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This Week's Service:
This Sunday (the last Sunday in Ordinary Time and the Sunday before Advent) is known as "Reign of Christ" or "Christ the King" Sunday. On this feast day, we celebrate Jesus as fully human and fully divine.
Join us this Sunday at 10 AM (either in-person or streaming live online), as we explore Jesus as both man and Messiah. Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Jeff Spangler
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Last Week's Service
In last Sunday's lectionary reading from Isaiah 65:17-25, it says: "Listen for the still-speaking voice of God who declares, 'I am about to create new heavens and a new earth.'" What will this "new earth" look like? Please enjoy last Sunday's service, when we explored what it means to bring about the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth.
Message: Rev. Marchiene Rientra. Music: Peter Black and Nancy Plantinga
Christmas Choir Formation!
Peter Black, our Music Director, is calling all singers for our Christmas Eve Choir! All are welcome to join. The Christmas Choir will sing one song at the Christmas Eve service, with four rehearsals, held each Sunday at 11.30 beginning November 27th. You don't need to be able to attend every rehearsal, but we hope you can make as many as possible. Please speak with Peter Black to sign up or click here to write to him!
UCC Advent Devotional On Sale
Copies of the 2022 UCC Advent Devotional, What’s Left of the Night?, are now available for sale in the Friendship Hall for $5 each. There is a bible text, reflection, and prayer for each day of Advent, which begins on November 27. You can also purchase a PDF version of the devotional for $3 at www.thepilgrimpress.com.
December Treat Signups!
Thanks to all who worked with our treat coordinator, Joyce Wright, in November, to restart our beloved coffee hour! It's going so well, that the sign-up sheet for treats for December is waiting for us in the Friendship Hall! If you can provide treats for coffee hour in December, please sign up there, or connect with Joyce (you will find her contact information in the Membership Directory.)
Giving Tree is Up!
Our annual Christian Neighbors Holiday Giving Tree is now up in the Friendship Hall. Please consider taking a gift request tag from the tree this Sunday. These gift requests were given by local parents in need of providing holiday gifts for their children. Please purchase the gift request written on the tag and then place the unwrapped gift inside the "Holiday Box" in the Friendship Hall by Sunday, December 4. Thank you, as always, for your generous giving.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Douglas UCC is proud to serve as one of the sponsors of this year's Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony and candlelight vigil at Herrick District Library in Downtown Holland on Sunday, November 20, at 4 PM. Please come and show your support.
Help Us Meet Our Flour Goal?
We are running behind our usual gathering speed in our Annual Flour Drive for Christian Neighbors' Thanksgiving baskets. We could use your help! We will gather 5-lb bags of flour through this Sunday, November 20. Then the flour is headed to Christian Neighbors, to help fill the Thankgiving food baskets for neighbors in need. While we can usually count on collecting 100 bags of flour, at the time of this writing, we have collected 60 bags. If you can help, please drop 5-lb. bags of flour in the bin in the entryway of the Friendship Hall, or bring them with you to add to the flour table on Sunday. Thank you so much for your help!
December SoulCollage with Ruth Zwald, December 3
Lakeshore Community Chorus Holiday Concert, December 4
Minutes and Reports
Birthdays & Anniversaries
November 21– Peter Mueller, 22– Mary Hasenauer, Steve Prokop, 24– Glynis Whitcomb25– Tim Schipper, 26– Orie Hawkes, 26– Dan McGavin
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.
Sidney Matheis; Steve Debbink & Family; Doug Petersen; Kirstin Barendsen (cousin of Ruth VandenBosch); Marianna Maver (Friend of many in our congregation); Beverly and Orie Hawkes & Family; Susan Schram & Family; Diane Carr & Family; Kenley Hoove (Stephen Lewis' friend); Dr. Paul Lewis (Stephen Lewis's brother); Michael Lynch; Jennifer Roe-Lazzaro; Mary Baxter (Marjorie Reiman's friend); Elwood Cephus Stith (Mark Reiman's friend); Pete Wehle; Rev. Lou Grettenberger (friend of Ginny Mikita); Rachael Rienstra; Phil Sturdevant (Pete Wehle's friend); Darren Dixon (Beverly and Orie Hawkes' nephew); The Hotwagner Family; David Zylstra (Laurie VandenBeldt's friend); Elinor Hite (Virginia Stuart's sister); Joann DeJonge; Richard and Joanna Weber's great-grandson Mattox (friends of the Ridls); Al Overweg; Beverly Willming (John Willming's mother); Jay North (friend of Dan Pierce); Hannah Sherman; Maureen Pierce; David Abbot; Sarah Johnson Lock; Vicki Latham (Ruth VandenBosch's cousin); Cole Hartman; Mike Sneedon (Peg and Jack Donohue's friend); Tim Reineck, Matt Brazys, Suzanne Cook, and Ken Cassbon (friends of Pete Wehle and Pamela Chappell); Richie Czarnowski (Mark Reiman's friend); Sherri Kanten (Ruth VandenBosch's friend); Chris Stuart (Virginia Stuart's sister-in-law); Mary Elizabeth Loudin (friend of Laurie VandenBeldt)
In-Person Attendance, November 13 : 65
Total Views for November 13 Online Videos: 184
Collection Plate & Mailed Donations: $1,291.00
Online Giving: $2,171.02
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