BCUCC News for Sunday, September 30, 2018

News and Upcoming Events

  • Sunday Sept. 30: 10am Worship. Theme: Belonging: Beacons and Fences. Bible Reading: Mark 9:38-41.
  • Oct. 3: Candlelight Taizé Service at 7pm in the Hall. Theme: “The Way.” Song, scripture, prayer and silence.  Invite a friend!
  • Oct. 4: Bible Study is changing to afternoons! 2-3pm.  Join us to explore the Gospel of John. All are welcome. No homework!
  • No Tai Chi the first two weeks of October.
  • 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. Talk to Shannon Clay to register.  Let’s carpool.  You can pre-register at www.pilgrimpinescamp.org.
  • Sunday October 7: Becoming a Creation Justice Church.  Potluck lunch and program making plans to formalize and strengthen our commitment to care for God’s earth and advocate for environmental justice.

Save the Dates:


  • Wednesday October 10, 2-4pm: Art and Soul in the Hall.
  • Sunday October 21: Oktoberfest after worship. Beer and Brats!
  • 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.

  • 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!


Unvarnished: Studying Defacto Segregation in the Northern and Western United States

The Brea Museum and Historical Society is part of this grant to study the history of local segregation, in response to recent concerns about racism in Brea’s history.  Our church is a part of that history. https://breamuseum.org/unvarnished-studying-defacto-segregation-in-the-northern-and-western-united-states/


  1. This week, in partnership with the International Sites of Conscience (www.sitesofconscience.org), the Brea Museum will be facilitating several community open forums to allow residents to express their concerns. Evening groups are at 6:30-8pm Wednesday 10/3 and Thursday 10/4.  A group of BCUCC members will attend the Thursday meeting.  Identical, but smaller, meetings will be held during the day at 11am,12:30 and 3 both days (more chance for questions!)  Pastor Terry will attend the 3pm meeting 10/4.  All meetings are at the museum, 495 S. Brea Blvd.  RSVP for daytime meetings at info@breamuseum.org.


  1. Through Oct. 20, the Brea Museum hosts “A Class Action: The Grass Roots Struggle for School Desegregation in California,” an excellent exhibit documenting the landmark victory for school desegregation in Orange County that predates Brown v. Board of Education. Check the museum website for hours.  https://breamuseum.org/a-class-action-exhibit-mendez-v-westminster/


  1. Our church is committed to welcoming all, and racial and ethnic justice is a part of that. A Welcoming Diversity Working Group is currently examining what we are doing and how we can improve.  Thanks to Bryan Wake and Kimly Hoang for taking the lead in this effort.  Stay tuned for possible activities to strengthen our welcome.


There is no them and us.  There is only us.

– Greg Boyle

Creation Care Note:  Avoid recycling contamination!  Recycling contamination occurs when non-recyclables are placed in the recycle cart.  These items include trash, food waste and liguids.  Much of our recycling is shipped to China!  (Reminding us that recycling is second-best to not generating waste in the first place…)  China has implemented new regulations which reject as trash batches of recyclables containing more than 0.5% contamination.  Avoid all traces of food, liquids, medicines, sharps, or other non-recyclables in your recycling bin!