T O U C H S T O N E  -  A  M i d W e e k  B u l l e t i n

   Palm Sunday      
April 14, 2019    
Now Meeting at 500 E. Colorado Blvd.
Sunday Worship Service: 11:30 am, Chapel

Our Core Values: 
Spiritual Growth. Welcome. Justice-seeking



Reflection for Worship. . .

"A Path of Love"  
Bible Text: Luke 19:29-48
This Sunday we read the Gospel of Luke's account of the arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem. It is also the beginning of Holy Week - a week that culminates with the empty tomb and the stories of the Risen Christ on Easter Sunday. As New Testament and Jewish Studies scholar Dr. Amy-Jill Levine writes, "Holy Week is a time to think about risk, because that's what this whole Passion narrative represents... These are stories not only of Judas and Peter, of John and James; they are our stories as well. Who stands firm and who runs? What happens when you run? And what can we do, now that we have failed ourselves and others, to find that 'at one-ment' again? We know it is possible to find this reconciliation, because the God of grace makes it possible."
-From Entering the Passion of Jesus
I hope you will attend worship this Sunday, Palm Sunday, as we read the story of Jesus bravely entering the city of Jerusalem long ago for the fate that would greet him. The story continues and there are services on Thursday (FCC), Friday (FUMC) and Sunday (Combined FCC/FUMC at 10:00 on April 21st) to navigate us through this ancient and holy journey that is called the Passion Narrative. We will find ourselves among the others who take this the journey. Hopefully, we will also find our God as well.
Hope to see you in church this Sunday!
-Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy
Also on Sunday
Church School  
will be led by Jeff Tyler and Roberta White this Sunday in our main office space on the 3rd floor - room 302 at the top of the stairs.   
After worship, please grab a quick cup of coffee and head to Grant Park!! We will not be having a coffee hour onsite this Sunday as all are headed to the park, just 1 mile east of here. The Egg Hunt starts promptly at 1:00 (it's hard to keep the eggs from being plucked up once they are distributed on the grassy area!).
Bring: your Easter Basket if you wish to participate in the hunt, potluck food (please be in contact with Lu Burd to let her know what you can bring), and any cash offering you wish to give to the 21 Easter baskets that we are making for the children and youth who are staying at the Ronald McDonald house as they receive medical treatment. Thanks to Lu Burd, Membership and our Church School Teachers for coordinating this effort. Supplies and items for the baskets have been purchased and we will assemble them at the park. Please give cash donations to Krysty Leckrone or Roberta White.
In addition to the egg hunt and food, we will also have a few games and time to linger and connect with one another all afternoon at the park. The park is fully accessible, we have tables reserved for our group, and there are restrooms nearby. Wear your FCC Church T-shirt and join us! There is also the Ginger Corner Market directly across the street in case you need an extra cup of coffee or a latté!
This is also the last Sunday to order your Easter lilies and tulips. Please send Nina an email with your order, along with your dedication wording
no later than Monday April 15th. See order form below or fill one out this Sunday, Make checks payable to FCC Pasadena. 
Holy Week Schedule:
Maundy Thursday April 18th
6:00 p.m. gather for our simple soup supper (6 soups needed - let Pastor Marlene know), followed by a simple worship service at 7:00 p.m. Both events to be held in the FUMC Fellowship Hall.
Good Friday Service April 19th at 7:30 p.m. sponsored by FUMC in their chapel
Saturday April 20th 9:00 a.m. rehearsal in the FUMC Sanctuary for all folks participating in the Easter worship service (liturgists, Communion servers, pastors)
Easter Worship Sunday April 21st
9:00-9:50 Easter Breakfast served on the lawn in front of FUMC. Bring something to share if you wish. We will also assemble the Living Flower Cross so bring a few fresh blooms to adorn the cross. FUMC is using their cross and overseeing this, so join in the fun as we decorate together.
10:00 Combined FCC/FUMC Easter Worship Service in the Sanctuary with combined choirs, our soloists, Connie on the piano, brass and the FUMC organ. Should be a grand Easter celebration together!
11:15 Following Worship: Youth can help hide eggs while others enjoy coffee and crafts in the outside Cloister together. Then the Easter Egg hunt will take place followed by Easter Brunch at 11:45. Suggested donation is $8. Please contact FUMC to make a lunch reservation at(626) 796-0157.

Save the Dates:

Women's Scholarship applications due April 7th. See info below and urge women to apply! Applications available on our website uccpasadena.org and in the church office. 
April 14th
Palm Sunday picnic in the park and Easter Basket assembly for Ronald McDonald House. See below for details of what to donate.
April 27th
Friends in Deed Food Pantry stocking 9-11a.m. Corner of Los Robles and Washington. 
May 4th
Central Association Spring Meeting featuring our church's history at the Altadena Community Church. More info in article below.

May 9th Pasadena Mayor's Prayer Breakfast 7:30-9:00 a.m. Please contact Pastor Marlene if you wish to sit at a sponsored table with FCC and FUMC folks.
May 11th Women's Scholarship Tea
Invitations are going out soon! The time is 4:00 p.m. Save the date!

Worship Leaders 
Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy  
Rev. Randy VanDeventer 
Rev. Stacy Thomas
Rev. Stacy Thomas
Ron White    
Kathie Arscott  
Jeff Levison  
Jim Maddox    

Pianist & Music Director 
Connie Washburn

Church School Teaachers
Combined class led by Jeff Tyler/Roberta White upstairs in Room 302. 
Church Nursery (for infants - K)
Lachlan Ashenmiller & Kaye Jenkins 
This week everyone comes to the Chapel at 11:30 a.m. and stays through the Children's  Time and then heads to the nursery with caregivers and parents.   

Nina Kung   
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9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Lunch Hours
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  
Tel. # 626.795.0696
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In this Edition . . .
-Women's Scholarship Application Update 
-Lenten Dates for your Calendar
-Outreach Guidelines Under Consideration 
-Altar Flowers Sign Up 
-Lilies & Tulips Request Form  
-2019 Women's Retreat Planned for April 26-28th  
-Central Association Spring Meeting
-Pasadena Mayor's Breakfast 
Women's Scholarship Fund Application Process Update
scholarship 2019 The deadline has now passed and we have received over 35 applications this year (almost doubled from last year!). The Committee is now looking through all the applications and will schedule interviews with several women once they have narrowed down their search. Please keep the committee in your prayers as they deliberate - Grace Rinck (Chair), Mary Camacho, Krysty Leckrone, Sue Miele, Pastor Marlene Pomeroy and Bettie Teel. The recipients will be honored at our Annual Scholarship Tea, to be held on Saturday May 11th at 4 p.m. in the FUMC Fellowship Hall. You should be receiving an invitation soon - please RSVP and plan to attend this wonderful event that supports and helps local women. We have set aside $10,000 this year to be granted to several women as they pursue their educational dreams.

 Outreach Guidelines Under Consideration
At our Winter Business Meeting our congregation voted to set aside $100,000 for outreach, in addition to increasing our OCWM contribution to the UCC.  The Church Council has voted to fund three projects to date, while at the same time inviting an ad hoc committee to consider a draft of some outreach funding guidelines to govern our giving going forward.  Council will soon ask this group to gather, consider a draft of guidelines and return a final draft to Council.  Then those guidelines will be presented to the congregation for review and comment.  Remember these projects are funded by income from our investments, not from pledged income, loose offering or our reserves. 
In the meantime it is important to know that our church is actively giving from our resources to projects and persons in need in our area.  We are sending $1,000 per month for one year to the Neighborhood Church on Orange Grove in direct support of a woman and her four children who have come from Honduras in the caravan at our border and have resettled in Pasadena. Together with other area churches we are supporting the ongoing work of offering legal services, housing, medical care and work to this mother and her family fleeing violence in her homeland.  When it is safe to do so, we will share more about her history, identity and her needs during resettlement. We hope to have opportunities to offer help directly to the family as well.  
Council also approved a $10,000 contribution to our own Women's Scholarship Fund which has allowed the fund to offer increased scholarship amounts this year.  Don't forget to come and support the Women's Scholarship Tea here at church on Saturday May 11th. Invitations will be going out in the next week. 
Also, the Council has approved a $5,000 contribution to the Jackson Elementary Dual Language STEM Science Camp on Catalina Island for two nights and three days this month.  Our contribution will help make it possible for 15 fifth grade students to attend who otherwise would have had to skip the trip due to a lack of funding.
Each of these projects are consistent with our values as a church and also fall within the guidelines of monies that we have received from a trust where the church has been named a beneficiary. When we share our financial resources with others in the community we build relationships with others and show that we put compassion and faith ahead of building our wealth. 

Will you offer flowers for our worship one Sunday?  
flowers for Bea
There are many Sundays still available for altar flower donations 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 Thanks to all who have already donated! 

Lilies and Tulips Request Form

Please provide information for your Easter flowers for our Sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 21st.

Name __________________________________________________

In honor of ______________________________________________

In memory of ____________________________________________

Number of Lilies ______@8.50 each     Number of Tulips ______$8.50

Payment must accompany order. Make check out to First Congregational Church and designate for Easter flowers. You may take home your flowers after the Easter service.

2019 Women's Retreat Planned For April 26-28th

Joshua Tree

Please give your designated amount to Pastor Marlene for the retreat. We will meet after worship this Sunday April 7th to go over retreat details. The desert is in bloom with all the rain this year, so this will be both a beautiful and meaningful time to reflect and build relationship with one another.

Central Association Spring Meeting
FCC Pasadena to be Honored for our history
Roberta White is bringing some memorabilia and Elizabeth Lanski will make a short presentation of our history at the meeting.
Saturday, May 4, 2019
8:30am Registration
9:00am Program

Altadena Community Church UCC
943 E. Altadena Drive
Altadena, CA 91001

how are the children
Marcia Hoffman

Note: FCC folks may park in the FUMC lot and walk over to the breakfast!