Weekly E-pistle: Fifth Sunday in Lent
In This Week's E-Pistle, You Will Find:
This Sunday's Service: "Dying Before You Die"
In the Gospel reading for the 5th Sunday in Lent, Jesus says: "Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains but a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit." That "single grain" refers to us. We need to do what Jesus and the mystics of all the major faith traditions instruct: "Die before we die" so that we can produce the fruit of the Spirit. What does it mean to "die before we die"? Tune-in this Sunday for our "Video Worship Service," as we explore this question together. Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Elizabeth Estes.
Tune in on Sunday at 10 AM via our Facebook page, YouTube channel, or here on our website.
Last Week's Service
Last Sunday's Gospel passage contains one of the most repeated lines Evangelical Christians quote from Scripture: John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life." Does this mean one must believe in Jesus in order to have eternal life? Was Jesus God's only son, or are we all sons and daughters of God? How do we as Progressive Christians make sense of John 3:16? Please enjoy last Sunday's "Video Worship Service," when we explored these questions together. Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Jeff Spangler.
Click here to read, watch, listen to, and share last week's homily.
Happy Anniversary, Pastor Sal!
On March 13, 2016, after serving for two years as our pastor, Pastor Sal was officially installed as a UCC pastor in our church. It was a wonderful day in the long history of this little church, and the memory brings us great joy!
One Great Hour of Sharing Collection
Every March we collect and match gifts to the UCC's One Great Hour of Sharing Endowment Fund, which has long supported emergency relief, disaster response, sustainable development, and social services in some of the poorest areas around the globe. These gifts and this work make an enormous difference in so many lives. Will you consider making a gift to this special fund by March 28. You can make this gift online, or by check (please write OGHS in the memo line of your check made out to Douglas UCC). Please mail checks to Douglas UCC, P.O. Box 519, Douglas, Michigan, 49406. Thank you so much for your ongoing support of the work of the United Church of Christ.
Green Faith Designation
We are so delighted to announce that Douglas UCC has been recognized by Interfaith Action of SW Michigan as a Green Faith church in recognition of the work of our Creation Justice Team, especially for the efforts we have made to assure our church campus operates under all of these greening efforts. Congratulations to the team and the congregation for all of your good work!
Announcing Sunrise Movement -
Our online giving pages have just become easier to use, with a new page outlining all the ways we can give to the church, and a new online giving page that makes special collections easier to contribute to. Here is a video showing how it works, or tune in to this week's Online Friendship Hall (link in your email on Fridays) for a quick demo.
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!
Allegan County Senior Services
We wanted to make you aware of our amazing, Allegan county-wide program that allows those of us who are seniors to age gracefully in our homes.
In 2006, the citizens of Allegan County voted to provide for it's senior citizens through a Senior Millage. These funds provide these services:
- Adult Day Care
- Home Delivered Meals
- In Home Supports
- Personal Emergency Response Systems
- Senior Transportation
As the website says: "But it's more than that; it's the voters giving back to those who came before us. Most of the advances we enjoy today in technology, medicine, agriculture, etc. are a direct result of the efforts made by citizens that are no longer part of the work force; senior citizens. Through their dedication to improving our communities, we all enjoy a better quality of life. Senior Services is committed to providing the necessary supports that allow the seniors of Allegan County to remain independent in the homes where they have lived and raised their families for as long as possible."
"Dedicated to serving Allegan County seniors by developing and coordinating services that support their independence, maintain their dignity, and preserve their quality of life."
Allegan County Senior Services, 3255 122nd Ave., Ste. 200, Allegan, MI 49010
Phone: (269) 673-3333 Toll-free: 1-877-673-5333 Fax: (269) 673-0569
Book Discussion Video Online Now
Lakeshore Coalition Beach Cleanup
April 13th, 2021 from 10am - 12pm
Oval Beach, 690 Perryman St, Saugatuck, MI
April 27, 4pm-6pm
Douglas Beach Park, 3099 Lakeshore Dr, Douglas
May 8, 10am-12pm
Laketown Beach, 6710 142nd Ave, Holland
More West Michigan Beaches and Dates for Cleanups here.
Centering Prayer Group during Lent, Wednesday Evenings at 5:30 p.m.
During the season of Lent, Pastor Sal will lead
a "Centering Prayer" meditation via Zoom each Wednesday
evening from 5:30 PM to 6 PM.
If you are interested in taking part in these sessions,
please email Julie for the Centering Prayer link.
Sign up for your vaccine! Here's How!
Please note that healthcare advisors in our own church and across the nation are advising people who have received the vaccine to continue to wear masks and practice social distancing for a while longer. Patience is the gift we give to each other. Here's a good explanation of why masking and distancing will still be necessary.
If you have the time and the skills to help people sign up and receive their vaccines, Allegan County has a volunteer application form you can use to let them know of your skills and availability.
You need to sign up online, and here is the link for Allegan County:
And here is the link for other locations in Michigan:
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.
Reports & Minutes
March 14, 2021
Viewers for March 14 Online Service Videos: 768
Online Donations: $4,424.55
Collection Plate (Mailed in): $2,985.00
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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