Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Encaustic Art at First Church

The Arts Committee presents a special exhibit about the Ancient Art Tradition of Encaustic Painting by artist Karen Kieffer.

Sunday, February 26 at 11:30
First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, Ca 91101
(enter from the Green Street/Los Robles parking on the west side of the building).
For More information, contact the church office at 626-796-0157 or by email at office@fumcpasadena.org

Karen Kieffer works in the encaustic medium, a process of painting with molten beeswax mixed with color pigments.  The result of the combination produces mysterious, deep and translucent images that seem to glow from within.
Encaustic painting dates back to the 5th century BCE, beginning with the ancient Greeks and later the Egyptians and was originally used by the Greeks to decorate ships evolving into the fine art form used in mural painting and Egyptian funeral portraits. 
Over the years, Karen has explored many different forms of art but she considers herself a painter.  Having worked extensively with acrylic, oil, and pastel, she discovered and began to do encaustic painting in 2005.  The visual outcomes are like no other medium.
Join us on the 26th to enjoy Karen's art work and learn about this ancient art tradition as practiced today. Karen will be available at the exhibit to answer your questions about the encaustic art tradition.
You can find more of Karen’s art in her Karen Kieffer gallery gallery on Etsy.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Youth Winter Retreat 2012

Its that time agian, time to pack your sleeping bags, break out the thermals, and find that wool beanie - Its time for the 2012 Youth Winter Retreat!!!

YOU Have Been Chosen - “For you have not chosen ME, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit…” - John 15:16-19

As the First Church YOUth continue to explore their 2011/12 theme of Acceptance, this trip into the wilderness will allow them to search deeper into their own acceptance by God...just like the Little Green Men in Toy Story discovered that they were chosen too!

While away in our winter retreat we play games that connect to our theme, share will share in Bible study, and enjoy our time together.

CHARACTER and CHOOSE a small & meaningful gift that you are willing to share with
someone else.

Fun times! And of course, games, hikes, and playtime will commence as always! It might snow, so don’t forget your warm clothes and winter gear!

Get your registration form to the Church Office by January 22, 2012, at the latest along with your camp fee in the amount of $75.

We launch at noon on Saturday, February 18. Youth Winter Retreat 2012
President’s Day Weekend, Saturday, Feb. 18-Monday, Feb. 20, 2012

Come ready to share what’s on your mind...and learn ways that we can live out our call as the Chosen Ones.

New Member Class

New Member Inquirer’s Class beginning Sunday, February 12th, 2012.

Ever had a question about becoming a member of the United Methodist Church?  This upcoming class is for anyone considering membership or wish to learn more about the United Methodist Church.

Join us in this session as you will have the opportunity to connect with First Church pastors, explore United Methodist beliefs and organization, and talk about what it means to be a member of First Church and the broader United Methodist church. Everyone is invited to attend and child care will be available as needed. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall following worship and through the Church Office.

For more information, contact Rev. Debbie Gara at dgara@fumcpasadena.org.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Docent Class to start

The Arts Committee of the First United Methodist Church of Pasadena (FUMC)
will soon be scheduling a docent class for church and community members who are interested in periodic docenting opportunities at the historic church.

Current docents have provided public tours of the church for local area events including the Pasadena ArtWalk, Make Music Pasadena and others.  

The historic sanctuary is home to a Skinner organ, and chapel, a Tiffany stained glass and Judson Studios stained glass windows and is open most days for contemplation.  

Services are Sunday mornings at 10 a.m.

If you are interested in becoming a docent, contact pamelamarx@sbcglobal.net for more information.

Join us in the fight against ALS with JAZZ!

Join us in the fight against ALS with JAZZ!

Save the date!  Sunday, January 29th, at 3:30PM at First United Methodist Church Pasadena will host a special jazz concert featuring FUMC Combo, LACHSA Combo, Polytech Jazz Band, Thursday Morning Little Big Band and more, for an afternoon of entertainment in honor of our very own Hajime Miyasaka.

This concert is FREE and Open to the Public supported by your freewill offering. Proceeds and your tax deductible donations will go to support the ALS Guardian Angels Foundation, which supports thousands of patients and their families in their struggles with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS.

Most of the musicians donating their services for the concert are professional musicians (or coached by professional musicians) and credits include Woody Herman, Count Basie, NBC Orchestra, Brian Setzer, Pat Martino, Bernard Purdee, Michael Jackson,and many, many more.
They will be playing jazz from a variety of genres and styles, from originals to standards and classics.

ALS is a debilitating disease which affects more than 5,600 people in the U.S. who are diagnosed with it each year and more than 30,000 Americans may have the disease at any given time.  Worse yet, ALS can strike anyone, without care to racial, ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries.*

Come out and enjoy a great concert for an even greater cause to raise awareness of ALS and help support those who struggle with it every day. 

January 29th, 2012 - 3:30PM
First United Methodist Church Sanctuary
500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena Ca 91101

For more info, contact Marilynne Kennedy at pasadenaflowers@yahoo.com or contact the church office at 626-796-0157 or by email at office@fumcpasadena.org

*Data from the ALS Association 

First United Methodist Church Pasadena is a Reconciling Community Church in the Heart of Downtown Pasadena.  We intentionally welcome all persons, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, race, ethnicity, age, physical or mental capacity, education, and socioeconomic or marital status.