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

Rev. Salvatore Sapienza

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FEBRUARY 24, 2019


"Love Your Enemy"

Sunday's Gospel: Luke 6:27-38

In Sunday's Gospel, Jesus says: "Love your enemy. Bless those who persecute you. Turn the other cheek."
Is Jesus telling us to be a "door mat," or do his words carry a far more subversive meaning?

for an inspiring message and uplifting music,
including special music by Stan Greene

Last Sunday, Rev. Andy DeBraber (pastor of Douglas UCC from 2003 to 2012) brought us greetings from the UCC National Office, where he now serves as Generosity Officer.
This past week, Pastor Sal and our Douglas UCC Church Council secretary, Karen Clark, presented a $2,000 check from our church to the board members of Children First Lakeshore, a Saugatuck/Douglas-based non-profit organization dedicated to feeding children affected by hunger throughout Allegan County. Founded in 2017, CFL is currently helping more than 160 children at Douglas and Fennville Elementary Schools. CFL is having their 1st annual summer event on June 2nd at the Saugatuck Yacht Club from 4-6 p.m.. To learn more, visit This past year, our church has given more than $30,000 to local charities. Thank you to our DUCC Grant Proposal Team.

Click HERE for a final draft of the updated 2019 Church Directory.

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Thank you to Mike VerMerris for all of his hard work compiling the Directory.


Join us TOMORROW from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., as Drs. Greg Murray and Kathy Winnett-Murray, professors of biology at Hope College, will talk to us about the benefits of trees now and in the future, as well as share several resources for people to take home. The presentation is free to the public. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome!

This talk is part of the education series conducted by Douglas UCC’s Creation Justice Team. To follow the series and the work of the team online, visit
For the first time in its history, Douglas will be having a Gay Pride Event on Saturday, June 1 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Beery Field.  If you are interested in being part of the planning committee for this event, please email Neal Seabert of the Douglas City Council at For more, visit
Debra Carr will teaching a two-part Reiki Training class on Saturday, March 16 and Saturday, March 23 in the Friendship Hall. Reiki gently restores balance and harmony, assists in personal growth, and deepens your spiritual awareness. 

To learn more, please contact Debra at or call her at 810-845-7100. You can also pick up a flier in the Friendship Hall on Sunday for all the details.

Jack Ridl’s Poetry Workshop on March 30 at Douglas UCC is all filled up, but a wait-list has been started. Please sign the sheet in the Friendship Hall.

Also, Save-the-Date: April 5 at 6:30 p.m., join us at Douglas UCC as we celebrate the release of Jack's newest book, Saint Peter and the Goldfinch.  Jack will be reading, selling, and signing copies of the book, and the Persisterhood Choir will be performing, too. 
Author Anna-Lisa Cox will be coming to Douglas UCC on Saturday, April 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to talk to us about her latest book, The Bone and Sinew the Land: America’s Forgotten Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality. Thank you to our Douglas UCC Social Justice Team for facilitating this event for us. To learn more, visit
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Enjoy last Sunday's Offertory Song and Postlude:

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56 Wall St,  PO Box 519
Douglas, MI 49406


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