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

Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost   
September 3, 2017  

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



Our prayers are with all affected by Hurricane Harvey.  See article below for ways to respond.

We celebrated with Pastor Andy and his family in the bapitsm blessing of Amara last Sunday. Rev. Carolyn Olney led the liturgy.

  Emily and Julia Hughes were our guest pianists this past Sunday in Worship!  
25 FCC folks and friends enjoyed an evening at the Bowl. Many thanks to our Membership Ministry for organizing!
Reflections for Worship . . .
Buckle Up!
Exodus 3: 1-15
Our text in worship this Sunday is the story of Moses learning about how he is to confront the Pharaoh and lead the Israelites after God captures his attention with a burning bush! Moses is surprised, confused, and daunted by what God asks him to say to the Pharaoh and to the Israelites - he clearly feels ill equipped to work with God in this famous story of call and liberation! Often we are stressed and worried about those things that are "on fire" in our lives, those urgent, annoying but compelling needs that draw us to try changes that we are afraid and reluctant to try. In a reflection entitled "Buckle Up" we will consider how we might be enriched and nurtured by such a challenge in our lives and in our faith, despite the unfamiliarity, the potential risk and the ongoing fear and worry! Come join us to reflect on this text in our air-conditioned Chapel at 10AM this Sunday!
  -- Rev. John H Pomeroy
Also this Sunday

The service music this week includes music of Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Schumann, and MercyMe.  Joining Music Director Connie Washburn are guest musicians Alice Dryden, soprano, and Helena Karafilis-Spensley on piano.  

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 this Fall! First choir practice will be Thursday September 7th. See Connie Washburn for more info.
Join a Union Station meal team - 1-2 folks are needed for Alpha Team (serves January/May/September)  
Bring food to church for Friends in Deed food pantry.  
Sing with the church choir this fall. See Connie.   
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. John H. Pomeroy
Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy   
Rev. Andy Schwiebert 

Aren Burd
Julie Burd
Peter Keller
Judi Tyler                    
Pianist & Music Coordinator   
Connie Washburn   
Church School Teachers
F or summer we have a single church school class for children and youth in the youth lounge - the teachers for this week are
Marlene W. Pomeroy/TBA.
Church Nursery (for infants - K) :
Jaquelyne Rodriguez/Kaley Pomeroy.

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...

Hurricane Harvey Relief
Union Station Team has Openings 
Friends In Deed 'Jazz on the Green'   
Community Contributions Program 

Union Station Team Needs Members

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. (many many thanks to Peter and Irene Keller for spearheading and staffing this effort for decades) We thank all of you who have served on a team or have subbed!!  
Right now we have need of 2 people on the Alpha Team. This team serves the meal the first Monday in the months of September (THIS COMING MONDAY Sept. 3rd), January and May. Please contact a pastor before Monday if you can sub this coming Monday or wish to join this team.
Many thanks to the 16 folks currently serving on a team:
Barbara Klein/Regina Meyers/Alex Maddox - Alpha Team
Kim Story/Cindy Speakman/Krysty Leckrone/Neva Orr - Bravo Team
Irene Keller/one Cordova-Brookey/Lu Burd/Brian Brandenburg - Charlie Team
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.
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. 
Ralphs Community Contributions Program 2017 - #83839
You must sign up starting September 1st for the coming year 

Thank you so much for your ongoing support of Ralphs. With your help and the support of your members, family and friends, Ralphs is proud to report that we are committed to giving $2 Million during the next 12 months through our Community Contributions Program.
Our new program year begins on   September 1, 2017.   Your organization is still active and will remain active in the program.   Your supporters, however, will continue donating only through August 31, 2016.  Participants are required to register for the new term online at www.ralphs.com or by calling us at 800-443-4438 starting September 1, 2017. Even if your participants registered as recently as June, July or August 2017, they are required to register again beginning September 1st.
Participants can start registering for the new term on September 1st 2017. To ensure your organization continues to receive the benefits of the program, your supporters will need to register and/or re-register as quickly as possible on or after that date at  www.ralphs.com .
It is also extremely important that we have up-to-date organization contact information.  Email us at community.programs@ralphs.com with any changes to your primary or secondary contact on the organizations' account.
Please pass the following information on to all your supporters, family and friends who would like to participate:

For your convenience, step-by-step website registration instructions can be found at www.ralphs.com, click on Community, click on Community Contributions, click on 'Enroll Now'. If you don't have computer access, please call us at 1-800-443-4438 for assistance.