This Week’s News & Events

Upcoming Events updated 2/2/2016

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For news relating to our recovery following the San Bernardino mass shooting, see Healing Our Community.

February 14th – hey, it’s actually on Valentine’s Day!- will be our annual Mariners’ Valentine Brunch and will be held in Fellowship Hall following worship.  John Valentine is selling tickets so make plans to join our congregation in supporting our Mariners’ fundraiser.  Tickets are $13.  Children 10 years old and younger are free.  It is being catered with many different, yummy salads to sample and there will be red velvet cake for dessert.  Come join family and friends for good food and fellowship.  Thank you for your support.

The Care for our Common Home: An evening of religious dialogue on our environment will be presented at the Pastoral Center of the Diocese of San Bernardino at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16.  Rabbi Michael Lotker, Bishop Gerald Barnes, and Dr. Imad Bayoun will express Jewish, Christian and Muslim perspectives on the environment and on Pope Francis’ letter, Care for our Common Home, Laudato Si.  Join us.

COMPANIONS ON THE INNER WAY:  ” The Path of Generosity” led by Dr. Fred Luskin, Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects, Director of Wellness Education at Stanford University and a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Sofia University, will be Feb 28 – Mar 4 at the Serra Retreat Center in Malibu.  Online registration at  Experience prayer, connection, study, discussion, contemplation, reflection and fellowship. Very generous scholarships are available, thanks to the Dodds Trust, for most of the cost of registration and housing! Contact Christa Wallis.

EQUAL EXCHANGE COFFEE & TEA. Presbyterian Women make fair trade coffee & tee available for purchase in the fellowship hall after worship on the first Sunday of the month.  Coming February 7.

FOOD FUN! Deacons invite you to practice compassion and share the fun by bagging &/or distributing food. Monthly distribution is always the third Saturday of the month at 9am with bagging the Friday before.  Volunteers work from about 8:30 am to 11:00 am both days. Come for the whole time or for just an hour. Newcomers are always welcome and shown what to do!

LEONARD SCHOLARSHIP applications are available in the church office and on our website at All applications must be received in the church office no later than February 28, 2016. If you have any questions, e-mail Lynda Savage.

Bible Study Options:

Room 10 Topics:   February 7 – Exodus 12:1-14. February 14 – Leviticus 23. February 21 – Leviticus 16. February 28 – Leviticus 23.  All classes will meet on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in Room 10.

FIRESIDE LOUNGE “The Jesus Fatwah” class.
It is timely to discuss our relationship with the Muslim community.  We  are therefore inviting you to attend a 6-7 week DVD/discussion class from “Living the Questions”  entitled, “The Jesus Fatwah: Love your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself” featuring seventeen Islamic and Christian scholars.  Suggested readings include:  What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam.  Our guides will offer reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live their faith, and how we all can be building relationships across lines that have previously divided us.  Please join us in Fireside Lounge each Sunday beginning at January 10th at 9:30 a.m.

OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR COVERED CALIFORNIA began on November 1. Through Covered California you can obtain affordable health care coverage with a name-brand health insurance company. Financial assistance is available to help eligible Californians pay for monthly premiums. Find out if you qualify. Get in-person, confidential help enrolling by visiting RCB Chamber Commerce, 2060 Chicago Ave Riverside, CA 92507 (951-823-0175) or go online at  Don’t Delay, Enroll Today! Open Enrollment ends January 31, 2016.

Our next ANNUAL ALL CHURCH FAMILY CAMP will be held Memorial Day Weekend, May 27th-30th, 2015. Whether you have been coming for years, just started attending, or have never experienced the absolute awesomeness that is Family Camp, we would love to see you there.

HELP OUR FOOD MINISTRY PROGRAM: Could you drive once or twice in a three-month period to pick up groceries from Feeding America, the food bank in Riverside? If you have a Van, SUV, or pick-up Truck, that would be really helpful, but even a sedan can work. What we need most is your willingness to help in the Food Ministry Program. Please contact Sally Morris or Kathleen Ray through the church office.

Know someone who needs ENCOURAGEMENT? Our parish visitors co-ordinate our ministry of presence and care in times of need. Call Laurie Stafford in the office, or contact visitors Lynette DuClos Adelson or Mindy Rueda. Our prayer chain is always ready to hold you in prayer, contact Tommie Ann Freeman who will start the chain praying. If you know that someone needs encouragement and is shy to ask, please notify the church office. The answering machine can receive your call at any time. Thanks for helping us to love one another as Jesus calls us to do.