Online Worship this Sunday at 9:00 and 10:45 a.m. with recorded services available afterwards. Worship is 45 minutes long. Why not tune in at your usual time and worship together while apart!

The first Easter took place at a frightening time in a dangerous world. In this Easter season that is not all that different than the first, we will continue to listen with urgency for the message of hope.
Scripture  Acts 17:22-31                           
Sermon  Notes on an Unknown God
In the Easter season the church often reads from the story of the early church in the Acts of the Apostles. Here Paul is in Athens, and in the midst of that marketplace of ideas and religions (and in the marketplace of the city), Paul finds a compelling way to speak of the Christian God. Today’s marketplace offers similar varieties of expression – and similar opportunities for God’s Spirit to speak to the restless human spirit.
A worship bulletin will be emailed before the service.

Coffee Hour between services 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Bring your own coffee and see your friends at a special Zoom gathering. Use your computer or TV screen if you can because it will be easier to see one another. Individual conversations may be difficult, but we can at least see each other, and we’ll give everyone the chance to say a few words. Click the link in This Week to join.

Children’s Time on Zoom
Age seven and under, 10:00 – 10:40 a.m.
A great storyboard story: The Good Shepherd, and songs
Age eight and up, 10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
The Good Shepherd and guessing games and games
See parent email for details on Zoom ormailto:CathyL@cpclacosta.org

To join online worship:
To watch live:

  1. Go to www.Christ-Pres.Church
  2. Click Visit Our YouTube Channel
  3. Click “Streaming” or “Live” (sometimes there is a delay, so you may need to refresh your browser until it appears).

To watch recorded services:

  1. Go to www.Christ-Pres.Church
  2. Click Visit Our YouTube Channel
  3. The most recent services/sermons are listed first.

Worship: Sunday, January 19
9:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School for preschool – 5th
Grade school children will be brought to the patio at 10:15 a.m.
10:10 a.m. Adult Education (adult ed room)
10:45 a.m. Traditional Worship
(11:15 children’s program, preschool – 5th)

Scripture Psalm 40:1-11
Sermon New Song

Sunday Adult Education discussing parables of Jesus, beginning with Luke 15:11-32 “the waiting father.” 10:10-10:45 a.m. in the adult education room. Phil Sider mailto:jpwsider@hotmail.com

Worship: Sunday, December 22, Fourth Sunday of Advent
   9:00 a.m.  A Celebration of Christmas 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) resumes Sunday, January
10:45 a.m.   A Celebration of Christmas Worship (identical services)
                     (11:15 children’s program, preschool – 5th)
 
Poinsettia Sunday
On the fourth Sunday of Advent, our sanctuary will be adorned with poinsettias given in honor or memory of loved ones. We will begin singing Christmas carols, and hear about the gift of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come in Dickens A Christmas Carol. Identical services this Sunday.
Lighting of the Advent Candles  
Honoring Jill Maurice for Ten Years of Service at CPC The great celebration of Jill’s ministry at CPC takes place on Sunday, February 9 before she leaves with her family for Atlanta… but this Sunday we honor her for ten years of faithful service to the children and youth of CPC.
 
Scripture  1 Timothy 6:17-19   
Sermon   A Christmas Carol – Revisited: The Gift of Christmas Yet to Come
Charles Dicken’s classic Christmas story of Ebenezer Scrooge is our Advent sermon theme. Each Sunday we’ll focus on the gift offered by one of the four spirits that visited Scrooge on the fateful Christmas Eve when his future was in the balance. This week we remember the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come – and how Scrooge’s Christmas journey ends!
 
Sunday Adult Education: resumes Sunday, January 5, to discuss parables of Jesus, beginning with Luke 15:11-32, 10:10-10:45 a.m. in the adult education room.
 

Christmas Eve at CPC
Tuesday, December 24   
   Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship, 5:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Candlelight, our gifted CPC musicians, and the most beautiful story of all. The sermon story is A Christmas Carol – Revisited. Child care is available for infants and toddlers at the 5:00 p.m. service.

Worship: Sunday, December 15, Third Sunday of Advent

   9:00 a.m.  A Celebration of Christmas 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)

10:45 a.m.   A Celebration of Christmas Worship (identical services)

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

A Celebration of Christmas Worship

The mysteries of Christmas – of Emmanuel, God with us – are often more powerfully sung than spoken! This Sunday our praise team, choir, band, and guest musicians (strings and horns) celebrate the joy of the season with their annual musical celebration!  Identical services this Sunday.

Lighting of the Advent Candles  

Scripture   Luke 2:1-5

Sermon   A Christmas Carol – Revisited: The Gift of Christmas Present

Charles Dicken’s classic Christmas story of Ebenezer Scrooge is our Advent sermon theme. Each Sunday we’ll focus on the gift offered by one of the four spirits that visited Scrooge on the fateful Christmas Eve when his future was in the balance. This week we remember the Ghost of Christmas Present – let’s see

Sunday Adult Education: 10:10-10:45 am in the adult education room. Discussions track the Advent sermon series “A Christmas Carol – Revisited.”

The Christmas Angel Tree: there are still a few angels on the tree! Choose one, make your purchase and return it with the ornament attached by Monday, December 16 for distribution before Christmas. Your gifts for needy families at La Mirada School will make Christmas happen!

All Church Christmas Party, 5:00 p.m.—6:30 p.m.

It’s not just for kids – all ages and stages will delight in our Christmas gathering! Carols, games, our Girls Ensemble, The Worst Christmas Ever (Kathy Bostrom’s new children’s book; signed copies available to benefit our refugee family), and the annual Christmas Children’s Play. Advent-ure crafts for all ages follow the program. Bring a healthy snack or dessert to share.

Worship Sunday, September 22: Annual Meeting of the Congregation, 10:15 a.m.
   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   1 Corinthians 10:11-14
Sermon Questions People Ask: God Only Gives Us What We Can Handle – Really?
That’s something you often hear, and it leads to a question of control vs. trust. Do we rely on God’s grace or on our own ability to control our own destiny and “handle” our own lives?

Annual Meeting of the Congregation, 10:15 a.m. On the agenda: presentation of annual reports, final 2018-19 finances, and the 2019-20 budget; election of the nominating committee; changes in terms of call for the pastors. Pick up an annual report in the lobby. Verbal summary at 11:45 a.m.

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.

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.

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.

Sunday, March 17
   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 – resumes March 17 (adult ed room) The Way: Walking with Jesus
10:45 a.m.   Traditional Worship (11:15 children’s program, preschool – 5th)

Scripture:  Genesis 11:31 – 12:2, 15:1-7
Sermon:    On the Road to Alleluia: Steps Along the Way    Step Out… in Faith
Where is God on our life journey? This Sunday we’ll discover anew why it’s important to read the Bible carefully, for often there is more than meets the eye – including a remarkable insight on this question!

Sunday, December 30: First Sunday of Christmas

   9:00 a.m.  Contemporary Worship and Christmas carols

   9:30 a.m.  Sunday School for preschool – 5th grade (resumes January 13)

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

10:10 a.m.   Adult Education – adult ed room (resumes January 13)

10:45 a.m.  Traditional Worship and Christmas carols

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

Scripture:  Luke 2:1-7

Sermon:    The Inn-Side Story

Our guest preacher is the Reverend Kathy Bostrom, who will share the Christmas story from the perspective of the innkeeper’s wife. Kathy and Greg were co pastors in Presbyterian churches in Pennsylvania and Illinois for thirty years before Kathy retired to write books for children (and a few for their elders).

Angel Tree: Thank your gifts for needy families at La Mirada School this Sunday, December 16. You may wrap them (or place them in a gift bag) but please attach the “angel” with the child’s name!

Please remember the church in your year-end giving. Among the many worthy causes at Christmastime is CPC, the place for grace that we call home. As you know, we’ve stretched our budget this year, so your over and above year end gift is especially important in 2018! To be included in the 2018 tax year, gifts must be received in the church office by noon on December 31, or postmarked no later than December 31. Thank you! 86d6c322e5

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship, Monday, December 24

            5:00 & 7:00 p.m.     Lessons and Carols

                                                Choir, Praise Team, Band & Orchestra

                                                Sermon: Missing Jesus

                                                Child Care for infants and toddlers (5:00 p.m.)

            Invite a friend or neighbor for Christmas Eve worship!                                          

Sunday, December 23: Fourth Sunday of Advent

Lighting of the Advent Candles

   9:00 a.m.  Carol Sing: your favorite Christmas carols

   9:30 a.m.  Sunday School for preschool – 5th grade

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

10:10 a.m.   Adult Education What’s So Amazing About Grace? adult ed room

10:45 a.m.  Carol Sing: your favorite Christmas carols

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

Scripture:  Luke 1:39-45

Sermon:    Prepare the Way: Receive!

Two opportunities to respond to the border crisis: 

For legal asylum seekers who have been lawfully admitted to the United States Current needs: men’s sweat pants; outerwear for women and children (coats, jackets, gloves, hats); sanitary pads; toilet paper, laundry detergent, diapers, baby wipes, disposable plates, forks, spoons.These are people from all over the world who have very little as they wait for their families or sponsors to shelter them.

To meet humanitarian needs of migrants in shelters in Tijuana, CPC is collecting money to donate funds to the Mexican Red Cross, as recommended by San Diego Presbytery pastors and leaders who have been in Tijuana in recent days. Our funds have more purchasing power in Tijuana, and there are limitations on the amount of goods that can be transported across the border. Make your gift to CPC marked “Border” and 100% of your donation will go to the Mexican Red Cross for food, shelter, health and hygiene items.

Please remember the church in your year-end giving. Among the many worthy causes at Christmastime is CPC, the place for grace that we call home. As you know, we’ve stretched our budget this year, so your over and above year end gift is especially important in 2018!

Sunday, December 9: Second Sunday of Advent

Lighting of the Advent Candles

   9:00 a.m.  Contemporary Worship

   9:30 a.m.  Sunday School for preschool – 5th grade

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

10:10 a.m.   Adult Education What’s So Amazing About Grace? adult ed room

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

Scripture:  Luke 3:1-6

Sermon:    Prepare the Way: Repent!

Joy of Christmas and Advent-ure, TONIGHT 9, 5 -6:30 p.m. Our whole church family gathers for Christmas fun; music; crafts for those who like them; appetizers, desserts and healthy snacks (bring your favorites) and the annual children’s Christmas play. A joy for us all!

Our Session is offering the following opportunities to respond to the border crisis: 

For legal asylum seekers who have been lawfully admitted to the United States, we are collecting personal hygiene items such as diapers in every size, soap, toothpaste, shampoo, hand sanitizers, feminine hygiene products, underwear (men, women, and children), etc. These are people from all over the world who have very little as they wait for their families or sponsors to shelter them.

To meet humanitarian needs of migrants in shelters in Tijuana, CPC is collecting money to donate funds to the Mexican Red Cross, as recommended by San Diego Presbytery pastors and leaders who have been in Tijuana in recent days. Our funds have more purchasing power in Tijuana, and there are limitations on the amount of goods that can be transported across the border. Make your gift to CPC marked “Border” and 100% of your donation will go to the Mexican Red Cross for food, shelter, health and hygiene items.

 Angel Tree: Please return your gifts for needy families at La Mirada School by Sunday, December 16. You may wrap them (or place them in a gift bag) but please attach the “angel” with the chil’s name!

Please remember the church in your year-end giving. Among the many worthy causes at Christmastime is CPC, the place for grace that we call home. As you know, we’ve stretched our budget this year, so your over and above year end gift is especially important in 2018!