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

Palm/Passion Sunday       
March 25, 2018    

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


Our FCC Pasadena Area Women's Scholarship application is available now! You may access it through a link on the homepage of our website at uccpasadena.org or pick up a paper copy in the church office. Please pass along to any women you know who are pursuing a degree in higher education or vocational training. The deadline is April 8th. See more details in the article below.

Reflection for Worship . . .

Trading Currencies
Mark 11:1-11

Our text for Palm   Sunday  is the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem for Passover - soldiers and the governor ride in on one side of town, a show of force to keep a potential rowdy crowd in line during a festival season.  Jesus comes with a few followers on the other side of town - a quiet entrance that mocks or mirrors the governor's entrance, bringing not military might but a new image of God and peace.  In a sermon entitled "Trading Currencies" we will look at a model of church developed by Eric H.F. Law in a book entitled "Holy Currencies" - where the church does not rely on money as its sole means of survival!  Instead, we are invited to trade the currency of money for other currencies that the church has to offer - telling the truth, offering space and time to others to share their gifts, graciousness in listening and offering help, wellness in a time of conflict and hatred.  What would it mean for us to act "on the other side" from our culture as the church - to use our currencies of grace, truth, wellness and time.  Comer join us in the Sanctuary for worship this Sunday at   10AM!

Rev. John H. Pomeroy

Also This Sunday:
Tara will be selling church t-shirts in the Narthex after worship on Sunday. Grab a new shirt for $15 (or whatever you can afford) and head to the park - we are headed to Mc Donald Park for our Palm Sunday picnic and egg hunt! Please join us directly after church (located at 1000 E. Mountain on the corners of Mountain/Bell/Wilson - just 1.5 miles from our church). We have reserved the tables under the pergola for our use. Bring: a side dish to share, a chair if you wish, an Easter basket for the egg hunt; carpool if you can! Drinks are provided as well as some main dishes. We will have a few games after the egg hunt. Many thanks to our Church School Teachers and Membership Ministry for organizing this fun event!
Holy Week Schedule
Palm Sunday is March 25th at 10:00 am in our sanctuary. Picnic in park after.
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. (choir will practice briefly at 6:30) Please sign up to bring soup or nibbles with Bettie Teel.

Good Friday Offering at the Altadena Community Church, UCC.  From 4 p.m. till 8 p.m. there will be an interactive "Stations of the Cross" which involve small onsite projects and opportunities for reflection. The stations can be done at one's own pace and you can drop in at any hour and proceed at your own pace. The church is located at 943 E. Altadena Dr. 
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 Easter flower order form below.


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

Jeff Levison

Judi Tyler
Dana Pell
Mary Camacho
Jeff Tyler
Pianist & Music Director 
Connie Washburn  
Church School Teachers   
Combined class for elementary & youth class - teachers are:  Krysty Leckrone and Grace Rinck.
Church Nursery (for infants - K) :
Jaquelyne Rodriguez and Lachlan Ashenmiller    
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
  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 . . . 
FCC Pasadena Area Women's Scholarship 2018  
Easter flower order form
Lenten Small Groups Continue
Palm Sunday Picnic in Park
Peace Parade March 25th 
Aid Africa Birthing Kits, April 7th
Ann Appley Memorial Service
Looking Ahead - Save the Dates for FID events
Hollywood Bowl Outing July 7th

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.

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.)
Lenten Small Groups Continue 

Small groups continue to meet this week. 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. Drinks, 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. 
                                                    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 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.

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. 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 am.
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!!