• A white ceramic five-pointed star is stied over a wooden five-pointed star with a thick red cord.

    Julie’s Jar: Thankful, Curious, Hopeful

    Six months ago, Mike and I really thought there would be inside, in person worship at FCC Pomona during Advent. Well, we can’t predict the future. When I’ve lived through difficult experiences and seasons in my life, these questions help reframe my experience. What am I learning? What can I

  • Julie’s Jar: Guardrails

    It may come as no surprise to many who know me when I tell you one of my nicknames in Junior High was, “Miss Goody Two Shoes.” I was a rule follower. From the time I can remember, I took great comfort in following the rules at school. The rules

  • An image of the FCC Pomona Sanctuary from the 2019 All Saints' Service. 6 lit taper candles sit on a table in front of the piano.

    Julie’s Jar: All Saints’ Sunday

    All Saints Day has become an important worship experience in the life of our congregation. It is difficult to imagine not being together for this particular time of remembrance in which we light a candle in memory of the people in our congregation who are re-born in the presence of

  • Julie’s Jar: What Do We Owe Each Other?

    The wedding was held in Maine: A destination wedding at a lodge with cabins. More than 65 people gathered to celebrate the nuptials, even though the limit in the state of Maine is currently 50 maximum for public gatherings. The owner of the facility insisted they followed required protocols. Contract

  • Julie’s Jar: The New Old Trail

    For 38 years we’ve been hiking the trails in and around Lee Vining, CA. Some of the trails we hike every year multiple times; there is familiarity with the surroundings and a comfort in returning to places that bring delight and joy. How is it that after all these years