Posted by Paul Ellis Jackson




A NURSERY AND TODDLER ROOM are available downstairs for babies and toddlers during the church service.  Grace, Megan and Anna will be there to greet you and your children.


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 Sermon Titles are posted each week!  An archive of sermons, newsletters, and up-to-date calendar are all readily available on the website too.


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 is the roster for the Church Council.


UCC HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE! You can link to our Facebook page by clicking on “Facebook” on any page of our church website,



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.






YOGA CLASS will not meet Tuesday but will meet on Friday at 10:00 Fellowship Hall.


THE POINSETTIAS will be moved to Fellowship Hall this week and you are welcome to take one home, especially if you gave to the poinsettia flower fund.


Happy New Year!

The church office will be closed Wednesday, January 1 for the New Year’s Holiday.



A NEWCOMERS CLASS will be offered next Sunday, January 5, in the conference room after the church service for anyone interested in becoming a member of UCC or finding out more about the church. A light lunch will be served. Please let the office know if you are planning to attend 634-0430.


29 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN of the Annual Meeting of University Congregational Church, Wichita, KS as provided for in the church’s bylaws.  The meeting will be held on Sunday, January 12, 2014 in the sanctuary immediately following the church service.  The agenda items are as follows:

  1. Election of church officers and board members as listed below;

Moderator-Elect Marla Flentje Church Clerk Jane Phares Treasurer Sharon Tims (2 year term) Council Members at Large Barbara Mohney (2 year term), Sue Anderson (two year term), Mert Buckley (2 year term), Diane Park (1 year term, Bao Mosinyi (one year term) Board of Deacons Ann Dorrah, Dorothy Blankenship, Wanda Nicholas, Ginger Phillips, Dianne Robinson, Anna Mills, Carla Walker, Paula Kidd, Roy Parker, Karen, Nye, Connie Buckley (second term), Mitch Buehler, and Rosemary Davenport Christian Education Board Jenny Heskett and Grace Kneil, Jon Romain, and Trudy Matthews Outreach Board Charlie and Gloria Russell, Diane and Howard Lachenmayr, Patsy Scott, Kim Carraway, and Lillian Mayer Music Board  Jay Decker and Lavinia Gerould Board of Trustees Will Momson

  1. Such other business as is appropriate.

Copies of the Slate of Officers and 2013 Annual Report will be distributed prior to the meeting.  You may also request copies from the church office.



PLEASE NOTE THAT CHECKS must be delivered or postmarked on or by December 31st in order to claim a charitable contribution deduction in 2013.   Checks that are written, mailed and postmarked in 2013 will be allowed as payment in 2013 though they are not received by the church until 2014.  In addition, be sure to wait to file your tax return until after you’ve received your statement from the church so that you may insure that all your contributions are deductible. If you have any questions, please call Luanne Turkot at 634-0430 or Larry Widmer at 210-6776.


2014 COMMUNION TABLE FLOWER SCHEDULE is on the PIC board in Fellowship Hall. There are some January dates that still need to be filled! Sign up early to get the date you want!



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.




In the event of inclement weather that is deemed significant enough that church services or activities should be cancelled, the following procedure will occur: The Senior Minister and the Church Moderator will make the determination to cancel the worship service and/or other activities.

The Director of Christian Life (or designee) will insure the following communications occur:

  1. A cancellation notification will be posted on the church sign.
  2. The church website will reflect the closure.


  1. The church Facebook page will reflect the closure.
  2. The following media outlets will be contacted about the closings KWCH, KSNW, KAKE, KFDI, and NPR.


Classes will resume Monday, January 6


Experiencing the Bible Again for the First Time


This curriculum for adults, designed for group use is experiential in methodology, valuing the wisdom of each person and the integrity of their experience of the Sacred. This program has grown out of a hunger to know and engage the Bible at deeper levels as evidenced by the popularity of Marcus Borg’s original work, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously, but not Literally.

The classes will meet on Monday nights from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.  Paul Jackson will be teaching this class as part of his program of study for Lay Ministry through the NACCC.




 Traditional Word:                              John 1:1-9 NRSV

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.












Contemporary Word:

Origin of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”

An Underground Catechism


Catholics in England during the period 1558 to 1829 when Parliament finally emancipated Catholics in England, were prohibited from ANY practice of their faith by law- private OR public.  It was a crime to BE a Catholic.


Symbols mean the following:


True Love=______________________

  1. Partridge in a Pear Tree=____________________
  2. Turtle Doves=___________________________
  3. French Hens= Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
  4. Calling Birds=the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
  5. Golden Rings=the first Five Books of the Old Testament, the “Pentateuch”, which gives the history of man’s fall from grace.
  6. Geese A-laying= the six days of creation
  7. Swans A-swimming=the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
  8. Maids A- milking=the eight beatitudes
  9. Ladies Dancing=the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
  10.  Lords A-leaping=the ten commandments
  11. Pipers Piping=the eleven faithful apostles
  12. Drummers Drumming=the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed


“This tale is made up of both fact and fiction. Hopefully it will be accepted in the spirit it was written.  As an encouragement to people to keep the faith alive, when it is easy, and when any outward expressions of their faith could mean their life.  Today there are people living under similar conditions, may this tale give them courage, and determination to use any creative means at their disposal to keep their faith alive”


Courtesy of Catholic Information Network (CIN)


Words to the Anthems

Sing Gloria


The shepherds sleep among their sheep, all silent they lie,

When clear and strong there comes a song from angels on high.

Sing gloria in excelsis, Sing gloria in excelsis, Jesus is Born


Now hark and hear this word of cheer, and be not afraid,

in humble guise the infant lies, in a manger laid.


The shepherds heard the wondrous word the angels did sing,

and travelled to Bethlehem to worship their King.


We follow them to Bethlehem, our Savior to greet,

our hearts we bring on offering to lat at his feet

Sing gloria, sing gloria, Jesus is born!


Love Came Down at Christmas


Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely love divine,

Love was born at Christmas, stars and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead, Love incarnate, Love divine,

Worship we our Jesus, but where with our sacred sign?

Love shall be our token, love be yours and love be mine,

Love was born at Christmas, love for plea, love for gift, love for sign.

Love came down at Christmas, stars and angels gave the sign.