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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

Next Immigration Clinic This Week! — April 29, 2017

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Toolkit for "No Such Law" emphasis of the Reconciling Ministries Network is available.

This emphasis is in preparation for the Judicial Council hearing April 25-28 in Newark, NJ, of a request for a "declaratory judgment" on the legality of the process by which Bishop Karen Oliveto was elected from the clergy membership of the California-Nevada Annual Conference by the Western Jurisdiction to its College of Bishops as the first openly gay bishop of the United Methodist Church.

You can download the complete "toolkit" for congregations which calls congregations to prayer on Sunday, April 23, 2017, for an inclusive decision which will not reverse the Jurisdiction's election of its newest bishop.

Here is the link to the toolkit.

CUMC-supported missionary Stephen Copley, with other UMs, speaks out against Arkansas death penalty.

See article here.

The Methodist Church took a stance against the death penalty in 1956, an opposition that continues today. … The Rev. Steve Copley, chair of the board of the Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and a United Methodist pastor, said a letter signed by clergy from several denominations asked Hutchinson to stop the proposed executions.
Arkansas United Methodists
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It’s World Malaria Day (April 26).

“The World Health Organization has chosen Ghana, Kenya and Malawi as the countries where the world's first malaria vaccine will be tested next year on young children. The injectable vaccine, known as RTS,S, or Mosquirix, was developed by the British pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline. The test will be conducted on babies and toddlers, aged 5 to 17 months. Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female mosquitoes. WHO said in a statement the pilot program "will assess the feasibility of delivering the required four doses of RTS,S, the vaccine's potential role in reducing childhood deaths, and its safety in routine use.“

Read more from VOA.

Check out DAWNS Digest — “Delivering News to the Aid, Development and Humanitarian Community”

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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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April 20, 2017
Elizabeth Sholes writes:

Dear Friends!

California Church IMPACT is joining with Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity to send a powerful message to our Governor and State Legislators.

Please Sign and Circulate this California Faith Leaders Sign on Letter. (e.g. lay and professional congregational, spiritual and religious leaders)

We have 5 days to collect 100+ signatures!


"Do you not wish that God should forgive you?" (Quran 24:22)

Faith Sign-On Letter to Governor Brown & CA State Legislature A Call to Compassion, Courage & Common Humanity

Click Here to Sign on

Message of the Letter:

"Our faith traditions not only have a special protection and care of the migrant, but also the deep values of forgiveness and compassion for those who were formerly incarcerated. Our faith traditions call out the possibility for transformation and redemption, mercy and restorative justice.

"Let them forgive and overlook: do you not wish that God should forgive you? For God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." (Quran 24:22, Islam)

"I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you looked after me. I was in prison and you visited me." (Matthew 25:35-40, Christianity)

"When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt, I am the Lord your God." (Leviticus 19:33-34, Judaism)

We ask for your support for SB 54 and SB 6 and final legislation that will be as strong and as inclusive of all California immigrants targeted by the aggressive, rogue and inhumane deportation policies. We are disconcerted by the harmful discourse and potential amendments that would leave out from these important protections those most targeted by immoral and indiscriminate federal deportation policies.

We urge you to uphold your moral and ethical courage to stand on the side of righteousness and justice, forgiveness and redemption. Immigrants who are formerly incarcerated deserve to be reunited with their families and communities just like any other returning resident, and not deported. [click here to read full letter]

We call on religious leaders of all traditions to add your name to this letter.

Add your signature here.

Now more than ever our voice is needed!

Amplify the sound with us! Join us today!

Visit us at www.im4humanintegrity.org and urge others to join California Church IMPACT www.churchimpact.org to voice support for key legislation upholding these cherished values!

Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, Nor. CA office: 310 8th St. #310, Oakland, CA 94607

Sent by dlee@im4humanintegrity.org

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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