Making Decisions at the End of Life
Some years ago, a beloved member of our congregation faced the certainty of a fast-approaching death from cancer. She asked if I would help her speak to her family about her wishes for the end of her life. What followed was a wonderful outpouring of love and support from the people who meant the most to her in the world. She got exactly the death she wanted, in her own home and surrounded by people who, though profoundly sad, were uplifted by the knowledge that she was getting what she wanted in her final days.
Sadly, most of the time, we don’t make end-of-life decisions ahead of time. We have such a phobia when it comes to talking about death, that we rob ourselves of the knowledge we need to help ourselves and those we love when death looms on the horizon. The good news is, you have a chance to get the information you need, and help in making these important decisions.
On June 14, right after worship (11am-1pm), we’ll hear from Dr. Glen Komatsu about medical decision-making. Glen is board-certified in Palliative Care and Hospice. He’ll talk about pain management, quality of life issues, the nature of medical life support, and answer questions you may have about care at home vs. the hospital. A presentation about “Five Wishes” will follow, and each attendee will receive a free copy.
Make a plan now to join us for this special event. Our hope is that this time will be a true gift to you and your family. A pizza lunch will be provided by the Community Connection and Growth Commission, and there is no charge to attend.
June 14 at Bay Shore Church
Worship at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday School and Nursery Care
Rev. Dr. Dave Clark’s Sermon: The Insidious Realm
Instead of comparing the realm of God to a mighty cedar tree, Jesus said it’s more like a
noxious plant that spreads despite the best efforts of those who would try to get rid of it.
Find out how your actions may either help it grow or keep it from growing in your life.
Scripture Lesson: Mark 4:26-34 – Lay Reader: Jon VanderMaarl
Ambassador: Robert Wingfield
Greeters: Lily & Emma Den Hartog
Chancel Choir Anthem: Go Not Far from Me, O God
Worship Attendance: June 7 – 167 Adults and 10 Children
Orientation to Bay Shore
Tuesday June 16 at 6:30p. Are you interested in finding out more about Bay Shore and it’s amazing ministries and opportunities? Meet with Pastor Dave and other church leaders in an informal atmosphere and ask any questions you may have. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
Pub Theology –sign up now!
On Thursday, June 18 at 7:00 pm we will have the first session of Pub Theology with Pastor Dave at Legend’s on 2nd Street. It’s a chance to relax with other church folks for conversation and fellowship. The group will select it’s own topics to discuss. Please email email@example.com if you plan to attend.
Percolating with Pastor Dave
Tuesdays at 4:00 join in for some fellowship time with other church folk as we ruminate about the scripture and themes that will be coming up in Sunday’s sermon. June 9 at Polly’s, June 16 at Babette’s, June 23 at Polly’s, June 30 at Babette’s. Both coffee shops are located on Second Street near Roycroft. Hope to see you there!
BAY SHORE FELLOWSHIP CLUB
Let’s kick off the Summer together & celebrate an early Father’s Day! Come share an evening of fellowship, food and great fun at the home of Tom and Vall Light.
Date: Saturday, June 20th, at 6:00pm: Address: 29030 Clevis Road, Rancho Palos Verdes.
Valllight@cox.net or (310) 831-4500.
Don’t forget your table setting and beverage of choice. Please contact Vall for your food assignment – the earlier the better! We look forward to seeing YOU there!
Youth Summer Fun..Sunday, June 28
Family Bowl at Cal Bowl – Hosted by the Merlo Family – We’ll meet up at the bowling alley after church around 11:30 a.m. for some pizza, a few games, and fellowship. All ages are welcome.Pizza will be paid for (or provided) by the church. Visit www.calbowl.com for current game and shoe prices. Please RSVP to Mona Merlo (MMerlo@lbschools.net) by June 24 if you plan to attend. We want everyone to be able to participate, so if you need financial assistance to attend one of these events, please contact Charlene in the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Serve Dinner at COA
We will be serving our monthly meal at COA on June 17. Recipe is Sloppy Joes with cookies for dessert. Recipes and sign up sheets are in concert hall. Or you can make a donation by writing a check to Bay Shore Church, Hunger Fund.
Bless you all for continuing this ministry. SLOPP Y JOES JUNE
Pilgrim Pines Summer Camp
Registration is open for summer camp at our conference’s camp in the San Bernardino mountains above Yucaipa. Volunteers are also needed to serve as counselors, nurses, craft leaders, etc. CLICK HERE for online registration and all the details.
Saturday, July 25 – Youth Day at Knott’s Berry Farm – Hosted by the Miller Family – This event is for youth entering 5th grade through high school in the fall. Parents are welcome too and may be asked to chaperone if enough kids can go. We’ll meet up at the Knott’s main gate at 10:00 a.m. and be back at the same spot at 6:00 p.m. for pick up after we’ve had our fill of fun rides. Please bring $15-20 for lunch and snacks and purchase your Knott’s ticket online ahead of time for the best deal (www.knotts.com). Please RSVP to Felicity Miller (email@example.com) by July 22 if you plan to attend. We want everyone to be able to participate, so if you need financial assistance to attend one of these events, please contact Charlene in the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Summer Youth Fun…Wednesday, August 12
Pool Party at the Long Beach Yacht Club
Hosted by the Cassiano Family – This event is for youth entering 5th grade through high school in the fall. Join us at the Yacht Club from 5:00-7:00 p.m. for swimming, fun, and food. Please bring $15 to cover admission and dinner. Please RSVP to Cammie Cassiano (email@example.com) by August 9 if you plan to attend. We want everyone to be able to participate, so if you need financial assistance to attend one of these events, please contact Charlene in the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Vacation Bible School – Mon.-Fri., August 17-21
VBS is around the corner! Join us from 9:00-Noon, Monday-Friday, August 17-21 for Bible stories, worship, music, crafts, games, snacks, and tons of fun! This year’s theme is G-Force: God’s Love in Action and we’ll learn all about how God’s Love (the God-Force) fuels and strengthens us to be faithful people who follow Jesus, love our neighbors, and put our faith into action. You won’t want to miss the fun! CLICK HERE to register your child (age 4 through 5th grade). If you are a youth entering 6th grade in the fall and up or an adult who would like to volunteer to help out, please sign up in the Concert Hall or contact one of our VBS co-directors, Kay Burt (email@example.com) or Susie Laubacher (firstname.lastname@example.org). In the meantime, may the G-Force be with you!
Notes & Notices
Lay Reader – Jon VanderMaarl
Jon has resided in Long Beach 8 years and has been a member of Bay Shore Church for 20 plus years. Favorite church involvements Hand Bells and Choir. Jon’s family members are Jennie aka “the little Dutch lady or MOM!” And his 2 furry babies, Gus 13 and Holly 3. Jon is employed by Isuzu North America Corp. as Manager of Corporate Planning and he enjoys baking, singing and TRAVEL!
Coffee Hour Hosts
June 14: Larry and Marcia Foley
June 21: Dixon and Carrie Jo Johnson
June 28: Open
Sermons Available Online
Did you miss a Sunday? Sermons are available online in both print and audio format at: www.bayshorechurch.org/sermons.
Electronic Giving Comes to Bay Shore!
Members and guests now have the opportunity to donate electronically to Bay Shore. On the home page of our website is a button that says “Make a Donation”. Clicking on it takes you to the giving page where you can make a one time or recurring donation using your PayPal account or your credit or debit card. All payments are processed on the PayPal website to ensure safety of your financial information. We will be including a QR code (Quick Response) in our Sunday bulletin that will allow members and guests to scan it with their smart phones, which will take them to the giving page where a donation can be made.
Online Calendar of Events
Visit http://www.bayshorechurch.org/events/ for details on upcoming church events. Hover over and/or click on the event for more details about each event.
Every two years, General Synod brings together thousands of faithful members of the United Church of Christ for formal church witness, inspirational worship, and fellowship with friends (new and old). Long Beach hosted the 2013 General Synod.
In June 2015, thousands from across the country (and abroad) will gather for General Synod 30 in Cleveland, Ohio — the birthplace of the United Church of Christ. Together, we will discern resolutions of witness, church structure, and function. We will stand up for issues that demand a faithful witness. And we will join together in worship each day to lift up the Stillspeaking God.At General Synod 30, we will explore some of the “Unexpected Places” where we hear God’s voice, encounter the Spirit, and find the United Church of Christ lifting up its witness in the world.
Honoring Our Veterans
Only after I married a U.S. Army veteran did I realize the importance of Veteran’s Day. In honor of the veterans at Bay Shore Church, I plan to gather information about your military service and create a booklet. Copies will be available in November 2015 for a Veteran’s Day memento. Here’s how you can help:
1. If YOU are a military veteran and attend Bay Shore Church, please compile basic information about your dates of military service, branch of the military, where you were stationed, honors you received, and any memories you wish to share (500 words or less). If you are not comfortable writing about your military experience, an interview will be scheduled. A photo taken while you were in the service would be appreciated, and will be scanned and returned. Submit this information to the church office.
2. If you would like to assist with this project to follow-up with interview questions, help with graphics, or printing – volunteers are welcome! The forms are available in the church office.
Thanks for your assistance!
Marilee Stefenhagen562-505-0633 or email@example.com
The Prayers of Our Church Community
The following people and prayers have been lifted up during worship this month:
Al-Rikabi Family. Russ Marcus. Mary Ann Narcisse. Doug Green. Bruce Strobridge. The Steelman Family. Mike & Christine. Kevin & Michelle. Scott Hachiya. Thomas Wathen. Derrel Kenzel. Robin McEipney. Noelle Rominger. Ken & Jane Parsons. The Rowan Family. Liam Mingione. The Hanna Family. Carmen Sperry. Dylan. Kathy Frazier. Judy Horiuchi. Martin. Vernette Schlagel. Robert. Richard Moody. Phil Nicholson. Carly Hynes. Charles Jensen. Larry. Bailey. Becky. Brad Morris & Family. Russ Marcus. Doug Green. Mary Ann Narcisee. Larry Luckey & his family. Bob Guyett. Sharon Lee. Harry Stothers. Kathleen Isaac. Ken Leonard. Dave Huber. Rolly. Amy. Dana Blum. Whitney Danielson. Carrie Hayes. Bob & Jean Gage. JoAnn McGowan. Sue Feliz. Susan Quinn. Doug & Dianne Alley.
Souls of: Brad Morrison. Lois Schilling. Nancy’s mother-in-law. Aunt Vi Larimer. Paula and comfort for her husband Keith.
General: Jobs for the jobless. Homes for the homeless. Love, Protection and healing for al of the lost, abandoned, abused, and endangered creatures of earth – teach us to love and care for them. Safe summer travels for our family and everyone. For those to maintain sobriety and for those with disabilities to live independently. Happy 94th birthday…Anne O’Neil. Flood relief in Texas. Safe travels for Pastor Susie and Dave Winter. Blessings for our trip to Europe. Thanks to God for answered prayers, God’s grace, infinite love and the promise of each new day.
To add concerns for our Prayer Chain (a different list from what you see above which is distributed to those who have offered to pray for others throughout the week) please contact Jane Loper directly at 562-431-1943, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. or 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.