This Sunday at CPC

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

This Sunday at CPC, July 21, 2019

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)

Reflections from Israeli, Palestinian, and American young adults who are part of Hands of Peace (see below)

Scripture   Matthew 17:1-9

Sermon   From Mountains and the Moon

All four gospels report that Jesus often went to a mountain to pray. Why? The reasons are likely similar to what draws people to the mountains today – but there’s a little more to it than that. And what on earth might this have to do with the Apollo 11 moon landing fifty years ago this Saturday?

Hands of Peace Day at CPC, as we are joined in worship by Palestinian, Israeli, and American young adults participating in the 2019 Hands of Peace program in Carlsbad, planting seeds for peace in the Middle East, 9:00 & 10:45 a.m.

This Sunday at CPC, July 14, 2019

Worship Sunday, July 14

   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: Genesis 1:1-5, 27

Sermon:  Simplicity

Paige Hokunson is preaching on Youth Sunday. Paige will be attending Providence College in Rhode Island. We look forward to her words on the Word!

This Sunday at CPC, July 7, 2019

Worship Sunday, July 7: Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

   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: Galatians 5:1, 13-14

Sermon:  Freedom Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be… It’s More!

Paul’s understanding of freedom isn’t the opportunity to do whatever we want. It’s much deeper – and much more fulfilling!

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper at both services.

Reception of New Members at 9:00

This Sunday at CPC, June 30, 2019

Worship Sunday, June 30: Sundae Sunday at CPC!

   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)

Sunday Sundae at CPC, when we celebrate Bible School and the Fourth of July with ice cream sundaes after worship.

Vacation Bible School Celebration

We’re celebrating our kids this Sunday at the 9:00 service with kid-friendly worship, including our VBS kids singing their theme song, a short sermon for all ages, and a multi-generational prayers of the people.

Independence Day: we kick off the Fourth of July celebration with the singing of that wonderful hymn/prayer America the Beautiful at both services.

Scripture: Psalm 139:1-14 (selected)

Sermon:  Hide and Seek with God

This kid-friendly sermon has something to say to all ages as we think about where God is to be found – and more!

This Sunday at CPC, June 23, 2019

Worship Sunday, June 23

   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: Galatians 3:23-29

Sermon:  We’re All In This Together

Inquirer’s Class for new members…

An Inquirer’s Class for those considering joining CPC will be held this 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