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PASADENA COVENANT CHURCH

February 2013

Ash Wednesday
This year on Ash Wednesday, February 13th, the sanctuary will be open from 6:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. There will be two self-paced options, in which one can participate. The first will be a contemplative style reading, which will lead one through scripture readings, prayer, confession, imposition of the ashes (administered by a staff member), reflective readings, and a final piece of scripture. The second option which will be available, will involve stations to visit which will also effectively walk one through, with a more kinesthetic approach, scripture readings, prayers, confession, physical activity, and a reflection time. Everyone is welcome, and will have the choice to do both options, only one, or a combination of both if they like. Our hope and prayer is to create a space in which you can retreat from your day, enter into the presence of our Holy God, and take as much time as you need to prepare yourself to begin the Lenten season. We invite you to come at a time that is convenient for you to begin with us the 40 days of the Lenten season.

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You're Invited
Palm Sunday, March 24th Easter Sunday, March 31st Worship Services: 9:00 am & 10:30 am

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Sunday Morning Happenings For Adults at 9:00 a.m.
Couriers
Repeated Exposure to God’s Word will enrich and change your life. In-depth Bible Study Sundays at 9:00 a.m. 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 a.m. 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 Lisa Leeger at [email protected]

Life Together
We meet on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. 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 [email protected]

WELCOME NEWCOMERS!
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. Our February Newcomers lunch has been canceled, but our next luncheon will be on Sunday, March 10th 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 [email protected] 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.

Peace & Justice Ministry Team will meet on Monday, February 11th, at 6:45 p.m. in the Santa Barbara Room. All are welcome to attend. Join us if you are interested in finding out about the Bad Weather Shelter, Pasadena Covenant’s relationship to Madison Elementary, or other ways we are trying to serve our community. For more info, contact Jamie Knauss at [email protected]

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Women’s Book Club
The Pasadena Covenant Women’s Book Club will meet Monday, February 25th, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. in the Corner House. We will be discussing 97 Orchard: an Ethnic History of 5 Families, by Jane Ziegelman. If you have questions, please contact Judy Wipf at [email protected] Tuesday, February 19th, Sarah Circle meets from 9:30 a.m. - noon in Fireside. We welcome all women to join us for fellowship and refreshments. We have a “rolling start” so come when you can. At 11:30 Candis Fowler will share the story of her Life and Trust in God through Tragedies. For more info, please contact Mary Barkman at [email protected]

The Pasadena Covenant Men’s Book Club will meet in the Corner House on Thursday, February 28, at 7:00 p.m. Our February discussion will focus on Garry Wills book, “What Jesus Meant.” Copies are available from The Archives Bookshop. Please contact Tom Andrews for more information [email protected] or (626) 797-6190.

2013 Pictorial Directory
Each person or family who is a member or a regular attendee is invited to participate in our 2013 Pictorial Directory! Photos will be taken on Feb. 10th &24th if you missed the other dates. All photos and directory forms must be turned in by Monday, February 25th! Please contact Doreen in the main office at [email protected] or 626-795-9381, if you have any questions.

Registration for Triennial XIV (August 15 - 18, 2013) February 20
The Koinonia Prayer and Praise is postponed until March 3rd. The March 3rd potluck will be a special time of praise to God for Elmer. For all of us who knew him, God definitely blessed us through his life. It will be at the home of Elmer and Allene on Brigden Rd. at 6 p.m.. We will be having a potluck. Contact Judy Tautrim for more information and to coordinate your potluck item at [email protected]
Women, the registration deadline is Wednesday, February 20th for the Triennial XIV, a Women Ministry Conference sponsored by the Evangelical Covenant Church. This once-every-three-years gathering of women of the Evangelical Covenant Church meets August 15-18, 2013, in San Diego, for fellowship, worship, active learning and fun for all women (ages 18+). Check out the website

tcovchurch.org/triennial or for more information, contact Mary Barkman at [email protected]

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February 12th kicks off a new and exciting monthly gathering for Pasadena Covenant! Every second Tuesday of the month, join us for a Community Dinner at the Dally/Lamme home (452 Alberta St. Altadena, CA 91001). We’ll share a meal together and enjoy a relaxed evening of fun! Community Dinner is a great way to make new friends and get to know old friends better. Bring your kids, your spouse, your best friend, or your pet rock- EVERYONE is welcome! Dinner will be ready at 6:30 p.m., but feel free to come as early as 5:00 p.m. and stay as late as 9:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Mindie Moore at [email protected] so we can have an idea of how much food to prepare.
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Thank you for continuing to help support our neighbors who benefit because of your kindness
We need the following supplies:
Fresh Produce Potatoes Mac & Cheese Spaghetti Sauce or Pasta Sauce Spaghetti or Noodles Canned Beans Canned Soup Canned Fruit Canned Meat Baby Pampers Canned Chili
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Bulk Rice Bulk Dried Pinto Fruit Juice Oatmeal Onions Peanut Butter & Jelly Ravioli/Spaghettios Snack Items Baby formula Baby wipes Feminine napkins Crackers Canned Vegetables



Lunar New Year Dumpling Party
Celebrate New Year again with a quarter of the world’s population! The Young Families group would like to invite you to our annual Lunar New Year Dumpling party on Sunday, February 10th from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Youth Building. Come (with clean hands) and we will make dumplings together, cook them and the best part—EAT them. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to wrap a dumpling - we’ll learn together. Children are welcome, and we will have some activities for them. Please RSVP to Jessica Hsieh at [email protected] so we know how much to prepare.

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 morning.

Upcoming Trustee Meeting
Monday, February 11th, 2013 7:00 p.m. in the Corner House

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Cross-Cultural Communication Specialists’ Praise & Prayer Requests
Brad and Lisa, are cross-cultural workers who have been serving state-side. While in the states, Brad is taking an on-line graduate program in Agroforestry, which is the integration of trees with food crops and/or animals. Agroforestry systems can provide more sustainable food production for farmers in poor areas, especially where the land is marginal or degraded. Lisa is now halfway through her training program in spiritual direction. She is learning a lot in her reading and class time and is excited about helping people hear God more clearly and follow Him more closely. She is now starting her internship, practicing spiritual direction with women. Below are ways you can continue to lift them up to the Lord in prayer. “We appreciate your prayers and support over these many years! For the Kingdom, Brad & Lisa” Praises
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For the time they were able to get physical rest and physical activity through hiking and enjoying the beauty they find in various areas in the US. For the spiritual refreshment from spending time in the Word, in prayer and worship Please pray for our future plans, that we hear clearly from the Lord as to which overseas team we should join, and when. Continue to pray for Brad's studies in Agroforestry, that he learns what will best prepare him for the work He has for us in the future. Pray for Lisa's studies in Spiritual Direction, especially as she begins "practice" spiritual direction with women this month. Pray for a boost in our financial support in order to finish our course work and make an overseas trip this summer to visit new teams and projects. Continue to lift up our daughters -- Anna as she looks for a full-time teaching job, and Mary as she studies at Biola.

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Update on Mossai Sanguma: Mossai Sanguma attended Pasadena Covenant Church for many years until his graduation from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2003. He returned to Africa to serve as president of the CEUM (the Congo Covenant Church) until he completed his second term in 2012. He is now the regional director in the Democratic Republic of Congo for Covenant Kids Congo, which is powered by World Vision. Our church participated in the Covenant-wide observance of Hope Sunday last November, in which individuals were encouraged to support one or more children, who live in DR Congo, on a monthly basis. For more information, go to http://www.covchurch.org/news/2012/02/03/world-vision-covenant-launch-historicpartnership/. Because Mossai is now in a paid position, he is no longer financially supported as a crosscultural worker by Pasadena Covenant Church, but we continue to uphold him in prayer.

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Soupcan Offering for Covenant World Relief
Bring Soupcan Banks to Church, Sun., March 24th
As part of our “looking OUT!” goal, PCC Kids will participate in Feb & March in a “soupcan offering” for Covenant World Relief. Covenant World Relief is the humanitarian aid ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church. The goal of Covenant world relief is to “participate in God’s transforming mission in the world through disaster relief and community development among the most vulnerable. We work with Covenanters and other partners around the world to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable who suffer from extreme poverty, hunger, disease, and injustice. Our mission is to love, serve, and work together with the poor, the powerless, and the marginalized.” We will use special calendars with daily activities families can do together to help kids understand the needs of people around the globe. Set aside a few minutes each day in February and March to work on this and reflect on those we are helping through the offering. Return your soupcan banks to church on Palm Sunday, March 24th.

Two services on Palm Sunday and Easter
PCC is moving outward…and we need to make room for growth! One way we’ll do that is with two services on Palm Sunday (Mar. 24th) & Easter Sunday (Mar. 31st) at 9:00 & 10:30 am, with a full children’s program at each. We need lots of volunteers to help our children’s ministry those two Sundays. No preparation needed - our regular teaching staff will plan & prepare the lesson. We need loving volunteers to come alongside them to share God’s love for those two Sundays. You may choose to serve either hour, and choose which age level you’d like to work with (nursery, 2’s & 3’s, PreK/K or 1st-5th). PCC Kids’ Ministry is a dynamic and growing place where lives are being shaped every week. If you’re not already a part of our ministry team, this a great way to see what all the excitement is about! Interested? Contact Vikki Randall at [email protected]

Journey to the Cross Two! Lenten Program for Gradeschoolers
9:00 a.m. Sundays, February 10th – March 24th (Led by Theresa Crooks)
Gradeschoolers: Join us Sundays at 9:00 a.m., February 10th thru March 24th for another amazing Journey to the Cross. At 9:00 a.m. we will use art, reflection, writing, and other experiences to explore deeply the biblical stories leading up to Easter Sunday. At 10:30 a.m., we will continue to explore the stories in different ways, using game, drama, writing, and meditation. The program will culminate in some opportunities for sharing with both the preschooler and with the whole congregation on Easter Sunday (March 31st).

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Sunday Mornings for Kids at 10:30 a.m. Godly Play (Preschool) Focus: Seeing Jesus Club 145 (Gradeschool) Focus: Journey to the Promised Land
In our Kids’ Ministry, we will pursue our “look up!” goal by focusing on God’s activity in the Bible stories we explore each week. Godly Play (preschool) does this through the use of thoughtful “wondering” questions that invite the children to enter the stories imaginatively. In Club 145, gradeschoolers maximize their growing reading skills by learning how to use the Bible themselves to question, explore, and understand God’s Word. During Jan-Mar., the Godly Play (preschool) stories will focus on Jesus’ life and ministry as we begin the Lenten time leading up to Easter. We will particularly look for what each story shows us about Jesus—who he is, why he came, and what we can learn about his heart for the world. Club 145 (gradeschool) stories will continue our survey of the Old Testament as we look at the journey of the people of God to the promised land through the stories of Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses. As we enter into Lent (Easter season) in Feb. and March, we will connect those Old Testament stories with the Lenten stories the gradeschoolers are hearing at 9:00 a.m. in Journey to the Cross 2, through common themes and images: water/forgiveness; bread/ reconciliation; rock/ prayer; cross/ sacrifice; seeds/ new life. A special highlight will be a Passover service on Mar. 10th that will help kids see the connection between that ancient celebration and the Easter story.

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Weekly Programs
“Oikas”: Sunday Mornings, 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
“Oikas” is the Greek work for House. On Sunday Mornings, we come to the House of God to dive into God’s word through authentic worship and relevant Biblical teaching. Oikas is a place where we can connect with each other and with God in a deep and authentic way.

“Selah”: Wednesday Night Worship and Small Groups, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
“Selah” is a great starting point for plugging into PCSM! “Selah” is a word that is used throughout the book of Psalms to remind us to “Pause” or “Stop and listen” and that’s exactly what we want to do on Wednesday nights! At Selah we take a break from our busy week to play crazy games, worship though song, and get to know each other on a deeper level in gender and age specific small groups.

Believe Middle School Conference, February 15 – 16!
A life-changing weekend of dynamic worship and powerful teaching as we learn about the Holy Spirit’s Presence in our lives!

Neighborhood Carnival

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Yes! You are right, it is around that time again! For those of you utterly confused and lost, it’s that magical time of year in which we officially kick off our Life Group:Community Groups(CG). What makes the specific community groups different from say the Life Group:Sunday Morning Groups? I am so glad you asked. Our Life Group:Community Groups(CG) are different in the fact that they meet in the evening hours throughout the week ready to discuss the previous sermon. “Hmmm, the sermon you say … really? Isn’t that just for Sunday morning to take up our time for an hour then forget?” We don’t think the sermon is just for listening, or background noise while you solve the latest Sudoku puzzle. We believe that God has a message for everyone that is to be found within the sermon Tim prepared through the Spirit’s leading during the week. Life Group:CG are a place where this message can be explored with other individuals within your church community. We hope it is a time to think about how the Spirit is interacting with you and your church community through the sermon, how we are being shaped and formed by the Spirit. How we can push and be pushed by others into our spiritual growth and into action in our community. Life Group: CG’s Spring Semester will be kicked off February 24th and will run until May 5th. But, that is not all! This would be a great time if you have been thinking about joining up with one of our many Life Group: Sunday Morning Groups (SMG). These groups meet at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings here on Pasadena Covenant Church’s campus. I encourage and challenge you to join a Life Group and engage with your Faith Community. And whether it be a Sunday Morning Group or a Community Group, we will all be unified in the fact that we want to get to know one another and lift each other up on this journey we are all taking with our Savior and our God. This semester we ask everyone from the greatest to the least to sign up, even if you have attended any of these groups from day one. Look for a signup table in during the Fellowship time in the courtyard/gym to sign up! Or if you prefer a more digital experience, the QR code found below will take you straight to a page to sign up for a Life Group (for those of you who may have tried this last semester, I apologize there was a glitch in the system and the info you entered never came to us, this year it has been fixed and all systems are go!).

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

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February 2013
1 Friday 2 Saturday 3 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 No Alpha Parenting Course 4 Monday 5 Tuesday 6 Wednesday 5:45 p.m. Children’s Choir 6:30 p.m. PCSM 7 Thursday 8 Friday 9 Saturday 9:00 a.m. Peace & Justice Retreat 10 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 3:00 p.m. Lunar New Year Party 4:00 p.m. Alpha Parenting Course 11 Monday 6:45 p.m. Peace & Justice Meeting 7:00 p.m. Trustee Meeting 12 Tuesday 9:30 a.m. Sarah Circle 5:00 p.m. Community Dinner 13 Wednesday - Ash Wednesday 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday self-paced Contemplative liturgy 5:45 p.m. Children’s Choir 6:00 p.m. PCSM 14 Thursday 15 Friday 16 Saturday PCSM Believe Conference 17 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 4:00 p.m. Alpha Parenting Course 18 Monday Offices & Facilities Closed 19 Tuesday 9:30 a.m. Sarah Circle 20 Wednesday 5:45 p.m. Children’s Choir 6:00 pm. PCSM 21 Thursday 22 Friday 23 Saturday 24 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 No Alpha Parenting Course 25 Monday 7:30 p.m. Women’s Book Club 26 Tuesday 27 Wednesday 5:45 p.m. Children’s Choir 6:30 p.m. PCSM 28 Thursday 7:00 p.m. Men’s Book Club

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