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

   First Sunday After Pentecost       
June 16, 2019    
Now Meeting at 500 E. Colorado Blvd.
Sunday Worship Service: 11:30 am, Chapel

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



Annual Gathering of the So CA NV Conference of the UCC was last weekend at Chapman University. Delegates from Pasadena UCC included: Stacy Thomas, Elizabeth Lanski, Krysty Leckrone, Carolyn Olney (not pictured), Anne Cohen.

Reflection for Worship. . .
Reflection for Worship. . .
Romans 5:1-5 
From our Guest Preacher: Rev. Rae Huang
In this moment of our history where turning on the news has become an anxiety-inducing act, what hope can our faith and church offer us?  Rev. Rae Huang is a Presbyterian pastor and faith-rooted organizer with Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice.  Her job is to organize faith communities for social and economic change by turning our anxieties and fears into direct action towards systemic change in our nation.  This Sunday, she will share theological reflections from her job as an organizer. 
About Rev. Rae Huang
Rev. Rae Huang is a faith-rooted organizer with Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice and an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She has a Masters of Divinity from Boston University-School of Theology and a Masters of Theology from Duke Divinity.  She has more than 15 years of experience working in non-profit, ecumenical, and interfaith contexts domestically and abroad, ranging from organizing youth and families on healthcare and street violence issues to her chaplaincy work in street, university, and hospital settings.  She also works with Kaleidoscope Institute, training faith leaders and clergy in anti-racism work and leadership, and provides mediation support for communities and schools.   

Father's Day is coming up on June 16th. Feel free to bring a photo of your father / grandfather and anyone who fathered you. We will have a table at the front of the chapel for display and we can tell stories after worship. Let's celebrate our "Dads!"
Our "altar" on Mothers' Day was a lovely source of stories and inspiration. We hope to do the same on Fathers' Day.

Worship Leader
Rev. Rae Huang
Rev. Anne Cohen
Sabbatical Coverage Pastor
Rev. Anne Cohen
Kim Story
Sandy Biehler      
Robert Rinck
Kevin Cordova-Brookey

Pianist & Music Director 
Connie Washburn

Church School Teaachers
Combined Class led by Neva Orr/Krysty Leckrone  
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   
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Office Hours
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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 . . .
-The Rev. Anne Cohen 
-Free Monthly Concerts at FUMC, Pasadena
-Pasadena Chalk Walk June 15 & 16 
-Hollywood Bowl Summer Outing - Aug. 18
-Update from The Pomeroys 
-New Bibles to be Dedicated and Placed in our Pews 
From the Rev. Anne Cohen -

Anne is serving as our Sabbatical Coverage Pastor while the Pomeroys are away on their Sabbatical.  
She has office hours Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. She enjoys meeting people for coffee and conversation... 

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
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 The Commodores and Dave Koz & Friends. 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. 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 and join us!!!

Sabbatical Update
The village of Pomeroy in Northern Ireland 
We have returned safely from two weeks in Ireland and Northern Ireland - the beginning part of our three-month sabbatical leave. Our journey was a time to reflect together on family history in the region and gather a sense of the religious life of two countries through history and present-day accounts!
While in Dublin, we visited the Book of Kells, a Ninth century illustrated copy of the Gospels, on display at the Trinity College Library. Monks illustrated each page with a detailed, color drawing of an image or scene from that part of the Gospel.
We visited St. Patrick's Cathedral and Christ Church
The sabbatical begins with a flight to Dublin.
in Dublin, learning of the history of important churches in the country that would change affiliation with changes in rulers and governments over the centuries. The conflicts in both countries were reflected in the histories of their churches, including the small Protestant church in Pomeroy, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. We spent a short time at Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey (Roman Catholic) in Portglenone, where Marlene spoke with elderly Father Martin and received his blessing for our journey.
The Book of Kells. The pages were the Beatitudes and the first page of the Gospel of Matthew. 
West of Belfast, we stayed in a farmhouse with a former prisoner and Provisional IRA member who was in jail with Bobby Sands, a leader of the IRA and a hunger striker who brought attention to abuses against Catholics in the 1970s. Reading his correspondence from jail to his parents and hearing his stories was captivating and also jarring.
In Kildare, we spent time with Sister Mary at the St. Brigid Centre, learning about the international community of Brigadeen Sisters and walking the labyrinth on the property in the rain!
Now at home, our sabbatical continues with reading, conversations with other faith community leaders, reflection on possible ministry projects and attending workshops and conferences. We are deeply grateful for this gift of time away!
                   Lilacs by the roadside.
                 A night at the Barberstown Castle.
The Antrim coast 
A conversation with Sister Mary at the St. Brigid  
Center in Kildare  with our friends Ellen and Tim.    

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 ______________________________________________________