In This Week's E-Pistle, You Will Find:
This Sunday: "Hope: 1st Sunday of Advent"
This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent, a time for us to prepare with great expectation for the birth of the Christ Light within us. At this Sunday's "Video Worship Service," we will be focusing on the theme of the first Advent candle: HOPE. Pastor Sal will be giving an inspiring message on "The Power of Hope." Plus, enjoy uplifting music by Peter Black and Jeff Spangler.
Tune in on Sunday at 10 AM via our Facebook page, YouTube channel, or here on our website.
Last Week's Service: Reign of Christ Sunday
Last Sunday (the last Sunday in Ordinary Time and the Sunday before Advent) was "Reign of Christ" or "Christ the King" Sunday. On this feast day, we celebrate Jesus as fully human and fully divine. Click the video above to watch our "Video Worship Service," as we explored Jesus as man, myth, and Messiah. Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black & Jeff Spangler. Read the text and share the Homily here.
Flour Power! Thank You for Donating!
Thank you to our Douglas UCC volunteers, who helped put together Thanksgiving food baskets for more than 400 families in need: Molly & Kelly Huggett, Denny & Gail Babel, Cathy North, Joyce Wright, Mike Mok, Larry Fuerst, Wendy Hamlin. Big thanks to Ruth VandenBosch, who coordinated the drive this year. And, thank you to everyone from Douglas UCC who donated more than 600 lbs. of flour! Lynne Snyder was our top flour power donator, winning the gorgeous meal prepared and provided by Dennis Konarski and Jim Kern!
Mike Boston and Kathy Austin Moving to NC!
Our church members Mike Boston and Kathy Austin have sold their Michigan home and are moving to North Carolina early next month. Both of them have contributed so much to the love, care and growth of Douglas UCC over the years, and we will look forward to seeing and hearing from them from their new home. Meanwhile, we will celebrate them during the Friendship Hall Zoom Call on Sunday, December 6. We hope you can join us to wish them well in their new home.
Advent Devotionals Available
Thanks so much to all of our church members who have been contributing to our Giving Tree project! We just received a batch of new gift tags for area teenagers. Good gifts for these kids includes cards for Subway, gas cards, manicure sets and nail polish, makeup, slippers, warm socks, pajamas, cologne -- gifts that cost around $20.00. Gift cards should be for no more than $25. Instructions are included on the tags. Gather your gifts and drop them, unwrapped please, in the big gift box or deliver them to Christian Neighbors at the Community Church of Douglas by December 7. We need volunteers to help families select gifts for children too. Call Christian Neighbors at 269-857-1050 for work dates and times. And as always, thank you so much for giving your time and treasure in this way.
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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.
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.
Viewers for November 22 Online Service Videos: 1,243
Online Giving: $2,938.85
FaceBook donations: $340.00
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