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 10:00!
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 Corner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Friday, 05 September 2014 16:21


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Dear friends,

One of the lines in the Psalms is “Taste and see how good the Lord is!” (Psalm 34.8).

No wonder Jesus spends so much time eating and feasting with people rather than scolding or even instructing them: most of us learn best by doing and experiencing. We can’t intellectually embrace the sweetness of God; we have to taste it. The words have to become flesh before we understand.

Today, as you read this, we have started a new school year (whether we have any work or family with a school or not), we are back to the more regular rhythms of work and rest, of study and play.

We start another lectionary year, beginning with the covenant promises of God that will culminate in our celebration at Christmas of the birth of Jesus, one who shows us the fullness of life in God. We will be offering opportunities throughout the fall to go deeper into our relationship with God, to allow that transformation that God brings, and to take that passion, healing and wholeness into the world through acts of compassion.

We will host and participate in the CROP Walk to end hunger. We will host another Justice and Witness film, A Place at the Table, dealing with childhood hunger in the United States.

We will also offer the opportunity to participate in small groups that will gather once a week to get to know each other better and to engage in conversation over various texts in the Bible. We are going to use Brian McLaren’s new book, We Make the Road by Walking, as our resource.

We Make the Road has 52 chapters, each with a short text and some conversation starters for reflection and growth. Some things will resonate; some won’t. Some questions may find an answer, at least for now; some won’t. That’s okay, either way. We are on a journey and we feast together as we deepen our relationship with God and to the world.

If you are interested, please let us know. We hope to have morning, afternoon and evening groups, to accommodate the different needs. We hope to meet in coffee shops, etc around town or people’s home, including either at Heritage Health or Knollwood. 

You can comment on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/ Congregational-Church-UCC/108199412555194) or our Faceboook group page (www.facebook.com/groups/54925609563) or via email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or phone (217.245.8213).

Unfortunately the book is so popular that we are back ordered! That is actually pretty exciting – renewal and energy and conversations taking place around our country. The time waiting for books gives us the time to get the groups together.

As we move into September and the season of Fall, let’s taste and see the goodness of God. Not only did Jesus spend more time opening up hearts by feasting with God, he also asked us to go and do likewise. Let’s live awake and alert to beauty and justice, to head and to heart!


Pastor Lynn



Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Friday, 05 September 2014 16:37

 10-o-clockWorship Time Change


The Faith Ministry 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 and intends for the service to continue at the 10:00 a.m. time through September.

We would like your feedback though: Do you like the 10:00 a.m. time? Do you prefer it over the 10:45 time? Would you like to move it even earlier, to 9:30 or 9:00? Should we go back to 10:45 in October? or should we keep the service time at 10:00 a.m. year round? Please direct any feedback to the church office: 245-8213 or 

Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 16:55
September Lectionary PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Friday, 05 September 2014 16:34



September Lectionary Readings

September 7

Flood and Promise

Genesis 6:16-22; 9:8-15

(Matt 8:24-27, Jesus calms the storm)

September 14

Call of Abraham

Genesis 12:1-9

(Matt 28:19-20, Go make disciples)

September 21

Joseph in Prison

Genesis 39:1-23

(Matt 5:11-12, Blessed are you when people revile  you on God’s account)

September 28

Rescue at the Sea

Exodus 14:10-14, 21-29

(Matt 2:13-15, Mary, Joseph, and Jesus in Egypt)

Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 16:44
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Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Friday, 05 September 2014 16:12




September worship continues at 10 am Sunday with Christian Education at 9:15


Sept, 1 Labor Day Office Closed

        6:30 Peace Pole Prayers

        7:00 Faith Ministry Team  Meeting

Sept. 2  6:30-7:30 IC Community Involvement Fair

Sept. 5 noon -6 Basement Sale

Sept. 6 8-2 Basement Sale

Sept. 8 One Read Program begins

Sept 9 5:30  Stewardship Ministry Team

Sept.10 1:30    Relationship Ministry Team Meeting @  Mallory’s

        6:00 Trustees

Sept.11 2:30 Justice and Witness Ministry Team Meeting at Mary’s

Sept. 13 AM Gov. Duncan Tour

        4:30 Holy Family Catholic Service

Sept. 16  6:00 Vision Coordinating Team

Sept. 19 8:30-2:30 Turner Walking Tour

Sept. 21  CROPwalk 1:15 registration;1:30 Walk

Sept 27 4:30 Holy Family Catholic Service

Sept. 28 2:00 JusticeFilm “A Place at the Table”


A Place at the Table PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Friday, 05 September 2014 16:26



September Justice Film: “A Place at the Table”

Justice and Witness Ministry Team

Next meeting:

 Sept.11 2:30 at Mary’s

Sunday, September 28, 2 pm

Fifty million people in the U.S. – one in four children – don’t know where their next meal is coming from … the film shows how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that this problem could be solved, once and for all …”The film, which is 84 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!


About The Film

A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three such Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. In a riveting journey that will change forever how you think about the hungry, A Place at the Table shows how the issue could be solved forever, once the American public decides—as they have in the past—that ending hunger is in the best interests of us all.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 14:45
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