This Sunday's Service: "Love In Action"
In our scripture readings from this Sunday's lectionary, we hear how we are to love God and one another not merely through our words but through our actions. As people of faith, we know that the way we behave towards one another is the fullest expression of what we believe.
Come join us this Sunday at 10 AM, as we explore what it takes to truly put our love into action. Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black, Jeff Spangler, and Adelle Van Daalen. Thank you for wearing a mask.
The Sunday morning service will be recorded and posted later in the day to our church's website and YouTube channel.
Last Sunday's Service
At last Sunday's service, we placed our focus on Psalm 84, which begins, "How lovely is your dwelling place, O God." Scripture invites us to make our dwelling place in God, but how exactly do we do that? We hope you enjoy last Sunday's service, when we explored together how to be "At Home with God." Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Jeff Spangler.
Click here to read, listen to, watch and share Pastor Sal's homily.
Allegan County Covid-19 Transmission Rate is "High," Masks Requested in Service
Mask Recommendation for Sunday Services
Because our area transmission rate has increased to "High," the Church Council requests that we wear masks at the Sunday Service. Greeters will have masks available for anyone who needs them.
Luke Burnett Memorial Service, August 27, 11am
We will hold a memorial service in the sanctuary and memorial garden for Mike VerMerris' partner, Luke Burnett, on August 27, at 11a.m, celebrating this wonderful man's time with us. The service will be followed with lunch, and all church members and friends are invited. You can click here to leave a tribute or words of comfort for Mike and their family.
All Are Welcome: Stephen Ministry Info Session, August 29, 11:30am
Would you like to learn more about our church's Stephen Ministry program? On Sunday, August 29, our Stephen Leaders, Paul Burdick and Laurie VandenBeldt, will be hosting an informational Q&A about the Stephen Ministry program at the Spring Street cottage behind the church from 11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
"Century of Progress," Opening Reception, September 3, 5pm
On Friday, September 3, at 5pm, the Saugatuck/Douglas History Center will have an opening reception for their newest exhibit, "Century of Progress: 100 Years of LGBTQ History in Saugatuck/Douglas." The opening reception includes beverages, a DJ, and an exclusive prview of the exhigit. Tickets are $50 and available online at www.sdhistoricalsociety.org.
Douglas Social: September 9, 5:30 to 9 PM
The City of Douglas will be hosting a Douglas Social at Wade's Bayou on Thursday, September 9, from 5:30 to 9 PM. Douglas UCC will have our food booth at the social, and we are seeking volunteers to help out at our booth. Volunteers can email Pastor Sal or sign the sheet in the Friendship Hall on Sunday.
Fulfilling Our Mission: Boys & Girls Club and Back-to-School Support
This week, the Grant Proposal Committee and Pastor Sal presented "big checks" to the Saugatuck-Douglas Rotary Club, to support the Boys & Girls Club, and to Christian Neighbors in support of their Back-to-School program. Thanks so much to the Grant Proposal Committee, who work hard to identify opportunities to support good works in our communities!
Interfaith Action: Looking for a Leader
Interfaith Action of Southwest Michigan has been growing their reach, steadily adding faith communities to their coalition, and adding team members. Founding Director Sid Mohn will focus his work on coordinating Faith Communities. So he is seeking to fill the role of Director, compensated at approximately $10,000 a year for 5 hours a week of work. The new Director will: staff the board, which meets virtually three times a year; manage the annual budget; define a social justice portfolio in tandem with the rest of the staff; define an institutional partnership portfolio; coordinate our two interfaith prayer services; and serve as a public spokesperson for the organization.
Interfaith Action has an exciting focus - addressing our common life as an interfaith community, and witnessing on behalf of our common home (environment and migration issues) and our common good (social and economic exclusion, gun violence, and voting rights issues).
It’s a great opportunity for an emerging leader as well as for a seasoned leader. Sid Mohn will work closely with the new Director, providing full back up support, especially in the first year of transition. And the position can be tailored in accord with the new person’s areas of particular social justice passion. Interested people should contact Sid Mohn by email.
Help for Haiti
The United Church of Christ is issuing a call to action to help the people of Haiti. A massive 7.2 earthquake on Saturday has killed nearly 1,300 people. Search and rescue efforts are expected to be hampered by Tropical Depression Grace, which came ashore on Monday. Read about this call to action here.
To donate to this appeal, use this link and designate the gift to “Haiti Appeal.” One can also mail a check made payable to the United Church of Christ, to 700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115. Please be sure to note “Haiti Appeal” on your check in the memo section, or in an attached letter.
CJT Beach Clean-up, September 18, 9am
Please join the Creation Justice Team, working in partnership with the Alliance of the Great Lakes, on Saturday, September 18, at 9am, for the Beach Clean-Up of Oval Beach to Douglas Beach. Spread the word! Bring family and friends! We'll gather at Oval Beach's parking lot, working until 12pm. If you can help, please sign up via our Facebook Event, or email event coordinator Eric LeJeune, including your phone number, so we can reach out in case of rescheduling. We recommend wearing gloves. Consider bringing a large plastic bucket, and a kitty litter scoop to help pick up small plastic pieces.
Voices Beyond the Canvas, Sept 9, 7pm
The Saugatuck Center for the Arts is hosting “Voices Beyond the Canvas: Amplifying a New Narrative” on Thursday, September 9th at 7:00 pm. The event will include an open panel discussion on systematic racism led by our visiting exhibition artist, Sandra Antongiorgi and trauma informed specialist, Elena Quintana. These two will lead an emotional, educational, and inspirational conversation with special guests who will share their stories of first-hand experiences in the U.S. prison system.
All open minds are welcome, no registration is required. COVID protocols will be followed for this indoor event. We always have masks available for guests who need them.
Time to Sign Up for Crop Walk!
This year’s CROP Walk for Hunger will take place Sunday, September 12 at 2:00pm. We’ll have details soon, but returning walkers can sign up now and begin fundraising. There’s a new website this year; the DUCC page is
New walkers are also welcome to sign up! If you have questions, contact Chris Clark.
Gardening is Giving Table Through Labor Day- Give What You Can, Take What You Love
The Creation Justice Team's "Gardening is Giving" table will be open this Sunday, just outside the church. Drop off the produce of your gardens -- vegetables, herbs, flowers, divided plants -- and pick up any produce you would like to take home! You don't need to donate to the table to receive from the Earth!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
August 30- Vivian Love Kyle, 31- Karen Clark
September 1- Anita Giltner, Gloria Larrieu, Peter Gower, 3- Dennis Konarski
Birthday and Anniversary cards are a great way we can reach out to one another. If you wish to mail a card to one of our church members, addresses can be found in our Church Directory. If you don't have a directory, please let us know, and we will email one to you
Pete Wehle; Jeff Chinski and Family; David Abbot; Pat Denner; Sarah Johnson Lock; Linda Masten (Mark Reiman's friend); Vicki Latham (Ruth VandenBosch's cousin); Sarah Ver Meulen (Susan Fleming's Daughter); Mike VerMerris and all of Luke Burnett's family; Walt Lawrence; Cole Hartman; Dennis Konarski; Mike Sneedon (Peg and Jack Donohue's friend); Sandy Feldman; Tim Reineck, Matt Brazys, Suzanne Cook, and Ken Cassbon (friends of Pete Wehle and Pamela Chappell); Richie Czarnowski (Mark Reiman's friend); Dale Lower; Sherri Kanten (Ruth VandenBosch's friend); Michael (a friend of Dan Mack's); Myron (Wendy Hamlin's grandson, Fred Hamlin's great-grandson); Chris Stuart (Virginia Stuart's sister-in-law); Mary Elizabeth Loudin (friend of Laurie VandenBeldt); Chris Robinson (Peter and Kathleen Mueller's nephew); Daniel Ver Meulen (Susan Fleming's son); Marcia Sullivan (Jo Cooley's friend)
August 22, 2021
In-Person Attendance: 74
Viewers for August 22 Online Service Videos: 398
Online Donations: $3,415.09
Collection Plate: $256
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