Bay Shore Carillon

November 6, 2018       Vol. 72, No. 42

What Can You Do for Your Church?

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


November 11th at Bay Shore Church
 – Worship at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School and Nursery Care Available
Veterans Day

Rev. Dr. David Clark’s Sermon: This is for All The Lonely People

This sermon will focus on how to build the spiritual resources and mental perspectives to overcome a fear of loneliness. Being alone and being lonely are different. Loneliness is the feeling of isolation we feel at times, the feeling that we have no real companions with whom to share our life. Sometimes the fear of being alone or feeling unloved leads to catastrophized thinking where we wonder if we are inherently flawed and our loneliness will last forever. See how to stay out of a downward spiral of negativity by connecting to the resources found in our faith.

Scripture Lessons: Psalm 139:5, 8-10; John 13:34
Lay Reader: Lucy Moon-Shoulders

Chancel Choir Anthem: Do Not Be Afraid
Solo: There is a Balm in Gilead – Michael Rice

Attendance for November 4: 172 adults, 12 children

Flowers on the altar are given by Traci and David Reitz In celebration of 28 years of love that continues to grow.

Flowers in the niche are given by Cassie Berrisford in celebration of Bay Shore Church.


Stewardship Campaign

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.

Veterans Day

In honor of Veterans Day, the Missions Commission is donating money on behalf of Bay Shore Church to two local non-profits assisting our veterans and their families. Here is a brief description of what these non-profits do.

U.S. VETS United States Veteran Initiative
The United States Veterans Initiative is a non-profit organization that promotes the successful transition of military veterans and their families through the provision of transitional housing, permanent housing, work re-entry programs, job assistance, counseling, and family services. Its Long Beach location is the first site to offer a women’s veteran program.

Fisher House
The Fisher House opened at the Long Beach VA hospital in 2016. The house provides lodging, free of charge, to family members of veterans being treated at the VA hospital. The house creates a warm and caring environment and allows the families to find support from other families facing similar challenges. The Fisher House is always in need of donations. Our donation will be put towards things such as food, new furniture, and activities for children.

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 will be available in the Narthex this Sunday with a list of needed items to assist you. Those 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 – 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,
Missions Commission

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

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!

Sanctuary Lighting Proposal – Informational Sessions on Sunday November 18th and 25th

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.

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.

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 ( 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 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 11 at 11:00 – Business Affairs Commission
Sunday, November 11 at 11:00 – Worship Commission
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.

Coffee Servers

Nov. 11:
Nov. 18:
Robert & Kathryn Flippen
Nov. 26:
Dec. 2:
Dec. 9:

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.


The following people and prayers were lifted up in worship on November 4: Dee Ann Huddleston, Teun VanderMaarl, Pia Jensen, Nan Morris, Rosemary Jensen, Burt Marter, Tom, Gladys, Bruce. God’s guidance for Naomi Rainey-Pierson and his healing. Strength to make the necessary changes in my life for the sake of my health. For patience and understanding as we tell out 87 year old mother she is no longer safe to drive. Bless our families and those throughout the world; give us all your peace and wisdom. Linda, who is facing life’s challenges. Karen for guidance. Steve Dodge at Alamitos-Belmont (visitors welcome!) With your help Lord may we wake up on Wednesday to a country united in love and no longer in fear. Comfort for Connie Woolsey and her family. Healing for Linda Neuss and Steve Dodge. For a renewal and rapid escrow on Leisure World house. {prayers that the angry will listen and not just hear…contemplate before reacting…choose love and faith over fear. Prayers for Emily’s family & friends. Thanks and praise for all our young people and may their experiences here at Bay Shore be fun, learning, and supportive. Prayers or civility in our political discourse. Prayers for all the lost, abandoned, abused, and endangered creatures of earth; teach us to love and care for them. Prayers for food and relief in Yemen. Prayers for compassion, hope, and peace. Prayers for our country & fragile planet. Prayers for peace. Thanks to God for answered prayers, God’s grace, infinite love, and the promise of each new day.

For the souls of: Gina Cheifer and Ed McClusky. Comfort and peace for my niece Cathy and for the soul of her husband, Daniel. Prayers for Don Woolsey and my niece Amber and her husband Zach in the loss of their granddaughter and daughter, Emily. May God bring peace and comfort to cover the pain and emptiness.

To add concerns for our Prayer Chain please contact Jane Loper directly at 562-260-5888, email, 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.


Risk and Restoration

The refugees, Ruth and Naomi, manage through a series of assimilations, tricks and an advantageous marriage, to bring a baby into the world. A baby named Obed. A baby who would be in a line along a series of begets and begots that would culminate in David, King of Israel. This baby, born of a so called “mixed marriage” (Ruth is a foreign born woman), will be cared for as much by his grandmother as by his mother. He is, after all, a baby born to a woman who had lost everything–sons and all. How will he be cared for? How do we care for the things that matter to us? And to our world? How much more precious is Obed because he is born to a woman who knows death intimately?

Do we have to have lost something so we can appreciate its return? Will we ever understand the importance of stewardship with respect to creation? Will we only learn how to care should the earth lose its resilience and ability to feed us? How do we love what we have? Protect it and keep it so that it will nurture our future? How do we do that before we fear its loss? How can we clear the path to a blessed tomorrow?

“Blessed Tomorrow” is a coalition of faith partners, including the United Church of Christ. Through this partnership, we offer resources gathered to protect this earth – our shared home, our future. For the UCC, fused with our Three Great Loves campaign, the love of everything begins with this creation. Its protection is a moral duty calling us to action. This is action born in an awareness of our responsibility to keep this beloved blue ball we call “earth” healthy enough to sustain and nurture everyone.

For Naomi and Ruth, Obed is a dear and fragile thing born in the aftermath of sorrow, held dear by that awareness. Our earth is as fragile and leans on all of us to protect it.  We may not feel like environmentally savvy people, or climate warriors of any stripe but there are things we can do in this stewardship season to be stewards of the earth. If you go to you will find resources for churches and individuals.  At that website, you might be empowered by seeing the cloud of witnesses and willing actors giving themselves to this great love – The Love of Creation.

If you or your church have a project or an activity that reflects any of our three loves – children, neighbor, creation – please go to three great loves at UCC pages and download the tool kit,

Sermons Available Online
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Online Calendar of Events
Visit for details on upcoming church events.  Hover over and/or click on the event for more details about each event.

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