Jacksonville Congregational United Church of Christ
Welcome to the Congregational United Church of Christ of Jacksonville PDF Print E-mail

9:30 a.m. - Children's Christian Education

& Soul Search (Adult Christian Education)
Worship service is at 10:45!
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.


April Calendar PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:40



April 2 – 6:00   Cross+Gen Lent Gathering

April 3 – 2:30   Justice & Witness Team Mtg. (@Mary’s)
April 7–  6:30   Peace Pole Prayers
               6:50   Faith Team
April 8 – 5:30 Stewardship Team
April 9– 1:30 Relationship Team (@Mallory’s)
               6:00   Cross+Gen Lent Gathering

                6:00 Vocal Choir 
                7:00 Trustees Team

                7:00 Handbell Choir 
April 13 - Palm Sunday
April 15
– 6:00 Vision CoordinatingTeam
April 16- 6:00 Vocal Choir
               7:00 Handbell Choir
April 17– Maundy Thursday 
               6:00 POTLUCK (Fellowship Hall)
               7:00 Service Fellowship Hall
April 18– Good Friday
               11:30-1:00 Community Service  (Grace UMC’s Chapel)
               7:00 Worship Service (UCC sanctuary)

               10:45 Worship Service

               12:00 Celebration Lunch (POTLUCK)
April 23– 6:00 Vocal Choir 
               7:00 Handbell Choir
April 26 ­ 9:30 am Western Association and Eastern Association

Joint Spring Meeting Normal, IL BroMenn Health Center)
April 30– 6:00 Vocal Choir 
           7:00 p.m. Handbells

Pastor's Note 4-2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:14


pastors note

Dear friends:

I hope you are enjoying the beginning of spring after such a long, brutally cold winter. Even the rain cannot dampen my spirits too much. [Here’s where I learn from my children. Walking out to the car for the drive to school, J notices the rain and is at first bummed. Not two seconds later, he announces that that’s fine because it is supposed to rain in spring. Off he goes singing.]

We are coming to a season of refreshment and renewal at Congregational UCC. We will celebrate Easter and the new life and new hope that brings. Please note the Holy Week and Easter worship and meal schedules in this newsletter. Please come and invite a friend. A fresh start and a voice of hope, especially followed by a good meal, is always good news and something we all need.

Also, please note the article on Congregational UCC being a Just Peace congregation. We talked at Faith Ministry Team and among the new members before they joined about how many of the designations we bear were made before the time of many people joining. They may be reasons people were attracted to us but many of us were not part of those conversations and so lack the institutional memory that so many others of us share.

To that end, I will periodically select one of these to put some explanation of what the designation means officially and to invite people to ponder what it means or might mean to us. We start with the Just Peace designation. Read the article and then come join us the first Monday of the month at the Peace Pole to pray for peace!

Wishing you God’s peace,

Pastor Lynn

Lenten Happenings PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:23


Lenten Happenings

Holy Week 2014  –  Holy Week begins on April 13, on Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. It begins the week that will end with his brutal execution at the hands of the Roman Empire. We will have palms in worship. Worship begins at 10:45. On Maundy Thursday, April 17, we observe Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. Maundy Thursday is often thought of as the day Jesus instituted the practice of communion. In the John 13 account of the Last Supper, Jesus institutes the practice of service through foot washing. We will gather as a community for a meal at 6 pm (basement fellowship hall) and ease into a service (7:00, basement fellowship hall) from the meal. We will have an opportunity to serve and to partake of communion, as well as to pray and hear portions of Jesus’ farewell address to his disciples. On Good Friday, April 18, we will gather in the sanctuary at 7:00 pm to engage the trial, crucifixion and death of Jesus. There is also a community Good Friday service at Grace United Methodist, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Easter 2014  –  April 20 is Easter! We celebrate God’s defeat of death and the new life that we find in and through Jesus. Our worship will begin at 10:45. After our worship service ends, we will gather for an Easter Celebration potluck. As always, we will invite our friends who join us for the Sunday Sack Lunch to join us in a communal meal. Please feel free to invite someone to join you for worship. We all need good news. We all need to hear that God loves us, will walk through hell with us and for us, and that God’s love, not hatred, not evil, has the last word. Joyful worship and a joyful meal are the order for the day!

C.H.U.M.S. (Come Here, You Mean Something to us) – Relationship Ministry Team is reviving CHUMS. On April 27, following worship, we will go to lunch at Pizza Hut!  It helps to support a local business, build relationships and you don’t have to cook! Stay tuned for details. Please contact the church office (245-8213) or Mallory Bendorf with questions

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:26
lectionary PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:45


Lectionary Readings


April 6 -      John 18:1-27

April 13 -    John 12:12-17

                    John 18:28- 19:22


April 17 -    Maundy Thursday

                    John 19:23-30
                     (Psalm 26:3)



April 18  -    Good Friday

                     John 19:31-42

                    (Psalm 31:9-18)



April 20 - Easter Sunday

                  John 20:1-18
                  (Ps. 118:21-29)

April 27 -  John 20:19-31

                   (Ps. 145:13-21)


Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 15:12
Just Peace PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:19


A Just Peace Church

Congregational United Church of Christ is a Just Peace congregation. What does that mean? Well, for starters it means that the members at the Annual Meeting in 1995 adopted a covenant to make the pursuit of non-violence and economic justice an ongoing part of the church’s vision. Members and friends would be encouraged to promote peace and justice in all matters of life, including how we spend our money, etc.

From the UCC website (ucc.org):

The Just Peace Church vision is a hallmark of United Church of Christ theological identity.  For over two decades, the Just Peace Church pronouncement has inspired a grassroots movement of UCC congregations committed to corporately naming and boldly proclaiming a public identity as a justice-doing, peace-seeking church.  The Just Peace pronouncement articulated the UCC position on war and peace distinct from other approaches such as crusade, pacifism, or “just war.”  Grounded in UCC polity and covenantal theology, the position focuses attention on alleviating systemic injustice of all types using non-violence and calls us to offer the message, grounded in the hope of reconciliation in Jesus, that “Peace is possible.” 

Justice and Witness Ministries is committed to a revitalized Just Peace Church movement and to empowering and resourcing congregations to create a stronger justice and peace witness. Now is the time to rekindle our commitment to Just Peace and make visible our longstanding witness to this approach.  To do so, we will be working to update the list of Just Peace Churches in the UCC and will keep this site up to date with educational resources.

Does your church consider itself to be a Just Peace congregation? What is your church doing to live out its calling to be a Just Peace church?  What does it mean to be a Just Peace Church in times like these?  I hope you will take the time to update your church’s information on our site and offer your responses to these questions.   Your energy and voice is needed to reinvigorate and shape the direction of our collective movement.

[The link to the 1985 pronouncement is http://www.ucc.org/justice/advocacy_resources/pdfs/just-peace/just-peace-church-pronouncement-1985.pdf (also above). This pronouncement provides the biblical and theological underpinnings.]

From me: these last questions are good ones to think about. What does it mean to us as a church or to you that we promote peace? What areas of justice are you most passionate about? Economic justice? Political justice? What forms of peacemaking do you focus on? Inner peace? Non-violent communication? Restraint on when nations declare war? What does this speak to you (or does it?). What would you like to see Congregational UCC do as part of its covenant to justice and peace? Please share in person with me or the Faith or the Justice teams (Michael Bendorf and Mary Hathaway, conveners, respectively) in person, or via phone or email.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:37
Justice Film PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:28


Justice Film:  Inequality for All

                   Save the Date!


The Robert Reich film, Inequality for All, will be shown at the church on Thursday evening, May 1, at 7 pm.  By showing this film on May 1, we will be part of a nationwide May Day screening to promote the important issues the film brings forth. 

The Justice and Witness Ministry team will show the film again on Sunday afternoon May 4, at 2 pm at the church. We hope everyone who wants to see the film will be able to attend one of the screenings.

The film is described as “a passionate argument on behalf of the middle class”, and a “humorous and enlightening expose of America’s widening income gap.” The film is 80 minutes long, allowing time for discussion after the viewing. Refreshments will be served.

Please save the dates and bring friends!

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