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

   Fourth Sunday of Advent   
December 23 & 30, 2018   

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


Pastor Jake attends to a few angels on Sunday

Reflection for Worship. . .

This Sunday, the 4th Sunday of Advent, we hear Mary's
Magnificat, a stirring piece of poetry ascribed to Mary; a poetry which describes her response to God about her pregnancy, her hopes for her child, and her belief in what this child will be for God's world. It is a bold proclamation for someone who is young, alone, and unclear about her future. It is a faithful song of hope. Let us join Mary in a similar stance this Christmas season. Hope to see you in worship!
-Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy
A Christmas Poems by Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
Shepherd's Song at Christmas  
Look there at the star!
I, among the least,
Will arise and take
A journey to the East.
But what shall I bring
As a present for the King?
What shall I bring to the Manger?
I will bring a song,
A song that I will sing,
In the Manger.
Watch out for my flocks,
Do not let them stray.
I am going on a journey
Far, far away.
But what shall I bring
As a present for the Child?
What shall I bring to the Manger?
I will bring a lamb,
Gentle, meek, and mild,
A lamb for the Child
In the Manger.
I'm just a shepherd boy,
Very poor I am--
But I know there is
A King in Bethlehem.
What shall I bring
As a present just for Him?
What shall I bring to the Manger?
I will bring my heart
And give my heart to Him.
I will bring my heart
To the Manger.
Also This Sunday

We have our final Children's Christmas Mini Pageant this Sunday - many many thanks to all the children, families, choir and especially Connie and our teachers (Grace, Neva, Krysty, Roberta and Jeff T.) for their creativity and work making this happen. What a wonderful four weeks it has been of angels and shepherds and others in our sanctuary re-telling the Nativity Story. We will have an enhanced coffee hour after worship this Sunday to celebrate everyone. Marlene and Connie are bringing food for all to enjoy.
Connie promises us lots of great music for the next three worship services. Some details and artists are still being worked out - but come and enjoy and prepare to be wowed by our music!
NOTE: this is the final Touchstone for 2018. The next one will be sent out prior to the Jan. 6th service.
Upcoming Schedule:

Monday Dec. 24th
office open till noon. We have a 6 p.m. Candlelight Worship Service in our Sanctuary. Rev. Jake  is preaching; Moderator Randy V. and Rev. Leo Lynch are liturgists. We do have the University Club available for parking this evening.

Advent Candle-Lighters
are the Children and Teachers. It may be cool; it may be hot. Wear layers and prepare to be surprised. There will be plenty of carols to sing and music for us to enjoy. We will have a reception with light refreshments in our parlors after the service. Feel free to bring a plate of sweets to add to what Sallie is providing.
Tuesday Dec. 25th-
Merry Christmas !  Church office is closed.  
Wednesday Dec. 26th
- Staff on-site to orchestrate move out of Co-Pastor's office and Nursery.
Sunday Dec. 30th - Informal Worship at 10a.m. in Chapel. Rev.Marlene preaching. Wear Pajamas and slippers - prizes for the best! We will also honor Choir Section leader/soloist Kim Mendez-McLeish on her last day - she is focusing her energy on her school work at UCLA right now. However... her sister Pam Hopson is returning as our Section leader/soloist!!! We will miss you Kim; we welcome you back Pam!! Cocoa and cinnamon rolls served by Sallie and Marlene after worship. There is NO church school
on this day. We are hoping to staff a nursery. If not, children are welcome in our informal, abbreviated worship service.
Council Meeting
to follow coffee hour for up to an hour to go over financials and other matters related to our upcoming move. Room TBA!
Jan. 6, 13, 20
Worship in our FCC Chapel at 10:00 a.m. Nursery in our youth lounge. Church School location TBA.
Jan. 27th -
Combined Worship Service at 10 a.m. with FCC and FUMC at FUMC in their sanctuary. Lunch to follow.
3 p.m. Ordination of Randy VanDeveneter
at the Congregational Church of La Canada (UCC). More details to come!
Feb. 3rd
- First 11:30 Worship Service at 11:30 a.m. in FUMC Chapel - our current new home.
Budget/Pledging Update

If you wish to finish up your pledge or make an additional pledge for 2018, please date your check before Dec. 31, 2018 and leave it in the offering plate or drop off to Nina in the office no later than Sun. Jan. 13th so our Treasurer and Book keeper can close up the books for 2018.
If you have pledged for 2019 we thank you so much! If you have not yet pledged and plan to pledge, we ask that you email Barb Bonzo b3bonzo@gmail.com
with your pledge or give her a pledge in writing on Sunday. Many thanks for helping us put together a budget for 2019! - Budget Committee and Treasurer. Our pledges are an integral part of our church budget.

Save the Dates:

Our Bad Weather Shelter dates for 2019 are Saturday January 19th and Sunday February 17th. Please email the Co-pastors or tell Joey Bland if you can help us serve a meal and set out cots on either of those dates. 12-16 people are needed each night.

Our church school children will be meeting in Nina's office area between Christmas and the end of January.
 Our Transition Continues
Staff and church members continue to sort and pack rooms in the building in preparation for our move in December/January.
Staff and volunteers are clearing out the nursery, 2nd floor and pastors' office. The Hallways and parlors are full of furniture and debris as the new owners renovate the space in preparation for our departure. 

After Dec. 31st we will have access to the following through Jan. 31st: our offices (except the pastor's office), the chapel and one or two parlors, our youth room (which will be located in our nursery). All other spaces will revert to the new owner's use and their new tenants.   

Worship Leaders 
Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy 
Rev. John H. Pomeroy

Liturgist 12/23
Josh Ashenmiller
Liturgist 12/24 6:00 p.m. 
Rev. Leo Lynch
Moderator Randy VanDeventer
Liturgist 12/30
Ushers 12/23 
Judi Tyler
Dana Pell
Mary Camacho
Jeff Tyler  
Ushers 12/24
Sandy Biehler
Brian Brandenburg
Jim Maddox  
Ushers 12/30
John Gamber Thompson
Thom Meyers
Lu Burd
Judy burd 

Pianist & Music Director
Connie Washburn

Advent Wreathlighting
Representatives of FCC Scouting Team  12/23
FCC Parents and Children 12/24    

Church Nursery (for infants - K)
Jackie Rodriguez and Lachlan Ashenmiller         
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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      Christmas Holiday Hours
       1 2/24 Office closes at Noon  
12/25 Christmas Day - Office is closed
      12/31 Office closes at Noon  

Regular 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

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In this Edition . . .
-Rose Bowl Tickets and Pancake Breakfast at FUMC  
-Burd-Nguyen Marriage Vows   
-Friends in Deed - Youth Outreach Work 

Rose Bowls Tickets and Pancake Breakfast at  
First United Methodist Church New Year Day

All tickets for the parade that were set aside for us have been purchased. You are encouraged to come early, have breakfast ($9.95 each) and find a parking spot south of the church on the streets. The earlier the better! If you have any further questions, please contact Marlene directly. If you purchased a seat your chair should have your name on it. Please arrive no later than 7:45.

FUMC is inviting us to come and cook/serve the pancake breakfast with them that morning. The call time is early, but the comraderie is fun!! The meal is served from 5:30-8:00 a.m. and volunteers are needed starting at 4 a.m.

The FUMC breakfast coordinators are Kendall and Scott. Please contact them directly if you are able to help out!!
Pastor Marlene will show up if there are least 4 FCC members who will join her!!!

klbwi@mac.com is email for Kendall
4sdcarp@earthlink.net is email for Scott
There is also access to bathrooms!!
Our  two Confirmands are Elle Leckrone and Kamryn Beasley. They were commissioned in worship last Sunday by our pastors. John Gamber-Thompson and Heather Bland will be their sponsors over the next five months. We urge you to pray for our Confirmands as they explore their faith.
                                               Burd-Nguyen Took Marriage Vows

Lu Burd married her long-time partner Bruno Nguyen this past Sunday in a private ceremony in our sanctuary. It was fitting for Lu to be married here since she was an assistant Wedding Coordinator for many years. Congrats to Lu and Bruno!

                                             Friends in Deed

The final Youth Outreach outing for 2018 was Sunday Dec. 16th from 11:30-4:00. We will evaluate what we did this fall and decide which things to continue in 2019. Many thanks to all youth and adults who helped out! The Youth Outreach Planning Committee is: Lu Burd, Meagan VanDeventer, Jeff Tyler, Neva Orr and Pastor Marlene.