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

   First/Second Sunday After Easter     
April 8 & 15, 2018    

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


Easter Celebration!!!

Reflection for Worship . . . 4/8/18

John 20:19-31
"Strange Things"

According to the church calendar, we have walked through the season of Lent and have now entered the season of Easter.  With Easter, we experience surprise, hope, joy, and delight.  But in the reading for   Sunday  from the Gospel according to John, we find the disciples of Jesus hiding out in fear.  The reading opens on the evening of the resurrection, and is not the scene one might expect.  But then into their midst Jesus appears, and offers them peace.  The disciples are astounded.  One would assume that the appearance of Jesus would change everything... And it does, but not until a week later!  We'll discuss the fears and the doubts of Thomas, the disciple missing from the first gathering but who is present for the second gathering and sees Jesus, the peace Jesus offers, and the belief of the disciples as to who Jesus is.  In the meantime, I invite you to consider these questions:  Where do you see yourself in this resurrection story?  Where is the Spirit's transforming presence needed in your life?  Where have you encountered God this week?  Where has God found you?  

May you experience God's presence in powerful, prayerful, peaceful ways this week!  

See you   on Sunday  as we consider "Strange Things."  

-Rev. Stacy L. Thomas

Reflection for Worship . . . 4/15/18 

Luke 24:36-48

The art of theological reflection happens when individuals and groups think about their life experiences using the language of religious tradition. I would argue that theological reflection makes up most of the content of the New Testament. This third   Sunday  in the Christian season of Easter is sometimes called "Meal"   Sunday, because it's the   Sunday  we hear stories about Jesus appearing to his disciples after his death and them recognizing him as he breaks bread, or eats fish - Jesus' recreation of his last meal with his disciples, which happened to be a Jewish Passover feast. At Passover the Jewish people celebrate God's power to deliver from every force that would oppress our freedom. It is a feast held in remembrance of God's "exodus;" God's gift of a "way out" of and through and past all oppressive powers and principalities. The early community of Jesus' followers used the language of their religious tradition to talk about their experience of Jesus: as Moses led God's people on the way out of bondage to freedom so Jesus leads his followers on the exodus from the ways of death to the ways of life. "Look at my hands and feet," he exclaims to a room full of surprised disciples, "It is I myself! Touch me and see." We've kept on with the practice of theological reflection, looking for Risen Christ in all kinds of risen lives - hands and feet that have found a way out of death and into new life.

Rev. Kristin Philipson

Also on Sunday:

This Sunday we will enjoy hearing the vocal and piano stylings of Neara Russell.   Hope to see you there.

Grace Rinck and Roberta White are teaching a combined class of elementary and youth. 

Women's Scholarship Tea Invitations are ready!! If you can pick up your invite (and a few others for friends) this Sunday we won't have to send them out and use postage. This is a wonderful event where we will celebrate our scholarship recipients and we hope you plan to attend and bring a friend or two!! All proceeds this year will go directly to the scholarship fund. Kevin Cordova-Brookey is signing up folks to bring their specialty dish for the Tea. See him if you are willing to bring a homemade savory or sweet dish. The date is
Saturday May 5th!!

Worship Leaders
Rev.  Stacy L. Thomas 4/8/18    
Rev. Kristin Phlipson 4/15/18

Sue Miele 4/8/18 
Rev. Willeta Helene 4/15/18

Ushers 4/8/18
Ron White 
Kathie Arscott 
Jeff Levison 
Jim Maddox

Ushers 4/15/18
Sandy Biehler 
Robert Rinck 
Kevin Cordova-Brookey 
Guest Pianist & Music Coordinator  
Neara Russell    4/8/18

Pianist & Music Director   
Connnie Washburn

Church School Teachers   
Combined class for elementary & youth class - teachers are: Grace Rinck & Roberta White 4/8/18
Church Nursery (for infants - K) :
Jaquelyne Rodriguez & Becky Rinck  4/8/18
Jaquelyne Rodriguez & Adi Paokhomai 4/15/18  
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 . . . 
FCC Pasadena Area Women's Scholarship 2018  
Aid Africa Birthing Kits, April 7th 
Ann Appley Memorial Service
Central Association Spring Meeting Date
FCC Building tour, April 29th  
Looking Ahead - Save the Dates for FID events 
Hollywood Bowl Outing, July 7th 

FCC Pasadena Area Women's Scholarship 2018

First Congregational Church Pasadena Area Women's Scholarship is available annually in the amount of $1000 or more for persons who identify as female who are currently enrolled or planning to enroll by Fall, 2018 at a college or trade/technical school. Our Church's Core Values are: Nurturing Spirituality, Welcome and Social Justice. Our Vision Statement expands upon that to embody God's love for all by celebrating diversity in: racial, age, gender, sexual orientation and physical ability. We also work to serve the marginalized and educationally under served in the greater Pasadena area. These values and vision will guide our selection process. To enter the scholarship, please follow the link below, applications are to be completed and returned to FCC no later than April 8, 2018 by mail, hand-delivery or email.

One Kit Saves Two Lives - Saturday, APRIL 7th,
9 - 2 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church, 1211 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.

It's an incredible human tragedy.
aid africa Over a million African babies are estimated to die in the first 4 weeks of life - up to half on the first day. Many babies are not named until six weeks of life so the mourning of mothers and families is often hidden. And 1 in 13 mothers die of causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.

Imagine that - you can SAVE TWO LIVES! But to pull it off, we'll need volunteers to assemble kits and lots of generous sponsors to help cover the cost. Will you join us in purchasing and/or assembling kits?  
A Sponsor kit is just $10 including shipping, 
Click  here for more information. 
                                                    Memorial Service for Ann Appley

Please mark your calendars to honor and remember long-term church member Ann Appley on Saturday, April 28th at 3:30 p.m. in our sanctuary, followed by a reception in our parlors. The family invites you to keep posted on the webpage: https://annappley.weebly.com/ 
If you would like to lend a hand with the service please let Pastor Marlene know.

Central Association
of the Southern California/Nevada Conference
of the United Church of Christ

Spring Meeting

Saturday, April 28, 2018
8:30 a.m. Registration - $5.00
9:00 a.m. Worship & Meeting
12:00 Lunch - $5.00

Come and hear the stories
of our clergy who serve outside the local

Celebrating Union Church's
100th Anniversary
3 Great Loves: Neighbor, Children & Creation

Los Alamitos Community Congregational Church
4111 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos, CA 90720  
Get acquainted with other UCC Churches
See old friends & make new ones

Childcare and a vegetarian meal are available.
If you need either one, please indicate when making your reservation.

Please RSVP by Friday, April 20 to:
Laurie Fox laurie48fox@gmail.com or text 213.725.9208

  FCC BUILDING TOUR        SAVE THE DATE!!         APRIL 29, 2018   11:30am

Have you ever wondered what's really behind all those doors and in the rooms of our massive building?  If so, you are in for a treat.

Sue Miele, one of our long-time members has volunteered to lead a tour of our building for interested members. She will be accompanied by Griselda who holds the keys and knows all the secret haunts from the basement to the attic.

If you cannot attend on that date, Jeff Tyler will conduct another tour later in the Spring or Summer.

Looking Ahead- Save the Dates! 

Save the dates for two upcoming fundraising events sponsored by Friends in Deed, our local non-profit who works on our behalf to serve the poor and marginalized. On Thursday May 3rd
FID will host the Annual Pasadena Mayor's Prayer Breakfast. Several hundred leaders and folks from our city will be on hand to hear a featured speaker and the work of FID at 7:30 a.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center. Elizabeth Lanski and Marlene Pomeroy are planning to attend. If any others would like to register and sit with us please let us know ASAP!

On Monday May 7th FID will host a golf fund-raiser at the Glendora Country Club at 9:30 a.m.
You may find more info and will be able to sign up for either event at www.friendsindeedpas.org

Hollywood Bowl Outing for Summer 2018

Yes, it's that time to purchase our tickets to the Bowl. Membership Ministry (Kevin, Tara, Lu, Kim and Marlene) have chosen Jennifer Hudson on Saturday July 7th as an event for us to attend together. We have 15 tickets - sign up quickly and we can always purchase a few more (in past years we were allowed to return unused tickets but this year we have to buy in advance). We have great seats in P1 for $36 each. There is some scholarship money to supplement those for whom the price is too high, so please speak with Pastor Marlene for a reduced price ticket. The time is 8 p.m. and of course we will go ahead of time and picnic. Join us!!