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

   Fourth Sunday of Lent     
March 31, 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 in the Fall to get their applications in by the deadline. Our Women's Scholarship Tea will be held on Saturday May 11th. More info below.

Reflection for Worship. . .
Luke 15:1-7, 11-24
This famous story in the Bible has something for everyone - a long suffering parent, a wayward adolescent, fast living, a highly responsible second child, a party, and a mother who seems to be absent!! Anything sound familiar to your life? The story of the Prodigal Son has been told for many generations and is beloved because we can all relate.  
Themes of: selfishness, craziness, forgiveness, work, restoration, anger and even the envy of pigs is part of this narrative. Soup to nuts, this story talks about the challenges of growing up and living among others. I invite you to read it anew in preparation for worship on Sunday.  
Here are some questions to ask in advance:
-who do you especially identify with in the story at this time in your life?
-what would you do if you were the parent?
-where the heck is mom?
-when did anyone offer you the equivalent of the calf/robe/ring when you did not deserve it?
See ya Sunday!
-Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy   
Church School  
will be led by Grace Rinck/Jeff Tyler this Sunday in our main office space on the 3rd floor - room 302 at the top of the stairs. 

Also this Weekend:

On Saturday March 30th there are a couple of opportunities for outreach. Please join one of the possibilities to support others if you can:
9-11:00 a.m. Meet at Friends in Deed to stock the shelves and organize their food. Please RSVP to Lu Nguyen - we need 5-10 children, youth and adults!
Also from 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. folks will gather to assemble birthing kits for Aid Africa at the Salem Lutheran Church at 1211 N. Brand Ave. in Glendale. See article below. If you are able to come as early as 8:00 a.m. to help prep, please let Peter or Irene Keller know.  
Union Station Volunteer Needed:
A substitute is needed for Monday April 1st Union Station Meal. Please let someone from the Delta Team (Peter Keller, Bob Rinck, or Elizabeth Lanski) know if you can help out between 6:00-9:00 p.m. The address for Union Station is 412 S. Raymond Ave. 

One Great Hour Of Sharing Offering

This Sunday in worship we ask for one of the five denominational offerings - One Great Hour of Sharing! This offering supports our partners around the world who are working tirelessly to offer care and support to those in need, including survivors of natural disasters like Hurricane Maria and those affected in Puerto Rico and other places, supporting clean water and sustainable agricultural practices, as well as resources for immigrants.  We invite you to give generously so that others may put their lives back together. Our local church offering will be joined with other communities to make a broader impact.
 Save the Dates:

Women's Scholarship applications due April 7th. See info below and urge women to apply! Applications available on our website uccpasadena.org and in the church office. 
March 30th and April 27th Friends in Deed Food Pantry stocking 9-11a.m. Corner of Los Robles and Washington. 
March 30th Aid Africa Birthing Kit Assembly 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. - see article  below. 
April 14th
Palm Sunday picnic in the park and Easter Basket assembly. See below for details of what to donate.
May 4th
Central Association Spring Meeting featuring our church's history at the Altadena Community Church. More info in article below.

May 9th Pasadena Mayor's Prayer Breakfast 7:30-9:00 a.m. Please contact Pastor Marlene if you wish to sit at a sponsored table with FCC and FUMC folks.
May 11th Women's Scholarship Tea
Invitations are going out soon! The time is 4:00 p.m. Save the date!

Worship Leaders 
Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy 
Rev. John H. Pomeroy
Wes Moore
John Gamber-Thompson  
Thom Meyers
Lu Nguyen
Judy Burd  

Pianist & Music Director 
Connie Washburn

Church School Teaachers
Combined class led by Grace Rinck/Jeff Tyler upstairs in Room 302. 
Church Nursery (for infants - K)
Kaye Jenkins & Lachlan Ashenmiller 
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   
Visit us at:  uccpasadena.org

Sermon Podcast
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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
-Lenten Dates for your Calendar
-Aid Africa Birthing Kits Assembly Day 
-Altar Flowers Sign Up
-Lilies & Tulips Request Form  
-2019 Women's Retreat Planned for April 26-28th  
-Central Association Spring Meeting
-Friends In Deed Interfaith Prayer Breakfast - time to buy tickets! 
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

Lenten Dates
Sun. April 14th - Palm Sunday Worship at 11:30AM at church, and then a picnic and egg hunt in Grant Park. A new feature this year is that we are buying and putting together Easter Baskets for kids and youth from the Ronald McDonald House. More details will be forthcoming but we are putting together about 20 baskets. Lu Nguyen is coordinating this and she is collecting the following:
coloring books, crayons, puzzles, board games and healthy snacks as well as Target gift cards of $10-20 each. We will assemble the baskets at the park so please bring your items in the next few weeks. Lu will be purchasing the baskets. Speak with her if you have questions.
Kevin Cordova-Brookey is heading up the potluck for the event. Send him an email and look for something from him in the next few weeks.  
Thank you Membership Ministry for organizing another wonderful event for us! (Lu Nguyen, Kim Story, Tara Bernard, Kevin Cordova-Brookey and Pastor Marlene) 
See pictures of the park facilities below which is 1 mile from church and has reserved tables, shade and bathrooms...
Thursday April 18th  - Maundy Thursday Supper and Worship Service 6:00 p.m. supper and 7:00 p.m. worship at church - details coming!  
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  

Can you give flowers for our worship one Sunday?  
flowers for Bea
There are many 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 Thanks to all who have already dontated! 

Lilies and Tulips Request Form

Please provide information for your Easter flowers for our Sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 21st.

Name __________________________________________________

In honor of ______________________________________________

In memory of ____________________________________________

Number of Lilies ______@8.50 each     Number of Tulips ______$8.50

Payment must accompany order. Make check out to First Congregational Church and designate for Easter flowers. You may take home your flowers after the Easter service.

2019 Women's Retreat Planned For April 26-28th
Pastor Marlene will be in touch with the 12 women who have signed up for the retreat. The desert is in bloom with all the rain this year.

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!