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JULY 2016

DEACON OF THE MONTH TOM SANDERSFELD


1 Jazz Festival Begins

2 Citizenship Class 10:00 am

3 7th Sunday After Pentecost    9:15 am

Jazz/ Communion Worship   

      EEC Coffee Sales  After Worship

4   Fourth of July  OFFICE CLOSED

5   Mission Board   7:00 pm

6   Midday Prayer/Meditation   Noon

9   Citizenship Class           10:00 am

10  8th Sunday After Pentecost    9:15 am

     Solo: Jeanne Bonde

12  Foreign Relations Lunch   Noon

13  Midday Prayer/Meditation   Noon

16   Citizenship Class           10:00 am

17   9th Sunday After Pentecost     9:15 am

         Solo:  Andrew Knapp

 ToGather Together Offering

 Share the Harvest   After Worship

 Church Picnica at City Park   5:00 pm

Shelter 12

19  Stewardship Board   4:00 pm

       Membership Board   5:30 pm

20     Midday Prayer/Meditation    Noon

        Foreign Relations Lunch   Noon

21 Women's Lunch           11:45 am

23 Rotary Meeting    9:00 am

Last Citizenship Class   10:00 am

24 10th Sunday After Pentecost 9:15 am

Solo:  Robert Kemp

26 Church Council     7:00 pm

27 Midday Prayer/Meditation     Noon

31 11th Sunday After Pentecost 9:15 am

Solo: Hal Ide


Join us for worship on Sunday, July 24, at 9:15 a.m.

 

This morning we begin reading through the Letter to the Colossians.

The ancient city of Colossae was located on a tectonic fault line that for millennia had produced devastating earthquakes—and continues to do so in our time.  Colossae itself was destroyed by an earthquake—perhaps even in the 60s, just shortly after the Christians there received this letter.

But there is a growing sense among many that we are all on shaky ground.

Many think the Republican Party is changing dramatically and rapidly and even wonder if it will survive its tectonic shifts. The Democratic Party faces its own challenges as well. Our current political upheaval seems more than mere election year rhetoric.

Our nation, shaken by the murders of citizens by police, has to be reminded that Black Live Matter.

Our nation, shaken by the murders of police by citizens, has to be reminded that such actions are never acceptable.

Our nation, shaken by the murders in Orlando, still needs to find a way to accept all people.

Our nation, shaken by gun violence, just continues to be shaken.

The tremors of terrorism continue to rumble across the nations.

If the early Christians in Colossae, living in a tumultuous location in their own tumultuous times, could hear of hope in the word of truth, perhaps we, too, can hear good news in this letter.

Scripture Lessons:        Isaiah 24:17-20; Colossians 1:1-14

Sermon:     “On Shaky Ground”

The Rev. William Lovin preaching

 

Solo  “One Sweetly Solemn Thought”    Robert Kemp


Free parking at the Iowa Memorial Union Ramp (Park east end of the 4th level for a one block walk.)


No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.

Nursery care is provided during worship for the youngest children. Children through grade 4 may stay in worship through the children's message and then go to Children's Church. Older children and youth are encouraged to remain in worship. Join us after worship for good (Fair Trade) coffee and great conversation in Rockwood Hall.


9:15 Worship for everyone

Our Mission

OPEN AND AFFIRMING 

Whoever you are, where ever you are on life's journey you are welcome here. 

The Congregational United Church of Christ is an “Open and Affirming” congregation. 

We know, with Paul, that as Christians, we are many members, but are one body in Christ, members of one another, and that we all have different gifts. With Jesus, we affirm that we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves, that we are called to act as agents of reconciliation and wholeness within the world and within the Church itself. We recognize the presence of ignorance, fear and hatred in the Church and in our culture, and covenant to not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, nor any other irrelevant factor, and we seek to include and support those who, because of this fear and prejudice, find themselves in exile from a spiritual community. 

We welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to worship with us, join our congregation, and take an active role in our leadership, ministry, and mission.  
 


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