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

Rev. Salvatore Sapienza

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APRIL 21, 2019

Easter Sunday

"Rise Up!"

Sunday's Gospel: John 20:1-18
RISE & SHINE!  This Easter morning, we rejoice and rise up, for the Christ Light shows us the way to new life!  Whatever challenges we have faced or are facing, we can always transform them in the spirit and message of Easter. The Light of Christ invites us to rise up and walk in the newness of life. This resurrecting power restores and uplifts us. Be with us this Easter morning as we join together in a celebration of transformation!

for an inspiring message and uplifting music
by the Douglas UCC Easter Choir
Watch this short two minute video from Bishop John Shelby Spong:
Thank you to all who took part in last night's Maundy Thursday supper and service.
We are grateful to Jim Bailey, David Lezondra, Noelene Wilson, Floyd Fleming, and Alan Weathers for setting up; to Gregg Smith and Stacy Honson for making the soup;
to Dick Bont, Wendy Hamlin, and Greg Harvath for assisting in the kitchen;
to our musicians: Nancy Plantinga, Brenda Marcy, Jeff Spangler, and Peter Black;
to Randall Braaksma and Laurie Beyer for serving as altar attendants;
and to our "apostles": Duce Sims, David Geen, Toni Sisty, Dee Mikos-Graves,
El Clough,
and Hannah Huggett. And, a big thank you to Jim Bailey for coordinating.

Douglas UCC is an "Adopt-a-Highway" sponsor.
Thank you to everyone who helped clean up the highway this past week:
Linda Charvat, Brad Hopkins & David Bohn; Sarah Swift; Denny & Gail Babel;
Kathy Klage; Nancy & David Van Dyke and Dean; Skylar & Lizzy; Eric Lejeune;
Steve Debbink & Greg Plowe; Ted Sommer; Fred & Wendy Hamlin;
Betsy York & Demethrea Terrien; Duce Sims; Vicky Cobb; Annie Hotwagner;
Dan Mack; Doug Sipsma; Michael White
TONIGHT: PFLAG Holland/Lakeshore Meeting

We will view and discuss "Queers in the Kingdom: Let Your Light Shine," a 74-minute documentary produced by Markie Hancock. "At long last a film that responsibly calls evangelical Christian institutions to account for their misguided and damaging practices of homophobia. Carefully documented and movingly presented, Queers in the Kingdom should be required viewing for anyone interested in religion and its wider effects on society." So affirms film reviewer Bart D. Ehrman, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Plan to stay until about 9:30 PM 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 at 8:10 pm. 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), 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!
Click the link below to read the latest Church Council Minutes and Pastor's Report:


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.
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 sign the sheet in the Friendship Hall. Thank you.

Kukla Fest is a three day puppetry conference at OxBow for serious puppeteers from around the country. For local residents, the conference opens on Friday, May 3, with at Gala Fundraiser at The Saugatuck Woman's Club, and culminates on Sunday, May 5, with A Picnic with Puppets, an event for local families at Oxbow. Visit for tickets and more information.
Enjoy last Sunday's Offertory Song:
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56 Wall St,  PO Box 519
Douglas, MI 49406


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