COMMITMENT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20
The Sunday before Thanksgiving is always a big deal at Bay Shore Church. It’s one of those Sundays where we “pull out all the stops” and lift our hearts in praise and thanks for all of God’s blessings.
This Sunday it will also be the culmination of our Born to Run campaign. As we highlighted last week, our church is faced with some big hurdles. We need everyone to consider ways in which they might be able to step up in their stewardship this year so that we can reduce the deficit without cutting programs and staff. This is a critical year to get things moving in the right direction. Many of our “fixed costs” are increasing and we cannot afford to add more to the deficit.
Please bring your Stewardship form to worship on Sunday so that we can make our commitments together and prepare the 2017 budget. We will conduct our annual Harvest Home meeting on the 27th after worship and it is critical that we have all the pledges in so we can present an accurate budget.
After worship we will celebrate with a potluck. It will be a time of fellowship and celebration as we conclude our Stewardship Campaign. Please bring something to share as we fellowship together. It’s a great time to share your favorite dishes and sample some of the best home cooking in Long Beach! Everyone is welcome!
Bay Shore Business Affairs Commission
NOVEMBER 20 AT BAY SHORE CHURCH
Worship at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School and Nursery Care
Stewardship Celebration Potluck After Worship
Sermon Series: “Born to Run”
Our Born to Run Stewardship Campaign is centered on the focus scripture from Hebrews 12:1:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight
and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.”
God calls us to persevere in faithful discipleship just like a runner perseveres in running a race.
Practicing faithful discipleship means improving the stewardship of our time, talent and treasure.
It means caring for God’s creation and the people in it – including our own spiritual and physical health.
The Rev. Dr. Dave Clark’s Sermon: “Passing the Baton”
What batons in the race of life have been handed on to you? What are you most grateful for?
How can you be intentional about passing the baton to a new generation?
How faithfully are you running your leg of the race?
What do younger people need to see from you?
Stewardship Speaker: Bill Hayter
Scripture Lesson: Hebrews 11:1-11
Lay Reader: Richard Conant
Chancel Choir Anthem: A Thanksgiving Celebration
Brass Quintet and Timpani throughout the service
Greeters: Hamed and Sara Rahmani
Worship Attendance: November 13: 195 Adults, 20 Children
Thanksgiving altar arrangement by Lisa Sierveld
Flowers in the niche are given by George and Marlene Jones
in celebration of their 22nd wedding anniversary.
Lay Reader: Richard Conant
Dick is a retired educator and medical researcher. He and his wife, Sandra, have lived in Long Beach since 2011 and have been members of Bay Shore since 2012. Dick and Sandra enjoy bike riding and family visits with their adult son and daughter and nine grandchildren. His favorite church involvements are Parish Outreach and Worship Commission and he and Sandra volunteer in support of LB Meals on Wheels.
HARVEST HOME & BUDGET MEETINGS
Our annual Harvest Home business meeting will take place right after worship on November 27th. We will preview the 2017 budget and officers for the upcoming year. All members are encouraged to attend this very important meeting.
We will have a second Business Meeting for the church on December 11th (after worship) to formally vote on the budget and officers.
MEN'S GROUP NEWS
Men’s Group Meeting, This Saturday, November 19
1) Geoffrey Paterson will tell us about his 32-year career as an architect in the Hawaiian Islands. Geoffrey helped design everything from the State’s Capitol to private estates to fast food restaurants to a Maui Resort.
2) Don Budai will give us an update on the status of Bay Shore’s Float Entry into the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade. Don & his crew have been hard at work and there is lots of exciting news to report!
Men’s Group Christmas Parade Float 2016
Bay Shore Church will be well represented in the 2016 Belmont Shore Christmas Parade. The Men’s Group is busy designing and building a float we will all be proud of.
Justin Rudd graciously donated $450 toward the rental of a flatbed truck to be used in the Parade. Mahalo, Justin!!
Thank you also to the 18 Men who have generously contributed $50 each toward the float project. If you have not already, please consider a modest contribution to help with the cost of our Christmas Float and other fun projects to come. Checks can be made payable to Bay Shore Church and left at the office or given to Dick Landes.
Don’t miss the parade on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 6 pm.
THANKSGIVING FOOD COLLECTION
Thanksgiving Food Bags – Due November 20
This Sunday, November 20th, is the last day to bring your filled grocery bags to the church for our Thanksgiving food delivery to needy families. Giving back to others in need is one way our church family expresses our gratitude for the many, many blessings we receive. Many thanks for the amazing generosity of those who have given so far. We give to others because the grace of God is so freely given to us.
THANK YOU FROM THE MISSIONS COMMISSION
Thank you to all who participated in our Alternative Christmas Market. With your support we are happy to report that we made $1,905. This will allow us to give to: Heifer International, Church World Services and Habitat for Humanity.
Thank you again for your generosity,
Baklava to support Christians in Ramallah, Palestine will once again be available for purchase this year. Each generous tray of this delectable treat sells for $25 (after the cost of production and shipping, $10 per tray goes to support Ramallah). Baklava will be available for pick up in time for Christmas. Please see Salwa Morris on Sundays or call her at (562) 430-2700 to place your order. Thank you again to all who supported this effort last year!
DECORATE THE CHURCH - DECEMBER 3
Join us in decorating the church for Advent and Christmas on Saturday, December 3, beginning at 9:00 a.m. All are welcome!
We’ll be making juniper wreaths and decorating the Chrismon tree and we could use your help! If you like, bring a Christmas treat to share.
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.
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
November 20: Dick Landes
November 27: OPEN
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.
NOVEMBER CHURCH MEETINGS
November 20: Business Affairs – 11:00am – Dining Room
November 22: Board of Stewards – 7:00pm – Classroom
November 27: Harvest Home Congregational Meeting – 10:45am – Sanctuary
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, then your missing out on lively conversation and fellowship. They meet every Tuesday afternoon from 4:00 to 5:00pm. Drop on by!
WE REMEMBERED IN OUR PRAYERS
Ann Hurley. Tennessy Elledge. Rev. Al Opydke. Mary Hutchinson. Sameer Salameh. Joann Scribante. Susie Torres. Joe. Joann McGowan. Susan Felix. Bob & Diane Guyett. The Elliott Family. Jerry Clark. Virginia Thompson. Phil Carr. Jack Zohab. Mark Risile. Bev Rose. Rick Wallace. Alicia Yeamans. Joyce Amerson. Cindy Summers. Esther Watts. Norma Marter. Nancy. My sister. Mrs. Durrazzo. Judith. Jean. Jan. Bob Guyett. Jody. Sandy. Jolene. Carl Duckworth. Gina. Bob.
Souls of: Bob Scribante. Barbara Smith. Jimmy Farricker. Peggy Noris. Karl Johnson.
General: God bless and lead our country. Prayers of gratitude for the service of all veterans. For our country and its people. For peace.
To add concerns for our Prayer Chain please contact Jane Loper directly at 562-431-1943, email email@example.com., 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
Together in Christ
Reconciled in Christ, and in him all things are made new. These words are from Paul’s letter to the Colossians. They come from Paul’s ardent prayer for the continued good of the church in that city. Thanksgiving is a time for us to pray for the continued good of all our churches and to be grateful for the ministries we share.
Sometimes “chance” is clearly the tool of the Holy Spirit—as it was thirty years ago when a homeless woman met a business woman rushing to a meeting who stopped to offer a sandwich. She also stayed and listened to the other woman’s story. That “chance” encounter resulted in a commitment to help families without homes find support and reconnection. So was born the Interfaith Hospitality Network, now called “Family Promise,” and their first partner was Christ Church UCC in Summit, New Jersey. Karen Olson, the woman who stopped and gave the sandwich, says that the program would probably not have happened without the support and cheerleading from Christ Church.
Over thirty years, this organization has developed a program that inspires not only the families it serves but the volunteers who spend nights with the families and who are often transformed themselves as they come to experience the humanity of those many consider “less than,” or unworthy. Homelessness is not an abstract notion—it has a face. In this case, meeting that face led to transforming the lives of thousands.
More than 200 of the congregations participating nationwide are United Church of Christ churches, making it one of the largest denominations represented. If your congregation is interested in meeting the face of homeless families in your community, visit www.familypromise.org.
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