Welcome to Pasadena Mennonite Church!
We are an Anabaptist community of people from throughout the Los Angeles, CA area—meeting in Pasadena.
Our Sunday gatherings begin with fellowship at 10:00am and worship beginning at 10:30am.
As a Mennonite community we value Christ centered-worship, community, and active peace-making.
We are convinced that Jesus came to turn this world upside-down, and invites us to follow.
Eddie Beres shared an Epiphany reflection at PMC on January 6th—in relation to Matthew 2:1-12, and primarily Ephesians 3:1-12. He begins his thoughts, “As I read through the lectionary passages for this year’s Epiphany, the one from Ephesians caught me. I noticed one word repeated four times: mystery.
Eddie goes on to say that the word mystery stood out to him because it is central to healthy religion, and our inability to embrace it is the source of most conflict in our world. In our dominant culture, the word is likely to generate notions of questions that we must find answers to, or detective stories that will be solved through detailed analysis and clever thinking. In other words, our common response to mystery is to eliminate it, for mystery cannot exist if we have removed all questions or paradoxes.
Yet the power of mystery is alive in the teachings of Jesus, and alive in our world today, continuing its transformative ways.
Christmas Sunday for PMC was on December 30. Tim shared about a Mennonite community that strove for simplicity — so as not to burden others with material goods. He contrasted that approach to his memories of complex Christmas celebrations of his youth.
Tim goes on to talk about why simplicity is best practiced as a community endeavor, and the history of this within Mennonite churches.
Simplicity can also be thought of in relation to non-conformity — an attempt to unravel the bonds by which the world has us tied up — in order to be free to live together and for others … for love of neighbor, God, and creation with our whole selves.
On our fourth Sunday of Advent, traditionally the theme of love is celebrated. Melissa Spolar reminds us that we celebrate a love defined by mercy, justice and peace. The final voice to declare the truth of what is finally coming — the birth that would fulfill years of promise — was that of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Melissa talks about Mary’s bravery in incredible circumstances, her dedication to God, her words that would become an inspiration to many, and her eagerness and devotion to helping usher in the world changing kingdom of Jesus. These are things we can celebrate and learn from.
On our third Sunday in Advent, Tim addresses the traditional theme of joy in through the lens of Luke 3:7-18 — where John the Baptist teaches the crowds who have come out to the desert to learn how to prepare for the imminent coming of the Messiah. With humor, Tim contrasts his visit with his family to the Magic Kingdom’s Christmas celebration to John’s message of repentance — with John’s call for the people to bear fruit.