In This Week's E-Pistle, You Will Find:
This Sunday's Service: "Ascension Sunday"
This Sunday is "Ascension Sunday," which marks the end of the Easter Season. At our "Video Worship Service" this Sunday, we'll hear all about Jesus's ascension into heaven, and we'll also learn the path to our own personal ascensions. We'll also uncover the "12 Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening." We hope you will join us online for an inspiring message and uplifting music as we celebrate Ascension Sunday. Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Pamela Chappell.
Tune-in on Sunday at 10 AM via our Facebook page, YouTube channel, or here on our website.
Last Week's Service
Last Sunday, we honored mothers everywhere -- biological mothers, adoptive mothers, caregivers, and mentors. We also celebrated our Mother God; Mother Nature in all her glory; and the Divine Feminine within us, too. Click the video above for the "Video Worship Service" for last Sunday to hear an inspiring Progressive Christian message from Pastor Sal about John 15:9-17, in which Jesus instructs us to "love one another." Music: Peter Black, Gloria Larrieu, Pamela Chappell, Nancy Plantinga, and Mary Fechtig.
Click here to read, listen to, watch, and share Pastor Sal's Homily.
Do We Need to Still Wear Masks?
At the last church council meeting, council member Stan Greene shared this article from the New York Times by health columnist Tara Parker-Pope, who reports on the latest advice from federal health officials on use of face masks in public. Council recommends we follow these guidelines as we begin to gather for events where vaccinated and non-vaccinated people mix. Stan sums the advice up this way, "If you're outdoors, mask or distance. If you're indoors, mask and distance." And great news: the council is working hard on an outdoor service plan for the summer!
Remembering Luke Burnett
With deep sadness we share news of the sudden loss of Douglas UCC church member, Luke Burnett, loving partner of Mike VerMerris. Luke was a light in our lives and the lives of his family, friends, colleagues, and church family. A memorial service will be held at a future date. We hold Mike and the entire Burnett family in our hearts and prayers. You may share your memories of Luke and leave condolence notes for his family at this link. Cards of condolence can be sent to Mike at 13 Fultonwoods Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3808.
Alison Swan and Jack Ridl, Reading and Workshop at the SCA, May 23
Church member Jack Ridl is honored to help celebrate a new volume of poetry from Alison Swan, A Fine Canopy, from Wayne State University Press. On Sunday, May 23, at 1pm, in person, outside, and distanced at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Alison and Jack will read their work and hold a conversation about poetry and the writing life. The reading is free and open to the public, and their books will be on sale. Then Alison will conduct a poetry workshop at 2:30pm. The center is asking people to RSVP for the reading, where seats are limited, and there is a registration fee for the workshop. Here is the link to sign up for both!
Global Pride Spiritual Summit, June 11-13
Our Pastor Sal is one of the ministers involved in the "Global Pride Summit" on June 11-13. This multiday virtual event will provide opportunities for engaging conversations, experiential activities, and deep connection time with each other and many inspiring teachers. Come for the great speakers and musicians then stay for in-depth personal exploration. To register and to learn more, please visit www.unityvillage.org/gpss.
Saugatuck-Douglas Library "Unmask Project" Wants Your Selfie!
Unmasked: Photographic Portraits After 2020 -- What better way to emerge from winter and the worst of COVID-19 than with a visual celebration of our community? That’s the aim of “Unmasked: Photographic Portraits After 2020,” a community generated exhibition of cell phone portraits, organized by the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library. All submissions will be displayed in their beautiful new space.
The Library is seeking many entries from everyone--all ages and all abilities. If you have a cell phone and a creative spirit, you are an artist! Portraits should feature your family, friends, neighbors and other members of our community. They can be in color or black and white.
Please send your best portrait(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, contact information and a brief description of your portrait(s). For more on this exhibition, click here to see this story at the Library's website.
Deadline for submissions is May 15, 2021.
Pride Care-A-Van Coming on June 5