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Thursday, May 4, 2023

It's time for Music Sunday - May 7!




This is a PDF file which is easy to download and print for use during the service whether you are watching on line, or attending in person on Sunday.


  • Jayne Miller requests prayers of thanksgiving for Loretta, who is in remission from an aggressive cancer after treatment. (4/23)
  • Julie Phillip asks for prayers of Thanksgiving for her brother Dean Phillip who has been cleared of cancer after treatment (4/23)


  • Prayers for Jill, Karen, and Daniella.
  • Prayers for Cid Breyer who is hospitalized with 3 fractured vertebrae. (5/4)
  • 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 the friends and family of Caroline McAllister's brother Bill who passed from life to Life. (5/4)
  • Prayers for Cheri and the Dawes Family; Robert Dawes passed from life to Life. (5/4)
  • Prayers for Mary Rose, who has been referred to hospice (4/23)
  • Prayers for Sherrian Ellison who will be undergoing a breast biopsy. (4/18)
  • Prayers for the family and friends of Gary Johnson, brother of Nan Root, who passed from life to Life. (4/18)
  • Prayers for Connie Mitchell's mother, who has had a bad fall. (4/13)
  • Prayers for Cid Breyer's son Dan, who is recuperating from surgery for a broken femur suffered in a bicycling accident. (4/13)
  • Janet Wilson asks for prayers for her brother Clay who has developed lung problems resulting from his service in Iraq. (3/23)
  • Prayers for the family and friends of Elinor (Ellie) Kemp who passed from life to Life last week. (3/16)
  • Prayers for Sarah Breslaw and her family; her father is now in hospice care. (3/9)
  • Prayers for Tim, husband of Nancy Doss, who has passed from life to Life. (3/12)
  • Prayers for the friends and family of Carla Becerill’s stepson Brian who passed from life to Life.
  • Carla Becerril asks for prayers for her family; her aunt Helen passed from life to Life, and her cousin Jay suffered a heart attack following surgery. Jay is scheduled for additional surgery. (2/23)
  • Prayers for Lori Michaels who fell and broke her shoulder and fractured her upper arm in three places. (2/9)
  • 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.
  • Jayne Miller requests prayers for her dear friend Richard, who is in chemo treatment for aggressive and rare cancer.
  • 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

Hank Kirchner

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

Vice President Jessica Morgan will be available after church this Sunday to assist anyone who needs help. You can also reach out to Shepherd Area Leader Maegan Hill.

Caring for Kin - Ongoing food collection

Thanks so much to everyone for your generosity!  

Family Services will be happy to supply our local kin with the nutritious foods that you have donated.

In answer to several questions we have received:

You can still donate. We will be collecting peanut butter, instant oatmeal packets and cereal (any kind you like, not only Cheerios) ,for Family Services each Sunday in May.

Our wish is that you will get in the habit of including Caring for Kin on your grocery list each week!

Each month we will be changing what specific items we are asking you for, either for the same agency or a different one. If you have ideas of groups that could benefit from the RUCC monthly collections, please contact Diana Steele or Claudia Tolar.

Reflection of the Week from the Racial Justice Team

............................... "No."


......................................... - Rosa Parks

From the Environmental Justice Team

California’s largest and most expensive environmental cleanup has failed to properly remove lead pollution from some homes and neighborhoods near a notorious battery recycler in southeast Los Angeles County, leaving residents at continued risk, a Times investigation shows.

Six years after the California Department of Toxic Substances Control embarked on a massive remediation effort around the shuttered Exide plant, numerous homes targeted for cleanup have been left with concentrations in excess of state health standards. …

The high lead concentrations have raised serious questions about the department’s oversight of the $750-million project — as well as its commitment to making these predominantly Latino and historically underserved neighborhoods safe from a brain-damaging metal.


Source: “California’s biggest environmental cleanup leaves lead contamination and frustration,” Tony Briscoe, Jessica Garrison, and Aida Ylanan, Los Angeles Times, 2/10/23, https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2023-02-10/exide-lead-cleanup-leaves-fear-and-frustration-in-its-wake

Notice of special meeting for final vote on the organ contract

On Sunday, April 30, during the Quarterly Gathering, board President Dan Abushanab announced a special meeting to be held on May 21. In case you missed his announcement, or the Realm email sent the same day, here is the information:

Hello church!

As discussed at the quarterly gathering today, the board has put a proposal before the congregation to have an organ custom built for our space. Per our bylaws, please consider this the 3-week notice of the vote, to take place on May 21, 2023.

The proposed contract and an absentee ballot are available on our website for your review, at https://uccredlands.org/organ.

If you have questions or comments about the proposal between now and the vote please feel free to contact Mark Sternberg or Richard Steffen, the co-chairs of the committee.



Wider Ministries seeks your ideas for our church's donations to other groups

The RUCC Wider Ministries Committee will meet on May 21 to decide on RUCC WM donations for this period. This is an important way in which we represent RUCC in the world around us. If you have an idea for a worthwhile organization that would benefit from these donations, please contact either Kathie Blakley or Carol Robb before the May 21 donation meeting. Be sure and check the criteria for donations HERE. You should also include your name, name and address of the organization, and their contact information. The WM Committee will then decide if the request for funds will be granted

Munch and Muse Roundtable ~ May 16 at 11:00 a.m.

Come and join us every other Tuesday from 11-1 for discussion and support in, or in the patio area behind, Covenant Hall. This group began with a few senior friends offering support to one another during Covid - now this group has expanded to members and friends who share news and offer support in a safe discussion over a brown bag lunch. Most of us are older but we welcome the younger - our next gathering is on Tuesday May 16th at 11AM. Bring your own sack lunch and join us….

Calling all runners! 

In honor of our wonderful pastor, Jill, a few of us have decided we would like to run a marathon and raise funds for American Cancer Society. Whether you are an Ultra Runner or you have never run before, we would love for you to join us. We can decide on a specific race depending upon how much training time the majority needs. One possibility might be the Long Beach Marathon and Half Marathon on October 15, 2023. The more we can raise the better, as we hope for a future free from the pain and suffering caused by cancer. 


If you are interested in walking or running a Marathon or Half Marathon with us let Jules Rattray know by emailing jrattray_83@yahoo.com or find me after church this Sunday.  And for those of you who would love to get involved but don’t want to run, we will have opportunities for you too, don’t worry! 


So come and join us in taking on a great challenge in celebration of Jill and all she has done for us. 

HELP! The weeds are winning!

Calling all aspiring gardeners!

The weeds are winning in our community garden. Please help.

Call Gretchen Andrews if you are interested or willing to just help out a bit. 

Strengthen the Church special offering on Pentecost, May 28

The Strengthen the Church Offering reflects the shared commitment of people across the United Church of Christ to cooperatively build up the UCC. Conferences and the National setting share equally in the gifts given by members and friends through their local congregations. The funds raised support leadership development, new churches, youth ministry, and innovation in existing congregations. By your generosity to this offering, you build up the Body of Christ.

Early bird registration for Pilgrim Pines ends May 21!

Follow the link here to learn all about the wonderful programs planned this summer at Pilgrim Pines UCC Camp.

All members and regular attendees of RUCC will receive 50% off their tuition thanks to our Campership Fund. Also, if you have grandkids who don’t attend RUCC but are interested in attending camp: they will be eligible for a 25% discount on tuition.

If you are planning to register please first contact admorics@mac.com for information on how to secure your campership discount.

Get ready for fun and sunshine on the mountain!

Blood Drive scheduled for Friday, May 26

Have you ever thought about donating blood, but it just wasn't very convenient? We can't come to your home; however, we are coming to your church! The Blood Drive begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Appointments are not required but suggested to save you time. Call 1-800.879.4484 or log on to https://www.lstream.org/

And please pass this information on to family and friends! If you have any questions that are not covered in this flyer, please ask Kerry Dunn who is coordinating the event. He can be reached at (909)963-8304.

Hope to see you on Friday, May 26th!

Sacred Saturday on May 6

Sacred Saturday, a morning retreat for our souls, will be held this week from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at RUCC. Come and give your spirit whatever it needs - quietude, creativity, community, prayer, meditation, time in nature - all are welcome.

Sunday Service Altar Flowers--Ordering Update

As the pandemic has affected so many facets of our lives, we feel a need to rework and  update our Altar Flower ordering practices. Here are a few steps to be taken to secure your wishes, should you be considering the honoring of a special person or occasion. After you have selected the date that you wish, please contact me either by cell phone (951-534-3438) or by email (DEE_sparkie10@yahoo.com), at least three weeks before your chosen date. Please leave a message if I’m not available, so I can contact you in return. We will need to discuss your floral selections and the dedication wording to be printed in the View, as well as the power point slide, which is to be shown during worship. I will relay your words of dedication to both resources for printing.

Closer to your date, I will order your flowers from our contact florist, to be delivered for the Sunday service. The fee for the flowers is $80.00, which can to be paid to the church directly by either a personal check or cash in the collection plate, or electronically. This amount needs to be paid any time before your service date. Please make a note, on the memo line of your check, offering envelope or text, that these moneys are for Altar Flowers, so your payment can be credited to the right church account.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me through my contact information listed above.


Peace, empathy and openness, Dee Dee Seek

Raise Right - Gift Cards make shopping and fundraising easy

Raise Days on May 4-5 – During Raise Days, you can earn higher rebates (bonuses) on select eGift cards and reloaded gift cards. You must have an online account to participate, so this is a great time to get signed up if you aren’t already! Just a few of the hundreds of participating brands include: Panera (13%), REI (12%), Airbnb (8%), Starbucks (6.5%), Chipotle (15%), and Zappos (10%).

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 easy 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 giftcards@redlandsucc.org 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 May 15 – available for pick up May 21
  •  Order by June 5 - pick up on June 11
  • Order by July 10 - pick up on July 16

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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  • May 6 - Sacred Saturday
  • May 7 - Music Sunday
  • May 7 - Book Group will discuss Orwell's Roses. Nan Root will facilitate the discussion.
  • May 14 - Mothers' Day
  • May 21 - Special Meeting for congregational vote on final authorization of the organ project.
  • May 21 - Wider Ministries quarterly meeting with a guest speaker and consideration of donations for the quarter.
  • May 26 - Blood drive in Covenant Hall
  • May 28 - Pentecost and Strengthen the Church special offering

The church calendar for May 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, May 7 - Music Sunday

  • 9:15 a.m. - Seekers
  • 9:30 a.m. - Kids' Zone
  • 10:30 a.m. - Music Sunday Worship Service and Communion
  • 12:00 p.m. - Fellowship time
  • 12:00 p.m. - Youth Group

Monday, May 8

Tuesday, May 9

Wednesday, May 10

Thursday, May 11

Friday, May 12

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

Saturday, May 13

Sunday, May 14 - Mothers' Day Sunday

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

RUCC Staff


Senior Pastor: Rev. Dr. Jill Kirchner-Rose

Bridge Pastor: Rev. Jake Pomeroy

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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