Posted by Paul Ellis Jackson

THE FLOWERS ON THE COMMUNION TABLE TODAY are given by Bob and Dianne Robinson in memory of their parents Bob and Zilla Robinson and Mack and Lillian Hill.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

THE OUTREACH BOARD will meet in the Science and Exploration room at 11:45.

THIS WEEK

 

THE ADULT EDUCATION CLASS “LIVING WITH QUESTIONS, Tuesday, October 29, 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the conference room.  See more information about the class in the bulletin insert.

 

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

 

THE HEAD-TO-TOE HYGIENE PANTRY is open this coming Saturday, November16.

NEXT WEEK

 

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

 

THE ANNUAL FRUIT SALE starts after the church service in Fellowship Hall. (more details on the next page)

 

 

THE FRUIT SALE will have oranges (S, M, and L) and the grapefruit (or 1/2 and 1/2) on sale in Fellowship Hall after the service on November 17, 24, and Dec. 1.  This year we will also have Elliott Pecans, which are a smaller specialty pecan used by chefs.  Oranges and Grapefruits are $25.00 per box (20 lb) and pecans are $15.00 per lb. Pick up date for the fruit is Dec. 8.  Samples will be available.

 

THE REVIVER (DEFIBRILLATOR) has been moved to the library by the water cooler. Please take note and check out where it is.

 

THE MEN’S GROUP LUNCH is Thursday, November 21,11:30 at The Lakeside Club.  Our own Dr. James Rhatigan will speak on the “Creation and Life of UCC and How it Came to Be”. Please sign up in Fellowship Hall or call the office to sign up.

 

2014 COMMUNION TABLE FLOWER SCHEDULE is on the PIC board in Fellowship Hall. Sign up early to get the date you want!

 

IT IS POINSETTIA TIME! If you would like to contribute to the Christmas floral display, please send a check for $13.00 to the church by November 24 or put it in the offering plate today. Be sure to put Christmas flowers on the memo line and let us know if your donation is in honor of or in memory of someone.

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 revdocmom1@gmail.com with any questions.

 

THE REFRIGERATOR IN THE OFFICE MEETING ROOM really needs a new home.   Call Cyndi at 634-0430 if you know of anyone or any agency who needs a refrigerator.

 

 

 

 

 

OUTREACH

 

THE ANGEL TREE WILL BE IN FELLOWSHIP HALL ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 full of ornaments with names and Christmas wishes from 6families chosen by Wichita Communities in Schools.  The requests are for mostly basic needs items although, of course, a few toys are also on the list. The unwrapped gifts need to be back at UCC by Sunday, December 8.

 

FOOD BANK The holidays are coming up and the need will be greater.  Most needed items are canned meats, tuna, spam, chicken, and ham, macaroni and cheese, canned soup, spaghetti sauce. A full list is on the collection basket in Fellowship Hall.

 

INTER-FAITH MINISTRIES Operation Holiday is conducting its 50th year of helping needy families in the Wichita area.  They are in need of non-perishable food (cereal, canned vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, etc.).  UCC has committed to provide 20 volunteers at Operation Holiday’s distribution center on Friday, December 20th from 8:30-12:30.  Sign up on the PIC board and see Kim Carraway for more info.

 

 

New Class

LIVING WITH QUESTIONS

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.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING!

 

  • Hanging of the Greens is Sunday, November 24. Come and help decorate the church for Christmas and share in a potluck meal.

 

  • Welcome Wagon Auction is Tuesday, December 3, in Fellowship Hall. A fun event; some of the proceeds  go to our Hygiene Pantry.

 

  • Women’s Guild Christmas Lunch is December 4 at noon (no charge for lunch). The wonderful ladies of this church enjoy lunch together.  All ladies are invited.

 

  • Many Moods of Christmas will be performed Sunday, December 8 as our morning service.  The gift we love that makes us appreciate the extraordinary music here at UCC even more.

 

  • The UCC Christmas Party is Sunday, December 8, at 5:00-8:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  Great food, music by the choir members, and a chance to wear your Christmas sweater.

 

  • Women’s Guild Bake Sale is Sunday, December 15 in Fellowship Hall. Don’t miss this; we have great cooks in this church.

 

  • Men’s Group Christmas Lunch is Thursday December 19, at 11:30 at The Lakeside Club. All of the men of the church are invited to join this fun group that meets each month.

 

  • Christmas Eve Service December 24, 5:30 in our sanctuary.

 

More information about all of these events in

next week’s bulletin.

 

THE TRADITIONAL WORD                               Acts 2

 

Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and

addressed the crowd:  “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you;  listen carefully

to what I say.  These men are not drunk, as you supposed.

It’s only nine in the morning!  No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

‘In the last days, God says,

I will pour out my Spirit on all people.

Your sons and daughters will prophesy,

Your young women will see visions,

Your old men will dream dreams,

Even on my servants, both men and women,

I will pour out my Spirit in those days,

And they will prophesy.

I will show wonders in the heaven above

And signs on the earth below.’

 

 

THE CONTEMPORARY WORD

 Congregations whose membership hasplateaued or is declining have much in common with dinosaurs.  Both have great heritages.  Both require enormous amounts of food.  Both influenced their world tremendously.  And both became endangered species.  Will many of our congregations, like the dinosaurs, become extinct?

 Dancing With Dinosaurs         William Easum