HOLY HUMOR SUNDAY!
How do we continue the excitement and energy in our worship after such a glorious and meaningful Lent and Easter season? We top off the festivities by celebrating Holy Humor Sunday. It’s going to be a “can’t miss” worship service filled with a lot of fun, laughter and surprises. Churches of all sizes and denominations incorporate this fun day of celebration into their yearly calendar and it quickly becomes one of the most anticipated days of the church year.
The custom of celebrating this Sunday began by the Greeks in the early centuries of Christianity. The custom was rooted in the musings of early church theologians (like Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and John Chrysostom) that God played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead. “Risus paschalis – the Easter laugh,” the early theologians called it.
As always, we will have times for more serious reflection and prayer during the service, but the idea is to remember that God delights in our enjoyment of the goodness of life and all the wonderful gifts God brings. As Springsteen says, “It ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive.”
SUNDAY, APRIL 8 AT BAY SHORE
April 8th at Bay Shore Church
– Worship at 9:30 a.m.
Holy Humor Sunday
Sunday School and Nursery Care
The Rev. Dr. David Clark’s Sermon: “My Father’s Big Fat Elvis Wedding”
You don’t want to miss one of Pastor Dave’s most memorable sermons. A hilarious and poignant true story will remind us of how scripture teaches us that every situation can be redeemed. The life of discipleship involves looking for life’s treasure in the most unlikely places.
Chancel Choir Anthem: With a Voice of Singing
Solo: Get Happy
Aubrey Hawkinson, Alto
Scripture Lesson: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Lay Reader: Scott Botma
Greeters: Sandra & Dick Conant
Flowers in the niche are given by Marlene Jones for George’s Birthday. Happy Birthday, George!
Worship Attendance for April 1 at 9:00: 244 adults, 22 children
Worship Attendance for April 1 at 10:30: 207 adults, 21 children
A Story of Hope: Red Cross Blood Drive – April 8
Donors are still needed for our upcoming Blood Drive!
A blood donation can forever change the lives of patients in need like siblings Josi and Justin Sharp. Josi and Justin were both born with congenital heart defects. Justin had open heart surgery when he was 4 days old. Josi, now 10 years old, has undergone heart surgery 3 times. They both depended on blood transfusions during each surgery.
“I hadn’t thought about the need for blood before my kids needed it,” said Kari Sharp, their mother. “I would ask everyone to think about the other kids, adults and families who are depending on donors right now. You are truly changing lives when you give.”
Josi and Justin are doing well today. By setting aside about an hour to give blood, donors help make it possible for others like Jose and Justin to create special memories of their own.
Their brother, Jeremy expressed his gratitude to the blood donors in a hand-written note which reads: “Your gift of blood has saved my brother’s and sister’s lives. Without your donation, who would I build Legos with? Thank you.”
Bay Shore Church will be holding a Red Cross Blood Drive on Sunday, April 8 from 8-2 at our Youth Center. To schedule your life-saving appointment, please call the church office at 562-433-0401 or register online at www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: BayShoreCC. You can streamline your waiting time on the day of the blood drive by visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions. Register today!
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
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.
Chili Cook-Off & Hoedown Fundraiser – April 29
The Chili Cook-Off & Hoedown is right ’round the ol’ corral! We have a fun way for you to participate at our upcoming Hoedown fundraiser…join the Chili Cook-Off! So get out that ol’ family secret recipe, and sign up on the table in the Fellowship Hall.
Calling all pie bakers! We also need pies for dessert at our Hoedown. If you like to bake or would like to donate a pie to share, you may also sign up at the table in the Fellowship Hall.
The raffle is in need of a few good prizes. Do you have somethin’ y’all would like to donate? Please muster up a call to the head cowgirl, Diane Donaldson, an’ let her know, 562-243-7682.
See y’all at the Hoedown….Yippee Yahooey!!
Fellowship Dinner – May 5
The April Fellowship Dinner has been cancelled.
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!
Spring Rummage Sale – May 12
If you are already working on cleaning out your closets for our rummage sale fundraiser, thank you!
Many people have asked if the church will have a holding room for these items to be stored until the rummage sale. Unfortunately, the church cannot accompany everyone’s donations. The committee will have a drop off day determined and published closer to the date.
ANNOUNCEMENTS & MORE
Volunteers are needed to help make large paper flowers for our upcoming Chili Cook-Off/Hoedown fundraiser. We’ll be meeting in the Fellowship Hall on Tuesday, April 10 from 10:00-2:00. Coffee will be provided, but you may want to bring a sandwich or snack. Please bring your own scissors in case we don’t have enough! Feel free to call or text Diane Donaldson at 562-243-7682 with any questions.
Operation Easter Basket a Success!
For the 14th year, Operation Easter Basket provided essentials-filled Easter Baskets to area groups who serve low- and no-income youth. The Operation takes place annually in the Fellowship Hall at Bay Shore Church. More than 300 volunteers from the community came by in shifts during the 19-hour Operation to prepare 3,138 baskets – well above this year’s goal of 2,900. The completed baskets were picked up by 32 area agencies, churches, schools and hospitals on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Groups getting the most baskets included the Long Beach Rescue Mission, Christian Outreach in Action (COA,) and Boys & Girls Clubs – taking 568, 501 and 250 baskets, respectively. Each basket averaged about $25 and included socks, art/school supplies, toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, full-size body wash and shampoo, full-size candy bars and some toys. In addition, the teen baskets included razors and shaving cream and feminine hygiene products. The Operation is hosted annually by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT.) MORE: JustinRudd.com/easter
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 our church home. This month’s kudos were extended to:
- Traci Reitz and all the members of the Worship Commission for the inspirational Sanctuary décor throughout the Lenten season. Special praise for the Palm Sunday Cross displayed in front of our church. (Pastor Susie had a big part in this too!)
- Rob Williams’ assistance in the creation of the labyrinth in the Gabrielson Chapel during Lent.
- Sole Vannucci, Samara Vannucci, Gia Satariano, and Alexandra Liechty for serving as acolytes during Lent.
- The magnificent readers participating in the Sermon on the Mount: Silvia Barger, John Brunner, Jay Dysart, Lucas Dysart, Jeannie Skidmore, and Carol Walsh.
- Jen Hayter, Linda Sumpter, and all the members of the Parish Outreach Commission for the very lovely reception following the funeral of Bob Bailey.
- The Bell Quintet for their beautiful musical contribution to the Bob Bailey Memorial Service.
- Matt Norton for his continued legal expertise in recouping losses incurred with the contractor selected for the Sanctuary Lighting Project.
- Jeff Gidley for his efforts in ensuring that the kitchen ovens would be fully operational for the Parish Outreach Baked Potato Potluck.
- Cassie Berrisford and Ron Hoppel for their assistance in resolving health insurance issues.
Your Board of Stewards
Candy is Dandy!
Do you have extra Easter candy laying around, just calling out your name? If you’re finding it too tempting to avoid, but don’t want to waste it by throwing it away, feel free to drop it off in the church office. Our candy basket is always in need of some sweet treats for us to share with anyone who stops by to visit us!
Interested in Bible Studies?
We’d love to help start some new lay-led study groups in homes or at church. Are you interested in participating in a small group like this? Might you be interested in leading or hosting a group like this? Groups would decide for themselves when and where they meet and what they study. The pastors are happy to help you find study materials to get you started if that would be helpful. If you are interested in being a part of this, please contact Pastor Susie at email@example.com.
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
Sunday April 8 at 11:00 a.m. – Missions Commission
Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 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. – Worship Commission
Sunday, April 22 at 11:00 a.m. – Business Affairs Commission
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 1st: Peggy Hamlin, Derrel Kenzel, William Weaver, Jennifer, Adam, Ronnie, Joyce, Joel & Jeannine Benson, Sharon Rogers, Robert Wingfield, Bill & Mary Lou Nicolai, Susan Felix, Jean Remley, Andrew Hahn, Karl Johnson, Barbara Smith, Lluvia, Aunt Lulu, healing for Frank Picarelli, healing prayers for Mom’s shoulder, for the Lord’s blessings to all on Easter, for love to all in the world, a prayer of thanks for mending hearts and healing spirits.
For the souls of Frank & Viola Chouler, and Grace & Glenn Smith.
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
Marks of Faith
We all want success, however we define that. For some of us, it’s money or freedom from anxiety about money. We’d like the future secured and full of hope, and that hope is secured by a big lottery win or a long lost rich relative. How do you define “success?” When you imagine your own personal success does that translate into how you imagine the success of institutions you care about? How do we know, for example, if a church is “successful?” It might be that you would think a successful church is a church with many members and full pews on Sunday, or a church without financial concerns, or a church with a large youth group. Size and security may seem good factors to describe success but if we look at the Gospels, we will find that success is defined in a different way.
In John’s Gospel, the disciple named Thomas wants to see Jesus and put his hands in the holes made in the body of Jesus by the soldiers of Rome. For Thomas, the marks of faith are wounds. These are not the usual marks associated with success. They are the wounds delivered by a system that killed a man that it could not contain, a man who represented a world view so unlike theirs he was a threat.
How do we know if the church of Jesus Christ is “successful?” By what rubrics will we define that? How will we recognize our wounds as marks of a faithful people?
The United Church of Christ has a poster many churches hang over its doorways — it says:
BE THE CHURCH – Protect the environment. Care for the poor. Forgive often. Reject racism. Fight for the powerless. Share earthly and spiritual resources. Embrace diversity. Love God. Enjoy this life. Nothing in these ways of “Being Church” are the usual markers for success.
They may or may not be predicative of a filled sanctuary or an abundant pledge drive, but they do reflect the way in which Jesus was himself faithful to the world he served and still serves.
There is an old joke that goes like this: Question asked of a New York city taxicab driver, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” Answer, “Practice.” We could ask our churches, “How do you get to be a successful and faithful church?” Answer, “Do what Jesus did.” If you are lucky, you will bear the marks of a faithful life. And people will come for miles to see that that what you have done is true and those marks are real. Jesus would probably tell us to stop worrying about the future, just “be the church” he might say. “Be the church, so that you might have life in my name.”
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