BAY SHORE STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN
Our annual Stewardship Campaign begins this Sunday. Our theme this year is What Shall We Bring? Over the next three weeks, through scripture, testimonial, worship, and prayer, we will consider the many gifts we have been given and the many gifts we have to offer. Jesus invites us to bring all that we are and all that we have when we become a follower.
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 few weeks will be a 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.
Stewardship Letters were mailed to the congregation this week, which included pledge/giving cards for 2019. Please bring the cards with you on Commitment Sunday October 28th, so that all of our gifts can be celebrated and consecrated.
There will be a celebratory Potluck Brunch in the Fellowship Hall following services on the 28th for a time of fellowship and good food. Everyone is invited.
In Faith and Gratitude,
The Business Affairs Commission
CROP HUNGER WALK - OCTOBER 21
“Give generously, for your gifts will return to you later. Divide your gifts among many, for in the days ahead you yourself may need much help.” Ecclesiastes 11:1
Over the past few weeks as we have been getting reading ready for the CROP Walk, several natural disasters occurred worldwide. Church World Service, CWS, is sending a team to Central Sulawesi in Indonesia with emergency supplies to help this region recover from the deadly earthquake and tsunami. We are following reports of Hurricane Michael forecast to make landfall later this week on the Gulf Coast. Participation in the CROP Walk, as a walker or donor, helps support these urgent needs.
You may sign up to walk up to the day of the event, October 21st, after church. There is a list of walkers on the table in the Fellowship Hall. If you are not walking, we would appreciate your donation. Online donations are preferred, but checks (payable to CWS) may be given to the church office or to any walker.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 AT BAY SHORE
October 14th at Bay Shore Church
– Worship at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School and Nursery Care Available
Rev. Dr. David Clark’s Sermon: Abiding in God’s Love
Our annual stewardship campaign is based on the theme of What Can We Bring? That is, what can we do to show God our appreciation for all the blessings we have received? What can we do to “pay it forward” so that others can have a chance to feel the blessings, too? What can we bring? Let us bring a God kind of love to our community. What is a “God kind of love?” Our scripture passage reveals that a God kind of love is forgiving, fulfilling, sacrificial and beneficial toward those who are in need.
Scripture Lesson: 1 John 4:7-21
Lay Reader: Sylvia Barger
Bay Shore Bells: Joyance
Chancel Choir Anthem: Many Gifts, One Spirit
Small Ensemble: Ubi Caritas
Greeter: Connie Woolsey
Flowers on the altar are given by Tim and Dani Sams in celebration of their wedding anniversary and all acts of love and kindness in the world.
UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
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!
Interfaith Blessing of the Animals – October 14
On Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, 5:45 p.m. 17th annual Interfaith Blessing of the Animals will take place at 1 Granada Ave. on the concrete boat launch ramp adjacent to Rosie’s Dog Beach in Long Beach, 90803. Free to participate with your pets and/or to just come spectate. Justin Rudd’s nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) hosts about 300 people with their animals as they are blessed by about seven various faith leaders, including our very own pastor David Clark, along with a Jewish rabbi, a priestess from the Goddess Temple of Orange County, and an American Catholic bishop. Special guests will include a mini horse, alpaca, tortoise, goats, sheep, bunnies, and ducks. Please bring your pets. For details visit JustinRudd.com/blessing .
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!
Calling all Crafters!
Help us make space in the craft room for the supplies we need for Sunday School! As the holiday craft and party season begins, please take advantage of our craft room excess. Spray paints, glitter, craft sand & wax, rolls of plastic table covering and small baskets are all available for you to take home and use. Holiday wrapping paper, ribbon, felt and yarn is also available. The Craft Room is located on the alley side of the second floor of the Christian Education wing. Stop by on Sunday and check it out. Thanks!
Sunday School Teachers Still Needed
Sunday School classes are underway and off to a great start! Thank you so much to Jan Campbell, Janet DeGiorgio, Liz Kennedy, and Bonnie Nishioka for teaching in September! And thank you to all who have already signed up to teach this fall for 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
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) 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.
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. We are still in need of 6 more casseroles. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
Sunday, October 21 at 11:00 a.m. – Buildings and Grounds
Sunday, October 21 at 11:00 a.m. – Business Affairs
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.
Oct. 14: Susie Archer, Jennie Acosta
Nov. 4: Peter Hogenson
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.
UCC MISSION MOMENTS
What Must I Do?
When the rich young ruler asks Jesus his question, he’s asking for all of us. What should we do, Jesus? How should we be welcoming? How should we be creating a just world? How should we embody love? What can we do to broaden our welcome and show our love for neighbor? You wouldn’t think that anything as dry sounding as the Church Building and Loan Fund could help us answer that question, but it can. Here’s how it did that for one church in Portland, Oregon.
Hillsdale Community Church United Church of Christ is an Open and Affirming church and knew that unless their building was accessible to all there were those in the community who would not feel welcome. And without that welcome, worship was not comfortably open to all. So, they set about to fix that. It was the UCC Church Building and Loan Fund that helped them figure out how to make their 1960s-era building accessible through some planning, technical advice and assistance in mounting a capital campaign. Church Building and Loan Fund will also help churches with loans for such projects.
Hillsdale did a huge amount of work, putting in an elevator, updating restrooms, redoing the office space and raising $25,000 more than they needed. All the time, Church Building and Loan Fund was there cheerleading and encouraging and helping them with the process. Now the church has an air of welcome that shows their openness to the whole world, and a sense of accomplishment in their partnership with a fund that works for all of us.
If your congregation wants to know what it can do to show its love of neighbor and expand its welcome, think about putting a call into the Church Building and Loan Fund and find out what might be possible to make your church an accessible building open to all (216-736-3834 or email@example.com).
Sermons Available Online
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