HOMELESS FORUM A HUGE SUCCESS
What a joy to see a packed house for the town hall meeting on compassionate responses to homelessness. Over 640 people had registered for the event, we had standing room only in the sanctuary and we had to set up a screen and live feed in the fellowship hall for the overflow. It felt great to have so many people say, “Thank you for being a compassionate church and hosting this much-needed event in your beautiful sanctuary.”
A huge thank you to Justin Rudd who organized the event and drew so many people here (more than 4,000 people saw at least part of the event live, online). There was a lot to chew on and mull over as 20 speakers shared their insights on how to respond to homelessness. Some themes certainly emerged, including:
- It is better to give money and volunteer time donations to an organization than it is to hand out money.
- There are many agencies doing good work. Resource guides are available.
- Way too many children are suffering the effects of homelessness.
- Obstacles for renters and landlords for Section 8 housing are onerous.
- Homelessness is not a crime.
- We are talking about homeless people, not “the homeless.” Their stories and reasons and survival strategies are varied. Treat them like people, not a social ill.
- There is a lot of mean-spirited talk in our community that needs a more compassionate counter-voice.
On Monday, February 13 at 6:30 pm, we will have a meeting for any church folks who want to gather to help us figure out what our congregation can do to make a difference. I hope to see you there!
Peace and Grace, Pastor Dave
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5 AT BAY SHORE CHURCH
Worship at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School & Nursery Care
Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Sacrament of Communion
New Members Join
If you have attended an orientation meeting and would like to join the church this Sunday
and haven’t already let us know, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!
The Rev. Susie Bjork’s Sermon: “Rediscovering Revelation”
The Book of Revelation is arguably one of the most controversial and often misunderstood books in the Bible.
Some of the compilers of the New Testament wanted to leave it out.
In this sermon, we’ll explore what leads to apocalyptic thinking and we’ll ponder the dynamics of hope.
Scripture Reading: Revelation 21:1-8
Lay Reader: Geoffrey Paterson
Choral Anthem: Believe in Life by John Rutter
Worship Attendance January 29: 179 Adults 13 Children
Lay Reader: Geoffrey Paterson
Geoffrey has lived in Long Beach since 2015, and became a member of Bay Shore Church the same year. Favorite church involvements are worship services and the various church committees. Geoffrey has four grown sons, and one grandson, named Garrett. He is a retired architect and enjoys reading, poetry, writing and participating in church activities.
Following worship we will have a congregational meeting for the purposes of electing a new treasurer. We require a quorum of at least 60 voting members. It will be a very short meeting beginning immediately following the postlude.
Right after church in the Fellowship Hall
Please bring a salad or dessert – Sandwiches will be provided.
Sponsored by Parish Outreach
Bay Shore Cookbook
Also, Parish Outreach will be publishing a Bay Shore cookbook this year. We would love to have your recipe(s). Please bring recipes to church and leave them in the basket at the COA sign up table OR email to Jane Loper (email@example.com) Please put RECIPE in subject line. Thanks!
Book Study for Adults – Begins this Week
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.
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.
The Gospel of Mark Study – Continues This Week
It’s not too late to join this Thursday! 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. Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the downstairs classroom. Crunched for time on Thursdays? Feel free to bring your dinner to the meeting. Led by Pastor Dave.
What is the United Church of Christ?
Starts Sunday, February 12 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 8:30. 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 Christian Outreach in Action on February 15th. This month – Revisionist Casserole and cookies. Sign up and casserole recipes may be found in the Fellowship Hall. CLICK HERE for recipe.
Pub Theology – Tuesday, February 21
Please join Pastor Dave and fellow friends and parishioners at the Crab Pot, 351 Marina Dr. Long Beach at 7pm, for lively conversation and fellowship. If you plan to attend please email Pastor Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food for the Flock – February – Hot and Hearty Savory Soups
Packaged and Canned Soups
“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.
SUPPORT BAY SHORE WITH SCRIP
What is Scrip?
- a provisional certificate of money subscribed to a bank or company, entitling the holder to a formal certificate and dividends.
- a Bay Shore Church contribution that allows the bearer to redeem a gift card for face value, the company providing cash back to Bay Shore Church.
- A really smart thing for YOU to do!
Did you know that we have a variety of gift cards on sale at the Scrip table in the Fellowship Hall every Sunday after worship? You can also place an order for the gift cards you need or call Charlene in the office to check on the cards in stock. For the full order form stop by church or CLICK HERE. Thanks for your support!
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 are 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.
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
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!
The following dates are available for Altar Flowers:
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.
February Commission and Church Meetings:
Saturday, February 4 – Parish Outreach – 9:30am – Sanctuary & Dining Room
Sunday, February 5 – Congregational Meeting – 10:45am – Sanctuary
Sunday, February 5 – Missions – 11:00am – Dining Room
Sunday, February 12 – 10:45am – Christian Education – Library
Sunday, February 12 – 11:00am – Worship – Dining Room
February Coffee Servers
February 5: Parish Outreach
February 12: Sharon Rogers, Mary Hester, Susie Archer
February 19: Phil & Charlene Bosl, Kathryn & Robert Flippen
February 26: Traci & David Reitz, Geoffrey Paterson
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.
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
Julie M. Dolores & George. Elizabeth Haynes.Bill Durslag. Max. Sue Harrison. Jacob Arujo. Lantow Family. Willowdeen Maloney. Sue Bloch. Daniel Evans. Judy. Jack. Diane. Annie. David. Sue Bloch. Walter Hughes. Whitney Danielson. Carrie Haynes. Mrs. Loujuan Martin. Rev. Al Opdyke. Salwa Morris. 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: Anne Farrells Dad. Flora Fairchilds Dad. Alex Fisher. Dirk Eldredge. Sherri Marquez and family. 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: January birthdays and anniversaries. Human rights and justice for ALL! 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
In ancient times salt was a valuable commodity. Mined from deep beneath huge sand dunes, ancient West African kingdoms were made rich by the salt trade. Today, far less of the world’s salt comes from Africa, but it is still mined here, and the trek across the desert looks today much as it did a thousand years ago, though trekking across West Africa can be dangerous. This is especially true in areas plagued by Boko Haram, the violent religious extremist group that kidnaps young girls.
Global Ministries, a combined international mission effort of the Disciples of Christ and the United Church of Christ, works with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Ghana to provide safe schooling for some of the almost 800,000 young girls and children escaping the violence of Boko Haram. Boko Haram represents a minority of the population but they have been effective in disrupting the region’s long history off tolerance and respect between Christians and Muslims. The work of Global Ministries is strengthening the efforts of people there to counteract the hatred and division. This work is a new kind of salt for the earth, perhaps even more valuable, because it doesn’t just make food taste good, it makes the world taste better.
Has your church ever considered becoming a global mission church? The program offers opportunities for mission, for education and for meeting people you might never otherwise know. It’s a way that your church might be a light on the hill and the salt for the earth. Think of all the places there are to learn about and the excitement in discovering how much we share with people across the globe. Imagine the adventures in mission you might have. Go to globalministries.org and click on “Get Involved.”
Sermons Available Online
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