BCUCC News for Sunday, October 7, 2018

News and Upcoming Events

  • Open Mosque Day Saturday Oct. 6 Our friends at Islamic Institute of Orange County (1220 N. State College Blvd., Anaheim) are holding their annual open house from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 6th.  They’ll offer tours of the mosque, answer questions about Islam, and, of course, fantastic food will be served! Please RSVP to Dave This (davidthis@gmail.com) so we can let them know who’s coming. Carpools from our church will be coordinated.
  • Saturday October 6: Apple Pie Day at Pilgrim Pines! Carpool from the church at 8:30am. Begins at 9:30am and ends at 3:00pm. Lunch and activities are included. Cost is $16 for adults and $12 for children 13 and under. Let’s carpool—call Terry at 949-400-3379.
  • Sunday October 7: 10am. World Communion Sunday Worship. Breads of the world will be shared for communion.
  • Sunday October 7: First Food Sunday: Potluck and Food Shelf donations. Bring a favorite dish to share for lunch together.  (Sandwich fillings for our Breads of the World would be appreciated.) Bring food to worship for Brea residents in need. Typically needed to supplement bulk food supplies: canned fruit, healthy lunch snacks, jams and jellies, oatmeal, easy-open foods for people without kitchen access.  Becoming a Creation Justice Church.  As part of our potluck lunch, we will have a short simple program to review our current Creation Justice efforts, share ideas, and begin to craft a Creation Justice Covenant and form a Green Team.  Please join us!
  • Wednesday October 10: Memorial service for Bill Goetsch, 10 am, Nixon Library, Yorba Linda. Reception follows.
  • Thursday October 11, 3pm: Join us to visit the Brea Museum special exhibit “A Class Action: Mendez v. Westminster, The Grass Roots Struggle for School Desegregation in California.” If you can’t join us, museum hours are Wed. – Fri. 2-8pm and Sat. 10-5pm.  This award-winning exhibit is only on display through Oct. 20.
  • Sunday October 21: Oktoberfest after worship. All are welcome.  Bratwurst the Goetsch way.  Come ready to share a favorite picture or memory of our beloved Bill. Contact Sharon Everley to sign up to help with food.

Save the Dates:

  • Art and Soul *Date Change*: Wednesday October 24, 2-4 pm
  • 27-November 10: Interfaith Shelter Network in the Hall.
  • 28- Nov. 18: Season of Creation: honoring the earth and all life as sacred.
  • 30: Everyday Peacemaking: Compassionate Communication at 10 am and 7 pm.
  • Saturday November 3: YAYA’s Movie Night
  • Sunday November 11: Blessing of Animals in worship.


  • TheBCUCC Theological Book Club will be reading, Days of Awe and Wonder: How to be a Christian in the 21st Century, by Marcus J. Borg.  “God, the sacred, pervades all that is, even though we do not often see it.  But there are moments in which our eyes are opened, and we see the glory.”  Come join us in discovery.  We will meet on October 17th to discuss Chapters 9-16.  Light refreshments are served, and fun and discovery are enjoyed by all.  For more information, call Jim or Karen Hill at 714-693-0261 or email to jandkhill@mac.com.
  • Bible Study is now Thursdays at 2-3pm. Join us in the pastor’s office; you are always welcome.  We are studying the Gospel of John.  Lively discussion about what scripture means to us today. No homework!

  • Thursdays 6:30- Tai Chi with Karen Hill re-starts Oct. 17. Karen will guide us in this gentle meditative movement: restorative for body and soul. All ages welcome. Wear comfortable stretchable clothing; layers so you can be a comfortable temperature.

  • Choir practice Thursdays at 7:30. Like to sing but not sure you’re ready for prime time?  Jessica Cosley is a fabulous teacher and our choir is a great place to grow musically. Join us!

UCC Creation Justice resources:


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Congregations are sharing green ideas and forming green teams to make a difference for the environment.  Efforts include plastic-free challenges, personal energy audits and reduction challenges, park and waterway cleanups, and more.  We are excited to formalize our efforts in this area.


Check out more UCC resources at: http://www.ucc.org/environmental-ministries.