Children's Musical in Worship this Sunday
On Our Way to Bethlehem
This Sunday our Children’s Choir will offer their annual Christmas musical. Our sanctuary has been set with the Bethlehem scene including stable, star and manger, and will be host to our children depicting Mary and Joseph, the innkeeper and his wife, the angels, the shepherds, the kings, and a host of animals all on their way to Bethlehem. Our musical this year will offer you a chance to take the journey…then and now…to Bethlehem. For Mary and Joseph, it was a journey of necessity. A census brought them to Bethlehem, Mary great with child and looking for a place to stay. For the shepherds, their journey began when angels appeared giving them the good news of great joy. They hurried to Bethlehem to see the Baby lying in the manger, and their journey continued with spreading the word about the Saviour’s birth to everyone they met. The kings’ journey began with the star that lead them to Bethlehem, and when they saw the child, they bowed down and worshiped him, presenting him with precious gifts. The animals, and there are plenty of them in our story, wanted to bring gifts to Jesus too. But what could the animals bring? They offered their very best, all that they had no matter how small:
“Some who are rich have a lot to share; others are humble and poor.
Everyone has something “rich” to give; no gift to small to ignore.”
As Christians, we travel a well-worn path that leads us toward life everlasting. Our path was started by the sandaled feet of a humble carpenter and the hooves of a gentle donkey that carried the mother of Jesus. Our path was paved by the eager steps of all who have come to worship Him and all who believe that in a lowly stable, in a tiny village, the Savior of all was born. Whatever we have, whatever we bring, we all come to honor the Newborn King. Are you on your way to Bethlehem too?
Filled with charming arrangements of familiar carols and new Christmas songs, our children’s musical conveys with great warmth and charm God’s promises fulfilled. Bring your family and friends to see and hear our children share how we are all on our way to Bethlehem.
Annual Congregational Meeting - December 9
Please join us following the worship service on Sunday, December 9 for our Annual Congregational Meeting. Your attendance and participation are requested. A quorum of at least 60 voting members is required to transact business.
- Receive annual reports from the Board of Stewards, commissions and committees;
- Reports will be distributed at the meeting.
- Elect a slate of officers to serve as officers, commissioners and committee members for calendar year 2019.
- Per our Constitution, John Pohorsky, our Immediate Past Moderator, convened a group of past moderators to nominate individuals to fill open positions.
- Adopt the 2019 budget.
- The proposed budget will be presented following review and recommendations for approval by the Board of Stewards at its November 27 meeting.
- On December 2 we will have a meeting after church to present the preposed 2019 budget and answer (or seek answers) on any questions you might have about the budget prior to the Annual Meeting where the budget will be voted on.
- Consider approval of a sanctuary lighting proposal by BTC Entertainment prepared by the Lighting Task Force and reviewed and recommended for approval by the Board of Stewards at its October 23 meeting.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 AT BAY SHORE
December 9th at Bay Shore Church
– Worship at 9:30 a.m.
Nursery Care is Available
Second Sunday of Advent
Children’s Musical “On Our Way to Bethlehem”
Scripture Lesson: Luke 2:1-7
Lay Reader: Susie Laubacher
Greeters: Greta & Don Budai
Flowers on the pedestal are given by Renee and Matt Norton
in loving memory of Matt’s mother, Joyce Peck.
Flowers in the niche are given by Christine Cooper.
Attendance for December 2: 156 adults, 7 children
UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Memorial Service December 8 at 11:00 am
As many of you know, our beloved friend and church member, Sharon Rogers passed away on November 30th. We will be holding a memorial service this Saturday at 11:00, followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall. We hope you will be able to join her friends and family as we remember and celebrate Sharon’s life.
Poinsettias for Christmas
Christmas is such a festive time at Bay Shore Church, and it’s always a beautiful sight to walk into the Sanctuary on Christmas Eve, and see the Chancel filled with poinsettias. If you’d like to contribute to this effort by donating a poinsettia, you may click HERE to print out a form, pick one up at the church office, or you will find one in upcoming bulletins. Each plant is $14.00, and checks may be made out to Bay Shore Church. All orders need to be placed by Sunday, December 9. Poinsettias may be picked up after the 10:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service or during the week after Christmas Day. Thank you!
Christmas Families Project Update
The Fellowship Hall has started to fill with the generous gifts dedicated to the 7 families receiving support this year. Furniture, beds, and bedding have been ordered and are ready to be delivered. There is a feeling of joy and blessings with what the church is able to give to these families who are enduring such hardships.
Just a reminder:
* Sunday, December 9th, all gifts are expected to be put in the Fellowship Hall, wrapped and labeled
* Tuesday, December 11th, the Missions Commission will sort and account for the gifts
* Saturday, December 15th at 9:00 am. Gifts and Christmas Trees will be delivered to families.
* The Christmas Giving Tree is available for purchasing gift cards designated for Precious Lamb Preschool. Look for the adorable lamb as a tree topper. Purchase gift cards at the scrip table through December and we will deliver them in January.
There are just a few index cards of gifts remaining. One family needs a delivery team on Saturday the 15th. Are you able to help?
Each of you should give what you have in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7, NSRV)
Kudos Corner. . .
Each month the Board of Stewards ends its meeting with expressing “kudos” for people who have gone above and beyond during the previous month by giving their time, talent and thought in meeting the needs of our church family and church home. In November kudos were extended to Scott Dixon for his work on the Emergency Response Plan for our church; Connie Woolsey for preparing excellent real-time reports for the 2019 budget process; Cassie Berrisford for her leadership of the Business Affairs Commission; Phyllis Hart and Marilyn Paull for their Bible study group of the Parables; Melanie Brossus and her Personnel Committee for their fine work in reviewing and making recommendations to Business Affairs for the 2019 compensation package for church staff; Marjorie and Robert Rivera for providing Juniper branches for our Sanctuary’s Christmas wreaths. The Board presented Darlene Gidley with a beautiful floral arrangement for her work as Moderator.
Afterglow from “Dessert by Candlelight”
Sunday evening 124 members of our church family and friends gathered together in our Fellowship Hall for the first (maybe, maybe annual) Dessert by Candlelight event. Thanks to the magnificent effort of our table hosts, tables were elaborately decorated with china, crystal, silver, porcelain, fresh flowers, and of course, candles. Every table different and every table beautiful—it was a sight to behold! The dimly lit room sparkled with the Christmas tree and a midnight sky of stars on our stage, and sparkly candles and mini lights around the room. Please be sure to check out our Instagram or Facebook pages for more photos!
Upon arrival, guests were met by tuxedo-clad Jeff Gidley and Michael Remley and offered a glass of Martinelli’s amid music by Robert York on the harpsichord and Kathleen Dyer on flute. The room was filled with laughter, comradery, and oohs and ahhs as guests toured the room.
And then, there were the desserts—OH MY! They were beautiful, decadent and worth every calorie!
Once again, Julie Ramsey performed her magic on creating a wonderful musical program. The newly formed Bay Shore Handbell Quartet had Christmas literally ringing in our ears; the duets of Robert and Kathleen playing O Holy Night and Silent Night provided that beautiful peace that comes with Christmas. The life of Sharon Rogers was celebrated with a lovely ballet performance by Grace Hager.
Many thanks are extended to the table hosts who spent hours and hours planning tables, baking, and hauling boxes of priceless dinnerware and decorations to and from the church—I owe them a debt of gratitude.
And finally, I want to share an email I received from one of our guests when I arrived home on Sunday evening. While sent to me, it really is for all of us—table hosts, musicians, our pastors, our music director, our sound engineer and our guests:
“Tonight was all that I know you hoped it would be – the uncomplicated celebration of Christmas with friends. I had a feeling tonight that I haven’t had since my childhood years – the feeling of love, joy, embracing of the whole Christmas story, with no pressure of must-do or should-do. Now I know that this involved an incredible amount of work from a number of people – you first and foremost followed by all the gracious table hosts – but it made for a memorable evening. My mind kept flashing back to scene of my childhood Christmases – and the feelings I felt then. Thank you so much for creating the world where they came to life once more.”
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.
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
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
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.
COA Meal – December 18
We will be serving our monthly meal to the less fortunate on Wednesday, December 18. 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.
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
Saturday, December 8 at 9:30 – Community Connection & Growth, Parish Outreach Commissions
Sunday, December 9 at 10:30 – Annual 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 December 2: Teun VanderMaarl, Dee Dee Van Pelt, Marilyn Hope, Evie Keller, Joel & Jeanine Benson, Julee & Jim Morris, Salwa Morris, Susan Felix, Janet Remley, Marcia Frisella, Susan Quinn, Linda, Olga, Bridget, Vinnie Baglietto, Dan. Pauline DeCastro who just started chemo. Alexa and Brooke Wallace for wisdom, guidance, and protection. For the recovery of Casper’s ear. For recovery of Karey’s broken ankle. Healing prayers for Amy Kokis & family, Jerrie McDowell, Lauren Nave, Ava & Lisa, Steve Dodge, Lesley & Barbara. For peace. Courage for Bonnie. Loving memories of dear Sharon. Thank you for the new stained glass.In memory of Ermyne Nimocks.
For the souls of: George Bush, Richard Gardner, Mary Arthur, Joyce Blasnek, Sharon Rogers.
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
It is a troubling moment in the history of Israel when John the Baptist appears in Luke’s Gospel. It is the fifteenth month of the Roman emperor Tiberius, and Pontius Pilate is governor. Herod along with his family, political sycophants and bullies run Jerusalem and the countryside. They do this with the support and backing of the full might of the Roman Empire. John calls across the centuries from his anxious and troubled world. He calls to us urging preparation because something is coming, he says. Make everything ready he tells us, and let no mountains or crooked paths stand in the way. Make smooth the roads that will bear the good news.
There are all kinds of ways to make roads smooth aren’t there? You can clear them of debris, pave them, or get out the heavy equipment and begin digging through the mountain. How does the church of the twenty first century smooth out the roads to make way for the good news of the birth of Jesus? Sometimes the good news we tell is born in the good deeds we do, and even in the physical roads we clear.
Most of the roads in Puerto Rico were wiped out in the category 5 Hurricane Maria, whose sustained winds of 155 mph and rain pounded the island dealing the worst natural disaster in the island’s history. A history that includes 120 years as part of the United States, becoming a territory in 1898, a Commonwealth in 1952 and, in 1917, its inhabitants becoming citizens of the US. This island off the coast of Florida has a population of almost 3.5 million people (roughly the same as Connecticut). Since Hurricane Maria, much of the island has been cleared and power restored. The Disaster Ministries of the United Church of Christ has been on the ground since just after the storm and has remained long after the big equipment and military vessels left. As of the summer of 2018 there was much left to do. While the island’s beautiful tourist spots were open and welcoming, people in the rural and remote parts of the island still needed assistance. UCC Disaster Ministries have stuck with those people by organizing volunteer teams. Teams from churches across the country have been showing up to help with repairs and thru donations from congregations and individuals have been able to smooth the roads and make everything ready so that people of Puerto Rico know they are not forgotten.
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