Weekly Update


John 11: 17-25 (CEB)

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Bethany was a little less than two miles from Jerusalem. Many Jews had come to comfort Martha and Mary after their brother’s death. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him, while Mary remained in the house. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died. Even now I know that whatever you ask God, God will give you.” Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha replied, “I know that he will rise in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live, even though they die.”


Greetings Friends,

I don’t know about you, but the dynamic of quarantine life has mixed up my sense of seasonal timing. Spring shifted into summer with little change. June gloom has lingered – happily. But now we are at the end of July and online school this fall is looming large. My sense of summer spaciousness has evaporated into low grade anxiety about getting set up for school at home in the next month. And, our daughters are older!

Two bright spots for me this summer have been the amazing work of the Kids’ Ministry Team, with all the engagement they have fostered, and the ways that this work has been integrated into our Sunday mornings through technology, and those possessed of these skills!

I have been wowed by all the fantastic skills on display each week in the Kids Summer Weekly Email as well as in Green Starfish Camp! Tiffany, Missy, Ben, Kammie, and so many others have been sharing their gifts and talents extravagantly this summer so that our younger members creatively engage God’s good creation. I have even heard of new video editing skills being developed in certain households! If you have not had a chance yet, check out what you are missing. The videos are delightful!

With the limitations of “safer-at-home” orders, being with one another digitally has been and is a profound gift to our body: Sunday “Streaming Live”, Zoom groups, testimonies, day in the life videos, scripture readings, Cooking with O, Minute to Win It, science experiments, and so many painting options in Green Starfish! There will be more to come from all of us because we are here for a while.

I guess this is a gratitude greeting. Thank you to everyone who has and is loving our body in this way. And those who haven’t yet, we hope to catch a glimpse of you soon too!

Blessings in these last weeks of summer,Deborah

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

* Snap & Send: Photos of Fall Work/Study Space by Aug. 9


* Justice Circle

* IRC Volunteers Needed

* IRC Gala

• DACAmented

* Anti-Racism Resources


* Kids Weekly Summer Email

* Youth at Mountainside

* Adult Spiritual Formation Groups

* Tuesday Morning Prayer

* Compassionate Action


* Economic Assistance for Parents in New Online Learning Realities

• Safer-At-Home


* Women After Work – This Friday at 7:30 PM!

* Green Starfish Camp is Amazing!

* Corn Recipes from the Garden

* Bilingual Group Voice Lessons – New Session in August


Followers of Jesus

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

As we near the end of our series “Communion: Gathered (and Scattered) in Christ to Share Life with God” Series, we will take a look at the final “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. He seemed to know the way to go.

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.

Snap & Send: Photos of Fall Work/Study Space

On Sunday, August 16 we’ll be recognizing the transition into a new school year! Please send a picture of your FALL WORK SPACE (kids and adults!) to Scott Crozier. Images will be shared during worship that Sunday.

This Sunday Morning

▪Young Children and Worship & Godly Play Circle via Zoom: 9:15 AM – 9:45 AM  – Email Tiffany at tiffanywestra@mtside.org 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: Westras/Smiths 

Seeking Justice

Justice Circle – A Community of Monthly Givers

You are invited to join Justice Circle, a community of monthly givers to the IRC. At $10 or more per month, you receive this cool IRC mug, invitations to Justice Circle events online and listing on the Justice Circle website. Monthly donations help us plan for the future and maintain a stable cash flow. We have added 10 new Justice Circle members that translates to over $6000 for the IRC this year! Sign up here:

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For those of you who are already Justice Circle members, We are grateful for you!

IRC Volunteer Needed

Do you enjoy data entry? The IRC seeks a volunteer for a data project that can be done from home. email Jean at IRC for more information

Save the Date – IRC’s largest fundraiser of the year!

Stand With Our Neighbors Annual Gala & Auction is scheduled for October 24, 2020 at 6:00 PM. Live streaming on a screen near you! Invitations landing in August! Here is a sneak preview of one of the auction items this year! Can you guess the artist?



If you have heard the word DACAmented and wondered what this means, it is a play on words, signaling that our Dreamer friends and neighbors have a place of legitimacy and welcome in America – as upheld by the Supreme Court! Although the Supreme Court ruled to uphold DACA nearly a month ago, the Trump administration has not made moves yet to accept applications of Dreamers. Here is an update from edsource.org.

Anti-Racism Resources

White Fragility

‘White fragility’ is a term coined by Robin DiAngelocan which can be a trigger word for some until the concept is defined. Check out this CNN article where she explores this concept, inviting white bodies into understanding and change.

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

Participate in a neighborhood walking photo scavenger hunt. Meet up at this Zoom on Saturday, July 25th at 9:00 AM to receive the list and directions. Then you’ll spend the next hour finding items on the list & taking photos. Rejoin the Zoom at 10:30 am to share your great finds with friends and learn who earned the most points on their scavenger hunt.

Youth at Mountainside – Teen Tidings

Youth programs will be taking a two-week break at the beginning of August.

To give students, families, and leaders time to rest before whatever the fall season brings, all youth programs will take a short break from Sat. 8/1 to Sat. 8/15. Barring other significant changes (like the end of quarantine), Confirmation and High School programming will resume on Sun. 8/16.

Adult Spiritual Formation Groups – Planning for Fall 2020 – Spring 2021

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 at deborahsmith@mtside.org. Desires noted thus far have to do with connecting more deeply with God, with one another, and continuing to engage in anti-racist action and reflection. We will be scheduling a Zoom meeting at the end of August to discern together what kind of groups might serve our body in this time.

Tuesday Morning Prayer at 7:30 AM

Join with the prayer team Tuesday at 7:30 AM to pray for the life of our world and our body together. The morning time is open to join in when you can. If you have a prayer request or are interested in participating in this prayer ministry, please contact Erin or Deborah at deborahsmith@mtside.org, 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

Economic Assistance for Parents in New Online Learning Realities

Working parents or guardians may be eligible for unemployment benefits if their child’s school is shut down or is offering distance learning only and parents have to miss work to care for their child. These individuals can apply for Unemployment benefits through UI Online and EDD representatives will determine eligibility on a case-by-case basis by potentially scheduling a phone interview for more information if needed.

If a parent or guardian quits a job, the EDD is required by law to determine if the individual had “good cause” for doing so before determining potential eligibility for UI benefits. Generally, an individual must continue to remain able and available to work in order to be eligible for benefit payments. But individuals could qualify for benefits if, for example, there are no other options for child care available.

If an employer has temporarily allowed a parent or guardian to work less than full-time hours due to a child care situation, those individuals could be considered eligible for reduced unemployment benefits.That would all depend on the amount of the individual’s weekly earnings and whether he or she meets all other eligibility requirements.

In the event that an individual is not eligible for regular UI benefits and they have primary caregiving responsibility for a child who is unable to attend school as a direct result of COVID-19, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits may be available. Kevin may be able to assist individuals. 


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 few weeks. With the reversal to safer-at-home again at the end of last, the Re-Opening Advisory Team and Diaconal will continue to monitor the regulations to see when it is safe and permissible to gather together again.

Statewide Public Health Order – July 13, 2020

*LA Dept of Public Health Order – July 14, 2020

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

Women After Work – This Friday, July 24 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 at deborahsmith@mtside.org.

Green Starfish Camp

Here are a couple of fun activities from Green Starfish Camp

Make a LEGO boat with Joel: Everyone needs a good boat in Hawaii! Make a LEGO jetski with Silas: Super Girl and Water Polo Coach love to jetski! Build a sweet ride for them!


Corn Recipes from the Garden

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Check out the new corn recipes that Kristin and the Garden Leadership Team are putting together!

Bilingual Group Voice – New Session in August

¡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 Rosa at IRC. ¡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