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Thursday, March 11, 2021
A Message from Our Pastor and Teacher
Sunday, March 14 ~ “Beguiled by Beauty: Gratitude”
Our sermon series is entitled “Beguiled by Beauty.” Our Wednesday evening Lenten series is entitled, “Grateful.” This Sunday we combine both of these themes as we give thanks for the beauty and abundance of creation. Even as we walk in the wilderness with the Israelites we discover that God provides…in abundance!
Sunday's Scripture
Exodus 16:1-15
Worship for Sunday, March 14, 2021
Prelude: Tak (Gratitude) by Edvard Grieg_,.............................__.....Sophia Ohanian
Welcome and Call to Worship:______________.._______.................. Denise Cain
Opening Hymn: #73 Enter, Rejoice and Come In ._________ Led by Alexia Benson
Opening Prayer:__........_____________________________________ Denise Cain
Children's Circle: _____...____..............______________-._______...Kathleen Fox
Community Joys and Concerns: _______________...._Rev. Dr. Jill Kirchner-Rose
Special Music: It is God's Love .... Words by Thomas Merton, Music by Sue Hammond
Scripture: Exodus 16:1-15___________...................._______________Denise Cain
Message: Beguiled by Beauty: Gratitude_..............________...___Dr. Kirchner-Rose
Offertory:  Grateful by Hezekiah Walker__________________.___ Sophia Ohanian
Prayer of Dedication: _______________________________........____Denise Cain
Closing Hymn: # 14 How Can I Say Thanks?_______......___ Led by Alexia Benson
Time of Reflection: Creation by Kevin G. Pace .............................._Sophia Ohanian
  • Prayers for Bob, cousin of Sue Wallace, who is transitioning from this life to the next.
  • Prayers for Mariane, mother of Kathie Blakley, who is facing health challenges.
  • Prayers for Patricia, sister of Michael Flores, who fell at a construction site and injured herself.
  • Prayers for Beth Welsh as she appeals the suspension of her driver’s license due to an epileptic seizure.
  • Prayers for the family of Carol Buchanan's brother Don who passed from life to Life.
  • Prayers for Jean Arnott, who is experiencing health issues.
  • Emma Malonelord requests prayers for her brigade and the family of SFC Octavio Araujo who passed from life to Life.
  • Prayers for Evan, son of Meagan Hill, who badly sprained his ankle.
  • Prayers for Mario and Maria Saucedo’s sister who died of leukemia.
  • Prayers for Kathy Peters whose father passed from life to Life.
  • Prayers for Evan, son of Margaret Paul, who is facing life challenges
  • Rosemary Touhy requests prayers for her friend Terri who is having major dental work.
  • Inez Diggs requests prayers for her friend, Penni Pierce, who suffers from Pulmonary Fibrosis, and needs a double lung transplant to help her breathing capacity.
  • Prayers for Rosemary Whitmer who is facing health challenges.
  • Prayers for Ben Bohren who is recovering from outpatient surgery for the removal of a kidney stone.Prayers for Rosemary Tuohy who broke her ankle from a fall.
  • Prayers for Keith, cousin of Maegan Hill, who is blinded by a blood clot.
  • Prayers for Lorna, mother of Erin Beardemphl, who shattered her kneecap.
  • Prayers for Loraine, friend of Rosemary Tuohy, who has been diagnosed with anal cancer.
  • Prayers for Claudine, grandmother of Paul and Dante Welsh.
  • Prayers for Mary, sister of Sue Hammond, who is facing some health challenges.
  • Prayers for Charlie Seek challenged by diabetes related foot issues.
  • Prayers for Greg Farrell, brother of Karen Walsh, who is undergoing radiation treatment for cancer.
  • Prayers for Gloria Ebert who is facing heart challenges
  • Carla Becerril requests prayers for Tim Brown who is hospitalized with COVID.
  • Judith Turian requests prayers for Jill Bressler as she undergoes treatment for lung cancer and for Judith's close friend Terri, who is unable to travel to be with Jill because of COVID. 
  • Ongoing prayers for parents, teachers, students navigating online school.
  • Prayers for Dick Ault, who is awaiting knee replacement surgery.
Ongoing Concerns:
Gretchen and Aaron Andrews
Carla Becerril
Les Budai
Diane Campbell
Diane, Sister-in-Law of Heather King
Carol Chaney
Precia Gwenhwyfer Courtney-Hveen
Cousin of Rick Cruz
Norma Erickson
Betty Gayle
Ronan Godfrey
Jerry Greenfield
Emma Grimauld
Katia Hage
Beki Hill
Jody Hoelle
Harriet Holt, Beki Hill's mother
Mark Alan Johnson, friend of Nancy Hotaling
Kim Johnson, friend of Gretchen Andrews
Jenny, Sister of Jules Rattray
Emily Jones
Hank Kirchner
Amber McGuigan
Bill McIntyre
Amy McQulillian, friend of Gretchen Andrews
Larry Minor
Sarah Montez

Mary Mortensen
Maria Montana
Carmen & Jim Neafsey
Kristin Farmer Preslica
Steve, Brother of Julie Phillip
Nancy Rojas
Adolph Romero
Joan Roth
Spencer, friend of Stacey Greene
Doris Stockton, Kathi Roth's Grandmother
Heather Tee
Arika Torres
Vasquez Family
Helga Vroom
Lent at RUCC
Lenten Series 2021—Continues Wednesday, March 10

It’s never too late to join in on the annual RUCC Lenten Series! The next session will take place online on Wednesday, March 17. We are studying the film series “Grateful” by Diana Butler-Bass. This week’s topic is titled “Grace, Gratitude, and Gifts.

Wednesday March 17. Fellowship time begins at 6:45 p.m., Discussion begins at 7:00 p.m. 

Here is the Zoom link for the meeting: 
Meeting ID: 831 8926 0341
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Palm Sunday - March 28- details to be announced

Maundy Thursday - April 1 Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service at 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday - Ecumenical Good Friday service at 7:00 p.m.
Carol Robb is Co-Chair of the Worship Area
Introducing the 2021-2022 Board - Carol Robb
Carol is one of those rare individuals -- a native Californian. After completing a BA in history and Spanish, an MA in history, and her teaching credentials at the University of California, Riverside, she taught in local public schools for 38 years, most recently at the Continuation High School in the Alvord District in Riverside. While teaching, Carol was also involved in her union, political action, and served as a member or chair of many visiting teams for school accreditation.

Carol was surprised when she was approached about being co-chair of the Worship Area two years ago, but jumped at the chance to serve because she was impressed with the spontaneity and freshness of worship at the UCC churches she had attended. "I found I really preferred it to the "same old, same old ritual" found in other denominations," she recalled. Serving in the worship area is a great learning experience, and I hope I can help keep worship at RUCC vibrant and interesting.
One Great Hour of Sharing, this Sunday, March 14
One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) special mission offering of the United Church of Christ involves you in disaster, refugee/immigration, and development ministries throughout the world. When a disaster strikes or people are displaced or made refugees by violence or extreme poverty, you are part of the immediate response and of the long-term recovery.

Through OGHS you engage in holistic development programs including health care, education, agriculture, food sustainability, micro-financing and women’s empowerment. Because the UCC relates in mutual partnership to churches and organizations through Global Ministries and worldwide response & recovery networks, your contributions to One Great Hour of Sharing put you in the right place at the right time for the relief, accompaniment and recovery of the most vulnerable. You meet immediate needs and you address the underlying causes that create those needs in the first place.

This Sunday, March 14th, we will receive our One Great Hour of Sharing offering. You can write a check to Redlands United Church of Christ and in the memo designate offering to OGHS or you can give through your Realm account. 
Racial Justice Reflection for the Week

This was just 56 years ago. Many of the people are still alive today. Some of the perpetrators are still in power.
“On March 7, 1965, Alabama state troopers blocked civil rights demonstrators who had just crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Boynton Robinson, then a middle-aged black woman, was tear-gassed and beaten and slumped unconscious on the side of the road. The troopers attacked the marchers in events that became known as "Bloody Sunday."”

From the Environmental Justice Team
But together, many trees create an ecosystem that moderates extremes of heat and cold, stores a great deal of water, and generates a great deal of humidity. And in this protected environment, trees can live to be very old.”
It appears that nutrient exchange and helping neighbors in times of need is the rule, and this leads to the conclusion that forests are superorganisms with interconnections much like ant colonies.”

Next Physical Card Order - March 14 Deadline
The March order date for physical cards will be March 15. Get your orders in (either through the website at shopwithscrip.com or through the RaiseRight app) by midnight, March 14 so that Jennifer can process the orders on March 15.  
Please contact Jennifer at scrip@uccredlands.org if you need help placing an order or want to learn more about the program.  
Annual Eggstravaganza on Saturday April 3
Save the Date! RUCC Eggstravaganza 2021 will take place on April 3. Following County guidelines, we plan to hold this event on the church patio with masks and social distancing. We are busy planning fun Eastertime activities for kids, youth and families on Saturday April 3. More details and specific time TBD. 
Celebration of Life for Jay Grayson on April 10
We will hold a Celebration of Life Service for Jay Grayson, our beloved caretaker, on Saturday, April 10th at noon on the patio. If you would like to attend this service, please RSVP to our Office Administrator, Nancy Sheets at office@redlandsucc.org or call the church office at (909) 793-3520. All attendees are required to wear a mask.
February 16 Board Report by Jackie Patrick
As your Member-at-Large I am excited to have this opportunity to keep the congregation updated on the happenings of the Board! 

  • Moment of inspiration: New and returning members were welcomed with a reading from 1 Corinthians 13. 
  • Sabbatical: Pastor Jill receives a 3 month sabbatical every 5 years. Originally, Jill was scheduled to take her sabbatical in the summer of 2021; however, because of COVID-19 uncertainty, Jill will postpone her sabbatical to 2022.
  • For the good of the church: The Stewards will continue developing COVID-19 policies throughout the year. The goal is to be ready for a safe reopening when it is time.
  • Moment of Education: Dan A. and Heather K. began the journey of teaching the board how to utilize Teams in Office 365. Once formally adopted, this platform will be an efficient way for board members to communicate with each other, host meetings and share documents. 

If you have any questions, concerns or inspirational thoughts you would like for me to share with the Board, please do not hesitate to email me: patrickjackie25@yahoo.com

Jackie Patrick - Member-at-Large

Note: the next Board meeting is Tuesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. via Zoom.
Next Book Club Meeting - Sunday, April 11
The RUCC Book Group is reading The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd for the month of March. Our next group meeting to discuss this book will be on Sunday, April 11, at noon on Zoom, and Kathie Blakley will be the presenter. Please NOTE The DATE CHANGE from the first Sunday of the month to the second Sunday, because of Easter. Zoom information can be found elsewhere in the View.
“Grounded in meticulous research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus's life that focuses on his humanity, The Book of Longings is an inspiring, unforgettable account of one woman's bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place and culture devised to silence her. It is a triumph of storytelling both timely and timeless, from a masterful writer at the height of her powers.” Amazon review
Redlands United Church of Christ is planning its first overnight adventure since the beginning of the pandemic! RUCC will hold a silent retreat at Serra Retreat Center in Malibu August 20th – 22nd. There are 12 spaces available for this retreat. The cost is $290 which includes lodging and five meals. If you are interested in attending this retreat, please contact Pastor Jill at pastorjill@redlandsucc.org. Scholarships are available for those whom cost may be a challenge.

  • March 14 - One Great Hour of Sharing special offering.
  • March 16 - Board meeting 7:00 p.m.
  • March 17 - Lenten series continues
  • March 18 - Prayer Polygon
  • March 24 - Lenten series continues
  • March 28 - Palm Sunday
  • March 31- Lenten series concludes
  • April 1 - Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service at 7:00 p.m.
  • April 2 - Ecumenical Good Friday service at 7:00 p.m.
  • April 3 - Sacred Saturday
.........................Annual Easter Eggstravaganza
  • April 4 - Easter Sunday
  • April 10 - Celebration of Life for Jay Grayson
  • August 20-22 - Silent Retreat
This week at RUCC...Virtually on almost every device!
Group and activity leaders: Please make sure your zoom link is up to date. Send new links to carolrobb@redlandsucc.org
Calendar for March 14 - March 21, 2021
Sunday, March 14
  • 9:15 a.m. Seekers - on Zoom
  • 9:30 a.m. Kids Zone - on zoom
  • 10:30 a.m. Worship Service on YouTube
  • 11:30 a.m. Virtual coffee Hour on Zoom

Monday, March 15

Tuesday, March16
  • Board meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 17
  • 12:00 The Pastor is In - Zoom
  • Lenten Series continues at 7 p.m. on Zoom.

Friday, March 19
  • 4:00 p.m. Youth Group on Zoom

Saturday, March 20

Sunday, March 21
  • 9:15 a.m. Seekers - on Zoom
  • 9:30 a.m. Kids Zone - on zoom
  • 10:30 a.m. Worship Service on YouTube
  • 11:30 a.m. Virtual coffee Hour on Zoom

Group and activity leaders: Please make sure your zoom link is up to date. Send new links to carolrobb@redlandsucc.org
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 Manager: Nancy Sheets
Child Care: Vacant
Caretaker: Vacant
Website:  www.uccredlands.org
Phone: (909) 793-3520
Staff and Other Emails
pastorjill@redlandsucc.org          office@redlandsucc.org
        musicdirector@redlandsucc.org      youth@redlandsucc.org        
 childrenseducation@redlandsucc.org   weddings@redlandsucc.org