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Thursday, April 11, 2024

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A message from our Pastor and teacher

April 14, 2024 ~ 3nd Sunday of Easter ~ "Unexpected Joy"

Did you know that some early church theologians like Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and John Chrysostom mused that God had played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead. They called it Risus paschalis - the Easter laugh!

This Holy Hilarity was observed by the faithful as "days of joy and laughter" with parties and picnics to celebrate Jesus' resurrection. Churchgoers and pastors played practical jokes on each other, told jokes, sang, and danced.

Sunday's Scripture:

John 21:1-14

Concerns / Prayers:

  • Barbie & Loring's daughter Sarah Averette-Phillips is having surgery on April 11.
  • Craig Wesson had a mild heart attack but has been able to be back in church.
  • Charlie Seek is back home and doing better following kidney surgery.  
  • Dianne Landeros' cousin Monty Montano passed from life to Life on 3/26/24.
  • Coralyn’s niece, Shannon, with 20 percent heart function after COVID. 
  • Judith Gregory’s family members.
  • Jolene Barrow's brother Andrew will receive kidney surgery in April.  
  • We continue to hold in our prayers the people of Ukraine, the Middle East, and wherever war and violence prevail. 
  • Tom Medlicott recovering from a broken neck.  
  • Lori Glass is still having throat problems and has not yet received a referral to ENT to get a diagnosis. 
  • Rick and Georgia Sforza request prayers for the family, Rick’s mother passed.
  • Jayne Miller requests prayers for the healing of her husband Tom's wound.   
  • Marla and Richard Steffen and family.

Ongoing Concerns:

Karen & Daniella

Jerry Andrews

Stephen Arth

Scott Ault

Dave, brother of Johanna Ballard

Bill Buchanan

Denise Cain

Cousin of Rick Cruz

Janet Edwards

Norma Erickson

Rev. John Forney

Katia Hage

Mary Lou Haney

Beki Hill

Harriet Holt, Beki Hill's mother

Jules Rattray’s sister, Jenny

Amber McGuigan

Cynthia McGuigan

Don Don and Scott Mong

Floyd Orr

Ryan and Evan Paul

Julie Phillips

Jake Pomeroy

Dick Ault's Brother-in-law, Charles Proctor

Dan Schoepf, Michael Schoepf

Spencer, friend of Stacey Greene

Robert Silver

Rick Sforza's father Frank

Nancy Ternasky

Arika Torres

Beth Welsh


Getting comfortable with the tech at church - starting Monday, April 15

This four-session class is for everyone who would like help with all the technology here at RUCC. Led by Dan Abushanab, this course will help us all become more familiar with Teams, Forms, QR Codes, Screen sharing and more!

  • Week 1 (April 15): Basics with Teams. Bring your gear! Installing the apps and logging in with your phone or computer. General communication. Teams, Channels, chats, video calls, @ mentioning. (Pre-work - watch the overview video)
  • Week 2 (April 22): Document collaboration.
  • Week 3 (May 6): Scheduling and hosting meetings in Teams
  • Week 4 (May 13): More advanced tools.


This course will run on Mondays from April 15 through May 13 at 7:00 p.m. in Founders Room. (No class on April 29)

Joe Zarro in the pulpit

Special Congregational Meeting April 21 after Worship

With great pleasure, the RUCC Board announces a special congregational meeting on April 21 to vote on calling Reverend Joe Zarro as the next settled pastor of Redlands United Church of Christ. Rev. Joe will lead our worship that day and give his candidate sermon. 

Immediately following the service, we will meet to vote on the call. Per our bylaws, we need at least two-thirds of covenanting members, or 87 votes, to vote in the affirmative. We hope everyone will be there in person, but if you are not able to be there, please use the information in the special edition of The View to learn more about Rev. Joe, then cast an absentee ballot. The ballot form is online at

More information is here in the Special Edition of The View.

Special Potluck Celebration April 21

You are invited to a potluck lunch following the special congregational meeting on Sunday, April 21st. Please bring a dish to share and help us welcome Rev. Joe Zarro and his family to RUCC!

Click this link to let us know what you’re bringing:

Caring for Kin

For the month of April, Caring for Kin is collecting items to help care for homeless dogs and cats.


The Yucaipa Animal Placement Society (YAPS), the Benevolent Animal Rescue Committee (BARC), and the Redlands Animal Shelter have asked for the following donations:....

Food for dogs and cats

Beds and bedding





Towels & blankets - used but clean

Grooming items

Dish soap

ALSO …. If you are interested in adopting a pet, you may wish to take a look at the websites for these organizations to see some of the animals who need homes.

We still need a Youth Director!

This may be only a part-time position, but it is important to our church's mission. The Youth Director plays a key role in helping our young people understand why RUCC's values and theology are important to them as they prepare to go out in the world.

......................~~ The RUCC Personnel Committee

Creation Celebration 2024: The RUCC Family Nature Fair - April 27

It’s time to get ready for the 3rd Annual RUCC Family Nature Fair! Fun and games on the patio as we celebrate our natural world.


Date: Saturday April 27 Time: 10 a.m. to noon

Kids go from station to station, adding stickers to their Nature Passports. Here is just a partial list of fun stations we have planned for this year’ Fair:

  • Tumbling in the Garden with Joette and Foundations Gymnastics.
  • Sierra Club: Clean Transportation For All.
  • Go on a guided Nature Walk with Gretchen Andrews in our gardens.
  • Decorate your own small plant pots and then plant some seeds and seedlings. Take them home to watch them grow!
  • ...and More!

Please follow this link to RSVP and to learn all the fun details:

RUCC Children and Youth: Trip to the Y Circus May 5

RUCC Children and Youth and their caregivers are invited to join us at the Y Circus Sunday, May 5, at 3:00 p.m. This performance features our own Cai Sternberg and Daniella Kirchner-Rose!  We have a block of seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please contact and let me know the total number of adults and children 12th grade and younger in your group.

Child and Youth tickets are compliments of the RUCC Youth and Children's Activities budget; we invite you to reimburse us for your adult tickets if you have the means to do so. Use this link to give $20 per adult ticket to the Youth and Children's Activities budget.

Annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on May 2

The Redlands Area Interfaith Council (RAIC) will hold the annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 2 at 7 a.m. at the Orton Center, U of R, 1250 E. Brockton Ave, Redlands.

The program will feature music and speakers from a variety of different faith traditions in Redlands. Tickets are $20 per person. Make your check payable to RAIC. Reservations should be made before April 28.

Download the flyer here to make your reservation.

Blood Drive - May 15

Our Second Annual RUCC Blood Drive will be in Covenant Hall on May 15th. The need for all blood types is acute right now. Last year we had a larger-than-expected number of donations and I hope this year we can do even better.

It helps if you can make an appointment—see the attached flyer for how to do that—but walk-ins are always welcome. 

If you have any questions, ask me at church or call me. Thanks for your support!

  —Kerry Dunn

Wider Ministries seeks your input about donations by May 19

If you know a worthwhile charitable organization to which the church should consider giving a donation, RUCC Wider Ministries wants to hear from you! There were many outstanding groups represented at last month’s Caring Fair. Wider Ministries donations must go outside of RUCC to other deserving groups. Donation criteria are 1) Designation as a 501 (c ) (3) charitable organization 2) Support for the mission and values of RUCC and 3) A relationship with RUCC in some way, such as participating in our recent Caring Fair, or being a group that a RUCC member is involved with. 

You can find donation suggestion forms by clicking HERE, or on the Wider Ministries Bulletin Board, where you can also find Thank You letters to RUCC from many of the organizations we help. Donation forms may be turned into Kathie Blakley (, Wider Ministries area leader, or to any member of the Wider Ministries group.

The deadline is May 19, which is the next Wider Ministries Quarterly Meeting.

earth day Redlands

From the Environmental Justice Team

Redlands celebrates Earth Day with a day of climate action on Saturday, April 20, 2024!


9:00 a.m. - noon: Projects range from hands-on, get dirty gardening to touring a local organic farm to learning about contacting legislators, and will be hosted by various organizations. Registration is required for many of the projects. For a list of projects with links to further information and registration, go to


12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Celebration of accomplishments and lunch at the Redlands Bowl.


More information can be found at:



  • April 15, 22, May 6, 13 - Getting comfortable with technology series of 4 classes
  • April 20 - Day of Climate Action
  • April 21 - Candidate service with Rev. Joe Zarro followed by congregational meeting to vote on calling him as RUCC's next settled pastor
  • April 27 - 3rd Annual RUCC Family Nature Fair
  • May 2 - Mayor's Prayer Breakfast at U of R
  • May 4 - Sacred Saturday
  • May 7 - Y-Circus (see article above)
  • May 15 - Blood Drive 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at RUCC. To make an appointment, call 1-800-879-4484, or visit

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, April 14 - Third Sunday of Easter

  • 9:20 a.m. - Seekers (Chat 9:20; Meet 9:30)
  • 9:30 a.m. - Kids' Zone
  • 10:30 a.m. - Worship service and Communion
  • 11:30 a.m. - Fellowship/Coffee hour in Covenant Hall
  • 11:30 a.m. - Craft Corner
  • 11:30 a.m. - History Committee - Founders' Room

Monday, April 15

  • 7:00 p.m. Session 1 of "Getting Comfortable with Tech at Church" Basics with Teams is the first topic.

Tuesday, April 16

  • Munch and Muse Lunch Group
  • 7:00 p.m. - Board meeting

Wednesday, April 17

  • 1:30 p.m. - Mah-Jongg, Micah Room
  • 6:00 p.m. - Handbells Rehearsal
  • 7:00 p.m. - Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, April 18

Friday, April 19

Saturday April 20

  • Day of Climate Action in Redlands

Sunday, April 21 - Candidate Sunday

  • 9:20 a.m. - Seekers will not meet this Sunday
  • 9:30 a.m. - Kids' Zone
  • 10:30 a.m. - Worship service
  • 11:30 a.m.Congregational meeting to vote on calling Rev. Joe Zarro as settled pastor, followed by a celebratory potluck in Covenant Hall.

RUCC Staff

Interim Pastor: Rev. Elaine Schoepf

Honorary Minister of Arts and Worship:  Rev. Erin Beardemphl

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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