Jesus's words in this upcoming Sunday's Gospel are shocking. The Prince of Peace actually says, "Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division, so that even families will be divided among themselves!" What did Jesus mean by these shocking words? Come join us on Sunday at 9 AM and 11 AM, as we explore the spiritual understandings of "vision and di-vision." Special music: Gloria Larrieu. Coffee Hour will be held outside in front of the church between the two services.
Last Sunday was an emotional (and tear-filled) one at Douglas UCC, as we said, "Farewell" to our Director of Music, Jeff Spangler, who is moving full-time to Palm Springs, California. Jeff served as our Director of Music for 13 years, and we are so very grateful for his service and ministry to our church. He will be greatly missed.
TONIGHT: Our Social Justice Team is hosting a screening of the PBS Documentary, Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, tonight, August 16, in the Friendship Hall at 6:30 p.m. This documentary was shown on PBS several years ago, and it is still very relevant to help understand White Privilege in this country and around the world. This is a free event. Bring a friend or two. All are welcome.
TONIGHT: Friday, August 16
At tonight's PFLAG meeting, we will view and discuss My Life in Pink, a film about a 7-year-old boy who believes he is really a girl. A winner of the Golden Globe's Best Foreign Language Film award, this 90-minute film in French with English subtitles was shown at the Cannes Film Festival. We will begin with a business meeting and support at 7 PM, then have a time for refreshments at 7:50 PM, followed by the film. At 6 PM, Gender SAFE (Supporting All For Equality) will be meeting. Gender SAFE is a support group that is open and welcoming to all people who are or who love someone who is transgender or gender diverse (TGD). We also welcome those who are gender affirmative and who are interested in learning about the TGD community. We hope you will join us! Both PFLAG and Gender SAFE meet on the ground floor of Grace Episcopal Church, 555 Michigan Avenue, across the street from Holland Hospital. (Gender SAFE also meets the first Saturday of every month 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Out On The Lakeshore, 451 Columbia Ave., Holland).
The last Douglas Social of the season will be Thursday, August 22, from 5:30 to 9 PM at Beery Field in Downtown Douglas. Please stop by our church's Food Booth and show your support for our community.
Seeking Volunteers for Car Event- On Saturday, September 14, the Michigan Indiana LGBT Collector Car Club will be here in Saugatuck/Douglas as part of their annual visit. This year, for the first time ever, about 70 of the classic cars will parade through downtown Douglas and Saugatuck. Around 24 volunteers are needed to spend two hours helping to route this procession through the streets. Teams of two will be assigned specific locations to direct traffic as the cars move through. You will be needed from 6 to 8 pm. Please sign-up in the Friendship Hall on Sunday if you can help. Thanks.
Each Sunday this summer, we invite you to share of the abundance from your garden. Please bring in vegetables and flowers from your garden and place them on the "Gardening Is Giving" table outside the church on Sunday for others to take home and enjoy. Thank you to our church's Creation Justice Team for facilitating.
Check out our Creation Justice Team's latest blog post: DUCC Creation Justice Team.
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August 11: Attendance: 162 (9 AM: 90 + 11 AM: 72)
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