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This Sunday's Service: Trinity Sunday
The first Sunday after Pentecost is known as "Trinity Sunday," in which we celebrate the "three-in-one" aspect of God. In this Sunday'sgospel reading, Jesus speaks to the apostles about the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
How do we make sense of the Trinity? Is God one or three? Come join us this Sunday at 10 AM (either in-person orstreaming live online) as we explore the metaphysical understanding of the Trinity. Message: Pastor Sal Sapienza. Music: Peter Black and Jeff Spangler
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Last Week's Service
This church is on fire! Last Sunday, we celebrated Pentecost. Just as the apostles became filled with the flames of the Holy Spirit, we, too, celebrate the Holy Spirit aflame in our hearts. Please enjoy last Sunday's service, when we celebrated the "Birthday of the Church" and the 140th Anniversary of Douglas UCC. We welcomed our new members class and welcomed back several of our former pastors, too! And read on for photos of our celebrations!
"Pride in the Park" Photos
Thank you to all our church members who took part in last week's "Pride in the Park" at Beery Field in Downtown Douglas. We are especially grateful to all who helped with our participation in the car parade and all who worked our church's booth: Shannon Connell; Ted Sommer and Dale Lower; Wendy Hamlin; Bill Briggs and Jeff Chinski; Julie Hebding; Tim and Maryjo Lemanski; Ed Korson and Arturo Inda; Jeremy Lund and Mark Johnston; Jerry Coates; Gregg Smith; Betsy York and Demethrea Terrien. And, thank you to the amazing Community Pride Committee for all of their hard work.
Pentecost & 140th Anniversary Celebration Photos
Last Sunday, we celebrated Pentecost and our church's 140th Anniversary. Former pastors and church leaders returned to share memories and celebrate with us. Afterwards, we enjoyed a block party outside and gathered for our annual group photo. Many thanks to those who helped with the service and the block party: Peter Black and Robert Trenary; Sue Scott and Larry Fuerst; Greg Plowe; Gregg Smith; Chris Clark; David Bohn; Jeff Spangler; Stan Greene; Lauri Donaldson; Mike VerMerris; Linda and Matthew McWebb; Rev. Fred Hamlin; Rev. Ruth McCarty; Rev. Saunterre Irish; Rev. Andy DeBraber; Joy Muehlenbeck
Welcome New Members!
On Sunday, we welcomed 14 new members to our church! Pictured above (from left to right): Brian Tubergen; Julie Hebding; Rich and Linda Marth; Bob Kruse and Ginny Mikita; Martha Bolin; John Rienstra; Marchiene Rienstra; John Roselle. (Not pictured: John and Nancy Grib; Joe and Elisabeth Mannancheril). We are so happy to welcome you all into our church family.
Allegan County Senior Services
Lynne Snyder, our amazing Congregational Care Coordinator, wanted to make you aware of our amazing, Allegan county-wide program that allows those of us who are seniors to age gracefully in our homes.
In 2006, the citizens of Allegan County voted to provide for it's senior citizens through a Senior Millage. These funds provide these services:
As the website says: "But it's more than that; it's the voters giving back to those who came before us. Most of the advances we enjoy today in technology, medicine, agriculture, etc. are a direct result of the efforts made by citizens that are no longer part of the work force; senior citizens. Through their dedication to improving our communities, we all enjoy a better quality of life. Senior Services is committed to providing the necessary supports that allow the seniors of Allegan County to remain independent in the homes where they have lived and raised their families for as long as possible."
If you'd like to learn more, contact Lynne for more information. You'll find her number in our membership directory.
"Dedicated to serving Allegan County seniors by developing and coordinating services that support their independence, maintain their dignity, and preserve their quality of life."
Allegan County Senior Services, 3255 122nd Ave., Ste. 200, Allegan, MI 49010
Phone: (269) 673-3333 Toll-free: 1-877-673-5333 Fax: (269) 673-0569
Affordable Housing Options for Afghan Family
Our family from Afghanistan is beginning to investigate affordable housing options in Allegan and Ottawa counties. We have a list of reduced rent and subsidized housing options. If you are aware of any affordable housing in either county, please email Karen Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pat Denner (email@example.com)
Upcoming "March for Our Lives" Events,
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
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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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