John 14: 1-3 (CEB)
Don’t be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in me. My Father’s house has room to spare. If that weren’t the case, would I have told you that I’m going to prepare a place for you? When I go to prepare a place for you, I will return and take you to be with me so that where I am you will be too.
Early each morning, in a haze of sleepiness, one of our children greets us with these words, “WHAT do we have to eat?” And each morning we respond with a short list of options. This child grows increasingly frustrated as we tick off ideas. “But WHAT do we HAVE??” he asks with growing intensity. Not fully awake and responding only to a feeling in his body, it’s too much for him to make a conscious decision. Usually the best thing we can do is slap some butter and jam on a piece of toast and put it in front of him. Hunger satiated. Child and parents at peace.
Friends, this is exactly how I am feeling these days. My soul is hungry. Most of the time I can’t articulate what I need to satisfy the hunger. I feel too restless, too distracted or too exhausted to think my way out of the fog. Usually my go-to response when I am feeling unsettled is to do my way out of it, but many of those doing options have been taken away. The usual distractions of life have been put on hold, a quick fix is no longer an option, and daily I am confronted with my own hunger. Are you feeling hungry, too?
God! My God! It’s you – I search for you! My whole being thirsts for you! My body desires you in a dry and tired land, no water anywhere. Yes, I’ve seen you in the sanctuary; I’ve seen your power and glory. My lips praise you because your faithful love is better than life itself! So I will bless you as long as I’m alive; I will lift up my hands in your name. Psalm 63:1-4
My prayer today is that, however we may be experiencing this season, we are breathing in God’s very real presence in our lives. Last Sunday Josh reminded us that it is these glimpses of hope, beauty and truth that are real and lasting. In this season of Eastertide, I pray this good news sinks into our hearts, as God’s faithfulness, goodness, gentleness and love feed and nourish us. Jesus, the bread of life, is with us.
At A Glance
* Godly Play Circle via Zoom (Zoom ID: 879 9843 7996: 9:15 AM – 9:45 AM. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for password)
* Sunday Liturgy via Live Streaming: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
* Coffee & Check-In Groups via Zoom: 11:00 AM – Noon
LIFE TOGETHER. . . The Rest of Sunday
* Confirmation & High School News
. . . During the Week
* April Giving* Why a Prayer Team?
. . . Celebrating Life
* Meal Train for Wilson-Nye Family
* Bilingual Group Voice Lesson
. . . Connecting with One Another
* Connecting with the Pastoral Team
* Centralized Communication
* Green Starfish Summer Camp (June 8-12) Cancelled
RESOURCES FOR FRAGILE TIMES
* Compassionate Action
* Immigration Resource Center
* Unemployment Assistance
Communion: Gathered (and Scattered) in Christ to Share Life with God
Over the next 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. We are invited into the mystery of communion with God this week through the story of Jesus after the resurrection. We will continue to gather (via YouTube and Zoom) to make meaning of this mystery together.
And, we are inviting 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.
▪Godly Play Circle via Zoom: 9:15 AM – 9:45 AM – Email Tiffany email@example.com for password.
Call for Images: Ordinary Newness
As we continue in this season of quarantine, we are welcoming pictures of your ordinary life. Where are you finding liveliness – moments of freedom – a sense of God’s presence? Is anything being liberated in this time? Please send your photos to Sonia at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will continue to compile our images as we seek new ways of connecting. Look for them at 9:45 AM on YouTube each Sunday.
THE REST OF SUNDAY
Confirmation & High School News
The Confirmation and High School groups are meeting regularly via Zoom, including Friday movie nights for the 5th – 8th graders! To get the full picture of what the youth of Mountainside are up to, sign up for the Teen Tidings.
DURING THE WEEK
Giving for April
Thank you for continuing to worship through the giving of tithes and offerings. For April, our giving was $24,600, which is just over what we have budgeted for monthly giving. If you would like additional information about our budget, please feel free to contact Jenn Perez.
Why a Prayer Team?
One of the things that is remarkable about this time is how we are enacting what the church called “cloistered” existence. That is, there were people who largely closed themselves off from the outside world – almost always as a community – who were dedicated to various ministries. Many of them dedicated themselves to prayer as a key part of their “work,” and included the petitions of those who asked them for prayer in their own daily rhythms of worship.
We are forced into a similar kind of situation, and it seems good for us in this season – and all seasons to follow – to recall the truth of prayer as joining across time, space to God and to God’s people, to God’s creation.
The team offers set prayers for each day, mostly so we can enact “praying together” even as we must be apart. For those who can, we will gather virtually one day/week to remember that we are bodies who are also part of the body of Christ. If you are interested in participating in this prayer ministry, please contact Erin or Deborah at email@example.com. Send prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. ¡Gracias! Form
CONNECTING WITH ONE ANOTHER
Connecting with the Pastoral Team
If you would like to connect with the pastoral team, feel free to join scheduled Zoom gatherings. If you have more specific 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.
▪Thursday, 5/7 at 3:00 – 3:30 PM with Tiffany. Kids and Families Welcome – email email@example.com for password.
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.
GREEN STARFISH SUMMER CAMP (June 8-12) – CANCELLED
Resources for Fragile Times
During these uncertain times, many are experiencing financial need. While the stimulus checks being sent may help those eligible to receive them, others do not have access. If you find yourself in a situation where you do not need all, or even a portion, of your stimulus check, prayerfully consider donating those funds to Compassionate Action for immediate redistribution.
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. Compassionate Action will additionally be redistributing stimulus funds, as well as a small grant from the California Community Foundation for COVID19 hardships. If you have questions about how to share your stimulus check, please contact Ryan Greer.
If you have a request on behalf of someone you know, please email Jordan Boldt.
As COVID-19 continues to impact our communities in numerous ways, including economically, please know that in Monrovia and Pasadena, the Foothill Unity Center is open for drive-through food distribution.
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.
Missy Griffin has also shared a resource list that Catholic Social Services has compiled: Relief Funds for Undocumented Workers in California.
Immigration Resource Center
Although the doors at 303 West are closed, the Immigration Resource Center (IRC) is continuing to work (through technology) with clients to provide much needed services, helping people with: DACA, Applications for Naturalization, etc. This important work continues.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 – email@example.com
▪Deborah – firstname.lastname@example.org
▪Sonia – email@example.com
▪Tiffany – firstname.lastname@example.org
▪Misty – email@example.com
▪Brad – firstname.lastname@example.org
303 West Colorado Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016
Phone: (626) 358-7585
Immigration Resource Center:
Phone: (626) 509-9472
Monrovia Community Garden: