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


                   January  31. 2016   

Over 110 people gathered for the Ordination of Carolyn Olney

Many many thanks to all the FCC members and friends who organized and implemented the wonderful service and reception for Carolyn. Special thanks to our Membership Ministry (and their helper Grace Rinck), Connie Washburn and our musicians, as well as our staff for their hard work. It was indeed a wonderful and joyful day!
Reflections on Sunday Worship ....
Jeremiah 1:4-10

This Sunday we turn our attention to the prophet Jeremiah and hear the call from God for him to be a prophet. Like most of the "call" stories in the Hebrew Bible, there was reluctance and caution by the person being called. Such is the case with Jeremiah as well. His response is to say that he is too young for the task. God persisted however and for many years Jeremiah wrote and spoke as God's prophet during a tumultuous time in Israel's history. We will explore this text on Sunday and connect it to our respective callings today. In preparation for worship I invite you to reflect on what God has called or is calling you to do in your life.... and what your objection is! Hope to see you Sunday in church!

 - Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy

Also this Sunday

Roberta White and Krysty Leckrone will be teaching the elementary class; Jeff Tyler and Jake Pomeroy will meet in the church library after the sermon for a sermon talk-back time.

Nursery caregivers this Sunday are: Irene Phillips,  Jaquelyne Rodriguez and Will Brookey.
University Club is available for parking this Sunday and the following Sunday, Feb. 7th.
We will have our Annual Budget Forum after coffee hour in our east parlor. Our Budget Committee has worked carefully to put together a budget for you to look at in advance of the Winter Business Meeting on Sunday Feb. 7th. This is a chance for you to look carefully at the 2016 budget and to ask your questions and offer your feedback. We will have the nursery open for your child(ren) until the end of the forum.

Aspire Monthly Worship, 5 p.m. See article for new space and details.

For more information visit aspireucc.org.

Worship Leaders:
Rev. John H. Pomeroy
Rev. Marlene W. Pomeroy
Rev. Andy Schwiebert

John Gamber-Thompson
Thom Meyers
Lu Burd
Judy Burd

Kevin Cordova-Brookey

Organist & Music Director
Andrew Whitenack

Church School Teachers:
Younger class  with Roberta White/Krysty Leckrone teaching in Room 232. Youth talk-back with Jeff Tyler and Jake Pomeroy in the library.

Church Nursery (for infants - Pre-K):
Irene Phillips, Jaquelyne Rodriguez and Will Brookey are our nursery caregivers this Sunday.

It opens at 9 a.m. for early birds and then everyone comes to worship at 10:00 and stay through the Children's Time and then return to the nursery. 

Nina Kung  

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We will have our Winter Business Meeting on Sunday February 7, 2016 following worship. We will begin with a pancake brunch at 11:15 AM, with the meeting to follow; our business items will include: the approval of minutes from our June 14, 2015 meeting, a Treasurer's Report, and the 2016 budget.  All members are encouraged to attend the meeting in the East parlor.

Library Renovation Update

Last year we made the decision to relinquish our youth lounge on the second floor to be used by a building partner who wished to have another dedicated space on the second floor. Since that decision, we have been committed to creating a new space for our youth and children to gather. Staff and Council have approved our church library to be that space (we use it frequestly on Sundays during and after church school each week plus at other times.) The renovation will include: the removal of some of the bookshelves, new flooring, window coverings and updated lighting. We will also put in a large smart tv for viewing movies and educational events, and a fresh coat of paint. The total cost for this upgrade is $3680 and we are grateful to our Building Manager Sallie who pulled together all the estimates. The renovation will commence in February and be ready to use during Lent! The cost of the renovation and upgrade will be used from the Capital Improvmenet Trust Fund.

We are asking for any interested book lovers to help us go through the books and decide which ones to keep and where to store them. If you are willing to be involved in that project, please contact Marlene Pomeroy.

Did you know that we have a
Capital Improvement Trust Fund? We do! The hope is to build the Fund as well as to fund upgrades out of it. A few folks made contributions to the fund in 2015.Thank you to those of you who did that! If you would like to make a contribution, please send a check to our book keeper Celina Mc Hugh, Marked for the CITF. 
Lent/Ash Wednesday

Lent is early this year - it begins on Wednesday Feb. 10th. We will offer an Ash Wednesday area service with other UCC churches to be held at the Glendale UCC church this year. Rev. Anne Cohen, pastor of the Mt. Hollywood UCC church is the organizer of the event. We will gather at 6 p.m. for a shared supper and then have worship at 7p.m. Please speak with Andy Whitenack if you wish to sing in the combined choir. Please let Marlene know if you can be one of two people to bring a soup in a crock pot.
Membership is in the process of organizing a pancake brunch to follow worship on Sunday Feb. 7th. Details will be forthcoming! If you are able to assist with bringing: bacon, fruit, an egg casserole, milk, juice or flipping pancakes, please let Marlene or a member of Membership know! Who is on Membership Ministry? Sue Chaplin Herb (Chair), Neva Orr, Tara Bernard, Lu Burd (new addition!) and pastoral liaison Marlene Pomeroy. 

A small group of folks from the Vision Committee will be offering some small groups for Lent as well. More info to come!
2 Votes on Raising Minimum Wage in Pasadena 1/27 and 2/1

A few months ago the FCC Council endorsed an effort to raise the minimum wage in Pasadena to $15/hour by 2020, led by a coalition of faith communities and groups like NAACP, ACLU, ACT and others. The Pasadena City Council began discussing the proposal and is close to voting on a final policy.

Tonight (Wednesday 1/27) the Economic Development and Technology Committee of the Pasadena City Council will be debating the final policy. There are a few sticking points under discussion that could weaken the policy before it's voted on tonight, then referred back to City Council at their meeting on Monday night 2/1.

Community partners from other churches and progressive organizations are asking us to be present tonight and Monday night to demonstrate local concern from the community about raising the wage to help bring people out of poverty. The FCC Council endorsed this effort a few months ago. 

If you can go tonight, please contact Pastor Andy Schwiebet  to find out more information. The EDTech meeting is at 6PM at Pasadena City Hall. The meeting on Monday night is also at 6PM at Pasadena City Hall. See Andy for more info as well.

(a)Spire Worship this Sunday January 31st at 5PM

Earlier this month the (a)Spire community had a planning retreat and mapped out our community gatherings for the year. We are moving from weekly worship to monthly, with regular small group gatherings as well (see article below) and quarterly meals in the park. This Sunday is our first monthly worship, and it will be in a new space, Room 301 (3rd floor, two floors above the Pomeroy office) at 5PM. The worship will begin with a pot-luck meal around a table, we'll hear music and have time for reflection & discussion, share communion and pray for each other.

(a)Spire Small Group Meets Friday January 29th with "Finding God in Music" Theme

This bi-weekly small group met for the first time January 15, and meets for the second time this Friday the 29th at 6:30-8PM. Folks are still able to join in if you missed the first one.

The group is co-facilitated by two (a)Spire folks, Jordan Pedersen and Randy VanDeventer. The group is meeting every other Friday evening from 6:30-8PM for 6 sessions: 1/15, 1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/11 & 3/25. Each week participants are asked to bring a song to share (ideally on a phone but CD will work) related to a particular theme; this week the theme is "guilty pleasures". Additionally, one person each week will have a few more minutes to share a song that helped him or her through a tough time in their life. 

PLEASE RSVP to Nina or Andy if you plan to come so we know how many people to expect. All are welcome.

Youth Winter Camp Feb 13-15: Sign Up Soon!

Youth (and youth parents, please help) SAVE THE DATE! Our youth have joined forces with youth from the First United Methodist Church of Pasadena in the past for their winter camp (when Allison Mark was there). This year we have been invited to join their youth and adults again (sorry, no Allison Mark!) for winter camp (Camp Sky Meadows) near Big Bear over the Presidents'/Valentine's Day weekend, and with El Niņo it's likely to be a a lot of snowy fun. The cost will be $75 per youth, but we will have some scholarship funds available upon request. Let Andy Schwiebert know soon if you are interested, and we will get signup forms out as soon as we have them.
Aid Africa Walk for Water, Sat/  February 27, 2016 at Montrose Community Park
Since 80% of communicable diseases are water born; because people get sick and die from drinking unclean water; because women and children bear the greatest burden of finding and carrying water; because 1 billion people in the developing world don't have clean water.....

We are having a ...

You can get all the information and forms you need at: http://www.aidafrica.net/walk-for-water/
You can walk or sponsor another walker and you'll get a t-shirt for participating. Join us!

Peter Keller
Executive Director
Aid Africa
+256-788-060-602 - Uganda Cell

National Youth Event Orlando July 26-30, 2016

Registration opens January 20th for the National Youth Event happening this summer in Orlando Florida. FCC Youth are invited to go and we have some new scholarship funds available to make it affordable for all who attend. If your youth are even remotely considering, please check out this link to learn more about the agenda for the event: http://nye.uccpages.org/

There will be worship, discussion on faith and ethics, social justice activities and LOTS of fun time at one or more of the Disney parks. The group will be staying at the Coronado Springs Resort & Conference center; it'll be about 4000 youth and family members from UCC churches around the country. Please let me (Andy) know if your youth are interested and I will get you more information as it becomes available. So far youth and adults (and some families) from First Congregational Church of Long Beach, UCC and Manhattan Beach Community Church (UCC) will be going.