In This Week's E-Pistle, You Will Find:
This Sunday: "Ascending the Spiritual Ladder"
This Sunday, we will explore the Old Testament passage from this week's lectionary: the story of "Jacob's Ladder." In it, Jacob has a dream of a long ladder connecting the earthly realm with the spiritual realm. Did you know that you, too, have access to Jacob's Ladder?
Join us this Sunday at 10 AM (either in person or streaming live online) as we explore the steps of "Spiritual Ascension." Message: Pastor Sal Sapienza. Music: Peter Black and Nancy Plantinga
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Last Sunday's Service
n the Gospel reading for last Sunday Jesus tells "The Parable of the Sower." The spiritual principle of sowing and reaping is common throughout the Bible. Please enjoy last Sunday's service, when we learned how how to put this powerful spiritual principle of "sowing and reaping" into practice in our lives. Message: Pastor Sal Sapienza. Music: Peter Black
Sweet Summer Coffee Hour!
Summer coffee hours out on the lawn? Yes, please! One of the sweetest ways we enjoy one another's company after service each week. We'll hold outdoor coffee hours as weather permits for the rest of the season! Namaste!
Thank You for Supporting the Boys & Girls Club!
This is what we do! Thanks to your generous giving and our Grant Committee's leadership, we were able to support the wonderful work of the Rotary Club's Boys & Girls Club, providing after-school support for area children. The $5,000 donation will help them provide food and programming for this growing group of local children.
What's Next in Campus Stewardship
“This Little Church That’s Been Entrusted to Our Care”
As outlined at our Annual Meeting, there are many areas of our church campus in need of important repair and updating. Here's our wish list:
88 Spring Street
Sanctuary and Friendship Hall
We hope to fund these projects through targeted gifts totalling $79, 725 to complete them all.
You can keep watch on our funding goals here in the E-Pistle. Meanwhile, consider if you can support these needed improvements. You can donate online at the button below, or post a check with “DUCC Campus Stewardship” in the memo line to: Douglas UCC, PO Box 519, Douglas, MI 49406.
In Search of: Exchange Student Host Families
Greenheart Exchange is again looking for households to host international exchange students! Impact the life of a student, create friendships and memories, be part of a global family, learn a new culture AND share your own. Students are ages 15 to 18, and come from more than 60 countries. They study here for one semester or one school year, have good English skills, bring their own spending money and have illness and accident insurance.
Greenheart's Local Coordinator plans events for students and supervises them. Hosts provide three meals a day, a place to study, a separate bed (can share a bedroom with one other person within 5 years of their age) reasonable transportation and encouragement. Families may be single parents, same-gender, with or without children. Retirees welcome as long as you can still drive. If you would like more information on the experience of a lifetime, contact Julia Colingsworth by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone, 269-225-7418. Also, check out our website, www.hostwithgreenheart.org
Resilience Blue Star Bash, July 27
Resilience, whose mission is to respond to, reduce, and prevent domestic and sexual violence in Ottawa and Allegan counties, are holding their second annual fundraiser here in Saugatuck on July 27, at Ivy House. If you would like to donate to their auctions or have questions about the event, e-mail DanielleE@ResilienceMI.org. For tickets, hit that red button below!
2nd Annual Blue Star Bash
Thursday, July 27, 2023
Ivy House – Saugatuck, MI
Ticket link below!
Blue Star Bash will feature live music by Desmond Jones, food trucks, delicious drinks, raffles, silent auctions, a 50/50, and a wine pull!
Thanks to Howard Miller, Empowerment Partner for Blue Star Bash this year!
Call for Altar Flowers
Summer is here, and so are the blossoms! If you would like to dress our altar with lovely blooms, see the Altar Flower sign-up sheet in the Friendship Hall. Just write your name and a note next to the date, and tell us if you would like your flowers to hold the memory of a special event or a loved one. Or email Julie Ridl to help you.
Volunteers needed for Venetian Fest!
The Rotary Club of Saugatuck/Douglas is looking for volunteers to help with the Venetian Festival on July 28 and 29. One of our three local Rotary initiatives is to protect and enhance the waterways (and local ecosystems). As a starting point, we have opted for a laser light show instead of the fireworks, and if Rotary continues to carry the mantle for this event in coming years, we plan to include an awareness/educational component to the weekend. Volunteers who sign up by June 25 will receive a really cool t-shirt with the new logo! See church member Kirsten Stannis (or the website) for details or questions.
Tickets are on Sale!