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All are invited to attend Oneonta’s Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Wednesday, December 24 at 5:00pm in the Sanctuary. Rev. Lincoln Skinner will wrap-up his Advent sermon series with the Christmas Eve homily The Signs, Wonders, and Miracles of Christmas, based on Isaiah 7:14. The Chancel Choir and soloists will fill the Sanctuary with the beautiful sounds of Christmas along with a performance by the Oneonta Community Children’s Choir. As has become our tradition, a Brass quartet and our own Bill Schmidt at the organ will complete the evening’s musical offerings. A special selection of prelude music will begin around 4:45pm. This will be a wonderful time to reflect upon the Word of God, spoken and sung, as we worship together in our beautifully decorated Sanctuary.

We hope that as we gather on this special night, something of the hope and joy of Christmas may come awake in our lives. Please invite your family, friends, and neighbors to share in this special service.

DONATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS FLOWERS & MUSIC – If you would like to contribute to the poinsettias &/or special music for Christmas, please either use the donation form on the advent newsletter (available in the Narthex and in the church office) or simply list your dedication in the memo line on your check. You can put your donation in the offering plate, bring it to the church office or mail it to the church. Please turn in your donations by this Sunday, December 14. Dedications will be listed in the Order of Worship and Messenger the week of Christmas.

SUNDAY ADULT STUDY – The Sunday Adult Study invites everyone to the current study entitled “The Music of Christmas” at 10:45am in Button Hall.

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS CAROL SING – Continuing through Sunday, December 28, there will be a carol sing 10 minutes before the traditional service. This is an opportunity to sing your favorite carol or to simply join in singing many of the familiar tunes of the Advent and Christmas season. Come ready to call out the number of the carol of your choice. We will sing 2 verses of each selection accompanied by our own Bill Schmidt at the organ console. Don’t be left in the cold (or the narthex). Step into the warmth and beauty of our Sanctuary and sing out!

LIBRARY NEWS – The Library has a wonderful collection of Christmas books. Come in and choose one or two to share with your family or a friend or just enjoy yourself during this holiday season!

ARROYO SINGERS CONCERT – On Sunday, December 14 at 4pm in the Sanctuary, the Arroyo Singers will present “An International Holiday Celebration” concert. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors & students, and children under age 10 are free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or call 323-256-5332 for tickets &/or information.

LOS AMIGOS NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY – You are invited to join our Los Amigos group at our New Year’s Eve Party in the home of Dan & Carol Evans on Wednesday, December 31 at 8:00pm. Please bring a “finger food” to share plus your own drinks. The cost is $4 per person. As in years past, we hope to see some of the Rose Parade floats drive by on their way to the float line up in Pasadena. Bring a warm jacket. Please RSVP to Dan & Carol Evans or the church office by Sunday, December 28.

ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR – The Outreach Committee would like to thank those who generously supported our charities at the Alternative Christmas Gift Fair. $2,810 was raised and checks will be sent out this week to the charities, which greatly appreciate these gifts.

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE:

  • Sunday, December 14 – Traditional Worship Service @ 9:30am, Sanctuary / Coffee & Fellowship Hour @ 10:30am, Tower Room / Adult Bible Study @ 10:45am, Button Hall / ONE Worship @ 11:30am, GH / Arroyo Singers Concert @ 4pm, Sanctuary
  • Tuesday, December 16 – Board Meeting @ 7pm, Tower Room
  • Wednesday, December 17 – No Adult Bible Study / Youth Group @ 7:00pm
  • Thursday, December 18 – Prayer @ Noon, Redwood Chapel / Chancel Choir @ 7:30pm, Button Hall
  • Saturday, December 20 – Hand Bell Team Rehearsal @ 3:30pm, Button Hall
  • Sunday, December 21 – Traditional Service @ 9:30am, Sanctuary / Coffee & Fellowship Hour @ 10:30am / Adult Study @ 10:45am, Button Hall / ONE Worship @ 11:30am, GH
  • Wednesday, December 24 – Church Office Hours: 9am-Noon / Christmas Eve Candlelight Service @ 5:00pm, Sanctuary
  • Thursday, December 25 – MERRY CHRISTMAS! Church Office & Campus CLOSED
  • Friday, December 26 – Church Office & Campus CLOSED

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Jay Shirley will be our guest speaker on Sunday, August 31. He will preach a sermon entitled “God in Our Midst” based on Luke 24:13-35.

Jay came to Oneonta in 1983 as Associate Pastor with a focus on youth ministry and served here for five years. It was at Oneonta that Jay was ordained. Raised in a Christian home in south Texas, he made two major decisions at age 11 that have affected his life to this day. While attending a church summer camp with his Methodist church he discovered a personal relationship with Jesus and he bought his first surfboard. Surfing eventually led him to Santa Barbara to attend Westmont College. After graduation from Westmont in 1976 Jay worked in the oil fields of Texas for Conoco Oil Company. In 1978 he moved to San Diego where he met his wife, Donna.

Jay attended seminary at Gordon Conwell but transferred to Bethel West in SD to finish his Masters of Divinity and to marry Donna. In addition to his wife, family, and ministry his passions have included travel (especially to Europe) and surfing. Donna and Jay have two adult children both living in San Diego. Their son, D.J., has been married for three years and works in Solana Beach. Daughter, Katie, graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo a year ago and works with a computer startup in Del Mar.

Jay has been serving as the Associate Pastor at Montecito Presbyterian Church for the last five years and has loved the change after 25 years of youth ministry. ELMO is only the fourth church he has worked with since being ordained. Jay moved to SB from north county San Diego, where he worked as a Youth Minister at the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe for 11 years and at Solana Beach Presbyterian church for 9 years. While in SD he also founded Fellowship of Christian Athletes clubs on two different local high school campuses. One of the joys for Jay has been to officiate a number of weddings over the past few years for students that he met when they were in junior high. He has found it very rewarding to see so many students develop spiritually from adolescence to adulthood and is excited to see some of the South Pasadena “adults”.   It was at Oneonta that Jay felt he discovered the importance of living out grace and trying to love others unconditionally as Christ modeled. It has been amazing for him to see how even the most spiritually-reluctant will often respond to a loving and nonjudgmental approach.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

ADULT SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY – The Sunday Adult Bible Study is currently on summer hiatus and will return to regular scheduling on Sunday, September 14.

FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT – Come and enjoy a fun evening at our next free movie night on Friday, August 29. The featured movie is “The Princess Bride”. We will gather at the corner of Garfield & Oak around 7:30pm and the movie will begin at dusk. Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome!

COMMUNION SERVICE & POTLUCK BBQ – Please mark your calendars for our next communion service on Sunday, September 7 at 10:30am in Gray Hall. Following the service, we will have a potluck BBQ. Hot dogs will be provided but please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Please contact the church office at 626-799-6161 or sarah@oneonta.org to sign up. Thank you!

LOS AMIGOS – This is the 50th year of Los Amigos and we invite everyone in our Oneonta family to join in our activities. On Saturday, Sept. 13, we are having an “End of the Summer BBQ” at the home of Jane & Peter Becronis. We will gather there at 6:30 PM. The cost is $6 per person. Bring your own meat to BBQ plus an appetizer, salad or dessert to share. Call the church office (626) 799-6161 to get the phone number for Jane & Peter. Then call them & let them know you are coming by Tuesday, Sept. 9, and whether you are bringing an appetizer, salad or dessert.

INSTALLATION SERVICE FOR REV. LINCOLN SKINNER – The Installation Service for Rev. Lincoln Skinner will be held in GRAY HALL on Sunday, September 14 at 3:00pm. A reception will follow in Gray Hall as well. Save the date!

 

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE:

  • Sunday, August 31 – Traditional Worship Service @ 9:30am, Sanctuary / Coffee Hour @ 10:30am, Tower Room / ONE Worship @ 11:30am, Gray Hall
  • Monday, September 1 – LABOR DAY – Church Office Closed
  • Tuesday, September 2 – Circle 4 @ 6:30pm , Tower Room
  • Wednesday, September 3 – Adult Bible Study @ 7:00pm, Forum / Youth Group @ 7:00pm, Oakview Room
  • Thursday, September 4 – Prayer @ Noon, Redwood Chapel
  • Sunday, September 7 – Communion Service @ 10:30am, Gray Hall / Potluck BBQ following the service
  • Tuesday, September 9 – Christian Ed Mtg @ 7:45pm, Forum
  • Wednesday, September 10 – Adult Bible Study @ 7:00pm, Forum / Youth Group @ 7:00pm, Oakview Room
  • Thursday, September 11 – Prayer @ Noon, Redwood Chapel / Chancel Choir @ 7:30pm, Button Hall
  • Saturday, September 13 – Los Amigos BBQ @ 6:30pm, Becronis’ Home

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Mark 15:37-39 (NET) But Jesus cried out with a loud voice and breathed his last. And the temple curtain was torn in two, from top to bottom. Now when the centurion, who stood in front of him, saw how he died, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”

It’s interesting which memories one retains from their youth. Growing up, my family and I used to visit a small diner called “Robert’s”, which was famous, locally at least, for it’s delicious clam chowder. On one occasion, I noticed a door in the back of the restaurant with a sign on it that read, “Employees Only.” This piqued my curiosity. “What was back there?” I wondered. There was a small window at the top, but all I could see from my angle was a stainless steel shelf with some pots and pans. I craned my neck to take a peek each time a waitress or prep cook pushed the door, which swung partly open for a moment. A tile floor. A flash of flame over an open griddle. I could hear people talking and dishes clanging together. Whoosh! The door swung shut and my eyes returned to the sign. “Employees Only.”

In the Old Testament Law, God instructed His people to assign priests to care for the Temple, the place where God’s presence resided. The temple was divided into sections and people could enter in depending on their gender, age, and obedience to God’s instructions for maintaining personal purity. Every year, a single priest was chosen to enter the innermost part of the tent, “The Holy of Holies”, which was surrounded by an enormous, thick curtain. The priest went inside to be with God, everyone stared at the curtain from the outside, wondering what was going on in there.

Employees Only.

We experience barriers or curtains quite often in our everyday lives–members only, do not cross, password protected, authorized personnel only, etc. Barriers are often seen in a negative light, meaning they exist to restrict our freedom and sense of liberty. But sometimes boundaries exist to protect and care for us.

Why would God place barriers between Him and His people? Because they weren’t ready. We see many examples in the Scriptures where people, even very Godly people, experience a tiny taste of God’s glorious presence and are overwhelmed, terrified, and convicted of their own unrighteousness. The curtain, the barrier, existed for their own protection in a similar way that a little kid shouldn’t be allowed to play in a restaurant kitchen.

But something happened when Jesus Christ died upon the Cross. The curtain tore from top to bottom. The doors blew off the kitchen. The “Employees Only” sign was no longer necessary when it came to entering the Temple. The old barriers, the covenant, the priests, the altars, and the sacrifices, were perfectly and appropriately replaced by Christ himself. He alone became the Lamb of God, the High Priest, the Gate, the Door, the Way to the Father and to eternal life.

But some people chose not to receive Christ’s work upon the Cross. Theologian, A. W. Tozer, once observed, “…tradition has it that the Levitical priests determined they must repair that long-sacred partition. And they did. They sewed it together as best they could. Not understanding that God had decreed a new order, they took the earthly view by trying to continue the old system of sacrifices.” (Source: https://www.cmalliance.org/devotions/tozer?id=1123, accessed April 15, 2014.)

Are you, like some of these priests, mending torn curtains in your life that are meant to be flung wide open by Christ? Do you feel plagued by guilt, shame, and legalism, unable to enter boldly into the presence of God to feel the warmth of His light and soft touch of His grace? Are you imposing barriers upon other sinners around you as well? Why then did Jesus go through the Cross? What price did He pay, if not that of your sins and the sins of ALL humanity?

If you have spent your life feeling at odds with God, on the “outside”, wishing you could enter into the special place of His presence, I am overwhelmed with joy to share with you the Good News…

Romans 8:38-39
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

How do I receive Christ today? Confess the barriers in your life, your sins, to Him in prayer. Invite Christ into your heart, the new temple where His Spirit will dwell. Turn away from your old ways and commit to following Him. Seek help from other Christians as you begin your new life in Christ.

Happy Easter!

Rev. Lincoln Skinner, Interim Senior Minister

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

GARDEN CREW – HELP!!! The Garden Committee is currently running on empty. Our budget allotment is currently at zero! If you can help us, there are donations cans set up in the Narthex and Gray Hall. All donations are appreciated. There are donation coupons in the cans for those who want them. Many thanks!

NEW ADULT SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY – The Sunday Adult Bible Study will begin meeting again on Sunday, May 11 @ 10:45am in the Forum with a new study entitled “The Sermon on the Mount: Jesus’ Message for 21st Century Christians”. This course is based on the Gospel of Matthew, chapters 5-7 and will be lead by Mary Webster. This study will continue through the end of October. All are invited!

SONWEST ROUNDUP VBS! – Our Vacation Bible School will be held Monday, July 28-Friday, August 1 from 9am-noon each day at Oneonta Congregational Church! VBS is for children ages 4 through those who have completed grade 5. Note that this year the closing assembly (Wrangler’s Rodeo & Country Fair) will be on Sunday, August 3, in conjunction with our August Communion Service. The celebration will include the children singing and performing in the service followed by a time of fun, fellowship and food for the whole family. Preparations are moving forward and many thanks to those amazing leaders who have already signed on. We are still in need of a Pre-School leader, Crew leaders and lots of Rustlers to move the students from one corral to another. Could God be calling YOU to one of these exciting opportunities? To sign up or for more information or if you just have questions, please free to contact our VBS Director, Florence Agcawili, at 626-799-6161 or florence@oneonta.org.

ONEONTA’S 12TH RELAY FOR LIFE – The 2014 South Pasadena/American Cancer Society Relay for Life takes place April 26-27 at Orange Grove Park on Mission Street in South Pasadena. Oneonta is again organizing its award-winning “Oneonta Movers & Shakers” Team to participate in this event. Please stop by the information table in the Tower Room after the 9:30am service or at the ONE Worship service and join the Oneonta effort in the war against cancer. Checks should be made payable to the American Cancer Society, and mark “Oneonta Team” in the memo line. Thank you for your support! -Carol Evans, Team Captain, 626-441-3393.

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EASTER FLOWER/MUSIC DONATIONS
The following people have made special donations for the Easter flowers &/or music:

Dave & Carole Abernethyin memory of our parents: Ray & Mary Abernethy and Lloyd & Ella Gates
Sarah Agcawiliin celebration of her friend and organist extraordinaire Bill Schmidt!
Richard & Jacquelyn Butlerin memory of Dick & Betty Butler and Marlys & Harris Nelson
Helen Dow
Mildred Dunham
Carol Evansin celebration of family & friends
Paul & Lyn Flygar in celebration of their three children: April, Brent & Teresa
John Halleran & Pamela Perryman
Merilyn Leidigin memory of Vernon Leidig

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HOLY WEEK – Please mark your calendars for the following schedule for Holy Week:

Maundy Thursday, April 17 – Oneonta Congregational Church / Maundy Thursday Service @ 7:00pm, Tower Room

Good Friday, April 18 – Holy Family Catholic Church / Good Friday Service @ Noon

Saturday, April 19 – Decorating the church for Easter @ 9am, Sanctuary; all are invited!

Easter Sunday, April 20 – Oneonta Congregational Church
Traditional Worship Service @ 9:30am, Sanctuary
Easter Egg Hunt @ 10:45am, Church Campus
ONE Worship @ 11:30am, Gray Hall

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE:

Sunday, April 20 – EASTER SUNDAY – Traditional Worship Service @ 9:30am, Sanctuary / Coffee Hour @ 10:30am, Tower Room / Easter Egg Hunt @ 10:40am, church grounds / ONE Worship @ 11:30am, Gray Hall
Tuesday, April 22 – Church Board Mtg @ 7:00pm, Tower Room
Wednesday, April 23 – OCMA @ 3:30pm, Button Hall / Adult Bible Study @ 7:00pm, Forum / Youth Group @ 7:00pm, Oakview Room
Thursday, April 24 – Prayer @ Noon, Redwood Chapel / Chancel Choir Rehearsal @ 7:30pm, Button Hall

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During the services on Palm Sunday, April 13, we will have our ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING collection. These donations will go to Church World Service (CWS), which is a Christian organization working in all parts of the world, including the United States. Their goals are to end hunger; giving people access to clean water; assisting refugees and other vulnerable people; responding to emergencies, such as, natural disasters or the uprooting of people due to war by providing warm blankets, food, health and sanitation kits.

With over 70 years of experience, they have responded to natural disasters, violent conflicts and other tragedies that have uprooted and overwhelmed thousands of people. During the past year, they have responded to disaster appeals from 10 countries and the US; ranging from New Jersey to Oklahoma and from Haiti to Syria.

The following is a letter from Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO of CWS, in which he gives a report of what they have done this past year.

“The eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals have provided benchmarks for incredible change. Extreme poverty has been cut in half. More children than ever are attending primary school. The global community has halved child mortality rates since 1990, and more women than ever have access to obstetric care, education and a say in their lives.

What you hold in your hand is our stake in these improvements, and more. You’ve helped CWS shape a better world for the hungry. For the thirsty. For the vulnerable children. For survivors of disasters.

Yet there are still millions of people whose lives are at risk. They’re the more than 26 million people forced from their homes. The 842 million people who will find themselves coping daily with hunger. They’re the people who line up at more than 2,200 food pantries and each year supported by our CROP Hunger Walks. And they’re the world’s poor who remain at greatest risk for disaster and exploitation.

You help CWS respond to the world’s need. This is our report card on how we are doing.
-Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO”

For a more detailed look at how CWS is working in the world, a copy of their Annual Report is available in the church library.

There are envelopes in the pews that you can use for your One Great Hour of Sharing donation. If giving cash, please use one of these envelopes. If writing a check, please put “OGHS” on the memo line. We will be accepting donations through April 27. The Wider Relations Outreach Committee would like to thank you for your support of this worthy cause.

-Shirley Parker, WR Outreach Chair

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

GARDEN CREW – HELP!!! The Garden Committee is currently running on empty. Our budget allotment is currently at zero! If you can help us, there are donations cans set up in the Narthex and Gray Hall. All donations are appreciated. There are donation coupons in the cans for those who want them. Many thanks!

SONWEST ROUNDUP VBS! – Our Vacation Bible School will be held Monday, July 28-Friday, August 1 from 9am-noon each day at Oneonta Congregational Church! VBS is for children ages 4 through those who have completed grade 5. Note that this year the closing assembly (Wrangler’s Rodeo & Country Fair) will be on Sunday, April 3, in conjunction with our August Communion Service. The celebration will include the children singing and performing in the service followed by a time of fun, fellowship and food for the whole family. Preparations are moving forward and many thanks to those amazing leaders who have already signed on. We are still in need of a Pre-School leader, Crew leaders and lots of Rustlers to move the students from one corral to another. Could God be calling YOU to one of these exciting opportunities? To sign up or for more information or if you just have questions, please free to contact our VBS Director, Florence Agcawili, at 626-799-6161 or florence@oneonta.org.

LOS AMIGOS PICNIC IN EATON CANYON – Los Amigos invites everyone at Oneonta to join us in Eaton Canyon for a picnic on Saturday, April 12 (11 AM – 2 PM). Bring your own picnic entree (no barbecues allowed) plus an appetizer, salad or dessert to share with the group. Cost is $5 per person. Beverages, table covers, plates, plastic eating utensils, cups & napkins will be provided. Eaton Canyon Natural Area is located at 1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena, one block north of New York Dr. We will gather in the picnic area by the pond just north of the Nature Center. The Nature Center will be open for us to enjoy. Please RSVP to Mary Webster by April 8 to let her know you are coming and what you are bringing. Call Carole Abernethy if you would like more specific driving directions. You can call the church office for their phone numbers.

ADULT SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY – A four week Joyce Meyer Bible Study: “The Cause and Cure for Worry” will run through Sunday, April 13. This study will be facilitated by Joan Hine. We meet in the Forum from 10:55am-11:30am. All are welcome!

ONEONTA’S 12TH RELAY FOR LIFE – The 2014 South Pasadena/American Cancer Society Relay for Life takes place April 26-27 at Orange Grove Park on Mission Street in South Pasadena. Oneonta is again organizing its award-winning “Oneonta Movers & Shakers” Team to participate in this event. Please stop by the information table in the Tower Room after the 9:30am service or at the ONE Worship service and join the Oneonta effort in the war against cancer. Checks should be made payable to the American Cancer Society, and mark “Oneonta Team” in the memo line. Thank you for your support! -Carol Evans, Team Captain, 626-441-3393.

 

SOUTH PASADENA LENTEN ECUMENICAL SERIES:

Sunday, April 13 (Palm Sunday) – Holy Family Catholic Church @ 7pm / (626) 799-8908 / http://www.holyfamily.org

HOLY WEEK – Please mark your calendars for the following schedule for Holy Week:

Palm Sunday, April 13 – Oneonta Congregational Church
Traditional Worship Service @ 9:30am, Sanctuary
ONE Worship @ 11:30am, Gray Hall

Maundy Thursday, April 17 Oneonta Congregational Church / Maundy Thursday Service @ 7:00pm, Tower Room

Good Friday, April 18 Holy Family Catholic Church / Good Friday Service @ Noon

Saturday, April 19 – Decorating the church for Easter @ 9am, Sanctuary; all are invited!

Easter Sunday, April 20 – Oneonta Congregational Church
Traditional Worship Service @ 9:30am, Sanctuary
Easter Egg Hunt @ 10:45am, Church Campus
ONE Worship @ 11:30am, Gray Hall

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE:

Sunday, April 13 – Palm Sunday – Traditional Service @ 9:30am, Sanctuary / Coffee Hour @ 10:30am, Tower Room / Adult Bible Studay @ 10:55am, Forum / ONE Worship @ 11:30am, Gray Hall / So Pas Lenten Ec. Dinner & Prayer @ 7pm, Holy Family Catholic Church
Tuesday, April 15 – Deacon’s Mtg @ 7:00pm, Tower Room
Wednesday, April 16 – OCMA @ 3:30pm, Button Hall / Adult Bible Study @ 7:00pm, Forum / Youth Group @ 7:00pm, Oakview Room
Thursday, April 17 – Prayer @ Noon, Redwood Chapel / Maundy Thursday Service @ 7:00pm, Tower Room / Chancel Choir Rehearsal @ 7:30pm, Button Hall
Friday, April 18 – GOOD FRIDAY: Office Closed @ Noon / Good Friday Service @ Noon, Holy Family Catholic Church
Saturday, April 19 – Decorating for Easter @ 9:00am, Sanctuary / Handbell Team Rehearsal @ 3:30pm, Button Hall

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“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” -Proverbs 22:6

Perhaps, like me, you can think back on your earliest days in church and recall a lesson or two that you never forgot. I must have been three or four when I learned that “Jesus loves all the children of the world” and that God spared Noah and his family from a great flood and something about a lion and a lamb hanging out peacefully in the Garden of Eden. These are more than nursery rhymes and fairy tales; they are insights regarding the very character of God, formations of the lens with which we are to see the universe and our place in it.

We, the Youth Ministry of Oneonta, are currently in the midst of confirmation season. The lessons are more advanced than those taught to a four year old, but the purpose is the same: to provide a firm foundation of God’s truth so that students may build their lives confidently on the Solid Rock of Christ.

Our current confirmands (and a few auditors) come from various backgrounds. Some have attended church as far back as they can remember; others are rather new to the experience. Some can find a scripture reference in a few seconds; some rely on the helpful Table of Contents. Some can name the majority of the patriarchs, matriarchs, kings and prophets; others are hearing about Abraham, King David, and Isaiah for the first time. None of them have to worry that their confirmation will become obsolete.

North of 30 years old, a person is inclined to perceive the world as “changing too fast”, but this is increasingly becoming an objective reality. Information was published recently suggesting that a college student majoring in technology (Computer Programming, etc.) will find that the first two years of their education will be outdated by the time they reach they’re senior year. It has also been suggested that when the world moves as fast as it does today it is essentially impossible to guide young people because adults have no idea what things will be like a decade or two from now.

Thankfully, knowing what “things” will be like in the future is rather secondary because we know exactly what God will be like. He will be the same as He is today; the same as He was yesterday. Surely, His Word will guide our children the same as it has for thousands of years!
It is for this reason that we are so honored to offer Confirmation curriculum and, generally speaking, Christian Education at Oneonta. Culture will evolve, society will transform, but knowing God will never cease to be relevant.

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” -Proverbs 22:6

Justin Berkobien, Director of Youth Ministry

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

NEW ADULT SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY – A four week Joyce Meyer Bible Study: “The Cause and Cure for Worry” will run through Sunday, April 13 (no meeting on April 6). This study will be facilitated by Joan Hine. We meet in the Forum from 10:55am-11:30am. All are welcome!

ONEONTA’S 12TH RELAY FOR LIFE – The 2014 South Pasadena/American Cancer Society Relay for Life takes place April 26-27 at Orange Grove Park on Mission Street in South Pasadena. Oneonta is again organizing its award-winning “Oneonta Movers & Shakers” Team to participate in this event. Please stop by the information table in the Tower Room after the 9:30am service or at the ONE Worship service and join the Oneonta effort in the war against cancer. Checks should be made payable to the American Cancer Society, and mark “Oneonta Team” in the memo line. Thank you for your support!
Carol Evans, Team Captain, 626-441-3393.

WAGNER ENSEMBLE CONCERT – The Wagner Ensemble, directed by Jeannine Wagner, will present a free choral concert with Orchestra on Sunday, March 30 @ 4:00pm in the Sanctuary. A reception will follow in the Tower Room. The concert is based on biblical Psalms and includes Bach’s “Actus Tragicus Cantata 106”, Handel’s “Dixit Dominus”, and Mozart’s “Vesperae Solennes de Confessore”. The performance is a musical tribute in memory of the consummate performer, soloist Marilyn Savage (1932-2013). For more information, visit http://www.wagnerensemble.com or call 323-656-7343 / 626-339-2488.

WORK DAY – On Saturday, April 5 from 8:00am-4:00pm, we will have a work day to clean up the grounds in preparation for Easter. All are welcome to come for all or some of the day (as your schedule allows) to help. Thanks!!

COMMUNION SERVICE – Our next Communion Service will be on Sunday, April 6 at 10:30am in the Sanctuary. Coffee hour will be held in Gray Hall that day following the service and a baby shower for Lincoln & Jennie Skinner which will be held in the Tower Room for the ladies of the church (please see the notice below for more info).

BABY SHOWER FOR LINCOLN & JENNIE SKINNER – All ladies are invited to a Luncheon and Baby Shower in the Tower Room on Sunday, April 6 at approximately 11:45am (following the service). A salad bar lunch will be served. If you would like to participate in a group gift to purchase several larger items, please contact Lyn Flygar. Individual gifts are appreciated as well since this baby will be a summer baby. Please contact Carole Abernethy for reservations.

LENTEN ECUMENICAL CONCERT & DINNER AT ONEONTA – On Sunday, April 6 at 5pm, Flintridge Prep’s Honors String Orchestra will be participating in South Pasadena’s Lenten Ecumenical Series at Oneonta Congregational Church. The concert begins at 5pm with a light Lenten supper provided immediately after the concert at 6pm. The ensemble will be performing Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater”, a musical meditation on the suffering of Mary, Jesus Christ’s mother, during his crucifixion. The work, scored for strings and two soloists, will be sung by soloists Melodee Fernandez and Nazani Ashjian with Bill Schmidt, organist, and conducted by Jon Murray. The concert and Lenten supper are free. All are invited to attend.

LOS AMIGOS PICNIC IN EATON CANYON – Los Amigos invites everyone at Oneonta to join us in Eaton Canyon for a picnic on Saturday, April 12 (11 AM – 2 PM). Bring your own picnic entree (no barbecues allowed) plus an appetizer, salad or dessert to share with the group. Cost is $5 per person. Beverages, table covers, plates, plastic eating utensils, cups & napkins will be provided. Eaton Canyon Natural Area is located at 1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena, one block north of New York Dr. We will gather in the picnic area by the pond just north of the Nature Center. The Nature Center will be open for us to enjoy. Please RSVP to Mary Webster by April 8 to let her know you are coming and what you are bringing. Call Carole Abernethy if you would like more specific driving directions. You can call the church office for their phone numbers.

GARDEN ALERT – Your Garden Committee is currently working on a zero budget. If you can help to supplement our current funds, we will be grateful. Contributions can be left in the “Garden Fund” cans in the Narthex and Gray Hall. All gifts are very appreciated and help us to spruce up the grounds for Easter. Thank you!

CORINNE THOMAS IN “THE MUSIC MAN” – Corinne Thomas will be performing in the classic musical called “The Music Man” in the role of the Mrs. Paroo, the Irish mother of Marian the Librarian. The plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys’ band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to the naive Iowa townsfolk, promising to train the members of the new band. But Harold is no musician and plans to skip town without giving any music lessons. Prim librarian and piano teacher Marian sees through him, but when Harold helps her younger brother overcome his lisp and social awkwardness, Marian begins to fall in love. Harold risks being caught to win her. In 1957, the show became a hit on Broadway, winning five Tony Awards.

Although Corinne attends Marshall Fundamental High School in Pasadena, the auditorium is not designed for a musical production. Therefore, they will be performing at Wilson Middle School located at Del Mar & South Madre Street, in east Pasadena (NOT the same school as last year’s Hairspray performances). There will be only three performances at 7 pm on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, March 27th, 28th and 29th. Tickets are $12 at the door.

SONWEST ROUNDUP VBS! – Our Vacation Bible School will be held Monday, July 28-Friday, August 1 from 9am-noon each day at Oneonta Congregational Church! VBS is for children ages 4 through those who have completed grade 5. Note that this year the closing assembly (Wrangler’s Rodeo & Country Fair) will be on Sunday, April 3, in conjunction with our August Communion Service. The celebration will include the children singing and performing in the service followed by a time of fun, fellowship and food for the whole family.

Preparations are moving forward and many thanks to those amazing leaders who have already signed on. We are still in need of a Pre-School leader, Crew leaders and lots of Rustlers to move the students from one corral to another. Could God be calling YOU to one of these exciting opportunities? To sign up or for more information or if you just have questions, please free to contact our VBS Director, Florence Agcawili, at 626-799-6161 or florence@oneonta.org.

TOYS/CANDY & EGGS FOR EASTER EGG HUNT – We need wrapped candy, small toys (that can fit in plastic eggs) and plastic Easter eggs for the children’s Easter egg hunt. If you would like to donate, please drop off items in the bins in the Narthex or at the church office. Thanks!

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING COLLECTION – Please mark your calendars for the One Great Hour of Sharing collection which will be taken on Palm Sunday, April 13. Envelopes will be available in the pews. Regional Director of Church World Service, Julie Brumana, will speak briefly in the service. More information on the work of Church World Service will be provided in the Messenger for the week of Palm Sunday.

DONATIONS FOR EASTER FLOWERS & MUSIC – If you would like to contribute to flowers and/or special music for Easter, you can either use the forms in the Narthex to designate your gift, or send in your check with your dedication (you can also email dedications to sarah@oneonta.org).  Dedications are due by Sunday, April 6.  You may drop it in the offering plate, bring it to the church office, or mail it in.

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SOUTH PASADENA LENTEN ECUMENICAL SERIES:

Sunday, March 30 – South Pasadena Assembly of God @ 5pm
(626) 441-4895

Sunday, April 6 – Oneonta Congregational Church @ 5pm
“Lenten Ecumenical Musical Service & Dinner”
Musical Service @ 5pm, Sanctuary / Dinner @ 6pm, Gray Hall
(626) 799-6161 / http://www.oneonta.org

Sunday, April 13 (Palm Sunday) – Holy Family Catholic Church @ 7pm
(626) 799-8908 / http://www.holyfamily.org

HOLY WEEK – Please mark your calendars for the following schedule for Holy Week:

Palm Sunday, April 13 – Oneonta Congregational Church
Traditional Worship Service @ 9:30am, Sanctuary
ONE Worship @ 11:30am, Gray Hall

Maundy Thursday, April 17 – Oneonta Congregational Church
Maundy Thursday Service @ 7:00pm, Tower Room

Good Friday, April 18 – Holy Family Catholic Church
Good Friday Service @ Noon

Easter Sunday, April 20 – Oneonta Congregational Church
Traditional Worship Service @ 9:30am, Sanctuary
Easter Egg Hunt @ 10:45am, Church Campus
ONE Worship @ 11:30am, Gray Hall

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE:

Sunday, March 30 – Traditional Service @ 9:30am, Sanctuary / Coffee Hour @ 10:30am, Tower Room / ONE Worship @ 11:30am, Gray Hall / Wagner Ensemble Concert @ 4:00pm, Sanctuary / So Pas Lenten Ec. Dinner & Prayer @ 5pm, So Pas Assembly of God
Tuesday, April 1 – Circle 4 @ 6:30pm, Tower Room
Wednesday, April 2 – OCMA @ 3:30pm, Button Hall / Adult Bible Study @ 7:00pm, Forum / Youth Group @ 7:00pm, Oakview Room
Thursday, April 3 – Prayer @ Noon, Redwood Chapel / Chancel Choir Rehearsal @ 7:30pm, Button Hall
Saturday, April 5 – Work Day @ 8am-4pm, Church Campus / Hand Bell Team Rehearsal @ 3:30pm, Button Hall

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SOUTH PASADENA LENTEN ECUMENICAL SERIESThe South Pasadena Ecumenical Dinners & Simple Prayer series began on Sunday, March 9. Please mark your calendars for the following schedule:

 

Sunday, March 16 – Calvary Presbyterian Church @ 6pm

(626) 799-7148 / http://www.cpcsouthpas.org

 

Sunday, March 23 – St. James Episcopal Church @ 6pm

(626) 799-9194 / http://www.sjcsp.org

 

Sunday, March 30 – South Pasadena Assembly of God @ 5pm

(626) 441-4895

 

Sunday, April 6 – Oneonta Congregational Church @ 5pm

“Lenten Ecumenical Musical Service & Dinner”

Musical Service @ 5pm, Sanctuary / Dinner @ 6pm, Gray Hall

(626) 799-6161 / http://www.oneonta.org

 

Sunday, April 13 (Palm Sunday) – Holy Family Catholic Church @ 7pm

(626) 799-8908 / http://www.holyfamily.org

 

HOLY WEEKPlease mark your calendars for the following schedule for Holy Week:

 

Palm Sunday, April 13 – Oneonta Congregational Church

Traditional Worship Service @ 9:30am, Sanctuary

ONE Worship @ 11:30am, Gray Hall

 

Maundy Thursday, April 17 – Oneonta Congregational Church

Maundy Thursday Service @ 7:00pm, Tower Room

 

Good Friday, April 18 – Holy Family Catholic Church

Good Friday Service @ Noon

 

Easter Sunday, April 20 – Oneonta Congregational Church

Traditional Worship Service @ 9:30am, Sanctuary

Easter Egg Hunt @ 10:45am, Church Campus

ONE Worship @ 11:30am, Gray Hall

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

NEW ADULT SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY – A new four week Joyce Meyer Bible Study: “The Cause and Cure for Worry” will begin Sunday, March 16 and run through Sunday, April 6. This study will be facilitated by Joan Hine. We meet in the Forum from 10:55am-11:30am. Don’t worry, we’ll be there!

ONEONTA 101 – Thinking about joining the church? The next Oneonta 101 class will take place on Sunday, March 16 @ 1:00pm in the Forum.  Lunch will be provided and childcare can be arranged if requested in advance. This class is a good way to learn about Oneonta’s history and the Congregational Way. To RSVP, please contact Lyn Flygar at mt_lyn@sbcglobal.net or contact the church office.

TOYS/CANDY & EGGS FOR EASTER EGG HUNT – We need wrapped candy, small toys (that can fit in plastic eggs) and plastic Easter eggs for the children’s Easter egg hunt. If you would like to donate, please drop off items in the bins in the Narthex or at the church office. Thanks!

SAVE THE DATE! – The Women’s Fellowship is sponsoring a luncheon/baby shower for Lincoln and Jennie Skinner on Sunday, April 6 @ 11:30am in celebration of the upcoming birth of their baby girl. More details coming…think PINK! A group gift or gifts is being coordinated by Lyn Flygar. Reservations will begin soon.

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE:

  • Sunday, March 16 – Traditional Service @ 9:30am, Sanctuary / Coffee Hour @ 10:30am, Tower Room / ONE Worship @ 11:30am, Gray Hall / Oneonta 101 @ 1pm, Forum / So Pas Lenten Ec. Dinner & Prayer @ 6pm, Calvary Presbyterian Church
  • Tuesday, March 18 – Deacon’s Mtg @ 7:00pm, Tower Room
  • Wednesday, March 19 – OCMA @ 3:30pm, Button Hall / Adult Bible Study @ 7:00pm, Forum / Youth Group @ 7:00pm, Oakview Room
  • Thursday, March 20 – Prayer @ Noon, Redwood Chapel / Chancel Choir Rehearsal @ 7:30pm, Button Hall
  • Saturday, March 22 – Hand Bell Team Rehearsal @ 3:30pm, Button Hall

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Exodus 20: 8-11 says: Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work.  But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and consecrated it.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul. (Psalm 23:2-3)

Have you heard the expression “Stop the world, I want to get off?” Well, one of my horses is 24 years old. That’s about 85 in people years.  Magic is a hot blooded Arabian that loves to run until exhaustion sets in. To prevent that from happening, I use the word “Whoa” a lot. I caress her mane, speak to her in a soothing voice, and tell her to take a break. But when she hears “Whoa,” she jostles her head side to side in frustration. Finally, and with much coaxing, she exhales a large breath, followed by a dramatic sigh of resignation, and gives in.

Sometimes we too need to be reminded to rest. In Psalm 23, we learn that our Good Shepherd makes us “lie down in green pastures” and leads us “beside the still waters.” He knows that we need the calm and rest that these provide, even when we don’t realize it ourselves.

Our bodies are designed to have regular rest. God Himself rested on the seventh day after His work of creation (Gen. 2:2-3; Ex. 20:9-11). Jesus knew there was a time to minister to the crowds and a time to rest. He instructed His disciples to “come aside and rest a while” (Mark 6:31). When we rest, we refocus and are refreshed. When we are filling every hour with activity, even with worthwhile things, God often gets our attention by making us “lie down.”

Rest is a gift, a gift from our Creator who knows exactly what we need. Let’s praise Him together because He sometimes makes us “lie down in green pastures”. I’m sure Magic would enjoy lying down in a green pasture. But I can’t allow her to. She would devour it! 

In Christ,

Alan Smith, Moderator

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE – All are welcome to our Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday, March 5 at 6:00pm in Redwood Chapel.

WEDNESDAY ADULT BIBLE STUDY – There will be NO adult Bible study on Wednesday, March 5 in observance of Ash Wednesday.  All are welcome to attend the Ash Wednesday service instead.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME – It’s time to spring forward with Daylight Saving Time this weekend! Don’t forget to set your clock one hour ahead before you go to sleep on Saturday, March 8!

“SON OF GOD” MOVIE EVENT – Join us this Sunday, March 9th @ 2:00pm as we gather to watch the theatrical film release of “Son of God”. This tells the story of Jesus’ life through compelling cinematic storytelling that is inspirational and powerful. We will gather at the church parking lot at 2:00pm and head over to the movie theater for a 3-ish show time (exact movie times are unavailable until Sunday). We will be watching the move at the Edwards Alhambra Renaissance Theater (1 East Main St., Alhambra, 91801). Afterward, we will fellowship for dinner and discuss the move. All are invited!

HOST A STUDENT FROM GERMANY – If you are interested in hosting a student from Germany July 6-August 3, please contact Tara Kawakami with the International Education and Exchange at 626-399-3826 or tarakawakami.iee@gmail.com. Tara will speak briefly about this on Sunday, March 9 and she will also be available in the Tower Room during coffee hour to answer questions.

NEW ADULT SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY – A new four week Joyce Meyer Bible Study: “The Cause and Cure for Worry” will begin Sunday, March 16 and run through Sunday, April 6. This study will be facilitated by Joan Hine. We meet in the Forum from 10:55am-11:30am. Don’t worry, we’ll be there!

ONEONTA 101 – Thinking about joining the church? The next Oneonta 101 class will take place on Sunday, March 16 @ 1:00pm in the Forum.  Lunch will be provided and childcare can be arranged if requested in advance. This class is a good way to learn about Oneonta’s history and the Congregational Way. To RSVP, please contact Lyn Flygar at mt_lyn@sbcglobal.net or contact the church office.

TOYS/CANDY & EGGS FOR EASTER EGG HUNT – We need candy, small toys (that can fit in plastic eggs) and plastic Easter eggs for the children’s Easter egg hunt. If you would like to donate, please drop off candy/toys &/or plastic eggs in bins in the Narthex or at the church office. Thanks!

SOUTH PASADENA LENTEN ECUMENICAL SERIES – The South Pasadena Ecumenical Dinners & Simple Prayer series will begin on Sunday, March 9. Please mark your calendars for the following schedule:

Sunday, March 9 – Grace Brethren Church @ 6pm

(626) 799-6081 / http://www.sopasgbc.org

Sunday, March 16 – Calvary Presbyterian Church @ 6pm

(626) 799-7148 / http://www.cpcsouthpas.org

Sunday, March 23 – St. James Episcopal Church @ 6pm

(626) 799-9194 / http://www.sjcsp.org

Sunday, March 30 – South Pasadena Assembly of God @ 5pm

(626) 441-4895

Sunday, April 6 – Oneonta Congregational Church @ 5pm

“Lenten Ecumenical Musical Service & Dinner”

Musical Service @ 5pm, Sanctuary / Dinner @ 6pm, Gray Hall

(626) 799-6161 / http://www.oneonta.org

Sunday, April 13 (Palm Sunday) – Holy Family Catholic Church @ 7pm

(626) 799-8908 / http://www.holyfamily.org

HOLY WEEK – Please mark your calendars for the following schedule for Holy Week:

Palm Sunday, April 13 – Oneonta Congregational Church

Traditional Worship Service @ 9:30am, Sanctuary

ONE Worship @ 11:30am, Gray Hall

Maundy Thursday, April 17 – Oneonta Congregational Church

Maundy Thursday Service @ 7:00pm, Tower Room

Good Friday, April 18 – Holy Family Catholic Church

Good Friday Service @ Noon

Easter Sunday, April 20 – Oneonta Congregational Church

Traditional Worship Service @ 9:30am, Sanctuary

Easter Egg Hunt @ 10:45am, Church Campus

ONE Worship @ 11:30am, Gray Hall

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WEEKLY SCHEDULE:

  • Sunday, March 9 – DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME! Spring Forward! – Traditional Service @ 9:30am, Sanctuary / Coffee Hour @ 10:30am, Tower Room / ONE Worship @ 11:30am, Gray Hall / “Son of God” Movie @ 2pm, Church Parking Lot / So Pas Lenten Ec. Dinner & Prayer @ 6pm, Grace Brethren
  • Tuesday, March 11 – Christian Ed @ 7:45pm, Forum
  • Wednesday, March 12 – OCMA @ 3:30pm, Button Hall / Adult Bible Study @ 7:00pm, Forum / Youth Group @ 7:00pm, Oakview Room
  • Thursday, March 13 – Prayer @ Noon, Redwood Chapel / Chancel Choir Rehearsal @ 7:30pm, Button Hall
  • Saturday, March 15 – Hand Bell Team Rehearsal @ 3:30pm, Button Hall

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