In Sunday's Gospel, Jesus says, "It is God's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom." Jesus spoke often of the "Kingdom of Heaven." He said we've been given the keys to this Kingdom. So, what exactly is the Kingdom, and how does one find it? Come join us this Sunday at 9 AM or 11 AM as we explore "The Keys to the Kingdom" together. Special music by Jeff Spangler and Friends in celebration of Jeff's final Sunday with us.
A CELEBRATION OF JEFF
Please join us in the front of the church this Sunday at 10:30 AM, as we celebrate our Director of Music, Jeff Spangler, on his final Sunday with us before moving full-time to Palm Springs. There will be cake and gifts. Be sure to sign the "big card" for Jeff, too.
Watch as our UCC President, Rev. John Dorhauer, reflects on the recent mass shootings
and what we, as people of faith, must do to create a just world for all.
Photos: 4th Annual Douglas UCC Church Picnic
Wow! Over 150 people attended our 4th Annual Douglas UCC Church Picnic this past week at Beery Field in Douglas. Thank you to photographer, Mark Reiman, for capturing these wonderful photos (more to be found on our church's Facebook page). Thank you to all who helped with planning, shopping, set-up, grilling, serving, recycling, flowers, games, photos, and clean-up: Floyd Fleming, Annie Hotwagner & Marty Coffin, Debra Carr, Karen Clark, Nancy Plantinga, Kathleen & Peter Mueller, Fritz Royce & Sarah Hurley, Sarah Swift, Greg Harvath & Greg Gerrans, Wendy Hamlin, Beverly & Orie Hawkes, Hannah, Molly and Kelly Huggett, Larry LaBine, David Geen, Jane Brodt, Mark Reiman, Stan Greene, Stacy Honson & Dick Bont, Chris Maitner, Bud Baty, Mike VerMerris, and Lynne Snyder. And, an extra-special thank you to Gemina Petruzzelli for coordinating the entire event. We are so grateful for all her hard work.
IN MEMORIUM: Our condolences to Brother Al Mascia, former pastor of Douglas UCC, on the death of his mother, Mary Mascia. Cards of condolence can be sent to: Brother Al Mascia, 1717 W. 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073.
The Douglas UCC Social Justice Team will be hosting a screening of the PBS Documentary, Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, on Friday evening, August 16, in the Friendship Hall at 6:30 p.m. This documentary was shown on PBS several years ago, and it is still very relevant to help understand White Privilege in this country and around the world. Please sign the sheet in the Friendship Hall if you plan on attending. Thank you.
Each Sunday this summer, we invite you to share of the abundance from your garden. Please bring in vegetables and flowers from your garden and place them on the "Gardening Is Giving" table outside the church on Sunday for others to take home and enjoy. Thank you to our church's Creation Justice Team for facilitating.
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Financial Stewardship Report:
August 4: Attendance: 170 (9 AM: 100 + 11 AM: 70)
Collection: $1,428 Online: $1,592.16 Total: $3,018.16
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