"Rev" Small Group

Over the next couple of months we will explore the first season of the TV Series "Rev.", which is a comedy that follows the life of an Anglican Priest & his congregation (or lack thereof) in inner city London. It is a brutally funny, troubling, and honest look at life in the local church. Starting this past Wednesday 6/3 will get together every other Wednesday @ 7 PM in Alden Hall at FCC Pasadena to watch a 30 minute episode, followed by discussion.   

Here is a trailer previewing the series.

If you, or anyone you know, think this might be interesting, get back to Randy to let him know! This group is open to everyone, and is a great reason to invite people who aren't familiar with (a)Spire! The show has won several awards, and although it explores religious topics, it's very accessible to wider audiences.

Below is flyer with all the details as well. 

Spreading the Word about (a)Spire at CycLAvia

Shane, Sonnet, Andy, Randy, Meagan, Timothy and Candace were out at the Cyclavia on Sunday. May 31 for various amounts of time between 8:30-4.

The CycLAvia is a bicycle/pedestrian event where several miles of city streets are closed off to cars to make room for cyclists and pedestrians. Since the event took place 3 blocks south of our church and attracted thousands of people we had a table set up with giveaway goodies and a bike-pump station for flat tires! We gave out 400+ waters, 300+ Aspire cards, and hundreds of candies, and sprayed 8 cans' worth of sunblock.

Special thanks to Sonnet & Shane for their above-and-beyond efforts organizing the whole event, including CycLAvia bingo, water and candy and big efforts pumping air!

Below are a few pictures from our day.

Holy Week Events

After our 1PM worship gathering on Palm Sunday (3/29), all are invited to take part in a community Peace March at 3PM, from the Messiah Lutheran Church nearby to the Paseo mall on Colorado. This year the focus is, "Restoring the Earth and Redeeming the City: Peace, Justice and the Ecological Crisis." On Maundy Thursday 4/2 all are invited to a simple meal at 6PM on the first floor with our wider community: the First Congregational Church of Pasadena. After dinner, there will be a worship service involving communion and a foot/hand-washing to remember the last Supper shared by Jesus with his disciples. On Good Friday a small group of us will carpool to the Mater Dolorosa retreat center in Sierra Madre to walk the Stations of the Cross that they have on site. Contact Andy or KC if you're interested. You can also commemorate Good Friday at a Tenebrae (night time) service at 7PM at our neighboring church, First United Methodist Church of Pasadena. Finally, join us on Easter at 12-1PM for a pre-worship celebration with food and a small Easter Egg hunt for children. 

 

Mark Bible Study

A small group began meeting in late February to explore the Gospel of Mark. The group meets every other Wednesday at the home of one of the participants; we check-in, sharing a blessing and a challenge of the past couple of weeks, we talk about a brief reading or two from Ched Myers’ Binding the Strong Man, we walk through the reading for the week (usually 2-3 chapters from Mark) and we pray for each other. Each week the group has been 7-10 people. We have room for more if you'd like to catch the last 3 sessions! Join us.

 

Aspire Hoe Down a Big Fat Success

This past November 1 (a)Spire folks gathered for a Hoe-Down Fundraiser Dinner at the home of Alan Tekerlek, a friend of KC Bugg. We enjoyed some amazing food prepared by Jackie and Desiree Udria-Garcia and some incredible music led by Beau and his team, plus MC extraordinaire KC Bugg, who led us in songs, comedy routines and a cricket-spittin contest! Together we raised over $20,000 in pledges in support of our ministry.

Aspire Serves Meal in the Park

This past Advent season our community prepared meals and gave them out at Memorial Park to the hungry and homeless, as well as to grateful passersby.  Following the meal we shared with one another, many of us stayed for worship in the park, singing favorite Christmas songs. This was our second Meal and Worship in the Park experience, and we hope to do it again soon.

Aspire Folks Grappling with Border Crisis

Last August 14 people from Aspire & FCC traveled to San Diego and Murrieta to learn more about the situation facing unaccompanied refugee children and other migrants and what we can do in compassion and love to offer support and work towards just solutions. Here is our group after meeting with members of our sister church in Murrieta, who talked about the recent anti-immigrant protests in their town.