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!

 

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.

 

TODAY

 

THE FLOWERS ON THE COMMUNION TABLE are given today by Sue and Larry Anderson in memory of Sue’s father, Orval Krause and Larry’s parents, Gordon and Gladys Anderson.

 

A PARENT’S MEETING will be today in the conference room to discuss UCC’s children’s program.   An informal lunch will be served. Childcare is provided.

THIS WEEK

 

LIVING THE QUESTION CLASS will meet tomorrow night, February 3rd, at 6:30 in the conference room. See additional information about the class on the following page 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.

 

A REMINDER-THE WG VALENTINE TEA is next Saturday at 2:00 in Fellowship Hall.  Please be sure and bring your ticket to enter for the door prizes. Thank you for your support of this fun event.

 

NEXT SUNDAY

 

THE OUTREACH BOARD will meet in the office meeting room at 11:45.

 

 

 

THE CHURCH COUNCIL has called a special meeting of the congregation on Sunday, February 16, to approve additional members to the Board of Christian Education.  The short meeting will take place in the church sanctuary immediately following the church service.

 

 THE SPRING FELLOWSHIP DINNERS are a great way to become better acquainted with other UCC members and to meet people you may not know.  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. Last day to sign up is February 16.

 

CAN YOU HELP? The numbers are growing in our Sunday School, and we envision further growth this year.   But it has been awhile since all the rooms available for the children and youth Sunday School programs have been used. Consequently, they are due for a thorough inventory and cleaning plus reorganizing to make sure they are kid friendly.  The C.E. Board is seeking volunteers to help with this project.  Not knowing exactly how long this may take, we have set aside Saturdays February, 2/8 and 2/15, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. as work days. With enough volunteers, it may take only one day.  If you can help or if other days work  better for you, please call Karen Parker, 337-5817. Any amount of time you can give to this project will be appreciated.

 

PLYMOUTH CONGREGATIONAL’S “WORD AND NOTE” presents Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Dr. Leavine will speak Friday, Feb. 7 at 7:00 and Saturday, Feb. 8 at 10:00 and 1:00.  Mainstreet Brass Quintet will perform Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7:00. More information is on the PIC board in Fellowship Hall.

 

292014 COMMUNION TABLE FLOWER SCHEDULE is on the PIC board in Fellowship Hall. There are some dates in February, March and April still open! Sign up early to get the date you want!

 

IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS, BILL PARK will have his bone marrow transplant in Kansas City.  If you would like to send him and Diane a card, the best address for right now is Bill Park, c/o Christine White, 11301 W. 125th Terrace, Overland Park, KS 66213.

AS WE APPROACH THE LENTEN SEASON mark your calendar for Munch and Muse beginning Wednesday, March 5, at 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. “The Last Week” written by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan presents a day by day account of Jesus’s final week of life beginning on Palm Sunday. A chapter from this book will be discussed each Wednesday with the final chapter ending the series on Thursday, April 17, Maundy Thursday. The sermon’s each Sunday will also follow each of the final days of Jesus’s life.   A light dinner of soup and bread will be served. Reading the book before the class is preferred but not required.

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.

 

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.

Sign up in Fellowship Hall on the PIC board.

 

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 revdocmom1@gmail.com with any questions.

 

Traditional Word:  John 20:18

 

  “Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples , ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.”

 

Contemporary Word:

 

“She is all of us at our passionate best, when we refuse to live in the broken present and dare to dream of a future full of promise.  We commune in intimacy with Jesus, as Mary Magdalene did, when we accept the gift of abundant life and live as joyful witnesses to the resurrection.”   Joyce Hollyday

       

First Anthem      “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need”

American Folk Hymn, by Mack Wilberg

 

My Shepherd will supply my need:

Jehovah is His Name;

In pastures fresh He makes me feed,

Beside the living stream.

He brings my wandering spirit back

When I forsake His ways,

And leads me, for His mercy’s sake,

In paths of truth and grace.

 

When I walk through the shades of death,

Thy presence is my stay;

A word of Thy supporting breath

Drives all my fears away.

Thy hand, in sight of all my foes,

Doth still my table spread;

My cup with blessings overflows,

Thine oil anoints my head.

(Continued)

 

 

 

 

The sure provisions of my God

Attend me all my days;

O may Thy house be my abode,

And all my work be praise!

There would I find a settled rest,

While others go and come;

No more a stranger, nor a guest,

But like a child at home.

 

Second Anthem   “Hymn for Our Time” by John Ness Beck

 

Not alone for mighty empire, stretching far over land and sea,

Not alone for bounteous harvests, lift we up our hearts to Thee.

Standing in the living present, memory and hope between,

Lord, we would with deep thanksgiving, praise Thee more for things unseen.

 

Not for battleships and fortress, not for conquests of the sword,

But for conquests of the spirit give we thanks to Thee, O Lord;

For the priceless gift of freedom, for the home, the church, the school,

For the open door to freedom, in a land the people rule.

 

God of justice, save the people from the clash of race and creed,

From the strife of class and faction, make our nation free indeed;

Keep her faith in simple freedom strong as when her life began,

‘Till it finds its full fruition, in the commonwealth of man.

Amen

 

   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.