural beauty of our state. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore showcases rare species of birds and a stunning view of Lake Michigan and Lincoln's Boyhood Home helped build the moral and character traits of our 16th U.S. president.
From scenic areas that honor God's creation to cultural sites that honor our stories as Americans, national parks and monuments are cornerstones to our American heritage.
As we emerge into a new political season, I am deeply saddened by the increasing rhetoric coming out of Washington - from the administration to Congress - that does not place a priority on protecting public lands. What appears to be happening is a fool's game, since caring for God's creation through stewardship of our public lands is the very act that sustains the air, water and land that in turn sustains us.
I was equally alarmed to hear that President Trump issued an executive order recently that would review national monuments and determine whether they should be dismantled or decreased in size. The dismantling or modification of any national monument by a president is unprecedented and ill-conceived.
National monuments are designated to protect existing federal land so every American can enjoy these open spaces. We know immersing ourselves in God's creation has incredible restorative powers. Time spent outdoors brings positive impacts to our physical, emotional and spiritual health. This experience can be an important element of our relationship with God and lead to caring for the Earth as a direct act of faith.
In recognition that land needed to be set aside for ecological integrity, enjoyment and cultural reflection, the Antiquities Act was passed giving presidents authority to preserve valuable pieces of creation. In addition to historic, scientific or ecological use, these monuments also serve as an opportunity to honor our country's diverse national mosaic. National monuments like Bears Ears, the Statue of Liberty, and Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad celebrate important chapters of our shared American history.
As a faith leader who has made Indiana home, I know from my experiences in the church that to successfully unite the fabric of our nation we each need to know the stories of our neighbors as well as our own stories. National monuments are great avenues for this storytelling -allowing us to experience the combined cultural and ecological heritage that is America. Stories like Pullman, the birthplace of black unions; Bears Ears, a Native American spiritual and cultural site; and Canyons of the Ancients, rich with archaeological treasures, are important history books for us all to read and become richer by the experience.
Since 1906, American presidents from both parties have wisely proclaimed 150 monuments using the Antiquities Act, so future generations can experience the stories told by our nation's open spaces, historic sites and cultural treasures. History has demonstrated the wisdom of giving presidents this authority - nearly half of America's national parks were originally protected by the Antiquities Act, including the Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon.
I urge the president not to focus on dismantling national monuments but instead ensure that they are maintained in such a way that we can enjoy the beauty and cultural significance of these unique places. I also urge Sens. Donnelly and Young to protect the Antiquities Act and any national monument from attack. In preserving natural treasures and our collective stories, we can more fully unite as a nation. In a time when America seems more divided than ever, what could be more important?
Ron Degges is president of Disciples Home Missions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, located in Indianapolis. Key elements of DHM's Ministry are empowering social and environmental justice. 
ICON Housing Update
 
Leaders from 7 ICON institutions are gathering at FCC Pomona on Tuesday, July 27 th to plan a listening campaign. All of our institutions have many people who are experiencing pressures related to housing. Before we can seek solutions to the pressures, we seek to have a deeper understanding of how they impact us and the people we know. Many people think they are the only ones facing a problem. Sharing stories creates solidarity and hope among our own communities so we can act together, do something to alleviate the pressures. 
If you are curious to know more contact Mike Fronk or Julie Roberts-Fronk. 
UPCOMING EVENTS    
Compassion Practice Follow Up Meeting
 
June 26 th, Monday is a gathering for  anyone who wants to help imagine how our congregation can continue to implement and grow the Compassion Practice begun during Lent. Compassion Practice is a very practical approach to implementing the way of Jesus, who lived the way of God's compassion. It is good news we can grow among us and extend to others. The meeting will be held in the  Conference Room 7-8:30 pm.
Worship July 2
nd and 9
th - Christian Unity
 
Christian Unity is in the DNA of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). July 2 nd worship will explore the historical roots of our pull to seek Christian unity. It impacts the way we worship and how we work with other Christians. July 9 th worship will explore how we work to live out Christian unity today, what the opportunities are and why it is important to our commitment to follow Christ.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Join us on Saturday July 22 at 3pm for the First Christian Church Ice Cream Social. Vanilla Ice Cream will be provided, but it's bring your own toppings to share! It's a fun way to stay cool. 
 
~~Encouraging Words~~

Closing Prayer from 6/4/17 by Ginger Eckeard

Gracious and merciful God, we come to this table having taken many paths, from many cultures. Along our way, we have been touched by the Holy Spirit, sometimes in ways we find hard to describe. We ask ourselves daily if we are worthy of your love, if we can be less selfish each day. And though we speak to understand, there is so much confusion. Yet we know, that this meal we have taken so reverently will fill us with the knowledge that we do not stand alone, and that we are filled with the presence of God. That our actions sometimes speak as our words, and that the misunderstanding we expect to be, is not. We much learn to listen to God, and care for others as we do ourselves. In this way, we will find Peace through Pentecost. Amen...Acts 2:1-22

CHURCH CALENDAR
**=Non-Church Activity

July 2017
Birthdays
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If someone should be added to this list, please let the church
   o ffice know at  909-622-1144 or  fcc@fccpomona.org .

JULY
  •   7 ~ Lucy Hyde
  •   8 ~ Linda Church
  • 17 ~ Jessica Alcazar
  • 23 ~ Ed Burton & Kathleen Eames
  • 30 ~ Frances Shorrock


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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
Lois & Rhodes Thompson
Bob & Jackie McCallister

ONGOING PRAYERS
Elizabeth Akin
Sue Hunter
Jose Mendiola
Lucy Hyde
Carolyn McKee
Laura Zivnak
Gary Paulson
Bret Wiley
Cindy Koskan
Ron & Martha Gorsuch
Tim Reed
Stan Adams
Diana Tillinger
Nicole Brooks Rios
Sandy Toppen
Harry Pearson
Nelson Mann
Lorraine Rogers
Kovacs Family
Robin Priede
Phil Smith
Amber Kovacs
Moore Family
  Robert Vazques
Malori Lane
Ashlynn McCaw
Tammy Mayes
  Onelia Cruz
Donna Ruddiman
Connie Saenz
Lily Lane
  Wanda Sodoma
Joe Zivnak Family
Yani Davis
Paris Reed
  John Miller
Annette Anderson
Eloise Williams
The Charlie Weaver Family
Evelyn Lepire & Family
Ross Family
Jake, Marie, & Elaine Tillinger
Mike White Family
Kathy Lin Family
Shirley Ewing & Family
Martin & Kathleen Strudwick & Family
 
 
 

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.

 

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First Christian Church Pomona

1751 N. Park Ave.

Pomona, CA  91768   

(909) 622-1144

fcc@fccpomona.org

www.fccpomona.org

             
 

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(909) 629-3636

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