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This Sunday's Service: The "BE" Attitudes
In this Sunday's gospel reading, Jesus gives his famous "Sermon on the Mount," a set of teachings which include the Beatitudes. Father Richard Rohr says that the Beatitudes are the greatest wisdom teachings of Jesus, but what do they mean for our lives today?
Join us this Sunday at 10 AM (either in-person or streaming live online) as we explore these "attitudes" for how to "be." Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Pamela Chappell.
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Last Sunday's Video — 3rd Sunday after Epiphany: "Called Together"
In last Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus continues to call his first disciples, telling fishermen Simon and Andrew, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." What did Jesus mean by this? Was he really instructing us to go and 'catch' people for God, or did he have something much deeper in mind? Please enjoy last Sunday's service, when we explored more fully the meaning of this Gospel message and the purpose our Christian calling. Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Jeff Spangler.
Click here to read, listen to, watch and share Pastor Sal's Homily.
Alan Weathers' Memorial Service: February 3
Christian Neighbors Spreading Hope: Peanut Butter Drive
Beginning January 24 (National Peanut Butter Day!) through February 28, Christian Neighbors is requesting donated jars of peanut butter. Jars can be dropped off at the Friendship Hall, or during open business hours at:
LCC Auditions for Spring Concert
Lakeshore Community Chorus would like to invite local singers, including high school and college students, to join the chorus for the upcoming spring session. Auditions will be held in late January and February in order to check each singer for their vocal range and music listening and reading skills. Rehearsals generally occur weekly on Thursday evenings at the First Congregational Church in Saugatuck and will begin March 2nd, culminating in the spring concert on May 21st at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.
The theme for the spring concert is “Route 66 Road Trip.” The chorus will be “driving” the audience along the famous and historic Route 66, starting in Chicago and ending in Los Angeles. Some of the selections to be performed include "Route 66," "Sweet Home Chicago," "Shenandoah," "Kansas City," and "Hooray for Hollywood." Several songs will incorporate an instrumental jazz combo.
Singers interested in scheduling an audition should contact church member Nancy Plantinga (click here!) by email.
The Prayer List Reboot
We have rebooted our Prayer list processfor keeping our prayer requests updated. If you have a prayer request you'd like include in the list, just send your request to Julie Ridl at her church email address.
Call for Altar Flowers
We have posted a new Altar Flower signup sheet in the Friendship Hall, on the bulletin board over the coffee table. There are plenty of openings over the next six weeks. If you would like to provide flowers in memory of a loved one or a special event, please sign the sheet on the bulletin board in the Friendship Hall or email Julie Ridl. Thank you!
Tax Letters are In the Mail
All of the year-end donor letters are in the mail, and should arrive in our mailboxes in the next week. If a letter is expected and does not arrive, please contact Jim Kern, our Church Council Financial Secretary, by email (click here) to let him know.
In Search Of: Camera People!
The DUCC Stream Team is looking for three more volunteers to run the video camera for our service livestreams. The team offers training to all camera people, no experience necessary! If you are interested, contact Lewis Corbin by email (click here).
Soul Collage, February 4
Our friend and spiritual teacher Ruth Zwald will be giving another Soul Collage workshop on February 4. Contact Ruth at the address above if you'd like to join in and learn about this powerful means of seeking and finding soul support.
Considering Matthew Shepherd, Concert, Feb 26
On Sunday, February 26th, the Holland Chorale will present "Considering Matthew Shepard,” an evocative musical response to the death of Matthew Shepard in 1998. As we mark the 25th anniversary of Matthew’s death, this concert seeks LOVE and unity as it encourages compassion and kindness. Excerpts of Matthew’s diary are read and sung throughout the work. After the concert, the Chorale will host a talk-back, offering time and space to process and reflect on what was shared.
Tickets: Adults $20*, Students 18 & over $5, Under 18 years old FREE
*Discounted tickets offered for groups larger than 10.
Call 616-494-0256 for more details.
Purchase tickets online at hollandchorale.org
Birthdays & Anniversaries
January 31– Kris Sherman, February 1– Dee Baker, Max Matteson, Doug Sipsma;
3– Jeff Chinski, 4– Jim Codman
Birthday and Anniversary cards are a great way we can reach out to one another. If you wish to mail a card to one of our church members, addresses can be found in our Church Directory.
(If you'd like to add or remove someone from our prayer list, please contact Julie Ridl by email.)
Lisa Marth (The Marths' Sister-in-law) Diane Carr & Family (Debra Carr's sister); Kirstin Barendsen (Ruth VandenBosch's Cousin); Vicki LathamVicki Latham (Ruth VandenBosch's cousin); Darren Dixon (Beverly Hawkes' nephew); Cole Hartman (Kathy Hartman' son); Chris Stuart, (Virginia Stuart's sister-in-law)
In-Person Attendance, January 22: 76
Total Views for January 22 Online Videos: 512
Collection Plate & Mailed Donations: $1,367.00
Online Giving: $3,036.49
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