Weekly E-Pistle: 21st Sunday after Pentecost
In This Week's E-Pistle, You Will Find:
This Sunday: "The Greatest Commandment"
In the gospel reading from this Sunday's lectionary, Jesus is asked, "Which of the ten commandments is the greatest?" He responds with what's become known as "The Golden Rule" - to love your neighbor as yourself. Following this commandment is a challenging one, especially during this time when our country is so divided. We hope you'll join us this Sunday for our "Video Worship Service," as we explore the true meaning of "The Golden Rule." Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Nancy Plantinga.
Tune in on Sunday at 10 AM via our Facebook page, YouTube channel, or here on our website.
Last Sunday's Service Video
As part of the UCC's latest initiative, we focused last week's service on the theme, "Our Faith, Our Vote, Our Voice." Under federal law, tax-exempt, non-profit groups, such as our church, are barred from intervening in elections by endorsing or opposing candidates, yet we are called to make our voices heard and to put our faith into action. Click above to watch this inspiring message from Pastor Sal and uplifting music from Peter Black and Jeff Spangler.
Read the homily or listen to the podcast here.
Carol Brown's Amazing Letters-to-Voters Ministry
One hundred and seventy-five (not a typo!) hand written letters! Carol wrote 175 letters -- a gift from the pen and the heart of Carol Brown to people who are not regular voters, telling each why she planned to vote this year and why she felt it was an important year to vote your voice. Carol joined thousands of people who encouraged voters this year through a program called Vote Forward. KUDOS to Carol for doing her thing! And to all of us at DUCC who have voted early and are helping others to vote. If you need help voting this year, we're happy to help.
Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christian Neighbors -- The Gift of Love
Christian Neighbors is getting to work early this year to help kids in our area have a warm and happy Christmas. As in years past, our DUCC family can help by buying warm clothes and toys for children in our area.
In the foyer of the Retreat House, look for the Giving Tree poster, and the basket of gift tags containing details of gifts needed. Take one or several! Instructions for are on the tags. Gather your gifts, and deliver them to Christian Neighbors at the Community Church of Douglas by December 7.
We need volunteers to help families select gifts for children too. Call Christian Neighbors at 269-857-1050 for work dates and times. And as always, thank you so much for giving your time and treasure in this way.
Christian Neighbors Flour Drive --
Viewers for October 18 Online Service videos: 873
Weekly Online Giving: $2,182.26
Mailed Collection Plate: $985.00
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Douglas Congregational United Church of Christ
56 Wall Street, PO Box 519
Douglas, MI 49406