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

Fourth Sunday in Lent      
March 11, 2018    

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





Reflection for Worship . . .

Psalm 107 (selected verses)

Our text in worship this week is a portion of a song or Psalm of distress. Nowhere are we more vulnerable as human beings, and also unpretentious, than when we are suffering and in need of deliverance.  Can you remember the last time you prayed for being set free from pain, or from a situation, or a relationship where you could not see an exit?  It may sound dramatic, but we all experience our limits at different times in our lives and inwardly - or outlaid - declare that we can not take it any longer!  In a sermon entitled "Deliverance" we will consider how suffering is a part of our human condition - and therefore part of our relationship with God.  We will recall the last time you were freed from a person or problem that was hunting you - and whether you took the time to ask for God's help, or later to thank God for your relief from suffering.  Join us   on Sunday  morning in the Chapel at   10AM  for worship!

Rev. John H. Pomeroy

Also This Sunday...  

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. John H. Pomeroy
Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy 
Don Hughes

Ron White
Kathie Arscott
Jeff Levison
Jim Maddox
Pianist & Music Director 
Connie Washburn  
Church School Teachers   
Combined class for elementary & youth class - teachers are:  Grace Rinck/Neva Orr.
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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9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Lunch Hours
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
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In this Edition . . . 
FCC Pasadena Area Women's Scholarship 2018  
Lenten Small Group Begins
Church School Update
Save the Dates
Aid Africa Birthing Kits, April 7
Offering to Friends in Deed
Easter flower order form

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 Begin!

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.  
Church School Update
Our church school children are collecting money in their piggy banks to be donated at the end of Lent. Save the date for our Palm Sunday picnic in the park and Easter Egg hunt:

- Sunday March 25th, a Palm Sunday egg hunt and picnic at McDonald Park at Bell/Wilson Ave, 
- and a very special outing after Easter to Universal Studios if we reach our fund-raising goal of $200 (all of which will be sent to an organization which the children shall select).  
Save the Dates:
On Sunday March 25th there will be the Annual Pasadena Peace Parade. Details to come! There will also be a concert by Incendio to benefit Pearls of Africa Children's Fund. The event will be held at a private home in North Hollywood at 12334 Tiara St. The cost is $25 per person. You may purchase tickets at pearlschildrensfund.org/concert or call (818) 249-2398.

One Kit Saves Two Lives - Saturday, APRIL 7th,  9 - 2 P.M. at Salem Lutheran Church, 1211 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91202

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.

Infection following delivery is the leading cause of death among these mothers and newborns. But the risk of infection can be greatly reduced by providing the most basic elements of medical sanitation during childbirth ...soap, a clean blade to cut the umbilical cord, a clean cord to tie the umbilical cord, and a clean sheet for the mother and baby to lie on during delivery.

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?

Sponsor Kits ---  
Each kit is just $10 including shipping, and may save the lives of a mother and her child.

Click here for more information. 

Friend in Deed Lenten Offering

We took up an offering at our Area UCC Ash Wednesday Worship service this year. We just sent up a check for $552 to Friends in Deed from that service. Many thanks to all of you who contributed. It has been a very cold winter and many folks have been able to sleep at the shelter and receive services from Friends in Deed.

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.)