In This Week's E-Pistle, You Will Find:
This Sunday's Service: "The Hope of Easter"
This Sunday, we celebrate the hope and joy of Easter. We rejoice and rise up, for the Christ Light shows us the way to new life. As we emerge from a time of darkness, the Light of Christ invites us to rise up and walk in the newness of life. This resurrecting power restores and uplifts us. Join us online this Easter Sunday for a joy-filled celebration of hope and new life.
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.
An Easter Message from our UCC President
Click the video above to watch a 3-minute Easter message from our UCC General Minister and President, Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer.
Last Sunday's Service
Last Sunday launched Holy Week, the most sacred time on the Christian Church calendar when we focused on two processions: one of cheers and palms (Jesus's procession into Jerusalem)... and one of jeers and pain (Jesus's procession to the cross), a reminder for us that both light and darkness are necessary for growth. Tune-in to last Sunday's "Video Worship Service," for this very powerful Holy Week service. Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Stan Greene.
Click here to read, listen to, watch, and share Pastor Sal's homily.
Maundy Thursday: Online Service
Click above to watch our Holy Week "Tenebrae" service for Maundy Thursday. During this service, we darken the altar and read aloud the seven last words of Jesus.
Gift from Virginia Stewart
Our friend Virginia Stuart gifted us with this wonderful piece in honor of her late husband, Rev. Laird Stuart. The painting is entitled "Jesus Taken from the Cross," by Sadao Watanabe. Watanabe was a Japanese printmaker, famous for his biblical prints rendered in the mingei (folk art) tradition of Japan. The subject matter of Watanabe's prints is exclusively the Gospel, and was influenced by Buddhist figure prints, placing biblical subjects in a Japanese context. The Vatican Museum, the British Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and many other leading museums in the world have exhibited Watanabe's works. However, Watanabe once remarked that he preferred that his prints hang in the ordinary places of life: "I would most like to see them hanging where people ordinarily gather, because Jesus brought the Gospel for the people," he said.
Highway Cleanup Update
Thanks to church member Greg Plowe, who contacted the Michigan Department of Transportation about cleaning up our stretch of the highway. They told us that, because of the construction planned for the highway this summer, we may not pick up trash this year. They are rebuilding the highway from 130th Avenue on the South End to M40 on the North end, and our stretch falls in the middle. That will mean plenty of work ahead for next year! And a much nicer highway for many years to come. Onward!
Tri-Community Recycling Committee
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New Online Giving Page!
Importantly, if you already make gifts using our online donation site, you don't need to do a thing! Your userid and password and giving history all still work with this new page. And we were able to implement it with no charge to the church. Win! Win! Win!
Friendship Hall News
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Birthday and Anniversary cards are a great way we can continue to reach out to one another during this time. If you wish to mail a card to one of our church members, addresses can be found in our Church Directory. If you don't have a directory, please let us know, and we will email one to you.
Viewers for March 28 Online Service Videos: 864
Online Donations: $3,095.28
Collection Plate (Mail in): $3,125.00
DUCC Special Donations (OGHS): $396.89
Retreat House Use: $225.00
Facebook donation, February: $1,000
(including $265 raised by Carol Watson Ortman
for her Facebook birthday fundraiser! Thank you, Carol!)
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
844-931-2849, or sharing through the donate buttons on
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