Posted by Paul Ellis Jackson

 

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.

 

TODAY

 

THE FLOWERS ON THE COMMUNION TABLE TODAY are given by Lavinia and Romy Gerould in celebration of their 30th wedding anniversary. Congratulations!

 

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

 

THE FRUIT SALE starts today in Fellowship Hall.  See more information in the insert.

 

A RECITAL FOR JOSEPH CONSIGLIO AND EMILY PIRTLE

will be tonight, Nov. 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Heskett Center at WSU

All are invited.

 

THIS WEEK

 

THE ADULT EDUCATION CLASS “LIVING WITH QUESTIONS, Monday, November 18, 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.

 

NEXT SUNDAY

 

THE ANGEL TREE will be up in Fellowship Hall

 

A PILGRIM’S JOURNEY will be presented during Children’s Time.

 

COMMUNION will be served during the church service.

 

 

 

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.

 

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

 

WG LUNCH AND BAKE SALE is cancelled.  The board is sorry to have to cancel these events but several of the board members are going to be out of town during this busy time.

 

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 that needs a refrigerator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUTREACH

 

IF YOU WANT TO HELP VICTIMS OF THE PHILIPPINES TYPHOON a good website recommended by Robin is www.weekofcompassion.org.

 

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.

 

Advent Season at UCC

Angel Tree  We have names of six families given to us by Communities in Schools. Make your selection from the ornaments on the tree that will be up in Fellowship Hall next Sunday, Nov. 24. Gifts are due back on December 8th.

Hanging of the Greens  is Sunday, December 1, 5:00 p.m. 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 with some of the proceeds going to our Hygiene Pantry.

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. Bring a guest  but get here early!

The UCC Christmas Party  is Sunday, December 8, at 5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  Great food, music by the choir members, and a chance to wear your Christmas sweater.

Christmas  Vespers  An organ recital by Kevin Calloway in our sanctuary at 2:30 on Sunday, December 15.

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   December 24, 5:30. Join us for candlelight, music, and a Christmas message.

 

 

                                         You are invited

                                to the  UCC Christmas Party

                                     December 8, 5:30 in

                                        Fellowship Hall

                            A festive evening of  food, music,

                                     and Christmas cheer.

 

                             The  Deacons will provide the

                             meat, sides, bread, coffee, tea,

                                             and wine.

 

                                     If you would like to bring a

                                        dish and your las t name

                                starts with A-L-bring  an appetizer 

                                                  M-Z bring a dessert

 

                             Also bring a small pack of  crayons

                             and a  small coloring book to be

                          given out at the Dec. Hygiene  Pantry.            

 

                                   Please sign up in Fellowship Hall

                                           so we know you are coming!

 

           

        Fruit Sale Starts Today in Fellowship Hall!

Oranges         Small-      42 per box

                       Medium   36 per box

                       Large       24-28 per box

Grapefruit                       18 per box

                        All  20 lb. boxes $25.00

You can buy ½ & ½  oranges/grapefruit!

 

Elliot Pecans   $15.00 per pound    These pecan halves are prized by seasoned chefs and fanatic foodies for their robust sweet flavor. The small oval shaped nut s a reare specialty pecan due to its sporadic yield  and only select growers choose to harvest them.

Pick up date is Sunday, December 8!

THE TRADITIONAL WORD    Galatians 6:1-10  

                   

The Message

6 1-3 Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.

4-5 Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.

6 Be very sure now, you who have been trained to a self-sufficient maturity, that you enter into a generous common life with those who have trained you, sharing all the good things that you have and experience.

7-8 Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.

9-10 So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE CONTEMPORARY WORD-Top Reasons people visit a church for the first time:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st  Anthem   Holy is The Lord             Franz Schubert  ( 1797-1828)                                                                                   

(arranged by Bock)

Holy , holy , holy , holy is the Lord,

Holy is the Father, Holy is the Son

Holy is the Spirit, Blessed Three in One.

 

In your hearts enthrone Him, there let Him subdue

all that is not holy, all that is not true.

He is God our Savior, He is Christ the Lord,

Ever to be worshiped , trusted , and adored.

 

2nd Anthem    Praise Ye the Lord, all Ye Nations  Gallus Dressler 

                                                                                            (1533-1587)

Praise ye the Lord, all ye nations, praise him all ye people,

for He is gracious and truthful, He rules over us eternally Halleluiah

 

 

STEWARDSHIP PROGRESS REPORT

As of November 14, 105 pledges totaling $258,858. have been received.  These pledges represent 51% of the $506,026 2014 proposed budget. Many thanks to those listed below for their financial support of University Congregational Church. As you can see, we have a long way to go, so please keep those pledges coming in!!!