Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost    
October 6, 2019
Meeting at 500 E. Colorado Blvd.
Sunday Worship Service: 11:30 am, FUMC Chapel
Our Core Values: 
Spiritual Growth. Welcome. Justice-seeking

On Sunday October 6th we will join members of the First United Methodist Church and the Islamic Center of Southern California in a food packaging event sponsored by Rise Against Hunger.

The event will be held on-site at the Methodist Church. In two hours we will package up to 30,000 meals to be sent all over the world. Lunch will be provided for folks and you may choose stay as long as you wish. Our Church School kids will begin at noon and others may join them after worship up until 2:00 (feel free to stay later to help clean up). Please learn more about this organization at
Nourishing Lives Through Rise Against Hunger Events

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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  

Outreach Grants Process Approved!
See Grant Application below
Two 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 will now solicit 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

Upcoming Events for Youth
(6th - 12th grade)

Please join us on Sun. Oct 6 th for the Rise Against Hunger event in the Fellowship Hall taking place from 12-2:00. We will join the Methodists and folks from the Islamic Center as we pack 27,000 meals to be used for hunger relief around the world.

We will also plan to walk the CROP Walk and participate in Backyard Fruit Picks this Fall. More info to come!
Youth Pool Party at the Bonzo's House
An afternoon of swimming, eating and sharing with some of our youth.

Parenting Book and Discussion on
Bless This Mess
Being a parent is an incredible journey and one that does not need to be done without support and encouragement!  

So far we have several parents interested in the book and we will gather for a discussion of it and parenting at a date in October. Please let Pastor Marlene know of your interest so she can include you in the selection of the date for the first discussion. We are looking for a house to meet in for our October meeting. Please contact Pastor Marlene if you can host.

It 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.
Walk for Water - A Clean Water Fundraiser - October 12
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.
Jazz on the Green - Friends In Deed Fundraising Sept 26th
Seven FCC Folks attended the recent FID Fundraiser where almost $200,000 was raised to support services for those in the Pasadena area. What an honor to work with such a wonderful organization. With grateful thanks to the Appley Foundation for offering support for folks to attend.

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