On the first Sunday in October, Christian churches of different denominations all around the world celebrate "World Communion Sunday." This tradition began all the way back in 1933. Since then, the celebration has grown into an international day of unity. It is a day when we break bread together and remember Jesus's words: "That they may all be one." Special Music: Stan Greene.
This Sunday, we will be taking a special collection for the UCC's "Neighbors in Need" Fund.
"Neighbors in Need" is a Special Mission Offering of the United Church of Christ. Every year, congregations have the opportunity to receive grants to continue work for justice, advocacy, and service to their local communities. We invite you to support this good work by donating to the "Neighbors in Need" Fund this Sunday, using the special offertory envelopes in the pews. Watch the video above or visit www.ucc.org/nin for more information.
The CROP Hunger Walk is this Sunday. Thank you to our Douglas UCC Team (Chris Clark, Julie Ridl, Dan Mack, Beverly Hawkes, Norm Capello, Mike VerMerris, Wendy Hamlin) for walking and thank you to all who have sponsored them. You can still sponsor our team at www.crophungerwalk.org/douglasmi/ducc
Join us at Douglas UCC on Thursday, October 10, at 6:30 PM, as we welcome award-winning author, Frank J. Cunningham, who will be speaking about his book, "Vesper Time: The Spiritual Practice of Growing Older." The book has been honored with several awards, including the 2017 Illumination Silver Medal for books on spirituality, and the 2017 Nautilus Gold Award for books on aging. This is a free event and open to the public. Please sign the sheet in the Friendship Hall if you plan on attending.
Please join us on Wednesday, October 16, at 6:30 PM, as Dr. Shannon Connell of Neuropsychological Associates of West Michigan (and a Douglas UCC church member) will be speaking on "Healthy Aging: A Neuropsychological Perspective." This event is free and open to the public. Please sign the sheet in the Friendship Hall if you plan on attending.
"Poetry & the Spirit"- Join us for an evening of conversation and inspiration with Pastor Sal and Poet Laureate of Douglas, Jack Ridl, on Thursday, October 24, at 7 PM at Douglas UCC. The evening will begin in the church with Sal and Jack offering some of their ways of thinking about the spiritual and the poetic, which not only have much in common, but may be so intertwined as to be inseparable. After their conversation, the audience will join in with their questions, comments, and wonderings. Tickets are $10 and seating is limited. Reserve your ticket now at: POETRY & THE SPIRIT TICKETS
2nd Sunday of the Month Potluck: We need one or two people to help with cleanup after the Potluck on Sunday, October 13. Please sign the sheet posted behind the coffee pot in the Friendship Hall if you can help. Thank you.
The final tally is in from our Beach Clean-Up last month: We picked up 100.4 lbs of trash! Thank you to all who helped!
Watch Last Sunday's Music & Message:
Financial Stewardship Report:
September 29: Attendance: 112 Collection Plate: $945.39 Online Giving: $1,307.66 Retreat House Use: $750 Friendship Hall Use: $360 Total: $3,363.05
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