Posted by Paul Ellis Jackson

Sermon title: “Making Space–Progressive Christian Convictions: God”

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.


THE FLOWERS ON THE COMMUNION TABLE TODAY are provided by Bob and Dianne Robinson to wish our church family happiness in 2017.

VOLUNTEER APPRECATION DAY is today 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 is today immediately following the worship
service in the sanctuary.
Presentation of Proposed 2017 Budget
Presentation of Proposed 2017 Slate of Nominees
Presentation of Proposed Sabbatical Leave Policy


WOMENS’ GUILD MEETING & LUNCH is Wednesday, January 11, at 11:00, in fellowship hall. J. C. Combs will speak about the Boys’ and Girls’ Club Music Program and will answer all your questions. Please sign up on the PIC board in fellowship hall if you can attend.

NEEDLE WORKERS meet this Tuesday at 10:00, in fellowship hall.

YOGA meets every Tuesday at 4:00 and Friday, at 10:00, in fellowship hall. The cost for the Tuesday class is $5 because it is instructor led.


NICARAGUA COMMISSIONING will take place during worship on Sunday, January 15. Commissioning is a formal recognition that the congregation is supporting and praying for our group as we travel to work with our friends in Chacraseca.

ALL BOARDS MEET on Sunday, January 15, 2017, immediately following the worship service at 11:45 a.m.

HEAD-TO-TOE HYGIENE PANTRY is open on Saturday, January 21, from 9:00-11:30 a. m., at 1611 N Mosley. There won’t be a workday on Thursday.

MEN’S GROUP LUNCH is Thursday, January 19, 11:30 a.m., at Scotch & Sirloin, located at 5325 E Kellogg Drive. The guest speaker is Ed Hund.

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 7:00-8:30p.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.

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.