Before Jesus began his ministry of teaching and healing, he spent 40 days and nights in the wilderness.
The 40 days of Lent invite us to venture into the wilderness alone, to face our fears and to wrestle with the things that are keeping us from experiencing our greatest good and living life to the full.
PLEASE JOIN US THIS SUNDAY AT 10 AM
for an inspiring message and uplifting music,
including a performance by Nancy Plantinga
followed by our 2nd Sunday of the Month POTLUCK
2019 LENTEN DEVOTIONAL:
This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent.
A great resource for the Lenten season is the 2019 UCC Lenten Devotional: Take Nothing With You.
This beautiful devotional features meditations for each day of Lent.
Copies are available for $5 (cash only) in the Friendship Hall.
Last Sunday certainly was a "Happy Sunday" as we welcomed Rev. Robyn Gray,
who gave an inspiring message which you can watch at the bottom of this newsletter.
Last month's Creation Justice Team presentation, New Ways to Love Trees, was standing-room only, informative, fascinating, and so very useful. Click the link below for a follow-up:
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 email@example.com or call her at 810-845-7100. You can also pick up a flier in the Friendship Hall on Sunday for all the details.
Calling all voices! We are putting together a choir for Easter Sunday, open to anyone, any age. The choir will be performing two to three songs on Easter Sunday. Anyone wishing to join the choir must be able to attend just two rehearsals: April 7 and 14, plus a run-thru early on Easter morning. If you are interested, please contact Marty Kiefer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, April 13 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.
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 beginning this Sunday. Thank you!
MAUNDY THURSDAY is on April 18. Once again this year, we will be holding a Maundy Thursday supper in the Friendship Hall at 6 p.m. There are only 60 spots available, so please sign the sheet in the Friendship Hall ASAP to reserve a seat. (Write each person's name on a separate line, please). Even if you do not partake in the supper, all are invited to the Maundy Thursday service in the church at 7 p.m.. Thank you.
Enjoy last Sunday's Offertory Song and Postlude:
Watch last Sunday's sermon:
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