In This Week's E-Pistle, You Will Find:
This Sunday's Service: Easter Sunday
RISE & SHINE! This Easter morning, we rejoice and rise up, for the Christ Light shows us the way to new life! Whatever challenges we have faced or are facing, we can always transform them in the spirit and message of Easter. The Light of Christ invites us to rise up and walk in the newness of life. This resurrecting power restores and uplifts us.
Be with us this Easter morning at 10 AM (either in-person or streaming live online) as we join together in a celebration of resurrection and transformation! Message: Pastor Sal Sapienza.
Music: Peter Black, Jeff Spangler, and Nancy Plantinga
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Last Sunday's Service: Palm Sunday
Last Sunday began 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 that both light and darkness are part of the spiritual journey. Please enjoy last Sunday's service, when we gathered for this very powerful Holy Week service. Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Jeff Spangler.
Click here to read, listen to, watch and share Pastor Sal's Homily.
Spirit Journey to Sedona, Arizona, Including a Day-trip to the Stunning Grand Canyon!
November 10th - 16th, 2022
Join our beloved and inspirational Pastor Sal as he leads us on a 6-day exploration of Mind, Body and Soul to Sedona and the Grand Canyon in Arizona, one of the most beautiful regions in America. Arizona, and specifically Sedona and the Grand Canyon, both have an immense spiritual and artistic heritage. This is a perfect opportunity to realize and develop your own inner awareness with Pastor Sal as our spiritual teacher!
Attached are all the details, including the Reservation Form with pricing information.
Call or email David Geen with questions or to make your reservations:
Cell - (313) 492-9574 email@example.com
The group is limited to only 20 people, maximizing the experience for everyone.
Lake Michigan Region Climate Change Forum with Tom Skilling, April 16, 2 p.m.
Thank you to church member Kathleen Mueller, who alerted of this event from The League of Women Voters Lake Michigan Region. The league invites the public to attend their first annual
Climate Change forum:
Developments in Climate Change Science and Policy:
“Code Red” in the Great Lakes and Beyond
Saturday, April 16, 2022
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Venue Six 10, 610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605.
In Person or On-Line.
Tom Skilling, Chief Meteorologist for WGN-TV, will host a distinguished panel to discuss recent developments in climate change science, law and policy, and the future of climate change strategy. Joining Mr. Skilling on the panel are: Seth Darling, Interim Chief Science & Technology Officer for the Energy and Global Security Directorate at Argonne National Laboratory; Attorney Mary Gade of Gade EnvironmentalGroup, LLC, and former Regional Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Region V; Donald J. Wuebbles, PhD, Professor of Atmospheric Science and Presidential Fellow at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and Coordinating Lead Author on several international climate assessments led by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that resulted in IPCC being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
Your registration can be made from links and instructions contained in this document:
4 Paws Lakeshore Fundraiser, June 4
Thanks to church member Mike Bojko for sharing news of this fundraiser to support Wishbone Pet Rescue!
6:00pm - 10:30pm
The Cottage at The Ravines
3520 Palmer Dr
This year's fundraiser will feature indoor and outdoor spaces, music, a new menu of hearty appetizers, cocktails, adoptable pets, and new ways to help Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance be the voice of Allegan County's homeless animals. Join us for a great evening and find out how you can help. Masquerade masks are optional but so much more fun!
RSVP to attend or learn how to upport this event here: https://www.4pawslakeshore.org/events-609141.html
Let's Take Another Look at Poetry, April 18, 7pm
"Why in our culture do most people fall out of love with poetry? We savored it as children. What happened?" -- Jack Ridl
On April 18, from 7- 8:30pm, our church member Jack Ridl will hold a conversation about poetry at the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library. Please call the library at 269-857-8241 to reserve your seat. There is no charge for admission.
Jack Says, "In this workshop we will be open about what stands in our way to appreciating, enjoying, understanding, being enriched by poetry. Some may discover a new way of reading. Some may discover that instead of reading a poem, one can explore it from many starting places. Some may hear its music. Some may create a painting in the mind’s eye. Who knows what will happen? Let's find out together."
We Need You: Highway Cleanup,
The Douglas UCC Creation Justice Team has scheduled our highway cleanup for 9am on April 23. We are looking for many hands to work together to make light work of cleaning up our three miles of highway. Sign up on the sheet in the Friendship Hall or by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for helping us keep our corner of the world clean!
CJT Movie Night: The City Dark, April 27, 6:30PM
The Creation Justice Team presents “The City Dark” at Saugatuck-Douglas District Library, on April 27 at 6:30pm. The viewing will be followed by open discussion, plus information on updating your outdoor lighting to meet dark sky standards.
Donate to help Ukrainians
All donations will be deposited into the International Disasters fund designated for “Ukraine Relief.” Your generous financial support will be used by our partners in the areas of greatest need. One can also mail a check made payable to the United Church of Christ PO BOX 71957 Cleveland, OH 44194. Please be sure to note “Ukraine Relief Fund” on your check in the memo section.
Read more about how you can support the UCC's drive for the people of Ukraine here.
Save the Date, DUCC's 140th Anniversary Block Party, June 5
Birthdays & Anniversaries
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.
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