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2 World Communion Sunday  10:15 am

Choir     9:00 am

Church School for All Ages     9:15 am

Children's Church and Choir  During Worship

EEC Sales   After Worship

Choir Rehearsal   11:30 pm

Chinese School l     1:30 pm

4 Diaconate     6:30 pm

Christian Ed Board     7:00 pm

Mission Board     7:00 pm

5 Midday Prayer/Mediation     Noon

Foreign Relations Luncheon    Noon

6      Literacy Class    6:00 pm

Voices of Soul Rehearsal       6:30 pm

8        Confirmation Retreat    1:30 pm

9 21st Sun after Pentecost    10:15 am

UN AIDS Offering

           Choir        9:00 am

   Church School for All Ages      9:15 am

   Confirmation Class    11:30 am

   Choir Rehearsal    11:30 am

   Chinese School      1:30 am

12    Midday Prayer/Meditation      Noon

13    Winterwear Pick Up

   Literacy Class      6:00 pm

   Voices of Soul      6:30 pm

14     Winterwear Set Up

    Foreign Relations Luncheon     Noon

15  Winterwear Distribution

    Men's Breakfast             8:00 am

  @The Waterfront HyVee      

16 22nd Sun After Pentecost  10:15 am

Church School for All Ages    9:00 am

Choir    9:15 am

Children's Church and Choir   During Worship

Choir Rehearsal    11:30 am

Chinese School     1:30 pm

18 Stewardship     4:00 pm

Membership     5:30 pm

Trustees     7:00 pm

19 Midday Prayer/Meditation     Noon

20 Women's Lunch   11:45 am

Foreign Relations Luncheon    Noon

Literacy Class     6:00 pm

Voices of Soul Rehearsal     6:30 pm

23 23rd Sun After Pentecost     10:15 am

Church School for All Ages      9:00 am

Choir      9:15 am

Children's Church and Choir    During Worship

Confirmation Class     11:30 am

Choir Rehearsal     11:30 am

Chinese School       1:30 pm

25 Foreign Relations Luncheon    Noon

Church Council      7:00 pm

26 Midday Prayer/Meditation     Noon

27 Literacy Class      6:00 pm

Voices of Soul Rehearsal      6:30 pm

29 Confirmation Class Cooking     1:00 pm

Progressive Dinner      5:30 pm

30 24th Sunday After Pentecost  10:15 am

Church School for All Ages    9:00 am

Choir    9:15 am

Children's Church and Choir   During Worship

Choir Rehearsal    11:30 am

Chinese School     1:30 pm


Hosting Free Lunch     Noon

Join us for worship on Sunday, October 23, at 10:15 a.m.


The 13th century poet and Sufi mystic, Rumi, seems as if he is speaking to us in these days when he urges: “Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.”

If you’ve been listening to the news you know that not everyone sees it that way.

“Rig” comes from a Norwegian word that means to “bind” or to “splice.” In my dictionary, after several usages involving ropes, the fifth definition of “rig” is: to arrange in a dishonest way for selfish advantage; manipulate fraudulently.” And then the dictionary offers this example: “to rig an election.” I’m not making this up!

Is life rigged for us or against us?

What hope do we find even in the worst of times?


Scripture Lessons:        Lamentations 3:19-26; II Corinthians 1:1-7

Sermon:     “Rigged?”

The Rev. William Lovin preaching


Anthem:    “Like as the hart”         Herbert Howells

MISSION BOARD APPROVES SPECIAL HURRICANE MATTHEW RELIEF OFFERING FOR THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23. Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti on the morning of October 4 and in Cuba later that afternoon. This powerful and slow-moving storm battered islands of the Caribbean and the United States' Atlantic coast. The immediate and long-term impacts for survivors are significant. The United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are well situated to respond robustly to people impacted both in the Caribbean and within the United States. Already, solidarity grants from the 2016 One Great Hour of Sharing Offering and Week of Compassion Fund are on their way to partners in in the region responding to immediate needs of food, shelter and safety. 100% of your generous gift will help support this effort. More information can be found at .


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Free parking at the Iowa Memorial Union Ramp (Park east end of the 4th level for a one block walk.)

No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.

Nursery care is provided during worship for the youngest children. Children through grade 4 may stay in worship through the children's message and then go to Children's Church. Older children and youth are encouraged to remain in worship. Join us after worship for good (Fair Trade) coffee and great conversation in Rockwood Hall.

9:15 Christian education for all ages
10:15 Worship for everyone

Our Mission


Whoever you are, where ever you are on life's journey you are welcome here. 

The Congregational United Church of Christ is an “Open and Affirming” congregation. 

We know, with Paul, that as Christians, we are many members, but are one body in Christ, members of one another, and that we all have different gifts. With Jesus, we affirm that we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves, that we are called to act as agents of reconciliation and wholeness within the world and within the Church itself. We recognize the presence of ignorance, fear and hatred in the Church and in our culture, and covenant to not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, nor any other irrelevant factor, and we seek to include and support those who, because of this fear and prejudice, find themselves in exile from a spiritual community. 

We welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to worship with us, join our congregation, and take an active role in our leadership, ministry, and mission.  

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