UPDATE ON BORN TO RUN STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN
Thank you to all of you who helped make our Born to Run Stewardship Campaign such a big success that surpassed its goal. As a congregation, we increased our pledges by more than $38,000. The budget deficit that was draining savings accounts by more than $100,000 two years ago has been chopped down to under $19,000.
Our Five-Year Deficit Elimination Plan is working and we are ahead of schedule. Wouldn’t it be great if it turned into a Three-Year Deficit Elimination Plan where we adopt a balanced budget for 2018?
Because the ministries of this church are so important in the lives of our church family, people are stepping up to make sure that our excellent services and staff are able to continue at Bay Shore well into the future.
The Business Affairs Commission will continue to work diligently to increase revenue streams and exercise our best stewardship over the resources that are given to the church.
Grace and Peace,
ORIENTATION TO BAY SHORE CHURCH
Orientation to Bay Shore – January 29 at 11:00am
Want to learn more about Bay Shore Church? Then we invite you to join Pastor Dave in his office after worship. This will be an informal gathering to ask questions and learn more about what the Bay Shore Church community can do to help you along your spiritual journey. Please send an email to email@example.com if you are interested in attending.
COMPASSIONATE RESPONSES TO HOMELESSNESS
Join us Monday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what is the best thing to do when you encounter a homeless person? Bay Shore Church is hosting a community that will be held in the sanctuary on January 30 at 7:00 p.m. Justin Rudd has secured a wide range of speakers (listed below) who will let us know about the scope of services that exist and how people can get help. Each speaker will speak 5-7 minutes. Learn about the scope of the situation, what services are currently out there and things to consider when you have an encounter.
Following the presentation, we will have a reception in the fellowship hall. Guests are asked to bring a pack of socks for the Sock-it-to-’em sock drive for the homeless.
Future Forums: Plans are underway to host a series of Bay Shore Church Community Forums. Currently, we are working on ideas for addressing Mental Illness, Domestic Violence, and Human Trafficking.
HOMELESS FORUM SPEAKERS
• Brian Addison, Writer and advocate
• Steve Be Cotte, Long Beach Area Coalition for the Homeless, Pres.
• Tonya Burns, Children Today, Exec. Dir.
• Teresa Chandler, Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services (LBDHHS), Bureau Manager
• Dave Clark, Bay Shore Church – Long Beach, CA, Senior pastor
• Johnny Dodson, Long Beach Police Department (CA), Homeless Outreach Officer
• Dixie Dohrmann, Christian Outreach in Action (COA), Exec. Dir.
• Giovanna Ferraro, downtown business owner
• Leslie Giambone, Mental Health America, Exec. Dir.
• Robert Luna, Long Beach Police Department, Chief
• Arlene Mercer, Urban CommunityOutreach, Exec. Dir.
• Gail Mutke, St Luke’s Episcopal Church, homeless shower program coordinator
• Dale Neal, Long Beach Rescue Mission; City of Long Beach Homeless Services Advisory Committee, chair
• Paige Pelonis, City Heart, founder
• Suzie Price, City of Long Beach, Councilmember
• Erin Simon, Long Beach Unified School District, Director of Student Support Services
• Marjorie Solorzano, Mental Health America, Program Manager of Long Beach Housing and Services
• Brenda Threatt, U.S. VETS Long Beach, Exec. Dir.
• Tanya Times Witt, Los Angeles County Commission on Aging, commissioner
• Long Beach Fire Department‘s HEART team
SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 AT BAY SHORE CHURCH
Worship at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School & Nursery Care
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
The Rev. Dr. David Clark’s Sermon: “Living in the Spirit”
What or who is the Holy Spirit? What does the Holy Spirit do for us?
What does it mean to ask the Holy Spirit to come into our lives?
In this sermon we will explore ways for you to live a life in the Spirit that overcomes fear and malaise.
Scripture Reading: Romans 8:9-19
Lay Reader: Marilee Stefenhagen
Anthem: The Gift of Each New Day by John Rutter
Worship Attendance: January 22: 143 Adults 9 Children
Flowers on the altar are given by the Lights, in celebration of Julia Light’s birthday, today!
With love Tom, Vall and Amanda
Flowers in the niche given by Cynthia Elliott in celebration of her birthday.
Lay Reader: Marilee Stefenhagen
Marilee lives in Norwalk and has been a member of Bay Shore Church over 30 years. Favorite church involvements are worship, singing, Missions projects, and fellowship. Family members are Gordon (husband), Harriet (mom), and Curtis (son). Marilee writes for the Senior newspaper, Not Born Yesterday! Interests and hobbies include writing, reading, travel and new adventures.
Women’s Lunch Bunch – This Thursday, January 26 at 11:30 a.m.
Our women’s lunch bunch resumes on Thursday, January 26 at 11:30 am in the small dining room. Bring your lunch and, if you wish, something to share. All women are invited. Bring a friend or neighbor. Discussion theme for January will be. “What are YOU looking forward to in 2017? And, what new activities or programs would interest you for Bay Shore Women?“ Happy New Year! Information: Jean Brodie or Barb Raymond
The Gospel of Mark study, Begins January 26th.
Several have asked for a Bible class and the gospel of Mark lends itself well to study for those new to the faith and seasoned veterans as well. Mark was the first written gospel and tells the Jesus story in a provocative way. Study will be on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Crunched for time on Thursdays? Feel free to bring your dinner to the meeting. Led by Pastor Dave.
Book Study for Adults – Begins January 31 & February 1
Join Pastor Susie for a 13-week book study on Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words by renowned author, former pastor, speaker, and contemporary Christian thinker, Brian McLaren. Each one-hour session will include discussion on two chapters of the book as well as some time for liturgy, prayer, or other related devotional practices.
Two identical sessions will be offered per week on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. All sessions will meet in Gabrielson Chapel.
Please sign up and pick up a detailed schedule in the Fellowship Hall or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Books will be available for pick-up on Sunday, January 22 (suggested donation $12 per book). You do not have to attend every session if you are unable to do so; you’ll still get something out of it. CLICK HERE for a detailed schedule.
Congregational Meeting – February 5
Following worship on February 5th, we will have a congregational meeting for the purposes of electing a new treasurer. It should be a very short meeting that we will conduct immediately following the postlude.
Church Potluck on Sunday February 5
Right after church in the Fellowship Hall
Please bring a salad or dessert – Sandwiches will be provided.
Sponsored by Parish Outreach
What is the United Church of Christ?
Starts, Sunday February 12th at 8:30am
Bay Shore Church is part of a wonderful larger denomination. Learn about its history, practices, beliefs and missions. Find out how to get involved with exciting opportunities to share God’s love with the world. Sunday morning at 8:30am, led by Pastors Dave and Susie.
Chancel Choir singing with guest conductor John Rutter
in Festival of Worship, Sunday, February 12th
At 7:00 pm, our Chancel Choir will be singing with over 1000 voices in the annual Festival of Worship held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in Los Angeles. We are thrilled that the conductor this year will be John Rutter, the world-renowned British musician who composed many of our favorite anthems. This event is open to the public. Reserve general admission tickets are available at www.FestivalofWorship.com. The suggested donation price is $10 for adults, and children who are with adult family members will be admitted free. If there are still seats available on the day of the event, donations will also be taken at the door.
Serve COA, Wednesday, February 15th
We will be serving our monthly meal at COA on February 15th. This month – Revisionist Casserole and cookies. Casserole recipes may be found in the concert hall or here: REVISIONIST PDF
Faith & Works Conference at IUCC – February 17&18
Irvine United Congregational Church will be holding its 3rd Faith & Works Conference on Friday & Saturday, Feb. 17-18. Our featured speaker is Dr. Jennifer M. McBride, associate dean for Doctor of Ministry programs & continuing education and assistant professor of theology & ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Dr. McBride’s third book, Reducing Distance: A Liturgical Politics of the Gospel, has just been published and will be available at the Conference (as will her other books). She will speak at 7 pm on Friday and 10 am on Saturday, offering challenging and inspiring thoughts on how Christians can engage in public witness. CLICK HERE for a flyer.
SKY FOREST RETREAT
Reserve a winter getaway soon…
The snow has arrived and the mountains are calling you. We have a beautiful cabin up in the local San Bernardino mountains near Lake Arrowhead. Skiing, snowboarding, sledding and snowman making are all available. Why not take the family up for a weekend to enjoy the snowy mountains. The firewood bin is fully stocked for the fires to keep you warm while sipping hot chocolate. The large family room has big windows to enjoy the mountain-view, and all of the snow. One of the perks of being a member at Bay Shore is that you can rent our Church cabin for $100 per night. There’s plenty of sleeping options so take friends as well. A $20 refundable key deposit is required. Call Charlene in the office to reserve your dates.
CHURCH MEETINGS AND NEWS
Are you interested in serving as an USHER?
If you regularly attend Bay Shore and are looking for a way to serve the church and meet more of our congregation while working with some nice folks on Sunday mornings, ushering may be something just for you!
Please contact Cassie Berrisford for further information and details at email@example.com.
New! Church and Society Group
How should Bay Shore Church respond to these issues and others? For example, what would you have our pastors do when someone comes to the door asking for assistance or sleeps in our doorways? How can we be helpful without enabling bad stuff? If you are interested in becoming part of a team to help address questions like these and look at other ways our church can help make this a better community and world, please contact Pastor Dave at 562 433-0401 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bay Shore Children’s Choir Spring Season has begun
Our Children’s Choir began rehearsals last Sunday, but it’s not too late to come and join us! Our choir meets each week from 10:45 am – 12 noon in the youth chapel upstairs in the Sunday School wing. We’ll be singing in worship services, in the fundraiser on Sunday, May 7th and offering a spring musical on Sunday, May 21st. If you have questions, please contact Director of Music Julie Ramsey at email@example.com. I hope you will consider having your children and youth join us for our spring season!
Food for the Flock –January: Protein A-Plenty
packaged dry and canned beans, lentils and peanut butter
“Feed our friends in need – keep the pantries stocked”
Food donations stock the pantries of the agencies feeding the hungry and needy families of our city including: Cooperative Protestant Ministry at CSULB, Food Finders, and St. Mary’s CARE Food Pantry. Donation bins are located in the narthex and fellowship hall.
Fundraiser 2017, Sunday, May 7 – Save the Date!
We will have lots of fellowship, fabulous food and fun! This is the time to consider your donations, either live in the form of a dinner, harbor cruise or group event and silent auction items; family activities, baskets, electronics, event tickets, homemade goodies.
Thank you in advance for your help and support.
Leslie Groene- Fundraiser Chair
The following dates are available:
February 5,12,26, April 2,9,23,30, May 21,28, June 4,18,25, July 16,23,30,
August 13,20,27, October 1,15, 29, November 5,26, December 3. The cost for altar/pedestal flowers is $40. The flower chart is located on the hallway bulletin board just outside of the church office.
January Commission Meetings:
Saturday, January 28 at 9:30am – Community Connection and Growth – Dining Room
Sunday, January 29 at 11:00am – First Fundraiser Committee Meeting – Dining Room
January Coffee Servers
January 29: Jen Hayter, Rod Sciborski, Jeannette Gillies, Lucy Moon Shoulders
Four volunteers are needed each week to make and serve coffee and serve donuts. The sign-up sheet is posted on the hallway bulletin board or please call Charlene in the church office at (562) 433-0401.
Your help is especially needed right now since our faithful member and resident coffee hour expert, Glenn Moeller, is recovering from an illness and will not be able to oversee coffee service for awhile. Thank you!
Tuesdays with the Pastors
Join Pastors Dave and Susie, fellow parishioners and friends at Babette’s on 2nd for lively conversation, fellowship and a refreshment of your choice. They meet every Tuesday afternoon from 4:00 to 5:00pm. Drop on by!
PRAYERS OF OUR CHURCH COMMUNITY
Judy. Jack. Diane. Annie. David. Sue Bloch. Walter Hughes. Whiyney Danielson. Carrie Haynes. Mrs. Loujuan Martin. Rev. Al Opdyke. Salwa. Charles. David Feldman. Suzanne Clarke. Norm Ebersole & is family. Michael D. Giovanni family. Pat & Bob Montague. Martha Ross. Charlie Ensley. Edgar Remley. Harriet Koppel. Norma Fast. Howie. Julie. Kristin, Tim, Tucker and baby Moore. Johnathan & his family. Ellie Johnson. Joyce Carter. Mark Rasile. Beverly Rose. Rick Wallace. Gary. Kurt. John & Syndie Dooley. Joe Camp. Jack. The Forsyth Family. Annie. Joel & Jeanine Benson. Bill & Mary Lou Nicolai. Jean Remley. David. Valarie Ruschke. John White. Allen Cox. Peggy Hamlin. Noelle Rominger. Derrel Kenzel. The Elliott Family. Traci Reitz. Christie Dysart. Esther Watts. Chrisjeon Clemmer. Phil Bosl. Sue Felix. Norma Marter. Susan Davis. Bob & Diane Guyett. Susan Marshall. Robbie Storbeck. Jody Ellison. Glenn Moeller. Sandy Rodriguez.
Souls of: Jim Vince and comfort for the Vince family. Stan Wood. Christine’s mother. Ewel & June Grossberg. Dr. Sid Drell. Judge John Lane. Mary Wangsness. Carolyn Forsyth. Mary Lou Hauser. George.
General: Blessings for our new baby granddaughter “Piper Wingfield”. Good health and healing. Women’s march. Safe travels for Janna Jensen. Our country and our fragile planet. All veterans.
To add concerns for our Prayer Chain please contact Jane Loper directly at 562-431-1943, email firstname.lastname@example.org., leave a prayer concern in the narthex box, or send an email to the church office through the contact form. Let Jane know if you would like to receive weekly prayer chain email.
UCC MISSION MOMENTS
The Vision Beautiful
You might remember the “Love” postage stamp. It had a few bright paint swatches of color and the word “LOVE” on it. It cost 22 cents and by 1985 over 700 million had been sold. The creator of the stamp was an artist named Corita Kent. During the 60s and 70s, as a Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, she gained fame for her colorful serigraphs that often carried themes of justice and hope. For years she ran the art department of the Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles. In 2014, one of her pieces, a large banner-like painting called The Beatitudes, was discovered stored at the offices in Cleveland of the United Church of Christ.
The painting had been created for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. Painted with bright blocks of color and bold lettering it is covered with words from the Beatitudes and quotes from figures famous in the 60s – John F. Kennedy, and Pope John XXIII. Nobody is quite sure how the UCC came to be in possession of the painting. The United Church Press had published some of her work. Her themes of justice and peace were consistent with our core values. It would have been natural for this painting to end up as part of our denomination’s archives.
The painting was displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland as part of a traveling exhibition of Corita Kent’s work. The theologian Harvey Cox and a friend of hers had this to say about her work: “She could pass her hands over the commonest of the everyday, the superficial, the oh-so-ordinary, and make it a vehicle of the luminous, the only, and the hope filled.” Luminous and hope filled are qualities of these beatitudes of Jesus, taking mercy and mourning and hunger and persecution, and turning them upside down into a vision of a new world ordered very differently from ours.
Sermons Available Online
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