Red Cross Blood Drive - This Sunday
Join us this Sunday, February 10 for our Red Cross Blood Drive!
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Youth Center
Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person – the gift of life. Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. A decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several. Bay Shore Church will be holding a Red Cross Blood Drive this Sunday, February 10 from 8-2 at our Youth Center. Please make your appointment HERE, or call the church office. Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment.
Thank you for supporting this life-giving effort!
Missions Commission News
Last Sunday we were scheduled to hear from Lorena Langarica, administrator at the St. Mary’s CARE Food Pantry. Lorena is a dedicated CARE worker who has an inspiring story as a recipient of help from the food pantry and now is more financially stable and out of crisis. Unfortunately, as she was driving to church she hit a bad pothole in the street, no doubt made worse by the recent storms, broke a rim and had a flat tire. Luckily, no other cars were involved and she was not hurt.
How quickly lives can change. Unforeseen events like car repairs, health expenses, lost jobs and government shutdowns can have dire effects on individuals and families. Not everyone is able to recover from tragic events without a hand up. That is the goal of the food pantries that our church supports; to offer food and living necessities to the hungry and shelter insecure.
Thanks to all of you who donated cash and canned goods to our Souper Bowl of Caring in the last two weeks, we are able to add about $400.00 in scrip to our regular food donation to the St. Mary’s food pantry. Way to go Team Bay Shore! If you played along with our team competition, the Rams raised nine times more than the Patriots.
As we spoke in our unison prayer on Sunday: Let faith abide. Let hope abide. Let love abide-here in this sanctuary, here in our community, here in our world, here in us. Amen
Notes from the Christmas Families
Below are excerpts from the numerous thank you notes in response to our Christmas Family Project.
….I am the mother of two amazing young men ages 15 and 21. I made the decision to leave my husband of 7 years because of abuse affecting me and the boys. We now have a place of our own and though starting over was scary, it was something I needed to do. My son said, “This home is our Christmas gift.” Thank you, we love you.
…. From her son, age 15…I am writing on behalf of my brother (multiple medical issues) and me as my brother is unable to write a letter himself. Thank You for everything you have done for us. I am sure it has taken away some of my mom’s worries as she tries to keep a smile on our faces. You are great examples of how good God’s love is and the love that his children can give. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5
….from Jorge, Thank you not just for us, but for every family that has come your way. May God bless you.
…from a child… Thank you for taking your time to buy gifs (sic). I appreciate your generosity.
Violet, age 2, and Steven age 3 drew pictures. 🙂
From a mother of 4 living in an RV…thank you so much. This means so much, you don’t understand how happy this is going to make them.
…My family and I have been struggling these past few years, so all the help we get is highly appreciated. Thank you for being a blessing to us.
Our Mission Partners
Serving others was the focus of our worship service this past Sunday. CLICK HERE to view the insert we included in the bulletin that lists many of our partners in service to help others locally and globally.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 AT BAY SHORE
Sunday School Classes & Nursery Care
Rev. Susie Bjork’s Sermon: Building Worship into Everyday Life
Worship isn’t only reserved for Sunday mornings. How might we create time and space in our busy lives for intentional moments of worship and prayer throughout the week? What are ways we can worship by ourselves or with family and friends?
Scripture Lesson: Psalm 138
Lay Reader: Jeannie Skidmore
Chancel Choir Anthem: How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place
Solo: Now Thank We All Our God – David Morales, tenor
Greeters: Bonnie Nishioka & Chloe Nikel-Nishioka
Flowers on the altar are given by Tracy & Emily Maples in celebration of Monty’s Birthday.
Flowers in the niche are given by Diane Guyett in loving memory of her husband, Bob.
Attendance for February 3: 138 adults, 23 children
UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Men’s Group – Saturday, February 9
Please join our Men’s Group this Saturday at 8:00 am.
Robert Wingfield will discuss:
* Jane Loper’s Prayer Chain Works!
* What Happened to the Prodigal Son?
Bagels and coffee will be provided. See you there!
From your Moderator…
The new year is well underway and our commissions, committees, officers, and members of our Board of Stewards are working hard to maintain and strengthen programs, outreach, and the campus of Bay Shore Church. Did you know that over eighty-five people have volunteered to serve the church in one or more of the categories listed above? Click HERE for a list. Feel free to contact these folks with your concerns or ideas about our church, and thanks to all who serve. – John Burt, Moderator
Bravos from the Board….
At each Board of Stewards meeting we wrap up business by offering “kudos” to folks who have gone above and beyond in their service to the church since the last meeting. At the January 22, 2019 Board meeting kudos were extended to:
*Darlene Gidley and her committee for organizing the Dessert by Candlelight event
*Members of CC & G Commission for their leadership of after worship discussion sessions
*Marilyn Paull for hosting the Women’s Retreat attended by 15 women
*Members of the Men’s Group for their sponsor and construction of the float for the Belmont Shore Christmas parade
*David Smyrl and John Brunner for fixing broken sanctuary pews
*Members of the Missions Commission for organizing another successful Christmas Families Project
*Tom Light and the members of the Endowment Committee for planning a successful Planned Giving seminar on January 20
*Sally Boyne, Linda Sumpter and Carol Welsh for staffing the office while Wendy served jury duty
*John Sumpter, Marilyn Paull, and Matt Norton for helping execute the Sanctuary Lighting Project contract
*Dana Riddick for the pride and enthusiasm he exhibits every day as our plant maintenance specialist
*Glenn Moeller for his leadership and the others who volunteer to serve coffee each Sunday
*Sunday School Teacher volunteers
Nursery Care Needed
The Friends of Belmont Shore organization meets in our Fellowship Hall on the 1st Thursday of each month from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. They would like to start offering nursery care for the children of attendees, and were hoping someone familiar with our church would be available. Their next meeting is Thursday, February 7. Pay rate is $15.00 per hour. If you or anyone you know is interested, please call their president, Bitta Sharma at 650-681-7301.
Orientation – February 12
Are you curious about learning more about Bay Shore Church? We invite you to join Pastor Dave in his office on Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 pm. This will be an informal gathering where you may ask questions and learn more about what the Bay Shore Church community can do to help you along your spiritual journey. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending.
COA Author’s Tea – Feb 16
COA’s famous author’s tea is coming up on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 at Grace First Presbyterian Church (3955 N. Studebaker Rd., Long Beach, CA 90815) from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased online at www.COALongBeach.org or a check may be mailed to: COA 515 E. 3rd St., Long Beach, CA 90802. This month’s author is local celebrity photographer and author of Humans of Long Beach, Matt Roberts! Don’t miss out this special opportunity to meet Matt and purchase an autographed copy of new release!
Happy Valentine’s Fellowship Club
SUNDAY, February 17 at 5:30, Legends Restaurant
Get ready for something different! Since we were unable to schedule our February Fellowship dinner in a member’s home, Eric Johnson (owner of Legends Restaurant and son of a BSC member) has offered to allow our group to meet in the party room at Legends. We will be in a closed room upstairs reachable by stairs or elevator. Parking is available on the street or in the lot behind the restaurant between Corona and Covina Streets. As always we will bring our own beverages, food, table service and clean up. Finger foods are suggested since they will be easier to transport than casseroles, etc. Let’s celebrate Valentine’s Day together in this totally new venue: Legends Restaurant, 5236 East 2nd Street.
Please email Diane Donaldson at email@example.com to confirm your attendance.
Dinner Hosts for Fellowship Club Needed
Fellowship Club is looking for dinner house hosts. Please consider sharing your home for one of our monthly potluck events on the third Saturday of the month. Contact Diane Donaldson if you are interested: 562-243-7682 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for considering this!
Grief Support Group – February 19
Carolyn Remley (our resident Faith Community Nurse) and Pastor Susie facilitate a grief support group for 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). This open group meets once per month at 4:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month 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 email@example.com
Pub Theology – February 19
Every month, we gather for an informal conversation about faith and real life. We always have stimulating conversations and a great time in fellowship. Why don’t you give it a try? Please join Pastor Dave, fellow parishioners and friends at 6:30 pm at the Crab Pot, 215 N. Marina Drive.
Dinner at COA – February 20
We will be serving the less fortunate on Wednesday February 20, 2019.
This month we will make Chili Pasta Bake (recipe here) and cookies for dessert. Sign up sheets are in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you for your continuing support.
Kids’ Night Out – Friday, February 22
Calling all kids and youth age 4 and up! Join us for dinner, games and lots of fun on Friday, February 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend so we can have an accurate count for food. Children younger than 4 are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Have questions? Please contact Pastor Susie. See you there!
Save the Date – March 15 – Organ Concert in our Sanctuary
On Friday, March 15th at 7:00 pm, the renowned organist Oliver Brett will be giving an organ concert in our sanctuary on our 47 rank Wicks pipe organ. Currently residing in Rochester, New York, studying for his doctorate in organ performance, Oliver Brett has held church positions and performed at prestigious venues across five continents. He was an organ scholar of King’s College, Cambridge where he played for the 2006 Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, has given recitals at Westminster Abbey, and performed in Amsterdam, London, Seoul, Singapore, Istanbul, and many venues across the USA including Washington National Cathedral and St Thomas’, Fifth Avenue, NYC. We are thrilled that he is coming to Bay Shore Church. Don’t miss this exciting evening of music!
Save the Date!! Saturday, April 13th – Bay Shore Church Rummage Sale
It’s time to start your Spring Cleaning!! Our church-wide Rummage Sale fundraiser is coming up in just a couple of months. We are not accepting donations until closer to the date. Details to follow!
2019 Sunday School Teachers Needed
Thank you to everyone who has signed up and taught our Sunday School classes so far this school year! Teachers are still needed for all ages and the sign up sheet is available in the hallway outside of the downstairs classroom. The curriculum is available in the file box next to the sign up sheet.
If you have questions or simply want to know more about what teaching Sunday School involves, please contact Pastor Susie.
Tuesdays with the Pastors at Polly’s Coffee
Join Pastors Dave and Susie, fellow parishioners, and friends at Polly’s Coffee on 2nd for lively conversation, fellowship and a refreshment of your choice. They meet Tuesday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.
Feb. 10: Vall & Tom Light
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 February 3: Luca Hiltscher, Teun VanderMaarl, Dee Dee VanPelt. For Brooke and Alexa Wallace to make God-honoring decisions. For traveling mercies. Charlotte, prayers for continued recovery & restored health. Kevin, prayers for health, sobriety, comfort, and peace. Please watch over our children, and help them achieve their goals and make a difference in this world. Prayers for the family of Michelle King, who passed away yesterday. Homes for the homeless; food for the hungry. Prayers for our country & fragile planet. Prayers for all the lost, abandoned, abused and endangered creatures of Earth; teach us to love & care for them. Prayers for peace. Thanks to God for answered prayers, God’s grace, infinite wisdom, and the promise of each new day.
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 Surprising Catch
Apparently, being the church is not all potlucks and Bible study, Christmas bazaars and picnics, preaching and marching for justice. Apparently, according to Luke’s Gospel, it’s also about deep sea fishing. That is, very specifically, deep water fishing. If you want to catch a lot of fish then you must put your nets out into deep water. Of course, the fish Luke is talking about are not mackerel and blue fin tuna, they are people. They are the people Luke envisions coming from all parts of the world to worship in Jerusalem and come to understand God through the person of Jesus Christ.
What does it mean in your community for your church to put its “nets” out unto deep waters?
Our denomination is casting our evangelical nets more broadly and effectively through reorganization. The United Church of Christ is hoping that by combining some of its offices we will be able to spread the good news of the UCC in a way that will benefit the local church. We have launched a newly organized team called OPTIC.
OPTIC is the Office of Philanthropy, Technology, Identity and Communication. We believe that combining our communications and marketing with philanthropy and technology will enable the casting of our nets into deeper waters. Our denomination believes that there are people out there waiting to see our vision, hear our voice and understand the wide-welcome and just-world creating church that is the UCC. Finding these audiences, developing them and welcoming them into our churches is what this new team is about.
One of the many initiatives of this new team is to work closely with those planning the next General Synod. The newly minted “Shine” logo is part of that work. There will be roll outs of innovative resources for local congregations and an attention to how we can put our collective nets into deeper waters. After all, the church is called to grow and to call disciples not simply to exist. Our passion for spreading the good news is as deep as our belief in a God who offers an extravagant welcome and longs for us to live in a Just World for All – where love of neighbor, love of children and love of creation are woven in the net cast for all of us in the UCC.
Look at ucc.org for word of what is happening with your OPTIC team and see the new logo for General Synod 2019.
Sermons Available Online
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