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Thursday, February 22, 2024

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A message from our Pastor and Teacher

Second Sunday of Lent, February 25 ~ "The View From Beneath"

Darkness and light, according to Artist and pastor Nicolette Peñaranda are complimentary, not contrasting. The fear that entered Peter with the storm at sea was most likely heightened because they fished at night. Without the ability to see what was around him, Peter became vulnerable, thus causing him to reach out. The wonder of darkness exposes us and invites us to seek connection. Let´s see that in the reaching hand gently reaching for us to pull us into relationship. 

Sunday's Scripture:

Matthew 14:22-33

Wandering Heart Figuring out faith with Peter

Join us for this year's Lenten Series, "Wandering Heart: Figuring Out Faith With Peter"

We will meet on Monday evenings throughout Lent, joining together at 6 p.m. for a potluck social (sign up here to bring soup, salad, bread, or dessert) followed by our Lenten Study at 7 p.m. Come for some or all of the evening as it suits you!

The series is open to all ages and will be held on six consecutive Mondays began February 19, and continues February 26 and March 4, 11, 18, and 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Covenant Hall.

For questions contact Pastor Elaine, Andrea Morics or Jules Rattray.

Concerns / Prayers:

  • Heather Abushanab's mom, Shari Lee Beck, passed from life to Life on February 5. Heather wrote her obituary.
  • Fred Freeman is doing well following back surgery and expects to be back at work on March 4. (2/15)
  • Denise Cain is home from the hospital and is recovering at a family member's home. (2/15)
  • Christine Reese's surgery was successful and she's thankful for the prayers and support. (2/15)
  • Jolene Barrow's brother Andrew has received clearance for kidney surgery in April to remove cancer. (2/15)
  • 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

Bill Buchanan

Cousin of Rick Cruz

Janet Edwards

Norma Erickson

Mark Janz's mother, Martini

Beth Welsh's brother, Coyne ("Butch")

Steve Arth

Samantha Sanchez-French's father

Katia Hage

Mary Lou Haney

Beki Hill

Harriet Holt, Beki Hill's mother

Jenny, Sister of Jules Rattray

Amber McGuigan

Cynthia McGuigan

Pastor Elaine's nephew Michael and brother Dan

Family of Betty Jacobs

Floyd Orr

Ryan and Evan Paul

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

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

Spencer, friend of Stacey Greene

Robert Silver

Arika Torres

Rosemary Tuohy

Nancy Ternasky

Beth Welsh

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Caring for Kin February 25

The last chance to donate photo albums and scrapbooks for foster children is this coming Sunday, February 25! There was some concern that this collection is not really needed, since we all now keep most of our pictures electronically.  However, the foster child agency assures us that these albums/scrapbooks are very much needed.


“It is actually a requirement by our agency that families print out at least 3 pictures per month and add those to an album for children, so that when and if the child leaves their home they have memories of those months or years of their life.”


Many thanks to those of you who have already contributed to this project, hoping that each child will be able to have some kind of book of memories to carry along with them as a reminder of love shared.

Please continue to show your generosity as you help our foster kin along their journey.

Child reading book

Sunday School / Communion Sundays

As you may know, for several years now we have had no Sunday School classes on Communion Sundays, in order to give our kids a chance to spend a full Sunday in Worship with their whole church family - as well as to have a chance to take Communion each month. The Education Committee has been exploring new ideas for us to incorporate into our kids’ worship plans for Communion Sundays. Please reach out to us to give us your input!

In the short term: for the Communion Sundays which fall in March and April (the 3rd Sunday of Lent and the 1st Sunday of Easter), we will provide Sunday School. (Enabling us to round out our Lenten curriculum for this year.) However, the kids will return to their families in the sanctuary in time to take Communion.

Starting in May: we continue to consider what direction RUCC might take. That’s where we would love to have your input! We can “think outside the box” as we brainstorm ideas.

In summary:

  • Communion Sundays March 3 and April 7 will have Sunday School classes available during worship, with the children returning to their families in the sanctuary in time to take Communion.
  • Communion Sundays May 5 and beyond: TBD!
  • The Nursery Schedule will remain unchanged.

LGBTQIAFG meeting after church in Covenant Hall

On Sunday, February 25, the LGBTQIAF Group will meeting in Covenant Hall directly after the service. 

Red chairs are available to take for free

For practical or sentimental value...

Would you like one or more of the red chairs from Covenant Hall? Please help yourself. Free.

orange quarantine sign
Orange with sad face because of quarantine

Please remember not to transport any oranges from RUCC property, but feel free to eat them on the premises.

The Community Chorus of Redlands, Sunday, February 25 at 4:00 p.m.

This Sunday, February 25, at 4:00 p.m., the Community Chorus of Redlands, Jeffrey H. Rickard, director, will present "The Healing Power of Music," at Trinity Episcopal Church, corner of 4th and Fern in Redlands.

We're still looking for a Youth Director!

This may be only a part-time position, but it is important to our church's mission. The Youth Director plays a key role in helping our young people understand why RUCC's values and theology are important to them as they prepare to go out in the world.

......................~~ The RUCC Personnel Committee

tree in desert near pipeline

Ask California candidates for U.S. Senate to protect the California desert.

The California desert ecosystem and the desert tourism economy that depends on it are important to our region. For decades, Cadiz, Inc. has been seeking to pump water from the aquifer beneath the Mojave Desert with the goal of profiting from the sale of the water to California water districts and from charging the Metropolitan Water District to store its excess water in the aquifer, a plan whose potentially serious environmental damage has resulted in fierce opposition from environmental groups and from elected officials. (Source: Hiltzik, Michael, "California's most improbable water project rebrands itself as a crusader for environmental justice," Los Angeles Times, 1/25/24)

Especially notable among the opponents of Cadiz’s plans was the late Senator Dianne Feinstein. With the loss of her powerful advocacy for the California desert, we need to let candidates seeking to replace her know that desert protection is very important to us. The Environmental Justice Team has been conducting a postcard writing campaign to urge Senate candidates to support desert protection. This coming Sunday, we will have a table set up in Covenant Hall after church. We will have further information on desert protection and we will have post cards that you can sign to send to Senate candidates. Since Senator Padilla supported desert protection in the past, we have cards thanking him and also asking if he will continue to work to protect the desert.

 Below is the text of the postcards to be sent to major Senate candidates:

 “I live in the Inland Empire of Southern California. The desert ecosystem is very important to me and to our region. As a Senate candidate, I strongly urge you to protect our desert environment and economy. Reject the efforts by Cadiz Inc. to pump the aquifer beneath the Mojave for its own profit. The front group, Groundswell, is supporting Cadiz Inc. in this campaign. Where do you stand on this vital issue of desert protection?”

Racial Justice reflection of the week

A democracy cannot thrive where power remains unchecked and justice is reserved for a select few. Ignoring these cries and failing to respond to this movement is simply not an option — for peace cannot exist where justice is not served.”

  — John Lewis, American politician and civil rights activist.

Chapman University’s 40th Annual Founders Day - Saturday, March 9

Come hear prolific writer and acclaimed speaker Diana Butler Bass. Register at


  • February 25 - Wider Ministries Area meeting at 12:00 p.m. - Founders' Room
  • February 25 - LGBTQIAFG meeting in Covenant Hall directly after the service. 
  • February 26 - Lenten Series
  • March 2 - Sacred Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 noon
  • March 3 - Book group - Noon - Founders' Room - with Inlandia author Ellen Estilai
  • March 4 - Lenten Series
  • March 9 - Chapman University Founders Day featuring Diana Butler Bass. See article above
  • March 10 - Super Shepherd Sunday
  • March 11, 18, and 25 - Lenten Series
  • March 28 - Seder and Tenebrae

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, February 25 - Second Sunday in Lent

  • 9:20 a.m. - Seekers (Chat 9:20; Meet 9:30 a.m.) The group continures its study of The Light We Give: How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life.
  • 9:30 a.m. - Kids' Zone
  • 10:30 a.m. - Worship service
  • 11:30 a.m.- Fellowship, Covenant Hall
  • 11:30 a.m. - LGBTQIAFG meeting in Covenant Hall
  • 12:00 p.m. - Wider Ministries meeting in Founders Room

Monday, February 26

  • 6:00 p.m. Lenten Series

Tuesday, February 27

Wednesday, February 28

  • 1:30 p.m. - Mah Jongg, Micah Room
  • 6:00 p.m. - Handbells Rehearsal
  • 7:00 p.m. - Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, February 29

Friday, March 1

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

Saturday, March 2

  • Sacred Saturday

Sunday, March 3- Third Sunday in Lent

  • 9:20 a.m. - Seekers (Chat 9:20; Meet 9:30) The group continures its study of The Light We Give: How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life.
  • 9:30 a.m. - Kids' Zone
  • 10:30 a.m. - Worship service with Communion
  • 11:30 a.m.- Fellowship, Covenant Hall
  • 12:00 p.m. - Book Group - Founders' Room

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 Ministries: Vacant

Office and Property Manager: Veronica Bermudez

Child Care: Joette Orman



Phone: 909-793-3520


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