This Week’s News & Events

Upcoming Events

updated 3/8/2015

LENTEN RESOURCES.  A few Lenten Calendars for children, teenagers, and adults left are available from the table in the office reception area.  40 Things to Give Up for Lent is available in the same place.  These resources can deepen your Lenten journey.

LENTEN QUIET NIGHTS. The Lenten Committee invites you to join us in the chapel each Thursday at 6:00 pm for five weeks beginning February 26th for Lenten Quiet Night, a brief service of prayer and reflection. We will enter the chapel through the side door nearest to the Meditation Garden entrance. Our Meditation Garden is a place of beauty and peace. We invite you, if you have the time, to come a few minutes before the service begins and spend some time of reflection in that lovely spot. And after the service, we will join in a simple supper of soup and bread in Fellowship Hall.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY GALA:  This Church has been a supporter of Habitat for Humanity San Bernardino for over 20 years. On March 26th Habitat will be having its Annual Fundraising Gala. Tickets are $75.00 person, $125.00 for a couple, or $500.00 for a table of 8. Contact Tim Garcia, or Habitat at 909-478-1176 or

PRAYER BREAKFAST. The Women’s Club of San Bernardino invites you to their 44th Annual Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, March 28th at 9:00 a.m. Tickets are $7.00.  Proceeds benefit a spiritual values scholarship recipient.

FAT FISH The Lenten Fish banks distributed on March 1 will be received in the offering on Palm Sunday. This is a special offering that benefits One Great Hour of Sharing.

COME, HELP US MAKE PALM CROSSES! Please join us on Saturday, March 28th, at 9:00 a.m. in Fireside Lounge for fellowship with friends and the creation by our own hands of the cherished palm crosses we distribute on Palm Sunday. It is not difficult to learn, and fun to do! We need your help – we usually make about 300 crosses! Bring your scissors or a pair of clippers and join us. You and the entire congregation will be blessed by this work. Everyone – of any age – is invited. PLUS… there is a rumor that Pastor Sandy will be baking her famous hot cross buns to share with everyone that participates. Don’t miss it!

BRING US YOUR MOST GLORIOUS FLOWERS FOR EASTER! On Saturday, April 4th, you are invited to bring your most beautiful flowers, greens, blooming branches, and whatever other greenery you can glean from your garden. Bring them in buckets of water, and they will stay fresh until arranged. We will begin at 9:00 a.m. on the patio outside Fireside Lounge and welcome your help in creating our floral arrangements. Bring your pruners and garden gloves if you are willing to be a worker. You will be participating in an annual tradition of this congregation, and the beauty we create together will bless our God and delight our congregation!

MAUNDY THURSDAY.  At 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2nd, we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper at our Maundy Thursday service. We cannot arrive at Easter without going through Maundy Thursday. We invite you to the Last Supper. Come with us.

BUTTERFLY COOKIES NEEDED for Coffee Hour on Easter Sunday. Bring ‘em in & leave ‘em in the kitchen before Worship on April 5th.

OCEAN PRESENTATION. Dawn Wright will present “Creatures of the Deep and Treasure Maps of the Ocean Floor” at the ESRI Forum in Redlands on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, from 5:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. No fee, but register by calling ESRI Forum Information at (909) 703-2853 Ext. 1-5248 in late April.

PER CAPITA Apportionment for 2015. Per Capita is the money that we send to Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly for administrative expenses such as lay workers’ salaries, office supplies, etc. This insures that mission dollars are spent on mission. Session is asking members to pay $35.00 per member for Per Capita Apportionment, which is $1.60 more than the amount set by the Presbytery. Usually about half of our members are able to pay Per Capita, and this additional amount helps the church to pay the other half. Remember that it is per member, not per family, so if you have two members in your family, it would be $70.00 and so on. Thank you for your help.

HELP OUR FOOD MINISTRY PROGRAM: Could you drive once or twice in a three-month period to pick up groceries from Second Harvest 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.

ADULT CLASS:  HOW JESUS BECAME GOD:  In January we began a series of adult classes on the topic of How Jesus became God. The DVD sessions are based on a book of the same title by Distinguished professor of Early Christianity Dr. Bart Ehrman at the University of North Carolina. Discussions are being led by Dr. Wendy Lamb, Pat Morris Esq, and Dr. Ernie Garcia. We meet in the Fireside Room at

Adult Christian Education. There is also an adult Bible Study in Room 10.

SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDY for women.    Perhaps you have wanted to grow in your faith through Bible study, but just have not pushed yourself to become part of a study group. The Circle of Grace is waiting for you. We are a small group and meet the second Thursday of each month from 5:30 7:30 p.m. in the church library. Some of our members come directly from their workplace so we have “substantial” snacks while we meet (it can even substitute for dinner!) If you would like to give us a try, contact Laurie in the church office for further information.

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.

We hope for each of us to Be in Christ + Be Loved + Be of Use