2019 Sermon Series: How to Grow Closer to God
Make growing closer to God a priority this year. A new sermon series will offer practical advice on how to enjoy a more fulfilling spiritual life. After each worship service, grab a donut and cup of coffee and meet in Pastor Dave’s office for fellowship and conversation on the sermon topic for that day. It’s a great way to meet people and get ideas on how to incorporate spirit-building practices into your life. We have volunteers every week to lead the discussion.
We are all on a spiritual journey and the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to ask ourselves where we are on that journey. This sermon series will give practical advice and lift up practices that you can use to cultivate a closer connection with the Divine. This can be a year of moving forward on your spiritual path so that you can find the spiritual connections that bring a sense of peace and wholeness and joy that keeps you going–no matter what the world may throw at you this year.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 6 AT BAY SHORE
Sunday School Classes & Nursery Care
Epiphany & Communion Sunday
Rev. Dave Clark’s Sermon: A Spiritual Quest
Like the magi searching for the Christ child we are all seekers. We seek the truth about the world, about faith, about ourselves. The magi traveled far on this spiritual journey and we are invited to think about our individual journeys and what it would mean to get farther. Being a Christian isn’t about achieving a static status saying, “I’m a Christian.” Rather it is more about being on a life-long spiritual journey and following paths that lead to fulfillment.
What can the magi teach us about taking a spiritual journey? We go with humility, curiosity, a giving spirit…
Scripture Lesson: Matthew 2:1-12
Lay Reader: Monty Maples
Chancel Choir Anthem: The Three Kings
Michael Rice, bass
Attendance for December 23: 173 adults, 10 children
Attendance for Dec. 24 at 5:00: 406 adults, 63 children
Attendance for Dec. 24 at 7:30: 210 adults, 23 children
Attendance for Dec. 24 at 10:00: 120 adults, 2 children
Attendance for Dec. 30: 96 adults, 7 children
UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Epiphany Retreat for Women – Tuesday, January 8, 9:00am-4:00pm
Women of the Bay Shore Church community, we invite you to join Marilyn Paull and Pastor Susie for a one day women’s retreat at Marilyn’s home (2534 E. 1st St.) on Tuesday, January 8. We’ll gather at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. There is an old Irish tradition in which Epiphany is known as Women’s Christmas and is observed as a day for women to gather together to celebrate and relax at the end of a busy holiday season of festivities and providing for others. The beginning of a new year is also a wonderful time to take some time out to simply be and to set some intentions for the year to come. We’ll spend our day engaging in some guided spiritual activities as well as simply enjoying fellowship with one another. If the weather is nice, we may take a short stroll along the beach. If you’d like to join us, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday.
Groups of 8 Lunch Fellowship
2019 Sunday School Teachers Needed
Thank you to everyone who has signed up and taught our Sunday School classes so far this school year!
Teachers are needed for all ages and the sign up sheet is available in the hallway outside of the downstairs classroom. We especially need teachers for: PreK-2nd on January 13, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24 and 3rd-5th on February 10, 17, 24.
The curriculum through March 3 is available in the file box next to the sign up sheet and the rest of the curriculum will be available soon.
If you have questions or simply want to know more about what teaching Sunday School involves, please contact Pastor Susie.
Food for the Flock
Proverbs 22:9 The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.
There are 3 bins inside the Fellowship Hall for donations to St. Mary’s Food Pantry, COA, and Food Finders. These bins are never empty because of the generosity of our congregation and friends and organizations in our community. We share our blessings often and gratefully.
Thank you for your participation in combating food insecurity in our community by donating to the St. Mary’s Food Pantry tub in the narthex. Suggested food items are things that can be packed into a food bag: protein bars, peanut butter crackers, tuna, Vienna sausages, and healthy snack foods. Please consider shopping for an additional food item to bring to church on Sunday. Do you have small soaps and shampoos from your vacation travels? These are also welcomed.
Bay Shore Children’s Choir begins after church Sunday, Jan. 13th
We hope your children can join our Children’s Choir for our spring season. We meet each Sunday after the worship service from 10:45 am – 12 noon. Children of all ages will have lots of fun preparing songs for our worship services songs and spring musical. This season we’ll offer the musical Malice in the Palace – The Story of Esther. Incorporating drama, song, dance and instruments, the children will depict how Esther, a person of faith, goodness and courage was able to save God’s chosen people from destruction. They will learn how each of us, no matter how small, can make a difference. Please contact Director of Music Julie Ramsey for more information: email@example.com. Hope to see you there!
Grief Support Group – Tuesday, January 15, 4:30 – 5:30
Anyone who is experiencing grief over the death of a loved one (including those who are experiencing anticipatory grief for a loved one who is terminally ill) is welcome to attend our monthly grief support group. This open group meets once per month at 4:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month in Gabrielson Chapel to share with each other, listen to one another, and offer mutual support. Our conversations are held in confidence, we share some helpful resources, and each gathering also includes time for prayer, reading of scripture, or other devotional elements. If this seems like something you need, we hope you will join us. If you have questions about this group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pub Theology – January 15
Start off the New Year with an informal conversation about faith and real life. We always have stimulating conversations and a great time in fellowship. Why don’t you give it a try? Please join Pastor Dave, fellow parishioners and friends at 6:30 pm at the Crab Pot, 215 N. Marina Drive.
Planned Giving Program Presentation – January 20
On Sunday, January 20, your Endowment Committee is kicking off the Bay Shore Planned Giving program at 11:00 in Gabrielson Chapel. Howard Hawkins, Director of Business Development for United Church Funds and Don Hill, former Director of Planned Giving for the UCC will be traveling form New York to Long Beach to help with our kickoff and to lead the presentation. This meeting will introduce the newly developed Bay Shore Church Planned Giving website which will provide all the information needed to start your legacy donation to Bay Shore.
The Bay Shore Endowment Fund was founded in 1986 and has a current value of $869,947. The fund has grown substantially over the years through twenty-three gifts and bequests and has provided funding for many good works at Bay Shore. It is important that we continue to grow the fund principle, so we can continue to provide much-needed funding for our Church.
It is very important that we have a strong show of support for this new program. Please plan on attending.
Sandwiches, drinks and cookies will be provided.
Sky Forest Retreat
Winter is here and who doesn’t enjoy fresh mountain air, beautiful pine trees, a little snow, and a warm fire in the fireplace? All of these things and more await you at our church’s fantastic mountain cabin in Sky Forest, just down the road from Lake Arrowhead. Click HERE for more information about what this beautiful property has to offer. Book your getaway now by contacting the church office.
Save the Date – February 10
Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person – the gift of life. Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. A decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several. Bay Shore Church will be holding a Red Cross Blood Drive on Sunday, February 10 from 8-2 at our Youth Center. Please make your appointment HERE, or call the church office. Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment.
Upcoming Church Meetings
Sunday, January 6 at 11:00 – Missions Commission
Sunday, January 6 at 11:00 – Worship Commission
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 Tuesday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.
Jan. 6: Peter Hogenson
Jan. 20: Kendra and Scott Dixon
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 the church office at 562-433-0401.
PRAYERS OF OUR CHURCH COMMUNITY
The following people and prayers were lifted up in worship on December 23: Pia Jensen, Peggy Hamlin, Robin, Liam, Nan Morris, Sue Harrison, Grant, Brett, Teun VanderMaarl, Dee Dee Van Pelt, Linda, Sue, Olga, Pauline, Sharon, Ardell, Jason, Megan and baby Wesley, Just Meyer, Cheryl Leland, Since Wickersham, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Viggo. Mary Case and Charlotte Wrana who were both hospitalized this week. Traveling mercies. Stephen Deck who passed away on Dec 1, 2018 and his family Dena (wife), Kirsten (daughter), and Erik (son). My 15 year old cousin who is in psychiatric care away from her family. Comfort for Paula and Bobby. For healing for my cat and the healing of my ankle. Naomi Rainey-Pierson for healing, and acceptance of God’s will for the New Year. Jay Hannibal’s mother who went into the arms of Jesus; please pray for his family. Grateful for family & friends.
For the souls of: Suzanne Poulsen, Roger Ehren.
The following people and prayers were lifted up in worship on December 30: Pia Jensen, Peggy Hamlin, Julie, Julee Morris, Liam, RobinTeun VanderMaarl, Dee Dee Van Pelt. Traveling mercies. For forgiveness and guidance. Today, we celebrate 56 years of marriage – God has greatly blessed us – life is good! Praises! (Jane & George Meissenburg)
To add concerns for our Prayer Chain please contact Jane Loper directly at 562-260-5888, 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
Where is the Child?
Herod has no good intentions for baby Jesus. He was not looking to buy him a blue bassinet or a tiny little catcher’s mitt. No, Herod had a more diabolic plan. The Magi who had traveled all that way to find the baby under the tail of that great extraordinary star knew better. They knew he was an evil man with an evil intent. So, when the time came, as Matthew’s Gospel tells us, those Magi went home by another way. Thus, they saved the baby Jesus. The Magi were wealthy and were a part of Herod’s world of privilege. But they could escape Herod’s reach, and chose another way in order to protect the child.
Clergy in the New York Conference of the United Church of Christ have chosen another way with respect to immigrant children housed in their state. They have joined with other faith leaders, lawmakers and attorneys to introduce legislation that would require state licensed facilities that house immigrant children on behalf of our federal government to report to the public regularly. Those reports would require an accounting of how many children each facility is housing. Currently, the facilities say that they are not required to report anything about what is happening to these immigrant children. These are the children that have been forcibly removed from their parents, many of whose parents came here seeking asylum in the United States.
This coalition is hoping that other states and conferences will follow their example. The legislation is called “The Separated Children Accountability Response Act (SCAR). The gist of the Act would be to require state–contracted facilities to report every 15 days on numbers of children and on efforts to reunite children with their parents. This Legislation was introduced last summer at Judson Memorial Church (UCC affiliated) in New York City.
In Africa, among the mighty Masai warriors, the traditional greeting is to ask, “How are the children?” Even warriors without children ask that question of each other, and the traditional response is, “All the children are well.” Thus, if there is time and attention and care for the children then life is good. We should all ask each other that question in order that all of us in all our churches might use the well-being of children as the test of how well we are doing as a society. The Magi knew that. The authors of this legislation know that. How are the children?
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