MARATHON & WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY
Because the Jet Blue Long Beach Marathon passes right by the church, we will not have our usual worship service and activities at 9:30 this Sunday, October 7th. Instead, we will have a 6:00 pm service in the Gabrielson Chapel. The service will feature communion in celebration of World Communion Sunday.
World Communion Sunday is a time for remembering that around the globe—in different languages, with different traditions and customs, and in various forms of liturgy—the Lord’s Supper is celebrated throughout Christendom. At its best, therefore, World Communion Sunday serves two purposes: it is both a joyous and meaningful partaking in Jesus’ sacred meal with his friends, and a mind-opening exposure to different Christian traditions from around the world.
World Communion Sunday began in 1936 in the Presbyterian Church and was adopted by the Federal Council of Churches (predecessor of the National Council of Churches in 1940. Since then, the celebration has grown into an international ecumenical celebration of Christian unity.
The key word for World Communion Sunday is communion, or unity. Despite all of the variations between congregations and denominations, there is something powerful that unites us and we celebrate this on the first Sunday of October every year. Come join us for the celebration.
LUKAS HASLER ORGAN CONCERT
Austrian organist Lukas Hasler, a 22-year-old rising star of the international organ world will be presenting a concert in our sanctuary at 8:00 pm on Friday, October 5th. Mr. Hasler has won the Austrian “Prima la musica” competition for organ twice. The second time, he also won the “Bärenreiter-Special” prize for his interpretation of J. S. Bach. He is gaining recognition for his colourful and passionate musicality. Lukas has performed many organ recitals in Austria, as well as internationally in Germany, France, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States. For 2018, his plans include performances in Los Angeles at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, as well as in Paris and Moscow. There is no admission charge for this concert. A freewill offering will be taken to offset the cost of this concert, as well as provide the ability to offer quality concerts like this in the future. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear this organist play our 47 rank Wicks pipe organ!
CROP HUNGER WALK - OCTOBER 21
The focus of the CROP Walk information has been on how the funds raised are distributed nationally and locally. Here are a few facts about this event:
- CROP began in 1947 under the wing of Church World Services.
- CROP began as an acronym for Christian Rural Overseas Program, whose mission was to help Midwest farm families share their grain with hungry neighbors in post-World War II Europe and Asia.
- Though the acronym has lived on through the years, it has evolved to represent CWS’s wider mission of interfaith hunger education and fundraising events.
- Currently, more than 1,300 CROP Hunger Walks are held in the U.S. each year.
- CROP Walks support the overall ministry of CWS and their hunger-fighting development efforts around the world. In addition, each local CROP walk can choose up to 25% of the funds it raises for hunger fighting programs in its own community.
Many members of Bay Shore Church have participated in CROP walks. It’s a great way to raise funds for a very worthy cause, stretch your muscles, and visit with your church friends. Won’t you join us?
Date: Sunday, October 21, 1:15 Registration
Place: Grace First Presbyterian Church, 5 k walk around Lakewood and Long Beach
Team Name: Bay Shore Church
66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world– Hunger Fact
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 AT BAY SHORE
October 7th at Bay Shore Church
Marathon Sunday – No Worship at 9:30 a.m.
Evening Vespers at 6:00 p.m. in Gabrielson Chapel
Join us for a special service of prayer, scripture, song, reflection, and communion in celebration of World Communion Sunday.
Attendance for Sept. 30: 149 adults, 20 children
UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
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!
Fall Sunday School Teachers Still Needed
Our Fall Sunday School classes are underway. Thank you so much to all who have already signed up to teach and are giving of your time and presence to this important ministry!
If you are interested in supporting this vital ministry for our children and youth, we invite you to serve as a teacher. We are still looking for teachers who are willing to sign up for specific Sundays. We provide you with curriculum that is easy to use. The curriculum and sign up sheet are now 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.
Fall Fun 4 All at Pilgrim Pines – October 5-7
Friday-Sunday, October 5-7 is Fall Fun 4 All Camp at Pilgrim Pines. Individuals, families, folks of all ages are invited to join in the fall fun. You can come up for a whole weekend retreat or just join the fun on Saturday for Apple Pie Day. CLICK HERE more details and registration.
Chefs to the Rescue! – October 9
The Food Finders annual Fall Fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, October 9 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the Long Beach Masonic Lodge, 3610 Locust Avenue in Long Beach, 90807. Food Finders is a multi-regional food bank and food rescue program headquartered in Lakewood. They pick up donated food from hundreds of local grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants and produce markets and distribute it directly to missions, shelters and social service agencies that feed the needy and impoverished. This unique culinary experience features small plates and farm-to-glass cocktails by some of Long Beach’s leading chefs. In keeping with Food Finders’ mission, all dishes will be deliciously created from edible extras or overages! Tickets are only $45 and may be purchased at www.FoodFinders.org. All proceeds benefit Food Finders’ food rescue program.
Grief Support Group – Tuesday, October 16 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) are 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.
COA Meal – October 17
We will be serving the less fortunate at COA on October 17, 2018. The recipe this month is Tater Tot Treat with cookies for dessert (3 dozen, 3″ in size). The recipe may be found here or with the sign-ups in the Fellowship Hall. Bay Shore Church has been proudly serving this once a month meal for 20 plus years.
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 email@example.com. Hope to see you at our annual ‘Fall Favorites’ for some fellowship, fun and food!
Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest – October 20
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be the 15th annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest. This contest takes place all along 2nd Street in Belmont Shore. Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team host about 100 adult artists who use the sidewalks of 2nd Street as their canvases. Held in conjunction with the Belmont Shore Art Walk. There will be a total of $1000 in cash prizes. Join in the creativity as an artist, or stroll along and enjoy the artistry. For more information go to JustinRudd.com/chalk.
Save the Date – November 9
Save the date for COA’s annual fall fundraising gala “Waves of Change” Friday, November 9, 6:00 pm at the Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel. There will be dinner, a silent and live auction, speakers, awards, and more!
For more information or to purchase tickets please call COA at 562-432-1440.
Upcoming Church Meetings
Wednesday, October 3 at 11:00 a.m. – Missions Commission
Tuesday, October 9 at 9:30 a.m. – Personnel Committee
Saturday, October 13 at 8:00 a.m. – Men’s Group
Saturday, October 13 at 9:30 a.m. – Parish Outreach
Sunday, October 21 at 8:30 a.m. – Christian Education Commission
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.
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 September 30: Peggy Hamlin, Willie Weaver, Marilyn Robbins, Nancy & Chuck, Sharon Booth, Julie Ertl, Debbie Kurt, Cherie & Megan, Jerry, Laura O’Connor, Joyce, Pat, Andrea, Dana Twinning, Bob Mann, Danielle Jones, Joel & Jeanine Benson, Sharon Rogers, Sue Felix, Salwa Morris, Diane Donaldson & George White, Teun VanderMaarl, Dorothy VanPelt, Julee, John & Asia Morris, Linda, Mary. For Julie and her sobriety. For Liam, a 4 year old battling cancer. For Robin & her battle with cancer. Peace and traveling mercies. For Janna’s travel to Chile. For Sharon, health issue. For Dee for wisdom and strength. For Emma’s health. Sarah, for a job. For relationship growth for many. For safe travels. For respect and understanding in our country. Prayers for Aunt Betty that she may discover the love and peace given by our Lord. Prayers for my student who lost her 3 year old daughter. For Carol during her operation tomorrow. For Heather, as she has oral surgery. Continued prayers for John Poysa recovering from knee replacement. For the health of Ken, Karen, Jamie, Charlene, Robin, Sandy, Tracy. Prayers for God to be in control of all family troubles and comfort family members. Prayers for the health of our family. For all of the lost and abandoned animals that they find forever love in a forever home. Gratitude for nannies and caregivers on National Nanny Week. For Sabine’s 4th birthday. For the people of Indonesia to recover from the hurricane & tsunami.
For the souls of: Elsie, Bert, Ted. Patrick J. Ferrell and comfort for his family. Syble Amos and prayers for her daughter, Debbie Campbell and their family.
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
What were you doing in fifth grade? In Orange County, North Carolina there is an embodiment of Love of Children and Love of Neighbor and she’s in 5th grade. She is a member of the Hillsboro United Church of Christ. Instead of Christmas presents last year she asked for blankets and socks for people in the local homeless shelter. She’s been doing this kind of thing since she was seven years old. For her seventh birthday she got 71 coats delivered to the shelter. This year she’s headed to a family shelter to read to the children.
Maya’s mom is a single mother and when asked where Maya developed her boundless love, her mom says it was the church that helped raise her. How much more love our churches could share if we raised all our children this way. Maya sees that she has enough for her life and the joy she takes in giving is palpable to all who see her.
Love of Neighbor should be that visible. It is the way Jesus is resurrected into the world, through the church, through the way we raise our children, through how we show love.
Dorothee Soelle, was a theologian and Professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She wrote a poem about Jesus needing us called Not Without You. This is an excerpt:
that’s what faith is
he can’t bring it about
couldn’t then couldn’t later can’t now
not at any rate without you
and that is his irresistible appeal
This is a good way to think about our campaign for “A Just World” and “Three Great Loves.” We are the expressed love of Jesus to the world. We are his hands. When we read in the Gospels that Jesus said we should receive the Realm of God like a child, we can imagine the love of Maya and the tears of joy she sheds because people who were cold are now warm.
You can read more stories like Maya’s, and get a tool kit about the Three Great Loves Campaign by going to 3greatloves.uccpages.org.
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