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

   Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost    
September 9, 2018    

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



Join us for a tour of our building after worship on Sunday, led by long-time Chairperson of our Building Ministry Jeff Tyler.
Reflection for Worship. . .
Mark 7:24-37
"Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight."
-Albert Schweitzer
Our Bible reading for this Sunday consists of two stories of Jesus healing others. The healings are not the surprise, but rather the boundaries Jesus crosses to do the healings is the surprise. Reaching out to pagans, talking to women in public, caring about those outside of one's "tribe" are all things that Jesus models for us in these stories. Jesus urges us to consider the place of outsiders in our lives - who is in the circle of care that we tend to; who is not? We will consider these circles and our calling to be healers in our worship on Sunday. We will also welcome back our adult choir who have been on Summer hiatus. We hope you will join us! 
After worship long-term member Jeff Tyler will be leading a tour of the building for those who want to come along and hear stories and see some of the nooks and crannies of this grand building.
-Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy
Also this weekend-  
Celebration of FCC from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Saturday
150 of you have RSVP'd to attend our grand celebration this Saturday of our ministry in Pasadena since 1885. We will gather in our sanctuary to hear: an array of beautiful music by various musicians and singers, several folks who will share reflections on what attracted them to our church as well as their hopes for our future, and a slide show of vintage and recent photos. After the program we will head to our parlors where dinner will be served! Folks will have a chance to mingle and catch up, see further photos, and take a picture at our photo booth. Many thanks to our event Planning Committee who have worked hard to make this a wonderful evening for us (Randy VanDeventer, Meagan VanDeventer, Kim Story, Dana Pell, Mary Camacho, Lu Burd, Roberta White, Carolyn Olney, Music Director Connie Washburn and Pastor Marlene Pomeroy). Several other folks and staff have also pitched in to help out - Nina in the office, Sallie our building manager, Bonnie Hughes, and Claire Richardson. Many thanks in advance to each of you for your dedication to making this a wonderful event.
Some details for you to know:
As always, we have limited parking on Saturday - you WILL be able to park in the small Walnut lot and the Fuller overhang just adjacent to the small lot. Those spaces are limited so if you are able to walk further, please park in the Fuller Psychology Building (enter on Madison). You may identify yourself as attending the FCC Celebration as we will be paying per car parked. There is NO parking in the University lot or the Los Robles lot. Parking attendants will be outside to assist you. Please plan to carpool on Saturday.
The weather forecast is for the upper 90's so bring something to fan yourself with and dress lightly as we do not have air conditioning in our sanctuary. Our parlors should be a bit cooler. The church nursery will be open but not staffed on Saturday if your little one needs a respite from the festivities. Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!
September 8th Celebration Update
Thanks to all 149 adults and children who have signed up to join us for our celebration of our ministry and history on September 8th. The deadline for RSVPs was Sunday August 25th. 
Here are some notes from the music planned for 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: Andrew Whitenack on organ, Randy VanDeventer on guitar/vocals, Damon Zick on sax, Cathy Biagini on cello, Lijiljana Lukic on flute, and April Cap 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:
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 includes 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. Marlene W. Pomeroy 
Rev. John H. Pomeroy
Willeta Helene    
Ron White
Kathie Arscott   
Jeff Levison  
Jim Maddox   

Pianist & Music Director  
Connie Washburn

Church School Teachers  
Combined class for elementary & youth - teacher are TBA.

Church Nursery (for infants - K)
Jaquelyne Rodriguez/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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In this Edition . . .  
-More Historical Tid-Bits Before Our  
Celebration Saturday 
-Youth Fall Outreach Activity
-Building Transition Update 
-Carol Lisek 
-Walk for Water  
-Friends In Deed - Jazz on the Green 
-Aid Africa Fall Fundraiser
-Fall Association Meeting 


Having difficulty in selling and moving the location of First Congregational Church is not a new occurrence, as is noted in the 75th Anniversary book quoting reactions when the church was planning to move to our current building.
"Finally, the Trustees decided that the time had come to contemplate the building of a new Church. When this was announced by the Minister it was received with mixed emotions. So many wonderful things had happened in this building, and the membership had worked together so happily it came as a shock to many to think of leaving it. Perhaps it was the cramped condition that had brought this about, but there was a fine spirit of togetherness."
Facts about the current church building:
  • Lot purchased 1926 on SE corner of Los Robles and Walnut
  • Ground broken Palm Sunday, April 10, 1927
  • Cornerstone laid, September 25, 1927
  • First service on Easter, April 8, 1928
  • Building has 117 rooms and is 82,000 square feet in size
  • Cost of ground, building & original furnishings $465,000
The church owned a parsonage on south Madison Avenue in Pasadena from 1948 to 1963. It was occupied by three pastors and their families: Rev. Ray Waser, Dr. Alden Mosshammer and Dr. William McCormack. The parsonage was sold to help purchase the lot adjacent to the church on the east. The lot was cleared and made into a much- needed parking area. Since 1988 to present, pastors have been offered an equity sharing agreement on the purchase of housing.
WE ALSO HAVE ABOUT FORTY COPIES OF OUR CHURCH CENTENNIAL BOOK, "KEPT BY GRACE" compiled and edited by our former Associate Pastor, Randi Walker. If you are a member and didn't get one when you joined, you may have the book for free. OTHERWISE WE WILL SELL THE COPIES FOR OUR PRINTING COST OF $20.00. Bonnie Hughes, Roberta White, Lu Burd and Mary Camacho have used the book a lot.  
-Roberta White

Youth Happenings for the Fall  

We are planning several out reach outings this Fall for our middle and high school youth. Our hope is to offer two events each month. Please let us know if your youth can attend. The September outings are: Aid Africa Walk for Water on Saturday Sept. 15th. Please be in touch with Irene or Peter Keller about this and see article below. Meagan VanDeventer and Lu Burd will be the adults coordinating and walking with our youth - all ages are encouraged to attend!  
The second event in September is a Friends in Deed food pantry sorting to be done on Saturday Sept. 22nd from 9-11 a.m. at Friends in Deed. Pastor Marlene, Neva Orr and Lu Burd will be the adults coordinating this event and onsite with the youth. Upper elementary and youth are welcome to help out- the maximum number of people for this is 10. Please be in touch with Meagan, Neva or Marlene if you wish to attend these events. Your parents will need to drop you off and pick you up.
Other outings will include: an athletic shoe drive to repurpose old athletic shoes, volunteering at Club 21, putting together care packages for Ronald McDonald House, sponsoring a family for the holiday through Friends in Deed, and visiting members of our church. The Youth Outreach Planning Committee is: Lu Burd, Meagan VanDeventer, Jeff Tyler, Neva Orr and Pastor Marlene.
In addition we will be holding a Confirmation Class for youth in the 7th grades through high school who are interested. Confirmation is a time for young people to learn about the traditions of the Church and God/Jesus/Holy Spirit, explore their faith, and determine if they would like to be confirmed. Pastor Marlene will be in touch with parents in the next few weeks to find a time for an initial meeting. Parents may also be in touch with Marlene with any questions.

Building Transition Update
In addition to working on the September 8th celebration, FCC staff and leaders continue to look for properties both to purchase and to lease. Our realtor Carl Whidden looks daily for listings. Pastor Marlene and members of Council and the Scouting committee are meeting and talking with a local church to lease potential space in the event that we cannot find a place to purchase before February 2019. We have spent the last two months negotiating possible terms for one church in particular - it is in the central Pasadena area, has adequate parking, dedicated office space, shared worship space, and a common theology and vision with us. We hope to have a written offer from them in the next month which will allow us to share the location and details with you. One thing we have learned through our extensive search process is that many churches either don't want renters, already have leased their available space, or are too small to accommodate us. In addition, we have learned that the 10:00 worship hour is the preferred time for many churches which means that we will have to adjust our worship time so that we have access to the parking lot and will not have conflicts with the earlier worshipers. We are looking at a starting time of 11:30 to be able to have the most ease in sharing space. We should be able to have some small group meetings Sunday morning and before that for up to 15-20 people onsite. There are many positives to this potential location. Please keep us in your prayers as we work to find a future home for our church.

Walk for Water - AID AFRICA

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

Jeff Levison sharing stories of the work of Aid Africa in Uganda: life there, the size of Africa
(several countries can fit inside of it!), and the iconic stove given out by Aid Africa. Our church donated $1500 to Aid Africa this week to build a new water well. Thanks to the Appley Fund that allowed us to do that! You may support this organization at www.aidafrica.net

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.   
Many FCC 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
to read more about the event and the ongoing works for Friends in Deed. 
UPDATE - we have 9 people signed up and 11 remaining tickets for $50 each. Please give a check to Pastor Marlene if you wish to attend.

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

Aid Africa 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!