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JANUARY 2017

DEACON OF THE MONTH EDIE ROBERTS


1 New Year''s Day Worship      10:15 am

No Church School

2 OFFICE CLOSED

3   Diaconate 6:30 pm

  MIssion Board 7:00 pm

  CE Board 7:00 pm

4   Midday Prayer/Meditation Noon

8   Epiphany Sunday Worship      10:15 am

  Communion

  Choir       9:00 am

Church School for Children       9:15 am

EEC Sales     After Worship

11 Midday Prayer/Meditation       Noon

12 Doane College Concert      7:00 pm

14 Wemme Recitals      5:00 pm

        Voices of Soul Rehearsal         6:30 pm

15 Worship               10:15 am

Choir            9:00 am

   Church School for All Ages          9:15 am

  Interfaith Celebration of MLK

  First Mennonite Church  7:00 pm

16   Martin Luther King Day

17   Stewardship Board  4:00 pm

  Trustees          7:00 pm

18   Midday Prayer/Meditation  Noon   

19 Women's Lunch     11:45 am

21 Men's Breakfast       8:00 am

Wemme Recitals       5:30 pm

22 Worship             10:15 am

Church School for All Ages       9:00 am

Choir       9:15 am

Confirmation Class     11:30 am

  Chinese School Spring        1:30 pm

24 Church Council       7:00 pm

25 Midday Prayer/Mediation        Noon

29 Worship         10:15 am

Choir       9:00 am

Church School for All Ages       9:15 am

Annual Meeting      After Worship

Chinese School       1:30 pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Join us for worship on Sunday, January 22, at 10:15 a.m.

 

At our best, we in the Congregational tradition live out of a conviction that what we believe and how we act makes a difference in our lives and in the world. We don’t have all the answers, but we invite people into the adventure of action and reflection and discovery. This morning we begin a series of readings and sermons from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount that is found in chapters five through seven in the Gospel of Matthew to help us get a better sense of what kind of people we are becoming as we live out our faith in the world.

 

During worship today we will welcome eight men and women into membership in our congregation.

 

Scripture Lessons:        Micah 6:1-8; Matthew 5:1-12

Sermon:     “God’s Favor Is with You”

The Rev. William Lovin preaching

 

Anthem:    “They Are Ever Blessed” (from The Beatitudes)        César Frank

 

This morning during the 9:15 a.m. adult education time, the Mission Board continues its new 6-week program on racism. The title is: “Does Racism Require Intent?” It will be explored using the “White Privilege—Let’s Talk” curriculum published by the national office of the United Church of Christ in 2016. This series reflects the urgency in our church and in our society to address divisiveness related to “whiteness” and “otherness” which continue to undermine the Christian values of equality for all that we in the UCC have long cherished, even from the days of the Amistad.

 

Attendant to the curriculum, readings will be available though not required. We had an excellent turnout for discussion of this topic last January-February and hope that this new series will build on that and lead us to ways to act as allies against ”otherness” in our individual and societal lives. 

 

In connection with this series, we are making group rate tickets available for the Kyle Abraham dance performance at Hancher on Friday, January 27. Dancer and choreographer Kyle Abraham employs a movement vocabulary both sensual and provocative to engage with issues of identity and social justice. The program will include three recent works, including The Quiet Dance, Absent Matter (which explores the Black Lives Matter movement), and The Gettin’. If you are interested in attending with the group, please talk with Bill Lovin or a Mission Board member on Sunday.

 

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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 Christian education for all ages
10:15 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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