COMPASSIONATE RESPONSES TO HOMELESSNESS, MONDAY, JANUARY 30 7:00 pm
Have you ever wondered what is the best thing to do when you encounter a homeless person? Bay Shore Church is hosting a community forum, the forum will be held in the Sanctuary. There will be a number of speakers who work with homeless folks in Long Beach and they will address the issue (s). Justin Rudd has secured a wide range of speakers (listed below) who will let us know about the scope of services that exist and how people can get help. Each speaker will speak 5-7 minutes. Learn about the scope of the situation, what services are currently out there and things to consider when you have an encounter.
Following the presentation, we will have a reception in the fellowship hall. Guests are asked to bring a pack of socks for the Sock-it-to-’em sock drive for the homeless.
Future Forums: Plans are underway to host a series of Bay Shore Church Community Forums. Currently, we are working on ideas for addressing Mental Illness, Domestic Violence, and Human Trafficking.
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
HOMELESS FORUM SPEAKERS
• Brian Addison, Writer and advocate
• Steve Be Cotte, Long Beach Area Coalition for the Homeless, Pres.
• Tonya Burns, Children Today, Exec. Dir.
• Teresa Chandler, Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services (LBDHHS), Bureau Manager
• Dave Clark, Bay Shore Church – Long Beach, CA, Senior pastor
• Johnny Dodson, Long Beach Police Department (CA), Homeless Outreach Officer
• Dixie Dohrmann, Christian Outreach in Action (COA), Exec. Dir.
• Giovanna Ferraro, downtown business owner
• Leslie Giambone, Mental Health America, Exec. Dir.
• Robert Luna, Long Beach Police Department, Chief
• Arlene Mercer, Urban CommunityOutreach, Exec. Dir.
• Gail Mutke, St Luke’s Episcopal Church, homeless shower program coordinator
• Dale Neal, Long Beach Rescue Mission; City of Long Beach Homeless Services Advisory Committee, chair
• Paige Pelonis, City Heart, founder
• Suzie Price, City of Long Beach, Councilmember
• Erin Simon, Long Beach Unified School District, Director of Student Support Services
• Marjorie Solorzano, Mental Health America, Program Manager of Long Beach Housing and Services
• Brenda Threatt, U.S. VETS Long Beach, Exec. Dir.
• Tanya Times Witt, Los Angeles County Commission on Aging, commissioner
• Long Beach Fire Department‘s HEART team
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 AT BAY SHORE CHURCH
Worship at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School & Nursery Care
Third Sunday after Epiphany
The Rev. Susie Bjork’s Sermon: “A Living Faith”
What is our role as people of faith in society? How do we live out our faith in our everyday relationships and in the public sphere?
James wrote the now famous line “faith without works is dead.”
What “works” do you feel called to engage in? Does some work feel intimidating or overwhelming?
These are some of the questions we’ll consider as we continue our sermon series on developing your personal beliefs.
Scripture Reading: James 2:14-18
Lay Reader: Larry Foley
Chancel Choir and Bay Shore Bells Anthem: Here I Am, Lord
Greeters: Mary Hester and Sharon Rogers
Worship Attendance: January 15: 188 Adults 8 Children
Lay Reader: Larry Foley
Larry has resided in Long Beach since 1961 and became a member of Bay Shore Church in 1982. Favorite church involvements are being on the commission of buildings and grounds, Fellowship Club and serving as an usher on Sunday mornings. Larry and wife Marcia have three grown children. He is retired from Chevron Oil Co. and enjoys sports, golf, family, friends and his dog.
EVENTS AND CHURCH NEWS
Bay Shore Children’s Choir begins this Sunday, January 22nd
Our Children’s 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. Our musical is a biblical story of a person who stood for what is right, a tale of God and glory, of danger, adventure, and…RESCUE IN THE NIGHT. Through story and song we will be telling the story of Daniel in the lion’s den! All parts are open to everyone, including Daniel, King Darius, Three Advisors (Astrofar, Taxalot and Crushafo) Four Heralds, Angel, and a chorus of not only singers, but Lions! 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!
Youth Group – Sunday, January 22 at 11:00 a.m.
Youth group for middle and high school youth meets on Sunday, January 22. We’ll gather for lunch and fun from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to Pastor Susie’s youth email list.
Women’s Lunch Bunch – Thursday, January 26 at 11:30 a.m.
Our women’s lunch bunch resumes on Thursday, January 26 at 11:30 am in the small dining room. Bring your lunch and, if you wish, something to share. All women are invited. Bring a friend or neighbor. Discussion theme for January will be. “What are YOU looking forward to in 2017? And, what new activities or programs would interest you for Bay Shore Women?“ Happy New Year! Information: Jean Brodie or Barb Raymond
The Gospel of Mark study, Begins January 26th.
Several have asked for a Bible class and 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. Study will be on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Crunched for time on Thursdays? Feel free to bring your dinner to the meeting. Led by Pastor Dave.
Orientation to Bay Shore – January 29 at 11:00am
Want to learn more about Bay Shore Church? Then we invite you to join Pastor Dave in his office after worship. This will be an informal gathering to ask questions and learn more about what the Bay Shore Church community can do to help you along your spiritual journey. Please send an email to email@example.com if you are interested in attending.
Please join us for our first fundraiser committee meeting on Sunday, January 29th @ 11:00am in the dining room. All are welcome and we want and need new ideas to help us make it a super-successful event.
So all you need to do now is SAVE THE DATE!
Our 2017 Fundraiser is on Sunday, May 7th right after our church service. 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
Book Study for Adults – Begins January 31 & February 1
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.
Please sign up and pick up a detailed schedule in the Fellowship Hall or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Books will be available for pick-up on Sunday, January 22 (suggested donation $12 per book). 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.
Coming in February: What is the United Church of Christ? 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 8:30am, led by Pastors Dave and Susie.
Christian Outreach in Action’s Valentine Tea Fundraiser – February 4
Generously hosted by Grace First Presbyterian on Saturday February 4, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Please join Christian Outreach in Action (COA) along with guest speaker George Geary, an author, media chef and culinary teacher, who will be giving a cooking presentation in honor of his new book “LA’s Legendary Restaurants.” His delightful presentation will be accompanied by a full afternoon tea, silent auction and raffle! Tickets are a $35 donation, with all proceeds going to benefit Christian Outreach in Action. Reserve your seats by January 30 – this event will sell out! For more info and purchasing, contact Ana De La Torre at email@example.com or 562-432-1440. CLICK HERE for a flyer.
Save the date –
Church Potluck after worship service on Sunday, February 5. Please bring a salad or dessert.
Thank you, Parish Outreach Commission
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.
Faith & Works Conference at IUCC – February 17&18
Irvine United Congregational Church will be holding its 3rd Faith & Works Conference on Friday & Saturday, Feb. 17-18. Our featured speaker is Dr. Jennifer M. McBride, associate dean for Doctor of Ministry programs & continuing education and assistant professor of theology & ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Dr. McBride’s third book, Reducing Distance: A Liturgical Politics of the Gospel, has just been published and will be available at the Conference (as will her other books). She will speak at 7 pm on Friday and 10 am on Saturday, offering challenging and inspiring thoughts on how Christians can engage in public witness. CLICK HERE for a flyer.
UPDATE ON GLENN MOELLER
Glenn came home from Marlora Care Facility on Monday, January 16. He is very happy to be in his own surrounds, and he has a very good friend Mr. Bob Coleman staying with him for a while. He would welcome cards, calls or a visit.
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SOCK IT TO EM - SOCK DRIVE
Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team (CAT) hold an annual collection of new pairs of socks with a goal to collect 14,000 pairs for area homeless men, women, and youth. The socks are distributed to six area agencies: MHA Village, COA, Beacon for Him, City of Long Beach Multi-Service Center, His Little Feet and Long Beach Rescue Mission. Please drop off socks to the Bay Shore Church fellowship hall, M-F, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., or leave them in a bag outside the church’s office door after hours. Most requested are men’s black crew socks. You can also donate to Paypal to Justin@JustinRudd.com and we’ll purchase socks for you.
TUESDAYS HAVE COFFEE WITH THE PASTORS
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!
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’s 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
Congregational Meeting – February 5
Following worship on February 5th, we will have a congregational meeting for the purposes of electing a new treasurer. It should be a very short meeting that we will conduct immediately following the postlude.
January Commission Meetings:
Sunday, January 22 at 8:30am: Christian Education – Library
Sunday, January 22 at 11:00am: Business Affairs – Dining Room
Saturday, January 28 at 9:30am: Community Connection and Growth – Dining Room
Sunday, January 29 at 11:00am: First Fundraiser Committee Meeting – Dining Room
January Coffee Servers
January 22: Marilee Stefenhagen, Amy Williams, Joan Ensley-Heller, Kenneth Hagelin
January 29: Jen Hayter, Rod Sciborski, Jeannette Gillies, Lucy Moon Shoulders
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.
Your help is especially needed right now since our faithful member and resident coffee hour expert, Glenn Moeller, is recovering from an illness and will not be able to oversee coffee service for awhile. Thank you!
The following dates are available:
February 2,12,16, 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 flowers is $40. The flower chart is located on the hallway bulletin board just outside of the church office.
Food for the Flock – Monthly Food Donation Calendar for 2017
“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.
January: Protein A-Plenty – packaged dry and canned beans, lentils and peanut butter
February: Hot and Hearty Savory Soups – packaged and canned soups
March: Start the Day Right Breakfast/Cereals – boxed cereals, granola, and packaged oatmeal
April: Baking Month – flour, Bisquick, packaged muffin, cake and cookies mix, brown and white sugar
May: Baby Month – baby food, cereal, formula and disposable diapers
June: Fruit and Juice Month – canned fruit, box juices
July: Veggies Galore – canned veggies of all kinds
August: Stove-top dinners – packaged noodles, rices, dinner mixes, mac and cheese
September: Back to School lunches
October: Pasta Month – dry pastas and pasta sauces
November: Cornucopia of Blessings Thanksgiving Food Drive – grocery bags provided with shopping list
December: Festive and Filling canned meats and seafood – chicken, tuna, beef stew and chilis
PRAYERS OF OUR CHURCH COMMUNITY
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: Christine’s mother. Ewel & June Grossberg. Dr. Sid Drell. Judge John Lane. Mary Wangsness. Carolyn Forsyth. Mary Lou Hauser. George.
General: 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.
Thanks to God for answered prayers, God’s Grace, infinite love and the promise of each new day.
UCC MISSION MOMENTS
Jesus has a friend in jail. John the Baptist has been arrested. With danger in the air Jesus heads to the Sea of Galilee, home to fishing and fishermen. There along the banks Jesus calls his first disciples. Two brothers James and John, fishing, leave their father, Zebedee. Is their father sad or glad for his boys’ opportunity to leave behind the sleepy ways of a fisherman? We don’t know the answer. What we do know, because we know the ending, is that James will be the first to be martyred (Acts 12:2) and John will be exiled. It’s not that we don’t know what the real deal is with discipleship. If we take our faith seriously and are willing to follow Jesus then there is a likelihood that we will face some sort of hardship, or have to make a difficult choice, even discover that we have changed and left behind more than we realized.
In May, 2014, three UCC clergy were arrested along with many other religious leaders in Jefferson City, Missouri. Jefferson City is the capital of that state and those arrested were in the capital building protesting in favor of health care for the poor of Missouri. The group arrested has been referred to as the “Medicaid 23.” Two years later, in the summer of 2016, they were all found guilty of trespassing for chanting peacefully from the balcony overlooking the State Senate chamber. As of this writing they were planning an appeal wondering how one could be convicted of trespass on public property.
Protest and public demonstration are part of our heritage as a country and as a justice-minded church. The UCC pastors arrested were Rev. Vernon Howard, Rev. Chaunia Chandler and Rev. Sam Mann. They have demonstrated their discipleship fighting for justice for the poor. How do we demonstrate ours?
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