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    
May 27, 2018    

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


Teachers, a few parents and Church School children and youth enjoyed a day at Universal Studios. See more photos below.
Reflection for Worship. . .

Isaiah 6:1-8

Every one of us is called by God. Every one. Our callings utilize the gifts and passions that God has instilled within us. Our callings are unique to us and offer important gifts to the world. Our callings can be demanding and challenging, but ultimately they are rewarding because they combine what God wants and what stirs us deeply. The example of the prophet Isaiah's call in scripture this week is quite grand. It takes place in the temple and there are flying seraphim and smoke. There is a burning coal and the voice of God. It is over-the-top and maybe a little bit frightening!! Our text invites us to look again at our own callings and check in with how we are responding to our call. How did you discern it? How did you respond to it? What contribution has it offered to others? We will explore this further in worship on Sunday. Hope you can join us!!

-Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy

Also This Sunday: 
We have a combined class for elementary and youth class - teachers are: Jeff Tyler and Grace Rinck.
Council will meet to discuss financials after coffee hour in the east parlor.

We will have our Spring Business Meeting on Sunday, June 3, 2018 following worship. We will begin with a potluck brunch at 11:30 AM and our business items will include: the approval of minutes from our Feb. 4, 2018 meeting, a Treasurer's Report, and approving a slate of Officers and Ministry members for 2018-19. All members are encouraged to attend the meeting in the East parlor. Please bring healthy finger food to share.
We will honor our graduates that day during and right after worship and before the meeting. See below for info on our graduates. 
Childcare will be available till 1:00 PM in our church nursery. Older children may relax in our youth room.

Worship Leaders  
Rev. John H. Pomeroy
Rev.  Marlene W. Pomeroy
Randy VanDeventer     
Judi Tyler     
Dana Pell     
Mary Camacho
Jeff Tyler 

Guest Pianist & Music Coordinator    Dr. Linda Zoolalian

Church School Teachers   
Combined class for elementary & youth class - teachers are: Jeff Tyler and Grace Rinck.  
Church Nursery (for infants - K) :
J. Rodriguez and Adi Paokhomai    
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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In this Edition . . . 
-All Church Celebration Planned for Sept. 8th 
-Transition Update
-Hollywood Bowl Outing, July 7th
-Honoring our Graduates June 3rd 
-Habitat Dedication June 9th 
-Rev.David Held Memorial Service
-Church T-Shirts
-Universal Studios pictures   
-Happenings around FCC from your pastors 

Saturday Sept. 8th  date for our All Church Celebration in anticipation of leaving our building
We are planning a grand celebration of our time here in this building in September. The planning committee will be meeting for the first time on Sunday June 10th after coffee hour to brainstorm ideas for the celebration. If you would like to join in the planning, please let Pastor Marlene know, or come to the meeting!!! The time will be 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Many thanks to all who worked to made the above events happen!  Our church is active and involved in the lives of many people. For that we give thanks.  - Revs. Marlene & Jake 
New Church Home Update
Transition work, sorting, cleaning, packing  
- It has now been three months since we closed escrow on our building. We will try and give periodic updates on what is happening with our move. During late February and early March there were a lot of details to be attended to during the sale and transition to us being renters. Sallie, Moderator Elizabeth, our bookkeeper Celina and our pastors were all busy in meetings with the new owners, providing documentation for the transition, transferring utilities and other services, coordinating staff assignments and scheduling room assignments for FCC events.  Sallie has been busy going through rooms, beginning with storage areas and our downstairs kitchen, boxing up items, removing trash and discarded furniture, and sorting through banners and linens so that things can be packed when the time comes.  
Inquiring, calling, visiting, discussing  
- Our realtor Carl Whidden, Moderator Elizabeth, Jeff Tyler and Pastor Marlene have toured several potential church sites and been in touch with one another regularly.  We have until February of 2019 to find a new home, with either our new owners or ourselves offering a 60 day notice should we need to leave earlier. Carl has reached out to several churches and looks regularly at listings and rentals on our behalf. There is a lot of looking, touring and phone calling being done by all. In addition, Pastor Marlene will be meeting with Carl and our Scouting Committee this Saturday May 19 to clarify our work and schedule visits to properties for the next few weeks. We plan to schedule a Forum after worship in the next couple of months when the Scouting Committee has news to share about their search. Scouting Committee is: Carolyn Olney, Heather Bland, Jeff Tyler, Randy VanDeventer, and Sue Miele (in Pennsylvania till the Fall). Here are the Desired Building Characteristics that the Scouting Committee is working on. 
Touring, celebrating and looking back  
- Jeff Tyler will lead a second building tour for those who would like to see the building in its entirety before we leave.  The date will be announced in advance - stayed tuned! And please put Saturday September 8th on your calendar in the late afternoon/evening for a celebration in our Sanctuary and a dinner here at church to celebrate our history and ministry here. Pastor Marlene will be contacting the planning committee for that event to meet and begin our plans. Thanks to those who signed up to organize it. Please contact one of our co-pastors with any questions or if you wish to help out in some way.  We have shown great faith and exercised good stewardship of our resources in selling our building;  our transition to a new home requires the same faith, persistence, discernment and trust!  Our faith promises that God goes before us in this work and this search - so onward we go! 
On behalf of Church Council, Pastors Marlene & Jake  
Note: our Scouting Committee met last Saturday with Pastor Marlene and Carl our realtor and will be hosting an update during and after church on June 10th. You will also hear a report at the June 3rd Business Meeting. We are trying to give regular reports every few weeks to keep folks in the loop. You are always welcome to seek out the pastors or the Scouting Committee members for input or updates: Carolyn Olney, Heather Bland, Jeff Tyler, Randy VanDeventer, Kim Story, and Sue Miele (in Pennsylvania till October).   

Hollywood Bowl Outing for Summer 2018 - 3 tickets remaining!

Membership Ministry (Kevin, Tara, Lu, Kim and Marlene) has chosen Jennifer Hudson on Saturday July 7th as an event for us to attend together. We have 3 tickets remaining so contact pastor Marlene if you are interested. If you choose to buy your own ticket we are in section P1 for $36 each. There is some scholarship money to supplement those for whom the price is too high, so please speak with Pastor Marlene for a reduced price ticket. The time is 8 p.m. and of course we will go ahead of time and picnic. Join us!!

Honoring Graduates on Sunday June 3rd!

We will be honoring Elizabeth Brookey (graduating from Crescenta Valley High School and still determining her college choice), Kim Mendez-McLeish (graduating from PCC and headed to UCLA), Jackie Rodriguez (graduating from Occidental) and Ethan Rinck (graduating from Cal State Hayward). We are so proud of each of these!
Feel free to bring cards and gifts for each of them on June 3rd. Please let Pastor Marlene know of others at fccrevs@yahoo.com or email Nina in the church office at fccmonina@gmail.com

Habitat for Humanity Desiderio Dedication

Saturday June 9th
-11:00 am Dedication of local Desiderio homes to be held (see rendering above)

Memorial Service Announced

The Rev. David Held, pastor of our congregation from 1963 until 1968, died on May 10th, 2018. David served churches both in our Conference and elsewhere in our denomination, last serving at the Claremont United Church of Christ before his retirement.  David had been a resident of Pilgrim Place in Claremont since 1988 and his memorial service is tentatively scheduled for   June 30th, 2018 at 2PM  at Claremont United church of Christ.  David is the uncle of Kim Story of our congregation - please offer your condolences to her.

Church T-Shirts Available

Our wonderful FCC t-shirts are still available in limited quantities in the following sizes for $15...
Women's sizes medium, large, extra large
Men's sizes small, medium and large
Please contact Nina in the church office during regular church office hours if you would like to purchase a shirt and show your church pride!
Universal Studios Outing This outing was a fun trip to reward the children for their fund-raising efforts during Lent. They raised almost $300 to give to a local charity. Way to go!

Happenings Around FCC From Your Pastors...

It has been a very busy few weeks around the church with several highlights we want to share with you. As we learned in the book Real Good Church, churches tend to do wonderful things and either no one knows about it if they didn't attend, or we rush onto the next activity without taking the time to celebrate what we do well. Just in the past few weeks we had a wonderful Scholarship Tea with 60 in attendance. We also had over 100 people present to honor and celebrate the life of Ann Appley at a service in the chapel. We baptized the lovely Helen Gamber-Thompson in worship two weeks ago and Sue Miele led a tour of our building after Worship  that day for about 20 folks. Pastor Marlene and Moderator Elizabeth Lanski attended the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast with over 500 faith leaders and community activists from Pasadena.  Closer to home, your Co-pastors hosted a staff luncheon one day so our available staff could be together and check in with each other over a meal...our Moderator Elizabeth and Treasurer Barb Bonzo were kind enough to join us.
Pastor Marlene and Sallie McNair hosted a Friends in Deed luncheon for 30 clergy and faith leaders in our parlors to talk about addressing homelessness in Pasadena. We hope to hear of potential new ways for us to get involved with the needs in our community.