This Sunday's Gospel reading is "The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree." Jesus tells the story of a fig tree that has not produced any fruit in three years. Though the vineyard owner wants to cut it down, the gardener says: "Give it one more year. Let me see what I can do."
What does this story mean for our lives today?
PLEASE JOIN US THIS SUNDAY AT 10 AM
for an inspiring message and uplifting music
including a performance by Elizabeth Estes
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 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.
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 UCCin 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 email@example.com
Enjoy last Sunday's Offertory Song and Postlude:
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