Pledge Sunday

Last Sunday was what we call “Pledge” Sunday. Pastor Tom’s message carried a poignant message about the importance of learning to “spend, save, and share”. You can read his sermon by clicking on the link on our “Sermon” page which is in the tool bar at the top of this page. The sermon is titled “Beware of Pedestals”.
The worship service wasn’t anything like an NPR pledge drive; it simply reminded us of how Christ taught Christians to share their blessings.
We sometimes struggle with the concept of sharing joyfully rather than out of obligation. And perhaps part of finding that pleasure in sharing comes from understanding how the church uses donations to effect positive change in the world.
Obviously, there is a ton of overhead in maintaining a campus of this size and age, and the lion’s share of our funds go towards paying our staff (who would love to donate their services but have to pay mortgages and keep groceries on the table). But we still manage to support mission projects around the world and in our own community. We also strive to provide meaningful adult enrichment programs and youth education. The church combines all of your “small” contributions to sustain these programs and we combine the church’s “small” gifts with the donations of others in the Christian community to make meaningful contributions to making a difference around the world
Somehow, visualizing the benefits of sharing, puts the “feel good” factor into the picture. And while altruism is a wonderful thing, it doesn’t hurt to take pleasure in helping someone in need. Even Jesus loved his work!

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Fall Giving Tree


First Presbyterian Church and Redlands Family Services will team up again this year to supply gifts for teens at Christmas.

So how does it work?  We will have our FALL GIVING TREE set up in the Narthex for the first three Sundays in November.
All you have to do is select a leaf from the tree naming the gift you would like to give. Give the leaf to us along with your check or cash and we will purchase the scrip to buy the gifts.  This will also help Christian education through the scrip program.
Thanks for your continued support.

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Church Picnic

Don and Lynn Jordan will be hosting a church picnic/barbecue at their beautiful Oak Glen home on Saturday, August 1st at 3:00. Call the church office for details or to sign up for ride-sharing. You can also sign up to bring a side dish for the potluck supper. Members of all of our congregations, English, Indonesian, and Pakistani/Indian are invited. Church visitors and guests may join the festivities by invitation.

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Tom Rennard Head Shot

“Summertime when the livin’ is easy/the fish are jumpin’/the cotton’s wild. . . . (Do you know the rest?)
I believe in taking it easy in the summer. The heat doesn’t allow many backyard barbecues in our neck of the woods. But there’s always minor league baseball, yogurt or ice cream, the mountains, and air-conditioned movie theaters and libraries.
At our church we will be trying to “live easy”, too. That means learning about God or praising God in different ways, and with different voices. On July 5th we’ll have a hymn and song sing. Patriotic songs will be sung as we kickoff a special emphasis on a special people in our midst, and in our communities—our VETERANS! Ruling Elder Monica Frederik whose ministry is in triage with our Veterans at the Loma Linda Hospital will speak, and I’ll be reading a poem out of the Poems That Make Grown Men Cry book that’s related to Veterans. Vacation Bible School with First United Methodist is July 6-10. Three families are signed up, as well as a few adult volunteers. There’s room for more. On July 12th the kids from the past week’s jointly sponsored Vacation Bible School will “surprise us” in worship, and Sam Roberts, chaplain at Loma Linda VA will preach.
On July 19th we’ll be reviewing Terrance Roberts two books in adult ed and on the 26th we’ll be having a Loaves and Fishes Sunday. You’ll have to come to find out what that is.
Then the real fun begins.
August 1st – All Church Picnic at the Jordan’s Oak Glen House
August 2nd – Worship with Elizabeth Nordquist with the Holy Communion
August 9th – Worship with Steve Wirth on how his former church merged with another
August 16th – Kick-off Sunday (Chancel Choir Back) and Ice Cream Social
August 23rd — Chaplain Gail Stearns of Chapman University on “Christian Mindfulness”
August 30th – Multicultural Service with Pulpit Exchange with Grace Presbyterian, Temecula; Lynn Stone preaching and presiding at Holy Communion
Meanwhile, the organ will be worked on, kids will visit camp and perhaps the San Clemente Beach via the Beach Train on July 28th, Redlands Unified School starts (on August 13th) and conversations will continue with Community Presbyterian of Redlands.
The livin’ might be easy, but I promise you it won’t be boring.
Warmly—with Christ and in the Spirit,
Pastor Tom

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Thank You Dr. Terrance Roberts!

Sunday’s sermon by guest speaker, Dr. Terrance Roberts delivered a compelling message about what it means to “Soar on the Wings of Love”. He told how every day he went to high school, taunted and harassed by opponents of the integration of Little Rock schools, he wanted to quit. He told how difficult it was to focus on his studies with his fellow students and even some of his teachers pitted against him. What brought him back day after day was the knowledge that he was participating in something meaningful and that it would be a betrayal of those who had sacrificed before him to give up out of fear.

The chancel choir, under the direction of Zach Neufeld,  sang a heartfelt version of “This Little Light of Mine” reiterating Dr. Robert’s message of hope.

Nancy Irby performed a lovely Introit and also sang the Offertory.

At the reception following the service, Dr. Roberts signed copies of his books for members who purchased them. The Adult Enrichment class of Sunday, July 19th will be having a one-hour discussion of these books.

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Special Guest Speaker, Dr. Terrance Roberts

Dr. Terrance RobertsDr. Terrance J. Roberts, civil rights activist, psychology professor, and management executive will speak at the regular 9:30 A.M. worship service on Sunday, June 14th. Dr. Roberts has been awarded the nations highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal by former President Clinton, for his contributions to society.

You won’t want to miss this inspirational service and reception (following the service in John Knox Hall). Please join us!

On another note: The multicultural service and potluck supper, held on May 31st,  was such a hit that we’ve decided to do it again whenever there is a fifth Sunday in a month. The next one will be on August 30th.


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Vacation Bible School

• Who should come to VBS? – Everyone! We need kids, crew leaders and adult volunteers. There’s a place for you!
• When? July 6th through July 10th – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
• Where? Redlands First United Methodist Church – 1 East Olive Avenue, Redlands
• Why? To learn how to show God’s love by moving, acting, caring, following and sharing!
It’s time to register for VBS. Here’s how:
Print the attached registration and release forms or pick them up in the church office or at the Welcome Center. Fill them out and return them to the Redlands First United Methodist Church office.
Register on line at:
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. We’re looking forward to a great VBS!

VBS 2015 Release Form PDF

It’s not too late to register for Vacation Bible School. Use the link above to obtain the registration/release form.


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Multicultural Worship Service – Sunday, May 31st

There will be ONE worship service (replacing the 9:30 English service, the 5:00 Indonesian service, and the 6:00 Urdu service) at 4:00 P.M. on Sunday, May 31st. Following the multicultural worship service, there will be a pot luck supper featuring dishes representative of  each culture.

If you would like to contribute a dish, please call the church office (909) 793-2839 to let us know what you will be bringing to the festivities. You are most welcome to join us whether you share your favorite recipe with us or not.

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Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who attended the Choir Fund Raiser Potluck Brunch.  Your attendance and participation made this one of our most successful events to date.

The reports coming into the office indicate that while the food was extraordinary, the music was the high point.

Our Director of Music and Chancel Choir, Zach Neufeld who is studying music composition at UCLA, shared the 6th movement of his Preludes composition. He promised to share more of the composition in the future.

Zach and his father, Dennis Neufeld, also played guitar while his sister, Emily sang.

Analise Staudt entertained us with a humorous solo titled “Poisoning the Pigeons in the Park”.

Again, thanks to all for your generous contributions and your enthusiastic support of our music ministry.Music and Cross



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Choir Fund Raiser Brunch

There will be a potluck brunch after worship service (10:45 A.M.) on Sunday, April 19. Zach Neufeld, our Director of Music and Chancel Choir will provide the musical backdrop for this annual fund raiser for our music ministry.

Please join us for this festive, annual spring event. If the food doesn’t entice you, the music and fellowship will.

The choir gave a stirring performance of "God Bless America" with members joining in.

The choir gave a stirring performance of “God Bless America” with members joining in.

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