CHILI COOK-OFF & LIVE AUCTION FUNDRAISER
Get ready for a heck of a good time on April 29th when Bay Shore holds our main fundraiser! There will be fun for all at this church-wide event held right after worship service. Games for kids, lasso trick demonstrations, chili-tastings and more. Get some raffle tickets and take a chance on some of our exciting items.
Our chuck wagon will be loaded with sandwiches, chips, and pies and more! Listen to our Robert York delight us with hoedown music while we eat and catch a view of our new Bay Shore Church video about the heart of our church. And that is what this is all about – our fellowship, and supporting the great programs we enjoy.
John Keisler will keep things moving as master of ceremonies. Once again, our fantastic auctioneer, Jim Nye, will conduct the live auction filled with dinners, trips and one-of-a-kind experiences. Now, how can all of this fun be possible for a $10 ticket (max $40 for families?) Well lots of folks have worked hard to bring this hoedown to ya’ll.
So here is what you need to know:
- To get your tickets = $10 each or $40 per family.
- Will be sold in the Fellowship Hall Sunday the 15th and 22nd by the script table
- Or the morning of the event outside the Fellowship Hall
- To volunteer – email Diane Donaldson at firstname.lastname@example.org or come Saturday afternoon at 1 pm to set up, or stay after the event to help with the clean-up
- We are looking for a few more great things to raffle off – please contact Diane
- Most important is to come and make this a fun time of fellowship (we’ll be done by 1 pm)
The Fundraising Committee
SUNDAY, APRIL 15 AT BAY SHORE
April 15th at Bay Shore Church
– Worship at 9:30 a.m.
Third Sunday of Easter
Sunday School and Nursery Care
The Rev. Susie Bjork’s Sermon: “Signs of Grace”
This familiar story of Jesus’ appearance to his disciples often focuses on Thomas’ doubt. But it can also be read as a story of encouragement in faith. When Thomas struggles to believe, Jesus greets him with peace and gives him grace. What signs of grace does God give us in our moments of doubt? How can we practice grace for one another?
Chancel Choir Anthem: Amazing Grace
Scripture Lesson: John 20:19-31
Lay Reader: Micah Dysart
Greeters: Renee & Matt Norton
Worship Attendance April 8: 170 adults, 8 children
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Holy Humor Sunday – Joke Winners
Holy Humor Sunday was a joy, and we want to congratulate our Joke Competition winners!
Honorable Mention: Two words. Cleveland Browns.
Q: What’s Jesus most unrecognized miracle?
A: He had 12 close friends in his thirties
A Methodist minister was walking down the block to meet his friend, a UCC minister, for lunch. On his way, he passed a boy in a yard with some puppies. The Methodist minister, stopped, admiring the puppies and asked the little boy “what kind of puppies are these?” The little boy replied, “These are Methodist puppies.” The Methodist minister smiled broadly and said “wait until I tell my friend.” After they had finished lunch, the Methodist minister brought his friend, the UCC minister, back to the yard to see the puppies. He asked the little boy, “Please tell my friend what kind of puppies you have.” The little boy said, “These are UCC puppies.” The Methodist minister said, “You told me when I was here earlier today that they were Methodist puppies.” The boy responded, “That was before they opened their eyes.”
A Sunday school teacher was concerned that her students were so wrapped up in jelly beans and egg hunts that they were missing the true meaning of Easter. She asked if anyone would like to tell the Easter story to the class. A bright-eyed six year-old shot his hand into the air.
“Well, after Jesus died on the cross, they put him in a cave and rolled a big rock in front of it.” The teacher smiled and nodded approvingly.
“Jesus stayed in that cave for 3 days. Then it was time for him to come out. So, he rolled the stone away and came out of the cave.” The teacher was overcome with pride.
The little boy continued. “It was a beautiful sunny day. Then, Jesus saw his shadow, and we had six more weeks of winter.”
And congratulations to Cynthia Day-Elliott and Susie Laubacher for winning the Carillon News Quiz!
Men’s Group – This Saturday
The Bay Shore Men’s Group meets this Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 in the Fellowship Hall. Join us!
Red Cross Blood Drive
Thanks to everyone who donated blood at the Red Cross Blood Drive last Sunday. We had 31 people volunteer to give blood; this saved 93 lives! Thanks to Wendy for her help & support, and the Parish Outreach committee for volunteering. The day went very well.
Keep your eye out for upcoming blood drives. With all of the disasters in California last year, hospitals are planning far in advance, and are already reaching out to the Red Cross to see how much blood they will be able to provide.
Thank you, Susie Archer & Mary Hester
Orientation – April 15
Want to learn more about Bay Shore Church? We invite you to join Pastors Susie and Dave in Dave’s office after worship. This will be an informal gathering to 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 email@example.com if you are interested in attending.
Monday, April 16th at 6:30 we will gather in our Library to discuss the movie A Wrinkle in Time. Join in a conversation about impressions of the movie, its meaning, its artistic/production elements, etc. We’ll also inquire about any practical life lessons that can be learned from the movie. It’s a great way to get to know other people and a chance to consider things that you may not have noticed. Popcorn provided!
Grief Support Group – Tuesday, April 17 at 4:30 p.m.
Carolyn Remley (our resident Faith Community Nurse and longtime church member) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
COA Dinner – April 18
We will be serving our monthly meal on Wednesday April 18, 2018. The casserole this month is Texas Beef Skillet, and cookies are requested for dessert. Please have all casseroles in the church freezer by Sunday April 15th. The sign up sheet and recipe are in the fellowship hall, or you can get the recipe HERE.
Thank you all for your continuing support, Linda Sumpter
Beach Cleanup – April 21
CASH PRIZES: Volunteers wanted for the “30-Minute Beach Cleanup” on Saturday, April 21 at 10 a.m. at 1 Granada Ave. It’s Earth Day weekend! Free beachfront parking passes available. Refreshments, door prizes, bags/gloves provided. Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) have been hosting the monthly cleanups since June 1999. Approx. 100 volunteers of all ages attend to help rid the sand of debris, so our beach remains clean and safe. There will be cash prizes for kids and for adults who are wearing the best pajamas during the cleanup, so just roll out of bed and join the effort. For more info.: JustinRudd.com/cleanup
Kids’ Night – April 27
Save the date for another fun Bay Shore Kids’ Night on Friday, April 27 beginning at 5:30 p.m. More details to follow!
Join us for worship on Sunday, April 29th for our Bay Shore Children’s Choir Spring Musical. This season we will be portraying through word, song and dance the biblical account of 1 Kings 17-18 – the dramatic story of Elijah! God’s Faithful Prophet. This story has it all – a ruthless King Ahab, an evil queen Jezebel, and the people of Israel who were ordered to worship the false god Baal. God sends Elijah into this land to use him to turn the people away from this false god and to the one, true God – Yahweh. Don’t miss the showdown on Mount Carmel where Elijah calls on God to send down fire from heaven for the people to witness His mighty power! Bring your family and friends for this special worship service.
Fellowship Dinner – May 5
In lieu of the April Fellowship dinner, everyone is encouraged to participate in the Chili Cook-Off and Fundraiser on April 29th.
Women’s Day Event – May 6th
This spring, the Worldwide and Homeland Missions Commission is dedicating a day to women and families in our local community and worldwide. Our goals are mighty! We hope to raise funds to empower women internationally and locally.
The Women’s Day Event will be held after church in the Fellowship Hall on May 6th. The focus groups are Heifer International, Habitat for Humanity, and Women Shelter Long Beach. During the fellowship time you will have the opportunity to see the displays from the organizations and make contributions.
Come to church and hear speakers from Heifer International and Habitat for Humanity this month. They will share how our contributions will continue to empower women and families in our community and beyond.
To learn more about Heifer International you may click here: www.heifer.org
To learn more about Habitat for Humanity you may click here: habitat.org
To learn more about Women Shelter Long Beach you may click here: www.womenshelterlb.org
Can you do more? Habitat has reached out to the women of Bay Shore with the opportunity to get involved in a Build Event in Long Beach on Saturday, May 5th from 8 am to 3 pm, for all women ages 16 and older. Does it sound a little scary, yet fun too? Let’s do it! Click HERE for details.
We Rise By Lifting Others!
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 5:00pm.
Upcoming Church Meetings
Saturday, April 14 at 9:00 a.m. – Community Connection & Growth Commission
Saturday, April 14 at 9:30 a.m. – Parish Outreach Commission
Sunday, April 15 at 8:30 a.m. – Christian Education Commission
Sunday, April 15 at 11:00 a.m. – Missions Commission
Sunday, April 22 at 11:00 a.m. – Business Affairs Commission
Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. – Board of Stewards
April 15: 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 April 8th: Laura Crankshaw, Suzanne Clark, Hal, Steve, Laura, Rick Wallace, Mark Rasile, Susie Trombatore, Derrel Kenzel, Peggy Hamlin, William Weaver, Edward DeHoag, Christine Stout, Clarine Visser, Eileen Mathos, Gloria Grobarsky, Frank Picarelli. God’s love, protection and healing; restored health, comfort and strength for Olivia. Prayers for peace. Prayers of God’s love, protection and healing for all of the lost, abandoned, abused and endangered creatures of Earth; teach us to love and care for them. Prayers for Aunt Lulu as she is in the hospital fighting for her life; give her strength and give the family strength for all of the support needed. Prayers for the success of today’s blood drive and the Mom Prom in the Youth Center. Healing prayers for Mary Ellen and Mabel. Prayers for the health of Ken, Tracy, Sandy, and Robin Bert. Continued prayers for Them Filkins and his continuous treatment at City of Hope. Prayers for a successful and fulfilling week. Thanks to god for answered prayers, God’s grace, infinite love, and the promise of each new day. Thanks to Kathy Callahan, Pat & Ray Smith, and Melanie & Lily Brossus for helping host Chihiro Iwami on her visit from Japan.
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
Christ Among Us
It seems obvious to us, now, after centuries of practice that it is in a shared meal that communion is found. For Christians, we understand that there is something in the Lord’s Supper that binds everyone wherever and whenever it is offered. Knowing that the last thing Jesus did on the night he was betrayed was break bread with his disciples, makes sitting down to table essential to our communities. Many resurrection accounts, like the one in this passage from Luke, tell how Jesus ate with them. In these days food has become a kind of litmus about our world. The kinds of food we eat, how it is prepared and grown and shipped has taken on larger concerns around the environment and how we treat this earth. Putting these two things together, food and worship, is creating a kind of table theology in many of our churches. A theology born of love of food, love of the earth and love of neighbor – all bound in the communal and welcoming settings of our local churches.
On the first Tuesday of every month at Newman Congregational United Church of Christ in Rumford, Rhode Island people gather in the church kitchen to prepare a meal. They bring the ingredients trying to source them locally and mindfully. Together, everyone – children too, and those who know their way around a kitchen and those who don’t – chip in to help prepare the meal. The tables are set. As they sit around them to eat they talk about a passage from scripture and share communion. The ministry is called “Nourish.”
There is a dinner church for young adults that meets the fourth Sunday of every month at the First Congregational Church UCC in Santa Rosa, California. Like other dinner churches, they offer fellowship and deep sharing around a meal and children are always welcome! In Northampton, Massachusetts at First Churches their Dinner church meets twice a month. They grow a lot of what they serve at three plots they maintain in a local community garden. Their gathering is called “Common Ground.” This is from their website:
Our vision is to feed those who are hungry in body, mind, and soul: hungry for bread, hungry for meaning, hungry for beauty, truth, purpose, and community.
Through the ministry of Common Ground we are striving to help people connect to the earth, one another, and the God whose good gifts we freely share.
What kind of dinner church could your congregation serve to a hungry world?
Sermons Available Online
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