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!


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.




WE WELCOME DEANN SMITH executive director of United Methodist Open Door, as our guest speaker from the pulpit today.


THE FLOWERS ON THE COMMUNION TABLE are given by TABLE are given by Stephen Taylor in memory of his wife, Jane Vanderlip Taylor, and his father-in-law Herbert D. Vanderlip, in remembrance of their March birthdays.




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.


FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT is Friday, March 28, 6:00 in the downstairs movie room.  The movie is “Frozen” loved by both kids and parents that won two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song this year. Pizza, popcorn, and pop will be served



DUSTIN PETERSON will be here as our guest soloist.


COMMUNION will be served.


IT’S 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.

*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’ 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!


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.


COMING SOON! On April 13, Palm Sunday, St. Petersburg String Quartet will be here to play during the church service and with the Chancel choir. On April 20, Easter Sunday, Gloria, by Karl Jenkins, will be presented as our church service including symphony musicians and our UCC Chancel Choir.

During May and June, our friend, Keith Williamson will offer a series of classes based on the book “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” by Reza Aslan.  More information in the April newsletter.


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 Last day today!! 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.








  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.


First Anthem         “O Sacrum Convivium”

Giovanni Croce  (1557-1609)

O Sacred and Holy Feast

Where Christ is now received

and we recount the memory of his bitter passion

Minds are filled with  heavenly grace

and the  promise we are given of a future glory.



Second Anthem   “The Last Words of David”

Randall Thompson


He that ruleth over all must be just, ruling in the fear of God,

And he shall be as the light of the morning,

when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds:

As the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining. —after the rain, — alleluia,—– amen


Traditional Word                                 Luke 10:25-37


Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.” But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”  


Contemporary Word


“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”  Martin Luther King Jr.


“When elephants fight, the grass suffers.”  Author unknown