In This Week's E-Pistle, You Will Find:
This Sunday's Service: "Mountain Sunday"
The theme of our worship for the month of September is "Season of Creation." This Sunday, we will be focusing on the mountains. Psalm 121 says: "I will lift up my eyes to the mountain from whence comes my help."
What do these "Higher Places" symbolize in the Bible? Join us this Sunday at 10 AM (either in-person or online), as we explore this sacred "Higher Ground" together. Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Jeff Spangler.
Join us this Sunday in-person or NOW STREAMING LIVE at 10 AM on our YouTube channel.
>>>>> Click HERE to download a copy of SUNDAY'S BULLETIN.
Last Week's Service
The theme of our worship for the month of September is "Season of Creation." Last Sunday, we focused on the "Sky." Psalm 19 says: "How clearly the Sky reveals the glory of God." The Presence of God is revealed in the sky, the clouds, atmosphere, the cosmos, the universe. Please enjoy last Sunday's service when we explored the "Cosmic Christ" together. Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Pamela Chappell.
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. You can follow our Covid transmission and infection rate at this link. CDC infection and transmission rates by county.
Services are LIVE on YouTube!
With many thanks to the Church Council, Chris Clark, and Mike White, we are now livestreaming our church services. Tune in to our YouTube channel at 10am on Sunday mornings to enjoy our services from anywhere you happen to be!
2021 Michigan Conference: Registration is open!
The 2021 Michigan Conference UCC Virtual Annual Meeting is approaching quickly - the date is Saturday, October 16th via Zoom - and all church members are welcome to attend. All materials, reports and Annual Meeting Handbook will be available on the Conference website prior to the meeting. To register for the Annual Meeting, folow this link (please register before October 16):
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the meeting. Please plan to join the Zoom at 9:15 a.m. to ensure your audio and video equipment are working properly.
CJT Beach Clean-up, KUDOS!!
Kudos to the 30 people who came out to clean the beach on Saturday! The event was organized by our Douglas UCC Creation Justice Team, and our church members were joined by our friends at All Saints Episcopal and other members of our community. Church members who took part were: Sarah Swift, Eric Lejeune, Mark Zancanaro, Linda & Matthew McWebb, Kelly & Molly Huggett, Linda Charvat, Betsy York & Demethrea Terrien, Jennifer Lazzaro & Beth Stefanchik, Barb & Tim Schipper, Cathy North & Marcy Weston, Kathy Klage, Louise & Bob Kenny, Barbara Flynn, Gail Babel, Doug Sipsma. Thanks to all who helped to care for our beautiful Lakeshore!
Jim Shewell Memorial Service, September 28 in Lansing
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, September 28, at 1:30 PM for church member, Jim Shewell, who passed away earlier this year. The service will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery in Lansing, Michigan. Pastor Sal will officiate the service. Afterwards, there will be a luncheon in a nearby park. Please contact Jim's husband, Leith Letcher, if you plan to attend. His contact information is in our Church Directory.
Blessing of the Animals, Beery Field, October 3
On October 3, at 2 pm, at Beery Field in Douglas, Pastor Sal, Rev. Ginny Mikita, and Lakeshore Pet Boutique will offer a Blessing of the Animals. The event will be a standing affair, with animals leashed or in carriers, fully in control of their humans.
Fall Cleanup Day, October 16, 9am-Noon
Please join us on Saturday, October 16, from 9 AM till Noon for our "Fall Clean-Up Day." We will be cleaning up the church grounds. Bring garden tools, if you have them. Thank you!!
Reports & Minutes
Click below to download copies of the latest Church Council minutes and Pastor's Report:
Birthdays & Anniversaries
September 28- Fred Hamlin, Bill Briggs & Jeff Chinski,
October 2- Nan Belschner, Gary Nicodemus
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
Helaine Miedema (David Miedema's mother); Brenda Marcy; Ron Turks (Carol Cunningham's son-in-law); Elizabeth Estes; Sidney Matheis; 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)
In-Person Attendance, September 19: 71
Viewers for September 19 Online Service Videos: 566
Collection Plate: $1,205
Online Giving: $10,303.55
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