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

   Tenth Sunday After Pentecost    
July 29, 2018    

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


Greetings from Aid Africa - Uganda! Jeff and Peter visited the equator.

Reflection for Worship. . .
Practicing Relationship
Psalm 139:1-18
Our core values as a church remind us of our direction - they help focus what we do and help us evaluate what we create - they are our hand-holds in our faith journey together as a community. Our core values of Welcome, Justice and Spirituality are also the boundaries of our relationships - with one another and God! We have lots of relationships in lots of places in our lives - spirituality is one of the most challenging because we struggle to get feedback from God on how we are doing. What if we are uncomfortable with church or with behavior of other Christians...what if we want to explore other traditions but were raised in the Christian faith...what if we have new questions for God based on our experience but have only the image of God we learned in church school years ago? In a sermon entitled Practicing Relationship, we will consider how Psalm 139 offers language and suggests a plan for how we can be intentional but not controlling in our relationship with God. Come join us in the air conditioning for worship at 10AM in the Chapel -
-Rev. John H. Pomeroy

Also on Sunday:
We will have a nursery this Sunday but no church school.
After worship we will have another planning meeting for our Sept. 8th Celebration in the East Parlor

Save the Dates:
Friends In Deed Backpack Drive Distribution dates: Tues./Wed., July 31st and Aug. 1st. See article below and join us!
Saturday Aug. 4th - Women's Mini Retreat. See details below.
Saturday Aug. 18th we will have an
All-Church Pool Party at the Cordova-Brookey house in east Pasadena. More details will be forthcoming. Sponsored by our Membership Ministry.

Council Annual Summer Retreat: will be held at the Pomeroy house on Saturday Aug. 25th from 9-3.

Aid Africa Update: Sunday Aug. 26th: Peter Keller and Jeff Levison will be "back from their Aid Africa Ugandan trip" with stories to tell and pictures to share after worship.

Worship Leaders 
Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy
Rev. John H. Pomeroy
Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy     
John Gamber-Thompson
Thom Meyers
Lu Burd
Judy Burd

Pianist & Music Coordinator 
Connie Washburn

Church School Teachers  
No church school today.  

Church Nursery (for infants - K)
J. Rodriguez and Adi Paokhomai          
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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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 . . .  
-Friends In Deed Backpack and School  
 Supply Drive
-Women's Mini Retreat, Aug. 4th
-Summer Pool Party
-All Church Celebration Planned for Sept. 8th 

Friends in Deed Backpack and School Supply Drive
Thank you so much for your contributions of backpacks and school supplies. Pastor Marlene delivered a car full of supplies to Friends in Deed this week for them to prep. She and several adults and youth from FCC will be distributing it to children next week.

Women's Mini Retreat Aug. 4th
We will be having a Mini Women's Retreat Saturday Aug. 4th from 10-2 at Pastor Marlene's house. It will be a time of sharing together as in past retreats as well as some time to engage in SoulCollage led by Anne Cohen ; she describes it this way: A SoulCollage Deck is the story of you! SoulCollageĀ® is a process which begins as simple creative fun, but which suddenly may surprise and awaken you! Learn how to access your intuition and create an incredible deck of cards with deep personal meaning that will help you with life's questions. This is a multi-leveled, creative process which anyone can do. It is wonderful to have other people with whom to share the process.
Anne Cohen is a minister with the United Church of Christ, currently serving Mt. Hollywood UCC in the Los Feliz area. Anne uses SoulCollageĀ® to encourage individual and communal transformation in the churches she serves. In personal use, as a verbal person, this visual approach has opened new avenues for self-understanding, spiritual expression and the processing of events and emotions. It's an adventure!
Of course we will also have a chance to eat together. Please RSVP to Pastor Marlene at   fccrevs@yahoo.com if you plan to attend so we can have supplies and space for you. The cost is $10 each to cover supplies for the SoulCollage. 

Summer Pool Party

Come join us at the Cordova-Brookey house for a summer pool party! Saturday Aug. 18th from 1-5 p.m. We will send more details closer to the event. This is for all ages.

Saturday Sept. 8th  date for our All Church Celebration in anticipation of leaving our building
We are planning a grand celebration of our time here in 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 will be ready to go out later in July. 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 Pastor Marlene. In addition to the event on Saturday, long-time member Jeff Tyler will be leading a building tour and telling stories after worship on Sunday Sept. 9th 
Revs. Marlene & Jake