THE LUNCH BUNCH

The Lunch Bunch will meet at noon at the Shrimp House in Arcadia, 4488 Live Oak Ave this Monday, August 8

LUNCHES FOR THE HOMELESS

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31 @ 4PM
This month we will be meeting to make lunches on Wednesday, June 29 at 4pm in our kitchen.

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.

PILGRIM PINES

Calling for Counselors and Campers and Camperships

Our UCC Summer Camp at Pilgrim Pines!

After two long years of countless program adaptations we are so excited that there will be counselor-camper camp, and also family pod camp options, again this year at Pilgrim Pines, celebrating the theme of JOY!

We still need just a few more counselors, however, to make this happen!!! We need just a few more Senior High Counselors (must be at least 22 years old), and male Pinester counselors (for our adult campers with developmental disabilities). Would you take a moment, please, today, to look around your churches and your connections and your community, and ask yourself: who are the people I know who would have gifts of maturity and joy to share with campers for a week this summer? And, who are the people who would love the gift of a week on the mountain of direct, transformative ministry, growing in shared leadership in real lived experience of creating anti-racist, radically inclusive community? Don’t miss this chance to change campers’ lives – and your own! Counselors must do an interview, background check, and training – so we need volunteers to apply as soon as possible by clicking here.

We also still have space for campers of all age groups to register for weeks 2 and 4 – go here for more information: https://www.pilgrimpinescamp.org/summer-camp

And, we welcome your campership donations to help make camp possible for ALL campers, donations can be made here: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/ppcacc/

Finally, please include our summer camp leadership team, volunteers, and campers in your prayers and the prayers of your churches as we get ready for a summer full of JOY in the beauty of God’s creation!!

SPIRITUAL PRACTICES GROUP

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 @ 11AM

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 RETURN

Your Leadership Team has voted to resume three of our ongoing service projects as we move into the month of June.  Your participation is welcome and encouraged!  Please feel free to join in any or all at any time that works for you.

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.