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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.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23 AT BAY SHORE
Sunday School Classes & Nursery Care
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Rev. Dr. David Clark’s Sermon: What Part Would You Play?
The cast of characters in the Christmas drama comprises a wide cross-section of the human condition. One year we may resonate more with one character than another. Perhaps you are like Joseph, with plans always changing and your identity threatened. Maybe you are like Mary being asked to say yes to God. Or the innkeeper who simply has no room for any of this. A clueless shepherd who feels like an outsider? Discover the possibilities and find out how faith can help you get a very meaningful Christmas this year.
Scripture Lesson: Matthew 1:18-25
Lay Reader: Allen Reitz
Greeters: Jill Fowler and Greta Budai
Chancel Choir Anthem: Waiting for a King
Guest Instrumentalist: Sara Andon, Flute
Flowers on the altar are given by Judy & Jack Elder. Thanks be to God!
A blessed Christmas to all.
Flowers on the pedestal are given by Charlene & Phil Bosl
in loving memory of their daughter, Alison.
Flowers in the niche are given by the Jensens;
Happy Birthday Addie!
We love you, Mom, Dad, Gioia and Janna
Attendance for December 16: 241 adults, 15 children
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30 AT BAY SHORE
First Sunday After Christmas
Family-Friendly Worship with Annual Christmas Carol Sing
No Sunday School Classes or Nursery Care
Rev. Susie Bjork’s Sermon: “The Spiritual Gifts of Christmas”
“Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,” writes the author of Colossians. These are some of the Christmas gifts that keep on giving. As we keep the Christmas celebration going, let us consider how we can live these qualities Jesus demonstrated all year long.
Scripture Lesson: Colossians 3:12-17
Lay Reader: Beverly Wingfield
Greeters: Kathryn Flippen and Silvia Barger
UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Blue Christmas Service – TODAY – 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.
Thank you to all who donated poinsettias for our Christmas Eve services!
You may take home your poinsettias after the 10:00 p.m. service or pick them up at church after December 26.
Silvia Barger – the beauty of Bay Shore Church and its congregation
Jennifer Hayter – my 3 grandchildren, Tucker, Austin, and Caroline
Glenn Moeller – Christmas
Kay & John Burt – family
Lauren Burt – Caleb & Corey; may they always know God’s love
Doug & Freda Otto – our granddaughter, Hannah Aileen Brenaman
In honor of:
Jennifer Hayter – my parents Jean & Richard Farmer
Susie Bjork & Dave Winter – our parents: Chris, Marilyn, Bob, & Lori
Naomi Rainey-Pierson – God’s blessing, and loved ones who have passed away
In memory of:
The Newcomb Family – Larry Hayden, and Norman Miller
Peggy & Bob Sommer – Joanne Sommer
Beth Ciceri – my parents, Arnold & Betty Stubbs
Judy Mathias – Paradise, California
Margie O’Malley – Charles & Reta Metzger and Marilyn McDowell
Bob Cash & Mary Hester – Sharon Rogers, her friendship meant for so many
Bill Hayter – Morris and Georgene & George Hayter
Gail Morrison – Paul & Lois Glendenning
Marilee Stefenhagen – our loved ones who have gone before
Doug & Freda Otto – Don Otto, Lura Scovilles, Harmon Scoville
Doug & Freda Otto – Edith Martin, Virgil Martin, John & Karen Fitzpatrick
The Laubacher Family – John & Rhoda Lou Laubacher
Jack & Judy Elder – sister, Marilyn Schwartzer, and her son, our nephew, Daniel Schwartzer
Nanette McConnell – Frank & Vida Chouler
Jeannette Gillies – Jim Gillies
Matt & Renee Norton – Renee’s mother, Joyce Rimer
Mary Donna Broz – my loving husband, Bill Broz
Phil & Charlene Bosl – Gene, Lester, Dorothy, Betty, and Alison
John & Linda Sumpter – Carmen Sperry and Bill Smitheran
Diane Guyett – Bob Guyett
Marilyn & Bob Paull – Arthur Getsoian and Martha & Robert Paull
Chelsea Chandler – Barbara Chandler
Ina & Cassie Berrisford – John Berrisford
The Liechty-Poleynard Family – Anita Hillseth
The Maples – Margaret Leake
Christine Cooper – Clyde & Doris Hanagan
J. VanderMaarl – DeRoij & VanderMarls
Kathy Callahan – David Martin Beu
Carrie Jo & Dixon Johnson – our parents
Peju Skidmore – Auntie Banke Tella
Cynthia Day-Elliott – John Elliott
Joan Ensley-Heller & Bill Heller – our parents, Janet & Charles Ensley Sr., and our beloved Lucky
Joann Scribante – Robert Scribante
Carol Audreini-Hicks – my niece, Alison Bosl
Tom, Vall, Julia & Amanda Light – John & Mary Light, Kay Schofield
Our office will be closed on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25. The Carillon will not be published on the week of the 25th, and the next issue will be January 2, 2019. Merry Christmas!
Missions Commission Report on the Christmas Families Project
A few days ago 8 families from our school community were showered with gifts and blessings from their friends here at church. Delivery families loaded their cars with Christmas trees and gifts of all types. Earlier in the week, most of the families received beds and bedding, sofas and side tables. These families with children in our schools were recently able to move from shelters to apartments. One family is still living in an RV.
Here is a snapshot of our giving:
- 131 wrapped gifts to 12 adults and 16 children
- 5 beds and 7 sets of bedding
- grocery scrip to each family for grocery stores and gasoline
- 4 MetroTAP cards
- bath towels for each family
- 4 turkeys and 4 hams
- 5 Christmas trees and decorations
- kitchen table and chairs, small dresser, 3 sofas, lamps, and counter stools
- 1 refrigerator for a family who was paying $50 extra a month for the one in the apartment
- 4 toasters, 2 small microwaves, and 3 coffee makers
Pictured is the delivery team of Mat McMullen and AnnaLee Means with the delighted family. Each delivery team shared stories of grateful, excited children and adults.
Whether you contribute with an offering on Sunday morning, if you tithe regularly, if you chose an index card and wrapped a gift, you participated in making this a truly Merry Christmas for so many.
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times,
having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. – 2 Corinthians 9:8
Sky Forest Retreat
Winter is here and who doesn’t enjoy fresh mountain air, beautiful pine trees, a little snow, and a warm fire in the fireplace? All of these things and more await you at our church’s fantastic mountain cabin in Sky Forest, just down the road from Lake Arrowhead. Click HERE for more information about what this beautiful property has to offer. Book your getaway now by contacting Wendy in the church office.
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
Welcome Baby “Hawk”!
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.
Dec. 23: Robert & Kathryn Flippen
Jan. 6: 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.
PRAYERS OF OUR CHURCH COMMUNITY
The following people and prayers were lifted up in worship on December 16: Rick Brega, Pauline DeCastro, Mary Case, Linda, Sue, Mary. Healing for Naomi Rainey-Pierson and the strength to lead her family and work. Joy Hannibal’s mother, who is in ICU for brain cancer. The health of Jamie, Sandy, Charlene, Tracy, Karen, Robin, and Sandy. Healing for Mrs. young. Safe surgery for Jackie. Denise, Connie, and all those fighting battles. That Kevin gets his job in Florida. Hobbes for recovery from surgery.
For the souls of: Elsie, Ted, Ken, Bert. Frank, may he rest in peace. Former choir member, Bob Brown, and blessings for his family. Jordan, and prayers for his 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
Moving with Mary’s Song
Magnificat is the first word in the Latin version of the song of Mary that starts on verse 46 in the first chapter of Luke’s gospel. It means “my soul magnifies.” The church around the world uses this word as the title for this piece of poetry. Considered a song (a canticle) this passage has come to be a regular part of the season of Advent. Mary, pregnant with Jesus, visits Elizabeth, also pregnant, and Mary can’t help but sing. She sings about the goodness and joy of being in that place, that village, with her much older cousin Elizabeth, invoking an attitude of overwhelming thankfulness. Mary must have felt quite safe. There is a Franciscan church called The Church of the Visitation that was built to commemorate this moment in time–this visit between two women many generations apart.
Mary sings about filling the hungry with good things. Filling the hungry is something churches do quite well. We feed people dinners. We organize pot lucks, and serve coffee. We bake cakes and cookies and offer them to anyone who comes through our door. We care for each other. There is an offering we take every year which is a part of that ongoing care. It’s called “The Christmas Fund’ and is administered by The Pension Boards, United Church of Christ, Inc. The gifts we give to this Fund are given to supplement the income of those retired clergy and church lay workers and surviving spouses whose pensions are small. It’s as if generations come together and say, “Yes, you are a part of us and we have not forgotten. You are safe with us. We are here for you.”
Feeling vulnerable and being able to find a place where you are affirmed and aided is the kind of atmosphere that surrounds the two women in this passage. They are comfortable and know that each of them is supportive of the other. This Fund we collect this Sunday makes that kind of comfort available across generations and is available on behalf of all of us. And, if you know of a retired church worker who has hit a rough patch and once worked on behalf of us with the United Church of Christ make sure they know about this Fund and tell them to call, or go to pbucc.org and search for ministerial assistance. The hungry we feed with this fund are those who have fed us spiritually and have visited us many times in our homes, prayed with us and preached the Good News.
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