First Christian Church Pomona

 

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

 

The Christian Caller

November 24, 2017

 

Julie's Jar & Mike's Left-Hand Remark
Giving Thanks and Looking Forward

First Christian Church of Pomona is a community that continues to find ways to express the hospitality of Christ. You as members of this faith community offer a warm, genuine welcome to everyone who comes through the doors AND you extend Christ's welcome beyond the doors of the church in so many ways. This Holy Hospitality is a strength and gift we have from God. It is this Holy Hospitality we propose be our collective frame for 2018.

There are a number of ways we are doing this already and new ministries we might consider through this hospitality framework. Let us continue to:

  1. Provide initial hospitality to visitors as guided by our Hospitality Group AND to reach out in specific ways to assist children returning to school and families in need during the holidays.
  2. Bring the hospitality of Christ's table to homebound and ill members of the congregation. Pastors and Elders currently provide this and members of the Diaconate are interested in serving in this way.
  3. Participate in ICON, continuing our work to hold space for deep conversations about shared concerns and shared values with others as we work to bring relief to people suffering as a result of the current housing crisis. In 2018 we will be working to support the full funding of the Neighborhood Service Center for Homeless, due to be constructed by March 2018 and work with local cities to increase housing.

Let's begin to prepare to be a mission center. It is not a matter of if; it is a matter of when the next big earthquake will come. How can we prepare to be a place and people of hospitality in time of natural disaster? Our close proximity to Pomona Valley Hospital means our facility will be used in a natural disaster. Already, Mike Fronk and Chris Abbott are scheduled to meet with a representative of PVHMC who works with FEMA. Additionally, our school is a place where people may likely gather. Let us make 2018 the year we begin preparing our facility and our congregation to be a place of hospitality, a mission center, in response to a natural disaster. There are people in our congregation with the gifts and skills to guide us and implement what is needed to prepare. Offer short term hands on mission work that extends the hospitality of our congregation into the community. It is a challenge to work people in to a volunteer opportunity to meet their need to feel helpful, but it is an opportunity to connect them to a wider ministry. We hope there could be 4 such events in the year. One possibility is a workday at the farm/garden where fresh vegetables are grown for Hope Partners food banks.

Do you see yourself in any of these expressions of Holy Hospitality? Can you imagine your hands, feet, heart and imagination being part of some of these expressions of Christ's hands and feet? We trust you do and invite you to let God lead you into expressing the welcome of Christ through one or more of these ministries.
Adopt-A-Family
 T presents.jpg his year, First Christian Church is sponsoring family #100 for the Inland Valley Hope Partners Adopt-A-Family Program. Family #100 is a single father and his son. If you would like to participate in the program, please contact Carol Wiley. 
UPCOMING EVENTS    
Advent Series: Handel's Messiah and Compassion at Christmas
Three Wednesdays - Nov. 29, Dec 6 and 13, 6-7:30
 
A prepared dinner is served at 6 pm followed by your choice of two  classes. The classes are designed to help you enter into the season of preparation for the Christ child.
 
Mike Fronk will be leading three sessions on Christmas portions of Handel's Messiah. You'll learn about how the texts were chosen and their meaning. These sessions include Bible study, conversation and listening to portions of this music so familiar during the season of Advent and Christmas. This class is a more conversational class.
 
 Julie Roberts-Fronk is leading the Compassion practice, introduced last Lent with an eye for how we can embrace this season, often filled with some stress, with more compassion for ourselves and others. Each session will include guided meditations and conversation. This class is a more contemplative class. 
Giving Tuesday

Kick off your season of gift giving with a charitable donation to Hope Partners on Giving Tuesday, November 28th! This year we are asking for contributions towards our "White Christmas" campaign asking for donations such a toilet paper, paper towels, feminine products, etc.

This global day of philanthropy directly follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday and is designed to help people like you give back to the causes you care about.

Use our secure website, www.InlandValleyHopePartners.org, to make your donation, mail in your contribution or bring in the items to our Administration office.
Hanging of the Greens Rescheduled!

Fr iday, Dec. 1st at 6 pm, come to the church at help hang the greens in the sanctuary as we prepare for Advent. Mike will be in the sanctuary by 5:30 if you can show up early. There will be a time of fellowship following our work  so bring a sweet or savory snack to share. This event was rescheduled due to the memorial service for Wanda Sodoma on Dec. 2nd. 
Thanks for your accommodation.
Caroling

Dec. 10  after worship you are invited to be part of the Carolers that visit members to bring holiday cheer. We will meet after worship for a light lunch and proceed to visit members who are currently unable to be with us on Sunday. Caroling usually ends around 2 pm. 
CHRISTMAS EVE
On Christmas Eve there will be two services.

10:00am: Morning Worship
8:00pm: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
CHURCH CALENDAR
**=Non-Church Activity

 November 2017


December 2017
December 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 ~ Jackie McCallister & Ellie Mollet
  •   6th ~ Lois Godfrey
  • 10th ~ Sue Hunter
  • 15th ~ Tim Kovacs
  • 17th ~ Dee Nelson
  • 19th ~ Karen Sabicer
  • 21st ~ Chris Abbott & Jeff Schindler
  • 22nd ~ Julie Jolly & Christi Wiley
  • 23rd ~ Skye Smith
  • 24th ~ Erle Saunders

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
Elizabeth Akin
Sue Hunter
Jose Mendiola
Mary Hunter
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
Carey Smith
Moore Family
  Robert Vazques
Malori Lane
Ashlynn McCaw
Tammy Mayes
  Onelia Cruz
Donna Ruddiman
Jan Akin
Lily Lane
  Nini Mejia
Joe Zivnak Family
Annette Anderson
Paris Reed
  John Miller
Ross Family
Kathy Lin Family
The Charlie Weaver Family
Julio & Edwin Torres
Eloise Williams
Jake, Marie, & Elaine Tillinger
Evelyn Lepire & Family
Jake Sullinger & Family
Shirley Ewing & Family
Mike White 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.

 

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