Congratulations to Our May Anniversary & Happy Birthday to all May 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      Bonnie Deering
4      Gary Peterson
6      Woodrow Hendricks
18     Shawnee Lopez
19     David Mason
24     John Martinez
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

Grateful for Life’s Heroes

The traditional definition of a “hero” is someone who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. Many of the people listed impact our lives daily and definitely warrant our admiration and appreciation. We are grateful for their service, compassion and care.
During the month of May there are “Appreciation Days” that have been set aside to celebrate, give thanks and recognition to these individuals.
o    National Police Week & Police Officers’ Memorial Day
o    National Nurses Day
o    National Teachers’ Day
o    School Nurses Day
o    Military Spouse’s Day
o    Mother’s Day
o    Armed Forces Day
o    National Waiters and Waitresses Day
o    Memorial Day

If we use this list as a starting point for showing appreciation to these various people that we know and encounter, then we are on our way to being more appreciative. An “attitude of gratitude” can brighten the day for those we thank, and it changes our outlook on life as well. Make a point to say thank you to these “superstars” and show your appreciation to those who have made a positive difference in our lives. And, while you are at it, be sure to give thanks to God for all that God has done.

March Birthdays and Anniversaries!

Happy Birthday to all March 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!

4    Zack Norris
7    Genevieve Mortensen Shelly
7    David Nissen
8    Tim Osorio
11    David Drape
12    Robert Martinez
13    Gina Salomon
13    John Szabo
14    Barbara Saffell
19    Maria Mclatchey

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

Overcoming Life’s Storms

This winter California has once again endured some extreme weather, and at times, some heavy rain and wind. In the midst of wind, rain, and at higher elevations, snow and ice, everything from plants to buildings have taken a beating. Roofers have long waiting lists of customers, carpet and flooring companies are making repairs following water damage, and the list goes on. Come the heat of the summer though, and most of us will quickly forget the cold, wet winter. In life, we would like it to be so easy too. We would like to forget the emotional storms and move on into the “sunshine” of our lives.

For one young man, he did just that. He overcame failure and persevered. When he was seven years old, his family was forced out of their home on a legal technicality, and he had to work to help support them. At age nine, his mother died. At twenty-two, he lost his job as a store clerk. He wanted to go to law school, but his education wasn’t good enough. At twenty three, he went into debt to become a partner in a small store. At twenty-six, his business partner died, leaving him a huge debt that took years to repay. At twenty-eight, after courting a girl for four years, he asked her to marry him. She said no. At thirty-seven, on his third try, he was elected to Congress, but two years later he failed to be re-elected. At forty-one, his four-year-old son died. At forty-five, he ran for the Senate and lost. At forty-seven, he failed as the vice-presidential candidate. At forty-nine, he ran for the Senate again and lost. At fifty-one, he was elected President of the United States. His name was Abraham Lincoln, a man many consider to be a great leader. Lincoln persevered, despite his disappointments, and overcame adversity.
May we rely upon God’s strength and guidance to help us overcome life’s storms. May we find the strength and courage to persevere in doing good and serving God.

Wading through the water,

Karen

Lenten Theme – “Wandering Heart”

Like many of us, Peter has a wandering heart. His journey is not polished, or linear, or perfect, but he is always tethered to the love of God. When you look closely at Peter’s story, you find Jesus at each step along the way—offering him abundance, catching him when he begins to sink, challenging him when he stands in the way, washing his feet, predicting his betrayal, and offering him agapē love. This Lent, we’re joining Peter in figuring out faith. We’re not idolizing or vilifying him; instead, we’re hoping to wander alongside him, open to what we might learn about Jesus (and ourselves) by stepping in his shoes. Come along this Lent as we strengthen our faith in the footsteps of Peter following Christ.

Happy Birthday to all 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!

01    Barbara Nelson
08    Pamela Sandstrom
11    Kelley Tramper
16    Chris Velky
16    Daniel Velky
18    Mary Blandino
18    Oliver Deurmeier

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

17    David & Barbara Nelson

Resolve to Do All the Good You Can

It is a popular tradition for people to make New Year’s resolutions to start the year, with the hope of keeping their promises and making changes happen. This practice can be traced back for centuries when people made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. According to some sources, the Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. At “watchnight” services, many Christians prepare for the year ahead by praying and making resolutions to be more devoted in the new year.
Surveys show that these were the Top Resolutions that people made to start 2023:
•    Exercise more.
•    Eat healthier.
•    Lose weight.
•    Save more money.
•    Spend more time with family and friends.
•    Spend less time on social media.
•    Reduce stress on the job.
•    Reduce spending on living expenses.

As we get ready to start 2024, what will you resolve to do? What commitment will you make to be the best “you” and to making a positive difference in the world? Consider strengthening your relationship with God; showing care and gratitude for your family and friends, and then extending hospitality and compassion to all God’s people. May God give you wisdom and encouragement to make the most of the new year.
Happy New Year,
Karen

January 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!
3     Catherine Black
7     Moose Healy
8     Jamie Deurmeier
13   Dominic Midwinter
15   Liryn Osorio
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.
8    Richard & Karen Sabath

Congregational Meeting Recap

Church Board
Thank you to those who served in leadership on the church Board in 2023 and those who have agreed to serve in 2024!

Judy Thorndyke, Treasurer
Nancy Vangelist, Secretary
Lynn Hendricks, President
Thank you to those who served in leadership on the church Board in 2023 and those who have agreed to serve in 2024!
Church Board

Pamela Sandstrom, Pastoral Care Representative
John Szabo, Trustee Representative.
The position of Arts Committee representative to be selected by the Committee.

Trustees:
Karen Cullen    (2024)
Steven Flowers (2024)
John Martinez  (2026)

The FCCG Budget was approved at the Congregational meeting on December 17. If you would like a copy or have questions, please contact the church office or Judy Thorndyke, Treasurer.

We also approved our Statement of Inclusion.

FCCG Inclusion Statement
We, the members of First Christian Church of Glendora, value the uniqueness of all God’s people and affirm the worth and dignity of all. We welcome all people, regardless of color, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and nationality, precisely because of Christ’s calling to treat others as we desire to be treated.

Advent Theme -” How Does a Weary World Rejoice?”

Christ was born into a weary world. King Herod ruled the land with a legacy of ruthlessness. The Romans treated the people of Israel with contempt, imposing harsh taxes and land seizures that forced many into subsistence farming. Poverty and destitution were pervasive. And yet, Christ was born, bringing good news of great joy for all people.
As Advent comes again to a weary world, we ask, “How does a weary world rejoice?” From the opening chapters of Luke’s Gospel, we have found a few answers: we acknowledge our weariness, we find joy in connection, we allow ourselves to be amazed, we sing stories of hope, we make room, we root ourselves in ritual, and most importantly, we trust our belovedness. In the parallel birth stories of Jesus and John, joy arrives—despite trepidation, fear, or grief. In these stories, we find rhythms for rejoicing. As we move through our series, we hope to create space for acknowledging the weariness of our world while celebrating God’s closeness with great joy.
And so, this Advent, we will hold space for our weariness and our joy. We will seek a “thrill of hope” in our hurting world. We will welcome joy—even if, like the prophet Isaiah, we cry out for comfort (Isaiah 40:1). In this weary world, may we find many ways to rejoice.
Join us this Advent season as we find comfort in community and rejoice in God’s goodness