Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost    
September 15, 2019
Meeting at 500 E. Colorado Blvd.
Sunday Worship Service: 11:30 am, FUMC Chapel
Our Core Values: 
Spiritual Growth. Welcome. Justice-seeking

Pastor Marlene and member Bettie joined others in an all-church clean-up on Saturday. Thanks to our office manager Nina Kung for also coming to help dust and clean for a few hours!

We were the guests of FUMC after church on Sunday for their Annual Welcome Back Barbecue.

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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 Update

In our new world of debt-free budgets and investment income dedicated to service and outreach, 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.

Additional new outreach spending awaits approval of parameters and a more formal plan for awarding grants, a plan informed by our values, mission and vision and the guidelines expressed in a trust document naming the church as a beneficiary.

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.

Council has approved the proposal and has scheduled a Forum for Sunday September 15th to share the plan for awarding grants and to answer any questions you may have about the process, followed by a congregational meeting September 22nd to vote and affirm the guidelines. If you would like to read the proposal before the forum, copies will be available after Sunday morning worship or you may request an electronic copy from me or from Nina in the church office.

Once the plan is finalized, we will 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
Upcoming Events for Youth
(6 th -12 th grade)
Sunday Sept. 29 th Pool Party at the Bonzo’s house from 1-4:00. We will be updating you on monthly events. 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!
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!  

All parents are invited to read this book and join us in a discussion of 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. 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! Feel free to read the reviews on Amazon or talk with Marlene about your interest. Marlene will have a few copies on hand Sunday for those who want to look at it. 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.
Friends In Deed - Jazz on the Green

Tickets are now available for the Friends In Deed Fall Fund-Raiser. Please join others in an evening out at the Castle Green to support an amazing organization.

Please let Pastor Marlene know if you wish to attend with others from FCC.

Jennifer Lanski: Solo Show

I would like to invite everyone to the opening of my solo show, 
"Places: Famous and Ordinary"  
at the LA Artcore Union Center for the Arts.

I will be exhibiting 71 works total from three different series.

The show runs September 5-29, 2019
Gallery hours are Thursday-Sunday 12-4 pm

La Artcore Union Center for the Arts
120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

(Take the Gold Line to the Little Tokyo station and walk a few blocks, or there is inexpensive parking in a lot across the street from the gallery: $1/hour for the 1st 2 hours; metered street parking is more expensive.)

-Jennifer Lanski

1. Can children come?
 Yes, as long as they are old enough to not touch the art, young enough to be unable to do so, or supervised so they won't. All the work in my show is appropriate for all ages.

2. Is there a cost to come to the gallery?
No. And no one will pressure you to buy art (think a grocery store, not a car dealership). But you can if you want to (unlike in a museum).

3. Is there a dress code?
No. Dress comfortably. I might be a little dressed up (or maybe not), but if you don't know me well, you probably won't be able to tell.
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We have been working with Paulina Lainez at ZenDigital to update our social media and website. She has been posting on our Facebook and Instagram accounts a number of different postings including testimonials of members, staff bios, the history of FCC, and our podcasts just to name a few.   We would like to thank those who have written articles. The UCC has taken notice, too and are pleased that we are using their icons plus asked if they could use Kim Story’s testimonial for another publication. Please look for the postings and "like" them, comment on them or feel free to share them. Paulina has also been stream lining our website and making it more user friendly. Through this process, we are updating pictures, staff bios, access to the Women’s Scholarship application, along with information on FCC. The website should be going live in the next couple of weeks. Just a notice, that pictures that are taken at the church or on church events may be used for either the website or social media unless we hear from you that you would prefer not to. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
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
Sept. 29, Oct. 20 & 27, Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 15, 22 & 29 are available. Thanks to all who have already donated!

(We offer a reminder that altar flowers donation are not tax-deductible.)
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)
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Mental Health Advocacy Services and Friends In Deed
Monthly Free Legal Clinic
At this clinic, volunteers and attorneys at Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. will provide consultation and information. Bring any documents relating to your question. Call to make an appointment today - 213.389.2077 ext. 15 - Ask for Andrea. Location: First United Methodist Church of Pasadena, Fellowship Hall, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. For more information, call FUMC church office at 626.796.0157
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
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Lunch Hour:
12 – 1:30PM