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!





THE FLOWERS ON THE COMMUNION TABLE are given to day by Kim and John Carraway in appreciation of all the ways UCC has enriched our lives.


UCC MEMEBERS PLEASE STAY SEATED for the annual meeting immediately after the church service. Everyone is welcome to stay but if you are a guest, you may leave if you like. The slate of board members and church officers to be voted on are listed further in the bulletin. The full slate plus the annual report will be distributed.





LIVING THE QUESTION CLASS will meet tomorrow night, January 13, 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 Fellowship Hall.


MEN’S GROUP LUNCH will be at 11:30, Thursday, January 16, at Lakeside Club located at 21st and Webb behind Walgreens. The speaker this month is Scott Sarver, a volunteer restoring “Doc” the B-29 here in Wichita. Please sign up in Fellowship Hall or call the office if you plan to come.




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


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


THE MUSIC BOARD will meet in the parlor at 11:45


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


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

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.


COLLEGE HILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH  presents the Honorable Richard D. Greene Memorial Lecture Series on Saturday, January 18 and 19. The featured speaker is Reverend Doctor Tex Sample who’s talks on “Christian Justice for the Common Good” are titled “What is wrong with a Justice of Rights?, “A Christian Justice” and “Working for the Common Good”. Tickets needed for Saturday lectures/dinner. Please see the poster in Fellowship Hall on the PIC board for more information.  Tickets are required for Saturday lectures/dinner.


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

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

Moderator-Phil Rhea 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, Anna Mills, Carla Walker, Paula Kidd, Roy Parker, Karen, Nye, Connie Buckley (second term), Mitch Buehler, and Rosemary Davenport, Jonathan Romain, and Trudy Matthews Christian Education Board Jenny Heskett and Grace Kneil 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.  Nominations may be made from the floor.

  1. Such other business as is appropriate.

Copies of the Slate of Officers and 2013 Annual Report will be distributed prior to the meeting.


A PARENT’S MEETING will be held Sunday, February 2 in the conference room to discuss UCC’s children’s program.   An informal lunch will be served. Childcare is provided.  Please contact Paul if you are interested in attending (


A NEWCOMER’S CLASS is scheduled for Sunday, January 26, after the church service for those who missed the last class on January 5 because of the inclement weather. Please let the church office (634-0430) know if you are interested in learning more about UCC or are interested in becoming a member.  A light lunch will be served.


292014 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.






 Traditional Word:    l Kings 21:1-15

Naboth’s Vineyard

Later the following events took place: Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreel, beside the palace of King Ahab of Samaria. And Ahab said to Naboth, ‘Give me your vineyard, so that I may have it for a vegetable garden, because it is near my house; I will give you a better vineyard for it; or, if it seems good to you, I will give you its value in money.’ But Naboth said to Ahab, ‘The Lord forbid that I should give you my ancestral inheritance.’ Ahab went home resentful and sullen because of what Naboth the Jezreelite had said to him; for he had said, ‘I will not give you my ancestral inheritance.’ He lay down on his bed, turned away his face, and would not eat.

His wife Jezebel came to him and said, ‘Why are you so depressed that you will not eat?’ He said to her, ‘Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite and said to him, “Give me your vineyard for money; or else, if you prefer, I will give you another vineyard for it”; but he answered, “I will not give you my vineyard.” ’ His wife Jezebel said to him, ‘Do you now govern Israel? Get up, eat some food, and be cheerful; I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.’

So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name and sealed them with his seal; she sent the letters to the elders and the nobles who lived with Naboth in his city. She wrote in the letters, ‘Proclaim a fast, and seat Naboth at the head of the assembly; seat two scoundrels opposite him, and have them bring a charge against him, saying, “You have cursed God and the king.” Then take him out, and stone him to death.’ The men of his city, the elders and the nobles who lived in his city, did as Jezebel had sent word to them. Just as it was written in the letters that she had sent to them, they proclaimed a fast and seated Naboth at the head of the assembly. The two scoundrels came in and sat opposite him; and the scoundrels brought a charge against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, ‘Naboth cursed God and the king.’ So they took him outside the city, and stoned him to death. Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, ‘Naboth has been stoned; he is dead.’



As soon as Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned and was dead, Jezebel said to Ahab, ‘Go, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give you for money; for Naboth is not alive, but dead.’

  Contemporary Word:

By Wayne Shanklin, 1951, and recorded by Frankie Lane

If ever the Devil was born without a pair of horns

It was, you Jezebel, it was you.

If ever an angel fell

Jezebel, it was you, it was you!



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.

First Anthem      “Create in Me”       by Purifoy

Create  in me a clean heart O God ,

and renew a right spirit within me , I pray.

Restore to me now  the joy of salvation

and hold me with Thy free spirit.


Second Anthem   “The Love of God”    by Dan Forrest

The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell,

It goes beyond the highest star, and reaches down to lowest hell,

The guilty pain, bowed down with care, His Son to win, He reconciled, and pardoned from his sin. .


When years of time shall pass away and earthy thrones and kingdoms fall,

When men who here refuse to pray, on rocks and hills and mountains call,

God’s love so sure shall still endure all measureless and strong.


Redeeming grace to Adam’s race, the saints and angels song,

O love of God, how rich and pure, how measureless and strong!

For evermore endure the angels’ song.


Could we with ink the ocean fill and were the skies of parchment made, were every stalk on earth a quill, and every man a scribe by trade, to write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry,

Now could the scroll contain the whole, though stretched from sky to sky.


O love of God, how rich and pure, marvelous and strong!

It shall forever endure the angels’ song.