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

   Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost    
August 12, 2018    

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


     Please RSVP for our grand September celebration!

Reflection for Worship. . .
Bible Text: Ephesians 4:25-5:2
In the book of Ephesians we hear how we are to present ourselves as people of faith.  We are to speak the truth, manage our anger, not steal, share with others, be mindful of our speech, be kind, and put away bitterness. We are called to be "imitators of God, beloved children... a fragrant offering to God." We hear this in other passages in Scripture... in Galatians we find the famous list of the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. So there is no lack of instruction; yet how are we to cultivate these qualities? By practicing every single day! By imagining that someone is watching and noticing how we act. By setting an intent to tackle one of these qualities that is difficult for us. Before we change, we must believe in the core of our being, that we are beloved children of God and that we are loved unreservedly by our Divine Creator as we are.That knowledge will provoke a radical shift inside of us that will allow us to develop the qualities listed above as a response to God rather than as a list of duties. Let us all begin with the Christian claim that God created us and loves us as beloved children of God. Perhaps that will give us the courage and strength to change!  
- Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy

Also on Sunday:
Jake Pomeroy will offer a church school class in the youth lounge for any children and youth.
Save the Dates:
Saturday Aug. 18th we will have an
All-Church Pool Party at the Cordova-Brookey house in east Pasadena. 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 share after worship about their travel and recent work in Northern Uganda. 
Saturday Sept. 15th - Aid Africa Walk for Water fund-raiser
Wednesday Sept. 26th - Friends in Deed Jazz on the Green fund-raiser at the historic Green Hotel.
Saturday Sept. 29th - Fall Association meeting which included the Ecclesiastical Council for Randy VanDeventer at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles (now a UCC Church!!). This is one of the final steps before Randy is cleared for ordination. Let's plan to come and support him. Copies of his ordination paper will be available for you to read in advance of the meeting.

Worship Leaders 
Rev. John H. Pomeroy
Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy
Rev. Stacy L. Thomas       
Ron White
Kathie Arscott
Jeff Levison
Jim Maddox

Pianist & Music Coordinator 
Connie Washburn

Church School Teachers  
Combined class for elementary & youth class - teacher is Jake Pomeroy.

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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9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Lunch Hours
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
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In this Edition . . .  
-Summer Pool Party
-All Church Celebration Planned for Sept. 8th  
-Transition Update
-Mini Women's Retreat Pictures 

Summer Pool Party

Come join us at the Cordova-Brookey house for a summer pool party! Saturday Aug. 18th from 1-5 p.m. This is for all ages. There will be a grill set up for you and a pool to swim in! Membership Ministry will provide drinks, chips, condiments and paper goods. Please bring something to grill for yourself and a side dish to share (either a salad, a vegetable or a dessert). This will be a chance for all of us to catch up with one another after our busy summers. Please RSVP to Nina in the church office so we know how many folks to expect. Thanks to Membership Ministry for organizing another fun event for all: Kevin Cordova-Brookey, Lu Burd, Tara Bernard Kim Story and Marlene Pomeroy. When you RSVP we will give you the new Cordova-Brookey address if you don't already have it.

Saturday Sept. 8th Date for our All Church Celebration  
We are planning a grand celebration in thanksgiving for our ministry in and through 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 have been sent! 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 Rev. Marlene Pomeroy. 

Transition Update

Several things are happening that we want you to know about related to our upcoming move. First, our pastoral staff, Church Council and Scouting Committee are all working on your behalf to look for a new building space. We are looking at both leasing and purchasing options. We have one leasing option in a church that we have been in negotiations with over the summer. Once we have worked out the details we will let everyone know of the location and details. As you can imagine, there are many steps in leasing space within another church, but we do want to have a viable option in case there is nothing on the market that we wish to purchase at this time. We are also in contact regularly with our realtor Carl Whidden who is looking for potential properties for us to purchase.
In addition, we are planning a wonderful celebration of our ongoing ministry and our time in this building on Saturday September 8th.  Please note that the committee was originally thinking that we would charge $25 per person for the event. After some feedback, the committee decided to offer the evening at no cost so everyone is able to attend. We ask that you please RSVP by August 25th since a beautiful dinner is being catered and we want to have a seat for you! Connie Washburn is putting together a wonderful selection of music for us in the sanctuary starting at 5 p.m. She is bringing several of our favorite musicians along with our Choir for the event. The Planning Committee is also inviting some folks to reflect on our time and ministry here and we hope to have some pictures to share throughout our years here. The dinner will be held after that in the parlors and will be a Mediterranean style meal with meat and vegetarian options. Bonnie Hughes and Lu Burd are gathering together some church memorabilia and pictures to be viewed in the parlors as well. Meagan VanDeventer will have a photo booth for instant pictures - one to take home from the evening and a second one that will be used in a group mural in our new space. You will also be able to enjoy the company of previous staff members and church friends from near and far! Please plan to attend this wonderful celebration on September 8th.

Some of you have asked why we are having the event in September when we are not leaving until February. We didn't want to crowd our usual Thanksgiving Feast and Christmas events by doing it later in the year; in addition, we don't exactly know when the new owner might want to begin renovations on the building or limit our access to the sanctuary, so we selected a date that seemed to work for us! Many thanks to the members of the Planning Committee for their work on this event: Connie Washburn, Randy VanDeventer, Meagan VanDeventer, Kim Story, Dana Pell, Mary Camacho, Lu Burd, Roberta White, Carolyn Olney and Pastor Marlene.
Also, long-time member and Chairperson of Building Jeff Tyler will be giving another building tour on Sunday Sept. 9th after worship for those who wish to tour the building and remember stories of our time here in this space. If you missed the last tour led by Sue Miele, please plan to attend this one! It takes about 90 minutes to get through the building, and is a great reminder of the grandness and scope of this edifice!
Our Scouting Committee will be holding another listening session to answer your questions about the transition in the next month. We will let you know when that date is. It will be after church so you may have the chance to connect with any of those committee members with your questions or input. Many thanks for the work of the Scouting Committee: Carolyn Olney, Heather Bland, Randy VanDeventer, Jeff Tyler, Sue Miele and Kim Story.


Central Association
of the
Southern California Nevada Conference
United Church of Christ
Fall Association Meeting
Featuring a wonderful 15 minute prelude on their world famous organ, a festival of hymns including the singing of many of the traditional hymns of our faith, and exciting additional events
Saturday, September 29, 2018, registration begins at 8:30 am
First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
540 South Commonwealth Ave.
Los Angeles, CA  90020
Marcia L. Hoffman, by text at (626) 940-7497 - Cell
$5 per person for registration
$5 per person for lunch
Proposed Amendment to our Bylaws
The Executive Committee, upon the recommendation of the Committee on Church and Ministry, recommends the following amendment to Central Association's Bylaws as section "j" on Page 9 of 11, line 382:   Section IX. Committees, 2. Church and Ministry:
(j) Sections of the Committee may meet separately from the Committee of the Whole, on, at most, a quarterly basis, as that Section's workload or agenda may require.  When a Section elects to meet separately from the Committee of the Whole, a written report must be submitted to the Chair of the Committee prior to the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Committee.  At any meeting of the Committee in which a Section is not present because that Section has or will meet separately in that month, no formal decisions will be made by the Committee.  Any pending votes will carry over to the next meeting of the Committee of the whole.  The quorum for any Sectional meeting shall be a majority of its membership.  The quorum for the Committee of the Whole shall be a majority of its membership.  The quorum for two Sections meeting together shall be a majority of their combined membership.
Explanation:  As you may remember at the Fall meeting on Oct. 28, 2017,  this item (paragraph "j") was removed from the bylaws and referred to the Committee on Church & Ministry for rewording.  The above amendment is the result of that referral. 
Child care will be provided
Randel VanDeventer's Ecclesiastical Council
Ordination Paper Attached
Marcia Hoffman, Moderator

Eight women gathered at Pastor Marlene's house for a mini-retreat last weekend. We used the spiritual tool of Soul Collage, led by Rev. Anne Cohen to explore where we are in our lives; we also had a time of sharing and a meal together. We hope to offer other mini-retreats occasionally for folks. Please let Pastor Marlene know of your interest.