In This Week's E-Pistle, You Will Find
This Sunday Service: Second Sunday in Lent
Please join us this Sunday at 10 AM (either in-person or streaming live online), as we contemplate this image together and celebrate the 2nd Sunday in Lent.
Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Jeff Spangler
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Last Sunday's Service
Last Sunday was the 1st Sunday in Lent. The 40 days of Lent are a time of spiritual preparation for us. Before Jesus began his ministry of teaching and healing, he spent 40 days and nights in the wilderness. The 40 days of Lent invite us to venture into the wilderness alone, to face our fears and to wrestle with the things that are keeping us from experiencing our greatest good and living life to the full. Please enjoy last Sunday's service, when we prepared ourselves spiritually for the sacred season of Lent. Message: Stan Greene. Music: Peter Black and Nancy Plantinga.
Thank You, Art Guild!
We are so grateful to our church's Art Guild for the striking and powerful Lenten installation in the sanctuary. Their vision and artistry help make our worship services so meaningful. Thank you to Jim Bailey, Josephine Berault, Floyd Fleming, Greg Harvath, Bill Kelleher, and Chris Maitner for their time, talents, and service to our church.
It's Time to Spring Forward!
(If you still have clocks to set, then) here is your annual reminder to set your clocks to "Spring Forward" 1 hour when you head to bed Saturday night, so that you won't miss Sunday's service!
Help for Ukraine
The United Church of Christ is appealing for support for refugees and for elderly and other vulnerable people who are displaced within Ukraine and unable to leave. As a member of the ACT Alliance, UCC support is being targeted to people most in need through humanitarian relief partners with a history of working in the region.
All donations will be deposited into the International Disasters fund designated for “Ukraine Relief.” Your generous financial support will be used by our partners in the areas of greatest need. One can also mail a check made payable to the United Church of Christ PO BOX 71957 Cleveland, OH 44194. Please be sure to note “Ukraine Relief Fund” on your check in the memo section.
Read more about the UCC's support for the people of Ukraine here.
Lenten Devotionals Available Online
The season of Lent began on March 2. As an aid for a daily contemplative prayer practice this season, this beautiful Lenten Devotional from Pilgrim Press can be ordered online here:
Afghan Task Force Update
Your generosity in supporting the Afghan family as they start their new life in the U.S. has been most humbling and most welcome. A car has been donated and is on its way up from Texas!
Donations to the general fund supporting the family can be made online here, or send a check to Douglas UCC, PO Box 519, Douglas, MI 49406. Please write "Afghan Family" on the memo line!
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Mask Recommendation
We are delighted to report that, based on the CDC's new reporting criteria, the current Community Level for Allegan County is LOW. The CDC recommendation for masks where community levels are low suggests that you wear a mask based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk. The CDC continues to update recommendations for small and large gatherings at the link below, where they remind us that:
Birthdays & Anniversaries
March 14- Carey Idema,
16- Gemina Petruzzelli, 17- Peter Black, Dan Mack
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.
Roye McDonald; Michele Turner and Family; Family and Friends of Marilyn Fox; Judy Baxter (Kristine Sherman's Mother); Dan & Barb Witt and family; Kathy Hartman and family; Joann DeJonge; Richard and Joanna Weber's grandson Mattox (friends of the Ridls); Shirley Lawson & Family; Jane Grady & Family; Paul Burdick; Paul Murphy; Al Overweg; Beverly Willming (John Willming's mother); Jay North (friend of Dan Pierce); Hannah Sherman; Maureen Pierce; Helaine Miedema (David Miedema's mother); Ron Turks (Carol Cunningham's son-in-law); David Abbot; Sarah Johnson Lock; Linda Masten (Mark Reiman's friend); 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); Dale Lower; Sherri Kanten (Ruth VandenBosch's friend); Michael (a friend of Dan Mack's); Chris Stuart (Virginia Stuart's sister-in-law); Mary Elizabeth Loudin (friend of Laurie VandenBeldt); Chris Robinson (Peter and Kathleen Mueller's nephew); Daniel Ver Meulen (Susan Fleming's son); Marcia Sullivan (Jo Cooley's friend)
In-Person Attendance, March 6: 69
Livestream Attendance: 54
Total Viewers for March 6 Online Service Videos: 359
Collection Plate & Mailed Donations: $2,800.00
Online Giving: $2,462.00
Your generous giving allows us to sustain our church community and our mission of service in the world. Please consider giving online, which is easily done by texting your donation amount to
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