In This Week's E-Pistle, You Will Find:
This Sunday: "Celebrate Your Independence"
This Sunday is July 4th, in which we celebrate "Independence Day." America is the land of the free, but what does a life of spiritual freedom really look like?
Please join us this "Independence Sunday" at 10 a.m., as we celebrate liberty and justice and spiritual freedom for all. Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Stan Greene.
The Sunday morning service will be recorded and posted later in the day to our church's YouTube channel.
Last Sunday's Service
June is Gay Pride Month, and last Sunday, we celebrated "Open & Affirming" Sunday in the United Church of Christ. Douglas UCC is proud to be among the first churches to become recognized as an Open & Affirming church, affirming the full inclusion of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender persons (LGBT) in the church's life and ministry.
Please enjoy last Sunday's service, when we celebrated the spiritual gifts with which the LGBTQ community blesses our church family and our world. Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Jeff Spangler.
Click here to read, listen to, watch, and share Pastor Sal's homily.
Thank You to Faith Leaders from Michigan's Governors
Click the image above to launch the lovely video message we have received from Michigan's Governor and Lt. Governor for faith leaders who have worked so hard during the pandemic to support our communites. This means you! Here's the link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6mvegmjha80krrf/Faith%20Leaders.mp4?dl=0
Happy 80th to Dick Riekse!
Happy milestone birthday to our church member Dick Riekse!
Annual Meeting: Thanks and 2020 Approved Minutes
We had such a great turnout in person and on Zoom for the 2021 Congregational meeting last Sunday! Thanks so much for your time and attention, church members! Here are the approved minutes for last year's meeting, below.
Peter Black's Garage Sale, July 1-2
Peter Black and Robert Trenary are finishing up their big move to Douglas with a garage sale! The sale runs through Friday. Stop by to pick up some treasures!
Friday and Saturday July 1,2, from 8 am - 1pm; 391 Mountain Ash Lane, Douglas, MI 49406
Selling: Furniture - Dining Room table and chairs, Other Various, Antiques; Kitchen -- Appliances and Tools, lots of vintage; Decorating - pictures, frames, rugs, and much , much more.
New Members Class: July 18
If you are interested in becoming a member of our church, we will be holding a New Members Class on Sunday, July 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 88 Spring Street, the house behind the church. All are welcome to attend. (If you would like to become a member, but are unable to attend the class, please email Pastor Sal at pastor@DouglasUCC.org).
LGBTQ+friendly AA meetings starting up July 2
The regular Friday-evening AA meetings held in the Friendship Hall are starting up on July 2 at 7:30 PM. Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, open and inclusive, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about their drinking problem.
Rummage Sale to benefit DUCC, August 14, Volunteers Needed!
Our dear friend Myron Freund, left instructions that his possessions be sold and the proceeds from the sale be donated to Douglas UCC. So we will have a Rummage sale at the retreat house on August 14, 10am to 3pm. We won't be pricing anything, just asking for donations for the items you adopt.
We will need volunteers to help us set up the sale in the yard, and manage the donations. If you can help, please send word by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lakeshore Community Chorus