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Thursday, June 15, 2023

Sunday's "mystery dad" is Loring Fiske-Phillips

Sunday, June 18 ~ Third Sunday after Pentecost and Fathers' Day and celebration of Juneteenth ~ "Beyond our Imagination: The Infinite Mystery of God"

Like Moses standing before the burning bush, we also yearn to understand the nature of the God who calls us. Moses asks for God's name and gets something quite different than James Earl Jones rumbling “I am your father.” Instead, he gets an enigmatic response, "I AM WHO I AM." How’s that for an invitation into deeper contemplation?! This Divine name points to both the “bigger than we can possibly imagine” nature of God and reminds us that God cannot be easily defined. It invites us into a lifelong journey of discovery and relationship.

Sunday's Scripture

Exodus 3:11-14

June 18 - Third Sunday after Pentecost, Fathers' Day and celebration of Juneteenth




  • Prayers for Jill, Karen, and Daniella.
  • Prayers for Pastor Elaine as she concludes her work in Missouri and packs to move to Redlands in July. (6/4)
  • Prayers for the family and friends of Hank Kirchner, Pastor Jill's brother, who passed from life to Life this week. 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 Lori Michaels for upcoming back surgery. (6/4)
  • Prayers for Stephen Arth as he recovers from successful Mohs surgery. (6/4)
  • Traveling mercies for Carole Beswick as she drives to Vail for knee surgery and recovery with friends there. (6/4)
  • Jennie Haney asks for prayers for her mother Mary Lou, is now home from the hospital!
  • Prayers for Charlie Seek who is home from the hospital after being treated for a recurring infection. (5/28)
  • Eliza Ames askes for prayers for her sister Diane and family; Diane's husband Glenn passed from life to Life very unexpectedly. (5/11)
  • Prayers for Connie Mitchell as she copes with a foot injury as well as a painfully pinched nerve that caused shoulder and arm pain. (5/28)
  • Prayers for Cid Breyer who is recuperating at home from 3 fractured vertebrae. Please call or text before visiting. (5/4)
  • 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)
  • Prayers for Sarah Breslaw and her family; her father is now in hospice care. (3/9)
  • Ongoing prayers for Ian Naftzger undergoing cancer treatment.
  • 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

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

Share the Joy of Jill

During this time of transition, let us come together as a community to lift up Jill’s ministry and impact. We invite you to share your favorite memories, stories, and examples of how Jill has positively influenced your life and the lives of others. You can share pictures, videos, GIFs, or just put plain text. 

Here is the website created as a virtual scrapbook: uccredlands.org/jill

Reflection of the week from the Racial Justice Team

When Richard and Mildred Loving awoke in the middle of the night a few weeks after their June 1958 wedding, it wasn’t normal newlywed ardor. There were police with flashlights in their bedroom. They’d come to arrest the couple.


"They asked Richard who was that woman he was sleeping with? I say, I'm his wife, and the sheriff said, not here you're not. And they said, come on, let's go,” Mildred Loving recalled that night in the HBO documentary The Loving Story.


The Lovings had committed what Virginia called unlawful cohabitation. Their marriage was deemed illegal because Mildred was Black and Native American; and Richard was white. Their case went all the way to the Supreme Court. And on June 12, 1967, the couple won.


Now, each year on June 12, "Loving Day" celebrates the historic ruling in Loving v. Virginia, which declared unconstitutional a Virginia law prohibiting mixed-race marriage — and legalized interracial marriage in every state.


Source: https://www.opb.org/article/2022/06/12/june-12-loving-day-when-interracial-marriage-finally-became-legal-in-us/

From the Environmental Justice Team

There’s a huge problem looming as California moves beyond fossil fuels: How to get its declining oil industry to plug and remediate tens of thousands of oil and gas wells that already sit idle or won’t be producing for much longer.


And unfortunately, it’s looking like the companies responsible for the wells, tanks and pipelines won’t end up paying anything close to what it will take to clean up the mess they leave behind.


Addressing this problem should be an urgent environmental priority because oil and gas wells release methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and health-damaging air pollution that puts front-line communities, from Wilmington to Kern County, at increased risk of asthma, preterm births, reductions in lung function and other health problems.


Source: “Editorial: Cleaning up California’s oilfields may cost $21.5 billion. Taxpayers shouldn’t get the bill.” Los Angeles Times, 6/5/23:    https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2023-06-05/la-ed-oil-cleanup-costs-california-billions

Nominations now being accepted 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.


The board would like to involve the whole congregation in this process, similar to the way we did in 2014. 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: The committee will be able to dedicate the time needed to do the job right. When we called Jill in 2015 the committee had over 60 applicants to consider. In some ways the search process has gotten easier as most candidates will have online videos of prior services for the committee to watch, but it's still going to require a significant investment of time to consider all the candidates and come to consensus on which ones to interview and propose.


Diverse perspectives: The committee will be well-rounded, reflecting all the members and interests of the church.


Deep knowledge of RUCC and Redlands: The committee will have a solid understanding of how the church works, and how we interface with our neighbors in town.


Confidentiality: The committee will keep their discussions and process private. Many of the candidates will be serving another church currently and will expect confidentiality. The committee members also need to be able to speak candidly in their meetings without worrying about what they have to say getting back to a candidate or others outside the committee.


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 starts 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.


We've got it covered!

Book Group news - next meeting is Sunday, June 18

The next RUCC Book Group meeting will be on June 18, 2023, at noon, in the Founders’ Room (off of Covenant Hall). The group will discuss the month’s selection, The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, and the facilitator will be Janet Chandler. After this meeting, there will not be a meeting in July, but the group will resume meeting on August 6. Everyone is welcome!

  • June 18, 2023- Selection: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult; Presenter: Janet Chandler
  • July 2023- no meeting in July
  • August 6, 2023- Selection: All That She Carried by Tiya Miles; Presenter: Susan Matthews. The group will also choose books to read for the rest of the year at this meeting.

Summer Series begins Saturday, July 8

The Education Area will host this year’s Summer Series at RUCC starting Saturday 8th of July from 5-7pm! The Series title this year is: Widening Our Welcome.

We will hold each session on the grounds of RUCC and begin at 5pm with Games Night for all, then enjoy a potluck dinner together before moving into our Intergenerational activity focused around these four subjects

  • Welcoming All Persons with Disabilities - Saturday, July 8th, 
  • Welcoming All Genders - Saturday, July 15th, 
  • Welcoming All Races and Cultures - Saturday, July 22nd
  • Welcoming All Worshipers - Saturday, July 29th 


...................... Save the dates for summertime fun and learning, we look forward to seeing you there!

Caring for Kin continues with Youth Hope

For the month of June, we will be collecting food for Youth Hope, which supports at-risk youth. Youth Hope would like us to focus our efforts on collecting peanut butter, jelly, cereal, granola bars, and pasta and pasta sauce. Let's keep up the good work!

Raise Right - Gift Cards make shopping and fundraising easy

New Brands – If you think you know all the brands offered through the RaiseRight program, think again. They are constantly adding new brands or types (electronic or physical). Just in the last 2 months, the following brands are now available: Jimmy John’s (8%), Meta Quest (6.5%), Instacart subscription (4%), Great Harvest Bread (6%), plus physical cards are now available for Google Play (3%) and Stitch Fix (6%). Browse all of the offerings on the RaiseRight shop:  https://www.raiseright.com/shop


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: https://youtu.be/c-v65F0xr2c

Order Physical Gift Cards

Physical Gift cards ordered monthly

  • Order by Jun 19 – available for pick up Jun 25
  • Order by July 10 – available for pick up July 16
  • Order by Aug 15 – available for pick up Aug 20

In Stock Now

We have a limited number of $100 and $25 Stater Bros. gift cards in stock! Come visit us at the table in Covenant Hall on Sundays after worship.

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June is Pride Month!

  • June 20 - Board Meeting - Virtual - 7:00 p.m.
  • June 21-27 - Church office closed. Veronica will return from her vacation and be back in the office June 28
  • July 1 - Sacred Saturday
  • July 4 - Independence Day Holiday
  • July 10 - Church Growth Area Meeting - 7 p.m.
  • July 11 - Stewards Meeting - 7 p.m.
  • July 18 - Board Meeting - Virtual - 7:00 p.m.

The church calendars for June and July 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, June 18 - Father's Day

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

Monday, June 19

Tuesday, June 20

  • 7:00 p.m. Board

Wednesday, June 21

  • noon - "The Lunch Bunch"

Thursday, June 22

Friday, June 23

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

Saturday, June 24

Sunday, 25

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

RUCC Staff


Senior Pastor: Rev. Dr. Jill Kirchner-Rose

Honorary Minister of Arts and Worship:  Rev. Erin Beardemphl

Music Director: Jim Tong

Accompanist: 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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