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-fourth Sunday After Pentecost   
November 19, 2017   

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



Join us for our Annual Thanksgiving Feast This Sunday!

Reflections for Worship ...  

Faith and Moving Cheese
Matthew 25:13-20
Nearly 20 years ago a doctor named Spencer Johnson wrote a book on coping with change constructively entitled Who Moved My Cheese - and the book became a number one bestseller and part of the vernacular in organizational management. Since we are facing change as a congregation, what might this book say to us about our faith and how to remain faithful during change - whether it is welcome change or somehow against our will? In a sermon entitled Faith and Moving Cheese we will consider together how our faith can sustain us in the changes and moves that we all face in our lives. Come join us for worship this Sunday in the Chapel at 10AM and stay after worship for our Thanksgiving Luncheon in the parlors at noon!
--- Rev. John H Pomeroy


Also on Sunday    
We will have an in-gathering in worship of all of our pledges for 2018 during worship. Please bring your pledge cards that you should have received in the mail this week. Click HERE if you want to read the letter that accompanied the pledge card. (NOTE: the letter sent to you had a typo - it should have read bring your pledge card on Sunday Nov. 19th.

November 19th
11:45 Church Parlors 
Thanks for RSVP'ing for the Feast. A special thanks to Coordinator Extraordinaire Roberta White for all her work coordinating and overseeing the Feast!!! She has many helpers to make this another wonderful event. A huge thanks to all who are helping and bringing guests! 
For almost fifty years FCC has held a Thanksgiving Feast for our church community. Following our worship service we will have coffee, tea, and lemonade available in the east parlor. Fair Trade Coffee, Tea, and Chocolates will be available for purchase, and Aid Africa, our mission partner, will have items for sale to support their ministry in Uganda.
Connie Washburn has special music planned during worship 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. Please contact Roberta White for last minutes reservations. 

Worship Leaders   
Rev. John H. Pomeroy  
Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy  
Rev. Kristin Philipson
Randy VanDeventer   

Sandy Biehler
Robert Rinck
Kevin Cordova-Brookey
Cindy Speakman 
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 Grace Rinck/Jeff  Tyler.  
Church Nursery (for infants - K) :
Jaquelyne Rodriguez/Kyle 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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Office Hours
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9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Lunch Hours
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Tel. # 626.795.0696
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In this Edition...

Children's Christmas Pageant Info
Membership Ministry Work
Stewardship Season
FCC T-Shirts - order yours
Flower Chart Sign Up

Save the Dates:
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.

Children's Christmas Pageant - Dec. 17th
Plans are underway for our annual Pageant under the capable direction of Krysty Leckrone and musical director Connie Washburn. Through word and song it is a dramatic depiction of the Christmas Story. Rehearsals will take place on the three Sundays prior to the pageant (Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10). Please be in touch with Krysty Leckrone with any of your questions.We will have a potluck after worship that day; please sign up to bring food with Laura Kalayjian in the next few weeks.

Membership Ministry Meets to Plan Upcoming Events
This Ministry pictured (plus Tara who was unable to meet with us), is planning fantastic events for you and your household this year!!! They just sponsored the Halloween Feast, the CROP picnic and the luncheon to send off Pastor Andy!! They have been busy!! Next up is the Advent Festival and Cookie Swap scheduled for the 1st Sunday in Advent, Dec. 3rd after worship. More details will be forthcoming, but a little preview: a few crafts for kids and adults, a catered lunch, and a cookie swap (YOU bring your special home baked goodies and take home some - wow!!) Great gift giving ideas. All events and programs are designed for you to bring friends and family members and to enjoy some fellowship together. Our goal is to welcome all who come and seek connection with others.
Thanks to Kevin Cordova-Brookey, Kim Story, Lu Burd, Tara Bernard and Pastor Marlene for their work on our behalf.


Stewardship In-Gathering is This!

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 should receive a letter and pledge cards (one for your time; another for your talents/finances)  from our Co-Pastors this week. We invite you to bring your pledge cards on Nov. 19th or send them into the church office. Many thanks in advance for those who support our church's ministry with your commitments financially and personally.

Church T-shirts - order one today! 
I f we have 20 orders we will order a new batch of shirts - black with our Core Values listed: Spirituality, Hospitality, Justice. Please let Tara Barnard or Pastor Marlene know if you would like a children or adult size shirt. $10 children; $15 adults. Let's show our church pride at events by wearing our shirts.  
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.