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The Pilgrim - November 6, 2016


Save the Rose Window 

By Ruth Keller for the Capital Campaign Committee
Beginning this Sunday and every Sunday through December 4, every church member will have the opportunity to get involved in saving our rose windows by receiving and/or returning your Letter of Intent. It is as easy as one, two three!
  1. You can make a pledge/gift on Sunday by filling out your personal Letter of Intent.
  2. You can make a pledge/gift later. Take your personal Letter of Intent home, fill out the form when you know what you can pledge, and place it in provided envelope. Either mail it or bring the letter to church on Sunday – a special chest will be in the Koinonia Room for you to drop it off.
  3. If you are unable to make a pledge/gift or choose not to make a pledge/gift at this time, just sign the Letter of Intent at the bottom, place it inside the envelope and put it in the special chest in Koinonia Room. (We ask this so we know everyone has received a Letter of Intent.)
Thank you all for being involved in this campaign – no bullying, yelling, lying or debates with the Save the Rose Window Campaign! AKA Preserving our Legacy here at First Church.

Heard's Words: Music on Sunday

This Sunday, the choir will be singing two selections from Titanic, the Musical, which we will present in our sanctuary November 12, 13, 19, and 20. (You may have heard an announcement about this, or seen a flyer or postcard). I was completely unfamiliar with this show until I got the score and began playing through it over the summer. Several of the songs brought me to tears, and even after rehearsing the show for many months, I am still moved by the music and the stories of the people portrayed. I am also mindful of how things in many ways haven’t changed that much since the tragic accident of 1912. If you haven’t already reserved your seats to see one of performances, maybe the music you hear this Sunday will inspire you to do so. Although the show does have a sad theme, there is a lot of hope, and even a little humor in the production, and I am certain that you will be moved yourself.

Curtis Heard, Director of Music

In Sunday School

Theme: God Is Near to All
Scripture: Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21

Adult Education

Sundays at 8:30 am in the Klar Rooms, upstairs in Pilgrim Hall

Fall Back This Weekend!

Turn your clocks back one hour Saturday night. Or be early for church Sunday morning!

In This Issue

Save the Rose Window
Music on Sunday
Christian Education
First Church Café
All Saints Sunday
Parents' Night Out This Friday
Get Your Titanic Tickets!
Jewelry for Capital Campaign
Service for Janet Waggoner
Sparkling Reception
Drop-In Center News
Deadline: Tuesday at 1 pm
Parish Concerns

First Church Café This Sunday

It's the first Sunday of the month - time again for First Church Café, from Karen Cannon of Stars Catering. The cost for lunch is $9 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under.

All are welcome. If you or your family need financial assistance to be able to enjoy lunch, vouchers are available. A number of our boards will meet after lunch, but lunch is not just for board members. Here is the menu:

Chopstick Noodle Soup - Fresh vegetables and tender noodles with teriyaki chicken in a savory broth
Pacific Rim Salad - Crisp greens with cucumber, tomatoes, mushrooms, crispy noodles and bean sprouts with a ginger-soy dressing
Chicken Egg Rolls and Vegetable Spring Rolls, with sweet and sour, chili and soy sauces
Fortune Cookies and Almond Cookies
Vegan and gluten-free versions of the above also served
Apple Cider, Iced Tea, Lemonade (sugar-free and regular) and Water

All Saints Sunday to Be Observed on November 6

It is a common custom within Christianity to call out the names of the faithful who have died since the last All Saint’s Day. At First Church, we will read the names of those members and friends who have passed since November 1, 2015, but would also be honored to include close friends and relatives of our community, as well. Simply email office@firstchurchlb.org with the name and date of death, and it will be included on November 6. Please contact the office by 5 pm on Thursday, November 3.

Click here to buy Titanic tickets.Titanic Is Coming Up Very Soon!

Saturday, November 12, 8 pm
Sunday, November 13, 5 pm
Saturday November 19, 8 pm
Sunday, November 20, 5 pm

You know you want to see it! Go online here to buy your tickets. Call Ruth Warkentin, the office manager, for sales of 10 or more tickets.


Capital Campaign Information

By Pamela Chapin for the Capital Campaign Committee
As you ponder your gift to the Preserving Our Legacy Capital Campaign, some of you might have jewelry that you no longer wear or wish to keep.  Proceeds from the sale of jewelry is one way to make a gift to the campaign.  The Capital Campaign committee has contacted Mark Schneider, Designers of Fine Jewelry, and Mark has offered to evaluate jewelry for possible purchase.  He specializes in diamonds and gold jewelry.  If you are interested in the offer, his jewelry store is located at 245 Promenade N. (on Third Street west of Pine Ave.), 562-437-0448  x109.

Memorial Service for Janet Waggoner This Sunday

The memorial service for Janet Waggoner will be this Sunday, November 6, at 1 pm in the sanctuary, followed by a cookie reception in the Koinonia Room.

Winterfest and Sparkling Reception

By Nancy Valencia, Executive Director, DAYS Long Beach

Join DAYS Long Beach in celebrating the holiday by attending Winterfest followed by a Sparkling Reception on Sunday, December 4, at 4 pm at First Congregational Church. We will ring in the holiday season with the assistance of more than 200 California State University Long Beach singers as they perform some of our favorite carols, songs, and classical pieces. You will not want to miss handbells, vocal jazz, and the breathtaking combined voices of all seven CSULB choirs.

The concert will put you in the holiday spirit and the reception will be a lovely way to entertain your friends and family. For more information or to reserve your tickets send an email right now to nancy.valencia@dayslb.org or call 562-234-2851. We look forward to sharing this lovely holiday concert with you and your family.


Drop-In Center News

By Arlene Mercer, Executive Director

Both Patterson Hall and the parameters of the patio under the eaves were full as the drizzle didn’t stop for most of the day. That didn’t stop us from providing free phones, signing people up for dental care and medical insurance, holding a clothing give away, giving out hygiene items, providing our computer lab, and helping build some resumes there.

One lady made and brought to us soft cozy scarves with different patterns on them. There were some for the little girls with pink lady bugs on them and action figures for our little boys. Our volunteer coordinators loved being able to give those to the children and see their eyes light up. Adults received various plaid pattern scarves.

Our guests were especially thankful. A small group respectfully waited till I was done interviewing people and then told me how thankful they were for the good food and gifts of support we were giving. Even after 4 pm when we had to close our doors, a few people stayed out front of the church and worked with the woman assigning free phones. Everyone made extra efforts to brighten the dreary day for our guests.

We have a little three-year-old boy who starts learning in a safe place today at Children Today. His mother had visited there to pick up the forms to fill out after we had referred her last week. She said tears were streaming down her face when she saw how beautiful it was and that her son could go there to day care and to learn. We just might be teaching a future doctor, business man, or president when they have the right opportunities! His mom has been hired by LAUSD, and now without the little guy with him all day, his dad can take the resume we built and look for work too.

We have a mom and her three children still homeless though she has had First Five Assistance available for months. So far no apartment. Also have another family with a six-month-old baby with commitment of assistance from Rapid Rehousing. No apartment. There are not enough affordable apartments to be had in Long Beach! So landlords are very skeptical about taking third-party checks, though they will come in regularly.

We have a young mom in her apartment, but she’s been very sick with pneumonia and emotionally drained since she worries about not being able to work and support herself and her child.

Please say some prayers and send your positive thoughts for these discouraged young people who are trying so hard. I’ve brought them along as far as I can except to pray for them to get the apartments and good health they need. May you have a blessed week.
DIC volunteers

Pilgrim and Bulletin Deadline

The deadline for submitting items for inclusion in the Sunday service bulletin and for the newsletter is Tuesday at 1 p.m. The Pilgrim is emailed every Wednesday.

Parish Concerns

Your thoughts and prayers are requested for Bill Simpson (Carol Van Alsten's brother); Alan & Sarah Sayce (Chuck and Georgette deBruyn's nephew and his wife); Barbara Smith upon the death of her wife, Jan Waggoner; Suzanne Cole (Karen Miller's cousin); Patrick Malone (Larelle Hendon's brother).

Names on the Parish Concerns lists appear in two consecutive editions of the newsletter. To share a Parish Concern or a Parish Joy, put a note on the board on the Third Street landing or contact Ruth Warkentin in the church office.

Online Calendar

Don't miss out! Check the online church calendar for details about all church events. You can use the online calendar to email invitations to friends to church events and to set up emailed reminders to yourself. Just click on any event to see more information.


To place an ad in this newsletter, please contact Ruth Warkentin in the church office.

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