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

   First Sunday of Lent     
March 10, 2019    
Now Meeting at 500 E. Colorado Blvd.
Sunday Worship Service: 11:30 am, Chapel

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



Almost 40 folks gathered for a Shrove Tuesday celebration at the front of FUMC. We ate pancakes, heard some jazz music from the Poly Jazz Band and then worked on an Alleluia Banner which will be rolled up during Lent and then unrolled on Easter Sunday! Lent has begun!
Reflection for Worship. . .

Time to Give Thanks
Deuteronomy 26:1-11
In our text for worship this First Sunday in Lent, we are asked to imagine that God has set aside a wonderful gift for us  - in the case of the text, it is land and a harvest.  And God's people are asked to do a couple of things - first to take the initial part of the harvest and go to a dedicated space for celebrating God and thanking God for the abundance of this new land.  Also, we are to acknowledge in front of a leader - in this case a priest - that this inheritance is from God, and that we accept it as a faithful community that dedicates itself to God.  Next we are to tell the story of our experience of God - who we are, where we were born and how God has redeemed us;  and finally, we are to welcome all who are among us - native born or other - to celebrate God's bounty with us as part of our community!  In a sermon entitled "Time to Give Thanks!" We will consider together these simple steps for a community and see if we keep them in mind as we begin a new chapter of the life of our community.....return the first fruits of our " harvest" to God, acknowledge where the inheritance does from, tell the story of how we got to the place where we worship and live now - and welcome all to celebrate with us as a community.  What does that look like in our context?  Come join us in worship as we reflect on that together this Sunday at 11:30AM in the Chapel at the First United Methodist Church.
Rev. John H. Pomeroy

Also on Sunday

Connie Washburn will be on vacation this coming Sunday, March 10th. Dr. Linda Zoolalian substitutes.

Coffee Hour will be held in the Youth Lounge this Sunday due to a previous commitment FUMC had scheduled in the Fellowship Hall (this will happen on occasion). Normally we would have our Coffee Hour in the outside Cloister area but with the cold weather we have opted to have it in their spacious Youth Lounge. Where is it?? Just on the 2nd floor right below our offices. Sallie will have the coffee there and will provide a few goodies. If others wish to bring something to share, feel free!! You may take the stairs to the 2nd floor and walk down the hallway and the room is on the right. Or you may use the elevator. Staff will be on hand to help guide us. It also gives us another chance to explore this beautiful building! Come up and see our offices as well!

The Women's Scholarship Fund Committee will be having a meeting at 12:30 on Sunday in the Co-Pastors' office.

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday March 6th and we invite you to join members from other area UCC churches (Altadena, Eagle Rock, San Marino, Glendale, La Canada) in an Ash Wednesday Worship Service to be held at the Congregational Church of La Cañada. Dinner is served to us between 6-6:45 p.m. and the worship service will be at 7:00 in their Sanctuary.
Lent has been a time in the Church when the faithful have engaged in intentional study, fasting and service. We invite you to select something to do (or to abstain from doing) this Lenten season. One gift to you is a Lenten Reflection booklet being put together by various members and friends of FCC. It will be available on Sunday and then electronically starting next week. Using the texts assigned during the Lent season, our folks have been invited to reflect on their text and how it intersects and informs their own lives. Many thanks to those who have agreed to write a reflection this year!
Another idea would be for you to select a friend to partner with during the upcoming 40 days. You could check in regularly, read something together, pray for each other, and be intentional about supporting one another during this time. Try something!! It will make your Easter morning even sweeter to prepare and deepen your faith during the season that culminates on Easter Sunday!!!
Church School  
will be led by Neva Orr/Grace Rinck this Sunday in our main office space on the 3rd floor - room 302 at the top of the stairs. 
Transition Update 
Our phones seem to be mostly working!!! Our office number is still (626) 795-0696. Call us! We do get dropped calls once in a while and we are working on it with our service provider. You may reach any staff via their emails.  Normal office hours for Nina are Monday-Thursday 9-12 and 1:30-5:30. Pastoral Staff is also available on Sundays.
Sallie continues to work on signage and we now have signs on our three office doors and exterior signs for Sunday. We are still working on the  design for our large exterior sign which will hang on the Colorado Blvd. side of the building on a regular basis.  We used to have three staff working on Sunday mornings at our old space - two to prep the coffee/tea and worship space as well as to broker any needs that come up and a third person to provide security on our first floor. Now we just have two staff persons - Sallie and an assistant each Sunday. Since we are renters we have to put out signage in the front and back of the church, bring out all our supplies each week; some of our supplies are on the third floor and the kitchen is quite far from the Chapel and Bride's Room where a small coffee station is provided for our early arrivers/choir each week. Many thanks to Sallie for continuing to oversee our needs and work behind the scenes to make things run so smoothly. We also continue to forge healthy relationships with the FUMC staff and members so everyone feels comfortable together.  

Worship Leaders 
Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy 
Rev. John H. Pomeroy
Judi Tyler
Ron White
Kathie Arscott
Jeff Levison
James Maddox   

Pianist & Music Director 
Connie Washburn

Church School Teaachers
Combined class led by Neva Orr/Grace Rinck upstairs in Room 302. 
Church Nursery (for infants - K)
Kaye Jenkins & TBA 
This week everyone comes to the Chapel at 11:30 a.m. 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.  
Office is closed on
Presidents' Day Feb. 18th and Feb. 19th 
Tel. # 626.795.0696
Fax. # 626.795.0698

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In this Edition . . .
-Upcoming Dates for your Calendar  
-Jaquelyne Rodriguez 
-My Refuge House Fundraiser  
-Altar Flowers 
-Lamplighters Art Night Pasadena, March 8th 
-2019 Women's Retreat Planned for April 26-28th  
-Central Association Spring Meeting  
Upcoming Dates for your calendars

March 6th - Ash Wed. Dinner and Worship at the Congregational Church of La Cañada, UCC. Dinner is being provided. Come anytime between 6-6:30 to eat. Worship is at 7. Talk with Connie if you wish to sing in the combined choir. This is an Area UCC worship service as is our custom over the past few years. Newly ordained Rev. Randy VanDeventer will be our preacher for the evening.
Sat. March 9th Confirmation Class for confirmands and adult partners 3-4:15 at FUMC with Pastor Marlene.
Sun. April 14th
Palm Sunday Worship and then picnic/egg hunt in Grant Park.  
Sun. April 21th - COMBINED FCC/FUMC EASTER SERVICE!! Yes, we were invited to plan a service together and our Worship Ministry and Council loved the idea. The service will be held at 10 a.m. and we will share music and be able to have organ music for Easter this year. FUMC offers a ham luncheon after the service for any interested folks for about $10 each. More info to come!

Jaquelyne Rodriguez
We had a wonderful celebration of Jackie on Sunday as we said goodbye to this wonderful Nursery Coordinator of four years!!! Connie Washburn had the children sing "Happy Trails" to Jackie as we showered her with our love and cards and a yummy cake donated by Kevin Cordova-Brookey.  
My Refuge House Fund-Raiser in South Pasadena  
Almost 20 people have purchased tickets to the fund-raiser. If you wish to purchase a ticket please go online to myrefugehouse.org/muchado to purchase a ticket. Also please let Pastor Marlene know if you do that, as each ticket will be supplemented by $20 from the Appley Fund. The date is March 16th at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Calvary Presbyterian Church in South Pasadena. Regina Meyers is organizing a dinner prior at 5:00 at Carrow's Restaurant in South Pasadena. Please let her know if you wish to join the group! 
Altar Flowers - thank you for your orders!!! 
flowers for Bea
There are 25 Sundays still available for altar flower donations for 2019. Sign up to remember/honor someone or event! The Flower Chart is located by the entrance in FUMC Chapel or you can contact Nina at the Church Office 626.795.0696 or email her at fccmonina@gmail.com
Lamplighters Art Night Pasadena

ArtNight Pasadena occurs twice per year (March and October), where the city's most prominent museums and cultural instituttions open their doors for free and offer special programming. Attendance reaches 28,000. complimentary shuttles are brough in to transport visitors around to different venues. Begin your evening at any one of the venues on the shuttle route and make your way around until you are back at your starting point.

Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

RSVP to Regina at 626.576.2718 or Cindy at dolphinlover827@yahoo.com


2019 Women's Retreat Planned For April 26-28th
Eleven women have signed up for the "Mostly-Annual" Women's Retreat, to be held in Joshua Tree this year. We have 2 beds left in our two houses that have been rented. Please speak with Pastor Marlene ASAP if you are interested in attending and having a place to sleep. The cost is @ $100-$115 this year depending on if you have a dorm style bed or a private room. Food will be separate and we will make most of our food together. Spring is a beautiful and popular time in the desert and accommodations are limited so please don't delay if you wish to join us!

Central Association Spring Meeting
FCC Pasadena to be Honored for our history
Roberta White is bringing some memorabilia and Elizabeth Lanski will make a short presentation of our history at the meeting.
Saturday, May 4, 2019
8:30am Registration
9:00am Program

Altadena Community Church UCC
co-hosted with
West Hollywood UCC Church, Los Angeles
943 E. Altadena Drive
Altadena, CA 91001

how are the children
Marcia Hoffman