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tower news Summer 2010

A monthly publication provided by Community United Methodist Church of Pacific Palisades to inform, encourage and inspire our community in spiritual growth.

In This Issue Pastor John’s Message Page 2 Calendar Agenda Page 3 Children+Youth Happenings Page 3 What to Read this Summer Page 4 VBS Thank You from Joey Page 5

let the Son shine.

A Message from our Pastor Community United

Methodist Church ofPacific


801 Via de la Paz Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Someone once said that you can never succeed beyond your wildest dreams unless you have some pretty wild dreams. In the church, we can never accomplish God’s greatest purposes unless we have some pretty great purposes.

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On Monday, June 21, we kicked off summer with the continuing fulfillment of a pretty wild dream and purpose. We averaged daily 125 children in Vacation Bible School, with the addition of 20 student helpers, and 10 adult teachers. That is a great accomplishment for which this church can be very proud! Not only were the numbers impressive, but there was an impressive and contagious enthusiasm and spirit among everyone who was here: children, youth, parents and leaders. In a great way, we are spreading the message of God’s love and power to our children and families in the Palisades.

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And that is just the beginning of the summer months. During July, from the July 24 to August 1, twenty-two of our youth and four adults will be going on the Sierra Service Project. They will work on a Navajo reservation in Eastern Arizona. What a gift of their time and commitment to missions and to serving others.

Director of Youth

In August there will be an Older Elementary Retreat, a Middle School Retreat, a Senior High Retreat, and a Youth Week here at home. Each year our children, youth and family programs keep getting bigger and better. And I want to commend Chris and Joey and Lori and Rebecca and Jennifer and all of our adult leadership for making it happen. Keep in mind also the all-church activities during the summer, like the July 4th Barbecue and parade watching; and the all-church fellowship night on August 20. Put them on your calendar.

Rebecca Sieling

Please pray for traveling mercies for all who travel, and please pray for your church, that God will continue to energize and inspire all that we do. May the spirit of God continue to flow through us in a mighty way as we seek to fulfill all His great dreams and purposes for this church. Happy Summer!

Our Staff: Dr. John Nagel Senior Pastor

Rev. Chris Fracchiolla Associate Pastor

Joey Hargrove John Achen, II Assistant Youth Director

Lori Frangipane Asst. Director of Christian Education Christian Education Assistant

Phil Azelton Director of Music

Jennifer Ayres Director of Outreach & Communications

Luisa Donati Preschool Director

Tower News is published bi-monthly by Community United Methodist Church of Pacific Palisades and distributed to church and Methodist Preschool attendees/families, as well as others interested in the church’s news and activities. We also provide this publication via email. If you are interested in receiving Tower News only via email, or in addition to a printed copy, contact us with your preference at POSTMASTER: Send address changes to CUMC, 801 Via de la Paz, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272.

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Calendar agenda Every Sunday 10 am | Worship 11:30 am - 1 pm | Youth Group* (6th - 12th Grades) *Starting 7/11. Except 7/25 & 8/1 for SSP Every Tuesday 10 am | UMW Bazaar Worshop

July Sun/4 12 pm July 4th Picnic & Parade Sun/11 11:15 am Finance Committee Meeting in the Program Center Wed/14 6:30 pm Trustees Meeting in the Program Center Sun/18 11:15 am Admin. Council Meeing in the Hart Family Lounge Sat/24 - Sun/Aug. 1 Senior High Sierra Service Project

August Sun/1 Senior High return from Sierra Service Project Sun/8 - Mon/9 Upper Elementary (3rd-5th) Retreat at Lazy W Ranch Mon/9 - Wed/11 Junior High Retreat at Lazy W Ranch Sun/15 - Tue/17 Senior High Retreat at Doheny State Beach Fri/20 5-8 pm Family Dinner & Game Night in Tauxe Hall Mon/23 - Fri/27 Youth Week

H2O (Hope 2 Others) Care Bags Mission Project Reminder: Care bags are available in the Chapel. Each bag contains: toothbrush, water, granola bar, etc. We encourage our congregation to keep a bag or two in your car to be ready to give out when approached by people in need. We suggest a donation of $3 a bag to cover the cost of the supplies and to keep this ministry going. We’ve heard a few stories about how well received the bags have been - and it’s a great way for our church to make a difference in our community. Thank you!

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Worship Service Participants Sermons 7/4 Dr. John Nagel Vacation Time | Pack Faith 7/11 Dr. John Nagel Vacation Time | Pack Enthusiasm 7/18 Dr. John Nagel Vacation Time | Pack Happiness 7/25 Dr. John Nagel Vacation Time | Pack Confidence 8/1 Dr. John Nagel Vacation Time | Bring It Home 8/8 Pastor Chris Fracchiolla 8/15 Pastor Chris Fracchiolla 8/22 Youth speak regarding SSP 8/29 Jennifer Ayres Greeters 7/4 Jan Gentry 7/11 Carol Hurley 7/18 Dick Hart & Family 7/25 Randy & Billy Koenig 8/1 Helen Christie 8/8 Marj Buell 8/15 Jessie Fuchiek 8/22 Brad Ayres 8/29 John Lange Liturgists 7/4 Chris Fracchiolla 7/11 Lynn Borland 7/18 Michael Graves 7/25 Mary Sue Hart 8/1 Sylvia Grieb 8/8 Joanne Woods 8/15 Pete Sieling 8/22 Jennifer Levi 8/29 John Lange Coffee Fellowship 7/11 Helen Christie & Dianne Atkins 7/25 Lois Anderson & Jessie Fuchiek 8/1 John Lange 8/8 Norm & Joanne Woods 8/15 Lynn & Vicki Borland 8/22 Jenna & Christine Borland 8/29 Leza McCord Communion Stewards 7/4 Alcie Wilbur & Sylvia Grieb 8/1 Leza McCord If you can’t make a scheduled date, please find a replacement, then contact the church office at 310/454-5529 or to update the bulletin. Thank you! page 3


Children Youth Youth Groups Merge 4 the Summer For the summer the junior high and senior high youth groups will meet together after church on Sundays. All youth going into 6-12th grade are encouraged to stick around for a time of fellowship, games and devotion. We will meet from 11:30-1pm starting July 11th. However, we will not meet 7/25 or 8/1 due to SSP.

Get in on all the Retreat action

Jen Ayres’ Summer Relaxation Recommendations

Upper Elementary Retreat | August 8 - 9 (Sat. & Sun.) For kids going into 3rd to 5th grade in the fall.

To Read

After church on Sunday, we’ll head to the Lazy W Ranch in the Cleveland National Forest near San Juan Capistrano. We’ll enjoy swimming, hiking, games, lessons and reflection. The group will depart Monday afternoon.

A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers Historical Fiction

Junior High Retreat | August 9 - 11 (Mon. thru Wed.) For kids going into 6th to 8th grade in the fall. Same fun as the Upper Elementary Retreat with a Junior High attitude! Kids will arrive at the Lazy W Ranch on Monday afternoon and return Wednesday afternoon. Senior High Beach Retreat | August 15 - 17 (Sun. thru Tue.) For kids going into 9th to 12th grade in the fall. The group will camp out in tents at Doheny State Beach. It’s a great time of fellowship, surfing and growing closer to God while enjoying the beauty of the ocean.

Our Senior High is ready to be the hands of Jesus this Summer Sat., July 24 to Fri., August 1 For kids going into 9th to 12th grade in the fall. Up to 22 senior high students will drive to Eastern Arizona and spend a week repairing homes on a Navajo reservation. For those interested, contact ASAP.

Youth Week is packed with fun August 23 - 27 For kids going into 6th to 12th grade in the fall. Youth Week is an action-packed week of fun events before the youth head back to the daily routine of school in the fall. The youth are invited to participate in a different activity every day. The exact schedule and cost will be announced when the week gets closer. In years past, Youth Week has included: horseback riding, Magic Mountain, rollerskating, go-karts, paintball... and there’s always a Service Project on Friday followed by some relaxing downtime at the beach. Summer 2010 | tower news

Rivers depicts the setting with such rich, historical detail as she leads the reader into the midst of decadent Rome. You can clearly imagine the parties, the food—the many pleasures masked as glory. Hadassah is a young Hebraic Christian girl whose family is massacred in the Jewish-Roman War. Captured and sold as a slave, her growing faith is tested, tried, and persecuted as she serves hedonistic Roman aristocracy. With sub-plots that add to the enchantment of the tale, the characters are seamlessly tied together in this story of history, love, forgiveness, and self-sacrifice. It’s powerful archetypal characters linger in the subconscious and resurface in the reader’s thoughts long afterward to remind us of important lessons in Christian character. I read this book when I was in my early 20s. It captured me then and draws me back now. Read it with me and let’s meet in the Fall to discuss. Are you in? Email

To Hear Church Music* by David Crowder Band Come in my office, it will be on. I love this whole album. It has songs for dancin’ to songs that will touch your soul. *Don’t be fooled by the title. There are no hymns in here. When I need an instant connection to God (which is often) I turn up some good Christian music. It’s out there. Believe me. Got a computer, iPod or Blackberry? Create your own stations at It’s great for trying new music and it’s free. page 4

Thanks For A Successful VBS! from Joey Hargrove, Youth Director Thank you to all the amazing people who helped with Vacation Bible School this year! We had record numbers–well into the hundreds every day (with a jaw-dropping 128 kids showing up on the first day!) And everything went extremely smoothly. Chris Fracchiolla did an amazing job in Bible Story, dressing up as different characters every day and causing all the kids to wonder: Is that Pastor Chris? – and running the program (especially all aspects of sound and lights!) Lori Frangipane and Vicki Borland worked tirelessly in crafts, corralling groups of over 30 kids with fun projects and stretching our limited supplies. They were assisted by Lilli Koenig and Meg Nezu. Rebecca Sieling handled music all by herself – which included an amazing performance on Friday for the parents! The kids performed 8 of the songs they learned during the week and they sounded great. Pastor John Nagel led Discovery Time – with some behind-the-scenes help from his devoted wife Barbara! The kids learned about the Bible story and enjoyed Pastor John’s different experiments! Recreation was truly a group effort this year. We had a new leader almost every day: including John Achen II, Stephen Hale, Chuck Hart and Kristof Robinson. Roben Sieling and Evan Frangipane assisted! Nancy Frachiolla planned and did all the shopping for our snacks and then served the kids with help from Lorraine Smarr, Natalie Farnham and Neil Farnham. The kids had delicious (and healthy) snacks this year with plenty of fruit! Nancy also spent most of Sunday helping decorate for the week and a good chunk of Friday cleaning up! And as always we couldn’t have managed without our amazing shepherds, leading each group to its stations throughout the day! Preschool was led by Jan Gentry – with help from Kiersten Quinn and Megan White. The Kindergarten group was lead by Alice Fracchiolla and Kenna Culbertson – with help from Jenna Lesnet and Kathi VanMiddlesworth, Nicholas Jebsen and Jake Kanan. The 1st graders were shepherded by Mallory Culbertson – with help from Claire Siwulec, Sam White and Haley McCarthey. The 2nd & 3rd graders had four amazing shepherds: Dominque Koski, Shiloh Cleveland, Brooke Cullen and Campbell Healey! The 4th & 5th graders (are largest group!) were led by Maddie Browning and Maya Farnham – with help from Jack Lando. Unfortunately, Pali High was still in school this year through Thursday of Vacation Bible School – so we missed out on a lot of our seasoned volunteers. But I want to especially thank Laura Sieling and John Fracchiolla for coming over on Friday and helping on their very first day of Summer Vacation! And to all the amazing people who helped out in so many ways! Burkley DuBois for shepherding a couple days with the yellow group! Lesa Browning (& girls) for ironing over 100 of the Galactic Blast T-shirts! Christine Borland for all her tireless help setting up and decorating – you really are a trooper! Lesa McCord for coming and taking amazing photographs throughout the week! Jennifer Ayres for maintaining some semblance of normalcy in the church office during all our chaos. Lynn Borland for loaning us his awesome telescope to dress our set. And to those who helped paint our backdrops and sets: Rebecca, Laura, Kenna, Mallory and Ali! And to everyone who kept the program in their prayers. Your support is greatly appreciated and I do believe our prayers were heard! And last but certainly not least our amazing Starship Galactic Blast crew: Jenna Borland, Kiersten Quinn and Claire Siwulec! These girls really worked hard – memorizing all their lines for their daily performances as: Commander Stars, Lieutenant Commander Faith and Galileo the Gorilla Astronaut in the openings and closing assemblies! These girls were very committed, devoted and amazing! Thank you!

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