Generosity at Bay Shore Church
Sharing a Joy
Yesterday, the folks from St. Mary’s Food Pantry picked up over 80 bags of Thanksgiving Meals and donations from the Food for the Flock program. The Missions Commission would like to express our most gracious Thank You to all who donated food this year for the monthly collections and the special Thanksgiving Meals. What a blessing to be able to give to others! Your on-going support fills the pantries of food distribution centers at a much needed time.
In addition, we were able to take a full carload of coats and jackets for men, women, and children to the US Vets facility in Long Beach. Christmas came early for 6 men and women who stopped to help carry the bins and bags, and then picked out a new or gently used jacket. They were especially appreciative of several Costco Sherpa type coats that were donated new. Wow! It was such a blessing to participate in their awe and appreciation.
As usual, Bay Shore Church truly demonstrates the love of Christ in our community.
Christmas Family Project Launches
The Fellowship Hall is adorned with the first trappings of the holiday season, The Christmas Family Project! Many people have stopped by to make decisions about how to support the 7 families selected this year. There are so many choices to make about gifts. You may be inclined to buy shoes for kids or adults, or household items for a family that just moved into a new space. If toys are more your style, then you may choose a skateboard, Legos, an ant farm, or dinosaurs. Additionally, clothing is a popular gift for all family members.
Take your time to go through the index cards and find something you’d like to shop for. Each card of gift/s is approximately $40. Take the index card and then please find the photocopied card on the clipboard. Sign your name and phone number so we have a record of each card taken. There are further instructions on the index cards.
Enjoy this project of giving and step into the holiday spirit!
Click HERE for more information.
Kay Burt, Missions Commission
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25 AT BAY SHORE
November 25th at Bay Shore Church
– Worship at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School and Nursery Care Available
Reign of Christ Sunday
Rev. Dr. David Clark’s Sermon: “Living with Confidence Despite Fears of Failure”
Fear of failure can paralyze us into inaction. There are so many missed opportunities, missed blessings because the fear of failure held us back at critical times. How can we live the lives we are meant to have? Often our fear of failure is much more devastating than failure itself because failures have a way of turning into learning experiences that improve our lives overall. Discover how faith can help you live with more confidence despite your real fears.
Scripture Lesson: Joshua 1:1, 5, 9
Lay Reader: Kathy Walczak
Chancel Choir Anthems: Glory to God in the Highest and You Are Mine
Greeters: Mary Hester and Bob Cash
Flowers in the niche are given by Anne & Jerry Anderson in memory of Dr. Jack Taylor.
The rose on the altar is given by Kay and John Burt in celebration of their grandson, Corey Michael Burt
born on November 11, 2018 to Michael & Eyvette Burt.
Attendance for November 18: 159 adults, 8 children
UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Grief Support Group – Today 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The church office will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in celebration of Thanksgiving.
Dessert by Candlelight “Fun-Raiser” – Sunday, December 2
Please join in the fun at our “Dessert by Candlelight” event on Sunday, December 2 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Church. If you like decadent desserts, beautiful music, and fellowship with friends, this is for you! We are almost sold out—only 11 seats remaining. To reserve your seat/s you may contact the church office or call or email Darlene Gidley at (562) 716-9076 or email@example.com.
Informational Lighting Session – This Sunday, November 25
Please review the attached materials below and bring your questions.
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 on December 9, we will be offering one more informational sessions after worship this Sunday, November 25. 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 the informational session and we encourage and welcome your questions.
A Short Note from the Moderator. . .
The Board of Stewards will be meeting next Tuesday night, November 27 at 7:00 p.m. Of prime importance, the Board will be reviewing the proposed 2019 budget prepared by the Business Affairs Commission. Thanks to all of you who have turned in your pledge for next year—you have no idea how this helps our budget planning process! And even though the Stewardship Campaign has drawn to an end, we appreciate receiving your pledge intentions at any time.
Wishing each of you a Happy Thanksgiving!
Darlene Gidley, Moderator
2019 Budget Review – Sunday, December 2
Annual Congregational Meeting – Sunday, December 9
Please save these important dates! Immediately after worship on Sunday, December 2 the Business Affairs Commission will present the proposed 2019 budget and there will be time for Q&A. The Annual Congregational Meeting will take place immediately after worship on Sunday, December 9. Your attendance is requested for this important meeting. We will vote on the 2019 budget, vote on the slate of nominated commission members and officers for 2019, and receive annual reports from our commissions and officers. This annual meeting is a time to celebrate our 2018 ministries and look ahead to the coming year.
Celebration of Life – This Saturday, November 24
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 at 9:00 a.m.
We need your help! All ages are welcome to join us in decorating the sanctuary for Advent and Christmas on Saturday, December 1 beginning at 9:00 a.m.
We’ll need help making and hanging juniper wreaths and setting up and decorating the Chrismon tree. Join us for this fun morning!
Belmont Shore Christmas Parade – December 1 at 6:00 p.m.
Once again, the Bay Shore men’s group is creating a church float for the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade. And several of our children and families will be riding on it. Come out and see your church friends on the parade route and share a welcoming word in the community about our special Advent and Christmas worship services.
Groups of 8 Lunch Fellowship
ATTENTION ALL CHILDREN AND YOUTH!
4:30 PM CHRISTMAS EVE RECITAL BEFORE THE 5:00PM SERVICE
Everyone is invited to participate in our Christmas Eve Recital at 4:30 pm before the 5:00 pm Family Service. This is a great tradition here at Bay Shore Church, so if you can play an instrument or sing, please contact Julie Ramsey at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll provide the accompanist. Any Christmas carol that is appropriate for a church service is acceptable. (No “Jingle Bells” or “Rudolph,” please.) Bring your family and friends to see you offer your talents before the Christmas service. Thank you, Julie Ramsey
Cookies after the Cantata
Please bring a dozen Christmas cookies to share on December 16. Join Parish Outreach in the Concert Hall for coffee, cookies and conversation.
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 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
Saturday, December 1 at 9:00 – Decorate the Church
Sunday, December 2 at 10:30 – Budget Informational Presentation
Sunday, December 9 at 10:30 – Congregational Meeting
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 November 18: Linda, Kaia, Karen, Olga, Bernie, Theresa, Teun VanderMaarl, Mom & Dad, Hayley, Joel & Jeanine Benson, Sue Felix, David Westerfield. Courage & strength for Bonnie in her cancer fight. Prayers & love for Sharon Rogers in her continued fight. Healing for Julie after her surgery. Healing for Amy Kokis & family, Julee Morris, Steve Dodge, Barbara, Lesley. Prayers of healing comfort for the Wells family. Jobs for the jobless. Families & first responders impacted by the Borderline shooting and the fires. Traveling mercies. For all the homeless animals that are waiting in our shelters will find their forever home. For people in recovery. All of the people in CA displaced by the fires for help and patience. Guidance for Karen’s future. Safe flight for Karce, Katty, & Derek on Thanksgiving Day. My girlfriends on their health journeys. The family of Susan & Mike for healing during a difficult time.
For the souls of: John Wells, Bill Smitheran, Daisy Hernandez, and for the Hernandez family. Donnie, and the Lance 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
A Wise Reign
Jesus said his kingdom was not of this world. He said that to Pilate, the tool of the Roman Empire. He might have meant, “I am not of your kingdom. My understanding of how things work is not the same as yours, O Pilate.” Who are the Pilates of this world today? To whom would Jesus be speaking if he was on trial today? And where would that trial take place? Jesus always knew what to say to the powers of his world. He spoke truth with compassion. He said what was genuine and from his heart without apology and without rancor.
We are now in times of challenge and controversy surrounded by Pilates. All of them think they are King of the world. Just as Pilate interrogated Jesus we are all interrogated by the world. And sometimes the questions are worth considering. They might be: Where do we stand? Who do we serve? In who or what will we find hope today? Who has the power? Who gets to ask the questions? Who gets to give the answers?
This last Sunday in Pentecost is called Christ the King Sunday. It’s a late addition to the liturgical calendar. It was introduced by the Roman Catholic Church in 1925. Originally called Reign of Christ Sunday, protestant denominations adopted it as European churches saw the rise of ideologies like Fascism, Communism and the Nazism. Declaring Christ “King” was a way of saying there is another power in this world.
This Sunday’s scripture is perfect because it says that yes, He is a king; He’s just not Pilate’s kind of king. It might suggest that we could look around and see who today thinks they are King of this world? Who is the true King? Whose world is this?
The UCC Statement of Faith says many things about the power of people of faith, about our call to be a united and uniting church and witnesses to a triune God. Among those statements is one that reflects this scripture. It says: We believe that the UCC is called to be a prophetic church. As in the tradition of the prophets and apostles, God calls the church to speak truth to power, liberate the oppressed, care for the poor and comfort the afflicted.
When Jesus speaks to Pilate he is doing just what the church is called to do in his name: Speak truth to power.
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