The Congregational United Church of Christ of Iowa City United Church Of Christ United Church Of Christ
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SEPTEMBER  2017

DEACON OF THE MONTH TARIN WEIPERT

3 Sunday Worship           10:15 am

Communion

Solo:  Sarah Gilbert

Fellowship in Rockwood Hall       After Worship

4 LABOR DAY OFFICE CLOSED

5 Weekly Meditation 9:30 am

Christian Ed 6:30 pm

Diaconate 6:30 pm

Mission Board             7:00 pm

7 Foreign Relations Luncheon Noon

10   Sunday Worship            10:15 am

Choir Resumes 9:00 am

Sunday School for All Ages Resumes 9:15 am

Children's Church       During Worship

Fellowship in Rockwood Hall       After Worship

12 Weekly Meditation 9:30 am

13 Foreign Relations Luncheon Noon

16 Men's Breakfast

@ Midtown Restaurant   8:00 am

17 Sunday Worship                10:15 am

TEE College Offering

Choir Rehearsal 9:00 am

Church School for All Ages 9:15 AM

Children's Church       During Worship

       Fellowship in Rockwood Hall      After Worship

19   Weekly Meditation 9:30 am

       Membership Committee 5:30 pm

       Trustees 7:00 pm

       Stewardship Board 7:00 pm

20   Foreign Relations Luncheon Noon

21   Women's Luncheon @ Monica's   11:45 am

24   Sunday Worship                 10:15 am

Choir Rehearsal 9:00 am

Church School for All Ages 9:15 am

Children's Church  During Worsip

Fellowship in Rockwood Hall         After Worship

26 Weekly Meditation 9:30 am

Church Council 7:00 pm

28 Foreign Relations Luncheon Noon


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Join us for worship on Sunday, September 24, at 10:15 a.m.

 

The poet Marge Piercy advises:

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,
don’t hesitate. Give in to it.

The Hebrew word for “salvation” comes from a root that connotes “space and freedom and security that are gained by the removal of constriction.” The good news of salvation is deliverance from what “constricts” us.

What constricts you?

How might we open our eyes and our hearts to the signs of God’s open hand? How might we yet be set free from the grip of the lies of scarcity in which so many of us live? That is, how might we yet find “salvation?”

Gandhi told us that “Earth provides enough to satisfy every person’s need but not one person’s greed.”

And yet most of us from time to time worry about whether we have “enough.” There are probably times when you’ve worried about having enough patience, or enough support, enough understanding, or maybe even enough faith.

 

Scripture Lessons: I Kings 17:8-16; Philippians 4:4-9

Sermon:     “Generosity—Finding Joy, Finding Abundance”

The Rev. William Lovin preaching

 

Anthem:    “God Is Faithful”          Walter L. Pelz

 

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

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


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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