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This Sunday's Service: First 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.
Please join us this Sunday at 10 AM (either in-person or streaming live online), as we focus on the theme of the first Advent candle: HOPE.
Message: Pastor Sal Sapienza. Music: Peter Black and Nancy Plantinga
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Last Sunday's Service: Reign of Christ Sunday
Last Sunday (the last Sunday in the Season after Pentecost and the Sunday before Advent) is known as "Reign of Christ" or "Christ the King" Sunday. On this feast day, we celebrate Jesus as fully human and fully divine. Please enjoy last Sunday's service, when we considered Jesus as both man and Messiah. Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Jeff Spangler
This Sunday: Meet Our Ordained Clergy
Douglas UCC is so blessed to have nine ordained clergy in our congregation, especially during this upcoming time of pastoral transition. We invite you to get to know them this Sunday at 11:30 AM during Coffee Hour in the Friendship Hall. Each of them will share a little bit about themselves, how they will assist in the next few months, and answer your questions.
Remembering Rev. Thomas Mason
Advent Devotional Sale
The UCC Advent-Christmastide devotionals are here! You'll find them on sale in the Friendship Hall for $5 each. Online supplies have sold out!
More KUDOS! Final Tally for Crop Walk
The numbers are in! This year, our local Crop Walk Team raised a total of $19,540.74, which includes $18,410.74 raised by our DUCC walkers, putting our team at 6th place in the nation for funds raised. Spectacular work, team! Kudos to the walkers (Chris Clark, Mike Mok, Kathleen Klage, Max Brown & Doug Sipsma; Julie & Jack Ridl; Jeremy Lund & Mark Johnston; Mike VerMerris: Rich Marth; Pete Wehle; Jennifer Schwarb), and especially to all who donated to support them!
Safety & Security Plan Update Coming in December
Recently there have been questions raised by our church family regarding the safety and security plan for our church. Please be reassured that there has been an active plan in place. However, with the questions being raised, a decision to expand/ restructure the plan has been made by the current 4 church members responsible for it. You can expect additional information in the next few weeks.
Offerings at Retreat House Spiritual Center
Here are the Spiritual Center Offerings for December. Sign up for your space using the sign-up sheets in the Friendship Hall, or contact Julie Ridl to sign up for you.
Wednesday, December 6, from 10:30am to 12pm
Called to Care
Rev. Marty Rienstra
Have you ever spent significant time care-giving for a loved one?
Are you now spending significant time care-giving for a loved one?
Is there a possibility you will be care-giving for a loved one in the not-too-distant future?
If so, you are welcome to come together to share your experience and questions
and insights as we explore together how we can love, pray, and care in the best
possible way when that is what we are called to do.
Thursday, December 7, from 10:30am to 12pm
Dealing With Loss and Change
Laurie Van Den Beldt, Stephen Minister
The objective of this session is exploring how to recognize our feelings and fears, and help
one another deal with them in a positive manner as we undergo the change in our
future as a congregation.
Beginning December 8, 10:30am to 12pm
Exploring The Whole Self: A Four-Part Series
+++This Class is beyond capacity! We can't accept more participants, but because of the high interest, Jeremy will plan to offer another session in the Spring. Stay tuned!
Farewell Brunch for Pastor Sal, December 17
Date: Dec 17, 2023
Location: Douglas UCC Friendship Hall
Our Pastoral Relations Committee invites you to a farewell brunch for Pastor Sal, immediately following the Sunday service on December 17. Food and drink are already planned, so simply come as you are after service.
This gathering of our beloved Douglas UCC community celebrates the abundant gifts that have been shared with us during Pastor Sal's tenure.
We're celebrating him before the Christmas Season begins, and through the end of the year, to give as many people as possible the chance to say their goodbyes and offer their good wishes to our teacher, counselor, shepherd, and friend.
The PRC will be placing a card box in the Friendship Hall that morning for anyone who would like to drop in a personal card for Pastor Sal.
Pastor Sal's last church service at Douglas UCC is Sunday, December 31.
Holiday Cookie Exchange: December 24
Following our worship service on December 24, we will be having a “Cookie Exchange” in the Friendship Hall during Coffee Hour! If you are able, please bring a plate of cookies to share and enjoy!
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service