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Thursday, June 29, 2023


July 2- Fifth Sunday after Pentecost and Communion

~~ “Choosing Our Associations”

We often have an old friend or work colleague who thinks quite differently from us – in some cases, these persons are our family, and we may be closely related. As time goes on, we find the relationship difficult – perhaps even toxic – and we begin to set a boundary that is difficult for both sides in many cases. Our faith and its related values can be involved in these struggles – and sometimes are at the center. This text offers clues about how our faith can be a constructive force in helping us to set limits and find ways to health in our relationships.

Sunday's Scripture

 Matthew 10:40-42

July 2 - 5th Sunday after Pentecost


Editor's note: for unknown reasons, the July 2 bulletin failed to attach properly last night. I believe this has been corrected. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Carol Robb


  • Prayers for Jill, Karen, and Daniella. Extra prayers for Karen and Daniella who were in a car accident last Saturday. No serious injuries, but they could definitely use our prayers. (6/25)
  • Prayers for Pastor Elaine as she moves to Redlands next week. She will ljoin us in the pews for worshilp on July 9 and her first Sunday as our Interim Pastor will be July 16. (6/28)
  • Dick Ault asks for prayers for the friends and family of his niece who passed from life to Life this past week, and for his brother-in-law who is facing serious health concerns. (6/29)
  • Cherie asks for prayers for her friend who has a serious leg infection and is awaiting positive news from the doctors. (6/29)
  • Prayers for Georgia Sforza who is recovering from knee replacement surgery. (6/25)
  • Patty Little asks for prayers for the family and friends of Christopher Brannon who passed from life to Life unexpectedly. (6/25)
  • Prayers for the family and friends of Hank Kirchner, Pastor Jill's brother, who passed from life to Life. The family is grateful for all who included Hank in their prayers through each stage of his illnesses. (6/18)
  • Savannah and Kat Ceballos request prayers for their move to Oregon as Savannah starts her law school journey at the University of Oregon. (6/18)
  • Jayne Miller asks for prayers for her mother, Mary B. Rose, that her time in hospice allows a peaceful transition. (6/18)
  • Sondra Hodson asks for prayers for Ken Weaver, the “birdhouse guy” from AFHS, who is experiencing serious health issues. (6/8)
  • Prayers for Lori Michaels for upcoming back surgery. (6/4)
  • Prayers for Stephen Arth as he recovers from successful Mohs surgery. (6/4)
  • Traveling mercies for Carole Beswick as she recovers from knee surgery. (6/4)
  • Jennie Haney asks for prayers for her mother Mary Lou, who is now home from the hospital!
  • Prayers for Charlie Seek who is home from the hospital after being treated for a recurring infection. (5/28)
  • Eliza Ames askes for prayers for her sister Diane and family; Diane's husband Glenn passed from life to Life very unexpectedly. (5/11)
  • Prayers for Connie Mitchell as she copes with a foot injury as well as a painfully pinched nerve that caused shoulder and arm pain. (5/28)
  • Prayers for Missy Blair Rucker’s mother Dorothy Blair as she recovers in a rehab facility from a broken hip after a fall. (5/4)
  • Prayers for Sarah Breslaw and her family; her father is now in hospice care. (3/9)
  • Ongoing prayers for Ian Naftzger undergoing cancer treatment.
  • Jessica Lea asks for prayers for her friends Wilma and Carlos; Carlos has been diagnosed with lymphoma.
  • Prayers for Janet Edwards, who is in the Plymouth Village Care Center following a fall with pelvic fractures.
  • Prayers for Carla Becerril, who is on hospice and very much appreciates calls, visits, and notes.
  • Prayers for Kathryn Gallagher, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Prayers for Cynthia McGuigan as she continues her health care journey.
  • We continue to hold in our prayers the people of Ukraine.

Ongoing Concerns:

Jerry Andrews

Scott Ault

Dave, brother of Johanna Ballard

Bev Ching

Cousin of Rick Cruz

Norma Erickson

Katia Hage

Beki Hill

Jody Hoelle

Harriet Holt, Beki Hill's mother

Jenny, Sister of Jules Rattray

Amber McGuigan

Floyd Orr

Ryan and Evan Paul

Jim Sommer

Spencer, friend of Stacey Greene

Robert Silver

Arika Torres

Rosemary Tuohy

Share the Joy of Jill

During this time of transition, let us come together as a community to lift up Jill’s ministry and impact. We invite you to share your favorite memories, stories, and examples of how Jill has positively influenced your life and the lives of others. You can share pictures, videos, GIFs, or just put plain text. 

Here is the website created as a virtual scrapbook: uccredlands.org/jill

Reflection of the week from the Racial Justice Team

As the national conversation around racial justice and equality for Black people grows in volume and scope, many Black LGBTQ young people are facing difficult conversations with people who are uninformed about race, queer identities, or the intersection of both. These conversations can take a variety of forms. Some are engaging their white friends for the first time about how being Black impacts their experience in LGBTQ spaces, and others are opening up about the nuances of their queer experiences in Black spaces. For people who hold multiple marginalized identities, it can sometimes feel overwhelming to explore the layers of these conversations with others — especially those whose lived experiences are different.


If you’re considering engaging with people who identify as non-Black in your life about your identities, it’s important to remember that the process of having difficult conversations does not begin or end with the discussion itself. It is essential to consider your well-being and safety at each step in the journey. Here are some approaches to consider before, during, and after a difficult conversation to make sure the dialogue — and your mental health — stays safe.


Source: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/resources/guide/black-lgbtq-approaching-intersectional-conversations/


Download the flyer here: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/intersectional-conversations.pdf


Thank you to The Trevor Project for this important information.

From the Environmental Justice Team

Accelerate Neighborhood Climate Action in Redlands is sponsoring a viewing of the film Living the Change, Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future. The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, 2023 in Room 161 Gregory Hall, the University of Redlands and will be followed by discussion. For details and link to the Eventbrite registration site, go to the ANCA in Redlands Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/ancaredlands/

Sacred Saturday July 1st

Sacred Saturday will be held this Saturday from 9:00-12:00 at the church. All are welcome to join this mini-retreat for the soul! Come, share in community, connectedness and contemplation. 

If you have any questions or want more information, please contact Barbie Fiske-Phillips

Summer Series 2023 is now a Saturday brunch series!

The dates for this year's Summer Series are July 15, July 22, July 29, and August 5 (Please note the new August date) from 10:00 a.m. to Noon in Covenant Hall and on the Patio.

The theme is the same: Widening our Welcome. Each week will be devoted to an exploration of the following: Welcoming: All persons with Disabilities, All races and Cultures, All Genders, and All Worshipers.

This is a fully intergenerational activity--all ages are encouraged to attend. There will be games and activities for All! We will also have the sursery open for the very littlest ones

Please bring a delicious brunch dish to share! You can help minimize clean-up by bringing your own dishes, cups, and cutlery. We look forward to seeing you there.




Nominations now being accepted for the Settled Pastor Search Committee

 Our bylaws have instructions for calling a settled pastor, which start with the formation of a pastoral search committee. That committee is designated as having nine members, proposed by the church board, and formally elected by the congregation.


The board would like to involve the whole congregation in this process, similar to the way we did in 2014. If you feel that someone would make a good member of the committee, please nominate them for the board to consider. Here are some of the key things we'll be looking for in the committee:


Adequate time to commit: The committee will be able to dedicate the time needed to do the job right. When we called Jill in 2015 the committee had over 60 applicants to consider. In some ways the search process has gotten easier as most candidates will have online videos of prior services for the committee to watch, but it's still going to require a significant investment of time to consider all the candidates and come to consensus on which ones to interview and propose.


Diverse perspectives: The committee will be well-rounded, reflecting all the members and interests of the church.


Deep knowledge of RUCC and Redlands: The committee will have a solid understanding of how the church works, and how we interface with our neighbors in town.


Confidentiality: The committee will keep their discussions and process private. Many of the candidates will be serving another church currently and will expect confidentiality. The committee members also need to be able to speak candidly in their meetings without worrying about what they have to say getting back to a candidate or others outside the committee.


To nominate someone, please speak with them first to confirm their willingness to be nominated, then use this form to provide your suggestion to the board by July 31. The board will assemble a proposed committee in August, for a congregational vote at a special meeting on September 10.


Finally, a note about this role and Pastor Elaine, who starts with us on July 16 in a Designated Term Interim assignment, for a one-year period. Unlike an Intentional Interim assignment, the Designated Term designation allows Elaine to be a candidate for the settled pastor role if she wishes.


We've got it covered!

Caring for Kin continues with Women and Faith

Thanks for your support of Youth Hope throughout the month of June!

In July, we will be collecting school supplies for Women of Faith, a local organization that assists refugee and immigrant families in resettling. In particular, Women of Faith need college-ruled notebooks and loose-leaf paper, watercolor markers, pink erasers, highlighters, and small pencil sharpeners.

In addition, Women of Faith are always collecting new and gently used household supplies. While we won't have room on our Caring for Kin cart for such items, if you have things from the attached list that you'd like to donate, please contact Jean Arnott at [email protected] to learn how you can donate household supplies.

Raise Right - Gift Cards make shopping and fundraising easy

Bonuses – Some brands will offer higher than normal rebates periodically. You can always see the current bonuses in the RaiseRight shop at https://www.raiseright.com/shop. Current bonuses include Vons/Albertsons, Red Robin, AutoZone, Delta Airlines, and H&M. 


New Brands – Just added:

             Victoria’s Secret (5.5%)

             Hanna Anderson (8%)


About RaiseRight: When you purchase gift cards through the RaiseRight program to pay for your day-to-day expenses or provide as gifts, RUCC receives a rebate that helps fund our missions. It’s an effortless way to raise some money for RUCC. Hundreds of retailers participate, including grocery stores, gas stations, home improvement stores, department stores, online retailers, and much more. Please contact Jennifer and Pam at [email protected] if you need an enrollment link, need help setting up/accessing your online account or placing an order, have any questions, or want to learn more about the program.  This video will give you an overview of how to get started: https://youtu.be/c-v65F0xr2c

Order Physical Gift Cards

Physical Gift cards ordered monthly

  • Order by July 10 – available for pick up July 16
  • Order by Aug 15 – available for pick up Aug 20

In Stock Now

We have a limited number of $100 and $25 Stater Bros. gift cards in stock! Come visit us at the table in Covenant Hall on Sundays after worship.

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June is Pride Month!

  • July 1 - Sacred Saturday
  • July 4 - Independence Day Holiday - Office closed.
  • July 9 - Pastor Elaine will join us as a part of the congregation for the Sunday Service. Please take time to greet and welcome her during Fellowship Time after the service.
  • July 10 - Church Growth Area Meeting - 7 p.m.
  • July 11 - Stewards Meeting - 7 p.m.
  • July 15 - Summer Series begins - 10 a.m. to noon. - See article above.
  • July 16 - Pastor Elaine joins us as our Interim Minister
  • July 18 - Board Meeting - Virtual/Live hybrid - 7:00 p.m.
  • July 22 - Summer Series - 10 a.m. to noon.
  • July 29 - Summer Series - 10 a.m. to noon.
  • August 5 - Concluding session of the Summer Series - 10 a.m. to noon.

The church calendar for July is found at uccredlands.org

Click on "calendar" in the red banner near the top of the page

This Week at Redlands United Church of Christ

Sunday, July 2

  • 9:15 a.m. - Seekers
  • 9:30 a.m. - Kids' Zone
  • 10:30 a.m. - Worship Service & Communion
  • 11:30 a.m. - Fellowship time

Monday, July 3

Tuesday, July 4

  • Office closed - Independence Day Holiday

Wednesday, July 5

  • noon - "The Lunch Bunch"

Thursday, July 6

Friday, July 7

  • 7 p.m. Closed women's AA meeting in the Founders' Room.

Saturday, July 8

Sunday, July 9

  • 9:15 a.m. - Seekers
  • 9:30 a.m. - Kids' Zone
  • 10:30 a.m. - Worship Service
  • 11:30 a.m. - Fellowship time

RUCC Staff


Senior Pastor: Rev. Dr. Jill Kirchner-Rose

Honorary Minister of Arts and Worship:  Rev. Erin Beardemphl

Music Director: Jim Tong

Accompanist: Sophia Ohanian

Children's Education Director: Susi Jacobsen

Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries: Vacant

Office and Property Manager: Veronica Bermudez

Child Care: Joette Orman


Website:  www.redlandsucc.org

Phone: (909) 793-3520


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