Committing to Bay Shore Church
Joining a church can be a great way to begin a year because more than anything, joining is a commitment to make your spiritual journey a priority. The types of things to which we commit ourselves define what is truly important to us. Becoming a member of Bay Shore Church is to become part of a community that honors freedom of thought and allows for diverse interpretations of spiritual truth. Being part of this church is to belong to a community where people support each other through life’s ups and downs and make a positive difference in the community and world.
At a time when people are saying Christianity is irrelevant, and people don’t commit to doing good, joining a church is a way of affirming that God isn’t done with us yet; what we do for people’s lives makes a difference. It’s not about serving on a bunch of committees or being required to do something you aren’t comfortable doing. Membership means doing your best to support the church’s mission in whatever way you believe you are led by God to do so.
If you are interested in joining or would like to visit more about this, please let me know. We have an orientation session at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, February 12. We realize that some folks are skittish about getting up in front of the whole congregation so please know: You can join without coming forward in front of the whole congregation if you’d rather not. Simply let me know your desire and we can make accommodations that suit your preferences.
Grace and Peace,
Information on Planned Giving
Thank you to our Endowment Committee and to our special guests, Don Hill and Howard Haskins, for providing a great educational event on planned giving and its benefits this past Sunday. And thank you to all who attended. If you weren’t able to join us or would like to review the information offered, we encourage you to check out our new planned giving website: http://bayshorechurch.ucfmicrosites.org/ This website is always available to you through the giving page of our church website: https://www.bayshorechurch.org/giving/
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20 AT BAY SHORE
Sunday School Classes & Nursery Care
Rev. Dr. David Clark’s Sermon: Spiritual Growth by Seeing Yourself as The Beloved of God
What we imagine God is like shapes how we connect with the divine. Sometimes our spiritual growth is stunted because our images of God are too harsh. If we view God primarily as a harsh rule-maker then we will make our path about obedience and following the letter of the law. Jesus came to show us a different image of God and how our relationships with God can be fuller than simply obeying the rules. The sacrament of baptism reminds us that we are the beloved of God, that God delights in us.
Bay Shore Bells Anthem: Aria
Greeters: Greg & Maggie Fowler
Flowers on the altar are given by Monty and Tracy Maples in celebration of Emily’s 25th Birthday.
Flowers in the niche are given by Cynthia Day-Elliott in celebration of her Birthday.
Attendance for January 20: 150 adults, 12 children
UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Board of Stewards Meeting – Tonight, January 22
By now several of our eight commissions have met (or will do so soon) to get organized, choose leaders and continue the good work of Bay Shore Church. As in the past, Board of Stewards meetings will be held in the church classroom at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The Board consists of the Chair and one other person from each of our commissions, the Moderator, Moderator-Elect, Immediate Past Moderator, Treasurer, and the Registrar, who serves as Board Secretary. Our pastors serve as ex-officio members. Board meetings are open to all. Feel free to attend and witness congregationalism at work. Click HERE for a draft of the agenda for our January 22 Board of Stewards meeting. And, click HERE to view the minutes from our last meeting in November.
See you in church,
John Burt, Moderator
Kids’ Night Out – This Friday, January 25
Calling all kids and youth age 4 and up! Join us for dinner, games and lots of fun THIS Friday, January 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend so we can have an accurate count for food. Children younger than 4 are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Have questions? Please contact Pastor Susie. See you there!
Churchwide Open House – This Saturday, January 26
Pastor Dave is co-hosting a party on Saturday, January 26, 6-9 p.m. at the Belmont Heights home of Justin Rudd and Ralph Millero. This free, adults-only churchwide gathering will serve wine, cheese and crackers, cookies and brownies. Guests are asked to consider bringing packs of new athletic socks for Rudd’s Sock-It-To-‘Em sock drive that supports area agencies serving men, women and youth. RSVP with first and last names to Justin@JustinRudd.com to receive the address and confirmation.
Souper Bowl of Caring: Join the Team!
The Souper Bowl of Caring utilizes the theme of the Super Bowl to inspire people to fight local hunger and poverty, changing the nation’s largest football game into the nation’s largest weekend of caring. All donations of cash and food will be going to our food pantries here in Long Beach, such as St. Mary’s CARE pantry and COA.
Let’s give our special giving an early start! For the next two Sundays there will be large soup tureens in the Narthex as you walk into church and in the Fellowship Hall by the donuts and coffee. Cash donations and canned food are accepted. The cash will be converted to scrip and given to food pantries.
Let’s get the spirit moving with donations to this worthy cause this Sunday.
-The Missions Commission
Proverbs 11:25 A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
COA Food Bank
Can we help you? We are here for you. If you are being affected by the government shut down, COA is opening a special food bank just for you on Wednesday, January 23rd and Wednesday, January 30th from 9 am to 12 pm. Our food bank is stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables, basic pantry necessities and even some sweets to help through these rough patches. Basic hygiene items will also be available. For more information you can call 562-432-1440, email email@example.com or pop in Wed 1/23 or Wed 1/30.
COA – 515 E. 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802 – www.COALongBeach.org
Red Cross Blood Drive – 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.
Orientation – February 12
Are you curious about learning more about Bay Shore Church? We invite you to join Pastor Dave in his office on Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 pm. This will be an informal gathering where you may 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending.
COA Author’s Tea – Feb 16
COA’s famous author’s tea is coming up on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 at Grace First Presbyterian Church (3955 N. Studebaker Rd., Long Beach, CA 90815) from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased online at www.COALongBeach.org or a check may be mailed to: COA 515 E. 3rd St., Long Beach, CA 90802. This month’s author is local celebrity photographer and author of Humans of Long Beach, Matt Roberts! Don’t miss out this special opportunity to meet Matt and purchase an autographed copy of new release!
Grief Support Group – February 19
Carolyn Remley (our resident Faith Community Nurse) and Pastor Susie facilitate a grief support group for 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). This open group meets once per month at 4:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month 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 email@example.com
Pub Theology – February 19
Every month, we gather for 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.
Dinner at COA – February 20
We will be serving the less fortunate on Wednesday February 20, 2019.
This month we will make Chili Pasta Bake (recipe here) and cookies for dessert. Sign up sheets are in the social hall. Thank you for your continuing support.
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. 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.
Tuesdays with the Pastors at Polly’s Coffee
Join Pastors Dave and Susie, fellow parishioners, and friends at Polly’s Coffee on 2nd for lively conversation, fellowship and a refreshment of your choice. They meet Tuesday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.
Jan. 27: Robert & Kathryn Flippen
Feb. 10: Vall & Tom Light
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 20: Peggy Hamlin, William A. Weaver, Judy Meyer, Cherie Burris, KC, Jean Remley, John Fisher, Elizabeth Clark, Sigrid Alman, Mitch Underwood, Catherine, Julee Morris, Alan, Kayla, Teun VanderMaarl, Dee Dee Van Pelt. Pia Jensen’s fight with leukemia. Jonny for successful cancer treatment. Restored health for a little girl who is suffering from a viral infection. Safe travels home for Step. May Kevin get the job. Jacob (4 1/2) to help him with his frustration & anger. My husband Carl as he fights his battle with cancer. Strength and healing for Sylvia. Healing prayers for Jerrie McDowell, Amy Kokis, Brian & Shirley, Lauren Nave. For Hank as he begins his battle with throat cancer. For Kelley in transition. For those in recovery & for those with disabilities to live independently. For Geno who lost everything in a fire (including two cats & a bird). For our country & fragile planet. That we will all grow along with the flowers that accompany this world. Thanks to God for answered prayers, God’s grace, infinite love, and the promise of each new day. For the family and friends of Keith Johnson, a friend of our guest Don Hill, who died unexpectedly in Florida on Friday. In Memory of Christopher Casum; prayers for his children, Drake Casum (10) and Gavin Casum (8). For the family of Hayden Dowdy who passed away this week. Prayers for the soul of Harve Hurst.
To add concerns for our Prayer Chain please contact Jane Loper directly at 562-260-5888, 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
Good News, Good Ways
Across the country there is an epidemic. An epidemic that is killing our people and devastating communities. The reach of this crisis can be felt deep inside many of our congregations. It is the ongoing soul-emptying and family-destroying plague of opioid addiction. The UCC has ministries and congregations that offer support and various services to those affected. Our Council for Health and Human Services Ministry (CHHSM) is planning to offer a resolution at General Synod in July 2019 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Resolutions offered at General Synods have the effect of focusing our advocacy and energy toward legislative and public stances around those issues important to all of us. This is no exception. When Jesus stood up in that synagogue two thousand years ago and proclaimed himself sent to heal the brokenhearted and preach the Gospel to the poor he could have been standing at the door of a family devastated by addiction. How will this resolution ask us to respond to this crisis?
CHHSM leadership plans that the resolution will call us all to act on advocating for better access to treatment and to call attention to how the pharmaceutical companies have contributed to the problem. It is a resolution that calls for comfort and aid to those afflicted and to afflict the powerful of the world with condemnation for their part in human suffering.
This two part resolution would highlight the fact that treatment for this addiction is costly and access is limited. Without some action access will get more difficult. And, the resolution would call out the unethical marketing of drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl and other such prescription pain relievers.
Did you know that according to the National Institute at least 115 people die every day from opioid overdoses? There are medications for opioid addiction but their availability is limited. In addition, there is a call abroad in the land for drug companies to stop marketing these opiates to doctors recognizing that over prescribing them is part of the problem.
Perhaps this resolution, now in the process of being created, will come before our General Synod and prod all of us to work together to bring healing to those brokenhearted and broken bodied. This is a way we can continue to create a “Just World for All.”
Sermons Available Online
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