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Thursday, April 20, 2023

Equal Exchange - it's more than just a great cup of coffee!

Equal Exchange’s mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world.

Fred Nicoloff will have a display of Equal Exchange products this Sunday in Covenant Hall. Equal Exchage products are now being used during RUCC's hospitality time. Products available for you to purchase include a wide range of coffees, teas, chocolate and other grocery items. Come prepared to do some shopping! You'll be glad you did.

A Message from our Bridge Pastor and teacher

Third Sunday of Easter ~ April 23, 2023 ~ "Telling Our Story"

We rarely have persons ask us how we came to be a part of a faith community. Our experiences and our decisions make up the heart of the church though. What image of God do we find most meaningful and why? What persons of faith have influenced us and what connections do we have to our current church and its ministry? Together we will consider the ways our stories help shape our worship, education and outreach!

Sunday's Scripture

Luke 24: 13 - 35

April 23 - Third Sunday of Easter



This is a PDF file which is easy to download and print for use during the service whether you are watching on line, or attending in person on Sunday.


  • Prayers for Jill, Karen, and Daniella.
  • Prayers for Sherrian Ellison who will be undergoing a breast biopsy. (4/18)
  • Prayers for the family and friends of Gary Johnson, brother of Nan Root, who passed from life to Life. (4/18)
  • Prayers for Connie Mitchell's mother, who has had a bad fall. (4/13)
  • Prayers for Cid Breyer's son Dan, who is recuperating from surgery for a broken femur suffered in a bicyling accident. (4/13)
  • Prayers for Caroline McAllister's brother Bill who is hospitalized. (4/13)
  • Janet Wilson asks for prayers for her brother Clay who has developed lung problems resulting from his service in Iraq. (3/23)
  • Julie Phillip asks for prayers for her brother Dean Phillip. (3/23)
  • Prayers for the family and friends of Elinor (Ellie) Kemp who passed from life to Life last week. (3/16)
  • Prayers for Sarah Breslaw and her family; her father is now in hospice care. (3/9)
  • Prayers for Tim, husband of Nancy Doss, who has passed from life to Life. (3/12)
  • Prayers for the friends and family of Carla Becerill’s stepson Brian who passed from life to Life.
  • Carla Becerril asks for prayers for her family; her aunt Helen passed from life to Life, and her cousin Jay suffered a heart attack following surgery. Jay is scheduled for additional surgery. (2/23)
  • Prayers for Lori Michaels who fell and broke her shoulder and fractured her upper arm in three places. (2/9)
  • 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.
  • Jayne Miller requests prayers for her dear friend Richard, who is in chemo treatment for aggressive and rare cancer; and Loretta who is in ongoing rigorous treatment at City of Hope for ovarian cancer.
  • 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

Hank Kirchner

Amber McGuigan

Floyd Orr

Ryan and Evan Paul

Jim Sommer

Spencer, friend of Stacey Greene

Robert Silver

Arika Torres

Rosemary Tuohy

Heart to Heart - Where the heart speaks and the heart listens.

The Heart to Heart team is a group of your peers that have volunteered to listen, hug and walk beside you to share our range of emotions and our heartbreak about Jill’s being placed in hospice care and the challenge of the threshold of change for our church. Each Wednesday from 7-8, Heart to Heart will host a meeting at church for you to come and share your heart with ours. Please join us. This is not therapy. Just open-hearted support.


Team members and preferred method of contact are:

Judith Turian, Coordinator: Text, Email

Cherie Bogel: Phone, Email

Loring Fiske-Phillips: Phone, Text

Sue Hammond: Text, Email

Jennie Haney: Text

Jim Holbrook: Email

Patty Little: Phone, Email

Michelle McNevin: Phone, Email


Of course, you can stop any one of us at church for a hug or a listen. We will be wearing our red Heart to Heart buttons. You can find our contact info on the directory on Realm, through Veronica at the RUCC office or you can email me (Judith) at highdesertshrink@gmail.com. If you don’t have the Realm app or need info about it, email or text me(Judith) or call Veronica for help.

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

Vice President Jessica Morgan will be available after church this Sunday to assist anyone who needs help. You can also reach out to Shepherd Area Leader Maegan Hill.

New Wider Ministry project starts 4/30

Caring for Kin

RUCC is beginning a monthly collection program to make it easy for all of us to help our siblings in need. We hope that when you shop for your own family, you will delight in picking up an item or two to donate. This month we will be asking you to bring CEREAL, PEANUT BUTTER, and/or PACKETS OF OATMEAL for distribution by Redlands Family Services.


Beginning Sunday, April 30th, you will see a large shelving unit in front of the church each week before the service begins. Please enjoy helping in this effort by establishing a new habit of adding to the shelves on your way into worship!


Thank you for helping us care for our Kin in our community!

Special Note: . Thanks are due to Claudia and Ken Tolar who donated the shelving for Caring for Kin.

Reflection of the Week from the Racial Justice Team

“Truth is powerful and it prevails.”


............................ Sojourner Truth, American abolitionist and

...................................................... women's rights activist

From the Environmental Justice Team

Redlands celebrates Earth Day with a day of climate action on Saturday, April 22, 2023!

 9:00 a.m – 12:00 noon: You can participate in one of 30 projects (registration required). For a list of projects with links to further information and registration, go to https://www.redlandsearthday.org/participate-in-a-project.


12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Earth Day Celebration behind Smiley Library at Smiley Part.


Contributing organizations include such locally active groups as ANCA (Accelerate Neighborhood Climate Action) Redlands, Citizens Climate Lobby – Redlands, and University of Redlands – Treestock. A complete list of contributing groups can be found at https://www.redlandsearthday.org/about-us . 


More information at https://www.redlandsearthday.org/.  

Spring up to camp!

May 19-21 is a work day, or a family camp weekend at Pilgrim Pines. It is both a fundraiser and way to introduce you to what the camp has to offer before you commit to sending your children there for a week


Remember that RUCC subsidizes one half of the cost of camp for “our kids.” In the near future there will be a special link for you to register your children and grandchildren and automatically receive the subsidy. In the meantime, please consider supporting the “Spring Up to Camp” event to learn more and to support Pilgrim Pines. Questions? Contact Erin Beardemphl.

CLICK HERE for the flyer with details of the weekend.

Participate and serve in our community!

Click here and then click on the link for registration. You'll see a complete list of the available projects. April 29 is the big day! There are projects for all skill levels. Work begins at 9:00 a.m., and lunch is is 11:30 a.m.

If you participate, consider wearing your "We're All In" or other RUCC Teeshirt.

Inspirational speakers, interesting conversation over a delicious breakfast. What a way to start the day!

Click here for the flyer and registration information for the May 4th Mayor's Prayer Breakfast. 7 a.m. at the Orton Center at the University of Redlands.

Spotlight on Hospitality

Minori Tsukimoto, Hospitality Area Leader


In his book, Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life, author Henri Nouwen describes hospitality in this way:


Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place…The paradox of hospitality is that it wants to create emptiness, not a fearful emptiness, but a friendly emptiness where strangers can enter and discover themselves as created free; free to sing their own songs, speak their own languages, dance their own dances…Hospitality is not a subtle invitation to adore the lifestyle of the host, but the gift of a chance for the guest to find his own. 


I became involved in the Hospitality Area because I wanted to help create spaces for us to flourish both as individuals and as a faith community. Some of the ways we create spaces for relationship are new and exciting, like organizing and launching Dinners for 8ish or cooking together for Easter Brunch. Other tasks are more mundane, like keeping the kitchen stocked with supplies for fellowship or washing tablecloths after an event. I believe each of these tasks play a role in helping folks at RUCC extend hospitality to each other as well as to the wider community. We always welcome helping hands as well as new ideas or suggestions for how to help our church family connect with one another and thrive! Please email me at minori@redlandsucc.org if you are interested in joining us.


About Me: My husband, Miko, and I have been members of RUCC since November 2016. I am an elementary teacher turned stay-at-home parent to our two boys, Kai (6) and Luca (4), and we live in Loma Linda with our beloved cat, Luna. 

Music Sunday is May 7

Raise Right - Gift Cards make shopping and fundraising easy

Raise Days on May 4-5 – Mark your calendars for the next Raise Days event when you can earn higher rebates (bonuses) on select eGift cards and reloaded gift cards. You must have an online account to participate, so this is a great time to get signed up if you aren’t already! If you have the RaiseRight app you will be able to sneak peak of all brands on bonus on May 3. 

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 giftcards@redlandsucc.org 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 May 15 – available for pick up May 21
  •  Order by Jun 12 – available for pick up Jun 18

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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  • April 30 - Earth Sunday
  • April 30 - Quarterly Gathering following worship
  • May 1 - Office closed
  • May 7 - Music Sunday
  • May 7 - Book Group will discuss Orwell's Roses. Nan Root will facilitate the discussion.
  • May 21 - Wider Ministries quarterly meeting with a guest speaker and consideration of donations for the quarter.

The church calendars April and May 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, April 23

  • 9:15 a.m. - Seekers
  • 9:30 a.m. - Kids' Zone
  • 10:30 a.m. - Worship Service
  • 11:30 a.m. - Fellowship time with a special focus on Equal Exchange products
  • 12:00 p.m. - Youth Group

Monday, April 24

Tuesday, April 25

Wednesday, April 26

Thursday, April 27

Friday, April 28

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

Saturday, April 29

Sunday, April 30 - Earth Sunday

  • 9:15 a.m. - Seekers
  • 9:30 a.m. - Kids' Zone
  • 10:30 a.m. - Worship Service
  • 11:30 a.m. - Quarterly Gathering
  • 12 p.m. - Youth Group

RUCC Staff


Senior Pastor: Rev. Dr. Jill Kirchner-Rose

Bridge Pastor: Rev. Jake Pomeroy

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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