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"The Weekly Window"

February 18, 2021

Claremont United Methodist Church

In This Issue:

  • A Word from Rev. Karen
  • A Contemporary Word
  • Lenten Dismantling Racism Study
  • "The Black Church" Documentary
  • "Life Goes On" Returns
  • Adjourned Charge Conference
  • Our Prayers
  • Musical Meditation from Katie
  • The 79th Anniversary of the U.S. Japanese Internment
  • Listening Session with Rev. Erin Hawkins
  • CUMC's Website Links

A Word from Rev. Karen

Holy Vessels

Dear CUMC friends in faith,

My prayers are with each one of you as we join together in a Lenten journey of healing and hope.

Each week during Lent, we will consider healing stories of Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew. And each week we will focus on one aspect of our lives for healing and recovery.

Our hope and prayer will be to focus on our own healing of mind and body and spirit in order to recover the strength we need to engage the service and care of our community and the world and to engage anew our ministries for justice and peace.

This week, we consider our physical health. What healing do we need to strengthen our bodies? For some of us, this may mean more rest; for others of us, more movement. And, for many of us, we may begin to plan for appointments for physical care that have been delayed in the past year.

Our youth are offering us an opportunity during Lent to move and to help others as we do so. They have created a March for Change that allows us all to move in real life or virtually and raise funds to contribute to organizations working to dismantle racism. They will share more with a video invitation during worship.

Our worship this Sunday begins with these words:

"Each of us is created a precious and holy vessel of embodied love. We have been through a harrowing time since last Lent that has shattered our sense of wholeness –body, mind, and spirit – like a glass vessel fractured into pieces. Together let us join in a  Lenten “season of recovery” as we focus on Jesus, the Healer of our every ill."

And a prayer song we will repeat often during Lent says we are all holy vessels:


Vessels, holy and whole
Broken, needing the One
Open, body and soul
Healer, come.

In prayer and care,
Rev. Karen

A Contemporary Word

Each week in Lent, as a part of worship, we'll hear an "Ancient Word" on healing, coming from Scripture. We will also hear a "Contemporary Word," a quote from a more contemporary figure on healing. You'll see a different quote each week in the worship video, printed in the Sunday bulletin, and feature in the "Weekly Window." Below is this week's quote for this week's "Window":

A Lenten Dismantling Racism Study

Beginning THIS Sunday, February 21 at 11:00 a.m.

Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
Claremont UMC's Dismantling Racism Committee invites you to a six-week study during Lent of Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman. This will be a one-hour, Lenten Study via Zoombeginning on Sunday, February 21 at 11:00 a.m.

Please buy this short, powerful book, available on Amazon, or your favorite book retailer. Let's read together; let's reflect on what this wise prophet is saying to the disinherited and to all of us today. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi learned from him. There is a powerful voice that comes through from the disinherited that we need to hear.

You will receive the Zoom link for this class in the Saturday "Where to Find Worship" email. Be sure to look for it when you receive that email! Thank you for NOT sharing the Zoom information on social media!

Blessings, CUMC's Dismantling Racism Committee

You're Invited to Watch: "The Black Church: This is Our Story. This is Our Song."

CUMC's Dismantling Racism Committee invites all to watch this two-part PBS Documentary. It came to my attention that there is some confusion over airdates and times here in SoCal. I checked the SoCal PBS site and found that the documentary will air (both parts 1 and 2) on February 28 at 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. for part 1; and 2:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. for part 2. You can also watch Part 1 online here:

At the above link, toward the top, you'll see a link to see more airdates. And at the above link, if you scroll to the bottom, you'll see the video for part 1. I hope this is helpful!

Click HERE and HERE to see trailers and clips of the documentary. Click HERE and HERE to learn more about this amazing rich opportunity.

~ Jessica, Claremont UMC Office Administrator

"Life Goes On" Returns

Wednesday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Part of the human experience is facing all kinds of challenges, dealing with loss, and working our way through grief that at times can threaten to overwhelm us. In the last 12 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us with even more sadness. We need the comfort and support of our faith community. As in the past, Life Goes On responds to this need by offering support, comfort, and objective information in a safe and confidential setting.

Life Goes On resumes its monthly gatherings – this time via Zoom – on Wednesday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. by considering the theme of Sadness and Resilience in the Time of COVID. Each gathering begins with prayer and a short presentation, followed by small group discussion of whatever feels important to the participants. Watch for the Zoom link the week leading up to February 24th.  All are welcome.

Life Goes On will continue on the fourth Wednesday of the month through the spring. You may drop in as your schedule allows. If you have questions, please contact Paula Hui. If you need Paula's contact info., email the CUMC office at

Special Adjourned Charge Conference Now in March

Rescheduled for Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

Our adjourned charge conference to consider the 2021 budget has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. All are invited to attend virtually. We'll send out  the Zoom information closer to the date.

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

The hymn for this week is "O Love, How Deep" found in The United Methodist Hymnal, no. 267.

Click HERE and enjoy!
~ Katie Franklin Ledsinger

National Japanese American United Methodist Caucus Service

to Mark Internment of U.S. Japanese

LOS ANGELES — A virtual service to commemorate the 79th anniversary of the executive order that led to the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II is set for Friday, February 19. The worship at 7 p.m. U.S. Pacific time will involve clergy and laity from historically Japanese American United Methodist congregations. It is sponsored by the National Japanese American United Methodist Caucus. To read more, click HERE.

Listening Session with Erin Hawkins

sponsored by the California-Pacific Conference Laity Council

Save the Date
Saturday, March 6, 2021
11:00 a.m.

Cal-Pac Laity Council cordially invites YOU!
Listening Session
Guest Speaker: Erin Hawkins, Executive Director of Connectional Ministries
A time to share your concerns, ask questions, and see how we can be ONE in ministry!

All East District Lay Leaders and interested leaders of the Church are invited to attend. The ZOOM link will be provided as the date draws nearer. Email Jessica at if you are interested in this virtual event.

Claremont UMC Website

Mask Parade during Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper

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