Weekly Update

Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it. Exodus 20:8-11


Church Life

2018 Mountainside Retreat


Our next retreat will be March 9-11, 2018 at Camp Stevens in Julian, California.

Adults – $160
Youth (12-18) – $130
Children (2-11) – $114

Important Dates
2/4/18– 2nd installment ($55/$45/$35)
3/4/18– final installment ($40/$30/$34)

Payments and questions can be directed to retreat committee members: Chase, Misty, Peter, Destiny, Anna, and Janeen.

Epiphany Preaching Series: Delighting in Sabbath

Have you ever wondered what the ancient practice of Sabbath is about? Have you struggled to figure out what delighting in Sabbath might look like today? Have you been curious how Sabbath fits into God’s work in Christ? Have you found a commitment to Sabbath-keeping difficult to live out?

During the season of Epiphany (Jan-Feb 11) Mountainside will be exploring the Sabbath and what delighting in this practice might teach us about God, about life, and about ourselves. By focusing on the themes of Ceasing, Resting, Embracing, and Feasting we will try to get better acquainted with what delighting in the Sabbath might look like today.

Letter from Brad

Hi folks,

We are back in action with 2/4/6 on Sunday nights starting this week! Do yourself a favor: open your calendar right now and mark the 2nd and 4th Sundays from 6-7:30 in your calendar between now and April (with the exception of March 11, which is retreat weekend).

In May we’ll do 1st and 3rd Sundays like last year because of Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.

This time is so important for community formation, relationship-building, and entering into the testimonies (stories of God at work) in the lives of people who are part of Mountainside. We have an incredible team of adults who are committed to sharing their Sunday evenings to lead this and be present to our kids. Don’t miss it!

Here is the snack signup for winter/spring. Grab a Sunday and share the love.

Sunday mornings we’re also back on our regular rhythm of discipleship, serving, and worship. This week is a serving Sunday!


Motherhood as Spiritual Practice

Motherhood as Spiritual Practice is beginning again! This is a time for anyone who finds themselves mothering to come and breathe together. We explore prayer and practice amidst a chaotic season/schedule/vocation and we look to diverse stories of mothers for perspective, encouragement and hope.

We will meet every third Wednesday of the month at 8:00 pm at the Luginbuhl household unless otherwise noted.

The rest of our meeting dates are as follows:

February 21 @ Castle home
March 21 @ Luginbuhl home
April 18 @ Luginbuhl home
May 16 @ Luginbuhl home
June 20 @ Luginbuhl home

Eagle Rock Discernment Group, meetings scheduled in January

The Los Angeles district Church of the Nazarene, the church denomination of which Mountainside is a part, has invited us to consider planting a church in Eagle Rock. There is a church building/campus in Eagle Rock that is somewhat similar to 303 West. The district has asked Mountainside to consider restarting a church there holding the values and practices that would be fitting for the local community. Our work as a body in response to the district’s request is to prayerfully discern whether God is calling Mountainside into that work, if God is calling us into something else that arises in considering that work, or if God may be moving in some other, totally different, way of engaging God’s work in the world.

This understanding group is for anyone who wants to be a part of the discernment process, not just people who would consider joining a new church in Eagle Rock. If the idea of this stirs up anything in you, (positive, negative, or otherwise), please contact Misty (mjeastonwise@gmail.com) or Kevin (kevin.m.nye@gmail.com).

We are planning to meet Saturday, January 20th, 10am-12pm, at the Summit House. Please get in touch with Naomi (naomimehlyokota@gmail.com) to rsvp.

Ways to participate in Sunday liturgy

Our body needs a few more participants on a rotational basis (often just once a month) to make our primary gathering flow smoothly:
•1’s & 2’s – See Kammie – yiukam@gmail.com
•Confirmation – See Brad – bradmgriffin@gmail.com
•PowerPoint – See Jason – j.s.tayorpestell@gmail.com
•Sounds & Recording – See Tim – tech@mountainsidecommunion.org

Mountainside Stewardship Report

December Giving =$40,950
YTD = $165,944

$44,908 in the final remaining 3 months to meet our revised tithe budget. That would be an average of $14,969 per month in Jan, Feb and Mar.

Thank you.

Community Life

Volunteer Opportunity

Since affordable housing and homelessness are issues important to our community, I want to share a volunteer opportunity coming up next week. The 2018 Los Angeles Homeless Count is essentially an annual census that aims to gather as much information as possible about those experiencing homelessness across the county. The data collected enables informed decisions and creative solutions in the work to bring about an end to homelessness in Los Angeles County.

The San Gabriel Valley count is happening Tuesday, January 23, and you can volunteer to count at deployment sites across the county. The Monrovia Community Center is the deployment site for the Monrovia Count, and volunteers will meet at 8pm for training and instructions. You can sign up for the Monrovia Count here, or visit www.theycountwillyou.org for more information and to sign up for a site in your neighborhood. Feel free to contact Erin Cox with questions (erin.fitzgerald.cox@gmail.com).

Meal Train for Pat Mulligan

Pat has been having some health issues so we decided to set up a Meal Train for her for several weeks. Please go to the link below to sign up to provide a meal for Pat. Thanks!


Welcome Baby Tessa!

Help welcome Tessa Joan to the Igram Edwards’ family!
Here is a link to the meal train to help Laura and Jonathan out during this month of transition:



Contact Mountainside

Sunday Service:
303 W. Colorado Blvd.

10:00 a.m.

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

Tithes and offerings can be given through PayPal. For this option, you may click here to offer a one time gift or set up a recurring monthly contribution. Please be aware that Mountainside gets charged extra fees for PayPal payments. Josh Ivy joshivy@me.com can answer any questions about eliminating these extra costs.

Podcasts Available Go to the sermons tab and click the link for the most recent sermons.

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

Questions: If you have questions or would like to speak to someone from Mountainside, you may call the church office at (626) 358-7585.

Getting involved: If you would like to know about ways to get more involved at Mountainside, contact Misty Easton-Wise mistyeastonwise@mountainsidecommunion.org

Mailing address for Mountainside Communion:
303 W. Colorado Blvd.
Monrovia, CA 91016