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The Christian Caller

November 8,

2013










Julie's Jar



World Toilet Day



I am very excited about November 19
th
: World Toilet Day. I learned about this

amazing day
by watching a short documentary

while on an
airplane. See the
3 minute video

here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrC
vrAu
W5VU
. He calls himself "Mr. Toilet" but his real
name is Jack Sim. His life motto: "Live a useful
life."



Mr. Jack Sim has made it his life's mission to
bring culturally sensitive toilets to communities
around the world. Sanitation, or the lack of it,

continues to threaten the health of communities
all over the world. Lack of sanitation limits
economic opportunities for people already
burdened with oppressive poverty. Clean water
requires good sanitation practices. Lack of clean
water is a world wide p
roblem.





40% of world population does not
have access to a simple toilet



90% of all the surface water in India
is contaminated with feces.



UN declared sanitation a human
right.



2.5 billion people do not have a
clean toilet.



Investing $1 in sanitation
generates a return of $5



"World Toilet Day is an international day of action that aims to break the taboo around
toilets and draw attention to the global sanitation challenge. World Toilet Day brings
together different groups, such as media, the private
sector, development organizations
and civil society in a global movement to advocate for safe toilets. Since its inception in

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2001, World Toilet Day has become an important platform to demand action from
governments and to reach out to wider audiences by s
howing that toilets can be fun and
sexy as well as vital to life." (
www.worl
dtoiletday.org
)



http://www.worldtoiletday.
org/learn_detail.php?id=3

This link will take you to an article about
how safe toilets help keep girls in school. It's been noted that societies that educate girls do
better economically.



Sanitation was probably not something Jesus thought much about. Ho
wever, I think he'd be
a supporter of World Toilet Day because it's purpose is to bring basic services to the ones
he called "the least of these". Most of us take for granted our access to a toilet, until there is
a plumbing problem. Backpacking every year

reminds me how fortunate I am to have
access to plumbing. The solar toilets at high sierra camps are a real luxury.



Church World Service is an ecumenical outreach that receives some of our mission dollars.
Building toilets is one of the many, many
mission activities in which they engage. So next
time you flush, give thanks to God for the work we are doing with others to bring sanitation,
clean water and a better economic future to people we will never meet.






Church and Foreclosures








On our street alone, at least 5 houses stood empty. When the housing bubble popped,
people, who in good faith made loan agreements, lost their homes. I recently learned that
every foreclosed home in a neighborhood reduces the value of other homes by $14,00
0. At
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times there were as many as eight homes in our neighborhood that stood empty. I'm not
sure if they all were foreclosures, but I suspect they were.



Our neighborhood was destabilized. One house on the corner was vacant for over three
years. The house

two doors down from us became inhabited with squatters. There was
drug activity at the very least. The bank that owned the property did not take care of it. The
city's intervention finally brought some resolution, but it required an inordinate amount of
c
ity staff time.



I wondered about the people who lost their home. What was their story? Some of the
houses are now rentals, bought up by "investors". Did the families that lived in these homes
have a real option to modify the loan? Were they given an opti
on or the run around? I
suspect, from the stories of people I know that the run around was and continues to be
more the order of the day.



It is assumed inside and outside the church, that Christians have an obligation to care for
the homeless. We do and
we need to continue to provide assistance, as we are able. That
is benevolence. We also need to ask ourselves if there is anything we can do to prevent
homelessness. That is justice. We do the benevolence work through our partnership with
Hope Partners: pr
oviding food security and emergency shelter. We do the justice work
through our partnership with other member institutions of Inland Empire Sponsoring
Committee.



One of the actions in which we are collectively engaged is relief for people who have a
Priv
ate Label Security mortgage and are underwater on their loan. Over 2 million PLS
families are underwater. These families do not qualify for any loan modification under the
current law. The default rate is much higher for these loans that other loans.



IES
C is supporting the work of Mortgage Resolution Partners (MRP), a private company
seeking to help PLS families. It is a for profit company with a mission to make money for
their investors, keep people in their homes, and give back to the communities impact
ed by
foreclosures. There is a community benefits portion of their mission.



The City of Richmond has already agreed to enter into a partnership with Mortgage
Resolution Partners. The City of El Monte is ready to agree and may move forward in
November. Th
e City of Pomona may be the third California city to partner with MRP if the
council approves it. The program doesn't cost cities any money. Property values stabilize
more helping the property tax base. Additionally, the company contributes money's to the
city for every home saved from foreclosure.



The costliness of foreclosures to communities makes this program a practical one. The
compassion of keeping people in their homes makes our support of this program a faithful
choice.



You can find out more abo
ut the particulars of the program at this link:

http://wcvi.org/saving_the_dream_2013.php



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Child Development Center

News



Halloween

Parade!










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to see

more new

pictures on Facebook and "Like" to help spread the
word about our great programs!







UPCOMING

EVENTS


Higher Education Sunday
-

Nov. 17
th



Nathaniel Cook To Play Cello In Worship



Chapman student, Nathaniel
Cook will be our special guest this
Sunday. He has graciously agreed to play for us again.
Nathaniel is a junior at Chapman, studying music. He comes
from Ft. Worth (TCU land). Having grown up in the church as
the child of pastors, Nathaniel brings a sensi
bility to the worship
service as a musician and a person of faith.








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Hanging of the Greens


November 23 at 4 pm





The last day of Pentecost is the time to gather and
decorate the church for the Advent/Christmas seasons.
We are joining efforts
with families from the CDC who
are being invited to help decorate their children's
classroom and join in decorating other parts of the
church. There will be additional activities in the
Fellowship Hall. We will end with an appetizer/finger food
potluck in
the Fellowship Hall.





November 24th



This is the Sunday we consecrate our hope for next year's ministry. We hope to keep supporting
Our House emergency shelter of Hope Partners. We hope to stay in relationship with our
organizing partners in
Inland Empire Sponsoring Committee. We hope to continue our support of
Disciples ministries beyond our doors. We hope to reach more families through our ministry of the
Child Development Center. We hope to offer pastoral leadership and support for building

the
body of Christ at FCC Pomona. There are many more hopes that could be listed.



These hopes and more are realized through our collective support. Consecration Sunday
celebrates what we can do together in covenant. Whether or not you make a pledge or d
ecide to
contribute on an "as we go" basis, your contribution to our shared ministry makes a difference.
That's something to celebrate and consecrate.



Make reservations for our celebration luncheon by calling the church office or making your
intentions k
nown on Sunday's attendance card


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Journey to

Christmas Small Groups



Joy Yu and Tim Reed will be creating and facilitating
a small group series this Advent.


The group(s) will
meet for four weeks from the last week of November
to the third week of

December.


We will be sharing
our week, reading and discussing the scriptures that
will be used in worship, learning new kinds of prayer,
and maybe singing.


The purpose of these groups is
spiritual growth, community building, and to engage
in dialogue wi
th the Advent sermons. Dates and
times TBA based on people's availability.




Call the church office at 909
-
622
-
1144 or talk to Joy or Tim for more info...and feel free to
invite your family or friends to any of the sessions!








PRAYER CONCERNS




We join together in prayer for those members of our community and our
world.






OUR HOMEBOUND MEMBERS



Jim Bailey, Hilda Faulkner, Ellen Hamilton, Darlene Jones,


Jackie McCallister, & Jean Weddle.









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CHURCH CALENDER


November


Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday



1

2

All Church
Work Day, 9
-
Noon
















3


Theology On
Tap, 12:30 pm



Bible Study:
Luke, 9 am




Painting the
Stars Group,
after worship


4

5

6

7


Artist's Way
Group, 5:30
-
7:30 pm




Choir, 7:30 pm


8

9



10


Painting the
Stars Group,
after worship



Bible Study:
Luke, 9 am


11

12

13

14


Artist's Way
Group, 5:30
-
7:30 pm




Choir, 7:30 pm








15

16

17


Painting the
Stars Group,
after worship




Bible Study:
Luke, 9 am




18

19

General Board
Meeting,

6:30 pm


20

21


Artist's Way
Group, 5:30
-
7:30 pm




Choir, 7:30 pm








22

23

Hanging of the
Greens, 4 pm


24

Bible Study:
Luke, 9 am




Consecration
Luncheon, after
worship



Labyrinth Walk,
6:30
-
8 pm


25

26

CDC
Thanksgiving
Lunch


27

28



29

30




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We'd love to wish you a happy anniversary here in The Caller too!

If you would like to have your anniversary listed,

let Tim in the
church office know, 909
-
622
-
114

Laddie and Nancy DeWolf's Anniversary is November 10th.



Bev
and Ed Burton's Anniversary is November 24th.


November Birthdays




4th ~ Nancy DeWolf & Guy Abbott


9th ~ Monique Escodedo & George Escobedo

16th ~ Mary Davis

18th ~ Carol Wiley

25th ~

Lois Thompson

28th ~

Lou Ann Parsons




About First Christian
Church Pomona

We are an active, informed, progressive Christian Community worshiping and serving in the Pomona, CA
community. Our congregation is associated with the Disciples of Christ Denomination. All are welcome to
worship, take Communion and serve the

world with us.


Join us for Bible Study:

The Gospel of Luke

9 am Sunday

Join us for Worship:

10 am Sunday


Contact Us


www.fccpomona.org

1751 N. Park Ave

Pomona, California 91768

First Christian Church Pomona

909
-
622
-
1144