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.




WE WELCOME JIM AND PATTI WHITE to our church service today!


THE FLOWERS ON THE COMMUNION TABLE TODAY are given by Anita Jones in honor of our returning college choir members.


THE C.E. BOARD will meet in the Science and Exploration Room.


THE BOARD OF DEACONS will meet in the area off the kitchen downstairs.


THE MUSIC BOARD will meet in the choir room.


THE OUTREACH BOARD will meet in the office meeting room.


THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES will meet in the conference room.

All meeting start at 11:45.




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


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. Sign up in Fellowship Hall.

DON’T FORGET JIM WHITE will be teaching a class at 1:00 in Fellowship Hall today. His latest book “Brief Christian Histories-Getting a Sense of Our Long Story” will be discussed. He will have books available at the class if you would like to purchase one.


THE CHOIR WILL RETURN SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7.  Please consider becoming a student choir member sponsor for the 10 months the choir is a part of the worship service. The sponsorship is $1,500 per student or $150. per month OR contribute what you can and join in with other families. We need your sponsorship soon so we know how many students we can select.


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


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.

Traditional Word:       Matthew 9: 35-36


Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every illness among the people.  But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered.”




Contemporary Word: Anne Lamott


“In all barbarity and suffering, in Robin’s death, on Mount Sinjar, in the Ebola towns, the streets of India’s ghettos, and our own, we see Christ crucified. I don’t mean that in a nice, Christian-y way. I mean that in the most ultimate human and existential way. The temptation is to say, as cute little believers sometimes do, Oh it will all make sense someday. The thing is, it may not. We still sit with scared, dying people; we get the thirsty drinks of water.

This was at theologian Fred Buechner blog today: ‘It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life’s story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present. If God is not present in those stories, then they are scarcely worth telling.’

Live stories worth telling! Stop hitting the snooze button. Try not to squander your life on meaningless, multi-tasking bull*%$#. I would shake you and me but Robin is shaking us now.

Get help. I did. Be a resurrection story, in the wild non-denominational sense. I am.”


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