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Thursday, July 20, 2023

Summer Series continues, Saturday, July 29, at 10a.m.

We will start with Potluck Brunch and Games before we work together to Widen our Welcome.

Bring your favorite Brunch dish if you can and come join us as we explore Welcoming All Genders at Redlands UCC.  This is an event for all ages; we look forward to sharing our morning with you!

You can help minimize clean-up by bringing your own dishes, cups, and cutlery.

A message from our Pastor and Teacher

Sunday, July 30 ~ "Hidden Things in the Kindom of God"

What do small seeds, a little leavening in a mass of flour, a hidden treasure found unexpectedly, a merchant who finds a fabulous pearl, or a fishing net thrown into the lake have in common with the kindom of God? 

Unexpected outcomes, for sure! And a whole lot more! 

Sunday's Scripture

Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52

The Message Version 

July 30 - Ninth Sunday after Pentecost



  • Prayers for the family, the members of this Congregation, and friends of Rev. Jill Kirchner Rose, who passed from life to Life on June 30. We especially ask for God’s comforting presence and grace for Karen and Daniella. (7/1)
  • Prayers for Pastor Elaine as she joins us as our Pastor. (7/13)
  • Steve Arth is in Redlands Community Hospital following surgery on his foot. He said he would appreciate some prayers, and sends his love to all. He requests no cards or visitors at the moment. (7/23)
  • Lori Michaels asks for prayers that she gets the surgeons of her choice for several upcoming surgeries, and she also asks for prayers for her father who is bedridden and in failing health. (7/13)
  • Connie Mitchell asks for prayers for her uncle Chris Inglish who has serious health issues. (7/1)
  • Val McGlasson asks for prayers for her sister who successfully had a malignant mass removed from her neck. (7/1)
  • Prayers for Connie Mitchell who is scheduled for neck surgery in July. (7/1)
  • Dick Ault asks for prayers for the friends and family of his niece who passed from life to Life recently, and for his brother-in-law who is facing serious health concerns. (6/29)
  • Cherie asks for prayers for her friend who has a serious leg infection and is awaiting positive news from the doctors. (6/29)
  • Prayers for Georgia Sforza who is recovering from knee replacement surgery. (6/25)
  • Patty Little asks for prayers for the family and friends of Christopher Brannon who passed from life to Life unexpectedly. (6/25)
  • Prayers for the family and friends of Hank Kirchner, Pastor Jill's brother, who passed from life to Life. The family is grateful for all who included Hank in their prayers through each stage of his illnesses. (6/18)
  • Savannah and Kat Ceballos request prayers for their move to Oregon as Savannah starts her law school journey at the University of Oregon. (6/18)
  • Jayne Miller asks for prayers for her mother, Mary B. Rose, that her time in hospice allows a peaceful transition. (6/18)
  • Sondra Hodson asks for prayers for Ken Weaver, the “birdhouse guy” from AFHS, who is experiencing serious health issues. (6/8)
  • Prayers for Carole Beswick as she recovers from knee surgery. (6/4)
  • Beth Welsh asks for prayers for her sister Diane and family; Diane's husband Glenn passed from life to Life very unexpectedly. (5/11)
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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

Mary Lou Haney

Beki Hill

Jody Hoelle

Harriet Holt, Beki Hill's mother

Jenny, Sister of Jules Rattray

Amber McGuigan

Floyd Orr

Ryan and Evan Paul

Jim Sommer

Spencer, friend of Stacey Greene

Robert Silver

Arika Torres

Rosemary Tuohy

Reflection of the week from the Racial Justice Team

“Racism is so universal in this country, so widespread, and deep-seated, that it is invisible because it is so normal.”


 - Shirley Chisholm, American politician, first black woman to be elected to the United States Congress in 1968

From the Environmental Justice Team

As part of the research the Institute for Economics & Peace ( https://www.economicsandpeace.org/ ) has undertaken to help the world achieve peace, the institute issued the third edition of its Ecological Threat Report.  (https://www.economicsandpeace.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/ETR-2022-Web-1.pdf ) 

The final paragraph of the executive summary states, “Ecological threats will continue to create humanitarian emergencies, increase conflict and result in forced migration, unless there is a sustained effort to reverse the current trend. Ecological threats are becoming more pronounced and affect more people than ever. Building resilience to these threats will increasingly become more important and will require substantial investment now and into the future.” To read about how the effects of ecological stress contribute to migration, see this report by National Public Radio: “Uprooted: How climate change is reshaping migration from Honduras,


Congregation-wide Survey

The Church Profile Committee has compiled a brief survey to gather information to write a well-informed church profile. We want to make sure to represent the voices of everyone at RUCC, so we would love a response from each and every one of you! This survey will take only..5-10 minutes of your time. Please access the survey at this link and feel free to contact Chuck Zamaria, Diana Steele, Dan Wacks, or Paul Welsh with any questions or for technical assistance.

Help us Promote Art, for Heaven’s Sake! Fine Arts Festival

Art, for Heaven’s Sake! is switching to electronic postcards and we need your help. Please help us reach more people by getting your friends and colleagues to sign up for our electronic mailing list. We plan to send out electronic postcards a couple of weeks before the show. If you make it your goal to get 10 or more to sign up it would be a great help. You can use the QR code here or pick up a QR sticker in the gathering area at church. People can also email artforheavensake@gmail.com and ask to be put on the list. All we need is a name and an email address

A great way to spend a Friday evening! It's not too late to volunteer

RUCC has been asked to guest usher on July 28 at the Friday night show of Hello Dolly! at the Redlands Bowl. The duties are easy, and consist mostly of passing the red bowls for the freewill offering at intermission--definitely something that church folk know how to do!

Contact Paul Hodson for details.

Do you have a record player and like classical music?

While there has been some response to Helga Vroom's kind offer to re-home hundreds of classical records, she still has a lot left. If you're a classical music fan and still have a record player or turntable, please take advantage of this incredibly generous offer.

Please call Helga at 909-280-9701.

LGBTQIAFG hosts movie night Saturday, July 29, at 7:30 p.m.

"For the Bible Tells Me So" will be the Saturday night feature when LGBTQIAFG hosts a movie night on July 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Covenant Hall. There will be free popcorn, snacks and drinks.

Questions? Contact Sam or Sarah (909) 492-2367 / (909) 233-2834

Nominations needed now for the Settled Pastor Search Committee

Our bylaws have instructions for calling a settled pastor, which start with the formation of a pastoral search committee. That committee is designated as having nine members, proposed by the church board, and formally elected by the congregation.

 If you feel that someone would make a good member of the committee, please nominate them for the board to consider. Here are some of the key things we'll be looking for in the committee:

  • Adequate time to commit
  • Diverse perspectives
  • Deep knowledge of RUCC and Redlands
  • Confidentiality


To nominate someone, please speak with them first to confirm their willingness to be nominated, then use this form to provide your suggestion to the board by July 31. The board will assemble a proposed committee in August, for a congregational vote at a special meeting on September 10.


Finally, a note about this role and Pastor Elaine, who started with us on July 16 in a Designated Term Interim assignment, for a one-year period. Unlike an Intentional Interim assignment, the Designated Term designation allows Elaine to be a candidate for the settled pastor role if she wishes.

Caring for Kin continues with Women of Faith - School Supplies Needed

Women of Faith, a local organization that assists refugee and immigrant families in resettling, needs school supplies for the children, especiallycollege-ruled notebooks and loose-leaf paper, watercolor markers, pink erasers, highlighters, and small pencil sharpeners.

In addition, Women of Faith are always collecting new and gently used household supplies. While we won't have room on our Caring for Kin cart for such items, if you have things from the attached list that you'd like to donate, please contact Jean Arnott at jeanarnott@gmail.com to learn how you can donate household supplies.

"The Lunch Bunch" update

The Lunch Bunch has been taking a break. We will return on Wednesday, August 9 at noon, and Pastor Elaine will be joining us. Hopefully many of you will join us and help her to get to know you while you will get the opportunity to know her in this informal setting.

Another chance to get a We’re All In! T-shirt!

By popular demand, we will place another group order for We’re All In T-shirts on August 1. T-shirts are $25 each, and can be ordered in any color and size you want - options are viewable at  https://www.ssactivewear.com/p/gildan/2000 for unisex, or

https://www.ssactivewear.com/p/gildan/2000l for ladies’ sizes. If you want to match the colors of previous orders, choose Military Green or Vegas Gold.

When you're ready to order send an email to office@redlandsucc.org with the color and size(s) you want, then process payment through Realm.

Book Group news

The RUCC Book Group will meet on Sunday, August 6, 2023 in the Founders Room, off of Covenant Hall, at noon.  The discussion book is All That She Carried by Tiya Miles, and Susan Matthews will facilitate the discussion. Everyone is welcome (even if you haven’t finished the book)! 

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER AND NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLER: A renowned historian traces the life of a single object handed down through three generations of Black women to craft a “deeply layered and insightful” (The Washington Post) testament to people who are left out of the archives…”All That She Carried” is a poignant story of resilience and love passed down against steep odds. It honors the creativity and resourcefulness of people who preserved family ties when official systems refused to do so, and it serves as a visionary illustration of how to reconstruct and recount their stories today. (Amazon review)

Wider Ministries Area Update

The next quarterly meeting of the Wider Ministries Area will be July 30 at 12 p.m. in the Founders' room. The agenda will include brief progress reports on projects already begun, discussion and voting on financial allocations to local organizations, and brainstorming and discussion of future plans and projects.

Whether or not you signed up to be a member of Wider Ministries, you are welcome at this meeting. If you have a suggestion of a community non-profit organization that would be a worthy recipient of a donation from RUCC, use the attached recommendation form to bring this group to our attention. CLICK HERE to download the form. Please return it to the Area Co-Chairs, Kathie Blakley and Carol Robb, as quickly as possible. (Kathie@redlandsucc.org and Carol@redlandsucc.org)

What happened at the UCC's General Synod? Read all about it here!

Did you miss last week's link to all the news stories from the recent UCC General Synod? Its not too late to find out what happened. Read the full coverage — all news stories together in one place — of General Synod 34 here.

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  • July 29 - Summer Series - 10 a.m. to noon.
  • July 29 - LBGTQIAFG Movie Night 7:30 p.m. "For the Bible Tells Me So"
  • July 30 - Last meeting of Seekers until September 10.
  • July 30 - Quarterly Meeting of Wider Ministries - 12 p.m.
  • August 5 - Concluding session of the Summer Series - 10 a.m. to noon.
  • August 19 - Celebration of Life for Rev. Dr. Jill Kirchner-Rose - 10 a.m.

The church calendars for July and August are 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, July 30

  • 9:15 a.m. - Seekers - This will be the last meeting of Seekers until September 10.
  • 9:30 a.m. - Kids' Zone
  • 10:30 a.m. - Worship Service
  • 11:30 a.m. - Fellowship time
  • 12:00 p.m. Wider Ministries Quarterly Meeting

Monday, July 31

Tuesday, August 1

Wednesday, August 2

  • Note - "The Lunch Bunch" is on hiatus until August 9

Thursday, August 3

Friday, August 4

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

Saturday, August 5

  • Summer Series brunch continues - 10 a.m. to noon. See article above

Sunday, August 6

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

RUCC Staff

Interim Pastor: Rev. Elaine Schoepf

Honorary Minister of Arts and Worship:  Rev. Erin Beardemphl

Music Director: Jim Tong

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


Website:  www.redlandsucc.org

Phone: (909) 793-3520


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