JULY 2019


Monday, July 8th – Noon

The Lunch Bunch will meet for lunch in July on Monday, the 8th at noon at Clearman’s North Woods Inn located at 7247 Rosemead Blvd., San Gabriel, 91775. The phone number there is (626) 286-3579.

All are invited to chow down!

Wednesday, July 17th, 4 pm

Union Station Homeless Services Sack Lunch Project
Here’s a way to be of service through your beloved church! Union Station Homeless Services is part of a premier group of human services agencies in L.A. County that are leading the way to ending homelessness in our community. Union Station is the San Gabriel Valley’s largest social service agency assisting homeless and very low-income adults and families. We are looking to be of service to Union Station by helping out with their programs that provide food for those in need. Our mission will be to provide sack lunches. We will come together at the church kitchen third Tuesday of the month to make the lunches, which will then be taken to the station for distribution. Please let Marcia Albrecht know if you can help prepare the lunches (all food will be provided and in the kitchen). You can email her at: mla2575@aol.com.

Saturday, July 20th

Food Forward was recently awarded a commendation from the US Environmental Protection Agency, alongside myriad national food suppliers and purchasers like Wegmans, Disneyland, MGM Resorts and UC Davis, for the environmental impact resulting from our food recovery work in 2013-17.

One of the things we LOVE about [FF’s] UCLA partnership is that it is manned and woman-ed by students who are feeding other students. What many people don?t realize is that there is a high percentage of students who experience food insecurity. Current estimates show this number to be roughly 20% at UCLA, with students choosing to buy books over food. Food Forward’s program gives these folks a hand by creating an eco-system where the UCLA community can help its own who are struggling to make ends meet.

Watch for SMCC Picks
Watch your email for announcements on future picks with Food Forward. We look for available activities on the third Saturday morning of each month and will pass that info on to you so that you can join the effort. There is a quick registration on the Food Forward site that allows you to sign up for a pick of your choice and lets Pastor Donald know that he has volunteers. www.foodforward.org

Saturday, July 27th – 11am

We will gather in the Narthex at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 27th before embarking on a guided meditation.

All are welcome.

The Spirit & the Screen Takes a Little Holiday

“Everybody needs a little time away
I heard her say
From each other
Even lovers need a holiday
Far away
From each other”
–Chicago (Closing Credits Theme from Summer Lovers – 1982)

Even movie lovers need a holiday. The Spirit & the Screen will be taking a little vacation for another month or two, but look for a fun and exciting roster of interesting films to come your way before too much time goes by. I’m using this sabbatical opportunity to preview all kinds of fascinating things. And if the cinematic turkey Plan 9 From Outer Space has taught us anything (and it probably hasn’t), keep your eye on the future, because “that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives.”

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Your Help Needed in Serving the Homeless
The San Marino Police Department is once again requesting our assistance in providing care bags for their officers to pass out to those in need on our streets. If you can help provide any of the following, please bring items to church and place them in the boxes provided in the Narthex. Thank you!

  • Cases of 16-ounce bottles of water
  • Tuna or Chicken Salad Ready to Eat packets (e.g., StarKist Creations or BumbleBee Snack on the Run)
  • Protein Bars
  • Small packets of cookies, crackers, nuts or granola bars


A penny coin means as much to us now as it did years ago. Saving your pennies to give to our Penny Jar for the Ronald McDonald House in Pasadena helps the many families who come to stay there while their child is in the hospital.

You can also “PULL” for the Ronald McDonald House by collecting tabs of all sizes from soda, cat and dog food, food cans, tennis ball canisters, etc. One tab on its own may not be worth much, but if we all “pull together” we can make a difference.


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
  • 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.


Every day 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 and boxes of cereal (regular sized boxes only, please)
  • canned proteins (tuna, chicken, ham, etc.)
  • pasta sauce