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

Rev. Salvatore Sapienza

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MARCH 17, 2019


"Second Sunday of Lent"

Sunday's Gospel: Luke 13:31-35

The image above is a mosaic from the altar front of the Church of Dominus Flevit in Jerusalem. It depicts Jesus as a mother hen protecting her young under her wings.
Join us on this 2nd Sunday of Lent as explore together the theme of "Jesus: Strong and Tender" 

for an inspiring message and uplifting music.

In the latest episode of his podcast,
"Into the Mystic," our UCC President,
Rev. John Dorhauer, talks about one of Pastor Sal's favorite words: "Namaste."

Click here to listen to his 5 minute talk:
A UCC minister is one of 50 people who are currently being tracked and interrogated by the United States government for their humanitarian ministry at the border. 

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
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
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.
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. 

Several years ago, the Douglas UCC Social Justice group introduced the congregation to the "Boycott Wendy’s" movement.  There were a lot of buttons and several individuals wrote letters and visited local Wendy’s restaurants.  
The movement continues, especially with college students.  Here’s a link with more information: 
The next meeting of the True North Women's Group will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, at 88 Spring Street. Betsy York will be facilitating a discussion on "Reflecting on Your Life Narrative."  New members are always welcome.

TONIGHT: PFLAG Meeting: We will view and discuss Becoming More Visible, a documentary film that gives us a glimpse to the lives of four people who are transitioning or have transitioned from their birth gender to the gender of their true selves.  The film, which contains language which some may find objectionable, is 70 minutes long. Plan to stay until about 9:15 PM or after to take part in the discussion following the film. 

PFLAG meets on the ground floor of Grace Episcopal Church, 555 Michigan Avenue, across the street from Holland Hospital. We will begin with a business meeting and support at 7:00 pm. After a time for refreshments at 7:50 pm, the program will begin shortly after 8:00 p.m.. Bring a snack to share, if you can.

Prior to the PFLAG meeting, Gender SAFE (Supporting All For Equality) meets 6:00 to 8:00 pm (note the longer meeting time for some), also on the ground floor of Grace Episcopal Church. This 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!

Enjoy last Sunday's Offertory Song and Postlude:

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