We begin this new year with a sense of relief that the old year has passed and trepidation for the challenges that lie ahead. We grieve the lives lost to coronavirus and those cut short or denied flourishing by the racism that continues to grip our nation. Our concerns for the new year are many and complex.
And still, we are a people of hope. Jesus has taught us that death and destruction are not the end of his story or ours. Resurrection leads to new life and new possibilities that are beyond our imaginings.
To help us better understand and live into our resurrection hope, we have the special opportunity to join by ZOOM with our friend and mentor, Dr. John B. Cobb, Jr. John will discuss his most recent and very personal prophetic work: Salvation: Jesus’s Mission and Ours. The book summarizes a lifetime of reflection and vision by this eminent prophet and scholar in our midst.
Six consecutive Sundays, beginning January 10 through February 14 @ 11 am. to noon.
Jesus announced the basileia theou (divine commonwealth) in his mission to save his people from Rome and from their own proclivity to violence. To follow Jesus today is to adopt the most inclusive mission in our day—“to save the world from the self-destruction on which it now seems bent.” Dr. Cobb is frank about the dilemmas we face in freeing American self-understanding from its “Christianism” and “modern” metaphysics. He likens Jesus’s mission to today’s invitation to an “ecological civilization,” (which is called for in the constitution of China), and he celebrates the emergence of “communities of communities” and “ecological economics.”
Order the book from your favorite book dealer. Begin reading and savoring the wisdom now. Join us on ZOOM to enhance your learning journey. You should have received the email with the Zoom information yesterday. It will also be included in our Saturday "Where to Find Worship" email.
Rev. Karen is enjoying some well-deserved vacation time. She will be back and joining everyone for Dr. Cobb's conversational class on Sunday, January 10.
Special Adjourned Charge Conference
To be rescheduled for early February.
Our adjourned charge conference to consider the 2021 budget will be rescheduled for early February to give Finance and Trustee committees more time to prepare and present a 2021 General Fund budget. We will share the new date as soon as it is confirmed. This also provides each administrative committee to meet in January to consider budget needs.
Virtual Conversations with John Cobb
Starting THIS Sunday, January 10, 2021!
What a delight to start the New Year with amazing food for thought and faith.
Dr. Cobb preaches this Sunday, January 10, the Sunday we celebrate the baptism of Jesus. He will then be with us for conversation about his most recent book, Salvation, facilitated by Rev. Ron Hines, board member of the Cobb Institute.
See Rev. Martha's article above for more information on the class.
The zoom link for the class has been sent out separately, and will also be included in the Saturday "Where to Find Worship" email. Thank you for not sharing the zoom link on social media.
Keeping Safe at A Distance
An Important Message from our District Superintendent
Dear Sisters and Brothers of the East District,
As we move into the New Year, there have been new questions about restrictions for worship gatherings following the Supreme Court's decision on November 25th. In that decision the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against the Government of New York setting regulations for worship gatherings that were more strict than regulations for retailers, offices and factories. The ruling was based on the Courts understanding of the First Amendment’s guarantee of Religious Liberty. On December 3, the Court also vacated the same restrictive guidelines in California.
While these rulings address a matter of constitutional law lifting governmental ability to restrict religious worship, it does not change the California-Pacific Conferences dedication to participate in our local efforts to eradicate the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting scientific and health care experts recommended guidelines to curb this deadly contagion.
To that end we continue to freely worship as the Body of Christ, but for the United Methodist Churches of the California-Pacific Conference, we will continue to do so only virtually and in approved outdoor settings. We pray for patience and endurance so that the vaccines which are now being deployed can bring us to the place we can joyfully embrace in our Sanctuaries. When that day comes, we will all gather together and lift our voices in thankful praise for the health of our families of faith.
Rev. Melissa Roux Mackinnon
East District Superintendent
CUMC Men's Enrichment Group
The Men’s Enrichment Group continues to “meet” through a rotating buddy system, connecting via telephone, email, and post. The group also continues fellowship, individual sharing, and devotional study via Zoom on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. We are now using While We Wait: Living the Questions of Advent, by Mary Lou Redding, a study and devotional book throughout Advent and into Epiphany. You are invited, and would be welcomed, to join with us. Contact DarEll Weist or Ron Harrington or email: email@example.com for more information. The next Zoom gathering will be on Wednesday, January 13 at 8:00 a.m.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 "When Jesus Came to Jordan" from The United Methodist Hymnal, no. 252. Click HERE and enjoy!
Happy January Birthday!
Please contact the church office if we accidentally failed to list your birthday (or if we have it incorrect), and please accept our apologies!
1 - Jake Morales
2 - Stephanie Mohl
3 - Dick Bunce
3 - Kurt Howard
3 - Collin O'Connor
4 - Gerry Loritsch
5 - Allison Benton
6 - Soheyl Alobaidi
6 - Merrell Baker
6 - Pam Coburn
6 - Georgia Shannon
7 - Eloise Cadman
7 - Robert Willsey
8 - Maura Carter
8 - Dave Laybourn
9 - Tim Viggers
12 - Jenna Mohl
12 - Emily Viggers
12 - Carl Williams
14 - Pat Clark
14 - Mauricio Cordova
14 - Barbara Martin
15 - Guy Steenhuizen
16 - Mary Elizabeth Moore
16 - Howard Yeager
17 - Donny Schipper
17 - David Sohn
18 - Tria Belcourt
19 - Kristen Strauss
19 - Hannah Zachary
20 - Katie Logsdon
22 - Clay Barrett
22 - Jacob Polamero
25 - Savannah Chalifoux
27 - Veronica Arevalo
28 - Katie Franklin Ledsinger
28 - Caleb Zachary
30 - Cameron Connor
30 - Mary Johnson
31 - Pam Bunce
31 - Susan Hume
31 - Stephanie Rhoades