In This Week's E-pistle, You Will Find:
This Sunday's Service: "Baptism of Love"
In Sunday's Gospel reading, we'll hear the story of Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. Most Christians have been baptized at some point in their lives, either as infants or as adults. But, what exactly is the meaning and significance of the ritual of baptism?
Please join us this Sunday at 10 AM (either in-person or streaming live online), as we celebrate Jesus's baptism and explore the meaning and purpose of baptism in our lives. We will also participate in our annual "Burning Bowl" ritual.
Message: Pastor Sal Sapienza. Music: Peter Black and Jeff Spangler
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Last Sunday's Service
Last Sunday, we greeted the new year by putting our focus on the Magi, who followed the Star of Wonder and were guided to that Perfect Light. Who were the Magi, and how does their story apply to our lives today, as we set our intentions for 2023? Please enjoy last Sunday's service, when we explored the "Journey of the Magi." Message: Pastor Sal Sapienza, Special Music: Peter Black and the Douglas Holiday UCC Choir, Pamela Chappell, Adelle Van Daalen on piano and Logan Johnston on saxophone.
Click here to read, listen to, watch, and share Pastor Sal's Homily.
Congregational Meeting: This Sunday after Worship
Join us this Sunday after worship (from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM) for our annual Congregational Meeting to kick-off the New Year. Pastor Sal and our church leaders will be guiding us as we cast our vision for 2023. All church members are highly encouraged to attend. If you are unable to attend in person, please email Julie Ridl for a Zoom link.
Photos from New Year's Day Service
We kicked off the New Year at Douglas UCC with such a joyous and uplifting service last Sunday, featuring special music by Peter Black and the Douglas UCC Holiday Choir; Logan Johnston on saxophone; Adelle Van Daalen on piano; and Pamela Chappell on guitar, performing her original holiday song, "Be the Candle, Be the Star." Here's to a great 2023!!
Pastor Sal on the Radio!
Our very own Pastor Sal will be a guest on the "Morning Grind" radio show this Saturday, January 7, at 8:30 AM. He will be speaking about setting intentions for the New Year. You can listen at 94.9 FM or at Jethro.FM
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Did you know that our church has its very own podcast?
You can listen to a library of Pastor Sal's messages by subscribing to our "Messages from Douglas UCC" podcast on Spotify, Google Play, Apple, or Amazon Music.
You can also ask Alexa, "Alexa, play the podcast 'Messages from Douglas UCC."
Many thanks to our church member, Chris Clark, for his dedicated service to our producing our weekly podcast.
Learn more: DUCC Podcast
Birthdays & Anniversaries
January 8- Andy Danos, 12- Darris Cichock, 13- Bruce Dybas, Elaine Overweg
14- Larry Gammons
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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