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.




THE FLOWERS ON THE COMMUNION TABLE TODAY are given by Mike and Leigh Aaron Leary in celebration of their children and the child that is still in each of us.  Happy Halloween!


TRICK OR TREAT FOR GO ZONE after the church service in Fellowship Hall.  The children will be “trick or treating” for donations that will go to Fairmont UCC’s Go Zone Project. (more info. on the next page)


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


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


REVELATIONS starts at 6:00 p.m.! You can still make a reservation today by signing up in Fellowship Hall. (more info. on the next page).




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.


WG BABY SHOWER is Wednesday, October 30 at 11:00. It is not too late to bring donations of baby clothes size 0-3 months, onesies, baby socks, and baby toys for 0-3 months will be appreciated (see insert).


REVELATIONS tonight at 6:00!  Our outstanding choir is made up of not only church members but also students who receive scholarships for singing each week.  Revelations is a fundraiser for those scholarships and is an opportunity for the choir members to show off their talent.  Dinner (prepared by the Women’s Guild members) and show is $20.00 p.p.  Sign up in Fellowship Hall today.


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


THE UCC PICTURE DIRECTORIESARE IN and will be available in Fellowship Hall after the service. One per household, please.


UCC HAS POLO SHIRTS! They are perfect for when you are volunteering, wearing to an event here, or to wear just for fun.  Call the church office to place an order.  The shirts are $25.00 each (add $2.00 for XXL).


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 with any questions.


NEED A REFRIGERATOR? We have a nice one in the office addition meeting room that is for sale for $275.00.  Call Cyndi at 634-0430 if you are interested.


Living With Questions

Monday Evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Conference Room

Fall /Winter Series: Now through December 16th

Embracing an Adult Faith: What It Means to be a Christian

Join us as we explore the questions that progressive Christians encounter throughout their faith development. Presented by various members and friends of our congregation, we will examine what it



THE ALTERNATIVE GIFT MARKET  will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church located at 5002 E. Douglas on Saturday, November 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Our own Head-to-Toe Hygiene Pantry will have a table and our minister, Robin McGonigle, has volunteered to support the Alternative Market’s table.  Shop at booths representing national, international, and local projects, Women’s Initiative Network, and 10,000 Villages.  These projects are sponsored by several congregations and non-profit organizations.  Lunch is available at the café.  We need one additional volunteer to help with our booth from 8:45 to 12:00 and another volunteer to help from 12:00 to 4:00.  Please contact Cyndi at the church office if you can help.


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.




Today the children of our church will be in their Halloween costumes and will “trick or treat” in Fellowship Hall after the church service.  Instead of giving out candy, we are asking our congregation to help out by donating to Fairmount United Church of Christ Go Zone Program.  This worthy program mentors youth ages 6-16 with the goal of strengthening academic skills, expanding personal experiences, and encouraging healthy life choices.  The children are excited to be a part of helping others.  We hope you can be here to support our youth as they help others.







THE TRADITIONAL WORD   Matthew 11:18-19

“For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; 19the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”





“Sayings . . . contrasting John and Jesus . . . indicate a recognition that the two individuals were somehow very different from one another. . . .  There is present a . . . contrast between a fasting John and a feasting Jesus.—John Dominic Crossan, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography (1994), pg. 48.


“. . . the importance of shared meals in early Christianity was a continuation of the meal practice of Jesus.  In his public activity, meals mattered, food mattered.  Recall that the Lord’s Prayer contains a provision for daily bread.  Moreover, he was known (and sometimes criticized) for eating with people whom a respectable person would avoid:  the marginalized, impure, and outcasts.  Thus, his meal practice also symbolized and embodied inclusivity in a world with sharp social boundaries.”—Marcus J. Borg, Speaking Christian (2011), pg. 219.





1st  Anthem  “Deep Riverarranged by Parker/Shaw


Deep river, my home is over Jordan, Deep river Lord, I want to cross over into campground.

Oh, don’t you want to go to the Gospel feast, That promised Land where all is peace.




2nd Anthem  “For the Mountain Shall Depart”——  by Hank Beebe , Jennifer Weimann, solo


For one small moment have I forsaken thee, But with great mercies will I gather thee.
For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from thee.

For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife in youth when thou waste refused, saith thy God,

For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed,

But my kindness shall not depart from thee.