BCUCC News for Sunday, May 19, 2019

News and Upcoming Events

·         Sunday, May 19: Worship at 10am.  Theme: “God is Still Speaking”. Scripture: Acts 11:1-18. 

·         Sunday, May 19: Congregational Meeting after worship to vote on whether to join other UCC churches in a resolution of witness supporting HR763, the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.  This resolution will be presented for voting to both the Southern California Nevada Conference UCC and the UCC General Synod (National).  For info about this bill, see https://energyinnovationact.org/how-it-works/

·         Sunday, May 19:  ‘FAST WITH A MUSLIM” IFTAR     Our friends at the Anaheim mosque — the Islamic Institute of Orange County — have invited us to join them in a meal to break the Ramadan fast (Iftar) on Sunday, May 19. Those who attended last year remember a rich evening of interfaith fellowship! The event begins at 6:45pm, and will include a brief intro to Ramadan, a sunset prayer, and a wonderful meal to break the day’s fast.  The event is now full.  Carpools will be arranged from the BCUCC lot.  

·         Tuesday, May 21: Church Council meets at 7pm in the Joshua Tree room.

·         Wednesday, May 22: 10am, Recycling Tour at Republic Recycling Facility, 1131 N. Blue Gum St. Meet at the church at 9:40am for carpool. Only 3 parking spaces for visitors, so carpooling is a must! Sign up on Kiosk, or email Sharon Bolle atjsbolle@pacbell.net   Note: This event may be full!

·         Tuesday, May 14: BCUCC Lunch Bunch meets at 11:45am, at Coco’s on Imperial near State College Ave.  All are welcome to this informal fellowship gathering.  RSVP to Pastor Terry so we can save you a spot.

·         Friday and Saturday, June 7-8: UCC Annual Gathering of the Southern California Nevada Conference at Chapman University in Orange.  Join us for workshops on spirituality, activism, effective church leadership and more.  Make connections with other progressive Christians throughout our region. Delegate registration is paid by the church. Register at: https://scncucc.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/209440 

·         Pilgrim Pines Summer Camp is taking registrations now. Weeklong camps for children grades 1-12 run from July 7 to August 3.  (Special adult/child (ages 3-7) camp July 7-10.)  See pilgrimpinescamp.org/summer-camp/ for complete information.

·         June 22: OC Pride Parade and celebration.  A number of UCC churches will be marching together.  Join the Parade and celebrate inclusive welcome with us!

News

·         Check out the new mural on the preschool patio!  Preschool director Michelle Serna invited the Love Brea program to create something beautiful, and they did.  We are grateful for the generosity of the artists who designed and painted it, including Michelle!  

·         Last Sunday we were delighted to meet Lyanna Freya Norman, born April 13.  Congratulations to Kim, John, little John and Paul on the new addition to your family.  Thanks for bringing her to church.

·         The most important thing you can do to fight climate change:  Talk about it. Governments and individuals will take action when enough people insist on it.  Climate Scientist and Evangelical Christian Katherine Hayhoe spoke to the Creation Justice Churches last week, showing us that people imagine climate change won’t affect them.  We know better.  Spread the word.  We owe it to our children, to those already displaced and impoverished by climate, and to the planet.  Her TED talk is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BvcToPZCLI&frags=pl%2Cwn, and the one-hour webinar is at: https://youtu.be/g7YscULEYcQ.

Ongoing

·         Tai Chi Thursdays at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary. Check with Karen Hill which Thursdays. Next dates:  May 23rd and 30th.

·         Bible Study is on Thursdays at 2-3pm.  Join us in the pastor’s office; you are always welcome.  Ring the bell at the gate on Flower Street.  We are studying the Book of Jeremiah.  Lively discussion about what scripture means to us today. No homework! 

•    The BCUCC Theological Book Club will be reading, Finally Comes the Poet—Daring Speech for Proclamation, by Walter Brueggemann.  Brueggemann tells us that the Christian gospel can be too often preached with excessive certitude which can reduce it to coercive, debilitating pietism that can mask the text’s meaning.  He proposes an alternative voice that is artistic, poetic, and dramatic.  Come join the discussion.  We’ll meet Wednesday, May 29th, at 7pm to discuss Chapters 1 & 2, and again on June 26th to discuss Chapters 3 & 4.  We’ll meet the the Hill household.  Please call or email at 714-693-0261 or jandkhill@mac.com for directions.

News from our Pastor Search Committee

Since our last report, the Pastor Search Committee has met several times

and had two video interviews with potential candidates. We had two

more interviews set up for next week; however, one of those candidates

had to withdraw due to health reasons. We remain optimistic with the

quality of candidates submitting their profiles. Thank you for your

continued prayers and support.

BCUCC News for Sunday, May 12, 2019

News and Upcoming Events

·         Sunday, May 12: Worship at 10am.  Theme: “Faith in Action”. Scripture: Acts 9:36-42. Open Choir rehearsal at 9am—no previous practice necessary!

·         Tuesday, May 14: BCUCC Lunch Bunch meets at 11:45am, at Coco’s on Imperial near State College Ave.  All are welcome to this informal fellowship gathering.  RSVP to Pastor Terry so we can save you a spot.

·         Bible Study is beginning the Book of Jeremiah, Thurs May 16, 2-3pm.  What a great time to join in!  No homework; all perspectives and questions welcome.

·         Sunday, May 19: Brief Congregational Meeting after worship to vote on whether to join other UCC churches in a resolution of witness supporting HR763.  For info about this bill, see https://energyinnovationact.org/how-it-works


·         Sunday, May 19: ‘FAST WITH A MUSLIM” IFTAR     Our friends at the Anaheim mosque — the Islamic Institute of Orange County — have invited us to join them in a meal to break the Ramadan fast (Iftar) on Sunday, May 19. Those who attended last year remember a rich evening of interfaith fellowship! The event begins at 6:45pm, and will include a brief intro to Ramadan, a sunset prayer, and a wonderful meal to break the day’s fast. By the way, fasting for the day, or even part of the day, is completely voluntary. Please RSVP by May 15th to outreach@iioc.com. Carpools will be arranged from the BCUCC lot.  

·         Wednesday, May 22: 10am, Recycling Tour at Republic Recycling Facility, 1131 N. Blue Gum St. Meet at the church at 9:40am for carpool. Only 3 parking spaces for visitors, so carpooling is a must! Sign up on Kiosk, or email Sharon Bolle atjsbolle@pacbell.net 

·         Friday and Saturday, June 7-8: UCC Annual Gathering of the Southern California Nevada Conference at Chapman University in Orange.  Join us for workshops on spirituality, activism, effective church leadership and more.  Make connections with other progressive Christians throughout our region.

·         Pilgrim Pines Summer Camp is taking registrations now. Week-long camps for children grades 1-12 run from July 7 to August 3.  (Special adult/child (ages 3-7) camp July 7-10.)  See pilgrimpinescamp.org/summer-camp/for complete information.

·         June 22: OC Pride Parade and celebration.  Join the Parade and have fun with us!

News

·         The Interfaith Shelter Network that our church was a part of has closed because of lack of funding and too few participating churches.  This ministry has been a deeply meaningful opportunity for learning and service for many of us.  As we mourn this loss, we will be in discernment about other options for serving the homeless.  Our friend Shelley Lipscombe, who was on-site staff for ISN, is safely settled with housing and part-time employment.  We are grateful to have given food, shelter and friendship to shelter guests for so many years.  Our deep appreciation goes to Ann Marshall and the other volunteer coordinators who made this ministry possible.  Please feel free to pray and to share your thoughts with the Council as we move forward into God’s future with this important ministry.

·         Mike Flynn, husband of Lauren Stearns, was hit by a car and seriously injured.  He is in a lot of pain and faces a long recovery.  Please keep the family in your prayers; notes of encouragement and love are also appropriate.

·         On Tuesday, May 14th, People for Housing OC are co-hosting an information and discussion forum with California YIMBY at the Brea Civic Center, 6:30-8:30 pm on the bold changes needed to address the housing crisis.  We’ve priced out a generation from housing in California; more people than ever are impacted by housing instability. What will it take to fix it?  They’ll break down the realities and discuss bold solutions.

·         Claremont School of Theology will begin its move from Claremont, CA to Salem, Oregon in the 2019-20 school year.  It is formally affiliating with Willamette University in order to be economically sustainable.  Andy Schwartz, Executive Director of the Process Center will relocate this fall.  Most in-person offerings will be in Oregon by the 2020-21 school year.  If you want to immerse yourself in Process Theology here in SoCal, take advantage of three week-long courses being held in Claremont this June 3-7.  See for more information: https://ctr4process.org/event/process-theology-summer-institute-2/.

Ongoing

·         Tai Chi Thursdays at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary. Check with Karen Hill which Thursdays. Next dates:  May 23rd and 30th.

•     The BCUCC Theological Book Club will be reading Making a Way Out of No Wayby Monica A. Coleman. Coleman articulates the African American expression of “making a way out of no way” in today’s context of globalization, religious pluralism, and sexual diversity.  Drawing on womanist religious scholarship and process thought, Coleman describes the symbiotic relationship between God and humanity that helps to change the world into the just society it ought to be.  Come join the discussion on Wednesday, May 15 at 7pm at the Hill household.  Please email or phone Jim or Karen for directions at jandkhill@mac.com or 714-693-0261.  See you then!

We feel small and weak, but we are gathered together to signify the power of God

who transforms death into life. That is our hope, that God is doing the impossible:

changing death to life inside of each of us, and that perhaps, through our community,

 each one of us can be agents in the world of this transformation

of brokenness into wholeness, and of death into life.

-Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche

BCUCC News for Sunday, May 5, 2019

News and Upcoming Events

·         Saturday, May 4, 6-9pmMay the 4th Dinner and movie showing! Bring your light sabers! Dinner at 6pm, movie begins at 7pm. Please RSVP with Bryan Wake at kawaipono@gmail.com by Friday night, at the latest, for headcount. 

·         Sunday, May 5: Worship at 10 am.  Theme: “Counting Our Blessings”. Scripture: John 21:1-14 

·         Sunday, May 5:  First Food Sunday.  Every first Sunday we bring nonperishable food for A.C.T. food shelf in Brea.  Cinco De Mayo Potluck!  Bring your favorite Mexican dish or something colorful to shareand Q & A on HR763, “Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.”

·         Bible Study is in transition— it’s a great time to join us!  No meeting this week.Thursday May 9, we will meet for lunch at 12:30 at D’Vine restaurant, 132 W. Commonwealth, Fullerton.  (Park at the train station lot.) On Thurs. May 16 2-3pm, we will begin the book of Jeremiah.  No homework; all perspectives and questions welcome.

·         Tuesday May 14: BCUCC Lunch Bunch meets at 11:45am, at Coco’s on Imperial near State College Ave.  All are welcome to this informal fellowship gathering.  RSVP to Pastor Terry so we can save you a spot.

·         Sunday, May 19: Brief Congregational Meeting after worship to vote on whether to join other UCC churches in a resolution of witness supporting HR763.  For info about this bill, see https://energyinnovationact.org/how-it-works/

·         Wednesday May 22, 10am: Recycling Tour at Republic Recycling Facility, 1131 N. Blue Gum St. Meet at the church at 9:40am for carpool. Only 3 parking spaces for visitors, so carpooling is a must! Sign up on Kiosk, or email Sharon Bolle atjsbolle@pacbell.net .

·         Friday and Saturday, June 7-8: UCC Annual Gathering of the Southern California Nevada Conference at Chapman University in Orange.  Shannon Clay is a voting delegate for our church; would you like to be our second delegate?  Join us for workshops on spirituality, activism, effective church leadership and more.  Make connections with other progressive Christians throughout our region.

·         Pilgrim Pines Summer Camp is taking registrations now. Weeklong camps for children grades 1-12 run from July 7 to August 3.  (Special adult/child (ages 3-7) camp July 7-10.)  See pilgrimpinescamp.org/summer-camp/for complete information.

Save the Dates- Let Pastor Terry know if you are interested in coordinating a BCC team!

·          June 1: AIDS Walk OC

·          June 22: OC Pride march and celebration

Ongoing

·         Tai Chi Thursdays at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary. Check with Karen Hill which Thursdays. Next dates:  May 23rd and 30th.

•     The BCUCC Theological Book Club will be reading, Making a Way Out of No Wayby Monica A. Coleman. Coleman articulates the African American expression of “making a way out of no way” in today’s context of globalization, religious pluralism, and sexual diversity.  Drawing on womanist religious scholarship and process thought, Coleman describes the symbiotic relationship between God and humanity that helps to change the world into the just society it ought to be.  Come join the discussion on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hill household.  Please email or phone Jim or Karen for directions at jandkhill@mac.com or 714-693-0261.  See you then.

·         No choir practice in the coming weeks. Will resume on May 16thbut will sing on May 12th.  Come rehearse on Sunday morning at 9am on May 12th!

·         Videos of sermons (and often anthems) can be found on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/56642580963/videos/.  Print versions of sermons are at: https://justshine1.blogspot.com