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					                  San Marino Community Church
                  Presbyterian Church (USA)
                  Sunday, September 4, 2011
Welcome to worship at San Marino
Community Church. Today we share in the sacrament
of the Lord’s Supper – also known as “Communion” or
All who have been baptized are invited to partake,
remembering that access to the Table is not a
right conferred upon the worthy, but a privilege
given to the undeserving who come in faith, repentance, and love. Even one
who doubts or whose trust is wavering may come to the Table in order to
be assured of God’s love and grace in Christ Jesus. Baptized children who
are being nurtured and instructed in the significance of communion and the
meaning of their response are invited to receive the Lord’s Supper.
Sunday school is offered all morning in the lower courtyard for Kindergarten
and below, and at 9:45 am in the Chapel for grades 1-5 following the Time with
Children. Older children will re-join worship for communion. Following worship,
younger children may be picked up in their lower courtyard classrooms.

NeWs aNd Notes
next week: kick Off Sunday
The 9:15 Traditional Worship Service resumes with music leadership by The
Ensemble. Sunday school teachers will also be acknowledged. Following
worship, the Board of Deacons hosts the annual picnic on the lawn featuring
hamburgers and hot dogs. ($5 suggested donation.) Activities for children will
also be held. Tours of the construction in progress will also be given. Closed-
toe shoes are recommended. (The next Sunday, September 18, the Chancel
Choir returns to the 9:15 Traditional Worship Service, ELEMENT and “The
Gathering” return at 9:15 am and 11:30 am respectively.)

we are praying fOr
Debby Willett (Maureen Moller’s daughter); Ruby Davis and
family on the death of Ed Davis; Lucille Norberg; David
Wong (Julie Wong’s father); those renovating the church
facility; the newly elected church officers and APNC;
Jackson Panzarello; Barbara Canter and family, Jennifer
Miller’s aunt; Wayne Halleen; Judy Mallory; Veston Mallory;
Patrick Martin, Colleen McGuinness’ brother; the Family
Ministries interim leadership team; Vel Liesegang; Peggy Taylor; John Logg; the
Snyder family (; Bill Klove; Marilyn Bassett; Clyde
Shives; the Ann Babcock family; Borlie Wong; those seeking employment; those
in the military and away at school; First Presbyterian Church, Rosemead.
To add names to the public or private prayer list, please contact the church office at smcc@ An individual’s permission is needed to list them in the bulletin announcements.

              ConneCt With Us online At
ChildreN aNd studeNts
parentS Of yOung children Small grOup
9:30 - 10:45 am on 1st & 3rd Thursdays, Westminster Hall
Connect with other parents and their young children for children’s fun play
times of sharing and encouragement. Future date: September 18.

third grade BiBleS
Parents or grandparents of third grade children who would like to receive
a Bible this year as part of SMCC’s Third Grade Bible presentation may
contact Lisa Lamb at or (626) 282-4181. Bibles will be
distributed on September 25 during the traditional worship service.

Sunday SchOOl regiStratiOn
Each fall, parents are asked to register all children in Sunday school, so
that the education team can keep up to date on any changes in allergies,
emergency contact information, etc. Paper copies of the registration form are
currently in each classroom, or visit

muSic & diScOvery enrOllment iS nOw Open!
Life can be busy, even for kids. Come away for one hour to sing. Of course,
more is going on: we learn music theory, explore
how music expresses our love for God, and build
awesome friendships. The genius of Music and
Discovery is its simplicity: we love singing together!
Sessions are led by talented professional vocalists,
Todd Strange and Yilin Hsu Wentlandt, on
Wednesdays, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, beginning September
14, 2011. Children K-5th grade are welcome,
sing in several Sunday services, enjoy several art
afternoons, and hold special programs throughout the year. The fall semester
costs $75 (12 sessions) and spring is $100 (18 sessions). Scholarships are
available. Fees are due by the third session: no cost to try it out!
Check out the schedule, expectations, and registration form, online at www. Questions? Contact M& or (626) 282-4181.

apnc SearcheS fOr aSSOciate paStOr fOr yOung familieS
At the special meeting of the congregation an Associate Pastor Nominating
Committee was formed to search for an associate pastor for young family
ministries. Please pray for the APNC which is composed of Barbara Miller
and Chris DuMont (co-chairs), Randal Chin, Jane Davidson, Greg Forgatch,
Harry Gage, and Nancy Swanson. Those interested in a job description or the
Church Information Form may contact, call (626)
282-4181 x 12, or visit

 acOlyte training
 Sundays, September 18 & 25, 10:30 am, Sanctuary
 Calling all 4 th and 5th Graders: this is your year to shine! Acolyte training
 will be held for those who would like to bring the light of Christ into and
 out of worship each Sunday. For more information contact Lisa Lamb at
 (626) 282-4181 x 26 or
adult disCipleship
adult BiBle Study StartS tOday: traditiOn and wiSdOm
9 am, Library Conference Room
Dive into the practical wisdom of the Proverbs! Today’s study from Proverbs
3 focuses on right relationships with God, others and ourselves – an aspect of
our church’s mission statement. Next week, focus on wisdom from generation
to generation. Visit this welcoming group led by George Ball and Bill Wells.

renOvatiOn Of the heart – fOr Small grOupS & adult Study
Explore what it means to put on the character of Christ through 13
presentations by USC Philosophy Professor and Christian author, Dallas
Willard. Listen in on conversations among Dallas with Menlo Park
Presbyterian Pastor and author, John Ortberg, and Christian counselor, Larry
Crabb. This is a terrific way to continue a journey of authentic transformation
into being who God created us to be, in the context of a confidential,
supportive cluster of “friends of the heart.” Watch for details or contact Rev.
Karen Berns at or (626) 282-4181 x 20.

2011 wOmen Of faith cOnference – SpaceS availaBle
September 9-10, Anaheim Pond
This year’s Women of Faith Conference ,“Over the Top”, features Amy Grant,
Marilyn Meberg, Sandi Patty, Patsy Clairmont, more! A few more reserved
seats for this inspiring, uplifting, poignant, humorous 2-day event at the
Anaheim Pond remain. Seats are $89 which includes two lunches. Participants
will carpool Friday and Saturday mornings and evenings. See Marty Waskul
at Women of Faith Courtyard table to reserve a seat today! Or contact Peggy
Flynn at (626) 282-4181 x 19 or this week.

men’S BreakfaSt - laSt week at cOlOnial kitchen fOr Summer
Wednesdays, 7:00 am breakfast, Colonial Kitchen Restaurant (1110 Huntington Dr.)
Men’s Breakfast meets at Colonial Kitchen Restaurant during the summer
concluding this week. They return to Fellowship Hall September 14.

 San marinO cOmmunity church launcheS faceBOOk page
 “Like” the church on Facebook! SMCC has launched a Facebook page to
 keep members informed of the latest developments in the construction and
 renovation of the church. View pictures from the past weeks of construction
 and discover how the project is developing. Search for “San Marino
 Community Church” and “Like” us to get regular updates.
 As the summer progresses, watch for further additions of photos and
                                  information about the worship services
                                  and other church activities. “Like” SMCC
                                  to receive regular updates at http://
                                  (One does not need to have a Facebook
                                  account to view the photos.) Or search
                                  for “San Marino Community Church
                                  and Facebook” to find the page.
next BaptiSm dateS
October 9 and December 18
Members who wish to have their children
baptized are invited to contact or (626) 282-4181 x 12.

hOme cOmmuniOnS Served
Today, the pastors and church officers will serve communion to those unable
to attend worship on a regular basis. To request home communion call (626)
282-4181 x 19 or email

vaSeS needed
Following Worship, the chancel flower arrangement is separated into smaller
bouquets and distributed on Monday to home-bound and ill members by
the Board of Deacons’ flower delivery team. Medium and large sized vases
are needed to facilitate the distribution of the flowers. New delivery team
members are also welcome. Contact the church office at (626) 282-4181 x 10
or for more information. Vases may be dropped off
any time at the church office or the kitchen.

prOvide flOwerS fOr wOrShip
              Flowers enhance the Sunday morning worship
              experience and provide a special opportunity to praise
              God and honor the memory of a loved one or celebrate
              a special event. The 2011 flower calendar has many
              dates open in the summer and fall. Contact the church
              office at (626) 282-4181 x 10 or
              to reserve a special date.

Smcc reSpOndS tO famine in SOmalia and the hOrn Of africa.
$2,000 of the church’s Outreach Mission Funds for Severe Situations is
being sent through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) to help feed the
burgeoning numbers of starving people in Somalia and surrounding areas.
The world’s largest refugee camp, Dabaab in Kenya, built to hold 90,000
now holds more than 420,000. Already over 29,000 children have died of
starvation. PDA is responding to this crisis in cooperation with members of
ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together). ACT members with experience
and partnerships in the area are working to help meet basic humanitarian
needs of food, water and sanitation, and medical care for people in the camp
and in host communities in both Kenya and Somalia. Special therapeutic
feeding and nutrition is being provided to children under the age of five. PDA
has provided $200,000 from One Great Hour of Sharing funds towards relief
efforts in Somalia and the Horn of Africa. Families and individuals may also
donate through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

mOnthly fOOd drive - thank yOu!
Thank you to those donating food to the Highland Park Food
Bank in conjunction with Grace Presbyterian Church which
provides basic food needs for approximately 145 families. The
demand has steadily increased due to higher food prices and a
sharp decline in employment.
               Weekly Calendar
Sunday        cOmmuniOn                                     SeptemBer 4
   9:00 am    Adult Bible Study – Church Library
   9:15 am    Chapel Open for Silent Prayer – Christ Chapel
   9:45 am    Childcare – Lower Courtyard
   9:45 am    Church Library Open – Church Library
  10:00 am    10@10! Summer Worship Service – Sanctuary
  10:15 am    Summer Sunday School (1st – 5th grade) – Lower Courtyard
  11:00 am    Fellowship Time – Fellowship Hall
mOnday                                                       SeptemBer 5
  6:00 pm Women’s AA – Westminster Hall
tueSday                                                      SeptemBer 6
wedneSday                                                    SeptemBer 7
   7:00 am Men’s Breakfast – Colonial Kitchen Restaurant
   9:00 am Church Library Open – Library
   9:30 am Staff Meeting – Westminster Hall
  4:00 pm Grief Transition Group – Fellowship Hall
  7:00 pm Deacons Meeting – Fellowship Hall
  7:00 pm Outreach Meeting – Westminster Hall
  7:30 pm Men’s Bible Study – Church Library
thurSday                                                     SeptemBer 8
   6:00 pm ESD Meeting – Fellowship Hall
   8:30 pm Men’s AA – Westminster Hall
friday                                                       SeptemBer 9
Saturday                                                    SeptemBer 10
   7:00 am Men’s Basketball – San Marino High School
   9:30 am Table Tennis – Westminster Hall
Sunday        kick Off Sunday                               SeptemBer 11
   9:15 am    Traditional Worship Service – Sanctuary
  10:30 am    Picnic on the lawn
  10:30 am    Adult Bible Study – Church Library
church Office hOurS:
Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
(626) 282-4181 •
Connect With Us Online at
cOnStructiOn ZOne
Although worship and the work of the
church continue during construction, the
congregation is reminded to be careful
to avoid all areas marked with caution
tape and to watch for nails and other
construction debris on the church campus.

church Office lOcatiOn during renOvatiOn
Staff mailboxes, the Associate Pastor, the Business Manager, and the
Administrative Assistant for Pastoral Support are located in the clergy suite
with an entry off Virginia Road. The Receptionist, Office Manager, and other
administrative support staff are located in Westminster Hall.
the last Word
a few thoughts from the church librarian...
I recall 10 years ago, when we were reaching the end of a good trip to Colorado
and went to Santa Fe to our favorite bed and breakfast on about September 10.
When we got up the next day and turned on the TV news, the world had
changed, especially for New York City and environs, rural Pennsylvania, and
the Pentagon.
Next week we will celebrate Kick Off Sunday and trust that there is no repeat
of terrible tragedy on 9/11’s anniversary.
Today is Labor Day Sunday, tomorrow will be a terrible day if you are aiming
to come home from Las Vegas. Or from any place at all, if truth be told.
We are enjoying a visit with the Colorado Library Lady and her daughter.
They are headed for the University of Redlands. Laura, a native of Huntington
Beach, is joyfully anticipating winter with NO SNOW. We hope she gets to
meet our Laurie Mitchell amongst the faculty, and that the snow stays on Mt.
We had some lovely fresh peach ice cream courtesy of our South Pasadena
daughter-in-law. Peaches do smell wonderful this time of year. I am once again
reminded of David Mas Masumoto’s Epitaph For a Peach, one of our best books.
Some of our congregation (from farming communities) have nearly been
brought to tears reading it.
The library will be closed for Kick Off Sunday--we don’t want any mustard on
the books. You may hang on to any books due on the 11th and bring them next
time or drop them off at the church office during the week.
                                                   – Jeanne Cornwell

cOffee and fellOwShip are offered from 11:15 – 11:45 am in the courtyard.
aSSiSted hearing deviceS & large print hymnalS are available
from the ushers.
lOSt and fOund itemS are kept in the church office.
Bulletin deadlineS are Tuesday by noon each week.
church Office hOurS: Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
cd and print cOpieS Of recent SermOnS are availaBle
“Surprised by Life” (8/28) and “Unlocking the Church” (8/21), by the Rev. Jeffrey
O’Grady; “Unity and Diversity” (8/14) by Rev. Karen Berns; “Where Are the Nine?”
(8/7) by Rev. Dr. Tom Erickson; are available as well as earlier sermons. Printed
versions of the past few months’ sermons are also available at the information
center as well as online at (There is
occasionally a several week delay for printed sermons.) Those interested in a
CD may leave name, address, and $3.00 for duplication costs at the information
center, and it will be mailed.

San marino community church • 1750 Virginia Road, San Marino, CA 91108
(626) 282-4181 • Fax: (626) 282-4185 • •

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