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

   Fifth Sunday After Easter     
April 29, 2018    

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



We will honor the life of long-term beloved member Ann Appley in a service this Saturday April 28th at 3:30 in our chapel. See article below for details about parking and the reception.
Reflection for Worship. . .

Finding the Good News
Acts 8:26-40

Our text in worship this week is the meeting between Peter and the Ethiopian Eunich - a highly ranked court official who explores scripture, asks Peter to explain the text and is baptized along the road to his destination!  
We learn from the writers that the story of Jesus' death and resurrection, the teaching about a God of compassion and justice has widespread appeal across cultural, economic and national boundaries.  We may be surprised by the openness and curiosity of this important official - in our own day, it can be hard to imagine a highly placed person with both material wealth and power, wanting to learn about God.  Exactly how is the story of Jesus and his ministry "good news" to a person who seemingly has everything they could want or need?  In a sermon entitled "Finding the Good News" we will consider what blessings we receive as a part of our faith perspective, our relationship with God.  We will ask whether we take the time to count our blessings and whether we share how our faith may lend us a life giving - even life saving? - take on our existence!  Come join us for worship and Helen's baptism this Sunday at 10AM in the Chapel!

Rev. John H Pomeroy

Also on Sunday:
We will be baptizing Helen Magnolia Gamber-Thompson in worship on Sunday. All are invited to stay after to enjoy some cake to celebrate Helen.

Krysty and Roberta will be leading Church School class. Jackie and Adi will be overseeing the nursery.

Sue Miele will be offering a light lunch and a building tour for all interested folks after coffee hour. She will be sharing memories and stories as she leads people up and down our building. Feel free to join her on Sunday
Women's Scholarship/Tea Update:
The Scholarship Committee is in the process of interviewing potential recipients for our annual FCC Pasadena Area Women's Pasadena Scholarship. Please keep the committee in your prayers as they discern who will be selected this year as we have a nice group of talented and wonderful women to choose from! The selection committee is : Grace Rinck, Mary Camacho, Krysty Leckrone, Sue Miele, Pastor Marlene Pomeroy and Bettie Teel.
What we need now is for you all to come to the Tea and meet the recipients! Membership Ministry is coordinating the food and you may be in touch with Kevin Cordova-Brookey or Kim Story to sign up to bring homemade goodies. Please RSVP to Nina at fccmonina@yahoo.com with your reservation. The cost is $35 per adults and $20 per child under 10 yrs. This is a fantastic event to invite a friend! Our Music Director Connie Washburn is providing some special music again this year for your pleasure at the Tea.

Scholarship Tea 2017  

Worship Leaders
Rev. John H. Pomeroy        
Rev.  Marlene W. Pomeroy 
Jim Maddox 
John Gamber-Thompson   
Thom Meyers   
Lu Burd  
Judi Burd  

Pianist & Music Director   
Connnie Washburn

Church School Teachers   
Combined class for elementary & youth class - teachers are: Krysty Leckrone and Roberta White  
Church Nursery (for infants - K) :
Jaquelyne Rodriguez & 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 . . . 
Ann Appley Memorial Service
Building tour, April 29th
Central Association Spring Meeting Date
Mayor's Prayer Breakfast
Lamplighters, May 11
Calling all Graduates! 
Hollywood Bowl Outing, July 7th 

                                                    Memorial Service for Ann Appley

Please plan to attend a special service to honor and remember long-term church member Ann Appley on Saturday, April 28th at 3:30 p.m. in our chapel, followed by a reception in our parlors. The family invites you to keep posted on the webpage: https://annappley.weebly.com/ Many thanks to our choir for coming to sing at the service. Please plan to carpool as parking will be limited.
Parking update: Sallie our building manager has arranged for 60 spaces in the Fuller Psych building. You may enter it at 180 N. Madison. An attendant will be there with a parking pass for you to place in your dashboard.We will be paying per car so please carpool if possible. There is NO parking in the Los Robles lot or the Fuller overhang. The Walnut lot is for immediate family and there is 1 handicapped spot.

 FCC BUILDING TOUR        SAVE THE DATE!!         APRIL 29, 2018   11:30am

Have you ever wondered what's really behind all those doors and in the rooms of our massive building?  If so, you are in for a treat.

Sue Miele, one of our long-time members has volunteered to lead a tour of our building for interested members. She will be accompanied by Griselda who holds the keys and knows all the secret haunts from the basement to the attic.

If you cannot attend on that date, Jeff Tyler will conduct another tour later in the Spring or Summer.

Central Association
of the Southern California/Nevada Conference
of the United Church of Christ

Spring Meeting 
Saturday, April 28, 2018

8:30 a.m. Registration - $5.00
9:00 a.m. Worship & Meeting
12:00 Lunch - $5.00

Celebrating Union Church's
100th Anniversary
3 Great Loves: Neighbor, Children & Creation

Los Alamitos Community Congregational Church
4111 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos, CA 90720  
Get acquainted with other UCC Churches
See old friends & make new ones

Childcare and a vegetarian meal are available.
If you need either one, please indicate when making your reservation.

Please RSVP by Friday, April 20 to:
Laurie Fox laurie48fox@gmail.com or text 213.725.9208

Looking Ahead- Save the Dates! 

Save the dates for two upcoming fundraising events sponsored by Friends in Deed, our local non-profit who works on our behalf to serve the poor and marginalized. On Thursday May 3rd
FID will host the Annual Pasadena Mayor's Prayer Breakfast.
Several hundred leaders and folks from our city will be on hand to hear a featured speaker and the work of FID at 7:30 a.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center. Elizabeth Lanski and Marlene Pomeroy are planning to attend. If any others would like to register and sit with us please let us know ASAP!

On Monday May 7th FID will host a golf fund-raiser at the Glendora Country Club at 9:30 a.m.
You may find more info and will be able to sign up for either event at www.friendsindeedpas.org

Lamplighters - Friday, May 11

Lamplighters will be meeting for dinner and attending a free concert by the Pasadena Community Orchestra, featuring Max Hammond, the Young Artist Competition winner, on the piano. You are all invited to join in the fun on Friday, May 11, at 5:30 pm for dinner and at 8:00 pm for the concert.

Pasadena Community Orchestra (PCO) performs Ippolotov-Ivanov's "Procession of the Sardar", Holst's "Jupiter Op. 32", Borodin's "In the Steppes of Central Asia" and "Polovetsyan March" as well as Prokofiev's "Piano Concerto No. 3" with Young Artist Competition Winner, Max Hammond, under the baton of Music Director Beth Pflueger. Max is 17, and has been the winner of many piano competitions.

Dinner:              5:30 pm at Nano CafĂ©, 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre.
Concert :           8:00 pm in the sanctuary of First Church of the Nazarene
                         3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd, Pasadena (just west of Michillinda Avenue)
                         Admission: Free
RSVP:               Don Hughes, 626-576-2713 or Nina Kung (church office), 626-795-0696
                         We need a head count for dinner and would appreciate a call.

Calling All Graduates!
Do you have a high school, technical school,college, or graduate school graduate this year? If so, please send in their name to the office and let us know when they might be in worship this June. We will honor all these graduates and shower them with our love. Please let Pastor Marlene know at fccrevs@yahoo.com or email Nina in the church office at fccmonina@gmail.com

Hollywood Bowl Outing for Summer 2018 - 10 tickets remaining!

Yes, it's that time to purchase our tickets to the Bowl. Membership Ministry (Kevin, Tara, Lu, Kim and Marlene) have chosen Jennifer Hudson on Saturday July 7th as an event for us to attend together. We have 15 tickets - sign up quickly and we can always purchase a few more (in past years we were allowed to return unused tickets but this year we have to buy in advance). We have great seats in 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!!