Jacksonville Congregational United Church of Christ
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9:15 a.m. - Children's Christian Education

& Soul Search (Adult Christian Education)
Worship service is at 10:00!
We are Open and Affirming and ALL are welcome!

SACK LUNCHES: Every Saturday and Sunday, between 12:15 and 1:00 p.m, our church gives to "those in need" a lunch usually consisting of a sandwich, cookies, and chips or pretzels plus water and fruit. If you would like to help please call the church and offer to make a donation of money or ingredients or time in the making and serving.


Pastor's Corner10/14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:07

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Dear Friends,

As we have been journeying through the narrative of the First Testament (the Old Testament), we have been linking our stories in with the longings for God and the experience of God that the ancient people had as well. Last Sunday, we were with the Hebrew slaves in their liberation from Pharaoh’s slavery. As we were invited to cross the Red Sea, we were able to link any fears we have about the future with those of the escaping slaves.

If we keep reading that story of Exodus, we know that as the people wandered for 40 years, biblical shorthand for a really long time, they begin to complain and to think back upon the days of slavery with a certain nostalgia. They are hot, hungry, tired, and thirsty. Why isn’t God making the journey any easier? Why the wilderness?

I think there is something both reassuring and familiar about the whining. I am quite sure that I would be whining too, given the circumstances. It is easy to forget how difficult things might have been when the present moment is a bit complicated. That is human nature. I find it reassuring that for at least 3000 years, people have both felt uncertain and that for at least 3000 years, God has been with people, prodding them and encouraging them and refreshing them.

As we, along with many (most?) Christian churches grapple with existence in a vastly changed culture from when almost everyone in this nation belonged to a congregation, sometimes it can be as easy for us to ask about our income and our growth and our programming. It can be easy for us to wonder why (insert name here) Big Church is prospering but we are not. Why the wilderness.

So, what does Moses do? What can we learn from this story? Moses and a few leaders step away from the anxious people to listen to God for what is next. They listen for God’s voice, the stirring of God’s Spirit, to be heard away from the refrains of anxiety. Rather than focus on survival, they focus on doing God’s work (which might very well include survival!).

I invite all of you to reflect, to listen, to share next steps you see in doing God’s work here in this community. Let’s seek God’s perspective for the big picture and see what steps we take, acting with God, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to make that plan, that hope real.


Pastor Lynn

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 16:29
calendar 10/14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:16





Oct. 6 — 6:30 Peace Pole Prayers

7:00 Faith Ministry Team

Oct. 8 –1:30 Relationship Ministry Team @ Mallory’s

Oct. 11 – Gather in front of the church for IC parade

Holy Family Service 4:30

Oct. 12 – Blessing of the Pets 3:00

Oct. 14 – 5:30 Stewardship Ministry Team

Oct. 19 – 2:00 Justice Film: The Gatekeepers

Oct. 21 – 6:00 Vision Coordinating Team

Oct.25 –Western Assn. Fall Conference

Oct. 25: Gather at Our Town Books for MAC parade

Holy Family Service 4:30

Oct. 26 – Fall Congregational Meeting


Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:57
2014 CongregationalMeeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 16:17


congregational meeting

The Congregation will meet on Sunday, October 26th, to elect officers and other Church representatives, and to pass the Mission Spending Plan for the next year.  The meeting will be right after Church and we hope to see all.

Lectionary 10/14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:28



October Lectionary Readings

October 5

Covenant and Commandments

Exodus 19:3-7; 20:1-17

Matt 5:17

October 12

Joshua Renews the Covenant

Joshua 24:1-15

Matt 4:8-10

October 19

2 Samuel 12:1-9

Matt 21:33-41

October 26

1 Kings 3:4-9, (10-15), 16-28

Matt 6:9-10

Blessing of the pets PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 16:21



Blessing of the Pets

Sun. Oct. 12th at 3:00pm At the Congregational United Church of Christ
(Koskiusco side yard)

Milk Bones and water available


“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or ask the birds of the air, and they will tell you. Speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea tell you. Every one of these knows that the hand of the Lord has done this. The life of every creature and the breath of all people are in God’s hand.” Job 12:7-10



MSP Review & Discussion PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 16:09

 Mission Spending Plan (MSP) Review and Discussions

In the weeks leading up to the congregational meeting on October 26th, the Vision Coordinating Team (VCT) has decided to hold informational opportunities to review and discuss the Mission Spending Plan (MSP) which will be proposed for congregational vote and approval.

These opportunities will be on October 12th and 19th following the Sunday morning worship service MSP discussions in the Joy Prairie Parlor (across the hall from Lynn’s office). Hospitality “light bite” will be served in the parlor, so that the discussions can begin soon after worship is over.  Members and non-members are encouraged to be participate in these gatherings;  questions and thoughts from all are welcome.

There have been some significant changes made to the purposed plan this year and anyone interested in seeing and discussing these changes is encouraged to take advantage of these scheduled opportunities. Anyone unable to attend either of these scheduled opportunities is encouraged to contact the church office: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 245-8213, Pastor Lynn, or any officer of the church.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 16:32
Soul Search PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:59


Soul Search Discussions

Sundays, 9:15 AM


The group meets in the Joy Prairie Parlor (across from the pastor’s office). Soul Search is the adult Christian Education group. Everyone is welcome. 

The topic of discussion will be promoting literacy through the “One Read” program. Our congregation has already participated in this program with our new “Little Free Library” located at our Kosciusko Street entrance. “One Read” is the inaugural event of Reading Changes Live, a United Church of Christ initiative to raise awareness about how illiteracy directly impacts a range of social justice issues. To guide our discussion, we will use the book “Hotdogs & Hamburgers”, by Rob Shindler, which chronicles the author’s journey to help his son, Oliver, overcome a reading deficiency by volunteering to teach adults how to read. Reading the book is not a pre-requisite for joining in the discussion. Some books are available to share. Please join us!

Gatekeepers is Oct. Justice Film PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:33



Justice Film Task force

Sunday, October 19, 2 PM

“The Gatekeepers”

“Charged with overseeing Israel’s war on terror-both Palestinian and Jewish- the head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service is present at the crossroad of every decision made. For the first time ever six former heads of the agency agreed to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions.  The Gatekeepers offers an exclusive account of the sum of their successes and failures. It validates the reasons that each man individually and as a group came to reconsider their hard-line positions and advocate a conciliatory approach toward their enemies based on a two state solution.”

Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, 2012

The film, which is 100 minutes long, will be shown in the basement fellowship hall. Refreshments will be served and there will be time for discussion following the film.

We hope you can attend this screening and bring friends! PG 13



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