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

First & Second Sunday in Lent      
February 18 & 25, 2018    

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



 Shrove Sunday Celebration as we prepare for Lent.

Lamplighters Planning Meeting at Carrow's. Fellowship activities highlighted in the Touchstone.

Ash Wednesday Worship Service at FCC

Reflection for Worship . . .

These first two Sundays of Lent we are reminded of the covenants we have carved out with our God for thousands of years. Sometimes we don't always hold up our end of the relationship; sometimes we chaff under God's grand expectations of us. Close, intimate relationships make demands on us to be better than we would be without that commitment to each other. Notice that the season of Lent begins with a blessing - a rainbow is put in the sky to remind us of God's promise to every living creature. The ancients might have understood the causes of rainbows differently than we do today, but we all understand what it means to be bound by each other. The first two weeks of Lent remind us of the covenant made through Noah and the one made with Sarai and Abram. Fresh starts, new names, new promises are what we hear from our God!
Each Sunday in Lent we will look at our relationship with God. We will add chanting to our prayer time to invoke God's presence in a particular way these 40 days. Lent is about: fasting, self-reflection, new practices, prayer and great intention. Journey with us as we all awaken our hearts to the presence of God anew this season.
Hope to see you Sunday!

-Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy
Also on Sunday:

Sunday Feb. 18 -
Our Church School kids will be baking cookies for us to buy this Sunday! This is part of their Lenten fund-raising effort. Proceeds will go to a charity of their choice.
We are also holding the first Transition Forum. See details below and come be part of that conversation of what's next!
Sunday Feb. 25 -
Council will meet to discuss financials after worship. There is also a Women's Scholarship Meeting after the Council meeting to start work on our Women's Scholarship process for 2018 under the direction of Grace Rinck.

What's Next?!
If the sale of our building closes escrow without any snags, what work do we need to pick up during the coming months as we transition to a new space? Join us on Sunday February 18 at 11:15AM in the East Parlor for a time of sharing and updates! We will hear about the rooms we have access to as renters in our church, hear what properties are available for us to look at purchasing or leasing in Pasadena, how we are inviting sign-ups for those who can help with sorting church possessions and planning a celebration before we leave. We will also have time to share in small groups what we hope to take with us to our new location (our welcoming nature, our vision and values, trusty handbells) and what we hope to let go of in our transition (resentment about money management, struggles with previous pastors, our fatigue at keeping up our current building). Note the date and early starting time - come join us and get up to speed on how you can participate in our change! 

Office Hours

Monday we will observe Presidents' Day Holiday and our office will be closed. Nina will be on vacation Tuesday through Monday and office hours on those days will be 10-noon.

Worship Leaders 
Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy
Rev. John H. Pomeroy
Feb. 18   Randy VanDeventer
Feb. 25  Peter Keller

Ushers for Feb. 18
Sandy Biehler
Robert Rinck
Kevin Cordova-Brookey

Ushers for Feb. 25
Judi Tyler
Dana Pell
Mary Camacho
Pianist & Music Director 
Connie Washburn  
Church School Teachers for Feb. 18 
Combined class for elementary & youth class - teachers are:  Roberta White & Grace Rinck

For Feb 25:  Krysty Leckrone & Grace Rinck
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

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

Abbreviated Office Hours
Feb. 20   10-12pm
 Feb. 21   10-12pm 
Feb. 22   10-12pm
           Feb. 26   10-12pm           
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

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In this Edition . . . 
Lent offerings - Church School Plans for Lent, Adult Book study
Opportunities for Service - Bad Weather Shelter, Habitat Build
Lamplighters Invites you to a "Winter Arts Crawl"
FREE Concert, March 3rd, Lamplighters Outing

Lenten Offerings 2018

We have three homes offered for us to meet in small groups this Lent to discuss Chasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron.   Thank you to those who have offered their homes for us this year! 
The book is a modern tale for someone in a faith crisis, set against the story of St. Francis from the early 1200's. You may sign up to discuss at one of these three homes and times:

Wednesdays March 7 and 21 at Sue Miele's home at 6:30. Light meal provided by Sue.
Saturday mornings March 3 and 24 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bland home.
Sundays March 11 and 25 at the Brookey-Cordova home at 4:00 p.m.

Please sign up with Pastor Marlene at fccrevs@yahoo.com or Sunday on the sign-up sheet. We hope to have enough participants for each of the three sites.

Our Church School Teachers are planning several special events and outings during Lent (Feb. 14 through April 1st) for our children and youth. These will include:
- handing out piggy banks for children to use at home and donate offerings from their families and friends over the 40 days,
- Cookie baking fund-raiser  on Sunday Feb. 18th to support a Lenten outreach offering,
- a Palm Sunday egg hunt and picnic at Mc Donald 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). Look for updates in our Touchstone each week. Thank you teachers for organizing such interesting and fun Lenten activities!!

Bad Weather Shelter and Habitat for Humanity

  Bad Weather Shelter- Our next date to serve is Saturday Feb. 24. Details will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. Thanks to Bob Rinck for being our Food Coordinator. Sign up sheets are posted on Sundays.  Get your Hep A shots in the meantime!

Habitat for Humanity
- a few FCC folks are trying to go a few days each month for the local build right underneath the Colorado bridge called the Desiderio Homes Construction. The next two dates that Lu Burd and Elizabeth Lanski are going Feb. 28 from 8:00-11:30 a.m. If you want to join them, you must sign up online at https://sgvhabitat.volunteermatrix.com/e
habitat april 28, 2012
Once you get to the site you can register as a New Volunteer. After you've registered, go back into the Volunteer Matrix, find the date you're interested in, locate the Desiderio Homes (Construction) line item and pick a time slot. Lu Burd can assist you with signing up!

Lamplighters Invites you to a "Winter Arts Crawl" on Saturday, Feb. 24!

We will meet for dinner at Carrow's Restaurant on the corner of Fremont and Mission at 5pm, and then head down Mission Street to have a "Neighborhood Night on the Town," perusing open galleries, art activities, and enjoying live musical performances, and discounts in dozens of unique retail locations. All of the Arts Crawl galleries and businesses are located on Mission Street, Fremont Avenue or Meridian Avenue. Artists and businesses are teaming up to celebrate the winter season with this fun and family friendly event. There will be open houses, food and drink specials, and special events throughout the business district. The event kicks off Women's History Month in March, with the theme of "Bad Girls," based on the book,
"Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World."

Please RSVP to Cindy Speakman at 626.292.1624 or dolphinlover827@yahoo.com , by Friday, February 23, for dinner, so we can get a head count. Leave a message, if there's no answer. Hope to see you there!  
(A group that likes to do things) ... Join Us!


Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Liberty Hall, Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068

Music You'll Hear:
Hamilton, Camelot, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables, Cats,
Pirates of the Caribbean, Grease, Beauty and the Beast and more....
Paulette Westphal, Music Director 

Directions - 134 to Forest Lawn Drive. Forest Lawn Drive to Forest Lawn (on the left). You will go past a Jewish Cemetery first. Once at Forest Lawn follow signs to Liberty Hall at the top of the hill.
Note: Concert starts at 6:00 p.m., come 5:30ish.

For more information, contact Regina Meyers at 626.576.2718 or Anastacia Stewart at 323.258.4351