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Thursday, June 27, 2024

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A message from our Pastor and Teacher

Sunday, June 30 ~ Sixth Sunday after Pentecost ~ "The Jesus Map"

I met a traveling man at church one day – for the time he was around, before he hit the road again, he was an active part of the church I served. He was a thoughtful sort who contemplated his road in life and how to get where God wanted him to go. One day he showed me a project he had been working on called The Jesus Map. What map do you follow in your life's journey, as an individual, as a congregation? Do we need to know where we are going to get where we are called to go?

Sunday's Scripture

Luke 3: 2-6; 10-22

Concerns / Prayers:

  • Johnna Ballard’s cousin Diane who experienced complications following leg surgery, and for her brother David who is being treated for cancer.
  • Dee Dee and Charlie Seek as he gains strength.
  • Dee Dee’s sister Jayne (who came thru surgery well), and Jayne’ husband and caregiver, Fred.
  • Janet Wilson’s great niece Amelia for immune health.  
  • Coralyn’s niece, Shannon. 
  • Prayers for health of Judith Gregory, her son-in-law; granddaughter, Allyson, her husband and infant Paisley. 
  • Lori Glass for upcoming tonsillectomy.
  • Inez Diggs’ son Shelton, and niece Kelly Graham for healing.
  • Jayne and Tom Miller for Tom’s healing. 
  • Wendy Eads, who attended events and services, met with a task force, and helped to staff two children's nature celebrations, passed from life to Life June 21
  • For Jo Dierdorf's whose brother John passed from life to Life
  • For Sue Wallace and loved ones of Pam Veals and Joan Faken who passed from life to Life.
  • For Carol Robb and the family of Dave Raley, who passed from life to Life, June 2.    
  • 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

Andrew Barrow

Bill Buchanan

Denise Cain

Cousin of Rick Cruz

Janet Edwards' friends

Sue Hammond

Mary Lou Haney

Beki Hill

Harriet Holt, Beki Hill's mother

Jules Rattray’s sister, Jenny

Amber McGuigan

Cynthia McGuigan

Tom Medlicott

DonDon and Scott Mong

Floyd Orr

Carl Parish

Dan Schoepf, Michael Schoepf

Spencer, friend of Stacey Greene

Robert Silver

The Steffen family

Sforza family

Karen Walsh

The Summer Series NEEDS YOU!

After having put out a couple of announcements we have had very few who have offered to help with the planning, set up, clean up and facilitation of the 2024 Summer series. We know that many people travel during the summer and lives are busy, kids are home etc., and we also know that people like to see the summer series on the calendar each year and come to one, some or all of the sessions.


We would love to provide you with a summer series for 2024; however, due to our own travel and family commitments, we will sadly not be able to do that unless we can get volunteers to help with the planning, facilitating, presenting, set up and cleanup of the event each week. We have the dates of July 20th, 27th, August 3rd, and 10th from 10 a.m.-noon set aside for the series. If you are able to help with any part of the series, please contact as soon as possible. Unfortunately, if we don't get enough people to help, we will not be able to hold the Summer Series this year.


In the interim following the interim

Pastor Elaine’s last day with us is June 30 and Pastor Joe’s first day on the job is July 8. For the brief period in between, we have arranged for Pastor Sarah Averette-Phillips from Live Oak (Brea) UCC to cover any pastoral needs that arise. Sarah is well-known to many in RUCC, as she grew up in this congregation, and claims Barbie and Loring Fiske-Phillips as her parents.

Sarah can be reached via email at or via phone/text at 909-709-5919.

Our shepherd groups are also available for support, of course, as they always are. If you don’t know which shepherd group you’re part of, please contact Shepherd Area Leader Maegan Hill at, and she’ll help you get connected.

- Dan Abushanab, President

Please note: The office will be closed until Joe’s arrival on July 8 as Veronica takes a much-deserved vacation.


Elaine's last day is this Sunday

We have a special occasion this Sunday at RUCC—it's Pastor Elaine's last day with us. Please join us after the service in Covenant Hall to enjoy some cake and to thank her for her service to our church family. Let's wish her well as she embarks on the next chapter of her life and calling as the settled pastor at Christian Church of Pacific Grove.

Eagle Scout Project in the Garden

My Name is Joey and I've been going to RUCC for many years and decided to do my Eagle Project in the Church's community garden. The goal of the project is to get it functional again, with less weeds, clear pathways and prepared plots. My first two workdays will be on July 1st and 3rd from 5 to 8pm. Feel free to attend if you are able and bring gardening equipment such as rakes and gloves as we will be weeding primarily. If you are unable to make it and still wish to help, it's no problem as I'm sure there will be a few more workdays in the future. Please contact me if you have any questions, hope to see you there!

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!

RUCC Kids and Youth Family Bowling Trip

Kids and Youth (and their families) are invited to Empire Bowl in Redlands for a fun afternoon of Bowling June 30 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.!

There's a bumper lane for bowlers 10 years and younger.

RSVP to — let us know how many bowlers will be in your party. (Parents are invited to come but we won’t make you bowl unless you want to!)

Next Book Group Meeting is July 7

The RUCC Book Group's next meeting is Sunday, July 7, at noon in Founders Room. The book is Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno Garcia and the presenter is Charletta Campfield.

Two-Week study—Abortion in Historic and Biblical Context—to begin July 11 at RUCC

Please join us for two sessions in person or online: Thursdays, July 11 and July 18, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. We will begin each session by watching a 30-minute video lecture from Westar Institute, followed by discussion, as we reflect on the various ancient precedents which are presented in each lecture.

Week 1: “In Context: Woman and Body in the Ancient World”

Week 2: “Immortal Soul and Abortion”

For more information, contact

Racial Justice reflection of the week

Derek Black, whose dad is the notorious Ku Klux Klan leader Don Black, was once the poster child of the white nationalist movement in America. Now, they’ve abandoned their family’s beliefs, come out as transgender and recently released a book called The Klansman’s Son.

The memoir tells the complex story of their journey from white nationalism to antiracism and how one’s upbringing doesn’t have to define their ideology.



From the Environmental Justice Team

You’re looking out at the mountains, and the air seems a little murky. Should you go for that walk? Should you even open your windows? Is there any way to tell how bad (or good) the air in your neighborhood is now? The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) is here ( to help. With pages devoted to everything from information about air pollution, its health effects, and how these effects are described by the Air Quality Index ( to maps showing the current Air Quality Index in your neighborhood ( to historical data (, the South Coast AQMD website can help you answer a host of questions about your local air quality, as well as what the AQMD is doing to try to improve it. And if you want to your local air quality represented in a nifty dial-style graphic or check the air quality at sites outside the South Coast AQMD region, try the federal government’s AirNow website (

When did social media stop being fun?

On July 13, the Inland Empire Braver Angels Alliance will hold a new, important workshop called Skills for Social Media. It is designed to help you improve the culture of posts and conversations in social media and provide a constructive alternative to the polarized and judgmental exchanges that dominate the current discourse.



Location: United Church of Christ, 168 Bellevue Ave., Redlands, CA 92373.

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2024

Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

How to register: Click on this link to register, or if you have questions, please reach out to Holly Highfield, co-chair of the Inland Empire Braver Angels Alliance, at


  • June 29 - Memorial service for David Raley, folowed by a reception at RUCC
  • June 30 - Thank You & Farewell to Elaine
  • June 30 - Kids, youth and family Bowling (see article above)
  • July 1&3 - 5-8 p.m. Garden work project (see article above)
  • July 7 - Book Group (see article above)
  • July 11 and18 - Two-week study on abortion. (see article above)
  • July 13 - Braver Angels Social Media Workshop

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 30

  • Seekers will not meet in June/July
  • 9:30 a.m. - Kid's Zone
  • 10:30 a.m. Worship Service & Farewell to Pastor Elaine
  • 11:30: a.m. Fellowship/Coffee hour

Monday, July 1

  • 7:00 p.m. Bible Study

Tuesday, July 2

  • 11:00 a.m. - Munch & Muse

Wednesday, July 3

  • 1:00 p.m. - Mah Jong

Thursday, July 4 - Office closed for Independence Day Holiday

Friday, July 5

Saturday July 6

  • 10:30 a.m. - Celebration of Life for David Raley, Emmerson-Bartlett Memorial Chapel, followed by a reception at RUCC. at 12 p.m.

Sunday, July 7

  • 9:30 a.m. - Kids Zone
  • 10:30 a.m. - Worship Service
  • 11:30 a.m. - Fellowship/Coffee hour
  • 1:00 p.m. - Kids and Youth Family Bowling

RUCC Staff

Interim Pastor: Rev. Elaine Schoepf (through June 30)

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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