Planned Giving Program Presentation
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.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 13 AT BAY SHORE
Sunday School Classes & Nursery Care
Epiphany & Communion Sunday
Rev. Susie Bjork’s Sermon: Education as a Path to Spiritual Growth
The stories of our ancestors in faith inform our tradition, theology, and spirituality. Learning more about scripture and the history of our religion helps us deepen our faith journey. The more we learn about who God is and what God does, the better we can connect to God’s Spirit and we become more aware of how God is involved with all of life.
Scripture Lesson: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
Lay Reader: Dede Gilmore
Chancel Choir Anthem: If Ye Love Me
Attendance for January 6: 118 adults, 5 children
UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Men’s Group – January 12 at 8:00 a.m.
Mike Jensen offers his powerful testimony about being the sole survivor of a plane crash at the Long Beach Airport. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear about his extraordinary experience and what got him through unimaginable pain and grief. A few years ago, Mike recalled his journey to a packed house for a YMCA prayer breakfast and now you get to hear it on a more personal level as Bay Shore’s own tells his story.
Commissioning of Lay Leaders
During our worship service on Sunday, January 13, we will install our officers and church leadership members. This is a time where the congregation prays for our dedicated church volunteers who make this such a wonderful congregation. If you are on a commission or committee we ask that you attend this worship service and follow the liturgy in the bulletin.
Bay Shore Children’s Choir begins after church this Sunday
Our Spring season of the Bay Shore Children’s Choir begins THIS Sunday, January 13th and we hope your child/children can join us! We meet each Sunday after the worship service from 10:45 am – 12 noon. Children of all ages (yes, middle schoolers too!!) 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. You’ll find this story in the book of Esther. There are choir songs and solo parts, and there are speaking only parts and speaking/singing parts for everyone: Esther, King Ahasuerus, Queen Vashti, Queen’s Attendants, Mordecai, Haman, The Record Keeper, the Guard Captain, Guards, The Royal Dancers, and The People of Israel. The children 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!
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.
Growing Closer to God
We’ve begun our new sermon and discussion series on Growing Closer to God (which runs through March 3). We hope you’ll join us during worship as well as afterwards for further discussion and reflection on the day’s topic. Click HERE to view the bulletin insert from this past Epiphany Sunday that includes some prayer practices and questions for your spiritual journey.
Food for the Flock
Donations of food and toiletries help local agencies who serve the food insecure and homeless people in our community.
St. Mary’s CARE program has indicated that their pantry needs are great. They especially appreciate high protein items like pop-up cans of tuna, Vienna sausages, beans, and peanut butter packages. These items can be placed in a carry away bag and given to hungry people. They also place small items like soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes in their bags.
Food For the Flock bins are in the narthex and on the west wall of the Fellowship Hall.
Thank you in advance for your kind donations!
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.
Happy New Year Fellowship Club Members and Friends!
We are doing something a little different this year – instead of our usual 3rd Saturday events, our Post-Christmas event will be on Sunday, January 20th. This annual catered dinner and White Elephant Gift Exchange will held at Mike and Diane Jensen’s. We will start this big event at 5:30 p.m. The Jensens live at 45 Geneva Walk in Naples. Please carpool, if possible, since parking can be challenging on Treasure Island. This is always a great gathering with fellowship, food and lots of laughter. In case you are new to this event, each person brings a Christmas – wrapped “treasure” to swap.
As always, remember to bring your favorite beverage and table service. Our treasurer, Cynthia Day-Elliott will be collecting $20 per person for the catered dinner. Since this meeting starts our new year, you can also pay your yearly dues of $25 per person at this time. One check for both meal & dues is the preferred payment. The email address for Cynthia Day-Elliott is email@example.com. Please let her know before Jan 18, if you are planning to attend. Don’t miss this great event – all are welcome!
In friendship and fellowship,
Churchwide Open House
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.
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.
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. 13: Susie Archer
Jan. 20: Kendra and Scott Dixon
Jan. 27: Robert & Kathryn Flippen
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 6: Judy Meyer, Erica Okuma, Teun VanderMaarl, Dee Dee Van Pelt, Pia Jensen, Howard H., Liam, Robin, Val R., Mary Case, Pauline DeCastro, Linds, Olga, Sharon, John, Don, Charlotte, Susan Felix, Joel & Jeanine Benson, Bill & Mary Lou Nicolai, Julee & Jim Morris, Salwa Morris, Steve Dodge. For Dan Steffan to rest comfortably in his final days. That each one of us would invite one friend to come visit Bay Shore Church soon.
For the souls of: Eileen Lafferty, Larry Thompson, Debbie Mitchell’s Dad.
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
Affirmed by Love
How many sacraments does the United Church of Christ celebrate? Don’t look ahead! Do you know the answer? Ask a pew mate. See if they know. Any more, or less than two is the wrong answer. Yes, other Christian denominations have more. No, marriage is not a sacrament in our tradition. We celebrate Baptism and Holy Communion. Both are, for us, about community, about being gathered and called by the grace of God and about sharing in the life of Christ.
For Baptism, it’s all about the water. We all use water. It’s just that some of us use different amounts. It can happen at any age – from 1 hour old to 125 years – any age works. And, you only get one…no do-overs. Finally, baptism is a communal affair. It’s a ritual and a sign about belonging to one another so, most of us celebrate baptisms during worship. Here’s a rundown of some of our practices:
THE WATER: It cleans and purifies. We speak of the one baptized as dying and rising with Christ. Thus, the water is a vehicle for going under it and rising up. Some people sprinkle water on the head of the person three times for each part of the Trinity, and some dip into the water with fingers and make a sign of the cross on a forehead and some, like Reverend Amy Lignitz Harken, Minister, Mattapoisett Congregational Church, have baptized in the waters of the Ocean. You can read her story on the Massachusetts Conference Blog. She says, “Standing on a beach under an overcast sky was as much a naked expression of faith as an ashy forehead smear on Ash Wednesday. And it moved them, and me, deeply.”
ANY AGE: Our tradition makes it possible for infant baptism. Parents speak the promises about faithful participation and discipleship and then, when the child is confirmed they repeat those promises. But, anyone can be baptized at any age. Who was the oldest person you ever saw baptized?
NO DO-OVERS: Some traditions say that you need to be baptized in their tradition. We don’t believe that the still speaking God keeps records about what words were used by what denomination when everyone was baptized. No do-overs are ever necessary.
If you want to know more about Baptism and the United Church of Christ you can find resources by going to uccresources.com.
Sermons Available Online
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