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FEBRUARY 14, 2018

Your weekly update about what’s happening at San Marino Congregational United Church of Christ!

“Rainbows introduce us to reflections
of different beautiful possibilities
so we never forget that pain and grief
are not the final options in life.”
(Aberjhani, 21st century)

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PRAYER REQUESTS: For the sake of privacy, we do not include prayer requests in our online posts.

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WHAT’S Happening

We continue to partner in prayer for and with a small group of local mothers, Esther, Annie and Jen who have committed themselves to praying for the community of San Marino and for the safety of the schools and peace in the city.  These young mothers walk the perimeter of the city offering prayers and for all in our area.

Wednesday (TODAY):  ASH WEDNESDAY service of worship at First Congregational Church in Pasadena.  Celebrate the One who showed no greater love on this Valentine’s Day evening by joining our sisters and brothers from 5 of our sister congregations.  The evening begins with a POTLUCK supper at 6pm.  1st Church Pasadena will be providing entrees, so other are encouraged to bring salads, side dishes or desserts.  The service of worship will be at 7pm in 1st Church’s main sanctuary.  A carpool will leave from our church parking lot at 5:40pm tonight.

Thursday:  The United Voices rehearse – 7pm in Sanctuary

Friday:  SPIRE newsletter deadline.  Please have your articles and information for consideration to Kim by 2pm:  kimvh@sanmarinoucc.org

Saturday:  Come pick fruit with us at a San Marino home for Food Forward from 10am to 11:30am.  You can sign up online by clicking on the link below:


THIS SUNDAY, February 18 – 10:00 a.m. Worship.  Come to church this Sunday to experience THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT.  Pastor Donald will be exploring the goodness and faithfulness of our God in looking at two of our lectionary scriptures, Genesis 9:8-17 and Mark 1:9-15.  His theme will be “Of Floods and Deserts.”  The United Voices will sing, “O Taste and See” by Richard Horn.  Dave Van Horsen will be our liturgist, and Pastor Donald will have a special story to tell to the children.

We continue to collect coins for our local Ronald McDonald House.  Please bring in your pennies and loose change to put in our big jar at children’s time.

After worship, everyone is invited to Crist Hall for a time of fellowship and snacks.  Yum!


Wednesday, February 21
LUNCH MAKING for Union Station Homeless Services. Come to our big kitchen at 4pm and help make sandwiches and pack bags with a great group of fun people!

Saturday, February 24: Light for the Path spiritual practices group meets from 10:30am to 11am beginning in the Narthex and then moving into the Sanctuary. This group is open to all and is a time of lighting candles, gently guided meditation, prayer and quiet.

Sunday, February 25: Leadership Team meets at 11:30am in the Wonder Room (Rm. B) downstairs.

Wednesday, February 28: LEAP OF FAITH study and prayer group meets at the home of Charlotte Cunz at 6pm. If you’d like to purchase dinner at Charlotte’s dining hall and join her there at 5pm before the meeting, please let her know.


We aren’t sure when the department will need more bags with water, two sources of protein, a source of fruit, and a nut/sweet item but welcome contributions of these items in any size and at any time as we store them in readiness for the next request. Additionally, they have asked us to collect new/gently used sweaters & sweatshirts, new socks, and new/gently used blankets (including solar blankets). Please put any contributions in the marked box in the Narthex.

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, and 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.

Thanks to our new organizer of the Food Pantry, Connie Gililland and our Delivery Man, John Stanley, both of whom will tell you to, “keep on bringing the food!” 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
– boxes of cereal (NOT the larger sizes)
– canned proteins (tuna, chicken, ham, etc.)
– pasta sauce