eChimes for July, 2019
From the Pastor's Mac

Christmas in July

Hobby Lobby has their Christmas decorations out. The Hallmark Channel is advertising all the Christmas specials they’ll show this month. Walmart is bringing out the Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes, this month only! It’s “Christmas in July.”

Which is fine by me.

Christmas in July, in the more literal sense, can remind us that we Christians have an incarnational faith. It’s good to remember that Immanuel— God with us —comes to us “disguised as our life” as Paula D’Arcy puts it.

What does that mean?

God meets us in the ordinariness of our human lives: in the song on the radio, the stillness of the morning, or a knowing smile from a friend. God comes to us in ways that don’t seem very “spiritual”—interruptions, chores, even challenges. If we can open our hearts enough, we can recognize God’s fingerprints all over the mundanity of our finiteness.

That’s what it means to have an incarnational faith—to recognize God with us in all things, in all places, in all people.

So Merry Christmas in July, Chapel! May you know the hope, peace, joy, and love of a God who dares to join us in our humanity.

Love and light,

Rev Blev


From our Parish Nurse .............................. Carla Creegan, RN, MSN

Health Benefits for Seniors that Socialize!  

There are a number of ways that Seniors can improve their health through social activities! 

Benefits:
·  Stress Reduction
·  Longer Lifespan
·  Increased physical fitness
·  Reduced risk of depression and anxiety
·  Improved self esteem
 
Simple activities that seniors can benefit from socially:

  • Join a Senior Center – a social club for older adults that offer classes, activities and day trips. Transportation is often provided as well as hot meal. Many of these centers are non-profit and government subsidized so the cost can be minimal.
  • Learn – an active mind is a happy mind and learning can slow the progression of cognitive loss (memory issues). Many colleges offer free classes for older adults.
  •  Play – physical games (tennis, shuffleboard, bowling) or table games (crosswords, puzzles, suduko) can be done with friends!
  • Volunteering in your community – creates opportunity to socialize, network and increase  self-image.
  •  Find a new hobby or rediscover an old one. Art, crafts, photography, and genealogy are all activities that can be done in a group or a club!
 
Getting Started:

Search Google for local senior center, clubs or activities. Join the local YMCA and take senior classes, the YMCA can be a social mecca! Come to church and see what Chapel By the Sea is offering! We have   Bible studies, and social programs, including field trips, and a walking club! 
 
Faith Day With the Rays
 
Thanks to a generous benefactor the Jolley Trolley headed to Tropicana Field on June 15 to see the Rays-vs-Angels.  Fun was had by all even though the Rays were outscored by the Angels.

Ocean Allies

Chapel By The Sea is Ocean Allie certified. We join a growing number of Clearwater Beach businesses and organizations committed to keeping our oceans safe and reducing plastic.

We are making small changes here at the Chapel and will share frequently in the bulletin ideas how you can help us make small changes that will make a big difference!



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Every Sunday our Media Technician, Leon Tomlinson, records the Sunday  service. Following the service it is posted to YouTube. This is a great opportunity for our seasonal members, homebound, or anyone unable to attend in person to be part of Chapel By The Sea. Simply go to our website:  www.chapelbythesea.net
 
·   click sermons
·   select a date
·   click “click here for video” to watch
 
You may also  click “read more” which allows you to read the sermon from a recent weekly service.
June Attendance & Contributions

June 2 - 185......... June 2 & 9 Combined - $9,473
June 9 - 158 ........
June 16 - 145 ..........$4,663
June 23 - 156 .........$3,697

As of June 28, 2019 theChapel By The Sea
"Combined Music Fund"
has a total of $44,733.47













Happy
Encore Event II: July 9, 2019, 11:00 am
The Chapel Chicks will be holding an encore event on July 9 at 11am in the Conference Room. Together we’ll watch “Happy,” a documentary from the filmmakers who brought you Long Night's Journey Into Day, Beyond the Call, and the Oscar nominated Genghis Blues. The film treks across countries and continents in a search for humanity's most elusive emotion. “Happy” seeks to share the wisdom of traditional cultures and the cutting edge science that is now, for the first time, exploring human happiness. Through powerful interviews, the one-hour sixteen-minute documentary explores what makes people happy across the world.
After the viewing, we’ll walk or drive to a nearby restaurant and enjoy lunch together.
No registration needed—just show up!
Calendar for July

Every Week:
Sunday
10:00 am - Worship Service, Sanctuary followed by Orange Juice Fellowship
9:15 am thru 11:15 am - Nursery is available for children infant through 4's in Nursery/Toddler Rm.
10:00 am - Children's Sunday School start in church
6:00 pm - Alcoholics Anonymous - Meeting Room 3
Monday
9:30 am - Al-Anon, Meeting Room 3
Tuesday
6:00 pm - Alcoholics Anonymous - Meeting Room 3
Wednesday
7:00 pm - Sunset Beach Walking Club, Chapel parking lot
Thursday
10:30 am - Bible Fellowship - Conference Room
6:00 pm - Alcoholics Anonymous - Meeting Room 3

July 1 - 7:00 pm - CRU
July 4 - Church Office Closed - Happy 4th of July
July 5 - 5:00 pm - Gwathney/Thomas Wedding rehearsal
July 6 - 5:00 - Gwathney/Thomas wedding - Sanctuary
July 8 - 7:00 pm - CRU
July 9 - 11:00 am - Chapel Chicks Encore II - Conference Room
July 9 - 7:00 pm - Property Committee Meeting
July 10 - 9:00 am - Marketing Meeting
July 11 - 6:00 pm - CRU
July 12 - 5:00 pm - Buckman/Bennett Wedding Rehearsal
July 13 - 5:00 pm - Buckman/Bennett Wedding - Sanctuary
July 15 - 7:00 pm - CRU
July 15 - 18 - ICCC Conference, Jacksonville, Florida
July 18 - Peace Cafe
July 18 - 6:00 pm - CRU
July 22 - 7:00 pm - CRU
July 25 - 6:00 pm - CRU

Save These Dates:

July 15-18 - ICCC Annual Conference, Jacksonville, Florida
August 4 - Healthy Options for Living Well
August 11 - Back To School Sunday & Potluck
October 5 - Praisin Pooches II
October 22 - Recycling Presentation
November 9 - Rise Against Hunger
February 1, 2020 - Beach Walk/Walk
Beach Walking Group on Wednesdays - 7:00 PM
 There is an evening walking group that meets every Wednesday at 7 pm for fun, fitness, and friendship. Please come out and join the sunset group which meets in the church parking lot. What a great way to get healthy and make new friends! All are welcome. Free to park. Free to walk. Free to talk.
Rise Again Hunger

Join us on November 9, 2019, to again package meals to support this worthy cause. It’s a fun event; all ages are welcome and we will have jobs for all volunteers!


Adult Education Opportunities
  • Thursday Morning Bible Fellowship continues: You are invited to join the THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE FELLOWSHIP which is currently studying Philippians. The Fellowship meets at 10:30 am in the Conference Room for informal study and discussion on the subject of living our faith. Our group is multi-age, multi-gender, multi-denominational.



Plan on attending this program
on August 4th
with our new Parish Nurse,
Carla Creega n!











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Parking

Parking is available in the church parking lot, and the entire City lot across the street. The parking charges on Sunday don’t start until 12:30 p.m. so that parking for church is free.

The Chapel currently contracts with Florida Parking Co. to    manage our lot outside of Sunday service hours. There is a solar    kiosk along with an attendant on duty during peak parking times.  Church members and guests can park free for events and meetings at the church. If you come for a meeting or event when an attendant is on duty, simply tell them you are here for church business and that will suffice. You may also place a church bulletin on your dashboard to ensure the attendant knows you are a Chapel By The Sea member.

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July Birthdays

Laura White July 1
Gail-Patricia Greer July 2
Richard Hise July 2
Stephen Bingham July 4
Katherine Knippel July 4
Michael White July 4
Rex Fleet July 5
Ed Day July 8
Jane Mahorney July 8
Sally McDonald July 8
Aiden Brown July 10
Helen Willis July 10
Clyde Sconce July 16
George Tice July 16
Bettie Weeden July 16
Kim Fernald July 18
Marleen Salo July 18
Jeannette Picciotto July 19
Nick Moraviov July 20
Anna Martin July 23
Bo Croley July 24
Jay Ver Hulst July 24
Christian Koch July 25
Rosemary Larke July 27
Tyler Cauthen July 28
Frances Moraviov July 30
Adrianne Owings July 30
Phyllis Brooks July 31
Sonia Goncalves July 31
Lexi Mannello July 31
Thomas Whipple July 31



"Undie Sundays"



July is our month of "Undie Sundays". There will be a box in Friendship Foyer the entire month of July. Please support the mission of Clothes To Kids (CTK) which helps to provide the basic necessity of underwear! Or, if you prefer to donate cash, each $50.00 donation provides a week's worth of school clothes.






ICCC Annual Conference
 
The International Council of Community Churches, the network of churches with whom our church affiliates, is coming to Florida for annual conference. “A Gathering of God’s Whosoever People” will meet July 15-18, 2019 in Jacksonville’s Hyatt Regency on the Riverfront. Adult registration fee is $230 which includes the banquet on Thursday night. Our hope is to bring a large group from the Chapel to represent Florida! For more information, visit www.icccnow.org
Peace Café The Chapel participates in feeding the homeless at the Peace Memorial Church “Peace Café” on the third Thursday of every month. 12-15 individuals are needed each time to serve food, carry trays and clean up afterward. The next date is July 18. Please contact Teddi McCune if you can help - teddi@me.com or 727-481-1855.
 

HAVEN ORANGE SUITCASE PROJECT”
 
PLEASE READ CURRENT GUIDELINES for the “HAVEN ORANGE SUITCASE PROJECT” (including some changes for July+) :
 
Chapel-By-The-Sea's  “Haven Orange Suitcase Project” collects the items listed below for the Safe House of “The Haven of RCS” Domestic Violence Center - which provides a temporary Safe House and other  services for victims of domestic violence in our community and their dependent   children.
The Haven Safe House residents are now in need of NEW REGULAR-SIZE TOILETRIES ( Shampoo, Soap & Body Wash, Lotions, Dental items, Cosmetics, Hair & Grooming Care)   as well as Towels, Washcloths, Single-bed Linens, Socks, Undergarments, C anvas & Duffel Bags, and Luggage .
Please note that at their request and due to storage limitations and other resources at the Safe House, we now collect and deliver only  the very much needed  donations listed above . All items listed are collected at the "Orange Suitcase" table in Friendship Foyer from which they are sorted and distributed to The Haven.
 
Two Important Changes :
1) Clothing is no longer received at the Safe House. (Thrift stores welcome them.)
2) Mini-toiletry hotel-type donations are now collected by Maureen Friday in a separate container NEXT TO the Orange Suitcase for the RCS Food Bank.
 
Thank you for adjusting as needs change at The Haven and for your continued support!! (Questions?  Contact Lorraine Freitag).
Orange Suitcase
Amazon Smile Program
Chapel by the Sea is enrolled in the Amazon Smile program. When you next go to Amazon to shop, instead go to  smile.amazon.com and choose us as your charity. Amazon will donate to Clearwater Beach Community Church dba Chapel-By-The-Sea. 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. It is a simple and automatic way for you to  support the Chapel every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at  smile.amazon.com , you’ll find the exact same low prices, selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to us.
 
Thank you for your support.

RCS Food Donation Barrel

The RCS food donation barrel is located in the south corner of Friendship Foyer. The RCS truck picks up Chapel By the Sea donations on the 2nd Tuesday each month. July 9 is the next pickup date. Thank you in advance for your continued generous contributions of food for this worthwhile organization!


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New Water Coolers

Just in time for the hot Florida summer weather there are new water coolers in the Narthex and Church Office. Eliminating single serve plastic bottles is another small step the Chapel is making since becoming Ocean Allies.



Members and Friends Who were ill in June and in need of our prayers;
Jerry Scheinman, son-in-law of Gene & Trudy Supernor;
Maureen McKenrick, daughter of Jan Burke

Condolences;
to the Olver family in the death of their mother, Laura Featherstone

Prayer Chain - To place someone on the Prayer Chain or to join the group, contact Jan Burke at 418-5736 or jan933@gmail.com .