First Christian Church Pomona

 

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

 

The Christian Caller

September 8, 2017

 

Julie's Jar
~Trying Something New~
 
The first Spiritual Practices of Pomona Meet Up group met last night. 12 people RSVPd who are not associated with the congregation. One actually was brave enough to show up! Four church members were present, the visitor and a Disciples clergyperson serving at Urban Mission in Pomona.
 
Our time together was amazing and transformative. It was remarkable how deeply we connected in such a short time. Everyone left with an increased sense of well-being. It was clear to me that God's Spirit was present in and among us all.
 
As we practiced together, I looked around the room and thought, "If groups of people did this every week all over the world, the world we be a different and more compassionate place." In many ways, I believe that the gathering of people in worship is one of the activities that holds the world together. Worship in different faith traditions holds space for thinking and caring for people who are hurting and marginalized. What was significant about our time on Tuesday night as we practiced Reiki was our collective openness to the working of God among us, without reservation.
 
What if our Sunday worship was a collective openness to the working of God among us, without reservation? It's not an easy thing to do. Each of us comes from a variety of situations that includes deep concern and hopeful celebration. Each of us brings various distractions and various degrees of willingness to be open.
 
God is indeed at work in and among us at FCC Pomona. I invite you to consider what you might do to enter the space and time of worship with more intentional, conscious openness to God. And I invite you to consider joining one of our Reiki Share events to experience for yourself this prayerful presence of God in the company of God's people.

Meet Courtney Armento 
Our Ministerial Intern
 
( Periodically, FCC Pomona hosts a student from Claremont School of Theology for their field internship. Courtney Armento is our intern for the school year 2017-2018.)
 
I am a native of Chicago, and have happily re-transplanted here in So Cal. I lived in Los Angeles in the 80's and was always eager to return. After raising two children in   Chicago, I knew it was my time to answer a call that had been welling up inside of me to pursue ministry. I was excited to find a seminary home at The Claremont School of Theology, in January of 2016.  My sense of call to ministry is centered around the pull in my soul and my natural proclivity to care for others. A part of my journey included an increase of divine appointments, where I was aligned with people who needed comfort, care or spiritual guidance. Friends and strangers alike, came to me and unearthed the issues of their heart. I was led to not only hold space with them but offer spiritual guidance that mattered. I could see lightness replace stress and pain in the faces and embodiment of others.    I knew that I needed to undergird my natural caregiving inclination with a solid theological foundation.    

I came to Claremont School of Theology based on their intentionalityregarding diversity, inclusion and interfaith education. I also embraced CST because of their progressive posture. I am in my second year of a three-year Masters of Divinity program. I am enjoying my classes and the journey. I am excited to join a warm and progressive congregation and look forward to our journey together.  
Jeffrey Schindler on "Sabbatical"
 
Our music director has been concertizing more and more. We celebrate this success in his conducting career. This has required his presence elsewhere on more and more Sundays. We have mutually agreed that he enter a season of unpaid sabbatical. He does not want to terminate his relationship with the congregation and we want him to return if at all possible in the future.
 
The plan is to hire an interim music director, possibility through June 2018. More immediately, a substitute is being secured at least through October while we look for an interim director. The choir has met to discuss this and plans to move to a bi-monthly rehearsal schedule this year. It is possible Jeffrey will be with us in worship, leading music from time to time during this season. We are grateful for the gifts he has brought to the worship life of our congregation and want for him success in his orchestral conducting career. We look forward to continuing the relationship in some way as the future unfolds. 
UPCOMING EVENTS    
Logos Returns Sept. 13
th

Logos is our spiritual formation ministry for families with children and youth. We will begin our Fall season on Wednesday, Sept. 13 th at 5:30. The evening begins with singing and learning together about our Christian faith in active ways. Dinner is shared family style with other members of the congregation and we finish the evening with play and games at 7 pm.
Reiki Share - Sept. 30
th
Saturday 2-4 pm.
 
Reiki promotes stress reduction and
 relaxation that promotes physical healing: people experience deep calm, reduction of pain and for some, spiritual wellness. It has been shown that stress is a significant contributor to illness. Many people report feeling a reduction of stress when practicing Reiki, especially over time.
 
A "Share Event" is a great way to get introduced to Reiki and also for people with Reiki experience to practice and connect with other Reiki practitioners. 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.
Ice Cream Social Back By Popular Demand
Sept. 16 - Saturday - 3 pm
 
It was such a hit that another one has been scheduled while we are still in the throes of the Inland Valley summer! Yes, making and eating ice cream sundaes was great. Even more than that was the wonderful sharing of stories and life. Connecting and building relationships is a vital part of church community. Bring your favorite topping and build community too! The ice cream is provided.

Diaconate Meeting Sept. 24
th after worship
 
The Diaconate will share lunch and meet after worship. We will continue our conversation about "what is a deacon?" and review our ministry possibilities for the Fall and schedule. 
 
The PSWR Young Adult ministry is so excited to host the mini golf tournament again this year at Camelot Golfland in Anaheim, CA. Cost is $75 for a foursome. We are also opening up sponsorship opportunities for folks again this year to help keep costs low and raise money for young people across the PSWR. Last year we had over 100 people share the fun with friends and family! Mark your calendars to join us again for an afternoon of fun and fundraising! 
CHURCH CALENDAR
**=Non-Church Activity

September 2017
September Birthdays
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If someone should be added to this list, please let the church
   o ffice know at  909-622-1144 or  fcc@fccpomona.org .
  • 11th ~ Jim Ross
  • 12th ~ David Fronk
  • 14th ~ Sharon Fronk
  • 16th ~ Martha Gorsuch
  • 21st ~ Marjorie Reisinger
  • 23rd ~ Bob Benza
  • 26th ~ Tim Reed
  • 29th ~ Rupert Nelson

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 Thompson
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
Amber Kovacs
Moore Family
  Robert Vazques
Malori Lane
Ashlynn McCaw
Tammy Mayes
  Onelia Cruz
Donna Ruddiman
Kathy Bradfield
Lily Lane
  Wanda Sodoma
Joe Zivnak Family
Judy Vinson
Paris Reed
  John Miller
Julio & Edwin Torres
Eloise Williams
The Charlie Weaver Family
Evelyn Lepire & Family
Jake Sullinger & Family
Jake, Marie, & Elaine Tillinger
Mike White Family
Kathy Lin Family
Shirley Ewing & Family
Martin & Kathleen Strudwick & Family
Carey Smith
Ross 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

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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