This Sunday at CPC, February 25, 2024

This Week at CPC
Sunday, February 25, 2024
Christ Presbyterian Church
7807 Centella Street
Carlsbad, California 92009
760-753-3290
https://www.facebook.com/groups/christpresbyterianchurch/
www.Christ-Pres.Church
 
Sunday February 25
Second Sunday in Lent
9:00 & 10:45 a.m.
Scripture  John 1:1-5,9; John 8:12
Sermon  Finding Hope in the Light of the World
We dive into our Lenten sermon series, seeking resources for hope in the “I am…” sayings of Jesus: this Sunday, I am the Light of the World. Might this be more than a metaphor? What might the light of Christ help us see, recognize, or understand about the world, God, life, one another?
 
To worship online live or recorded: go to www.Christ-Pres.Church and click Watch Worship, then click the service you would like to attend.
 
This is the second Sunday in Lent. For forty days (excluding Sundays) we are invited to take a spiritual journey to the cross and empty tomb. During Lent, the people of God look within to the condition of our own souls, and beyond to how God calls us to live in the world. 
Our 2024 Lenten devotional, A Good Enough Lent is available in the lobby.  Pick up your copy today or find it online at http://tinyurl.com/2p9bryym
 
Coffee service is available after Sunday services.
 
Our Lenten sermon series Finding Hope in Troubles Times, explores resources for hope found in the “I am…” sayings in the gospel of John. Each message is paired with a small group study offered at various times during the week beginning this Sunday. 
February  25  Finding Hope in the Light of the World (8:12, 1:1-9)
March        3   Finding Hope in the Bread of Life (6:25-35)
                 10  Finding Hope in the Good Shepherd 10:11-16)
                 17  Finding Hope in the Vine (15:1-15)
                 24  Finding Hope in the Way, the Truth, & the Life (14:1-9)
                 28  Holy Thursday Communion, 7:00 p.m.
                 29  Good Friday Tenebrae, noon and 7:00 p.m.
   Easter  31  Finding Hope in the Resurrection & the Life (11:25-26)
 
 
Children and Youth
Sunday School
Join us for Bible stories, arts and crafts, science demos, games, music and more in room 1 of the Education Building! If you are new to our Sunday School program, please register here: https://tithe.ly/event-registration/#/2404834  Details: Cathy Love   cathyl@cpclacosta.org
 
  9:30-10:15: K-5th grade, in the Education building (after the children’s message)
11:00-11:45: K-5th grade, in the Education building (after the children’s message)
On Communion Sundays (the first Sunday of each month) there will either be Sunday School (January, February, March) or a children’s program at the activity center at tables in the lobby (April, May).
 
Middle School Youth (6th-8th grade)  Wednesdays in the Youth Room, 5:00—6:30 p.m. for in-person youth group and the BEST night of the week for games, friends and so much FUN.
 
High School Youth (9th-12th grade)
Mondays, dinner out 6:00—7:00 pm.  Contact Pastor Eileen for details
    eileenv@cpclacosta.org
 
Sign up now for Youth Summer Camp at amazing Zephyr Point on Lake Tahoe, July 14-19 for both middle and high school. Cost is $600. Deadline to ensure a space is Jan. 31. Details: Eileen eileenv@cpclacosta.org
 
Church Nursery every Sunday with care during worship and a special program for toddlers.
 

This Sunday at CPC, January 28, 2024

 9:00 & 10:45 a.m.
Scripture  Mark 1:10-14
Sermon Choosing A Gospel Lure
Most of us are familiar with the call of the fishermen, when Jesus told his new disciples he would make them fish for people. This Sunday we’ll play with the fishing image a bit; ahead of time you may want to think about what kind of a lure will attract people these days!

To worship online live or recorded: go to www.Christ-Pres.Church
and click Watch Worship, then click the service you would like to attend.

Coffee service is available after Sunday services.

Finding Hope in Troubled Times is our theme for Lent, the season in which we renew the spiritual journey of our lives and prepare to celebrate Easter. Weekly sermons and small groups will explore resources for hope found in the “I am…” sayings in the gospel of John (I am the Light of the World, etc.). Why not join a small group—or form your own with the easy-to-use study guides. Sign up in the lobby or at www.Christ-Pres.Church/sign-up
     Sunday     10:15 am      CPC    Phil Sider and a co-host (needed)
     Monday           7 pm       CPC    Eileen VanGieson (women’s study)
     Wednesdays, 11 am        CPC   Greg Bostrom
                              7 pm        Home of Jay & Teri Delcamp
                              7 pm        Online  Greg Bostrom
     Thursday        7 pm        Home of Kathy & Richard Mills
                           7 pm         Home of Nicole & Matt Hudson
Groups meet five times beginning the week of Sunday, February 18.

Children and Youth
Sunday School
Join us for Bible stories, arts and crafts, science demos, games, music and more in room 1 of the Education Building! If you are new to our Sunday School program, please register here: https://tithe.ly/event-registration/#/2404834  Details: Cathy Love   cathyl@cpclacosta.org

  9:30-10:15: K-5th grade, in the Education building (after the children’s message)
11:00-11:45: K-5th grade, in the Education building (after the children’s message)
On Communion Sundays (the first Sunday of each month) there will either be Sunday School (January, February, March) or a children’s program at the activity center at tables in the lobby (April, May).

Middle School Youth (6th-8th grade)  Wednesdays in the Youth Room, 5:00—6:30 p.m. for in-person youth group and the BEST night of the week for games, friends and so much FUN.

High School Youth (9th-12th grade)
Mondays, dinner out 6:00—7:00 pm.  Contact Pastor Eileen for details
eileenv@cpclacosta.org

Church Nursery every Sunday with care during worship and a special program for toddlers.

This Sunday at CPC, January 7, 2024

Sunday, January 7, 2023
Sunday after Epiphany
9:00 & 10:45 a.m.
Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
Scripture  Matthew 2:1-2, 7-12
Sermon  Home By Another Way
We read once again of the visit of the wise men to worship the Christ child, celebrated on Epiphany, January 6. Famously, their gifts were gold, frankincense, and myrrh, but these travelers offer us a different kind of gift as we enter a year fraught with chaos, fear, and anxiety.
 
To worship online live or recorded: go to www.Christ-Pres.Church
and click Watch Worship, then click the service you would like to attend.
  
New Sunday Schedule for children
Beginning January 7, there will be a children’s program every Sunday morning during worship at both services. The first Sunday of every month—communion Sunday—will feature either our usual Sunday School (as in January, February, and March) or the activity center at the tables in the back of the sanctuary (as in April). Either way, there’s something for kids through grade 5 every Sunday morning!
  
Coffee service is available after Sunday services.
  
Children and Youth
Sunday School
Join us for Bible stories, arts and crafts, science demos, games, music and more in room 1 of the Education Building! If you are new to our Sunday School program, please register here: https://tithe.ly/event-registration/#/2404834  Details: Cathy Love   cathyl@cpclacosta.org
 
  9:30-10:15: K-5th grade, in the Education building (after the children’s message)
11:00-11:45: K-5th grade, in the Education building (after the children’s message)
On Communion Sundays (the first Sunday of each month) there will either be Sunday School (January, February, March) or a children’s program at the activity center at tables in the lobby (April, May).
 
Middle School Youth (6th-8th grade)  Wednesdays in the Youth Room, 5:00—6:30 p.m. for in-person youth group and the BEST night of the week for games, friends and so much FUN.
 
High School Youth (9th-12th grade)
Mondays, dinner out 6:00—7:00 pm.  Contact Pastor Eileen for details
    eileenv@cpclacosta.org
 
Church Nursery every Sunday with care during worship and a special program for toddlers.

This Sunday at CPC, October 1, 2023

Sunday, October 1
  9:00 Contemporary Worship
10:45 Traditional Worship
World Communion Sunday This is the ninetieth World Communion Sunday, when congregations of any and every kind celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper as a sign of the oneness we share in Christ. First observed in 1933 at the height of the great depression, we join Christians around the planet to share the Bread of Life, reminding us that God loves all of us and each of us without regard for the distinctions that so often draw our attention. Here at CPC we welcome children to the Lord’s Table on World Communion Sunday, remembering how Jesus said “Let the children come to me…”
Peace and Global Witness Offering
Scripture: Matthew 13:44-46
Sermon: Playing with Parables: Putting the “Real” in Real Estate
We’re beginning a new series on the parables, which are much more than illustrations Jesus told to make a point. Even more, they are images and stories that invite us into the mystery that is God’s now and future presence in the world. We’ll say more about that, and look at two of the shortest parables this Sunday.
 
To worship online live Sundays at 9:00 and 10:45 or recorded: go to www.Christ-Pres.Church and click Watch Worship, then click the service you would like to attend.
 
Coffee service is available after both Sunday services.
  
The Peace and Global Witness Offering supports projects here and around the world. Half of our gifts support Presbyterian peacemaking causes; our mission team has designated the rest to support Jubilee USA (www.JubileeUSA.org), the interfaith network that works across the aisles to address structural causes of poverty (debt relief, anti-corruption, fair trade, etc.) Give October 1 or after, online or by check to CPC (memo: peace)
 
PLAYING WITH PARABLES is our fall sermon series encountering the gracious and mysterious God we find in the stories Jesus told:
  October 1 The Treasure/Pearl (Matt.13:44)
  October 8  The Sower (Matt. 13:1)          
  October 15 Last Judgment (Mt 25:31)
  Oct. 22 The Late Workers (Matt. 20:1)
  Oct. 29 The Loving Father (Luke 15:11)
  Nov. 5 The Great Banquet (Luke 14:15)
 
Children and Youth
Sunday School 
Join us for Bible stories, arts and crafts, science demos, games, music and more in room 1 of the Education Building! If you are new to our Sunday School program, please register here: https://tithe.ly/event-registration/#/2404834  Details: Cathy Love   cathyl@cpclacosta.org
 
  9:30-10:15: K-5th grade, in the Education building (after the children’s message)
11:00-11:45: K-5th grade, in the Education building (after the children’s message)
The first Sunday of every month is Communion Sunday, when kids stay with their families in worship.
 
Middle School Youth (6th-8th grade)  Every Wednesday in the Youth Room, 5:00—6:30 p.m. for in-person youth group and the BEST night of the week for games, friends and so much FUN.
 
Church Nursery every Sunday with care during worship and a special program for toddlers.

This Sunday at CPC, September 25, 2022

Sunday, September 25

  9:00 Contemporary Worship

10:00 Annual Meeting of the Congregation (link to annual report below)

10:45 Traditional Worship

Scripture  Luke 15:11-13, 17-24 NIV

Sermon   The Art of Forgiving: How Do I Begin (and how long is the journey)?

We continue our survey of The Art of Forgiving (see below for details). Last Sunday we talked about common misperceptions of forgiveness that may keep us from forgiving. This week we’ll talk about the stages of forgiveness, and how to begin the journey. You can access last Sunday’s sermon at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9rJul859NE  See below for details, and for weekly follow-up discussions.

To worship online live every Sunday at 9:00 and 10:45 or recorded: go to www.Christ-Pres.Church
and click Watch Worship, then click the service you would like to attend.

Coffee service is available after both Sunday services, thanks to our baristas- more are welcome!

Sermon Series: The Art of Forgiving addresses the challenging topic of how to forgive when you have been wronged and don’t know where to start. Based on Lewis Smedes’ book of the same name, sermons will address:

September 18 What Forgiveness Is (and what it isn’t)

September 25 How Do I Begin (and how long is the journey)

October 2 When It Gets Hard (it’s always hard; that’s why we need it)

Forgiveness is the only remedy for a past that cannot be changed (Smedes).

Greg Bostrom will lead follow-up sessions on Wednesdays, September 28 and October 5:

11:00 a.m. in person in the lobby

  6:00 p.m. on Zoom (click link below) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89310615027?pwd=WXJ1Q1Bab0krZjFGWDFPTDNubnVvdz09

Individual conversations are also welcome!

Beach Night Sunday, September 25, 5 p.m. All ages & stages welcome at South Ponto Beach, just north of the parking lot. Bring your own beverage, blanket or lawn chairs. Fixings to make your own “Frito Chili Pie” provided!

The Annual Meeting of the Congregation is this Sunday, September 25, 10:00 a.m. We’ll review the 2021-2022 program and financials, elect four members of the church officer nominating committee and act on terms of call for the pastors.

Church Nursery open every Sunday, with care during worship including a special program for toddlers. We’re delighted to welcome our new Nursery Program Coordinator, CPC’s Carina Moser! Carina is a high school senior with experience in childcare and teaching young children. She’ll work with family ministry director Cathy Love to build a great program!

The choir invites singers new and “old” to rehearsals on Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. No tryouts, every voice is welcome!

Children and Youth
In person Sunday School 
Sunday School meets in Sunday School Room 1, Education Building ! Join us for Bible stories, arts and crafts, science demos, games, music and more! If you are new to our Sunday School program, please register here: https://tithe.ly/event-registration/#/2404834  Contact Cathy Love for more info and any questions: cathyl@cpclacosta.org

   9:30-10:15: PreK-5th grade, after the children’s message

11:00-11:45: PreK-5th grade, after the children’s message

The first Sunday of every month is Communion Sunday, when kids stay with their families in worship.
 
In-person Youth Gatherings
Middle School Youth (6th-8th grade) 

Wednesdays in the Youth Room, 5:00—6:30 p.m. for the BEST night of the week for games, friends and so much FUN.

High School Youth

High School meets in-person, Sundays in the youth room, noon—1:30 p.m.. Join us for fun, fellowship (snacks) and friends!

This Sunday at CPC, October 10, 2021

Sunday, October 10
  9:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
10:45 a.m. Traditional Worship
Scripture  Matthew 5:1-7
Sermon  Blessed are the Merciful
The fourth in our fall sermon series on the Beatitudes, about the unexpected grace that arises in severe and challenging circumstances. Elsewhere in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus tells his challengers, “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice” (quoting Hosea 9:9). What does it mean to be merciful?
A worship bulletin will be emailed before the service.

To worship online live every Sunday at 9:00 and 10:45 or recorded: go to www.Christ-Pres.Church
and click Watch Worship, then click the service you would like to attend.

Blessing of the Animals in the tradition of St. Francis, this Sunday, October 10, noon. Bring your pets to this brief outdoor service for a personal blessing!

In-person Coffee Hour 10-10:45 a.m. So glad to be at your service! Now seeking volunteer baristas to serve after 10:45 worship. If interested in serving once a month (or as a substitute) text Cynthia at (847) 977-0802. A donation box supports this amenity. Thank you!

Online Coffee Hour on Zoom 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. See This Week for log in information

The Beatitudes, our fall sermon series based on the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, (Matthew 5:1-10), in which Jesus names the unexpected grace that arises in severe and challenging circumstances. 
September 12   Blessed are the poor in spirit
September 19   Blessed are those who mourn  
September 26   Blessed are the meek  
October 3          Blessed are those who hunger & thirst for righteousness
October 10        Blessed are the merciful
October 17        Blessed are the pure in heart  
October 24        Blessed are the peacemakers  
October 31        Blessed are those persecuted for righteousness’ sake

Children and Youth
In person Sunday School Join us outdoors for Bible stories, arts and crafts, science demos, games, music and more! If you are new to our Sunday School program, please register here: https://tithe.ly/event-registration/#/2404834  Details: Cathy Love cathyl@cpclacosta.org
9:30-10:15: PreK-2nd and 3rd-5th grade, in the Education building courtyard and pop-up canopy (after the children’s message)
11-11:45: PreK-5th grade, in the Education building courtyard (after the children’s message)
The first Sunday of every month is Communion Sunday, when kids stay with their families in worship.

In-person Youth Gatherings
Middle School Youth (6th-8th grade) In person very Wednesday, 5:00—6:30 p.m. Join us for the best night of the week for games, friends and fun. We’ll be outside so bring a sweatshirt.

High School Youth meet in person at 5:00 p.m. usually on the first and third Sundays. Next on October 17. Join us for fun, fellowship and friends!

This Sunday at CPC, September 12, 2021

Sunday, September 12 
  9:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
10:45 a.m. Traditional Worship
Scripture  Matthew 5:1-3
Sermon  Blessed are the Poor in Spirit
We begin our fall sermon series on the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-10), in which Jesus names the unexpected grace that arises in severe and challenging circumstances, beginning with blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. These words speak to the soul on any Sunday, and especially this one. 
A remembrance of September 11 twenty years later will conclude the service.
 
Beach Cookout this Sunday, September 12, 5:00 p.m. All church gathering at South Ponto Beach (look for the balloons north of the parking lot. Hot dogs, chips & s’mores provided; bring your own beverage, blanket and lawn chair.
 
In-person Coffee Hour 10 – 10:45 a.m. So glad to be at your service! Now seeking volunteer baristas to serve after 10:45 worship. If interested in serving once a month (or as a substitute) text Cynthia at (847) 977-0802. A donation box supports this amenity. Thank you!
 
Online Coffee Hour on Zoom 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. See This Week for Zoom information
     
Children and Youth
In person Sunday School Join us outdoors for Bible stories, arts and crafts, science demos, games, music and more! If you are new to our Sunday School program, please register here: https://tithe.ly/event-registration/#/2404834  Details: Cathy Love cathyl@cpclacosta.org
9:30-10:15: PreK-2nd and 3rd-5th grade, in the Education building courtyard and pop-up canopy (after the children’s message)
11-11:45: PreK-5th grade, in the Education building courtyard (after the children’s message)
The first Sunday of every month is Communion Sunday, when kids stay with their families in worship.
 
In-person Youth Gatherings
Middle School Youth (rising 6th-8th grade)   In person very Wednesday, 5:00—6:30 p.m. Join us for the best night of the week for games, friends and so so so much FUN. We’ll be outside so bring a sweatshirt. This will be the summer of celebration—all the things we missed last year.
 
High School Youth
High School meets in person at a new, earlier time: 5:00 p.m. usually on the first and third Sundays of the month. Next on September 19. Join us for fun, fellowship and friends!

This Sunday at CPC, May 17, 2020

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.

This Sunday at CPC, January 19, 2020

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

This Sunday at CPC, December 22, 2019

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.