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ABOUT OUR FOLK - September 17, 2017
Your weekly update about what’s happening at San Marino Congregational United Church of Christ!

In recalling God’s deeds, in giving thanks for God’s presence in our lives, our songs open our eyes to a world of bounty. In praise, we find fullness and see the world with new eyes. The Faithful One will continue to be faithful. Life is an open door to possibility, not a dead end. God’s mercies are new every morning; God’s vision constantly emerging in the circumstances of our lives.

Our praises and recollections of grace contribute to an ongoing ecology of grace, and may open the door to greater manifestations of God’s presence.
Bruce Epperly

 


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

 

WHAT'S Happening

Please Join Us:
·      Thurs. Sept. 21 – Choir Practice, 7:00 pm
·      Friday Sept. 22 – Spire Deadline
       Saturday, September 23
11:00 a.m. Light for the Path, Narthex.  Thirty Minute Meditation Service led by Elsie Stanley
6:00 p.m. Spirit and the Screen presents a screening, dinner and discussion of the 2016 film, Lion, at the home of Pat Bell: 660 W. Sierra Madre, Apt. F, Sierra Madre, 91024.  RSVP to Pat at pat.b.bell@gmail.com or 626-676-2700.  Bring a dish to share.

Sun. Sept. 24th – Worship in the Park and picnic,  11:00 am.
Carpool leaving the church parking lot at 10:00 am.  Directions attached.  No worship at the church. See additional information below.

Wed. September 27 – Leap of Faith Bible Study 5:00 p.m.  Worship and Wonder Room.

“Worship in the Park” combines a great worship service with about 100 UCC’ers from many churches and a super-size “church picnic.” This year it will be held on Sunday, September 24 at 11 am in the “Crystal Springs Picnic Area” of Griffith Park.  We’ll have a one-hour worship service followed by a BBQ and picnic.  We also have a “Kids’ Church School” for younger kids.  Depending on the number of kids, we may need some parents to volunteer to help.

Dress, of course, is very casual and grass-stain resistant!  Bring sunblock, folding chairs or a blanket to sit on and some food to share for a big picnic.

Make your offering check payable to SMCC and we will have offering envelopes to use at the park.

In addition to the attached directions, printed directions will be available in the narthex or use Google maps to locate Crystal Springs Picnic Area, Griffith Park.

Please support:
Neighbors in Need Offering which will be received October 1, 2017.

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

HELPING THE HOMELESS IN SAN MARINO (ongoing)
We are assembling bags of items that the Police can can distribute to the homeless they encounter.
We need the following:
Cases of 16-oz. bottled water
Packages of 50 LARGE brown lunch bags
Bumblebee Tuna on the Run 
Granola Bars (30-50 in a box)
Applesauce or Fruit Bowls (30-50 per box)
Trail Mix/Peanuts (30-50 in a box)
Cereal Bars (30-50 in a box)
Men’s and Women’s Regular White Athletic Socks (6-12 pairs in a package)

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Pastor:
Donald Shenk
Clerk/Office:
Kimberly Van Horsen
Preschool:
Janet Beaulieu
Weddings:
Kimberly Van Horsen

THE CHURCH OFFICE IS OPEN:

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
8:30am to 2:30pm



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