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Thursday, September 14, 2023

Rev. Elaine Schoepf

A message from our Pastor and Teacher

Sunday, September 17, 2023 - "A New Day is Coming"

In Ernest Hemingway’s classic The Sun Also Rises, Solomon’s idea that the continual pattern of sunrise and sunset, day after day indicates human powerlessness to make a difference with their actions in this life. I prefer to look at Jeremiah’s word that God promises to do a new thing – to make a new and great covenant with the people. In Jeremiah 31, God offers the steady rising and setting of the sun as a symbol of God’s steadfast faith and love for creation. God’s Love is everlasting!

Sunday's Scripture:

Jeremiah 31: 31-37

September 17 -

Third Sunday of Creation Season

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  • Carol Robb requests prayers for her friend Mark Anderson, who is facing a serious cancer diagnosis. (9/14)
  • Prayers for victims of natural and man-made disasters everywhere, especiallyy flood victims in Libya and earthquake victims in Morocco. (9/14)
  • Johanna Ballard requests prayers for her sister Cathy and her good friend Bette. (9/7)
  • Prayers for Kerry Dunn who has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home. (9/14)
  • Prayers for UCC's Open and Affirming Coalition leaders Rev. Dr. Rebecca Voelkel, Maggie George and Maggie's siblings who were recently in a life-changing car accident. (9/14)
  • Prayers for Pastor Elaine's nephew Michael who has been released from the hospital, but faces a lengthy recovery. (9/7)
  • Samantha Sanchez-French requests prayers for her father, Eric, regarding some not-so-good news about his health. (8/27)
  • Judith Turian requests prayers for her close friends, Judith and Rob, who fell ill on a cruise. (8/25)
  • Barbie Fiske-Phillips asks for prayers for Chuck Alarcon who is undergoing treatment at UCLA for prostate cancer. He doesn't want visits or calls but would appreciate cards and prayers. (8/27)
  • Bill Buchanan is recovering from hip surgery. He is in rehab at Plymouth Village. (8/10)
  • Prayers for Dan Schoepf who faces continued health challenges. (8/10)
  • Prayers for Dick Ault's brother-in-law, Charles Proctor, who faces serious health problems. (8/13)
  • Steve Arth is now recovering at Asistencia Villa and appreciates prayers and cards. (8/10)
  • 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)
  • 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 Cynthia McGuigan as she continues her healthcare journey.
  • We continue to hold in our prayers the people of Ukraine.

Ongoing Concerns:

Karen & Daniella

Jerry Andrews

Scott Ault

Dave, brother of Johanna Ballard

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

Children and Youth News

Very Important Parents' Meeting on September 17

If you have children 18 years of age or younger at RUCC, please join us in the Micah Room at noon on September 17 for a crucial meeting.

We have important paperwork for you to sign. We will also have a chance to check in with you about the coming year at RUCC—we’ll let you know what we’ve got planned, and we’ll need feedback from you on what you’d like to see here at RUCC in 2023-24!

RUCC Youth Group

The RUCC Youth Group is open to kids in 6th through 12th Grade. 

Youth Group is resuming this Fall with a significant change in its schedule: Instead of having weekly after-church meetings, there will be a new Youth Sunday School Class. This new class will be meeting during Sunday School time in the Youth room.

If you are in grades 6 through 12, please join the “Sunday School Parade” after the Children’s Circle and join us in the Youth Room.

Sandwich-Making for Youth Hope, Wednesday, September 27

Youth Hope has asked for our help in providing approximately 75 sack lunches on Wednesday, September 27.

Watch The View for more details and put September 27, 9 a.m. at the RUCC kitchen on your calendars now! It is fun, good camaraderie, and a sense that you are helping overlooked teens! They need our help! Thanks to Minori, Julie, Pam, Pastor Elaine, and .........................................................Carol for pitching in on Monday!

Above is a photo of the lunches

delivered to Youth Hope on Monday

September 11.

LGBTQIAFG gathering Sunday, September 24

Wendy Birchard will be hosting this month’s LGBTQIAFG gathering at her residence (626 Dearborn St., Redlands, 92374). There will be good food and fun activities. This event is for all ages. Attendees are asked to bring a bottle of sparkling cider.

All are welcome to join us and are strongly encouraged to RSVP to Samantha, Sarah, or Wendy.

The Lost and Found box is overflowing

Ahem! The Lost and Found contents have actually increased in the past week. Please check the Lost and Found box in Covenant Hall for any items you may have left behind at church.

Braver Angels - Depolarizing Within

Braver Angels is offering this free workshop in Founders Room on Saturday, September 16, 2-4:30pm.

Polarization can be driven by how we talk with like-minded people about those on the other side. Too often, we stereotype, dismiss, or ridicule our fellow citizens who support the other political party, its leaders, and its policies.

This workshop teaches participants:

  • How to be more aware of their own "inner polarizer."
  • How to be critical without demonizing, dismissing or stereotyping large swaths of the population.
  • How to constructively intervene in polarizing social conversations with like-minded people.

Who can come? Anyone interested in examining their own inner polarization and learning strategies to disagree without condemning or ridiculing others.

Click here to register. Questions? Contact Holly Highfield

From the Environmental Justice Team

The Climate Action Postcard Campaign to make our voices heard on climate issues continues this Sunday, September 17, at RUCC. Climate Action Postcards will be available in the sanctuary before worship, and on the Climate Justice table in Covenant Hall after church with more information and postcards that you can sign. Speak out and write a postcard this Sunday! You can get involved in two ways:

1.    Sign a postcard that we will collect as part of the UCC Climate Hope Postcard Campaign., describes the project: “The UCC Climate Hope Cards campaign is part of an effort to save thousands of lives, address societal inequities, and get our nation on track to meet its climate goals. The EPA is in the process of updating a number of protections that could significantly impact our environment and public health. Congregations are striving to collect as many postcards as possible to urge the strongest possible protections. These postcards will be delivered to decision makers in Washington, D.C. in September. They will also be used to connect people to opportunities to submit comments to the EPA as updates to protections are considered.” For more information, visit

2.    Learn about upcoming climate legislation and send a postcard to your legislator. We will have information about the bills, cards that you can sign, and address labels for representatives from our region.

Our postcards will then be sent to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

Reflection of the week from the Racial Justice Team

On September 15, 1963, four members of the Ku Klux Klan planted dynamite inside the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama and at about 10:20am, it was detonated. When that dynamite exploded into the history of our nation, it destroyed the lives of four girls, Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley who were attending Sunday School services. Unknown to many is the fact that there was a 5th little girl, 12-year-old Sarah Collins, who survived the bombing and whose life has been shaped by that trauma ever since.


On September 15, 2023, Join the Movement toward Racial Justice is partnering with Nurturing Justice to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the bombing and to support survivor Sarah Collins Rudolph. Through an online symposium, we will seek healing from the horror of past harms, while keeping the power of the story of survival alive in our communities. Through education, skill-building and reparatory justice, this symposium promises to not only honor the past but to equip us to build a future free from racial terror, one where people of African descent cannot only survive, but thrive.


Click here for more information and to register:

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This week's Tech Tidbit

Do you know what groups you’re in at RUCC? Are you getting their communications? It’s so easy to find out! Go to and sign in, then click the magnifying glass in the upper right and search for your name. Once on your page, click the Groups button along the top and all of your groups will be listed. You can tell which Shepherd group you’re in, which volunteering opportunities you’ve sign up for, and generally anything you covenanted for. If you have any trouble, contact the church office.

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You can become a sponsor of Art, for Heaven's Sake!

Art, for Heaven’s Sake! 2023 will take place on October 13, 14 & 15. SAVE THE DATES! Everyone’s help is truly needed. One way to assist is to become a show sponsor or to share the sponsorship request with anyone who you know who might be interested in being a part of our 44th year. Please use the attached letter and sign-up form. Thank you for your support of this important all-church event. Sponsorship Deadline is September 20.

Click here for the Sponsorship form!

Redlands Family Service Thanks RUCC

Caring for Kin continues with supplies for unsheltered neighbors

In the month of September, we will be collecting supplies for kits for our unsheltered neighbors. Donated items should fit in a gallon-size ziploc bag, for example, toothbrush and toothpaste, travel-size soap and shampoo, hand sanitizer, band-aids, chapstick, nail clippers, socks, and granola bars. We will then come together on September 24 to assemble the kits together so we can take them with us to give to unsheltered individuals. For questions, please contact Diana Steele or Sue Hammond.

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                   THAT’S ONLY 4 WEEKS AWAY!!!

HELP IS NEEDED to make this event a success. During the next weeks the art show committee will be recruiting members and friends to help with the show. 

You can volunteer to

  • Set up the show (Thursday October 12 and Friday October 13) Examples: Setting up pop-up canopies, helping with lighting and decorating, assisting artists in setting up their booths.
  • Make cookies and appetizers for Friday night.
  • Serve cookies, appetizers, and punch Friday night.
  • Greet guests at the entrance.

  • Provide Show Support by

Providing brief breaks for artists during the show, monitoring doors, eating area or cashier line, .................checking the bathrooms for supplies, being a runner to pick-up purchased art from the artists’ booths.

Take-down when the show is over at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Sign ups will be before and after church in the Narthex or contact Pam Dunn.

Even if you can’t help out, be sure to mark your calendar for this event. You don’t want to miss it! 

Art Show Hours

Friday, Oct. 13, 6 -- 9 pm

Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 – 7 pm

Sunday, Oct. 15, 11:30 – 5 pm.

Help for Maui fire victims

Funds are being collected and released to the congregation in Lahaina each day and will be available to those who evacuated as they are able to return. 

Meeting immediate needs is a priority. Judy Kinser, treasurer and office administrator of the historic Waiola church shared two painful statements: "We are destroyed. Devastated."


The pastor of the Waiola church, which recently celebrated its 200th year anniversary offered, "The church will gather under a burnt tree if that is all we can find. Our strength lies in our people."


Please mail donations to:

Hawaii Conference UCC

700 Bishop St, Suite 825, Honolulu HI, 96813

or donate online (

RUCC's Wider Ministries Area recently approved a $1,000 donation to the Hawaii Conference. Please consider making your own individual donation to this cause.

Music Director search

We are grateful to Zoë Petersen who has stepped in to lead the choir for an interim period and to our Associate Music Director Sophia Ohanian who has stepped up to take on music selection and other duties normally performed by the Music Director. Zoë and Sophia will continue to lead the choir together until we fill the Music Director position. Personnel chair Carole Beswick and Worship Area leader Patty Little will jointly lead the search.


The job posting is on the RUCC website. We will be advertising the position on appropriate search sites. If you know of someone who might be interested in the position, please refer them to the website posting.

Mentone UCC plans gospel concert November 11

November 11, at 5 p.m. is the date set for Mentone UCC's Gospel Concert "Make a Joyful Noise."

The church is located a 1205 Beryl Ave., Mentone 92359.

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  • September 16 - Braver Angels
  • September 17 - Parents' Meeting
  • September 27 - Lunch making for Youth Hope
  • October 1 - Book Group will discuss Wrong Time, Wrong Place by Gillian McAllister
  • October 13-15 - Art, for Heaven's Sake!
  • November 11 - Mentone UCC Gospel Concert

The church calendars are found at

Click on "calendar" in the red banner near the top of the page

This Week at Redlands United Church of Christ

Sunday, September 17

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

Monday, September 18

Tuesday, September 19

Wednesday, September 20

  • Noon - Lunch Bunch with Pastor Elaine

Thursday, September 21

Friday, September 22

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

Saturday, September 23

Sunday, September 24

  • 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: Vacant

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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