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

Twenty-second Sunday After Pentecost   
November 5, 2017   

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



FCC had a picnic and then joined many others in town to walk the Annual Pasadena CROP Walk. All proceeds benefit local and international hunger relief organizations.

Reflections for Worship ...  
Joshua 3:7-17 and Matthew 23:1-10
In the Joshua text we hear the story of the ancient Israelites crossing the Jordan River. Under the leadership of Joshua the people had to cross a river that was often swollen by the spring floods. They had with them the Ark of the Covenant - a representation of God in their midst. The passage was a challenge but this passage confirms that God travels with them. The story speaks of the leaders and priests who stand in the water bearing the ark as the people pass on to dry ground. These and other stories of our spiritual forebears speak of a time of great uncertainty and wandering in the wilderness; people in community on the move, dependent on one another and dependent on God. It required great faith from them. We too are people on the move in a different time with different challenges in front of us. Like the ancient ones, we are called to band together and bear up the sacred and trust that God will provide and lead us! Feel free to read both passages of scripture in preparation for worship on Sunday. Don't forget to turn your clocks BACK one hour before you go to sleep on Saturday night - we will have coffee ready for those who inadvertently come early!!! We urge all FCC folks to show their church pride this week by wearing your FCC t-shirts!! See you Sunday!
-Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy 

Also on Sunday    
We are pleased that the Rev. AJ Bush will be joining us in worship this Sunday and will be playing her cello during several pieces of music during worship - come early to here her prelude. AJ was an intern with us when she attended the Claremont School of Theology She now serves a church in a small town in Wyoming and is in town on church related business. We welcome AJ!  
Meagan VanDeventer is our liturgist this Sunday and she is also preparing an altar for us for worship this week as we begin the month of giving thanks. 
Special Congregational Meeting on November 5, 2017
  Please join us this Sunday - you need only stay briefly! Active members should have all received a letter  announcing a Special Meeting of the congregation on Sunday November 5, 2017 following worship, from 11:30AM to 1:30PM. If you are a church member and have any questions or concerns, please contact Elizabeth Lanski (Moderator), any Church Council member or one of our Co-Pastors, Marlene and Jake Pomeroy.  

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

Aren Burd
Julie Burd
Peter Keller
Brian Brandenburg 
Meagan VanDeventer 
Pianist & Music Coordinator   
Connie Washburn   
Church School Teachers
We have a combined church school class for children and youth in rm. 232 - the teachers are Krysty Leckrone & Jeff Tyler.  
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

D id you miss a worship service and want to hear the sermon? Please visit uccpasadena.org and select 'podcasts' from the menu on top of the home page or click below


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

Like us on Facebook

**** *** **********
In this Edition...

Flower Chart Sign Up
All Saints Remembrance
Aid Africa Fall Celebration 11/04  

Save the Dates:
Annual Thanksgiving Feast - Sunday Nov. 19th
Stewardship In-Gathering of Pledges - Sunday Nov. 19th
Advent Festival and Cookie Swap - Sunday Dec. 3rd
Church School Christmas Pageant/potluck - Sunday Dec. 17th
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - Sunday Dec. 24th at 5 p.m.

Stewardship Season is Upon us!

Each year we ask all FCC members and friends to fill out a pledge card of support for the work and ministry of our church in the coming year. This year our in-gathering of pledges will take place on Sunday Nov. 19th (our Feast day). You will be hearing witnesses over the next few weeks as a few folks share why they are involved so faithfully in our church community. You will also be receiving a letter from our Moderator Elizabeth Lanski and a letter and pledge card from our Co-Pastors in advance of the in-gathering. We invite you to bring your pledge cards on Nov. 19th or send them into the church office in advance. Many thanks in advance for those who support our church's ministry with your commitments financially and personally.

All Saints

We honored and remembered the saints who have passed in the last year during our worship service last Sunday. We invite folks to light a candle in honor of a loved one this week. We are urged to keep our loved ones near to our hearts as we remember and celebrate them.
Flower Chart
We have the following openings to bring flower or "flour" for Sunday worship (Dates that are open: 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.
Mark your calendars for November 19th to attend
the Annual FCC Thanksgiving Feast
You, your family and friends are invited to attend the Annual FCC Thanksgiving Feast in the church parlors on Sunday, November 19 at 11:45 am. For almost fifty years FCC has held a Thanksgiving Feast for our church community, on the Sunday prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, following our worship service and coffee time. Connie Washburn has special music planned for that day and Judi Tyler will be doing a Thanksgiving craft for the children after the meal.
The event gives everyone a chance to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal and spend relaxed time together over good food and company. We serve a turkey dinner, with stuffing, gravy, rolls, cranberries and beverages. To complete the meal please bring a vegetable, salad or dessert to serve 8. Kim Story will be taking reservations and signups for food after church on Sundays, November 5 and 12. You can also make a reservation with Nina at the church office.