In this week's E-Pistle, you'll find:
"We Shall Be Free" - Sunday at Douglas UCC
This weekend, we celebrate our nation's freedom, but are all Americans truly free? At our video worship service this Sunday, we will explore what true freedom really looks like from both an earthly and spiritual perspective. Please join us for an inspiring message from Pastor Sal and uplifting music from Peter Black and Brenda Marcy.
Tune in on Sunday at 10 AM via our Facebook page, YouTube channel, or here on our website.
Watch Last Sunday's Service:
This little church in Douglas, Michigan, celebrated 30 years (!!!) as an open and affirming church this past Sunday, one of the very first churches in the whole country to fully include and celebrate the gifts of our LGBTQ+ church members. Pride Sunday is a deeply personal celebration for us, and we hope you'll enjoy this year's service, along with the beautiful music by Peter Black, Elizabeth Estes, and Dan Pierce. Reading by Eric LeJeune.
DUCC 2020 Annual Meeting Video:
Thank you to all who took part in last Sunday's Annual Meeting on Zoom. We are grateful to Peter Mueller, our Church Council and Committees, Mike Boston, our Financial Team, and to Julie Ridl and Stan Greene for their assistance. If you missed the Annual Meeting or would like to review the entire Zoom meeting, just write to us at OnlineChurch@douglasucc.org for a link. Watch Pastor Sal's Annual Report Video above.
Summer Celebration, Online Friday, July 3, 7pm
Our Spring online concert was such a huge success! So our congregants and friends will gather again for another evening of song and celebration, this time to raise funds for our Saugatuck-Douglas Rotary Club, which has been so generous and done so much to help local businesses and workers during the pandemic. Tune in on July 3 at 7 PM by clicking on our Facebook, YouTube, or Website channels! Thank you to our church member, Gemina Petruzzelli, for designing the wonderful poster, which appeared in this week's local newspaper.
LEDA Summit online, July 21, 9am to 4pm
Our Social Justice team encourages you to register and attend the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance (LEDA) annual Summit on Race and Inclusion being held online July 21, 9a.m. to 4pm. The day-long conference examines the effects of racial disparities and explores strategies for their elimination, involving hundreds of participants from across the state of Michigan. Registration fees support the ongoing work of this vital organization. Learn about the summit and register here.
Kudos to Dick, Stacy, and Linda!
Thanks so much to Dick Bont and Stacy Honson for planting, and Linda Charvat for growing and donating the lovely new Rhodendrons and Azaleas planted out in front of our wheelchair ramp at the Friendship Hall this week. May will bring some beautiful new blooms next year and every year!
Thank you so much for getting us there!
With a little help from our friends, we were able to surpass 1,100 subscribers to our YouTube Channel this past week!! At 1,000 viewers, YouTube unlocks a number of great tools for non-profit organizations like ours. We can now to place a discreet "collection plate" button at this channel, in case some of our new friends and viewers choose to support the work we are doing here. Thanks for your support and your help in achieving this goal!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
July 6- Lin Anderson, 7- Peg Hart, 7- Dick Lucier, 10- Jim Kern
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.
Barbara Klatt (Barb Lucier's friend), Ron Van Lente (pastor, First United Methodist Church, South Haven), Jeff Spangler; Myron Freund; Freddy Bell (Wendy Hamlin's grandson, Fred Hamilin's great-grandson); Terry Stough (Catz Dienes' son); Bob Donohue (Jack and Peg Donohue's brother); The family of Jim Lemons; Philip Raywood; Ted Sommer; Phyllis Wallis (Kathy Austin's mother); Kristen Molitor (Ann Hopkins' daughter); John Willming; Drew Carter; Ferman Sims (father of Duce Sims); Howard McLauchlan (brother-in-law of Dale and Ted); Jeff Cooley (Jo Cooley's brother); Marcia Sullivan (Jo Cooley's friend), Len Lynch (Kathleen Mueller's brother); Curtis Coffin (Marty Coffin's brother).
Ruth VandenBosch is asking for special prayers for her transgender clients and for all the transgender folk whose lives are being disrupted by threats to their healthcare and coverage for their reassignment surgeries. Please hold them in your prayers.
Prayers for the residents of mid-Michigan, recovering from flooding. Prayers for all of our Covid-19 pandemic first responders, and for the researchers and scientists working on effective tests and treatments for Covid-19. Prayers for all in the military and their families; all who are homeless or addicted or abused or neglected or rejected or hungry; The UCC; the Grand West Association; our Church Council; our Stephen Ministers; our church committees; our communities, our schools, our nation and our planet.
To add or remove a name from the Prayer List, please email us.
Attendance for Online Services: 882
Weekly Online Giving: $1,818.29
Facebook Giving in June: $620
Collection Plate by mail, June: $1,775.00
Your generous giving allows us to sustain our church community and our mission of service. Please consider giving online, which is easily done by texting your donation amount to clicking ONLINE GIVING.
Or you may send checks by mail to:
Douglas Congregational United Church of Christ
56 Wall Street, PO Box 519
Douglas, MI 49406