BCUCC News for Sunday, March 4, 2018

In the Coming Week  

  • Sun. March 4: First Food Sunday and Potluck! Bring nonperishable food items to be collected in worship.  Then join us for a potluck lunch.
  • Sun. March 4: Worship Theme: Demystifying Prayer. Bible reading: Mark 4:35-41.  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 Fellowship Hall with coffee in hand awaiting your input 15 minutes after worship ends.


  • 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: Gracious Challenge and Forgiveness.  Bible Reading: Mark 7:24-29.
  • 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
  • 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 that puts into practice Jesus’ teaching, “Love your neighbor.”


  •  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.


Creation Care Tip:  Do you order beverages that come in disposable containers?  Why not bring your own car cup? Many coffee shops will discount you a nickel, and if you are a regular purchaser of drinks, the savings in waste will add up.  Do you lose your car cup regularly? Me too. They can be bought at thrifts stores for a dollar or two.

Updated February 2

Feb. 4, Sun – 10am Worship. Theme: Healing Relationships. Scripture: Mark 1: 29-45. First Food Sunday (bring nonperishable food for the local Food Shelf) and Potluck after church.

Feb. 8, Thurs.Bible Study – We are studying 1st & 2nd Samuel at 9:15am in the church office. All are welcome; no homework or previous knowledge required.


  • Feb. 11, Sunday worship honors the power of theater.  Our sermon will be a Readers Theater:  “How to Install Love”as our sermon, featuring Bonnie Quaas-Berryman and Rose London. Also Community Voices:  Guest speaker Craig Tyrl will share his calling to teach and direct theater during worship, and informally during fellowship time.  Craig is a member of Irvine United Congregational Church.  He teaches theater at CSU Fullerton, and has recently founded a community theater company The Wayward Artist in Santa Ana.
  • Feb. 14, Ash Wednesday Serviceat 7:30 pm.  A beautiful and meditative time for prayer, song and reflection on remembering, letting go, and claiming hope.
  • Feb 15, Thurs – 6:45pmBCUCC 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’ll begin February 15th and meet every other Thursday at 6:45 p.m. in the sanctuary.  Come join us for this peaceful, centering practice.
  • Feb. 18, Sunday– Thank You Reception for Michael Lewis after worship.Michael has accepted a new job that will keep him in Minnesota most of the time. This is his last Sunday before the move.  We want to show our appreciation for his inspiring leadership and his caring presence.  Please join us!
  • Feb. 25– Following Jesus in the 21stCentury: A Learning Conversation.  After worship, five Sundays in Lent, 11:20-12:05.  Add your voice to a conversation about our calling as individuals and as a church to follow Jesus.  What inspires us, what do we believe, and how do we put it into practice?  There is no “right answer.” All perspectives welcome. Child care provided by Miss Bernie.
  • The Whitehead Film Festivalat Claremont School of Theology will be held February 16-19.  Info at: commongoodfilms.org.
  • Chapman University Founder’s Day, March 10, 2018. 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.aspxNews
  • News from the January 28 Congregational Meeting:1.  More details of the transition process were announced, including the charter of the Transition/Transformation Team, and plans for a Pastor Search Committee. The informational handout is in the church entry.  2.  Members of the Church Council, our governing body, were elected.  We welcome Sharon Bölle as our new Moderator, Doreen Ramsey as member-at-large, Vicki Chik as Financial Secretary, and Esther Garcia for Christian Concern.  Our deep appreciation to the 2017 and 2018 Council members for their service!
  • The Transition/Transformation Team is now in place and will meet soon.  Members are: Shannon Clay, Jim and Karen Hill, Georlyn Igma, Kathryn Kadletz, Ann Marshall, Russ Nowell, and David This.  They will help the church clarify who we are, who God is calling us to become, and what kind of leadership we need to move into our future, in preparation for the Pastor search.Ongoing
  • TheBCUCC Theological Book Club will be reading, Jesus, Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary by Marcus Borg.  “Borg pours a lifetime of scholarship into this provocative overview of Jesus’ life.”  Come join our discussion.  Email or phone the Hills at jandkhill@mac.com or 714-693-0261 for directions.


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

Creation Care Tip: Do you know what can and can’t be recycled?  Different cities allow different materials in curbside recycling.  Yours can probably be easily found on the Web. Food residue is almost never permitted.  Help recycling work by not contaminating your recycled material.

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