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.





A NEWCOMER’S CLASS will be in the conference room downstairs after the church service for anyone in interested in becoming a member of UCC or finding out more about the church. A light lunch will be served.




LIVING THE QUESTION CLASS will meet tomorrow night, January 6, 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.


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.





immediately following the church service in the sanctuary. Please read the list of nominated officers and board members on the next page.




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-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, 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.




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.



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.


MEN’S GROUP LUNCH will be at 11:30, Thursday, January 16, at Lakeside Club located at 21st and Webb behind Walgreens.  Please sign up in Fellowship Hall or call the office if you plan to come.





 Traditional Word:       Matthew 2:1-12


In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.”

When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

Contemporary Word: Giovanni’s Gifts

from Fra Giovanni, a 16th century Italian monk, in 1513


There is nothing I can give you

Which you have not; but there is much, very much,

that, while I cannot give it, you can take.


No heaven can come to us unless our hearts

find rest in today.  Take heaven!

No Peace lies in the future which is not hidden

in the present.  Take Peace!


The gloom of the world is but a shadow.

Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy.  Take joy!

There is radiance and glory in the darkness

could we but see, and to see, we have only to look,

I beseech you to look.


Life is so generous a giver, be we,

judging its gifts by the covering,

Cast them away as ugly, or heavy, or hard.

Know the covering, and you will find beneath it,

a living splendor, woven of love, by wisdom, with power.


Welcome it, grasp it, and you touch the

angel’s hand that brings it to you.

Everything we call a trial, a sorrow, or a duty,

believe me, that angel’s hand is there:  the gift is there,

and the wonder of an overshadowing presence.

Our joys, too; be not content with them as joys.

They, too, conceal diviner gifts.


Life is so full of meaning and purpose,

so full of beauty—beneath its covering—

that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven.


Courage then to claim it; that is all!

But courage you have; and the knowledge that we

are pilgrims together,

wending through unknown country,  home.


And so, at this Christmas time, I greet you,

Not quite as the world send’s greetings,

but with the profound esteem and with the prayer

that for you, now and forever,

you will meet the Christ each day.