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:
collect more than 1 million items of healthy food and other
household items for local food banks and outreach services.
collect more than $111,111 for Neighbors in Need to be used toward
hunger-action programs and agencies throughout the U.S.
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 http://www.ucc.org 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
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 http://globalministries.org/resources/special-days/gm-sunday/.
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.