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2 Diaconate   6:30 pm

Christian Ed Board   7:00 pm

Mission Board   7:00 pm

3      Midday Prayer/Meditation   Noon

6      Citizenship Class          10:00 am

7        12th Sunday After Pentecost   9:15 am

   Communion Sunday

        Solo: Betty Mather and Laura Paarman, flutes

EEC Sales   After Worship

10    Midday Prayer/Meditation   Noon

14    13th Sunday After Pentecost   9:15 am

          Solo: Ken Kuntz, organ


16   Stewardship Board     4:00 pm

        Membership Board    5:30 pm

Trustees    7:00 pm

17 CRC Meeting    9:00 am

   Midday Prayer/Meditation    Noon

18 Women's Lunch           11:45 am

  @Northside Cafe

19 U of I Student Welcome   11:00 am

20 Men's Breakfast at Hamburg  8:00 am

U of I Student Welcome   11:00 am

21 14th Sun After Pentecost    10:15 am

Solo:  Sarah Fairfield and Ama Mothershed

22 U of I and Public Schools begin

23 Foreign Relations Lunch     Noon

Church Council     7:00 pm

24 Midday Prayer/Meditation     Noon

28 15th Sun After Pentecost     10:15 am

Solo: Brian Umlah

29 Serving Free Lunch     11:00 am

31 Midday Prayer/Meditation     Noon

Join us for worship on Sunday, August 28, at 10:15 a.m.


5,700 new students began classes at the University of Iowa this past Monday. That’s a lot of freshmen—some 400 more than last year’s entering class. The opening convocation last Sunday featured a speaker from Illinois, a freshman who gave voice to what so many were feeling: “I’m scared.”

That is a common emotion at the beginning of any significant undertaking.

What if I’m just not up to it? What if I don’t understand a word as I sit in the lecture hall. What if I fail and have to go home in shame?


What if I am up to it? What if I go to the head of the class—or even the top quarter? What if I succeed? What new and greater challenges will I then face? What will my friends say?

Of course, the students aren’t the only ones who are frightened. The students aren’t the only ones who fear failure. They aren’t the only ones who fear success.

Somewhere we all do.

Both failure and success can be frightening because they both force us to look at ourselves and our lives in new and often unexpected ways.

On Sunday we’ll discover how the story of the call of the prophet Jeremiah might help us as we meet failure and success head on.


Scripture Lessons:        Jeremiah 1:4-10; Philippians 2:1-13

Sermon:     “What Are You Afraid Of?”

The Rev. William Lovin preaching


Solo: “The Prayer of St. Gregory”  Havhanness

                   Brian Umlah, trumpet


Our 9:15 education programs will resume on September 11.


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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.

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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