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October 2012

First Grade Gift Bibles: Sunday, October 14th
On Sunday, Oct. 14th, we will celebrate our first graders as they grow in their ability to read and understand God’s word for themselves. They will receive a gift Bible in the worship service that they can bring with them to Club 145 on Sundays to learn how to find verses, read and apply the stories they find there!

Halloween Open House
Wednesday, October 31st • 6-8 pm • Corner House Come by the Corner House on Halloween night between 6-8 pm for trick-or-treating, facepainting and popcorn! The PCC youth will be hosting an Open House to welcome our neighbors as well as our PCC kids. (Note: instead of Trunk-or-Treat, this year we will help fill the post-Christmas lull by inviting our neighbors to a Winterfest carnival on Sat., Jan. 26th. Begin thinking/dreaming of game, food, or activity booths you or your small group would like to host!).

Save the date: Family Advent Breakfast: Sunday, December 2nd • 8:30-10:15 am

October Sunday School Themes
This year, all our PCC Kids’ Classes will be studying Old Testament narratives. Our goal is for kids to see the big picture of how God is at work in the world, and how they, too, are part of God’s Great Story. Along the way, we will pause to notice and celebrate what God has and is doing through feasts & festivals, including a Harvest Festival on Nov. 25th. In October we will learn about and celebrate God’s amazing creation. Ways families can follow up at home:
Things to talk about: • What things did God create? Name as many as you can • What creation is your favorite? Why? • Pray together, thanking God for His creation. You might pray “alphabetically”—thanking Him for something beginning with “A” the first night, “B” the second, etc. Things to do: • Plant seeds & let kids watch them grow. Try some without soil (plant in rocks), water, or sun to show why its important that God created all three things • Take kids on a nature walk and notice God’s creation. Collect dry leaves, feathers, etc. to make a collage. • Brainstorm ways your family can help conserve and protect God’s creation. Choose one to begin with. Continued on page 2

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Club 145 (1st-5th graders) compiled lunch bags with water, granola bars, and other food staples to provide to those who come by the church looking for assistance.

Sunday Morning Happenings For Adults at 9:00 a.m.
Repeated Exposure to God’s Word will enrich and change your life. In-depth Bible Study Sundays at 9:00 am in the Fireside Room, Gym building. John Wipf, teacher; Marilyn Hanks, facilitator. Coffee and good fellowship. For further information contact Marilyn Hanks (626) 7913782.

Companions in Christ
Our adult Companions in Christ small group meets at 9:00 am Sundays for Bible study, prayer,

and fellowship in the room located upstairs off the west side of the balcony. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, contact Jennifer Mawhorter (909) 621-2389 or

Life Together
We meet on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am in the Corner House. We welcome visitors and look forward to all that God will stir up in us this new year! If you have any questions, please contact Anita Sorenson at

If you started coming to our church within the past year and would like to have the opportunity to meet others from our congregation and staff, and to ask questions about our faith community in an informal setting, please join us for our Monthly Newcomers Lunch. The next luncheon will be on Sunday, October 14th from 12:15 - 1:30 p.m. at the Corner House (on the Northwest corner of Santa Barbara and Lake Avenue). All family members are welcome! In order to plan for the food, your RSVP is greatly appreciated to Marianne Hill at or 626-798-2097. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions, and also let us know if you will be bringing preschoolers so that we can plan food and activities for them.

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“A Nursing Moms’ Room is now available in the narthex (lobby) of the sanctuary, with a video link to the worship service. Of course, the nursery will be open as always, the new space provides an additional option for parents of infants. Many thanks to Mike Litteken and the Sarah Circle volunteers for helping make this warm and inviting!” - Vikki Randall Tuesday, October 16th, Sarah Circle meets from 9:30 am - noon in Fireside. We welcome all women to join us for service projects, fellowship and refreshments. We have a “rolling start”, so come when you can. At 11:30 am Jenny Wiebe, from Neighborhood Urban Family Center, will share about the Can Do Kids Club, the new program she runs at Pasadena Covenant. For information, contact Mary Barkman at

The Pasadena Covenant Men’s Book Club will meet in the Corner House on Thursday, October 25th, at 7:00 p.m. We will discuss Ted Gup’s book, A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Gift — and a Trove of Letters — Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression. Please contact Tom Andrews for more information or (626) 797-6190.

Women’s Book Club
The Pasadena Covenant Women’s Book Club will meet on Monday, October 22, 7:30 - 9:00 pm in the Corner House. On November 26 we will discuss Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West, by Dorothy Wickenden. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Mawhorter

The next Koinonia Prayer and Praise potluck will be on Sunday, October 7th, at 6 p.m. in the Corner House. Cindy Moseley and Linda Barrett will be your hosts. Please contact Cindy to coordinate your potluck item at (323) 254-5798 or email her at

Peace and Justice Ministry Team will meet on Monday, Oct. 22nd, at 6:45 p.m. in the Santa Barbara Room. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Jamie Knauss at

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The 2012 Bad Weather Shelter Ministry (BWS) begins Nov. 25th
When the Bad Weather Shelter (BWS) is activated, Pasadena Covenant’s gym transforms from a basketball court to a shelter for those who need a safe place to stay at night. We need the help of many to care for those who come and stay the night in our gym building. The BWS is weather activated from November 25th through December 31st and again from March 1st through March 15th. Pasadena Covenant helps man the Wednesday evening times (a total of seven Wednesdays) when the BWS is activated.
[Note: Weather activated means the night temperature will drop below 40°, or rain is expected that night]

From Jan. 1st - Feb. 28th, the BWS will be open every night and Pasadena Covenant helps man the nine (9) Wednesday evenings during those months. There are several ways you can help with the BWS:
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As an individual, available to serve on a Wednesday (or several Wednesdays) when the BSW is weather activated. You will be place on an “on call” list for the days you are available to help. As part of a group manning the BWS on one of the 9 Wednesday evenings in January or February. A group (12 to 15 people) will work from 6:15 to 9:00 p.m. (come earlier if you are cooking in the kitchen). The group will plan and provide a meal, side, drinks, and dessert, help set up the gym and wash the dishes after the meal (handouts will include suggestions for meals and instructions and information explaining what is included in “manning” the BWS). Providing frozen lasagnas, which will be stored for use on the Wednesday nights the shelter is weather activated, or donate money to help cover the cost of buying food for weather activated Wednesday nights. Donating clean socks (tube socks work well) for the guests who need them.

For Individuals to help on weather activated evenings, signup in October For groups (12 – 15 people) to help on a Wednesday in January or February, signups begin in late October. To sign up to help, or for more information, someone from the Peace and Justice committee will be in the Courtyard/gym at hospitality time in October (for individuals to sign up) and November (for groups to sign up). Or, call Wayne Walker (626) 396-1750 or e-mail at (on the subject line put: BWS).

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Cross-Cultural Communication Specialists’ Praise & Prayer Requests
Elizabeth English was a member of Pasadena Covenant Church while she worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) in this area. She moved in 2009 to become the Missouri Area Director for IVCF and worked for 3 years with IVCF staff and students in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. Last Spring Elizabeth partnered for two weeks with the Nigerian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (NIFES), which is the largest movement in the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), the umbrella organization of which both NIFES and IVCF are members. There she was able to train NIFES staff and student leaders to train others to lead inductive Bible studies on campuses throughout Nigeria. Currently, her new role is working with a team on the upcoming Urbana Student Mission Conference that will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, this December 27-31. (Urbana is the mission conference for North American students hosted by InterVaristy Christian Fellowship). Elizabeth works in a primarily administrative role with various elements of the afternoon program, including seminars, tracks, and lounges. She is also spending a lot of time in Luke’s Gospel, the foundation for this Urbana, as she will once again be teaching at Urbana as well. Praises:
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For the ways the Lord has been faithful during Elizabeth’s 3 years in Missouri For the privilege to serve in Nigeria with NIFES For the opportunity to work with the Urbana team until next February For healing after a car accident, and fewer migraines For good collaboration on the Urbana team, and for God to shape the conference to lead students into his mission field. For direction after Urbana. For continued healing and maybe even an end to migraines?!


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Tim Clark, a long time member of Pasadena Covenant Church, his wife, Wakako, and two sons, Makoto and Hiroki, will be worshiping with us on Sunday, October 28th. They serve the Lord in Japan with Asian Access, a mission now in strategic partnership with SIM. They are working with Alpha Japan to establish Relationship Central Japan. Relationship Central includes The Marriage Course, The Parenting Children Course, and The Parenting Teenagers Course.

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Love to cook?
Are you Pasadena Covenant’s next Top Chef? Then stay tuned for a fun and exciting way that YOU can use your talents to help the Bad Weather Shelter come up with some new recipes for the 2012—2013 season. Check out the Church website within the next week for more information!

ECPAC’s Annual Bad Weather Shelter (BWS) Fundraiser will be
Nov. held on Thursday, November 8th, 8th at the First United Methodist Church, 6-7 pm for the Auction and 7-8:30 pm for

Your gracious support is appreciated!
We need the following supplies:
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the program. More information will be provided at a later date or check the ECPAC website:

Thank you for all the wonderful donations of school supplies for Madison Elementary. Your thoughtful gifts are greatly appreciated and will be put to good use by students who might otherwise not have the supplies they need for the school year.

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Fresh Produce Mac & Cheese Spaghetti Sauce or Pasta Sauce Spaghetti or Noodles Canned Beans Potatoes Canned Soup Bulk Rice Canned Meat Baby Pampers Canned Chili

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Ravioli/Spaghettios Bulk Dried Pinto Oatmeal Onions Peanut Butter & Jelly Snack Items Baby formula Baby wipes Feminine napkins Crackers Canned Fruit Canned Vegetables Fruit Juice

Please, no dented cans or outdated food.
Please bring your donations on Sunday morning and place them in the baskets under the tables outside the Gathering Place in the Sanctuary Building. We deliver the food for distribution every Monday mornings.

Upcoming Trustee Meeting
Monday, October 1st 7:00 pm in the Corner House

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Weekly Programs
Oikas: Sunday Mornings, 9 am-10:15 am
“Oikas” is the Greek work for “House”. When we come together on Sunday Mornings, we come together just as we are, in the House of God. Sunday Mornings are a place where we can be totally authentic with one another and dig deep into God’s Word together.

Selah: Wednesday Night Worship and Small Groups, 6:30-8:30 pm
Selah is our midweek program for both high school and middle school students. “Selah” is a Hebrew word that is used many times throughout the book of Psalms. We’re not exactly sure of the meaning, but some good guesses include “Pause” or “Stop and listen”. Wednesday nights at PCSM are made to be just that: a time out in our busy week to rest and listen to God. We do this through spending quality time together, worshiping through song, and connecting in age and gender specific small groups.

October Events
CSM Car Wash: Saturday, October 20th 8:00 am -12:00 pm • Pasadena Covenant Parking Lot
Last year’s fundraiser carwash was a HUGE success, so we are going to do it again this year! Bring your sponges and towels and come support members of our group who are going to CSM LA! This is an All-Youth Event.

Halloween Open House: Wednesday, Oct. 31 • 5:45-8 pm • Corner House
In place of our usual Selah Wednesday Night Meeting, we will be hanging out in the Corner House for some safe Halloween fun by welcoming neighborhood Trick-or-Treaters with candy, enjoying some popcorn and treats, and having a costume contest.

November Events
Center for Student Missions Los Angeles (CSM LA): Nov. 9-11 $175 (Scholarships Available)

Pasadena Covenant Church 539 North Lake Avenue Pasadena, California, 91101-1217 Return Service Requested

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October 2012
1 Monday 7:00 p.m. Trustee Meeting 2 Tuesday 3 Wednesday 5:45 p.m. Children’s Choir 6:30 p.m. PCSM 4 Thursday 5 Friday 6 Saturday 7 Sunday 9:00 a.m. Classes for all ages 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 11:45 a.m. Hospitality time 12:00 p.m. Miriam Singers 6:00 p.m. Koinonia Prayer and Praise 8 Monday 9 Tuesday 10 Wednesday 5:45 p.m. Children’s Choir 6:30 p.m. PCSM 11 Thursday 12 Friday 13 Saturday 9:00 a.m. True/False Self Retreat 14 Sunday 9:00 a.m. Classes for all ages 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 11:45 a.m. Hospitality 12:00 p.m. Miriam Singers 11:45 a.m. Newcomers Lunch 15 Monday 16 Tuesday 9:30 a.m. Sarah Circle 17 Wednesday 5:45 p.m. Children’s Choir 6:30 p.m. PCSM 18 Thursday 19 Friday 20 Saturday 8:00 a.m. PCSM Car Wash 21 Sunday 9:00 a.m. Classes for all ages 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 11:45 a.m. Hospitality 12:00 p.m. Miriam Singers 22 Monday 6:45 p.m. Peace and Justice 7:30 p.m. Women’s Book Club 23 Tuesday 24 Wednesday 5:45 p.m. Children’s Choir 6:30 p.m. PCSM 25 Thursday 7:00 p.m. Men’s Book Club 26 Friday 27 Saturday 28 Sunday 9:00 a.m. Classes for all ages 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 11:45 a.m. Hospitality 12:00 p.m. Miriam Singers 29 Monday 30 Tuesday 31 Wednesday 5:45 p.m. Children’s Choir 5:45 p.m. Halloween Open House