Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Christian, Jewish, and Islamic Faith Leaders in Dialogue

FUMC Pasadena
SpiritSeekers Adult Class presents

Christian, Jewish, and Islamic Faith Leaders in Dialogue

Sundays, May 6th & May 13th, 2012
8:30 AM
in the
FUMC Pasadena Chapel

Rev. Jerry Campbell, President of Claremont School of Theology; Rabbi Mel Gottlieb; and Imam Jihad Turk will answer faith questions and discuss the creation of new Claremont Lincoln University, the world's first interreligious university.

A new kind of University, Claremont Lincoln is an interdisciplinary, multicultural and multireligious call to action on behalf of humankind…a place that will educate people of many traditions, side by side, so as all may flourish in a multireligious world.

The vision for Claremont Lincoln University is a spark of optimism for the times we live in.

Join us for this two session conversation on this unique graduate school doing what at one time seemed the impossible – to find the common threads among religious and ethical traditions while honoring the distinctiveness of each.

The SpiritSeekers Sunday morning class for adults offers short-term interest topics and special series relevant to our faith.  Normally meeting at 9:00 AM, this two-part series will begin at 8:30 AM.  This program is free and open to the public.  Light snacks and coffee and childcare will be available.

First United Methodist Church, 500 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, California 91101
(626) 796-0157   |

Speakers Bios:

Rev. Jerry D. Campbell, Ph.D. joined Claremont School of Theology as its sixth president in 2006. An ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church, Dr. Campbell has served the church in the context of universities and graduate theological education. Before coming to Claremont, he was the Chief Information Officer and Dean of Libraries at University of Southern California.  Prior to that, Dr. Campbell served as chief librarian at Iliff School of Theology (Denver), Perkins School of Theology (Dallas), and Duke University. He holds the Ph.D. in American History from University of Denver, where he studied the introduction of biblical criticism into 19th century American theological education.

Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, PhD is the President of the Academy for Jewish Religion, California (AJRCA) as well as Dean of its Rabbinical and Chaplaincy Schools. He also serves as the Vice President of Claremont Lincoln University, AJRCA’s groundbreaking collaborative initiative with Claremont School of Theology and the Islamic Center of Southern California.

Jihad Turk, Ma, Director of Religious Affairs for the Islamic Center of Southern California and Interim Dean of Bayan Claremont, an Islamic Graduate School.  Turk has dedicated himself to improving relations between the Muslim community and other faith traditions in the United States.  A founding board member of the interfaith, Claremont Lincoln University, Turk has spearheaded the founding of Bayan Claremont, an Islamic Graduate School.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

April Messenger is out

April Newsletter

April Messenger is Here!  

Download the April 17th, 2012 Messenger here (right click and select save as to save it to your desktop) and keep an eye out for hard copies in the mail later this week!

In this issue:
  • Evangelism & Hospitality Lean to CATCH
  • Easter/Holy Week photos
  • Adult Education - Prayer: Does it make any difference?
  • Songspell, Belrose Duo, Brahms Requiem
  • GYTTE Update
  • Turn the Page Book Club
  • And more...

Monday, April 16, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend at Camp Sky Meadows

Mark your calendars and save the dates - Memorial Day Weekend Family Camp is coming!

 When: May 25th, 26th and 27th.

We depart Friday, May 25th, at 4:00 pm and return Monday morning on the 27th.

This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to get together for fellowship, fun and good food at our wonderful church retreat! Reverend Ken McMillan and his wife Patty will be our pastor in residence for this lovely weekend in the mountains. 

This is a great opportunity to share and grow with your church family and spend some time away at beautiful Camp Sky Meadows!

Price for the weekend is still a reasonable $35.00 for adults and $20.00 for children 5 through 17. Children 4 and under are free. Meal prices are a very low $5.00 per meal for all persons 5 and over.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Does prayer change us or does God?

Announcing an adult daytime prayer group in Pasadena.

Prayer: Does it make any difference?  Does prayer change us... or God... or both?

Announcing a 6 week daytime Bible study course exploring prayer.

Beginning Thursday, April 26 until May 31, our weekday class starts 10:30 am at FUMC Pasadena Church, 500 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena CA in the upstairs Adult Lounge in the Education Wing.

Lead by John Evans, in this class we will work to answer the whether prayer changed anything.  Together, we explore the best way to pray or whether we should pray at all.  Over the six class meetings, we will discuss several key aspects of prayer - how to pray, what prayers can do and how we can feel better about them.  Additionally,  we will utilize the inspirational photographs of the Rockey Mountains from Philip Yancy to lead us through our prayer meditations.

If you've ever wrestled with the question of prayer this short course could be the answer.

To sign up for this class contact John Evans at (626) 303-4654 or Rev. Debbie Gara (626) 796-0157 or by email at

Child care can be arranged with prior request.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Brahms German Requiem at First Church

Chorale Bel Canto, German Requiem, Brahms
PASADENA, APRIL 7, 2012 — The final concert of Chorale Bel Canto's 30th season will take place at First United Methodist Church in Pasadena on May 19th, at 4:00 p.m. ( 500 East Colorado Ave, Pasadena CA )
Chorale Bel Canto, under the direction of Stephen Gothold will be performing Brahms’ German Requiem. Joining the Chorale for this concert, are the Chamber singers of Rio Hondo College (Linda Brown, conductor), and the Chancel Choir of First United Methodist Church. Featured soloists are soprano Melissa McIntosh-Landis and baritone Joseph Lim. 
Critically acclaimed for its structure and depth, audiences have long appreciated the requiem's sincere, tender beauty and lyrical compassion. First heard in 1869, composed by an almost 36 year old Brahms, the appeal of this masterpiece spread his reputation throughout Germany and continues to appeal to audiences to this day.  
Melissa McIntosh Landis, soprano, is an accomplished recitalist and concert artist.  She has been a guest soloist from coast to coast appearing in Carnegie Hall with the New York City Chamber Orchestra and on the stage of Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall.  Based in Los Angeles, she is a returning soloist for Chorale Bel Canto, most recently having sung Mendelssohn's Elijah.

Joseph Lim, graduate of the University of Southern California received the 2010 Encouragement Awards from the Marilyn Horne Song Competition and the Loren L. Zachary National Competition. He has sung Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Silvano in Un Ballo in Maschera, and the title role of Don Giovanni with Seoul Metropolitan Opera, and Budd in Britten’s Albert Herring, and Friedrich in Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot with USC Opera.
KUSC personality Kimberlea Daggy will present a pre-concert discussion of the piece at 3:15 in the Sanctuary.
More information about the concert may be found and tickets purchased online at the Chorale Bel Canto or by calling (626) 524-2717

Brahms German Requiem Flier 

Belrose Duo - From Russia with Love

free concert, pasadena, music
Belrose Duo
to perform music in the theme of
“From Russia with Love”

First United Methodist Church of Pasadena
Saturday, May 5th -  4pm 

Collective known as the Belrose Duo, David and Junko Garrett will perform a cello and piano duet in the theme “From Russia with Love” including Sonatas by Rachmaninov and Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky's Pezzo Capriccioso, and Kapustin's jazz-infused Nearly Waltz.

FUMC Pasadena is located at 500 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 9110 - map

This event is FREE and Open to the public.  A Free Will offering will be graciously accepted to benefit the FUMC Friends of Music Fund.

Songspell is coming to FUMC

Songspell, the acclaimed youth chorus from the Philippines, to perform at FUMC Pasadena on Saturday April 21, 2012 at 6pm in the church sanctuary with a reception following in Great Hall.

Composed of elementary and high school students of the Ateneo de Davao, Songspell is dedicated to the musical, moral and spiritual formation of children and youth through honing of their musical and theatrical potentials, serving as ambassadors of goodwill and peace.

Tickets for this event are $15.00, the proceeds of which go to support Rev. Allison Mark and FUMC High schooler, Lia Lohr to be a part of the Cal-Pac Philippines Mission Advocacy Task Force whose August Delegation will travel and visit Davao, Philippines.

Tickets are on sale in the Church Office for $15