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

   Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost    
September 16, 2018    

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


This Saturday you are invited to join several of us in a Walk for Water to support the work of Aid Africa. Come and spend an hour and connect with others who have to walk daily to wells for their water needs. See article below for more information. Not able to walk? You may make a donation by logging onto www.aidafrica.net and click on the donate tab. Together we can make a difference and help bring fresh water to those around the world.

Reflection for Worship. . .
James 3:1-12
This short letter in the New Testament can be read in under fifteen minutes and is chock-full of teachings about how we are to treat people. It connects to the challenges of modern life even though it was written thousands of years ago. This week we hear about language and how words can have far reaching effects on others. Check it out this week. We will explore it further in worship on Sunday. Come and join us!
-Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy 
Also on Sunday
Council will meet after coffee hour to look at and approve monthly finances in the East Parlor.
Save the Dates:
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 includes 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 are available below as a link. 
Sunday Oct. 28th Annual Halloween Party and Festivities.
Saturday Nov. 3rd Aid Africa Annual Fund-Raiser.
Saturday Nov. 4th Pasadena CROP Walk.

Worship Leaders 
Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy 
Rev. John H. Pomeroy
Tara Bernard     
Sandy Biehler
Robert Rinck    
Kevin Cordova-Brookey   
Pianist & Music Director  
Connie Washburn

Church School Teachers  
Combined class for elementary & youth - teacher are Krysty Leckrone/Jeff Tyler.

Church Nursery (for infants - K)
Jaquelyne Rodriguez/TBA          
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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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
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In this Edition . . .  
-Sept 8th pictures, Church Celebration 
-Sept 9th pictures, Building Tour
-Youth Fall Outreach Activity
-Walk for Water  
-Friends In Deed - Jazz on the Green 
-Aid Africa Fall Fundraiser
-Fall Association Meeting  
-Apple Pie Day, Pilgrim Pines Camp

Sept. 8th Celebration at FCC

Almost 150 of us gathered on Saturday for a fantastic celebration of our ministry and our time here in our building. We heard outstanding music, reflections from four church members, saw a slide show of pictures throughout the decades, and then were treated to a meal and a time of fellowship in our parlors. Many hands helped make this a wonderful celebration - thank you all of you for your contributions to this phenomenal celebration!!!!
If you wish to hear the entire program, click here .  
It is 80 minutes long and full of wonderful music and sharing.


Sept. 9th Building Tour
Long-time member and Chairperson of our Building Ministry for many years, Jeff Tyler, led a tour of the building after worship - sharing stories along the way. See pictures of the group. Many thanks to Jeff for all of his work overseeing the building through the years and for leading the tour.

Youth Happenings for the Fall - Update on September outings 

We are planning several outreach outings this Fall for our middle and high school youth. Our hope is to offer two events each month. Please let us know if your youth can attend. The September outings are: Aid Africa Walk for Water on Saturday Sept. 15th. Please be in touch with Irene or Peter Keller about this and see article below. Meagan VanDeventer and Lu Burd will be the adults coordinating and walking with our youth - all ages are encouraged to attend!  
The second event in September is a Friends in Deed food pantry sorting to be done on Saturday Sept. 22nd from 9-11 a.m. at Friends in Deed. Pastor Marlene, Neva Orr and Lu Burd will be the adults coordinating this event and onsite with the youth. Upper elementary and youth are welcome to help out- the maximum number of people for this is 10. Please be in touch with Meagan, Neva or Marlene if you wish to attend these events. Your parents will need to drop you off and pick you up.
Other outings will include: an athletic shoe drive to repurpose old athletic shoes, volunteering at Club 21, putting together care packages for Ronald McDonald House, sponsoring a family for the holiday through Friends in Deed, and visiting members of our church. The Youth Outreach Planning Committee is: Lu Burd, Meagan VanDeventer, Jeff Tyler, Neva Orr and Pastor Marlene.
In addition we will be holding a Confirmation Class for youth in the 7th grades through high school who are interested. Confirmation is a time for young people to learn about the traditions of the Church and God/Jesus/Holy Spirit, explore their faith, and determine if they would like to be confirmed. Pastor Marlene will be in touch with parents in the next few weeks to find a time for an initial meeting. Parents may also be in touch with Marlene with any questions.

Walk for Water - AID AFRICA

Please join us on Saturday Morning Sept. 15th at Montrose Community Park for the Walk for Water fund-raiser. We will gather at 9:00 a.m. for a brief bit to hear about the work of Aid Africa. We will then fill our water cans and walk through Montrose to the Fire Station and back at Montrose Park around 11:30. Please let Peter or Irene Keller know if you can participate.
Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club
Sponsors a
Walk for Water
A Clean Water Fundraiser
To Benefit the
Water Projects of Aid Africa
Saturday September 15, 2018

-Registration is at 9 am at the Montrose Community Park
3529 Clifton Place, Glendale 91208
-Walk to the Montrose Fire Station
less than a mile
-Inspect the fire equipment
-FILL your water container
-CARRY your container back to the park
-LEARN what it is like to get water when it doesn't come from your kitchen faucet
-ENTRY FEE is $25 and include a T-shirt
-GET FRIENDS to sponsor you
-TELL EVERYONE what it's like to carry your own water
-YOUR DONATIONS save lives!
*80% of communicable diseases are water born.
*1 Billion people in the developing world don't have clean water.
*Women and girls especially bear the burden of finding and carrying water.
*Less time is available for school, farming and family care when women and
girls have to walk long distances.

For Information and Sponsorship Forms
-Call - 818-389-6442
-Email - infor@aidafrica.net
Donate Online at: AidAfrica,net/donate
Checks to: Aid Africa
3916 Pennsylvania Avenue, La Crescenta, CA 91214

Jeff Levison sharing stories of the work of Aid Africa in Uganda: life there, the size of Africa
(several countries can fit inside of it!), and the iconic stove given out by Aid Africa. Our church donated $1500 to Aid Africa this week to build a new water well. Thanks to the Appley Fund that allowed us to do that! You may support this organization at www.aidafrica.net

Friends in Deed Jazz on the Green- last call to reserve tickets!

On Wed. Sept. 26th Friends in Deed will host their annual Jazz on the Green event at the historic Castle Green Hotel. This is their biggest fund-raiser of the year and provides support for their growing services. The event includes live jazz, food and drink as well as a silent auction on the first floor of this grand old hotel. The tickets are $95 each and we are supplementing up to 20 tickets for FCC folks thanks to the generous donation of the Appley Foundation. The cost to FCC folks is $50 per ticket to the first 20 folks who RSVP to Pastor Marlene.   
Many FCC folks attended last year and really enjoyed an evening out together. Please click on http://www.losakatombros.com/ to hear sample music of the jazz group LosAKAtombros who will be playing this year. Please click on
to read more about the event and the ongoing works for Friends in Deed. 
UPDATE - we have 9 people signed up and 11 remaining tickets for $50 each. Please give a check to Pastor Marlene if you wish to attend.

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. Also the date of our Moderator Randy VanDeventer's Ecclesiastical Council. See below for a link to his Ordination Paper so you may read in advance. 
Saturday, September 29, 2018, registration begins at 8:30 am. Meeting begins at 9:15-10:15 Hymn singing on their great organ.  Business meeting to follow at 10:15.
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

Apple Pie Day

Apple Pie Day is coming up at Pilgrim Pines, with an option for an intergenerational weekend camp as well, the 1st weekend in October. Info is on the Pilgrim Pines website http://www.pilgrimpinescamp.org/events.html   

Fall Fun for All Intergenerational Camp 
and Apple Pie Day 2018!
On October 5-7, 2018 Pilgrim Pines will be hosting our  
Fall Fun 4 All event!
The event has two different options:
Intergeneratonal (overnight) Camp  begins at 6:00 pm on Friday October 5th and ends after worship on Sunday October 7th (around 11 am). It includes two nights stay at camp on October 5th. Meals included are breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. Cost is $95 for adults over 14, $70 for children ages 4-13, and kids 3 and under are free.

Apple Pie Day (One day visit) begins at 9:30 am on Saturday October 6th and ends at 3:00 pm. Lunch and activities are included. Cost is $16 for adults and $12 for children between 4-13. Children 3 and under are free.
For more information and to register, go to   http://www.pilgrimpinescamp.org/events.html 

Aid Africa Fall Fund-Raiser
This year FCC will be hosting the annual fund-raiser for Aid Africa on
Saturday Nov. 3rd from 5:00-9:00 p.m. We will be feasting on home-made soups in a hand crafted pottery bowl for dinner. We will also see and hear updates from Uganda and the work of Aid Africa. More details and invitations will be forthcoming but save the date and plan to attend!