Weekly Update

Church Life

Holy Week 2019

Palm Sunday – 14 April 2019 – Worship will begin at 10:00 AM and we’ll be celebrating Jesus’ unique and triumphal entry into Jerusalem, before he made his way to the cross. We will have a “normal” service with a little extra celebration with palms.

Maundy Thursday/Last Supper Meals – 18 April 2019 – Details TBD: At least one hosted in Monrovia at the Luginbuhl’s; the Easton-Wises will host a meal at their apartment in Glendale. Details of other meals will be included as soon as we have them. If you are interested in participating or in hosting a meal please contact Misty or Sonia.

Good Friday Afternoon Service – The church sanctuary will be open from 2:00 PM. to 3:30 PM for a child-friendly time of reflection. There will be materials out for children and adults to engage with. Please feel free to come and go anytime in this time frame. If you have questions, please contact Tiffany (tiffanywestra@mtside.org).

Good Friday PM Service – We will hold a contemplative dual language (Spanish/English) service at 7:00 PM in the church sanctuary. As this is a quieter service, it may not be suitable or engaging for younger children; but all are welcome to join as they would like.


Baptism is one of the practices that we observe on Easter Sunday. While one can be baptized at any time on any day, we set aside special time each Easter Sunday for baptisms. If you, or your child, are interested in being baptized, please reach out to one of our Pastors who would be happy to discern this with you. More details will be posted in following weeks regarding other practices and events throughout the Season. Mark your calendars for Easter Sunday – April 21st, 2019.


If you are interested in publicly recognizing and concretizing your desire to raise your child as a disciple of Jesus, but are not ready for baptism, you can also have your child dedicated either on Easter Sunday, or at any other time throughout the year.

EASTER SUNDAY – April 21st

Our celebration of Easter will begin at 9:00 AM on Sunday, April 21 with a finger food breakfast potluck in the parking lot/playground area. Bring something to share or just come! Our Easter Service will begin at 10:00 AM.

Prayer and Anointing

Each week during Eucharist we are offering prayer and anointing in the back by the Foyer and in the South Transept. Anointing is a symbol of God’s presence and spiritual anointing in our lives; it is a reminder that we are sealed in covenant with God in Christ. If we have been baptized, it is a reminder of our baptism, too. If we have not been baptized, it is a symbol of hope and trust in God’s love and God’s future. All are welcome to receive prayer and anointing.

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!

Mountainside All-Church Retreat • Save the Date + NEW INFO

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:

1st installment ~ April 28th – $20 deposit OR Adults $70/Youth $50/Children $50 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 fundraise 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

Christian Practice of Hospitality

Compassionate Action has extended space and opportunities to share meals with two families this week: one being hosted in our church guest room, and the other (a family of 6) being hosted nearby as well. If you would like to get involved in any way, and make these families feel welcome, please text Sonia.

Youth Choir:

For youth, 1st – 12th grades, please sing with us on Easter Sunday! Practice is this Sunday, April 14th, 12:00-12:30 PM; in the sanctuary. Please text Sonia if your children are participating.

Lost and Found

We are cleaning out the Lost & Found, which is located, like Harry Potter, in the cupboard under the stairs! All the great items will be displayed on the stage on April 14. Anything not claimed by Maundy Thursday, April 18, will be donated to Good Will. Come find those items you have been missing. Thank you!

Easter Egg Hunt at the Lundgren’s

We’ll have an Easter egg hunt (open to anyone) in our backyard and the adjacent park (Lucinda Garcia) on Easter afternoon at 2:30 PM. Please contact Megan at meglundgren@gmail.com for the address.

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, April 21

Retreat Fundraiser Easter Bake Sale

Artisan Bread $10 each (Only 2 dozen available) Gluten Free Treats $1 per serving Bring your cash. Proceeds fund the 2019 Retreat Scholarships.

Save the date for future Retreat Bake Sales:

Sun, May 26 Sun, June 30 Sun, July28 Sun, August 25

Call for Bakers & Sidewalk Sales:

If you’re interested in baking or helping sell goods, please contact Tamara Wolf at 626-319-4278 or tamarawannwolf@gmail.com to sign-up.

Monrovia Community Garden Update

Exciting movement is happening with Monrovia Community Garden! The website and application are now available at monroviacommunitygarden.org here:. Applications are available for Monrovia residents and MUSD families. Monrovia Community Garden will host a community-wide info meeting on Saturday, April 13th at 9:00 AM in the Library Community Room. We would love to see Mountainsiders come and support us in this endeavor! Stay tuned for more updates as we work towards the garden launching this summer! Questions can be directed to Kristin at gardendirector@monroviacommunitygarden.org.

Monrovia Community Garden Needs Your Cardboard!

We are holding a cardboard drive from now until the end of April. Please bring all of your non-glossy cardboard boxes to the church building. If you could tear them to be flat and stack them on top of the wood behind the playhouse on the playground that would be a huge help to us! Thank you! Questions? Contact Kristin gardendirector@monroviacommunitygarden.org

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

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