BCUCC News for Sunday, July 15, 2018

News and Upcoming Events

  • Sunday July 15: Bible reading: Excerpts from the Book of Ruth. Theme: Chesed– Loving Kindness.
  • Sunday July 15: Community Voices– Mike Ritchey. Many of you met Mike while serving dinner for our shelter guests.  Mike is a lifelong Fullerton resident where he lives with his wife and 3 daughters.  He holds a Master’s in Criminal Justice and Criminology and is currently in his final semester at Arizona State University where he is earning his Master’s in Social Work.  Mike’s research efforts have focused on mental illness, sex offenders, the homeless and veterans. He has a heart for empowering people who have struggled with mental illness.
  • We are excited to announce the Pastor Search Committee, and grateful for the commitment they have made on behalf of our church. Please support them with your prayers and your patience, and respect their confidentiality, as they begin this important work.
    • Shannon Clay
    • Randy Fowler
    • Karen Hill
    • Georlyn Igma
    • Kathryn Kadletz
    • Russ Nowell
    • Dave This

Pastor Terry has chosen not to be a candidate for the settled pastor position, so that she can do her transitional work empowering the church for its future with no conflicts of interest.

  • Sundays July 15 and 22: Sing Your Favorites! Come early to worship to sing some of your favorite songs and hymns.  Starts at 9:50am.
  • Church Council meets Tuesday June 17 at 7 pm in Joshua Tree room.
  • Tuesday night or Thursday Morning: Everyday Peacemaking: Compassionate Communication. Tuesday night July 24, 7:00-8:30pm (in Sequoia Hall), same content is offered Thursday morning July 26, 9:00-10:30am (in the Church Office, entry on Flower Street). Learn tools to speak your truth respectfully and listen empathetically. Jesus said, “do not judge,” and, “love your neighbor”; here are concrete steps you can use to transform judgment and build relationship.  Real life examples; community members welcome, join us any time.
  • Summer music and arts: This year’s theme is “Almost Anything Goes”! Dust off that guitar, warm up those vocal cords, pick up your poems and paintings, or grab your friends to share a talent or skill with the congregation. Don’t be shy – feel free to talk to Jessica our Music Director about your ideas and she’ll be happy to sign you up for a Sunday (during the normal choir anthem spot). She is here to support you and your dream in any way she can!
  • Do you know a teen or young adult who would enjoy an “Arts for Activism” summer workshop? We need a critical mass to offer this program.  Participants will analyze how works like “Hamilton” promote constructive dialog for social change, and can express their own passion in the art medium of their choice, including drama, music or visual arts. Please let Pastor Terry or Francie Quaas-Berryman know!



  • Bible Study is Thursdays 9:15-10:15am in the church office. We may take days off in the summer; RSVP to Pastor Terry if you’re not a regular to be sure we’re meeting.  Topic is 2 Samuel (King David).  All are welcome, to discover the intersection of sacred story and modern life with an open mind.
  • This summer, The BCUCC Theological Book Clubwill be reading, Tattoos on the Heart, The Power of Boundless Compassion, by Gregory Boyle.  This moving and delightful book is about kinship and the sacredness of life, about meeting the world with a loving heart, overcoming shame, and staying faithful in spite of failure.  Come join us to discuss Chapters 1-4 on Wednesday, July 11th, and the rest of the book on August 1st.  We meet at 7:00p.m. at the home of Karen and Jim Hill.  For directions, please call 714-693-0261, or email to jandkhill@mac.com.
  • Share the message! Sermons are online in both video and print form on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/56642580963/.
  • A directory of church members and friends is available by request on paper or as a PDF file. For privacy of participants, we do not leave it in the church entry; sorry for that inconvenience!

    We tell ourselves stories in order to live.
    -Joan Didion


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