Weekly Update

John 10: 11-15 (CEB)

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. When the hired hand sees the wolf coming, he leaves the sheep and runs away. That’s because he isn’t the shepherd; the sheep aren’t really his. So the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them. He’s only a hired hand and the sheep don’t matter to him. I am the good shepherd. I know my own sheep and they know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. I give up my life for the sheep.”

Hello Mountainside,

We hope that your week is going well as we navigate these beautiful and strange summer days.

When the pastoral team was deciding who would write this greeting for the Tidings, we wondered if Tiffany could because Green Starfish Camp is coming – and she is sharing with all of us the Godly Play Story of the Good Shepherd for our sermon this Sunday! She declined. Her week is a bit full.

Even so, in talking about the shape of the liturgy this week and “wondering questions”, she sent me an email with some thoughts that looked to me like this greeting! With her permission:

“The beauty of Godly Play is that it invites us to engage with what is happening in the story, which can be more difficult to do virtually, but is not impossible if we are prepared. We desire for people of all ages to engage with the teaching this Sunday. In the kids email for this week there is an invitation for kids to create their own story pieces so they can tell the story along with the storyteller during the teaching on Sunday.

I’ve attached a picture of a Lego recreation of this story as an example of DIY story pieces. There is also a stop motion animation of Zeke using the same pieces to retell the story. YouTube Link Here

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Our YCW and GP kids know this story well and an important way for them to continue to engage with it is through work/response/play and wondering. Adults can do this work, too. This story has so much for us in this season.

Things to wonder about as we prepare for Sunday:

The Good Shepherd leads his sheep to good grass, cool clear fresh water and goes before them in places of danger. The sheep know his voice. This 3 minute YouTube Video offers an example of sheep who know their shepherd’s voice.

Some things to think about this week as we prepare to hear the story.

I wonder if you have ever found good grass.I wonder if you have ever had the cool, clear, fresh, water touch you.I wonder if you have ever had to go through a place of danger.I wonder if you have ever been lost.I wonder if you have ever been found.I wonder if the Good Shepherd has ever called your name.”

See you Sunday!


At A Glance


* Young Children and Worship & Godly Play Circle via Zoom: 9:15 AM – 9:45 AM

* Sunday Liturgy via Live Streaming: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

* Coffee Chat and Check In Zoom Groups: 11:00 AM


* IRC Update

• Understanding the Supreme Court DACA Ruling

* Anti-Racism Resources


* Kid’s Weekly Summer Email

* Teen Tidings

* Adult Spiritual Formation Groups* Prayer Requests

* Compassionate Action


*Formal Mountainside Small Gatherings – Not Yet


* Green Starfish Camp is Back!

* Women After Work – July 10 – This Friday!

• All Things Pests, Critters, & Bugs Workshop – July 18* Financial Update

* Book for Misty

* Online Music Appreciation Summer Camp

* Bilingual Group Voice Lessons


Followers of Jesus

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

As we continue with our “Communion: Gathered (and Scattered) in Christ to Share Life with God” Series, we will take a look at the “I Am” statements of Jesus in the Gospel of John. Jesus seemed to know who he was and what work he was called to do. In these times of distress and disorientation, many of us are asking: Who am I? Where do I fit? How will my life matter? What work is mine to do? Let’s explore these questions as we gather, albeit at a distance, to worship God as we seek to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly in these days.

We are continuing to invite individuals and households to make 1-3 minute video clips, sharing where we are experiencing God these days and in this season. Please contact a member of the pastoral team if you are ready to make a video.

If you happen to be newer to Mountainside, please reach out to us to let us know! Send an email to info@mountainsidecommunion.org or to one of the pastors. We want to know you.

This Sunday

▪Young Children and Worship & Godly Play Circle via Zoom: 9:15 AM – 9:45 AM – Email Tiffany for password.

▪Sunday Liturgy via Live Streaming: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
▪Sunday Liturgy Document
▪Eucharist Zoom Link 
▪Coffee Check-In at 11:00 AM: Griffins/Yokotas; Luginbuhls/Veltmans
▪Confirmation/High School Groups: Sign up for the Teen Tidings at youth@mountainsidecommunion.org
▪Kids Weekly Summer Email- Missy and Tiffany have put together a great summer resource!

Summer Photos Play or Work

We want to see one another!! Please send Sonia a photo! For some of us that means play! For others that means sitting at the same desk, on the same porch, looking at the same computer screen. Show us your world!

Seeking Justice

IRC Update

The IRC is as busy as ever seeing clients this week through ZOOM and the newly installed plexiglass installed over the gate in the courtyard. Legal staff are now meeting at the IRC offices wearing masks and taking full COVID precautions. With the DACA ruling, the IRC is handling renewal cases as well as citizenship and U-Visa cases this week. Many clients face technology challenges in which case they can do “drive up” service with the legal staff using all the necessary precautions to handle their documents safely. We are hopeful that the Supreme Court ruling will result in the ability for new DACA applications to be filed but we are currently waiting to hear.

In Development, we have launched a monthly giving program called the Justice Circle. Staff, board and volunteers have been busy delivering a special surprise to all monthly givers and are planning the first on-line Justice Circle event coming this summer! Just today, we added 5 new Justice Circle members that translates to over $3,000 for the IRC this year! Want to be a member? Email Jean jean@ircsgv.org.

Want to volunteer? The Development team is losing two key volunteers soon. Would you like to help? Contact Jean: jean@ircsgv.org

Understanding the Supreme Court’s DACA Decision

What does the Supreme Court decision mean? The justices on a 5-4 vote upheld lower court rulings that found that Trump’s 2017 move to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, created in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, was unlawful. Conservative Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s four liberals in finding that the administration’s actions were “arbitrary and capricious” under a federal law called the Administrative Procedure Act.

Missy has shared a number of resources to help us all understand the ruling.



Anti-Racism Resources

Scene on Radio: Seeing White Podcast

If you are newer to the discussion of whiteness, or just need a refresher at this time, this podcast is an excellent primer. “Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series:

“Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story.

Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for?” (Scene on Radio © 2020)

Brené Brown with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist

In her “Unlocking Us” podcast, Brené Brown talks with professor Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and the Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. They talk about racial disparities, policy, and equality, but focus on How to Be an Antiracist, which is a groundbreaking approach to understanding uprooting racism and inequality in our society and in ourselves. Check it out.

Race & Healing: A Body Practice – On Being with Resmaa Menakem Podcast

“Therapist and trauma specialist Resmaa Menakem is working with old wisdom and very new science about our bodies and nervous systems, and all we condense into the word ‘race.’ “‘Your body — all of our bodies — are where changing the status quo must begin.’” The On Being ProjectCopyright © 2020

Loving Mercy

Kids Weekly Summer Email

If you have not yet clicked on the link to view the Kids Weekly Summer Email, you are missing out! The Kids Ministry Team is doing a fabulous job sharing spiritual formation resources, Godly Play story videos, videos from our kids, and Kammie’s Corner, featuring a story with her each week. They are also sharing age appropriate anti-racism resources as well. It is so beautiful! Check out the ways that these dedicated folks are loving on our young ones during this strange quarantine time.

Teen Tidings

This Friday (7/10) at 7:00 PM, the youth will virtually gather for another all-youth movie night! All youth (grades 5-12) are invited to join us over on Netflix Party to watch and chat about Clueless (PG-13)! Students will need access to a Netflix account and a computer with Chrome on which they can download the Netflix Party extension. I’ll reach out Friday evening with the Netflix Party link.

7/10: Clueless

7/17: Sherlock Holmes

7/24: Twister

7/31: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

If you have questions about using Netflix Party or suggestions about the schedule, please let Tricia know at youth@mountainsidecommunion.org.

Adult Spiritual Formation Groups – Planning for Fall

If you are interested in discussing and helping plan adult spiritual formation groups for this next season in our COVID impacted context, please reach out to Deborah. We will be scheduling a Zoom meeting to discern together what groups might serve our body in this time.

Prayer Requests

The prayer team is meeting each Tuesday at 7:30 AM to pray a liturgy together. You are welcome to join us for Tuesday morning prayer, or to join in daily prayer. If you have a prayer request or are interested in participating in this prayer ministry, please contact Erin or Deborah, and we will connect you. Send prayer requests to prayerteam@mtside.org.

Compassionate Action

The Compassionate Action team stewards ten percent of all the tithes and offerings given to Mountainside and looks for opportunities to use those funds to support families with need in our communities and around the world.

If you have a request on behalf of someone you know, please email the Compassionate Action team.

Food resources are available locally through Foothill Unity Center with drive-through service. Additionally, the IRC staff has compiled a list of local community resources throughout the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles County, which includes about 20 food resources. Catholic Social Services has also compiled a resource for Relief Funds for Undocumented Workers in California.

Unemployment Insurance Application Assistance

If you have been laid off during this time and need assistance in applying for Unemployment Insurance, Kevin Mulligan is offering his assistance. 

Walking Humbly

Mountainside Small Groups – A Cautious “Yes” Turns to “No”

Given the rise in the number of people who are testing positive for COVID-19 in California (and elsewhere), restrictions regarding gatherings – both indoors and outdoors – have tightened in the last week. On Thursday, July 2 in a LA County Health Department conference call meeting for faith communities, the current restrictions were clarified. In no uncertain terms, small group gatherings (youth group, Bible studies, etc.) – whether indoors or outdoors – are NOT permitted at this time; therefore, small group in-person gatherings that are formal Mountainside groups are on hold. Our hopeful, cautious “yes” has turned into “no” until the current upsurge in COVID-19 infections decreases and LA County loosens restrictions.

The Re-Opening Advisory Team will be meeting again later in the month to review any changes in regulations, in order to make recommendations to Diaconal.

Let’s continue to pray for all those suffering with COVID-19, for those who have lost loved ones, for front line workers, and for those working on a vaccine.

Celebrating Life

Green Starfish Camp – Starts July 13!

Green Starfish is going virtual this summer! Camp begins next Monday, July 13 and will run for three consecutive weeks. Activities are geared toward preschool – elementary school aged kids, but all are welcome. All projects will be done at home using your own materials and instructions will be sent weekly via email. More info can be found here Kids Weekly Summer Email. 


Women After Work – This Friday, July 10 at 7:30 PM!

Whether you work for love or money, join with other women of Mountainside to connect about life in your world. Gather some snacks, your favorite beverage, and get comfortable. We will meet on Friday evening at 7:30 PM via Zoom. For questions, contact Megan or Deborah.

All Things Pests, Critters, and Bugs – July 18 Workshop

Our first Zoom workshop was such a success that we are also hosting our next one online too. On July 18th from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM, the Garden Leadership Team will walk you through ways to animal- and insect-proof your gardens. This is one of our most asked-for workshops and we are excited to help you in your endeavors. To register, email Kristin at info@monroviacommunitygarden.org.


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Mountainside has been blessed with a strong financial situation so far this fiscal year, which began April 1st. While tithing is about $3,500 under budget so far, this is more than made up by a significant reduction in expenses due to not being able to gather in our usual ways. In addition, a significant cushion has resulted from the Payroll Protection Program, which provided about $25,000 each to Mountainside and the IRC.

Compassionate Action also is in position of being able to provide significant resources due to a $35,000 grant from the California Community Foundation and more than $16,500 of designated gifts, in addition to receiving 10% of general giving as usual.

We are grateful for your generosity in these challenging times. If you would like to give online, you may do so through your bank’s online bill pay or at http://www.mountainsidecommunion.org/giving/. You may also mail checks to the office at 303 W Colorado if you would prefer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact giving@mountainsidecommunion.org.

Book for Misty and Gift Update

Hi everyone! I am continuing to work on a book of memories, notes, blessings, prayers and photos for Misty. I am looking to finish this by the end of the month. If you haven’t yet – you now have the month of July to offer contributions! Feel free to write something or dig up any photos of Misty in her pastoral role that you’d like to be included. You can send them to me (Beth) via e-mail or snail mail. Thanks in advance!

Thank you Mountainside for your generosity! Together, we were able to collect $800 for a gift for Misty! Although we had hoped to send her away to her favorite retreat center in Big Sur, the need for a new computer took precedence when her hard-drive crashed and refused all technical repair efforts. Our gift is helping her with this needed tool. Thank you to Chase for collecting this gift!

Online Music Appreciation Summer Camp

Hola! For the month of June, I’ll be giving an Online Music Appreciation Summer Camp on Saturday mornings from 10:00 – 10:45 AM. Cost is donation based. A significant amount of the proceeds will go to the La Fuente Ministry Benevolence fund and to the Immigration Resource Center of San Gabriel Valley, to help members in the community that are struggling financially due to COVID-19. To register or to learn more about the classes, click here: Flier Questions? Feel free to contact me at the IRC office.

Bilingual Group Voice

¡Hola! Through Zoom, students will be able to receive bilingual (Spanish-English) introduction of musical vocabulary, note reading, rhythm patterns, and study of bilingual worship songs. For upcoming sessions, please contact me at the IRC office. ¡Gracias! Link

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, Jennifer Perez, or Erin Cox. They will be happy to help. PayPal continues to be available, but PayPal charges Mountainside a percentage fee.

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

Monrovia Community Garden:
Website: monroviacommunitygarden.org