In This Week's E-Pistle, You Will Find:
This Sunday's Service: "Into the Wilderness"
This Sunday is the 1st Sunday in Lent. The 40 days of Lent are a time of spiritual preparation for us. Before Jesus began his ministry of teaching and healing, he spent 40 days and nights in the wilderness. The 40 days of Lent invite us to venture into the wilderness alone, to face our fears and to wrestle with the things that are keeping us from experiencing our greatest good and living life to the full. Please join us this Sunday for our "Video Worship Service," as we prepare ourselves spiritually for the sacred season of Lent.
Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Jim Bailey.
Tune in on Sunday at 10 AM via our Facebook page, YouTube channel, or here on our website.
Last Sunday's Service Video
Last Sunday was "Transfiguration Sunday." What exactly happened to Jesus on the mountaintop? Last Sunday's Gospel told us a change happened in Jesus: his clothes became a dazzling white, and he was transfigured. The word "transfiguration" means "a spiritual change." How have the "mountaintop" experiences in your life impacted your own spiritual transformation? Please enjoy last Sunday's "Video Worship Service," when we explored how to spiritually transform our lives and our world. Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Nancy Plantinga. Click here to read, watch, listen to, and share last week's homily.
Lenten Devotionals Available at Retreat House and Online
The Season of Lent began on Wednesday, and a great way to journey through the Lenten season is by praying each day with the UCC's 2021 Lenten Devotional.
The devotional features daily Bible quotes, reflections, and prayers for all 40 Days of Lent, from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.
The devotionals are $5 each, and you can pick one up in the foyer of the Retreat House, or you can order online at The Pilgrim Press.
Lenten Creation Care Calendar
During the season of Lent,
Pastor Sal will be leading
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
Community Read with Interfaith Action: The Beauty of Your Face
The author will join the ZOOM discussion on Thursday, March 18 at 6:00.
Nevine Khalil, a journalist from Saint Joseph, and Tatiana Reinoza, a Notre Dame professor, will moderate the discussion.
Click here to register for the online book discussion.
QuartzAir Units Available in February with DUCC Discount
retail price: $1,795
DUCC Feb 2021 price: $1,495
Cubic Ft./min cleaned, 194 cfm on Medium setting
Total sq ft cleaned per unit: 2,100 sq ft
DUCC Feb 2021 price: $1,995
Cubic Ft/min cleaned, 229 cfm on Medium setting
Total sq ft cleaned per unit: 2,730 sq ft
After our last congregational meeting, during which we shared plans for air cleaning when the church returns to in-person services, several DUCC members showed interest in Surgicall Clean Air (SCA) units for their homes. SCA has offered church members a discount for orders placed in the month of February, 2021. Full list and discount prices are shown above along with the home square footage covered per unit. Shipping is approximately $50 with a two-week lead time.
If you would like one of these units at this special price, contact our sales representative, below. Only orders placed with him by phone qualify for the DUCC discount. Also, he is happy to answer any questions regarding home layouts, size of units, etc.
Mr. Dave Lerg, Surgically Clean Air, Inc., 248 761 9923 www.quartzair.com
Michigan's Contact Tracing App
Sign up for your vaccine! Volunteer to help people get their vaccines!
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
Gregg and Pastor Sal thanked everyone for the love and support on the passing of their step-dad and father-in-law, Bill Tucker.
Mike Boston will have open heart surgery this coming Tuesday and will appreciate our prayers.
Prayers of comfort too, for Becca Wasso and her family on the loss of Becca's grandmother, who watched our service the week before she died, and especially loved Stan Green's performance of "Healed."
Responding to the Book Read invitation, above, Dan Mack recommended the movie Breaking Fast, which lovingly explores Islamic culture and faith traditions.
And Chris Clark noted that a lovely book has been donated to the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library in Denny Bales' name, a young adult parable about prejudice called The House in the Cerulean Sea.
Reports & Minutes
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.
Viewers for February 14 Online Service Videos: 1,568
Online Giving: $2,574.27
Church Use: $200.00
Retreat House Use: $180.00
Collection, Mailed in: $1,230.00
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 Facebook or Instagram, or at our website.