Posted by Paul Ellis Jackson



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 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,


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.



Good Morning! Welcome to University

Congregational Church!




THE FLOWERS ON THE COMMUNION TABLE are given by Anne and Tim Duncan in celebration of their two new granddaughters, Vivian (5 months old) and Soren (3 months old).


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


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


THE MUSIC BOARD will meet in the choir room at 11:45.


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


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



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


*MUNCH AND MUSE LENTEN SERIES is Wednesday, March 19, 6:00 in Fellowship Hall. More information on the next page.


MEN’S GROUP LUNCH is Thursday, March 20, 11:30 at Lakeview Club. Some changes and improvements are in store for the church building and John Carraway will give you the latest plans. Sign up in Fellowship Hall on the PIC board.


*WG  COOK’S NIGHT OUT is Thursday, March 20, at 6:00. More information further in the bulletin.  Please sign up today in Fellowship Hall or call the office Monday.




DEANN SMITH FROM OPEN DOOR will be our guest speaker. Deann is the executive director of United Methodist Open Door whose facility on N. Market is the home of our Head-To-Toe Hygiene Pantry.

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.


*WG COOK’S NIGHT OUT IS THURSDAY MARCH 20.  Our own Wayne Roberts will be the speaker along with Pat Gallagher who are both members of the Friends of McConnell Executive Committee and will present a video history of McConnell Air Force Base, explain the role Friends of McConnell plays in supporting airman, and discuss the basing of the new tanker. The ladies of the Guild will be preparing the meal. Mark your calendars, note the day change (from Wed. to Thurs.), and sign up in Fellowship Hall. Adults $15.00 p.p. Children (Ages 4-10) $5.00. Let us know if you need childcare.


*MUNCH AND MUSE LENTEN SERIES continues each Wednesday through March and the first two Wednesday’s in April, concluding on Maundy Thursday, April 17. You are welcome to join in at any time. A chapter from the book “The Last Week” written by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan in which a day by day account of Jesus’s final week of life beginning on Palm Sunday will be presented and discussed. Reading the book before the class is preferred but not required.  A light dinner will be served each Wednesday.


BOB SCOTT IS INVITING anyone in the congregation who cares to join the UCC Chancel Choir (especially the ladies) to please contact him if you are interested. His email is or see him after the service.


292014 COMMUNION TABLE FLOWER SCHEDULE is on the PIC board in Fellowship Hall. A few dates in Aug. and Sept. are available plus Nov. 16. Sign up early to get the date you want!




THE EASTER LILY TIME! If you are interested in donating for our Easter floral display, please mail $12.00 to the church office by April 13 or put your check in the offering plate.  Please note “Easter flowers” on the memo line of your check and include if the donation is in honor of or in memory of someone.


ARE YOU ARTSY OR CRAFTSY?  Do you have a hobby that you’ve wanted to teach to others?  The UCC Arts Camp is June 9-13 and a perfect way to share your hobby or talent.  Sign up on the PIC board so we can incorporate your class into our curriculum.  See Paul for more details.


THE OUTREACH BOARD will be taking donations of Women’s Spring/Summer clothing and accessories such as shoes, belts, and purses in Fellowship Hall, April 6 and 13.  This clothing will be given to our local Dress for Success program which provides clothing and training for women entering the workforce.


DILLON’S NEIGHBORHOOD REWARD PROGRAM Orders are being taken for the initial purchase of the $5.00 gift card in Fellowship Hall today and next Sunday in Fellowship Hall.  Before your first purchase of groceries, the card should be loaded with an amount up to $500.  The card can be loaded with cash, check, or major credit card.  When UCC participants have reached $5,000 with its initial order ($5 card) plus reloads in a 4-week cycle, Dillon’s will send a check to UCC for 5% of the total.

        Total Purchase                 Earnings                      UCC Earns

                 $5,000                      5%                                $250

If we haven’t reached $5,000, the money will carry over into the next 4-week cycle.

This same gift card should be kept and reloaded each time.  When a supporter uses their gift card to pay for their groceries, the card must be reloaded at the Service Desk prior to being used as a payment for the purchases—BEFORE THE GROCERIES ARE RUNG.

To track the balance on your card after a purchase, the balance will be printed on the bottom of your cash register receipt.

This is an Outreach program with the proceeds going to the Head-to-Toe Hygiene Pantry.


FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT is Friday, March 28, at 6:00 downstairs in the movie room. Last month a fun group of all ages gathered for pizza, popcorn, and pop and watched “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” This month the movie is “Frozen”; the movie loved by both kids and parents that won two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song this year.

First Anthem   “Lamb of God”

Lamb of God most holy and lowly, Thyself to scorn didst offer.

Our sins by thee were taken, hope had us forsaken,

Have mercy, oh Jesu!


Second Anthem   “Tantum Ergo”


Glory let us give and blessing to the Father and the Son,

Honor, might, and praise addressing, while eternal ages run:

Ever too his love confessing, who, from both, with both is one…”



Traditional Word   Mark 12:28-34 New International Version (NIV)

The Greatest Commandment

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[c] There is no commandment greater than these.”

32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.

Contemporary word: From “The Last Week” by Crossan and Borg


From the vantage point of history, Mark’s expectation of the imminent coming of the Son of Man—the return of Jesus—was wrong.  To say the obvious, it didn’t happen.  But beneath Mark’s timetable, one may perceive a deeper meaning in his apocalyptic conviction. Namely, what has begun in Jesus will triumph, despite the tumult and resistance of this world.

From this vantage point—one of confidence and enduring hope—who can say that Mark’s confidence is wrong? The struggle goes on. Many of us do not have the same confidence in divine intervention. But we can share the same passion and hope.

Tuesday has been a long day. By now it is evening on the Mount of Olives. Darkness is coming on, a darkness that will deepen as the week continues to unfold. And as the darkness fall, Mark commends us, “Be alert! Stay awake! Watch!”



When bees thrive

                  we all thrive



              12:00 noon

$7.00 p.p.


The theme for our lunch                                presenters for this year is    “A Little Less Traditional”  and our speaker is our own



who is a bee keeper!


Lunch will be honey related.

Contact Ann Brady at 733-1064 or call the office by April 1 to make your reservation.