STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: WHAT SHALL WE BRING?
This Sunday concludes our Stewardship Campaign. The service on Sunday will consecrate – formally dedicate to divine purpose – the pledges and offerings received to date. This year’s campaign theme, What Shall We Bring has been a time to consider the many gifts in our lives and the many gifts we have to offer. It has been a time to consider what it means to be fearless in our love and fearless in our stewardship of the church we love.
Your Business Affairs Commission will be meeting regularly the next several weeks to put together the church budget for 2019, which will be presented to the congregation on December 2nd for review, and then a week later for vote at our Annual Meeting. The budget can only begin in earnest – and have the most beneficial impact – when all pledges are received. After you have prayerfully considered the gifts you can offer to support God’s work at Bay Shore Church, please bring your pledge card to worship on Sunday, or return it by mail if you are unable to attend services.
Please plan to attend our celebratory Potluck Brunch in the Fellowship Hall following worship. It’s a great time to enjoy the gifts of fellowship and good food. Everyone is invited.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28 AT BAY SHORE
October 28th at Bay Shore Church
– Worship at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School and Nursery Care Available
Rev. Dr. David Clark’s Sermon: What Can We Bring? Mercy, Justice, Humble Hearts
A life of relationship with God inevitably results in constant and intentional (not random) acts of justice and love of mercy. Acting justly means actively working to rectify that which favors some and crushes others. Loving mercy includes giving one’s self as offering over and over. Loving mercy means offering generosity and forgiveness, out of a love that transcends our prejudice, because God has, does, and will continue to do the same for us. A humble walk with God implies that we recognize that justice and mercy aren’t dependent on our standards or abilities. Humility keeps our egos in check so that we don’t think of ourselves as “magnanimous vigilantes” but rather as humble followers responding to the call from a faithful Savior.
Scripture Lesson: Micah 6:6-8
Lay Reader: Kathy Callahan
Combined Chancel and Children’s Choir Anthem: A Child of Jesus
Solo: Offertory, Aubrey Hawkinson
Greeters: John and Kay Burt
Flowers on the altar are given by Joan Ensley-Heller in celebration of her husband Bill’s birthday
and in loving memory of her Dad, Charles Ensley Sr. on his birthday.
Flowers in the niche are given by Cynthia Day-Elliott in loving memory of John Elliott.
Attendance for October 21: 153 adults, 10 children
UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Thank You to Joe!
You may be aware that our custodian of seven years, Joe Sandhu, is leaving. His last day is Wednesday, October 24. Please join us in extending a big thank you to Joe for all he has done to support and serve our church over these years. Thank you, Joe!
Keep Calm and Walk On
What connects us all? Food. A big THANK YOU to everyone who opened their hearts and wallets to sponsor Sunday’s Long Beach Area CROP Walk to help feed hungry children and families worldwide – and right here in Long Beach. Team Bay Shore Church enjoyed a warm and friendly 5K walk with sponsored donations designated to Church World Services.
Thanks to our team of walkers consisting of Susie Archer, Debby Newcomb, Dave Winter, Susie Bjork, and Kay Burt, we raised over $600!
Walk. Give. Change the World. CROP Hunger Walk helps end hunger one step at a time.
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 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.
Christmas Greens for Sale
Our church-sponsored Boy Scout Troop 105 will be here this Sunday, October 28 and next Sunday, November 4 after worship to take orders for Christmas Greens (wreaths of various sizes, garlands, centerpieces). The proceeds support the troop’s activities throughout the year. Greens will be available for pick up after worship on December 2 and 9.
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 email@example.com 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. There is a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall for the Bay Shore Church group table. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
COA Meal – November 21
We will be serving our outreach meal on Wednesday, November 21 – THE DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING. I am sure that with all the turkey meals in Long Beach that week, our clients at COA will be happy to have this chili pasta bake as a change. The recipe may be found here and in the Fellowship Hall. We will also be serving cookies for dessert.
IF any of you would like to serve that evening, please let me know ASAP – I know it is a busy time!
Blessings to you all,
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 (email@example.com) 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
Save the Date – February 10
Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person – the gift of life. 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. Keep following for details and how to register.
The 2019 flower chart is now posted on the bulletin board outside of the church office. Feel free to sign up to get your selected date. There are still a few open dates for the rest of this year, as well.
The Office Manager will contact you via email prior to the Sunday service for which you signed up to obtain the specifications for the flowers, and for the dedication. Flowers on the altar cost $45 and flowers in the niche cost $23. After service, you are free to take your flowers home with you. A check made payable to Bay Shore Church may be dropped off in the office, in the mail slot, or sent via mail. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office Manager, Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 562-433-0401.
Upcoming Church Meetings
Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. – Board of Stewards
Saturday, November 3 at 9:00 a.m. – Community Connections & Growth
Sunday, November 4 at 11:00 a.m. – Missions Commission
Sunday, November 11 at 11:00 – Worship 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.
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 21: Peggy Hamlin, Julie Hamlin, Teun VanderMaarl, Landon, Wesley, Theresa, Pete, Alice, Joe Riddick, Glenn Joy, Evie Keller, Norm Wray, Ann Hurley, Joann Scribante, Sharon Rogers, Julee Morris, John Wells, The Nicolais, Mary Mile. Brook Wallace for good school/career options. Blessings for Alexa Wallace. Bill Lorbeer for treatment success. For Anna’s birthday. Naomi Rainey-Pierson for calmness & health. Peace for my son as he struggles through adolescence. Val Rueshke for brain cancer. Pia Jensen for cancer. Rosie Jensen for recovery from brain drain. Bob diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Bill Hayter total knee replacement. John Poysa for continued recovery from knee surgery. Pauline DeCastro for a speedy recovery from cancer surgery. The health of Jamie, Robin, Karen, Sandy, Charlene, Tracy. Patience, acceptance, and understanding for soon-to-be disappointed Red Sox fans. The family of Sonia Meeter. Thank you loving and gracious heavenly Father for taking Erin Both (Scott’s sister-in-law) into your eternal arms; for ending her battle with cancer, and giving her peace and comfort.
For the souls of: Arline, Jacque, Dale, Elsie, Ken, Ted, Burt. Dave Berg, and comfort for Kay Berg and the Satarino family.
To add concerns for our Prayer Chain please contact Jane Loper directly at 562-260-5888, email email@example.com, 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
Bartimaeus must have gotten asked quite often if there was anything anybody could bring him, or help him across the street, or in some way aid him but only once did the Lord of Life ask him what he wanted. Only once did someone who could change things ask him what he wanted.
What would you say – if asked what do you want by someone who could give it to you?
A person struggling to pay for their education, especially theological education, would know what to ask for. The average Seminarian debt these days hovers between 30 and 40,000 dollars. That’s a lot of debt to incur preparing for a career that doesn’t have a high salary return. The United Church of Christ has many scholarship funds for Theological students. There are funds for people going into military chaplaincy, funds for disabled students, funds for LGBTQ students, Latino and Latina students, African American students and more. If you know somebody planning to go into ministry who is a member in discernment in the UCC let them know that there is help by going to ucc.org and searching for scholarships.
Many Conferences in the UCC have all manner of scholarships. And congregations, too, have set up a variety of scholarships. In Cloverdale, California they have a scholarship for a graduate of the local High School who is the first in their family to go to college. Heidelberg University in Ohio has a scholarship for members of UCC congregations. Chapman University in Orange, California is another school with scholarships for UCC students. Cable Congregational UCC in Cable, Wisconsin has a small scholarship in the name of a former pastor.
The average monthly student loan payment (for borrower aged 20 to 30 years): $411 [based on average debt at 39,000 dollars (WSJ: Test Your Smarts on Student Debt, March 4, 2018]. That is a huge amount of debt to follow a recent graduate. Wouldn’t it be great to help lessen that burden–to be someone who gives what a person wants? Think about how much Higher Education means to a young person and what kind of a difference even a small scholarship could make. Many churches and conferences have set up funds. Your church probably has a memorial fund for your congregation’s future. What about building a different kind of security for the people in your church? What about a scholarship fund for the children of members of your congregation?
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