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

   Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost    
August 29, 2018    

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


Aid Africa recent trip to Uganda. Jeff Levison and Peter Keller will be sharing news and pictures this Sunday after worship.

Reflection for Worship. . .

"Containers of Welcome"
1 Kings 8: (1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43
We continue to reside in the book of First Kings from the Old Testament. This Sunday we hear of King Solomon and his grand Temple that he had built. Solomon is talking about the presence of God in the temple, but not limited by the temple - God is beyond and not contained within our buildings and our rituals. What a wonderful thing to remember as we prepare to leave our grand building and step out in faith to a new space. God goes with us wherever we are! The passages from First Kings are a powerful reminder of where God dwells - "Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this house that I have built!" Come join us for worship on Sunday as we ponder the grandness of God!
Hope to see you Sunday!
-Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy
Also on Sunday
After coffee hour we will have a Forum to hear about the recent trip of Jeff and Peter to Uganda; we will hear about the ongoing work of Aid Africa. To learn more about this organization, please check out their website at aidafrica.net
September 8th Celebration Update
Many thanks to the 80 people who have already RSVP'd for the event. The deadline is Sunday August 26th so that we can finalize our food order and rentals. Please let Nina know in the church office if you plan to attend.
Here are some notes from the music planned from that evening from our Music Director Connie Washburn:
In addition to hearing the music of our own choir and regular guest singers, our concert will include music with some of our favorite instrumentalists.  Come and hear Andy Whitenack on organ, Randy on guitar/vocals, Damon on sax, Cathy on cello, Lilly on flute, and April on cello. Please come and help us celebrate!
And here are some excerpts compiled by Roberta White from the book, "Kept by Grace," written on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of our church:
"Wednesday night May 23, 1923, a special business meeting was called after a prayer meeting to discuss the purchase of a piece of property on the corner of Walnut and Los Robles.  The present building was bursting at the seams with over 1,200 members and the trustees had been looking for some time for a suitable site for a yet another new building. Mr. Fawkes was concerned about the continual drain on congregational resources from building one building after another.
As the congregation was discussing plans for the building, some worried that 1,300 seats in the sanctuary would not be sufficient, One gentleman, Harry Prinz, stood up and expressed the opinion that we would have enough seating but he foresaw that parking would become a big problem.
In keeping with the times, the overriding issue in congregational life in the 1930's was money. The debt from the new building became an enormous burden suddenly."

Save the Dates:
Council Annual Summer Retreat: will be held at the Pomeroy house on Saturday Aug. 25th from 9-3.
Sunday Sept. 9th Building Tour
after worship with Jeff Tyler, Chair of Building Ministry
Saturday Sept. 15th - Aid Africa Walk for Water fund-raiser.
Wednesday Sept. 26th - Friends in Deed Jazz on the Green fund-raiser at the historic Green Hotel.
Saturday Sept. 29th - Fall Association meeting which included the Ecclesiastical Council for Randy VanDeventer at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles (now a UCC Church!!). This is one of the final steps before Randy is cleared for ordination. Let's plan to come and support him. Copies of his ordination paper are available below as a link. 
Sunday Oct. 28th Annual Halloween Party and Festivities.
Saturday Nov. 3rd Aid Africa Annual Fund-Raiser.
Saturday Nov. 4th Pasadena CROP Walk.

Worship Leaders 
Rev. John H. Pomeroy
Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy
Josh Ashenmiller   
Judi Tyler
Dana Pell 
Mary Camacho
Jeff Tyler 

Pianist & Music Director  
Connie Washburn

Church School Teachers  
Combined class for elementary & youth - teacher is  Pastor Jake.

Church Nursery (for infants - K)
Adi Paokhomai and Moriah Vega       
Nursery opens at 9:15 a.m. for early birds and then everyone comes to worship at 10:00 and stays through the Children's  Time and then heads to the nursery with caregivers and parents.   

Nina Kung   
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In this Edition . . .  
-Aid Africa Upcoming Events
      -Aid Africa Forum
      -Walk for Water  
      -Fall Fundraiser
-All Church Celebration Planned for Sept. 8th  
-Friends In Deed - Jazz on the Green 
-Fall Association Meeting 
-Transition Update 

Aid Africa Upcoming Events
Aid Africa Forum
Now that church members Peter Keller and Jeff Levison have returned from Uganda, we will have a chance to hear about their trip after worship on Sunday August 26th. Jeff and Peters have stories to tell and pictures to share with us.

Walk for Water
Please join us on Saturday Morning Sept. 15th at Montrose Community Park for the Walk for Water fund-raiser. We will gather at 9:00 a.m. for a brief bit to hear about the work of Aid Africa. We will then fill our water cans and walk through Montrose to the Fire Station and back. Once we return we hope to relax together for a picnic at Montrose Park around 11:30. Please let Peter or Irene Keller know if you can participate.
Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club
Sponsors a
Walk for Water
A Clean Water Fundraiser
To Benefit the
Water Projects of Aid Africa
Saturday September 15, 2018

-Registration is at 9 am at the Montrose Community Park
3529 Clifton Place, Glendale 91208

-Walk to the Montrose Fire Station
less than a mile

-Inspect the fire equipment
-FILL your water container
-CARRY your container back to the park
-LEARN what it is like to get water when it doesn't come from your kitchen faucet
-ENTRY FEE is $25 and include a T-shirt
-GET FRIENDS to sponsor you
-TELL EVERYONE what it's like to carry your own water
-YOUR DONATIONS save lives!
*80% of communicable diseases are water born.
*1 Billion people in the developing world don't have clean water.
*Women and girls especially bear the burden of finding and carrying water.
*Less time is available for school, farming and family care when women and
girls have to walk long distances.

For Information and Sponsorship Forms
-Call - 818-389-6442
-Email - infor@aidafrica.net
Donate Online at: AidAfrica,net/donate
Checks to: Aid Africa
3916 Pennsylvania Avenue, La Crescenta, CA 91214

Fall Fund-Raiser
This year FCC will be hosting the annual fund-raiser for Aid Africa on Saturday Nov. 3rd from 5:00-9:00 p.m. We will be feasting on home-made soups in a hand crafted pottery bowl for dinner. We will also see and hear updates from Uganda and the work of Aid Africa. More details and invitations will be forthcoming but save the date and plan to attend!

Saturday Sept. 8th Date for our All Church Celebration  
We are planning a grand celebration in thanksgiving for our ministry in and through this building on Saturday September 8th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The planning committee is busily working on the details of the evening and invitations have been sent! Please mark your calendars and let anyone you know who might be interested in attending to save the date! If you have questions please ask Rev. Marlene Pomeroy. 

Friends in Deed Jazz on the Green

On Wed. Sept. 26th Friends in Deed will host their annual Jazz on the Green event at the historic Castle Green Hotel. This is their biggest fund-raiser of the year and provides support for their growing services. The event includes live jazz, food and drink as well as a silent auction on the first floor of this grand old hotel. The tickets are $95 each and we are supplementing up to 20 tickets for FCC folks thanks to the generous donation of the Appley Foundation. The cost to FCC folks is $50 per ticket to the first 20 folks who RSVP to Pastor Marlene. Over 10 folks attended last year and really enjoyed an evening out together. Please click on http://www.losakatombros.com/ to hear sample music of the jazz group LosAKAtombros who will be playing this year. Please click on
http://friendsindeedpas.org/fid/events/event/2018-jazz-on-the-green/ to read more about the event and the ongoing work of Friends in Deed.

Central Association
of the
Southern California Nevada Conference
United Church of Christ
Fall Association Meeting
Featuring a wonderful 15 minute prelude on their world famous organ, a festival of hymns including the singing of many of the traditional hymns of our faith, and exciting additional events. Also the date of our Moderator Randy VanDeventer's Ecclesiastical Council. See below for a link to his Ordination Paper so you may read in advance. 
Saturday, September 29, 2018, registration begins at 8:30 am. Meeting begins at 9:15-10:15 Hymn singing on their great organ.  Business meeting to follow at 10:15.
First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
540 South Commonwealth Ave.
Los Angeles, CA  90020
Marcia L. Hoffman, by text at (626) 940-7497 - Cell
$5 per person for registration
$5 per person for lunch
Proposed Amendment to our Bylaws
The Executive Committee, upon the recommendation of the Committee on Church and Ministry, recommends the following amendment to Central Association's Bylaws as section "j" on Page 9 of 11, line 382:   Section IX. Committees, 2. Church and Ministry:
(j) Sections of the Committee may meet separately from the Committee of the Whole, on, at most, a quarterly basis, as that Section's workload or agenda may require.  When a Section elects to meet separately from the Committee of the Whole, a written report must be submitted to the Chair of the Committee prior to the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Committee.  At any meeting of the Committee in which a Section is not present because that Section has or will meet separately in that month, no formal decisions will be made by the Committee.  Any pending votes will carry over to the next meeting of the Committee of the whole.  The quorum for any Sectional meeting shall be a majority of its membership.  The quorum for the Committee of the Whole shall be a majority of its membership.  The quorum for two Sections meeting together shall be a majority of their combined membership.
Explanation:  As you may remember at the Fall meeting on Oct. 28, 2017,  this item (paragraph "j") was removed from the bylaws and referred to the Committee on Church & Ministry for rewording.  The above amendment is the result of that referral. 
Child care will be provided
Randel VanDeventer's Ecclesiastical Council
Ordination Paper Attached

Transition Update

Several things are happening that we want you to know about related to our upcoming move. First, our pastoral staff, Church Council and Scouting Committee are all working on your behalf to look for a new building space. We are looking at both leasing and purchasing options. We have one leasing option in a church that we have been in negotiations with over the summer. Once we have worked out the details we will let everyone know of the location and details. As you can imagine, there are many steps in leasing space within another church, but we do want to have a viable option in case there is nothing on the market that we wish to purchase at this time. We are also in contact regularly with our realtor Carl Whidden who is looking for potential properties for us to purchase.

In addition, we are planning a wonderful celebration of our ongoing ministry and our time in this building on Saturday September 8th.  Please note that the committee was originally thinking that we would charge $25 per person for the event. After some feedback, the committee decided to offer the evening at no cost so everyone is able to attend. We ask that you please RSVP by August 25th since a beautiful dinner is being catered and we want to have a seat for you!

Connie Washburn is putting together a wonderful selection of music for us in the sanctuary starting at 5 p.m. She is bringing several of our favorite musicians along with our Choir for the event. The Planning Committee is also inviting some folks to reflect on our time and ministry here and we hope to have some pictures to share throughout our years here. The dinner will be held after that in the parlors and will be a Mediterranean style meal with meat and vegetarian options.

Bonnie Hughes and Lu Burd are gathering together some church memorabilia and pictures to be viewed in the parlors as well. Meagan VanDeventer will have a photo booth for instant pictures - one to take home from the evening and a second one that will be used in a group mural in our new space. You will also be able to enjoy the company of previous staff members and church friends from near and far! Please plan to attend this wonderful celebration on September 8th.

Some of you have asked why we are having the event in September when we are not leaving until February. We didn't want to crowd our usual Thanksgiving Feast and Christmas events by doing it later in the year; in addition, we don't exactly know when the new owner might want to begin renovations on the building or limit our access to the sanctuary, so we selected a date that seemed to work for us! Many thanks to the members of the Planning Committee for their work on this event: Connie Washburn, Randy VanDeventer, Meagan VanDeventer, Kim Story, Dana Pell, Mary Camacho, Lu Burd, Roberta White, Carolyn Olney and Pastor Marlene.

Also, long-time member and Chairperson of Building Jeff Tyler will be giving another building tour on Sunday Sept. 9th after worship for those who wish to tour the building and remember stories of our time here in this space. If you missed the last tour led by Sue Miele, please plan to attend this one! It takes about 90 minutes to get through the building, and is a great reminder of the grandness and scope of this edifice!

Our Scouting Committee will be holding another listening session to answer your questions about the transition in the next month. We will let you know when that date is. It will be after church so you may have the chance to connect with any of those committee members with your questions or input. Many thanks for the work of the Scouting Committee: Carolyn Olney, Heather Bland, Randy VanDeventer, Jeff Tyler, Sue Miele and Kim Story.