CHANCEL CHOIR CANTATA DURING WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY
The Call of Christmas: Lessons from the Shepherds
On Sunday our Chancel Choir along with a nine-piece orchestra, Robert York on piano and organ and narration by The Rev. Dr. David Clark, will present our annual Christmas Cantata. This year we are focusing on the shepherds. In the book of Luke, the Christmas story begins with a host of heavenly angels sharing the news of the coming Messiah with a group of shepherds keeping watch over their flocks by night:
Fear not, for I bring you good news of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
Why did God choose the shepherds to be the first ones to first hear the news of the coming Messiah? In this extraordinary moment, how did they react? What can their actions teach us? We will follow the shepherds on their amazing journey from hearing the news to their decision to go to Bethlehem to see the Child, to what they experienced when they got there and what they did when they departed and returned to their field and flock. Our music will include familiar carols and Christmas anthems sung by our Chancel Choir and soloists and accompanied by organ, piano, strings, woodwinds and numerous percussion instruments. Come hear this amazing story of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Though we have heard the Christmas story many times before, hear it anew focusing on the journey of the shepherds as a model for how we should respond to God’s call on our lives.
Julie Ramsey, Director of Music
DECEMBER 18 AT BAY SHORE CHURCH
Worship at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School and Nursery Care
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Chancel Choir Cantata
The Call of Christmas: Lessons from the Shepherds
Lay Reader: Robert Wingfield
Greeter: Jill Fowler
Flowers on the pedestal are given by the Light Family in celebration of Amanda’s 24th birthday.
Flowers in the niche are given by Phil and Charlene Bosl
in loving memory of their daughter, Ali on her 33rd birthday.
Worship Attendance Sunday, December 11: 255 Adults, 54 Children
Lay Reader: Robert Wingfield
Robert has been a member of Bay Shore for eighteen years, and he and his wife Beverly live in Cypress. His favorite church involvement is missions. Beverly and Robert have four grown sons, and quite a number of grandchildren. Robert is an Account Manager for a Chemical Co. In his spare time he enjoys golf and hiking.
SPECIAL CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICES
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services – December 24
Three services at 5:00, 7:30, and 10:00 p.m. Children’s Christmas recital at 4:30 followed by worship at 5:00 including music by our vocal quartet, handbells, children’s choir, and organ. Services at 7:30 and 10:00 include music by our chancel choir, vocal quartet, handbells, and organ. Nursery care available at the 5:00 and 7:30 services. Communion will be served at the 10:00 service.
Christmas Day Service – December 25
Join us for a family-friendly, casual Sunday morning worship service at 9:30 a.m. including our traditional Christmas Carol Sing and a message by Pastor Susie.
UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Christmas Families Delivery Day – This Saturday, December 17
Please return all wrapped and tagged gifts to the church by Wednesday.
Thanks for your help with this annual mission project!
The Gift Card Christmas Tree for Long Beach Day Nursery and Precious Lamb Preschool is also up in the fellowship hall and is filled with wishes. Please stop by and take a card or two and make a child’s wishes come true! Thank you so much for your generosity!
Christmas Cookies, Coffee and Fellowship – This Sunday, December 18
Please join Parish Outreach for a cup of coffee and Christmas cookies, after worship in the fellowship hall this Sunday. Bring a dozen of your favorite Christmas cookies to share.
Youth Group Christmas Party – This Sunday, December 18
All middle school and high school youth are invited to join us for our Christmas party this Sunday, December 18 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. in the Youth Center. We’ll have a potluck supper, so bring something to share. Also bring a goofy gift (under $10) for our gift exchange game. And, if you want to, wear your goofiest Christmas outfit. Games, food, fun, and fellowship! See you there!
Blue Christmas – December 20
Our December Grief Support Group gathering on Tuesday, December 20 at 4:30 will be a Blue Christmas service. If you are in need of a quiet, prayerful way to honor the memory of a loved one during this holiday season, we encourage you to come. Holidays bring up a lot of memories and feelings, including grief. All are welcome.
Christian Outreach in Action Ring and Sing – December 21
Come join the Bay Shore Bells, Chancel Choir, and the pastors as they ring and sing carols and share the Christmas story at Christian Outreach in Action at 4:30 p.m. before our monthly meal. All are welcome to join us is sharing the good news of God’s love. It is one of our favorite outreach events of the year! 515 E. 3rd St., Long Beach CA 90802
We Serve Dinner at COA – December 21
Thanks to all who responded on Sunday. We now have enough casseroles and servers for December. We still need pudding cups, either chocolate or vanilla – or you may contribute the the Bay Shore Church hunger fund. Thank you for all you have done this past year – we have served over 2,000 meals!
Holiday Office Closures – December 23 and 26
Please note that church office will be closed on Friday, December 23rd and Monday, December 26th in observance of the Christmas holiday.
Merry Christmas to All from the Bay Shore staff!
Shop Scrip for Christmas
If you are one of the many individuals who doesn’t like to go shopping at the malls for holiday gifts, then here’s your chance to shop hassle-free for gift cards. Stop by the Scrip table this Sunday. If the scrip cards that you want aren’t available, they can be ordered on Sunday and will arrive at the office the following week for pickup.
Check out available cards HERE.
Buying scrip is a way to help Bay Shore Church, as a percentage from every scrip card purchased goes back to the church. Win-Win for everyone!
Food for the Flock December Focus – Canned Meat and Seafood
For the month of December, add canned meat and seafood to your shopping list to feed the hungry this holiday season. This includes such things as canned meats, canned chicken, canned tuna, chili, beef stew, Vienna sausages and more. These hearty foods will fill hungry bellies in these colder months. Remember each time you go shopping in December, add a couple of cans of life-sustaining food to feed the hungry in our city. Bins to collect your gifts will be located in the church narthex each Sunday in December, or you can bring it by the church office during the week. God bless our very generous congregation!
Winter Wonder Camp at Pilgrim Pines – January 13-16
Register TODAY at https://goo.gl/forms/Vsp7W3VNrxFmtcEF2
This year, we are stepping into uncharted territory. We are excited to have the Junior High and Senior High programs in the same place, at the same time, experiencing all the glories that Winter Wonder Camp has to offer. Similar to camp this year, our lives reflect and parallel the idea of UNCHARTED TERRITORY, this year’s camp theme, and how although our journey through life may change and feel scary, God is with us every step of the way.
December Coffee Servers
December 18: Lucy Moon-Shoulders
December 25: 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.
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 you’re 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
Aura Monfort. Danny Jensen. Maura Fallon McKnight. Sandy. Kurt Moeder. Gary Wanding. Joe Camp. Mark Rasille. Beverly Rose. Rick Wallace. The Plotkin Family. The Kerr Family. Mr.Sanchez. The Tolan Family. Jodi Ellison. Jim. The Elledge family. Phil Bosl. Traci Reitz. Christi Dysart. Esther Watts. Chrisjeon Clemmer. Sarah. Deanne Mejia. Sissy. Joann Scribante. Cynthia Lanz. Andrew Lanz. Tuck. Mrs. Durazzo. Bob Montague.Joyce Carter. Barbara Eckert. Jerry Tarwater. Bob and Diane Guyett. Johnathon and family. Jean Remley. Susan Felix. Anastasia White. Jodi Miller. Norma Marter. The Elliott family. Bill and Mary Lou Nicolai. Cheryl St. George. Susie Harrison. The Kincade family. Carrie. Sonia. Walter Hughes. Carrie Haynes. Whitney Danielson.
Souls of: Lowell Rogers. James Robbins. KathleenTolan. Martin Kerr. Vanessa Plotkin. Grace Alexander.John Elliott. Roger Sullivan. Bob Scribante. Karl Johnson. Barbara Smith. Kenny Smith, Carol Paradiso.
General: For our children. Safe journeys for all holiday travelers. For Peace.
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.
Thanks to God for answered prayers, God’s Grace, infinite love and the promise of each new day!
UCC MISSION MOMENTS
Joseph gets all the worrying jobs in the Christmas story. He’s got to manage the fleeing into the desert and the journeying all the way to Egypt. He’s got to do the packing of the donkey. And then there’s all that anxiety about Herod’s soldiers, as well as looking after a pregnant teenage girl. When it’s time to return to Israel, he has to figure out where to live when new rulers make new fears. His dreams don’t help. It was, after all, his dreams that got him into this mess. Are Joseph’s dreams always bad and full of evil omens? Well, at least they keep his family safe. Responsibility and care must weigh heavily upon him. Some men, today, might resonate with Joseph’s plight as the bearer of duty and dependability, especially as they make their way in a world that no longer values them as sole breadwinners, or upholds the image of the strong stoic male. What’s a man to do?
The twenty-second General Synod of the United Church of Christ adopted a resolution about “Men’s ministry in the United Church of Christ.” Among the paragraphs beginning “whereas” is this: WHEREAS, there is a need to support men as they seek growth in their relationship to God and to discover alternatives to relationships based on patriarchy and dominance.
So it is that many UCC churches have developed ongoing ministries for those who identify as male. Trinity Mt. Penn UCC in Reading, Pennsylvania, has a monthly group that endeavors to create a safe nonjudgmental space where they can get to know God and deepen their walk with Jesus. Christian Fellowship UCC in San Diego, California, a progressive, inclusive, Bible-based community of believers has a men’s ministry that includes a re-enactment of the Last Supper during Holy Week. If you want to find a Men’s Ministry Action Plan you can find one by searching at ucc.org.
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