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Thursday, May 30, 2024

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Sunday's Scripture:

  Psalm 92:1-5a

Concerns / Prayers:

  • Karen Walsh fell and broke several bones
  • Carol Buchanan has COVID
  • Jo Dierdorf's brother, John, passed from life to Life
  • Sue Wallace's stepsister, Pam Veals, and her dear friend, Joan Faken, passed from life to Life.
  • Dave Raley is in hospice care at the VA and is in need of your prayers.
  • Dr. Carl Parish is hospitalized. 
  • Janet Wilson’s great niece Amelia has an immune condition causing problems  
  • Charlie Seek is back home and healing. 
  • Coralyn’s niece, Shannon 
  • Prayers for Judith Gregory who has blood clots, for her granddaughter Allyson, her husband and newborn, Paisley. Judith’s son-in-law is gravely ill and hospitalized.  
  • Andrew Barrow awaits 3-month scan after surgery. 
  • Lori Glass has unresolved throat problems. 
  • Inez Diggs’ son Shelton is recovering from surgery, her niece Kelly Graham is undergoing cancer treatment 
  • Healing for Jayne Miller’s husband Tom. 
  • We continue to hold in our prayers the people of Ukraine, the Middle East, and wherever war and violence prevail.  

Ongoing Concerns:

Karen & Daniella

Jerry Andrews

Stephen Arth

Bill Buchanan

Denise Cain

Cousin of Rick Cruz

Janet Edwards' friends

Sforza family

Mary Lou Haney

Beki Hill

Harriet Holt, Beki Hill's mother

Jules Rattray’s sister, Jenny

Amber McGuigan

Cynthia McGuigan

Sue Hammond

DonDon and Scott Mong

Floyd Orr

Dan Schoepf, Michael Schoepf

Spencer, friend of Stacey Greene

Robert Silver

The Steffen family

Tom Medlicott

Paradox Church has asked to temporarily share space with RUCC

Pastor Craig Hadley of Paradox Church has approached Redlands UCC asking if we would be open to share our space with Paradox, from November 2024 until they complete their building project in mid- to late-2026. Congregational feedback is welcome! For more information, please see the May 28 special edition of The View!

Caring for Kin for June - Youth Hope

Youth Hope recently put out a call for groceries on social media. Let's help restock their pantry shelves with items such as cereal, granola bars, canned goods, macaroni and cheese, crackers, and peanut butter and jelly!

Book Group meeting this Sunday

The current book selection for the RUCC Book Group is Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan.

The book discussion will be after church at noon on Sunday, June 2, in Founders Room, and the discussion leader will be Toni Momberger. Everyone is welcome to join.

Click here for the book group schedule for the rest of 2024

June Bible Study: Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us in the Garden Room for a four-week Bible Study series on June 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Pastor Elaine will lead a Bible study “Developing a Relationship with God” drawing on many resources, including: various translations of Scripture, secondary writings (Julian, Meister Ekhart, various poets, modern theologians), art works, and guided imagery meditation.

This will be a hybrid event: online or in-person options are available.

No advance reading required. Please join us at 7:00 p.m. on Monday evenings online or in the Garden Room!

Here is the link if you choose to attend the meeting online:

Tap on the link or paste it in a browser to join.

Sacred Saturday, June 1

Please join us this Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon, for some time away from the busy-ness of life. You're encouraged to step back, embrace stillness, and enjoy introspective contemplation in the beautiful setting of the RUCC sanctuary, buildings, and grounds.

Let the worries of the week fade as you immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere of our serene garden and meditative spaces. We invite you to pause, breathe deeply, and find clarity amidst the natural beauty and quiet corners of our sacred grounds.

Hunger Walk this Saturday, June 1

Join Family Service Association of Redlands for their 10th annual Hunger Walk & Run, Saturday, June 1, 7:45 a.m., to help alleviate food insecurity in our community and bring awareness to this critical issue. On-site registration opens at 7:00 a.m. on the day of the walk.

No Sunday School on June 2...

mmmmm we can all enjoy our beautiful annual Music Sunday!

The Nursery will remain open. Sunday School classes will resume as usual the following week.

Sunday, June 9 is Super Shepherd Sunday!

Be on the lookout for correspondence from your Shepherd group in regards to where your group will be meeting. Shepherd Group #4 will be meeting in Covenant Hall and will also host anyone who is not in a Shepherd Group. Group #5 (Judith Turian) will meet at 12:30 p.m. for a potluck at her home, which is about 15 minutes from church. Call or text (909) 649-2619 for more information.

If you have questions, please contact Maegan Hill at or 909-658-4261. 

old red chairs need new homes

Red Chairs Available

If you would like any of the old red chairs, please help yourself. If you're aware of an organization that could use them, please arrange for someone to pick them up. There are still about a hundred chairs; if they are not picked up soon, they will be discarded.

Redlands 7th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Sunday, June 16th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

redlands Juneteenth flyer June 16 10am to 5pm

Racial Justice reflection of the week

One day, this March, I woke up in a hotel room in Memphis and wondered if we got it all wrong. So many times in the two years since publishing our book, “His Name Is George Floyd,” people have asked whether there is any hope for the country.


But four years after Floyd’s murder and the so-called great racial reckoning, we were set to speak in a city whose school system had decided our book was too controversial to be taught. Other school systems had stymied discussion about systemic racism, businesses were questioning their diversity programs, and affirmative action had been deemed illegal in college admissions. Some police reforms had been undone.


The backlash feels more enduring than the reckoning itself. And on that morning, I stared at the ceiling, asking myself: What if all that protesting that consumed the George Floyd summer — not all of the racial tension that had come before — was the desperate last gasp of a movement that would inevitably fail?



From the Environmental Justice Team

“For the second year in a row, Irvine has ranked fourth nationally for its park systems out of 100 of the nation’s most populous cities. In the Trust for Public Land’s annual ParkScore index, announced Wednesday, Irvine came ahead of other Southern California cities: Santa Clarita placed 49th, Long Beach 61st, Anaheim and Riverside tied for 76th, Los Angeles dropped eight places to 88th and Santa Ana came in at 93.The rankings are determined by how many residents live within a 10-minute walk to a park, amenities, investment toward parks, as well as how much of the city's land is allocated to park space. Another key factor in rankings is park equity, which compares park space and access in predominantly white neighborhoods with the same in neighborhoods populated by communities of color. The same comparison is made for income levels.”


(Besides the ranking of the park systems for the 100 cities above, the ParkScore index page also provides a gateway to data for all the cities in the United States. For example, check out Redlands, which has slightly lower park accessibility than Riverside:


Source: “Irvine parks rank 4th in nation for access and equity. Check out these spots,” Yusra Farzan, LAist, 5/22/24:

Rabbit in the park
breakfast at highland Congregational church June 2 7am to 11am

Southern California Nevada Conference Annual Gathering, June 7 & 8

Use this link to register for Annual Gathering.

This will be the first opportunity to welcome in person Rev. Rachael Pryor, the newly elected Conference Minister. Rev. Traci Blackmon will be the keynote speaker on Friday afternoon and will preach the closing worship service on Saturday. Rev. Blackmon served in the national UCC as the Associate General Minister for Justice and Local Church Ministries.

Please note there is no walk-in registration the day of the meeting.

The cost for this two-day gathering is $175 which includes lunch and dinner on Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. 

All Annual Gathering information (schedules, workshops, speakers, etc.) is posted on the website. Click here for more information. Registration closes May 31 at 4:00 p.m.


  • June 1 - Sacred Saturday and E-waste Collection
  • June 2 - Music Sunday! Book Club after church. (see article above)
  • June 3 - June Bible Study begins (see article above)
  • June 7-8 - Southern California Nevada Conference of the UCC Annual Gathering at Chapman University and online
  • June 9 - Pride Sunday & Super Shepherd Sunday (see article above)
  • June 23 - 27 - Western Regional Youth Event
  • June 30 - Farewell to Elaine

The church calendar is found at

Click on "calendar" in the red banner near the top of the page

This Week at Redlands United Church of Christ

Sunday, June 2 - Music Sunday

  • Seekers will not meet in June/July
  • 9:30 a.m. - Kids' Zone
  • 10:30 a.m. - Worship service/Music Sunday No Sunday School today!
  • 11:30 a.m. Fellowship Time/Coffee Hour

Monday, June 3

  • 7:00 p.m. Bible Study

Tuesday, June 4

Wednesday, June 5

  • 1:00 p.m. - Mah Jong

Thursday, June 6

Friday, June 7

Saturday June 8

  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - E-waste collection
  • 9:00 a.m. - noon - Sacred Saturday

Sunday, June 9 - Pride Sunday

  • 9:20 a.m. - Seekers
  • 9:30 a.m. - Kids' Zone
  • 10:30 a.m. - Worship service
  • 11:30 a.m. - Fellowship Time/Coffee Hour

RUCC Staff

Interim Pastor: Rev. Elaine Schoepf

Music Director: David Wells

Associate Music Director: Sophia Ohanian

Children's Education Director: Susi Jacobsen

Director of Youth Ministries: Vacant

Office and Property Manager: Veronica Bermudez

Child Care: Caitlin Walsh



Phone: 909-793-3520


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