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ABOUT OUR FOLK - JULY 19, 2017
Your weekly update about what’s happening at San Marino Congregational United Church of Christ!

"In the darkness, when you cannot see the ground under your feet and when your fingers touch nothing but night, you are not alone. I will stay with you
as moonlight stays on water." 

and
"We all cross a hundred peaks to get even this far.
And there will be more before we each make it to
whatever God has fated for us."

(Nadia Hashimi, When the Moon is Low, 21st century)

 

 

PRAYER REQUESTS: For the sake of privacy, we do not include prayer requests in our online posts.

WHAT'S Happening

Pilgrim Pines summer camp program.  Pray for all our campers and the volunteers that are up at the Pines this summer.

SATURDAY:
Light for the Path spiritual practices group will meet for meditation and prayer from 10:30-11am beginning in the Narthex. All are invited to join us in this quiet time of prayer and meditation.

THIS SUNDAY, July 23 - 10:00 a.m. Worship
This Sunday we will be exploring Jacob, his pillow, and his dream as found in Genesis 28:10-19a.  There will be a special story for the children and Kris and Ben Cunz will be our liturgists.  Our upcoming Interim Minister Carol Barrett will be leading parts of the service in conjunction with Pastor Donald and the intrepid duo of Albert Mendoza and Murray Middleman will be on hand to provide us with special music to lift our souls up that ladder to heaven!

All are invited to SOCIAL TIME afterwards in our Fireside/Dining rooms.

The Leadership Team will meet this Sunday at 11:30am in The Wonder Room (Rm. B) downstairs.

This is the last Sunday to bring in School Supplies for our Friends in Deed.  Please bring all of your donations and drop off in the Narthex.

Please Note:  The United Voices choir is on summer hiatus.  Their rehearsals will resume in the fall.

COMING UP

7/26:  LEAP of Faith meets for conversation, study and prayer in The Wonder Room from 5:30-6:30pm.
7/28:   Dance for Charity (See below for details.)
7/30:  Transition Sunday.  Rev. Lorraine will be our preacher and there will be a special commissioning ceremony during our service for our Interim Minister Carol Barrett as we send Pastor Donald off on his 3 month sabbatical.  A POTLUCK LUNCHEON will follow this special service of worship.  Everyone is invited to bring a dish or two to share.

Back-to-School School Supply Drive for Friends in Deed
The start of the new school year can be exciting, intimidating, and scary.  It can be all of that, and more, for the students that may not have the much needed, and necessary, school supplies. 

Most of the families in the Friends In Deed community already deal with the issue of making ends meet every month. Add in the new school year, and the expenses that go along with it, like new clothes and shoes for their ever growing children, fees for school programs, projects and supplies, and a family's stress level and financial concerns increase.

We can help out again this year by bringing in any and all of the following school supplies (as designated by Friends in Deed).  Let’s fill the baskets and boxes in our Narthex during July.  Deadline for donations is Sunday, July 23, 2017.  THANK YOU!

Dance for Charity (Supporting La Casa Community Center & Rotary)
Friday  July 28, 6:30 - 9:30 P.M.
Church of Our Savior -Cleaver Hall
535 W. Roses Road, San Gabriel, CA 91775

Presented by the Rotary Club of San Gabriel
to benefit La Casa Community Center and Rotary International

Tickets for Sale from Lisa at La Casa Community Center
Call her at:  626-286-2144     www.lacasacommunitycenter.org

AN OPPORTUNITY FOR BIBLE STUDY (ongoing)
A self-directed Bible study program based on our Seasons of the Spirit curriculum is available to anyone who would like to receive it.  This is the same curriculum utilized in our LEAP of Faith study sessions that usually meet the first and last Wednesdays of the month.  Pastor Donald has modified the materials so that each week you can delve into the scriptures on your own and ponder the excellent questions the curriculum offers to strengthen our faith and enliven our spiritual journeys.  If you would like to receive the study materials via email each week they are offered, please send your request to:  donaldshenk@sanmarinoucc.org.

J. SEYMOUR FAMILY CENTER PROJECT (ongoing):
HELP US COLLECT FOR THE HOMELESS:  We continue to seek items throughout the year for the Jeff Seymour Family Center in El Monte who provides for the homeless and their children.  Baskets are available in the narthex for your contributions of: new packages of diapers (all sizes), baby wipes, feminine hygiene items, and travel sizes of :  •deodorant, •antibacterial wipes, •cream/lotion, •sunscreen, •toothpaste, •  toothbrushes, •soap, etc..  Nothing in large packages, please as most recipients have no place to store such items.

LIZ CAMERON FOOD PANTRY (ongoing):
Keep on bringing the food!  Everyday, children and their families go hungry, right here in our own community.  By supporting our neighborhood food bank at La Casa by donating food items to our food pantry, you are helping to solve this problem!  Food donations go directly to families who otherwise might not have enough to eat.  
 Ongoing requests:
- beans and rice (in smaller bags – NOT large quantities)
- bags of pasta
- boxes of cereal (NOT the larger sizes)
- canned proteins (tuna, chicken, ham, etc.)
- pasta sauce

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Donald Shenk
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Kimberly Van Horsen
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Janet Beaulieu
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