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.




THE FLOWERS ON THE COMMUNION TABLE are given today by Emily Hurt in celebration of, her mother, Rebecca’s birthday.


WE WELCOME Chris and Katie Toy and their son Teddy who will be baptized today.  Teddy is the grandson of Mac and Jean Knighton, and Chuck and Sarah Toy.


A NEWCOMER’S CLASS will be held today after the church service downstairs in the conference room for anyone who would like to find out more about our church or are interested in becoming a member.  A light lunch will be served.




THE CHURCH COUNCIL will meet tomorrow night, January 24 at 6:30 in the conference room.


LIVING THE QUESTION CLASS will not meet tomorrow night, but will resume the following Monday, February, 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.



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 (

 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. Sign up sheets are on the PIC board in Fellowship Hall. Last day to sign up is February 16.


GOOD NEWS FROM CHRISTIAN EDUCATION! 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 the first three Saturdays in February; 2/1, 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, please call Karen Parker, 337-5817. Any amount of time you can give to this project will be appreciated.


THE ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP is continuing to meet on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the conference room.  Next Sunday, February 2, Martin Eby will talk about the recent trip to Russia made by he and Melodee this past fall. With the interesting and educational things that Martin and Melodee are a part of, this should be very informative talk.


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!


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.


To All the Women of University

Congregational Church

You are invited to a Women’s Guild Valentine Tea

Saturday, February 8, at 2:00 p.m.

Informal modeling by Ann’s Fashions

Door Prizes

Advanced tickets may be purchased  for $12.00 each after church today through February 2 in Fellowship Hall or though the church office.

Members, Nonmembers, and Guests welcome!


AREA RUGS NEEDED See Barbara McKee or the church office if you have 1or 2  8 X 10 or 10 X 10 area rugs for a family the church has helped the past few months.  You have helped with bunk beds, a couch, and Angel Tree items for the adults and children. Their living conditions are so much better because of your support.



Friday, January 31, 10:30 am to2:00

First Presbyterian Church, 515 N. Broadway

Some of Wichita’s best chefs are preparing soup for your bottomless bowl. Bread and beverages will also be served.

Live music, entertainment and door prizes.

Available for sale will be “church lady” desserts, hand-crafted pottery by local artis, and pre-loved cookbooks.

Tickets are $15.00 each but a book of 10 tickets are $130.

To pay with a credit card call 316-264-9303 or mail a check to IFM, 829 N. Market, Wichita, KS 67214

Proceeds provide shelter and food for homless and hungry people locally.

***Robin will save a table for UCC folks and encourages everyone to come and enjoy the soup while supporting Interfaith.

Traditional Word:    John 4:5-26

A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink’. (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?’ (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink”, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?’ Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.’

Jesus said to her, ‘Go, call your husband, and come back.’ The woman answered him, ‘I have no husband.’ Jesus said to her, ‘You are right in saying, “I have no husband”; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshipped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.’ The woman said to him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming’ (who is called Christ). ‘When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am he, the one who is speaking to you.’


  Contemporary Word:

 The Woman At The Well by Scripto Sancto

She came looking for water,
It was dusty and hot,
It was midday,
She was hiding.

The Man sat on the edge,
He was above Jacob’s abyss.
Deep down was the water.
He had tossed in a pebble,
It splashed a long way down.
He asked her for water.
She was taken aback,
By His Jewish cheek.

He looked at her,
Explaining all.
He told her
And inspired her.
Her dropped bucket
As she sprinted away,
Towards the Samaritan town,
Shouting the Good News.





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.




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.

The following media outlets will be contacted about the closings KWCH, KSNW, KAKE, KFDI, and NPR

First Anthem          “Amazing Grace”                 




Second Anthem “Until I Found the Lord”