BCUCC News for Sunday, May 13, 2018

News and Upcoming Events

  • Sunday May 13:  Mother’s Day. Scripture: Mark 3:20-35. Theme: “Love Makes a Family”
  • Tuesday May 15: Church Council meets at 7pm in the Joshua Tree room.
  • May 19-June 8: We cook Interfaith Shelter Network dinner. (The ISN will be hosted in our hall through June 30).  Sign up to help with dinner prep, breakfast/lunch supplies, or toiletries/shower supplies, or monetary support.  Talk to Ann Marshall or Sharon Everley.

  • Sunday May 20: Pentecost Sunday.  Scripture: Romans 8:22-25, Mark 4:26-34.  Theme: Seeds and Weeds.
  • Registration is open for UCC Annual Gathering June 1-2 at Chapman University. Learn, worship and have fun with people from UCC churches throughout SoCal and Nevada. You can register here: https://scncucc.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/128402
  • Sunday June 3 after church:  “Claiming Our Church’s Future” – The third and last Transition Team event.  Learn how changing demographics and church size dynamics affect our church and how we can respond faithfully for the future.
  • New church directories are available.  Email uccbrea@gmail.com for a PDF version, or stop by the church office to get a copy.
  • The Church Council has voted to begin a Media Lending Library.  You are invited to donate books, DVDs, and CD’s that you think others might be interested in.  The materials will go on the shelves in the hallway by the kitchen.  Thank you for your participation!

Ongoing

  • The BCUCC Theological Book Club will be reading Catherine Keller’s book, On the Mystery: Discerning Divinity in Process.  The author offers this brief and unconventional introduction to theological thinking.  She takes up theology itself as a quest for religious authenticity.  Come join us.  We have a great time processing our thoughts together.  We will meet at 7:00p.m. on May 23rd to discuss Chapters 4 and 5, and again on June 6th to finish with Chapters 6-8.  We meet at the Hill household.  Please call or email for directions at 714-693-0261 or jandkhill@mac.com.

 

  • Bible Study is Thursdays 9:15-10:15am in the church office.  Topic is 1-2 Samuel.  All are welcome, to discover the intersection of sacred story and modern life with an open mind.
  • Tai Chi will be every Thursday in May except the last, May 31st.  There will be no June meetings.
  • Choir practice on Thursdays at 7:30pm in the music room. We love newcomers! Give us a try.

 

 

            About A.C.T.

 

The A.C.T. (Active Christians Today) Office, at St. Angela Church on Walnut Street, was established in 1972 to help those in need. They are a food pantry, and can sometimes help with utility bills. They are open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 to 1:00.  Maria Fulton is the coordinator.

Members, Nancy Roeder and Janine Arp, are frequently found helping to assemble shopping bags of food at A.C.T. Janine and Dennis Arp take our First Food Sunday donations there.

A.C.T. provides bread, bakery, and grocery items, as well as government commodities, to needy families, the homeless, and hungry.  Those commodities usually come as attractively packaged canned food, peanut butter, pasta, milk, and other staples.

Some foods are not available in bulk, or there are special needs.  These are the foods we are asked to buy in the monthly reminders that Janine provides to us on Facebook, and in our News. They also accept cash!

A.C.T. provides referrals for dental, medical, and legal assistance, while maintaining a cooperative relationship with Brea Community Emergency Council.

A.C.T. welcomes volunteers to help with food stocking, packing, and sorting.  This could be a summer activity for high school age youth!  If you want to help out, stop by or call Maria at 714-529-1821 x 142.

Creation Care Tip: Drive less.  It’s that simple.  Maybe you can combine errands.

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BCUCC News for Sunday, May 6, 2018

News and Upcoming Events

  • Sunday May 6: First Food Sunday- Bring food to worship for A.C.T. food shelf serving Brea residents in need. Most wanted: cooking oil, pancake mix, syrup, jams and jellies.  Any questions?  Nancy Roeder and Janine Arp can probably answer them!
  • Sunday, May 6: Communion Sunday. The Rev. Michael Lewis preaching! Scripture: Genesis 50:22-26 and Exodus 13:17-22.
  • What We Value at BCUCC: Thanks to everyone who participated in our discussion last week!  You will find our input on the posters in the Hall.  And if you didn’t get a chance to participate, it’s not too late!  Get questions and postits in the hall and fill out this Sunday…
  • Bible study is taking a break May 10 and will meet again Thurs. May 17, 9:15 am.
  • New church directories are available. Email uccbrea@gmail.com for a PDF version, or stop by the church office to get a copy.
  • Sunday May 13: Mother’s Day. Scripture: Mark 3:20-35. Theme: “Love Makes a Family”
  • Registration is open for UCC Annual Gathering June 1-2 at Chapman University. Learn, worship and have fun with people from UCC churches throughout SoCal and Nevada. You can register here: https://scncucc.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/128402
  • May 19-June 8: We cook Interfaith Shelter Network dinner. (The ISN will be hosted in our hall through June 30). Sign up to help with dinner prep, breakfast/lunch supplies, or toiletries/shower supplies, or monetary support.  Talk to Ann Marshall or Sharon Everley. 
  • Sunday June 3, after church. “Claiming Our Church’s Future” – The third and last Transition Team event.  Learn how changing demographics and church size dynamics affect our church and how we can respond faithfully for the future.
  • The Church Council has voted to begin a Media Lending Library.  You are invited to donate books, DVDs, and CD’s that you think others might be interested in.  The materials will go on the shelves in the hallway by the kitchen.  Thank you for your participation!

Ongoing

  • The BCUCC Theological Book Clubwill be reading Catherine Keller’s book, On the Mystery: Discerning Divinity in Process.  The author offers this brief and unconventional introduction to theological thinking.  She takes up theology itself as a quest for religious authenticity.  Come join us.  We have a great time processing our thoughts together.  We will meet at 7:00p.m. on Wednesday, May 9th to discuss Chapters 1-3, May 23rd to discuss Chapters 4 and 5, and again on June 6th to finish with Chapters 6-8.  We meet at the Hill household.  Please call or email for directions at 714-693-0261 or jandkhill@mac.com.

 

  • Bible Study is Thursdays 9:15-10:15am in the church office. Topic is 1-2 Samuel.  All are welcome, to discover the intersection of sacred story and modern life with an open mind.
  • Tai Chi will be every Thursday in May except the last, May 31st.  There will be no June meetings.
  • Choir practice on Thursdays at 7:30pm in the music room. We love newcomers! Give us a try.

 

“Panmunjom Declaration”: the beginning of

a new history of reconciliation and peace (excerpts)

Statement by the National Council of Churches in Korea, April 27, 2018

 

…Having recognized the absurdity and pain brought forth by separation, for more than 50 years the NCCK has worked for the reconciliation and peace of Korea while praying without ceasing. Therefore, the NCCK welcomes the historical Declaration pronounced by the two Korean leaders at the Panmunjom Peace House on April 27, and we show a great respect to the two leaders who eventually worked out the Declaration….

The NCCK hopes that the agreements are thoroughly enforced to ensure the end of the 70-year-old separation and conflict, and in their stead to bring long-lasting peace in the Korean peninsula. Furthermore, we hope that through the North Korea-US Summit next month, there will be permanent peace in the peninsula and we ask that all countries, civil societies, and churches actively cooperate.

Creation Care Tip:  This one’s for the techies!  Shut down hidden power hogs. Buy or borrow a “kill-a-watt” meter to see which devices around your home are using electricity when “off” but still plugged in. (Great project for kids.) All kinds of gadgets allow you to turn off outlet power remotely, as well as turn lights and devices on and off around your whole house from your phone or a central remote.  Tech heaven!

BCUCC News for Sunday, April 29, 2018

News and Upcoming Events

  • Sunday April 29, after church: What We Value.  Potluck (yes, they’re off sequence from First Sundays for now) with activities and table discussions to clarify what we value at BCUCC and in pastoral leadership, led by the Transition Team.

  • The Church Council has voted to begin a Media Lending Library.  You are invited to donate books, DVDs, and CD’s that you think others might be interested in.  The materials will go on the shelves in the hallway by the kitchen.  Thank you for your participation!
  • Monday April 30, 7:30: Candlelight Taizé Service of song, prayer and silence in the Hall.  Led by Karen Hill and others.
  • Sunday, May 6: Rev. Michael Lewis preaching. First Food Sunday- Bring food for A.C.T.
  • THANK YOU to all who helped set up the Citizens Climate Lobby Candidate Forum.  And to those who attended, and invited friends and neighbors.  The event was a powerful way to advocate for our value of Creation Justice, and to create more informed citizens.
  • Registration is open for UCC Annual Gathering June 1-2 at Chapman University. Learn, worship and have fun with people from UCC churches throughout SoCal and Nevada. You can register here: https://scncucc.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/128402
  • May 19-June 8: We supply Interfaith Shelter Network food. (The ISN will be hosted in our hall through June 30).  Sign up to help with dinner prep, breakfast/lunch supplies, or toiletries/shower supplies.  Talk to Ann Marshall or Sharon Everley.

Ongoing

  • The BCUCC Theological Book Club will be reading Catherine Keller’s book, On the Mystery: Discerning Divinity in Process.  The author offers this brief and unconventional introduction to theological thinking.  She takes up theology itself as a quest for religious authenticity.  Come join us.  We have a great time processing our thoughts together.  We will meet at 7:00p.m. on Wednesday, May 9th to discuss Chapters 1-3, May 23rd to discuss Chapters 4 and 5, and again on June 6th to finish with Chapters 6-8.  We meet at the Hill household.  Please call or email for directions at 714-693-0261 or jandkhill@mac.com.

 

  • Bible Study is Thursdays 9:15-10:15am in the church office.  Topic is 1-2 Samuel.  All are welcome, to discover the intersection of sacred story and modern life with an open mind.
  • Tai Chi will be every Thursday in May except the last, May 31st.  There will be no June meetings.
  • Choir practice on Thursdays at 7:30pm in the music room. We love newcomers! Give us a try.

California pastor joins lawsuit against city’s anti-sanctuary ordinance

(Excerpt from UCC News)

            A California UCC pastor, supported by his congregation, has joined the American Civil Liberties Union in a lawsuit against the city of Los Alamitos for trying to exempt itself from the state’s Sanctuary law.

            The move follows a decision Monday evening by the Los Alamitos City Council, which passed a precedent-setting ordinance on April 16, that relieves the city from following the California Values Act, which limits local police cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “The atmosphere the city wants to create goes against what we stand for as a church, and what I stand for as a pastor,” Pullen said. “We have a lawsuit we think we can win. In just a short period of time, progressive voices have come out of the woodwork. Our church has been the hub of that grassroots coalition.” The lawsuit contends the Los Alamitos anti-sanctuary ordinance is unlawful, wastes taxpayer money and threatens the safety and well-being of the city’s residents.

            “The Southern California Nevada Conference supports the right of immigrants as a faith mandate, officially declaring itself a Sanctuary Conference in 2017. Community Congregational, UCC, Los Alamitos has become one of the Conference torchbearers in ensuring the rights of immigrants. In doing so, they have decided to be prophetic at a time when their city leadership has decided to turn their backs against the marginalized and oppressed,” said the Rev. Felix C. Villanueva, conference minister of the United Church of Christ in Southern California and Nevada. “In taking such a brave stance, Community Congregational, UCC is paving the way for other congregations in this Conference to oppose similar actions now on the docket of nearby cities and ensuring that our churches are places where everyone is welcome!”



Creation Care Tip:  Clean your refrigerator coils at least annually with a shop vac or brush.  If you have a pet you will be amazed at what you find!  Saves electricity on what may be the most energy-intensive appliance you own, and keeps your milk fresh!

BCUCC News for Sunday, April 22, 2018

News and Upcoming Events

  • Sunday April 22: Worship Theme: “The Good Shepherd”; Laura MacKinnon, M. Div. preaching.
  • Tuesday April 24: Transition Team meeting, 7 pm in Church Office.
  • Thursday April 27: Worship Team meeting, 6:30 pm in Church Office.
  • Sunday April 29, after church: What We Value.  Potluck (yes, they’re off sequence from First Sundays for now) with activities and table discussions to clarify what we value at BCUCC and in pastoral leadership, led by the Transition Team.
  • Monday April 30, 7:30: Candlelight Taizé Service of song, prayer and silence in the Hall.  Led by Karen Hill.

Community Events

Ongoing

  • The BCUCC Theological Book Club will be reading Catherine Keller’s book, On the Mystery: Discerning Divinity in Process.  The author offers this brief and unconventional introduction to theological thinking.  She takes up theology itself as a quest for religious authenticity.  Come join us.  We have a great time processing our thoughts together.  We will meet at 7:00p.m. on Wednesday, May 9th to discuss Chapters 1-3, May 23rd to discuss Chapters 4 and 5, and again on June 6th to finish with Chapters 6-8.  We meet at the Hill household.  Please call or email for directions at 714-693-0261 or jandkhill@mac.com.

 

  • Bible Study is Thursdays 9:15-10:15am in the church office.  Topic is 1-2 Samuel.  All are welcome, to discover the intersection of sacred story and modern life with an open mind.
  • Tai Chi will be every Thursday in May except the last, May 31st.  There will be no June meetings. No class on April 26th.
  • Choir practice on Thursdays at 7:30pm in the music room. We love newcomers! Give us a try.

Save the Dates

  • UCC Annual Gathering June 1-2 at Chapman University Learn, worship and have fun with people from UCC churches throughout Southern California and Nevada.
  • May 19-June 30: Interfaith Shelter Project is hosted in our Church Hall.  Stay tune for signups to help cook.

Why “Creation Justice”?

            Within a covenantal understanding of the web of life, the emphasis on justice arises as a central guiding impulse. If the word “creation” signals the totality of relationships with God, then creation justice signals the movement toward right relationships among all of God’s creation. Building on the concept of eco-justice, creation justice entails an integrated, holistic ecology. It entails an understanding of the world which includes the built environment, culture, economic and political activity, and all of humanity as part of God’s creation.

            Using the term “creation” instead of “eco” or “environment” demonstrates our humble self-awareness that we are part of the created order our Creator constantly is at work with us to redeem and sustain. Using the term “justice” rather than “care” indicates our commitment to not only heal, tend, and restore God’s creation, but to ensure the protection of God’s planet and God’s people from exploitation, as well as provision for the remediation of the damage that has been done. Because of the connotations and meanings of the phrase creation justice, it was adopted in the naming of UCC’s national Creation Justice Ministries. More recently, the United Church of Christ has named their green church recognition program “Creation Justice Churches.” (We are exploring that program.)

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BCUCC News for Sunday, April 15, 2018

News and Upcoming Events

  • Sun, April 15: Scripture: Luke 24:13-32, theme: “PREPARE TO BE SURPRISED.”
  • Sun, April 15 in Manzanita Room:  “Exploring Membership.” If you are considering joining our church, please attend.  If you cannot attend, please contact Pastor Terry and we will get the info to you another way.
  • Tues, April 17, 7pm: Church Council meets in Joshua Tree room.
  • Thurs, April 19: no bible study this week.
  • Sun, April 22: Worship Theme: “The Good Shepherd”; Laura MacKinnon preaching.
  • Sun, April 29, after church: What We Value.  Potluck (yes, they’re off sequence from First Sundays for now) with activities and table discussions to clarify what we value at BCUCC and in pastoral leadership, led by the Transition Team.
  • Mon, April 30, 7:30: Candlelight Taizé Service of song, prayer and silence in the Hall.  Led by Karen Hill.

Community Events

Ongoing

  • The BCUCC Theological Book Club will be reading “Living Buddha, Living Christ”, by Thich Nhat Hanh.  Thich Nhat Hanh has been part of a decades-long dialogue between two great contemplative traditions, and brings to Christianity an appreciation of its beauty.  In lucid, meditative prose, he explores the crossroads of compassion and holiness at which the two traditions meet.  We’ll meet Wednesday, April 11th to discuss the first 110 pages and then again the next week, April 18th to discuss the rest of the book.  We meet at 7:00p.m. at the Hill household.  Please call or email for directions at 714-693-0261 or jandkhill@mac.com.  Come join the discussion.  Light refreshments are provided.
  • Bible Study is Thursdays 9:15-10:15am in the church office.  Topic is 1-2 Samuel.  All are welcome, to discover the intersection of sacred story and modern life with an open mind.
  • Tai Chi is most Thursdays at 6:30pm in the sanctuary. Enjoy this gentle meditative movement led by Karen Hill.  Thursdays in April except the 26th.
  • Choir practice on Thursdays at 7:30pm in the music room. We love newcomers! Give us a try.

Save the Dates

  • UCC Annual Gathering June 1-2 at Chapman University Learn, worship and have fun with people from UCC churches throughout Southern California and Nevada.
  • May 19-June 30: Interfaith Shelter Project is hosted in our Church Hall.  Stay tuned for signups to help cook.

BCUCC News for Sunday, April 8, 2018

News and Upcoming Events

  • Sunday April 8, after church:  Heritage Sunday and Potluck, exploring a timeline of our church’s 105-year history, and conversation about what we treasure and what we want to bring into our future. This event is hosted by our Transition Team.
  • Thursday April 12, 11:45am: Lunch Bunch at Coco’s.  If you are free during the day for fellowship, food and fun, join us!  RSVP to Bill Goetch or Pastor Terry so we save a place for you.
  •  Sunday April 15, 11:15 in Manzanita Room:  “Exploring Membership.” If you are considering joining our church, please attend.  If you cannot attend, please contact Pastor Terry and we will get the info to you another way.
  • Sunday April 29, after church: What We Value.  Potluck (yes, they’re off sequence from First Sundays for now) with activities and table discussions to clarify what we value at BCUCC and in pastoral leadership, led by the Transition Team.
  • Monday April 30, 7:30: Candlelight Taizé Service of song, prayer and silence in the Hall.  Led by Karen Hill.
  • If you have photos that show off our church, hall or grounds, please talk to Dick Tibbs about sharing them for our website.  rtibbs@roadrunner.com

 

Community Events

  • Sunday April 22, 6pm: Candidate Forum hosted by Citizen’s Climate Lobby in our Hall. The 39th congressional district is hotly contested.  Hear candidates address the important issue of climate change.  All candidates are invited. Tell your neighbors! Help for hosting appreciated: talk to Dennis Arp. You are probably in the 39th, which includes: Fullerton, La Habra, La Habra Heights, Brea, Buena Park, Anaheim Hills, Placentia, Yorba Linda, Diamond Bar, Chino Hills, Hacienda Heights and Rowland Heights
  • The musical Godspell by Craig Tyrl’s company, The Wayward Artist, is playing in Santa Ana April 13-29. Tickets are at: http://www.thewaywardartist.org/buy-tickets-4567.
  • OC AIDS Walk is Saturday, May 5 at 8:30 am in Mason Park, Irvine.  Please let Pastor Terry know if you are interested in participating or coordinating.

Ongoing

  • The BCUCC Theological Book Club:   Thich Nhat Hanh.  Thich Nhat Hanh has been part of a decades-long dialogue between two great contemplative traditions, and brings to Christianity an appreciation of its beauty.  In lucid, meditative prose, he explores the crossroads of compassion and holiness at which the two traditions meet.  We’ll meet Wednesday, April 11th to discuss the first 110 pages and then again the next week, April 18th to discuss the rest of the book.  We meet at 7:00p.m. at the Hill household.  Please call or email for directions at 714-693-0261 or jandkhill@mac.com.  Come join the discussion.  Light refreshments are provided.
  • Bible Study is Thursdays 9:15-10:15am in the church office.  Topic is 1-2 Samuel.  All are welcome, to discover the intersection of sacred story and modern life with an open mind.
  • Tai Chi is most Thursdays at 6:30pm in the sanctuary. Enjoy this gentle meditative movement led by Karen Hill.  Thursdays in April except the 25th.
  • Choir practice on Thursdays at 7:30pm in the music room. We love newcomers! Give us a try.

BCUCC News for Sunday, April 1, 2018

News and Upcoming Events

· Sunday April 1: Easter Sunday. We invite you to bring family, friends, and flowers for our Flower Cross. Trumpet will accompany our festive music. This will also be First Food Sunday! (Bring donations for A.C.T. food shelf in Brea; we will collect them in worship.) Refreshments and Easter Egg Hunt (for people 12 and younger) after worship.

· Sunday April 8, after church: Heritage Sunday. Potluck, exploring a timeline of our church’s 105-year history, and conversation about what we treasure and what we want to bring into our future. This event is hosted by our Transition Team.

· Thursday April 12, 11:45am: Lunch Bunch at Coco’s. If you are free during the day for fellowship, food and fun, join us! RSVP to Bill Goetsch or Pastor Terry so we save a place for you.

· Sunday April 15, 11:15 in Manzanita Room: “Exploring Membership.” If you are considering joining our church, please attend. If you cannot attend, please contact Pastor Terry and we will get the info to you another way.

· Sunday April 29, after church: What We Value. Potluck (yes, they’re off sequence from First Sundays for now) with activities and table discussions to clarify what we value at BCUCC and in pastoral leadership, led by the Transition Team.

· Monday April 30, 7:30: Candlelight Taizé Service of song, prayer and silence in the Hall. Led by Karen Hill.

· If you have photos that show off our church, hall, or grounds, please talk to Dick Tibbs about sharing them for our website. rtibbs@roadrunner.com

Community Events

· Puerto Rico Ministries Join us on Thursday, April 5th for a unique opportunity to hear the news of the Puerto Rican disaster and recovery by Rev. Daphne M. Salcedo, a Disciples of Christ pastor from the island. The Global Ministries Committee UCC/DOC and Church of the Foothills (UCC/DOC) will host the evening event on Thursday, April 5th at 7:00pm at 19211 Dodge Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705.

· Sunday April 22, 6pm: Candidate Forum hosted by Citizen’s Climate Lobby in our Hall. The 39th congressional district is hotly contested. Hear candidates address the important issue of climate change. All candidates are invited. Tell your neighbors! Help for hosting appreciated: talk to Dennis Arp. You are probably in the 39th, which includes: Fullerton, La Habra, La Habra Heights, Brea, Buena Park, Anaheim Hills, Placentia, Yorba Linda, Diamond Bar, Chino Hills, Hacienda Heights and Rowland Heights

· The musical Godspell by Craig Tyrl’s company The Wayward Artist is playing in Santa Ana April 13-29. Tickets are at: http://www.thewaywardartist.org/buy-tickets-4567.

· OC AIDS Walk is Saturday May 5 at 8:30 am in Mason Park, Irvine. Please let Pastor Terry know if you are interested in participating or coordinating.

Ongoing

· The BCUCC Theological Book Club will be reading Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh. Thich Nhat Hanh has been part of a decades-long dialogue between two great contemplative traditions, and brings to Christianity an appreciation of its beauty. In lucid, meditative prose, he explores the crossroads of compassion and holiness at which the two traditions meet. We’ll meet Wednesday, April 11th to discuss the first 110 pages and then again the next week, April 18th to discuss the rest of the book. We meet at 7:00p.m. at the Hill household. Please call or email for directions at 714-693-0261 or jandkhill@mac.com. Come join the discussion. Light refreshments are provided.

· Bible Study is Thursdays 9:15-10:15 in the church office. Topic is 1-2 Samuel. All are welcome, to discover the intersection of sacred story and modern life with an open mind.

· Tai Chi is most Thursdays at 6:30pm in the sanctuary. Enjoy this gentle meditative movement led by Karen Hill. Thursdays in April except the 25th.

· Choir practice on Thursdays at 7:30pm in the music room. We love newcomers! Give us a try.

BCUCC News for Sunday, March 25, 2018

News and Upcoming Events

  • We have completely redone our church directory!  This will be distributed only by request to active participants.  Do you have any updated contact information you wish to share? Do you wish to have some of your info unlisted?  Please phone or email the office.
  • Thank you to all who donated to One Great Hour of Sharing.  Our gifts totaled $1385!! This UCC offering supports emergency aid and locally-directed mission projects all over the world.
  • Sun. March 25: Palm Sunday. Theme: “Untold Gospel” Bible Reading: Mark 14:1-10.
  • Sun. March 25 after worship: It’s Your Turn to talk!  Discuss a sermon, ask a question, ponder a current event or topic. Or just stop by and listen. Pastor Terry will be at a table in the Fellowship Hall with coffee in hand awaiting your input 15 minutes after worship ends.
  • No Thursday Bible Study this week.
  • Tai Chi is Thursday, March 29 at 6:30pm in the sanctuary.
  • Friday March 30, 7:30 pm: Tenebrae Service of Remembrance on Good Friday. Tenebrae means “Darkness.” Songs and readings as candles are extinguished, followed by Communion.
  • Sunday April 1:  Easter Sunday.  We invite you to bring family, friends, and flowers for our Flower Cross.  Trumpet will accompany our festive music.  This will also be First Food Sunday! (Bring donations for A.C.T. food shelf in Brea; we will collect them in worship.) Refreshments and Easter Egg Hunt (for people 12 and younger) after worship.
  • Sunday April 8, after church:  Heritage Sunday. Potluck, exploring a timeline of our church’s 105-year history, and conversation about what we treasure and what we want to bring into our future. This event is hosted by our Transition Team.
  • Sunday April 29, after church: What We Value.  Potluck (yes, they’re off sequence from First Sundays for now) with activities and table discussions to clarify what we value at BCUCC and in pastoral leadership, led by the Transition Team.

Community Events

  • Puerto Rico Ministries Join us on Thursday, April 5th for a unique opportunity to hear the news of the Puerto Rican disaster and recovery by Rev. Daphne M. Salcedo, a Disciples of Christ pastor from the island. The Global Ministries Committee UCC/DOC and Church of the Foothills (UCC/DOC) will host the evening event on Thursday, April 5th at 7:00pm at 19211 Dodge Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705.
  • Sunday April 22, 6pm: Candidate Forum hosted by Citizen’s Climate Lobby in our Hall. The 39th congressional district is hotly contested.  Hear candidates address the important issue of climate change.  All candidates are invited. Tell your neighbors! Help for hosting appreciated: talk to Dennis Arp. You are probably in the 39th, which includes: Fullerton, La Habra, La Habra Heights, BreaBuena ParkAnaheim HillsPlacentiaYorba LindaDiamond BarChino HillsHacienda Heights and Rowland Heights
  • The musical Godspell by Craig Tyrl’s company The Wayward Artist is playing in Santa Ana April 13-29. Tickets are at: http://www.thewaywardartist.org/buy-tickets-4567.

Ongoing

  • The BCUCC Theological Book Club:  For a change of pace, we will be reading a book of fiction that shows theology through creative transformation and the persuasive power of God.  The book is Augustown by Kei Miller.  Augustown, set in the backlands of Jamaica, is a magical and haunting novel of one woman’s struggle to rise above the brutal vicissitudes of history, race, class, collective memory, violence, and myth.  We will finish the novel for the next meeting on March 28.  We meet at 7:00pm at the home of Karen and Jim Hill.  Light refreshments are provided.  Please phone or email for directions at 714-693-0261 or jandkhill@mac.com.  Looking forward to a lively discussion together.  See you there.
  • Bible Study is Thursdays 9:15-10:15 in the church office.  Topic is 1-2 Samuel.  All are welcome, to discover the intersection of sacred story and modern life with an open mind.
  • Tai Chi is most Thursdays at 6:30pm in the sanctuary. Enjoy this gentle meditative movement.  Thursdays in April except the 25th.
  • Choir practice on Thursdays at 7:30pm in the music room. We love newcomers! Give us a try.

BCUCC News for Sunday, March 18, 2018

This Weekend

  •    Fri. 3/16, Sat. 3/17, Sun. 3/18 : Trojan Women: A Love Story at the Long Beach Playhouse. Friday 3/16 and Saturday 3/17 at 8pmSunday 3/18 at 2 pm. Our own Rose London is acting. Support and enjoy community theater. Tickets at: http://www.lbplayhouse.org/show/trojan-women-love-story/
  •        Sun. March 18: worship theme is “Widening the Circle.” Mark 7:24-28.
  • Sun. March 18: Connecting Voices:  Elizabeth Hansburg is an urban planner by training. In January of 2017, she started People For Housing Orange County, a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization that advocates for new housing construction in existing communities. P4H is part of a “YIMBY” (Yes in my backyard) movement. While we may not agree with every program P4H is advocating, they challenge us to consider what it means to truly love our neighbor. Elizabeth lives in Fullerton with her husband, a public school teacher, and her daughter.
  • Sun. March 18, 3pm: Transition Team Meeting in Manzanita Room.

Upcoming

  • Tues. March 20, 7pm: Church Council meeting in Manzanita Room
  • Thurs. March 22, 6:30: Worship Meeting in Church Office
  • Sun. March 25: Palm Sunday. Theme: “Unheard Gospel” Bible Reading: Mark 14:1-10.
  • Fri. March 30, 7:30 pm: Service of Remembrance on Good Friday.
  • Sun. April 1:  Easter Sunday!  We invite you to bring family, friends, and flowers for our Flower Cross.  Trumpet will accompany our festive music.  This will also be First Food Sunday!
  • Sun. April 8:  Heritage Sunday. Potluck, exploring a timeline of our church’s 105-year history, and conversation about what we treasure and what we want to bring into our future.

Community Events

  • Saturday March 24, 2 pm: March for our Lives OC (For safety from gun violence) Centennial Regional Park, 3000 W. Edinger, Santa Ana.
  • The musical Godspell by Craig Tyrl’s company The Wayward Artist is playing in Santa Ana April 13-29. Tickets are $25 at Vendini: https://tinyurl.com/way-april.

Ongoing

  • The BCUCC Theological Book Club is beginning a new book.  For a change of pace, we will be reading a book of fiction that shows theology through creative transformation and the persuasive power of God.  The book is Augustown by Kei Miller.  Augustown, set in the backlands of Jamaica, is a magical and haunting novel of one woman’s struggle to rise above the brutal vicissitudes of history, race, class, collective memory, violence, and myth.  We will read the first 116 pages and have a discussion on Wednesday, March 14, and then the rest of the novel for the next meeting on March 28.  We meet at 7:00p.m. at the home of Karen and Jim Hill.  Light refreshments are provided.  Please phone or email for directions at 714-693-0261 or jandkhill@mac.com.  Looking forward to a lively discussion together.  See you there.
  • Next Tai Chi is March 29 at 6:30.
  • Choir practice on Thursdays at 7:30pm in the music room. We love newcomers! Give us a try.

UCC Youth planning to join March for Our Lives
(Excerpt from http://www.ucc.org/recent_headlines)

“PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID TO GO TO SCHOOL,” said 15-year old Madison. “The only way this can be fixed is if people acknowledge this fear, and stand up to fix this problem. I want to stand up, I want to stop this, and I can only do this with the support of others. The support of my friends, the support of my family, and the support of my church and my faith. Strength comes in numbers. I am here, with my faith and my church by my side, to stop this awful, terrible, and revolting wrong.”

“We as a faith community need to make sure that we’re not just praying, not just keeping those who are in pain in our thoughts,” said 16-year old Melina. ‘We need to make sure that we’re turning our compassion and kindness for others into action to make the world a better place.”…

The Minnesota Conference UCC is sponsoring the travel and participation of these young people through its Ashley Endowment, established over a decade ago by a generous couple who dedicated the endowment to ministry with children and youth, 19 & younger.

“We’ve asked Sandy Sorenson (Director of the UCC Washington Office) to convene all the UCC folks who are there in D.C. to be able to gather in one place. So students have the sense of a greater whole, and understand they are part of a church movement bigger than their own conference,” Minnesota UCC Conference Minster Prestemon said. “We also hope to find a way to keep that group connected after the march. Keep the momentum, connections going after the March for Our Lives.”

“In the witness of students we are seeing policy advocacy at its most powerful,” Sorensen said. “When the people and communities most impacted by an issue claim their voices and demand change, the policy dialogue shifts.”

Bulletin/News Sunday, March 11, 2018

In the Coming Week  
  

  • It is Daylight Savings time! Time to “spring forward”! Set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.

  • Sat. Mar. 10 – Chapman University Founder’s Day. Lectures by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine on Bible, Gender and Sexuality. Details and registration at: https://www.chapman.edu/about/church-relations/founders-day/index.aspx

  • Sunday March 11: Worship theme: “Identity and Freedom.”  Bible Reading: Bible Reading: Mark 5:1-20
  • Sunday March 11: One Great Hour of Sharing. The UCC’s biggest mission offering, for locally-run missions all over the world, as well as disaster relief supplies ready at a moment’s notice. Checks can be made to BCC, with “OGHS” in the memo line.http://www.ucc.org/oghs
  • Wed. March 14, 7 pm. BCUCC Theological Book Club (see next page for details)
  • Thursday March 15, 6:30 pm: Tai Chi Practice  No experience needed: benefits all ages.  No special clothing or shoes necessary.  Tai Chi is a practice of slow, gentle balance movements that promote good health and peace of mind.  We meet every other Thursday evening at 6:30p.m. in the sanctuary; next meeting March 29th.  Come join us for this peaceful, centering practice.
  • Sun. March 18: worship theme is “Gracious Challenge and Forgiveness.” Mark 7:24-28.
  • Sun. March 18: Connecting Voices:  Elizabeth Hansburg is an urban planner by training. In January of 2017, she started People For Housing Orange County, a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization that advocates for new housing construction in existing communities. P4H is part of a “YIMBY” (Yes in my backyard) movement. While we may not agree with every program P4H is advocating, they challenge us consider what it means to truly love our neighbor.

Ongoing

  • The BCUCC Theological Book Club is beginning a new book.  For a change of pace, we will be reading a book of fiction that shows theology through creative transformation and the persuasive power of God.  The book is Augustown by Kei Miller.  Augustown, set in the backlands of Jamaica, is a magical and haunting novel of one woman’s struggle to rise above the brutal vicissitudes of history, race, class, collective memory, violence, and myth.  We will read the first 116 pages and have a discussion on Wednesday, March 14, and then the rest of the novel for the next meeting on March 28.  We meet at 7:00p.m. at the home of Karen and Jim Hill.  Light refreshments are provided.  Please phone or email for directions at 714-693-0261 or jandkhill@mac.com.  Looking forward to a lively discussion together.  See you there.
  • Choir practice on Thursdays at 7:30pm in the music room. We love newcomers! Give us a try.

What is One Great Hour of Sharing?
One Great Hour of Sharing is the special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that carries God’s message of love and hope to people in crisis.  Almost 60 percent of the UCC’s offering supports international development initiatives, including annual support for missionaries working in disaster relief, health care, education, sustainable agricultural development, and refugee support. The offering also funds disaster preparedness and response, and disaster related volunteer initiatives in the U.S. This voluntary offering makes a difference!

UCC missionaries are always sent at the request of, and in partnership with, local organizations, to meet special needs those local organizations identify, and to respect the decisions and values of the people we serve.

 On average, of every dollar given to One Great Hour of Sharing, 95 cents is used directly for mission programming, and the remaining 5 cents is used to create interpretation materials. Administrative costs are paid by gifts to Our Church’s Wider Mission National Basic Support.