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The Pilgrim - July 24, 2016

"Summer in the Sun"
Camp-Style Service in Patterson Hall and Kilsby Courtyard
Lifting Up God's Love Every Sunday at 10 am

This week the Rev. Elena Larssen will continue the mini-series of sermons on the prophets, taking up the prophet Jeremiah.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Holy One, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”


In Sunday School

Theme: Passion of Prayer
Scripture: Luke 11:1-13

Adult Education
Sundays at 8:30 am in the Klar Rooms, upstairs in Pilgrim Hall




First Church Goes to the Municipal Band Concerts
By Sue Johnson

"Fellowshipping" for a church family is very important, and what a great way to socialize at a free community event. This event is fun for all ages! Come and join your First Church family at the Summer Long Beach Municipal Band Concerts in the park. Bring a picnic, blankets, beach chairs and friends.

El Dorado West - Studebaker and Willow
6:30 pm - come early to get good parking

July 22, 29, and August 5

Stay tuned for more information on other community events.


In this issue

Christian Education

Band Concerts

Service for Tim Bolton

National Youth Event

Walk with First Church

Church Picnic

Interfaith Service

Volunteer at Food Bank

Pilgrim Pines

Summer Day Camp


Parish Concerns

For more information

The Pilgrim - current and past editions of the newsletter


First Church website

Contact us


Service for Tim Bolton

Tim Bolton's family has arranged for his memorial service to be held at Leisure World on Saturday, July 23 at 3 pm. It will be in Clubhouse 4. The address is 419 Northwood Road, Seal Beach.


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UCC National Youth Event

We ask your trayers for our youth as they attend the national youth event in Walt Disney World Resort, July 26 - 30.



City and Shoreline Walk
By Eillen Badilla

FCCLB Walking for Health presents City and Shoreline Walk. Join us for a four-mile walk starting at Harvey Milk Park (Third and Promenade) on Friday, July 29 at 8:30 am. Pets are welcome. More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/271698336526065/.

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picnic imageEnjoy the All Church Family Picnic July 31
By JoAnne Jennings

It’s coming soon! There will be burgers (veggie ones too) and hotdogs with fellowship and fun. When you pack your dessert or salad, remember to pack reusable plates, utensils, and cups or glasses to help the environment.

Sign-ups continue in the Kilsby Courtyard or Koinonia Room after church. It’s $8 per person or $20 for a family. We look forward to seeing you.


Interfaith Service
Thursday, August 4, 7 pm
Commemorating the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki


Help to Feed the Hungry - Volunteer at the L.A. Food Bank
By Christopher Bobo and the Board of Social Justice and Outreach

“Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food’…”
(Matthew 25:34-35).

August 6 from 8:30 to 12:30 is UCC Day at the L.A. Food Bank! Thanks to the Seaside United Church of Christ in Torrance, the L.A. Food Bank is having a UCC Volunteer Event Day ​when we can fight hunger right here in L.A. County by giving a little bit of our time. Currently, one in six  people in Los Angeles experiences hunger. But you can help feed the hungry by helping us sort, inspect, and repackage donated food items from local food drives before they get distributed to those in need.

Please sign-up now using the link and password below. The password is: “seaside”.  And it is case sensitive. Just click on this: Sign me up for Saturday, August 6 - 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Upon registration, you will receive an email confirmation with all the logistics and forms. If you do not receive the email confirmation, please check your spam/junk folder.

The minimum age requirement is 14. There are no exceptions. All volunteers must wear closed-toe/closed-heel shoes. Parking is available on-site and carpooling is encouraged. The volunteer location is 1734 E. 41st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90058.

Hope to see you there.


Pilgrim Pines

First Church at Pilgrim Pines

See how happy they looked at Pilgrim Pines last week?! Don't you want to go too?!

Save the Date: Friday, October 7 - Sunday, October 9
Annual "Fall Fun for All" event at Pilgrim Pines
Including Apple Pie Day
More information to come!

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Summer Is Here!
By Nancy Valencia, Executive Director, DAYS Long Beach

DAYS Long Beach is celebrating its 47th year of summer camp. If you have been around the church campus, you have probably seen classroom modules focusing on health, nutrition, science, art, parent rngagement, and yoga classes, to name a few. This past school year, Leaders Long Beach (LLB), the DAYS LB youth group, have devoted their time to developing and creating interesting curriculum for summer camp. Through this process, LLB youth have uncovered so many of their own hidden talents to share with the younger campers.

The campers spend the day interacting with children their own age, but also have the benefit of spending time with older former campers. They receive one-on-one support from both staff and volunteers. The DAYS program understands true change comes from inside the community rather than out. This is why the DAYS summer program invests itself in giving its campers as many tools as necessary to excel in academics and develop the life skills necessary to become the next generation of consciously invested members of their community.

Our campers recently traveled to the Griffith Observatory, and in the next several weeks they are scheduled to visit the California Science Center. They are gaining experiences that are stimulating, and they are in line with educational content for all educational levels.

Year after year, children find their way to us. The ongoing support of First Church allows DAYS Long Beach to continue to build and strength relationships with the children, which will last a lifetime. We are all so deeply grateful for your love and support, First Church. To learn more about DAYS Long Beach, visit our new website at http://www.dayslb.org/.

Summer Day Campers at Griffith Observatory


Pilgrim and Bulletin Deadline

The deadline for submitting items for inclusion in the Sunday service bulletin and for the newsletter is Tuesday at 1 p.m. The Pilgrim is emailed every Wednesday.




Parish Concerns

Your thoughts and prayers are requested for all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit.

Names on the Parish Concerns lists appear in two consecutive editions of the newsletter. To share a Parish Concern or a Parish Joy, put a note on the board on the Third Street landing or contact Ruth Warkentin in the church office.

Online Calendar

Don't miss out! Check the online church calendar for details about all church events. You can use the online calendar to email invitations to friends to church events and to set up emailed reminders to yourself. Just click on any event to see more information.




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