Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost    
October 20, 2019
Meeting at 500 E. Colorado Blvd.
Sunday Worship Service: 11:30 am, FUMC Chapel
Our Core Values: 
Spiritual Growth. Welcome. Justice-seeking
The Rev. Anne Cohen on her Ordination Day Sept. 27, 1987, surrounded by family members and friends.

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Office Hours 
 Mon. - Thurs. 
9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  Lunch Hours
 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  
  Tel. # 626.795.0696
Fax. # 626.795.0698 

Nina Kung  


Fall Stewardship Season: Following in the Way of Jesus

Over the next few weeks we will be hearing from several folks in worship about their involvement in the life and ministry of our church. We will also receive letters from our Moderator Randy VanDeventer and our Co-Pastors Marlene and Jake Pomeroy, in preparation to receive your pledge cards on Sunday Nov. 10th This year we are asking each member to re-commit to the life and ministry of our church for 2020. Let us know what you want to be involved with in the coming year. Help us shape the ministry of this church to your areas of interest! We will also ask each member to make a financial commitment to the life of our church. Both your participation and donation is necessary for us to be a vibrant church community.

Outreach Grants Deadline is November 1st.
See Grant Application below and encourage people to apply.
Several weeks ago we called a special church business meeting to approve our Outreach Grants proposal. Applications are available at the end of this article for folks to use to apply.

Here is a synopsis of the process:

With the sale of our building the Budget Committee and Church Council considered setting aside $100,000 of 2019 income for Outreach Projects, in addition to our usual allocations for Union Station, Friends In Deed and other activities. There was considerable support for this idea at the Budget Forum but also a little reluctance to commit to a significant new program without first setting some guidelines. While the new $100,000 outreach budget line was not actually in the final budget approved at the Winter Business Meeting, the Church Council initially approved three projects in line with our mission and vision:

·       Offering five month’s direct support, with the Neighborhood Church on Orange Grove, of $1,000 a month to a woman and her four children who came from Honduras in the caravan at our border and resettled in Pasadena.
·       A $10,000 contribution to our own Women's Scholarship Fund that allowed us to offer increased scholarship amounts this year.
·       A $5,000 contribution to the Jackson Elementary Dual Language STEM Science Camp on Catalina Island that made it possible for 15 fifth grade students to attend who otherwise would have had to skip the trip due to a lack of funding.

In May, an Outreach Grants Committee comprised of Bevin Ashenmiller, Brian Cordova-Brookey, Elizabeth Lanski, Lu Nguyen, Carolyn Olney, and Roberta White was formed. They have worked diligently to develop a process for outreach grants, establishing sources of funding and parameters for the use of those funds, defining types of grants, crafting an application and review process, setting areas of priority, selection criteria, exclusions, and assessment and oversight.

A Forum was held Sunday September 15th to share the plan for awarding grants and to answer questions about the process. This Sunday September 22nd we will voted to affirm the guidelines. Paper or E-copies are available from Nina in the church office.

We are currently receiving applications so that we may fund additional outreach projects before the close of 2019 and start soliciting 2020 grant applications.

-Elizabeth Lanski, Chair
Outreach Grants Committee
Grant Applications
Parenting Book and Discussion on
Bless This Mess
Parenting Discussion Planned

Being a parent is an incredible journey and one that does not need to be done without support and encouragement!   Join us as we discuss the book Bless This Mess and parenting on Saturday Nov. 9th (NEW DATE)at 4:00 in the 2nd floor FUMC Youth Lounge.

The book is written by a UCC Pastor and a Child Psychologist and has some very thoughtful insights about parenting along with a lot of stories and support. What makes it so special is that it approaches parenting from a progressive Christian perspective! We will use the book as a jumping-off point to discuss our own experiences of parenting. The cost of the book is $13.50 each.
Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus, Oct. 31, 1-3pm

You are invited to join All Saints Church, Matthew 25/Mateo 25, and Sojourners for an afternoon discussion with Jim Wallis and
Alexia Salvatierra on
Christ in Crises: Why we Need to Reclaim Jesus.

Jim Wallis: President and Founder, Sojourners, and Author, Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus.
Rev. Dr. Alexia Saltvatierra: Author, Faith-rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World.
November 3, 2019
Join us as we walk to raise awareness and raise funds to help fight hunger in our community and across the world! Sunday November 3rd at St. Elizabeth’s in Altadena is the date and place - bring a sign, a dog or a young person to share the walk with you! Normal start time is 1-1:30 and walkers can choose different routes according to your strength and time allotment. If you cannot walk, please sponsor someone from our church - the link here will lead you directly to our church's registration page…thanks to Church World Service for all their work and outreach.

Location: St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, 1879 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, 12 Noon registration begins, 1:30 the 5K loop walk begins

Here is the link that will take you directly to our FCC Pasadena Team site to make your donation. There will also be packets you can use to collect money via cash.
Walk for Water - A Clean Water Fundraiser - October 12
Several FCC folks joined others on a Walk for Water to support clean water in Uganda. Sponsored by Aid Africa, all proceeds go towards building wells in local villages. See for more information.
Altar Flowers -- Only Four More Sundays Available for 2019

Sign up to remember/honor someone or event! The Flower Chart is located by the entrance in FUMC Chapel or you can contact Nina at the Church Office 626.795.0696 or email her at . The cost is $40.

Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 15, & 29 are available. Thanks to all who have already donated!

(We offer a reminder that altar flowers donation are not tax-deductible.)
We worship at 11:30 a.m. at the Chapel of First Methodist Church every Sunday.
We are the First Congregational Church
of Pasadena,
United Church of Christ
500 E. Colorado Blvd.,
Pasadena, CA 91101
Telephone: (626) 795-0696
Mon to Thurs
9AM – 5:30PM
Lunch Hour:
12 – 1:30PM