SECOND MONDAYS MUNCHIN' LUNCHEON
january 8th @ nOON
FEED YOUR SPIRIT
…and your body. Join the Lunch Bunch.
Our monthly meeting of mouths and minds will take place on Monday, January 8th at noon. Join us at Jake’s Road House located at 622 South Myrtle in Monrovia (91016). Jake’s is a laid-back barbecue spot offering unlimited peanuts by the bucket and delicious barbecue. Hope to see you there!
How You HAVE Helped!
Food Forward was recently awarded a commendation from the US Environmental Protection Agency, alongside myriad national food suppliers and purchasers like Wegmans, Disneyland, MGM Resorts and UC Davis, for the environmental impact resulting from our food recovery work in 2013-17.
One of the things we LOVE about [FF's] UCLA partnership is that it is manned and woman-ed by students who are feeding other students. What many people don?t realize is that there is a high percentage of students who experience food insecurity. Current estimates show this number to be roughly 20% at UCLA, with students choosing to buy books over food. Food Forward's program gives these folks a hand by creating an eco-system where the UCLA community can help its own who are struggling to make ends meet.
Watch for SMCC Picks
Watch your email for announcements on future picks with Food Forward. We look for available activities on the third Saturday morning of each month and will pass that info on to you so that you can join the effort. There is a quick registration on the Food Forward site that allows you to sign up for a pick of your choice and lets Pastor Donald know that he has volunteers. www.foodforward.org
THERE IS NO FOOD FORWARD PICK SCHEDULED IN JANUARY.
SPIRITUAL PRACTICES GROUP
Saturday, january 27th
Light for the Path
Everyone is welcome to join in this time of quiet, guided meditation, convening at 10:30 a.m. on December 23rd in the narthex and moving into the sanctuary. Together, we light our candles and invoke the Spirit of Gentleness into our midst. Come enjoy a quiet half hour for your soul in this special Christmas themed timed together.
All are invited to join us in this loving time.
leap of faith: ADULT BIBLE STUDY
LEAP of Faith is taking on a new look and feel in 2018. Be watching About Our Folk for the next meeting.
ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING & POTLUCK
SUNDAY, JANUARY 28, 2018
Review of 2017 and Looking Ahead for 2018
Join us for our most important meeting of the year as we give our thanks to those who have given so much of themselves to our church throughout the past year and vote on our budget for the New Year. Bring a dish or two to share and join in the fun and the fellowship.
We will have both our worship service and our meeting in Crist Hall, the site of our original church. To make the most of our meeting time, the Annual Report will be distributed in advance of the meeting so that you can take your time to read the report in its entirety before voting.
Report contributions should be sent electronically to Kim in the office by Friday, January 12.
spirit & the screen
We all had a ton of fun at our Annual Spirit and the Screen Christmas White Elephant Exchange party at the beautiful and welcoming home of Susan Jakubowski. There were many happy people despite the rather, shall we say, unusual gifts exchanged. Thanks to all who participated and especially to our dear Susan for hosting.
We’ll take a break this month, but watch this space in next week’s Spire for another scintillating Spirit and the Screen offering for February.
NEW MISSION PROJECT
From the Moderator
We are introducing a new Mission Project brought to us by Susan Jakubowski. We will be supplying brown paper bags of appropriate items to the San Marino Police Department to distribute to homeless people they find in town while doing their rounds. We would like to “fund” this project through donations of the needed items, with the Mission Budget as our backup. There will be a yellow list of the items needed in the Narthex on one of the benches. We will put these bags together the same Tuesday we make the lunch bags for Union Station. Thanks as always for helping us help others.
We need the following items:
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 in a 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)
This year’s winter camp theme explores Jesus as the ultimate activist. We invite all junior high and high school campers to join us on the mountain for a very fun and informative weekend retreat!
WHAT: A WEEKEND RETREAT FOR JUNIOR HIGH & HIGH SCHOOL CAMPERS
WHERE: PILGRIM PINES CAMP AND CONFERENCE CENTER
WHEN: JANUARY 12-15, 2018
TIME: CHECK IN AT 7 PM | PICK UP AT 10 AM
INVESTMENT: $190 CAMPER | $100 ADULT COUNSELOR
REGISTRATION LINK: https://goo.gl/forms/2mmWaCMtQshBeEex1
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