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By Kyle Michealsen, Chair of the Search Team Thomas Hale: Catalyst for Spiritual Formation and Worship Arts
The process The search team for the full-time position for Pastor of Spiritual Formation and Worship Arts was assembled in January 2011 by Pastor Tim. The team was very well rounded and included Brittany Burian, Joe Stoddard, Zack Moore, Tami Millard, Tim Allen, Kyle Michealsen, and Tim Dally We received over seventy resumes for this position. In March 2011, our team narrowed down the search to the 12 top candidates that scored high on the evaluations and then, finally, to the top six. Our team was unanimous in our selection of the six. Brittany Burian contacted each of the six candidates by phone and asked for each to write out their faith narrative and choose their top three inspirational artists. After calling references and evaluating the candidates written responses to our questions, we unanimously narrowed the list to our top four. In early April 2011, we interviewed each candidate by Skype. Tim Dally also called each candidate. One candidate asked to not be considered. We then scheduled a live interview and invited other church leaders and musicians to meet the candidates and give their impressions of the candidates. The search team prayed earnestly and sought God's guidance through each step of the process. Members of the team openly shared their thoughts and feelings about each candidate and God's direction was felt very strongly. Our process and prayers have led us wholeheartedly to recommend Thomas Hale for the position of Pastor of Spiritual Formation and Worship Arts at Pasadena Covenant Church. Our team is united and enthusiastic about our recommendation. What stood out about Thomas There were several qualities about Thomas that made him unique among our candidates. Here are some of these qualities expressed by our search team: His His His His His genuine heart for God and his humble spirit ability to listen well and his desire to learn and grow passion for discipleship and helping others discover Jesus skilled musicianship and his presence as a worship leader artistic wiring that desires to communicate the gospel in a fresh way
Through our search process and time spent with Thomas, our team believes that Thomas fits Pasadena Covenant's vision of "Seeking God and Sharing God." We are excited about the ways Thomas will lead us to be a part of God's kingdom in Pasadena and beyond!
Sunday Morning Happenings For Adults
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Beyond the Box
We meet in the Gathering Place from 9:00 a.m. ~ 10:00 a.m. Sunday mornings. welcome to come. For further information, firstname.lastname@example.org. All are please contact Bruce Wear (626) 797-4126 or
All are welcome to join us for good teaching and good fellowship in the Fireside Room. We are continuing our study of the Gospel of Mark with John Wipf. Refreshments will be served. For further information contact Marilyn Hanks (626) 791~3782.
Life Groups Coming •••.•
Pasadena Covenant Church is starting a new missional small group program called Life Groups this September! Life Groups will be organized as an extension of Pasadena Covenant's mission statement: Seeking God, Sharing God. Their goal is to encourage spiritual health at Pasadena Covenant through sermon based Bible studies, prayer, and participation in neighborhood service projects. They will be based in the Evangelical Covenant characteristics of being biblically founded, devotionally mature, connectionally fulfilled, and missionally minded. If you are interested in participating in this new experience, or would like more information, please keep your eyes open for forthcoming updates about Life Groups. The next Prayer and Praise potluck will be on Sunday, August 7th, at 6:00 pm, at the home of Betty & Roland T abell. Please contact Betty to coordinate your potluck item.
No Men's Book Club in August
The Pasadena Covenant Men's Book Club will meet in the Corner House on Thursday, September 22nd, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss
Unbroken, the World War II biography of Louis Zamperini by Laura Hillenbrand.
Please contact Tom Andrews for more information thomasfandrews@Yahoo.com (626) 797~6190. or
Pasadena Covenant Church Evening Family Camp
• • • • 17 youth counselors 60 parents 200 hot dogs
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50 glue sticks 83 volunteers 96 kids
1 great story of God's love
C.S. Lewis' story, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, is a parable of how we grow and are transformed by Christ. It is a story of a great adventure, but one that involves risk and even pain, as the characters learn to conquer selfishness, envy, fear, and insecurity to become the men and women God wants them to be. In the same way, a dedicated team of more than 80 volunteers from every age group of the church, joined together in a great adventure, involving risk and sacrifice, to reach out to more than 150 of our neighbors for an intensive weeklong experience. We built friendships, shared food together, played together, sang (loudlyl) together, jumped and played together, and began important conversations about change and growth and living the Christian life. Like the characters in Lewis beautiful adventure story, we were changed.
All of this would not have been possible without all those volunteers who taught, cooked, sang, played, prepared, and did a thousand little tasks that were all part of making this happen. To each and every one: a deep and heartfelt thank you.
Cross-Cultural Ministry to Ecuador
by Joel Harrison, Director of Youth
Last summer, Pasadena Covenant Student Ministries traveled to Guasmo Sur, a district of Guayaquil, Ecuador, in conjunction with Covenant Merge Ministries (www.covmerge.org). It was an amazing trip with relationships established and much work accomplished for the Kingdom. This summer, August 7-13, a team of six people from Pasadena Covenant will be returning to Guasmo Sur to continue to forge the relationships we began last year; this time and in the future representing all of Pasadena Covenant Church as a multi-generational team.
We will be joining again with Merge, a Covenant missions organization who has missionaries living in the region, who will be coordinating our trip. The primary focus of our ministry is to build relationships with this analogous to Compton or community and bring resources to it. Guasmo Sur is a poor neighborhood,
Inglewood. We are working with a church, La Iglesia del Pacto Evangelico Vida Eterna, and a school, Escuela Telmo Marquina. The church founded the school about a decade ago and continues to work hard to improve it in order to improve the overall condition of their community. Last year, we began a construction project, building a second story addition on top of classrooms, which are attached to the back of the church. We helped install the tin roof. This year, we'll be helping to build the cinder block walls to make the classrooms. The growth that the school has seen over the last three years has been a huge encouragement and pastoral staff as increased enrollment to the school means that more and more families are able to afford or find the $17 a year.
assistance they need to cover the cost of school-just
We will also be working with students in the school in two capacities. First, we will be bringing donated computers with us in order to teach basic skill in Windows, Microsoft Word, and other programs. The school is currently using Commodore 64s! When their students go into high school (which is not in Guasmo Sur) they do not have the skills necessary to use Windows machines and are susceptible to falling behind other students. This is a desperate need the school has that we can easily meet! Second, we will be bringing a number of Spanish-language children's books to help plant the seed of a lending library at the school. Low literacy is an enormous problem in Ecuador as print materials are very expensive. Most of us learned to read because we had the freedom of choice when it came to our reading material-there thrilled to be able to help the school increase literacy in this neighborhood. was so much to choose from! People in Guayaquil do not have that freedom simply because of the cost of reading material. We are
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To me, however, the most important work we will do is in the relationships that were established last year. We
are just the third North American mission team to visit this church in its 21-year history and the first to return. We will attend and participate in their church services and share a meal with church members in their homes. This was the primary experience that prompted me to organize a return trip this year. It is so important for members of Pasadena Covenant to be able to come and be the Body of Christ with those from whom they feel so different. Each person who comes realizes that they are not that different at all-that Vida Eterna! It's a cross-cultural experience for both of us. Prayer support is vital and greatly appreciated. It is the single most important way you can support us. Though our team is relatively small, international have planned-we travel is always tricky with multiple people. Last year, our entire team's luggage was delayed for two days! Pray for a smooth trip there and back. Pray for the ministry that we are prepared to be flexible as plans almost always change; pray that God use us in whatever between Pasadena Covenant and Vida Eterna. Pray that this way He will. Pray for the continued relationship the only thing they need in common to be in community together is faith in Jesus Christ. The same is true of the members of
growing relationship be something that not only has an impact in Guasmo Sur but back here in Pasadena as well. Though we have a small team, we know that God can use anyone, however few in number! the team, I thank you so much for your prayers. On behalf of
All Church Potluck BBQ Lunch & Pool Party
Sunday, September 18th 12:30 pm ' 4:00 pm
(At the home of Rob and Jamie Knauss)
We are happy to report that our electrical usage in June decreased by more than 2/3 due to our new solar panels.
Kilo watt hours (June)
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Bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share (also, please bring a serving utensil). Hamburgers, hot dogs, paper goods, and drinks will be provided. Suggested donation: $2 per person; $5 per family
Pool Party: August 3rd, 6 pm- 8 pm
Our next pool party will be on Wednesday, August 3rd, 6-8pm. At Perry and Julie Maljian's.
Random Acts of Service: August 10th & 24th, 6 pm- 8 pm
We're continuing our Summer of Service with two more great service projects on Wednesday, August 10th & 24th, 6-8pm. More information to come.
Beach Trip #2: August 29th, 3 pm- 11 pm
Meet in Youth Room; $5
Our second beach trip will be for a beach bonfire to close out our summer calendar! down to Huntington is ALL YOUTH! Bring $5. Parents with daughters: Please keep in mind our new modesty policy beginning this summer, requiring either one piece bathing suits, tankinis, or a dark t-shirt over a two piece. Thanks for helping us out with this! We'll be heading Beach, just south of the pier. Make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen! Again, this
Upcoming Trustee Meetings
Monday, August 1st Monday, August 15th
There will be NO Men's Breakfast in August!
7:00 pm in the Corner House
Congregational Business Meeting
There will be a Congregational Business Meeting following the worship service on
If you would like to be added to our Prayer Chain list, please contact Doreen Rudder at
Sunday, August 7th!
Peace and Justice
Peace and Justice Ministry Team will meet on Tuesday, August 9, at 6:45 p.m. in the Santa Barbara Room.
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via e-mail or regular mail.
Your gracious support is appreciated!
l* need the following supplies:
• Cooking Oil • Onions • Oatmeal • Bulk Dried Pinto Beans • Peanut Butter • Jelly • Snack Items • Canned Chili • Spaghettios or Ravioli • Cans of Tuna • Canned Tomatoes • Ramen • Cup of Noodles • Mac & Cheese • Spaghetti Sauce or Pasta Sauce • • • •
Household Needs for Neighborhood Families"
The families in our neighborhood frequently have needs for household items if they are forced to move suddenly, or as new families move into already crowded quarters. Please, make sure the items are in good condition. Continuing needs: • • • • • • Baby bassinet Baby high chair Baby swing Baby bottles Bunk Beds Twin, Full and/or Queen size Mattresses
• Baby wipes • Baby Pampers • Potatoes • Oranges • Canned Soup • Bulk Rice • Canned Meat • Spaghetti or Noodles • Canned Beans • Cans of Fruit • Canned Vegetables • Rolls of Toilet Paper • Fruit Juice • Crackers • Cereals
1 Blender 1 Home phone 2 Toddler car seats 3 Booster car seats (for children 4 year & older who weigh over 40 pounds). • 1 Living room sofa
Current list of needs is on the church's website at: http:// pasadenacovenan t.org/ uploads/ ministries/locaV Household_needs_for_ Website_ 6-3-11.pdf
Please, no dented cans or outdated food. Food items may be placed in the baskets that are under the tables outside the Gathering Place in the sanctuary building.
If you have questions please contact Kim Dorman at info@Pasadenacovenant.org
* Officially the Madison Healthy Start Family Center will be closed from June 22nd until the last week in August, but someone will be available once or twice a week to receive and distribute donated items.
Pasadena Covenant Church 539 North Lake Avenue Pasadena, California, 91101-1217 Return Service Requested
Au st 2011
1 Monday 7:00 p.m. Trustee Meeting 2 Tuesday 3 Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Youth Pool Party 4 Thursday 5 Friday 6 Saturday 7 Sunday· Communion 9:00 a.m. Classes for all ages 10:00 a.m. Prayer Gathering for the Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Worship Service Congregational Meeting following the worship service 11:45 a.m. Hospitality 6:00 p.m. Koinonia Prayer & Praise potluck 8 Monday 9 Tuesday. 6:45 p.m. Peace and Justice Meeting 10 Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Youth Random Acts of Service 11 Thursday 12 Friday 13 Saturday 9:00 a.m. All Youth Beach Trip 14 Sunday 9:00 a.m. Classes for all ages 10:00 a.m. Prayer Gathering for the Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 11:45 a.m. Hospitality 15 Monday 7:00 p.m. Trustee Meeting 16 Tuesday 17 Wednesday 18 Thursday 19 Friday 20 Saturday 21 Sunday 9:00 a.m. Classes for all ages 10:00 a.m. Prayer Gathering for the Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 11:45 a.m. Hospitality 22 Monday 23 Tuesday 24 Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Youth Random Acts of Service 25 Thursday 26 Friday 27 Saturday 28 Sunday 9:00 a.m. Classes for all ages 10:00 a.m. Prayer Gathering for the Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 11:45 a.m. Hospitality 29 Monday 3:00 p.m. Youth Beach Trip 30 Tuesday 31 Wednesday
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