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ABOUT OUR FOLK - December 6, 2017
Your weekly update about what’s happening at San Marino Congregational United Church of Christ!

“God comforts us in order that we may at long last
 become what God wanted us to be from the beginning,
namely God's children, God's agents in the world,
empowered by a love that will not let us go.

From “The Unbreakable Love of YHWH” by John C. Holbert

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.

WHAT'S Happening

THANKS to all who provided gifts for our CHRISTMAS ANGEL DRIVE!
THANKS also to our Mission Team who met Sunday to decide on distributions for the remainder of our 2017 Mission budget. 

THURSDAY: The United Voices Choir rehearses at 7pm in the Sanctuary.
SATURDAY:  5pm SPIRIT & THE SCREEN CHRISTMAS PARTY AND WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE!  This year’s event will again take place at Susan Jakubowski’s beautiful San Marino home.  Pizza!  White Elephants!  Ugly sweaters!  Beautiful friends!  Bring a dopey household gift to trade, a can of food to share with our food bank, an appetite, a friend, and a sense of fun.  Maybe we’ll have a short and amusing film offering.  Maybe we’ll take a side trip around nearby St. Alban’s to see the lights.  It’s loose and festive.  RSVP to the church or to Susan J. by Thursday night, if possible.  Come kick off the Christmas Season!

THIS SUNDAY, December 10 - 10:00 a.m. Worship
We light the second candle of Advent this Sunday as we hope for PEACE in our lives and in all of God’s creation.  Pastor Donald will explore Isaiah 40:1-11 and the prophet’s cry in the wilderness.  The United Voices will sing, “Shine the Light of Your Love” by Mark Patterson, and our liturgist will be David Crist.  For our children’s time this Sunday, Pastor Donald will read the second chapter of our Advent story, “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey.”  The story continues each Sunday of Advent in December.
All are invited to SOCIAL TIME afterwards in our Fireside/Dining rooms.
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES will meet at 11:30am this Sunday in The Wonder Room downstairs (Room B).

MONDAY, Dec. 11 – LUNCH BUNCH meets at NOON at Nano Café located at 322 West Sierra Madre Boulevard in Sierra Madre (91024).  All are invited!

-CHRISTMAS THEATRE:  Join Pat Bell, Pastor Donald and your church family for a theatrical holiday favorite at the Parson's Nose theatre for their performance of "A Christmas Carol" on Sunday, December 17th at 3 p.m.  Ticket prices are as follows:  Adults-$20, Seniors-$15, Students-$10.  Please let Pat Bell know SOON if you will attend as seats are going quickly for this annual event.  Those wishing to go to lunch nearby beforehand should also let Pat know.  Parson’s Nose is just down the street from the Pasadena City Hall.  Their address is 95 N. Marengo Ave., Suite 110 (corner of Holly and Marengo) in Pasadena.  There is free street parking on Sundays plus a convenient city parking lot on the south side of the street on Holly.

CHRISTMAS TEAA Wassailing we go to the Oldknow's for our traditional Christmas Tea this year. You are invited to bring a plate of treats to share. The Oldknows are looking forward to our get together and will provide your choice of tea, vino or soft drink.
The cozy home of Vivi and Gerry Oldknow is located at 2439 Coniston Place in San Marino, just a couple blocks north of the church.   This year’s tea will be from 4:30-7pm on Thursday, December 21. 

CHRISTMAS EVE:  This year we have TWO services on Christmas Eve as December 24th is a Sunday!  Plan to worship with us for a service of celebration as we worship together at 10am and then return for our traditional candlelighting service at 7pm that evening.

CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS:  We invite you to help provide the colorful display of poinsettias for our Christmas Sunday and Christmas Eve services. The price of the poinsettias is $10.00 each.  If you like, you may have your donation be listed as honoring a living person or in memory of someone special who has passed on.  All of these names will be listed in our Christmas bulletins. There will be donation forms available with Sunday bulletins, or you can go to our website ( for electronic submissions. Checks to the church can be dropped into the offering plate, mailed or left in the church office up to December 21st. Note “poinsettias” on your check.

Following the worship service on Christmas Eve, donors may take the plants home or deliver them to their friends and neighbors.  If you won’t be at the Christmas Eve service, please choose judiciously from the arrangement after the morning service.

If you are not able to pick up a form at church, please feel free to call our church office during regular office hours and Kim will be happy to take your poinsettia donation request.

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


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.



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