Twenty-first Sunday After Pentecost    
November 3, 2019
Meeting at 500 E. Colorado Blvd.
Sunday Worship Service: 11:30 am, FUMC Chapel
Our Core Values: 
Spiritual Growth. Welcome. Justice-seeking

Join us this Saturday for an Aid Africa Fund Raiser in the Fellowship Hall 5:00-8:00pm. Tickets are $60. See aidafrica.net for more information about this non-profit that we are partnered with in Uganda.

Visit us at:  uccpasadena.org

Sermon Podcast
  
Did you miss a worship service and want to hear the sermon? Please visit uccpasadena.org and select 'podcasts' from the menu on top of the home page or click below


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  

FCC Outreach Hours for October
Did you know that 26 FCC folks engaged in 56 and ½ hours of outreach work in October and donated $1433 (updated amount) worth of outreach support? In October we participated in the Rise Against Hunger food packaging event, served a meal at Union Station, raised money for the Aid Africa Walk for Water, and did a backyard Fruit Pick with Food Forward. Please continue to report your FCC outreach work to Pastor Marlene so she can track our support.
Stewardship
Fall Stewardship Season: Following in the Way of Jesus
Many thanks to costumed Mary Camacho for her Stewardship Witness in worship last Sunday. Mary voiced her appreciation for how the church supported her family when she was young. She supports our care for others and is a member of the Women's Scholarship Fund Committee as well as a member of an Usher Team. We will hear from a final member Kim Story this Sunday about her involvement in our church.
 
You should also have received a letter from our Moderator Randy VanDeventer who addressed our church's faithfulness in a time of great change and transition for our community. 
 
Members and friends of FCC will receive a letter from our Co-Pastors Marlene and Jake Pomeroy next week in preparation to receive your pledge cards on Sunday Nov. 10 th . This year we are asking each member to fill out a pledge card and 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! Both your participation and donation is necessary for us to be a vibrant church.
2019 Fall Celebration & Fundraiser - Aid Africa, Nov. 2nd
CROP HUNGER WALK
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! The start time is 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, 12:30 registration begins for the 5K loop .

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.
Lamplighters Planning Meeting, Nov. 20th

Bring ideas that we can use for the months ahead. Bring a friend to the Lamplighters Planning Meeting on Wednesday, November 20th at 6:30pm at Carrows Restaurant, 815 Fremont Avenue. RSVP to Regina. Let's get together for a dinner or activities once a month...come and join us!
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.
 
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 fccmonina@gmail.com . The cost is $40.

Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 8, & 15 are available. Thanks to all who have already donated!

(We offer a reminder that altar flowers donation are not tax-deductible.)
Annual Halloween Party
Our annual Halloween Party was an amazing success last Sunday! There were costume contest, pumpkin decorating, a mummy wrap activity and Madame J offered fortunes for the coming year! Many thanks to Membership Ministry for organizing this event!
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
OFFICE HOURS:
Mon to Thurs
9AM – 5:30PM
Lunch Hour:
12 – 1:30PM