Posted by Paul Ellis Jackson

HELPFUL CHURCH INFORMATION

 

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 ww.ucchurch.org 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, www.ucchurch.org

 

 

Good Morning! Welcome to University

Congregational Church!

 

TODAY

 

WE ARE HAPPY TO WELCOME OUR NEW MEMBER TENA ROSKAM to our UCC family! Please read her profile in the insert.

 

THE FLOWERS ON THE COMMUNION TABLE are given by Tena Roskam in memory of her father, Jack Bickhard who died February 12, 2012.

 

THE C.E. BOARD will meet in the Science and Exploration Room at 11:45.

 

THE BOARD OF DEACONS will meet in the area off the downstairs     kitchen at 11:45.

 

THE MUSIC BOARD will meet in the choir room at 11:45.

 

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

 

THE CHURCH COUNCIL has called a special meeting of the congregation this morning to approve Brenda Leerskov, Debbi Green, Don Luellen, and Jerry Leisy to the Board of Christian Education.  You will notice in the order of service that the meeting will be held after the sermon.

 

THIS WEEK

 

LIVING THE QUESTION CLASS will meet tomorrow night, February 17, at 6:30 in the conference room. See additional information about the class on the following page in the bulletin.

 

TOUR OF WSU’S JUVENILE IN JUSTICE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT is Thursday, February 20 at 6:00.  Meet at the Ulrich Museum. Details about the tour further in the bulletin.

 

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

 

MEN’S GROUP LUNCH is Thursday, February 20, 11:30 at Lakeside Club located at the corner of Webb and 21st behind Walgreens.  This month Gail Goetz, Director of Operations of Goodwill Industries will be the speaker. Goodwill is a whole lot more than the Thrift Shops you see, come and hear about all the good work they do with the money raised in those Thrift Shops.

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.

 

 LAST DAY TO SIGN UP FOR THE SPRING FELLOWSHIP DINNERS.  It’s always a lot of fun to get together and not too much work for anyone as the host furnishes the entree, and all the guests bring a dish.  We welcome both members and non-members.  Sign up today for a great time!  If you are willing to host, please indicate the number of people you can accommodate for dinner, including yourself. Signup sheets are on the PIC board in Fellowship Hall.

 

292014 COMMUNION TABLE FLOWER SCHEDULE is on the PIC board in Fellowship Hall. March 2, April 6 and May 18 available and others later in the year. Sign up early to get the date you want!

 

NEW ADDRESS FOR BILL PARK good until May.

Bill Park

c/o Christina White

11301 W 125th Terrace

Kansas City, Kansas 66213

Keep the cards and notes coming he loves to hear from you!

MUNCH AND MUSE LENTEN SERIES

Beginning Wednesday, March 5, 6:00 in Fellowship Hall

Each Wednesday a chapter from the book “The Last Week” written by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan in which a day by day account of Jesus’s final week of life beginning on Palm Sunday will be presented and discussed. Reading the book before the class is preferred but not required.

 

The final chapter ending the series will be on

Thursday, April 17, Maundy Thursday.

A light dinner will be served.

*Please use the email column of the Fellowship Pad to mark if you plan to come and the number coming.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN of the annual meeting of the Endowment Foundation of University Congregational Church.  The meeting will be held on Sunday, March 2, 2014 provided for in the Foundation by-laws.  All members of the congregation are also members of the Foundation and welcome to participate in this meeting.  The meeting will be held in the sanctuary immediately following the worship service for the following purposes:

  1. Presentation of the Annual Endowment Financial Report.
  2. Any other business as may properly come before the meeting.

A financial report of the investment funds will be available at the meeting.

 

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT  Starting Friday, February 28, 6:00 p.m. there will be a movie night in Fellowship Hall with popcorn and snacks! The name of the movie will be announced next Sunday.

UCC IS SPONSORING A TOUR of WSU’s photography exhibit, Juvenile In Justice, being shown at the Ulrich Museum of Art on the WSU campus Thursday, February 20 at 6:00 p.m.  California photographer Richard Ross turns his lens on the dramatic increase of detention among our young Americans. We will be given a tour by museum staff and then hold a discussion on the exhibit and social justice led by Rev. Dr. Robin McGonigle. Here is a link to the photographer’s website: http://richardross.net/juvenile-in-justice

There is also a flyer about the tour on the Welcome Table in the foyer or contact Paul Jackson at paul@ucchurch.org or 634-0430.

 

FEBRUARY FINAL FRIDAY ART CRAWL at Inter-Faith Ministries will feature faith leaders.  Our own Robin McGonigle was photographed and asked questions about her personal and professional goals. These photos and responses are being made into artwork by Newman students and will be for sale at Interfaith.  The Art Crawl is Friday, February 28 6:00- 9:00 pm located at Inter-Faith Ministries, 829 N. Market.

 

 

Traditional Word: Isaiah 34: 8-14

For the Lord has a day of vengeance, a year of vindication by Zion’s cause.

And the streams of Edom shall be turned into pitch, and her soil into sulfur; her land shall become burning pitch. Night and day it shall not be quenched; its smoke shall go up forever. From generation to generation it shall lie waste; no one shall pass through it forever and ever. But the hawk and the hedgehog shall possess it; the owl and the raven shall live in it. He shall stretch the line of confusion over it, and the plummet of chaos over its nobles. They shall name it No Kingdom There, and all its princes shall be nothing. Thorns shall grow over its strongholds, nettles and thistles in its fortresses. It shall be the haunt of jackals, an abode for ostriches. Wildcats shall meet with hyenas, goat-demons shall call to each other; there too Lilith shall repose, and find a place to rest.

 Contemporary Word: from The Alphabet of Ben Sira, written prior to 1000 C.E.

Soon afterward the young son of the king took ill. Said Nebuchadnezzar, “Heal my son. If you don’t, I will kill you.” Ben Sira immediately sat down and wrote an amulet with the Holy Name, and he inscribed on it the angels in charge of medicine by their names, forms, and images, and by their wings, hands, and feet. Nebuchadnezzar looked at the amulet. “Who are these?”

“The angels who are in charge of medicine: Snvi, Snsvi, and Smnglof (in English: Senoy, Sansenoy and Semangelof). While God created Adam, who was alone, He said, ‘It is not good for man to be alone’ (Genesis 2:18). He also created a woman, from the earth, as He had created Adam himself, and called her Lilith. Adam and Lilith immediately began to fight. She said, ‘I will not lie below,’ and he said, ‘I will not lie beneath you, but only on top. For you are fit only to be in the bottom position, while I am to be the superior one.’ Lilith responded, ‘We are equal to each other inasmuch as we were both created from the earth.’ But they would not listen to one another. When Lilith saw this, she pronounced the Ineffable Name and flew away into the air. Adam stood in prayer before his Creator: ‘Sovereign of the universe!’ he said, ‘the woman you gave me has run away.’ At once, the Holy One, blessed be He, sent these three angels to bring her back.

“Said the Holy One to Adam, ‘If she agrees to come back, what is made is good. If not, she must permit one hundred of her children to die every day.’ The angels left God and pursued Lilith, whom they overtook in the midst of the sea, in the mighty waters wherein the Egyptians were destined to drown. They told her God’s word, but she did not wish to return. The angels said, ‘We shall drown you in the sea.’

“‘Leave me!’ she said. ‘I was created only to cause sickness to infants. If the infant is male, I have dominion over him for eight days after his birth, and if female, for twenty days.’

“When the angels heard Lilith’s words, they insisted she go back. But she swore to them by the name of the living and eternal God: ‘Whenever I see you or your names or your forms in an amulet, I will have no power over that infant.’ She also agreed to have one hundred of her children die every day. Accordingly, every day one hundred demons perish, and for the same reason, we write the angels names on the amulets of young children. When Lilith sees their names, she remembers her oath, and the child recovers.”

 

 

   First Anthem   “Fold To Thy Heart”

Lyrics by John Greenleaf Whittier

Lyric Alterations Courtesy of Marla Flentje

Music by Katherine Falk

 

John Greenleaf Whittier’s beautiful poem “O brother man, fold to thy heart” speaks to the importance of recognizing the humanity of others. In that recognition should inherently be empathy and kindness. This kind of love for every other is the birth of peace, not just a collective peace, but peace within our own hearts.

 

Musically known to some as a hymn, others as Gwyneth Walker’s “The Tree of Peace”, I chose to set this poem for chorus alone without listening to either. In my perception, such a powerful text deserved a simple setting to let the words speak for themselves. I hope they do.

Katherine Falk

 

 Oh my sister, Oh my brother: fold to thy heart the other;

where pity dwells, the peace of God is there;

to worship rightly is to love one another,

each smile a hymn, each kindly deed a prayer.

 

For God whom Jesus loved has truly spoken:

the holier worship which God deigns to bless

restores the lost, and binds the spirit broken,

and feeds the widow and the fatherless.

 

Follow with reverent steps the great example

of him whose holy work was doing good;

so shall the wide earth seem our Maker’s temple,

each loving life a psalm of gratitude.

 

Then shall all shackles fall; the stormy clangor

of wild war music o’er the earth shall cease;

love shall tread out the baleful fire of anger,

and in its ashes plant the tree of peace.

Second Anthem  “Cantique de Jean Raciine”  

Gabriel Faure, 1865  (translated from French)

 

O divine Word above, our hope and consolation , Eternal light of the heavens and the earth, our voices greet the morning , Look down O Lord and hear thy peoples prayer.

 

Inspire us Lord, we pray with the power of thy Spirit that hell may flee before thy mighty word.

 

From slumber waken us, our souls reviving, that we may never forget all thy laws, Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on thy congregation now gathered here in the sight of thy throne.

 

Receive the hymns they offer to thy endless glory, renewed by thy gifts, may they go forth in peace.

 

 

  

 

   LIVING WITH QUESTIONS

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.

 

TENA ROSKAM

 

Tena was born in Ft. Wayne Indiana but grew up in Wichita.  Her Father worked for Boeing Aircraft Co. and had been transferred here from Seattle.  After graduating from Southeast High School, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) at Southern Methodist University.  She taught ballet to children in Columbia, Mo, and then became an instructor of dance at Columbia College. After moving back to Wichita, she taught dance at the Center for the Arts and at Kansas Dance Foundation.  She still loves to “boogie” on the dance floor.

 

Tena was confirmed in the Lutheran church but moved from Wichita when she got married. When she and her husband returned to Wichita, they joined Plymouth Congregational Church.  Tena was also the wedding coordinator for many years at Plymouth.

 

You may recognize Tena in her choir robe when singing with the altos in the UCC Chancel Choir.  Besides singing, she enjoys gardening, bird watching, hiking, playing bridge, and traveling.  Her parents retired at their home on Grand Lake in Oklahoma so water skiing and swimming have also been long time interests.

 

Traveling has been a big part of Tena’s life. The most exotic places she has been are Peru, boating up the Amazon for a week, then up in the Andes for a week where they visited Machu Picchu.

 

These days Tena is having fun with her grandchildren. She also will start a new job this coming week as an English Language Learner in the elementary schools in Andover.  Her birthday is July 14th, Bastille Day.

 

We welcome you to our UCC family!