FREE SPAGHETTI SUPPER/LONG BEACH BAKE OFF
Please join us for the 2nd annual FREE Community Spaghetti Supper on Saturday, September 29th. There will be two seatings, one at 5:00 p.m. and one at 6:00 p.m. We are partnering with Justin Rudd’s Community Action Team (CAT), Sound House Church, and St. Bart’s Catholic Church. This is an opportunity to connect with your neighbors in a casual, warm atmosphere. A time to make new friends or reconnect with old friends. Please consider bringing cans of tuna, jars of peanut butter, cartons of oatmeal, or cans of soup that will be donated to the AIDS Food Store. This family-friendly event is free with advanced reservations; RSVP to JustinRudd.com/supper.
Save room for dessert, as dinner will be followed by the Long Beach Bake Off! Put your baking skills to the test! The five categories that will be judged include: cakes, pies, cookies, bars/squares, and cupcakes. You may deliver your entries to the church from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Miss Long Beach and Miss Southern California Cities contestants and current titleholders will serve as hostesses. For more information, visit JustinRudd.com/bakeoff.
LUKAS HASLER ORGAN CONCERT
Austrian organist Lukas Hasler, a 22-year-old rising star of the international organ world will be presenting a concert in our sanctuary at 8:00 pm on Friday, October 5th. Mr. Hasler has won the Austrian “Prima la musica” competition for organ twice. The second time, he also won the “Bärenreiter-Special” prize for his interpretation of J. S. Bach. He is gaining recognition for his colourful and passionate musicality. Lukas has performed many organ recitals in Austria, as well as internationally in Germany, France, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States. For 2018, his plans include performances in Los Angeles at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, as well as in Paris and Moscow. There is no admission charge for this concert. A freewill offering will be taken to offset the cost of this concert, as well as provide the ability to offer quality concerts like this in the future. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear this organist play our 47 rank Wicks pipe organ!
CROP HUNGER WALK - OCTOBER 21
This week I received a message from Mary Catherine Hinds, a Church World Service (CWS) staff member, who shared a personal message from her home state of North Carolina:
“I’m fortunate because we can take care of the damage to my home..but there are so many right now who are returning to find total chaos. Even worse, there are people who never left because a tank of gas or a hotel was too expensive. For each of these families, we need to link together to extend the safety net that so many of us already have.”
The Long Beach area CROP Walk raises funds to help folks in need across the country. Through organizations like CWS, families are given much needed emergency relief as well as day-to-day support. Locally, the organizations that are supported through funds raised are: COA, Catholic Charities, We Care of Los Alamitos, Urban Community Outreach, Lutheran Social Services, and Su Casa Family Crisis and Support Center.
If you are available after church on Sunday, October 21st, please consider joining the Bay Shore Team for a 5k walk. Registration begins at 1:15 at Grace First Presbyterian Church on Studebaker Road in Long Beach. If you can’t fit walking into your schedule but would like to be involved, you may donate online or to a member of our team. There is more information in the Fellowship Hall and at www.crophungerwalk.org.
MINISTRIES OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Ministries of Health and Human Service
Jesus’ ministry was filled with instances of him providing healing and relief for people who suffered. Today within the United Church of Christ, social service and social action are seen as integral and complementary forms of ministry. Church-related social services and institutions serve the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual needs of children, youth and families, the aging, the sick, and the developmentally disabled.
Church-related social action and policy formation cover a wide range of contemporary issues which include: urban life, poverty, housing, health care, family life, women’s issues, child care, aging, hospice, racial and ethnic concerns, needs of persons with disabilities, peace, and refugees and immigration. As social services and social action ministries remain faithful to Jesus Christ’s ministry in the world, they will respond to the changing needs and new possibilities among people and within society, working always toward liberation from life’s bondage and reconciliation of the alienated.
Check out these important ministries through the United Church of Christ and how we bring healing and dignity to so many people:
Council for Health and Human Service Ministries
(CHHSM) is a non-profit association of more than 350 UCC-related ministries and programs engaged in primary and acute health care; services to persons with disabilities; children, youth and families; and the aging (continuing care and retirement housing). CHHSM offers a variety of services and products to enhance the ministries of its members and their relationships within the UCC.
UCC Disabilities Ministries
(UCCDM) supports people with all kinds of disabilities, for full participation and inclusion in Christ’s Church. UCCDM calls upon the whole church to recognize and receive the gifts persons with disabilities and provides resources for persons with disabilities, their families, and local congregations.
UCC Faith Community Nurse Network
The UCC Faith Community Nurse Network, formerly the Parish Nurse Network, aims to promote health ministry and parish nursing in congregations and communities, as the visible presence and voice of parish nurses in the United Church of Christ.
UCC HIV and AIDS Network (aka UCAN)
Works with the various settings of the church and society on HIV education and prevention, treatment and care, engages in various forms of advocacy, including public policy, works cooperatively with the United Church of Christ HIV and AIDS Network (UCAN), the area offices of Global Ministries, and with ecumenically and interfaith organizations on HIV and AIDS concerns.
Sexuality Education Ministries
Promotes sexual health through age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education grounded in the values of self worth, responsibility, justice, love and inclusivity. We encourage churches to offer this life-saving and life-affirming education to everyone – children, youth and adults.
UCC Mental Health Network
The United Church of Christ Mental Health Network works to reduce stigma and promote the inclusion of people with mental illnesses/brain disorders and their families in the life, leadership and work of congregations. They provide resources and assistance to for congregations to join the mission of being WISE congregations – Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive, and Engaged in the Mental Health of the community and the wider world.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 AT BAY SHORE
September 30th at Bay Shore Church
– Worship at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School and Nursery Care Available
Welcome Rev. Dave Sigmund, 3 Great Loves Ambassador for the UCC
Today’s Sermon: What the World Needs Now
Children’s Choir Anthem: Seek and You Will Find
Chancel Choir Anthem: The Heavens are Telling from Haydn’s Creation
Greeters: Sandra & Dick Conant
Flowers in the niche are given by Cynthia Day-Elliott in celebration of her granddaughter, Bernice’s 3rd Birthday!
Attendance for Sept. 23: 157 adults, 12 children
UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
A Note from the Moderator
After a summer hiatus, the Board of Stewards will be meeting this evening at 7:00 p.m. We will be getting updates from each of our commissions, the progress made on our stained-glass window project, and a report on the proposal we have received to repair and improve the failing lighting system in our sanctuary. Click HERE for tonight’s agenda. Click HERE for minutes from the June meeting. This is an open meeting and you are welcome to attend.
Our Nominating Committee, lead by our Immediate Past Moderator John Pohorsky, will be meeting shortly to begin the process of nominating individuals to fill vacancies for officers and members of Commissions and Committees. You may recall that members of commissions serve for a two-year term and are eligible for a second two-year term. Committee membership generally extends for a longer period. An individual may not serve on more than one commission at a time but may serve simultaneously on both a commission and a committee.
If you would like to serve on a commission or committee, please let John Pohorsky know—or send a note to the pastors or Wendy (our office manager) expressing your interest. As a congregational church it is extremely important for the congregation to be actively involved in the life and ministry of our church—your participation, thoughts, and involvement matters! And, for those of you who attend Bay Shore but have not become formal members of our church, membership on most of our commissions and committees are open to non-members. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet people and become more deeply involved in the life of Bay Shore Church!
Darlene Gidley, Moderator
Short Stories by Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine
Study for Adults – Begins September 26
Join Marilyn Paull & Phyllis Hart for a seven-session exploration of some of the most popular parables of Jesus. This video-based study features the work of renowned Jewish New Testament scholar, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, and is based on her book of the same title. Classes begin this Wednesday, September 26 and will meet Wednesday evenings, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Marilyn’s home (2534 E. 1st St.) If you plan to attend, but haven’t signed up, please email email@example.com.
Kids’ Night Out – This Friday, September 28
Calling all kids and youth age 4 and up! Join us for pizza and fun in the park this Friday, September 28 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.
A big thank you for all who brought food and stayed to help clean up on Sunday for Katy’s Party. A big thanks also goes to Bob Laubacher for donating the MartineiIis. I’m sure Katy would be pleased that we remembered her in a special way. Katy’s niece and husband were there and brought to tears to see how much she was loved!
Thanks again; as they say it takes a village!
Silvia Barger and Jill Fowler
Fall Sunday School Teachers Still Needed
Our Fall Sunday School classes are underway. Thank you so much to all who have already signed up to teach and are giving of your time and presence to this important ministry!
If you are interested in supporting this vital ministry for our children and youth, we invite you to serve as a teacher. We are still looking for teachers who are willing to sign up for specific Sundays. We provide you with curriculum that is easy to use. The curriculum and sign up sheet are now located on the table in the hallway outside of the downstairs Sunday School classroom. Please contact Pastor Susie at email@example.com if you have questions.
Food For The Flock – October
Proverbs 22:9 “The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.”
There are 3 bins inside the Fellowship Hall for donations to St. Mary’s Food Pantry, COA, and Food Finders. These bins are never empty because of the generosity of our congregation and friends and organizations in our community. We share our blessings often and gratefully. Next month we are participating in the CROP Walk to raise funds for hungry people locally and worldwide.
Thank you for your participation in combating food insecurity in our community by donating to the St. Mary’s Food Pantry tub in the narthex. Suggested food items are things that can be packed into a backpack: protein bars, peanut butter crackers, tuna, Vienna sausages, and healthy snack foods. Please consider shopping for an additional food item to bring to church on Sunday. Do you have small soaps and shampoos from your vacation travels? These are also welcomed.
Long Beach Marathon – October 7
Vespers at 6:00 p.m.
The Jet Blue Long Beach Marathon & Half Marathon will be taking place on Sunday, October 7. Streets throughout Long Beach will be closed to traffic. Therefore, we will NOT be having our Sunday 9:30 am worship service. In lieu of that, we will be holding an evening vespers service at 6:00 pm in the Gabrielson Chapel. October 7 is World Communion Sunday and the service will include communion.
Fall Fun 4 All at Pilgrim Pines – October 5-7
Friday-Sunday, October 5-7 is Fall Fun 4 All Camp at Pilgrim Pines. Individuals, families, folks of all ages are invited to join in the fall fun. You can come up for a whole weekend retreat or just join the fun on Saturday for Apple Pie Day. CLICK HERE more details and registration.
Chefs to the Rescue! – October 9
The Food Finders annual Fall Fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, October 9 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the Long Beach Masonic Lodge, 3610 Locust Avenue in Long Beach, 90807. Food Finders is a multi-regional food bank and food rescue program headquartered in Lakewood. They pick up donated food from hundreds of local grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants and produce markets and distribute it directly to missions, shelters and social service agencies that feed the needy and impoverished. This unique culinary experience features small plates and farm-to-glass cocktails by some of Long Beach’s leading chefs. In keeping with Food Finders’ mission, all dishes will be deliciously created from edible extras or overages! Tickets are only $45 and may be purchased at www.FoodFinders.org. All proceeds benefit Food Finders’ food rescue program.
COA Meal – October 17
We will be serving the less fortunate at COA on October 17, 2018. The recipe this month is Tater Tot Treat with cookies for dessert (3 dozen, 3″ in size). The recipe may be found here or with the sign-ups in the Fellowship Hall. Bay Shore Church has been proudly serving this once a month meal for 20 plus years.
Fellowship Dinner – October 20
Join us for October Fellowship at 6:00 pm on October 20 at the home of Blake and Leslie Groene at 17451 Suffolk Lane in Huntington Beach. Please email Leslie for food assignments at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you at our annual ‘Fall Favorites’ for some fellowship, fun and food!
Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest – October 20
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be the 15th annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest. This contest takes place all along 2nd Street in Belmont Shore. Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team host about 100 adult artists who use the sidewalks of 2nd Street as their canvases. Held in conjunction with the Belmont Shore Art Walk. There will be a total of $1000 in cash prizes. Join in the creativity as an artist, or stroll along and enjoy the artistry. For more information go to JustinRudd.com/chalk.
Save the Date – November 9
Save the date for COA’s annual fall fundraising gala “Waves of Change” Friday, November 9, 6:00 pm at the Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel. There will be dinner, a silent and live auction, speakers, awards, and more!
For more information or to purchase tickets please call COA at 562-432-1440.
Upcoming Church Meetings
Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7:00 p.m. – Board of Stewards
Wednesday, October 3 at 11:00 a.m. – Missions Commission
Saturday, October 13 at 8:00 a.m. – Men’s Group
Sunday, October 21 at 8:30 a.m. – Christian Education Commission
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 5:00 pm.
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 September 23: Nancy & Chuck, Sharon Booth, Julie Earth, Debbie Kurt, Cherie & Megan, Jerry, Landon, Jenice, Theresa, Karen, Julee Morris, Dana Twining, Bob Mann, Danielle Jones, Steve Dodge. For the health of Tracy, Robin, Karen, Ken, Jamie, Charlene, Sandy. For fairness for Judge Kavanaugh. For Tracie’s & Denise’s health. For Darth getting his new job. Bless Carol as she has an operation in October. Please guide my son, Kingsley who relocates to his first professional job in San Francisco. For Austin and Svava through their difficulties. For Ann for improving treating. For Joann for improving eyesight. For Celeste for strength. For Cindy for wisdom. For John for insight. For Craig for courage. For Mary on her 70th magical birthday trip. Blessings to Michael & Christine as they set up their new home. For Ken & Jeanie Redick as they rebuild their home in Wilmington, NC. For comfort & courage for Erin Both, Scott’s sister in law, who is in the final stage of cancer in hospice. For Duane Buccowich for struggles with old age. Prayers of healing for JJ. For Milo, a very sick service dog, and for his family. For Jackie, a rescuer of god’s lost creatures. For John Poysa’s speedy recovery from surgery. Continued prayers for Damien Cooper. For Ten VanderMaarl who has to have a scan for cancer of the lung. Traveling mercies. Prayers for peace. For Wendy Wolters for continued recovery from tumor removal. For Alexa & Brooke Wallace. God’s love, protection and healing for all of the lost, abandoned, abused, & endangered creatures of Earth; teach us to love and care for them. For our country & fragile planet. Thanks to god for answered prayers, God’s grace, infinite love, and the promise of each new day. Prayer of celebration for Pastor Dave’s birthday. Celebrating the birthdays of Jim and Joyce Scott, and their 66th wedding anniversary.God bless the Spaghetti Supper on Saturday. For the family of George Rosenthal who passed away on Thursday. For Janine, Tyler, & Dustin for the sudden loss of Scott, husband & father.
For the souls of: Ted, Bert, Elsie, Arline, Jacque, Dale. Katy Collins who never let losing a leg keep her from laughing, having fun, and making the most of life.
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
Courage for Community
What if we should lose our saltiness? What if we should lose our taste, or our ability to make the world taste good, at least better than it does? In a way, our vision of a Just World for All is also of a world that tastes good, or a world that has not lost its saltiness. Jesus said we should be salt among ourselves and be at peace with one another. There are those in this world who salt it by their presence. Such a one was Juanita Helphrey (“Maaodagabagi Oxhaadish” White Flower).
In 1997, Juanitaand five others were arrested for burning a Wahoo (“Chief” Wahoo is the mascot of the Cleveland Indians baseball team) effigy outside the gates of the World Series. The charges were dropped but she was indefatigable when it came to speaking up for Native American peoples, especially for the people of North Dakota. She herself was a member of the Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara Nation and a member of the National Staff of the United Church of Christ from 1991-2004.
She died in January, 2018 leaving a legacy of commitment and leadership for all of us in the UCC. That legacy began in 1970 when she worked with the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). In 1975 she became the Executive Director for Indian Affairs of North Dakota. After representing North Dakota at the International Women’s Year Event in Houston, she was one of the women chosen to present their resulting resolution to President Carter. She salted us all both in her work and in those she inspired.
After leaving her work with the National Staff she became a licensed minister and the licensed pastor of the Independence Congregational United Church of Christ on the Forth Berthold Reservation. When she finally retired, she stayed there in Fort Berthold with her family–her three boys and grandson, sisters, nieces and nephew and her beloved dogs.
We are all connected one to the other, even with those we’ve never met. Somehow, on this planet, in this universe we are what makes the world what it is. Thank you, O God who has knit us together, thank you for the life of this woman who fought for remembrance and education and inclusion of all people. Her life has added salt to our world.
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