First Christian Church Pomona

 

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

 

The Christian Caller

December 22, 2017

 

Julie's Jar 
What Makes us great?
 
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"Great job," we tell someone when we like or approve of something they've  done. "He's a great man," we say of a man who has wielded power for the benefit of other people. "Great" was also an adjective used to describe the nemesis of Harry Potter: Voldemort. Voldemort was described as great; he did terrible things but great things, big things, consequential things.
 
Being great at something can be consequential in ways that help and in ways that hurt. What makes us great? According to Psalm 18, we are made great by God's care. To acknowledge our greatness in such a way requires us to recognize our utter dependence and reliance on God. This takes humility: knowing we are never self-made.
 
God provides us with an object lesson in the birth of a baby. Even the essence of God comes into human life utterly dependent on the care of other people. Jesus, we believe, is God's love incarnate for the world. This love is unreservedly reliant on the care of people whose only power is to love. The care of Mary and Joseph, the care of community from the shepherds, wise men and a faith community in which Jesus will grow, this is what makes Jesus great; this is what makes God's love great.
 
Together with God, we birth love incarnate into the world. God is made great by this care we give and we are made great by the care we allow God to give us, even the care through other people. It takes humility to be great. All you have to do is look at the manger to know this is true. 

Rev. Werner Tillinger to Lead All Church Retreat
Jan. 20th Saturday, 9:30-3:00
 
Epiphany is the season between Christmas and Lent. The word 'epiphany' means to make known. It is a time in which Christ is made known to the Gentiles in the story of the three wise men. It is a time in which Christ is made known as God's beloved in the story of his baptism.
 
Epiphany is a season in between. Sandwiched between Christmas and Lent it can be a time for reflecting on what has been, a time for being still and letting God make something known to us. Out of his own experience of being in between, Werner will lead us in a day of conversation, reflection and contemplation to consider for ourselves what God is making known in each of our lives.
 
This retreat is a prototype that Werner may use with other congregations in the future. As his congregation, this is an opportunity to also provide Werner with a test case for future ministry. Save the date and plan to start the New Year with your church community in this retreat. Werner will also be preaching in worship on Jan. 21st.
UPCOMING EVENTS    
OFFICE HOURS 
DURING CHRISTMAS 

The church office will be closed Wednesday, December 20th through Wednesday December 27th.
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The office will be open again on Thursday, December 28th and Friday, December 29th from 9am - 2pm
Congregational Meeting Jan 7
th after Worship
 
The General Board will present a balanced budget for 2018. The purpose of the meeting is for the congregation to consider the proposed budget and vote on it. FCC Pomona is a congregationally ordered community. Therefore, the congregation as a whole is needed to approve certain elements of our communal life, like our yearly budget. 
CHURCH CALENDAR
**=Non-Church Activity

December 2017

January 2018
December & January Birthdays
 
If someone should be added to this list, please let the church
   o ffice know at  909-622-1144 or  fcc@fccpomona.org .

December
  • 21st ~ Chris Abbott & Jeff Schindler
  • 22nd ~ Julie Jolly & Christi Wiley
  • 23rd ~ Skye Smith
  • 24th ~ Erle Saunders
January
  •   1st ~ Jarod Davis
  •   5th ~ John Eckeard
  •   6th ~  Carol Bremer
  • 13th ~ Jane Spees & Russ Bohse
  • 17th ~ Stan Adams
  • 22nd ~ Charles Kurtek & Alicia Martin
  • 23rd ~ Mel Adams
  • 30rd ~ Bea Ross

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
Evelyn Lepire & Family
Jake Sullinger & Family
The Charlie Weaver Family
Shirley Ewing & Family
Ron & Martha Gorsuch
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

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