Posted by Paul Ellis Jackson

Sermon title: “Reclaiming the Symbols of Lent: The Passover Meal”

We welcome all of our visitors today and invite you to the fellowship hall for beverages and cookies after the worship service.  Please follow the congregation to the left out of the sanctuary.


Cyndi Richter. “In loving memory of her Mother, Dad, and brother.”  

CONGREGATIONAL CAFE — The UCC Growth Committee will host a Café in order to give congregants some ideas on how to invite others to church.  The café will be in fellowship hall immediately following the worship service today.  


GREENE LECTURE SERIES COMMITTEE meets Monday, April 1, at 3:00 p.m., in the parlor.  

GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE meets Tuesday, April 2, at 5:00 a.m., in the office conference room.  

HOUSE CHURCH – meets on Tuesday evenings through April 9, 2019 from 7:00-8:30pm. Both groups are meeting at Bill and Vicki Skaer’s home this week. On April 9, this session will conclude and both groups will meet at UCC in fellowship hall.  The book we are using is The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, available at Please contact Bill Skaer at: ( or Emily Hurt at:, if you plan to take part in the conversation.  

STEPHEN MINISTERS meets Thursday, April 4, at 11:00 a.m., in the office
conference room.  

YOGA meets every Tuesday at 4:00 and Friday, at 10:00, in fellowship hall. The cost for the Tuesday class is $5 because it is instructor led.  


HOUSE CHURCH – concludes on Tuesday April 9, 2019.  Both groups will meet at UCC in fellowship hall, from 7:00-8:30pm.  

JESUS SEMINAR ON THE ROAD: Re-imagining Jesus and Women with Westar scholars Sarah Morice Brubaker and Deborah Niederer Saxon, at Plymouth Congregational Church, April 5-6, 2019.  For centuries the Christian church insisted that its leaders be male. Yet, recent scholarship has uncovered a very different story about women and Christian origins. This seminar examines the leading role of women in the rise of Christianity and the formation of several Christian beliefs. Register online at:  The cost is $75 for all three sessions.  

PALM SUNDAY SERVICE is on Sunday, April 14, at 10:30am.  Join us as we celebrate Palm Sunday, featuring our children’s choir.  

GOOD FRIDAY TENEBRAE SERVICE is on Friday, April 19 at 7:00pm, in the sanctuary. During this service, the increasing darkness by extinguishing of candles symbolizes the approaching darkness of Jesus’ death and of hopelessness in the world without God. Everyone is invited to attend this service.  

EASTER SUNDAY – There will be one extended service from 10:30-noon on Easter morning with communion.  This service will feature music from F. J. Haydn, “Lord Nelson Mass”.  There will be an Easter egg hunt for all children to be held immediately following the worship service at noon, on the south side courtyard lawn.  There will be no Easter sunrise service.  

EVERY CHURCH/OUR CHURCH – Every church gains and loses members, but UCC has a unique perspective in this challenge.  Our membership is not large, and our members average well over 50 years of age. This fact requires us to be proactive in our new member recruitment.