In This Week's E-Pistle, You Will Find:
This Sunday's Service: "Transfiguration Sunday"
This Sunday is "Transfiguration Sunday." What exactly happened to Jesus on the mountaintop? Sunday's gospel reading tells us a change happened in Jesus: his clothes became a dazzling white and he was transfigured. The word "transfiguration" means "a spiritual change." How have the "mountaintop" experiences in your life impacted your own spiritual transformation? Come join us on Sunday at 10 AM (either in-person or streaming live online) as we explore how to spiritually transform ourselves and our world. Message: Pastor Sal. Music: Peter Black and Jeff Spangler.
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Last Sunday's Service
In last Sunday's gospel reading, Jesus says: "Love your enemy. Bless those who persecute you. Turn the other cheek." Is Jesus telling us to be a "doormat," or do his words carry a far more subversive meaning? Please enjoy last Sunday's service, when we explored what it truly means to "love your enemy." Message: Rev. Marchiene Rienstra. Music: Peter Black and Pamela Chappell.
Lenten Devotionals Available in the Friendship Hall or Online
The season of Lent begins March 2, and Pastor Sal has ordered Lenten Devotionals, which will be available for sale on a first-come-first-served basis in the Friendship Hall. Or you may choose to have this devotional sent to your home by ordering online at this link:
In Memoriam: Marilyn Fox
We have received word that our long-time church member, Marilyn Fox, who has been living in California, has passed away. We remember her with great fondness and appreciation for her rich life as a teacher in Chicago, as our friend and neighbor, and, of course, for her service to our church.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Mask Recommendation
Though Alegan County Covid case numbers are dropping, our transmission rate in Allegan County remains high, and our vaccination rate remains low. The CDC advises masking in all indoor public places where transmission is high, and maintaining a safe distance from others. If you forget your mask for church services, fresh KN95 masks and hand sanitizer are available at all doors to help you and others stay well.
Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services mask advisory for gatherings:
Follow Allegan County's Covid transmission and infection rate at this link:
CDC infection and transmission rates by county.
Afghan Task Force Update: Drivers Needed!
Morning and Afternoon Drivers Needed!
We are so excited to share that the young man we are sponsoring from Afghanistan has secured a good job at Haworth in Holland, just a 15-minute drive from Douglas. He will be working Monday thru Friday from 6:30 AM to 5 PM beginning on February 21.
Until he learns how to drive and gets a driver's license, we will need volunteers to drive him to and from work. If you can help, please e-mail Bob Kenny or sign the sheet in the Friendship Hall on Sunday. Thank you.
Meanwhile, your generosity has been most humbling and most welcome. 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!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
February 27- Wendy Hamilin, Phil Raywood, (29-) Craig Drager,
March 1- Elinor White, 2- Carol Watson Ortman,
3- Nancy Gervais, Mary Westenbroek & Marcel terVeen, 5- Michael White
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.
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); Diane Carr (Debra Carr's sister): 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); Myron (Wendy Hamlin's grandson, Fred Hamlin's great-grandson); 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, February 20: 51
Livestream Attendance: 63
Total Viewers for February 20 Online Service Videos: 232
Collection Plate & Mailed Donations: $2,575.00
Online Giving: $2,890.47
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
844-931-2849, or sharing through the donate buttons on
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