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MAY 2017

DEACON OF THE MONTH STEPHEN WARNER


2   Diaconate 6:30 pm

  Mission Board 7:00 pm

  CE Board 7:00 pm

3   Midday Prayer/Meditation Noon

  Foreign Relations Luncheon Noon

4   Voices of Soul Rehearsal 6:30 pm

6   Voices of Soul Concert 4:00 pm

7   Fourth Sunday of Easter      10:15 am

  Communion

  Choir      8:45 am

Sunday School for All Ages     9:15 am

Confirmation Class    11:30 am

Last Chinese School      1:30 pm

10 Foreign Relations Luncheon      Noon

  Last of Spring Semester

Midday Prayer/Meditation       Noon

12 Choir Rehearsal      7:00 pm

13 Choir Rehearsal    10:00 am

14 Fifth Sunday of Easter     10:15 am

Special Music Sunday

Choir          8:45 am

   Sunday School for All Ages        9:15 am

   Confirmation Discussion      11:30 am

16    Stewardship Board        4:00 pm

   Membership Board        5:30 pm

  Trustees        7:00 pm

17      Midday Prayer/Meditation       Noon

18 Women's Lunch    11:45 pm

  at East Oak Room, Oaknoll

19 Von Behren Recitals     5:30 pm

20 Men's Breakfast     8:00 am

at Bill's High Hat

Von Behren Recitals    1:30 pm

Wemme Recitals    5:00 pm

21 6th Sunday of Easter         10:15 am

Choir    8:45 am

Sunday School for All Ages   9:15 am

  Last Class

Confirmation Class   11:30 am

23 Church Council     7:00 pm

24 Midday Prayer/Meditation         Noon

28 7th Sunday After Easter    10:15 am

Choir     8:45 am

Wemme Recitals     1:00 pm

30 CE Board     6:30 pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Join us for worship on Sunday, May 21, at 10:15 a.m.

 

Our celebration of Easter continues during the fifty days between Easter Sunday and Pentecost (June 4).

 

Reflecting on this morning’s lesson from the Gospel of John, the great 20th century New Testament scholar, Rudolph Bultmann, asked: “Can the disciples still love Jesus when he is gone?”

In John’s Gospel we hear of Jesus appearing to Mary Magdalene outside the empty tomb. Later on Easter day, he appears to the other disciples, locked away in a room, hiding in fear. A week later he returns to them and even to “doubting” Thomas. Finally, he shows up on the beach, giving Peter, John, and others some new fishing lessons and offering them breakfast.

And that’s it.

No parting instructions. No last words for the early church.

Strange. The risen Christ does little or nothing to equip his followers for life in his absence.

What instructions do we need for these days?

 

Scripture Lessons:        I Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21

Sermon:     “All the Instructions We Need”

The Rev. William Lovin preaching

 

Anthem:    “If Ye Love Me”  Thomas Tallis


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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

OPEN AND AFFIRMING 

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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