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

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you’re age 40 or older, join the millions of women who get mammograms on a regular basis. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month educates women about the importance of early detection. More and more women are getting mammograms to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. As a result, breast cancer deaths are on the decline. Encourage the women in your life to get mammograms on a regular basis. Since the program began in 1985, mammography rates have more than doubled for women age 50 and older and breast cancer deaths have declined.
This is exciting progress, but there are still women who do not take advantage of early detection at all and others who do not get screening mammograms and clinical breast exams at regular intervals.
According to the experts, if all women age 40 and older took advantage of early detection methods – mammography plus clinical breast exam – breast cancer death rates would drop much further, up to 30 percent. The key to mammography screening is that it be done routinely – once is not enough. So if you are a woman age 40 or over, get tested, and if you are not, tell them women in your life that it is important.

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.