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Claremont United Methodist Church

The "Weekly Window"

October 28, 2020

In This Issue...

  • The Contents of each Issue

  • A Word from Rev. Karen

  • Our Prayers

  • Musical Meditation from Katie

  • Yoga with Melissa


  • Thanksgiving Meals

  • Contemplative Practice Gatherings

  • Reopening Task Force Update

  • CUMC's New Website Links

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A Word from Rev. Karen

Dear friends,

As November approaches, we reach what feels like a pause within this very long pause we find ourselves in.

Every November, on the first Sunday of the month, we pause to remember lives and loved ones lost in the past year.

We celebrate All Saints Day and we celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion.

We have experienced so much loss this year. Some of it we can name easily. especially the deaths of friends and loved ones.

Some we are only vaguely aware of until we remember something we used to enjoy -- like fellowship in person after worship on Sundays.

There are large griefs and small griefs, yet all make us tender-hearted.

All Saints Worship opens a space to name and hold these losses and feel surrounded by the light of Christ, Divine Light, holy presence.

For me, All Saints has often marked the beginning of all our autumn rituals and gatherings -- gatherings that will be very different this year.

And so, we find ways to hold on to hope. I find hope in the preparations our staff and worship team are already making for Advent and Christmas.

The message of the birth of Christ, God Emmanuel, born to be among humanity in very difficult and tumultuous times, seems more relevant and comforting than ever.

As we hear the Gospel reading of the beatitudes, read by some of our youth this Sunday, may we each find a blessing among them.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

May we all find comfort in our celebration this Sunday.

In prayer and care,
Rev. Karen 


We are praying for...

If you have someone you would like Claremont UMC to keep in prayer, and list on our prayer list, please email Jessica, Please indicate whether they are to be listed on the public prayer list, or kept private. Please pray for these dear ones on our prayer list, HERE.

A Musical Meditation from Katie

As a special piece for the "Weekly Window," Katie shares an audio of her playing a well-loved hymn! This week's hymn is "Morning Has Broken" from The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 145. Click HERE and enjoy!

Thanksgiving Meals for Inland Valley Hope Partners

Careful Caring Continues

As in years past, we would like to continue to provide Thanksgiving Dinners to those who are struggling to put food on the table through the Beta Center. We have decided that the least amount of contact would be accomplished by asking you to provide monetary contributions instead of actual food items this year. We can provide families with Stater Bros. Gift Cards. We can purchase the Gift Cards through the Preschool at Claremont UMC, which will also support them. Please consider purchasing a $25.00 gift card, which would purchase a turkey, or a $50.00 gift card, which would provide a complete meal.  
How do you do this? It is very simple. Email Leslie Biglin at Let Leslie know if you would like to contribute $25 or $50 (or more) toward this project. Then send your gift to Claremont UMC, making checks payable to CUMC with the designation for "Thanksgiving Boxes" on the memo line. Thank you for your contributions!

Contemplative Practice Gatherings

A series of evening gatherings to enjoy contemplative practices will take next week off, as it is Election Night. But the gathering will continue the following Tuesday, November 10, at 7 p.m.

These sessions are a time away, a break from the week and the day, to center and experience the benefits of contemplative prayer practice.

Nov 3 Election Night, no session

Nov 10 Sharing about Election, then contemplation
Dick Bunce and Rev. Barbara Troxell

Nov 17 Contemplation based on a spiritual leader
Bishop Charles Wesley Jordan

Join for one or for all. No prior experience in contemplative practice needed. 

The Zoom link is the same as the Sunday fellowship link and will also be sent in a reminder email each week on the day of the session.

CUMC Reopening Task Force

The Reopening Task Force received approval to create outdoor worship experiences in person. The first one in planning stages is an outdoor worship experience for youth later this year.

In order to hold these in-person experiences we need trained volunteers to direct car traffic and foot traffic and to ask screening questions and take temperatures. Until we have volunteers, we cannot begin these services. If you are willing to attend a training, likely in person, please respond to this email

On another note, we need to make clear that we will follow all conference and county protocols. The church office and all church facilities except the preschool remain closed. 

~  Sara Domonoske (Chair), John Mohl, Rev. Martha Morales, Jared Pugh, Rev. Karen Clark Ristine, Peggy Williams, Curtis Viggers, Pearl Viggers, Reopening Task Force
Claremont UMC Website

We are grateful for your prayers, presence, witness, service, and gifts!

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