Posted by Paul Ellis Jackson




A NURSERY AND TODDLER ROOM are available downstairs for babies and toddlers during the church service.  Grace Kneil will be there to greet you and your children. A multiage SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS meets in the lower level following “A Time for all Children”.  Anna Duxler and Megan Lovely teach the class.


BABY MONITORS are available for those of you who leave your children in the nursery or toddler room during the church service.  To check one out, please see Grace in the nursery.


BE SURE TO CHECK OUR WEB SITE each week for updates and new pictures! A preview of the Order of Service, Sunday announcements and Sermons are posted each week!  An archive of sermons (select the speaker), newsletters, and up-to-date calendar are all readily available on the website too.  Also check out our Facebook page by clicking on “Facebook” on any page of our church website,


HEARING ASSISTED RECEIVERS are available for your use during the church service.  Please see an usher if you need one.


WANT A CD of a worship service?  Please sign up on the CD Form on the information board in Fellowship Hall.  You may pick-up your CD in the library.  $2 per CD may be put in “Deposit Box” in the office.


WOMENS’ GUILD BOOK EXCHANGE New books come in every week for this Women’s Guild outreach project.  Please bring books you have read and think others would enjoy to add to our bookshelves.  We like to keep our inventory interesting and inviting!   


CHECK OUT THE BULLETIN BOARDS IN FELLOWSHIP HALL.  The minutes of all the UCC Boards are posted on the bulletin boards as are the roster for the Church Council and all other boards.


Good Morning! Welcome to University

Congregational Church!


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.




THE FLOWERS ON THE COMMUNION TABLE TODAY are given today by Maxine and George Morrison in memory of their dear friend Bert Deering.


THE UCC POLO SHIRTS ARE IN so if you placed an order for a shirt, you can pick it up in Fellowship Hall after the service today!




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



WE WILL WELCOME BRIAN AND BROOKE FINAN, AND PAT SNYDER who will be joining our beautiful church.


PLEASE BE AWARE of the new storm warning diagrams for direction of travel to shelter that have been mounted on the walls at strategic locations throughout the church. The main level diagrams indicate the direction of travel to the basement shelter.  The basement diagrams indicate areas of refuge.

Also, the Emergency Egress Procedures call for everyone to locate the exit sign nearest them and immediately leave the building at that location.

THE NEEDLEWORKERS will get together Tuesday, August 12, at 10:00 in Fellowship Hall.  If you have wanted to learn how to knit, crochet, or any other type of needlework, here is the place to come and get free lessons.  If you already are a needleworker, join the group and bring your own project or work on some of the projects that are being done to help kids while they are in the hospital.  If you plan to stay a while, bring a sack lunch.


JIM AND PATTI WHITE will be visiting UCC on Sunday, August 17! Jim has written a new book “Brief Christian Histories-Getting a Sense of Our Long Story” which he will talk about in a class that will meet at 1:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall that afternoon. There is information on the PIC board about the book which we have for sale in the church office for $25.00 if you would like to read it before the class. “Brief Christian Histories” has gotten some good reviews from Walter Brueggemann, John Shelby Spong and our own Paul Jackson.  Jim will also speak in the Christian Life spot during the church service.


MEN’S GROUP LUNCH will be Thursday, August 21, 11:30 at Lakeside Club located at Webb and 21st St. behind Walgreens.

Sign up in Fellowship Hall.


PUT SUNDAY, AUGUST 31 ON YOUR CALENDAR—it’s wear your “UCC Polo Shirt to Church Day”!


Traditional Word:                                     John 19:17-20, 41-42


So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha.  There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them.  Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross.  It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.”  Many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. 

Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid.  And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.   

Contemporary Word:   A timeline for the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

·        In 614, a Persian army destroyed the church, but it was rebuilt.

·        In the 900’s, the entrance to the church was converted to a mosque and the dome was destroyed by fire during anti-Christian riots.

·        In 1009, the destruction of the church was ordered, but just 40 years later, it was rebuilt by the Byzantines.

·        During the 11th century, the Muslim rulers allowed Christian pilgrims to visit the church and treated them well.

·        The First Crusade between 1096 and 1099 had the liberation of the holy places as its top goal.  The first and foremost important place was the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

·        The Church was reconsecreated on July 15, 1149, 50 years to the day after the capture of Jerusalem by the first Crusade. Although renovated over the years, the church claimed by the Crusaders is essentially the building that is there today.

·        Since then, even when the Muslim’s reconquered the city, Christian pilgrims have still been admitted to the Church.


Greek Orthodox, the Armenian Apostolic and Roman Catholic churches are the custodians of the building and in the 19th century, the Coptic Orthodox, the Ethiopian Orthodox and the Syrian Orthodox acquired lesser responsibilities, including shrines and other structures within and around the building.