Carols of Christmas Chancel Choir Cantata
This Sunday our Chancel Choir and Section Leaders accompanied by Robert York on the organ, brass quintet, and percussion will present our annual Christmas Cantata. This year we are focusing on the Carols of Christmas. What is it about these carols that make us want to hear them the moment Thanksgiving ends? We hear them hundreds of times during this season; radio stations play them, carolers sing them, and they accompany every Christmas movie we watch. But we never seem to get tired of them and look forward to this time of year so we can hear them once more.
I spent over twenty-five years of my life as a professional Christmas caroler. We sang at large Christmas parties, restaurants, airports, theme parks, in people’s homes, and really wherever people wanted us to sing. We had prepared and memorized over one hundred carols and always took requests from the listeners. Many times, especially in restaurants, we would recognize people we had sung to the previous year. They would recognize us too, and it always amazed me that these people remembered what carol we sang to them the previous year! How many things do you remember that happened over a year ago? I think we remember things that touch our heart. These carols mean something to us. They not only remind us of the reason for the season but offer wonderful memories along with beautiful music so we want to hear them again and again.
For me, music brings Christmas to life. Songs about the birth of Jesus transport me to the first Christmas. The first carol to be heard on earth was sung by the angels the night Jesus was born. Ever since, Christians have continued to sing the glad tidings of Jesus’ birth. These songs include profound poetry, theological declarations and moving depictions of Jesus’ birth. Some carols speak of joy and hope, others of peace and love, and others the anticipation of things to come and the redemption that only Christ can bring.
On Sunday, you will be invited to participate in the singing of some of your favorite Christmas carols, and some of the youth of our church will be telling us about the stories behind the carols and their message for us today. Our Chancel Choir has been working hard to bring this music to you and it promises to be something spectacular. Bring your family and friends and join us in worship this Sunday for this annual Christmas celebration of word and song.
Julie Ramsey, Director of Music
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 AT BAY SHORE
December 16th at Bay Shore Church
– Worship at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School Classes & Nursery Care is Available
Third Sunday of Advent
Chancel Choir Cantata “Carols of Christmas”
A special celebration of this joyous season in story and song,
narrated by youth members of our church community.
with Organ, Brass Quintet, and Percussion
Scripture Lesson: Isaiah 9:2-7
Lay Reader: Taylor Dixon
Greeters: Greta Budai and Susie Archer
Attendance for December 9: 188 adults, 31 children
UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Last Call for Tamales!
Due to popular demand, the Tamale Sale is back! Miguel, a student at Lafayette Elementary and his mom, Anna, attend our Kids’ Night Out at Bay Shore. They will be taking orders for homemade tamales with proceeds to go to the school for school supplies. All orders are due by December 12, with pick-up on December 16 after worship. Click HERE for an order form, or stop by the church office during business hours.
Christmas Families Project
Final arrangements are being made to prepare for the gift distribution this Saturday, December 15, at 9:00. There are a few gifts we haven’t been able to account for. If you haven’t brought your selected gift in, please bring it to the church office by Friday between 9:00-2:00, or call Kay Burt at 562-743-9878. Beds, bedding, and furniture will be delivered tomorrow, Wednesday, December 12.
Family #1 Stephanie – Christmas tree decorations
Family #2 Serena – Christmas tree decorations
Family #4- Vanessa – women’s top, purse for Vanessa
Family #6- Antionette – boy’s tennis shoes
Thank you to all who have bought gifts, gift cards, quilts, and cash donations. Your generosity is so much appreciated by these families.
Merry Christmas Bay Shore Church!
Cookies after the Cantata
Please bring a dozen Christmas cookies to share this Sunday, December 16 after worship.
Join Parish Outreach in the Concert Hall for coffee, cookies and conversation.
Chancel Choir Caroling at La Bella Fontana di Napoli Park
Last night, members of our Chancel Choir attended our annual Christmas Party in the lovely home of Linda & Dick Landes. During the evening we walked to La Bella Fontana di Napoli Park where hundreds of people had gathered for our annual Carol Sing. This is a yearly event in coordination with the Naples Island Garden Club who surrounded the lovely and historic fountain with luminarias. The people gathered to listen and sing along with the carols, and we brought jingle bells and red noses for the children. They loved it! A highlight and now tradition of this event, we passed out candles for all gathered, lit them, and then sang Silent Night. What a beautiful sight and sound! People were so appreciate of our gift of music for this community. We let them know who we were and about our Christmas Eve services, so perhaps some will join us once more the our Candlelight Christmas Eve Services in a few weeks. A fun and memorable evening was had by all!
Blue Christmas Service – Tuesday, December 18 at 4:30 p.m.
The focus of our December Grief Support Group gathering will be a Blue Christmas service. All are welcome to attend whether or not you are dealing with a personal loss. If you are experiencing grief or if you are just in need of a quieter, contemplative way to worship during this Advent season, please join us for this simple service of prayer, scripture, music, and candlelight in Gabrielson Chapel. Sometimes we don’t always feel jolly in December. But the true good news of Christmas is that God comes to dwell with us in all aspects of our living, in times of joy and in times of struggle.
COA Meal – December 19
Ring & Sing with the Bay Shore Bells, Chancel Choir, Pastors, and the COA Community
We will be serving our monthly meal to the less fortunate on Wednesday, December 19. The recipe of the month is Sloppy Joes, with cookies for dessert. Thank you all for your ongoing support of this ministry. If you prefer, you could make a donation to the Bay Shore Church Hunger Fund. Join us at 4:30 down at COA for a sing-along service of favorite carols.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES – Monday, December 24 – 5:00, 7:30, & 10:00 pm
4:30 pm – CHRISTMAS MUSIC RECITAL – As a prelude to our 5:00 pm service, children and youth offer songs and carols of the season in our beautifully decorated sanctuary.
5:00 pm – CANDLELIGHT CAROL SERVICE
Music by our Quartet, Children’s Choir and Robert York, organist. Nursery care available. This service is especially appealing to families with children.
7:30 and 10:00 pm – CANDLELIGHT CAROL SERVICES
Special prelude music before each service. Music by the Chancel Choir, Quartet, Handbell Choir and Robert York, organist. Nursery care at the 7:30 pm service. Communion will be served at the 10:00 service.
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 email@example.com. 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
2019 Sunday School Teachers Needed
Thank you to everyone who has signed up and taught our Sunday School classes this fall! We appreciate your dedication to our young people!
The remaining weeks of 2018 are covered, so now it is time to think about 2019. Teachers are needed for all ages and the sign up sheet for the remainder of the school year (beginning with January) is available in the hallway outside of the downstairs classroom. The curriculum through March 3 is available in the file box next to the sign up sheet and the rest of the curriculum will be available soon.
This fall has been a time of transition to this new way of teaching Sunday School. If you have questions or would like to get involved, please contact Pastor Susie or simply sign up to teach and she’ll contact you. Thank you!
Groups of 8 Lunch Fellowship
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.
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 December 9: Kyle Keys, Aunt Anita, Pia Jensen, Sig Alman, Sheila Cottle, Char, Jan Young, Pauline DeCastro, Mary MacDonald, Sue Onyan, Mary Case, Joel & Jeanine Benson, Bill & Mary Lou Nicolai, Julee & Jim Morris, Salwa Morris, Susan Felix, Steve Dodge, Teun VanderMaarl, DeeDee VanPelt, Rick Wallace, Mark Rasile. Healing for Joyce Bowlby. Healing for Bonnie. Michele Munoz having exploratory surgery on December 12. Doris & family as she undergoes cancer treatment. For the life of Karen, Theresa, Brandon, Landon, Abby, Charlotte, & Olga. Thank god for blessings and continued prayer for healing for Naomi Rainey-Pierson. For all travelers. For peace. Please give our children the strength, discipline, and focus to achieve their goals. For continued good health. For Brooke Wallace to choose the appropriate pharmacology school for her. Kelley for encouragement. Thanks for Kathy’s safe survival from an accident. Gratitude and congratulations to Aubrey & Ben on the birth of the “Baby Hawk.” Thanks for answered prayers.
For the souls of: Mary, Phyllis Whitley, Sharon Rogers, and thanks for her incredible life.
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
John the Baptist, good old bug-eating and camel’s-hair-wearing John the Baptist, gets in the face of his congregation, calling them, “A brood of vipers.” You probably wouldn’t be too thrilled if your pastor did that, would you? Now, what could have gotten him so riled up?
John was angry because he saw that his people were relying on their national identity as a get-into-God’s-good-graces card. Instead of repentance, the people were expecting special favor for being “children of Abraham.” It’s as if someone today thought that being a citizen of the United States got them special pure and moral status in the world. As if being an American was such a worthy state God would bestow blessings without a second thought. This kind of nativism made John very angry. In response, the crowds around him wanted to know what they should do. In a word, John’s answer was, “Share.” Share everything you have that’s extra, he said, don’t take more than you need. Share with everybody.
Of course, over the centuries, waves of immigrants have come to this country eventually enriching our world. And, in all that time, we have not always been welcoming. We have made those who were here before us feel like aliens on their own land; we have vilified nationalities – the Irish, the Italians, the Polish; and, we have brought whole peoples here against their will. It seems we have not assimilated as well as we thought because there is today so much acrimony and cruelty and disregard for people who are different, people who wear head scarves and turbans and all those who do not appear “white.” Most of those who have come here of their own volition came because our country means something good and safe and represents a home where their children can learn and grow. Why did your forebears come to America? What does it mean to call oneself an American? How do we respond to John’s call to share?
Shadow Rock UCC in Phoenix, Arizona is establishing something they are calling “Hope Station Nogales” in Sonora, Mexico. It will be a ministry of hospitality and justice created for those in this country we call “Dreamers.” Built as a place for healing for these people who came to the US as children and have spent most of their lives in our country and may now be deported. It will be for those individuals who have family here, who have an attorney, who are not criminals, and who need a place to be among people who care for them, and where they will find shelter and safe lodging and assistance. “The core of the Gospel is new life,” said the Rev. Bill Lyons, Southwest Conference Minister. “Hope Station gives deportees a chance at new life near the border.” If you want to find out more about Shadow Rock and the Sanctuary Movement in Phoenix go to: shadowrockucc.org.
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