Weekly Update

Common Time

Seeking to live justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.

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The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1

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Sunday Liturgy

The Fruits of the Spirit Through the Season of Epiphany

Through the season of Epiphany (the Sundays following January 6th until Ash Wednesday/Lent), we will be continuing to consider the Fruits of the Spirit in our journey of discipleship.

As we move through the Season of Epiphany, we hope that, together, we’ll gain a greater awareness of how God’s life and work continues in us and around us growing the holy fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control.

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Prayer and Anointing with Oil

You may have noticed that each week we offer prayer and anointing in the back during Eucharist, if this is something that you’re interested in receiving, please know that all are welcome to receive prayer and anointing.

While we’ll be working on developing collective meaning over the next weeks and months, one thing that may come to mind, for some, is the verse from Psalm 23.5: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.”

We use oil as a way of blessing one another with God’s love as it is a symbol of God’s anointing of our individual lives. We use oil as a symbol to recognize that in baptism, we are sealed in Christ. We use oil, sometimes particular kinds of oils with particular meanings, as a fragrant offering of prayer, healing, protection, and love. And we use oil for so many other purposes. We offer prayer to one another in specific ways to remember Jesus’ consistent invitation to prayer as well as his gift of prayer, touching others, and offering blessings whenever someone asked. When we consider what it means to be disciples, we know that many kinds of prayer, including interceding on others’ behalf, is a deeply important part of our lives as disciples and in loving God and our neighbors as ourselves.

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Life Together

The Rest of Sunday

2 • 4 • 6 Youth Group

Youth Gathering for 5th – high school on the 2nd and 4th Sunday at 6:00 PM in Lower Basement. For information, contact youth@mountainsidecommunion.org

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Second Half of Life Group – 2nd Sunday of the Month

Gathering for conversation surrounding second half of life transitions, we meet monthly to share our lives. For information, talk to Deborah deborahsmith@mtside.org or Josh joshsmith@mtside.org.

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Contemplative Rhythm – 4th Sunday Evening Prayer

On the 4th Sunday of the month, from 6:15 – 7:30 PM in the south transept of the Sanctuary, we will create a quiet space and time to engage in contemplative prayer practices together as we listen for the voice of God in our midst. This prayer service is suitable for adults and high school ages. Upcoming: January 26. With questions, contact Deborah deborahsmith@mtside.org.

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How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi Book Club

This group will be facilitated by Joel Perez. It begins on Sunday, January 5th at 12:15 PM at 303 W. Colorado and will run until Sunday, February 9th. Feel free to bring your lunch. At each meeting we will be covering three chapters of the book at a time. You do not need to attend every session. If you want to be a part of the discussion you can come having read the three chapters we will be covering for any particular meeting.

For questions you can email Joel at joel_perez_2002@yahoo.com.

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During the Week

Girl Scout Cookies!

It’s almost Girl Scout cookie season and the Mountainside Girl Scouts (Sydney, Grace, Olive, Grace, and Isla) will be ready with cookies at church on Sunday January 26th and February 2. Most boxes are $5 each (thin mints, samoas, do-si-dos, Tagalongs, trefoils, and the new lemon ups), with the exception of S’mores and Toffeetastic (GF) which are $6. Cash or check payment preferred. Cookies are available for purchase between January 26th to March 8, but we’ll only bring cookies to church on those two Sundays (unless otherwise requested!).

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MEN’S GATHERING

ALTERNATING TUESDAYS/THURSDAYS @ 8:00 PM EVERY OTHER WEEK

Tuesday, 1/28 – 432 E. Lemon Avenue, Monrovia – Host: Nate Ritzau

Thursday, 2/13 – 347 W. Colorado Blvd, Monrovia – Host: Jeff Westra

Tuesday, 2/25 – 177 N. Encinitas Avenue, Monrovia – Host: Tim Scheidler

Thursday, 3/12 – 1603 3rd Street, Duarte – Host: David Smith

Tuesday, 3/24 – 432 W. Lime Avenue, Monrovia – Host: Jason Samuelian

Thursday 4/9 – 518 W. Olive Avenue, Monrovia – Host: Daniel Lundgren

Tuesday, 4/21 – 324 E. Colorado Blvd, Monrovia – Host: Josh Smith

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Confirmation & High School News

To get the full picture on what the youth of Mountainside are up to, sign up to receive the Teen Tidings. Email: youth@mountainsidecommunion.org.

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2nd Friday @ 303 West

On the 2nd Friday of the month, shared work and shared childcare will be available at 303 West from 10:00 AM – Noon. RSVP is helpful to Deborah at deborahsmith@mtside.org.

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Looking Ahead

Vocation Groups – Organizing for this Spring

Coming alongside one another and discerning what God is doing in our lives. Sign up for the Spring group, starting in April. Deborah deborahsmith@mtside.org

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Group Camping Weekend April 24-26

Who loves to camp? Please join us for a weekend at Sage Hill Campground in Santa Ynez. We’ve booked 3 group sites that can accommodate 30 cars and 150 people.

Link to the website:   https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/231960

Brief description: Nestled in the Santa Ynez Mountain Range, Sage Hill Campground is a great group camping spot with easy access to the Santa Ynez River. Spend time fishing or take in the epic scenery on one of the trails designed for both hikers and horseback riders.

Cost to be determined once we have a definitive number of people (roughly $5/person if we max out). We’ll also coordinate a couple of group meals once we get a head count. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e48a4a729a20-camping

Questions? Contact Janeen Samuelian janeen_samuelian@yahoo.com or Heather Castle heathermcastle@gmail.com

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 Contact Mountainside

Sunday Service: 10:00 AM

Tithes and Offerings: We are praying for 45 households giving consistently on a monthly basis. For those who prefer automatic payments, you can set up “automatic bill pay” through your bank or you can give through PayPal by clicking here. Please be aware that Mountainside is charged a fee for contributions that arrive via PayPay. Jennifer Perez or Jake Steedman can answer any questions about eliminating these fees at giving@mtside.org.

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.org

Deborah Smith deborahsmith@mtside.org

Sonia Luginbuhl sonialuginbuhl@mtside.org

Tiffany Westra tiffanywestra@mtside.org

Misty Easton-Wise mistyeastonwise@mtside.org

Brad Griffin bradgriffin@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

Monrovia Community Garden:

Website: monroviacommunitygarden.org

Email:kristinritzau@monroviacommunitygarden.org