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

   Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost   
All Saints Day Observance   
November 4, 2018   
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Set your clocks BACK 1 hour Saturday night   

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


CROP Walk is This Sunday Nov. 4th!!!! Come join us for the CROP Walk or sponsor a walker during church. If you will not be in church this Sunday and wish to sponsor someone, email the pastors at fccrevs@yahoo.com or Joey Bland.

Reflection for Worship. . .

Unlikely Company
Ruth 1:1-18

The story of Ruth and Naomi is often used in special services - particularly weddings - for its striking account of fidelity and strength in the face of adversity and loneliness. In a reflection entitled Unlikely Company we will consider why Ruth stayed with Naomi, despite the strange land and the obstacles - and what that fidelity and companionship can teach us as we move to a new space and build new relationships as a faith community!  Come join us for worship in the Chapel at 10AM and invite a friend who might benefit from the nurture of our gatherings.
                                               Rev. John H. Pomeroy
Also This Week
Sat. Nov. 3rd is the Aid Africa Fund-raiser in our parlors from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  See article below. Come and join us!
Sunday in worship we will remember all who have passed on to be with God in the last year. Please bring your names to worship and place on the list for us to read during prayers.  
After worship/coffee hour Pastor Marlene will meet with the Stewardship Committee in the pastor's office.
CROP Walk begins at 12 (registration) and 1:30 walk. See more below. 
This Week Nov. 4th 

November 4th
Set your clocks 1 Hour Back before
you go to sleep Saturday night

Our New (Temporary) Church Home
In a recent letter and then a Forum, your 
Church Council announced that we have carefully reviewed and signed a two-year lease for worship and office space within The First United Methodist Church of Pasadena, 500 East Colorado Blvd. This follows months of work searching for a space to lease or purchase by our Staff, our realtor Carl Whidden and our Scouting Committee. Our new home became possible after a conversation between Marlene Pomeroy and Rev. Sandy Olewine, the Senior Pastor of our host congregation in May of this year.

Staff and Church Council understand that persons in our congregation may not be aware of all the work that has been involved in our search, and we are aware that this transition brings with it hopes, concerns and feelings for us all. This new space is nearby, affordable, well kept, has ample parking and most importantly is shared with a congregation that shares many of our values and our mission partners in this area.  FUMC Pasadena staff and leadership have been more than welcoming in beginning this transition and we here at FCC have much to be thankful for!  We have a healthy congregation, meaningful and clear core values, stable and skilled leadership, financial resources to sustain our operations and ministry, and now time and safe space to discern our next steps!

Please join Church Council in thanking all who have helped us to reach this point in our transition -
and we invite you to offer prayers of thanksgiving for our new home!

We will keep you updated on tours of the new space and further details as they unfold in the next month.

Randy Vandeventer, Moderator         
John and Marlene Pomeroy, Co-Pastors

Two Tours Planned for our new interim church home

Save the dates of Sunday Nov. 25th and Sunday Dec. 16th for a group tour of the First United Methodist church just two blocks away on Colorado Blvd. We will head over around 11:50  after worship/coffee hour to have a tour of our new worship space and offices. More info to come - plan to come and see our new space on either date!

Recycle Your Athletic Shoes!
Last call for athletic shoes!! Our church school children and youth will be delivering them soon. Please bring in your shoes no later than Nov. 9th. Any brand or type may be donated. Please keep bringing them and the church school children will drop them off to the local NIKE store where they will be sent to be transformed into playgrounds, running tracks, turf fields, etc.
any brand of shoe is accepted but they are unable to use sandals, dress shoes, boots or shoes with metal cleats/spikes.
Save the Dates:
Sunday Nov. 18th
Stewardship Sunday and Thanksgiving Feast after worship! See article below.

Worship Leaders 
Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy 
Rev. John H. Pomeroy
Kevin Cordova-Brookey  
Aren Burd
Julie Burd           
Peter Keller
Brian Brandenburg  
Pianist & Music Director 
Connie Washburn

Church School Teachers  
Combined class for elementary & youth - teacher are  Krysty Leckrone/Roberta White.

Church Nursery (for infants - K)
J. Rodriguez and TBA         
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   
Visit us at:  uccpasadena.org

Sermon Podcast
D id you miss a worship service and want to hear the sermon? Please visit uccpasadena.org and select 'podcasts' from the menu on top of the home page or click below


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 . . .  
-We Remember Them
  -Aid Africa Fall Fundraiser  Nov. 3rd 
-CROP WALK Nov. 4th 
-Annual FCC Thanksgiving Dinner, Nov. 18th
-Youth Fall Outreach Happenings  
-Annual Halloween Festival Pictures 
We Remember Them
A poem shared at the Interfaith Worship Service to honor and remember those whose lives were taken away at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA
Adapted by Rabbi Roland Gittelsohn from a poem by
Rabbi Sylvan Kamens and rabbi Jack Riemer

In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
we remember them.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
we remember them.
In the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring,
we remember them.
In the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer,
we remember them.
In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
we remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
we remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart,
we remember them.
When we have joy we crave to share,
we remember them.
When we have decisions that are difficult to make,
we remember them.
So as long as we live, they too will live, for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them.

Aid Africa "Empty Bowls"
Saturday Nov. 3rd

At an "Empty Bowls" dinner, you get a beautiful hand-crafted bowl for your dinner and then you get to take it home with you.   
The fundraising dinner is Saturday November 3rd here at FCC from 5-8PM.  We'll have some auction items and some entertainment. We'll have some of our previous visitors to Uganda speak briefly about their memories of Aid Africa.   
Please join us! Bring friends! Bring children! Just click here to go to our web site to buy tickets. If you live too far away, you're still welcome to make a donation. The work we do depends on your generosity.
Please speak to Joey Bland, chairperson of our Discipleship Ministry, or Peter/Irene Keller for more information.

Plan to Walk With Us - Nov. 4th - CROP Walk
Come join us in walking to support hunger relief and the development work of Church World Service on Sunday afternoon November 4th from 1-3PM at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church 1879 North Lake Ave. Altadena 91001. Parking is at Westminster Presbyterian Church, right next door!

You may sponsor a walker, register to walk online (say that you are walking with FCC) or we have packets to hand out on Sunday mornings when you come to church.

See Joey Bland, Chair of Discipleship or Jake Pomeroy for details - there is a 5K loop or a simpler 1 mile walk and children and friendly dogs are invited!

Mark your calendars for Sunday November 18th to attend
the final FCC Thanksgiving Feast
in our current building
For almost 50 years FCC has held a Thanksgiving Feast for our church community on the Sunday prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. This event gives everyone a chance to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal after our worship service, while spending a relaxed time with church members, extended families and friends. We are serving turkey dinner with all the trimmings in our church parlors. Please bring a vegetable, salad or dessert to serve 8 to complete the meal. Membership Ministry is assisting with the feast this year. There are many tasks that go into making the event successful, so other volunteer help would be appreciated. Kim Story will be taking reservations and signups for food after church on the two Sundays before the Feast or call Nina in the church office at 626.795.0696. Please join us!

Youth Outreach Work and Confirmation

We have outreach outings several times this Fall for our middle and high school youth. Please let us know if your youth can attend. Our continuing project is collecting used sport shoes each week for recycling.

Last Saturday we gathered to sort and stock donations at the Friends in Deed food pantry.Here are our pictures of our hard working and fun morning together doing the work God calls us to do! Thanks to our adults and youth for helping out.
Other upcoming projects will include 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.
Also for Youth - Pastor Marlene will be in touch with parents of all 7th-12th graders in the next few weeks about their interest in a Confirmation Class. 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. Pastor Marlene will also be recruiting sponsors for our youth.   

Annual Halloween Festival
Thank you Membership Ministry for coordinating another fun intergenerational gathering! Thanks to: Kim, Lu, Kevin, Tara and Pastor Marlene.

Burd Family won best group costume. Mattias won best costume and the cake walk!!!