July Birthdays & Anniversaries

Happy Birthday to our July Birthdays!
Happy birthday!! We hope your day is filled with lots of love and laughter! May all of your birthday wishes come true. God Bless!
3     Stephen Lopez
8     Bob DuBois
9     Eric Giron
14   Shirley Herzog
15   Nancy Farley
16   Desirae Sandoval
21   Jen Hendricks
22   Sebastian Osorio
23   Eddie Rios
24   Eddie Rios, Jr.
24   Mallory Norviel
31   Mary Helen Lewis

Congratulations & Happy Anniversary to Our July Couples!
Sending anniversary congratulations and best wishes for the years ahead to all those celebrating wedding anniversaries.
25        Ella & Gary Peterson
27        Jordan & John Groom

May Birthdays and Anniversaries

Happy birthday!! We hope your day is filled with lots of love and laughter! May all of your birthday wishes come true. God Bless!

1      Bonnie Deering

4      Gary Peterson

6      Woodrow Hendricks

18     Shawnee Lopez

19     David Mason

25     Vincent Hendricks

29     John Groom

Congratulations & Happy Anniversary to Our May Couples!

Sending anniversary congratulations and best wishes for the years ahead to all those celebrating wedding anniversaries.

2      Stephen & Phyllis Lopez

April Birthdays and Anniversaries

Happy Birthday to our April Birthdays!
Happy birthday!! We hope your day is filled with lots of love and laughter! May all of your birthday wishes come true. God Bless!
3      Jon Paschal
5      Phyllis Lopez
10    Eric Nissen
21    Savanna Martinez
24    Branden Hendricks
25    Vanessa Rios
Congratulations & Happy Anniversary to Our April Couples!
Sending anniversary congratulations and best wishes for the years ahead to all those celebrating wedding anniversaries.14           Judy Thorndyke & Ed Barlow

March Birthdays and Anniversaries

Happy birthday!! We hope your day is filled with lots of love and laughter! May all of your birthday wishes come true. God Bless!
7      Genevieve Mortensen Shelly
7      David Nissen
8      Tim Daniel Osorio
11    David Drape
12    Robert Martinez
13    John Szabo
14    Barbara Saffell

Congratulations & Happy Anniversary to Our March Couples!
Sending anniversary congratulations and best wishes for the years ahead to all those celebrating wedding anniversaries.

25 Liryn & Tim Osorio

Ash Wednesday

Drive Thru and Walk Up to Receive Ashes
FCCG is joining with the United Methodist Church this Ash Wednesday and we will be providing two opportunities for you to receive the imposition of ashes, a blessing and a Lenten calendar. On Wednesday, March 2 between 7 – 8 a.m., you can drive thru or walk in to the First Christian Church parking lot, 300 N. Glendora Ave., or you may go to the United Methodist parking lot, 201 E. Bennett Ave., between noon – 1 p.m. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Karen.

February Birthdays and Anniversaries

Happy Birthday to our February Birthdays!
Happy birthday!! We hope your day is filled with lots of love and laughter! May all of your birthday wishes come true. God Bless!

1             Barbara Nelson
8            Pamela Sandstrom
11           Kelley Tramper
13           Staci Quiroga
16           Chris Velky
16           Daniel Velky

Congratulations & Happy Anniversary to Our February Couples!
Sending anniversary congratulations and best wishes for the years ahead to all those celebrating wedding anniversaries.

17          Barbara & David Nelson

Sabbath Sunday

If your normal week is busy with work and overflowing with activities, then sometimes the best thing you can do on a Sabbath is to rest. As one author put it, “The Sabbath is a day to let go, to stop trying to control people and situations. It’s a day to unhook from performing for people or pleasing people. It’s a day to focus on what God is graciously doing all around you and respond to God rather than depending on your own abilities to make things happen.” Keeping the Sabbath teaches us to trust God and appreciate all that God is doing. By taking time to hit “reset”, it is a way for God to set us free from worry and anxiety, ambition and adrenaline, self-importance and anger. As Psalm 23:3 tells us, it is in the green pastures of the Good Shepherd’s grace and beside his still waters of reflection that we allow God to “restore my soul!” When we reflect upon God’s grace and goodness, we can honestly say, “Everything doesn’t depend on me. Things don’t have to happen my way. I will put my trust in God.”

May you find a time each week to have Sabbath rest. Here are some readings for reflection, and some ideas for hopeful and helpful Sabbath activities. Enjoy and be blessed!

Recommended reading: Psalm 23, Psalm 92, Psalm 127:1-2

 

Ideas for Sabbath day activities

  • Spend time worship, giving thanks to God.
  • Spend time in quiet prayer and reflection.
  • Spend time getting much needed rest.
  • Visit family and friends.
  • Write in a journal.
  • Go for a walk and enjoy God’s creation.
  • Take food to someone who is sick.
  • Call, text, or message a friend who’s been on your mind.
  • Plan or participate in a service project.
  • Plan a family activity or game night
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Take a Break

We tend to think of sabbatical in academic terms, as a school year free from teaching duties that can be devoted to research, travel, and writing; a time to do something different than the routine. Traditionally, this occurs every seventh year. Because of this scholarly context, we may easily miss what is hiding in plain sight: that sabbatical is related to Sabbath, which refers to the Biblical day of rest, or the seventh day. We trace the origins of both sabbatical and Sabbath to the Greek word sabbaton. Sabbaton itself traces to the Hebrew word shabbāth, meaning “rest.”

The Old Testament refers to God’s “day of rest” and the most familiar passage found in Genesis, but Sabbath referring to an entire year of rest is mentioned in Leviticus (25:3-5).

At First Christian Church of Glendora (FCCG) beginning this month, we are going to practice a “Sabbath Sunday” every 5th Sunday, which equates to once a quarter. The first Sabbath Sunday we will be observing is January 30, 2022. On the Sabbath Sundays, we will not be gathering for worship together, but instead invite you (encourage you!) to spend time with family, friends, nature…..however you best “recharge” and “renew.” We will provide some devotional materials for you to reflect upon, and encourage you to experience “communion” as you commune with your loved ones and God’s wonderful creation. May you experience God in the world around you and pause to give thanks for life’s most precious gifts.

Gift Worship Handout

January Birthdays and Anniversaries

Happy Birthday to our January Birthdays!
Happy birthday!! We hope your day is filled with lots of love and laughter! May all of your birthday wishes come true. God Bless!

Jan 3      Catherine Black
Jan 7      Moose Healy
Jan 7      Noah Groom
Jan 13    Dominic Kolodziej
Jan 15    Liryn Osorio
Jan 15    Nicholas Lopez

Congratulations & Happy Anniversary to Our January Couples!
Sending anniversary congratulations and best wishes for the years ahead to all those celebrating wedding anniversaries.

17           Gary & Connie Andrews