SAN MARINO UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
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ABOUT OUR FOLK - May 24, 2017
Your weekly update about what’s happening at San Marino Congregational United Church of Christ!

"The connections we make in the course of a life—
maybe that's what heaven is."

(Fred Rogers)

 

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

WHAT'S Happening…

THURSDAY:  Choir rehearsal 7pm in the Sanctuary.

SATURDAY:  10:30 -11am Light for the Path convenes in the Narthex.  Join us for this quiet time of communal meditation and prayer.

THIS SUNDAY, May 28 - 10:00 a.m. Worship
This Sunday we move further ahead in the Gospel according to John as we explore chapter 17 verses one through eleven and the “other” prayer of Jesus.  There will be a story for the children read by Pastor Donald and the United Voices will sing a rousing new anthem by Joseph Martin and David Angerman called, “Seekers of Light.”

Miss Maddi will be here to lead the children in Sunday School after their special time upstairs. 

All are invited to join in a social time afterwards in our Fireside/Dining rooms.  THANKS to all who bring something and help set up and clean up every Sunday.

Also this Sunday:  The Service of Ordination for Lydia Mulkey at Mt. Hollywood Congregational Church UCC (Rev. Anne Cohen presiding) will take place at 2pm on the patio lawn by the fountain on the church grounds located at 1733 N. New Hampshire, Los Angeles (90027).  An offering will be received to assist with scholarships for seminary students.  Check may be made payable to “Central Association-UCC.”

MONDAY:  HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!  Preschool closed today.

NEXT WEDNESDAY:  LEAP of Faith meets from 5:30-6:30pm.

STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH OFFERING TO BE RECEIVED ON SUNDAY, JUNE 4
On Sunday, Lester Wakefield beautifully introduced us to our upcoming special offering for Strengthen the Church.  When you invest in the vision supported by Strengthen the Church, your gift will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches, and help develop the spiritual lives of our youth and young adults.  Please consider a generous gift on June 4th.

‘CAUSE WE NEED A LITTLE MUSIC!  ALBERT MENDOZA OFFERING SUMMER PIANO LESSONS:
Our own brilliant pianist and incredibly patient and kind Albert Mendoza is offering a 6-Week “Try It Out” package of piano lessons available throughout the summer months during nights or weekends.  He’ll give you six beginning piano lessons for $189 (that’s $31.50 per each 45-minute session).  Lesson books and materials are included, scheduling is flexible and the lessons will be tailored to fit your own interests.  Sign up by June 10 to take advantage of the special discounted rate.  Contact Albert at:  albert.c.mendoza@hotmail.com or (310) 867-3317.

TIME TO THINK ABOUT SUMMER CAMP!
This summer’s theme will be “Branching Out – Connecting Through Community.”  Sessions start July 2 and run through July 29.  This highly successful camp is now run by volunteers and they need your help.  Please go to www.pilgrimpinescamp.org to see the schedule and the opportunities to volunteer.

June 1 is the deadline for early bird lower cost registration and for camperships through the camp.  Camperships are also available through our church.  Please make your request to Pastor Donald.

AID AFRICA OPPORTUNITY:  ONE KIT SAVES TWO LIVES
It’s an incredible human tragedy.  Each year, 500,000 African babies die on the first day of their lives, and 1 in 13 women in Sub-Saharan Africa die of causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.  On Saturday, June 3rd from 9 to 3pm the people of AID Africa will be meeting to assemble birthing kits to help alleviate this tragedy.  Two lives can be saved with each $10 kit.  Volunteers and donations are needed to aid in this effort, which will take place at Salem Lutheran Church, 1211 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA  91202.  If you can help, please email:  info@aidafrica.net or call (818) 389-6442 for more information.  Individual donations can be made through: aidafrica.net/donate.

PRESCHOOL MOVES TO 5-DAY-A-WEEK SUMMER SCHOOL
Get the news out.  Our preschool will now offer a full 5-day-a-week summer program for preschoolers beginning June 5th.  For specifics on our Super Summer School Extravaganza 2017, give Miss Janet a call at (626) 292-2082 for more information or navigate over to: www.sanmarinopreschool.org

KEEP THOSE CANS, CONTAINERS, & CARTONS COMING
"Spring Cleaning" is coming up and I am in need of "trash" donations such as: Soup cans, coffee containers, milk cartons, butter thingy with lid, old water jugs, old clothes, old sheets, games that have missing pieces or incomplete craft sets. In exchange I will trade whoever donates homemade cookies or pie!  I'm collecting these things to upcycle into craft materials for "Cool Cat Craft Club."  There’s a collection box for these items in the Narthex.
Thank you!  - Janel Leonard

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

 

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