Our Mission:  "We are an inclusive Open and Affirming faith community reaching out with love, compassion, and justice. "
March 5, 2020
Spring Forward!  Daylight Savings Time Begins Sunday, March 8
Set your clocks ahead one hour when you go to bed
Saturday night.  Otherwise you risk missing the dedication of the new mosaic!
A Message from our Pastor and Teacher
Sunday, March 8 ~: "Interview with the Mosaic Artist"    with Tom Medlicott
The day has arrived! We will dedicate the mosaic on Mosaic Building following the service. Pastor Jill will interview the artist, Tom Medlicott, during worship service. Why a mosaic? Why is the mosaic designed in the shape of a tree with streams of living water? How were the specific colors chosen? Does the mosaic offer a message to the church and those beyond its walls? What does the Psalmist mean when he declares, "Happy is the person who is planted by streams of water?" Come to worship and hear the artist speak about his creative journey in the production of RUCC's new stunning mosaic.

Following the Time of Reflection, please move to Mosaic Hall for the dedication of the mosaic.

Note: The children are invited  to the front of the church for the Children's Circle. During the circle, your child is welcome to join the  others or stay with you. After the chat, children in grades  K - 5  are invited to Sunday School located  next to the nursery. Those in grades  6-12  are invited to attend  Youth Sunday School in Mosaic Hall.
Sunday's Scriptures
Psalm 1: 1 - 3
Leaders and Music for Sunday, March 8
Worship Leader:  Lisa Dewey
Children's Circle:  Jim Tong

Prelude:   How Great Thou Art       arr. by Eric Carlson                                           Sophia Ohanian
Opening Hymn :   Simple Gifts
Anthem:     Within These Walls    by Pepper Choplin                                              Covenant Choir  
Scripture Hymn:  No. 562   Take My Gifts 
Offertory:    Letting Go from "Mosaics"        by Isaac Shepard                                 Sophia Ohanian
Closing Hymn: No: 588   Let Justice Flow Like Streams                
Time of Reflection: The Gift    by Danette C. Whelan                                            Sophia Ohanian                                                                                                        

  • Prayers for Joel, brother-in-law of Mary Lou Haney, who is having eye surgery.
  • Prayers for the mother of Beki Hill who is recovering from a fall.
  • Prayers for Margaret Barnett who is recovering from an infection.
  • Michele Cuniglio, Rosemary Tuohy's nephew who is in Milan right now, hoping to get home to Southern Italy. (2/26)
  • Prayers for Emily Jones, student of Rosemary Tuohy, health issues (2/19)
  • Prayers for Ken Rose, brother of Larry, who is recovering from back surgery. (2/25)
  • Prayers for the son of Donna Herbig, Kent, who is living with cancer.
  • Prayers for Susan Haugh who is recovering from knee replacement surgery. (2/11)
Joseph Alfono Beki Hill Kristen Farmer Przeslica
Gretchen Andrews and her family Herb Horstmann, Carole Beswick's brother Mother of Kayla Peetz
Rick  Andrews Ken Hunt, Wemdu Hunt's father Rick Peetz
Bette Bass, friend of Carole Beswick Mark Alan Johnson, friend of Nancy Hotaling Steve, brother of Julie Phillip
Carla Becerril Kim Johnson, friend of Gretchen Andrews Peter Roehling, Sondra Hodson's husband
Teri, Carla Becerril's cousin Jenny, Sister of Jules Rattray Nancy Rojas
Lauren Beck, relative of Heather Abushanab Diane King, Heather King's sister-in-law Doris Stockton, Kathi Roth's Grandmother
Karen Bell Jerry & Karen, friends of Colleen Kintner Maggie Tibbetts, Beth Walsh's mother
Les Budai Linda, Carla Becerril's stepmother Arika Torres
Lee Breslin, brother of Mary Breslin Ann Long Eber, brother of Lara Urrutia
Laurence Diggs, Inez Diggs brother-in-law Jane Macrorie Vasquez Family
Eleanor Doyle, requested by Judith Turian Deanna McCulough, former foster daughter of Chris and Fred Nicoloff Charlie Wheeler
Ronan Godfrey Amber McGuigan Richard, Janet Wilson's uncle
Emma Grimauld Bill McIntyre Jaime Zitrone, Rosemary Tuohy's student
Jerry Greenfield Amy McQuillan, Friend of Gretchen Andrews
Katia Hage Athena, grandmother of Jane Macrorie's friend
Every 3 weeks recent prayer recent prayer requests will move to the ongoing prayer list unless otherwise requested.  Please keep the office informed of new prayer concerns and/or when someone may be removed.
(office@uccredlands.org - please put "Prayer Request" in the subject line.)

Reflection of the Week from the Racial Justice Team
"To each and every one of you, especially you young people ... Go out there, speak up, speak out. Get in the way. Get in good trouble. Necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America."

- Rep. John Lewis of Georgia at the 2020 "Bloody Sunday" commemorative march in Selma, Alabama

Environmental Justice:
On an individual level, sometimes it can be difficult to know how to make a change, and what to do to better impact the world. But setting new goals for 2020 could help change your habits and live  more sustainably where possible.

Make Do & Mend
In the US, the average lifetime for clothing is an estimated 2.2 years. Why not make a pledge to fix all your slightly worn clothes? You don't have to throw out your favorite holey shoes, take them to a cobbler, or see if your local dry-cleaners offers repairs or alterations for worn, damaged or ill-fitting clothes.

PARENTS! ALERT! Friday the 13th is your lucky day!  It's KIDS' NIGHT OUT!
Drop your kids off at Covenant Hall at 6 pm for dinner, games, and fun. You're free to do...whatever it is adults do. Also, no babysitter to pay or take home!

Pick them up by 9 so they don't turn into pumpkins. We guarantee to return them tired! 
                         MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!

RUCC Youth Corner
  • Saturday, March 7th: Volunteering at Family Services, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Please meet at Family Services Association of Redlands at 9 a.m. (612 Lawton St.). We will tour the facility and then work in the distribution center. Please wear closed-toe shoes. 
  • Sunday, March 22nd: Sledding at Snow Play in Big Bear, noon - 5:30 p.m. The cost of this event is $15 per person. We want everyone to attend; if you need financial assistance, please let Pastor Jill know.
Click here to see the schedule of activities through April 25

Shopping with Scrip - you win, and RUCC wins!
Below is the upcoming Scrip Schedule for physical cards -- eScrip and Reloads can be purchased online at any time.

Order in person by:
Order online by:
Pick up at church on this date:
Sunday, March 15 Monday, March 16 Sunday, March 22
*Sunday, March 22 *Monday, March 23 *Sunday, March 29
Sunday, April 5
Monday, April 6
Sunday, April 
Sunday, April 19
Monday, April 20 Sunday, April 26
* Extra delivery this month, only if there are enough orders.

American Red Cross Charity Choice   Give the gift that helps hard-hit communities.  You can purchase scrip for American Red Cross Charity Choice.  The recipient gets to designate which services to support (disaster relief, lifesaving blood, supporting American's military families, health & safety, international services, or whatever is needed most).  And 10% goes back to RUCC.  A 10% administrative fee also goes to the non-profit, Special Kids Fund, which supports disabled kids and includes a wheelchair van assistance program.  It's a win-win-win. 
Side note: Through Charity Choice, you can also donate gift cards (any you aren't using or leftover amounts) as a tax deductible donation.  You select the charities to benefit.  Learn more here about which merchants and charities participate:  https://www.charitygiftcertificates.org/GCE/ 

Current Bonuses  The following retailers have higher rebates than normal.  Purchase scrip by the indicated date, use the scrip whenever you want (no expiration).  Take advantage and buy scrip today!
  • Through 3/6 - Guitar Center (6%), Royal Caribbean (15%), Albertsons/Vons/Safeway (5%), SuperValu (5%)
  • Through 3/13 - Bed Bath & Beyond (8%), buybuy BABY (8%), Cost Plus World Market (8%), Harmon Face Values (8%), Journeys (12.75%), One Kings Lane (8%), Outback (10%)
  • Through 4/24 - Burlington (9.75%)

Learn more tips in the RUCC Scrip Newsletters! 
You can learn more about RUCC's scrip program here:
Jennifer Brainerd or Pam Dunn will be available during fellowship hour on Sunday to answer questions, distribute purchased scrip, help people enroll in the program, and take orders.  Contact Jennifer at  scrip@uccredlands.org  with questions and to get a scrip enrollment code.

Lenten Series 2020  - Examines Prayer Practices Wednesdays, continues Wednesday, March 11
This year, we will be exploring ways to connect to the divine through a variety of prayer practices.  Join us Wednesday evenings during the Lenten season for this intergenerational exploration of spiritual practices.  All ages and abilities welcome! Potluck dinner of soup and bread from 6 - 6:45 p.m..  Program from 6:45 - 7:30 p.m..  Be on the lookout for a sign up sheet for food, set up, and clean up.  As always, please consider bringing your own utensils and bowls.
March 11 - Pastor Jill and Barbie Fiske-Phillips teach Lectio Divina and Visio Divina.
March 18 - Marcus Miller holds an African Drum Circle.
March 25 - Jessica Lea Morgan explores mandala coloring and meditation.
April 1 - Fran Grace invites us to participate in Dances of Universal Peace.

Social Justice Film Series begins Friday, March 6
The RUCC's Social Justice Shepherd Group is hosting a free film series. All films begin at 7:00 p.m. on the first Friday of the month, March through July. Light refreshments-popcorn, coffee, water, and cookies will be served. Please bring your own travel mug or re-usable water bottle to help us minimize the use of disposables. Thank you.

Chapman University Founders Day, Saturday, March 14
Chapman University will hold its 37th Annual Founders Day, March 14, 2020.  We are pleased to bring to campus the Rev. Dr. William Barber II. Barber, hailed by many to be this generation's Martin Luther King, Jr. Barber will be both the morning teacher and the afternoon preacher. Barber, relying on both scripture and the guarantees of the Constitution of the United States, will help us make the connections of head and heart about issues of poverty and systemic racism as well as other social justice issues that need Christian moral influence in our day. The afternoon worship will also feature Disciples on Campus students and the excellent Chapman University Singers.

Thank you!  Thank you!
This year's RUCC Rummage Sale was a huge success!  Thanks to all your generous donations and our church and community buyers we made $1780!  This money will go to the RUCC Campership Fund, Family Services, Steps 4 Life, and Angel's Closet.  

All our hard-working volunteers had a fun time allowing others to recycle/reuse/repurpose treasures that will benefit our church and community.  We are already planning for next year!!!  See you then. 
A Baby Shower for Matteo - Sunday, March 15
W e welcome into the life of the church our youngest family member, Matteo Hyde. Matteo was born to parents, Alex and Selina, on Dec. 19th, 2019. Matteo spent five weeks in the NICU and RUCC prayed for him. He is now doing well! It is time for the congregation to welcome and celebrate the birth of our newest baby. There will be a Baby Shower for Matteo in Covenant Hall on Sunday, March 15th following worship. If you would like to bring a gift, please see the baby registry list at:

Congratulations, Alex and Selina!

A work day in the garden and grounds - Saturday, March 21
gardening-bucket.jpg The Grounds Committee has scheduled a work day for March 21, from 8 to noon, for maintenance work. The skill level is: everybody. We hope you will put it on your calendar and join us for all or part of the morning. No gardening skills required. Coffee, donuts and camaraderie!

Pizza With the Pastor, Sunday, March 29
If you are interested in becoming a member or wish to learn more about RUCC, you are invited to attend "Pizza with the Pastor" at noon on March 29 in the Founders' Room . If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jill at pastorrucc@outlook.com or 909-793-3520.

Silent Retreat, May 29 - 31, in Malibu
A silent retreat is scheduled for May 29th - 31st at the beautiful, serene Serra Retreat Center in Malibu. The cost of the retreat is $280 (includes housing and meals). Scholarships are available. If you are interested in attending, please contact Pastor Jill.

Upcoming dates to remember
Mar 5 ~ Prayer Polygon
Mar 6 ~ Social Justice Film Series -- "A Plastic Ocean"
Mar 8 ~ Daylight Savings Time Begins! -- Spring Forward Saturday night!
Mar 10 ~ Stewards
Mar 11, 18 and 25 and Apr 1 ~ Lenten Soup Study (see article above)
Mar 14 ~ Chapman University Founders Day
Mar 15 ~ Baby Shower for Matteo
Mar 17 ~ Board
Mar 21 ~ Grounds Cleanup
Mar 22 ~ Youth Group Sledding at Snow Play in Big Bear
Mar 27 ~ Univ. of Redlands - African Drum Circle
May 29 ~ Silent Retreat in Malibu

This Week at RUCC
Sunday, Marc h 8

8:00 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
Contemplative Service
Kids' Zone 
Worship Service
Dedication of the Mosaic
Personnel Committee
Indonesian Church Setup & Church Service


Outside Mosaic Hall
Monday, March 9

Tuesday, March 10

3:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Preciosa Strings Practice
Tai Chi
Covenant Hall
Founders' room
Wednesday, March 11
6:00 p.m.
Lenten Soup Study
Covenant Hall
Thursday, March 12
5:00 p.m.
5:45 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Staff Meeting
Celebration Ringers
Covenant Choir

Friday, March 13
10:30 a.m.

Saturday March 14
6:00 p.m.
Indonesian Church 
Sunday, March 15
8:00 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m..
10:30 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
Contemplative Service
Kids' Zone
Sunday School for Children & Youth
Baby Shower - Matteo Hyde
In donesian Church Setup & Church Service


S anctuary
RUCC Staff
Senior Pastor:  Rev. Dr. Jill Kirchner-Rose
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: Leah Lane
Caretaker:  Jay Grayson
Website:  www.uccredlands.org
Phone: (909) 793-3520
Staff  and Other Emails
pastor@uccredlands.org                    office@uccredlands.org
                musicdirector@uccredlands.org           youth@uccredlands.org               
  childrenseducation@uccredlands.org      weddings@uccredlands.org

Redlands United Church of Christ
168 Bellevue Avenue
Redlands, California 92373