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 Kneil will be there to greet you and your children. A multiage SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS meets in the lower level following “A Time for all Children”.  Anna Duxler and Megan Lovely teach the class.

 

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 Sermons are posted each week!  An archive of sermons (select the speaker), newsletters, and up-to-date calendar are all readily available on the website too.  Also check out our Facebook page by clicking on “Facebook” on any page of our church website, www.ucchurch.org

 

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 are the roster for the Church Council and all other boards.

 

Good Morning! Welcome to University

Congregational Church!

 

THIS SUNDAY

 

THE FLOWERS ON THE COMMUNION TABLE TODAY are given by Romy Gerould in loving memory of Romy’s father, Edgar F. Gerould, and grandfather, Romaine H. Lowdermilk.

 

UCC POLO SHIRTS AND DILLON’S REWARD PROGRAM GIFT CARDS will be on sale in Fellowship Hall after the church service. See next page.

 

THE C.E. BOARD will meet in the Science and Exploration Room.

THE DEACON’S will meet in the downstairs conference room.

THE MUSIC BOARD will meet in area outside the downstairs kitchen.

All meetings start at 11:45.

 

THIS WEEK

 

THE CLASS ON “ ZEALOT” will meet this Monday, June 16, at 6:30 in the conference room.  See info on the next page.

ST. PETERSBURG STRING QUARTET will give a free concert Tuesday, 7:30 in the UCC sanctuary. See Next Sunday for info.

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

LARKSFIELD CLASS ON “THE GREATEST PRAYER”will  meet on Wednesday, June 18 in the Club Room.

THE MEN’S GROUP LUNCH is Thursday, June 19, 11:30 at the Lakeside Club located at 21st and Webb behind the Walgreens.  If anyone has any suggestions for speakers, please call George Morrison or the church office. The signup sheet is in Fellowship hall.

 

CAROL REEL’S BIRTHDAY PARTY is Saturday, June 21, at  2:00 in Fellowship Hall. See the enclosed invitation.

 

NEXT SUNDAY

A CONGREGATIONAL CAFÉ will be held on Sunday, June 22 right after the church service in Fellowship Hall. The members of the Christian Life Advisory Committee want to share the some of the good information learned at a recent church growth seminar.  Marla Flentje referenced the material in the June/July newsletter insert. This is an important topic and we would appreciate your input.

THE ST. PETERSBURG QUARTET will play a free concert in the UCC sanctuary at 2:00 on Sunday, June 22. The concerts on June 17 and 22 are part of the preparation for their European tour which begins in a couple of weeks.

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.

 

UCC POLO SHIRTS, both men’s and women’s, will be on sale each Sunday in June in Fellowship Hall after the church service.  The men’s shirts are white and women’s are hibiscus (coral) and are $25.00 each. XXL sizes are a few dollars more.  These comfortable shirts are perfect to wear when you are volunteering at the Head-to-Toe Hygiene Pantry.

DILLON’S REWARD PROGRAM GIFT CARDS can be ordered in Fellowship Hall next Sunday for an initial purchase of $5.00. Before your first purchase at Dillon’s, you load the card (cash, check, or credit card) at the service desk with any amount you wish up to $500. You then can use the Dillon’s card as a credit card when buying groceries or gas.  UCC will receive 5% of the total amount you spend which will go to the Head-to Toe Hygiene Pantry.

 

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at the Head-to-Toe Hygiene Pantry Saturday, June 21 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  Please sign up Fellowship Hall if you are able to help.

TRADITIONAL WORD:Genesis 22:1-14

After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.”

So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you.” Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. Isaac said to his father Abraham, “Father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together. When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son.

But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

CONTEMPORY WORD:  The Living Years

Every generation
Blames the one before
And all of their frustrations
Come beating on your door

I know that I’m a prisoner
To all my Father held so dear
I know that I’m a hostage
To all his hopes and fears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years
Crumpled bits of paper
Filled with imperfect thought
Stilted conversations
I’m afraid that’s all we’ve got

You say you just don’t see it
He says it’s perfect sense
You just can’t get agreement
In this present tense
We all talk a different language
Talking in defense

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It’s too late when we die
To admit we don’t see eye to eye

So we open up a quarrel
Between the present and the past
We only sacrifice the future
It’s the bitterness that lasts

So don’t yield to the fortunes
You sometimes see as fate
It may have a new perspective
On a different day
And if you don’t give up, and don’t give in
You may just be O.K.

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It’s too late when we die
To admit we don’t see eye to eye

I wasn’t there that morning
When my Father passed away
I didn’t get to tell him
All the things I had to say

I think I caught his spirit
Later that same year
I’m sure I heard his echo
In my baby’s new born tears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years
WORDS TO THE 1ST ANTHEM       “I Lift Up Mine Eye”

 

I lift up mine eyes to the hills, and I wonder from where comes my help?

My help, it comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

I lift up mine eyes to the hills and I wonder.  I wonder where is my help?

He will not let you stumble, He will not let you fall, the Lord is your keeper.

The sun will not strike you by day, nor the moon by night, the Lord will keep your life.

The Lord will keep you from all evil, He will keep your life,

He will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and forever more.

 

WORDS TO THE 2ND ANTHEM  “For the Mountains Shall Depart”

 

For one small moment have I forsaken thee, but with great mercies will I gather thee,

for the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from thee.