This Sunday at CPC

This Sunday at CPC, October 13, 2019

Worship: Sunday, October 13

   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) Questions People Ask

10:45 a.m.   Traditional Worship: Hymn Sing (first verses of your favorite hymns)

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

Scripture   Matthew 25:31-32, 46; John 12:32; Romans 5:18-21

Sermon   Questions People Ask: Would a loving God condemn anyone to hell?

When someone asks this question, occasionally they’re looking for interesting conversation, but more often there’s a deeper question: what about my friend or my uncle who died without any faith I could detect? We’ll find that on this issue, as with many, the Bible is multi-vocal, to use Bible scholar Walter Brueggemann’s phrase, and we may be surprised by what we find there.

Sunday Adult Education: 10:10-10:45 am in the adult education room. Discussions track the fall sermon series “Questions People Ask.” 

The Peacemaking Offering will be shared between Presbyterian efforts in the US and around the world and the efforts against human trafficking of San Diego Youth Services, providing help and healing for at-risk youth and survivors up to age 24. Services include a drop-in center, mental health clinic, and the county’s only overnight emergency shelter for minors as well as transitional housing. Use the peacemaking envelope or give online (CPC website: “Give,” scroll to “Give Now”).

Care Packages for College Students are sent by our Deacons every fall so they know their church family cares for them.  Send your student’s address & e-mail to mailto:amyk@cpclacosta.org by Sunday Oct 20. Stop by the lobby display to choose items for return on Oct. 20; donations needed too

This Sunday and every second and fourth Sunday: pack food for La Mirada School All ages take on a fun hands-on mission project: packing food for kids who don’t get much food on the weekend at 10 a.m. We still need your non-perishable food donations on the second Sunday—see the pink list in the lobby.

Come to CPC’s Enchanted Block Party this Sunday, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.!This is our vital outreach to our neighbors, and a great opportunity to introduce them to our church. Come hang out, greet people, and enjoy the fun! Mary Poppins will sing songs, and meet the characters of Toy Story, the Little Mermaid, Captain Marvel, Coco, Superman. pirates and circus performers (face painters! balloon artists!). It’s not a haunted house – it’s an Enchanted Block Party! Food truck, DJ, bounce house, lawn games (cornhole!) and much more! Invite your friends! 

This Sunday at CPC, October 6, 2019

Worship: Sunday, October 6  World Communion Sunday

   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) Questions People Ask

10:45 a.m.   Traditional Worship

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

World Communion Sunday  We welcome our children to the Lord’s Table. Breads from around the world remind us that we share this feast with people of faith of every language, in every place, on every continent.

Scripture   Colossians 1:15-20

Sermon   Questions People Ask: Are we to seek God’s universal truth, or just our own version?

In what is often called a “post-modern” world, is there such a thing as “universal truth?” We of the Christian faith look to an eastern Mediterranean peasant as our leader, not to mention our Savior. How can a faith that arose in such a specific, particular location following a specific, particular person possibly reveal a truth that is for everyone?

Sunday Adult Education: 10:10-10:45 am in the adult education room. Discussions track the fall sermon series “Questions People Ask.” 

The Peacemaking Offering will be shared between Presbyterian efforts in the US and around the world and the efforts against human trafficking of San Diego Youth Services, providing help and healing for at-risk youth and survivors up to age 24. Services include a drop-in center, mental health clinic, and the county’s only overnight emergency shelter for minors as well as transitional housing. Use the peacemaking envelope or give online (CPC website: “Give,” scroll to “Give Now”).

Care Packages for College Students are sent by our Deacons every fall so they know their church family cares for them.  Send your student’s address & e-mail to mailto:amyk@cpclacosta.org by Sunday Oct 20. Stop by the lobby display to choose items for return on Oct. 20; donations needed too

Blessing of the Animals in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi, noon. Bring your pets to this brief, outdoor service, and invite your friends, too!

This Sunday at CPC, September 29, 2019

Worship Sunday, September 29

   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) Questions People Ask

10:45 a.m.   Traditional Worship

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

Scripture   Romans 8:35, 37-39, 15:13

Sermon   Questions People Ask: How do we trust God in the face of suffering?

When times are tough for ourselves or those we love, how can we continue to trust in a loving God? For some, God seems absent in the tough times, but for others, God seems most near. What makes the difference?

Sunday Adult Education: 10:10-10:45 am in the adult education room next to the sanctuary. Discussions track the fall sermon series “Questions People Ask.” Share your perspectives about the questions. 

Pack Food for La Mirada School: all ages are invited to a new, fun hands-on mission project: packing food for kids at La Mirada School who don’t get much food on the weekend. We’ll pack 120 bags on Sunday September 29 at 10 a.m. Come to the old choir room next to the kitchen; it’s easy! Time expected: 25 minutes. We still need your non-perishable food donations! Pick up a list of what’s needed in the lobby.  

Homeless Veterans Initiative: Bring your supplies for “move-in packs” for homeless vets receiving housing. Choose items to purchase from the lobby display, or donate funds (memo: Vets or online at our website/Give/Give Now). In two years CPC and four Presbyterian Churches in North County combined with Interfaith Community Services to house 122 veterans, 7 spouses, and 17 children!  CPC alone has donated over $7000 and 60 “Make-It-A-Home” packs. Furniture in good condition is needed anytime; call Interfaith (760) 215-9637 to schedule home pickup.   

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance will be on the ground in the Bahamas and other places devastated by Hurricane Dorian. Make your check out to CPC with the memo “Dorian,” or go online to our website, click “Give,” scroll down to “Give Now” and choose Mission: Hurricane Dorian.

This Sunday at CPC, September 15, 2019

Worship Sunday, September 15
   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) Questions People Ask
10:45 a.m.   Traditional Worship
                     (11:15 children’s program, preschool – 5th)

Scripture   Romans 8:18-25
Sermon Questions People Ask: If God is Good, Why is There So Much Bad?
Yes, it’s the same scripture as last Sunday – there’s a lot in there! We’ll address both the mind and the heart as consider a question that has perplexed the generations, even as we remember that the Bible seeks not so much to answer our questions as to open a conversation.

Sunday Adult Education: 10:10-10:45 am in the adult education room next to the sanctuary. Discussions track the fall sermon series “Questions People Ask.” Share your perspectives about the questions. 

Homeless Veterans Initiative: Once again we will be providing “move-in packs” for homeless vets receiving housing during September. Choose items to purchase from the lobby display, or donate funds (memo: Vets or online at our website/Give/Give Now. In two years CPC and four Presbyterian Churches in North County combined with Interfaith Community Services to house 122 veterans, 7 spouses, and 17 children!  CPC alone has donated over $7000 and 60 “Make-It-A-Home” packs. Furniture in good condition is needed anytime; call Interfaith (760) 215-9637 to schedule home pickup.

This Sunday: Pack Food for La Mirada School: all ages are invited to a new, fun hands-on mission project: packing food for kids at La Mirada School who don’t get much food on the weekend. We’ll pack 120 bags on Sundays September 15 and 29 at 10 a.m. Come to the old choir room next to the kitchen; it’s easy! Time expected: 25 minutes. We still need your non-perishable food donations on the second Sunday or any Sunday!

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance will be on the ground in the Bahamas and other places devastated by Hurricane Dorian. Make your check out to CPC with the memo “Dorian,” or go online to our website, click “Give,” scroll down to “Give Now” and choose Mission: Hurricane Dorian.

This Sunday at CPC, September 8, 2019

Worship Sunday, September 8
   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) Questions People Ask
10:45 a.m.   Traditional Worship                    (11:15 children’s program, preschool – 5th)

Scripture   Romans 8:18-25, 28-30
Sermon Questions People Ask: What is God’s Plan for Us?
                      God, the World, and You: A User’s Manual
How do our choices and God’s plan interact? Are we truly free, or does God determine the course of events? Bonus: a brief reference to that Presbyterian buzzword predestination, but mostly we’ll be considering the balance between God’s will and ours.

Sunday Adult Education: 10:10-10:45 am classes resume September 8. Discussions track the fall sermon series “Questions People Ask.” Share your perspectives about the questions and the search for answers in scripture and elsewhere.

Homeless Veterans Initiative: Once again we will be providing “move-in packs” for homeless vets receiving housing during September. In two years CPC and four Presbyterian Churches in North County combined with Interfaith Community Services to house 122 veterans, 7 spouses, and 17 children!  CPC alone has donated over $7000 and 60 "Make-It-A-Home" packs. Furniture in good condition is needed anytime; call Interfaith (760) 215-9637 to schedule home pickup.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance will be on the ground in the Bahamas and other places devastated by Hurricane Dorian. Make your check out to CPC with the memo "Dorian," or go online to our website, click "Give," scroll down to "Give Now" and choose Mission: Hurricane Dorian.

CPC Beach Party!  All ages and stages, come to South Ponto Beach Sunday, September 8, anytime after 5:00 p.m. for beach games, swimming, and the sunset. Bring a dish to share.

This Week at CPC, August 25, 2019

Worship Sunday, August 25

   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      Jeremiah 1:4-10

Sermon         Called                        Pastor Eileen VanGieson

God did wonderful things for Jeremiah before he was even born. He knew him. He formed him. He set him apart and appointed him as a prophet to the nations.

Blessing of the Backpacks

Last Sunday we filled over 100 backpacks for kids at La Mirada School in about twenty minutes! Thanks for all who donated, filled, organized and prayed for all the young people at La Mirada, all our own children heading back to school, and all God’s children. Coming on Sunday, September 15: a new hands-on project: packing food for the kids of La Mirada. Bless you all!

Baby Shower for the Ivanov family, 4 p.m. All are welcome! Aleksei and Marina Ivanov are expecting a boy and need everything! The Ivanovs are legal asylum seekers whom we are hosting at CPC while they await a decision. If you’d rather not shop for a gift, Target gift cards or cash donations to the asylum fund (made out to CPC) are welcome. If anyone has items they can donate or loan for baby use contact Karen McLachlan, who has a list of what’s already being provided mailto:krmclachlan@yahoo.com   RSVP your attendance at https://christ-pres.church/sign-up/

This Sunday at CPC, August 18, 2019

Worship Sunday, August 18

   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      Hebrews 11:1-3, 32 – 12:2

Sermon         What Makes Faith Real?

Last week we talked about faith as “the conviction of things not seen.” Faith is conviction in something – Someone – for whom there may not be enough evidence, at least not in a court of law, yet we trust is real. Where do you get that kind of conviction, anyway? No surprise, actually – it comes to us from stories. Stories we read, hear, see, and live.

Blessing of the Backpacks

Kids! This Sunday we bless our kids who are heading back to school.

            Bring your backpack to church, if you wish!

Mission! This Sunday at 10 a.m. we pack backpacks with school supplies

            for the kids of La Mirada School, who might not have them otherwise.

            Everyone of every age and stage can help! A fun, hands-on project!

This Sunday at CPC, August 11, 2019

Worship Sunday, August 11

   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   Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

Sermon   Daring to Live with “The Conviction of Things Not Seen”

The Letter to the Hebrews includes one of the most powerful definitions of faith: the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. We’ll talk about how faith in what we cannot see shapes what we can see – which makes faith the most important choice about life that we can possibly make.

Blessing of the Backpacks Bring your school supply items for needy kids at La Mirada School to church this Sunday, and come to the packing party at 10 a.m. on August 18!

A beautiful addition to our sanctuary debuted last Sunday but you can see it every Sunday from now on: Sam Pickard has once again created a work of art in wood, a cabinet to surround our keyboard that makes it look like an organ! Thank you, Sam!

This Sunday and every second Sunday, bring non-perishable food donations for kids at La Mirada School who might not have much to eat over the weekend.

Pick up your tickets for this Sunday’s Padres/Rockies game at church! Game time 12:40 p.m. Our tickets are in the shade next to the Western Metal building.  One or two tickets are available ($27 each): mailto:gregb@cpclacosta.org

This Sunday at CPC, August 4, 2019

Worship Sunday, August 4 – Doug Kelly, preaching

   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)

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper  All are welcome at the Lord’s Table!

Scripture   John 14:8-17, 25-27

Sermon   Paraclete

This Sunday we are delighted to welcome Doug Kelly back to the CPC pulpit. Doug was our pastor from 1992 – 2012. He and his wife Jean Fandl Kelly now live in Seattle where he pastors Bethany Presbyterian Church. You may greet Doug and Jean after worship, and you can also find Doug at the BB&B men’s fellowship on Monday night. Welcome home to the Kellys! 

Blessing of the Backpacks This Sunday is the last chance to choose which school supplies you would like to supply to needy kids at La Mirada School by taking a post-it note off the board in the lobby. Bring your items back by Sunday, August 11, and come to the packing party at 10 a.m. on August 18!

A beautiful addition to our sanctuary makes its debut this Sunday: Sam Pickard has once again created a work of art in wood, a cabinet to surround our keyboard that makes it look like an organ! Thank you, Sam!

This Sunday at CPC, July 28, 2019

Good news: our sanctuary air conditioner has been replaced

            and the sanctuary will be cool this Sunday!

Worship Sunday, July 28

   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   Colossians 2:6-15

Sermon   Rooted

How well a tree grows depends on how well it is rooted. We’ve been given everything we need to grow a strong and sturdy faith.

You’re invited to the Hands of Peace Farewell Celebration Sunday, July 28, at La Costa Canyon High School honoring the 2019 Israeli, Palestinian, and American participants. Hear their stories of hope and how HOP has transformed their perspectives on “the other.” 4:30 welcome, 5:30 program, 6:30 reception. Students age 18 and younger are admitted free of charge. Purchase tickets ($35) at www.handsofpeace.org

Applications for the Jim and Bobbi Miller Educational Scholarship

The Jim and Bobbi Miller Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to members of Christ Presbyterian Church who are engaged in an accredited course of study or training after high school, and demonstrate financial need as determined by their educational institution. Scholarships are available up to $500 per person. Applications are due by noon, August 13 and are available from Amy Kennedy:  mailto:amyk@cpclacosta.org