In This Week's E-Pistle, You Will Find:
This Sunday's Service: "The BE - Attitudes"
In this Sunday's gospel reading, Jesus gives what's become known as the "Sermon on the Plain," a set of teachings which include four of the Beatitudes: blessed are the poor, the hungry, the sorrowful, and the persecuted. Richard Rohr says that the Beatitudes are the greatest wisdom teachings of Jesus.
Join us this Sunday at 10 AM (either in-person or streaming live online) as we explore these "attitudes" for how to "be." Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Stan Greene.
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Last Sunday's Service
In last Sunday's gospel reading, Jesus continues to call his first disciples, telling fishermen Simon and Andrew, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." What did Jesus mean by this? Is he really instructing us to go and 'catch' people for God? Maybe he had something much deeper in mind. Please enjoy last Sunday's service, when we explored the meaning of this "Surprising Catch" together. Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Jeff Spangler.
Click here to read, listen to, watch, and share Pastor Sal's Homily.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Mask Recommendation
Michigan Public Health office advises masking in all indoor public places and maintaining a safe distance from others. If you forget your mask for church services, fresh KN95 masks and hand sanitizer are available at all doors to help you stay well.
Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services mask advisory for gatherings:
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CDC infection and transmission rates by county.
Christian Neighbors Update
Click on the document below to download Christian Neighbors update on the number of families served and services rendered at the end of 2021. It was an amazing quarter for this wonderful program!
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Afghan Task Force Update: Drivers Needed!
Morning and Afternoon Drivers Needed!
We are so excited to share that the young man we are sponsoring from Afghanistan has secured a good job at Haworth in Holland, just a 25-minute drive from Douglas. He will be working Monday thru Thursday from 6:30 AM to 5 PM beginning on February 21.
Until he learns how to drive and gets a driver's license, we will need volunteers to drive him to and from work. If you can help, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or sign the sheet in the Friendship Hall on Sunday. Thank you.
Meanwhile, your generosity has been most humbling and most welcome. Donations to the general fund supporting the family can be made online here, or send a check to Douglas UCC, PO Box 519, Douglas, MI 49406. Please write "Afghan Family" on the memo line!
Spring Street House Reminder
Birthdays & Anniversaries
February 14- Rebecca Klott, 15- Loran Atkinson, Carol & Don Cunningham
16- Mary Browning, 17- Mark Reiman, 18- Bud Baty
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.
Joann DeJonge; Richard and Joanna Weber's grandson Mattox (friends of the Ridls); Shirley Lawson & Family; Jane Grady & Family; Paul Burdick; Paul Murphy; Al Overweg; Beverly Willming (John Willming's mother); Jay North (friend of Dan Pierce); Diane Carr (Debra Carr's sister): Hannah Sherman; Maureen Pierce; Helaine Miedema (David Miedema's mother); Ron Turks (Carol Cunningham's son-in-law); David Abbot; Sarah Johnson Lock; Linda Masten (Mark Reiman's friend); 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); 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, February 6: 51
Livestream Attendance: 73
Total Viewers for February Online Service Videos: 522
Collection Plate & Mailed Donations: $500.00
Online Giving: $3,319.81
Your generous giving allows us to sustain our church community and our mission of service in the world. Please consider giving online, which is easily done by texting your donation amount to
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