The Congregational United Church of Christ of Iowa City United Church Of Christ United Church Of Christ
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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, April 30, at 10:15 a.m.

 

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

 

Today we hear some traditional post-Easter scripture lessons about God, the Good Shepherd. In urban churches surrounded by concrete, in rural churches neighbored by fields, stained glass windows show Jesus, shepherd’s staff in hand, leading sheep through green pastures. On the walls of church school classrooms we see pictures of a smiling Jesus, carrying a lamb on his shoulders. The image of God as a shepherd is ancient, yet it still speaks powerfully to our modern hearts, wandering and lost, looking for a home in the universe. Even in our technological age, we want to believe Jesus when he says, “I am the good shepherd.” But what does this mean for us?

 

Scripture Lessons:        Ezekiel 34:1-15; John 10:11-19

Sermon: “The Urban Shepherd”

The Rev. William Lovin preaching

 

Anthem:    “In the Time of Noah” Amy Kucera        

 

We welcome members of the University of Iowa Women's Chorale to our worship this morning. The Choral is a select chorus of 30 women, and presents three to four concerts per year. They are conducted this year by Congregational UCC choir director and UI teaching assistant Christopher Nakielski, in partial fulfillment of his doctorate. Today they will be performing selections from the sacred portion of their upcoming concert to be held at the Voxman Music Building's concert hall next Friday, May 5th at 7:30 p.m. The sacred works include the Missa Brevis in D by Benjamin Britten and Three Alleluias by Amy Kucera.


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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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