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This Sunday's Service: "A New Commandment"
In the gospel reading from the lectionary for the 5th Sunday of Easter, Jesus gives us a new commandment: "Love One Another." All of the other commandments, he said, can be summed up in this one new commandment.
Please join us this Sunday at 10 AM (either in-person or streaming live online) as we explore how to love one another in a world so divided. Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Bob Ruddy, Jeff Spangler, and Nancy Plantinga
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Last Sunday's Service
In the gospel reading for the 4th Sunday of Easter, Jesus tells us that he is the Good Shepherd, and he instructs us to follow his voice. But, how do we hear this voice in our lives today? The UCC's motto is "God is Still Speaking," so how can we attune ourselves more fully to the Divine Voice? Please enjoy last Sunday's service, when we learned how to listen more closely to our inner G.P.S. (God Positioning System), the Divine Voice within which is always leading us to pastures of plenty where our souls can find rest. We will also be honoring Mother's Day. Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Bob Ruddy and Pamela Chappell
Click here to read, listen to, watch, and share Pastor Sal's Homily.
Kudos: Thank You, Art Guild!
Thank you to members of our church's Art Guild for taking down, rolling up, and storing away the Easter decorations until next year. We are grateful to Greg Harvath, Floyd Fleming, Bill Kelleher, Bud Baty, and Jim Bailey for their time, talents, and service to our church.
Hazardous Household Waste Day Volunteer Sign-up!
The Annual Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event will be held for residents of the City of Saugatuck, the City of Douglas, and Saugatuck Township on May 24 from 3 to 7pm at the City of Saugatuck Department of Public Works Building, 3338 Blue Star Hwy. This community service is made possible through the Tri-Community Recycling Committee and generous support from the Rotary Club of Saugatuck/Douglas, the City of Saugatuck, the City of Douglas, Saugatuck Township, the Saugatuck Township Fire Department, and numerous private donors.
Download the guidance sheet below for drop-off instructions and a list of eligible and ineligible items, and items that require fees. Residents MUST have an appointment to drop off HHW items.
Please note this exciting update! The drive this year will include STYROFOAM. If you have styrofoam to dispose of, this is the event for you!
Sign up to participate at https://bit.ly/nohazards
Meanwhile, volunteers are needed on the day of the collection. If you can help serve on that day, sign up at https://bit.ly/wasted22
Christian Neighbors needs Kids' Clothes, Pots and Pans
Our good friends at Christian Neighbors needs gently used or new clothing for kids -- infant to teen sizes. Also Pots and Pans. If you can help, drop off dontions of these goods at the Christian Neighbors store at the Community Church of Douglas, 6874 Wiley Road in Douglas. Thank you so much for helping Christian Neighbors help our community!
St. Peters Senior Lunch resuming!
Senior Lunches are resuming! Every third Thursday at noon at St. Peter's Catholic Church with a donation of $5 at the door. If a senior you know is having financial challenges, they can eat for free with a ticket from Christian Neighbors. Just give them a call at (269) 857-1050.
Create Community: Spaces for Discovery: SCA Needs You!
In celebration of two decades bringing art and artists to Saugatuck and Douglas, the SCA is planning an ambitious 4-community, 7-site outdoor art installation in celebration called "Create Community: Spaces for Discovery" with sites in Fennville, Douglas (Wade's Bayou), Holland, and Saugatuck.
You can read ALL about the intent behind the installations (creative placemaking, public art), meet the artists, see each of the installation locations, etc., on our webpages for the project.
The SCA is offering volunteer opportunities for these installations, including helping paint sticks at the SCA! Volunteers + staff are painting approximately 2,000 sticks red for all 7 installations. No experience needed -- volunteers will have mini rollers and can stand or sit as needed. Painting happens both outdoors and inside our Art Studio.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP for volunteer slots -- lots of days and times through May are available.
Qigong Classes Wednesdays, 11:30 AM
I am excited to be offering Qigong in Douglas again this year. We will meet for the first time on Wednesday May 11 at 11:30 am. (Please note the day and time change) and will be meeting this year on the Retreat House lawn. We will gather throughout the summer months on Wednesdays unless the weather is rainy. The class is generally about 50 minutes long.
For those of you who are new to this practice, Qigong is a very simple but deep practice of movement, meditation, visualization and breathing techniques. Similar to Tai Chi, Qigong is rooted in Chinese Medicine and Martial Arts Practice. Different than Tai Chi in that you don’t have to memorize any forms! It is great for cultivating Self and Body Awareness, Stability, Balance, Ease of Movement and Joy and Peace! It is a very accessible practice for everyone.
As last year, I am offering the class on a donation basis but am requesting that you give a minimum of $5 in order to keep it sustainable. Many thanks to the church for supporting this class, and I am looking forward to seeing last year’s students again and welcome anyone to come try it out.
Please feel free to contact me if you have further questions
Kat VanHammen Katvanhammen@gmail.com
New Member Class, May 15
If you are interested in becoming a member of our church, Pastor Sal will be holding a New Members Class on Sunday, May 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at our church's Retreat House (69 Wall Street). All are welcome to attend. (If you would like to become a member, but are unable to attend the May 15 class, please email Pastor Sal at pastor@DouglasUCC.org).
Community Pride - June 1 thru 5
Douglas UCC is proud to be a "Silver Sponsor" of the upcoming Community Pride Event in Saugatuck/Douglas from June 1 thru 5. Each day, there were will a series of fun and informative events around town (see poster above) in which we hope you will take part. Our church will have a booth at the "Pride in the Park" event on June 4 at Berry Field.
Soul Collage Workshop with Ruth Zwald,