This Sunday at CPC

This Sunday at CPC, June 16, 2019

Worship Sunday, June 16

   9:00 a.m.  Contemporary Worship (identical services)

   9:30 a.m.  Sunday School for preschool – 5th (except the 1st Sunday of the month)

                        Grade school children will be brought to the patio at 10:15 a.m.

10:10 a.m.   Adult Education(adult ed room) on summer break

10:45 a.m.   Traditional Worship (identical services)

                     (11:15 children’s program, preschool – 5th)

Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20

Sermon:  God the Father, and…

On Trinity Sunday, which is Father’s Day, we will listen to the scripture, look at our stained glass,  think about how God is like a Father – and more. The idea of the Trinity – that God is best described as a mystery involving three separate yet united persons – actually opens the door to a number of ways to experience the living God, which is what matters, after all!

Father’s Day Celebration

The men of the church are invited to our annual squirt gun battle. Afterwards, we’ll celebrate with root beer floats using Dad’s Root Beer, donated by Susie Davis Maghy, daughter of Paul and Nancy Davis, in loving memory of her father.

A brief congregational meeting was held last Sunday. Thanks to the following faithful people who were elected to serve three-year terms as Elders: *Ann Collins, Audra Hokunson, Lisa Scott Jones, Jessica Reese, *Phil Sider, Anne Warner; and as Deacons: Jessica Buuck, *Linda Cherrington, Tom Chesnutt, Jill Merrill, *Linda Watson.

Inquirer’s Class for new members…

An Inquirer’s Class for those considering joining CPC will be held Sunday, June 23, 10:10 – noon in the youth room (education building). Those who want to learn more about the Presbyterian branch of the faith are welcome; there’s no pressure to join. We’ll cover what Presbyterians believe and do, and an introduction to what goes on at CPC. A light breakfast will be served. RSVP helpful but not essential:  mailto:gregb@cpclacosta.org  If you’re interested in the class but can’t make June 23, send Greg an email.

Summer Sermon Series: Your Help Needed!Your help needed for our Summer Sermon Series: Questions People Ask  Greg and Eileen are planning a sermon series that will address questions asked by the congregation – which means we need you to ask them! Please submit questions in writing, anonymously or otherwise, by email or offering basket. There will be one or two informal follow-up gatherings the week after each sermon in a local pub and/or coffee shop to further discuss the question. 

This Sunday at CPC, June 9, 2019

Wear Red for Pentecost! This Sunday, June 9
   9:00 a.m.  Pentecost Worship (identical services)
   9:30 a.m.  Sunday School for preschool – 5th (except the 1st Sunday)
                        Grade school children will be brought to the patio at 10:15 a.m.
10:10 a.m.   Adult Education(adult ed room) on summer break
10:45 a.m.   Pentecost Worship (identical services)
                     (11:15 children’s program, preschool – 5th)

Wear red for Pentecost Worship featuring the praise team, band, and choir in a unique celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit, then and now. Kids will be invited to play the drums on one song. We’ll make a special offering of food for the kids at La Mirada Academy during the service; don’t use the bins in the lobby, keep the food to present during worship. We’ll honor all those whose efforts make worship happen at CPC. And unique and special music will feature all our church musicians!

Scripture:  Acts of the Apostles 2:1-22 (selected verses)
Sermon:  Spirit on the Loose!
We will read the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples, the beginning of the church, and we’ll talk about how the Spirit has been at work (at play?) here at CPC in the past, present… and future! The whole service will be a celebration of the way the living God moves in and among us in the often mis-understood and always mys-terious Holy Spirit.

A brief congregational meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. for the election of elders and deacons. Nominated for three year terms as Elder: *Ann Collins, Audra Hokunson, Lisa Scott Jones, Jessica Reese, *Phil Sider, Anne Warner. Nominated as Deacon: Jessica Buuck, *Linda Cherrington, Tom Chesnutt, Jill Merrill, *Linda Watson  (* indicates a second term)

1000 Meals for the Poor, Sister Faiths service project at CPC, Sunday, June 9, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. We gather with our Jewish and Muslim friends of every age and stage to make one thousand meals for the needy. $10 donation per person requested, $25 family maximum. Sign up at  https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egcr2icebff6705c&oseq=&c=&ch=

Inquirer’s Class for new members…
An Inquirer’s Class for those considering joining CPC will be held Sunday, June 23, 10:10 – noon in the youth room (education building). Those who want to learn more about the Presbyterian branch of the faith are welcome; there’s no pressure to join. We’ll cover what Presbyterians believe and do, and an introduction to what goes on at CPC. A light breakfast will be served. RSVP helpful but not essential:  mailto:gregb@cpclacosta.org  If you’re interested in the class but can’t make June 23, send Greg an email.

Summer Sermon Series: Your Help Needed!
Your help needed for our Summer Sermon Series: Questions People Ask  Greg and Eileen are planning a sermon series that will address questions asked by the congregation – which means we need you to ask them! Please submit questions in writing, anonymously or otherwise, by email or offering basket. There will be one or two informal follow-up gatherings the week after each sermon in a local pub and/or coffee shop to further discuss the question. 

This Sunday at CPC, June 2, 2019

Seventh Sunday of Eastertide, June 2
   9:00 a.m.  Contemporary Worship
   9:30 a.m.  Sunday School for preschool – 5th (except the 1st Sunday)
                        Grade school children will be brought to the patio at 10:15 a.m.
10:10 a.m.   Adult Education(adult ed room) on summer break
10:45 a.m.   Traditional Worship 
                     (11:15 children’s program, preschool – 5th)
  2:00 – 5:00   Summer Block Party!
Come for the fun, wear your church nametag, welcome our guests – and please share the Facebook Block Party flyer on CPC’s FB page, an important way to get the word out!

Scripture:  John 17:20-26
Sermon:     The Me in Thee
On the last Sunday in the season of Easter, we hear the closing words of chapter 17, which is the prayer Jesus offers for his disciples – both the original twelve and all of us who have come after – culminating in his heartfelt plea “that we all may be one.” Can the church that is as fractured and divided as the world truly be one? Can the church afford not to be one? We will look to Rembrandt, Ernest Hemingway and Christ himself for wisdom here.

Summer Block Party, 2 – 5 p.m.  Once again CPC offers a block party to our neighbors complete with petting zoo, food truck, DJ, face painting, dunk tank, corn hole, lawn games, bounce house, cake walk, and ice cream sundaes.

CPC Renews Outreach to Military Families: Our Mission Committee will sponsor a Baby Needs and Emergency Food Drive for YMCA-Camp Pendleton. Samantha Holt, Executive Director of YMCA-CP, will share a Minute for Mission during both services. Food and baby items (diapers, wipes, formula, baby food) may be returned by June 2.

Inquirer’s Class for new members…
An Inquirer’s Class for those considering joining CPC will be held Sunday, June 23, 10:10 – noon in the youth room (education building). Those who want to learn more about the Presbyterian branch of the faith are welcome; there’s no pressure to join. We’ll cover what Presbyterians believe and do, and an introduction to what goes on at CPC. A light breakfast will be served. RSVP helpful but not essential:  mailto:gregb@cpclacosta.org  If you’re interested in the class but can’t make June 23, send Greg an email.

Summer Sermon Series: Your Help Needed!
Your help needed for our Summer Sermon Series: Questions People Ask  Greg and Eileen are planning a sermon series that will address questions asked by the congregation – which means we need you to ask them! Please submit questions in writing, anonymously or otherwise, by email or offering basket. There will be one or two informal follow-up gatherings the week after each sermon in a local pub and/or coffee shop to further discuss the question. 

This Sunday at CPC, May 26, 2019

Sixth Sunday of Eastertide, May 26
A Memorial Day Observance will conclude our worship as we remember those who have given “the last full measure of devotion” in the service of our country.

   9:00 a.m.  Contemporary Worship
   9:30 a.m.  Sunday School for preschool – 5th (except 1st Sundays)
                        Grade school children will be brought to the patio at 10:15 a.m.
10:10 a.m.   Adult Education (adult ed room) on summer break
10:45 a.m.   Traditional Worship 
                     (11:15 children’s program, preschool – 5th)

Scripture:  John 14:23-29
Sermon:     A Peace the World Cannot Give
Let not your hearts be troubled… is what Jesus told his disciples the night before the crucifixion. But how do we do that?

CPC Renews Outreach to Military Families: Our Mission Committee will sponsor a Baby Needs and Emergency Food Drive for YMCA-Camp Pendleton. Samantha Holt, Executive Director of YMCA-CP, will share a Minute for Mission during both services. Food and baby items (diapers, wipes, formula, baby food) may be returned by June 2.

Inquirer’s Class for new members…
An Inquirer’s Class for those considering joining CPC will be held Sunday, June 23, 10:10 – noon in the youth room (education building). Those who want to learn more about the Presbyterian branch of the faith are welcome; there’s no pressure to join. We’ll cover what Presbyterians believe and do, and an introduction to what goes on at CPC. A light breakfast will be served. RSVP helpful but not essential:  mailto:gregb@cpclacosta.org  If you’re interested in the class but can’t make June 23, send Greg an email.

Summer Sermon Series: Your Help Needed!
Your help needed for our Summer Sermon Series: Questions People Ask  Greg and Eileen are planning a sermon series that will address questions asked by the congregation – which means we need you to ask them! Please submit questions in writing, anonymously or otherwise, by email or offering basket. There will be one or two informal follow-up gatherings the week after each sermon in a local pub and/or coffee shop to further discuss the question.

This Sunday at CPC, May 19, 2019

Fifth Sunday of Eastertide, May 19
Centella Street Community Garden Sunday as we honor our founding garden coordinator Cheryl Wright and our garden planning team, thank our new coordinators Nancy Morgan and Suzanne Mosko, and celebrate the wonderful gift the garden has been to our church and neighbors during both services.

   9:00 a.m.  Contemporary Worship
   9:30 a.m.  Sunday School for preschool – 5th (except 1st Sunday)
                        Grade school children will be brought to the patio at 10:15 a.m.
10:10 a.m.   Adult Education(adult ed room) The Way: Walking with Jesus
10:45 a.m.   Traditional Worship 
                     (11:15 children’s program, preschool – 5th)

Scripture:  Psalm 23:4 (King James Version
Sermon:     Facing Fear in the Valley of the Shadow
We live in fearful times. This Sunday we take a journey through the scriptures and various responses to fear, from the twenty-third Psalm to Jeremiah (read chapter 32 for a preview), from the Christmas and Easter angels (what do they always say?) to the garden in John’s vision of the fulfillment of all things (Revelation 22).

This Sunday at CPC, May 12, 2019

Fourth Sunday of Eastertide, May 12

Mother’s Day

   9:00 a.m.  Contemporary Worship

   9:30 a.m.  Sunday School for preschool – 5th (except the 1st Sunday of the month)

                        Grade school children will be brought to the patio at 10:15 a.m.

10:10 a.m.   Adult Education (adult ed room) The Way: Walking with Jesus

10:45 a.m.   Traditional Worship 

                     (11:15 children’s program, preschool – 5th)

Scripture:  Psalm 23, Revelation 7:15-17

Sermon:     Alpha and Omega

This Sunday we celebrate Mother’s Day with a special gift for all the women of the church. This is the perfect day to honor Helga Olivka, who has served in the church nursery for twenty years! Thank you, Helga, and God bless you!

This Sunday we dedicate the Audrey Elliott Fund established by the Elliott children in loving memory of their mother to encourage and support mission, outreach, and community building within and beyond Christ Presbyterian Church.

Your Grace and Gratitude pledges (estimates of giving) to the church operating fund for July 2019 – June 2020 may be turned in by mail, offering plate, or email to financial secretary Loyd Wright at  wrightla282@gmail.com. This is what makes the mission, fellowship, faith development, and worship of our church happen – everything that keeps the life of CPC going strong.! Pledge cards are available in the lobby; your confidential pledge may also be made to financial secretary Loyd Wright at mailto:wrightla282@gmail.com

CPC Renews Outreach to Military Families: Our Mission Committee recently sponsored a Baby Needs and Emergency Food Drive for YMCA-Camp Pendleton. Samantha Holt, Executive Director of YMCA-CP, shared a Minute for Mission during both services on May 5. Food and baby items (diapers, wipes, formula, baby food) may be returned this Sunday and any Sunday in May.

This Sunday at CPC, May 5, 2019

Third Sunday of Eastertide, May 5
Grace and Gratitude Sunday
Renewal of Baptism and Communion
   9:00 a.m.  Contemporary Worship, Nicole Hudson singing  
   9:30 a.m.  Sunday School for preschool – 5th (except the 1st Sunday of the month)
                        Grade school children will be brought to the patio at 10:15 a.m.
10:10 a.m.   Adult Education(adult ed room) The Way: Walking with Jesus
10:45 a.m.   Traditional Worship, Nicole Hudson singing
(11:15 children’s program, preschool – 5th)

Renewal of Baptism and Communion, 9:00 & 10:45 a.m. An Eastertide tradition at CPC on the first communion after Easter, when we symbolically wash away the ashes of our mortality placed on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday with the water of life found in the sacrament of baptism.

CPC Renews Outreach to Military Families: Our Mission Committee will sponsor a Baby Needs and Emergency Food Drive for YMCA-Camp Pendleton. Samantha Holt, Executive Director of YMCA-CP, will share a Minute for Mission during both services. Food and baby items may be returned this Sunday and any Sunday thereafter

This Sunday is Grace and Gratitude Sunday as we make our pledges (estimates of giving) to the 2019-2020 operating budget that supports the mission, fellowship, faith development, and worship of our church – everything that keeps the life of CPC going strong. Pledge cards were mailed out this week, and will be available in the lobby. They may be returned in the offering, by mail, or to our financial secretary Loyd Wright at wrightla282@gmail.com

Scripture:  John 20:30-31
Sermon:   A Few True Things
Easter is a season as well as a day, and on the third Sunday of Eastertide, we will read this short, two-verse summary of why John wrote his gospel. He couldn’t possibly tell us all the stories about Jesus, he says, but there is a reason he has told us the ones he has. And it’s perfect for a day in which we renew the promise of our baptism.

This Sunday at CPC, April 28, 2019

Second Sunday of Eastertide, April 28
   9:00 a.m.  Contemporary Worship, Nicole Hudson singing  
   9:30 a.m.  Sunday School for preschool – 5th (except the 1st Sunday of the month)
                        Grade school children will be brought to the patio at 10:15 a.m.
10:10 a.m.   Adult Education(adult ed room) The Way: Walking with Jesus
10:45 a.m.   Traditional Worship, Nicole Hudson singing
                     (11:15 children’s program, preschool – 5th)

This is In the Garden Sunday when we sing the favorite hymn of many that tells the story of Mary meeting Jesus in the garden on Easter morning.  Did you know Easter is not only a day, it’s a church season (like Lent)? We’ll be celebrating resurrection for the next seven Sundays until Pentecost on June 9.

Scripture:  John 20:15-16; Luke 24:13-15, 30-31; John 21:4
Sermon:   In the Garden, On the Road, At the Table…
Easter is a season as well as a day, and on the second Sunday of Eastertide, we will think about the places Jesus met the disciples after his resurrection. The truth is, they are rather ordinary places, and the stories are told in more of a whisper than a shout. Why is that, and what does that mean for people of faith today?

CPC joins Presbyterians everywhere to receive the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering this Sunday (and for the next three Sundays). The One Great Hour supports disaster victims, self-development projects, and hunger programs in the USA and around the world.

This Week at CPC, April 21, 2019, Easter Sunday


Easter Day: April 21: Worship at 6:30, 9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

Drama, Choir, Praise Team, Band, Orchestra (identical services)
         in the sanctuary

   6:30 a.m.  Easter Worship 
   9:00 a.m.  Easter Worship

   9:30 a.m.  Sunday School for preschool – 5th (except the 1st Sunday of the month)
                        Grade school children will be brought to the patio at 10:15 a.m.
10:10 a.m.   Adult Education(adult ed room) The Way: Walking with Jesus
10:45 a.m.   Easter Worship (11:15 children’s program, preschool – 5th)

An earlier version of This Week inadvertently omitted the 6:30 a.m. Easter service. Yes, there will be Easter worship at 6:30 a.m. on Easter Day!

Scripture:  Luke 24:1-12
Sermon:    Remember How He Told You?

Bread Breakfast, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Bring muffins, breads, fruit salad, and Easter treats for a shared Easter breakfast.

This Sunday at CPC, April 14, 2019

Sunday, April 14: Palm/Passion Sunday Worship:
Drama, Choir, Praise Team, Band, Orchestra (identical services)

   9:00 a.m.  Palm/Passion Sunday Worship
   9:30 a.m.  Sunday School for preschool – 5th (except 1st Sunday)
                        Grade school children will be brought to the patio at 10:15 a.m.
10:10 a.m.   Adult Education(adult ed room) The Way: Walking with Jesus
10:45 a.m.   Palm/Passion Sunday Worship (11:15 children’s program age 3 – 5th)

Scripture:  Luke 19:28-40, Philippians 2:5-11
Sermon:    On the Road to Alleluia: Steps Along the Way   
Step Up… to Commitment  We continue to follow Christ on “The Way” as we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, just five days before the crucifixion. The philosopher Socrates once noted that the unexamined life is not worth living, but preacher William Sloane Coffin believed it was actually the uncommitted life that’s not worth living. What do you think?

Egg-venture: our annual gathering for Easter fun! Easter Egg hunts and games. Bring a picnic lunch and a dozen eggs for each child; it would be great for those without kids to bring a dozen eggs, too (plastic eggs filled with a treat). Details: Jill at mailto:jillm@cpclacosta.org

This Sunday and every second Sunday bring your non-perishable food items (or donation) for children of La Mirada Academy in San Marcos, a school with many low-income families. CPC sends a backpack of food home every weekend with 60 children – your support matters!

CPC joins Presbyterians everywhere to receive the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering this Sunday (and for the next three Sundays). The One Great Hour supports disaster victims, self-development projects, and hunger programs in the USA and around the world.

Holy Week at CPC
Palm/Passion Sunday, April 14, 9:00 & 10:45

To truly celebrate Easter, first come to the foot of the cross at any of our Holy Thursday or Good Friday services:
        Holy Thursday, April 18, 7:00 p.m.  On the night of the Last Supper, we break bread together and reflect on what it meant for Jesus to wash the feet of the disciples. Why were they — and we — so hesitant?

       Good Friday, April 19, noon and 7:00 p.m.  We gather on the day of the crucifixion for the office of Tenebrae (“the shadows”) as we hear once again the story of the suffering and death of our Savior in what many believe to be the most moving service of the year.

Easter Day, April 21, 6:30, 9:00 & 10:45   
Celebrate the resurrection of the Lord in our beautiful sanctuary with band, orchestra, praise team, choir, and your church family.
Bread Breakfast at 10:00 a.m.  All who wish are invited to bring a breakfast bread, muffin, doughnut, fruit or fruit salad, or breakfast treat to share between services.