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!


  • 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!