First Christian Church Pomona

 

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

 

The Christian Caller

April 21, 2017

 

Julie's Jar
 
Conventional wisdom is that congregations do not grow in numbers if they engage in social action. It is a belief that has been as an excuse to disengage from the world around them, lest someone be offended. There is a very recent challenge to this belief.
 
According to the  Church Times , Sept. 2 as picked up in the  Christian Century last year, "An Anglican study,  Church Growth in East London is more about attitude than theological or liturgical tradition. It challenges the notion that only evangelically oriented congregations using contemporary forms of worship can grow. The churches that engaged in the most social action attracted the largest number of new Christians."
 
The reason to engage in social action is to be faithful in following Christ. A happy by-product can be numerical growth. Curious, that the growth is among new Christians. Perhaps these new Christians are attracted to the same message that motivated the early followers of Jesus and the early church; the kingdom of God is in you and at hand. Building the kingdom of God is the vocation of every Christian and that means engaging the world around us.
 
At FCC Pomona, we engage in social action because it is one of the many ways we extend God's compassion through the work of solidarity, justice and empowerment. ICON (Inland Communities Organizing Network) is the primary vehicle we engage in the hands on mission of justice and empowerment.
 
On April 26 th , many of our ICON leaders will gather once again to support the passage of a ban on new waste and recycling facilities in Pomona, including the expansion of existing businesses beyond their agreed upon conditional use permit. With over 24 of these facilities in the city, we believe it is paramount to be in solidarity with our neighbors who work and live near these facilities.
 
Jesus understood the power of community in his ministry in Galilee. Through the building of relational power we are expanding the work of God's compassion in our place and time.
~~News from the General Board~~
 
Beginning in April, the Child Development Center increased its contribution to the church by $1,000 bringing the total monthly contribution to $4,000 per month. Gratitude was expressed for the leadership of our Director, Virginia Galleano and the CDC Board in strengthening this ministry. There are currently 50 children enrolled.

 
An underground water pipe broke in the breezeway outside the kitchen. The original iron pipe deteriorated and had to be replaced. Fortunately, costs were under what was expected. The Board approved an expenditure of $3,083 for the plumber and $800 to repair the cement and replace tiles in the kitchen floor.
Jeffrey Schindler Conducts Live Screening of Movie

Recently, our Music Director, Jeffrey Schindler conducted live
 orchestras to screenings of Harry Potter movies around the country and internationally. He will be in Australia during the last of April conducting another series of these events. Fortunately for us, he is conducting one more locally in May.

Mr. Schindler is conducting a live orchestra to a screening of Harry Potter: Chamber of Secrets at Segerstrom Center in Orange County. Tickets are available for people interested in attending one of three concerts/viewings. Tickets start at $39
UPCOMING EVENTS    

Friday, April 28th at 6:30pm

Reiki Share
May 20 - 2-4 p.m.
Conference Room
Reiki Share is for people who want to know more about the practice of Reiki and people who already practice. Reiki promotes stress reduction and relaxation which have been shown to promote physical healing. Reiki helps restore the body's natural state of balance: people experience deep calm, reduction of pain and for some, spiritual wellness.
 
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.
 
Pastor Julie Roberts-Fronk leads the event and is a Reiki teacher. You may contact her for more information.
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
CHURCH CALENDAR
**=Non-Church Activity

April 2017

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