BORN TO RUN 2016 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN
Our Stewardship campaign this year begins November 6. The theme, Born to Run, corresponds with Dave’s month long sermon series of the same title which will explore insights on how running a race can help each of us think more deeply about our stewardship. It will be a time of thoughtful and prayerful consideration and a time of fun and celebration.
The stewardship letter and pledge forms will be available to pick up in the Narthex this Sunday, October 30.
To “kick off” the campaign, please wear your running shoes or sneakers to church on November 6th!!
In gratitude and appreciation,
Your Business Affairs Commission
BAY SHORE TREASURER POSITION
Do you enjoy working with numbers? Do you have a financial background? Would you like to provide leadership in the financial life of Bay Shore Church? If you answered yes to these questions, we’d love to hear from you. Bay Shore is currently looking for a volunteer treasurer to help with financial planning, monthly board reports and weekly accounting responsibilities. If this has your name written all over it, please contact Melanie Brossus for more information at 562-889-9300 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VISIT A CHURCH DAY RESPONSES
Thank you to all who visited a church on October 9 and provided your experiences and reflections. The following is a summary of your responses. Please note that some comments have been edited slightly for length.
Name of the Church I visited:
Sea Coast Grace Church; Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church; Destiny Christian Fellowship; Los Altos Methodist; First Congregational Church of Long Beach; Lake Arrowhead Community Presbyterian Church
My experience of the hospitality/welcome I received:
Greeters welcomed us at the door. They had clearly marked first-time visitor parking spaces, which was nice and convenient. Greeters in parking lot and inside but not much afterwards. Everyone went home. Very friendly before service by many! I was greeted by someone at the exterior door, at the door into the sanctuary; after church I went to the outdoor coffee time and chatted with several people. It all was much the same friendliness level as Bay Shore. We arrived late and sat ourselves. Very friendly and welcoming, both before the service and after at the fellowship time. Small group – 60 in worship, usually 80. Nice visit with the pastor and his wife, others (some who know of our cabin). Very welcoming.
The best part of worship was:
One of the songs. There were two screens above the altar that ran some of the service captioned: songs, sermon (parts), some unison responses of congregation. Being able to hear! It was somewhat entertaining but not my style. There wasn’t any “best.” I enjoyed having a place to worship and chose Los Altos because several women I know in a local organization are members there so it seemed like a good place to worship among friends. The entire experience what eye opening as I haven’t been to many other Long Beach churches since I joined Bay Shore. The congregation was very passionate about their service and it showed. We were greeted on the way out and had a pleasant chat with their minister and other parishioners. The viola solo played by a 16 year old girl (theme from Schindler’s List) – moving and interesting choice. The music and an adult baptism of a young mother.
Something that challenged me in this experience was:
Very little time devoted to prayer or any other liturgy in the service. To try something new. The two screens! The pastor has a TV broadcast. He’s a strong speaker and works the audience. Not for me… Pastor gave us an “assignment” for the week much the same as Pastor Dave does. Trying not to compare churches as all churches do the best to meet their parishioners’ needs and wants. This is a big downtown church with challenges of a different demographics compared to Bay Shore. Getting used to music led by two guitars and bongos, words on the wall. Thinking of the differences and similarities between this church and denomination and Bay Shore and UCC.
I learned that these ministries are important to the church community I visited:
It is clear that this church is investing a lot of time and resources into ministries for children and youth. An Elder explained their mission programs and they showed a video where they had done missionary work building a new restroom. The youth! Respect everyone. Treat everyone equal. They have a diverse congregation and it appeared everyone had respect for each other. Thanksgiving baskets, Polar Bear Plunge in Lake Arrowhead in February (sponsored by Rotary and churches), Trunk or Treat for kids. Serving/helping local groups in this small, semi-isolated mountain community.
Big parking lot and I parked in one of four spaces for “First Time Visitor”! Pastors were very young (30s!) and they sat with the congregation. The choir just walked down the aisle (didn’t sing). The children were outgoing and one child led the congregation in a unison response! Their time was called: Time for Young Disciples. After the children’s time was a Passing of the Peace and people stood up and turned to their neighbors and talked. A few greeted me. The choir sang only at the Offering and Choral Introit, and Choral Benediction. An organist and pianist played at the same time! There was no coffee hour afterwards. People just left and went home. No one really talked to me afterwards. The program was one page folded in two with a tear off for prayer requests, to join, be baptized, etc. After the service were Elders and Deacons to pray with. They came down to the sanctuary to be available. This church has ALDs, however the ushers didn’t know anything about them. Pastor’s message stressed that we should be suspicious of phony Christians, that on Judgement Day there will be hell to pay. Too much doom and gloom! I enjoyed “Passing the Peace” and being able to greet numerous worshippers. It’s a good way to get to say hi to others who might not stay around for a coffee or other type mixer after worship and to welcome visitors. I’d like that practice implemented at Bay Shore. There is no right or wrong. They have a “Sunday Morning Live” at 11:30 and today they were continuing their study of the Ballot propositions – something I wish we would do! This was a lovely experience and I would go back again and recommend it to others also. Music during first part was a group of four guitars, later a beautiful viola solo, then hymn by women’s choir of 8 or 9 and small electric organ. Nice, but made me appreciate the musical talent at Bay Shore.
OCTOBER 30 AT BAY SHORE CHURCH
Worship at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School and Nursery Care
Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
The Rev. Dr. Dave Clark’s Sermon: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”
To most of Jesus’ followers tax collectors were considered the most corrupt sellouts in society.
They systematically abused their power and cheated people who had no alternative but to pay.
Find out what happens the day Jesus invited himself to dinner at the home of a chief tax collector named Zacchaeus.
We discover that part of Jesus’ mission was to seek out and save the lost and corrupt.
Scripture Lesson: Luke 19:1-10
Lay Reader: Christi Dysart
Kathleen Dyer, flute and Robert York, harpsichord
Bay Shore Bells Anthem: For the Beauty of the Earth with flute and percussion
Chancel Choir Anthem: Ain’t Got Time to Die
Greeters: Jack and Judy Elder
Flowers on the altar are given by Steve Dodge In loving memory of his wife, Jackie.
Lay Reader: Christi Dysart
Christi and her family: Jay, Jacob, Lucas, and Micah, have lived in Long Beach since 1997 and she became a member of Bay Shore Church in 2001. Her favorite church involvements are: Worship, Fellowship activities, and performing in the fundraiser shows. Christi is a yoga teacher who enjoys spending time with family, good food, visiting new and interesting places and generally goofing off! 🙂
NEWS FROM YOUR MISSIONS COMMISSION
Pasta Month a Huge Success
Many thanks to all the church families who generously contributed a mountain of pasta and savory sauces to stock the pantries of our community partners. Sunday, October 30 concludes our month-long Food-for-the-Flock Pasta Month, so there is one last chance to make that final donation. Penne pasta, spaghetti, rigatoni or angel hair – your donation of pasta and pasta sauce will fill the bellies of needy families in our community. Thank you!
November – We Give Thanks and Fill Our Grocery Bags
Pick up your shopping list and grocery bag on your way out of church service this Sunday and provide a Thanksgiving meal for a needy family in our community. Shopping bags will be available beginning Sunday, October 30th and each bag will have a list of items for the family Thanksgiving feast. Your filled shopping bags and Thanksgiving food items will be collected at the church each Sunday through November 20th. This season we give thanks and share our many blessings with people in need.
For the next couple of months all announcements in worship will be given by Pastor Dave or Pastor Susie because our services will be quite full with special speakers and special holiday events. If you have an announcement you wish to be made, please send the information to Dave and Susie. Thank you!
SUNDAY COFFEE SERVERS
October 30: Judy & Jack Elder, Sally Watson, Jenny Stuart
Please sign-up! The coffee sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board outside of the church office or you may call Charlene at (562) 433-0401. Four volunteers are needed each week.
TUESDAYS WITH THE PASTORS
If you haven’t joined Pastors Dave and Susie, fellow parishioners and friends for coffee or tea at Babette’s on 2nd Street, than your missing out on lively conversation and fellowship. They meet every Tuesday afternoon from 4:00 to 5:00pm. Drop on by!
Bay Shore Women’s Lunch Bunch Celebration- Thursday, October 27 at 11:00 a.m.
To conclude our successful 2016 year we will go OUT TO LUNCH at the RED WOK, 10883 Los Alamitos, Blvd – at northwest corner of Katella. Bay Shore women and friends are invited. If you’ve never attended in the past, we’d love to see you. Please RSVP to Jean Brodie at 714-334-3918 by Wednesday, October 26. This will be our final gathering for 2016.
Beginning in January 2017 our lunch group will gather at the church on the FINAL THURSDAY of each month. “Getting to Know You” is our Theme. Please mark your calendar for THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 at 11:30 am.
CSULB Winter Festival – Last Call to Reserve Your Ticket!
Sunday December 4 at 4:00pm. – Join with other Bay Shore Church members for this special holiday event. Set in the historic sanctuary of First Congregational Church of Long Beach, this traditional concert has thrilled audiences for over five decades! More than 200 singers ring in the holidays with favorite carols, songs, and classical works in Long Beach’s greatest winter extravaganza. Enjoy the majesty of the great Moller organ, handbells, vocal jazz and, of course the combined voices of all seven CSULB choirs!
Tickets are $15 and sign-ups must be in before November 1st. Transportation by private vehicles or carpools. For further information or to sign-up, please contact Barb Raymond, Bay Shore church member at 714-625-0348 or via email: email@example.com
Youth Group Halloween Party – This Sunday, October 30
This Sunday is our Halloween Party for all middle school and high school youth from 4:30-6:30 in the Youth Center (includes dinner). Wear your costume! Bring a Pumpkin to carve or decorate!
If you are not on Pastor Susie’s youth email list and would like to be added, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. This email list is how we share event details and make decisions as a group.
Central Association Fall Gathering – Saturday, October 29
All are welcome to attend a very special meeting of the Central Association of our Southern California Nevada Conference of the UCC. The Rev. Traci Blackmon, Acting Executive Minister for Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ and one of the founders of “Black Lives Matter” will be our preacher, speaker and teacher. In the morning, Rev. Blackmon will speak about “Why I Protest: the founding of Black Lives Matter” and the importance of Justice and Social Witness Policy in our United Church of Christ. After Lunch Traci will introduce us to our new UCC curriculum: “White Privilege: Let’s Talk and Do Something.” This event will be very popular, so RSVPs are required. Please CLICK HERE for all of the details.
Forum at First Congregational Church of Long Beach – Sunday, October 30
Catered Lunch at 11:30 am followed by a forum at 12:15 “How does FAITH propel us to do JUSTICE?” R.S.V.P. to email@example.com to reserve your lunch ($10 for adults, $5 for children; dietary needs accommodated). Lunch includes a Pumpkin Decorating Party for Kids. Free Parking and Childcare. Youth are especially encouraged to attend this event because Rev. Blackmon will be engaging them in dialogue. Please CLICK HERE for all of the details.
Please RSVP today if you plan to attend either of these events.
Christmas Greens on Sale – October 30 & November 6
Members of our Boy Scout Troop #105 will be taking orders for Christmas wreaths and garlands in the Fellowship Hall after worship on Sunday, October 30 and Sunday, November 6. Greens will be available for pick-up on Sunday, December 4 and Sunday, December 11. Support our troop and decorate your house at the same time!
Community Forum on Human Trafficking – Friday, November 4
Behind drug smuggling, Human Trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing criminal enterprise in Southern California and affects every neighborhood including our own. St. Joseph ESTHER Ministry (End Slavery, Trafficking Humans & Effect Rescue), along with the Long Beach Human Trafficking Task Force, will be hosting Become a Shepherd – Stop Human Trafficking and Exploitation – Protect, Help, Empower and Restore Dignity to raise awareness and to fight against this growing epidemic. This community event will be at St. Joseph Church, 6180 E. Willow St. Long Beach, CA 90815 on Friday, November 4 from 6:30-8:30 in the gym. Special Guest Speaker, Jim McDonnell, the LA County Sheriff and former Long Beach Police Chief will speak about the different forms and trends in Human Trafficking, recognizing that it affects all walks of life, what is being done to combat it, and how we can help. Please register online if you plan to attend: become-a-shepherd.eventbrite.com
Jazz Legend Ronny Whyte comes to Bay Shore at Four – November 6
If you love the songs of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, then you’ll love what we have in store for you!
New York jazz legend Ronny Whyte will be featured in concert at Bay Shore Church on Sunday November 6, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. in an afternoon of song and story, sharing his experiences with the greatest song writers, musicians and luminaries of our time. Critically acclaimed as a premiere interpreter of Classic American Popular song, Ronny is also an outstanding jazz pianist and an ASCAP award-winning songwriter. His lyric Forget the Woman was recorded by Tony Bennett, and his music for The Party Upstairs won the MAC Award for Best Song of 2006. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear real cabaret jazz by an outstanding performer. Free-will offering. CLICK HERE for a link you can share with your friends!
Do you need transportation to VOTE on November 8?
Would you like to vote on November 8 but you do not have a way to get to your polling place? If so, let us know. Every effort will be made to ensure that you are able to vote. You can request transportation by any of the following means:
Sign the transportation request form in the fellowship hall; Contact the church office at (562) 433-0401; or Contact Jeff and Darlene Gidley at (562) 597-5795
Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like transportation so that appropriate arrangements can be made. YOUR VOTE MATTERS!
Titanic the Musical – Begins November 12
Come see our very own Jay and Micah Dysart in First Congregational Church’s presentation of the Tony Award winning musical, Titanic. Cole Brossus is playing in the orchestra too! There will be four shows on November 12, 13, 19, and 20. Please visit: http://www.firstchurchlb.org/titanic.html for details and to purchase tickets.
Sermons Available Online
Did you miss a Sunday? Sermons are available online in both print and audio format at: www.bayshorechurch.org/sermons.
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UCC MISSION MOMENTS
Zaccheus, the hated tax collector, was also short and curious and wanted to see Jesus. Nobody liked him. Everyone was shocked when Jesus talked to him. But Jesus reminds them he came to save the lost—especially those who knew they were lost, or, at least, didn’t think of themselves as special and “not-lost.” In that light, it would be interesting to know what Jesus would think of our elections this year.
Elections can be a time of great division, and the church is obviously not a place where we should demonize those who support one candidate over another. It’s a place to remember that we share our humanness and, as Christians, we share a hope for the Realm of God made visible in the world. We share a hope that such a realm might embody God’s love so completely it would be a place where everyone could find a home, even an unloved tax collector named Zaccheus.
As Americans, we share a hope for this country, and as churchgoers, we share a vision of its worthiness before God. In that spirit and hope, the United Church of Christ worship team has put together a collection of resources for use during our national election. These can be found on the UCC website, and include prayers, hymn suggestions, sermon helps, and this invocation:
We pray for our nation that we be united as a people tied to a single garment of destiny. We pray for those who we elect to serve all citizens that they may be guided not by ego, politics or money, but by compassion for all people. Guide us as families, as a community of faith, as a nation to follow the path of love. (ucc.org/ourfaithourvote)