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

   Fifth Sunday of Easter     
May 19, 2019    
Now Meeting at 500 E. Colorado Blvd.
Sunday Worship Service: 11:30 am, Chapel

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



Mothers' Day brought us an altar of photos of those who have mothered us - and a lovely solo by Pamela Hopson (vocals) and Sage Mendez-McLeish (guitar).

Reflection for Worship. . .
Acts 11:1-18
'What God has made clean, you must not call profane.' Our text for Sunday is focused on circumcision and dietary laws which set the Jewish people apart from others. But that commandment from God to Peter sounds an awful lot like the other 10 - which can be applied to multiple situations even now. The Holy Spirit also chimes in here, "The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us." Make no distinction between us and them, them and us. These were radical ideas 2000 years ago. They are apparently radical ideas now - as we build walls and levy tariffs and align ourselves with political parties, genders, nationalities, religious beliefs - to the exclusion of all others.
Believe it or not, "Radical Inclusion" is one of the 10 Guiding Principles of Burning Man, an "out there" art festival and annual gathering of people who are not at home in the default world. I'm thinking that Burning Man has some ideas that we might be open to - ideas about how to practice what we preach. Let's talk about it. See you Sunday.
"Isn't it amazing that we are all made in God's image,
and yet there is so much diversity among his [sic] people?"
- Desmond Tutu (b.1931) South African social rights activist, retired Anglican bishop
Sunday, June 2nd at 7:30pm the Brahms Requiem will be presented at First Congregation Church, UCC, Los Angeles by ARTES VOCALES, a Pasadena Community Chorus based at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. See Regina Meyers or Eugene for more info. Details at:  ArtesVocales.org

540 South Commonwealth Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90020

-Rev. Anne Cohen
New Bibles to be Dedicated and Placed in our Pews
Due to the extra pews in our new worship space, Nina has purchased new Bibles to fill the extra pews and you are invited to buy a few to dedicate to someone. Please leave a check for Nina in the amount of $20 with the dedication you wish to be included in the front inside of the Bible. We suggest only 1 or 2 persons be listed in each Bible so that each is more personal.

Save the Date:  
Sunday August 18th Hollywood Bowl Summer Outing!
Membership Ministry has selected Smooth Summer Jazz for our annual trip to the Hollywood Bowl, featuring Dave Koz & Friends, and the Commodores. We have 30 tickets reserved at $36 each. We will start sign-ups in the next week and can turn in any unused tickets by the end of June. Let us know if you wish to join us. Once Marlene leaves on sabbatical please be in touch with Lu Nguyen (formerly Burd) to sign up and pay!! Should be another fun evening. The concert starts at 6:00 so we will meet earlier for a potluck and some fellowship time!

Worship Leader
Rev. Anne Cohen
Sabbatical Coverage Pastor
Rev. Anne Cohen
Anastacia Stewart
Sandy Biehler  
Bob Rinck
Kevin Cordova-Brookey

Pianist & Music Director 
Connie Washburn

Church School Teaachers
Combined Class led by Krysty Leckrone/Jeff Tyler upstairs in Room 302. 
Church Nursery (for infants - K)
Lachlan Ashenmiller & Kaye Jenkins 
This week everyone comes to the Chapel at 11:30am and stays through the Children's Time and then heads to the nursery with caregivers and parents.

Nina Kung   
Visit us at:  uccpasadena.org

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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.  
Tel. # 626.795.0696
Fax. # 626.795.0698

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In this Edition . . .
-Spring Business Meeting, June 2  
-The Rev. Anne Cohen 
-Lu & Bruno Nguyen's Post Wedding Celebration
-Scholarship Tea Pictures 
-Update on Rosa and her Family
-Free Monthly Concerts at FUMC, Pasadena 

We will have our Spring Business Meeting on Sunday, June 2, 2019 following worship.We will begin with a potluck lunch at 12:30pm. Our business items will include the approval of minutes from our February 24, 2019, a Treasurer's Report. All members are encouraged to attend the meeting in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a potluck dish to share.
From the Rev. Anne Cohen -

Anne will be serving as our Sabbatical Coverage Pastor while the Pomeroys are away on their Sabbatical.  
She will have office hours Tuesdays and Wednesdays mornings. She enjoys meeting people for coffee and conversation... 

Lu & Bruno Nguyen's Post Wedding Celebration  
As you all know, Bruno and I were (finally) married late last year, during a really busy and hectic time - with it being a little over a week until Christmas and with the church packing and moving shortly thereafter. With the love and support of family, a few dear friends, and in particular Marlene, as well as Sallie - we pulled off a beautiful and intimate ceremony. During this time, my best friend Marjorie Scanlan wanted to throw us a wedding shower, but it was simply impossible due to planning and time constraints. Now, after 5 months of trying to coordinate our schedules and settle on a date, I am finally able to celebrate with my beloved church family and friends. So please join us in Fellowship Hall at FUMC on Saturday, June 8th, from 1-4 p.m. for some  food, laughter and festivities. Hopefully you are able to attend, and if so, please RSVP to the email invitation that was sent out, or to Lu Nguyen. Thanks!
Graciously hosted by Marjorie Scanlan.

Scholarship Tea May 11th Pictures

On May 11th, around 65 church members, scholarship recipients, and their family/friends attended our annual tea celebrating the recipients of our Women's Scholarship. Six women were given $2,000 to help with their studies. This year's recipients Miranda Cheung, Luisa Flores, Samantha Harris, Viola Perkins, Leah Pinedo, and Mion Pointer were chosen from 24 applicants by the Scholarship Committee chaired by Grace Rinck. Each recipient was very passionate with very diverse interests and backgrounds. The tea was organized by the Membership Ministry with Sally McNair's exquisite adornments. Connie Washburn played the piano with Jane Fuller providing vocals and guitar. It was a wonderful celebration.

Update on Rosa and her Family
FCC Pasadena has joined Neighborhood UU Church and others in Pasadena to surround them with our love and financial support. This is an update on her and her family:
Rosa plans to move her family to New Orleans next month to be near more Hondurans and to live in a more affordable region of the country. Rosa is working through the legal system to file her papers and check in weekly with her Asylum status. Her application won't be filed until Dec. 2019 and then a hearing will be held after that.
There is now a volunteer coordinator at Neighborhood Church helping to connect folks with the family. Please contact Suzanne Smith at 323-333-1630 if you can volunteer or sjbirder@gmail.com
You may also contact Joey Bland who heads up our Discipleship Ministry for ideas about how we might support Rosa and her family.

Free Monthly Concerts on the Third Saturday of each month, at 4:00 P.M. at First United Methodist Church, Pasadena
June 15 - Outdoor Jazz Concert featuring the Thursday Morning Little Big Band
A favorite from past seasons, the Thursday Morning Little Big Band returns for an open-air concert of classic jazz on the courtyard  in front of the church building.  
July 20 - Christmas in July: Aaron Shows, organist
There is so much great Christmas music - why not enjoy it mid-year? Always striving first to connect emotionally with audiences of every age through music, Aaron Shows' performances and compositions often bridge the traditional and modern.