T O U C H S T O N E  -  A  M i d W e e k  B u l l e t i n

Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost   
August 20, 2017  

Our Core Values: 
Spiritual Growth. Welcome. Justice-seeking


We celebrated our bookkeeper Celina with a baby shower this week. Here is a group shot of some of those who attended.


Reflections for Worship . . .  
Help From Unlikely Places
Matthew 15:21-28
The story of the Canaanite woman is painful to listen to - the idea that the person who reveals to us a loving, compassionate God sounding anything but loving and compassionate! The writers here in Matthew are demonstrating the special connection between Jesus and the Jewish community - and the human tendency of Jesus and others to understand their purpose in life and their God in a singular way. Have you ever learned something important from a comment that someone made to you that was so direct or hurtful that you backed up? At times in our life, as well as our faith, we can be confronted with challenges that we are not prepared for - but that does not make the challenge any less important or truthful! In a sermon entitled "Help From Unlikely Places", we will consider how to acknowledge and receive help that comes from places and persons we may least expect! Come join us for worship in the Chapel at 10AM!
Connie Washburn is away this week and we have Sage  
McLeish as our guest musician covering for Connie, along with vocalist Kim Mendez-McLeish. 
                                                                                                Rev. John H. Pomeroy
Several Ways to Get More Involved:

Join a Union Station meal team.  
Bring food to church for Friends in Deed food pantry.  
Sing with the church choir this fall. See Connie.   
Join the next Habitat Build.
Learn about becoming more welcoming to immigrants. 
Buy a ticket to the Fall Jazz event to support Friends in Deed.  
Visit folks who are housebound or recovering.   
Contact any of our pastors for more information on how to get involved in any of these!   

Save the date! Pastor's Andy's daughter Amara will be blessed in worship on Sunday August 27th by the Rev. Carolyn Olney. In addition, we will have our Council financial meeting after worship that day.

Worship Leaders   
Rev. John H. Pomeroy   
Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy   
Rev. Andy Schwiebert 

Sandy Biehler
Bob Rinck
Kevin Cordova-Brookey 
Kim Story                 
Guest Pianist /Guitarist  
Sage McLeish  
Church School Teachers
F or summer we have a single church school class for children and youth in the youth lounge - the teachers for this week are Marlene Pomeroy & Lu Burd.
Church Nursery (for infants - K) :
Jaquelyne Rodriguez  &  Serena Van

Nursery opens at 9 :15 a.m. for early birds and then everyone comes to worship at 10:00 and stays through the Children's  Time and then heads to the nursery with caregivers and parents.  

Nina Kung   
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In this Edition...

Small Group on Spiritual Practices  
Hollywood Bowl Concert Aug. 27th
Save the Dates for Upcoming FID Events
Friends In Deed 'Jazz on the Green'  

Small Group on Spiritual Practices

Many of the topics of our recent small groups have been focused on social justice issues. We also recognize the need to ground ourselves in our daily and weekly spiritual practices to sustain us, whether in our work for social justice or in dealing with the daily challenges of life. 
You are invited to spend time with a small group as we work through a book on spiritual practices entitled,  Mudhouse Sabbath: an Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline (study edition) by Lauren F. Winner. The author is a convert to Christianity and has
deep roots in Judaism, so the book is a reflection on the best of Jewish
spiritual practices that might also be life-giving for Christians.

We will try out these spiritual practices together over 4 sessions beginning
Wednesday July 19th, meeting every other Wednesday  
evening from 6:30-8. Please let Andy know if you are interested.

-Rev. Andy Schwiebert 
Hollywood Bowl Concert! 
    Sunday Aug. 27th Hollywood Bowl Picnic and Concert. Please contact Pastor Marlene to make arrangements to pick up your tickets to see Pink Martini in concert.  The concert starts at 7 p.m. and we will be picnicking ahead of time starting around 5 p.m. (at the tables just past the first entrance to the left before you go up the first escalator. Marlene and Lu will secure tables for us) Bring food to share! Speak with Pastor Marlene for more info. 
Check out their eclectic style in these two links. www.youtube.com/watch

Save the Dates for Upcoming Friends in Deed events:

Thursday Aug. 24th for the Annual Meeting and barbecue to be held at the FID location (corner of Los Robles and Washington)

Annual Fund Raising Event at the Historic Castle Green Hotel featuring the jazz trio performing that evening: Mr. John Pisano, Mr. Gene Bertoncini, and Mr. John Leftwich, Rev. Donna Byrns, recent past Executive Director of Friends in Deed will be one of the three honorees this year. Tickets are $99 each and all proceeds support the work of FID. See article below.
Friends in Deed is a non-profit that serves the poor and homeless in Pasadena. It is one of our outreach partners that we support through our church both financially and with volunteer hours. FID oversees the Bad Weather Shelter, the Women's Room, the Food Pantry and many other services. Check out their website at http://friendsindeedpas.org to learn more about their current programs and activities. We are pleased to be in relationship with this fine organization.

September 27, 2017
Castle Green
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
An evening of live music, cocktail, hors d'oeuvres, and silent auction

We are pleased to have a jazz trio performing, Mr. John Pisano, Mr. Gene Bertoncini, and Mr. John Leftwich. These gentlemen have been bringing jazz to the world for over a half century. 

John Pisano is a straight-ahead jazz guitarist who has recorded and toured the globe with artists such as Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Burt Bacharach, Natalie Cole, Peggy Lee (for whom he conducted the Dallas Symphony Orchestra), Diana Krall, Sergio Mendes, Manhattan Transfer, and many others. For more about Mr. Pisano, visitjohnpisano.com 

Gene Bertoncini is one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists active today. His fluid technique and lyricism have won him international praise and accolades as the "Segovia of jazz." An eloquent and versatile improviser, Mr. Bertoncini has been heard with an extraordinary range of jazz greats, including performances and recordings with Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws, and Paul Desmond among others, as well as such distinguished singers as Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Vic Damone, and Eydie Gorme. For more about Mr. Bertoncini, visit genebertoncini.com

John Leftwich is a classical guitarist who has performed with a wide variety of musical luminaries, including Tierney Sutton, Rickie Lee Jones, Chet Baker, Mel Torme, and Hubert Laws. In addition, his music has been featured in commercials, as well as numerous movies.

Tickets available now, click here.
For more information, check out the Jazz page.