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2014 - ISSUE 01 January 7, 2014

Bixby Knolls Christian Church, (Disciples of Christ) (562) 426-0428

sexualities and generations all worshiping together as one. We truly do welcome and affirm Dear Church, In worship last Sunday I mentioned a conversation I had with other church leaders from around the Pacific Southwest Region, and their discouragement that churches are still so segregated by race. When I told those leaders about Bixby Knolls Christian Church, and how we despite our small size are a congregation of many different races and nationalities, their eyes lit up and hope spread across their faces. This experience helped me realize that we at BKCC have a special gift to share with the world, that we are people of many races and nationalities and all Gods children regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, marital status, physical or mental ability, political stance, or theological perspective, as our Open and Affirming statement proclaims. This is who we have been for many years. However, for many years, this light of hope is a light that has been kept under a basket. Now that we have made our Open and Affirming status official, it is time to let that light shine. I also mentioned on Sunday the upcoming regional MLK celebration

taking place this coming Sunday, January 12, in Garden Grove, and how this is an opportunity to let our light shine by having a large group from BKCC attend. You will find information about that event in the Regional Events section of this newsletter. I hope to see you there. Bixby Knolls Christian Church is a place where Gods Spirit is alive, building a community of the Spirit that transcends all human divisions. Its a great place to be! I am so thankful for the ministry we share. Blessings, Pastor Danny

#2 is coming up quickly.
Following worship service on Sunday, January 19 is the there. second Congregational meeting. Plan to be

Pick a Date
The 2014 sign-up sheets are posted in fellowship hall for hosting coffee hour and/or for providing church flowers in honor, memory or celebration of a loved one or for any occasion. hour up. is Hosting coffee usually some

cookies, coffee and clean-

Cards for our Veterans

With your support 368 Christmas cards were taken to the VA hospital and distributed to the patients. The deadline for Valentine cards is Feb. 9th.

2014 Summer Camp at Loch Leven

June 29-July 5: Junior (grades 4-6) July 6-9: Mini (grades 2-3) July 6-9: Special Needs July 10-12: Parent/child July 13-19: Chi-Rho (grades 7-8) July 20-26: CYF 1 (grades 9-10) July 27-Aug 2: CYF 2 (grades 11-12 & 14 grads)

Youth News

Regional Events
to mark on your calendar
MLK Celebration
This year the 2014 MLK Jr Celebration is Sunday, January 12 at First Christian Church, Garden Grove (11231 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840). At 2:00, youth are invited to gather for the first ever youth-run anti-racism MLK program, with games, activities, and worship. At 4:00, the annual MLK worship service will take place. This will include the presentation of the 2014 MLK Scholarship.

Feb Camp!
Registration forms are available; pick one up at church. FebCamp is a weekend retreat for high school youth, and takes place Feb. 17-21. Please turn in registration forms by Jan. 26.

Elders & Deacons Learning Event

The PSWR Leadership Development Committee invites you to an Elders and Deacons Learning Event on March 1, 2014 at East Whittier Christian Church, 10am-3pm. Rev. Jose Morales will be the guest speaker. This event is free but your RSVP is requested for an On December 31, the youth of BKCC spent all afternoon and evening in a mini-retreat that included lessons, worship, dinner, a movie, and (for the older youth) a late night New Years Eve party. In addition, they spent several hours volunteering at Love in the Mirror, one of the many community organizations and charities BKCC supports. In the photo above, Love in the Mirror Founder Jonas Corona tells a little bit about the organization he founded when he was just six. renewal accurate meal count. RSVP to Linda Gardner (

Founders Day at Chapman University

is an

annual event sponsored by the Office of Church Relations, connecting students, faculty and community members with an outstanding scholar in the area of religion and a and reunion event for Disciples of Christ and United Church of Christ. In 2014, the Founders Education Day will be extended because of a partnership with Chapman's Department of Religious Studies. The scholar is John Dominic Crossan. Founders Day is March 13-15. More details, including a schedule of the days' events are available online at Registration is open now!

Upcoming Youth Events

Jan. 12 Praxis (high school youth), 8:15 a.m. Jan. 12 MLK Celebration (see article) Jan. 17-20 Jr. High JANboree Jan. 19 Litter Pickup & breakfast at Mr. Petes, 8:15 a.m.

Sumbal Sardar Keri Clark Ed Bremel Grace Kobel James Owen Bud Dale Virginia Lalla Tom Dickison & family (Bob & Shirley Dickison) Sean May Charlie Edwards Nargis & family in Pakistan Janie Oden (G. Kobel) Keri France & family (A. Hillig) Ellis Spikes, Jr. (A. Hillig)

Just a January Note!

Happy New Year one and all! Many thanks for the musical wonders of December. Everyone worked so hard and beautiful music was had by all. We continue our musical season (Sept - May) with a striving for excellence. This does Not mean perfection! Everyone in the music department invites one and all to join us in our worship work. Please come and join handbells or choir and remember those who sing or ring pray twice. SAVE THE DATE: WEDNESDAY, March 5, 2014 Blessings, Barb Peebles

Becky Carroll s husband, James, passed away on Dec. 25. Bob Dickison asks for prayers for his brother who is critically ill. In a message from Sumbal s mother, Nargis, Christmas & New Year s greetings were sent from Pakistan to her BKCC family, with prayers for many blessings in the new year.

Holiday greetings were sent to our church family via the CWF Christmas card tree from: Chrysan & Thunder Ken & Sandy Jeglum Sarah Stolze Betty Jo Williamson Pat Cohen Melina Morgan Tom & Lydia Sykes

Thank you for your support. We hope to have the new flooring installed in the patio bathrooms as quickly as possible.

Christian Womens Fellowship projects (CWF)

We are continuing our special projects and collecting the following: Manufacturer coupons for our overseas military families Eye glasses and hearing aids for Lions Club to be refurbished Used commemorative stamps are donated to the Sons of Norway. They repackage and sell to dealers and the money is used for equipment for handicapped children. Please leave at least a border around the stamp. They cannot use stamps on colored envelopes because the color may run during the soaking process. Box tops for Education and Labels for Education are used by LB elementary schools to purchase equipment. If you are not already saving these for your child or grandchilds school, please save them for CWF and this year they will go to Grant Elementary School in North Long Beach. Check your cereal and other box goods for the red label BOX TOPSEDUCATION and Campbell soup, Green Giant and other cans for LABELS FOR EDUCATION.

The collection boxes for these items are on the counter in the Fellowship Hall.

Pastor Danny, Barb, Susie and Monica wish to express our deep appreciation to the congregation your generous Christmas gift. Thank you and blessings to our BKCC family.

Bixby Knolls Christian Church welcomes and affirms all Gods children though differing in race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, marital status, physical or mental ability, political stance or theological perspective.

Womens Tea Save the date April 26

If you will host a table, please call me. Table settings are available. Sandy

Wednesday Night Dinner

Every Wednesday at 6pm. This weekly event is open to the whole community, so invite a neighbor! There is no set price, although a basket is available for donations to cover the costs.

On behalf of myself and my brothers I wish to thank all for your notes, cards and prayers on the passing of my dad. The memories I have of my dad make me smile and laugh and I hold them close to my heart. Love, blessings and deep appreciation to a wonderful church family. Monica

Sharing Jesus
The true story is told of two men sitting together on a train. When one shared with the other, a committed Christian, that he was heading home to donate a kidney to his father, the Christian listened intently. Sensing his seatmates genuine interest, the speaker confided that he didnt know his lifes purpose. Sensing an openness in his new friend, the Christian told him about Jesus and the purpose Jesus had given to his life. The Christian man said later that hed never met someone so appreciative of hearing the Good News. A key Epiphany theme is sharing the news of Jesus. Ordinary Christians can do that best by listening for an opening when visiting with someone and sharing part of their faith story in relation to something the other has said. Theres no need to accost strangers on street corners. Just be yourself, let the Holy Spirit guide you and invite your listener to follow Jesus, too.

Submit your articles for the next newsletter by Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Fellowship News A publication of Bixby Knolls Christian Church of Long Beach (a Disciples of Christ Church) 1240 E. Carson Street Long Beach, CA 90807 Editor: Monica Lanz 562-426-0428 fax 562-426-0429 Pastor: Daniel Bradfield The Fellowship News is published twice monthly.

Bixby Knolls Vision Statement To know what the Lord requires of us; to do justice, and love kindness, and walk humbly with our God. (Micah 6:8)

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SUNDAY SCHEDULE: 9:00 a.m. Sunday School for Adults 10:15 a.m. Morning Worship and Childrens Church OFFICE HOURS: Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Friday closed

BOARD OFFICERS: Ken Brown Pastor Daniel Bradfield -Board President -Minister Leo Dittemore Monica Lanz -Vice President -Church Secretary Pat Cohen Barbara Neal-Peebles -Secretary -Music Director/Organist Angela Hillig Christine Perkinson - Treasurer - Church Child Care Chrysan Naw Suzie Romero - Financial Secretary - Custodian -Church Clerk