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Announcements 9/15/2013

Good Morning! Welcome to University

Congregational Church!


WE WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Ginger and Paris Phillips. Please read their profile in the insert and greet them in Fellowship Hall after the service.

THE FLOWERS ON THE COMMUNION TABLE are given by Brenda Leerskov in memory of her father, Leo N. Leerskov, who’s birthday was today.

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES will meet in the conference room at 11:45.


YOGA CLASSES meet on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ($5.00) and Friday at 10:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.

THE ADULT EDUCATION CLASS “LIVING WITH QUESTIONS, Monday, September 16, 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the conference room. See more information about the class

in the bulletin insert.

MEN’S GROUP LUNCH is Thursday, Sept. 19, 11:30 in a private room at the Lakeside Club located at the SW corner of 21st and Webb behind Walgreens. Our friend Keith Williamson will be the speaker. Sign up in Fellowship Hall or call the office to let us know you are coming.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN of the Annual Proposed Budget Meeting of University Congregational Church, Wichita, KS, as provided for in the church’s bylaws. This meeting will be held on Sunday, September 22 in the sanctuary immediately following the church service. Agenda items include:

  1. Approve the proposed budget for 2014

  2. Any other business as is appropriate.

Copies of the 2014 budget worksheet will be distributed prior to the meeting.

WE INVITE OUR VISITORS TODAY to join us in Fellowship Hall after the service for coffee, refreshments, and conversation. Just follow the crowd down the hallway (west).

PLEASE SIGN THE FELLOWSHIP PAD when it comes down the pew. Members please sign and update any changes in your contact information. If you are a guest, please sign the pad so that we may thank you for worshipping with us.

A NEWCOMERS CLASS will be Sunday, October 6, in the conference room after the church service. This is a great opportunity to learn and ask questions about UCC especially if you are thinking about becoming a member or want to learn more about the church. Lunch will be served by the deacons. Please call the office at 634-0430 and let us know you are coming so we have an idea how many lunches to plan for.

LOOK FOR UCC SHIRTS for sale in Fellowship Hall after the service. They are perfect for when you are volunteering, wearing to an event here, or to wear just for fun. Check out the different sizes, fill out an order form, and attach your check. The shirts are $25.00 each. Your order should be here by the end of the month.

THE UCC PICTURE DIRECTORY will be shipped to us the early part of October. We will keep you informed as the date gets closer.

IF YOU HAVE ALWAYS wanted to sing in the UCC Chancel Choir, here is your chance. Music director, Bob Scott, would be happy to answer any questions you might have about joining this talented group of all ages. Call Bob at 304-6028 or email him at

2014 HOLY LAND TRIP brochures are on the Welcome Table for anyone interested or if you have friends who might be interested in the trip scheduled for next March. There is also trip insurance information, as well. Please call Robin at 634-0430 or email her at with any questions!

JOIN THE ADULT DISCUSSION GROUPin the conference room at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday through September 29th as they view and discuss the DVD series “Embracing Interfaith Cooperation”. This series is based on a book  by author and interfaith commentator Eboo Patel as he explores what it means to be “literate” about other faiths; how interfaith cooperation “works” and why; the skills needed for interfaith cooperation and the significant role that our institutions, including collegesand faith communities, can play in this process.

The “Embracing Interfaith Cooperation” DVD resource features five 10-15 minute presentations by Eboo Patel, each of which is followed by video of Patel interacting with a small, diverse group of adults and young adults as they respond and discuss interfaith issues. Eboo Patel believesreligion is a bridge of cooperationrather than a barrier of division. Inspired by his faith as a Muslim, his Indian heritage, and his American citizenship he speaks to his vision of interfaith harmony at places like the Clinton Global Initiative, The Nobel Peace Prize Forum, as well as college and university campuses across the country. He is a regular contributor to the Washington Post, USA Today, and The Huffington Post.

HEAD- TO- TOE HYGIENE PANTRYThe volunteer signup sheet is up in Fellowship Hall for Saturday, October 19. We will no longer be collecting plastic water bottles but thank you for your past support. Keep bringing your Sunday newspaper sleeves, and plastic bags. Diapers are always appreciated!

You are invited to

Inter-Faith Ministries Art Crawl on

Friday, September 27, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

NW corner of Murdock and Market

Music by the UCC Choir Members, Refreshments by the Women’s Guild, and Art by members and friends of UCC

Come out and support the UCC sponsorship of this month’s Inter-Faith Art Crawl.

Living With Questions

Monday Evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Fall /Winter Series: Now through December 16th

Embracing an Adult Faith: What It Means to be a Christian

Join us as we explore the questions that progressive Christians encounter throughout their faith development. Presented by various members and friends of our congregation, we will examine what it means to be a Christian as an adult.

September-October: The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord’s Prayer. We will be using John Dominic Crossan’s book on The Lord’s Prayer to re-examine this most famous Christian prayer.

The Traditional Word:I Thessalonians 5:12-24

But we appeal to you, brothers and sisters,* to respect those who labour among you, and have charge of you in the Lord and admonish you;13esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.14And we urge you, beloved,* to admonish the idlers, encourage the faint-hearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them.15See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all.16Rejoice always,17pray without ceasing,18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.19Do not quench the Spirit.20Do not despise the words of prophets,*21but test everything; hold fast to what is good;22abstain from every form of evil.

23 May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound* and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.24The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.     

 Contemporary Word:

As rivers have their source in some far-off fountain, so the human spirit has its source.  To find his fountain of spirit is to learn the secret of heaven and earth.”  Lao-Tzu, 6th century BCE Chinese philosopher.


Five ways to dialog with someone who says they are “spiritual but not religious:


1.  Share your own experiences of spiritual enrichment at church. 

2. Challenge them with the truth that community is a more important spiritual concept than individualism. 

3. Speak of the ways you put your personal faith into action because you are a member of a church. 

4. Offer an invitation to an educational event at the church – a class, a special event, or a book study.

5.  And most importantly, be and do as Paul instructs so that religious people ARE spiritual people

Ginger and Paris Phillips

Ginger was born in 1975 at St. Francis hospital here in Wichita and grew up in Riverside until she was 13 when her parents built a house in Andover.  Her father retired from Spirit and her mother retired from the school board working in the testing department of USD 259.  Ginger graduated from nursing school at Hesston College in 2005 and passed the state boards as a Registered Nurse.  About this time her stormy 12 year marriage ended and she found herself juggling the care of her three girls and work.  She developed a very strong relationship with God that has sustained her through her trials and tribulations.


Paris Gold Phillips was born in 2008 in San Antonio, Texas where Ginger had moved after a second marriage. Right after her birth, the family moved back to Andover but the marriage did not last.  For the last 4 years, Ginger has been focused on being a good mother, working as self-employed Home Health Nurse, and taking care of her beloved grandmother who has dementia and who lives with her.  Ginger is so happy that she can now take care of her as she took care of Ginger growing up.

Ginger and Paris have an organic garden that has flourished this year with tomatoes, cucumbers, spaghetti and acorn squash, pumpkins, broccoli, cabbage, green onions and peppers. Paris goes to all day kindergarten at Martin Elementary School in Andover. They love to go on walks together and cut wild flowers to decorate their house. Each summer Ginger takes all four of her girls camping, mainly to El Dorado Lake but a few years ago she took them all to Colorado from border to border, camping all the way. She was nervous about it and prayed the whole way—and her prayers were answered, it was a wonderful trip.

Ginger has been looking for a church for her and her daughter, Paris, for quite a while. A church that they love and feel like they fit in. They want to thank you for letting them in our family. 

We thank you, Ginger and Paris, and welcome you to our church family.