Bay Shore Carillon

April 29, 2018       Vol. 72, No. 17


Elijah! God’s Faithful Prophet
This Sunday, April 29th during the worship service

Join us this Sunday morning when the children of our church will offer their rendition of the musical Elijah! God’s Faithful Prophet. The Biblical account is found in the Old Testament: 1 Kings 17-18. During the time of King Ahab’s and Jezebel’s rule over Israel the people believed in a false god named Baal. God sent Elijah into this land and used him through a course of events to turn the people toward the one true God, Yahweh. From his confrontation with Ahab and Jezebel through his journey into the desert, the prophet Elijah showed faith in God for strength and deliverance. The dramatic scene on Mount Carmel is one of the most compelling in the entire Old Testament where Elijah calls on God to send down fire from heaven to consume the altar and affirm His mighty power.

Great things happen when people pray. Elijah was a person just like any of us. He loved God and was not ashamed to stand up for what he believed. He was courageous even when he was the only one who believed in the one true God. Elijah’s words speak to us as clearly as they did to the people of Israel: “How long will you stand there waiting to decide? In your silence, you speak for the other side.”

Our children, parents and helpers have worked very hard to put this musical together. Besides the weekly work and rehearsals by the members of our cast, multiple individuals have built and obtained sets and props, supervised and assisted in the instruction of the children and will be backstage helping on the day of the musical. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for everyone’s assistance in this ominous task. We could not have done it without you.

Come hear and see this dramatic Biblical story come to life. The chancel area of the sanctuary will be transformed into the land of Israel with Ahab and Jezebel’s palace, Mount Carmel and the altar where God sends down FIRE! Bring your family and friends with you this Sunday to experience our exciting worship service.

Julie Ramsey
Director of Music


April 29th at Bay Shore Church
 – Worship at 9:30 a.m.
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Nursery Care Available

Children’s Choir Musical – Elijah! God’s Faithful Prophet

Scripture Lesson: 1 Kings 18:36-39
Lay Reader: Téa Satariano

Greeters: Julee & Jim Morris

Worship Attendance April 22: 142 adults, 11 children

And join us for the Chili Cook-Off & Live Auction Fundraiser right after worship!


Chili Cook-Off & Live Auction Fundraiser – April 29
Right After Worship (Done by 1:00 p.m.)

It’s not too late to get tickets! $10 each or $40 per family:
Sold on the morning of the event outside the Fellowship Hall.

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.

To volunteer – email Diane Donaldson at or come Saturday afternoon at 1 pm to set up, or stay after the event to help with the clean-up.

Kids’ Night Out – April 27

Dinner, Music, Games, and Activities – Join us for the fun!

WHEN: Friday, April 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

WHO: All kids and youth age 4 and up. Parents are welcome to stay or drop off/pick up.
Younger children are welcome to attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Please CLICK HERE to register all participants so we have an accurate count for food and supplies. Thank you! Questions? Please contact Rev. Susie Bjork at

Youth Group Gathering – This Sunday, April 29 5:00-7:00 p.m.

All middle and high school age youth are invited to join us for youth fellowship, food, and fun. We’ll meet in the youth center at 5:00 p.m. this Sunday. Friends are welcome! See you there!

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.  

The May Fellowship Dinner will be May 5 at 6:00 at Tom and Vall Light’s beautiful home: 29030 Clevis Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. Please contact Vall at 310-831-4500 for your food assignment – the earlier the better! Don’t forget your table setting and beverage of choice. Put on your sombrero and get ready for a fun Cinco de Mayo celebration. We look forward to seeing YOU there! Olé!

Women’s Day at Bay Shore – May 6
Empowering Women; Home and Abroad

The Worldwide and Homeland Missions Commission actively reviews each beneficiary of our pledged commitment. Just last year, the Director of Women Shelter of Long Beach, Mary Ellen Mitchell, spoke to our congregation about the important work the shelter has provided women of domestic violence in Long Beach since 1977. The shelter is a safe haven for women and children as it provides assistance in their most difficult times.

This week you will have the opportunity to support the shelter in a unique way. It will be like Christmas in May! The shelter provided us with a wish list similar to the Christmas Families wish list. There is a colorful Women’s Shelter poster with index cards of suggested donations, large and small, new and gently used. The 7 items are: strollers, gift cards, large diapers size 5/6, baby formula, baby food, women’s tops and tanks size L or XL, and laundry soap. If you’re so inclined, please take a card and bring back the item on May 6th. There will be tubs for this purpose in the Fellowship Hall. Cash and check donations are also appreciated. 

The great people of Bay Shore believe in building healthy relationships at home, at church, in the community, and in the wider world. Let’s take this opportunity to support the projects that help women in the world.

Summer Camp at Pilgrim Pines

Summer Camp registration is now open for Pilgrim Pines Camp. CLICK HERE for the full camp brochure. And visit: for registration and all the details. Have questions about camp? Please email

Volunteers Needed!

We are in need of volunteers to pick up our donuts for Fellowship Time on Sundays. We currently have one, but are in need of one or two more people to fill in when needed, and alleviate some responsibility. The donuts will be pre-ordered, and paid for. Your only task is to pick them up from Granny’s Donuts (4th & Redondo,) and bring them to church by around 8:30. We currently need a volunteer as early as Sunday, May 6 (next week.) Please contact the church office at 562-433-0401.

Bay Shore Men’s Group – May 12

The Mission of the Bay Shore Men’s Group is to foster camaraderie by a common desire to serve the Lord Jesus Christ through worship, service, and fellowship. At our next meeting, Alan Skidmore will lead the first in a series of six study sessions addressing the theme, Men at Work. The topic of this first discussion is, Who is The Boss? We will be guided by Matthew 20:1-6, “Workers in The Vineyard.”  We will also discuss ideas on how we can best serve God and promote fellowship. All Bay Shore men and guests are invited to join us Saturday, May 12 at 8:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Be part of the Men’s Group’s exciting new direction!

New Members Join – May 13

Are you interested in joining the church? We’ll be taking in new members during worship on Sunday, May 13. The joining ceremony and process are quite simple! Please contact Pastor Susie at if you’d like to join or if you have questions about joining.

Free Movie-Themed Concert – May 13

Invite your mom and/or your friends to a FREE 90-minute movie-themed Mother’s Day Concert that will take place Sunday, May 13, at 5 p.m. The 25-piece brass and percussion players from Southern California Brass Consortium are being hired and presented by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT.) In lieu of an admission charge, Rudd is asking attendees to bring school supplies (i.e. packs of pens, pencils, crayons, markers, notebooks, filler paper, etc.) that will be passed out at area schools in need. General admission tickets are available at Funding for this free concert comes from CAT’s Long Beach Turkey Trot.

COA Serving the Homeless – May 16

We will be serving our monthly meal on May 16 at COA. The meal is Layered Beef Casserole, with pudding cups for dessert. Monetary donations to the Bay Shore Church Hunger Fund are also welcome. Sign-up sheets and the recipe are in the Fellowship Hall, or get the recipe HERE.

Thank you,
Linda Sumpter

Around the Table Re-cap

Remember the spaghetti supper we co-hosted last September as part of the Long Beach city-wide Around the Table event? The event organizers produced a short video highlighting some of the things that came from those conversations and the surveys people filled out.

CLICK HERE to view it.

imagesTuesdays 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

Sunday, April 29 at 11:00 a.m. – All-Church Fundraiser
Sunday, May 6 at 11:00 a.m. – Worship Commission
Saturday, May 12 at 8:00 a.m. – Church Rummage Sale
Saturday, May 12 at 9:30 a.m. – Parish Outreach Commission
Saturday, May 19 at 9:00 a.m. – Community Connection & Growth Commission
Sunday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m. – Christian Education Commission
Sunday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m. – Business Affairs Commission
Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m. – Board of Stewards

Coffee Servers

May 6: Susie Archer
May 13:
May 20:
May 27:
Bob Cash & Mary Hester, Marcia & Larry Foley

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.

Summer Communities of Service 

(United Church of Christ & Alliance of Baptists)

+May 28 – August 8, 2018
+Ages 19 and older
+Housing, Food, Health Insurance & $1,000 Summer Stipend Provided
+National Orientation in New York City
+National De-Briefing Event in Minneapolis, MN

Summer Communities of Service (SCOS) is a leadership program for young adults aged 19 and above in settings of intersection between faith communities and service/justice in local places.  This national network is part of the joint work of the United Church of Christ and the Alliance of Baptists.  Participants live and serve from late May to early August in host congregations around the United States. Summer Communities of Service include:

  • Community Living
    The “intentional Christian community element” makes this program distinct and effective. Interns share a common food allowance, transportation funds and spiritual growth insights. Participants live in community with each other and with their hosts in their temporary city.
  • Leadership Development
    In the UCC and Alliance of Baptists diversity is a big piece of our identity. Both churches uphold socially progressive statements and advocate politically from a faith perspective. Diverse, community-service-integrated ministries show interns, congregations, the wider church and world where this faith-inspired work is happening in our midst. The SCOS experience helps interns develop long-term commitment to engage in this kind of ministry.     
  • Hands-On Justice Advocacy/Service Opportunities
    Grow professionally. Change the World.
  • Faith Conversations
    Grow Personally. Grow Spiritually.


The following people and prayers were lifted up in worship on April 22nd: Carter Lowe, Mark Rasile, Rick Wallace, Jolene Clark, Sandy, John, Butch Lindley, Penny Fevergeon’s daughter, Ray & Jan Ferris, Joyce, Ronnie, Adam, Jennifer, Jeremy, Peggy/Mom, Derrel, Robin, Julie. For Frank Piccarelli’s healing. Prayers for Karen after losing her husband and finding new living quarters. Prayers for healing amongst my family. For Pastor Dave’s tooth. Prayers for God’s love, protection, healing, restored health, comfort, and peace for Olivia. Prayers for my nephew and his wife, for the sudden passing of their 4-year old son, Brock. Protection for Michael as he leaves for boot camp Monday. Prayers for Naomi Rainey-Piersh health. Recovery for Frank Picarelli. Pray for the health of Tracy, Bert, Robin, Sandy, and Ken. Prayers for traveling friends & family. Prayers of comfort for the family of Maria Cochran. Prayers for peace. Prayers for our country and fragile planet. Prayers for a successful week. Thanks to God for our beautiful Earth. Thanks to God for answered prayers, God’s grace, infinite love, and the promise of each new day.

For the souls of: Bob Graham, Bonnie Asher, Scotty Deeds, Carl Halsted. Jeff and Joe Chung, and comfort for their mother, May Roberts.

To add concerns for our Prayer Chain please contact Jane Loper directly at 562-260-5888, email, 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.


Abiding in Love

In the nineteenth century, churches were founded by many immigrant groups from Asian countries. Some of those first churches started in California in cities like San Francisco, Berkeley and San Diego. Most of these came from the congregational stream of our history. As more and more Asian and Pacific Island peoples arrived on our shores, they built additional congregations and filled them with Taiwanese, Samoans, Koreans, Asian Indians, Japanese, Chinese, Marshallese, Kosraean, Pohnpeian and Chuukese. These are the people we celebrate and give God thanks for on this Pacific Islander and Asian American Ministries Sunday.

This ministry became an official entity of the United Church of Christ in 1974, though discussions about organizing such a caucus started years before. As they all gathered to name what were their concerns and articulate a vision for the work they would do, one of their first concerns was identifying and naming issues while devising ways to get to solutions. Over the years, they have focused on leadership development, cultural pride, visibility in the denomination, support and growth opportunities for their youth and young adults. Along with other ministries and organizations of the UCC, they have been a voice against institutional racism and a seeker after justice and reconciliation for all people.

A key and essential group within this ministry is its youth and young adult organization. They develop community by encouraging and modeling pride and affirmation for each cultural identity within the Pacific islander and Asian American cultures. They promote church involvement, spiritual growth, and faith development. Every other year, they gather and learn and celebrate while sharing their diverse music, dances, and hopes; while working together and praying together. This year, they will meet for the first time on the east coast. The 23rd Biennial Convocation will be hosted by the East Region at the Stony Point Center in New York from July 19 – July 22, 2018. There will be workshops and the Holy Spirit is likely to be in attendance.

Our denomination is greater because of such advocacy groups and ministries. They are us and we are more than we might be because of them.

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