In this week's E-Pistle, you'll find:
This Sunday is "Ascension Sunday," as we celebrate Jesus' ascension into heaven.
Did Jesus really disappear into a cloud in front of his apostles?
Tune in this Sunday to our "Video Worship Service," as we learn all about the meaning and symbolism of Jesus' Ascension and what it means for own personal spiritual ascensions.
Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black, Nancy Plantinga, Kelly and Star Huggett.
Tune in on Sunday at 10 AM via our Facebook page, YouTube channel, or here on our website.
Watch Last Sunday's Service:
Thank you to all who tuned in last Sunday for our Video Worship Service. We had hundreds of people watching and commenting from Michigan, Illinois, California, New Mexico, Kansas, and even Australia! Thank you to our reader, Chris Clark, who joined us from his home in Fennville; to Peter Black for providing the music from his home in Grand Rapids; to Stan Greene for singing a beautiful song for us from his home in Saugatuck; and to Gregg Smith for recording and editing. If you missed the service, you can watch it here.
Thanks to Everyone for Watching and Giving!!
If you missed United in Song on Friday, here it is! So many people to thank, including more than 16 DUCC musicians, Peter Black for his performance and for backing our vocalists, and to Gregg Smith for editing and Pastor Sal for emceeing the event. Of course, big KUDOS go to Nancy Plantinga, for conceiving the plan and encouraging musicians to contribute. Together we raised more than $1,000 for Christian Neighbors! Rumors abound that another concert is brewing for the summer! Stay tuned!
2020 Pride is Not Canceled!!!
The 2020 Community Pride committee has come up with a Covid-safe way to celebrate this year. On June 6 beginning at 11:30a.m, we welcome your vehicles, scooters, motorcycles as we social distance and promenade through the community in a Care-A-Van. Route begins at 2948 Blue Star Hwy, Douglas. Follow the Community Pride Event Page for details.
CJT Master Rain Garden Learning Online
The Creation Justice Team has revived their Rain Garden event, planned for this spring by bringing the learning program online ($40 class is free if you sign up before June 1). To learn why you should care about Rain Gardens and for details about the events, tune in here.
May 31 is Pentecost Sunday, when we traditionally invite church members and friends to wear red to our service, and we take our annual group photo! This year, we'd love it if you would take a photo of yourself watching the Pentecost service online while wearing red, and send it to OnlineChurch@Douglasucc.org. We will use the photos to make a memento of this time to share with you.
Star Huggett's team is gathering signatures in support of important plastics legislation
This petition from the West Michigan Social and Environmental Justice Team asks Chair James Lower of the Michigan legislature to give HB 4500 a fair hearing. HB 4500 repeals PA 389 of 2016, a law that prevents local governments from regulating single-use plastics. In repealing this, HB 4500 does not mandate that local governments put regulations on single-use plastics; it merely gives them the option to do so. Giving local governments jurisdiction over this is integral to reversing the plastics crisis by holding corporations accountable. Follow this link to sign!
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