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Thursday, July 13, 2023

Summer Series starts this weekend, Saturday morning, July 15, at 10a.m.

We will start with Potluck Brunch and Games before we work together to Widen our Welcome.

Bring your favorite Brunch dish if you can and come join us as we explore "Accessibility 2 All" at Redlands UCC. This is an event for all ages; we look forward to sharing our morning with you!

You can help minimize clean-up by bringing your own dishes, cups, and cutlery.

We welcome Rev. Elaine Schoepf as our Interim Pastor

Sunday, July 16 ~ "Come Join Us Here, Where Everything is Free!"

After my experience of extravagant welcome last Sunday at RUCC, I wanted to continue with the theme of welcome in God’s Kindom and explore the expansiveness of that Kindom and our call to burst all boundaries with the joy of the covenant we share with the Holy. 

Sunday's Scripture

Isaiah 55:1-13 

July 16- Seventh Sunday after Pentecost



  • Prayers for the family, the members of this Congregation, and friends of Rev. Jill Kirchner Rose, who passed from life to Life on June 30. We especially ask for God’s comforting presence and grace for Karen and Daniella. (7/1)
  • Prayers for Pastor Elaine as she joins us as our Pastor. (7/13)
  • 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)
  • Connie Mitchell asks for prayers for her uncle Chris Inglish who has serious health issues. (7/1)
  • Val McGlasson asks for prayers for her sister who successfully had a malignant mass removed from her neck. (7/1)
  • Prayers for Connie Mitchell who is scheduled for neck surgery in July. (7/1)
  • Dick Ault asks for prayers for the friends and family of his niece who passed from life to Life recently, and for his brother-in-law who is facing serious health concerns. (6/29)
  • Cherie asks for prayers for her friend who has a serious leg infection and is awaiting positive news from the doctors. (6/29)
  • Prayers for Georgia Sforza who is recovering from knee replacement surgery. (6/25)
  • Patty Little asks for prayers for the family and friends of Christopher Brannon who passed from life to Life unexpectedly. (6/25)
  • Prayers for the family and friends of Hank Kirchner, Pastor Jill's brother, who passed from life to Life. 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 Stephen Arth as he recovers from successful Mohs surgery. (6/4)
  • Traveling mercies for Carole Beswick as she recovers from knee surgery. (6/4)
  • 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 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

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

Reflection of the week from the Racial Justice Team

UCC delegates, meeting this week in Indianapolis, overwhelmingly passed a resolution titled, “Calling On United Church Of Christ Local Churches To Witness ‘A White Supremacy Free Zone’ and Confronting White Supremacy.” Through this resolution, Synod — which speaks to and not for local UCC congregations — called on all the denomination’s settings, including “local churches of predominantly European descent” to “confront the idolatry of white supremacy, in witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.” 


“Being white does not possess any inherent superiority,” the resolution states, “other than the superiority that is bestowed upon the concept by force, violence, laws, myths, institutions and ethos.” 


In introducing the motion, Jeannie Hobson from the Northern California Nevada Conference and chair of the committee which considered the action, acknowledged that “dismantling white supremacy will take a while. But the journey needs to start now.”


Source: https://www.ucc.org/synod-delegates-call-on-congregations-to-declare-and-create-white-supremacy-free-zones

From the Environmental Justice Team

In the July 5, 2023 issue of the Pollinator (a creation justice newsletter of the United Church of Christ), Brooks Berndt writes “if there is one thing the climate crisis has taught us over the past many years, it is that disaster does not necessarily translate into the kind of sustained, collective action that brings about change. This awareness should not lead to despair, but instead point us to more durable grounds of hope.”

He continues to discuss climate change resolutions passed at the 2023 General Synod of the UCC and includes a list of links to creation justice related articles and reports from the General Synod:

General Synod Hearing on Fossil Fuel Divestment

Climate Crisis, Island Nations, and New Initiative

Delegates Pass Electrification Resolution

Dollie Burwell and Others Honored as Movement Makers

Climate Hope Cards Turn General Synod Resolutions into Action

If you’d like to receive the Pollinator, you may sign up for it here: https://www.ucc.org/category/column/the-pollinator-ucc-environmental-justice-blog/

I’m absolutely WOWED!!

The word “Thanks!” is nowhere near enough to express my wonder and gratitude and the welcome I have received! 

Not just for the marvelous service on Sunday, or even the delightful reception!

Or the lovely goodies in the office, or welcome by the Munch and Muse gang, any one thing would have been such a blessing.


But today I moved my first load of personal things into the Guest House at Craig Wesson’s place - and it is beautifully floored and newly plumbed, and it is clear how very much effort was put into it! And it is frosted on top by lovely pink candles, bathroom goodies and flowers!


I have a wee bit more to move in tomorrow- just kidding - you saw the U-Haul - I do admit I have never been one for traveling light!


I am filled with gratitude for the thoughtfulness and hospitality that seems to define RUCC - what a wondrous spiritual gift for a congregation to have and to share with the world!


I am looking forward to beginning my time sharing ministry with you, my friends. 


With joy and thankfulness,


You're Invited! Screening and discussion of Aftershock

Did you know that the USA has the highest maternal mortality rate among all developed countries worldwide, and that the death rate for Black women is twice that of White women? Aftershock is a true story of two families' firsthand experiences with the Black maternal mortality crisis and how their community came together to honor and fight for two women who died shortly after giving birth. For charts using CDC data that illustrate the mortality rates by country, and by race in the US, click here.

The screening date is Wednesday, July 26, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The San Bernardino address will be provided upon RSVP.

After the screening of the film, join Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties for a guided discussion focusing on the racial disparities in healthcare access that have devastating impacts on the maternal health of women of color, especially Black women.

Click here to make your reservation.

If the July 26 date does not work from you, check popular streaming sources such as Hulu for this Sundance Award-winning Documentary.

A great way to spend a Friday evening!

RUCC has been asked to guest usher on July 28 at the Friday night show of Hello Dolly at the Redlands Bowl. The duties are easy, and consist mostly of passing the red bowls for the free will offering at intermission.--definitely something that church folk know how to do! This is the Bowl's 100th anniversary year, so the season is very special. Hello Dolly should be a real standout! Contact Paul Hodson for details!

Do you have a record player and like classical music?

Do you have a record player and like classical music? Helga Vroom has over 200 records she would like to give away; please call 909-280-9701.

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.


Caring for Kin continues with Women of Faith

Thanks for your support of Youth Hope throughout the month of June!

In July, we will be collecting school supplies for Women of Faith, a local organization that assists refugee and immigrant families in resettling. In particular, Women of Faith need college-ruled notebooks and loose-leaf paper, watercolor markers, pink erasers, highlighters, and small pencil sharpeners.

In addition, Women of Faith are always collecting new and gently used household supplies. While we won't have room on our Caring for Kin cart for such items, if you have things from the attached list that you'd like to donate, please contact Jean Arnott at jeanarnott@gmail.com to learn how you can donate household supplies.

Raise Right - Gift Cards make shopping and fundraising easy

Bonuses – Some brands will offer higher than normal rebates periodically. You can always see the current bonuses in the RaiseRight shop at https://www.raiseright.com/shop. Current bonuses include Vons/Albertsons, Red Robin, AutoZone, Delta Airlines, and H&M. 


New Brands – Just added:

             Victoria’s Secret (5.5%)

             Hanna Anderson (8%)


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 effortless 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 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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  • July 15 - Summer Series begins - 10 a.m. to noon. - See article above.
  • July 16 - Pastor Elaine joins us as our Interim Pastor.
  • July 18 - Board Meeting - Virtual/Live hybrid - 7:00 p.m.
  • July 22 - Summer Series - 10 a.m. to noon.
  • July 29 - Summer Series - 10 a.m. to noon.
  • July 29 - LBGTQIAFG Movie Night 7:30 p.m. "For the Bible Tells Me So"
  • July 30 - Quarterly Meeting of Wider Ministries - 12 p.m.
  • August 5 - Concluding session of the Summer Series - 10 a.m. to noon.
  • August 19 - Celebration of Life for Rev. Dr. Jill Kirchner-Rose

The church calendar for July is 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, July 16- Rev. Elaine Schoepf begins as our Interim Pastor

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

Monday, July 17

Tuesday, July 18

  • Board Meeting - 7 p.m. - In-person and virtual

Wednesday, July 19

  • noon - "The Lunch Bunch"

Thursday, July 20

Friday, July 21

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

Saturday, July 22

  • Summer Series brunch continues - 10 a.m. to noon. See article above

Sunday, July 23

  • 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: 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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