STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: GIFTS OF WORD AND DEED
To say we believe in God and that our faith is a priority, but to fail to engage in the practice of discipleship is missing something. Despite the inference of Jesus’ words that we are to be good trees and thus always bear good fruit, sometimes our fruit is less than perfect. That is why words and actions are to be blended together. The reminder of the need to do good deeds (words) and the practicing of good deeds (actions) leads us to better and more consistent results.
It is a bit like that with generosity. To be generous sometimes means we have to practice it even when we find it difficult, because we have told ourselves that being generous matters and we know that it is evidence of the faith that is in us.
As we reflect on what it means to be a fearless steward, we are invited to think both about our priorities and how well we have shared with others the many gifts we have to offer.
CROP HUNGER WALK - OCTOBER 21
We are just a few days away from the annual Long Beach Area CROP Hunger Walk that benefits agencies that serve the hungry and homeless locally and worldwide.
Information about the walk can be found in the Fellowship Hall or online at https://www.crophungerwalk.org/longbeachca/. Donations may be given to walkers, dropped off in the church office, or online at team Bay Shore Church. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
Date: Sunday, October 21
Location: Grace First Presbyterian Church
3755 Studebaker Road, Long Beach 90808
Registration Time: 1:15 PM
Walk Time: 2:30 PM
Walk Distance: 5K
Help Stop Hunger! Please Support the Long Beach Area CROP Hunger Walk!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 AT BAY SHORE
October 21st at Bay Shore Church
– Worship at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School and Nursery Care Available
Rev. Susie Bjork’s Sermon: What Can We Bring? Our “Shine!”
This week we continue to explore our stewardship question: What Can We Bring? What can we bring God to show our appreciation, our praise and gratitude for all we have received in life? We can bring our “shine.” Jesus called us the “light of the world.” We are meant to shine and give hope to those who are in darkness. As individuals and a congregation we can “punch holes in the darkness” of this world.
Scripture Lesson: Matthew 5:13-16
Lay Reader: Diane Elledge
Chancel Choir Anthem: Ain’t Got Time to Die
Duet: Laudamus Te from Vivaldi’s Gloria
Greeter: Charlene Bovee
Flowers on the altar are given by Susie and Bob Laubacher in celebration of Holly’s Birthday.
Flowers in the niche are given by Kelley Poleynard in celebration of Alexandra Liechty’s 11th Birthday.
Flowers on the pedestal are given by Debbie Campbell in loving memory of her mother, Syble Amos.
Attendance for October 14: 150 adults, 15 children
UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Kudos Corner. . .
Each month the Board of Stewards ends its meeting with expressing “kudos” for people who have gone above and beyond during the previous month by giving their time, talent and thought in meeting the needs of our church family and church home. In September kudos were extended to:
Sylvia Barger and Jill Fowler for spearheading the memorial party for Katy Collins and Bob Laubacher for providing the Martinelli’s for the party;
The Lighting Committee for their countless hours in looking for good solutions for the lighting in our sanctuary;
Rich Ramsey for his technical support of the lighting committee, buildings and grounds, and the church’s networking and IT needs.
David and Traci Reitz for their on-going amazing contributions to our worship space.
And big kudos to the Cleveland Browns for giving Pastor Dave a win!
Grief Support Group – Today at 4:30 p.m.
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 email@example.com.
Fellowship Dinner – October 20
Join us for October Fellowship at 6:00 pm on October 20 at the home of Blake and Leslie Groene at 17451 Suffolk Lane in Huntington Beach. Please email Leslie for food assignments at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you at our annual ‘Fall Favorites’ for some fellowship, fun and food!
Tamales for Order – This Sunday, October 21
Help support local third grade teacher, Ms. Ing, and her class at Lafayette Elementary. They are in need of a reading carpet for their classroom. One of her students, Miguel, and his mom, Anna, attend our kids’ night out at Bay Shore. They will be taking orders for homemade tamales this Sunday, October 21 and they will be available for pick up on Sunday, November 4. $18 per dozen (beef, chicken, or cheese). All proceeds go to support Ms. Ing’s classroom. CLICK HERE for an order form and stop by their table in the fellowship hall.
Kids’ Night Out – October 26
Calling all kids and youth age 4 and up! Join us for a Halloween-themed evening with dinner, games and lots of fun on Friday, October 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wear your costumes if you like! Please RSVP to email@example.com 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.
Stewardship Potluck – October 28
Help us celebrate the conclusion of our stewardship campaign with a potluck luncheon after worship on Sunday, October 28. Stewardship letters were mailed last week. If you did not receive one, there are extras in the sanctuary or feel free to contact the church office. We will be collecting and consecrating our pledge forms in worship that day. If you won’t be in worship, please feel free to mail in your form. Thank you!
Honoring our Veterans
1. If YOU are a military veteran and attend Bay Shore Church, we would like to include a brief bio of your service info in a booklet for Veterans Day. Please compile basic information about your dates of military service, branch of the military, where you were stationed, honors you received, and any memories you wish to share (500 words or less). If you are not comfortable writing about your military experience, an interview will be scheduled. A photo taken while you were in the service would be appreciated, and will be scanned and returned. Submit this information to the church office, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org using this form.
Please respond as soon as possible. The deadline is October 31.
2. If you would like to assist with this project to follow-up with interview questions, help with graphics, or printing – volunteers are welcome!
Boss Mass – November 4
You are invited to join Pastor Dave and other Bay Shore Church folks for a fun event November 4. First Congregational Church Los Angeles is having what they are calling a “Boss Mass” featuring the music of Bruce Springsteen. The concert starts at 7:00 pm. and there is gathering/mixer at 6:00 where we will have a table for anyone who comes from Bay Shore Church. As you know, Pastor Dave often quotes Springsteen’s lyrics because so many of his songs have deeply spiritual dimensions and speak to values of that maintain hope in difficult circumstances. Here is the link to more information about the event: http://www.fccla.org/new-events/bossmass.
COA Fundraiser – November 9
The COA Fundraiser, Waves of Change, is just around the corner! This year’s event will take place at the Long Beach Airport Marriott on Friday, November 9th. We hope to see you at the event. Additionally, we are happy to accept donations for our silent auction, such as gift cards, wine baskets, tickets, etc. Please help to make this year’s event a special one to help those less fortunate. Please contact Beth Ciceri (email@example.com) for more information.
Decorate the Church Day – December 1
Save the date! We’ll be decorating the sanctuary for Advent and Christmas on Saturday, December 1 beginning at 9:00 a.m. We’ll need help making and hanging wreaths and setting up and decorating the Chrismon tree.
Right now, we need your help in finding juniper greens (see photo)! Do you have some juniper bushes or know where some are that could use pruning at the end of November? If so, please contact John Burt (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he’ll be happy to give them a holiday trim!
Save the date for something special. . .
Before we know it, the Season of Advent will be upon us! To welcome in the season, we are planning a “Dessert by Candlelight” in our Fellowship Hall the evening of Sunday, December 2, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. It promises to be a lovely evening of music, special desserts, and fellowship. Proceeds from the event will be used in support of the church’s general budget.
Reservations for this event will be available mid-November.
If you enjoy baking and would like to host a table for 8-10 people, please let me know! We would love to host 12-15 tables, so we need 3-5 more volunteers to host a table. There will be a planning meeting in the Fellowship Hall this Thursday, October 18, at 1:00 p.m. If you are interested, please join us!!
I hope you will SAVE THE DATE on your calendar; an event isn’t an event without you!!
Darlene Gidley, Moderator and Event Coordinator
Sunday School Teachers Still Needed
Sunday School classes are underway and off to a great start! If you are interested in supporting this vital ministry for our children and youth, we invite you to sign up to teach on a specific Sundays. We provide you with curriculum that is easy to use. The curriculum and sign up sheet are located on the table in the hallway outside of the downstairs Sunday School classroom. Please contact Pastor Susie at email@example.com if you have questions. Thank you to all who have signed up to teach!
Food For The Flock – October
Luke 3:10-11 “What should we do then?’ the crowd asked. John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”
Scripture is very clear here. We should help our neighbors when we are able to do so. We can see homelessness and poverty in our community, and yet sometimes the need is not so obvious. Recently, our local newspaper published stories about food banks at Long Beach City College and Long Beach State University. Students in college are food insecure at alarming numbers.
To quote the crowd in the scripture above, “What should we do?”
Your tithes and offerings contribute to the Cooperative Protestant Ministry at LBSU, as well as an annual donation from the Missions budget. Food donations from our collections are given to many local community organizations.
Thank you for your continuous support. Bless You!
Upcoming Church Meetings
Sunday, October 21 at 8:30 a.m. – Christian Education
Sunday, October 21 at 11:00 a.m. – Buildings and Grounds
Monday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. – Business Affairs
Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. – Board of Stewards
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.
Nov. 4: Peter Hogenson, Sally Boyne
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 October 14: Susan Marshall, Robbie Storbeck, Joel & Jeanine Benson, Sharon Rogers, Sue Felix, Julee & Jim Morris, Salwa Morris, Teun VanderMaarl. For recovery from surgery for Rosie. For Pia’s successful chemo and cancer fight. For Hafdis on her new path to recovery. for Maya Culpepper who is 12 years old and was admitted to the hospital with an unknown illness. For all travelers. Naomi Rainey-Pierson for healing and following God’s plan. Erin Botma, Scott’s sister in law who is in the final stages of cancer, for comfort, peace and to be free of pain. Comfort and strength for Julie Kay Satariano and her family on the loss of her father. For Kingsley and his new career. Praise to my new cousin Kamea who is healthy, happy, and beautiful; I can’t wait to meet her.
For the souls of: David Berg, Elsie, Ted, Bert, Charles Hays.
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
Much that concerns many churches in mainstream Protestant denominations are these questions: How do we grow? How do we add people in the pews? How do we survive? Trying to answer these questions often leads to reminiscing about when the sanctuary was full or there were 30 confirmands, or the pastor stayed for 30 years in the same church. Back in those days, there wasn’t much a church needed to do except have a personable pastor, probably a young man with a wife and two darling toddlers. It was a time when youth had less to draw down their time and fewer places for fellowship. So-called Blue Laws prohibiting many businesses from being open on Sundays thus carving out a space in people’s lives for Sunday worship. You didn’t have to worry much about what it meant to be church. Church was a part of the world. Today, all that is different. There is so much else to do Sunday mornings, and ways to believe in this world, and pastors don’t stay more than 5-7 years anymore. What is a church to do?
In today’s scripture, Jesus talks about service. He says the measure of being great is being a servant to all. He says, “For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (NRSV) In John’s Gospel, Jesus says, “If you love me, feed my sheep.” Perhaps it’s time for us to stop thinking what the world should do for us, but what we should do for the world. Perhaps our worry is not how to grow, but how to serve. That’s the whole reason for our “Three Great Loves” campaign. (Participate in the UCC’s Child or Elder Sponsorship Program. Keep your neighbors in your prayers. Organize a neighborhood clean-up. Volunteer to serve a community meal. Help a young person learn something new.) Love of Children. Love of Neighbor. And, Love of God’s Creation.
You can show your commitment to Three Great Loves on a button, a magnet. Display a poster or spread the word by giving away pens. There are many ways to have that message out there, but the one that might be the most biblical response is to pick two or three and do them. Perhaps the church is not a place to simply receive and welcome, but to put people to work. If you are serving others in any way, do not hide your light under a bushel, let the rest of the churches know. Go to ucc.org and tell your story.
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