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

   Sixth Sunday of Easter     
May 26, 2019    
Now Meeting at 500 E. Colorado Blvd.
Sunday Worship Service: 11:30 am, Chapel

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


"This quilt greets us on Sunday mornings - 
           a sign of hospitality from our Methodist friends."

Reflection for Worship. . .
Acts 16:9-15
Lydia. Seriously. Lydia is the most hospitable person in the Jesus Movement - next to Jesus, of course. She is a force to be reckoned with and a role model for congregations serious about transforming society through personal, local action. Coffee and fellowship merely scratch the surface of Christian Hospitality (although really good coffee can go a long way...) It's kind of like practicing for Fierce Hospitality in the streets of Pasadena or L.A. or Alhambra. There are other role models around us (our hosting church for instance) and ideas to explore as we talk about being an emerging church (not a dying church) in our new circumstances. C'mon over and let's talk. Let's do. Let's get serious - about Transformational Hospitality!!!
"Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines."
- Henri J.M. Nouwen (1932-1996), Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer and theologian, Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life
Sunday, June 2nd at 7:30pm the Brahms Requiem will be presented at First Congregational 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

Worship Leader
Rev. Anne Cohen
Sabbatical Coverage Pastor
Rev. Anne Cohen
Joey Bland
Judi Tyler   
Dana Pell
Mary Camacho
Jeff Tyler 

Pianist & Music Director 
Connie Washburn

Church School Teaachers
Combined Class led by Grace Rinck/Neva Orr 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.  
Memorial Day
May 27th
Office will be closed 
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
-Free Monthly Concerts at FUMC, Pasadena
-Pasadena Chalk Walk June 15 & 16 
-A "thank you" letter from Jackson Elementary School
-More Scholarship Tea pictures
-Hollywood Bowl Summer Outing - Aug. 18
-New Bibles to be Dedicated and Placed in our Pews 

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 is serving as our Sabbatical Coverage Pastor while the Pomeroys are away on their Sabbatical.  
She will have office hours Tuesday and Wednesday 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.

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.
Pasadena Chalk Walk June 15th & 16th, 10:00 am - 7:00pm 
The Pasadena Chalk Festival began in 1993 after a summer intern at the Light Bringer Project attended a street painting festival in Paris and brought back her amazing pictures and observations. The first "Chalk on the Walk" took place at Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall with over 150 visual artists participating in the first Los Angeles-area event.  
 Lamplighters is sponsoring, but everyone is welcome. Live Music and entertainment all day!
For more information, here is the link
"Thank You" from Jackson Elementary School   
Good Morning - 
I am writing to you today to say THANK YOU on behalf of the 64 fifth grade students that attended Catalina Island Marine Institute Science Camp with Jackson Dual Language Magnet Academy.  Your support and generosity created memories for these students that will last a lifetime.  For many it was there first time away from home, first time snorkeling, kayaking or being in the ocean.  Although you were not there to see the smiles and laughter from the students, I believe this short video captures the moments beautifully (video will be posted next week).  Thank you again for your kindness, love, support and generosity.  It is with the help of amazing people like those at First Congregational Church, Pasadena, that the world is a beautiful place. Below is the "thank you" card which you can view in the Chapel this Sunday. 
With deepest gratitude,
John Newell
Pasadena Women's Scholarship  
Picture from when Mary presented the giant scholarship check to Samantha Harris at the Marshall HS scholarship presentation program. Samantha is one of our scholarship recipients who receive $2000 towards their education. 
More pictures from the Scholarship Tea
Smooth  Summer  Jazz
Sunday, August 18th at 6 p.m.

Please join Membership Ministry this summer at the Bowl for their annual mini-festival dedicated to the smoothest jazz sounds around, featuring Dave Koz & Friends, and The Commodores. Tickets are $36 each, with a total of 30 tickets reserved for our group and a deadline of July 1st to turn in any tickets that are unused. So now is the time to sign up, beginning this Sunday. If you wish to join us, please see Lu Nguyen to secure a spot and pay. As we have done in the past, we will meet before the concert for a potluck dinner and time for fellowship, then head into the Bowl to enjoy the concert. It should be another wonderful evening under the stars. Come join us!!!

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.  
Presented to the church by _________________________________________
In memory of ____________________________________________________
In honor of ______________________________________________________