Saturday, November 6

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.


Monday, November 11 – Noon

The Lunch Bunch will meet for lunch this month on Monday, November 11 at noon at Peppers restaurant located at 181 Colorado Place in Arcadia-91007. The phone number for Peppers is: (626) 446-5529.

All are invited to join in the fun!

Wednesday, November 20 – 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:

Saturday, November 23 – 11am

“Light for the Path” will gather in the Narthex at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 23rd before embarking on a guided meditation.

All are welcome.

Saturday, November 23 – 6pm

Giving Thanks for Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Something old and something new!  The old: The Spirit & the Screen Film Club returns to its roots with an evening in the comfy chairs and sofas of the refurbished Youth Room. Remember when we first gathered there oh-so-long ago to kick off our program with Dead Man Walking?  And the new twist?  A Thanksgiving screening!  We’ve typically avoided showing anything in November over these past 14 years because of that holiday, but this year, we’ve decided to embrace the season with a thematic screening of Planes, Trains and Automobiles.  Writer-producer-director John Hughes unites with comedians Steve Martin and John Candy at the peak of their careers in this 1987 tale of two men united by fate in a desperate scramble to get home in time for Thanksgiving with loved ones.  It’s a tale filled with laughs, heart, and truth in a metaphor about what’s really important in life’s journey. We’ll provide the pizza and you are encouraged to bring a friend along with a snack or salad to go with the pizza.  RSVP to the church office ( so that we can have a comfy chair with your name on it and plenty of pizza on hand.

The Spirit & the Screen Film Club presents
Planes, Trains and Automobiles on Saturday, November 23rd, at 6:00 p.m. in the downstairs Youth Room at San Marino UCC.  The movie is rated R for some adult language.

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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