First Christian Church Pomona

 

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

 

The Christian Caller

May 5, 2017

 

Julie's Jar
~Covenant~
 
Our congregation is part of a denomination: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Every congregation in our denomination has the right and duty of self-governance. No one from "on high" tells us how to run the church, what we must believe or how to budget our money. We are connected to other congregations through a covenant.
 
Covenants are relational agreements, not contracts. There is give and take. I am called by this congregation to pastor the First Christian Church of Pomona and I have responsibility to relate to the wider church with which we are in covenant.
 
On May 5 th and 6 th , I am leading an Appreciative Inquiry (AI) retreat at First Christian Church of Torrance. Their pastor, Steve Fietz, is also trained in Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and attended our initial retreat. He could easily lead the retreat where he serves, but having a colleague in ministry facilitate affords him the space to participate in the retreat with the congregation he serves.
 
The training I received to lead AI was paid for by our Region, the governing body of a geographically contiguous group of congregations. I am not required to provide leadership as an AI facilitator, but I do it as part of the covenant relationship with our partner congregations. In a society in which people are more and more isolated, we choose to be connected. In a world in which people want to be sure they get their due, we choose to be covenantal and collaborative. We are counter-cultural in many ways. Of course, so was Jesus.
Welcome to Our New Members
 
Welcome to Tom Syrja and Jennifer Marceau who joined the congregation on April 23rd. Tom lives across the street at Inland Valley Rehabilitation Hospital. He brings his membership from El Monte United Methodist Church. He joined us on Easter and decided to stay.

Jennifer brings her membership from Crossroads church. She has been actively participating for almost a year with her daughter Shelby. They are regulars at Logos. Jennifer joined the choir and has led worship.
A Message from Global Ministries
Dear Friends:

Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted. Matthew 13:8

springappeal.jpgRecently a first-time donor to Global Ministries shared that he made his significant gift in support of missionary appointments because he was all about  planting seeds After a childhood of poverty and abuse, and a young adulthood of addiction and violence, he discovered his Christian faith in his mid-twenties, he joined a community of faith, and his life was transformed. Thirteen years later as a professional, he feels a call to  plant seeds of hope, of abundance in God's world through supporting mission personnel who, together with partner churches,  are  planting seeds of God's global mission around the world. We in Global Ministries are honored to join him on this faith journey of  planting seeds.

The historical churches planted by missionaries of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) continue to 
plant seeds of hope around the world.

During 27 years of civil war, the Evangelical Congregational Church of Angola (IECA)  planted seeds  of hope and peace through the witness of its many local churches throughout the country in rural and urban areas. Since the war's end, IECA has manifested a strong presence of reconciliation and rebuilding of communities and relationships,  planting seeds  of hope through educational, medical, and income-generation programs carried out by its many revitalized worshiping communities.

Our congregation supports Global Ministries. $10,000 is designated this year to plant seeds of hope.
UPCOMING EVENTS    
Compassion Practice - Frank Rogers Returns
May 15th at 7-8:30 pm
 
Our study for Lent was the book Compassion in Practice: The Way of Jesus, by Frank Rogers. It included many meditative practices for deepening our capacity to love ourselves, love our neighbor and love God. Dr. Rogers told stories and led us in two practices during Ash Wednesday service. We are having him back as we consider how we might continue to grow in this way of Jesus, the way of compassion.
 
Everyone is welcome to attend. It is not necessary to have participated in a small group or even read the book. It may be this is your opportunity to come and discover if this is a practice for you. If you are curious or have any questions, please speak with Julie Roberts-Fronk.

Reiki Share
May 20 2-4 pm
Conference Room
 
Reiki promotes stress reduction and relaxation that promotes physical healing. Reiki helps restore the body's natural state of balance: people experience deep calm, reduction of pain and for some, spiritual wellness. It has been shown that stress is a significant contributor to illness. One of the most powerful aspects of Reiki is its ability to reduce stress.
 
A "Share Event" is a great way to get introduced to Reiki and also for people with Reiki experience to get a tune up. 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.
  The PSWR is hosting a regional Family Fishing Excursion on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 6:00am. Cost is $30 per person and is open to the entire region. They only have 40 spots available and want to encourage teenage youth groups, parents, youth leaders, pastors, and friends to come out for a day-long deep sea voyage. The $30 includes all supplies for the day, lunch, charter fee, and youth fishing license (not included if over 18 years old, must be purchased separately). The trip is chartered and sponsored by Friends of Rollo/Kids at Sea Organization - and we will sail in the Sport King boat out of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing.
You're invited...

Journey through Grief: Bereavement Support Group
Grief can be a lonely road. VITAS Healthcare® of the San Gabriel Cities is pleased to offer this group for adults seeking support after the loss of a loved one. We offer a safe environment where everyone can share feelings, discuss fears, learn about the grief process and gain strength for the journey. To provide the most benefit to the group, new members will not be permitted to join after the second meeting. These sessions are free and open to the community.

When: June 7th- July 12th
Wednesdays, 3:00pm-4:30pm

Where: First Christian Church
1751 N. Park Ave Pomona, CA 91768

RSVP: Space is limited. Please call, Erica Welty, Bereavement Services Manager @ 626.974.2045
Tom and Sue Hunter announce the following:
 
On May 6, daughter Jessica will receive her masters degree in forensic psychology from the California Baptist University in Riverside.
 
On May 12, daughter Jennifer will be married. Jennifer graduated from Cal State University Channel Islands, last May, and is working with children in Thousand Oaks. Her fiancee, Mike, is a paramedic with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. They will make their home in Moorpark.
CHURCH CALENDAR
**=Non-Church Activity

May 2017
May Birthdays
 
If someone should be added to this list, please let the church
   o ffice know at  909-622-1144 or  fcc@fccpomona.org .
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  •   3rd ~ Keith Fisher
  •   4th ~ Kristi Teeple & Brian Thies
  •   9th ~ Michael Godfrey
  • 21st ~ Mary Bowman & Virginia Galleano
  • 26th ~ Rosanne Montoya, Ken Mock, & Michele Wiley
  • 28th ~ Chris Eckeard & Mike Fronk
  • 31st ~ Ross Church


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
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
China & Seth Isler
Moore Family
  Robert Vazques
Donna Ruddiman
Connie Saenz
Bascome Morris
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
Joe Zivnak Family
Yani Davis
Paris Reed
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.

 

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