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

   Third Sunday of Lent     
March 24, 2019    
Now Meeting at 500 E. Colorado Blvd.
Sunday Worship Service: 11:30 am, Chapel

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



Our 2019 Women's Scholarship applications are ready!! Please urge any women attending college, technical or trade institute to get their applications in by the deadline.
Our Scholarship Tea will be held on Saturday May 11th.

Reflection for Worship. . .
Sermon Topic: A Wise Parent

The sitcom, Father Knows Best, is a wonderful classic television show with a great look into American Family life with mom, dad and their growing children in small city USA from 1954 - 1963. With father Robert Young, wife and mother Jane Wyatt and their three children: sisters Elinor Donahue, Lauren Chapin and Brother Billy Gray(Dylan). What a novel idea!
This passage begins with an invitation to come.  The advice comes from someone who has traveled the highways of life and is familiar with the ups and downs in scared relationships and damaged promises.  

Come to the table of abundance and take your fill. No worries about the cost! The advice is to call upon God at the very moment you need a hand.  Don't hesitate, thinking of the cost or whether it is the 'best' time. You are to call on God, for God is near!  This is the advice of A WISE PARENT. Wow!

Visual: God's table of abundance is within arms reach. What catches your eye? Come and join us for worship and see what is on the table.  Peace.

-Rev. Leo Lynch
Also this Weekend:
Council will have a Financials meeting before worship from 9:45-10:15 in our Main Office.   
Save the Dates:

Women's Scholarship applications due April 7th. See info below and urge women to apply!
March 30th and April 27th Friends in Deed Food Pantry stocking 9-11a.m.
March 30th Aid Africa Birthing Kit Assembly 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. - see article  below. 
May 4th Central Association Spring Meeting featuring our church's history at the Altadena Community Church. More info to come.

May 9th Pasadena Mayor's Prayer Breakfast 7:30-9:00 a.m.
May 11th Women's Scholarship Tea
Church School  
will be led by Roberta White/Neva Orr this Sunday in our main office space on the 3rd floor - room 302 at the top of the stairs. 

Worship Leaders 
Rev. Leo Lynch 
Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy 
Rev. John H. Pomeroy
Tara Barnard
Judi Tyler 
Dana Pell
Mary Camacho
Jeff Tyler 

Pianist & Music Director 
Connie Washburn

Church School Teaachers
Combined class led by Roberta White/Neva Orr 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.  
Tel. # 626.795.0696
Fax. # 626.795.0698

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In this Edition . . .
-Women's Scholarship Application Package 2019
-My Refuge House Fund Raiser was a grand success! 
-Lenten Dates for your Calendar
-Aid Africa Birthing Kits Assembly Day 
-Altar Flowers Sign Up 
-2019 Women's Retreat Planned for April 26-28th  
-Central Association Spring Meeting
-Friends In Deed Interfaith Prayer Breakfast 
Women's Scholarship Application Package 2019
is ready for distribution!

First Congregational Church of Pasadena, UCC Pasadena Area Women's Scholarship is available annually in the amount of $2000 or more for persons who identify as female who are currently enrolled or planning to enroll by Fall, 2019 at a college or trade/technical school.                           Here is the link to the Scholarship Application Package 2019. Another link to the Reference Statement About the Applicant. Please urge area women of all ages to apply! Completed applications must be turned in by April 7th.
scholarship 2019

My Refuge House Fund-Raiser

Twenty FCC Folks joined almost 300 people for a fund-raiser for My Refuge House this past weekend. Church member Joey Bland and his Improvised Shakespeare Co. (improvisedshakespeare.com) entertained us and Heather Bland (church member and CEO of My Refuge House) helped educate us about the work of My Refuge House which is a non-profit that offers safety and a path of restoration for girls who have been rescued from commercial sexual exploitation, human trafficking and sexual abuse. Through ticket sales and raffles, almost $11,000 was raised on Saturday night!!
at 11:30
Lenten Dates

Sun. April 14th
Palm Sunday Worship at 11:30 and then picnic/egg hunt in Grant Park.  
Thursday April 18th Maundy Thursday Supper and Worship Service 6:00 p.m. supper and 7:00 p.m. worship.  
Sun. April 21th - COMBINED FCC/FUMC EASTER SERVICE!! We were invited to plan a service together this year for Easter. The service will be held at 10 a.m. and we will share music and be able to have organ music and a brass quartet 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!

Aid Africa "One Kit Saves Two Lives," Saturday, March 30  

Altar Flowers - thank you for your orders! 21 Sundays available!!! 
flowers for Bea
There are 21 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

2019 Women's Retreat Planned For April 26-28th
This is the final call 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. The desert is in bloom with all the rain this year. 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
943 E. Altadena Drive
Altadena, CA 91001

how are the children
Marcia Hoffman

Note: FCC folks may park in the FUMC lot and walk over to the breakfast!

Dear FID Community,
We had some positive moments this week, in a variety of ways:
  • Outreach workers Najwa and Scott are finalizing paperwork to move another client, an elderly man with several ailments, into the same place Ms. Synthia moved into last week.
  • We finally have secured our keynote speaker for the Mayor's Interfaith Prayer Breakfast! We are excited that Dr. Thomas Rosenbaum, President of Caltech, will be with us on May 9 speaking on the theme of "Faith and Science." Invitations will be arriving in the mail shortly.
  • The Women's Room Case Manager, Denisse, worked with the Street Outreach Team to place two of our TWR ladies, one of them a senior with significant disabilities, in a motel for the next few weeks - thanks to Measure H funding.
  • Staff and board are working hard on our 125th Anniversary Campaign, along with developing a solid strategic plan and fundraising plan to accompany it. Stay tuned for the big launch in May!
We also had some difficult, and not-so-positive, moments this week in a variety of ways:
  • Monica, our HPP Manager, is fielding an overwhelming number of calls from people facing eviction, desperate to not lose their home and become homeless. People are often crying and begging for help. Sometimes she can help them, but so many people don't meet the necessary requirements. She often spends a long time on the phone with people, particularly single moms, counseling and consoling, trying to offer hope, even if she can't offer help.
  • With the Bad Weather Shelter now closed for the season, seeing people on the streets in the rain and cold, including many of our clients and guests, is a painful and a challenging part of the work we do - and the volunteering you all do. We will continue to offer our love, support and assistance, even though we can't offer the emergency shelter any longer.
  • A few altercations between women in TWR have been upsetting for guests, volunteers and staff. To see women we know and love - often not taking their medications -- act in such violent and angry ways is really hard. Sometimes we are forced to take measures for safety, often needing to ask them to leave for the day or even needing to call 911 - and that hurts. Thanks for all the patience and compassion shown this week.
We are doing our best to care for the human beings - people with souls and lives and histories - that come to FID. Positive or negative, we are here. Your support, of time and treasure, make it all possible. Thank you!
Blessings and have a nice weekend,
Rabbi Joshua
PS. 125th Anniversary Fun Fact: on June 28, 1894, the US established the Labor Day holiday for federal employees! Another institution with which we celebrate 125 years of existence.  
As always, we can only operate with your help!