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

Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost   
September 24, 2017  

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


The Annual Friends in Deed Fund Raiser at the historic Green Hotel will be held Wednesday Sept. 27th at 5:30 p.m. Pastor Marlene and Varnell joined Rev. Donna Byrns at the event last year.
See article below for further details!

Reflections for Worship ...

Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45

I don't know about you but sometimes I am acutely aware of all that is demanded of me by my: work, family, faith, church, community obligations, etc. etc.! And mostly that is okay! I like being a productive, responsible person. I enjoy generating things and following through with commitments that have meaning for me. It's important to me to "do my part" in this world and through my life. However, there are times when I need a break. A big break. A break that is more than an hour of mindless TV or a yoga class; that is more than turning off my phone for a day or getting lost in a bookstore. At these times I am reminded that we are not alone. We. Are. Not. Alone. Not only do we have relationships and friendships that nurture and sustain us, but we have a God who accompanies us in and through and beyond this life. I think I act as if that is not the case sometimes. I think I act as if everything must be done by me and us! And that is just not true if we are Christians. Sometimes it is important to remind ourselves that we are people of faith, living our lives in intentional relationship with a powerful, protecting, compassionate, strong and creative GOD!! When I read this Psalm we hear the story of God's great deeds on behalf of God's ancient people. I think we are invited to rewrite this psalm for our day - because it is my belief that God is still an active, holy and creative presence in our world today. I invite all of us to read Psalm 105 in advance of worship and reflect on all the ways God is present to us. What a great exercise to be reminded of the holy, healing presence of our God - especially during times of turmoil and suffering.
Please join us in worship on Sunday as we explore this through word and music. Our choir is back with beautiful music to offer us. We will begin our service with a hymn sing so bring your favorite hymn!! Hope to see you Sunday!

- Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy

Also this Sunday

Church School: Krysty and Neva will be leading our elementary/middle school class. If we have 2-3 youth Andy S. will lead a sermon talk-back session after the sermon in the youth lounge.
Council will meet and have their financial meeting in the East parlor beginning at 11:20.

Hurricane Harvey Relief

We remember and hold in prayer all those affected by Hurricane Harvey. This category 4 hurricane and the winds, rains and flooding have devastated southern Texas. Our UCC denomination is part of a network of responders who are gearing up for immediate and long-term recovery work. You may contribute through our denomination by going to UCC.ORG and clicking on the
DONATE button associated with the Hurricane Harvey information on the main page. You may also contribute money through our local Pasadena church - make your check out to FCC Pasadena, marked Hurricane Harvey Relief and we will pass it on to our conference.

The UCC.ORG website also has other ways for us to get involved, including sending money and putting our name on a list for future volunteer opportunities related to rebuilding the area. The UCC Disaster Ministries is offering $250 matching grants to congregations assembling CWS (Church World Service) Emergency Cleanup Buckets. CWS distributed 8,000 buckets for Hurricane Matthew. Other requests (such as hygiene kits and School kits) will be forthcoming in the weeks and months to come. For now, our prayers and monetary offerings are needed and appreciated.

Several Ways to Get More Involved In Your Faith Community:

Join our Church Choir or Bell Choir this Fall! See Connie Washburn for more info.
Join a Union Station meal team - 2-3 folks are needed - see article below
Bring food to church for Friends in Deed food pantry
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!  The more we give... the more we receive! 


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

Judi Tyler
Dana Pell
Mary Camacho  
Jeff Levison                       
Pianist & Music Coordinator   
Connie Washburn   
Church School Teachers
Combined church school class for children and youth in the youth room - the teachers for this week are Krysty Leckrone/Neva Orr.
(If we have enough youth, we will have a sermon talk-back time in the youth room after the sermon with Pastor Andy.) 
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   
Visit us at:  uccpasadena.org

Sermon Podcast

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Our office manager Nina will be away on vacation for two weeks. Here are the abbreviated hours that church folks are subbing in her absence. Many thanks for those who have agreed to sub!

Abbreviated Office Hours 

   Sept. 25   10am-12pm
  Sept. 26   10am-12pm
  Sept. 27   10am-12pm
  Sept. 28   10am-12pm
Oct. 2   10am-12pm
 Oct. 3   10 am-12pm
  Oct. 4   10am - 12pm
Oct. 5   10am-12pm
Tel. # 626.795.0696
Fax # 626.795.0698

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In this Edition...

Hurricane Harvey Relief
Upcoming Fall Programs
Flower Chart Sign Up
Union Station Teams have Openings 
Friends In Deed 'Jazz on the Green'  
Interfaith & Community Training 9/29   
Central Association Fall Meeting 10/28  

Upcoming Fall Programs    
Fundraising Outing on Saturday Sept. 30th
Enjoy an evening of Shakespeare and improv that entertains AND supports the work of My Refuge House (CEO if Heather Bland). The reviews for this troupe are amazing - and member Joey Bland is one of the members!   
If you signed up for a ticket, please be in touch with Pastor Marlene about how to access it. NOTE: there are no more  FCC tickets, but you are welcome to order your own and join us at the event! 
Pancake Breakfast on Sunday October 8th  - join us after worship for breakfast! Thanks to all who have signed up to bring food and cook. There will be a sign-up board after church the next few Sundays.
Usher Thank You Lunch and Meeting Sunday October 15th - to be held in the church parlors after worship.
Annual Halloween Festival and luncheon on Sunday October 22nd - costume contest, spooky crafts and more!
Picnic in the Park on Sunday Oct. 29th  - directly after worship at Farnsworth Park (not too far from the CROP Walk starting point for those walking). Sponsored by Membership Ministry
Flower Chart
We have the following openings to bring flower or "flour" for Sunday worship
(Dates that are open: 10/22, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10,12/24, 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.
Union Station Team Needs Members (three folks needed)

union station logo One of our primary ongoing outreach activities here at FCC is cooking and serving a monthly Union Station meal; folks at Union Station are participating in a program that helps support them moving from a life off the streets. We have been participating in this effort for several decades now. We thank all of you who have served on a team or have subbed!!  
Please contact a pastor if you wish to join a team.
Many thanks to the 16 folks currently serving on a team:
Barbara Klein/Regina Meyers - Alpha Team (TWO people needed) 
Kim Story/Cindy Speakman/Krysty Leckrone/Neva Orr - Bravo Team
Irene Keller/Lu Burd/Brian Brandenburg - Charlie Team (ONE person needed) 
Peter Keller/one Rinck/Elizabeth Lanski/Josh Ashenmiller/Jordan Pederson - Delta Team
Many thanks to our Discipleship Ministry for overseeing this outreach activity.

Save the Dates for Upcoming Friends in Deed events:

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. NOTE: if you signed up for a subsidized ticket, Marlene has purchased your ticket and you should be in touch with her!
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. 
An Interfaith and Community Training with CLUE & CIVIC to Visit People

held in Immigration Detention

Join us on September 29th for a training with CIVIC in LA to learn how you can visit and support people held in immigration detention!

Immigrants and refugees are suffering in detention centers across Southern California in deplorable and immoral conditions. Each year, there are approximately 400,000 people being held in jails and private prisons; many parents are unjustly separated from their children and some suffer in solitary confinement. This is a moral crisis and there is an urgent need to visit and offer care to people in detention centers who are being denied basic human rights. Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) is committed to ending US immigration detention "by monitoring human rights abuses, elevating stories, building community based alternatives to detention and advocating for system change" ( endisolation.org).

We have scheduled dates and times for LA County (09/29), Orange County (11/4) and San Bernardino/Ontario(12/1). The first training is scheduled in Los Angeles; please see info below:

WHEN:   Friday, September 29th, 2017
TIME:   10:00am - 12:00pm
WHERE:  Centenary United Methodist Church (Little Tokyo)
ADDRESS:   300 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90013 
CONTACT Info:  Guillermo Torres  323-228-2753  and Rev. Andy Schwiebert  1-510-684-1163 ( RSVP by   sending an email here.)

Come learn about conditions within the detention centers across Southern California and to receive detailed training tools for visiting detained persons. This will be an important time for people of faith and conscience to develop a deeper understanding about the crisis facing many in our communities and to put this understanding into action.  After the training, our hope is that faith and community members across Southern California will continue the struggle for justice for our immigrant brother and sisters by:
  • Educating their communities on the suffering of immigrants at local detention centers
  • Coordinating visits to detention centers with members of their communities
  • Advocating for systemic change
  • Joining in support of CIVIC programs
We are also excited that Sister Greta Ronningen, Prior of Community of Divine Love Monastery, will be joining us to introduce us to some basics of  CHAPLAINCY. Sr. Greta currently leads a prison chaplaincy program.

ENDORSERS: Presbytery of the Pacific (PCUSA), Bend the Arc, Task Force on Sanctuary for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, Matthew25th/Mateo 25, COPALA (Coalition of Latino Pastors), California Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church, Jesus4Revolutionaries, USWW-SEIU UNITED SERVICE WORKERS WEST.
Guillermo Torres & Rev. Andy Schwiebert

United Church of Christ

Central Association
Southern California Nevada Conference

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Immanuel Latino Ministries, 1785 East 85th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90001
Rev. Haller Terrones, 626-329-7600

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
$5 per person plus $5 per person for lunch
Meeting begins at 9 a.m. followed by lunch at noon

Important highlights of our time together include:
1. Ecclesiastical Council to Welcome and Celebrate First Congregational Church of Los Angeles as a member church of the United Church of Christ

2. Voting on Association Bylaw updates, copies to be sent out SOON.

3. "Stop Separating Immigrant Families: Some actions we may take" will be our program, which is a follow-up to our spring meeting program, with Rev. Andrew Schwiebert again guiding us.

Please plan to carpool since parking will be limited

Please RSVP by October 21, 2017
Rev. Marcia Hoffman, Vice Moderator
Call or Text: 626.940.7497
Email: marciahoffman5@icloud.com