Souper Bowl of Caring - Join the Team!
We are off to a great start Team Bay Shore! Thank you to all who attended church on Sunday and donated to the special food and cash collection soup tureens in the narthex and Fellowship Hall. Let’s keep it going!
The Souper Bowl of Caring uses the Super Bowl 2019 weekend to raise awareness and donations for local food pantries. Once again there will be soup tureens in the narthex on your way into church, and also in the Fellowship Hall. Donations of cash and canned food are accepted. These special gifts will assist St. Mary’s CARE pantry and COA in serving many hungry people in our community.
We have all prayed for those affected by the Federal shutdown and their financial hardships. What can we do? First, we regularly collect food and personal items in the bins in the Fellowship Hall. When they are full, they get sent to distribution centers for anyone who needs the assistance. Additionally, we have a local command center for the Coast Guard. While we have not had this group on our regular donation list, there are several websites that can be viewed for donations:
The Bob Hope USO. bobhopeuso.org
Coast Guard Mutual Assistance www.cgmahq.org
As you enjoy the Super Bowl, help us to be mindful of those without a bowl of soup or cup of chili. Thank you for your generosity Team Bay Shore!
-The Missions Commission
Growing Closer to God
Our sermon series and after worship discussions about growing closer to God continue through March 3. We invite you to join us after worship in Pastor Dave’s Office. If you missed last Sunday’s sermon and discussion on the Baptism of Jesus, please CLICK HERE for some ideas and practices about the connection between Spirit and Water.
2018 Giving Statements
Please note that 2018 Giving Statements will be mailed next week. Thank you for your patience in this matter.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 AT BAY SHORE
Sunday School Classes & Nursery Care
Sacrament of Communion
Rev. Susie Bjork’s Sermon: Serving Others Brings Us Closer to God
Jesus taught us to love God and love our neighbor. By loving our neighbors, we express our love for God and affirm that all are God’s beloved. Sometimes this brings us great joy and fulfillment. But what about times when serving others becomes difficult or draining? How do we practice approaching all acts of service with love, prayer, and hearts that are open to transformation?
Scripture Lesson: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Lay Reader: Amy Williams
Children’s Choir Anthem: The Fruit of the Vine
Greeters: Kelley Poleynard & Alexandra Liechty
Roses on the altar are given in celebration of the births of:
Pearl Alison Nieto born January 22 to Sara and Mitch Nieto &
Benjamin Dominic Sacco born January 24 to Bethany and Nick Sacco
Congratulations to grandparents, Charlene & Phil Bosl and Kathy & Tom Walczak!
Flowers in the niche are given by Marlene & George Jones. Happy 92nd Birthday, Gloria Jones!
Attendance for January 27: 172 adults, 10 children
UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Dinner Hosts for Fellowship Club Needed
Fellowship Club is looking for dinner house hosts. Please consider sharing your home for one of our monthly potluck events on the third Saturday of the month. Contact Diane Donaldson if you are interested: 562-243-7682 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for considering this!
COA Food Bank
Can we help you? We are here for you. If you have been affected by the government shut down, COA is opening a special food bank just for you on 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 1/30. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Prophet on the Edge – Luke 4:21-30
Jesus, the young Jesus, has just returned home and preaches his first sermon in his home synagogue. He reads scripture and says little. Yet, something he says makes the people in that synagogue that day so angry that they want to throw him off a cliff. What made those first century worship attenders so enraged that preacher-cide was on their mind?
What Jesus did was suggest that their God, the God of the Old Testament, often spoke to non-Israelites, like the Syrian Naaman and the widow of Zarepath. His listeners were not happy to think that God was God to others as well as themselves. Of course, this is not just a first century idea. We humans have often fashioned God into ourselves. We are heirs of a tradition that has historically claimed God as Western European. Imagine a God that speaks Spanish, or Urdu, or Quechua. That is God – still speaking and not necessarily in English. How do we, as congregations, open ourselves to a multilingual God? How do we deepen our relationship with that God of all people? One way is become an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation.
Just as churches became Open and Affirming and grew spiritually in their understanding of who God includes; welcoming those culturally different from us and listening to how God speaks to them in their traditions expands our understanding of God and of ourselves as human beings. It all begins in the Bible, a book that some have called the immigrants handbook because so many of its stories are about immigrants. Its stories teach about welcoming strangers and foreigners and how such relationships deepen people’s connection with God.
Your church can do more than Bible study on this issue. Some churches reach out to immigrant communities and churches and plan programs to share food, and culture and ministries. Some congregations read books, take trips, watch videos and listen to the stories of immigrants in their communities. Getting to know this changing world and letting in those who are different is all part of God’s plan for the world. A world made of many kinds of people from many nations. All of us are born a life created by the same God. All of us trying to make a Just World.
If you want to know more go to ucc.org and search for becoming an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation. It’s time we all did this. God has called to open our hearts to the stranger. God has called us to welcome the foreigner in our midst. It’s part of being the church. It’s yet another way to show your love of neighbor.
Sermons Available Online
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