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Thursday, February 29, 2024

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There will be Sunday School on March 3

Families, please be aware that we are trying something new and there will be Sunday School classes this coming Sunday, March 3. Children Grade 12 and under are invited to leave the sanctuary with Miss Susi and the other teachers after the first hymn has been sung. Children will then rejoin their families at Communion time, so that we may all celebrate together.


In summary: children will be invited to go to Sunday School after the first hymn and will rejoin their families in the sanctuary in time to take Communion together.


If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Elaine, Jules Rattray or Andrea Morics.

Erin Beardhemphl is in the pulpit this Sunday

Third Sunday in Lent, March 3

Matthew 16 asks a lot of questions about identity. Who do people think Jesus is? Who do the disciples think Jesus is? Who is Simon? It begs the question: How much do we know about someone based on their name? How much do we assume? Explore these questions with me this Sunday!

Sunday's Scripture:

Matthew 16: 13-20  

Wandering Heart Figuring out faith with Peter

No Lenten Series Meeting on March 4

The Lenten Series will not be held on Monday, March 4, since Covenant Hall will be set up to be a polling place the next day, March 5.


Concerns / Prayers:

  • Beth Welsh and brother "butch" have been back to the ER.
  • Heather Abushanab's mom Shari Lee Beck passed from life to Life on February 5. Dan and Heather will attend services soon.
  • Coralyn’s niece, Shannon with 20 per cent heart function after covid
  •  Judith Gregory’s granddaughter Allison and spouse Jack in a highly critical pregnancy
  • Fred Freeman is doing well following back surgery and expects to be back at work on March 4
  • Denise Cain is home from the hospital recovering.
  • Christine Reese's surgery was successful, she has returned to work.
  • Jolene Barrow's brother Andrew will receive kidney surgery in April
  •  We continue to hold in our prayers the people of Ukraine and the Middle East.

Ongoing Concerns:

Karen & Daniella

Jerry Andrews

Scott Ault

Dave, brother of Johanna Ballard

Bill Buchanan

Cousin of Rick Cruz

Janet Edwards

Norma Erickson

Mark Janz's mother, Martini

Beth Welsh's brother, Coyne ("Butch")

Steve Arth

Samantha Sanchez-French's father

Katia Hage

Mary Lou Haney

Beki Hill

Harriet Holt, Beki Hill's mother

Jenny, Sister of Jules Rattray

Amber McGuigan

Cynthia McGuigan

Pastor Elaine's nephew Michael and brother Dan

Family of Betty Jacobs

Floyd Orr

Ryan and Evan Paul

Dick Ault's brother-in-law, Charles Proctor

Rev. Dr. Rebecca Voelkel, Maggie George and Maggie's siblings

Spencer, friend of Stacey Greene

Robert Silver

Arika Torres

Rosemary Tuohy

Nancy Ternasky

Beth Welsh

Book Group to host Ellen Estilai, author of Exit Prohibited this Sunday, March 3

Please join us on Sunday in the Founders Room from noon-1 as we welcome Ellen Estilai, author of Exit Prohibited. 

She will talk about her experiences as an immigrant in Iran and becoming fully integrated into the Persian culture and family while also being present for the change from Shah’s reign to the start of the Revolution. Ellen will sign copies of her book, but it is not necessary to buy or even to have read the book.

Run for Jill - Run though Redlands, March 3, and L.A. Marathon, March 17

 Please join us in celebrating Jill Kirchner-Rose with our Run for Jill event! We have several church members set to run the LA Marathon on March 17th and many more participating in the Run Through Redlands on March 3rd. If you would like to register for the Run through Redlands, please go to for online registration and choose Team Jill. If you would like to walk the 5K with a group from RUCC please contact Janet Wilson for details of the time and place to meet on Sunday March 3rd.


There will also be a special donation open from now until March 24th with all donations to be split between The American Cancer Society and Heifer International, both charities that connect with Jill and our mission at RUCC. Please use the link below to make your donation in Realm or make your checks out to Redlands United Church of Christ and put Run for Jill in the memo line. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to Celebrate Jill, join in an activity as a Church Family, cheer each other on, and promote positive change.

RSVP NOW for the March 3 Kids and Youth Pizza and Movie Party

At noon, following Fellowship Time, children and youth will gather in the youth room to watch a brand-new Peanuts mini movie called “Welcome Home, Franklin.” (Click on the LA Times link below for more information about this film.)


We’ll have pizza and enjoy spending time together while watching the untold story of the time Franklin first moved to the Peanuts neighborhood!


Date: Sunday, March 3

Time: 12:00-1:30

Location: Youth Room

RSVP: [email protected], so that we know how much pizza to get!


Invite your non-RUCC friends too!

Caring for Kin

Women of Faith, Interfaith Service Community

During March we are collecting items needed to help refugee families get settled in their new communities. Jean Arnott does an amazing job of coordinating local services needed to enable these new families to find a place to live, stock their homes with necessary supplies, find jobs, enroll in school, access transportation, connect with the community, and so much more.

If you’d like to contribute something, you can bring it to church with you on Sunday, drop it off at the warehouse in Mentone, order and have it shipped directly to Women of Faith ISC, or donate cash and WoF will do the shopping for you.  Recent cash donations have also gone towards paying for driver education classes for women learning to drive for the first time and to pay for the evaluation of a woman’s university transcripts in her homeland so she can continue her studies here. 


If you have an order shipped directly to Women of Faith and put your name next to Women of Faith in the address, you’ll be notified with a text and picture when your donation arrives.  Happy to provide a receipt.  Just let Jean know where to send it.  [email protected]



The address to ship or send a check to is:

Women of Faith Interfaith Service Community

31838 Florida Avenue

Mentone, CA 92359

Venmo (for now) is @JEAN-ARNOTT-1

CLICK HERE for a list of needed items

One Great Hour of Sharing - Next Sunday, March 10

Jesus teaches that faith calls for action. Sharing our light, as the diverse and colorful expression of God’s love here on earth, leads to making blankets, staffing food pantries, cooking meals, building houses and schools, signing petitions for worthy causes, and protesting injustices. A simple song with a simple message—our light is on a light stand, for all to see—shine and share. On any given day, light is shining because we are there through our gifts to OGHS. Your contributions make a difference. Your dollars count. Please give generously. Share the light.

Updates from your Settled Pastor Search Committee

Our search for a settled pastor is intensifying in good ways.  In the past month, we have done video conference interviews with four candidates.  From this we invited two people to come for an in-person interview.  These will be happening the week of March 3. 


We are excited to have two strong candidates who are experienced and capable enough to lead us into the future.  But we know that there is a lot of work ahead.  So, we ask for your prayers as we continue to do this important work.  Pray that the candidates have safe travels and show their full selves so we can see what they would bring to RUCC. Pray that we on the search committee will keep our hearts and minds open so we can find the best pathway for our church. 


Sophia Beardemphl, Loring Fiske-Phillips, Keith Osajima (Chair), Samantha Sanchez-French, Dee Dee Seek, Diana Steele-Jones, Minori Tsukimoto,John Walsh, and Janet Wilson.

We're still looking for a Youth Director!

This may be only a part-time position, but it is important to our church's mission. The Youth Director plays a key role in helping our young people understand why RUCC's values and theology are important to them as they prepare to go out in the world.

......................~~ The RUCC Personnel Committee

From the Environmental Justice Team

The UCC Council for Climate Justice ( ministries/environmental-)justice/the_ucc_council_for_climate_justice/ ) was established to raise awareness in the UCC about climate justice and to bring people together for action.

It will be hosting a Climate Action Assembly on March 6th, 2024 at 10 a.m. PT. Updates will be presented on the three endeavors launched for this year: the Freedom from Plastics Campaign, the Electrification Checklist Initiative, and the Vote for Climate Hope Campaign. UCC members may register for the assembly here: Register to join us!

Racial Justice reflection of the week

In a test of California’s Racial Justice Act, a state appellate court is giving a Black man a second chance to prove his allegations that his 2022 traffic stop and subsequent arrest by San Diego police was prompted by unconscious racial bias. The 4th District Court of Appeal found that the San Diego Superior Court judge who initially heard concerns the driver raised under the three-year-old law “fail(ed) to address the abundant evidence suggesting that the traffic stop may have been the product of unintended racial bias.”


The unanimous three-judge panel found that by relying on the conclusion that the officer didn’t know the driver’s race, the judge “ignored the possibility that the officer’s actions were a product of an implicit bias that associated things the officer did know — the location of the stop and the clothing (the driver) was wearing — with race.”


The court ordered that the lower court rehear the case, this time with the idea of implicit bias in mind.




Chapman University’s 40th Annual Founders Day - Saturday, March 9

Come hear prolific writer and acclaimed speaker Diana Butler Bass. Register at


  • March 2 - Sacred Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 noon
  • March 3 - Book group - Noon - Founders' Room - with Inlandia author Ellen Estilai
  • March 4 - Lenten Series will not meet today - See announcement above
  • March 5 - Election Day - Covenant Hall will be a polling place
  • March 9 - Chapman University Founders Day featuring Diana Butler Bass. See article above
  • March 10 - Super Shepherd Sunday - Watch The View for details
  • March 11, 18, and 25 - Lenten Series continues
  • March 12 - Stewards meeting
  • March 17 - Wider Ministries "Caring Fair"
  • March 20 - Board Meeting
  • March 28 - Seder and Tenebrae
  • March 31 - Easter Sunday

The church calendar is found at

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

This Week at Redlands United Church of Christ

Sunday, March 3 - Third Sunday in Lent

  • 9:20 a.m. - Seekers (Chat 9:20; Meet 9:30 a.m.) The group concludes its study of The Light We Give: How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life.
  • 9:30 a.m. - Kids' Zone
  • 10:30 a.m. - Worship service & Communion Note: Children and youth leave for Sunday School after the first hymn and return in time for Communion
  • 11:30 a.m.- Fellowship, Covenant Hall
  • 12:00 p.m. - Book Group - Author Ellen Estilani will be present for the discussion of her new book.

Monday, March 4

  • No Lenten series tonight - resumes next week, March 11

Tuesday, March 5 - Election Day!

  • 11:00 a.m. - Munch & Muse

Wednesday, March 6

  • 1:30 p.m. - Mah Jongg, Micah Room
  • 6:00 p.m. - Handbells Rehearsal
  • 7:00 p.m. - Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, March 7

Friday, March 8

  • 7:00 p.m. Closed women's AA meeting

Saturday, March 9

  • Founders' Day at Chapman University. See announcement above

Sunday, March 10 - Fourth Sunday in Lent

  • 9:20 a.m. - Seekers (Chat 9:20; Meet 9:30) The group begins a new book: Falling Upward 
  • 9:30 a.m. - Kids' Zone
  • 10:30 a.m. - Worship service - One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering will be received.
  • 11:30 a.m.- Fellowship, Covenant Hall
  • Super Shepherd Sunday - locations may vary

RUCC Staff

Interim Pastor: Rev. Elaine Schoepf

Honorary Minister of Arts and Worship:  Rev. Erin Beardemphl

Music Director: David Wells

Associate Music Director: Sophia Ohanian

Children's Education Director: Susi Jacobsen

Director of Youth Ministries: Vacant

Office and Property Manager: Veronica Bermudez

Child Care: Joette Orman



Phone: 909-793-3520


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