Weekly Update

Church Life

Parents Night Out — This Friday, June 21st!

Drop off your kids, enjoy an evening on the town, and support the Mountainside Retreat!

Friday, June 21st 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

303 W. Colorado Blvd.  in the Fellowship Hall


▪$10/hr. for 1 child

▪$12/hr. for 2 children

▪$15/hr. for 3 or more children

Dinner, snacks, and activities provided for children age 2 and up

RSVP by Thursday or contact tjaurand@gmail.com for more info.

Men’s Gathering

For men looking for deeper connections and conversations about their lives around a fire. Meeting every other week over the summer from 8:00 – 10:00 PM. Locations are rotating. Contact the host for address.

Thursday, June 20 – David Smith’s house – ddjtsmith@gmail.com

Wednesday, July 3 – Jason Samuelian’s house – jason.samuelian@gmail.com

Thursday, July 18 – Nate Ritzau’s house – nritzau@gmail.com

Wednesday, July 31 – Jeff Westra’s house – jeffandtiffwestra@yahoo.com

Thursday, August 15 – Tim Scheidler’s house – tdscheidler@gmail.com

Prayer Writing Session – June 22nd, 10:00 AM

Are you interested in sharing prayers that you have written, or learning to write prayers. Have you ever thought about writing a prayer for Sunday morning worship? Deborah and Misty will be hosting two writings sessions – one in June and another in August – to discuss the writing process and share prayers, blessings, and other spiritual reflections. We’d especially love it if some of these writings find their way into our Sunday morning liturgies (but no pressure)!

Our first gathering will be

->Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.<- We will meet at Deborah Smith’s home. If you are interested or have any questions, please RSVP to Misty (misty@mtside.org) or Deborah (deborahsmith@mountainsidecommunion.org).

Sunday Offerings: Trusting God where we are, every day

Testimonies and storytelling are ways that we hope to trust God together on Sundays as a congregation. Speaking of the presence of God in our lives and in the places we find ourselves each week helps build community. Recently Jeff, Megan, Kevin, and Kurt have offered “A Day in the Life of…” or “A Week in the Life of…” stories using images from their week, or highlighting moments of trust and dependence on God in their daily routines.Would you like to join them in telling parts of your own story? Whether you find yourself filling the role of parent, grandparent, student, educator, medical caregiver, artist, musician, attorney, case manager, volunteer, business professional, administrator, etc. — you get the picture!… We would love it if you would consider sharing about how you trust God where you are, every day. Please contact the pastors at Mountainside Communion if you would like to share on a Sunday.

Mountainside All-Church Retreat • Save the Date

We will be having our church retreat at Camp Stevens in Julian, CA over the weekend of September 13-15, 2019.

Cost: $190/Adults (over 18); $130/Youth (12-18 yrs); $115/children (2-11 yrs)

Important Dates/Payment Plan:

2nd installment ~ June 30th – Adults $70/Youth $50/Children $35

3rd installment ~ August 25th – Adults $50/Youth $30/Children $30

Final installment ~ September 13th (any remaining balance)

Any who wish to are welcome to pay the full amount all at once no later than August 25th, however we are requesting that an initial deposit to save your space be made on April 28th.

The Retreat-planning committee are hoping to fund raise enough that we can keep costs affordable for larger families and subsidize the costs for any who might benefit from financial assistance. The rates for youth and children have been adjusted and reduced in an attempt to ease the cost for families. If you have any questions or would like to request financial assistance, please feel free to reach out to Kevin Nye – kevin.m.nye@gmail.com, Tricia Aurand – tjaurand@gmail.com, or Misty – misty@mtside.org or anyone else on the retreat planning team.


Community Life

Gift for Brad Griffin

We are putting together a small gift to say congratulations and thank you to Brad Griffin upon his ordination Thursday, June 13. Please let Zach Ellis know if you would like to contribute by Thursday, June 20 at zachcellis@gmail.com. Thanks!

June 23: Ryan Greer and Beth Reisler want to celebrate their marriage with YOU!

Even though these two were happily married earlier this year they want to honor the community that has been such a significant part of their lives and relationship over the years by celebrating this new season of life with Mountainside. On Sunday, June 23rd, Beth and Ryan would like to invite you to witness the affirmation of their vows as part of regular Sunday morning worship. A short ceremony will be included at the end of the Sunday morning liturgy, with a community potluck to follow. No formal attire required, just the presence of you and your family if you happen to be in town. If you would like to participate in the potluck you can sign up for items to bring here.

Beach Days

Every Friday (or almost anyway) through August 2nd, folks are invited to Seal Beach between lifeguard stations 1 and 2 (right side of the pier). It’s super kid friendly, baby friendly, and playing hooky friendly. Parking is usually good in the parking lot to the right of the pier, and you can pay by the hour on the meter. Contact Heather Castle if you are interested in connecting for a beach day. Or be wild and just show up!

Garden Construction and Safety

Over the next couple of months, we will have various phases of construction occurring in the green spaces (now dirt!) surrounding the building, in the parking lot, near the dumpster, and in the playground area. As a body, we will need to be especially vigilant to keep our young ones safe. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to touch base with Deborah at (deborahsmith@mountainsidecommunion.org) or Kristin at (gardendirector@monroviacommunitygarden.org). We are looking forward to green things growing in long green growing season to come!


Contact Mountainside

Sunday Service:
 10:00 AM

Tithes and Offerings: To give through PayPal, click here to offer a one time gift or set up a recurring monthly contribution. Please be aware that Mountainside is charged extra for PayPal payments. Josh Ivy joshivy@me.com can answer any questions about eliminating these extra costs.

Tidings: If you have an announcement to include in Mountainside Tidings, please send to tidings@mtside.org by noon on Wednesdays.

Church Calendars: To view Mountainside’s calendar of events, click here

Podcasts: Click sermons tab for the most recent sermons.

Pastoral Team: Josh Smith joshsmith@mtside.orgSonia Luginbuhlsonialuginbuhl@mtside.orgDeborah Smith deborahsmith@mtside.orgTiffany Westratiffanywestra@mtside.orgMisty Easton-Wise mistyeastonwise@mtside.org.

Mountainside Communion: 303 West Colorado Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016 Phone: (626) 358-7585 Email: info@mountainsidecommunion.org

Immigration Resource Center: Phone: (626) 509-9472 Email: info@ircsgv.org