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9:30 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.

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Pastors note 8/14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:14

 

 

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Off and on for a couple of years now, various members and teams of people within Congregational United Church of Christ have talked about getting or making a Little Free Library. I first heard of these on National Public Radio and thought “what a great idea” and didn’t think of it again until Michael B brought the topic again. The Faith Ministry Team and then other ministry teams were intrigued at the possibility of us having one, although none of us had the time to build one and it didn’t seem a prudent use of funds to order a kit.
What is a Little Free Library? Before we go on with our story, maybe we should let people know what we are talking about. Little Free Libraries are pretty much just what the name says. They are small boxes set out on places with some public access that make books or magazines or other media available. You take a book; you return a book (wouldn’t have to be the same one).
Fast (slow?) forward a couple of years: On a random comment that a friend of mine from Eden Seminary made, I learned that one of her churches in St. Louis had 3 Little Free Libraries available. Thinking they were free, I contacted her. A few days later, I picked up the library and about a dozen books for it from Grace United
Church of Christ and brought it to its new home.
We owe a big thank you to the Rev. Carole Barner and to Grace UCC and Epiphany UCC, both in South St. Louis. In fact, there is a cost to the Little Free Library, to offset materials and labor to the individuals who made it. Yet, through the generosity of a grant that Grace UCC received from the St. Louis Association of the Missouri-Mid South Conference of the United Church of Christ (there’s a mouthful!), Grace offset $225 of the $250 cost!
They are glad to be able to help another small, financially-strapped but with a huge heart for helping serve the community. And we and our neighbors and friends, including all who come for sack lunches, reap the benefit.
Michael B has volunteered to construct a stand for the Little Free Library. Look for it soon at the corner where our sidewalk meets the city sidewalk on the Kosciusko (west side) entrance. We will need to feed the library, including with children’s books, so if you have some books you won’t read again, please bring them to share!
I love it when God provides and when brother and sister churches work to support each other!
Wishing you all God’s peace,
Pastor Lynn

 
basement sale PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:36

 

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Church Basement Sale

– September 5 & 6


The Saturday Morning Gathering
is sponsoring a basement sale to
be held on Friday and Saturday,
September 5 & 6. If you have
items to donate you may bring
them to the church any time.
Basement sale storage is on the
top floor, middle room on the east
side of the building. There is a
“Basement Sale Storage” sign
posted on the door. Items may be
brought directly to the basement
fellow-ship hall beginning August
31. Volunteers will be needed to
help set up tables, bring items
down from the 2nd floor storage,
and set up for the sale. The work
will begin after church Sunay,
August 31, and continue Tuesday,
August 2 through the completion of
the sale.

 

 
Soul Search PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:30

 

Soul Search for August

Soul Search is an adult Spiritual
Formation/Christian Education
discussion group. In August the group
will meet Sunday mornings at 9:15
a.m. in the Joy Prairie Parlor. Everyone
is Welcome.
Our discussion topic this month is
the book “The New Jim Crow” by
Michelle Alexander. It is not necessary
to have read the book to participate.
Each week a leader will present main
points of one chapter for group
discussion. The chapters covered in
August are 2 -6, which will complete
the book. The Illinois Conference of
the United Church of Christ
recommends the issues in the book
for cngregational study.
August 3 Chapter 2, The
Lockdown
August 10: Chapter 3, The
Color of Justice
August 17: Chapter 4, The
Cruel Hand
August 24: Chapter 5, The New
Jim Crow
August 31:


Soul Search Book study ~~ Reviews
“Now and then a book comes along
that might in time touch the public and
educate social commentators,
policymakers, and politicians about a
glaring wrong that we have been living
with that we also somehow don’t know
how to face. The New Jim Crow: Mass
Incarceration in the Age of
Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander is
such a work. . . Alexander considers the
evidence and concludes that our prison
system is a unique form of social
control, much like slavery and Jim
Crow, the systems it has replaced. . .
[She] is not the first to offer this bitter
analysis, but The New Jim Crow is
striking in the intelligence of her
ideas, her powers of summary, and
the force of her writing. Her tone is
disarming throughout; she speaks
as a concerned citizen, not as an
expert, though she is one. She can
make the abstract concrete, as J.
Saunders Redding once said in
praise of W.E.B. Du Bois, and
Alexander deserves to be compared
to Du Bois in her ability to distill and
lay out as mighty human drama a
complex argument and history.”—
The New York Review of Books,
March 2011
“[An] instant classic. . .The New Jim
Crow is a grand wake-up call in the
midst of a long slumber of
indifference to the poor and
vulnerable.” —Cornel West

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:35
 
email newsletter PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 15:27

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WORSHIP TIME CHANGE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:24

 

 Worship Time Change
The Faith Team recommended that the worship service
be moved to 10:00 a.m. during August and September due to
anticipated heat. The VCT agreed to this change in August
and likely in September. A final decision on September will be
made prior to the September newsletter

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:41
 
august calendar PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:19

 


AUGUST

Aug. 3 - 9:15 Religious Education
10:00 Worship

Springfield Sliders Game
Aug. 4- 6:30 - Peace Pole Prayers
7:00 - Faith Ministry Team Mtg.
Aug. 10 9:15 Religious Education
10:00 Worship
Aug. 12 - 5:30 Stewardship Ministry Team
Aug 13 – 1:30 Relationship Ministry Team @ Mallory’s
6:00 Trustees
Aug. 14 – 2:30 Justice & Witness @ Mary’s
Aug. 17- 9:15 Religious Education
10:00 Worship
Aug. 19– 6:00 Vision Coordinating Team Mtg.
Aug. 24- 9:15 Religious Education
10:00 Worship
Aug. 31 9:15 Religious Education
10:00 Worship

 
our caps PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 15:05

 

Our Caps,Your Cause

We have applied and been accepted into the new “Our Caps Your Cause” program provided by Prairie Farms.  

On Prairie Farms white or flavored milk in gallon or half gallon sizes, you will find a sticker located on top of each cap. Peel back the sticker to find a unique code that can be redeemed at http://www.prairiefarms.com/our-caps-your-cause.aspx. When prompted to choose an organization, select The Congregational Church, UCC. If you would rather, simply collect and then drop off your caps at the church office. Every cap entered or collected will generate 5 cents towards our cause. After 1,000 caps are entered, we receive a check from Prairie Farms.

With your help and participation in “Our Caps Your Cause”, you will be supporting our organization’s mission along with a local business.

“Prairie Farms farm families and employees take a lot of pride in giving back to the communities we are a part of,” Michelle Fluty, Prairie Farms Program Coordinator, said. 

If you have any questions about the program and how you can get involved, contact Michael Bendorf at 217.710.0430 or via email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Drink Prairie Farms Milk and Give to what Mooves You!       

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 15:18
 
address changes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 15:34

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