The Pentecost Offering will be received this Sunday, May 19. This offering goes to programs for youth and young adults. 40% of our congregation’s offering will be distributed to CASA of San Bernardino County. CASA is a non-profit organization that recruits, screens, and trains volunteers to be advocates for youth in foster care. 50% of this offering will be distributed to General Assembly ministries with youth and young adults and 10% to child advocacy at the national level.
All members of the Body of Christ are given gifts that are meant to build up the Church and bless God’s world. All of us are called to find our ministry, our vocation. With this in mind, the Session has decided to continue the 12:7 Internship, designed for members of First Pres who want to grow in faith and explore or develop gifts for service. The name of the internship refers to 1Corinthians 12:7, “to each is given a manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” The purpose of the internship is twofold: to equip members of this community for ministry AND to strengthen the congregation by developing leaders and creating a culture of learning and growth. More information on the 12:7 Internship and an application can be found on this website.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is a part of the One Great Hour of Sharing. We have had several mission trips to the New Orleans area to work with PDA in the past. There are two new areas that need assistance – Boston Response (DR000015) and West, Texas Response (DR000015)
If you would like to contribute to either/both of these disasters, please make a check out to the church and put the place where you want your money to help. The church will send the money to the PDA with the name of the Response that you have designated. For more information, please go to href="pdapcusaorg">pdapcusaorg. Thank you for any assistance you can be.
The class in the Fireside Lounge will be discussing Sabbath for one more week, with Wendy Lamb leading the discussion. There will be no class in Fireside Lounge on May 26th (Family Camp Sunday). The Bible Study in Room 10, led by Roger Lyons, will continue with A Living Hope based on I and II Peter. This class will meet on May 26th. And Coffee & Conversation are always available in Fellowship Hall. All classes begin at 9:30 a.m.
Immigration Reform Workshop
This is an invitation to a workshop sponsored by several presbyteries in the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii: For Such a Time as This: Listening, Sharing and Acting for Immigration Reform, May 18th, Noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 E. Colorado Blvd in Pasadena. You can register online at www.ppc.net, or you may obtain a registration form from the church office. Mail in registration must be completed by May 15th. The cost is $10.
Concert for a Sunday afternoon
On Sunday, May 19, 4:00 p.m., Cantor Jennifer Bern-Vogel and harpsichordist Jerry Ripley will offer a program of bright and sparkling music by Georg Frederic Handel, including arias from Handel’s operas and oratorios, and pieces for solo harpsichord. Families are welcome, not just adults. For younger ones, there will be ‘hands on’ activities to go with the music (coloring pages, a word search, etc.). The concert will take place at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3041 North Sierra Way. Admission is free, but donations will be most graciously received. After the concert, there will be a reception hosted by the UCC Fellowship Ministry. Please join us that afternoon for this program of music that you can “Handel.”
Mission Team can use YOUR help.
The Costa Rica Mission Team from our church will be travelling in June to San Jose, Costa Rica to visit and work in several locations. Eliecer Barrantes, our mission team leader, explained that the children in these areas must supply their own school supplies and those who cannot afford the supplies cannot attend school. With this in mind, our mission team will be visiting with children at the La Palabra de Vida School, a Community Center and Lluvia de Bendiciones Church. We plan to take packets containing 2 pencils, a glue stick, crayons, child safety scissors and a composition notebook to distribute to these children. We will need 130 of these school supply packets.
If you would like to partner with the mission team by making and donating packets or donating items for the packets, please drop by the Costa Rica Mission Trip table in Fellowship Hall following Worship on Sunday. We will have sample packets and describe several ways you can help with this project.
Many thanks to our church family for your prayers, love and support for this Mission Trip.