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

Light the Way

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Memorial Lanterns. It was a beautiful way to pay tribute to those who have been important in our lives and have been a light on our path.

Thank You!

Many thanks to the congregation for the generous Christmas gift! I appreciate your kindness and generosity. This January will mark 29 years at FCCG. Thank you for the opportunity to serve with you.

Thanks again,

Karen

New Structure and Newly Elected 2022 Board Officers

President/Chairperson – Judy Thorndyke

Secretary – Phyllis Lopez

Treasurer – Branden Hendricks

Member at Large (Trustees) – Stacy Velky

Member at Large (Pastoral Care Team) – Pam Sandstrom

FAA Art Committee (meet 6 times/yr.) –   That committee will nominate a Board representative

In addition to the leadership of the Board, the current New Beginnings Task Force Teams will continue until the assigned tasks are completed or reassigned.

The PPP (Planning Programs & Pizza) Meetings will be held quarterly to “create” ideas and make plans for activities, events and programs. The planning meetings are open to all who are interested to attend and participate in.

The Trustees will continue to handle business issues, and a Pastoral Care Team consisting of Elders, Deacons and other interested individuals will assist the Pastor in providing support and care for our participants.

Happy New Years!

Resolve to Do Good

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 “watch night” 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 10 Resolutions that people made to start 2021:

  • Focus on improving your health.
  • Look after your finances.
  • Pursue an aspiration.
  • Invest in your relationships.
  • Look after your mental health.
  • Live more sustainably.
  • Disconnect from your phone.
  • Read more books.

As we turn the page on 2021 and step in to 2022, 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.