Posted by Paul Ellis Jackson

Sermon Title: The Gift

We welcome all of our visitors today. No fellowship coffee after worship today.



COINS FOR CHARITY – The UCC Outreach Board is implementing a new project. The coins in the offering plate will now be designated to a charity specified by the Outreach Board.


CHURCH OFFICES – will be closed this Friday, December 30, 2016.


YOGA meets Tuesdays at 4:00 ($5.00) & Fridays, 10:00, Fellowship Hall.

CAROL REEL MEMORIAL CONCERT will be held on Thursday, December 29, at 1:00 p.m., here at UCC. Everyone is welcome.

2016 CONTRIBUTIONS must be received or postmarked by midnight 12/31/16, due to legal requirements. Anything received after that date will be recorded as a 2017 contribution.

THE 2017 FLOWER SCHEDULE is on the PIC board in Fellowship Hall. Sign up early to get your preferred date. There is a copy of the 2016 schedule on the back if you need a reminder of your usual date.

RACHAEL HELD EVANS will be the guest speaker for the Richard D. Greene Memorial Lecture Series on Friday, April 21—Saturday April 22, 2017. She will be speaking at College Hill United Methodist Church on Friday, April 21 at 7:00-8:30 p.m., and at University Congregational Church on Saturday, April 22, from 9:00-10:30 a.m., and from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per session or $50 for all three sessions. More information on where to purchase tickets to come.

Rachel Held Evans is a New York Times best-selling author and popular blogger who writes about faith, doubt, and life in the Bible Belt. Her books include Faith Unraveled (2010), A Year of Biblical Womanhood (2012), and Searching for Sunday (2015). With millions of visits each year, her blog has become a renowned online hub for conversations about Christianity and culture.

Rachel has been featured on The View, The Today Show, NPR, Slate, The BBC, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, and She also serves on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Her popularity as a writer also keeps her busy speaking across the country. She has spoken at The Festival of Faith and Writing, the Q Conference, Trinity Wall Street, Princeton University, Austin Theological Seminary, Eastern University, Baylor University, The Gay Christian Network Conference, The Wild Goose Festival, and a wide range of retreats, conferences, universities, and churches. In 2015, in partnership with Nadia Bolz-Weber and Jim Chaffee, she launched the Why Christian? Conference, which features fresh, diverse voices responding to the question of why they continue in the faith. Rachel lives with her husband, Dan, in Dayton, Tennessee—home of the famous Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925.