In This Week's E-Pistle, You Will Find:
This Sunday's Service -- "Opening to Miracles!"
In Sunday's Gospel, Jesus heals the deaf man by proclaiming "Ephphatha!", an Aramaic word which means, "Be Opened!" It comes from the same root word for "epiphany" and for understanding. It's the "A-ha" moment when we begin to hear things with a new understanding.
Are you opened to seeing the miracles taking place all around you? Please join us this Sunday at 10 AM, as we explore what it means to live life "Open Wide." Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Stan Greene. 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
In our scripture readings from last Sunday's lectionary, we heard 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. Please enjoy last Sunday's service, when we explored what it takes to truly put our love into action. Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black, Jeff Spangler, and Adelle Van Daalen.
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.
Supporting Afghani Refugees
The Officers of the UCC Church issued this letter, addressing church members and the American people. The letter ends:
"As a Just Peace Church, we proclaim with prophetic hope that “peace is possible.” We are not about to stop believing that today. Let us hold on to the hope that peace is possible and commit ourselves not only to keeping our Afghan siblings in prayer, but also to committing: our churches to welcome refugees; our voices to engage in advocacy; our hearts to establish partnerships; and our minds and bodies to support the “things that make for peace.”
The UCC has outlined steps for discerning how best we can support the Afghan refugees and the people of Afghanistan, including supporting Afghanis with talents and treasure.
To learn more, click here.
When Leaving Campus Buildings...
Now that we are getting back to in-person service and meetings, it's a good time for a reminder about closing up the Friendship Hall, Spring Street, and the Retreat House after meetings. Please remember, when you leave these spaces to:
Arbor Circle "Final Taste of Summer,"