This Sunday, we are excited to welcome MIKAH MEYER to Douglas UCC. Just this week, Mikah became the youngest person to visit all 419 national park sites in one trip. You may have read about Mikah this week in the Washington Post or watched his interview on the "Today" show. This Sunday at our 10 a.m. worship service, Mikah will be sharing stories about his journey, and he'll also be speaking about his spiritual journey as a gay Christian.
Last Sunday, Pastor Sal introduced our brand-new Douglas UCC logo. Designed by Meraki Social, the new logo symbolizes the expansion of our church's growth; our open and inclusive welcome; our open-mindedness to new ways of thinking; and our outreach far beyond our church walls. We are grateful to the team at Meraki Social for their talents and vision.
Thank you to all who helped clean-up the church grounds last weekend: Bud Baty, Dick Bont, Chris Clark, Jerry Coates, Anita Halcyon, Mary Harris, Bob Kenny, Dick Lucier, Peter Mueller, Jack Ridl, Sue Scott, Sarah Swift, Kristi Van Howe, Alan Weathers, Elinor White, Mike White, Cindy Winkler, Betsy York, Mark Zancanaro. And, thank you to Linda Charvat and Lazaro and Edward from Rosebay Nursery who planted new rhododendrons and azaleas.
Last week, Pastor Sal presented a $2,000 check on behalf of our church to the Sundance Center in Fennville to support Art and Horse Assisted Healing and Empowerment.
Thank you to all who expressed interest in the AED/CPR Training. The class will be offered three different times: Saturday, June 15 from 9 -11:30 .a.m. and from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and Saturday, June 22 from 9-11:30 a.m. Please sign the designated sheets in the Friendship Hall for the session you wish to attend. The cost is $20. Scholarships are available and observers are welcome to attend for free.
Douglas UCC has hired Mayotte Group Architects to explore possibilities about the expansion of our church facilities. All involved in our Groups and Committees are invited to join us on Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. in the Friendship Hall for a sharing of ideas with the architects, and everyone is invited to join us on Sunday, May 19 at 12:30 p.m. for another visioning session with the architects. Come share your input as we vision our future together.
The Artz & Gardenz Studio Tour is Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Among the seven unique stops on the tour is Summerhouse Lavender Farm (owned by our church members, Dan McGavin and Carol Brown), where our own Mike VerMerris will be dsiplaying his artwork.
School Bond Meeting– All are invited to a coffee chat at Uncommon Grounds in Saugatuck on Monday, May 6 at 5 p.m. to ask questions and to learn more about the upcoming School Bond Proposal.
Introduction to Shamanism: On Saturday, May 18, Margret Bazany, a Shamanic Practitioner and Douglas UCC church member, will be teaching an "Introduction to Shamanism" workshop in the Friendship Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The cost is $50. If you are interested in attending, please contact Margret at email@example.com
Saugatuck HS Band Concert - Tonight: Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at Saugatuck Center for the Arts. This is a fundraiser to benefit the band program. Tix are $27 and available at sc4a.org
Potluck on May 12– Our 2nd Sunday of the Month Potluck is on Sunday, May 12 after our worship service. Please bring a dish to share. We are also in need of one or two people who can help clean-up afterwards. If you can help, please contact Karen Clark: firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Stewardship Report:
Last Sunday, April 28:
Attendance: 124 Collection Plate: $3,693.50 Online Giving: $1,037.94 Total: $4,731.44
Thank you for your generous giving
which allows us to sustain our church community and our mission of service.
Enjoy last Sunday's Music and Message: