First Christian Church Pomona

 

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

 

The Christian Caller

February 23, 2018

 

Julie's Jar
 
Learning from suffering...
 
Everyone suffers. This is part of the human condition. Why is it then we seek to distract ourselves from it, run from it, eliminate it? It is impossible to eliminate suffering.
 
I recently heard a young woman reflect on the need for Christians "to learn to suffer well." She was not promoting suffering but recognizing there are ways to walk through the inevitable sufferings we will face: those we don't expect and those we know are coming. What does it mean to suffer well?
 
Rabbi Steve Leder suggests this: "Everyone of us sooner or later walks through hell. The hell of being hurt. The hell of hurting another. The hell of cancer, the hell of divorce, the hell of chronic pain. The hell of anxiety, depression, Alzheimer's, a kid in trouble. The hell of a reluctant, shovelful of earth upon the casket of someone we deeply loved. The point is not to come out of hell empty-handed. There is real and profound power in the pain we endure if we transform our suffering into a more authentic, meaningful life." ( More Beautiful Than Before, Steve Leder)
 
As we live through Lent and anticipate Holy Week, remember this notion in the Christian tradition. Jesus died and went to hell, destroying it for the sake of transforming the world. Imagine that; Christ went to hell and did not come back empty handed but unlocked the gates to set all creation free.
 
Suffering does transform us. Our power in it is choosing how we let it shape us. Many people remember their suffering by reliving the feelings associated with the memory. But it is possible to remember something and not be possessed of the emotions associated with the event(s). It's work to do this, make no mistake, but it is work that will transform us to be more whole, healed people.
 
Suffering is inevitable. It's part of the human journey. Don't go through that part of your trip without gaining something that empowers you to live more fully and beautifully.
Calling All Easter Bunnies!
We are now collecting Easter Eggs and goodies for our Easter Egg Hunt that will follow the worship service on Easter Sunday. 
If you have any donations, please bring them to the church office.  
Easter Lilies For Sale  
Every Easter we celebrate our loved ones by decorating the sanctuary with lilies.
 
The cost is  $10.00 per plant.
 
Order forms are available in the entry way of the church on Sundays. Or you may call the office to place an order.
~~Communion Elements~~
If you would like to contribute for the communion elements (bread and juice), the cost is $20 for a month's supply.  You can make your check out to the church and put on the memo line "Communion Elements", or you can make a check payable to Nancy DeWolf and/or cash, as she is the person who purchases the products.  Either way it will be noted on your giving record.  Your name will also be listed in the Sunday bulletin as the person or persons who donated the elements.  Thank you for your consideration.
UPCOMING EVENTS    
God's Garden at Amy's Farms
March Mission Project - March 23rd 9-Noon

Amy's Farms is a privately owned farm in Ontario. Hope Partners is a ministry that provides supplemental food and housing services to people marginalized by poverty in the Inland Empire. Together, they partner to provide fresh vegetables and fruit to food banks operated by Hope Partners. Amy's Farms donates regularly to the food security program of Hope Partners.

Our congregation is a charter member of Hope Partners and supports their work. One additional way we can do that is to help out at the farm, Amy's Farm. Master Gardener, Tim Constantine, will lead us in a morning of tending the garden for the benefit of people who need food. There is room for 10 people to be part of this hands-on mission morning. Sign up by contacting Julie Roberts-Fronk on a Sunday or calling the church office.
 
Palm Sunday
Worship at 10am

Maundy Thursday March 29
Dinner at 6:00 pm and Worship at 6:40
 
Good Friday March 30
Worship at 7 pm
 
Easter Sunday April 1:
Continental Break, 8am. Worship, 10am, Egg Hunt after worship
  
CHURCH CALENDAR
**=Non-Church Activity

March 2018
March Birthdays
 
If someone should be added to this list, please let the church
   o ffice know at  909-622-1144 or  fcc@fccpomona.org .
  •  8th ~ Jan Akin
  • 11th ~ Jenna Flaig
  • 13th ~ Margie Isaacson
  • 16th ~ Angela Ross
  • 19th ~ Ernest Newborn
  • 20th ~ Jennifer Marceau
  • 25th ~ Cristina Gomez
  • 26th ~ Rod Parrott
  • 27th ~ Ginger Eckeard
  • 28th ~ Beverly Burton
  • 30th ~ Tom Reed
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
Sandra Strother
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