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This Sunday, November 12, is Animal Blessing Sunday

This Sunday, we'll move our worship service to the back patio for the annual blessing of the animals. Please make sure your pet is leashed, in a carrier or otherwise secured. You may also bring a photo or stuffed animal surrogate for your animal companion.

A message from our Pastor and Teacher

November 12, 2023 - Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost and Animal Blessing Sunday

"Bless the Beasts"

This week we invite you all to bring your beloved pets and animal companions to a special outdoor worship service where we will sing and pray and bless each fuzzy or scaly or feathered friend, giving thanks for all they give us. There will be treats for animals and humans after worship!

Sunday's Scripture:

Matthew 6:25-33


  • Prayers for Dina and Chuck Zamaria who got quite a bad case of COVID on vacation. (11/2)
  • Prayers for The Beardemphl family. Kraig's niece passed from life to Life. (11/2)
  • Prayers for the family and friends of John Melcher, Mary Melcher’s brother-in-law who has passed from life to Life. (11/2)
  • Prayers for Nancy Wallace Ternasky, this year's Art, for Heaven's Sake featured artist, who is experiencing serious health concerns. (10/26)
  • Prayers for Jim Sommer’s recovery from knee replacement surgery. (10/12)
  • Johanna Ballard requests prayers for her sister Cathy and her good friend Bette. (9/7)
  • Samantha Sanchez-French requests prayers for her father, Eric, regarding some not-so-good news about his health. (8/27)
  • Steve Arth is recovering from a broken hip (11/12)
  • We continue to hold in our prayers the people of Ukraine and the Middle East

Ongoing Concerns:

Karen & Daniella

Jerry Andrews

Scott Ault

Dave, brother of Johanna Ballard

Cousin of Rick Cruz

Norma Erickson

Katia Hage

Dick Ault's brother-in-law, Charles Proctor

Janet Edwards

Mary Lou Haney

Beki Hill

Harriet Holt, Beki Hill's mother

Jenny, Sister of Jules Rattray

Amber McGuigan

Bill Buchanan

Pastor Elaine's nephew Michael and brother Dan

Carla Becerril

Floyd Orr

Ryan and Evan Paul

Rev. Dr. Rebecca Voelkel, Maggie George and Maggie's siblings

Spencer, friend of Stacey Greene

Robert Silver

Arika Torres

Rosemary Tuohy

Cynthia McGuigam

Racial Justice reflection of the week

When Lamotte Johns answered his door, he encountered a dozen Wilmington police officers and Delaware probation officers. They were looking for his former roommate, Javonte Waters, just as they had done three months earlier. Once again, Johns informed the officers that Waters had moved out more than two years earlier. But instead of leaving, Johns says one officer stuck his foot in the door, forced it open, and the officers barged inside. Then they searched Johns’ entire house, without success.


The fact that Waters was not inside should not have been a surprise to the officer who led the fruitless search. That’s because he knew city cops had arrested Waters that same day, and he was in their custody. The allegedly unauthorized search at Johns’ home is one of a series of allegations in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of the NAACP. The suit accuses Wilmington police of systematically conducting unconstitutional and illegal searches of people, homes, and vehicles, as well as illegal traffic stops and arrests, almost entirely on Black residents, many of whom are on probation.



From the Environmental Justice Team

“When native plants are compared to non-native plants for landscaping in the Redlands area, native plants score much higher. They use significantly less water (thus helping reduce one’s water bills), they attract pollinators, they smell wonderful, and they look as or even more stunning than the Orange County-style landscaping plants. (Sherli Leonard, “Native plants use less water, attract pollinators and smell great,” Redlands Community News, 11/3/23)

Interested in getting a few native plants for your garden? Check out the native plant sale at Gateway Ranch (31313 Live Oak Canyon Road, Redlands, CA) this coming Saturday, November 11, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Important RUCC Children's Education Online Town Hall Meeting this coming Monday, November 13 at 7 p.m.

Calling all parents, grandparents, guardians, caregivers, and anyone who has an interest in Children’s Education at RUCC! We need to hear from you! Please join us for a Town Hall meeting this Monday, November 13, at 7:00 p.m. (online meeting: link is provided below.)

At this meeting, we want to hear your thoughts and ideas. Of what we are currently doing, what things are you happiest with, and what needs improvement? Also, do you have any contributions you would like to offer to us— any ideas for an instructional session or two you would like to lead with the kids? A craft you would like to provide and instruct?

Also, at this meeting we will fill you in on all our exciting upcoming plans.

Please use this link to attend the meeting next Monday.



Save the date and your treasures. We'll be collecting them the week before the sale.

Questions? Want to be on the committee? See Pam Dunn, Kathie Blakley, or Claudia Tolar.


Faire Hours: Saturday, November 18, 

Set-up 8 a.m., Faire 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..

Sunday, November 19,  Faire 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

We need your help with our book sale table. Please donate books related to topics including health and wellness, mental health, self-care, spirituality, social justice topics, diversity/equity/inclusion, environmental issues such as climate change, etc. We really would appreciate kids books too. The donation box is in Covenant Hall. Questions? Contact Ginny Cruz 720-308-7835.


The Youth Group is leading the Bake Sale at the Alternative Christmas Faire! All proceeds will go to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund. We will need volunteer bakers to help us!

Please get out your cookbooks and your baking pans to help us with this fun event.

Please contact Andrea Morics ([email protected]) if you’re willing to contribute baked goods and for which day.

Raise Days (Nov 16-17) – take advantage of 100+ bonuses on eGift cards and reloaded gift cards for a limited time on November 16-17 only. Bonuses apply exclusively to eGift cards and reloaded gift cards. You need an online account to participate. If you don’t have a RaiseRight account yet, follow these easy steps and contact Jennifer and Pam at [email protected] for the RUCC enrollment code.


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 [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.


Upcoming order dates for physical gift cards:

  • Order by Nov 13 – available for pick up Nov 19
  • Order by Nov 27 – available for pick up Dec 3
  • Order by Dec 4 – available for pick up Dec 10
  • Order by Dec 11 – available for pick up Dec 17

Mentone UCC plans gospel concert November 11

November 11, at 5 p.m. is the date set for Mentone UCC's Gospel Concert "Make a Joyful Noise."

The church is located at 1205 Beryl Ave., Mentone, CA 92359.

After a two-year absence, RAIC is returning to the concept of a community choir for our annual Thanksgiving service. The organist will be Jeffrey Rickard, Minister of Music at Trinity. Tina Skousen (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) will be the guest director.

Anthems chosen this year are Handel’s Thanks Be to Thee and Rutter’s For the Beauty of the Earth.  







NOVEMBER 12, 2023

4:00 p.m

Trinity Episcopal,

419 S. Fourth Street

Redlands, CA 92373

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  • November 11 - Mentone UCC Gospel Concert
  • November 12 - Animal Blessing Sunday
  • November 12 - Wider Ministries quarterly meeting
  • November 12 - Annual Community Thanksgiving service at Trinity Episcopal Church
  • November 18-19 - Alternative Christmas Faire - See article above.
  • December 10 - The Youth Group's Annual Christmas Pageant - Contact Andrea Morics for more information. There are parts for children and youth of all ages
  • February 10, 2024 - RUCC Rummage Sale

The church calendar is found at

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

This Week at Redlands United Church of Christ

Sunday, November 12 - Animal Blessing Sunday

  • 9:15 a.m. - Seekers
  • 9:30 a.m. - Kids' Zone
  • 10:30 a.m. - Worship Service (no Sunday School)
  • 11:30 p.m.- Fellowship time
  • 12:00 p.m.- Wider Ministries Meeting
  • 4:00 p.m. Community Thanksgiving Service at Trinity Episcopal

Monday, November 13

Tuesday, November 14

  • 7:00 p.m. - Board Meeting

Wednesday, November 15

  • Noon - Lunch Bunch with Pastor Elaine

Thursday, November 16

Friday, November 17

  • 7:00 p.m. Closed women's AA meeting

Saturday, November 18

  • Eastern Association Meeting
  • Alternative Christmas Faire

Sunday, November 19 -

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

RUCC Staff

Interim Pastor: Rev. Elaine Schoepf

Honorary Minister of Arts and Worship:  Rev. Erin Beardemphl

Music Director: David Wells

Associate Music Director: 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



Phone: 909-793-3520


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