Welcome to San Marino UCC

United in Spirit and inspired by God’s grace, we welcome all, love all, and seek justice for all.
We are the United Church of Christ.

We invite you to worship with our faith community. We are a close-knit group of families, neighbors, and friends who strive to discover God’s direction for our lives. We encourage searching minds and spirits as we celebrate together our faith in God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, through the guidance of the Holy Scriptures. Emphasizing individual choice and conviction, members follow the Word of God according to the dictates of their own consciences. Our church is called “Congregational”, reflecting our heritage in the New England Pilgrim experience in which local congregations retain control of their own decisions and direction. We are also a member church of the United Church of Christ denomination, which is dedicated to realizing God’s just and loving purpose in the world.

BALANCING THE BUDGET

Stillspeaking Devotional by Emily C. Heath

“Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples…When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’ He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do.”
-John 6:3-5

Churches love balanced budgets. It’s true. Ask just about any congregation’s leadership about the health of their church and often, before you even hear about discipleship, you will hear about whether the budget is in the black or in the red.

I understand why that’s important. We are certainly called to be good stewards. But I have never yet met a congregation who thought they had enough.

By this point in his ministry, Jesus had already amassed a following. But when the crowds came to hear him on the mountain, his disciples looked out and saw not a blessing, but a problem. Jesus sensed their anxiety and asked them, “How are we going to feel all these people?” Philip replies that it would take six months’ worth of wages for everyone to even get a bite.

It seems Jesus and the disciples had not paid much attention to the food line item in the first church’s budget.

And yet, Jesus does something no one expects. When everyone else is stuck in a scarcity mindset, Jesus is instead living in the abundance. He looks out, finds what the people are willing to give, and blesses it so that it may be a blessing to others.

Maybe Jesus was trying to tell us something there. Maybe, just maybe, we have enough.

Prayer
God of abundance, give us gratitude for what we already have and turn our hearts away from worshiping bottom lines and towards celebrating the abundance that comes from you. Amen.

San Marino Preschool

TAKE A MINUTE FOR YOURSELF

Music for Meditation
Just added to our YouTube channel is a beautiful selection of Albert’s preludes from our worship services. Take some time to listen while you pray, journal, read or relax.
https://youtu.be/tuc0sr5vBns

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BE A BLESSING

SUNDAY WORSHIP
November 28, 2021
The First Sunday of ADVENT

Join us at 10:00am in our Sanctuary for an in-person service of worship or tune into our online service presented via YouTube.

IN-PERSON WORSHIP PROTOCOL

This Sunday, we begin our services of Advent. For the season of Advent this year, we will not only be lighting candles signifying hope, peace, joy and love, but lighting those same candles to acknowledge the grief, pain, fear and struggle that can also be felt in this season of expectant waiting.

For this first Sunday of Advent, Pastor Donald’s theme will be “What’s Your Sign” based on Luke 21:25-36 wherein Jesus tells his disciples about the signs on earth that will precede his coming to earth again and admonishing them to be on their guard for God’s signs all around them.

Kristin Koiles will be the liturgist for our in person service this week and Matt Ellison will be our song leader.

Kim Van Horsen will serve as liturgist for our online presentation, and we are so appreciative for the gifts of our musicians, Pianist Albert, and singers Susan, Matt, and Faith, who grace us with their singing both in person and online.

Many thanks to our Master Technician Wyatt Beaudry who is working with us to provide a meaningful and coherent in-person service as well as help us continue our on-line presence.

GIVE THANKS & GIVE BACK THIS THANKSGIVING
Volunteer Opportunities at Union Station Homeless Services

Our friends at Union Station are announcing a variety of volunteer opportunities to make each of their Dinner in the Park programs possible, including food sorting, preparation, cooking, packaging, and serving.  Volunteer opportunities are available.  Please click this link to go to the Dinner in the Park page: https://unionstationhs.org/event/dinner-in-the-park-2021/

If you would like to provide the food and supplies needed for these meals, please visit their Amazon Wish List at: www.unionstationhs.org/wishlist.