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Thursday, February 8, 2024

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Church rummage sale and electronics recycling- Saturday, February 10 - from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Your donated items may still be brought to the Church on Thursday February 8 from 10 a.m. to

 2 p.m, and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and again on Friday February 9, from 10 a.m. to noon.

A message from our Pastor and Teacher

Transfiguration Sunday, February 11 ~ "Bedazzled, Bewildered, and Blessed"

How do we handle unexpected change? Are we brave enough to ride the waves that the tides bring? Might we, like the three with Jesus on the mountain, need a blessing of assurance that God is still with us when we don't like the direction we must travel? Come and receive a blessing as we prepare to enter Lent.

Sunday's Scripture:

Mark 9: 2-10


  • After 5 weeks, Lynne is out of the hospital and home! Pam will spend a few days with the family and then fly home Thank you for all your prayers. We could feel the love. ❤️ Kerry and Pam

Concerns / Prayers:

  • Heather Abushanab's mom Shari Lee Beck passed from life to Life on February 5. Heather wrote her obituary.
  • Fred Freeman's back surgery went well and the doctor expects him to be back at work in about 4 weeks. (1/31)
  • Jim and Diana Sommer have COVID again. (2/8)
  • Denise Cain is in the hospital, but is expected to be released soon. (2/8)
  • Christine Reese had surgery, and is recovering at a friend's home. (2/8)
  • Carla Becerril passed from life to Life on January 13. (1/18) The Memorial service will be Sunday, February 18, 1:30 p.m. at RUCC.(1/25)
  • Beth Welsh's brother, Coyne ("Butch"), has returned to the ICU. (1/18)
  • Debra Van Engelen had unexpected retinal surgery on her right eye and will have limited vision for a while. (1/18)
  • Nicole Mallory, daughter of Susan Matthews, is facing several health challenges including surgery for a broken ankle.
  • Beth Welsh continues healing from a fall and seizure. (1/4)
  • Charlie Seek looking at upcoming surgery(12/29)
  • Kevin Simmons injured his knee and is awaiting an MRI, diagnosis and treatment plan. (1/14)
  • Karlene Cabrera, daughter of Jolene Barrow, has kidney and other health issues right now. Also, Jolene's brother Andrew Barrow was recently diagnosed with kidney cancer. (12/21)
  • Steve Arth continues in his recovery from a broken hip. (11/16)
  • 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

Karen Walsh

Mark Janz's mother, Martini

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

Acute need for Sunday School 2nd Set of Eyes

We need volunteers to serve as “2nd sets of eyes” in our Sunday School classes. These volunteers enable us to comply with state laws which require us to have two adults in each classroom.


Keep in mind: 2nd eyes are not the primary teacher of the class and are therefore not required to do any curriculum prep-work for the class! They just need to be present in the room with the primary teacher.


If you have already served as a 2nd set of eyes at RUCC, or, if you are interested in joining our group for the first time, please contact [email protected]

CARING FOR KIN - Souper Bowl

Sunday, February 11th

Sunday, February 11th is the last day to "vote" for your favorite Super Bowl team:

           Kansas City Chiefs ...... all varieties of soup

        San Francisco 49ers ...... rice-a-roni and other rice products


Our hungry kin will be very thankful for your generosity.


We’re happy to report that the Search Committee is moving toward the next significant step in our process. Some strong candidates have surfaced, and we will be arranging video conference interviews for us to get to know them, and for them to learn more about RUCC. We will continue to review profiles as they come in but thought it would be good to start this next phase now. 


Please know that candidates are attracted to RUCC because we’re such a strong and vibrant community. So our Committee's work is made easier because of all that you have contributed to RUCC. We ask for your prayers (and patience) as we continue on this important journey.


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

Special Book Club event on March 3

On March 3rd at noon, all are invited to join the RUCC Book Group as we welcome Inlandia author Ellen Estilai as she leads a discussion about her memoir, Exit Prohibited.

So you can read it in advance, Judith Turian will be selling copies for $15.00, below Inlandia’s cost. Exit Prohibited is also available in Kindle format through Amazon.

Ash Wednesday Service at RUCC February 14, at 7 p.m.

Music by Rhymes with Orange, reading of scripture, offering of prayers and the marking the forehead or hands with Ashes – We will offer traditional palm ashes as well as Glitter Ashes honoring the eternal and gritty hope of our faith, (which, like glitter, never disappears) and our love and support for the LGBTQIA communities and all who face rejection in the world, and welcome in our Beloved community.

ASHES TO GO - downtown Redlands from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Ash Wednesday Feb. 14, clergy from eight Redlands churches will be on street corners on State Street between Orange Street and Redlands Boulevard to bless passers-by with the mark of ashes (Pastor Elaine will offer Glitter Ashes as a witness to our Open and Affirming Faith). Clergy will also pray with anyone who requests prayer. “Ashes to Go” is part of an ecumenical attempt to promote Lent and Holy Week that concludes with Easter Sunday on March 31st at the participating churches. An ecumenical Good Friday service will be offered at 7 p.m. March 30 at First Presbyterian Church, 100 Cajon St.

Seekers Adult Study Group Sunday at 9:20 a.m.

Due to an email address error, information about the Seekers' new book study was not reported in last week's View. The group just began reading The Light We Give: How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life last Sunday. The book lays out how we can learn to integrate ethical living to achieve personal happiness and a happier life.

Seekers gather at about 9:20 for a brief social time, and the discussion begins at 9:30 on Sunday mornings in Founders Room.

RUCC Dinners for 8ish 2024

Have you been coming to Redlands United Church of Christ for a while but feel like you still only know a handful of people? Are you looking to make new friends and deepen existing friendships at RUCC this year?


RUCC Dinners for 8ish is back after a successful launch last year. Participants will share four meals over the course of a year. Your “set” will coordinate one meal and you’ll attend three meals coordinated by others, each time with three different sets of people. You’ll end up having a meal with a total of twelve sets of people.

If you are interested in participating in RUCC Dinners for 8ish 2024, please scan the QR code or click here to sign up and we will be in touch in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please send an email to [email protected] or contact Minori Tsukimoto at 585-808-5006.


Please sign up by February 9th

This vacancy at RUCC needs to be filled!

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

128 years ago, Högbom and Arrhenius came up with an estimate of the warming effects of a doubling of the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) that agrees well with modern estimates. We’ve known about this problem for a long time - it's long past time to get serious about it.


Source: Randall Munroe, “Greenhouse Effect” XKCD (online comic):

Greenhouse effect on earth

Racial Justice reflection of the week

“Artists are the gatekeepers of truth. We are civilization’s radical voice.”

    – Paul Robeson (1898-1976) Concert artist, actor, athlete and activist



New Worship Bags now available for children

We have new Worship Bags for kids to use during worship time! Many thanks to Kathie Blakely, who acquired these new bags and all the wonderful new books and fun items to go inside them!

There are suggested age groups for each color bag, but it’s just a suggestion! Enjoy the bags and please remember to put them back in the Gathering Area when you’re done.

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

Chapman University will hold its 40th Annual Founders Day, Saturday, March 9, 2024. We are pleased to bring to campus prolific writer and acclaimed speaker Diana Butler Bass, Ph.D. She is an award-winning author, popular speaker, inspiring preacher, and one of America’s most trusted commentators on religion and contemporary spirituality. The theme of her morning presentation will be GRATITUDE, helping us translate gratitude into a deeper spiritual practice than simply feeling thankful. The afternoon worship will also feature Dr. Bass’s preaching, Disciples on Campus students and the excellent Chapman University Singers. The day will end with a Disciples on Campus alumni party.


Online registration can be found at Questions or needing assistance with online registration? Please call University Tickets at (714) 997-6812. For all other Founders Day questions please contact the Office of Church Relations at (714) 997-6760.


  • February 10 - RUCC Rummage Sale & Electronics Recycling
  • February 13 - Stewards meeting 7:00 p.m.
  • February 14 - Ash Wednesday "Ashes to Go" 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. See article above for details & location
  • February 14 - Ash Wednesday Service at RUCC at 7:00 p.m. More details in article above
  • February 18 - Memorial service for Carla Beceril - 1:30 p.m. at RUCC
  • February 20 - Board meeting - 7:00 p.m.
  • February 25 - Wider Ministries Area meeting at 12:00 p.m. - Founders' Room
  • March 3 - Book group - Noon - Founders' Room - see article above
  • March 9 - RUCC Founders day featuring Diana Butler Bass. See article above
  • March 10 - Super Shepherd 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, February 11

  • 9:15 a.m. Seekers
  • 9:30 a.m. - Kids' Zone
  • 10:30 a.m. - Worship service
  • 11:30 a.m.- Fellowship time in Covenant Hall
  • Souper Bowl concludes - See article above

Monday, February 12

Tuesday, February 13

Wednesday, February 14 - Ash Wednesday

  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Ashes to Go - downtown Redlands. See article above for location details.
  • 1:30 p.m. - Mah Jongg, Micah Room
  • 7:00 p.m. - Ash Wednesday Service

Thursday, February 15

Friday, 16

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

Saturday, February 17

Sunday, February 18 - First Sunday in Lent

  • 9:15 a.m. Seekers
  • 9:30 a.m. - Kids' Zone
  • 10:30 a.m. - Worship service
  • 11:30 a.m.- Fellowship, Covenant Hall
  • 1:30 p.m. - Memorial Service for Carla Beceril

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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