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

Fifth Sunday in Lent      
March 18, 2018    

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



The Tradical Bros will be joining us in worship again this Sunday, March 18th. They are a trio of traditional Celtic musicians from Southern California which features Andrew Schuman on mandolin, Eric Schuman on Irish bouzouki and tin whistle, and Reece Miller on accordion and flute. Their passion for the music comes to life in every performance!

Reflection for Worship . . .

Jeremiah 31:31-34
The prophet Jeremiah worked and prophesied during a difficult time - he understood that the Israelites were caught between two mighty powers, Babylon and Egypt. The Northern Kingdom of Israel had already fallen to the Assyrians in 722 BCE. And now around 625 the life of the Southern Kingdom of Israel was threatened by these two on the eastern and western borders. Jeremiah had the unenviable task of telling people that destruction was on the horizon. Suffice it to say, Jeremiah was not the life of any party! And yet... he gives us one of the most beautiful images of what might be coming beyond the despair and destruction - a new covenant with God where our God's laws and words would be written upon our very hearts, never to be forgotten or misplaced. He reassured people in his own sobering manner that God was not yet done with us and would lead us anew. Helpful words for anyone or any nation to hear. What you see and experience now is not the final word!! Join us for worship this Sunday as we observe the 5th Sunday in Lent and hear the wonderful music of our guest Celtic musicians!!! How fitting for this St. Patrick's Day weekend. Our One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be taken up this Sunday. See more info below for the recipients of this offering. You may put cash or a check in the OGHS envelope.
Hope to see you Sunday!
-Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy
Also This Sunday:
Our Membership Ministry has ordered new church T-shirts and they have arrived!! Please see Tara Bernard after worship and obtain your shirt - and wear it at our upcoming Palm Sunday picnic in the park on March 25th!! Let's show some team/church spirit! The cost is $15 each but if that is prohibitive, please give what you can. We want them to be accessible to all. We have 20 shirts of various sizes so get yours before they run out!

In preparation for Palm Sunday, the children will rehearse this Sunday, March 18th. Children, please go to the chapel immediately after the service to sing the music for March 25th. Please direct all music questions to Connie Washburn.

One Great Hour of Sharing
Join congregations all over the country this Sunday in supporting the relief and development work supported by the ecumenical offering One Great Hour of Sharing! Our contributions go directly to persons and communities that are in need of basic support for their lives - food, shelter, clean water and more permanent housing. For more information please go to UCC.org and we invite you to give as you are able this Sunday so that our church, our Conference and our denomination can be counted as supporters for those who stand in need of life's basics.

Holy Week Schedule:
Palm Sunday is March 25th at 10:00 am in our sanctuary. We will head to McDonald Park (located at    1000 E Mountain St. in the heart of Bungalow Heaven) Just 1.5 miles from our church. See below for details.
Maundy Thursday potluck and worship will take place in our parlors on Thursday March 29th. Dinner starts at   6 pm  and worship is at   7:00. Please sign up to bring soup or nibbles.
Easter Worship will be held   10:00 am  on April 1st  in our sanctuary, with our choir, beautiful music, communion and a message of hope! See flower order below.
FCC Pasadena Area Women Scholarship

Our 2018 FCC Pasadena Area Women's Scholarship application is now available!! Please direct any women you know who might be eligible to obtain a copy from our website ( uccpasadena.org), or pick up a paper copy in our church office. It's time to spread the word about this wonderful scholarship available to women of all ages. See details below. Many thanks to Grace Rinck and her team for organizing this scholarship. Save the date of Saturday, May 5th for our Scholarship Tea and meet the recipients! 

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


Sandy Biehler
Bob Rinck
Kevin Cordova-Brookey
Pianist & Music Director 
Connie Washburn  
Church School Teachers   
Combined class for elementary & youth class - teachers are:  Roberta White and Krysty Leckrone.
Church Nursery (for infants - K) :
Jaquelyne Rodriguez and Adi Paokhomai   
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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Office Hours
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9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Lunch Hours
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Tel. # 626.795.0696
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In this Edition . . . 
FCC Pasadena Area Women's Scholarship 2018  
Lenten Small Group Begins
Palm Sunday Picnic
Peace Parade March 25th 
Aid Africa Birthing Kits, April 7
Easter flower order form
Looking Ahead - Save the Dates

FCC Pasadena Area Women's Scholarship 2018

First Congregational Church of 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.

Lenten Small Groups Continue 

If you signed up to be in a small group you were sent an email letting you know the details of your group. Please contact Pastor Marlene if you have any questions about these groups. Others are urged to read the book for their pleasure. 
Chasing Francis is a modern tale for someone in a faith crisis, set against the story of St. Francis from the early 1200's.  
Palm Sunday Picnic at McDonald Park
Following worship on March 25th we will all head to McDonald Park. Put on your church t-shirt and join us! Plan to bring side dishes and drinks to share that are adult and kid friendly. Paper goods and utensils will be provided. We have reserved tables for our use. The day will include some games and an Easter Egg hunt for the kids. The park is located at 1000 E. Mountain Ave. on the corner of Bell/Wilson/Mountain in Bungalow Heaven, just 1.5 miles from our church.

Peace Parade on Palm Sunday

For the last several years, persons from our staff and congregation have joined in the Peace Parade here in Pasadena, providing a witness for the city for those issues and persons that have little or no voice - particularly victims of gun violence and those without housing. See the attached flyer and come join us as we walk in support of our neighbors and those in need of a stronger voice in our city!   The 16th Annual Pasadena Peace Parade is on Sunday, March 25th starting at 3 pm at the Reformation Church at 570 Orange Grove Blvd.   

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. 
Easter Lilies/Tulips Request Form

Please provide information for your Easter flowers for our Sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 1st.


In honor of ____________________________________________

In memory of __________________________________________

Number of Lilies ______@$8.00        Number of Tulips _____@$8.00

Payment must accompany yourorder. Make check to First Congregational Church and designate for Lilies. You may take home your lilies after the Easter service.

(Flower purchases are not tax-deductible and will not show up on your church statement.)

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 am at the Pasadena Convention Center.

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