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This Sunday's Service: "The Road to Emmaus"
In the gospel reading for the Third Sunday of Easter, two disciples - confused and saddened by Jesus' death - are walking the road to Emmaus, when they encounter a stranger in their midst.
As they walk and talk together, the stranger enlightens and consoles them. The two disciples then invite the stranger to a meal. In the breaking of the bread, they recognize the stranger as Jesus.
How often on the road of life do we fail to recognize God's presence in our midst? Join us this Sunday at 10 AM (either in-person or streaming live online) as we explore "The Road to Emmaus." Message: Pastor Sal Sapienza. Music: Peter Black and Stan Greene.
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Last Sunday's Service
In last Sunday's Gospel reading for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, we heard the "Doubting Thomas" story. The apostle, Thomas, doesn't believe that Jesus has risen from the dead. When it comes to our faith, we've been led to believe that doubting is an obstacle, when, in fact, the obstacle is certainty. Please enjoy last Sunday's service, when we explored together "The Benefits of Doubt." Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Jeff Spangler.
Stephen Ministry Outing to Meijer Gardens
Earlier this week, Pastor Sal and our Stephen Ministries Team enjoyed an outing to Frederik Meijer Gardens for the butterfly exhibit. Enjoy the slideshow (above).
Earth Day Hike and Plastic-Free Picnic, April 22
On Saturday, April 22, Radar Hill Hiking Club invites you to a hike and a plastic-free picnic. There's nothing to join and no need to register. Meet us at 10 am at Farview Nature Park, 6257 138th Avenue and we’ll hike about two miles on flat terrain. Any dogs must be leashed. Pay attention to the weather but expect some mud (cancellation info and more here).
Afterward, honor Earth Day by bringing a lunch with NO PLASTIC containers, bottles, cups, wrapping, or utensils (also bring a chair). How do you pull that off? Grab a tin cup, a stainless steel fork, and a cloth napkin. Wrap a sandwich in compostable parchment paper, put your chips in a silicone bag, and bring a beverage in a bottle. Pack everything into a canvas bag or a wooden basket. Even if you can't make it to the hike, a plastic-free picnic is a fun challenge!
What's Possible?: Earth Day Stories of Hope: UCC's Earth Day Summit, April 22
On April 22nd, at 11am, via Zoom, and available by link after the event, the UCC will inaugurate our annual Earth Day Summit to lift up, celebrate, and further ministries dedicated to God's creation. This 2.5-hour digital event will feature a keynote address by the Rev. Jim Antal, author of "Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change." Brooks Berndt, the UCC's Environmental Justice Minister says about the event:
The event will include a panel discussion with Gina Peltier from Honor the Earth, Analyah Schlaeger dos Santos from Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, and Alexa Horwart from Isaiah. We will celebrate our newest Creation Justice Churches, recognize youth and young adult Climate Justice Fellows, and present the Dollie Burwell Prophetic Action Award to a congregation or green team that has distinguished itself in taking public action for environmental justice. If you are unable to join at the scheduled time, register anyway, and a link to the recording will be sent to you.
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