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This Sunday's Service: "The Journey Home"
This Sunday, we'll hear one of Jesus's most powerful teachings: "The Parable of the Prodigal Son." This teaching reminds us that on the spiritual journey home, God runs to meet us and prepares a banquet for us. This is the perfect parable for us to focus on in the middle of the Lenten season, a time when we make preparations to come home to ourselves.
Join us this Sunday at 10 AM (either in-person or streaming live online) as we explore together what this parable means for our lives today, especially during this season of Lent.
Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black, Max Brown and Gloria Larrieu.
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Last Sunday's Service
Last Sunday's Gospel reading was "The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree." Jesus tells the story of a fig tree that has not produced any fruit in three years. Though the vineyard owner wants to cut it down, the gardener says: "Give it one more year. Let me see what I can do." Our purpose for being is to bear the rich, abundant fruits of the Spirit, so what is blocking you from experiencing the fullness of life right now? Please enjoy last Sunday's service, when we explored together what this parable means for our lives today, especially during this season of Lent.
Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Stan Greene.
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One Great Hour of Sharing
This week, we are collecting donations for "One Great Hour of Sharing," one of four special mission offerings of the United Church of Christ. This Lenten Offering supports the disaster, refugee, and development ministries of the United Church of Christ within Wider Church Ministries. There are many ways to give in person on Sunday, online through our website, or through the mail (please write OGHS in the memo line and send to DouglasUCC, P.O. Box 519, Douglas, MI, 49406). As always, we thank you so much for your gifts to support this important work.
Maundy Thursday Service, April 14, 6pm
Please join us on April 14 at 6 PM for our Maundy Thursday service. This powerful service commemorates Jesus's last meal with his apostles and his seven last words. We will begin in the Friendship Hall with a simple meal of soup and bread, followed by a time of prayer and reflection in the church, where we will darken the sanctuary in preparation for Good Friday. If you plan to attend, please sign the poster hanging in the Friendship Hall or email email@example.com, so that we know how much food to prepare. Thank you.
Let's Take Another Look at Poetry, April 18, 7pm
"Why in our culture do most people fall out of love with poetry? We savored it as children. What happened?" -- Jack Ridl
On April 18 at 7pm, our church member Jack Ridl will hold a conversation about poetry at the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library. Please call the library at 269-857-8241 to reserve your seat. There is no charge for admission.
Jack Says, "In this workshop we will be open about what stands in our way to appreciating, enjoying, understanding, being enriched by poetry. Some may discover a new way of reading. Some may discover that instead of reading a poem, one can explore it from many starting places. Some may hear its music. Some may create a painting in the mind’s eye. Who knows what will happen? Let's find out together."
CJT presents: The City Dark, April 27, 6:30pm
To honor Dark Sky Week, the Creation Justice Team will be showing the movie, "The City Dark" on Wednesday, April 27th at 6:30pm. Admission is free, and all are welcome. We hope you can join us to learn more about light pollution in our world and the steps we can take locally to prevent it!
Jazz Vespers, March 27, 5pm