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ABOUT OUR FOLK - May 17, 2017
Your weekly update about what’s happening at San Marino Congregational United Church of Christ!

"There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways."
(Mother Teresa)

 

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.

FRIDAY: 
 -SPIRE Deadline.  Please have your articles/info. into Kim by 2pm for consideration in the June, 2017 Spire:  kimvh@sanmarinoucc.org
-International Day at our Preschool.  Please pray for our Director Janet, our wonderful teachers and all of our amazing children and parents!

SATURDAY:  Come pick with us!  This Saturday from 10am to 11:30am we will be picking orange at a home in Pasadena.  To sign up and join us navigate over to:  https://www.foodforward.org/events/signup-form/?id=7970

THIS SUNDAY, May 21 - 10:00 a.m. Worship
This Sunday we will continue our exploration of the 14th Gospel of John as we look at verses 15-21 and the Advocate Jesus promises will be with us always. 

There will be a story for the children read by Pastor Donald and the United Voices will sing, “You Are Wonderfully Made,” a new anthem by Pepper Choplin.

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.

 -LEADERSHIP TEAM meets in The Wonder Room (Rm. B) downstairs at 11:30 am this Sunday.

 

WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER THIS SUNDAY FOCUSES ON HELP IN ENDING FAMINE
This Sunday we will be joining with churches around the world to pray for an end to famine across the world and, specifically, in Africa.

Famine has officially been declared in South Sudan and, for the first time in recent history, there is a very real possibility of four famines - in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen - breaking out all at once.

Twenty million people face starvation within the next six months. International aid officials warn that this is one of the biggest humanitarian disasters since World War II.  Increased investment in international humanitarian assistance at this moment is critical to assist these people in crisis.  In addition, continued funding for peacebuilding programs that prevent violent conflict are critical pieces that help address root causes of poverty and famine.

To address the current famine, the global humanitarian community is ready to scale up the response to avert a catastrophe, but requires additional funds immediately to do so.

Let's do our part through our prayers, generous contributions, and advocacy with the U.S. government to release emergency funding to meet the catastrophic needs of these four countries and support robust funding for diplomatic, development, and peacebuilding tools, which are critical to our security, and to the well-being of others around the world.  We must act now, before it is too late.

Trusted, on-the-ground partnerships enable the church around the world to get food resources directly to the people who need them.  UCC Disaster Ministries already has sent $85,000 generated through the 2017 One Great Hour of Sharing Offering funds to the ecumenical ACT Alliance and IMA World Health for famine relief.

Donations are requested this week.  To make a contribution through the United Church of Christ online, go to:  https://transactions.ucc.org/engage/TeamCampaign.seam?teamCampaignId=3736

 

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

 

ScooterSWEET CAT NEEDS A HOME
Pastor Donald has a friend whose mother is moving from her home into a retirement facility and needs to find a home for her loving indoor/outdoor cat.  If you or anyone you know would like to help provide a home for Scooter (see picture attached), please let Pastor Donald know:  donaldshenk@sanmarinoucc.org

 

 

DONATIONS FOR OSCAR GARCIA’S FAMILY:
If you were in church on Sunday, April 30, you heard Faith Van Horsen’s prayer request for the family of a young man her age who live in Monrovia and was recently killed.  Faith has asked that we consider making donations to help Oscar’s mother and family. We’ve reprinted the story from the site below for your information.  Faith has provided the following link where donations can be made online:

https://www.gofundme.com/oscar-garcia-funeral-memorial?rcid=918e8a4ca33a41278b9c91db34deb6b6

On April 22, 2017, 18 year old Oscar Garcia, a resident of Monrovia went to visit his friend. While he was there, he was shot. Oscar was pronounced dead at the scene and his precious life tragically ended.

Oscar was the 5th in a family of six siblings. He was a senior at Canyon Oaks High School in Monrovia, CA where he also played soccer. Oscar was a vivacious, friendly, caring, and charismatic young man. We could always count on Oscar to be a respectful gentleman and offer a helping hand. Coming from a big family, Oscar was generous and always put others before himself. As a best friend to his siblings, he knew how to lighten the mood with a joke when things were tense. He will be greatly missed by his mother, Lupe, his brothers, David, Javier, and Bryen, his sisters, Nohemi and Nancy, and his nieces and nephew.

In memory of Oscar, we are asking for donations to help Oscar's mother and his family. 

 

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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Donald Shenk
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Kimberly Van Horsen
Preschool:
Janet Beaulieu
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Kimberly Van Horsen

 

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