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


   Fourth Sunday After Epiphany    
February 3, 2019    
Now Meeting at 500 E. Colorado Blvd.
Sunday Worship Service: 11:30 am, Chapel

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


             
                       

  
Congrats to Randy VanDeventer on his Ordination this past Sunday, held at the La Canada Congregational Church (UCC). Shown below leading Communion for the first time as an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ while the Rev. Leo Lynch assists. The Rev. Allison Mark offers gifts to the new ordinand on behalf of her family.

The Rev. Marlene Pomeroy places a stole over the shoulders of Randy as a gift from the First Congregational Church of Pasadena (UCC)

There's nothing you can do that can't be done
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung
Nothing you can say, but you can learn how to play the game
It's easy
Nothing you can make that can't be made
No one you can save that can't be saved
Nothing you can do, but you can learn how to be you in time
It's easy
All you need is love, all you need is love
All you need is love, love, love is all you need
There's nothing you can know that isn't known
Nothing you can see that isn't shown
There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be
It's easy
All you need is love, all you need is love
All you need is love, love, love is all you need
 
- from Beatles "All You Need is Love"

Reflection for Worship. . .

I Corinthians 13:1-13

In Paul's letter to the church in Corinth, he says that the ways of faith, hope and love are indicators that we are followers of Jesus the Christ. Of all those qualities, Paul lifts up love as the most powerful and important - for even when we have many other qualities such as: eloquent speech, prophetic powers, or intricate knowledge of the mysteries of life - if we do not have love, express love and receive love, we have nothing.
 
So as we kick off the month of February, let us ruminate on what love is for us; and I'm not simply talking about Eros, or romantic love. Did you know that some modern writers talk about seven different kinds of love? Suffice it to say that our Christian Faith Tradition urges us to be intentional and decisive about being loving - in all its forms. Without that we are nothing. As we move into our new church space within the First United Methodist Church; as we get used to a new parking spot, a new pew to sit in, a new relationship with a building owner, let us remember to cultivate that notion of love as we approach all of this change. For deep down, despite outer appearances, the traditions and teachings of God and Jesus remain the same - they call us to be people who express radical love towards God and one another.
 
I invite every one of us to come to worship this Sunday - our first worship in our new Chapel space at our new time of 11:30!! What on earth will you do Sunday morning before worship... have brunch, read the paper, walk your dog, do laundry, stay up late on Saturday night, etc. Enjoy your leisurely Sunday morning before worship and join us at 500 E. Colorado this week!
 
-Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy


Also this Sunday
 
This Sunday is Communion Sunday which means we will put out our basket to receive non-perishable food items for the Friends in Deed food pantry and the Good Samaritan envelope will be stapled to your bulletin. All monies collected for that will be used for outreach. After worship you are invited to the FUMC Fellowship Hall for an extended Coffee Hour. Sallie will be providing food for us to eat while we visit and enjoy coffee and our new space.
 
Parking should be easier this Sunday since the Methodists worship at 10 and should vacate some of the parking spaces near the building for us by 11:15. You may also park in the Kaiser lot each Sunday until 2 p.m. enter than on El Dorado. Five dedicated spots for SENIORS will be right near the church for those who do not want to walk very far. Sallie will be on hand with another staff person to help you get oriented on our first Sunday in the FUMC Chapel. There are no steps to maneuver from the parking lot to the Chapel.
 
Our Choir will practice at 10:30 with Connie in the Chapel and the Bride's Room (adjacent to the Chapel) will be open for us to gather in and/or drink coffee/tea from a cart for those who come a few minutes early. The regular Coffee Hour and drinks will be ready for us in the Fellowship Hall after worship each week. Sallie and staff have stocked our pews with our Bible and Hymnals, our paraments and usher plates have been brought over along with our Bible and our 125th Celebration Quilt; our name tags are waiting for us; even our piano has arrived to our new space and Andy Whitenack is tuning it for us. All of which is to say, the place has been prepared for our arrival! So come, enjoy and celebrate our new church space. And let us thank God for this blessing and the incredible hospitality extended to us by the folks at the First United Methodist Church.

This Sunday our children will go to the Nursery as usual with our nursery providers (there will be some overlap with FUMC children the first 15 or so minutes each week), and our Church School class will be held up in our 3rd Floor Main Office.

Church School will be led by Grace Rinck and Jeff Tyler this Sunday in our main office space on the 3rd floor - room 302 at the top of the stairs.   

Finally, Connie has invited Damon Zick to be our guest musician this week, playing his saxophone for us. Hope to see you Sunday!!
 
Looking Ahead:
Our Budget Committee under the direction of our Vice Moderator Krysty Leckrone is meeting this week to finalize the budget. Please plan to attend the Budget Forum after worship on Sunday Feb. 10th.
 
And Sunday Feb. 17th is our next Bad Weather Shelter date. Please sign up with Joey Bland if you can help out with setting up cots and preparing and serving food that evening.
      
Stewardship Update
We have heard from almost everyone and now have 42 pledging units - one more than last year! We continue to receive pledges for 2019. Thank you to each of you who have already pledged!! Please contact Treasurer Barb Bonzo with your pledge if you wish to pledge. 
 


Worship Leaders 
Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy 
Rev. John H. Pomeroy
Rev. Leo Lynch 
 
Liturgist  
Kevin Cordova-Brookey
 
Ushers
Aren Burd
Julie Burd
Peter Keller
Brian Brandenburg 

Pianist & Music Director 
Connie Washburn

Church School Teaachers
Combined class led by Grace Rinck/Jeff Tyler up in our Main Office space on the 3rd floor. 
 
Church Nursery (for infants - K)
Jackie Rodriguez and Lachlan Ashenmiller         
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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9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
 
Lunch Hours
 
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
 
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In this Edition . . .
 
-Bad Weather Shelter for February    
-Combined FUMC and FCC  worship service Jan. 27th
-Pictures of Randy VanDeventer's Ordination Service 
   

A picture taken of our choir and staff at our final worship service at 464 E. Walnut St. Pasadena

Bad Weather Shelter Meal
 
Our first date to help at the shelter was cancelled since the shelter was not activated by either cold temperatures or rain that night.  Our next date to volunteer is Sunday Feb. 17th. Please plan to arrive at 5:30. Joey Bland is collecting names for this evening - please email him at joeybland@yahoo.com to sign up to help.  
  
 
Remember the BWS is weather-activated, so we always need to wait and hear whether or not the shelter will be opened on our assigned night. We normally hear either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning whether or not we are a go! Thanks for your patience in helping us help others.


Combined Worship FUMC and FCC, 1/27 
 
Last Sunday we celebrated our new relationship with the First United Methodist Church in a combined worship service that asked each of us to reflect on our shared baptism as followers of Christ.  Our choir rehearsed and sang with the FUMC choir, organist and music director, while our Co-Pastors shared brief reflections in worship along with Rev. Sandy Olewine. Our Council members participated in a liturgy to place candles in a baptism font of water and after worship we gathered for lunch together in the Fellowship Hall.  In the weeks and months to come we will explore other times and ways to be in partnership with our Methodist hosts!
   


Randy's Ordination
Last Sunday the Central Association, Southern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ ordained our Moderator and friend Randy Vandeventer to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in our denomination!  The worship service took place at the La Canada Congregational Church (UCC) and members, friends and family were in attendance.  After worship our Membership Ministry coordinated a lovely Italian themed supper as a reception - many thanks to all who helped set up and clean up for that important kinship time together.  Our congratulations to Randy and Meagan on this new chapter in their journey with us and in the church!