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 After Easter     
April 22, 2018    

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



Please RSVP for the Tea ASAP!!! It will be held on Staturday, May 5th from 4-6 p.m. See article below for information on the Scholarships that will be handed out. Please contact Kevin Cordova-Brookey if you are able to bring some homemade specialty food for the Tea.
Reflection for Worship. . .

Bible Text: John 10:11-18

This Sunday, just a few weeks after Easter, we hear the story of the Good Shepherd. We hear how adrift sheep would be without a shepherd - they are susceptible to wolves snatching them up, going astray without strong leadership, and getting lost without a vigilant shepherd who is paying attention. It's not just a sweet story; there are real repercussions if we don't have caring, dedicated people watching out for sheep! We as humans also have different lives when we don't have people watching out for us. The early disciples were frantic that their leader, their Rabbi, had been taken from them. Jesus had been their link to God, their manifestation of Divine presence and guidance. Now they would have to band together and provide that for themselves. They would also have to connect with God in a new way without Jesus interpreting things for them. This story is a story about being protected and cared for. It operates on several levels: about how Jesus cared for them; about how we are to care for others; about how our God cares for us on a cosmic level. This is about our lives being bound up intimately with our Creator God and with one another. And this story falls on Earth Day - a day when we are asked to ponder how we can care for our beautiful earth and world. We will explore our need for protection and care in our worship on Sunday. You are invited to join us at 10 am. We will have special music by Candace Murphy on violin and soloist Kim singing a piece from Bach's Magnificat as well as other stirring music. Come early if you want to join our hymn-sing as we gather!
-  Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy

Also on Sunday:

Jeff and Neva will be leading Church School class. Jackie and Lu will be overseeing the nursery.
Council will be meeting at 11:30 in the East Parlor to go over the monthly financials.
Descanso Gardens Outing -
Don't miss the Saturday trip to Descanso Gardens.  Our Lamplighter Group is coordinating a trip on Saturday the 21st to see the blooming flowers. Plan to meet between 11:00-11:30 in the patio area for lunch and then you may tour the gardens on your own. RSVP Sue Miele or Nina in the office. The Enchanted Railroad will be running! Click here for more info.
Women's Scholarship/Tea Update:
The Scholarship Committee is in the process of interviewing potential recipients for our annual FCC Pasadena Area Women's Pasadena Scholarship. Please keep the committee in your prayers as they discern who will be selected this year as we have a nice group of talented and wonderful women to choose from! The selection committee is : Grace Rinck, Mary Camacho, Krysty Leckrone, Sue Miele, Pastor Marlene Pomeroy and Bettie Teel.
What we need now is for you all to come to the Tea and meet the recipients! Membership Ministry is coordinating the food and you may be in touch with Kevin Cordova-Brookey or Kim Story to sign up to bring homemade goodies. Please RSVP to Nina at fccmonina@yahoo.com with your reservation. The cost is $34 per adults and $20 per child under 10 yrs. This is a fantastic event to invite a friend! Our Music Director Connie Washburn is providing some special music again this year for your pleasure at the Tea.  

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

Pianist & Music Director   
Connnie Washburn

Church School Teachers   
Combined class for elementary & youth class - teachers are: Jeff Tyler/Neva Orr  
Church Nursery (for infants - K) :
Jaquelyne Rodriguez & Lu Burd   
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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9:00 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 Update
Ann Appley Memorial Service
Building tour, April 29th
Central Association Spring Meeting Date
Mayor's Prayer Breakfast
Lamplighters, May 11 
Hollywood Bowl Outing, July 7th 

                                                    Memorial Service for Ann Appley

Please plan to attend a special service to honor and remember long-term church member Ann Appley on Saturday, April 28th at 3:30 p.m. in our chapel, followed by a reception in our parlors. The family invites you to keep posted on the webpage: https://annappley.weebly.com/ 
Many thanks to our choir for coming to sing at the service. Please plan to carpool as parking will be limited.

 FCC BUILDING TOUR        SAVE THE DATE!!         APRIL 29, 2018   11:30am

Have you ever wondered what's really behind all those doors and in the rooms of our massive building?  If so, you are in for a treat.

Sue Miele, one of our long-time members has volunteered to lead a tour of our building for interested members. She will be accompanied by Griselda who holds the keys and knows all the secret haunts from the basement to the attic.

If you cannot attend on that date, Jeff Tyler will conduct another tour later in the Spring or Summer.

Central Association
of the Southern California/Nevada Conference
of the United Church of Christ

Spring Meeting 
Saturday, April 28, 2018

8:30 a.m. Registration - $5.00
9:00 a.m. Worship & Meeting
12:00 Lunch - $5.00

Celebrating Union Church's
100th Anniversary
3 Great Loves: Neighbor, Children & Creation

Los Alamitos Community Congregational Church
4111 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos, CA 90720  
Get acquainted with other UCC Churches
See old friends & make new ones

Childcare and a vegetarian meal are available.
If you need either one, please indicate when making your reservation.

Please RSVP by Friday, April 20 to:
Laurie Fox laurie48fox@gmail.com or text 213.725.9208

Looking Ahead- Save the Dates! 

Save the dates for two upcoming fundraising events sponsored by Friends in Deed, our local non-profit who works on our behalf to serve the poor and marginalized. On Thursday May 3rd
FID will host the Annual Pasadena Mayor's Prayer Breakfast.
Several hundred leaders and folks from our city will be on hand to hear a featured speaker and the work of FID at 7:30 a.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center. Elizabeth Lanski and Marlene Pomeroy are planning to attend. If any others would like to register and sit with us please let us know ASAP!

On Monday May 7th FID will host a golf fund-raiser at the Glendora Country Club at 9:30 a.m.
You may find more info and will be able to sign up for either event at www.friendsindeedpas.org

Lamplighters - Save-the-Date - Friday, May 11

Mark your calendars for Friday, May 11. All are welcome to join the Lamplighters for dinner at 5:30 pm and attend a free concert by the Pasadena Community Orchestra at 8:00 pm at the First Church of the Nazarene in Sierra Madre, featuring Max Hammond, the Young Artist Competition winner, on the piano. Watch the Touchstone and your email for more information.      

Hollywood Bowl Outing for Summer 2018

Yes, it's that time to purchase our tickets to the Bowl. Membership Ministry (Kevin, Tara, Lu, Kim and Marlene) have chosen Jennifer Hudson on Saturday July 7th as an event for us to attend together. We have 15 tickets - sign up quickly and we can always purchase a few more (in past years we were allowed to return unused tickets but this year we have to buy in advance). We have great seats in P1 for $36 each. There is some scholarship money to supplement those for whom the price is too high, so please speak with Pastor Marlene for a reduced price ticket. The time is 8 p.m. and of course we will go ahead of time and picnic. Join us!!