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Claremont United Methodist Church

Where We Are

•211 W. Foothill Blvd.

•Claremont, CA 91711

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Contact Our Pastors and Church Office

Our new toll-free phone number: 844-251-6335

New email addresses are now in use!

• Mark Wiley — pastormark@claremontumc.info

—Lead Pastor, phone 909-624-9021 ext 224

• Martha Morales — martham@claremontumc.info

—Associate Pastor, phone 909-624-9021 ext 231

• Jessica Johnston, MDiv — jessica@claremontumc.info
or churchoffice@claremontumc.info

—Church Administrator, phone 909-624-9021

Our “.org” email addresses have been closed.

Sunday Worship

• 9:30 a.m

Sunday school

• children leave from worship

• adults ~ 10:30 a.m.

Children's Music Program

• ~10:30 a.m.

Calling ALL Parents / Caregivers / Families / Others **

• ~ 10:50 a.m.

Other Weekly Events

•Choirs, Music, Dance & Theater programs for children & adults

•Study & Fellowship Groups

•Preschool for ages 2-5

•Service & Social Witness Events

** Calling ALL Parents/Caregivers / Families / Others!

Let’s gather on Sunday mornings at 10:50! All adults (those who have children and those who don't) are invited to join us on the patio (outside the Narthex) to eat, fellowship, discuss, chat, lament … COME and we will figure out together how to make our time together meaningful. Contact: Sara Swift Tharp swifttharp@yahoo.com

The Most Recent Immigration Clinic was August 5, 2017!

Pam Bunce, chair of the event, writes,
"Thank you all so very much for participating in our 12th Immigration Clinic. It was another positive day. We saw sixteen clients. There was a mixture of people seeking consultations and those needing help with citizenship applications. We had a total of 24 volunteers (yeah!) and two lawyers. Fantastic! … "Our next clinic is set for Saturday, December 9. Please get the date on your calendar. I look forward to seeing you all."

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Watch for information on Peace Sunday, September 17, 2017

(International Day of Peace is September 21)

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The American Friends Service Committee

challenges us to offer "Sanctuary Everywhere"

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Dr. Christine McGinn, the former Navy surgeon, offers free surgery.

Dr. McGinn, featured in the film "Trans" shown here last September, has offered to provide free surgeries to transgender persons in the military in response to the President's tweets attempting to ban them from the millary alleging high medical costs.

Check out the arctile in the HuffPost among other news sources.

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Reconciling Minstries Network publishes conference-by-conference report on gender-related issues and RMN presence at all U.S. annual conferences.

Find their report here

We are encouraged to see a group from all five U.S. jurisdictions describing iself as "the Methodist middle" calling for a church which allows room for people to hold divergent points of view on vital issues whiie still unting to bear witness to a traditonal Methodist stance of inclusion and service in he world. You can find their call in this article from United Methodist News Service:

‘Methodist middle’ committed to living together

U.S. Independence Day

Reconciling Ministries' Presence at Calremont 4th of July Parade

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Reflections on the 4th of July in the light of the U.S President's recent reference to Frederick Douglass.

"Blow-by-Blow" from the 2017 Session of the California-Pacific Annual Conference.

You can read the minutes of each of the four days of the Annual Conference Session (or download them) by clikcking the links below to the "U.M.Daily." If you would prefer to downlaod (or read) a single file, a compilation is also available with the same content.

Further issues of the conference newsletter always available on our website here or you may go directly to the Conference's newsletter archive.

Videos of Conference Worship, including the ordination of Martha and Robin, are or will soon be available at the conference website.

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The Claremont School of Theology class of 2017 is the largest ever, with nearly 80 students receiving degrees. The 2017 class also includes the first class of hybrid/online students.

News from Claremont School of Theology

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Willamette University, in Salem, Oregon, was founded in 1842 as the first university established in the western United States. It is one of the 119 United Methodist-related schools in the U.S.
Photo courtegy of Viwllamette University

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Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, Ph.D. 關嘉仁博士, President since 2013 Photo courtesy of Claremont School of Theology

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New from "Religion and Race": Religion and Race Announces 2017 CORR Action Fund Grant

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REGULAR UPDATES FROM "IMPACT" AND THE CALIFORNIA COUNCIL OF CHURCHES WILL BE APPEARING HERE — OR CHECK OUT http://www.churchimpact.org AND http://www.calchurches.org.

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Stop Utility Shut Offs!
Don't leave our elders and infirm without utilities!
Support SB 598!

May 16 , 2017
Elizabeth Sholes writes:

Dear Friends:

As many of you know, we have been long-time partners with The Utility Reform Network (TURN) that advocates for people over utility company profits.

We join with TURN now to support Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) whose bill, SB 598, will reduce shut offs for our elders and those with life-threatening conditions requiring the use of supportive machines. Shut offs have skyrocketed among struggling households, no matter the life circumstances of the people involved.

Over 2 million Californians were affected in 2015—most of whom are children. Currently, shutoffs for non-payment can be used as a debt collection strategy by utility companies even if a member of the household is dependent upon life-support equipment at home. These disconnects lead to worsening medical conditions, threats to safety, housing displacement and homelessness, not to mention undue stress among those affected.

SB 598 will prohibit shutoffs for residents with life-threatening medical conditions, providing increased protections to the most medically vulnerable families. This bill also require the CPUC to adopt rules to reduce shutoffs by 50% by 2021; moving California closer to universal utility service for all by requiring the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to develop policies, rules, or regulations to reduce gas and electric service disconnects for nonpayment by residential customers and adopt shutoffs as a metric in order to measure utility service reliability, public safety and affordability.

SB 598 has passed the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee UNANIMOUSLY. However, there will be opposition ahead. Now is the time for us to be heard. It will come to the Senate floor on or about May 30.

Please start contacting your Senators today and asking them to support SB 598. It will:

--Prohibit shut offs for residents with life-threatening medical conditions

--Requires the CA Public Utilities Commission to create uniform rules for all utilities with respect to reducing shut offs by 50% by 2021

--Measures the impact of utility rate increases on the escalation of shut offs as more and more people with medical necessity cannot keep up with payments.

This is a basic, good sense bill. To assure your legislators in Sacramento agree, please speak out now to remind them that a critical part of a functional state is how we care for those who are in greatest trouble. This is where our voice as people of faith becomes powerful.

To access your state senators in the Capitol or in your local district, please go to: http://www.churchimpact.org/take-action.html

Please speak out for those at risk of losing their heat, light, power source over a short-sighted tactic to collect debt. Bills can and should be paid, but utilities have the alternative of creating repayment plans and strategies for those in need and with dangerous medical conditions. No one from children to our elders should be treated as deadbeats when they are struggling with the care for their family members. SB 598 will move us toward a more rational and compassionate strategy for the good of all.

Thank you!

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The General Commission on Religion and Race
of The United Methodist Church
again invites you to “Vital Conversations” beginning February 7, 2017.

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Vital Conversations 3:
Young Adults, Social Justice and the Church

— a 14 part series designed to spark grassroots engagement and features study guides for each video talk that help small groups and individuals delve deeper into social issues.

The presenters are aged 35 or younger and are activists, theologians, preachers, musicians, dancers, seminarians, and business entrepreneurs from Africa, Germany and the US. Each talks about the search for arenas that welcome, respect and engage expressions of faith, spirituality, ideals and community action.

Upcoming Conversations for #vitalconvo with the UMC's General Commission on Religion and Race

(Previous conversations can be accessed from the [GCORR website](http://www.gcorr.org/vital-conversations-3/).)

March

Welcoming Refugees in Germany with Sarah Schulz on March 21, 2017.

April

Bridging Cultural Gaps through Music and Worship with Joseph Kye on Tuesday, April 18., 2017.

May

Coming Out as Lesbian to My Traditional Congregation with Nia Shand on May 16, 2017.

June

Welcoming New People to Church and Asking “Where are You From?” with Brittany Jackson Brown. Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

July

Welcoming Differently-abled People in Church Tuesday, July 18, 2017 with Takura Farera.

August

Being Bilingual in a Culture that Doesn’t Understand It Tuesday, August 15 with Prisca Rodriguez.

September

Mistaking Urban Decay for “Blackness” September 19 with Brittany Campagna.

October

How to Engage Children and Youth using Rap and Hiphop Tuesday, October 17 with Bryan Eason.

November

The Kind of Church I Want to Pastor Tuesday, November 14 with Jon Petty.

December

How the Church Must Embrace Refugees and Immigrants Tuesday, December 12 with M. Jeanette Iman’ishimwe.

2018 January

Correlation Between Environmental Racism and Gentrification in Urban Areas Tuesday, January 16, 2018 with Rev. Tyler Sit and Adam Haugeberg.

2018 February

Helping White Christians Understand and Support BlackLivesMatter Tuesday, February 6, 2018 with Rev. Jasper Peters.

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United Methodist Women acknowledge guns factor into domestic violence

Read the article on Religion News

Our Mission Statement

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are an inclusive community, responding to God’s love and grace.
  • We nurture one another on our spiritual journeys.
  • We work for peace and justice.
  • We serve others and God’s creation.
Together we seek God’s creative transformation of the world and of individual hearts.

—Adopted by CUMC Church Council, 2009

We are part of the CalPac Conference

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The vision statement of California Pacific Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church: “Inspiring the world as passionate followers of Jesus Christ so all may experience God’s life-giving love.”

We are a Sanctuary Congregation

Sanctuary Statement

April 21, 1985

Since we are called by God to seek justice for all people and to provide food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, hospitality for the sojourner, and aid for those in great need;

Since large numbers of persons from war-torn lands are now seeking refuge in our country from persecution, imprisonment, or death;

Since the right[s] of such refugees are recognized by the highest ideals of this nation as expressed in the 1968 ratification by the United States Senate of the United Nations protocol relating to refugees, and again in our Refugee Act of 1980;

Since the 1984 General Conference of the United Methodist Church stated, "We will...be supportive of and encourage churches in the United States that provide sanctuary;"

And since, in speaking of Christians engaged in the sanctuary movement, our own bishop, Jack M. Tuell, said. "We believe these brothers and sisters are acting out of Christian love and compassion. They are doing this service in non-violent and open ways, and we fully support them;"

Therefore, we stand with churches throughout the country in publicly declaring that it is the policy of the Claremont United Methodist Church to provide sanctuary, insofar as we are able, to refugees who are recommended to us by denominational or ecumenical agencies, and who are fleeing from persecution or violence in Central America and elsewhere. We define sanctuary for such refugees as providing shelter, sustenance, and assistance in other personal and family problems they may face in relationship to their new environment and the regulations of our government This we consider an obligation laid upon us by the Christian faith we profess.

We uphold the right of individuals within the church to follow their consciences in either going beyond or dissenting from the stand here taken by the church as a whole. We hold all such individuals in love and respect and we rejoice in the deeper ties that unite us in Christian devotion.

(Resolution passed by the membership of the Claremont United Methodist Church on April 21, 1985.)

We are a Reconciling Congregation

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As faithful disciples of Jesus and His teachings, we advocate for the full inclusion and acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons and their families in the church and community.

We Affirm God’s Covenant with the Jewish People

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The Claremont United Methodist Church publicly states its affirmation that Judaism is a continuing bulwark of faith, that it has not been superseded by Christianity, that God has not rejected the Jewish people, that the Jewish people have never lost their covenant with God, that salvation is available to Jews as a covenant people, that the Jews as an historic nation are not responsible for, and therefore not to be blamed for, the death of Jesus, and that Jews should not be pressured to convert to Christianity
Furthermore, we state that anti-Judaism in ail forms should be universally condemned. We ask forgiveness for past sins and persecutions against the Jewish people. We pray that old barriers to communication and understanding will be removed and that the relationships of this church with the congregation of the local Jewish community will be enhanced.

Approved by the Administrative Board, 1/19/1993.

As part of the United Methodist Church we Respect Islam and Oppose Discrimination against Muslims.

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“The United Methodist Church, in the knowledge that Jesus calls us to the blessings of peacemaking and reminds us that the highest law is to love God and neighbor, calls its members and its leaders:
  1. To oppose demagoguery, manipulation, and image making that seeks to label Arabs and Muslims in a negative way;
  2. To counter stereotypical and bigoted statements made against Muslims and Islam, Arabs and Arabic culture;
  3. To increase knowledge of neighbor by study and personal contact that yield a greater appreciation of the Muslim and Arabic contributions to society;
  4. To act decisively to include Arabs and Muslims in interfaith and community organizations;
  5. To pray for the perfection of community among us and to participate fully in the process of bringing it into being; and
  6. To publicly denounce through statements from the Council of Bishops and the General Board of Church and Society current practices that discriminate against this community.”
Excerpted from 2012 United Methodist Book of Resolutions, Social Principles, ¶ 162B Cf. ”What We Believe”
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