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

Twenty-fifth Sunday After Pentecost   
November 26, 2017   

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



Elizabeth Lanski and Irene Keller at the Fair Trade and Aid Africa crafts table. Photo taken by Roberta White who coordinated this amazingly loving Annual Thanksgiving UCC event (see article below).

Reflections for Worship ...  

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Almost 3,000 years ago the prophet Ezekiel wrote about God's ways. The prophet noticed that people didn't care for everyone - especially those outside one's tribe. Ezekiel reminds the people of their identity and of their responsibility for one another. Ezekiel is known for his vivid imagery. He writes from an agricultural perspective, talking about sheep and shepherds. "I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide..."
Words to ponder this week as we sit down with friends, acquaintances and family to feast together.
Hope to see you Sunday in worship in the chapel - and yes the AC will be on!!!
Thanksgiving blessings to each and every one of you!
Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy

Advent/Christmas preview of events. Save the dates! Details to come:
Sundays in church school - Pageant Prep each week
Thurs. Nov. 30th - Soup & Spirituality gathering at Pomeroy's house. 6:30-8:30 pm
Sun. Dec. 3rd. - Advent Festival/cookie swap
Sun. Dec. 10th - Posada during worship
Thurs. Dec. 14th - Soup & Spirituality gathering at Pomeroy's house 6:30-8:30 pm
Wed. Dec. 13th - FCC Open House - stop by the office for some lunch and holiday cheer with staff and Building Partners 11-1
Sun. Dec. 17th - Children's Pageant/potluck
Sun. Dec. 24th - morning and 5 p.m. worship services; evening service followed by gathering in the parlors with food and drink

Worship Leaders   
Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy 
Rev. John H. Pomeroy   
Judi Tyler
Dana Pell
Mary Camacho
Josh Ashenmiller  
Pianist & Music Coordinator   
Connie Washburn   
Church School Teachers
We have a combined church school class for children and youth in rm. 232 - the teachers are Neva Orr/ Grace Rinck.  
Church Nursery (for infants - K) :
Jaquelyne Rodriguez/Kyle Pomeroy

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   
Visit us at:  uccpasadena.org

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Abbreviated Office Hours 
Nov. 27 & 28
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Office Hours
  Mon. - Thurs.
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Lunch Hours
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Tel. # 626.795.0696
Fax # 626.795.0698

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In this Edition...

Advent/Christmas - Save the Dates
Children's Christmas Pageant Info
Stewardship Update
FCC T-Shirts - order yours
Flower Chart Sign Up
Thanksgiving Dinner
        A Big Success

Children's Christmas Pageant - Dec. 17th
Plans are underway for our annual Pageant under the capable direction of Krysty Leckrone and musical director Connie Washburn. Through word and song it is a dramatic depiction of the Christmas Story. Rehearsals will take place on the three Sundays prior to the pageant (Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10). Please be in touch with Krysty Leckrone with any of your questions.We will have a potluck after worship that day; please sign up to bring food with Laura Kalayjian in the next few weeks.


Stewardship Update  

Many thanks to all of you who turned in your pledge cards this past Sunday. So far we have received 14 pledges for a total of $48,624. This is almost 1/3 of the total from last year. Please continue to turn in your pledge cards so that our Budget Committee can put together a budget for us to review in January. If you have questions about the Budget or your finances you can contact: Celina our bookkeeper, Barb Bonzo our Treasurer, or Randy VanDeventer our Vice Moderator and Chairperson of the Budget Committee.

Church T-shirts - order one today! 
I f we have 20 orders we will order a new batch of shirts - black with our Core Values listed: Spirituality, Hospitality, Justice. Please let Tara Barnard or Pastor Marlene know if you would like a children or adult size shirt. $10 children; $15 adults. Let's show our church pride at events by wearing our shirts.  
Flower Chart
We have the following openings to bring flower or "flour" for Sunday worship (Dates that are open: 12/3, 12/10,12/31). If you sign up and give Nina $40 a beautiful live bouquet will be ordered for you. Or you may opt for the "flour" option which means that your $40 donation will be sent to a local hunger organization (LA Regional Food Bank) in your name and our wheat display will be on the altar. Please let Nina know when you sign up which option you would like.
For almost fifty years our FCC congregation has hosted a Thanksgiving Feast for our church members, their extended families and friends on the Sunday prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. The event gives everyone a chance to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal and spend relaxed time together. The event would not have been possible without all the great food that was prepared and donated by all who attended and without the help of many volunteers. Ken Biery, who co-chaired the event for about twenty-five years, retired this year and was thanked by Rev. Marlene Pomeroy during the worship service.
After our worship we had coffee time in our east parlor and had an opportunity to shop for gifts from our mission partner Aid Africa, as well as being able to purchase Fair Trade coffee, tea or chocolates. Thanks to Irene Keller and Elizabeth Lanski for setting up and running these tables. Then about 120 persons gathered at dining tables before the bountiful Thanksgiving Feast. After the meal Judi Tyler did an after-dinner craft for about 20 children, which allowed their parents to continue to visit at their tables.
Thanks to our custodians for moving furniture, putting up tables and chairs and helping in the kitchen. Tandy, Adi and Griselda were an amazing help, doing preparations, helping during the meal and doing hours of kitchen clean up.
Thanks to those volunteers who came for two hours to set tables and decorate on the Saturday afternoon before the dinner: Elizabeth Lanski, Varnell Lewis, Irene Keller, Nina Kung, Andy Speakman, Anastacia Stewart, Kim Story, and Roberta White. Table decorations from her garden were provided by Irene Keller and Alice Smith donated the other thanksgiving decorative items.
Varnell Lewis and Ron White accepted the food as it arrived that morning.
What would a Thanksgiving Dinner be without turkey? We are thankful for five turkey cookers: Peter Keller, Leo Lynch, Dana Pell, Steve Philipson and Bob Rinck and the turkey carvers: Eugene Carbajal, Anthony Kung, Philip Kung, Leo Lynch, and Moises Torres. John Johnson was in charge of the turkey carving room and getting the platters of turkey out to the serving tables. We also thank those who helped get the food ready to serve: Nina Kung, Varnell Lewis, Dana Pell, Kim Story, and Meagan VanDeventer.
Those who stayed to clean up, fold tables & chairs and put things away were really appreciated including: Sandy Biehler, Mary Camacho, Nina Kung, Carol Lisek, Dana Pell, Kim Story, and Bettie Teel.     - Roberta White, Event Chair