PILGRIM PINES CAMP WINTER WONDER CAMP 2023 FEBRUARY 18-20, 2023This will be a fun event with some of the Pines’ favorite camp traditions and activities. Enjoy outdoor crafts, games, conversations, workshops, hikes, and other fun and meaningful activities with your camp friends! This retreat is for middle school and high school campers.

This year’s Winter Wonder Camp theme is:
Rest As Resistance

Our daily lives can often be overwhelming due to heavy expectations, fast paced responsibilities, and  approaching deadlines. This Winter Camp we will be taking cues from our more than human kin in nature and learn how to practice rest as a form of resistance in an attempt to help us grapple with feelings of anxiety, stress, burnout, and fatigue. We envision these 3 days to be filled with engaging workshops, new connections, and most of all JOY!

We hope you’ll join us!

Check in: Saturday at 10 am – Check out: Monday at 11 am
Registration Price: $340 -Up to 75% camperships available.
(PLEASE NOTE: Our church will also help get any youth that want to attend!)

REGISTRATION CLOSES FEBRUARY 11, 2023

COVID-19 PREVENTION
All campers/staff and volunteers will:
• provide proof of a negative Rapid COVID-19 test result taken within 24 hrs of camp check-in
• agree to wear a face mask while indoors (please bring a face mask with you)

Go online to register and find out more info, including the sample schedule for the weekend: www.pilgrimpinescamp.org/winter-camp

THE LUNCH BUNCH
Monday, January 9 @ Noon

We look forward to dining together Monday, January 9th at noon at The Shrimp House in Arcadia, 4488 Live Oak Ave. Hope to see you!

Hope to see you there!

ANNUAL MEETING & LUNCHEON
Sunday, January 22

Our Annual Meeting will be held in our sanctuary immediately following worship. We will enjoy a potluck luncheon afterwards for anyone who would like to stay.

LUNCHES FOR THE HOMELESS
Wednesday, January 25 @ 4pm

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.

SPIRITUAL PRACTICES GROUP
Saturday, January 28 @ 4pm

This is a time for slowing down, for reconnecting with God and Spirit by pausing together as we recall, notice, name and deepen God’s presence through a rhythm of prayer that enhances our awareness of God’s presence.

“Sabbath Pause – A time and place in the heart of creation where we can receive the gift of a non-anxious presence and learn to live out of this essential blessing in service to the world. Practicing Sabbath takes us from the sometimes-cramped places of our lives to a place where our hearts can truly sing.” (Terry Chapman).

“Light for the Path” will gather in the Narthex before embarking on a guided meditation.

FOOD FORWARD FRUIT PICK

* On hold until further notice *

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

SERVICE PROJECTS

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE


Coin contributions for Ronald McDonald House – ongoing.

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY UNHOUSED

We will collect new, unopened travel sized toiletries for those unhoused in the San Gabriel Valley.  Please bring in items and leave them in the designated baskets in the Narthex.

LIZ CAMERON FOOD PANTRY

We will collect non-perishable and non-expired foods for our Liz Cameron Food Pantry, to be distributed to families and individuals in the San Gabriel Valley.  Please bring in items (cereals, canned goods, etc..) and leave them in the designated baskets in the Narthex.

UNION STATION HOMELESS SERVICES

Once a month, we will be gathering in our kitchen and dining room to make sandwiches and pack lunches for those serviced by Union Station Homeless Services.  Please watch your About Our Folx missives for the date and time we will gather each month and join in if you’re able.