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

Rev. Salvatore Sapienza

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MARCH 31, 2019


"Fourth Sunday of Lent"

Sunday's Gospel: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
One of Jesus's most powerful parables is the story of the Prodigal Son. This teaching reminds us that on the spiritual journey home, God runs to meet us and prepares a banquet for us. This is the perfect parable for us to focus on in the middle of the Lenten season, a time when we make preparations to come home to ourselves.

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This Sunday, we will be taking a special collection for "One Great Hour of Sharing," 
a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that works with international partners to provide sources of clean water, food, education and health care, small business micro-credit, advocacy and resettlement for refugees and displaced persons, and emergency relief and rehabilitation. OGHS also supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness and response. Please use the designated OGHS envelopes in the pews on Sunday to contribute to this effort. To learn more, please visit
Our church made the front cover of the Michigan "Adopt-a-Highway" Magazine!
The article highlights the efforts of our Douglas UCC Creation Justice Team.

Our next scheduled highway clean-up is in three weeks! 
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.

We are so grateful to Greg Plowe who is stepping down from his role as our Church Council moderator.  During his two-year term, Greg has guided us through a time of great growth and the many challenges that come with it.  We are grateful for his leadership with such large-scale projects as the Strategic Planning sessions, the upgrades to our sound and video equipment, and the purchase of the Spring Street house, among many other projects. Greg will continue to work on a few projects to completion. We so very thankful for his wisdom, guidance, and his service to our church.  And, thank you to Church Council member, Peter Mueller, for his willingness to step into the moderator's position.
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. 

Dick Lucier and Cindy Winkler have expressed interest in forming a Golf League. The group would golf together once a week at Clearbrook in Saugatuck at a time and day to be determined.  If you interested in joining, please see Dick and Cindy on Sunday, March 31, in the Friendship Hall following our worship service.

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 
The next meeting of the True North Women's Group will be on Wednesday, April 3, beginning at 10 a.m. at 88 Spring Street. Cindy Winkler will be facilitating a discussion on body image. New members are always welcome!
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56 Wall St,  PO Box 519
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