New Sermon Series "Fearless: Living with Confidence"
This week begins our new sermon series, “Fearless: Living with Confidence”, which will run through November 25. In this series, we explore the most common worries and fears experienced by Americans today, consider practical steps for overcoming these fears, and reflect upon fear in the light of scripture and a faith that promises again and again that we don’t need to live in fear. Let’s live with courage and hope.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 AT BAY SHORE
November 4th at Bay Shore Church
– Worship at 9:30 a.m.
All Saints’ Sunday/Communion Sunday
Sunday School and Nursery Care Available
Rev. Dr. David Clark’s Sermon: Confidence through Illness, Aging and Death
On this day when we honor those who have passed on before us, we acknowledge some of our most basic fears about growing older, illness and death. What resources can faith provide to calm us down and give us confidence as we live into our futures–no matter what they hold? Like David in the 23rd Psalm, we can say, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” This hope changes how we face our own death, and helps us to grieve as those who have hope when we lose someone we love. Indeed, “Death has been swallowed up in victory!” Trusting this gives us the ability to live life unafraid, with courage and hope.
Scripture Lesson: John 11:32-44
Lay Reader: Carol Welsh
Acolyte: Alexandra Liechty
Greeters: Kathryn and Robert Flippen
Attendance for October 28: 147 adults, 17 children
UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Our annual Stewardship Campaign is well underway, but there is still time to turn in your pledge cards! You may turn in your pledges any time in the office during regular business hours (or in the mail slot), they may be mailed, or you may bring them with you next Sunday.
Our theme this year is What Shall We Bring? God’s love for us is limitless and our Faith in that love is fearless. What might fearless stewardship look like at Bay Shore Church? These past few weeks have given us time to consider what gifts Bay Shore Church has given us and what gifts we have to offer it. What this church is and can be is up to each of us.
Treats, Not Tricks!
Don’t throw away your leftover Halloween candy! We like to keep the candy basket on the desk in the office full for our daily visitors. We’ll gladly accept any extra candy you’d like to donate. Drop it off during regular weekly office hours, on Sunday morning, or even drop it in the mail slot. Thank you.
Daylight Saving Time Ends
Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 4. Be sure to turn your clocks back an hour on Saturday night before you go to bed!
Christmas Greens for Sale
Our church-sponsored Boy Scout Troop 105 will be here this 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.
Boss Mass – November 4
You are invited to join Pastor Dave and other Bay Shore Church folks for a fun event on 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.
Coat Drive – November 4-18
We are holding a Coat Drive for veterans in need. Coats will go to the U.S.VETS facility in the Villages at Cabrillo.
Please donate new or gently used coats, everything from jackets to winter coats are needed for our veterans! Although the most of the veterans at the facility are men, there are some female veterans and children too. Please place jackets and coats in the bin at the entrance to the Sanctuary, from November 4th until November 18th.
Thank You Sunday School Teachers!
The Christian Education Commission would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who volunteered to teach Sunday School in October: Debbie Fitzgerald, Liz Kennedy, Vall Light, Lucy Moon-Shoulders, Lynda Muenzer, and Bonnie Nishioka. THANK YOU!
Volunteer teachers are still needed to support this important ministry. The 2019 Winter-Spring Semester sign up sheet is now available and the following dates are still open for 2018: November 25 and December 2 (3rd-5th grade) and December 23 (PreK-2nd). Curriculum and sign up sheets are located on the table in the hallway by the Christian Ed. wing stairs. If you would like to sign up via email or have questions, please contact email@example.com.
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 October kudos were extended to:
John Burt for finding, cutting and cleaning Juniper branches every year for the beautiful Christmas wreaths he and his team make for our sanctuary every year; (of note, if you know where he can find Juniper branches this year, please call John. He could use your help!!)
Cassie Berrisford for her outstanding efforts over the last four years in leading the Business Affairs Commission and dramatically reducing our deficit during her tenure.
The “CROP Walkers” for taking the time to walk and raise over $600.00 for people in need.
Connie Woolsey for accepting the appointment to the position of Assistant Treasurer at a very busy time of the year.
Joe Sandhu for seven years of faithful service cleaning our church. Best wishes to Joe in his future ventures!
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.
The Compassion Practice Workshop – November 10
“Living Compassionately: Finding a Way Forward after the Death of a Child.” This workshop will help you find a way to experience some peace and comfort after the death of a child. Participants will be introduced to the Compassion Practice, a set of spiritual exercises designed to reconnect us to our compassionate core. Individuals will be invited to engage in guided meditations, self-examination and personal reflection. This event is part of the dissertation study of Rev. Nancy Fowler, Ph.D. candidate at the Claremont School of Theology. The workshop takes place on Saturday, November 10 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm (a light lunch is included); registration begins at 9:00. The suggested donation is $35, but is free for dissertation study participants. The Disciples Seminary Foundation is located at 300 W. Foothill Blvd. in Claremont, CA 91711. For more details or to register, visit belovedsandiego.org/events.
Thanksgiving Fellowship Dinner – November 17
Please join us for our Thanksgiving gathering. Diane Donaldson and Patty Coleman are coordinating this evening. Patty is cooking the turkey and Diane is furnishing the home and hot beverages. The fun starts at 6 pm at 640 Santiago Ave. Please call Patty to get your item for the potluck: 562-987-5086 (home) or 949-735-7646 (cell). This will be an evening of delicious traditional foods and fellowship. All are welcome, please join us!
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.
Space is limited, so if you would like to make an early reservation please email Darlene Gidley at firstname.lastname@example.org. A sign-up table will also be available after church on November 18. Suggested donation: $25.00. Proceeds from the event will be used in support of the many church programs we enjoy.
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 email@example.com or 562-433-0401.
Upcoming Church Meetings
Saturday, November 3 at 9:00 a.m. – Community Connections & Growth
Sunday November 4 at 10:30 a.m. – Business Affairs Commission
Sunday, November 4 at 11:00 a.m. – Missions Commission
Sunday, November 4 at 11:00 a.m. – Endowment Committee
Sunday, November 11 at 10:30 a.m. – Business Affairs 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 28: Erika, Sigrid Alman, Sheila Cottle, Mike Silberstien, Steve, Theresa, Landon, Wesley, Teun VanderMaarl. Joel Benson who is in the hospital. Sandy John, Jolene Clark, and safety for Darth & Patty Elledge on their trip. For the health of Jamie, Tracy, Robin, Karen, Charlene, and Ken. Bob Mallory who is diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic lung cancer. Please continue to grant Tyler the strength and discipline to do well in college. Prayers of love, comfort, peace, and hope for the victims, family, and loved ones of the Tree of Life Synagogue. Civility in our political discourse. All the lost, abandoned, abused, and endangered creatures of earth; teach us to love and care for them. For our country and fragile planet. Thanks to God for answered prayers, God’s grace, infinite love, and the promise of each new day.
For the souls of: Jacque, Dale, Arline, Elsie, Ted, Bert. Daniel, and comfort for my niece, Cathy.
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
Wherever You Go
Ruth and Naomi qualify as refugees, forced from their home by death and famine. Naomi is going back to the town where she was born but Ruth is a foreigner. These two women will forge a team that will overcome odds, deal with whatever comes up for them and survive against all comers. The result will be good for them and for their community. It’s a story that has been told and retold throughout human history, and today, in the same part of the world, and in a similar geography, people who once had homes, and communities and families are displaced and wandering.
“Week of Compassion” is a network of church partners through Global Ministries and our partnership with the Disciples of Christ. It works to ensure our faithful and efficient response to humanitarian needs around the world. Recently they sent a team of people, including a UCC pastor from New Mexico, to a refugee camp in Iraq. The job of these three representatives was to document the work being nurtured to help the women in these camps find a way to support themselves and their families. Some statistics estimate that the number of refugees from Iraq in Kurdistan may be well over 2 million people. Many of those are women and children.
The UCC pastor on the team found herself in Iraq because, as she told the UCC news service, “I accepted the invitation to go to Iraq because I got tired of being numb, of reading about the latest atrocities and then turning the page. I think it’s important for us, as people of faith, to see the human faces behind the headlines. Refugees are people just like the rest of us who once had homes, families, jobs, communities. We need to hear their stories.” Sometimes loving your neighbor takes you on a journey.
The Pastor’s name is Reverend Talitha Arnold, Senior Minister of the United Church of Christ in Santa Fe, a church that has a long history of working with immigrants – in the 1980s it was Salvadorans fleeing a brutal civil war, in the 90s Rwanda and Kosovo swept the headlines with its refugees. Today, the congregation works with its large immigrant population in Santa Fe.
The object of ministry, of reaching out to those in crisis from other cultures, is to recognize that we are all God’s beloved creatures and share human needs for shelter and safety and nourishment and community. We have stories to tell each other. We have things to learn from each other. We have things we can give each other. Ruth clings to Naomi and will not leave her. She knows that her future belongs in following a woman from another culture, another language, another home. Ruth follows Naomi because she has no other way forward. Just like the women of Iraq and Syria and all the places that families flee to find a better life.
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