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This Week's Service: "Open & Affirming" Sunday
Every year on the last Sunday in June, we celebrate "Open & Affirming" Sunday in the United Church of Christ. Douglas UCC is proud to be among the first churches to become recognized as an "Open & Affirming" church, affirming the full inclusion of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender persons (LGBT) in the church's life and ministry.
Pease join us this Sunday at 10 AM (either in-person or streaming live online), as we celebrate the spiritual gifts with which the LGBTQ community blesses our church family and our world. Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Nancy Plantinga.
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Last Week's Service Video
Last Sunday, we celebrated Juneteenth, also known as "Emancipation Day," commemorating the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans. In Sunday's lectionary, we also heard the gospel story of Jesus setting a bound man free. Please enjoy last Sunday's Service, when we celebrated freedom and recommitted ourselves to building a just world for all. Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Max Brown.
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The Zinnias are In!
Downsizing Sale, July 1
From 1:00PM to 5:00 PM on Friday, July1st
Assorted household items and furniture, including: bookcases, lamps, vacuum cleaner, wooden file cabinet, paper shredder, fans, many suitcases and duffle bags, kitchen items. Glassware, cookbooks, stained glass ceiling lamp and pictures and frames, lovely dining room table with hand painted inlaid tiles, books and CDs.
The New Spring Street Garden
and Free Leftover Plants this Sunday
VanTil's Greenhouse generously donated 199 vegetable plants, and the family was not able to plant them all. So, after this Sunday’ service, the remaining vegetable plants will be available to take home. A small donation, while not required, will help offset the costs incurred in purchasing the soil, mulch, and deer fencing required to prepare the vegetable garden for the family. Big thanks to the generous property owner, who is offering her raised garden beds to the cause.
Forming Soon: An Audio-Visual Advisory Group
Summer Book Read: Refugia Faith, by Dr. Debra Rienstra
The term "refugia" refers to "places of refuge." In the book, Dr. Reinstra leads us in an exploration of refugia faith, drawing connections between the refugia of the spirit and the refugia of God's creation.
The book group will meet every Tuesday in August from noon to 1:30 PM at Rev. Marty's home in Douglas (66 Lakeshore Drive) on the back deck overlooking Lake Michigan. Bring your own lunch and a copy of the book, which is available for purchase on Amazon or can be ordered at your local independent bookseller.
If you plan on taking part in the book group, please email Rev. Marty (firstname.lastname@example.org) or sign the sheet in the Friendship Hall.
4 Paws Lakeshore Thanks You!
We Are Looking for Affordable Housing Options for Afghan Family
Brooke Townsend's Ukranian War Experiences, July 5, 6 PM
Minutes & Reports
Birthdays & Anniversaries
30- Carol Brown, July 2- Jane Brodt, Greg Harvath
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.
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