Weekly E-Pistle: 21st Sunday after Pentecost
In This Week's E-Pistle, You Will Find:
This Sunday's Service: "For All the Saints"
In Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus talks about salvation. The terms "salvation" and "being saved" are very misunderstood. What is salvation? How does one become saved?
Join us this Sunday at 10 AM (either in person or streaming live online), as we learn about the history of the church's concept of salvation and get to the truth of Jesus' message.
And, in honor of All Saints Day, we will conclude our Sunday service in the Memorial Garden behind the church with a "Remembrance of Names," honoring our loved ones who have died.
Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Max Brown
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Last Week's Service
In last Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus says: "Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." The word humility is defined as being "unselved," a liberation from consciousness of self. When we humble ourselves, we free ourselves from the bonds of the ego and are, therefore, exalted. Please enjoy last Sunday's service, when we explored what it means to live a life of "humble-heartedness." Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Pamela Chappell
Click here to read, listen to, watch, and share Pastor Sal's Homily
Sunday's Special Collection: Neighbors in Need
This Sunday, we will be taking a special collection for the UCC's "Neighbors in Need" Fund.
"Neighbors in Need" is a Special Mission Offering of the United Church of Christ. Every year, congregations have the opportunity to receive grants to continue work for justice, advocacy, and service to their local communities. We invite you to support this good work by donating to the "Neighbors in Need" Fund this Sunday, using the special offertory envelopes in the pews. Watch the video above or visit www.ucc.org/nin for more information.
YouTube Award: Half-a-Million Views!!
Pastor Sal holds an award in recognition of our church's YouTube channel surpassing more than 500,000 views!! We are so grateful for the support of all of our online viewers from around the world. If you've yet to subscribe to our channel, you can do so now at YouTube.com/DouglasUCC.
Grand West Association Fall Meeting, Oct 30
The Grand West Association Fall Meeting will take place via Zoom on Sunday, October 30, from 3 PM to 5 PM. The keynote speaker will be Doug Pagitt. One of the leading voices in Progressive Christianity, Pagitt is an author, activist, pastor, and the Executive Director of Vote Common Good. His latest book is Outdoing Jesus. All are welcome to attend, but registration is required. To register for the meeting, please click the link above.
Christian Neighbors Thanks You for Soup & Coats!
Thanks and KUDOS to church members, Wendy Hamilin and Joyce Wright, who serve Christian Neighbors Food Pantry, for managing our donation of more than 250 cans of soup during Soup-tober, and the purchase and distribution of 71 new warm coats for neighbors in need of warmth this winter. The season of giving is off to a great start!
Flour Collection for Christian Neighbors
Our Annual Flour Drive for Christian Neighbors' Thanksgiving baskets begins on November 1, and will run through November 20. We will place a flour collection box in the entryway to the Friendship Hall. Please donate 4-lb and 5-lb bags only. Thank you so much!
Family Fare Receipt Box!
We are more than halfway to our goal of $150,000 in food receipts from Family Fare and D&W. When we reach our goal, Family Fare will donate $1000 to Ladders of Hope Food Pantry in Fennville. Please place your receipts in the "Family Fare" collection box in the Friendship Hall.
70 x 7 Fall Fundraiser, Oct 27 (recording online)
Our church member, Marybeth Sims, wants to raise awareness of 70 x 7, a program in Holland that our church has been honored to support. 70×7 exists to turn the cycle of incarceration and its consequences into a cycle of restoration and hope. The organization holds its fall fundraiser online on October 27. It will be recorded and available for later viewing. Here's the link for joining in!
QiGong Moving to Satya Yoga, November 1
Our friend, Kat VanHammen, will be offering Qigong from the Satya Yoga Studio in Saugatuck starting in November. The first class will be on November 1, and will meet on Tuesdays at 3pm. Due to the space rental, she asks for $10 per class. If you are unable to afford that, please come anyway and pay what you can.
"Honoring the Ancestors" with Rev. Ruth Zwald: November 1
Connecting to our ancestors is a vital part of spiritual work. Drawing on the Mexican traditions of Dia De Los Muertos involves us in an evening of sharing stories and food, creating an altar, as well as a chance to connect to our ancestors in a guided meditation.
Please consider joining this special event for The Day Of The Dead. All the details and what to bring are in the poster, above. It will be an amazing evening to connect and celebrate our stories.
If you are interested, please RSVP directly to Ruth to reserve your spot.
New Members Class: November 6
If you are interested in becoming a member of our church, Pastor Sal will be holding a New Members Class on Sunday, November 6, from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM over at our church's Retreat House. All are welcome to attend. (If you would like to become a member, but are unable to attend the class, please email Pastor Sal).
"Death Cafe," with Kat VanHammen, Nov 12
Kath Van Hammen and her friend, Amy, are hosting a Death Cafe at the Saugatuck-Douglas District library. Death Cafe is a global movement to open a conversation about death. This is not a grief support or therapy group, but just a facilitated conversation to talk about something that we generally don’t talk about.
The program is scheduled for Saturday, November 12. Refreshments and gathering at 10am, the 1-hour conversation starts at 10:20.
You can learn more about Death Cafe at the program's website, here.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
October 30– Patricia Denner, 31– Loran Atkinson & Gary Nicodemus
November 1– Jeff Spangler, 3– Marty Coffin, 5– Peter Carideo
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.
Kirstin Barendsen (cousin of Ruth VandenBosch); Marianna Maver (Friend of many in our congregation); Beverly and Orie Hawkes & Family; Susan Schram & Family; Diane Carr & Family; Kenley Hoove (Stephen Lewis' friend); Dr. Paul Lewis (Stephen Lewis's brother); Michael Lynch; Jennifer Roe-Lazzaro; Mary Baxter (Marjorie Reiman's friend); Dianne Soper (Beverly Hawkes' sister); Elwood Cephus Stith (Mark Reiman's friend); Pete Wehle; Rev. Lou Grettenberger (friend of Ginny Mikita); Rachael Rienstra; Phil Sturdevant (Pete Wehle's friend); Darren Dixon (Beverly and Orie Hawkes' nephew); The Hotwagner Family; David Zylstra (Laurie VandenBeldt's friend); Elinor Hite (Virginia Stuart's sister); Judy Baxter (Kristine Sherman's Mother); Joann DeJonge; Richard and Joanna Weber's great-grandson Mattox (friends of the Ridls); Al Overweg; Beverly Willming (John Willming's mother); Jay North (friend of Dan Pierce); Hannah Sherman; Maureen Pierce; David Abbot; Sarah Johnson Lock; Vicki Latham (Ruth VandenBosch's cousin); Cole Hartman; Mike Sneedon (Peg and Jack Donohue's friend); Tim Reineck, Matt Brazys, Suzanne Cook, and Ken Cassbon (friends of Pete Wehle and Pamela Chappell); Richie Czarnowski (Mark Reiman's friend); Sherri Kanten (Ruth VandenBosch's friend); Chris Stuart (Virginia Stuart's sister-in-law); Mary Elizabeth Loudin (friend of Laurie VandenBeldt)
In-Person Attendance, October 23: 84
Total Views for October 23 Online Videos: 560
Collection Plate & Mailed Donations: $443.00
Online Giving: $3,296.21
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