A DUCC Tradition: The Burning Bowl
This Sunday is the final Sunday of the year. As is our year-end tradition, we at Douglas UCC will be participating in a very powerful "end-of-year" ritual: The Burning Bowl ceremony. It's a ceremony of purification, transformation, and renewal. We hope you will join us this Sunday at 10am as we let old things pass away so that all things can be made new. Message by Pastor Sal. Special Music: "Letting Go" by Nancy Plantinga.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service:
Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of the "Lessons & Carols" was so beautiful. Almost 200 people were in attendance! Thank you to our Art Guild; our Volunteer Coordinator, Mike VerMerris; our greeters and readers. And, a very special thank you to our Director of Music, Peter Black; our song leader, Stan Greene, and our amazing Douglas UCC Holiday Choir.
2019: A Year in the Life of Douglas UCC
Wow! 2019 was such an amazing year in the life of Douglas UCC!
Please enjoy this end-of-year video slideshow.
Our Sabbatical Time:
From January through March, our church will be in sabbatical time. While our pastor goes into retreat for exercise, rest, writing and study, our congregation will take on the services as a way of growing together in community. If you're wondering where Pastor Sal is headed, this video gives a great view into the Spirit Mountain Retreat in Idyllwild, California.
Holy Land Trip Information Meeting
David Geen, our Holy Land Trip organizer, will have a meeting after service on Sunday, December 29, at 11:30 AM at the Spring Street house for all who are interested in the Holy Land Trip in October.
Thank you to all who contributed to last Sunday's special collection of the UCC's Christmas Fund. Thanks to your generous giving, we collected $387, which our church will match for a total of $774 to the United Church of Christ.
Mid-Year Congregational Meeting Jan 5, 11:30am
Congregational Meeting: A Congregational Meeting will be held in the Friendship Hall on Sunday, January 5, 2020, at 11:30 AM. We will be approving updates to the Church Constitution (copies are currently available for review in the Friendship Hall), as well as viewing architectural plans for potential church campus expansion. All church members are strongly encouraged to attend. Can't make it? We will livestream the event on Facebook, or you can dial in! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
A Taste of Stephen's Ministry: January 9 at 6 PM
Next month, we hope to begin training a new group of Stephen Ministers. Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who go through 50 hours of training in order to serve as lay ministers, visiting our church members in need. If you'd like to learn more, we hope you will join us on Thursday, January 9, at 6 PM in our Friendship Hall for "A Taste of Stephen Ministry." Please sign the sheet in the Friendship Hall on Sunday if you plan on attending.
Watch Last Sunday's Music and Message:
Financial Stewardship Report
December 22: Attendance: 156
Fundraiser, Ornaments: $203.00, Retreat House Use: $2000.00
Misc. Income: $250.00
Collection Plate: $5,072 Online Giving: $2,484.41
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