• FCC Pomona's Advent evergreen Advent wreath, fully lit on Christmas Eve. 3 purple taper candles and 1 pink candle surround the central white Christ candle.

    Julie’s Jar: I Could Hear the People Praying

    The sunset on Christmas Eve was beautiful. The rain that lingered most of the day had ceased, leaving the church parking lot freshly washed for our first ever parking lot service. There were practically no cars in sight as I drove in, a clear path having been installed just an

  • A single taper candle is lit against a dark background.

    Julie’s Jar: Fuel of Faith

    “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances,” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). In ALL circumstances? No one I know has given thanks for 2020, as if a year has any power over human destiny. We’ve even managed to scapegoat time! Paul is exhorting the Christians in Thessolonica to do

  • 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