Posted by Paul Ellis Jackson

Sermon Title: News Year Priorities

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


POINSETTIAS have been moved to fellowship hall. If you have purchased one or more, and would like to take them home, please feel free to do so


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


VOLUNTEER APPRECATION DAY is Sunday, January 8, during the
worship service. We will be naming this year’s recipient of the Gary Cox
Sustained Service Award honoring a member who personifies longtime
involvement in both the community and UCC.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING on Sunday, January 8, 2017, immediately following the worship service in the sanctuary.

WOMEN’S GUILD MEETING & LUNCH on Wed, January 11, in fellowship hall. Please sign up on the PIC board in fellowship hall if you plan to attend.

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

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 will be available at a later date.

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.