During Lent, we remember that God gave us Jesus and Jesus gave us his life. We reflect on our lives as Christians and give thanks to God for all that he has given us. At Easter, God offers us new life and we rejoice!
Holy Week Services
Maundy Thursday - April 18, 2019
Tenebrae and Soup Supper - 6:30PM
Easter Sunday - April 21, 2019
Sunrise Service Outdoors - 6AM
Festival Worship with Brass - 9AM
Easter Egg Hunt - 10:10AM
Festival Worship with Brass - 11AM
Easter Flower Opportunity
Our congregation will once again have the opportunity to contribute to the Church’s Floral decorations for Easter Sunday. This has been an ongoing tradition for our parishioners to make a financial contribution to the church for the purpose of purchasing Easter plants and flowers that are lovingly used by the flower guild volunteers to decorate the church for the spectacular Easter morning services. Following the last Easter service those who contributed funds are allowed to take a plant home from the decorations to have the continual reminder of the celebration of our Faith and the Risen Lord or as an alternative the flowers can be donated to a homebound member to be delivered by a volunteer.
The Easter flower and plant donations will be collected following the Sunday services on March 31 and April 7th, and are available in the Church Office. The minimum donation is $10.00.
Every year, our Easter Offering is shared between two non profit organizations who are carefully vetted by our Christian Action Ministry. This year, we are excited to announce our support of two local organizations whose important work helps the homeless in our community. If you would like to make a gift in support of these organizations, Easter envelopes are available in the pews. If contributing by check, please note “Easter Offering” in the memo line. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Urban Community Outreach
Urban Community Outreach (UCO) is a spin off 501(c)3 nonprofit of the First Congregational Church UCC of Long Beach. First Congregational is our sister church. They run a Drop In Center every Sunday from Noon until 4PM, a time during which many homeless agencies are closed. UCO provides two meals, pantry food, clothing, blankets and more.
On the first Sunday of each month, they provide a Health Screening where qualified doctors and medical professionals monitor blood pressure, tend to wounds and provide information regarding depression, addiction and other mental health concerns. Additionally, a 16 workstation computer lab is available for use in emailing, working on resumes, internet searches and free long distance calls.
UCO provides a safe place for the economically disenfranchised and homeless of Long Beach to congregate and feel part of a community. With a primary goal of helping individuals to self sufficiency, UCO has outreach workers who help set up support services. On April 7, Anne Lampe, one of these outreach workers, will speak to us during Worship. Please join us as we support this important organization and the change they make in our local community.
The Children’s Center at Harbor Interfaith Services
Now in its 43rd year, Harbor Interfaith Services (HIS) provides support to the homeless and working poor to help them achieve self-sufficiency. Services include shelter, transitional housing, a food pantry, job placement, advocacy, childcare, education and life-skills training. It is a secular, non-profit organization.
HIS is also the lead agency in the South Bay for Los Angeles County’s Coordinated Entry System (CES). In partnership with other homeless providers, HIS helps families, individuals and youth secure and maintain permanent housing. There are an estimated 5,000 homeless individuals in the area. Because of CES, the budget and staffing of HIS have grown considerably. However, a few programs such as the Children’s Center have lost funding as governmental priorities switched to getting individuals off of the streets.
In its licensed, state of the art facility, The Children’s Center provides care and education for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, as well as an after school program for school age youth. The program costs almost half a million dollars per year to operate; about $160 per week per child, which includes meals and snacks. Most parents pay something towards tuition, although the initial 30 days are free. The Center is licensed to serve 80 kids at a given time and some charitable organizations provide tuition support. On April 14, Michael Radice, Development Director at HIS will speak to us during Worship.
Volunteer to Help the Homeless and Working poor
Want to make a difference in someone’s life? Join Harbor Interfaith Service’s (HIS) volunteer team and help those in need. You can help hand out food, clothing and hygiene items, enable young children to learn and mature, and offer administrative support to management staff. There are many ways to help the South Bay’s homeless and working poor. To volunteer your time, please contact Wes Dugle, Volunteer Coordinator, 310-831-0603 x305 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Easter Egg Hunt
Our Easter Egg Hunt has been a family favorite for many years! Join us on Easter Sunday at 10:15AM for this fun Neighborhood Church tradition. All children ages 3rd grade and younger are welcome to join, regardless of church membership.
To RSVP, bring one dozen filled plastic eggs per child participating by Thursday, April 18th. On Easter Sunday, bring a basket and a friend and come join the fun!