The Pilgrim - January 29, 2017
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The Pilgrim - January 29, 2016


Dear Church,
Here you can see marvelous pictures from last weekend's Women's March. First Church had three groups in LA and at least one in Orange County - it's great to see that the church that protests together also has such joy in standing up for justice!
The Rev. Elena Larssen 

In This Issue

First Church Marched!
Music on Sunday
Christian Education
Join First Church
Join Us at the Movies
FCCLB Walking Group
Piano Recital/Lecture
Capital Campaign News
Nursery Needs
Drop-In Center News
Parish Concerns
Deadline: Tuesday at 1 pm

First Church Folks at the Women's March LA

Pictures by Adreana Langston
See the complete collection here
Oscar Lopez (from DAYS Long Beach), Nancy Valencia, Wally Hoeger (our former youth director), the Rev. John Forrest Douglas (Associate Minister), the Rev. Jerry Stinson (Senior Minister Emeritus), Bob Kalayjian, Kay Gault, Ben West, Adreana Langston, Eli Chilantan

Heard's Words: Music on Sunday

Like many creative people, William Blake did not receive much recognition during his lifetime (1757-1827). He wanted to be an artist, and earned his living as an engraver, combining his skills to publish illustrated editions of his poetry collections – notably the Songs of Innocence and Experience. He claimed to see visions throughout his life, and his poetry contains vivid imagery and a mystical quality.
This Sunday the choir will be singing one of these poems: The Divine Image, set to music by Katherine K. Davis. In personifying Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love, the poem highlights the traits in God that are shared with humanity and suggests that when we pray to God, we are also praying to ourselves, appealing to the better parts of our own natures. In these times of political turmoil, it behooves us to remember that if God’s work is to be done, it is up to us to make it happen! One final thought that arose from last Saturday’s march (I don’t know the source of this quote, but I like it a lot): The devil whispered in our ear, ”You’re not strong enough to stand the storm.” Today we whispered in his ear, “WE ARE THE STORM.”
Curtis Heard, Director of Music

In Sunday School

Theme: Re-Imagined Realm
Scripture: Matthew 5:1-12

Adult Education

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

New Members Information Session This Sunday after the Service

Everyone interested in joining the church or simply wanting to know more about the church is invited to attend an informational session led by the Rev. John Forrest Douglas this Sunday after the worship service in Booth Chapel, adjacent to the sanctuary.

We’re Going to the Movies

By Jo Anne Jennings
The Board of Parish Life is returning to Fifth Sunday Movie beginning this Sunday, January 29. Anyone interested is encouraged to meet in the courtyard at 11:30. We will go to lunch together and then a movie. Cinemark at the Pike is within walking distance of the church and you can park in the Chestnut lot with no fear of paying for parking. Of course, those who wish can drive down to the theater on Pine. Lunch at Islands will be our first stop.
This month we have chosen two films that Elena will be discussing – Hidden Figures and La La Land. Hidden Figures starts at 1:20 and La La Land at 1:05. This allows those who have already seen one of the films to choose another. After the film anyone interested can go to the Starbucks on Magnolia and Broadway and share their thoughts about the film. Lunch, a movie and coffee with friends, what a great way to spend Sunday afternoon!


FCCLB Walking Group Presents: El Dorado Nature Center

By Eillen Badilla
Join us for a morning walk on Saturday, January 28. We will meet at the main entrance at 8:30 am and will start our walk at 8:45. The parking fee is $7, but you can park for free in the neighborhoods located half a mile away from the main entrance. For more information visit the Facebook event page or text Eillen Badilla at 562-833-1678. 


Capital Campaign Payment Envelopes

By Steve Crow
Those who asked for monthly envelopes to use to pay their Capital Campaign pledge can now find them in the narthex. So few asked for the envelopes that we could not justify the expense of special printing. With Ruth’s ingenuity, we have created a system that we hope you will accept. We are only supplying envelopes for 2017; if the system works, we will duplicate it for 2018 and 2019.
Just $7,000 Shy
As of January 25, the Capital Campaign, Preserving our Legacy, is just $7,000 short (pledges and gifts) of hitting the unexpected and outstanding amount of $1.1 million. Amazing. Obviously we will welcome gifts and pledges that put us $200,000 beyond our goal.  We are confident that every penny will be needed once the full understanding of the terra cotta fix is determined.

Nursery Needs

By Sue Johnson
We are setting a goal to spruce up our lovely nursery. We are looking for any donations of gently used toys for ages infant to age 3. Please no stuffed animals or books, as we have plenty of both. We plan to have some fund raising in the near future.
Our wish list includes:
     A new toddler kitchen, with dishes and play food
     An area rug for reading books with the kids
     A rocking chair
If you have any questions or donations please contact Sue Johnson: or 562-833-2900.

Drop-In Center News

By Arlene Mercer, Executive Director

I’m writing this the Tuesday after our January 22 Sunday Intake Day at Urban Community Outreach’s Drop-in-Center. My day usually starts with several text messages of encouragement to client guests and some phone calls from them for help. This morning an urgent call came in from a crying woman just before 7 am. Someone, or something, had died, and no one would help her. She said she’s just roaming around and doesn’t know what to do. I keep trying to call her back. Maybe one of the homeless people’s dogs died? I hope I can find her and help her.

As for Sunday, the 22nd … it was wet! However, we were here and tried to carry on with business as usual. The city sent out two workers to start the homeless count for Long Beach right here at the DIC. We set up tables inside Patterson Hall for them. We didn’t think many people would come in the terrible storm, but 128 hardy souls did make their way here and we served a warm meal, gave blankets, trash bags to cover them, and a few dry socks we could muster up as they were soaked.

Sunday my husband tried to drive to East LA and deliver a newly housed client and her child as well as their household items, while her husband went up on the train to meet them. However, the 110 was closed and the 710 was gridlocked by accidents. So he had to take her to the train station instead and return to the DIC with the household items. He was finally able to deliver their things to them on Monday afternoon!

We gave three families help with transportation and three families help with motel stays on Sunday.

Have a blessed week!


Parish Concerns

Your thoughts and prayers are requested for David Ford (Julie Ford's relative); Lisa Bode Heard’s mother; and Ben Loa.

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.

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.

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.


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