Weekly Update

The Lord’s power overcame me, and while I was in the Lord’s spirit, he led me out and set me down in the middle of a certain valley. It was full of bones. He led me through them all around, and I saw that there were a great many of them on the valley floor, and they were very dry. He asked me,“Human one, can these bones live again?” I said, “Lord God, only you know.”

Ezekiel 37:1-3 (CEB)

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Greetings Mountainside,

It was very meaningful to worship together this past Sunday via live stream. Thanks to everyone who joined and who worked so hard to make it happen. As I continue to meditate on Psalm 23 I find great comfort in the reminder that God has been known to shepherd and host people through terrains much like the ones we are in now, whether they be experienced as green pastures or dark valleys or some of both. I pray that you are able to sense God’s faithful love and goodness pursuing you this week right where you are.

This week Misty and I will continue our series, “Communion: Gathered (and Scattered) in Christ to Share Life with God” by exploring the amazing vision found in Ezekiel 37. I encourage you to be prayerfully reading that in preparation for worship.

The pastoral team and Diaconal Gathering continue to organize our church life during this disorienting time. We will once again worship together via live stream this Sunday and have opportunities to connect after worship and throughout the week. See below for more details.

God is with us, my friends. Fear not, my friends. Love one another, my friends. May the peace of Christ be with us.

Josh

At A Glance

THIS SEASON

▪Communion: Gathered (and Scattered) in Christ to Share Life with God

Message from Tiffany

SUNDAY LITURGY

Godly Play Circle via Zoom: 9:15 AM – 9:45 AM 

(Email tiffanywestra@mtside.org for password.)

Sunday Services via Live Streaming: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday Liturgy Document

Coffee & Check-In Groups via Zoom: 11:00 AM  – Noon: 

Griffins/Jones; Luginbuhls/WestrasEaston-Wises/Smiths.

LIFE TOGETHER

. . . Connecting with One Another

* Centralized Communication

• Teen Tidings

• Compassionate Action

• Life Around 303 West

. . . During the Week

* Connecting with the Pastoral Team

* Bilingual Voice Lessons: via Zoom!

* Group Camping Weekend – Pending

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This Season

Communion: Gathered (and Scattered) in Christ to Share Life with God

Over the next few weeks, Mountainside will continue to move through a series called “Communion: Gathered (and Scattered) in Christ to Share Life with God.” Who am I? Where do I fit? How will my life matter? These timeless and timely questions are asked by people in almost any stage of life. Times of disorientation bring these questions to the surface even quicker. Our Lenten lectionary passages address these questions by inviting the reader into the mystery of communion with God through the stories of Israel & Jesus. Mountainside is exploring these passages as a way to encourage one another towards life with God. Join us each week via the Mountainside live stream as we are (digitally) gathered in Christ to make meaning of this mystery together.

Sunday Liturgy

We will be gathering for worship again this Sunday via Live Streaming on YouTube.

Godly Play Circle via Zoom: 9:15 AM – 9:45 AM

Sunday Services via Live Streaming: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

▪Coffee & Check-In Groups via Zoom: 11:00 AM – Noon

Griffins/Jones – Coffee & Check-In 

Luginbuhls/Westras – Coffee & Check-In 

Easton-Wises/Smiths – Coffee & Check-In

The liturgy for this week is posted here, on Facebook, and on Instagram.

• Sunday Liturgy Document

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Life Together

CONNECTING WITH ONE ANOTHER

Centralized Communication

The Mountainside Tidings, the Mountainside Communion Facebook Group, and the new Mountainside Communion Instagram account will be our central hubs for sharing information about our life together. If you are not signed up for these groups, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible.

Mountainside Tidings -Please sign up by sending an email request to info@mountainsidecommunion.org

Mountainside Communion Facebook Group – If you are on Facebook, search for Mountainside Communion and request to be added to the group.

Mountainside Communion Instagram – Follow Mountainside Communion’s Instagram account for updates, to list prayer requests.

Mountainside Directory – Included in a letter sent to each household is a list of emails and phone numbers. Be the church. Stay connected.

Confirmation & High School News

To get the full picture of what the youth of Mountainside are up to, sign up for the Teen Tidings.

Compassionate Action

If you want to be additional “hands & feet” for extending care to our various neighbors in the coming weeks, please put your name on a list by texting Sonia.

Life Around 303 West

While the offices of 303 West will be closed for at least one month, staff will be working at home.

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DURING THE WEEK

Connecting with the Pastoral Team

The pastoral team has scheduled group Zoom gatherings open to everyone who wants to connect.

  • Thursday, 3/26 at 8:30 PM with Tiffany
  • Friday, 3/27 at 10:00 AM with Deborah
  • Monday, 3/30 at 10:00 AM with Sonia
  • Tuesday, 3/31 at 9:30 PM with Misty
  • Wednesday, 4/1 at Noon with Josh
  • Thursday, 4/1 at 3:00 PM with Tiffany
  • Friday, 4/3 at 10:00 AM with Deborah

Bilingual Group Voice or Piano Lessons via Zoom!

¡Hola! I’m starting group voice lessons that will take place on Wednesdays for five week sessions via Zoom! If your child likes to sing, we will be learning songs in both Spanish and English, with special attention given to Spanish worship songs for Mountainside to use on Sunday mornings. I also teach piano. For more information, please contact me at (510) 812-9823, via email rosacandidaramirez@gmail.com ¡Gracias!

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Contact Mountainside
Tithes and Offerings: We thank you for your continued commitment to worshiping God through tithes and offerings. If you would like to learn how to automate your tithes and offerings, please contact Finance Team members
Jake Steedman (jsteedman09@gmail.com),
Jennifer Perez (jenniferperez.cpa@gmail.com), or
Erin Cox (erin.fitzgerald.cox@gmail.com).
They will be happy to help.

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:
If you have pastoral care needs, the pastoral team is open to connecting in a variety of ways all with appropriate “physical distancing”. Reach out to schedule a time.
▪Josh – joshsmith@mountainsidecommunion.org
▪Deborah – deborahsmith@mountainsidecommunion.org
▪Sonia – sonialuginbuhl@mountainsidecommunion.org
▪Tiffany – tiffanywestra@mountainsidecommunion.org
▪Misty – misty@mountainsidecommunion.org
▪Brad – bradgriffin@mountainsidecommunion.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