Sanctuary Lighting Informational Sessions
For many years now our Sanctuary lighting system has been experiencing numerous failures. This thirty-year old technology has served us well but at this time, the system and parts are no longer available or repairable and are on the verge of being inoperable. In the interest of a well-lit congregation and an enhanced worship experience, the Buildings and Grounds commission was tasked in January 2016 to formulate a plan for updating the lighting in our Sanctuary. Since our worship space is in constant use by a variety of groups, the commission felt that a broad group of individuals should be involved in any discussions and decisions. The commission proposed and the Board of Stewards approved the formation of the Sanctuary Lighting Committee in February 2016. The committee members are the Senior Minister, the Associate Minister, the Director of Music, the Moderator, and one commission member from Worship, Christian Education, Business Affairs, and Buildings and Grounds. In addition, we have leveraged several volunteer technical consultants to help guide our selection process.
Over the past two and a half years we have done meticulous research to educate ourselves on LED technology and lighting systems, met with a dozen or more lighting specialists and companies and held numerous committee meetings to discuss and sort through all our options. We have reached a consensus on a lighting company, a design and a proposal that we presented to the Board of Stewards last month. The Board has approved moving forward to prepare a contract and we are in the process of writing that contract. Because the contract amount will exceed $15,000, the Board will be asking for the congregation’s approval at the Sunday December 9th annual meeting after the morning service.
To inform the congregation about the proposed design before the congregation approval meeting, we will be offering two informational sessions after worship on November 18th and November 25th. Since we fully understand the importance of coffee and a donut, we will not begin until twenty minutes after the end of the service. We encourage both members and interested non-members to attend one or both of the informational sessions and we encourage and welcome your questions. In the meantime, please CLICK HERE to view some frequently asked questions.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 AT BAY SHORE
November 18th at Bay Shore Church
– Worship at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School and Nursery Care Available
Rev. Susie Bjork’s Sermon: “Confronting Fear with Gratitude”
Sometimes we can let fear get the best of us; fear of the unknown, fear that something bad will happen, fear that we won’t have what we need to live and thrive. This week of Thanksgiving reminds us to confront our fears by focusing on the real and abundant blessings we experience in our lives. In giving thanks, we remember that God is always with us.
Scripture Lesson: Joel 2:21-27
Lay Reader: Sandra Conant
Chancel Choir Anthem: Awaken the Dawn with Thanksgiving
Brass Quintet and Percussion: Richmond Ramsey, trumpet;
David Pittel, trumpet; Rachel Berry, French Horn;
Ken Mengel, trombone; Beth Mitchell, tuba; Patrick Bitzer, timpani
Greeters: Jennie Acosta and Norma Mater
Flowers in the niche are given by Marlene Jones.
Attendance for November 11: 149 adults, 7 children
UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Groups of 8 Lunch Fellowship
The Stewardship Campaign this year was a time to consider the many gifts we have been given, and the many gifts we have to offer. It was also a time to consider what it means to be fearless in our love and fearless in our stewardship of Bay Shore Church.
We support the things we love about our church with pledges and offerings. In two weeks, the Business Affairs Commission will conclude the budget planning for 2019. It will be brought to the Congregation for approval shortly thereafter. Pledges provide the best way to budget for the year. We currently have 90 pledging units, which is shy of previous years.
At this point, our income is behind our anticipated expenses for increased health insurance costs and some of the existing programs we love and care about at Bay Shore. While we have made great progress the past three years, we are committed to our five-year plan of a balanced budget by 2020. Without an increase to our income, cuts are the only alternative. If you were planning to pledge this year, we ask that you send your pledge in this week to allow for the most accurate budget possible.
When a larger number of people chip in a little, a lot can be accomplished. Not everyone can increase their giving, but for those who can, consider what you might be able to do with just the cost of a cup of coffee. If 100 of us increased our pledge giving by $5.00 a week (which equates to $20 a month/ $260 a year), a total of $26,000 would be added to the budget. Some of us might be able to buy a few cups each week. Think about what that cup of coffee (or two) each week would mean for your friend, Bay Shore Church.
Thank you, Business Affairs Commission
Ask not what Bay Shore can do for you but what you can do for Bay Shore. The Nominating Committee is looking for volunteers to make a difference in all commissions and committees including Buildings and Grounds, Business Affairs, Christian Education, Community Connection and Growth, Sky Forest, Parish Outreach, Worldwide and Homeland Missions, Worship, Fund Raising, and Moderator Elect. No matter what your talents and skill set we can find an opportunity for you. Please take a moment and ask yourself what you can do to make a difference. Any questions or comments please reach out to anyone on the Nominating Committee (seven past Moderators) or contact John Pohorsky, chair via email at email@example.com.
We are grateful to the veterans we have as members of our Bay Shore Church Community. Thank you for your courageous service!
If you didn’t get a 2018 Salute to our Veterans booklet last Sunday, please feel free to pick one up this Sunday or during the week so you can read the stories of the veterans in our church community.
Food For The Flock – Thanksgiving
It’s that time of the year again when we all pitch in to provide a Thanksgiving dinner to hungry families. Grocery bags may be returned to the Narthex no later than this Sunday, November 18 for distribution on Monday.
If you didn’t get a bag, it’s not too late to shop anyway. Needed items include: canned corn, canned green beans, canned yams, other canned vegetables, canned cranberry sauce, canned fruit, instant potatoes, boxed stuffing, pudding (boxed or canned), and cookies.
Thanks so much for your thoughtful giving! The Missions Commission
Coat Drive – Through this Sunday
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 bins in the narthex this Sunday, November 18.
Thank You Sunday School Teachers!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grief Support Group – Tuesday, November 20 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 – November 21
We will be serving our outreach meal on Wednesday, November 21. Thank you all for your support of the monthly meal this month for COA. As of today we have servers and casseroles. This congregation is a true blessing.
Celebration of Life
Our beloved friend and long-time church member, Bill Smitheran passed away on November 11 at the age of 86. Please join his loved ones in a celebration of his life on Saturday, November 24 from 11:30 – 3:00 at the Long Beach Yacht Club (6201 E. Appian Way). Our prayers of comfort go out to Bill’s family and friends during this difficult time.
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.
Space is limited, so if you would like to make an early reservation please email Darlene Gidley at email@example.com. 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: Planned Giving Program Presentation – January 20
On Sunday January 20 at 11:00 a.m., your Endowment Fund Committee will be introducing our new Planned Giving Program, including rolling out an online planned giving module developed by the UCC. You will learn how to use the module, which will become part of our church website, and the many options to give, both now and in the future, to leave your legacy for the ongoing support of our church. Please mark your calendars. Location TBA.
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.
Upcoming Church Meetings
Sunday, November 18 at 11:00 – Business Affairs Commission
Sunday, November 18 at 11:00 – Sanctuary Lighting Informational Session
Sunday, November 25 at 11:00 – Business Affairs Commission
Sunday, November 25 at 11:00 – Sanctuary Lighting Informational Session
Tuesday, November 27 at 7:00 – 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. 18: Robert & Kathryn Flippen, Susie Archer
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 November 11: Cathryn Smith, The Wells Family, Julie Earth, Jerry, Stu, Joel & Jeanine Benson, Julee Morris, Susan Felix, Sharon Rogers, Salwa Morris, Steve Dodge, Aunt Anita, Landon, Theresa, Sonny, Marsha, Olga, Karen, Teun VanderMaarl, Suzanne Paulsen, Mark Rasile, Rick Wallace, fire victims. Jim and Barbara as he recovers from chemotherapy. Dave as he recovers from eye surgery. Naomi Rainey-Pierson for healing and acceptance of God’s will. Career guidance. Pauline DeCastro for recovery from cancer surgery. For Malibu and for families and firefighters effected by all of the fires; God’s love and comfort for those who have lost loved ones. Thanking God for his continued healing for my husband, Jack. Prayers and blessings of welcome to Julia Rose Ginsberg, Pat Taylor’s 5th great-grandchild.
For the souls of: Arline, Harriet, Dale, Jacque, Auntie Banke.
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
Praise the Holy One
Where are you going for Thanksgiving? Will you be one of the many millions traveling this year? Last year, the figure for numbers of people moving around the lower 48 on Thanksgiving Day was around 50 million. Everyone is moving like a river toward and through the world swirling like circles inside of circles and ending up at almost the same meal. It may be that 88% of Americans eat Turkey on Thanksgiving. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all just stop and remember what we share?
Remember to be grateful for everything that saves us, and all of creation that embraces and nurtures and quenches our thirst. To be grateful for a growing generation that learns before our eyes how to speak truth to power. To be grateful for all those who inhabit this world with us and in gratitude see how much we need each other. Being grateful is both a response to love and a generator of love.
Perhaps on Thanksgiving it’s a good day for us to remember that we are grateful for the things we love because of what they call us to become. To love creation calls us into a world of nature and color and the genius of creatures and the suffering caused by climate change. It pulls us into the actual place we live beyond sidewalks and the walls of our homes, or the seats of our cars, or the screens of our computers. Gratitude for creation and our love of it reminds us that nature is our true home.
To love children is to love what the world may become, and be grateful, in advance, for what they will do for others. To love children is to love into the future by influencing their experience of the present. To love children is to teach them things they might need to know. But mostly to show them how beautiful they are and how Jesus needs them to be his hands and they are beloved.
To love one’s neighbor pulls one across the globe, and into our backyards. Who are all these people? What are they doing traveling with us on this day? Eating turkey. Sharing life. Breathing. Laughing. Telling stories. Mourning loss. Being happy. Irritated with a cousin, or sibling. We are also grateful that there is a world where evening meals share different settings and a plenary of tastes. We are grateful for global neighbors. Among all the things that love can teach, our three great loves (Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, Love of Creation) teach us gratitude.
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