Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost    
September 29, 2019
Meeting at 500 E. Colorado Blvd.
Sunday Worship Service: 11:30 am, FUMC Chapel
Our Core Values: 
Spiritual Growth. Welcome. Justice-seeking
Outreach Grants Proposal Approved!
FCC folks unanimously approved our Outreach Grants Proposal this past Sunday. Our church is now offering grants up to $25,000 for projects or activities aligned with our congregations mission, vision and core values. Details may be found in the article below.

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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!
This past week 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)

Sunday Sept. 29 th Pool Party at the Bonzo’s house from 1-4:00.

Please keep Sun. Oct 6 th set aside 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.

Check out their website for more information about this organization

We will also plan to walk the CROP Walk and participate in Backyard Fruit Picks this Fall. More info to come!

Nourishing Lives Through Rise Against Hunger Events

School is a Happy Place for 5-Year-Old Tra in Vietnam.
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.
Rise Against Hunger Event
On Sunday October 6th we will join members of the First United Methodist Church and the Islamic Center of Southern California in an emergency 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. Please learn more about this organization at

Walk for Water - A Clean Water Fundraiser - October 12
November 3, 2019
Save the date! Crop Hunger Walk, Sunday November 3, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, 1879 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, 12 Noon registration begins, 1:30 the 5K loop walk begins.

Save the date! Recruiters Info Materials Rally

*New 50th Anniversary materials
*Inspiration and information
*Help setting up your web page
St Elizabeth Parish Hall
1840 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, CA
(EAST side of Lake Ave., at the school

Will you offer flowers for our worship one Sunday?

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.
Sept. 29, 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