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


10:00 a.m. FCC Worship in the Chapel
1:00 p.m. (a)Spire Worship, Alden Hall


                   August 2, 2015   






"Church School collages from this past Sunday mimic Jesus' streamlined style of doing a lot with a little!"


Reflections on Sunday Worship . . .


What Lasts?!

John 6:24-25


In worship this week our text is a dialogue between Jesus and the disciples, who are asking for signs of reassurance that God is with them while they follow the work and teachings of Jesus.  Jesus responds by challenging the disciples to look for those things that last - meaning a relationship with God rather than material possessions or even food and shelter.  In a reflection entitled "What Lasts?!" we will look together at what we spend our time on, how we allocate our resources and how those things stand up to this questioning from Jesus - how well are we nurtured and sustained by those things we spend our time, energy and money on?  Come join us for worship in the Chapel at 10AM as we return to our regular FCC schedule!

                                           - Rev. John H. Pomeroy


Also this Sunday . . .

Please note: we are back to our regular worship times starting this Sunday - FCC at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel and (a)Spire at 1:00 p.m. in Alden Hall. Many thanks to all who came to the combined services in July and who brought delicious food for us to enjoy!!

This Sunday our two special guests, Candace Davis Murphy on violin, and soprano Margaret Tolberg, will join Connie Washburn on piano. The service music will include Boccherini's Minuet and Bernstein's "My House."  Join us at 10 am in the Chapel

Teachers are Sue Chaplin and Grace Torpoco in the church library.



To see the latest e-news from (a)Spire, click here . (a)Spire worship will take place at 1p.m. in Alden Hall with Andy Schwiebert preaching.


Worship Leader:
Rev. John H. Pomeroy

Aren Burd
Julie Burd
Peter Keller
Brian Brandenburg

Jim Maddox

Pianist & Music Coordinator:
Connie Washburn

Church School Teachers:
Teachers are Sue Chaplin and Grace Torpoco in the church library.

Nursery is staffed for infants and small children after the Children's Time.
Nina Kung  

Visit us at:  uccpasadena.org 

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M-Thurs  9AM - 5:30PM

  We close for lunch 
12 - 1:30PM

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Welcome Our Visitors


Esther and Abraham Saggu have visited us several times this summer for worship and are participating in our small groups while they are here.  Abraham is a Professor of Old Testament at the Seminary in Bangalore, India and is working as a research scholar on a five month project at Fuller Seminary to produce a commentary on the book of Zechariah.  Esther is working in the seminary library.  Without a car it is hard to shop for groceries and see the sights in LA; we invite anyone who has some time to offer Abraham and Esther a ride for shopping or include them in your journey to a museum, garden or concert.  In October Esther and Abraham return to India, where Abraham will then travel to teach for three years at a newly developed missionary Bible college in Kathmandu, Nepal and Esther will work as a librarian. Please speak with Nina in the church office office for their contact information.


Friends in Deed Update 


Several of us had the honor of going up to Friends in Deed to help pass out the school backpacks this week. Many thanks to Kim Story, Lu and Judy Burd, Tara and Kamryn, Krysty and Elle, Neva and Mattias, and Marlene for helping out! (and for all who donated backpacks and school supplies) We were able to pass out over 120 backpacks to some really happy children in just one day!! We also were able to see Friends in Deed in action - folks waiting for their turn to go into the food pantry and fill a bag full of groceries, women arriving to go to the Women's Room and be able to shower, do laundry, eat some food. It was wonderful to see Friends in Deed serving many people!! They provide so many needed services to our community.


I hope our community feels very thanked for all their continuing contributions to this wonderful and really important organization. The needs continue so please bring your canned goods to church on Sunday for us to take up to the food pantry. We will also be highlighting the fall fund raiser in the next month - Jazz on the Green - to be held at the historic Castle Green hotel on Wed. Sept. 16th from 6-9:30 p.m.  It will feature live jazz, finger foods as well as wine and beer and a silent auction. This is one of the few fund raisers each year for this organization. Let's support it!! Ticket information will be forthcoming.  FID is looking for corporate sponsorships of $500 or more. See Marlene for more info.


FCC  folks helped to hand out the backpacks.



Opportunities for Service


Union Station Meal

Our next Union Station Meal that we will host is Monday Aug. 3rd from 6-9 p.m. featuring the Delta Team. If you can be a substitute for this team or any other team, please contact Nina in the church office.


Save the Date:

On Saturday afternoon October 17th Aid Africa will host its annual fund raiser in our church!! It is a wonderful event that profiles the amazing work that Aid Africa has done for 10 years now!! FCC will be able to offer radical hospitality for this event - details to come! Please save the date and be thinking about how you can help us host this event. We will be asking for many hands to make this possible in the coming months. - Pastor Marlene



Pictures Needed!


We are in the process of updating our website. If you have nice clear pics of any of the happenings at FCC in the past year, can you please send to Marlene and Nina? We don't need an onslaught - just a few of your best shots from: worship, educational events, outreach activities, retreats, events, etc.  Please don't send blurry photos or ones of poor quality since they don't reproduce well.  Thanks in advance since pictures tell a 1,000 words you know!!



Documentary Film Screening


The Peace and Justice Committee invites you to join us for a documentary film screening at the home of Jeff Levison and James Chavers on Saturday August 8th at 4PM.  The film is entitled Chasing Ice and chronicles the work of a National Geographic photographer as he leaves his work for the magazine and spends a couple of years gathering photographic evidence of the melting of glaciers and warming of the ocean at the Arctic Circle.  Both a human story and an environmental project, this film offers important education and information about the condition of the polar ice cap and the effect of its health on our society.  

Come join us!  Call the church office if you need directions and we will provide refreshments for the film and a discussion afterwards!



What's your Spiritual Style?

As part of the Visioning Process that FCC is undertaking, everyone is asked to complete a "Spiritual Style Test" (SST). Once a majority of our congregation has turned in their SSTs, we'll have an accurate picture of what our congregation's overall Spiritual Style is, and we'll know what areas we should focus in order to be more holistic in our spirituality, rather than overly emphasize one style over others. 

Please see the attached SST, print it out, fill it out, and send back the final 3 pages to Nina or Andy by August 1st. We are extending the deadline in order to try to collect a majority.

Small Groups Up and Running


We have three small groups running this summer through September. We have about 20 folks involved in this. If you would like to lead, host or participate in a new small group in the fall, please contact Pastor Marlrene at fccrevs@yahoo.com


 Leadership Dinner
On Sunday August 30th the pastoral staff will be hostng a Leadership Dinner for all in our church who serve on a ministry or a committee. Invitations will be going out to those 40 people next week but we wanted to let you know to save the date!! We will be together for a meal, informal worship, and to be inspired for our collective work in the coming year!


Time for Some Summer Fun with our Dive-in Movie!


We are having a pool party and movie viewing of
Big Hero 6
at the Weltman house/pool on

Saturday Aug. 29th.

Click here for more info.