This Sunday, we'll focus on Mary, the mother of Jesus, but not on the mythical virgin, meek and mild. Instead, we'll consider the real Mary, courageous, radical and revolutionary. We'll also light the 4th and final Advent candle for "Love." Special music by Hannah Huggett.
Christmas Greetings from the UCC
Please Consider our Christmas Church Fund
This Sunday, we will be taking a special collection for the UCC's Christmas Fund. Since 1902, the Christmas Fund –– today one of four UCC Special Mission Offerings –– has provided assistance to clergy and lay employees who, after years of service to others, now find themselves facing unexpected needs. Please use the special "Christmas Fund" envelopes in the pews this Sunday to contribute to this fund. To learn more, visit UCC Christmas Fund.
Spring Street Men's Group Christmas Bowl
The Spring Street Men’s Group met for their Christmas party and bowling fest!
Gratitude for our Gun Violence Vigil
Special thanks to Hannah Huggett and our church's Social Justice Team and to all who attended our Gun Violence vigil on December 14, including service speakers and volunteers, Jack Ridl, David James, Beverly Hawkes, Mike VerMerris, Ava Fink, and Pamela Chappell.
Sabbatical Worship Volunteer Meeting
There will be a short meeting on Sunday, December 22, at 11:30 AM at the Spring Street house for all Sabbatical Worship Volunteers.
Christmas Treats Potluck, December 22
Please feel free to bring any Christmas cookies and other treats to share during coffee hour on Sunday, December 22.
Our Ornament Available through Dec. 22
The beautiful Douglas UCC Christmas ornament is now available for sale. Designed and crafted in Poland, the ornament depicts the front of our church in winter. The cost is $25. We will be selling them in the Friendship Hall after Sunday worship until December 22.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
We hope you will join us for our annual Candlelight Service of “The Lessons & the Carols” on Christmas Eve at 6 PM.
Holy Land Trip Informational Meeting
David Geen, our Holy Land Trip organizer, will have a meeting after service on Sunday, December 29, at 11:30 a.m. at the Spring Street house for all who are interested in the Holy Land Trip in October.
A Taste of Stephen's Ministry
Next month, we hope to begin training a new group of Stephen Ministers. Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who go through 50 hours of training in order to serve as lay ministers, visiting our church members in need. If you'd like to learn more, we hope you will join us on Thursday, January 9, at 6 PM in our Friendship Hall for "A Taste of Stephen Ministry." Please sign the sheet in the Friendship Hall on Sunday if you plan on attending.
Congregational Meeting: January 5
Congregational Meeting: A Congregational Meeting will be held in the Friendship Hall on Sunday, January 5, 2020, at 11:30 AM. We will be approving updates to the Church Constitution (copies are currently available for review in the Friendship Hall), as well as viewing architectural plans for potential church campus expansion. All church members are strongly encouraged to attend. Can't make it? We will livestream the event on Facebook, or you can dial in! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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Financial Stewardship Report
December 15: Attendance: 129
Collection Plate: $1,070 Online Giving: $944.91
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