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A message from our Pastor and Teacher

November 19, 2023 - Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost ~ Thanksgiving Sunday ~ "Give Thanks"

We may not always feel blessed, but we sure are. We have been given so much in this life. We have food to nourish us, the safety of warm, dry homes, and clothing that not only protects us but helps us express our individuality. We have skills and talents for making and doing and creating things that bring us joy and that provide for life. We have science and medicine to improve all aspects of life. But above all else, we have love. Love that is strong and that never ends. Love makes all things bearable, and all things possible. Let's give thanks together for God's unending love!

Sunday's Scripture:

Luke 17:11 - 19

Concerns / Prayers:

  • Karen Walsh fell and broke her arm. She's in a lot of pain. (11/16)
  • Dina and Chuck Zamaria have had COVID. Chuck is better; Dina is still testing positive. (11/16)
  • The Beardemphl family suffered the loss of Kraig's niece passing from life to Life. (11/2)
  • Nancy Ternasky, this year's AFHS's featured artist, is experiencing serious health concerns. (11/16)
  • Jim Sommer’s recovery from knee replacement surgery has been "bumpy" but headed in the right direction. Diana is having cataract surgery Monday. (11/16)
  • Steve Arth continues in his recovery from a broken hip (11/16)
  • 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

Samantha Sanchez-French's father

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

Special Congregational Meeting to vote on replacing the church roof

The board has called a short congregational meeting on Sunday, December 3, 2023, right after worship, to vote on this motion:

The board recommends a contract to replace the roof on the church building, at a cost not to exceed $100,000.

If you will not be there in person that day please vote using an absentee ballot so we are sure to have a quorum for the meeting and vote.

Note that this proposal does not include solar panels, but does not hinder us in any way from adding panels later.

Racial Justice reflection of the week

On November 14, 1960, a court order mandating the desegregation of schools came into effect in New Orleans, Louisiana. Six-year-old Ruby Bridges walked into William Frantz Elementary School, accompanied by federal marshals and taunted by angry crowds, instantly becoming a symbol of the civil rights movement, an icon for the cause of racial equality and a target for racial animosity.


The Supreme Court ordered the end of segregated public schools in Brown vs. Board of Education just a few months before Bridges was born, but it was not until after her kindergarten year that the City of New Orleans finally assented to desegregation. African American children in New Orleans were given a test, and only those who passed were allowed to enroll in all-white public schools. Bridges passed the test and became the only one of the six eligible students to go ahead with desegregating Frantz Elementary. Her father opposed the idea at first, but Bridges’ mother convinced him that sending Ruby to Frantz was both right for their daughter and an important moment for all African Americans. Bridges entered the school along with her mother and several marshals on November 14, and images of the small child and her escorts walking calmly through crowds of rabid segregationists spread across the country. Bridges later recalled that she had initially thought the crowds were there to celebrate Mardi Gras.



From the Environmental Justice Team

The fifth edition of the National Climate Assessment, a report evaluating the impact of climate change on American life, has recently been released. For the first time the assessment draws heavily on the social sciences, including Indigenous studies, to address economic effects of climate change and the social factors driving both our contribution and our responses to climate change. Besides putting the scientific findings about climate change into the broader context of American society, this aspect of the report highlights the disproportionate damage done by climate change to marginalized communities, the elderly, and the economically disadvantaged. Climate scientist Katharine Kayhoe (an author on the report) points out that, “Climate change affects us all, but it doesn't affect us all equally,” and that the report illustrates ways “climate action can create a more resilient and just country.”


Source: Borunda, A., Sommer, L., and Hersher, R., “Climate change affects your life in 3 big ways, a new report warns,” NPR Morning Edition, aired 11/14/23:

The Alternative Christmas Faire is this weekend! November 18 & 19

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.

The Alternative Christmas Faire is this weekend! Saturday, November from 10 a.m/ to 2 and Sunday November from 12 noon to 2 p.m. With the rainy weather, we need your support more than ever. We would love to see you there.

Twelve church artists and crafters will be selling their goods, plus a bake sale run by the youth and a wonderful book sale too! What could be better?

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.

Sharing our blessings with Caring for Kin

In the month of November, we will be collecting food items for Steps4Life, which provides transitional housing to individuals and families in Redlands. Examples of items to donate include traditional holiday items (e.g., Stovetop stuffing, canned yams) as well as items such as boxed milk, canned vegetables, oil, spices, coffee, sugar, and flour. Keep up the great work, RUCC!

Responsibly Recycle Your E-Waste at RUCC!

Bring your old TVs, monitors, printers, DVD players, cameras, phones, and much more to the collection truck in the RUCC parking lot on Saturday, December 2 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.


RUCC will receive a percentage of the profits made from recycling basic materials.


For more details about acceptable items to recycle use this link: CLICK HERE

Updates from your Settled Pastor Search Committee

This week we met with Kris Bergstrom, who has been supporting us from her position as Conference Minister.  We learned about candidate profiles and what to expect in the materials people will submit.  We also talked about the process and criteria we will use to evaluate potential candidates.  The useful nuts-and-bolts focus of the meeting helped to make our work more real, as we are nearing the time when candidate profiles will be coming in!  It’s getting exciting!

Finally, if we lose track of what we’re doing, we can always be inspired by this drawing Ronan Godfrey sent the 2015 settled pastor search committee.

Committee members include: Sophia Beardemphl, Loring Fiske-Phillips, Keith Osajima (Chair), Samantha Sanchez-French, Dee Dee Seek, Diana Steele-Jones, Minori Tsukimoto, John Walsh, and Janet Wilson.


This year Wider Ministries has selected four recipients for Angel Tree donations. We’re starting Sunday, November 26. The Angel Tree may not be in the narthex by that time, but the familiar giving envelopes will be available at the Scrip table and probably in the narthex.


Place your cash or check in the envelope and using the form on the outside of the envelope, indicate which group(s) you wish to support, and the amount of your donation.You may also make your donation on Realm. December 10 is the deadline for donations.

The four recipients include:

  • Family Services - This year WM will shop with your monetary donations for a family of four: Mom, Dad, a one-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl. 
  • Village Elementary (Barb Lord’s School) is a very high poverty school. We have frequently had this group on our Angel Tree list, and Barb reports that your gifts make a significant difference to these families.
  •  Steps4Life, which provides transitional housing, is another familiar organization that certainly deserves our support to make the holidays brighter for these families.
  •  Afghan Refugee Families - We thank Cherie Rouse for bringing a group of Afghan refugees to our attention. These are people who helped U.S. Forces in opposition to the Taliban. They were forced to flee their homes, spent several years in exile, and finally were admitted to this country recently with virtually nothing. Basic necessities such as clothing and food will help them feel more secure and welcome in their new situation.

Wider Ministries hopes you will agree that these are four worthwhile candidates for the Angel Tree and urges you to be as generous as you are able. Drop your donation in the offering plate or at the scrip table.



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.

Making your holiday shopping easier, and helping RUCC at the same time!

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 20 – available for pick up Nov 26
  • 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

Seekers to start new book December 3

Seekers will finish the current book this Sunday, and then resume meeting on December 3. They will begin with reading “Man’s Search for Meaning”  by Victor Frankl. 


Do you find thoughtful conversation intellectually stimulating? Come be a part of the dialogue! We meet on a weekly basis to explore theological perspectives selected from a diverse range of scholars. We welcome your participation wherever you are on your journey. All points of view are respected. 


Nan Root: Co-Leader/Facilitator

Johanna Ballard: Co-Leader/Communications

Book Group News - Meeting December 3

The RUCC Book Group will meet on December 3, after church at noon, in the Founders' Room. The book selection is "The Art Thief" by Michael Finkel. The discussion leader is Mark Leggett.

One of the most remarkable true-crime narratives of the twenty-first century: the story of the world’s most prolific art thief, Stéphane Breitwieser. In this spellbinding portrait of obsession and flawed genius, the best-selling author of The Stranger in the Woods brings us into Breitwieser’s strange world—unlike most thieves, he never stole for money, keeping all his treasures in a single room where he could admire them.

…This is a riveting story of art, crime, love, and an insatiable hunger to possess beauty at any cost.” Amazon Review

Boxes - Free to good homes!

There are some free boxes at the church if anyone is interested. You may wish to call the office first to make sure they're still available.

RUCC Youth Group at the Living Desert

The Youth Group made excellent use of the Veterans Day Holiday by touring The Living Desert Zoo and Museum. This is such a fascinating and interesting place to visit!

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  • November 18-19 - Alternative Christmas Faire - See article above.
  • November 23-24 - Thanksgiving Holiday - OFFICE CLOSED
  • December 2 - Sacred Saturday 9 a.m. - noon
  • December 2 - Electronics Recycling
  • December 3 - First Sunday of Advent
  • December 3 - Special Congregational meeting and vote on new roof
  • December 3 - Book Group at noon in the Founders' Room
  • 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 19 - Thanksgiving Sunday

  • 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

Monday, November 20

Tuesday, November 21

Wednesday, November 22

  • Noon - Lunch Bunch with Pastor Elaine

Thursday, November 23

  • Happy Thanksgiving ~ The Church Office will be closed November 23 & 24.

Friday, November 24

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

Saturday, November 25

Sunday, November 26

  • 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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