Connections from Felix

Dear Friends, 


Tour of the Pacific Islands Luau: I would like to offer our most sincere gratitude to the Rev. Sepulona Tanuvasa and his congregation, First Samoan Church of Los Angeles, UCC for their hard work. We heard that many of the church members had been up for over 24 hours! Their commitment paid off and we enjoyed a wonderful Luau!  I would also like to thank Mary Flynn for once again, organizing the event! 



Mission 1: We have been advertising "Mission 1" in our E-news, but I wanted to share with you our excitement about this UCC project.  UCC Congregations are encouraged to engage in various activities, from November 1, 2011 until November 11, 2011 (1.11.11-11.11.11). The goals of this event are:

  1. To collect more than 1 million items of healthy food and other household items for local food banks and outreach services.
  2. To collect more than $111,111 for Neighbors in Need to be used toward hunger-action programs and agencies throughout the U.S.
  3. To write more than 111,111 to Congress asking our government to reform U.S. foreign assistance in a way that more effectively benefits the hungry and poor people worldwide.

Our collective efforts will be tallied at from Nov. 1-11. Let's join in this wonderful project! 


OneLight Service of Remembrance: On Saturday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m. religious leaders from various faith groups will participate in a service of remembrance for the victims of 9/11 and look into the future as people of faith. The service will include music, reflection, and presentation of commemorative lanterns for houses of worship.  This event is sponsored by the Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders of which I am a member.  Send me an email message if you are interested in representing our Conference. 



Global Ministries:  Has your congregation chosen a date to celebrate Global Ministries Sunday this fall? Global Ministries Sunday is a new initiative to help congregations put a face on Disciples and UCC ministries of Critical Presence with partners around the globe. The chosen Sunday will be a special time to focus on global mission education and to take steps to engage in God's mission with Global Ministries. For more information check out their website at



Death of Retired UCC Pastor: The Rev. Richard Harris passed away on August 19, 2011. He was the pastor of Congregational and United Church of Christ congregations  in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Southern California, Hawai'i, and Mexico. He taught Psychology, Sociology, Marriage & Family, Philosophy, & Religion at Chapman University, UCSB, Allan Hancock College, La Verne University & several Community Colleges. He was in leadership in the United Nations Association, Heifer Project, AARP, Peace groups and many civic projects. He produced and hosted hundreds of interviews on television. From 1994 until the end of his life he was a vital developer of the community at Pilgrim Place. His memorial service will be in October, the date has not yet been scheduled.  His wife Carol and his children can be reached at 640 Alden Road #1, Claremont, CA 91711.






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