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Claremont United Methodist Church

The "Weekly Window"

August 26, 2020

In this Issue

CUMC on YouTube CUMC on YouTube
CUMC on the WEB CUMC on the WEB

In this Issue, cont'd.

A Word from Rev. Karen

Many of us have begun to experience a common feeling in an uncommon time: Fall is near.
We turn toward some of the traditions of fall -- the start of school for many, the holidays we associate with fall, starting with Labor Day.
In many years, this is a time of turning and returning.

The clergy and worship team members are already beginning to plan for Advent.
It's not quite time to sing carols, but practicing those familiar tunes will begin soon, as our vocalists and musicians create virtual choirs and performances.

We are all so very grateful for the emails, cards, and shoutouts in Zoom meetings that so many of you provide letting us know how meaningful worship is and sharing the things that would make it even more meaningful to you. 

It is important for me to clarify one aspect of worship.
We are required to have a Re-Opening Task Force so that we are well prepared when we are able to return to in-person worship. However, the outdoor worship experiences the task force is planning for fall are IN ADDITION to our Sunday services available on YouTube.

The Task Force submitted a plan/protocol for in-person outdoor worship experiences. Those plans are primarily about protocols. Registration forms, health checks, marked off social distance. We do not know when those plans will be approved, but, when they are, the first worship experience gives church staff and volunteers experience with required protocols for any in-person worship gathering. 

This week after conversations among Worship Team and Task Force, we decided that our first in-person experience will be for the youth. A worship service for youth that allows them to come together in faith on our campus in a worshipful experience. 

If it goes well, it will be a model for other small worshipful experiences.

Please know that we have heard you about the many things you appreciate about the quality and content of our current worship services. Our ongoing goal and value is to make meaningful worship available for all. To that end, Trustees have contracted to make additions to the sanctuary system to allow for quality livestreams so that anyone anywhere can continue to attend CUMC worship every Sunday.

We do not want to leave anyone out.

There is so much in our world in need of our prayerful attention.
And we each need to drink at the well of worship, one way to sustain our faith and our faith community.

In prayer and care,
Rev. Karen 
The New Testament in Four Sundays
In the beginning was the Word.
For four Sundays this August, we will travel through the New Testament together, exploring our Christian origins, our call to New Life, our call to serve, and our call to resist powers and principalities that run counter to our call to justice, lovingkindness, and walking humbly in faith.

This week we we conclude by considering the book of Revelation. An interesting form of biblical literature that often raises as many questions as it answers. 

Each week, if you wish, engage a "Summer Reading" challenge. This week, consider reading a few passages from Revelation. 
The New Testament in Four Sundays
Our Origin Story
Our Resurrection Story
Dear Christians: Our Letters
Rise Up: Our Revelation


Staff Vacation

Jessica Johnston, Claremont UMC Church Administrator, will be on vacation from Tuesday, September 1 through Tuesday, September 8. While she is on vacation, her email will only be checked a few times, and the office voicemail will be checked less regularly than usual. If you have an immediate need, please reach out to Rev. Karen or Rev. Martha through email, or

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.

Happy September 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! Also, we want to wish a special Happy Birthday to Dan Domonoske, who celebrates his 60th this year, and Paula Hui, who celebrates her 75th this year!
2   Therla Meisch
3   Hannah Stark
6   Nicklaus Desengano
6   Paula Hui
8   Malie Chapman-Caldwell
9   Angela Chen
9   Dan Domonoske
9   Judith Fiske
9   Riley Hernandez
9   Mavis Streyffeler
10 Marymac Barton
10 Laura Fukada
10 Donna Marie Minano
10 Tony Willsey
12 Lance Verhoeven
14 Eka Harliman
14 Ryan O'Connor
15 Eli Tharpe
17 Janet Chandler
18 Matt Fonda
19 Lisa Poe
20 David Harshman
20 Ward McAfee
21 Hanna Lee
22 Jonah Dowd
24 Linda Benton
25 Elin Dowd
25 Kandy Nunn
27 Karen Britten
27 Ed Fonda
29 Ken Brown
29 Karen Hull
29 Marsa Richardson
30 Leslie Brewer
30 Audrey White

Contemplative Prayer Class

Thursday, August 27
7:00 p.m. via Zoom

Tomorrow, Thursday, August 27, at 7 p.m. Bishop Charles Wesley Jordan will lead the class on the life and writing of Howard Thurman and how to reflect contemplatively on his writings.

Rev. Karen Clark Ristine and Dick Bunce co-facilitate the course. Each class is a stand-alone class. So come to one or come to all. The zoom link is the same as is shared for Sunday fellowship and will be sent next Thursday afternoon as a reminder.

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 "On Eagle's Wings." Click HERE and enjoy!

Update from CUMC Reopening Task Force

The Reopening Task Force is working on several outdoor, in-person worship experiences. We have submitted our plans to the Cal-Pac Conference and await approval. While we wait, what ideas do you have? And, until we can be together again, what part of the sanctuary or CUMC campus would you like to see in an upcoming worship video?  If you would like more information about the volunteer opportunities or would like to volunteer, please email the Task Force at

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

September Administrative Committee Meetings

Tuesday, September 8, 6:30 p.m.
Staff Parish Relations, Paula Hui, Chair

Monday, September 14, 7:00 p.m.
Trustees, Ed Hume, Chair

Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 p.m.
Church Council, Brett O'Connor, Chair

Tuesday, September 21, 7:00 p.m.
Finance, Ed Richardson, Chair

The Zoom information will come via separate email.

United Methodist Church Dismantling Racism Town Hall Discussions

The work of dismantling racism is not new; now more than ever we need to be reminded of the work that has moved us to today’s reality—and to name where we still need to go.

TODAY (August 26), a panel of young United Methodist leaders discussed strategies for changing the world and encouragement for partners in this work. The video of today's Town Hall is immediately below. The discussion starts about 10, almost 11 minutes in.

To learn more about this discussion, click HERE.

Forward to about minute 10.5, which is when the discussion starts.

"Confronting New Beginnings"

sponsored by the City of Pomona, Latina/o Roundtable, the Cobb Institute, and Agenda for a Prophetic Faith

 “Confronting New Beginnings: Local Big View.” The City of Pomona has made a bold intentional declaration to be a Compassionate City, and is an incredible incubator for new vision and opportunities. Community leaders from the Pomona Valley will share their wisdom through the lens of possibilities, transformation, and local community.

  • Nora Jacob, Acting Executive Director of UrbanMission Community Partners (Moderator & Speaker)

  • Ray Adamyk, Founder and President of Spectra Company; Founder of Homes of Promise

  • Nancy Mintie, Executive Director of Uncommon Good

  • Toni Navarro, Executive Director of Tri City Mental Health

  • Michael Witmer, Cobb Institute, Pomona Sustainable Food Alliance

Register and learn more at

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