Also This Week and Sunday
Gathering of the Lambda Group this Sunday
All Lambda members (who fall anywhere under the Queer Rainbow (LGBTQQIA) are more than welcome to attend a meeting to be held this Sunday. Don't know what that all means? Come to the meeting after worship/coffee hour. Stacy Thomas has called the meeting to discuss potential funding for the Level Ground Festival as well as an upcoming Lambda gathering. No need to RSVP - just come! Any questions should be directed to Stacy Thomas or Randy VanDeventer.
Central Association Meeting and Ecclesiastical Council for our Moderator Randy VanDeventer
will be held this Saturday Sept. 29th. See full article below along with a link to Randy's Ordination Paper!
Used Athletic Shoe Drive:
We now have boxes in the church office and in the chapel each Sunday to receive your used and old athletic shoes! Any brand or type may be donated. Once we have filled our two boxes 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. NOTE:
any brand of shoe is accepted but they are unable to use sandals, dress shoes, boots or shoes with metal cleats/spikes. Thanks for bringing in your old shoes to be repurposed!!
Aid Africa Fund-Raiser Sign-Up
We will have sign ups sheets on Sunday for folks to help bring food for the Nov. 3rd Fund-raiser. See details below. Cost is $60 per FCC member - but you can bring two for the price of one if your second person is a non FCC person unfamiliar with Aid Africa!
CD's of the Sept. 8th Celebration are available Suggested donation is $5. See Nina during the week or one of the pastors on Sunday for your copy. There is also a link to the event on the home page of our website uccpasadena.org
Our staff and volunteers continue to work faithfully on sorting and packing items to store or take with us when we move to our new location in the coming months. Many thanks to our Music Director Connie Washburn who undertook a project this Summer to sort and catalogue our vast music library in preparation for the move. Our intent is to stay in our current space until the end of December and then begin the process of moving our possessions to a nearby new space in January. We would likely begin worshipping in our new location in February.
A week ago Saturday Marlene Pomeroy, Krysty Leckrone, Randy Vandeventer, and Jeff Tyler met with the Trustees and Senior Pastor of another Pasadena church to ask questions and begin to work out the details of a lease for a new space for FCC. Our FCC folks were overwhelmed with the welcome of our prospective hosts - we have a similar theology to them and we will be able to partner with them on some interesting events and outreach projects during the time that we will be leasing space with them. There have been two prior meetings and at each step of this process so far, our needs and their hospitality have been a welcome match. The negotiation process has taken most of the Summer for us to get to this point - yes, church's move with great caution and each step must be discussed with our respective church officers. This latest meeting went well for all concerned and the host church is now in the process of drawing up a lease contract for us to review. Once we receive that draft lease, we will review it with our Church Council, present the information and the location of the church to our congregation in a Forum after worship and request any necessary revisions from our host before the Moderator signs any agreement. As our Bylaws indicate, the Council has the authority to act on behalf of the congregation unless we are selling or purchasing real property, calling a pastor(s) or changing the terms of our investment funds.
The Scout Team will continue to look at available properties in the Pasadena area for the foreseeable future, with the support of our Realtor Carl Whidden. The Scout Team will continue to ask the congregation and Council for input as they look at properties in the months ahead. You are also free to send your suggestions to members of the Scout Team or either of our co-pastors. Everyone's input is welcome and important. Many thanks to our Scout Team: Kim Story, Carolyn Olney, Heather Bland, Jeff Tyler, and Randy VanDeventer who, along with our pastors, have taken the time and energy to look at a number of properties and engage in discussion with a number of owners and church leaders in Pasadena this past year.