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Douglas Congregational United Church of Christ
56 Wall Street, Douglas, Michigan 49406

Rev. Salvatore Sapienza

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APRIL 7, 2019

Fifth Sunday of Lent

"Loving Wastefully"

Sunday's Gospel: John 12:1-8
In Sunday's Gospel, Jesus's friend, Mary, anoints his feet with costly perfume. Why should an expensive ointment be "wasted" in such an extravagant gesture when it could be sold and the money used to feed the needy? Join us on Sunday as we explore this story together.

for an inspiring message and uplifting music
This week, a new sound system was installed in our church by Media Technology Solutions. We now have hanging mics from the ceiling, new wireless microphones and speakers, and a brand-new digital soundboard.  
Last Sunday, we collected $676 for "One Great Hour of Sharing," a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ. Our church will match that for a total of $1,352 to the UCC to help those in need. Thank you for your generous giving!
Our next scheduled highway clean-up is coming up! 
We have scheduled Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to noon, 
and Tuesday, April 16 from 4 to 7 p.m..
If you can help, please sign the designated sheets in the Friendship Hall.
Wow! 60 people attended Jack Ridl's Poetry Workshop last weekend at Dougals UCC!
We are so grateful to all who attended and to Jack for his wit and wisdom.
A new Sunday Volunteer Schedule for April thru June has been posted on our church's website and on the bulletin board in the Friendship Hall.  If you are a Sunday volunteer, please check the schedule and contact Mike VerMerris, our Volunteer Coordinator, if changes need to be made. Thank you to Mike and to all our Sunday volunteers!
On Easter Sunday, we hope to have our altar filled with Easter Lilies!  Please consider purchasing an Easter Lily plant for $15. You can do so in honor or memory of a loved one, whose name will appear in the bulletin on Easter Sunday. You can take the plant home after our Easter service. To purchase a plant, please use the special "Flower Offering" envelopes in the pews this Sunday. Thank you!
On Saturday, May 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm award-winning historian Dr. Anna-Lisa Cox will talk at Douglas UCC about her research on race relations in the Midwest during the nineteenth century.
Dr. Cox is a fellow at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, and a recent Research Associate at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture where her original research underpinned two exhibits.

Her first book, A Stronger Kinship, was awarded the Michigan Notable Book Award for revealing the history of a community with radical racial equality in 19th-century Michigan. Her most recent book, The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America’s Forgotten Black Pioneers and The Struggle for Equality was just honored by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of the eight best history books of 2018. Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. praised it for uncovering “a rich history that may surprise even those most devoted to the study of African American history. The Bone and Sinew of the Land is a revelation of primary historical research that is written with the beauty and empathic powers of a novel."
Our Douglas UCC Social Justice Committee will host this talk. Please plan to join us to listen to readings, ask questions, and learn more about Dr. Cox’s work. Please sign the sign up sheet in the Friendship Hall if you plan to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.
To learn more, visit
The annual Cereal Drive for the Allegan County Food Pantry Collaborative is being held the entire month of April. Douglas UCC is proud to be a collection site. Please bring in a box of kid-friendly cereal and drop it in the collection box in the Friendship Hall the entire month of April. Thank you, as always, for your generous giving.
We will be holding an AED/CPR Training at Douglas UCC in the next couple of months.
If you are interested in being trained, please sign the sheet in the Friendship Hall.
The class will run about 2 hours and the cost is $20 per person (scholarships available). 
If you have already been trained, but would like a refresher, you are welcome to observe. This training will not lead to certification, but will be led by a certified instructor. 
Click below to read the lastest copies of the Church Council Minutes and Pastor's Report:


A Community Pride celebration will take place at Beery Field in Douglas on Saturday, June 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall.

Douglas UCC will have a booth at the celebration.

The Pride organizers are looking for volunteers to help out that day.  If you can can help, please sign the sheet in the Friendship Hall. Thank you.

INTRODUCTION TO SHAMANISM:  LEARN TO JOURNEY: On Saturday, May 18, Margret Bazany, a Shamanic Practitioner and Douglas UCC church member, will be teaching an "Introduction to Shamanism" workshop in the Friendship Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The cost is $50.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Margret at 

We are looking for volunteers to help rake and clean-up the church grounds on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. till noon. 

If you can help, please contact Larry Fuerst at  Thank you.

Thank you to Alan Weathers for installing motion-detector lights at 88 Spring Street and the Retreat House. We are grateful for his service to our church.

Pastor Sal will be a guest tomorrow morning on the Morning Grind Radio Show at 8:30 a.m.

You can listen on 92.7 FM,
"The Van"
Enjoy last Sunday's Offertory Song:
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Douglas Congregational United Church of Christ
56 Wall St,  PO Box 519
Douglas, MI 49406


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