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ABOUT OUR FOLK - January 3, 2018
Your weekly update about what’s happening at San Marino Congregational United Church of Christ!

"Water is life's mater and matrix, mother and medium.
There is no life without water."

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, 20th century

"When the convert emerges from the water, the world seems changed.
The world has not changed, it is always wonderful and horrible,
iniquitous and filled with beauty. But now, after baptism,
the eyes that see the world have changed."

(Liturgy Training Publications)

PRAYER REQUESTS: For the sake of privacy, we do not include prayer requests in our online posts.


We have been invited to partner in prayer for and with a small group of local mothers, Esther, Annie and Jen who have committed themselves to praying for the community of San Marino and for the safety of the schools and peace in the city.  These young mothers walk the perimeter of the city offering prayers and for all in our area.  UPDATE:  Our prayer partners send their greetings for the holidays and wanted us to know that they are praying for us as well.  They are thankful for our prayer partnership and offer their blessings to us.

WHAT'S Happening

Note: The United Voices are currently on winter break and will return to rehearse on Thursday, January 11th.

THIS SUNDAY, January 7 - 10:00 a.m. Worship Rev. Lorraine Ceniceros will really be leading us in our service of worship this Sunday (unfortunately, she fell ill and was not able to be with us as originally planned on December 31st.)  On this Baptism of Christ Sunday, Rev. Lorraine will be reflecting on two of our lectionary texts:  Genesis 1:1-5 and Mark 1:4-11.  Her theme will be, “In the Beginning: Water.”

Lester Wakefield will be our liturgist and Albert Mendoza will accompany our service and provide special music.

All are invited to the SOCIAL TIME afterwards in our Fireside/Dining rooms.

Coming UP

Our Annual Meeting and POTLUCK will take place on Sunday, January 28th.  Please have reports in to Kim by Jan. 12.

FOOD FORWARD SEEKS TREES - Looking for a Simple Way to Give Back this Holiday Season? Got Fruit Trees? Give the Gift of Fruit!
​During this season of giving, why not do so in a way that will impact others now and for years to come, and cost you nothing! If you have fruit trees of any kind, ripe or still in the process, you can register it with Food Forward to ensure your surplus fruit will get harvested and donated to those in need.

To learn more about how your fruit trees can make a difference in the lives of others visit Food Forward's website and let the giving begin!

If interested in helping harvest fruit in your neighborhood (it's a great family activity that can also satisfy school service hours!) we'd love to add you to our community of 7000+ volunteers. You can find more info about volunteering with us here:

BENEFITTING THE HOMELESS THROUGH SAN MARINO POLICE DEPT. We aren’t sure when the department will need more bags with water, two sources of protein, a source of fruit, and a nut/sweet item but welcome contributions of these items in any size and at any time as we store them in readiness for the next request.  Additionally, they have asked us to collect new/gently used sweaters & sweatshirts, new socks, and new/gently used blankets (including solar blankets).  Please put any contributions in the marked box in the Narthex.

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.

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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