In This Week's E-pistle, You Will Find:
This Sunday: "Prepare Ye the Way"
Our Gospel reading for this Sunday (the 2nd Sunday of Advent) has John the Baptist proclaiming: "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord!" Join us this Sunday at 10 AM (either in-person or streaming live online), as we explore together what it means to "Prepare the Way." Message by Pastor Sal. Music by Peter Black and Max Brown. We will also be lighting our 2nd Advent wreath candle for "Peace."
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Last Sunday's Service
Last Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent, a time for us to prepare with great expectation for the birth of the Christ Light within us. Please enjoy last Sunday's service, when we lit our first Advent candle, and Pastor Sal gave an inspiring Progressive Christian message on "The Power of Hope." Music by Peter Black and Nancy Plantinga.
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Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Mask Recommendation
So we're taking this opportunity to remind everyone that following the new Michigan Public Health advisory for masking in all indoor public places, it's important to wear a mask in services and church meetings, maintain a safe distance from others, and withhold hugs and handshakes when passing the peace.
If you forget your mask, fresh masks and hand sanitizer are available at all doors, and we encourage you to use them when entering and exiting church buildings.
We want you to be well, stay safe, and have a joyful holiday season,
Because our area transmission and death rate continue to climb, Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services has issued a mask advisory for this holiday season for all gatherings:
You can follow Allegan County's Covid transmission and infection rate at this link, though it won't be udated until after the Thanksgiving holiday:
CDC infection and transmission rates by county.
Giving Tree Gift Tags Are Here, Gifts Due December 7
The DUCC Giving Tree is up in the Friendship Hall, full of tags bearing the gifts we can supply to Christian Neighbors for families in need in our community. Grab a tag, shop for the gift on the tag, and deliver it by December 7, unwrapped, to the Friendship Hall entryway, where you'll see this poster, above, and a large box ready to accept your gift. If you would like to participate, but can't get to the church, write to Julie@douglasucc.org, and she will email you a gift tag.
DUCC Ornaments for Sale
The beautiful Douglas UCC Christmas ornament (pictured above) is now available for sale. Designed and crafted in Poland, the ornament depicts the front of our church in winter. This lovely ornament makes the perfect holiday gift. The cost is $25. To place an order, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can arrange for you to pick up your ornament at the church, or we can send it to you. Shipping is $5 more.
Chris Clark's Camino De Santiago Talk!
Thanks and KUDOS to Chris Clark for sharing his 500-mile pilgramage along the Camino de Santiago in Spain! Chris promised to take his church family along the journey, and he certainly did, ending with this lovely presentation last Sunday!
"A Christmas Carol" in Saugatuck