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 10:15!
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.

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Wednesday, 01 April 2015 16:33








Friday, April 24, 6:30 pm

To commemorate Earth Day, the Justice and Witness Ministry Team has chosen the film, “Mother: Caring for 7 Billion”. The film will be shown on Friday evening, April 24 in the Joy Prairie Parlor. The film is 69 minutes long. Refreshments will be served and there will be time for discussion following the film.

The film breaks a 40-year taboo by bringing to light an issue that silently fuels our most pressing environmental, humanitarian and social crises - population growth. In 2011 the world population reached 7 billion, a startling seven-fold increase since the first billion occurred 200 years ago.

Population was once at the top of the international agenda, dominating the first Earth Day and the subject of best-selling books like “The Population Bomb”. Since the 1960s the world population has nearly doubled, adding more than 3 billion people.  At the same time, talking about population has become politically incorrect because of the sensitivity of the issues surrounding the topic–religion, economics, family planning and gender inequality. Yet it is an issue we cannot afford to ignore.

Today, nearly 1 billion people still suffer from chronic hunger. Compounded with our ravenous appetite for natural resources, population growth is putting an unprecedented burden on the life system we all depend on.

The film illustrates both the over-consumption and the inequity side of the population issue by following Beth, a mother and a child-rights activist as she comes to discover, along with the audience, the thorny complexities of the population issue.  Beth – who comes from a large American family of 12 and has adopted an African-born daughter–travels to Ethiopia where she meets Zinet, the oldest daughter of a desperately poor family of 12.  Zinet has found the courage to break free from thousand-year-old-cultural barriers, and their encounter will change Beth forever.

"Mother: Caring for 7 Billion" features world-renown experts and scientists including biologist Paul Ehrlich, author of “The Population Bomb;" economist Mathis Wackernagel, the creator of the ground-breaking Footprint Network; Malcolm Potts, a pioneer in human reproductive health; and Riane Eisler, whose book “The Chalice and the Blade” has been published in 23 countries.

As you may know the Friends of the Library is having a book sale in the Fellowship Hall that day. We hope you will enjoy the book sale, and then join us in the comfortable parlor for this important film!


The Justice & Witness Ministry Team


Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 15:33
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Wednesday, 01 April 2015 16:39


Underground Railroad News

Our Spring Bus Tour will be held April 26 from 1-5. Call 479-4144 for reservations. the tour will begin at Beecher Hall on Illinois College and drive past all of the sites which the Committee has identified as important to the UGRR. The buses will have on board someone who knows the history of each stop. You will tour inside at Beecher, Gillett House, Africa, the Congregational Church, and Woodland Farm. You will be served refreshment and a bathroom break at the Congregational Church. There is limited room on the buses so call for reservations early. The UGRR Committee will have a yard sale at the Congregational Church on Saturday, May 16.

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Wednesday, 01 April 2015 16:30


2: MaundyThursday

3: Good Friday

5: Easter Worship, 10:15; Easter Celebration Potluck after worship

6: Peace Pole Prayers 6:30

Faith Ministry team 7:00

8: Relationship Ministry Team 1:00 @ Bendorf’s Trustees 6:00

6:30  Choir

9: Justice and Witness 2:30 @ Mary’s

Stewardship 5:30

15: Choir 6:30

20: VCT Meeting 6:00

 24 & 25: Friends of the Library Book Sale in Fellowship Hall Fri. 12-6 Sat.9-2

 24: 6:30 Justice film Mother Caring for 7 Billion in Parlor

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Wednesday, 01 April 2015 16:38



“Embracing the Vision:  Continuing the Journey”

The Joint Spring Meeting of the Eastern, Prairie and Western Associations of the Illinois Conference

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Zion United Church of Christ, Peru, Illinois


Keynote Speaker:  Ray Schulte

Managing Director for the Center for Parish Development

…Presenting an Association listening process inviting congregational leaders to participate in conversations and to listen to the Spirit as we share strengths and identify priorities in congregational life for action in the near future.


More details will soon be sent to your congregational leaders including registration materials and an agenda for the day’s events.  We look forward to warm fellowship, stimulating worship, engaging conversations and the completion of Association business. 


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