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MARCH 2017


1 Midday Prayer/Meditation      Noon

Ash Wed Pancake Supper      5:30 pm

Ash Wednesday Service      7:00 pm

2 Foreign Relations Council        Noon

   Literacy Class Orientation 6:00 pm

  Voices of Soul Rehearsal 6:30 pm

5   First Sunday in Lent Worship    10:15 am


  Choir      9:00 am

Sunday School for All Ages     9:15 am

Confirmation Class     11:30 am

Chinese School      1:30 pm

7 Diaconate      6:30 pm

Mission Board      7:00 pm

8 Lenten Musical Meditation       Noon

T. Andrew Hicks, Organ

9 Foreign Relations Luncheon      Noon

Literacy Class      6:00 pm

Voices of Soul Rehearsal      6:30 pm

12 Worship              10:15 am

Choir          9:00 am

   Sunday School for All Ages        9:15 am

   Chinese School        1:30 pm

   Start of Spring Break

15   Lenten Musical Meditation Noon

Betty Mather, Laura Paarman, Flute

Ruth Baldwin, Piano

16  Women's Lunch @ Basta      11:45 am

 Literacy Class        6:00 pm

18   Men's Breakfast        8:00 am

@Waterfront Hy-Vee   

19 Worship            10:15 am

Choir      9:00 am

Sunday School for All Ages     9:15 am

Confirmation Discussion        11:00 am

Confirmation Class    11:30 am

Chinese School                1:30 pm

21 Stewardship      4:00 pm

Membership Board      5:30 pm

Trustees      7:00 pm

22 Lenten Musical Meditation        Noon

Heidi Hansen, Organ

23 Foreign Relations Council          Noon

Literacy Class      6:00 pm

Voices of Soul Rehearsal      6:00 pm

25 Shelter House Book Sale

26 Worship        10:15 am

Choir      9:00 am

Sunday School for All Ages     9:15 am

Confirmation Class    11:30 am

Chinese School      1:30 pm

Shelter House Book Sale

28 Church Council      7:00 pm

CE Board      7:00 pm

29 Lenten Musical Meditation         Noon

The Liros Quintet

30 Foreign Relations Council        Noon

Literacy Class      6:00 pm

Voices of Soul      6:30 pm


Join us for worship on Sunday, March 26, at 10:15 a.m.


Isaiah tells us that God is constantly doing news things.  When Jesus was with the people in the flesh, Jesus was also constantly doing new things.  Jesus came to claim the broken and the despised.  Let us consider some of the misfits that Jesus claimed as his people, and let us also consider some of the audacious acts of those who claimed Jesus as their own.


We welcome Raven Rowe to our pulpit this morning. A member of Congregational UCC, Raven is a graduate of Chicago Theological Seminary and preparing for ordained ministry in the United Church of Christ. She is a Chaplain at St. Luke's Hospital / Unity Point in Cedar Rapids, IA, assigned to the behavioral health and chemical dependency inpatient and outpatient units, doing both group and individual spiritual counseling.


Scripture Lessons:        Isaiah 43:1-8; 10-13, 18-19; Luke 7:36-50

Sermon:     “Whose Christ?!?”

Raven Rowe preaching


Anthem:    “O Taste and See”        Ralph Vaughan Williams


LENT ADULT EDUCATION SERIES: Returning Home—Christian Faith in Encounter with Other Faiths. During Lent, the Sunday morning adult education sessions will explore how Christian faith has been deepened and enriched by encounters with people of different religions. We will look at familiar Lenten themes, such as temptation and fasting, but with a different approach. This series does not necessarily emphasize common ground or dialogue. It more about how Christian faith has burned brightly following an encounter with the religious other. Join Bill Lovin in Rockwood Hall at 9:15 a.m. There will be no adult education session on Sunday, March 26.


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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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